[Advaita-l] The Human aspect of Jnanis - 5 (Concluded)

Mahesh Ursekar mahesh.ursekar at gmail.com
Thu Jul 22 09:02:08 CDT 2010

Pranams Sri Subrahmanian:

If the BMI of a Jnani is the the author of a work such as a Bhasya (or
something independent), then is it infallible? This was the reason for my
original question - can we hold the Vivekachoodamani on the same level as
the Vedas as regards Truth? Or is the former open to error? It is likely
that a follower of Madhvacharaya would have such a view on Sankaracharya's
works. How would an Advaitin then answer?

And I don't mean an answer such as
(a) Sankaracharya's Bhashya is more consistent with Shurti than
Madhvacharayas (this debate has been going on for centuries now) or
(b) Claim of Sri Krishnamurty's - Madhvacharaya is not self realized
(possibly dogmatic)
(c) Claim of Sri Krishnamurty's - Advaita is avirodha (see objections to
that in my reply to him)

The answer ought to be to the question - can a Jnani's work be infallible?
If yes, we will be forced to take Advaita also as a view (however exalted),
The Truth being upheld only with silence?

Thanks, Mahesh

On Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 5:28 PM, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 12:45 PM, Mahesh Ursekar
> <mahesh.ursekar at gmail.com>wrote:
> > Pranams Sri Subrahmanian:
> >
> > Thanks for your enlightening post. The state of a self-realized soul is
> > indeed hard to explain and you have nicely brought out the many problems
> > associated with it.
> >
> > I would like to add one more problem, which, I think, has not been
> covered
> > by your posts. When a person such as this writes a spiritual treatise -
> may
> > it be the Brahma Sutra or the Vivekachoodamani - who is the author of it?
> > Is
> > it the BMI of the individual? If yes, it will not be Shruti (or revealed
> > text i.e. work without authorship).
> Namaste.
> Any work written be it the Brahma Sutras  by Badarayana or the Bhashya by
> Bhagavatpada Shankara is essentially 'pUreSheya'.  They have been authored
> by the author, a person.  Only the BMI can be an author of any work.  So,
> these works are not 'apaurusheya' Shruti.  Other than BMI we can think of
> only the Atman.  Atman cannot author anything as it is devoid of any action
> (agency) since there is no apparatus  called the mind, intellect, sense
> organs and motor organs like hands for the Atman.
> We regard the above mentioned works as authored by realized persons.
>  Jnanam
> cannot author any work; a Jnani can.
> Regards,
> subbu
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