chapter  XI
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Absolute and Tathāgata

I TATHAGATA NECESSARY AS THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN ABSOLUTE AND PHENOMENA T HE Tathagata, it was pointed out before, is the principle of mediation between the Absolute that is transcendent to thought (siinya) and phenomenal beings. The need for a

mediator is felt in all absolutism; Vedanta has recourse to Isvara, apart from Brahman, to account for the revelation of truth; in the Madhyamika and Vijfianavada that function is performed by the Tathagata.