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Among the feminine forms prominently displaying the divine excellence, Memory is one; this definitely emphasises the exalted status assigned to memory by the Lord Himself. In recognition Pratyabhijna, memory of what was perceived in the past is as much important as what is being perceived in the present. The identity of the perceived object with the remembered one is the new knowledge we get through recognition. The role of memory is even more obvious in comparison Upamana. Whether we interpret it as an instrument of knowledge of the denotative relation between a name of an unfamiliar object and the object itself or an instrument of knowledge of the resemblance of an unperceived object to the perceived one, the resulting knowledge would be impossible without memory. Non-apprehension is accepted by Bhattas and Advaitins as an independent source of valid knowledge. It is a means, leading to the knowledge of the non-existence of a thing. Even this knowledge depends upon the memory of the knowledge of that thing when it was in existence. The non-cognition of a pot on the ground leads to the knowledge of the non-existence of a pot on the ground only when we have a recollective cognition of what is a pot, what it was like etc. Memory is thus an important element in all the generally accepted pramanas. In other words, the discussion, implies that memory is an important verificative instrument in all knowledge denying validity to memory will render all these pramanas suspect is authority and all knowledge as of doubtful origin Printed Pages: 130. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 96054
Titel: Memory in Indian Epistemology: Its Nature ...
Verlag: Sri Satguru Publications
Auflage: First edition.