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Dr. Sadananda

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Prior experience
« on: February 22, 2015, 09:56:33 AM »
Prior experience

      In order to make the mistake, we must have had prior experience of that which is superimposed. We could not see a snake where the rope is unless we knew what a real snake was. Whilst this is possible in the case of the rope-snake, it is not possible in the aatmaa-anaatmaa case because we would have to have prior experience of a 'real' anaatmaa and it is part of the fundamental teaching of Advaita that there is no such thing; there is only the aatman.

      Accordingly, in the case of the aatmaa-anaatmaa, not one of these four conditions is satisfied. Therefore superimposition of anaatmaa onto aatmaa, the fundamental cause of our error according to Shankara, is not possible - so says the objector.