[Advaita-l] Is study of Vedanta necessary?
kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 2 01:57:52 CST 2016
Shrinivasji - PraNAms
Thanks for interesting analysis of why the study of Vedanta, necessary. If I can express in short - No need to reinvent the wheel.
Nevertheless - the analysis also indicates that someone in the line has invented the wheel - even though we do not know when and clouded in the word - anaadi.
However it does not indicate that there are no other paths for the discovery of the truth. It is assumed that in the chain they have explored all other paths and found those are not successful.
On Tue, 2/2/16, Shrinivas Gadkari via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
Subject: [Advaita-l] Is study of Vedanta necessary?
To: "Advaita-l List" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 2:39 AM
Q. What is Vedanta?
Let first ask what is siddhanta? A person engages in an
intense sAdhanA for a prolonged period of time, and
achieves his goal (sAdhya) and perfects it. That is,
he attains siddhi of that goal, or in other words, he
becomes a siddha as far as that goal is concerned.
Then this siddha who has a clear vision of various
aspects of this specific goal may decide to formulate a
theory to clearly explain this goal and precise
sAdhanA for it. This would constitute the siddhAnta.
For example, the laws of motion, law of Gravitation
and the mathematical tools of calculus developed by
Newton together with various illustrations of how one may
make sense of measurements of various physical
phenomenon using these together constitutes Newton's
siddhAnta on Mechanics. Similarly, there have been
people who have devoted themselves to study of various
vidyA-s (a comprehensive collection of vidyA-s is
referred to by the term veda). This is a rather prolonged
exercise. If some person, say A1 wanted to embark on
this quest, it is almost mandatory from practical
considerations for A1 to seek guidance of someone say
A2, who has already made clear progress on this path.
So A2 is the guru of A1. For similar reasons A2 has also
earlier sought guidance of some A3 who has embarked on
this quest earlier. A3 in turn has received guidance
from A4, and so on. Since "existence" is anAdi (and
also ananta - and I will maintain this view irrespective
of what opinion anyone else may have voiced on this), this
succession of guru-s A2-A3-A4-A5 .... is unending. So
when A1 is seeking guidance of A2, he is not seeking
guidance from a limited embodied being A2, but from an
infinite sequence of gurus A2-A3-A4-A5 .... Let us call
thus cumulative effect of infinite gurus "guru-tattva"
or "sadguru-tattva". The siddhanta formulated by
people who have mastered innumerable vidyA-s (thorough
succession of gurus) is termed as Vedanta. Q: Why study
Vedanta? Let us again ask why study the Newton's
siddhanta on mechanics. So that we can apply it to
solve practical problems. So by studying Vedanta one
should be able to understand and master ANY vidyA-s from
the veda - for understating and dealing with all
aspects life. For this reason it is said that vedanta
teaches "THAT WHICH WHEN KNOWN EVERTHING ELSE IS KNOWN".
Needless to say that to understand vedanta in this manner
one needs the ultimate grace of "sadguru tattva".
There may be people who claim that vedanta teaches
"that through which everything else is known". In my
opinion this is a highly watered down version of the lofty
goal of vedanta. (In my opinion it is much better
to keep seeking grace of "sadguru tattva" with original
lofty goal of vedanta intact - almost certainly it will
take several lifetimes to reach this goal.) Hari
Om. Regards,Shrinivas Gadkari
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