The Vedas

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Mon Jan 19 04:12:48 CST 1998

On Mon, 12 Jan 1998, Chandran, Nanda (NBC) wrote:

> I've a few questions on this too. Where exactly does truth begin and end?
> Recently I'd a serious argument with an American who thinks the Aryan
> invasion theory in India is true. I brought out all the traditional
> arguments and when I'd finally cornered him, he'd the audacity to say that
> all this doesn't really matter as all this is in the realm of Maya and what
> really matters is realizing Brahman!

It's sad to say but much of the modern fascination with Vedanta stems from
people who think it's an excuse for not thinking straight.  This is a
reflection on them not Vedanta though.

> I don't really agree with this, for if we don't observe truth at all levels,
> however basic, how can we ever hope to reach the supreme truth?

We can't.

> For the sake
> of preserving amity and the equality and secularism etc can the Truth be
> ignored?

True peace can only come from the truth.  One only has to look at the
wreckage of socialism to see what havoc people can do with good

> This is one of the minor, but important points which has troubled
> me always.

It should be troubling.  Truth is a word that gets bandied about a lot on
this list so it behooves us to look into the meaning of truth before
proceeding further.  Epistemology is one of the major preoccupations of
the Advaita Acharyas.

> Sometime back I'd asked the knowledgeable to respond
to the
> validity of a scripture like Manusmriti being treated as a valid source of
> knowledge, but that message didn't elicit any response.
> Shouldn't we clear this up?

I don't recall that question.  What do you want to know?

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at>

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