[Advaita-l] the qualification to be an advaita guru

Rajaram Venkataramani rajaramvenk at gmail.com
Thu Aug 11 05:51:49 CDT 2011

On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 11:10 AM, Raghav Kumar <raghavkumar00 at gmail.com>wrote:

>  Its very interesting that bhAShyakAra himself says "yes" to the above
> question and goes to great lengths to justify why shravana etc are not the
> only means for jnAnam.

This is very important. Madhusudana says that a bhagavat-bhakta can attain
brahma-jnana by Isvaranugraha without the need for a guru or having to go
through Shravana etc! It is indeed a very radical statement. It is
interesting to see that Adi Sankara Himself gives room  for exceptions. I
would like to know if there is sruti and smrti pramana to support this view
in the tradition.

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