[Advaita-l] VedaprAmANya in Advaita

srirudra at vsnl.com srirudra at vsnl.com
Sun Apr 4 03:56:09 CDT 2010

Veda is the only pramana for Brahman according to Sengalipuram Brahma Sri Anantharama Dikshithar whose pravachanam I have attended regularly in my younger days.He used to say Veda matha-like a mother who will tell who is the father of a child, Vedas tell about the Brahman .R.Krishnamoorthy.

----- Original Message -----
From: Murali Karamchedu <murali_m_k at msn.com>
Date: Friday, April 2, 2010 11:04 pm
Subject: [Advaita-l] VedaprAmANya in Advaita
To: advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org

> >*Veda, the only pramANa for knowing Brahman *
> Is this position held rigorously? If so how is one to interpret the 
> following 
> position of the acharya in BSB (I.1.2), where while the acharya 
> establishes the 
> connection between anumAnA and Sruti and says - 
> "It
> is not the case that sruti, etc., are the only means of knowledge in
> the inquiry 
> into Brahman, as is the case in the inquiry into dharma.
> Rather, sruti, etc.,
> as well as experience, etc., are means of
> knowledge as far as their capability 
> allows, since knowledge of Brahman
> concludes in experience, and has an 
> existent object as its topic". (na
> dharmajijnasayam iva SrutyAdaya eva pramAnAm 
> brahmajijnAsayam; kim tu SrutyAdayo 'nubhavAdayasca yathAsambhavam 
> iha 
> pramANam,
> anubhavAvasanatvad bhutavastuviSayatvAcca brahmajnanasya).
> Here, the 'adi' after anubhava must mean other pramanas. If one 
> were to read this 
> as merely indicating the complementary nature of anubhava etc, then 
> isn't that 
> a superfluous position to state; particularly considering how he 
> contrasts this with
> dharmajijnasa, where too these other pramanas act in complementary 
> roles?
> Thanks,
> -Murali Manohar
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