[Advaita-l] Musings on the fundamentals of Hinduism
bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com
Wed Sep 16 03:39:14 CDT 2009
"Dharma" according to Wikipedia means "Righteous duty or any virtuous path
in the commonsense of the term",that which 'upholds or supports".It is not
just orderliness which falls under "krama".In English this merely means
"law".Dharma has wider significance in the Vedas and puranas.From the
Philosophic view(both Adwaitic and Buddhistic),this means "the being" or
creatures,which are generally called "living beings".
With our limited & conditioned knowledge, we can hardly draw any
conclusive demarkation line between dharma & adharma!! is it not?? Hence
for dharma jignAsa (which deals with what is dharma and what is adharma
etc.) shAstra is the ONLY pramANa becayse both these concepts
(dharmAdharma) are not cognisable through our senses. Moreover there is no
boundaries like desha (space), kAla (time) nimitta for these concepts.
Shankara's sUtra bhAshya on ashuddhamiti chenna shabdAt is quite relevant
& appropriate here to determine how shAstra is the ONLY pramANa for
dharma jignAsa. Shankara clearly says here : tena na shAstrAdrute
dharmAdharma vishayaM vijnAnaM kasyachidasti...
Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
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