A History of Indian Philosophy V.3

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Volume III Chapter XV The Bhaskara School of Philosophy Date of Bhaskara. Udayana, in his Nyaya-kusumanjali, speaks of Bhaskara as a commentator on the Vedanta in accordance with the traditions of the tridanda school of Vedanta and as holding the view that Brahman suffers evolutionary changes. Bhattoji Diksita also, in his Tattva-viveka-tika-vivarana, speaks of Bhatta Bhaskara as holding the doctrine of difference and non-difference (bhedabheda). It is certain, however, that he flourished after Sankara, for, though he does not mention him by name, yet the way in which he refers to him makes it almost certain that he wrote his commentary with the express purpose of refuting some of the cardinal doctrines of sankara’s commentary on the Brahma-sutra. Thus, at the very beginning of his commentary, he says that it aims at refuting those who, hiding the real sense of the sutra, have only expressed their own opinions, and in other places also he speaks in very strong terms against the commentator who holds the maya doctrine and is a Buddhist in his views. But, though he was opposed to Sankara, it was only so far as Sankara had introduced the maya doctrine, and only so far as he thought the world had sprung forth not as a real modification of Brahman, but only through maya. For both Sankara and Bhaskara would agree in holding that the Brahman was both the material caue and the instrumental cause (upadana and nimitta).
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