[Advaita-l] Vedas are not apauresheya according to the Vedas ?

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Fri Jan 18 04:08:20 CST 2013

On Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 2:09 PM, <rajaramvenk at gmail.com> wrote:

> If flow of knowledge in veda mantras is a result of pratyaksha, then aham
> brahmasmi will be an articulation of perception by rishis of  entities that
> are by definition beyond perception for anyone - the self and brahman.
>   When the Shruti says 'Brahman/Atman is beyond perception' what it means
is: Brahman has no attributes that can be cognized through the five
senses.  But the Veda itself also teaches, Brahman has to be known through
the mind alone.  The Acharyas have clarified that  'Brahman is not
available for an unprepared mind but can certainly be apprehended by
employing the instrument, a duly cultivated mind.  Thus, the Self/Brahman
that is beyond perception can be 'known' with the due instrument in place.

By this I am not saying that all mantra draShTaa Rshis were aparoksha
jnanis.  What is required is a special capacity to receive the veda
mantra-s and not necessarily brahmajnAnitva.

Also, when mantras like 'aham brahmAsmi' are 'perceived' and 'given out'
there need not be an 'understanding' of the teaching.  It could be like a
newspaper reporter attending a science conference reporting on the talks
there even without himself understanding the nuances involved in the
subject.  This much alone is meant by 'riShi-pratyaksha'.


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