[Advaita-l] Bhakti and Jnana

Kalyan K kalyankc.81 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 11 09:44:10 CST 2012

Thank you for posting the view of Prof Sanjukta. Now, a small question -

"Rajaram: Dr. Sanjukta's view, "Neither bhakti nor jnanam are sublated in

Does Dr Sanjukta say that this is just madhusUdhana's view or does she say
that this is also Sankara's view?


On Sat, Feb 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM, Rajaram Venkataramani <
rajaramvenk at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 11, 2012 at 5:39 AM, Kalyan K <kalyankc.81 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Dear Rajaram,
> >
> > Have you discussed this issue with Prof. Sanjukta? If yes, what does she
> > have to say on this topic?
> >
> > Regards
> > Kalyan
> Rajaram: Dr. Sanjukta's view, "Neither bhakti nor jnanam are sublated in
> Brahman. What we see (or experience) is a reflection of pure bliss which is
> the svarupa of bhakti and jnana. And the reflection is non-different from
> the original as per the bimba-pratibimba vada. Now, Bhakti is integral to
> even early Advaita. However, the theoretical formulation of bhakti in
> precise philsophical terms was preceded by the rise of heterodoxy, bhakti
> cults and the alankara sastras which taught secular rasa. Liberalism
> ushered in by Emperor Akbar contributed to bold deviations within the Hindu
> traditions as there was less fear of social censure.
> She is very open minded and agreed that there is some merit in my analysis
> that
>   - Madhusudana was mosly like a South Indian and was not influenced by
>   Gaudiya Vaishnavas.
>   - While Bhakti is in Upanishads, Bhakti Rasa is in Hari Vamsa. So it is
>   not that it is a later day concept
>   - Madhusudana does not deviate from Sankara because he says so where he
>   does.
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