[Advaita-l] Priority of Pramana based on Knowledge Domain

Rajaram Venkataramani rajaramvenk at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 06:02:26 CDT 2012

I can only hope that Svaha finds Agni cool :)

Our tradition believes that Vedas were revealed to Brahman and passed down
through ages. But based on an analysis of genetic, archaelogical and fossil
records scientists have established that humans evolved only 200000 years
ago. They have also shown that evolution is a fact in laboratories. Now,
what are the rules to decide whether we should accept sabda pramana or
scientific analysis in this case? I understand that science may not be what
tradition calls anumana but more like sambhavana.

On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 11:45 AM, kuntimaddi sadananda <
kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Subbuji
> - praNAms
> Just a
> point of note. Negation of pratyaksha by aagama is done ontologically
> looking
> from the higher order and while still accepting it as a true at the
> vyaavahaarika level - just as from the point of gold there are no
> ornaments but
> from the point of ring, bangle etc., they are as real as the one who is
> perceiving
> it. Dvaitins many not accept the orders of reality. Hence the hierarchy of
> the
> pramaanas also have to be from a reference. From the objective scientist,
> who
> sees things only at the level of vyaavahaarika satyam, the prathyaksha
> forms
> higher than the rest of the five pramaanaas. Shankara says in one place if
> scripture says fire is cold we have to reject it since it is against
> pratyaksha
> unless the sentence has some other meaning.
> >________________________________
> > From: V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>
> >.  This
> >phenomenon, of a latter stronger pramANa (knowledge thereof) annulling an
> >earlier weaker pramANa (knowledge thereof),  has been elucidated by
> >Vedantins on the basis of the 'apaccheda nyAyaH' of the pUrva mImAmsA, the
> >details of which Shri Anand Hudli has posted in this forum before.
> >
> >However, this has been challenged by the Dvaita school and there is a
> >debate currently going on between the two schools.
> >
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