[Advaita-l] Anantaa vai vedaah

Vidyasankar Sundaresan svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Sun Aug 28 17:40:50 CDT 2011

> In times, when the second most popular yoga teacher is Shilpa Shetty (the
> first being Baba Ramdev), it is not possible to agree that sarvajnatvam is
> possible. It may be contradict one's personal experience but sarvajnatvam is
> quite possible through yoga. Madhusudana quotes Patanjali Yoga Sutra to say
> that one who realizes the difference between Purusha and Buddhi gains
> rulership over all hings and knowledge of everything. Giving that up as
> well, one attains liberation. There are different means of gaining different
> knowledge including all given in P.Yo.Su.
> http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/yogasutr.htm If you go to Kapilash and
> cross over forests guarded by ferocious wolves, there are Siva Yogis who
> live on fruits and mountain spring water. Folks like that may be able to
> tell how experientially valid these claims of Patanjali are.

I am not referring to the possibility or otherwise of the existence of a sarvajna.
I am talking about the problems behind the notion that all human knowledge
is encapsulated in the veda mantra-s. I hope the distinction is clear. To amplify,
I am talking about the potential problems behind this, viz. wanting to go a step
further and "discover" new "veda" texts that cover everything: from things like
"Esorvedam" to aeronautical engineering and outer space exploration to genetics. 
> It is true that by knowing that One being, one knows everything because all
> this is nothing but that. This however does not mean that there can be any
> obstacle to particularized knowledge for a jnani who is free from all
> limiting adjunctions. If there is an obstacle to any knowledge, phenomenal
> or transcendental, then he is definitely different from Him who is That.

The beauty of advaita vedAnta, which I can see is not appreciated well, is that
even when an obstacle to a particularized knowledge appears, he is still the same
as That in reality. He is, most definitely, NOT different from Him who is That. 
If he is definitely, really different, nothing can make him That.


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