Samkhara Research Paper

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Adhyasa is one of the elements contained in the philosophy of Samkhara. Adhyasa implies superimposition, a scenario where a person erroneously perceives one thing as another. It is a cognition of what it is in what it is not. The perception is dependent on the memory or experience of the person. The memories cause ascription of properties in things, and the presence of the properties in other things cause temporal confusion in perceptions. The erroneous perception is not only based on the experience but metaphysics. The abstract reasoning situation (brahman) and atman (appearance to be a finite body and self) are accountable for such superimposition according to the Samkhara. Superimposition creates a locus in something and another entity is …show more content…
Superimposing qualities of undifferentiated reality creates an empirical world of names and forms. Advaitins believe that superimposition is based on worldly experiences and the world in general. Some superimpositions are temporary while others are beginingless and endless (those that include superimposing the world on Brahman, empirically taking the world to be real which is not). The things that are considered real such as the snake do not have unperceived essence of existence (esse is precipi) (Gupta, 2012, p.229). Any form of superimposition accounts to ignorance. The Advaitans assert that ignorance is as positive and real as the real things …show more content…
Ignorance is beginningless and endless. Ignorance makes a reality to appear in different forms (Gupta, 2012, p.232). Right knowledge destroys such ignorance. False things are hard to describe because they can be both real and unreal depending on experience of the perceiver. False things do not exist, have objective counterparts hence cannot become objects of experience. False entities are given, have objective counterparts or are experienced but are subsequently cancelled (negated in the loci that they were experienced). A person perceiving a rope as a snake is not seeing a snake physically or a rope mentally hence the image of the snake is merely an experience of qualities of the snake. The peculiar entity is not real or unreal and cannot be described. The situation creates the unreal empirical world of the Samkhara and reality is not on the basis of existence.
There is an idea of falsity of what exists in the mind of a person as a basis of ignorance. In one part, the author claims that the perception of one thing to be the other is ignorance because it is a reflection of what is in the mind of the perceiver. This means that confusing one thing with another, under certain conditions makes a person

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