[Advaita-l] Scholarly Article on Why Vedas are Valid

Rajaram Venkataramani rajaramvenk at gmail.com
Wed Oct 12 11:11:28 CDT 2011

I was perhaps not clear on what I wanted. It is easy - sort of of - to
establish pratyaksha and anumana as pramanas. Empiricism relies on
observation of facts about the external world and logical inference. For
objects that cannot be seen with naked senses (e.g. electrons), one can come
up with a hypothesis which can be validated through experimentation
(observation) and it becomes a theory. We can build on theories to come up
with complex theories.

Now, there are unseen entities (devas, isvara, results of karma, other
worlds etc.). The existence of these and theories about them are based on
Vedas, which have been accepted as axiomatic truths. I am less concerned
about apaureshyatvam or anaditvam of the Vedas. I am concerned with

How do we logically establish?

   1. There are super-sensuous entities such as the Devas
   2. Vedas are pramana for studying these super-sensuous objects

2011/10/12 श्रीमल्ललितालालितः <lalitaalaalitah at gmail.com>

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> lalitAlAlitaH <http://about.me/lalitaalaalitah/bio>*
> On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 21:08, Rajaram Venkataramani
> <rajaramvenk at gmail.com>wrote:
> > This is a question for shri lalitaalaalitah. My sanskritist friend
> skimmed
> > through your blog and said he could not find any article that presents
> > arguments in favour of why Vedas are valid as pramana. If you do have
> that,
> > can you please send the specific links?
> >
> Sorry for not being clear.
> I've no post regarding apauruSheyatva of veda-s on my blog.
> That's correctly pointed by your friend.
> But, I didn't ever say that I've those.
> I said that there is a big essay (book) by swAmI hariharAnanda saraswatI jI
> (karapAtri ji) on these subjects. It was published in two volumes, each
> containing 700+ pages. You can see that for logic supporting
> apauruSheyatvam
> of veda-s and refutation of dayAnanda(Arya-samAja), max muker, etc.
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