[Advaita-l] About Yajnavalkya of BAU

Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com
Sun Jul 25 14:35:18 CDT 2004

I think abhinava vidyatiirtha would represent the so called
"classical" advaita better than anyone else here. Rereading the
commentaries would make that clear.


On Sun, 25 Jul 2004 12:52:19 -0600 (MDT), Shrisha Rao <shrao at nyx.net> wrote:
> On Sun, 25 Jul 2004, Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian wrote:
> > At least from the point of view of advaita and the puurva miimaa.msaa,
> > the stories related in "sruti are NOT historical events and are meant
> > for only purposes of illustration. So this whole discussion is moot
> > from an advaitic standpoint.
> Everyone agrees that the chief purpose of the narrations of episodes in
> the Vedantic literature is to illustrate metaphysical concepts rather than
> convey history, but there is no hint of rejection of their historicity in
> the *classical* Advaitic literature, even when they make fantastic claims;
> for example, see Sri Sankara's remarks concerning the Nachiketa-Yama
> episode in his Katha U. commentary, or his sUtra commentary under
> `smaryate.api cha loke'.

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