[Advaita-l] vedAntins at the time of shankara
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Thu Sep 28 00:20:39 EDT 2017
Sorry for the late reply.
On Fri, 15 Sep 2017, Kalyan via Advaita-l wrote:
> I agree. Strict dualism in vedAnta is relatively new. One of the views
> floating around here is that post-advaitic rival vedAntic schools were
> caused by the difference in the views among the advaitins. I don't know
> how far this is true.
I don't agree. Vaishnavism and and Shaivism had a long independent
history. One of the arguments that Shankaracharya makes in the
chaturvyuhadhikarana is that the pancharatra agamas are non-Vedic
therefore non-authoritative. At some later point there was an effort made
to align themselves with Vedanta. For instance it is Yamuna the
predecessor of Ramanuja who attempts to make the case that pancharatra
agamas are Vedic (i.e. Vedantic.)
> The way I see it, the advent of these new rival vedAntic schools is
> probably due to a theistic reaction to the perceived non-theism of
> advaita. Neither sAmkhya nor early bhedAbheda were theistic. The new
> vedAntic schools came to fill in the theistic gap.
Again I disagree. Somewhat anyway. If we restrict Samkhya to
Ishvarakrishna then yes it is non-theistic but theistic samkhya can be
found in the bhagavadgita, mokshadharma and elsewhere in itihasa/puranas.
And what is Yoga if not Samkhya + Ishvara?
However it should be conceded that the Samkhya concept of Ishvara is not
acceptable to Vedantins of any stripe.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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