Anekāntavāda And Syādvāda: Ṛjusūtra (The Standpoint Of Momentariness)

Published: 23.01.2012
Updated: 02.07.2015

The rjusūtra standpoint relates to the momentary nature of a thing.[1] It is narrower than the vyavahāra standpoint in that it looks at a paritcular thing as the thing appears at a particular moment.[2] This standpoint is in operation when, for instance, we treat an actor, who is enacting the role of a king on the stage, as the king for the moment.

While recognising the importance and relative validity of this 'occurrent' aspect in the life of reality we are not expected to loose sight of the 'continuant' character of reality.

An over-emphasis[3] on the fleeting aspect of concrete reality has, according to nayavādin, led the Buddhist to treat this partial truth as the sole foundation of his conception of reality.


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Published by:
Jain Vishwa Bharati Institute
Ladnun - 341 306 (Rajasthan) General Editor:
Sreechand Rampuria
Edited by:
Rai Ashwini Kumar
T.M. Dak
Anil Dutta Mishra

First Edition:1996
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