If advaita stands, all other systems(including dvaita) fall
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Thu Jan 9 12:09:45 CST 1997
On Thu, 9 Jan 1997, M Suresh wrote:
> In that case the realization of Brahman by persons like Ramakrishna
> Paramahamsa, Ramana Maharishi, Mirabai etc., will have to be denied.
So what if it does? That they are not knowers of Brahman doesn't imply
they were bad or irrelevant people.
Mirabai was a vaishnava and would be rather offended to learn she had
"realized Brahman" anyway.
> Also access to Brahma vidya will have to be restricted to persons of
> a geographical region. Persons like Jesus christ will be out.
Again so what? From the Vedic viewpoint it matters not a bit what Jesus
did or didn't do.
> Also Brahma vidya would have been unknown in the pre-vedic era if
> the eternity of vedas is not admitted.
There is no pre-vedic era. The Vedas are nitya and apaurusheya.
> Therefore IMHO while the study and knowledge of shastras is very
> important for realization of Brahman because they echo the ultimate
> truth of Brahman the best, so are practical methods like devotion,
> meditation and contemplation. The study of shastras cannot be
> considered indispensible for all persons because the truth though
> beyond the senses and the mind is within oneself and what one
> eternally is. Therefore no external aid should be considered
Devotion, meditation etc. are all goal oriented. You cannot achieve a
goal unless you _know_ what it is. This is where the shastras come in.
> I was not talking about the equivalence of the whole of Buddhism and
> advaita. I was only saying that the highest teachings of buddhism
> and advaita, namely emptiness and Brahman are equivalent.
Even there the onus is on you to prove a one to one equivalence between
the two and as they are opposites, you cannot do this.
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