[Advaita-l] Did Madhusudana Saraswati Reconcile Bhakti and Advaita?

Kalyan K kalyankc.81 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 3 01:43:02 CST 2012

Bhaskarji, no arguments with what you say below.  I completely agree.

It is generally said by vaishnavas, that their AchAryas had "discovered"
some so-called "faults" in advaita. The point of my post was to show that
Sankara himself had foreseen these objections. So there is nothing new that
was "discovered" by the vaishnavas.

Sorry if my post had given a different impression.


On Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM, Bhaskar YR <bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com> wrote:

> "Reply: Let it be so. Brahman is not the author of ignorance nor subject
> to
> error. But it is not admitted that there is any other conscious entity
> but Brahman which is the author of ignorance or subject to error....."
> praNAms
> Hare Krishna
> There are two sentences here, in the first sentence shankara says brahman
> is neither the author of ignorance nor the subject to error.  And in the
> second sentence he is saying there is no conscious entity but brahman
> which is bhrAnta & avidyA karta.  This has to be understood with the
> famous analogy of gold and ring.  Here second sentence pertains to jeeva
> (ring), who is nothing but brahman (gold) having ajnAna. But brahman (pure
> gold)  who is not jeeva (ring) first sentence conveying this.  Though
> jeeva svabhAva is nothing but brahman, brahman does not have jeeva
> svabhAva.  The original sentence in bhAshya goes like this :  bhavatvevaM
> nAvidyAkartru bhrAntaM cha brahma, kiM tu naivAbrahma avidyAkartA chetanO
> bhrAnta anya ishyate.
> There is a shruti story with regard to this in bruhadAraNyaka.  A prince
> who broght up in hunter's family later realized that he is indeed belongs
> to royal family and he is a king.
> Hari Hari Hari Bol!!
> bhaskar
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