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

sriram a srirudra at vsnl.com
Thu Mar 15 07:45:36 CDT 2012



I think that in your enthusiasm to prove your point you are
unnecessarily devaluing the Acharya and even the scriptures.You should
know that scriptures will never say fire is cold nor will the faithful
quote from scriptures sayings which are not there in the

On 15-03-2012, Ramesh Krishnamurthy

> Namaste Satish,
> On 15 March 2012 15:35, Satish Arigela
> While I am in broad agreement (not necessarily on all
specifics) with
> your views on upAsana and mantra-shAstra, I must say
that you too are
> not showing the "openness" that you accuse others on
this list of
> lacking.
> The above statement by you is an example of
this. Please note that NO
> advaitin will make such a claim as "fire is
cold" based on "scriptures
> and tradition". Ironically, sha~Nkara
specifically says in one of his
> bhAShya-s that no amount of shAstra
statements can make fire cold,
> because the shAstra does not have
independent jurisdiction (as a
> pramANa) on matters that are within the
domain of pratyaxa etc.
> There is a sophisticated tradition of
pramANa-shAstra that includes,
> among other things, the rules for
interpreting shAstra. Moreover, much
> of this pramANa-shAstra comes
from the pUrvamImAMsaka-s who are
> mantravAdin-s par excellence.
In fact, a lot of your posts show a fundamental misunderstanding of
advaita-vedAnta and its essential principles.
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