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Reality is used in a different sense and is applied loosely by some thinkers to objects. They say that the reflected (adhyasika)

Reality admits of degrees which are named:

(1) Vyavaharika satya (everyday life) - this chair is seen by me and is real.

(2) Pratibhasika satya (illusory) - Illusion of a serpent in a coiled rope. The appearance is real to the man who thinks so.

This phenomenon appears at a point of time and under certain circumstances.

(3) Paramartika satya (ultimate) - Reality is that which remains the same always and without change.

If Reality be used in the wider sense the world may be said to have the everyday life and illusory degrees (vyavaharika and pratibhasika satya).Some,however, deny even the reality of practical life - vyavaharika satya and consider it to be only projection of the mind.According to them it is only pratibhasika satya, i.e., an illusion.

Source: Talks With Ramana Maharshi Book

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Re: Ramana Maharshi discusses about different degress of Reality
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2010, 10:25:57 AM »

Dear prasanth,

There is only one Reality.  This Paramarthika Satya only operates
as circumstances demand, other other two Satya.  Once some devotee asked Bhagavan Ramana:  "If your mind is dead, how are you able
to move around, and avoid a table or a rock (in the Hill) on the
way?"  Bhagavan Ramana said:  "The Self within Me guides Me
in such situations."

Arunachala Siva.