Vedanta and Mimamsa

Vivek Anand Ganesan v_ganesan at YAHOO.COM
Wed Mar 3 17:58:18 CST 1999

Hello all :
        My sincere thanks to those who answered my previous questions.  I
would like to ask one more.

What are the similarities and differences between Vedanta and Mimamsa?

Thanks in advance,

-Vivek Aanand Ganesan.

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On Sun, 28 Feb 1999, Vivek Anand Ganesan wrote:
> 1. A short list of books in English which are introductory texts,
> written by noted Advaita scholars.
>         The reason I ask for this is so that I have atleast a basic grounding
> before I progress to the Prakarna granthas. I recently picked up a
> copy of VivekaChudamani and noticed that :
>                 A) the Sanskrit was a little beyond my ken.
>                 B) the translation leaves something to be desired.
> So, I would like to re-read these texts after learning some more in
> english.
> 2. A list of Source books to be included in the ADVAITA-L FAQ.
>         This is to facilitate a ready reference for current members and a
> starting point for future new members who would like to learn from the
> basics. There have been several mentions of good books in this list
> and even a Shankara reader by ShrI Saxena. It would be helpful to have
> them all in one location for reference.
Dear  Vivek


I understand the need of your request. It will be very useful if
such a compilation is done. However, it will be a time consuming
task. If you or someone else on the list is willing to volunteer,
others can support the cause.

1) I think we can request the list members to write to the
volunteer about the books they have read on advaita vedanta and
their brief comments on the books. We can also request them from
what books and sources they learnt the basics. This data can be
compiled/edited and presented in the FAQ or in a WWW page.

2) Whoever volunteers can also study the archives and dig out
valuable information provided by the knowledgeable members of the

I can include this request along the with the e-mail address of
the volunteer in the monthly FAQ, and the welcome file sent out
to the member when they join. I know that this will be time
consuming work. But the end result as you pointed out will be
very useful.

There is also a good bibliography page in Vidyasankar's advaita
vedAnta page.

Thanks for your valuable suggestion.

With regards,

shruti smR^iti puraNAnAM AlayaM karuNAlayam.h  |
namAmi bhagavadpAdaM shankaraM lokashankaram.h ||

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