From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Paramarthika, PAramArthika, Paaramaarthika
Pāramārthika literally means ‘relating to the highest truth’.
- Prātibhāsika - It means apparent. When we wrongly perceive the upright ears of a hare as its horns, it is ‘prātibhāsika’ sattā.
- Vyāvahārika - It means practical. This world of senses is ‘vyāvahārika’ sattā since it is real for all practical purposes.
- Pāramārthika - It means the highest. Brahman or God which is the highest and unchanging truth is ‘pāramārthika’ sattā.
- Truth means ‘sattā’.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore