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Bhāvarupa literally means ‘of the form of existence,’ ‘positive’.
 
Bhāvarupa literally means ‘of the form of existence,’ ‘positive’.
  
According to the Advaita Vedānta philosophy our real nature is the ātman or the Self which is pure consciousness. Our ignorance of our real nature is technically called as ‘avidyā’ or ‘ajñāna’. It has led to our wrong identification with the body-mind complex resulting in samsāra or transmigratory existence. Hence, to attain mokṣa or liberation, we have to get rid of this avidyā or ajñāna through vidyā or jñāna (knowledge).
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According to the [[Advaita]] Vedānta philosophy our real nature is the [[Ātman|ātman]] or the Self which is pure [[consciousness]]. Our ignorance of our real nature is technically called as ‘[[avidyā]]’ or ‘[[ajñāna]]’. It has led to our wrong identification with the body-mind complex resulting in samsāra or transmigratory existence. Hence, to attain mokṣa or liberation, we have to get rid of this [[avidyā]] or [[ajñāna]] through [[vidyā]] or jñāna (knowledge).
  
In this connection, philosophers of the Advaita school have widely discussed the nature of this avidyā or ajñāna. They have  come to the conclusion that it is ‘bhāvarupa’ i.e. positive and not ‘abhāva- rupa’ or negative since it is felt or experienced. For instance, when we say, ‘I do not know anything,’ ‘I am an ignorant person’ we actually feel or experience that ignorance. However, its reality has not been given the status of ‘sat’ (‘that which exists’) since it can be destroyed by knowledge.
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In this connection, philosophers of the [[Advaita]] school have widely discussed the nature of this avidyā or ajñāna. They have  come to the conclusion that it is ‘bhāvarupa’ i.e. positive and not ‘[[abhāva]]- rupa’ or negative since it is felt or experienced. For instance, when we say, ‘I do not know anything,’ ‘I am an ignorant person’ we actually feel or experience that ignorance. However, its reality has not been given the status of ‘[[sat]]’ (‘that which exists’) since it can be destroyed by knowledge.
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore

Latest revision as of 20:56, 15 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Bhavarupa, BhAvarupa, Bhaavarupa


Bhāvarupa literally means ‘of the form of existence,’ ‘positive’.

According to the Advaita Vedānta philosophy our real nature is the ātman or the Self which is pure consciousness. Our ignorance of our real nature is technically called as ‘avidyā’ or ‘ajñāna’. It has led to our wrong identification with the body-mind complex resulting in samsāra or transmigratory existence. Hence, to attain mokṣa or liberation, we have to get rid of this avidyā or ajñāna through vidyā or jñāna (knowledge).

In this connection, philosophers of the Advaita school have widely discussed the nature of this avidyā or ajñāna. They have come to the conclusion that it is ‘bhāvarupa’ i.e. positive and not ‘abhāva- rupa’ or negative since it is felt or experienced. For instance, when we say, ‘I do not know anything,’ ‘I am an ignorant person’ we actually feel or experience that ignorance. However, its reality has not been given the status of ‘sat’ (‘that which exists’) since it can be destroyed by knowledge.

References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore