[Advaita-l] article by Coman
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Tue Jun 12 19:56:28 CDT 2007
Anyone interested in investigating further the idea of Sankara as a yogin
prior to Advaita may be well advised to consult Paul Hacker (selected English
translations from the original German may be found in, Philology and
Confrontation, ed.: W. Halbfass). For those unfamiliar, Hacker is a seminal and
insightful academic who has provided some interesting analysis of Sankara.
Notwithstanding and possibly because of the occasional critique, Hacker is a good
read for any serious student of Advaita.
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 19:52:32 -0700
From: "Vidyasankar Sundaresan" <svidyasankar at hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] article by Coman
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>I don't get it - aren't you and a significant number of the members
>of this list later/contemporary Advaitins? At best, Prof. Coman's
>article reads as play-by-play coverage of a non-existent dialectic between
>Adi Sankaracarya and Christopher Ishwerwood. The unspecific use of the
>term, "modern Advaitins," seems wholly unwarranted here.
> No scriptural support is adduced in Coman's work for the claim
>that samadhi is somehow an end in its own right in yoga either. I
>certainly don't recall reading anything to that effect in the Patanjali
>Yogasutra or its traditional commentaries (pace Christopher Isherwood, I
>guess). That the PYS preaches a "necessity for total thought suppression"
>(presumably a crude translation of cittavrtti nirodha) is also highly
The article on Samadhi in Advaita Vedanta by Michael Comans is primarily
meant to address what is nowadays called neo-Vedanta. Specifically, it
addresses the emphasis that is laid on the experience of brahman, following
the time of Swami Vivekananda. So, in a sense you are right in bringing in
Christopher Isherwood's name here, as he stands in the first generation of
translators of Indian thought in modern America.
There is one point that is well-taken in Comans's paper, and that is the
mistaken tendency to treat Vedanta as theory and Yoga as practice. There are
numerous other points that we have covered in earlier discussions on the
list. One of my goals in the Yoga and Advaita Vedanta series was to show how
an intimate connection exists between these two schools even in Sankara's
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