Various vAda-s in advaita (was Re: A few questions)

Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian rbalasub at ECN.PURDUE.EDU
Fri Feb 14 13:45:05 CST 1997

Vidyasankar wrote:

> > his paramguru?  Why is his emphasis on different issues?  One doesn't need
> > to get into a violent argument to disagree with someone.  There are
> Read the Upadesasahasri. There is no disagreement between Sankara and
> Gaudapada in this text.
> Part of the reason there seems to be diasgreement is that Sankara is
> writing commentaries to various texts, and he is necessarily operating
> within the parameters laid down in the source text. In the kArikAs, after
> the first book, Gaudapada is pretty much writing an independent treatise
> on advaita, and he is not following the issues laid down in another work.
> In his independent works like the Upadesasahasri, Sankara is also not
> limited by another source text, and you can see that he follows Gaudapada
> closely.

Good point! It is quite clear that shrI sha.nkara has addressed two different
classes of people in the BSB and the upadeshasAhasrI. That is also confirmed by
advaitins of today. Instead of realizing this, arguments like "gauDapAda was
wrong" are quite ridiculous, and that too with nothing to substantiate such

BTW, Jaldhar, Can you tell us who you learnt vedAnta from and what
authoritative text he was following and whether he had the gall to claim
gauDapAda was wrong? Initially you claimed that you had read the GK and that it
agreed with you. When I gave relevant quotations now you are actually saying
"gauDapAda was wrong".


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