[Advaita-l] REFERENCES FROM VARIOUS PURANAS, UPANISHADS, SASTRAS WHERE VISHNU, RAMA, KRISHNA DON BHASMA TRIPUNDRA AND VISHNU IS A PARAMA SHIVA BHAKTA
v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Thu Jan 17 07:03:33 EST 2019
On Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 5:27 PM Raghav Kumar Dwivedula via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Namaste Bhaskarji
> The context is that
> 1. "There are numerous references from shAstras which refer to Vishnu as a
> Shiva Bhakta etc." - the advaitic members are only pointing to a fact. Its
> not a conclusion
> 2. None of the advaitic members has ever made any conclusive statement to
> the effect that "therefore Shiva is superior to Vishnu".
> I request not to conclude hastily and wrongly state that "therefore even
> advaitins are being bigoted in proclaiming that Shiva is superior". It is
> patently unfair to those who are posting these references and misrepresents
> their position.
> 'Point 1" is a rejoinder to the unstated bigoted Vaishnava nyAya
> The Vaishnava logic being that
> 'Vishnu is sarvottama' - sAdhya
> 'because Shruti Smriti purANas all refer to that.' - hetu
> It is necessary to show the vyabhicAri vaishnava hetu by showing numerous
> references which indicate 'Shiva is superior to Vishnu'.
> Conclusion : brahmAtma which is nirguNam and nirAkAram is the truth
> None of the posters has given any bigoted *conclusion* of their own - they
> are merely drawing attention to facts. That there are references which talk
> on n different ways. No more no less.
Thank you Raghav ji for summarizing the Advaitin's position on the topic so
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