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Sapta Vidha Anupapatti, also called Seven Untenables is said to be an objection raised against the concept of Avidya of Advaita Vedanta. I've some questions regarding it:

  • What is Sapta Vidha Anupapatti or what are the seven untenables?
    Though a quick search gives the list and some description of those 7 Anupapattis at advaita-vedanta.org archives.

  • Who has written the work "Sapta Vidha Anupapatti"?
    Is the work written by Sri Ramanujacharya or Sri Vaishnava Acharya? I found one google book authored John A. Grimes. So, is the work carried out by him i.e Did he coin the term "Sapta Vidha Anupapatti" or has Sri Ramanujacharya used that term?

  • Is the work based on Sri Bhashya or Satadushani? Where Ramanujacharya mentioned those Anupapatti in his bhashya?

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What is Sapta Vidha Anupapatti or what are the seven untenables?

The seven untenables against Advaita appeared in Ramanuja's commentary on the Vedanta Sutras. [Ref John Grimes' book page 2]

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Here is the summary from John Grimes' book:

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Who has written the work "Sapta Vidha Anupapatti"?

As described above, it is not a separate work but a subsection in the Mahasiddhanta of the Jijnasadhikarana section of Ramanuja's Sribhashya.

Did John Grimes coin the term "Sapta Vidha Anupapatti" or has Sri Ramanujacharya used that term?

The term sapta-vidha-anupapattayaH itself doesn't appear in the Sribhashya itself but is commonly found under the table of contents of printed editions of the Sribhashya, as well as in the form of section-headings within the text. It appears to be an artifact of the book editors for the reader's convenience. I haven't found the terms in Sudarsana Suri's Srutaprakasika or Rangaramanujamuni's Bhavaprakasika. I will update this answer if I find out that some post-Ramanuja author has used this term in their work.

Is the work based on Sri Bhashya or Satadushani? Where Ramanujacharya mentioned those Anupapatti in his bhashya?

As mentioned above, the actual criticisms appear in the Mahasiddhanta section of the Sribhashya opening. The Satadushani (100 faults) devotes seven separate vadas (arguments) for each of Ramanuja's criticisms.

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