[Advaita-l] Fwd: Rama and Krishna are Jiva-s - Mahabharata

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Wed May 24 05:18:20 EDT 2017

On Wed, May 24, 2017 at 1:21 PM, Venkata sriram P via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Namaste,
> ////
> Appayya Dikshitha probably has not studied the entire Mahabharata.
> In Shanti parvan, when Vishnu shows his Vishwaroopa to Narada
> ///
> Those who are making furore over the मन्दत्व of अप्पय दीक्षितः, why don't
> they raise
> objections to the remark of वेदान्त देशिकः when he makes a remark against
> दक्षिणामुर्तिः
> vide shloka no. 7 of his हयग्रीव स्तोत्रं :
> दाक्षिण्यरम्या गिरिशस्य मूर्तिः देवी सरोजासन धर्मपत्नी ।
> व्यासादयोऽपि व्यपदेश्यवाचः स्फुरन्ति सर्वे तव शक्तिलेशैः ॥ ७॥
> "the pretty south-faced Ishwara (dakshinamurti), Devi Saraswati and
> Bhagavan Badarayana -
> all three draw their power of Knowledge from Lord Hayagriva"
> Granted that these compositions show one's devotion to personal deity but
> is it not blasphemous
> to say that the Dakshinamurti who taught the essence of vedanta to great
> brahmanishtaas thru
> silence draws His knowledge thru Hayagriva.  The greatness of
> dakshinamurti is stated in Bhagavata Purana
> itself in 4th chapter.  Having seated in 'mahAyOga' rUpa 'vaTavrikSa',
> demonstrates the 'chinmudra' and dispels
> the doubts to sages.

Dear Sriram ji,

Vedanta Deshika in his work 'Sankalpa Suryodaya' (a drama) has composed a
sequence where a character keeps his leg on the head of Shiva. A legend
says that Appayya Dikshita was called to witness the enactment and on
witnessing this scene he was extremely moved and that also triggered his
zeal for establishing Shiva pāramya.

So, the bigotry of Vedanta Deshika is well known.

> Now, should we advaitins conclude that Vedanta Desika didn't study any
> shastras and was
> ignorant of the dakshinamurti-tattva?  Certainly not.

A true study of shastras does not result in bigotry of the above type. He
has thrown to winds the central theme of the scriptures declared by Veda
Vyasa in the immortal verse of the Mahabharata:

रुद्रो नारायणश्चैव सत्त्वमेकं द्विधा कृतम्।
लोके चरति कौन्तेय व्यक्तिस्थं सर्वकर्मसु।। 12-350-27a 12-350-27b.

It is One Principle that appears as Rudra and Narayana...

> Here lies the greatness of we advaitins
> that we never criticise any path and take everyone in our own stride and
> move on....

I understand what you mean by the above: by worshiping whichever deity one
approaches the Vedantic Truth, that is admissible. Sureshwara's words are

यया यया भवेत् पुंसां व्युत्पत्तिः प्रत्यगात्मनि । सा सैव प्रक्रियेह स्यात्
साध्वी सा चानवस्थिता ॥ Since the aspirants' make-up can be varied,
whichever method that suits one is good enough.

The words of the famous Mahimna stotram of Pushpadanta, which has been
commented upon by Madhusudana Saraswati too is relevant here:

त्रयी सांख्यं योगः पशुपतिमतं वैष्णवमिति प्रभिन्ने प्रस्थाने परमिदमदः
पथ्यमिति च ।
रुचीनां वैचित्र्यादजुकुटिलनानापथजुषां नृणामेको गम्य स्त्वमसि पयसामर्णव इव


> Advaitins are broad-minded and that is why it has become more popular and
> more acceptable today by great logicians and philanthropists.
> regs,
> sriram
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