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    Consciousness, Knowledge, and Ignorance Prakasatman's Ellucidation

    ISBN-10: 1935011030
    ISBN-13: 9781935011033
    Author(s): Bina Gupta
    Description: The first English translation of the "First Section" (Prathama Varnakam) -- the "Section on Inquiry" (Jijñasadhikaranam) -- of the Pañacapadikavivaranam, a Sanskrit commentary offering a systematic exposition of Advaita (nondualistic) Vedanta from  More...
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    Publisher: American Institute of Buddhist Studies
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 540
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
    Weight: 1.914
    Language: English

    The first English translation of the "First Section" (Prathama Varnakam) -- the "Section on Inquiry" (Jijñasadhikaranam) -- of the Pañacapadikavivaranam, a Sanskrit commentary offering a systematic exposition of Advaita (nondualistic) Vedanta from the Vivarana perspective. The central question concerns the nature of ignorance, or not-knowing, and its relation to knowing. It discusses how ignorance obstructs the nature of reality; the locus and support of ignorance; and whether ignorance is a positive entity. Includes a detailed introduction, transliterated text, translation, and explanatory notes.

    Publisher's Note
    Series Editor's Preface
    Author's Preface
    Abbreviations & Sigla
    Introduction
    Introduction
    Historical Context and Substance of the PPV
    Consciousness, Knowledge, and Ignorance
    Basic Metaphysical and Epistemological Advaita Concepts and Principles
    Brahman
    Levels of Being
    The Brahman and the World
    Adhyasa
    Maya or Avidya
    How is Avidy� known?
    The Locus and the Object of Avidya
    Avidya: One or Many?
    The Brahman and the Jiva
    Pratibimbavada (the reflection theory)
    Abhasavada (the semblance theory)
    Avacchedavada (the limitation theory)
    The Path to Moksa
    The PPV and the Western Tradition
    Transliterated Text, Translation, and Critical Explanatory Notes
    Mangalacarana
    The Object and the Purpose of the Commentary
    What is Removed by Knowledge is Not a Real Entity
    Darkness is Positive
    Ignorance as the Material Cause of Superimposition
    Perception Establishes that Ignorance is Positive
    Inference Also Establishes that Ignorance is Positive
    Postulation Also Establishes that Ignorance is Positive
    Establishment of the Thesis that Ignorance Does Not Conceal Not-Self; There is No Need of it
    Establishment of the Thesis that Ignorance is One, Not Many; Concealment of the Self by Ignorance
    The Refutation of the Bhaskara View
    Immediate Apprehension of Silver in an Erroneous Cognition (Exposition of Akhyati)
    What is an Erroneous Cognition? Refutation of Akhyati
    Refutation of the Buddhist Theory of the Relation Between Words and Their Meanings; Determination of atmakhyati
    Two Mental Modifications (Vrttis) in an Erroneous Cognition; One Reality and the Levels of Existence
    Non-Difference of Ma ya and Avidya
    Consideration of Cancellation (Badha)
    Establishment of the Self-Luminosity of the Self
    Establishment of the Thesis that Self-Luminous Consciousness is the Locus of the Self, Which Does Not Contradict the Identity of the Brahman and the Jiva
    Establishment of the Thesis that Ignorance is the Material Cause of the Distinction Between the Brahman and the Jiva and the Relation Between Avidya and Consciousness
    Establishment of the Thesis that Consciousness is the Locus of Ignorance, not the Inner Sense
    Consciousness as the Object of Ignorance
    Refutation of the Samkhya View of the Self and Determination of the View that the "I" Denotes the Self
    The Inner Sense is Different from the Self; the Self is Self-Luminous
    Exposition of the Conclusive View Regarding the "I"-Sense
    Not Counted
    Ignorance is a Positive Entity Rather than the Absence of Knowledge
    "I" is not Pure Self; the Status of Life (Prana)
    Existence of the Inner Sense: Objections by the Opponents
    Ignorance is the Cause of the Distinction Between the Original and its Reflection
    The Reflection Theory is Better than the Limitation Theory
    Ignorance, Inner Sense, Gross Body, and the Jiva; Distinction Between the Jiva and the Brahman in Deep Sleep; the Objections Against the Position that it is a Reflection and the Resolution
    Determination of Pratikramavyavastha, Possible Objections, Alternatives, and Resolutions
    Vij�anavada vs. Advaita Vedanta
    Pratyabhij�a
    Establishment of the Momentariness of the Vij�ana Inferentially
    Refutation of the Position that the Space is Visible and Inferable
    Establishment of the Thesis that the Inner Sense is Known by the Saksin
    The Purpose of the Vedantic Texts
    Brahman? Inclusive or Exclusive of the World?
    Whether Truth and Falsity of Cognitions Intrinsic or Extrinsic?
    sabda and Immediate Knowledge
    Determination of the Thesis that Reflection and Contemplation are Subservient to Hearing
    Jivan Mukti
    The Purpose of Vidhi and the Beginning of the Inquiry into the Vedantic Texts
    Bibliography
    Index

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