[Advaita-l] Prasthana Traya

Siva Senani Nori sivasenani at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 10 09:17:50 CDT 2015

Dear Sri Nath
The order that I wrote about is what I heard of as being followed in my family and guru paramparaa. The order might vary depending on adhikaarabheda, sampradaayabheda etc. Otherwise, where is the need for prakaraNagranthas to be composed? The Guru is the ideal person to evaluate a saadhaka and recommend the path to be followed and his guidance is Final.  
न गुरोरधिकं न गुरोरधिकम् 
RegardsN. Siva Senani
      From: Sanju Nath <sanjivendra at gmail.com>
 To: Siva Senani Nori <sivasenani at yahoo.com>; A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> 
 Sent: Tuesday, 9 June 2015 4:19 PM
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Dear Sri Nori,

I thought Swami Paramarthananda's recommended order was Bhagvad Gita as being the equivalent of Bachelors degree,  Upanishads of Masters degree, and Brahma Sutra was the PhD equivalent, in one of his audio lectures.  

Warm regards,
Sanju Nath

> On Jun 9, 2015, at 3:29 AM, Siva Senani Nori via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Sri Vivek
> Tradition maintains that there are four stages of knowledge acquisition and dissemination: Learning, Understanding, Practicing and Propagating. So, for each Sastra, there is a full stop. If one studies Asthadhyayi with Mahabhashyam fully, then one has mastered Vyakaranam. Similarly in Vedanta, if one studies the Prasthanatrayee, one has mastered Vedanta. Prakarana granthas primarily present extracts of Prasthanatrayee, occasionally expanding upon them. The key difference between Prasthanatrayee and Prakarana granthas is that the latter present only the Siddhanta view and does not get into the Khandana of other views.
> That said, studying Prasthanatrayee is difficult because it presupposes knowledge of other systems. For instance to fully understand the bhashya on Samanvayaadhikaranam, a good grounding in Purvamimaamsaa is necessary.
> Finally, within Prasthanatrayee the order recommended is that of Upanishads, Brahmasutras and Gita. The first is the base material; the second one a critical analysis of the same and the final one a case study which calls for the application of knowledge gained.
> RegardsN. Siva Senani
>      From: Vivek via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
> To: "advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> 
> Sent: Tuesday, 9 June 2015 8:06 AM
> Subject: [Advaita-l] Prasthana Traya
> Hari Om,
> I was wondering if it is enough to study the Prasthana Traya through talks of Swami Paramarthananda and translations by Swami Gambhirananda (Gita, Upanishads, Brahma Sutras)
> If you study those works thoroughly, is there really any need to study any of the Prakarana Grabthas? If so, which ones are the most important ones?
> Thanks,
> Vivek. 
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