Dialogues on the Hindu Philosophy, Comprising the Nyaya, the Sankhya, the Vedant; To Which Is Added a Discussion of the Authority of the Vedas
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...as ourselves, only they do not boldly avow it. The Vedantists evade the real question by saying that God SANKHYA PLEADINGS. 193 creates the world in connection with amldyd, (ignorance or delusion). They thus support their system by actually attributing ignorance and delusion to the creator of the universe. They virtually deny-supreme intelligence to the creator. Such is the theism of our opponents before whom Kapila's teaching must dwindle into a n'ir1s'wa.ra system! I doubt whether any one can have the boldness to say that avtdyli. or a principle of ignorance, is a more intelligent cause than prakriti or inanimate nature. S'ankare.charya's wonder at the idea of inanimate nature producing such a harmonious world ill consorts with his own doctrine that the same world was created by ignorance or want of deliberation. I-Ie that can believe that a principle of ignorance could project a plan of the universe before us, need not look aghast at the idea of an unintelligent principle performing the same exploit. "S'ankara is as confident that Brahma or the spirit is mlrgzma, or destitute of affections, as Kapila that' the Purusha is m's.sanga or free from attachments. Kapila carries out his principle and maintains that the soul without attachments cannot be a creator, having no motive for any action. The Vedantist endeavours to reconcile opposite principles by maintaining that the nirguna Spirit. also independent of motives, creates the universe in association with avidya or ignorance. "But the most unaccountable flight of Vedantic imagination is in the saying that Brahma or the spirit is not really associated with delusion--that it is through avidya or delusion that delusion is attributed...
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