[Advaita-l] 108 Upanishads Complete List – Ramani's blog

Praveen R. Bhat bhatpraveen at gmail.com
Sun Jan 21 21:53:22 EST 2018

Namaste Raghavji and others,

I can understand a purely scholarly approach for academic interest which
doesn't consider Shruti as a pramANa, but for AstikAs, why is a listing
other than muktikA's 108 necessary? Here I assume that you know that
Muktikopanishad itself points out the 108 Upanishads in the sequence of
study for mokSha, placing itself the last. That itself is the oldest
reference and considered valid in the sampradAya.

As a general hypothesis in the context, I had considered some doubts:

1) If there be a doubt for anyone that muktikA itself being last cannot
reveal the earlier 107, since it is studied last, such doubt can be raised
regarding any work, including Vedas, which itself states that Vedas should
be studied, without knowing which one cannot study. Hence the sampradAya to
the rescue.

2) If Mandukya is studied first, why is to be studied again and why 7th in
the list? We can relate our own experiences of revisiting a text after
certain other study bringing more clarity. The 2nd study is deeper even if
it is cursory!

3) Rama and Hanuman conversation cannot be a Shruti. It may be taken that
the tattva is presented through Rama and Hanuman for/by a Rishi. It may be
a saMvAda in some other kalpa than we know. Else such doubt can be
expressed about Yajnavalkya, Nachiketas, etc as well. All Shrutis may not
be manifest all the time.

--Praveen R. Bhat
/* येनेदं सर्वं विजानाति, तं केन विजानीयात्। Through what should one know
That owing to which all this is known! [Br.Up. 4.5.15] */

On Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 7:58 AM, Raghav Kumar Dwivedula via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Yes of course, sAyanAcArya comes later than bhAShyakAra. Thanks for
> pointing out.
> Was interested  seeing dashopaniShat reference and wanted to know any older
> mention of these specific ten.
> Om
> On 21-Jan-2018 8:27 PM, "Praveen R. Bhat via Advaita-l" <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Sayanacharya is post-Bhashyakara, being pUrvAshrama brother of
> Vidyaranyamuni!
> Kind rgds,
> --Praveen R. Bhat
> /* येनेदं सर्वं विजानाति, तं केन विजानीयात्। Through what should one know
> That owing to which all this is known! [Br.Up. 4.5.15] */
> 2018-01-21 19:52 GMT+05:30 Raghav Kumar Dwivedula via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>:
> > Namaste
> > तथाप्यसिद्धं चेज्ज्ञानं दशोपनिषदं पठ ।
> > ज्ञानं लब्ध्वा चिरादेव मामकं धाम यास्यसि ॥ २७॥
> >
> > ​This is where Bhashyakara gets His list of ten Upanishads from,
> including
> > Mandukya above.
> >
> > My question -
> > Is there any pre-shankara reference to these particular 10 Upanishads as
> > being referenced by the muktikopaniShad? Maybe sAyana bhAShya?  Or for
> that
> > matter a reference anywhere else?

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