New PDF release: An Enquiry into the Nature of Liberation: Bhaṭṭa

By Alex Watson, Dominic Goodall, S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma

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Identity of the Proponents Next we turn to the question of who the proponents of these views were. (1) We have already seen two pieces of evidence for the attribution of the first to the Mahavratas: Ramakantha claims that it was the view of those who followed such texts as the Hrdayapramana, which is one of the scriptures of the Mahavratas, and Trilocanasiva names its proponents as the Mahavratas. To this two other pieces of evidence can be added. First, commenting on Moksakarika 118-122, Ramakantha gives this same view and attributes it to the Mahavratas.

The nature (svarupa) of the power to cognize and act does not change at all; it is like a light shining forth always the same from the core of the soul. But before liberation the light is blocked by a covering that partially surrounds it, whereas after liberation it shines forth unobstructed. How do the three samdnatantrika views differ from this? View 18: T he A rising (utpada) of th e Q ualities of G od The pro­ ponents of this view29 hold that omniscience and omnipotence arise in the soul at the time of liberation, having not existed there before.

First, anvaya in the sense of necessary co-occurrence or logical concomitance is a relation possessed by two things. Anvaya in the Sankhya argument is a more complex relation that is possessed by a plurality of Ys and one X. Secondly, if two things have anvaya in the sense of necessary co-occurrence or logical concomitance, no conclusion is entailed about their material cause. From the fact that wherever person A goes, person B also goes, it does not follow that A’s going and B’s going share the same material cause, or that one is the material cause of the other.

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An Enquiry into the Nature of Liberation: Bhaṭṭa Rāmakaṇṭha’s Paramokṣanirāsakārikāvṛtti, a commentary on Sadyojyotiḥ’s refutation of twenty conceptions of the liberated state (mokṣa) by Alex Watson, Dominic Goodall, S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma


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