Ramanuja's Summary of the Advaitin's Position - 1

kalyan chakravarthy kalyan_kc at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu May 1 21:34:36 CDT 2003


> > The answer to the question, "If there is only one book
> > that I should study, what would it be?" is, as per the
> > shrI VaishhNavas, the VishhNu PuraaNa. According to
> > the Shankaran tradition, it is the MANDUkya upanishhad
> > (with GauDapaada's KArikA and Shankara's
> > sub-commentary). The difference is rather telling.
> >

I would suggest the brihadAraNyaka upanishad.

If you are going to read only one book, then it better be sruti. And one
that is going to tell you all aspects of vedanta. I think the Br.U satisfies
this. May be, the bhagavad gIta is another strong contender.

If you read any non-vedantic book, you might be going against vedanta
without your knowledge.

A book which follows vedanta perfectly is vivekachUdamaNi. But if you read
the vivekachUdAmaNi first and then read vedanta next, you may not be able to
appreciate the harmony between them. Always read atleast some upanishads or
the gIta before going to non-vedantic texts.

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