Beginninglessness of the Veda and of the Dharma

Autores: Fernando Tola y Carmen Dragonetti

Beginninglessness (anāditva) is a fundamental theory in Indian thought which distinguishes it from Western thought always eager to find a first principle, a first cause, a first moment to everything. According to this theory, since a beginningless eternity, the series of reincarnations, the series of existences, the empirical reality (saṃsāra) as a whole has existed and has been in a constant process of change or transformation under manifold forms, specially such as evolution and involution. The same thing can be said about all that exists in this empirical reality, about all that constitutes it: beings, things, existence, life, the worlds, etc. In an article published in Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute 1980, pp. 1 – 20, we have given a number of texts which refer lo this characteristic of our reality in relation to many entities that exist in it or constitute it.


Tola, F. & Dragonetti, C. (1993), “Beginninglessness of the Veda and of the Dharma”, Tōhō (The East), 9: 243-250.