Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Vaisheshika - 04 - Paramanu

a. Paramanu means the smallest possible division of matter beyond which further division results in loss of identifiable components
b. Thus according to Vaisheshika, Paramanu consists of the first four Eternal Realities - Earth, Water, Fire and Air.
c. By definition, Paramanu is without parts, which means it is eternal - that is it cannot be created or destroyed as:
i. Creation would involve the combination of sub-components
ii. Destruction would involve the separation of sub-components
d. By definition, Paramanu has no magnitude, and is not measurable, for if it could be measured that would mean it has sub-parts which can be measured
e. Thus the only thing applicable to Paramanu is its existence

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