[Advaita-l] Accepting Possibility of Error in Sastras

Rajaram Venkataramani rajaramvenk at gmail.com
Fri Dec 28 08:47:49 CST 2012

> These sorts of questions should not really arise. Along with pramANa-s,
> there is
> an accepted mode of the realms in which the pramANa-s operate. One need not
> look to the SAstras for things that are amenable to ordinary
> pratyaksha-anumAna
> and one should not attempt to bracket the SAstra-s within the bounds of
> reason
> either. Any contradiction that seemingly arises can be easily explained
> and in fact,
> have already been explained, as and when appropriate.

RV: When shastras talk about yajnas, it is beyond the realm of pratyaksha
and anumana. But when shastras talk about the structure of the solar system
or the growth of a fetus in the womb, they co-exist with pratyaksha and
anumana (science) in providing knowledge. In such cases, what is the
traditional position on accepting shastras versus science?

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