[Advaita-l] Importance of Purva Mimamsa, Nyaya and Yoga

rajaramvenk at gmail.com rajaramvenk at gmail.com
Wed Jul 10 02:29:57 CDT 2013

Hare Krishna. I think Sri Sriram has raised a very important point on the importance of bhakti and karma. I would slightly change it to include the importance of Mimamsa, Yoga and Nyaya. Bhakti is integral to all schools in some form. 

In fact, we should be interested in any vedic thought that can produce practical results. If jyotisha, for example, can help in financial astrology and give accurate results we can play in the stock markets to change the fortunes. James Randi has 1M$ prize for anyone who can prove supernatural and it is unclaimed for decades. It is not due to lack of paranormal phenomena but our reluctance to study them and exploit them for the first three purusharthas. 
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More seriously, without scratching our heads much about these dharma sUkshma-s, 
it is better to treat all these things as part and parcel of our materialistic life  and 
try to concentrate more on our adhyAtmika sAdhana with shraddha & bhakti 
towards almighty. 


Interestingly, our bhArata desha has produced one of the greatest brains in
finance & economy whose name is "chANakya". 

It is baffling to read the chANakya neeti shAstra and his value for money.  

We used to have aeronotical engineering called "vaimAnika shAstra"; we used to 
have techniques of cloud seeding; we used to have techniques of recognizing
gems and minerals in the underground which is a powerful geological survey
technique mentioned in vedas; we had latest farming techniques mentioned 
in vedas; we have ancient codes of algorithms in mimamsa which
were used in computational techniques; we have sulba sutras that are
mathematical formulae and what not !!

Jagat is mithya in the sense that it is ever-changing whose existence is tansient.  

With this "over-emphasis" on vedanta,  all these above-mentioned
scientific techniques have been neglected and pushed to back bench.  I would dare even to
say that none of the indians are interested to pursue the karma kANDa of pUrva-mimAmsa
to find out the "science" in them.  

Recently, i met the kerala dikshitar couple who performed atirAtra ritual successfully who was beaming with smile owing to his successful implementation of this ritual.  At the end of this ritual, there was heavy downpour of rain.  Which implies that when this atirAtra ritual is done with shraddha & bhakti, rain is bound to come.  The couple's only regret was that none of the indians are interested to know the details of this ritual whereas Germans and other foreigners are approaching them to learn and doing R&D on it and we are just mute spectators to it and discussing on the mithyatva of the jagat.

My 2 cents.


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