[Advaita-l] Logic and shastra
venkat_advaita at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 24 23:20:48 CDT 2005
In the Brahma Sutra Bhashya there is a clear remark against Budha - very clearly that Acharya says that Budha is not to be believed by seekers of sreya. (i remember it occurs almost at the end of that Sutra's commentary).
But this is a new thing that the Sutra Bhashya was written by Abhinava Shankara. Even the protogonists of the Kumbakonam Math consider that the Brahma Sutra Bhashya is by Adi Shankaracharya only, though they want to credit the former for Shanmata Stapana etc etc and perhaps even soundaryalahari (the paramacharya differs however).
"Jaldhar H. Vyas" <jaldhar at braincells.com> wrote:
On Thu, 20 Oct 2005, sunil bhattacharjya wrote:
> There are two schools of thought.
> One school thinks that Buddha was anti-veda.
> The other school considers it a sweeping statement
The question was not whether Buddha was anti-veda but whether Shankaracharya
was anti-Buddha and the answer is a resounding yes.
Note he also doesn't spare any criticism of "Vedic" schools such as
Samkhya/Yoga whic he feels falls short of the mark.
> My guess is Adi Sankaracharya could appreciate Buddha. He
> has not said anything against Buddha. Many believe
> that the Brahmasutra bhashya was written by Abhinava
> Sankara, as he mentions the views of 5th and 6th
> century Buddhist writers.
As the generally accepted date amongst historians and traditionalists alike is
788-820 AD that hardly poses a problem. As for Abhinava Shankara, I have not
ever heard that name or the theory that he wrote brahmasutrabhashya before.
Can you provide a reference please?
> Today after the Letters of
> Max Muller from the British archives became available,
> historians are that chronology of Indian history,
> suggested by Max Muller and followed by all
> historians, is to be revised. This puts the the date
> of birth of Adi Sankaracharya to an earlier date. Till
> the early nineteenth century even the Sringeri Matha
> said that Adi Sankara was born in 44 BC.
Well in the 21st century, they accept the date 788-820. I know of no serious
historian who puts the dates of Shankaracharya any more than a century earlier
> I saw the chronological list of the Sankaracharyas of
> the Dwaraka peeth sometime ago in the internet. But I
> do not find it anymore now. Can you help me find a
> copy of the same?
You wrote the preceding off the list but I'm taking the liberty of replying
here in case anyone can help with this question because I, alas, cannot.
Jaldhar H. Vyas
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