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Mantram-12.


 Discussion-2. "Vidya  and  Avidya"......



In  the  earlier  mantra-s  it  has  already  been  said  that  'Vidya  and  Avidya'  are  not  mutually  contradictory  or  conflicting  ideas,  each  a  sure  death-knell  to  the  other,  and  they  are  not  to  be  mixed  indiscriminately  into  a  rough  synthesis.


It  has  been  said  that  they  are  complementary  to  each  other,  and  that  they  are  to  be  undertaken  in  an  intelligent  sequence.


First,  action  ( Avidya )  as  dictated  by  our  desires,  in  order  to  bring  us  out  of  inertia
( tamas )  into  an  active  mentality  of  sprightly  enthusiasm  ( rajas ),  and,  thereafter,  through  a  pursuit  of  desireless  activity,  one  can  gain  purification  of  one's  mind  and  intellect  which  is  a  preparation  for  meditation.



Later  on,  through  steady  and  diligent  meditation,  the  seeker  gains  the  fulfilment  of  knowledge  ( Vidya ).


This  same  idea  being  described  here  using  another  set  of  words  to  represent  "Vidya  and  Avidya".


Next : Discussion-3. "Asambhuti" ( Unmanifest ) .... "Sambhuti" ( Manifest ) .....

To be continued   ...'


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