[Advaita-l] On rationality; was "Vedas are not apauresheya according to the Vedas ?"

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Wed Jan 30 11:54:19 CST 2013

On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 10:20 PM, <rajaramvenk at gmail.com> wrote:

> If apauresheyatva has to be accepted because the tradition says so, then
> there is no reason to give logical arguments to opponents including the
> famous "show me the author". In fact, follower of any faith can accept the
> tenets of his faith blindly.

You should appreciate that it is not 'blindly' accepting something even if
it is within the tradition.  That is why there is enough space for
'mananam' which has logic for its content. It should be within the
parameters of sampradaya at the same time. That logic is used in helping
the one within the tradition who has a question or doubt is not at all
disputed.  That is why those questions like 'show me the author' are used.
The pramANa of anupalabdhi substantiated by the various instances from
within the shruti is employed.

> The fact is apauresheyatva was established and defended using logic by
> mimamsakas and vedantins in the past. We don't study them and evaluate them
> critically or upgrade those arguments for modern context.
> Dwaitins and Gaudiyas have a cogent argument based on Madhwa and Jiva
> respectively. It is worth evaluating. Mani Dravid Sastrigal did present a
> cogent and logical Advaita view. I plan to catch up with him to clarify
> doubts.

By the way, there is an event coming up in Hyderabad on this very topic of
'apauruSheyatvam' mostly in the first week of March 2013.  Dr,Mani Dravid
SastrigaL is likely to be there.  It is organized by a Madhwa institution.
When the confirmed dates and speakers list are available I shall notify
this forum.


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