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The parallels between the two theories on such issues clearly make it important in Samkara's eyes that he carefully distinguishes the peculiar Advaita version, involving avidyä as a positive force though nevertheless ultimately unreal, from the Sämkhya account featuring a prakrti that undergoes real transformations and in which avidyä is only a negative fact, the failure to discriminate. The greatest notoriety has surrounded alleged Buddhist influence on Samkara's Advaita. On the face of it the charge is absurd.

First, if liberation is identical with the true nature of one's Self, then it has no beginning, because the Self has no beginning. But the result of an action is something that has a beginning; it comes into existence when the act has been performed. Therefore, foeing without a beginning, liberation cannot be the result of an action. Second, liberation requires the removal of avidyä. Therefore, the action (s ) whose result constitutes liberation must be such as to remove avidyä. But no action can remove avidyä; the only thing that can remove avidyä is knowledge, and knowing is not an act.

The South"; w. Chändogyopanisadväkyabhäsya Sundara Pândya; d. ; p. ; w. Brahmasütravrttivärttika Gaudapädäcärya; d. D. ); p. North Bengal; w. Mändükyopanisadkärikäs (also called Gaudapädakärikäs or Ägamaeästra), (T) Samkaräcärya; d. D. ); p. Kerala; w. Brahmas ütrabhäsya (T), Brhadäranyakopanisadbhäsya (T), Taittiriyopanisadbhäsya (T), Upadeiasahasrï (T), Chändogyopanisadbhäsya (T), Aitareyopanisadbhäsya (T), Ihpanisadbhäsya (T), Kathopanisadbhäsya (T), Kenopanisad (pada)bhäsya (T), Kenopanisad (väkya)bhäsya (E), Mundakopanisadbhäsya (T), PraEnopanisadbhäsya (T), Bhagavadgitäbhäsya (T), Mäniükyopanisadbhäsya with Gaudapädiyakärikäbhäsya (T), *Daksinämürtistotra (T), *Pancikarana (T), *Aparoksänubhüti (T), *Ätmabodha (T), *Éatattoki (T), *Ätmajnänopade§a (T), *Ätmänätmaviveka (T), *Tattvabodha (T), *Da§aÜoki (T), *Väkyavrtti (T), HISTORICAL RESUME 19 *Vlvekacüdämani (T), * Sarvavedäntasiddhantasamgraha (T), *Advaitapancaratna or Ätmapancaka (T), *Väkyasudhä or Drgdrsyaviveka (T), *Upadesapancaka (T), *Mäyäpahcaka (T), *Laghuväkyavrtti (T), *Svetàsvataropanisadbhàsya (E), *Nrsimhottaratâpaniyopariisadbhäsya (E), *KauÊïtakyupanisadbhasya (E) Mandana Misra; d.

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