[Advaita-l] Shrimad Bhagvatam?
kripa.shankar.0294 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 9 07:29:00 CST 2017
Thanks for the input. I don't know anything about Sridhar Swamy and so I'll reserve my comment. Any clues as to which parampara he comes from?
The fact that Ramanuja, the foremost among the Vaishnava/pancharatra school has not mentioned Srimad Bhagavatam anywhere weighs down Sharma's (possibly weak) defence. BNK Sharma, to my little knowledge has made many a claims which are not accepted by Advaitins. I am also curious to know the exact reference which he points to.
Vyasaya Vishnu roopaya Vyasa roopaya Vishnave
Namo vai Brahma nidhaye Vasishtaya namo namaha
From: V Subrahmanian
Sent: Monday 9 January 2017 5:38 PM
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Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Shrimad Bhagvatam?
On Jan 9, 2017 5:27 PM, "Kripa Shankar via Advaita-l" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> There are many scholars who have listed a number of reasons as to why Srimad Bhagavatam is not authentic. Further, it is said that, it was written by a Vaishnava and attributed it to Vyasa. So Vyasa is not it's original author.
> I haven't read Bhagvatam nor compared it to Mahabharta for it's authenticity. But the revisionists are correct to a large extent, in my opinion.
> Another point is that, apparently, Ramanuja and Yamunacharya does not mention this text anywhere.
> Do the Advaitins regard it as an authentic work?
Sridhara swamin has commented on this work. He brings out the advaitic purport here and there and also holds Shiva Vishnu abheda. He has also commented on the Vishnu Puranam and says at the beginning itself that this is a fine source for advaitic knowledge.
Dr. BNK Sharma is reported to have identified Srimad Bhagavatam quoted by Abinava Gupta in his BG commentary which preceded Ramanuja.
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