From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

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!’


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

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