[Advaita-l] Ramana's method
v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Wed Oct 10 05:04:00 CDT 2012
On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 3:09 PM, Bhaskar YR <bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com> wrote:
> praNAms Sri Subbu prabhuji
> Hare Krishna
> The problem lies in what one understands by the term 'shAstra'.
> > shAstra here is veda-s which is shruti not smruti texts, though it is
> (smruti) pramANa it is not called as shruti.
> Even those who do not have vedAdhikAra are not barred from studying the
> which is one of the prasthAnatraya.
> > I agree, but you have not answered my query, whether Sri mani dravida
> shAstrigaL is recommeding prakaraNa granTha for those who have
> vedAdhikAra. Can a vaidhika (or a vedAdhikAri) skip vedAdhyayana and do
> the brahma jignAsa with prakaraNa granTha-s??
I think you got the reply to your question. Let me clarify emphatically:
it was with reference to a question put by a jijnAsu who has vedAdhikAra
that the reply was given. It was in the context of the question 'is it
essential that one understands all the bhashyas and vyAkhyAna-s of the
Upanishads and the Brahmasutras, Advaita siddhi, and other texts for
getting moksha?' For this question was the reply that I had quoted.
Let me also narrate an incident from real life: Sri Venkata Subba Rao of
Chikmagalur was a householder. He had great jijnAsa for Brahma jnAna.
When he approached the earlier Sringeri Jagadguru Sri Abhinava VidyAtirtha,
He asked him to come to a class on a particular day. On that day the
Jagadguru taught the first shloka of the Sri dakshinAmurti stotra of
Shankaracharya with a lucid explanation. There were some Sannyasis and
other Pandits in the class. On the third day, AcharyaL said (addressing
Sri Rao): 'This is enough. In fact what I taught you on the first day was
itself sufficient for you. I took up the second verse on the subsequent
day to ward off any possible feeling you may get that absence of
continuation on the second day is inauspicious (dvitIya-vighna).'
Sri Rao was a Telugu Brahmin whose ancestor was a pIThAdhipati of the
Later Sri Rao became an aparoksha jnani. He passed away just a few years
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