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By Swami Harshananda

Vyāghāta literally means ‘a statement that contradicts itself’.

Vyāghāta is listed as one of the eleven kinds of tarka or logic. It is actually a statement that contradicts itself and hence ridiculous. An interesting stanza sometimes quoted by commentators runs as follows:

A person is telling his friend that ‘Throughout my life I have been dumb. My father is a celibate. My mother is a barren woman. My grandfather was without children!’


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