[Advaita-l] Books by SK Ramachandra Rao

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at braincells.com
Tue Jan 22 00:06:11 CST 2008

On Mon, 7 Jan 2008, Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian wrote:

> I started replying to this a couple of days back and deleted my reply
> after some thought. After some more thought, here is my view for all
> it's worth. The late S K Ramachandra Rao, apart from the usual
> "Padmapada did not know squat, I know best" rants, also had these
> views (which I found recently reading through one of his books)

FWIW, we should bear in mind that he had one foot in the world of 
traditional scholarship and one in the world of critical scholarship.  The 
views you mention are not especially controversial in the latter.  When 
specifically expounding shastras I don't see that he took anything other 
than a 100% astika approach.

When I was in Bangalore in '05 I visited the Shrngeri math and from their 
bookstall I bought his edition with translation of svanubhavadarsha of 
Swami Madhavashrama.  It impressed me enough that I became interested in 
his other writings and the shrividyakosha in particular is on my list to 
read if I ever find the time.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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