[INDOLOGY] Mayavada (was Lines to an Advaitin)
krishnaprasadah.g at gmail.com
Thu Apr 9 06:08:34 UTC 2020
I have seen the usage earlier than Madhav Philosophy is from Parthasarathi
Misra in his Shastra Dipika. And also in Ramanujacharya tradition is also
On Thu, Apr 9, 2020, 11:35 AM Michael Williams via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> I would just add that the Mādhvas usually use the term māyā-vādin to
> refer to Advaitin philosophers. It is clear that it has a pejorative
> force, particularly in texts like the Madhvavijaya (the most famous
> biography of Madhva). The Madhvavijaya makes a lot of the fact that the
> compound can be interpreted as a straightforward statement of the
> Advaitins' position (they are "philosophers who hold that [the world] is
> illusion"), but also with a pejorative sense as "a proponent of the
> fraudulent/false philosophy”. The Mādhvas widely refer to themselves by
> contrast as tattva-vādins ("proponents of the doctrine that [the world]
> is real" / "proponents of the truth").
> Best wishes,
> Michael Williams
> Am 09.04.2020 01:38, schrieb Dean Michael Anderson via INDOLOGY:
> > I notice that this post uses the term 'mayavada' in referring to
> > Advaitins. This is appropriate in this context I suppose because it is
> > offering an alternative perspective to Advaita.
> > But some of the Advaitins I have spoken to say that that is a term
> > coined by their opponents and that it is inaccurate, even if it has
> > been adopted by some ill-informed Advaitins to refer to themselves and
> > become part of the popular speech. These Advaitins say that the
> > emphasis should be on 'avidya' or 'mithya' rather than 'maya'.
> > I wonder if anyone has any comments about this or could point me to
> > some publications that discuss it.
> > Note: I am interested in the scholarly discussion of these terms and
> > the associated concepts, not in a discussion about which is the
> > supreme realization. :-)
> > Best,
> > Dean
> > Harsha Dehejia via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> > Friends:
> > Inspired by Madhav Deshpande and with a long history of my polite
> > confrontations with Advaitins I propose to write 100 lines.
> > I am a staunch Krishna rasika. Writing in English deprives my lines of
> > the majesty of Sanskrit. However what English lacks in the melody and
> > rhythms of Sanskrit it will hopefully make up in its rasa.
> > Wait O! Advaitin, before I accept your mayavada
> > Let me tarry a bit and enjoy the lotus face of Krishna.
> > Kind regards,
> > Harsha
> > Prof. Harsha V. Dehejia
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