Unreality of the world: a further analogy
Anand_Hudli_at_USININ31 at BMC.BOEHRINGER-MANNHEIM.COM
Fri Jun 20 11:16:44 CDT 1997
Allan Curry wrote:
>It seems most religions base themselves on some kind of scripture which
>gives valid epistemological status to "things that are not perceived
>or inferred" in any other way. Most religions feel quite certain that their
>scripture is correct and the other fellow's scripture is "make believe".
>I had hoped Advaita Vedanta could establish its truth independently of
>Sruti (if that means scripture) and perhaps it can although it seems
>a little doubtful to me at this point.
Let us take the proposition that there exist things that are neither
perceivable nor inferable as a basic axiom or assumption. These
things can only be known then through scriptures. Now, there arises
the question: which scripture should we follow to know these things?
All systems based on Vedaanta, not just advaita, unanimously agree
that this scripture is Shruti, and not any other nonVedic source.
Call this position A. Some other positions are position B,that all or some
scriptures are equally authoritative, and position C, that no
scripture is authoritative with regards to the things that cannot
be perceived or inferred. I say that position A is no more
improbable than position B or position C. Just because position
A *sounds* unreasonable, it does not mean that it is actually so.
You cannot prove that this position is illogical, because there is
nothing illogical about only the Shruti's being correct and all
other scriptures being wrong or only partially correct.
Position A may be politically incorrect,but not necessarily logically
incorrect. This coupled with the fact that
Shruti has, from time immemorial, maintained this reputation of being
authoritative should be enough for anyone to not reject it as merely
another collection of religious ideas. As far as I know, no other
scripture shares the same characteristics as Shruti. In the case of
other scriptures you can trace their origins to a person or persons,
but not so for Shruti.
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