[Advaita-l] Supremacy of Shiva over Vishnu

Venkatraghavan S agnimile at gmail.com
Sat Sep 3 01:55:33 CDT 2016

Please don't paint this as prejudice of western views.

The analogy of acceptance of western views and inventions such as computers
etc but non acceptance of western views in matters of Vedanta is not
appropriate here as we are talking of two different spheres of knowledge.
One is worldly knowledge, aparA vidyA, whose knowledge is derived from
pratyaksha pramANa and the other is spiritual knowledge, aparA vidyA, which
depends on shruti pramANa. To understand what shruti pramANa has to say,
one needs to be able to interpret it correctly and for this one needs a
sampradAya guru.

Even in parA vidyA, no one is dismissing *all* the views of *all* scholars,
be they western or otherwise, as foolish. Only those that choose to opine
on matters of para vidyA by ignoring tradition are called thus - by

On the other side of the equation, coming to aparA vidyA, to dismiss all
traditional accounts as hagiographies devoid of historical merit is
throwing the baby out with the bathwater.


On 3 Sep 2016 5:30 a.m., "D Gayatri via Advaita-l" <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> I find it intriguing that people have no problems using western technology
> and inventions like computers, internet etc. and at the same time the very
> same people dismiss all western scholars as fools! Just as any other
> scholars, the arguments of western scholars have their own merits and
> demerits, but IMHO, to dismiss the entire class of western scholars as
> fools, smacks of intellectual arrogance.
> On Friday, 2 September 2016, V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

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