[Advaita-l] NOTES ON MANDUKYA UPANISHAD AND KARIKA: INTRODUCTION 6
shrao at nyx.net
Tue Jul 18 01:23:15 CDT 2006
On Wed, 28 Jun 2006, Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian wrote:
> On 6/27/06, Shrisha Rao <shrao at nyx.net> wrote:
>> I am not aware of any classical scholar who suggests `brahmavAda' as an
>> appropriate term in place of `mAyAvAda', and such a suggestion is also in
>> apparent conflict with established non-parochial uses of the former term,
>> e.g., in Bhagavad Gita XVII-24.
> In the modern world, it was Hacker who pointed out that maayaa-vaada is
> not a very suitable term for describing shankara's philosophy. See
> "Philology and Confrontation", published by the SUNY Press.
Thanks for the reference. However, without having seen it, I would only
remark that the established meanings of such appellations do change over
time; e.g., when Sankara himself refers to `dvaitinaH' he always seems to
mean the Sankhya adherents. In that sense, though he rejects the Sankhya
positions in many places in his BSB (starting with discussion of prakR^iti
under `IxaternAshabdam'), it does not appear that he would accept his own
position as a logical negation, or even see himself as the only opponent,
of what he calls `dvaitinaH'. As such, with apologies to Mr. Hacker,
perhaps `Advaita' is not significantly better in this regard.
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