[Advaita-l] Shankaracharya quoting the Ramayana?

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Mon May 21 06:41:25 CDT 2012


Many  thanks for the references.  My question was aimed at finding out if
it was true that Shankara had not 'touched' the Ramayana (in the prasthAna
traya bhashyas).  During the recent Bhashya pArAyaNa sattram where I
participated, I had been allotted the latter half of the BSB and I located
this sentence there.  While discussing this with others assembled there, I
was told that Shankara has mentioned about Bharata's noble brotherhood in
the Br.U.Bhashya.  Could someone pl. cite the reference please?

Warm regards,

On Mon, May 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM, subhanu saxena <subhanu at hotmail.com> wrote:

> V Subramanian wrote:
> *In the Brahmasutra bhashya 3.4.47 Shankaracharya says: ...
> 'वाल्मीकिर्मुनिपुङ्गवः' इत्यादिषु व्यभिचारदर्शनात् ।  Is this quote about
> Valmiki found in the original Ramayana or any other work?
> Regards,
> subrahmanian.v
> Namaste this phrase is found in three places in Vālmīki's work as it has
> been received today. Of the various editions available of the text (eg Gita
> Press etc) I have followed the online GRETIL reference,
> for easy access to all:
> 1) The very first verse of Bāla Kāṇḍa , where the phrase is actually
> describing nārada
>  tapaḥsvādhyāyanirataṃ tapasvī vāgvidāṃ varamnāradaṃ paripapraccha
> vālmīkir munipuṃgavam [Bāla Kāṇḍa 1.1.1]
> The first sarga is a summary of the entire Ramayana story, and we often
> recite this as parayanam.Modern scholars have postulated that the original
> text proper begins somewhere at the start of the 5th sarga of Bāla
> Kāṇḍa,around verses 5/6:
> kosalo nāma muditaḥ sphīto janapado mahānniviṣṭaḥ sarayūtīre
> prabhūtadhanadhānyavān [Bāla Kāṇḍa 1.5.5]
> ayodhyā nāma nagarī tatrāsīl lokaviśrutāmanunā mānavendreṇa yā purī
> nirmitā svayam [Bāla Kāṇḍa 1.5.6]
> 2) The phrase is also found in Uttara Kāṇḍa in 2 places:
> tāṃ sitāṃ śokabhārārtāṃ vālmīkir munipuṃgavaḥuvāca madhurāṃ vāṇīṃ
> hlādayann iva tejasā [Uttara Kāṇḍa 7.48.7]
> and
> 3)
> vartamāne tathābhūte yajñe paramake 'dbhutesaśiṣya ājagāmāśu vālmīkir
> munipuṃgavaḥ [Uttara Kāṇḍa 7.84.1]
> Modern scholarship questions whether these portions are original to
> Vālmīki's original workOne can only surmise that Shankara was quoting from
> a text that had acknowledged all sections of the work asVālmīki's work
> RegardsSubhanu
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