[Advaita-l] Apaurusheyatva of Vedas.
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Fri Sep 9 00:45:28 CDT 2011
On Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 10:38, Omkar Deshpande <omkar_deshpande at yahoo.com>wrote:
> Since an apauruSheya text is lacking not only puruSha-doShas but also
> puruSha-guNas, it is not clear that apauruSheyatva helps in claiming the
> Vedas as flawless.
> Generally, it makes sense to look at only "absence of an author's doShas"
> to consider the text an authority because absence of doShas implies the
> presence of guNas in the author. If we say the cause of flaws (ignorance,
> ulterior motives, etc) is absent, it's always the case that the cause of
> validity is present (knowledge, benign motives, etc in the author). This
> principle is derived from authored texts and can't be extrapolated (by
> induction) to unauthored texts, because in an apauruSheya text, not only are
> doShas of an author missing, but guNas of an author are also missing. So
> logically speaking, there is no guarantee that apauruSheyatva of a text
> implies flawlessness of its sentences.
Correct. This is what parataH-prAmANyavAdin-s say.
But, mImAMsaka-s and vedAntin-s are svataH-prAmANyavAdin-s. So, there is no
need of guNa-s of puruSha to make words pramANa.
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