[Advaita-l] Vivekachudamani Vs Bhashyas
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Tue Jul 29 22:52:13 CDT 2003
How can it ever be conclusively proved that the vivekachoodaamani was not
authored by Shankara?
For every argument supporting such a proposition, a counter argument too can
Also if the tradition indiscriminately named as the author of several texts
as Shankara (as would be the implication behind the allegation), why was not
the same principle applied to other vital texts on the subject? Why is the
bhaamati or the khandanakhandakhaadya not ascribed to Shankara?
If it any later point in time in history the Vivekachoodaamani was composed,
how would it have been ascribed to Shankara without the tradition
Writing style can differ in the same person due to various causes - passage
of time, shift on emphasis in worldview etc (for example Ishvara Krishna,
the author of the Saamkya Kaarikaas, is identified with the great Sanskrit
poet Kaalidaasa by some traditions - though the writing style is obviously
different). That a young firebrand dialectician/philosopher at a later point
in time got down to the brass tacks is not unusual.
Vivekachoodaamani stands almost unrivalled in its pre-eminence in the
subject of Advaita commented upon by such jnaanis as Ramana Maharishi. Even
if it wasn't composed by Shankara, it is a measure of its validity that its
authorship is ascribed to the aachaarya and is unopposed by tradition.
Questions disputing its authorship can only have dubious motives.
For the serious Advaitin such questions are irrelevant.
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