What does the word apasiddhānta mean? How is a seeker to diagnose whether he or she is being taught apasiddhāntas? I have been thinking of this question specifically in the context of the Caitanya sampradāya.
In science, there is the notion of ‘error’ between a ground truth value and an experimentally measured data point. The error is calculated as a deviation from the ‘ground truth’. If we extend this concept to ‘quantifying’ an apasiddhānta in some way, then we can define it as:
apasiddhānta = (ground truth in the Sandarbhas – presented truth)
To diagnose an apasiddhānta, then, one must seek the corresponding truth from the Sandarbhas. One must learn and study the Sandarbhas to be able to diagnose apasiddhāntas. Otherwise, one cannot.
I present a deviation versus ground truth plot (similar to those in science) for some apasiddhāntas I have diagnosed (with help of course!) in the Caitanya sampradāya. The plot presented is on a hypothetical log scale, which suggests that as we move away from the ground truth, the apasiddhānta is much more egregious (in my opinion).