[Advaita-l] Advaita vedanta or not? (was RE: waking, dreaming, sleeping, as mutually supportive)
svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 16 14:53:00 CDT 2009
> > Kindly pardon me I am not able to get the intended meaning of your
> above assertion!! 'A saMpradAya lies not in a fossilized text &
> commentary'...what exactly does it mean prabhuji?? Over the ages shruti &
> smruti texts do not undergo any change and nobody dared to make even an
> attempt to change it to suit to the current day & age.. so in a sense,
Bhaskar, you know exactly what I mean! I am criticizing the methodology of
those who think they can extract "truer" and "more authentic" meaning from
the source texts.
When I say these are not fossilized texts, I mean that you cannot attempt
to decry all later interpreters and then somehow miraculously "retrieve" the
"original" intent and meaning preserved in the source texts.
> to 'mUlabhAshyakAra' & his works...We cannot claim that fossilized texts &
> my mUlAcharya-s commentaries on it are not suitable to this day and age
> and hence we have to resort to the commentaries of later Acharya-s who
> have the 'better understanding' of current trend, date and age!!
It is I who cannot find the intended meaning in the above assertion!
The commentaries of the later AcArya-s are also similarly smRti, for those who
truly value tradition! You are making an entirely unwarranted distinction between
the mUla bhAshyakAra and those who came after him in the sampradAya.
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