[Advaita-l] Shankara authenticates Shiva

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 01:47:52 CDT 2016

> Now, let us come to the Jabala quotes. You say, Shankara quotes verses
> (sections) 2, 4 and 5. It is to be noted that there is no natural
> continuity between the verses (sections) in the Jabala Upanishad, as
> far as it addresses different topics.

There is no such rule that there should be such continuity. The chapters of
the BG or the BS are themselves open to such a defect. It is only
commentators that take the pain to show the continuity.

> Verse 2 addresses the topic of
> Atman. Verse 3 addresses the question of what japa leads to
> immortality? (Very interesting to note that in verse 3, which is the
> rudram chanting verse, Atman is not even mentioned)

The very question implies that: Japa of what leads to immortality? Atman is
the Immortal one.

> It is more interesting to note that even though Shankara quotes from
> verses (sections) 2, 4 and 5, he does not quote from verse 3, which is
> supposedly in the middle of these verses.

What rule is there that Shankara should quote all the mantras in an
upanishad? That Shankara has quoted three mantras that too at different
places in the bhashyam shows that he has picked only those that are needed
for him. If mantra 3 is not needed for him to be cited, is that a defect?

> This could either mean the
> verse (section) 3 is an interpolation (high probability given that it
> is much shorter compared to other verses)

Where is the rule that all the chapters/sections in a text should be of the
same size? On the above logic, the chapters 12, 14 and 15 of the BG are to
be held interpolations. Shankara holds the ch.15 to be the essence of the
entire vedanta shastra. So, the mantra 3  in JU is the essence of the
entire vedanta shastra since it is about the means to moksha.


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