[Advaita-l] Ramana Maharshi - Advaitin or Neo Advaitin?

श्रीमल्ललितालालितः lalitaalaalitah at lalitaalaalitah.com
Sun Oct 2 13:11:13 CDT 2016


On Sat, Oct 1, 2016 at 1:51 PM, Praveen R. Bhat <bhatpraveen at gmail.com>

> Namaste Swamiji,
> On Sat, Oct 1, 2016 at 11:22 AM, Praveen R. Bhat <bhatpraveen at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I can talk of myself that I do understand the importance of shAstre
>> prAmANyabuddhi. There cannot be more than one pramANa for any knowledge.
>> However, w.r.t., I have a question. In a response to someone else, you said
>> that prAmANyabuddhi in earlier life does not help in this life. This is
>> something I am unable to understand as to why that is. In conclusion, I
>> completely agree with your analysis, except for the knowledge gained with
>> prAmANyabuddhi in earlier life not helping in this one. Please clarify.
> Sorry, I forgot to add one additional point in connection to the
> clarification sought. A corollary to "Shruti is the only means to
> aikyaj~nAna" is that if anyone, anywhere, gets the aikyaj~nAna, then it is
> only due to its source being Shruti, be it in any language, in this life or
> earlier. This is what Swami Dayanandaji also says when he says that one
> cannot stumble upon the truth about oneself. Now, it is a different story
> whether a person's j~nAna itself is doubted/ not confirmed, but if it is
> considered that a person gained the aikyaj~nAna and he did not study
> shAstras in this life, then पारिशेष्यात् he must have studied in the
> earlier life/ lives.
​That appears good.
The problem regarding ramaNa's case is already mentioned by you. So, I
don't need to comment any more.​

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