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avidyA and advaita

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_be.com)
Date: Tue Jun 29 1999 - 11:23:20 PDT

There was some discussion of the concept of
avidyA (ignorance) and its place in Advaita philosophy 
recently. I think it is important for us to understand
avidyA as seen by the Advaita school.

Ramakrishnan or Vidyasankar, can you give us a brief
overview of what avidyA is, its place in Advaita, and
some of the problems in understanding it?

After that we can understand Visistadvaita's criticism
and/or understanding of it.

Mani