[Advaita-l] Query: Axioms of advaita

praveen.r.bhat at exgate.tek.com praveen.r.bhat at exgate.tek.com
Mon Mar 28 21:37:16 CST 2005

praNAm all,

Adityaji wrote:
> For some time now I have been searching for the axioms of advaita.
> That is, those truths which advaita assumes without proof, and all
> teachings of advaita may be derived from these truths.

> A starting point might be: 
> ...
> or combined simply, 

> brAhmaN alone is.

AFAIK, isn't Shruti considered as *the* valid pramANa and a set of axioms,
if you will? What I'm trying to say is that any mechanism of analysis of
subject under consideration, if proven by a Shruti vAkya, stands proven. Of
course, there may be supporting arguments of logic that even if Shruti says
fire is cold, one shouldn't agree, but I do not know of anyone rejecting the
Shruti vAkya with such logic! Your starting points, too, have Shruti vAkya-s
as basis. Well, you know all this;  you want to, perhaps, minimalize this
Shruti *set* itself, but I wonder whether it is *truly* possible to do it,
since it may be an ever growing list!

> Please forgive the 'technical' or 'dry' sounding nature of this query,

Forgive me too for my reply is equally dry :)

jai bajrangabali,

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