Anekanta: The Third Eye: [03.10] Relativity - The Two Rules Of Anekanta

Published: 27.03.2007
Updated: 06.08.2008

The search for truth should not turn into a labyrinthine one. The man who sets out in search of truth should not get lost in a labyrinth. To grapple with all these problems anekanta has given two rules, which I have explained in detail. The two basic rules are: primary and secondary. Man knows one primary manifested mode, the mode that stares him in the face. But he should not forget that behind it are many unmanifested modes. Along with that one manifested mode, many unmanifested are hidden. Anekanta says concentrate on the primary attribute but do not treat it as though it is the absolute. With your statements add the word syaad. With this it will be clear that reference is being made to the primary attribute. The rest are all secondary. But if you think of the primary attribute as the only one, then you are losing your way. The thread of truth will slip from your hands and the partial truth will also turn into untruth.

Relativity cannot be given up in the pursuit of truth nor can the word syaad be dispensed with. All the philosophers and thinkers who did not use the word syaad have become uni-directional in their explanations. Their philosophies have become limited to one aspect. Reality states that with every truth there is a certain point of reference. It is relative. This truth is being looked at from any one perspective. If we can understand its point of reference, if we can grasp that vision, then we can move towards truth, or else, we cannot. Today it is of utmost importance to add the word syaad to our expressions.

  • 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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