[Advaita-l] vedAnta mahAvAkya - A query

Bhaskar YR bhaskar.yr at hitachienergy.com
Thu Jul 28 03:29:13 EDT 2022

Hare Krishna

I am not familiar with vedAnta paribhAsha work.  But if you are talking about bifurcation of veda-s in tradition i.e. karma kAnda and jnana kAnda then it is not about tAratamya it is all about pUraka.  As per pUrvamImAmsaka-s jnana bodhaka is kevala arthavAda whereas for the vedAntins, karma kAnda and its injunctions and prohibitions (vidhi-nishedha) are the means to chitta shuddhi and in turn pUraka to do brahma jignAsa.  So in short both karma bOdhaka and jnana bOdhaka vAkya-s ultimately aiming at realizing the  common tAtparya i.e. brahmaikatvaM.  Both are not exclusive to each other and in a sense karma bOdhaka vAkya-s and implementation of it (svadharmAnushtAna) works as stepping stone to realize the importance of jnana and prepares our mind to grasp the niceties of jnAna bOdhaka vAkya-s.  Though the purpose of karma kAnda and jnana kAnda entirely different shAstra does not say, to fulfill your wishes (kAmya karma) you don’t have to do karma, OTOH it insists on doing the karma (or following the sva-dharma). So tAratamya in karma phala and jnana phala not to be considered as tAratamya in veda vAkya-s since all these vAkya-s ultimately aiming to attain ekatA jnAnam.  It is simply because the one shAstra does not / will not have ‘aneka tAtparya’.

Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
Bhaskar YR

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