Are GODs just symbolic ???
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Thu Jul 18 13:55:03 CDT 2002
On Thu, 18 Jul 2002, S Jayanarayanan wrote:
> Maybe the swami takes the PuraNa-s to be "symbolic"
> and the itihaasa-s to be "historic".
Given that the stories of the Ramyana and Mahabharata are themselves
retold in certian Puranas that doesn't make sense either.
> After all, we do
> see a difference between itihaasa (e.g. RamaayaNa,
> Mahaabhaarata) and PuraNa (e.g. VishNu purANa), though
> I've never understood the difference between the two.
There really isn't. Well Purana is supposed to deal with 5 subjects while
itihasa is more free-form but in practice that doesn't really make a
difference either. Perhaps we should just take itihasa-purana as a dual
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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