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By George Weston Briggs

The cult of the Kanphata Yogis is a distinct unit inside Hinduism, and its learn are crucial for knowing this section of the non secular lifetime of India. This has drawn upon a number of assets, reminiscent of the legends, folk-lore and the formulated texts of this sect.

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His exponent’s expressions of certainty are often somewhat grotesque, suggesting the opposite of a well-established sense of security. (In other words, the siddhāntin’s certainty is concomitant with the author’s insecurity or doubt). In this respect, my hypothesis is this: the closer we read the bhāṣya, the more capable we are of noticing the difference between the author’s and exponent’s voices. True competence in reading the bhāṣya using this ‘way of distinction’ would amount to re-reading the entire BSBh.

Though manas is a product of the process of avidyā and triggered by the inconceivable contact of puruṣa and prakṛti (and thus capable of thinking and talking), it still retains an unconscious quality. 10 Thus, ātman in this case, in his diagnosis of manas’s condition, speaks Sāṅkhya language, a specific dualistic declamation of the author’s voice. It is evidently not a light matter to let ātman speak Dvaita Sāṅkhya-Yoga language in such a context. The mind’s silence, perhaps somewhat eerie and unlikely for persons unfamiliar with Sāṅkhya conceptualization of the mind as an object, is most natural for a principle or mode of being exclusively objective and inherently unconscious (acetana).

Ibid. 16 17 18 chapter two than as a designation of Brahman) comes naturally (suprasiddha) and quickly (śīghram) to the mind. In accordance with his coherent world-view, the siddhāntin is, strictly speaking, certainty-bound; the author, as suggested above, is certainty-free. His exponent’s expressions of certainty are often somewhat grotesque, suggesting the opposite of a well-established sense of security. (In other words, the siddhāntin’s certainty is concomitant with the author’s insecurity or doubt).

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