Vivek Anand Ganesan
v_ganesan at YAHOO.COM
Thu Oct 12 18:00:32 CDT 2000
Hello all :
In light of the recent discussions on certain
not so well-known vedantins, I would like to know the
1) Are there any extant commentaries on the Brahma-sutra
before ShrI Shankara?
2) Are there any references to AcharyAs before ShrI
GaudapAda in any of the works of ShrI Shankara and his
3) How exactly do we deduce the "philosophies" of
pre-shankaran vedantins if their commentaries are no
longer extant? It seems to me that each and every
can and would cliam them as their own just to gather the
weight of tradition.
4) Supposing that it is indeed possible to extrapolate the
philosophy of pre-shankaran vedantins from references in
the texts of others, what relevance would it have on
Advaita? So, can post-shankaran vedantins claim that
ShrI Shankara took "liberties" with Vedantic exegesis
based on the philosophies of pre-shankaran authors?
5) Last but not the least, I have heard that even the
Shankaran tradition maintains that ShrI Shankara did not
"invent" anything new but merely established what was
a very ancient teaching. If that is the case, why is
there such a paucity of information on Vedantins
between ShrI Ved Vyas and ShrI GaudapAdAcharya? Has the
Shankaran tradition attempted to explain this?
Thanks in advance,
-Vivek Aanand Ganesan
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