[Advaita-l] Taittiriya Brahmana question

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 23 21:39:35 CDT 2011


I know Advaita has accepted Brahmopadanatva but I want to see Advaita
Bhashya for this Taittirya Brahmana reference.

On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 8:29 PM, Vidyasankar Sundaresan
<svidyasankar at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> Taittiriya Brahmana 2-8-9-6
>> A question is - Kimsvid Vanam Ka U Sa Vruksha Asit Yato Dyava Prthivi
>> Nishtatakshuhu
>> Answer is given - Brahma Vanam Brahma Sa Vruksha Asit Yato Dyava
>> Prthivi Nishtatakshuhu
>> Visishtadvaitis give this Sruti to say Brahma is the Material Cause
>> for the Worlds. What is the Advaiti explanation?
>> --
> Except for dvaita vedAnta, it is a cardinal principle of all vedAnta schools
> that brahman is the only cause, whether instrumental or material or in
> any other kind of causality. advaita vedAntins have no issue whatsoever
> with viSishTAdvaitins in accepting that brahman is the material cause of
> the universe. However, it is only in advaita vedAnta, thanks to that great
> sage gauDapAda and his grand-disciple, Sankara bhagavatpAda, that we
> go a step further and thoroughly investigate the nature of causality itself.
> We conclude that to see material nature as as an attribute of brahman,
> in whatever sense one wants to describe an attribute, is ultimately wrong.
> Regards,
> Vidyasankar
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