[Advaita-l] ’upAsana' and 'bhakti' part 2

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Tue Mar 13 12:33:52 CDT 2012

On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 3:57 PM, Satish Arigela <satisharigela at yahoo.com>wrote:

> >  It is only Ishwara that gives
> the karma phalam, even if one thinks that it is the particular
> mantra/devatA
> that gives the >phalam.
> The preta-mata [Christians]  & the rAkShasa mata could similarly say
> something on these lines quoting their respective books...it is only
> that they cannot prove/verify  it.. other than quoting a text
> >Even in shrauta-s
> they admit of 'devatA stuti' which is nothing but hymnal praises of the
> devatA.
> So, it is incorrect to say that >the concept of bhakti is absent in the
> shruti.
> Same thing. Projection of one's upbringing in a bhakti like environment
> incorrectly onto ancients ritualists.

तस्मात् सर्वशास्त्रविदपि असंप्रदायवित् मूर्खवदेव उपेक्षणीयः says Shankara
in the Bhagavadgita Bhashya.  Whatever is not approved by the sampradaya is
not admissible to Advaitins who follow Shankara.  Outsiders' approval of
Shankara is not the criterion.  Advaitins are not worse off without the
appreciation of tantriks.


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