parA and aparA vidyA (was RE: [Advaita-l] Re: Universe finite or infinite?)

S Jayanarayanan sjayana at
Tue Apr 19 11:29:03 CDT 2005

--- Sanjay Srivastava <sksrivastava68 at> wrote:
> On Monday, April 18, 2005, ramesh badisa wrote:
> "... if a part of infinity is also infinity, then, this type
> of 
> understanding is not correct as per the above sruti
> declaration."
> I am not clear how the above conclusion is supported by
> shruti.
> Even if it did, it would be beyond the scope of shruti. Shruti
> is taken as 
> pramana where other means of knowledge viz. pratyaksha etc.
> are not 
> available. "Whether the universe is finite or infinite?" is a
> question that 
> can fall within purview of shruti, since this knowledge is not
> available 
> through other pramanas. However, to decide "whether a part of
> infinity is 
> infinity or not", is not the legitimate jurisdiction of
> shruti. Since this 
> knowledge can be gained by other pramanas such as deduction
> etc., shruti 
> cannot be taken as final arbiter here.
> Though it may not seem very intuitive, a fractional part of
> infinity is 
> indeed infinity. This knowledge is available as aparA vidyA.
> Why go to parA 
> vidyA for this?  Regards.

The above seems to indicate that shruti is parA vidyA. I don't
think this is the case.

If I'm not mistaken, only brahma vidyA is parA vidyA. shruti
pramANa falls under the realm of aparA vidyA only.



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