Vyāghāta

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Vyaghata, VyAghAta, Vyaaghaata


Vyāghāta literally means ‘a statement that contradicts itself’.

Vyāghāta is listed as one of the eleven kinds of tarka or logic. It is actually a statement that contradicts itself and hence ridiculous. An interesting stanza sometimes quoted by commentators runs as follows:
A person is telling his friend that ‘Throughout my life I have been dumb. My father is a celibate. My mother is a barren woman. My grandfather was without children!’


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore