Paradox of Negation

I found an interesting discussion on negation in one of blogs that I follow. I too find in my own exploration both importance of balancing negation with acceptance.

My experience in quest for absolute truth and self realization, two sides of the same coin, is that mind tends to latch on many falsehood, like a mirage. This illusion is so powerful that we tend to get quickly attached to this, mistaking it for the real. Probably, this is why Sankaracharya advocates Brahma Jnanavalimalanegation of all such illusions and directs attention towards the observer from the object of observation

drk drsyau dvau padaarthau stah parasparavilakshanam
drg brahma drsyam maayeti sarvavedaantadindimah

Roughly translates as: Distinction between eye (Observer) and vision (observation) are different. Vedanta declares that the observer is Brahma and the observation is illusion

He goes further, and concludes with:
brahma satyam jaganmithyaa jeevo brahmaiva naaparah
anena vedyam tat sat saastram iti vedaantadindimah

Roughly translates as: Vedanta declares that the correct knowledge can be gained, knowing that Brahma is truth and the world is illusion (creation of observer’s mind and five senses). Self is no different from Brahma.

One Response to “Paradox of Negation”

  1. Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda Says:

    Knowing, experiencing, observing, witnessing, etc., are acts that imply a doer- knower, observer, witnesser or experiencer. In the process, what is known, experienced, witnessed or observed becomes the object of actions.

    But who is the doer? Is it the Self ( Atma ) or is it the body-mind complex ? Every Jivatma faces this difficulty to identify the doer since the Atma has entered into a partnership with the body-mind complex to function in this world.

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