Avijja translated as "Insentience"

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Re: Avijja translated as "Insentience"

Post by Layt » Mon May 07, 2018 2:27 pm

The chain Avijjā-Saṅkhāra-Viññāṇa is a reference to the vedic theory of the creation of the world.

Avijjā corresponds to the inability of ātman (the creator) to cognize (since it is alone at the beginning of the universe).
Saṅkhāra corresponds to its wish to cognize
Viññāṇa corresponds to it performing the act of cognition

We can find a parody of this process in the Theravāda : mahā Brahmā appears alone at the beginning of a new kappa and wishes to come out of his solitude, then other deva appear, mahā Brahmā thinks he created them, the other deva believe that he created them... thus mahā Brahmā becomes revered as a creator god.

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Re: Avijja translated as "Insentience"

Post by Dhammarakkhito » Mon May 07, 2018 6:28 pm

thats a pretty bad translation in my opinion. pain is felt, whether or not you understand pain as it really is. if you feel pain and are untrained you will agonize
'vedanā comes from the same root', can someone back this up
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