[Advaita-l] Do 'Tamasa' Puranas enjoin practice of Adharma?

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Thu May 11 07:50:54 EDT 2023

Dear Raghav ji,

The very Padma purana which denigrates Mayavaadam as teaching Brahman is
Nirguna, has these many verses that specify Brahman to be Nirguna:

Brahman, in absolute terms, is Nirguna and Nirakara (devoid of attributes
and form)  See post dt: Dec.10,2020.

'Hear the Tamasa Puranas, be worshiped by the Trimurtis !!'- Padma Purana:
See post dt. Jan 23  2023


On Thu, May 11, 2023 at 4:55 PM Raghav Kumar Dwivedula <
raghavkumar00 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Namaste Subbu ji
> Yes. I understand the difficulty in reconciliation with such Padma purANa
> type of verses.
> I do appreciate your meticulous study of purANa verses embodying Advaita.
> I understand this is necessary to counter the free run that sectarian
> dvaitins have tended to have of such other texts.
> At first glance it might seem too straightforward that sectarian
> interpretation of purANas and other texts is so utterly flawed.
>  But it's also important to make the necessary efforts to collect and
> highlight the large numbers of verses of advaitic teaching spread across
> the entire corpus of purANas which is what you have been doing and thank
> you for these efforts.
> Om
> Raghav
> On Thu, 11 May, 2023, 9:27 am V Subrahmanian, <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Dear Raghav ji,
>> Regarding the options you give at the end, I had heard from Sri Mani
>> Dravid Sastrigal that the late Sri Ananthakrishna Sastrigal had given an
>> Advaita-friendly interpretation to those 'mayavadam' verses.  I have not
>> seen that, though. I can ask him for the source of that interpretation and
>> read it. I am not sure if that is very convincing.
>> I think in the present situation we can have the stand that no one can
>> map those verses to Advaita as clearly the content of the verses is both a
>> misrepresentation of Advaita and also a glaring contradiction of what Veda
>> Vyasa has taught in his various works including the Bhagavatam, Vishnu
>> Puranam, etc.  Over the years it has been my passion to fish out the
>> jiva-brahma aikya, prapancha mithya, nirguna Brahman/Jiva specific explicit
>> verses from the Puranas and put them in public domain.  There is a huge
>> corpus of this.  I have been posting them in our groups too. Additionally
>> the Hari-Hara  / Trimurti abheda verses, panchayatana type verses also form
>> part of my 'research'.
>> warm regards
>> subbu

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