CIT Consciousness (Foundations of Philosophy in India) by Bina Gupta

By Bina Gupta

This quantity, part of the rules of Philosophy in India sequence, is an exam of the myriad conceptions of recognition in classical Indian philosophy.

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The five organs of sense, the five organs of action, and the five vital breaths refer to the outer core of the individual's activity. The remaining four-the mind, the intellect, the ego-sense, and the mind-stuff-refer to the inner core of the individual. 31. M. Hiriyanna, Outlines ofIndian Philosophy (London: Allen and Unwin, 1967), p. 71. Hereafter this book will be tited as Outlines. 32. 1. 33. 7. 34. 2. 35. 22. 36. 23. 37. Bina Gupta, Perceiving in Advaita Vedanta: Epistemological Analysis and Interpretation (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 1991), p.

It is of the nature of light; it is selfluminous. Notes 1. CU, 6, 8 and 10. 2. 3. 3. 10. 4. 2. 5. 2. 6. 6. 7. 23. 8. 9. 9. 16. 10. 19. 11. Yiijiiavalkya appears twice in BU, first in a verbal contest with other brahmins and subsequently in a dialogue with King Janaka of Videha. 12. 6. UnleSS otherwise noted, translations are mine. I have tried to give a translation of some of the passages in readable English to make it accessible to my readers without jeopardizing the integrity of the Sanskrit texts.

49 In Sanskrit literature, when talking about the light of consciousness, the authors use the analogy of a lamp. This analogy should not to be taken literally because both the lamp and its flame are material objects, which are strictly speaking objects of consciousness. ich makes possible all seeing or knowing. No physical light satisfies this requirement of independence. A flashlight can show a thing only to a conscious being; consciousness, however, shows things without presupposing any other thing.

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