[Advaita-l] Encounter between Madhvacharya and a Sringeri Pontiff
dgayatrinov10 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 3 06:39:55 CDT 2016
//Also, the Puranas and Mahabharata and Ramayana are no more than
Correct. No serious scholar considers them as literally true, though they
may be based on true stories, but this is not verifiable anyway. They are
mythology, not history.
On Saturday, 3 September 2016, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>
> On Sat, Sep 3, 2016 at 2:42 PM, D Gayatri <dgayatrinov10 at gmail.com
>> //Even Advaitins believe that Shankaracharya had a discussion with Veda
>> Vyasa. Advaitins, at a level, take such accounts seriously//
>> This is the problem with hagiographies that I was trying to point out.
> That is no problem for Advaitins; only those who are not Advaitins may
> have a problem. The purpose of such accounts is well served for aspirants
> of the tradition just as the accounts of Krishna or Rama do. Shankara and
> all the pūrvāchāryas of the tradition did not have any problem with such
> accounts about their earlier Acharyas for their quest of the Advaitic
> Truth. It is the by stander that has problems.
>> Moreover, the ones on Shankara were written hundreds of years after he
>> lived. So for all practical purposes, they are not of much historical value.
> The one on Shankara that was written much later, is based on an earlier
> one that was existing before that. That is what is said in the abridged
> version. The earlier version, however, is unavailable now.
> Also, the Puranas and Mahabharata and Ramayana are no more than
> 'hagiographies'. We only believe that their authors were present when
> those events took place. Who can prove it? It is the case with anything
> past. Even with a comparatively recent dating of Madhvacharya or
> Vidyaranya or Appayya Dikshita there is no finality.
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