[Advaita-l] SAstra vAsana
venkat_advaita at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 20 05:05:46 CDT 2003
The Question of Prasad Balasubramanian is in my view,
a very good one; deserves a deep thought.
Jaldhar, could you please try again with another
answer, in the same standard of your quoting the moon
sitting on the branches...sometime before.
--- "Jaldhar H. Vyas" <jaldhar at braincells.com> wrote:
> In all the excitement of recent days this question
> got overlooked.
> On Mon, 9 Jun 2003, Prasad Balasubramanian wrote:
> > namasthe,
> > I've a question on Sastra vAsana - the
> attachment to studying
> > scriptures.
> > In jIvan mukthi vivEka, Acharya
> Just in case anyone doesn't know, Jivanamuktiviveka
> is a composition of
> Swami Vidyaranya not Shankaracharya.
> > says that
> > it is not possible to study all the Sastras
> > and the more we learn, it becomes only a burden.
> > He gives examples of Rishi durvAsA and others who
> want to
> > gain knowledge in more and more
> > fields but are made to know that this gaining
> > of knowledge in various domains only becomes a
> > and will not help in realizing the brahman.
> > Acharya says that one who aims at realizing
> > should remove this SAstra vAsanA completely.
> If one thinks that by accumulating facts, one will
> know more about Brahman
> then it is futile because Brahman is not something
> that can be measured
> with a ruler or viewed through a microscope or
> something. But shastras do
> have a useful negative effect. By understanding
> maya, one can neutralize
> and defeat it. Then the eternally existent
> knowledge of Brahman is
> > But simulataneously, many Acharyas preach
> > that learning should be continuous and
> > should go on until the last moment as
> > any kind of knowledge gained will not go
> > unused. They as well preach that if the
> > knowledge gained in this janma goes unused,
> > it will certainly be useful in the forth
> > coming janmas.
> But if one gets mukti there are no future janmas! So
> this advice must be
> for a different class of people than the mumukshu.
> > Both these seem to be contradictory. When
> > and how does one come to the conclusion that
> > one is done with his studying the SAstras.
> > Though one is in the path of realizing brahman,
> > how long should he be studying SAstras and when
> > does he put an end to it ?
> How did you know to stop crawling and start walking?
> Probably one day you
> just did it. And now it is perfectly possible to get
> on your hands and
> knees but if I hadn't brought it up, it would never
> have occurred to you.
> As long has one has doubts one has to do whatever it
> takes to remove them.
> But for a jnani there are no more doubts.
> Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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