[Advaita-l] BrahmaGYAna and jIvanmukti - 5 (Other References)
slu at bredband.net
Sat Feb 3 11:22:21 CST 2007
> It is quite obvious that both H.H. and Ramana Maharshi had great
> respect for the VivekachUDAmaNi, as they've both commented on it.
> Given that two of the greatest jIvanmuktas of the 20th century have
> held this text in high esteem, we can safely assume that the
> VivekachUDAmaNi is firmly placed in the advaita-vedAnta tradition.
Also Satchidanandendra Saraswati Swamiji held VivekachUDAmaNi in high
esteem. For instance, he translated this work into Kannada, and he
considered it indispensible for those seeking moksha. It is true that he
didn´t believe this work to be of Adi Shankara´s pen, and he did critizise
some parts of the book. But nevertheless, he considered VivekachUDAmaNi a
most important work within the Advaita Vedanta tradition.
> I've pointed out, the VivekachUDAmaNi actually follows the JMV quite
> closely, and H.H. even quotes the JMV as an authority in his
> commentary. It is therefore reasonable to say that the JMV is part
> and parcel of the advaita-vedAnta tradition.
That JMV is part and parcel of the Advaita Vedanta tradition was no doubt
Satchidanandendra Swamiji´s opinion too. In fact, Swamiji wrote a Sanskrit
work called pAramahamsyamImAmsA which borrows from and referers to JMV.
Satchidanandendra Swamiji considered VidyAranyA´s views on prArabdha karma
not to be fully in line with Adi Shankara, but this doesn´t imply that JMV
would be useless or outside the Advaita Vedanta tradition. It is one thing
to say that a work is not by Shankara´s pen -- or perhaps that it even
differs from Shankara´s views in some details -- but another thing to say
that the work does not belong to the Advaita Vedanta tradition. To my
knowledge, Satchidanandendra Swamiji never said that any of those works
written by later advaitins did not belong to the Advaita Vedanta tradition.
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