--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, cardemaister <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
wrote:
> The root of the word _avidyaa_ prolly is 'vid'
> (= to know). Obviously , _vidyaa_ means something
> like 'knowledge', and _a-vidyaa_ is the opposite
> of that, 'ignorance'. From the same root are 
> e.g. words like 'veda' and 'vaidya'. 
> There are some five suutras in PaataƱjala-yoga-
> darshanam that contain the word _avidyaa_.
>  Suutra number 5 in the _saadhana-paada_
> (Chapter 2) seems like the definition of _avidyaa:
> 
> (legend: z = sh in Harvard-Kyoto -convention)
> 
> anityaazuci-duHkhaanaatmasu nitya-zuci-
> sukhaatmakhyaatir avidyaa
> 
> (without sandhi:
> anitya; azuci; duHkha; an_aatmasu; nitya;
> zuci; sukha; aatma-khyaatiH; avidyaa.)
> 
> The Sanskrit syntax of that suutra is quite "interesting":
> 
> in noneternal-impure-misery-not_self
> eternal-pure-happiness-self -"knowledge" (is)
> ignorance
> 
> Taimni tries to convey that in English like this:
> 
> /avidyaa/ is taking the non-eternal, impure, evil
> and non-aatman to be eternal, pure, good and aatman
> respectively.

The next time you see Taimni, could you ask 
him for me if he could point out something
in the universe that is non-eternal at its
most fundamental level.  Then I can start
from there when trying to determine if it
is indeed 'impure' or 'evil.'  :-)







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