[Advaita-l] Ritambara Prajna

sriram srirudra at vsnl.com
Fri Aug 19 07:40:35 CDT 2011

Dear Sriram
Just an aside.Gravity is not a force of attraction.Gravity  is a field 
characteristic of the matter.Afield which the very existenceof the mass 
automatically created.This is a correction given to Newton`s discovery by 
Albert Einstein.Einstein further said that because of this gravitational 
field we are not seeing the universe as it is but a slightly distorted 
version.This I just wanted to share with you as this notion of Einstein is a 
little difficult to change our conventional thinking .R.Krishnamoorthy.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Venkata sriram P" <venkatasriramp at yahoo.in>
To: <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2011 12:42 PM
Subject: [Advaita-l] Ritambara Prajna


Just wanted to ask what is "apaursheyatva". My idea of "apaursheyatva" is 
something like this:

Let us consider with the example
"Newton's Law of Gravity".

The phenomena of Gravitation existed since times immemorial,
also before the birth of Issac Newton and would exist in Future.

But it was Newton who "Observed" this phenomena when
apple was falling down from the tree. And thus propounded
the Law of Gravitation with the formula:

F = G x m1*m2/r*r

The apple might have fallen "n" number of times to
reinforce the Law of Gravitation, but, went unnoticed by "ordinary" folks.

So, what needs to be observed is that Law of Gravitation
"Exists" which is "apoursheya" and to express this Law,
Newton used the syllables F,G,m1,m2 & r.

On similar lines, the veda darshana. The tattva behind the
mantra darShana is "apaursheya" which is like Gravity Force.
And the sabda heard / revealed is taken as a pramANa
because this is the only source to be taken to know the
apaursheya jnana. And hence, the sabda pramANa is
taken here as final authority.


In fact it is this rtambhara prajna which as presented seems to be
defective being based on personhood.


We cannot brush aside the sAstra based on the
principle of apaurshetva / paursheyatva.

Are we not taking Bhagavat Gita as the pramANa
sAstra even though it is paurShEya.

Infact, i find Yoga Sutras, a practical & useful guide in my sAdhana in
nirOdha of chittavritti, prANAyAma, dhyAna, dhAraNa etc.
It emphasizes on praNava upAsana in the sUtra "tasya vAchakaH praNavaH".

// but to annhilate ajnana which allows svayamaprakasha
jnana to shine forth.

Can you suggest any universal method of annihilating ajnana?

my point is it is orthogonal to whether one
understands the shastra or not.


I take this with a pinch of salt.

Even if one practices the yOga and eventhough he is
half-way through in the current birth, in the next birth,
he is born as yOga bhraShTa to continue
the sAdhana. At least, this assurance is there in

What is such assurance in Sastra Adhyayana?


Archives: http://lists.advaita-vedanta.org/archives/advaita-l/

To unsubscribe or change your options:

For assistance, contact:
listmaster at advaita-vedanta.org 

More information about the Advaita-l mailing list