Anekanta: The Third Eye: [04.11] Third Eye 1 - The World Of Unmanifested Modes

Published: 20.04.2007
Updated: 06.08.2008

Think about this on the basis of anekanta. The information gained from gross or manifest modes is not complete. The world of manifested modes is very small. That which is not manifested is a much larger world. Gross modes are few, the subtle ones many more. As long as we do not step into the world of the unmanifested or subtle modes, all decisions will be single dimensional, incomplete. From the viewpoint of anekanta, they would be considered untrue.

The meaning of anekanta is not just to explain rules. It explains the subtle modes or traits too. Many scholars of anekanta limit the use of anekanta to the gross world. This way they are narrowing the scope of anekanta, it gets bound within limits. The boundaries of anekanta are vast. It says do not interpret truth on the basis of the rules that govern the gross world or purely on the basis of vyavahar naya or the ernpirical perspective. The largest doorway to truth is through the world of subtle modes or the world of nischay naya or transcendental perspective. Till there is no mutual connection between the empirical and the transcendental, the third eye cannot open. The opening of the third eye itself means the coming together of the transcendental and empirical perspectives. The opening of the third eye means an equal awareness towards the gross and the subtle modes. When we are exposed to new facts we are bewildered. But there is no reason to be bewildered if we can understand the transcendental perspective or the secret of subtle modes. Then there is no bewilderment. We are surprised because of our lack of understanding. Dogmatism is the result of our lack of understanding. Conservative tensions, blind beliefs are all because of our stupidity. Man catches on to one thing and clings to it obstinately. If another point of view is presented to him, he gets angry, impassioned.

One day a politician got angry with his secretary. He said, "I told you to prepare a speech of fifteen minutes duration and you gave me one which was one hour long. I got tired reading it. The listeners also protested. I was insulted. You did not pay enough attention. You are not fit to be a secretary. The secretary replied, "Sir please listen to me also. I had prepared a speech of fifteen minutes only. It had been made into four copies. You took all the four copies and read each one after another."

Man gets lost in dogmatism and does not know where he is heading. And then there are many difficulties. Dogmatism is created because man pulls the curtains down on the subtle world. He rejects the subtle world totally. Accepting only the gross modes that are manifested and legitimizing only the gross rules, kills the very being of truth.

  • Anekanta: The Third Eye by Acharya Mahaprajna, © 2002
  • Translated by Sudhamahi Regunathan
  • Published by Jain Vishva Bharati Institute (Deemed University), Ladnun, Rajasthan, India

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