[Advaita-l] reg. posts on gItA

Amuthan Arunkumar R aparyap at yahoo.co.in
Fri Nov 4 18:25:45 CST 2005

namo nArAyaNAya,

dear shrI krunal makwana, 

--- Krunal Makwana wrote: ------------------------

I would really appreciate if you would kindly also
bring into this discussion within your forum, the
bhagavad gItA of Bhaktivedanta prabhupAda, the so
called 'bhagavad gIta As It Is'. It would be a very
interesting and stimulating comparison from an
advaita, vashishthadvaita and dvaita/acIntya bheda


i would personally like to do that, but the problem is
that i don't have more than just a cursory
understanding of both dvaita and achintya bhedAbheda.
i come from a shrI vaiShNava family and hence, i had
an opportunity to learn the traditional teaching of
vishiShTAdvaita to some depth. in order to contrast
dvaita or achintya bhedAbheda with advaita, one has to
thoroughly study those systems first and such a study
is very difficult for me right now, given the various
constraints i'm in. so, i'll restrict myself to the
two siddhAnta-s i'm quite familiar with - advaita and

regarding ISKCON, i'm indifferent to their teachings
but for two gems in them : 1. their bhakti to shrI
chaitaNya mahAprabhu, 2. their insistence on bhagavan
nAma sa~nkIrtanam. if i'm not wrong, the achintya
bhedAbheda system was formulted only in the
seventeenth century or so. moreover, ISKCON people use
smR^iti as their main pramANa (shrImad bhAgavatam) and
some highly questionable upaniShads (like
kalisantAraNa upaniShad) in contrast with the other
schools which have a strong basis in shruti pramANa
(besides smR^iti pramANa). 

regarding the dvaita interpretation of gItA, i guess
any arbitrarily selected dvaita forum in the web will
give u a flood of such posts :-)

vAsudevaH sarvaM,

Amuthan Arunkumar R,
Final year, B.Tech/M.Tech Dual Degree,
Dept. of Aerospace Engg., IIT Madras.

Amuthan Arunkumar R,
Final year, B.Tech/M.Tech Dual Degree,
Dept. of Aerospace Engg., IIT Madras.

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