Fwd: Re: Purush and Prakrti (Was New member introduction: Sri Graham McNamara)

Ashish Chandra ramkisno at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 25 10:20:54 CDT 2000

Thought the list would like to read this as well.

>From: "Jaldhar H. Vyas" <jaldhar at braincells.com>
>To: Ashish Chandra <ramkisno at hotmail.com>
>Subject: Re: Purush and Prakrti (Was New member introduction: Sri Graham
>Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 01:27:01 -0400 (EDT)
>On Thu, 21 Sep 2000, Ashish Chandra wrote:
> > why don't you think the tika is genuine? Madhav-Vidyaranya Digvijaya
> > lists it as one of his works.
> >
>Sorry for the delay in responding.  Btw, You should have sent this to the
>My opinion (and I must stress it is an opinion) is that the work is not
>genuine for the followin reasons:
>1.  Shankaracharya spends a lot of effort attacking Samkhya notions in the
>Brahmasutrabhashya.  Furthermore in the Gita, the words Samkhya, Yoga etc.
>occur but he  explains them in purely Vedantic terms not in the specific
>meanings of Samkhya/Yoga the darshan.
>2.  The only other work in which Shankaracharya comments on another
>philosopher is the Mandukya Karika bhashya.  And this can be explained by
>the fact that Gaudapadacharya was his paramaguru.  Why would he comment on
>a commentary  of a rival?
>3.  How did such a major work go unnoticed for so long?  Given the
>interest of Vedantins in Yoga, you would think it would have been the
>Sanskrit equivalent of a best-selling Stephan King novel!  The Vani Vilas
>press edition of the works of Shankaracharya are considered by many to be
>definitive.  It was prepared under the guidance of scholars from
>Shringeri.  Yet this work is not included.
>Perhaps counterarguments can be made for each of these objections.  This
>is just my gut-feeling.  I am surprised to learn of the mention in the
>Madhavia Dig-vijaya.  This could alter my opinion.  Do you know the exact
>Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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