'Burning Glasses' in Ancient India: another question.

P.Magnone at agora.stm.it P.Magnone at agora.stm.it
Mon Apr 24 15:45:17 UTC 1995

The crystal analogy also appears in Yogasuutra I,41 (abhijaatasyeva
maNer, glossed by Vyaasa, Bhoja et al. as sphaTika).

Paolo Magnone
Catholic University of Milan
p.magnone at agora.stm.it

On 24-Apr-95 Roy Perret wrote:

 > The model of a clear crystal or jewel that reflects something
 > coloured (e.g. a red flower) is widely used in Advaitin texts to
 > illustrate various theses of the school, including the crucial
 > epistemological notion of superimposition (adhyasa).  It appears not
 > only in late Advaitin epistemological textbooks like the
 > Vedantaparibhasa (I.116-117, Suryanarayana Sasri's edition), but also
 > in early Advaita. This includes Sankara himself: Upad.I.7.4,
 > I,17,16, I,18,122 (Mayeda's ed.); BSBh I,3,19, III,2,11; BUBh
 > IV,3.30; Chand. Up.Bh VI, 4,1-4.  The analogy is also utilised by
 > Mandana Misra (Brahmasiddhi I,39, III,49) and by Padmapada
 > (Pancapadika XXVI,97-100).  Interestingly, the crystal analogy is not
 > unique to Advaita. It also appears in Bhartrhari's Vakyapadiya
 > III,3,41.



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