[Advaita-l] naiShkarmyasiddhi of sureSvarAcArya
krunalmakwana at hotmail.com
Thu May 25 09:02:21 CDT 2006
Dear Jaldhariji & list members,
I was reading the naiShkarmyasiddhi of sureSvarAcArya and had come across a very surprising comment, where he points that brahma sUtra were authored by jaimini r^ishi (not bAdarAyana!).
yadapi jaiminIyam vacanam udghATayasi tadapi tad vivakShA'parijnAnAd evodbhAvyate. kim kAraNam. yato na jaiminer ayam abhiprAya AmnAyaH sarva eva kriyArtha iti. yadi hy ayam abhiprAyo'bhaviShyat 'athAto brahma-jijnAsA. janmAdy asya yatah' iti evam Adi brahma vasta svarUpa mAtra yAthAtmya prakASana param gambhIra nyAya saMdr^ibdhaM sarva vedAntArtha mimAMsanaM Srimac cArIrakam nAsUtrayiShyat. asUtrayac ca. tasmAj jaiminer evAyam abhiprAyo yathaiva vidhivAkyAnAM svArtha mAtra prAmANyam evam aikAtmyavAkyAnAm apI anadhigata vasta pariccheda sAmyAd iti. ata idam abhIdhIyate. (91) 
And as for the quotation from jaimini (verse 17), that too, was based on ignorance of that writer's real intention. For jaimini did not mean that all Vedic texts are concerned with the injunctions to act or prohibitions from acting. If so, he would never have composed the vedAnta sUtras beginning with 'Now, therefore, the enquiry into the absolute' and 'He from whom all this comes forth', which are intent solely on proclaiming the true nature of the absolute as the real, and which amount to a critical expositions of the meaning of the upaniShads when taken in their entirety, backed by profound reasoning. But as a matter of fact he did compose them. 
(I don't know how much credit the translation is giving to the saMskr^it but i do believe it's 'attempting' to say the same thing!)
Can the learned members please enlighten me and the rest with their thoughts and views.
The book that I am reading also holds a footnote saying that 'Samkara ascribes them (brahma sutras) to bAdArAyana, and upadeSa sAhasri XVI.67 suggests he may have identified bAdArAyana with vyAsa.........Above all, they (brahma sUtras) were probably originally part of the mimaMsaka sUtras, and SaMkara may well have been the first man to have treated them separately......SaMkara, too, sometimes speaks of the mimaMsaka sUtras and vedAnta sUtras as if they were one connected work (brahma sUtra bhASya III.III.53)
How can SaMkara assign the brahma sUtra to bAdArAyana and then SaMkara's direct disciple assign it to jaimini?
 Realization of the Absolute by Sri sureSvara, Translated by A.J. Alston, Shanti Sadan, London
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