[Advaita-l] Apaurusheyatva of Veda

Rajaram Venkataramani rajaramvenk at gmail.com
Sat Sep 10 03:58:43 CDT 2011

Dear Sri Omkar,

Sri Vidyasankar is going to make three posts. Should you wait for him to
complete before responding? In the meantime, it may be worthwhile  for you
to research in to apaureshyatvam according to different schools of thought.
And compile your objections. It is just a suggestion to improve the quality
of discussion.

Best Regards
Rajaram Venkataramani

On Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 8:02 PM, Omkar Deshpande
<omkar_deshpande at yahoo.com>wrote:

> Namaskara,
> <<<In fact, this approach creates the
> problem that I have ended up subordinating the authority of my scripture to
> the
> strength of the logic that I have used to prove the existence of a creator
> God.
> When human beings change their thinking to reject the logic used in a
> previous
> era, that threatens the authority of scripture in a very basic and
> fundamental
> way.>>>
> How does apauruSheyatva avoid this problem? Because one still has to
> subordinate the authority of the scripture to the strength of the logic used
> to prove that my scripture is apauruSheya, and when human beings change
> their thinking to rely more on the logic used in modern historical analysis,
> that also threatens the authority of my scripture in a basic way. So what
> advantage does apauruSheyatva offer over a system that first argues for a
> creator God or some special power in a human being?
> <<<the mImAMsaka notes that all the others are still quite dependent on an
> assertion of the special-ness of particular human beings... After all, even
> if a given scripture is to be accepted as the composition of a special
> creator God, the nature of the transmission of the
> said scripture to human beings via one or more special messengers still
> remains
> unexplained. It is a matter of belief in particular human beings, pure and
> simple.>>>
> Modern science has argued that the earth has an origin if we go back about
> 4.6 billion years. Even setting aside evolutionary theory (which would
> restrict the existence of 'humans' on earth to within the last 5-7 million
> years), for any scripture to be maintained as eternal, one would still need
> to invoke some special supernatural way by which the scripture existed prior
> to the existence of humans, or prior to the existence of the earth, and how
> it originally got transmitted to human beings. Such explanations would still
> be needed to uphold apauruSheyatva, and that would require faith too, if I'm
> not wrong.
> Regards,
> Omkar
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