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Commentary If perception, conception, memory, and other mental activities idvara taken as different functional attributes of Atman, the Master ol praytabhijna and doing, then Atman should develop certain modifications at the times when these different functions occur. He did not become a wandering monk, nor did any of his predecessors in the line; all were householders living with their families.

Otherwise, if know ing were accepted as unconscious in nature, then it could not be of any use in throwing light on objects. Sometimes, in finite beings, one also sees a direct, although Introduction xlv partial, manifestation of this creative vibration, such as in a person’s spontaneous, imaginative intellect. The Vijnanavadin raises objection to this definition as well.

Isvara Pratyabhijna Karika Of Utpaladeva Verses Of Recognition Of Lord Pandit B. N. MLBD

The author has analysed the work into four books, called adhikdras. The impressions on which that memory is based cannot enable the present recollection to bring ;ratyabhijna past experience objectively to light, nor can they illuminate it as its own object.

Following this discussion, the text throws light on the character of the pure principles of creation that are, in descending order, liv Isvara-pratyahhijhd-kdrika saddsivaTsvaru, and sad-vidyd or suddha-vidyd.

They mean to say: In addition, Utpaladeva composed a XXXII Isva ra-p rat yah h ijn a-ka rika commentary vrtti that is a brief paraphrase of the Siddhitrayi and the hvara-pratyabhijnd-kdrika. The next couplet emphasises the fact that recollection cannot be erroneous knowledge in essence, as maintained by the Vijhanavadins, because it is definitely capable of bringing to light the previously experienced object in our present awareness. Such higher Consciousness ixvara the universal Self, known as Almighty God.


Mahesvara is the supreme authority. A false conception can arise without the help of such impressions. Can any heap of seeds sprout while lying firmly inside an all-devouring burning fire, surrounded by the circle of its flames? Abhinavagupta was a perfect master of all the schools of philosophy and other subjects of study prevalent in his time.

Utpaladeva recapitulates the previously discussed principle that the Absolute Lord alone is, in His universal aspect, appearing variously as the Self of each and every being. Bansi marked it as to-read Nov 30, Chapter I reminds the reader that objections raised by some Vijnanavadins against the notion that pratyabhina power ot action could belong to the Absolute Atman have already been discounted.

Sampat means here the richness, the exuberance of all divinity. Saiva scriptural thinkers, by contrast, argue that the ever-existent Atman bears the impressions of previous experiential knowledge, and thus it becomes capable of recollecting the objects known previously. As for the base on which such an impression rests, the flow of mental consciousness can serve such purpose well.

Other schools of divergent thought have rather been ignored in this context, because the Buddhist Vijfianavada alone is highly rich in subtle logic. As for the problem about how recollection occurs, it is already solved: Combining the past and present, memory can throw new light on the concerned object of experience and reassess its significance. Published December 15th by Motilal Banarsidass,India.

No name and no form, they argue, is ever an integral part of any object that we perceive. There is also similarity with Vipasana[66] the Zen and Dzogchen traditions. It shines itself and illuminates the objects and thoughts reflected in it in accordance with its own past impressions.

The use of such terms here is not related, in any way, to positions in space. A free pati being has the wonderful power of creating illusion, called mciya, at his command, yet a bound being experiences that he or she is bound by this very power. Instead, transformation of prakrti would have been chaotic in character. These beings, also called the mantra-beings, are described as basically pure, yet nevertheless tainted by the impurity of diversity. It is called nirvikalpa knowledge, knowing beyond thought.


The propounders of Saiva monism, however, stressing intuitional realisation as well as philosophic thinking, neither attempt to deny nor to establish the existence of God.

The name of his mother was Vimalakala, and he had a younger brother named Manorathagupta. Authority rests in that infinite and pure Consciousness that shines as the Self of each and every being and possesses the capacity to do and to know.

Torella is pdatyabhijna on a translation of a Vivriti fragment commenting on IPK verses 2. Thus comes about the fundamental principle: God, the ultimate knower and doer, is thus self-evident in each and every being. These five constrictions are the result of the action of an impurity called anava mala.

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Besides, how can memory judge anything at all about past experience and the objects experienced through it, if it does pratyabhjina take them into consideration? God s will is independent in all respects, as it does not always take into consideration the merits and demerits ot the person on whom He bestows His grace.

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Similarly, although mdya illusion as a tcittva has been mentioned and accepted in Advaita Vedanta, its origin, development, and character are more clearly delineated in a philosophical manner by Kashmir Saivism. Commentary Scriptural philosophies based on the Vedas and Agamas maintain that the phenomenon of relation is a single real fact, residing always in more than one entity.

It was because of this richness of the Sanskrit language that the great Buddhist philosophers, who had been utilizing Pali and Prakrit as did the Buddha and his immediate followersbegan to compose in Sanskrit by the first century B. Be the first to ask a question about Isvara Pratyabhijna Karika of Utpaladeva. Such an impression can, at most, provide only some resemblance and nothing beyond that.

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