[Advaita-l] mayavadam asat sastram

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at braincells.com
Mon Jul 26 23:12:31 CDT 2010

On Mon, 26 Jul 2010, Rajaram Venkataramani wrote:

> As most people on this forum may be aware, Sri Jiva Gosvam quotes
> Padma Purana verse "mayavadam asat sastram" to conclude that Lord Siva
> appeared as Sankara to teach Mayavada Philosophy. Mayavada
> specifically refers to denying absolute reality of names, forms and
> actions of Isvara as well as the world. According to one Advaita
> scholar I talked to, this verse refers to Saiva Siddhanta not
> Advaitam. But it was his personal opinion not based on the works of
> any Advaita Purvacharya. As Madhusudana Saraswati was a contemporary
> of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, I was hoping to see explanation of this
> charge by him or one of his disciples.
> Can anyone on this forum, please clarify what is the traditional
> position on this?

Traditionally Advaita thinkers have not cared and probably were not even 
aware of it as these shlokas were probably only inserted into the 
Padmapurana around that time.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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