[Advaita-l] How many margas for mukti

Nithin Sridhar sridhar.nithin at gmail.com
Sun Sep 18 20:37:45 CDT 2016

Dear Kripa ji,

This article, which I had written few years ago may partially address your


On Sun, Sep 18, 2016 at 11:27 PM, Kripa Shankar via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> ‎Namaste,
> Delighted to be part of the group. I have many doubts regarding Advaita
> not because I couldn't comprehend the philosophy taught by Adi
> Shankaracharya but because there are apparent contradictions in the current
> practice. Because of whatever dosha, there is ignorance in abundance in the
> form of samshaya. Hence my query.
> I had the fortune of studying the siddhanta in detail from a relatively
> old book called samyagdarshana (in Kannada lang). In it, there was an
> introduction by an eminent author Narasimha Sharma. He was a courtesan of
> the Mysore Maharaja and was associated with Sringeri Mutt. He writes that
> there are only two margas to mukti, one is jnana and the other is Karma.
> There is not a third one. Even Krishna says - Lokesmin Dvividha Nishta pura
> prokta mayanagha, jnana yogena sankhyanam karma yogena yoginam.
> But we have a third one which is quite popular these days and supposedly
> the easiest route! It is called the bhakti marga. Neither Shankara nor any
> other scriptures mention this. ‎What entails bhakti marga? Is it listening
> to carnatic (or hindustani) music on YouTube or anything more? What is the
> means and end goal of this marga? Or is it another departure from the
> tradition? Is it again, viewed as a Renaissance against the Vedic
> hierarchy? If it is, do you see it as an assault against the Vedas? Because
> bhakti marga emphasises more on regional language and Sanskrit is mostly
> neglected.
> Regards
> Kripa
> ----
> Vyasaya Vishnu roopaya Vyasa roopaya Vishnave
> Namo vai Brahma nidhaye Vasishtaya namo namaha
> _______________________________________________
> Archives: http://lists.advaita-vedanta.org/archives/advaita-l/
> http://blog.gmane.org/gmane.culture.religion.advaita
> To unsubscribe or change your options:
> http://lists.advaita-vedanta.org/cgi-bin/listinfo/advaita-l
> For assistance, contact:
> listmaster at advaita-vedanta.org

Nithin S

More information about the Advaita-l mailing list