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The differences between the pratibirnba-vada and the abhasa-vada however, are extremely subtle, and were not emphasized to any ver; great extent in the literature as a whole. 14 Cf. B. K. SenGupta, A Critique on the Vivarai;ia School (Calcutta: S. N. SenGupta, 1959), pp. 240-41. 52 ADVAITA VEDANTA sight. The Absolute appears differently according to these differences among individuals. the relation between the jiva and Atman. As the mirror loses its individual characteristics it reflects better what is presented to it.

I t I I No one can doubt the fact of his own existence. Were one to do so, who could the doubter be ? 9 Cf. hkara, Brahmasutrabha~ya, I, 1, 17, and IV, 1, 3. hkara, Brahmasutrabhi'i~ya, II, 3, 7. 50 ADV AITA VEDANTA II The individual soul is not directly the highest Atman, because it is seen to be different on account of the upadhis [limiting adjuncts]; nor is it different from the Atman, because it is the Atman who has entered as the jivatman in all the bodies. We may call the jiva as a mere reflection of the Atman.

Time, with its before and after, can make no claim on the "eternal Now" which is the state of Atman realization. " 3 •t, Likewise it is spaceless: Spatial relations hold between objects of the empirical order; they cannot be extended to constrain that which is the content of spiritual experience. 2 Brhaa-arm:iyaka Upani$ad, IV, 3, 9. 3 Ka{ha Upani$ad, I, 2, 18. " 6 Thought functions only with forms, in multiplicity; Atman, being without determinate form and being ultimately simple, cannot be an object knowable by the mind, perceivable by the senses.

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