[Advaita-l] Accepting Possibility of Error in Sastras

Swami Sarvabhutananda swami.sarvabhutananda at gmail.com
Fri Dec 28 06:10:14 CST 2012

The prerequisite for Sruti vicArA is SHRADDA in shAstram, shraddA in
SampradAyA,shraddA in GURU.
Logical analysis does not hold good in BRAHMA jnAnam.
Logical analysis cannot accept the pursuit!
I appreciate your effort in analysing shAstrA.
It is the paramparA and sampradAyam to help the student understand!
wishes and love.
On Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 6:22 AM, Rajaram Venkataramani <
rajaramvenk at gmail.com> wrote:

> In many religions, the scriptures are considered inerrant. We also consider
> the sastras to be the authroity. There is a lot of logic given to establish
> why sabda is pramana. There are stories such as Kumarila Bhatta's
> where complete acceptance of the authority of the sastras is
> reinforced. However, we see that Madhusudana says in Siddanthabindu (v 79),
> "The scriptures may state something that is merely the outcome of
> delusion". Here he admits that sastras can be erroneous. Though the
> tradition accepts the vedic model for creation, we see that there is a
> recognition of a contradictions there that is to be resolved through
> reason. For example, Gaudapada says (I.23), "In the matter of being
> created, whether from the already existent or from the non-existent also,
> the Sruti is equal, that is supporting both views. What is associated with
> or fortified with logical reasoning holds not the other".  The importance
> of reasoning is also stressed by Madhusudana, "The creation of names and
> forms by Him who does the triplication in BSB 2.4.20 in only an explanatory
> statement and cannot nullify quintuplication which is established by
> reasoning".  Sankara himself says, forget where, "Even a thousand sruti
> statements cannot make fire cold." In his bhashyas, we often see him quote
> sruti and then the opponent makes a logical counter to sruti. Sankara does
> not dismiss off the opponent saying that there cannot be a logical
> opposition because already the point has been established using sruti. He
> defends his position using logic.
> Are there conditions in which sastras can be accepted as erroneous? I am
> not talking about a presumption of error in sastras without evidence. But
> when there is concrete evidence based on pratyaksha and anumana that shows
> that the sastras are not correct, what is the valid traditional response?
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