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

Rajaram Venkataramani rajaramvenk at gmail.com
Mon Oct 17 08:05:40 CDT 2011

Dear Shri Ramesh, it may not concern you but it concerns me that Vedas
should be established as a valid source of knowledge in a scholarly

On 17/10/2011, Ramesh Krishnamurthy <rkmurthy at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Sri Rajaram,
> On 17 October 2011 11:20, Rajaram Venkataramani
> <rajaramvenk at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Dear Shri Ramesh, I respect your faith but your assertion that Vedas
>> are the authority in matters related to dharma and moksha is just
>> that. You can believe that it is a pramana like pratyaksha. But the
>> opponent will say no because Vedas are learnt through pratyaksha and
>> interpreted through anumana. Ours is an attempt is to see if we can
>> establish Veda as pramana using principles of logic.
> You are *completely* missing the point.
> I never spoke about "faith". I have explained the issue from the
> fundamentals of epistemology, which includes a discussion about what a
> pramANa (any pramANa) is in the first place. How the veda is transmitted is
> a different issue from pramANatvam. One cannot "establish" ANY pramANa using
> "logic". One has to assume pramANa-s *before* one can apply any logic.
> I have also explained how the mahAvAkya is unlike any other pramANa,
> including the rest of the veda.
> If you don't want to accept the veda as pramANa, then don't. That is
> perfectly fine. If an "opponent" does not want to accept veda as pramANa,
> that is his choice. There is no need for us to break our heads trying to
> "do" something about it. For that matter, a j~nAnI does not accept ANY
> pramANa-s, not even pratyakSha, not even veda. The mahAvAkya dismisses ALL
> pramANa-s including itself. But what you are attempting is to accept
> pratyakSha and anumAna as pramANa-s and then "establish" the veda as
> pramANa. This is just illogical.
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