Advaita 1001: Sri Shankara's and Sri Ramana Maharshi's insights into Advaita

Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian rbalasub at ECN.PURDUE.EDU
Fri Nov 8 13:21:28 CST 1996

Gummuluru Murthy wrote:

>My readings about Shri Shankara's and Sri Ramana's approach to Advaita
>suggest a vast difference in their approach. So I pose this question to
>a hypothetical class in a hypothetical introductory course in Advaita
>1001: Compare and contrast Sri Ramana's and Sri Shankara's approaches to
>Advaita and their insights into true Advaitic experience.

May I know why you think they are different? I ask this because there is a
dialog like this in the talks:

Someone asked the Maharshi "I heard that you teach sha.nkara's philosophy. Is
that true?". The Maharshi replied that he taught what he had experienced, but
others found that it tallied with sha.nkara's teachings.

Now, I myself have noted a practically no differences between what the Maharshi
taught and the gauDapaada kaarikaa, or the upadeshasaahasrii. VivekachuuDaamaNi
was also translated into Tamil prose for the convenience of his devotees and
was quoted often by the Maharshi. That being the case I am not sure about what
you mean by the teachings being different. Thanks for any clarifications.

Utinam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant (May faulty logic
undermine your entire philosophy)           -- strong Vulcan curse

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