Antiquity of Advaita Vedanta (was Re: An Open Letter to All)

S. V. Subrahmanian svs_shankara at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue May 30 22:25:31 CDT 2000

Sri Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian,

You wrote:
>one thing various people have overlooked (although Jaldhar touched
>upon this) the fact that shruti (and smR^iti) pramANa *alone* can
>produce realization. It would be quite clear to anyone not infectedby
>vacuous optimism that sha.nkara makes it quite clear that avidyA is
>destroyed by the shruti pramANa only. shruti is a pramANa (means of
>knowing), that should be quite clear. It's not a record of some
>mystical realizations of some X or Y or Z. The Buddhists don't accept
>shruti pramANa, hence their avidyA cannot be destroyed. There is no
>question of the sha.nkara and Nagarjuna having the same "realization".
>End of story.

In the light of the argument presented could you (or anyone) elucidate what
Krishna meant when he said:

traiguNya viSayA vedA nistraigunyo bhavArjuna

S. V. Subrahmanian
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