Fwd: [Advaita-l] Query: Axioms of advaita

Aditya Varun Chadha adichad at gmail.com
Tue Mar 29 01:58:52 CST 2005

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From: Aditya Varun Chadha <adichad at gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2005 12:37:32 +0530
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Query: Axioms of advaita
To: "praveen.r.bhat at exgate.tek.com" <praveen.r.bhat at exgate.tek.com>

Greetings Praveen ji,

Thank you for the information! It may sound naive but I did not know
of this final authority of Sruti. That makes perfect sense though,
Sruti is the basis of all philosophical commentaries after all. Well
that narrows it down to a few thousand vAkyas, lol:-) But you know
what, believe it or not you have just inspired me to start reading the
vedas! (till now I have only read some upaniSads and those too without
much discipline)

But you are probably right, it is probably quite impossible for me to
'minimalize' Sruti!! But maybe I'll try to see some things in Sruti
texts themselves that are inter-derivable. Thanks!


On Mon, 28 Mar 2005 19:37:16 -0800, praveen.r.bhat at exgate.tek.com
<praveen.r.bhat at exgate.tek.com> wrote:
> praNAm all,
> Adityaji wrote:
> > For some time now I have been searching for the axioms of advaita.
> > That is, those truths which advaita assumes without proof, and all
> > teachings of advaita may be derived from these truths.
> > A starting point might be:
> > ...
> > or combined simply,
> > brAhmaN alone is.
> ....
> AFAIK, isn't Shruti considered as *the* valid pramANa and a set of axioms,
> if you will? What I'm trying to say is that any mechanism of analysis of
> subject under consideration, if proven by a Shruti vAkya, stands proven. Of
> course, there may be supporting arguments of logic that even if Shruti says
> fire is cold, one shouldn't agree, but I do not know of anyone rejecting the
> Shruti vAkya with such logic! Your starting points, too, have Shruti vAkya-s
> as basis. Well, you know all this;  you want to, perhaps, minimalize this
> Shruti *set* itself, but I wonder whether it is *truly* possible to do it,
> since it may be an ever growing list!
> > Please forgive the 'technical' or 'dry' sounding nature of this query,
> Forgive me too for my reply is equally dry :)
> jai bajrangabali,
> --praveen

Aditya Varun Chadha
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