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Vyavaharika

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Vyavaharika in English


Vyavaharika (Sanskrit) [from vy-ava-hri to act or behave in affairs from the verbal root hri to carry, receive, obtain, hold] Relating to business or practice, hence practical.


Pertaining to the ordinary pragmatic affairs of life or custom.

In Vedantic philosophy one of the three forms of existence in human life in contradistinction to the only real life (paramarthika) and the illusory life (pratibhasika).

In Buddhist context, samvriti refers to the conventional, as opposed to absolute, truth or reality.

Knowledge is considered as split into three levels:


The first being the illusory (called samvriti, parikalpita or pratibhasika according to different schools of thought), considered false compared to the empirical (samvriti, paratantra or vyavaharika),

in turn trumped by the transcendental (paramartha or paramarthika). Compare: paramartha



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