[Advaita-l] Shankara and Madhusudhana
bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com
Wed Jul 20 01:34:37 CDT 2011
Can you pl. cite reference to Swami Vivekananda's works where he said
Sankara twisted the meaning of BG mantras to promote advaitic view?
Does he mean advaita is contrary to bhakti?
Swami Vivekananda indirectly implied in his works that shankara was mere
dry philosopher (shushka vedAnti) with a brilliant mind!! And somewhere
he insists that we need people who have shankara's brilliance (mind) and
buddha's compassion (heart). However, swamiji's views would not get much
currency in traditional advaitic circle. Our Sri Jaldhar prabhuji also of
the same opinion here I believe.
And with regard to shankara's twisting interpretation, dvaitins would
always like to quote couple of verses from geeta. i.e. anayAschintayantO
mAm in 9th chapter and another famous verse 'sarvadharmAn parityajya' in
18th chapter. They argue that though these verses quite clearly upholding
dvaita view, shankara twisted these verses to suit to his philosophy i.e.
ahaM brahmAsmi, jevEshwara abedha & brahmatmaikatva vAda. Anyway, this is
their perception, no need to mention it does not hold any water when we
look at these verses & interpretation from the shruti's parama siddhAnta.
Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
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