kuntimaddi sadananda kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 28 06:06:25 CDT 2006

Shree Shirisha Rao, PraNAms.

Your comments are appreciated.

Hari OM!

--- Shrisha Rao <shrao at nyx.net> wrote:

> On Mon, 26 Jun 2006, kuntimaddi sadananda wrote:
> > Dvaitins, particularly Hare Krishna community, call advaita as maaya
> > vaada.  Actually advaita is non-duality which ascertains that there
> is 
> > only Brahman and nothing but Brahman.  Hence, it should be called
> brahma 
> > vaada (proponents of Brahman) rather than mAya vaadins (proponents
> of 
> > maaya).
> It is true that Hare Krishnas (who do not call themelves Dvaitins, and
> should probably not be called that by others either) use `mAyAvAda' as
> a 
> pejorative term for Advaita, but they are by no means responsible for
> the 
> appellation.  The term is also not in and of itself pejorative in
> nature, 
> and is used with no sense of shame by past Advaitin scholars
> themselves. 
> (An Advaitin thus need feel no greater shame for being called a
> `mAyAvAdI' 
> than he takes it on himself to feel for being called by any other
> name.) 
> In a sense, `mAyAvAda' it is also probably a better description than 
> `advaita' (which is not the proper name for the doctrine in any
> classical 
> work by Sankara or others).
> I am not aware of any classical scholar who suggests `brahmavAda' as
> an 
> appropriate term in place of `mAyAvAda', and such a suggestion is also
> in 
> apparent conflict with established non-parochial uses of the former
> term, 
> e.g., in Bhagavad Gita XVII-24.
> Regards,
> Shrisha Rao
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