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G. 8). It is possible that Pasupatas used to adduce these smrti verses in order to explain the principle behind their practice. Introduction 43 (3) Transference o f a Flame The Sankrantivadin next adduces the example of a flame transferring from one wick to another. Not surprisingly, the Siddhantin responds in the same manner as he has to the first two examples: this involves, he argues, not the transference of one and the same flame, but the arising of a new flame. This flame example, furthermore, is inappropriate for a second reason, namely that flames are not qualities.

He denies that any change in the nature of the thing is required for it to produce an effect. The change that produces the effect is the presence of auxiliary causes such as earth and moisture. Against this the Ksanikavadin gives three options that Ramakantha can take, each of them problematic. If the seed is capable of producing a sprout, then it should produce it even in the absence of the auxiliaries (while still in the granary). If it is not capable of producing a sprout, it would not produce it even in the presence of the auxiliaries (in the field).

1) Consciousness is by nature a perceiver (grahaka). (2) A perceiver depends on perceived objects (grahyas). (3) Perceived ob­ jects are unreal (avasturupa). (4) Therefore the perceiver is unreal, false (bhranta). e. 26 Ramakantha’s refutation of this position consists primarily in arguing for the reality and permanence of the perceiver. His target is the Buddhist idea of a stream of momentary perceivers. 2). He first shows that the stream of con­ sciousness is plural, then argues that there is no self or perceiver beyond that.

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