‘Everything is unborn’

Everything is born from the viewpoint t of ordinary men (samvriti), and therefore there is nothing eternal. As a matter of fact, however, everything is unborn and so there is no destruction whatever.                                             Gaudapada karika – 4-57

Here samvriti means ‘concealing’, the common sense view of people under the influence of ‘ignorance’ (Avidya), but from the viewpoint of things as they are, i.e. viewed from the position of reality, everything is the One entity, the unborn Self, and there is nothing destructible.

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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