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How Sankara and Bhagavan Ramana tackle Maya?
« on: January 22, 2009, 11:20:02 AM »
The idea of Maya is the point where the antagonists of Advaita Vedanta attack the system as showing inconsistency against its
principle of A-dvaita, Maya being 'second' to account for diversity, which cannot be included in the 'One', that is Advaita!

Bhagavan Ramana supported Sankara and the Advaita system. Of course, for Ramana, it is His own experience first.

The tantriks and others of the kind condemn Sankara's philosophy as Maya-path without understanding him aright.  What does he say?
He says:
1. Brahman is real.
2. The Universe is a myth.
3. Brahman is the Universe.

Sankara does not stop at the second statement, but continues to supplement it with the third. What does it signify?  The universe
is conceived to be apart from Brahman, and that perception is wrong.  The antangonists point to his illustration of 'the snake in
the rope'.  In dim light one can think a coiled rope to be a snake.
THIS IS UNCONDITONED SUPERIMPOSITION.  After the truth of the rope is known, the illusion of the snake is removed once and for all.

But they should also take into account the CONDITIONED SUPERIMPOSITION., that is, 'the water in the mirage.'

The mirage does not disappear even after we know it to be a mirage. The vision is there, but the man does not run to it for water.  Sankara must be understood in the light of both these illustrations.
The world is a myth. Even after knowing it, it continues to appear.
It must be known to be Brahman and not apart

The antagonists continue.  How?

(Source: Hunting the 'I' Lucy Carnelssen.  Sri Ramanasramam,

Arunachala Siva.