[Advaita-l] Is the Acharya's remark correct
Subrahmanian, Sundararaman V [FI]
sundararaman.v.subrahmanian at citigroup.com
Wed Sep 8 12:34:04 CDT 2004
> in the Mundaka Bhashya, the Acharya mentions that it is in fear of Him that the Sun
> revolves round the earth like a Chakra......
> is He not aware of the heliocentric theory ?
> if he is not aware, how can he be a Sarvajna ?
> If he is aware, how has he made such a erroneous point ?
Apparent movement, not actual movement . jyotishA considers apparent movement, not the actual movement (Ex: retrograde movement of planets - as observed from earth). By convention, it is convenient to express as if all Planets, Moon and Sun revolve round the earth. In the context of a Vedic school where upaniShad-s would be taught along with jyotiShA, it would be appropriate to say so.
(~500 years after Galileo proved that the Earth revolves round the Sun) Don't we still say: "Offer arghyam in the morning facing the rising sun". Does the Sun rise?
 Imagine that if train A moves and train B is stationary. Then we could easily shift the frame of reference to train B and observe train A moving in the reverse direction. Can't we?
 Only the frame of reference is differnt, but the measurements are actual, not fictitious even in jyotiShA.
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