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

Rajaram Venkataramani rajaramvenk at gmail.com
Tue Oct 18 00:51:09 CDT 2011

Dear Shri Lalitaalaalitah,

The words "Narayana param brahma tattvam Narayana parah" and "Einstein is
the best scientist of the last century" are both words. The opponent
argument is that both are words, opinion of people and not necessarily true.
Just as we cannot say that the opinion of a poet living today is not a means
to correct knowledge, the opinion of ancient rishis are not. If there is a
counter to this, I would be happy to hear that.

Best Regards
Rajaram Venkataramani
2011/10/18 श्रीमल्ललितालालितः <lalitaalaalitah at gmail.com>

> *श्रीमल्ललितालालितः <http://www.lalitaalaalitah.com>
> lalitAlAlitaH <http://about.me/lalitaalaalitah/bio>*
> On Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 21:28, Rajaram Venkataramani
> <rajaramvenk at gmail.com>wrote:
> >
> > The counter to Vedas are pramana is simple. Vedas are learnt through
> ears,
> > remembered with the mind,  chanted with the tongue and interpreted with
> > intelligence (mind again in the west).
> So is the case of any word.
> So no word is pramANa. Hummmm...
> One who says such things must shut down his mouth as he will be using it to
> utter useless sounds.
> *
> *
> > Based on historical , astronomical,
> > textual and lingusitic analysis, many scholars have argued that they are
> > less than a few thousand years old.
> Sometime ago links to articles of kA~nchi-swAmI were posted by someone.
> They
> will be helpful.
> *A a man made text that is learnt like
> > any other through direct perception and inference cannot be called a
> means
> > of knowledge different from direct perception and inference.*
> This shows that any word is not pramANa.
> So, do you mean to say that no word is pramANa ?
> If yes, we must start a new thread : "shabda is pramANa or not".
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