[Advaita-l] Re: bhAgavata purANa

Abhishek RK rkabhi at gmail.com
Fri Aug 25 06:37:51 CDT 2006

I too have serious doubts regarding the classification of these
purANas. It would work out well within a vaiShNava framework, since
they say viShNu *is* the highest. But among advaitins who follow Adi
Shankara Bhagavtapada's ShaNmata of six devatas, I doubt this
classification will fit into the system.

Anyway, if genuine advaitins have accepted the guNa-based
classification, I would like to know the basis on which they made this


On 8/25/06, bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com <bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com> wrote:

> praNAms Sri Karthik prabhuji
> Hare Krishna
> Thanks for your kind clarification...but still I am not clear on what basis
> we can do this classification &  favouring vishNu bhagavan by saying all
> purANa-s pertaining to him is sAtvic  & putting shiva bhagavan in the realm
> of tAmasic world:-))...btw, one more doubt, does this classification of
> purANa-s also implies gradation within purANa-s themselves??  is there
> anywhere mentioned tAmasic puraNAs are inferior in its doctrine when
> compared to that of sAtvic & rAjasic purANa-s??  again, upto what extent we
> can consider tAmasic purANa-s as valid pramANa??  Anyway, it is really
> strange to hear that shiva mahApurANa is tAmasic since the very word shiva
> itself means *auspicious/gracious/benign* (maNgalakara)...
> Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
> bhaskar

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