[Advaita-l] What is Prakriti as per Shankaracharya?

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Sun May 8 04:33:45 EDT 2022

Shankaracharya has indeed mentioned a lot about Prakriti in the Gita
bhashya and elsewhere too. He has said that it is trigunatmika maya
consisting of sattva, rajas and tamas.  It is  neither the same as Brahman
nor is it different from bramhan. Its status is anirvachaniya, that is, it
is unreal, mithya. It does not have an absolute existence; it appears and
it is experienced but upon enquiry it ceases to be.


On Sun, May 8, 2022 at 1:35 PM The Crimson Universe via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Hello. Greg here with another question.
> Did Shankara mention in his Gita bhashya or other advaita texts about
> Prakriti? Is Prakriti the same as Brahman or different from IT?
> Thank you.
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