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Ajata doctrine of Advaita Vedanta
« on: June 14, 2009, 05:34:00 PM »
Dr. Maslavala further read V.K. Ajgaonkar's letter. 

The letter went on to say:  "Ramana Maharshi is an exponent
of the Ajata doctrine of Advaita Vedanta.  Of course, it is a
bit difficult."  Bhagavan remarked on this:  "Someone has
told him so. I do not teach only Ajata doctrine.  I approve of
all schools.  The same truth has to be expressed in different
ways to suit the capacity of the hearer.  The Ajata doctrine
says: 'Nothing exists except the one Reality.  There is no birth
or death, no projection or drawing in, no moksha, no mumukshu, no mukta, no bondage and no liberation.  The one Unity alone
exists for ever.'  To such of those who find it difficult to grasp
this truth and who ask, 'How can we ignore this solid world
we see all around us?', the dream experience is pointed out
and they are told, 'All that you see depends on the Seer. Apart
from the Seer, there is no seen.'  This is called Drishti-Srishti
Vada or the argument that one first creates out of his mind and
then sees what his mind itself has created.  To such as can't
grasp even this and further argue, 'The dream experience is
so short, while the world always exists.  The dream experience
was limited to me, but the world is felt and seen not only by me, but by so many, and we cannot call such a world non-existence,' the argument called Srishi-Drishti Vada is addressed and they
are told, 'God first created such and such a thing, out of such
and such an element, and then something else, and so forth.'
That alone will satisfy this class.  Their mind is otherwise not
satisfied and they ask themselves, 'How can all geography,
all maps, all sciences, all stars, planets and rules governing
or relating to them and all knowledge to be totally untrue?'
To such, it is best to say, 'Yes, God created all this and you
see it.' "

Dr. Masalavala said: "But all these cannot be true.  Only
one doctrine could be true."  Bhagavan said, "All these
are only to suit the capacity of the learner.  The absolute
can only be one."

(Source: Day by Day, Devaraja Mudaliar, 15.3.1946

Arunachala Siva.