[Advaita-l] Jnana and ajnana (Bhakti vs. Jnana)

Rajaram Venkataramani rajaramvenk at gmail.com
Wed Jul 6 02:04:43 CDT 2011

The learned scholars on this forum should explain why Madhusudana asserts
that bhakti is a distinct marga and paramapurushartha. If you cannot
explain, you should be ashamed that a stalwart advaitin plagiarised ideas
from other schools of thought and deviated from his sampradaya so

My hypothesis is that Madhusudana did not deviate from Sankara at all. Of
course, I wont conclude without facts which is why I am discussing.

On Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 6:13 AM, Bhaskar YR <bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com> wrote:

> I'd like to move on with developing my understanding of bhakti and jnana
> in advaita please.
> praNAms Sri Rajaram prabhuji
> Hare Krishna
> I think by this time, from the various replies from learned prabhuji-s,
> you might have realized that atleast in advaita vedAnta,  'bhakti' is not
> a separate mArga & ranking between bhakti & jnAna cannot be done as these
> are not mutually exclusive. To put it in a more clear terms, there is no
> mArga called bhakti mArga ( as a separate means) for mOksha.  geetAchArya
> makes it amply clear that : lokesmin dvividhA nishTA purA prOktA
> mayAnaghaH jnAna yOgena sAMkhyAnAM karmayOgena yOginAM..And mOksha is
> through jnAna only there is no other means taitireeya AraNyaka insists
> this : nAnyaH paNthA ayanAya vidyate.  Even if we pursue bhakti mArga
> (treating this as a separate mArga & superior to jnAna) ultimately, in
> that mArga also the propitiated devata should bestow you 'jnAna or
> paramArtha jnAna' to realize your svarUpa.  So, the conclusion is there is
> no mOksha without jnAna.  jnAni is Atma of even paramAtma..jnAnI tvAtmaiva
> me mataM..asserts geetAchArya affectionately.
> Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
> bhaskar
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