[Advaita-l] Vaadiraaja Teertha's Yuktimallika - Advaita Criticism - Slokas 1-511 to 1-524

Srinath Vedagarbha svedagarbha at gmail.com
Mon Jun 26 11:18:01 EDT 2017


On Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 10:28 AM, Venkatraghavan S <agnimile at gmail.com>

> Namaste Sri Srinath,
> Here the focus is if smriti can be called a pramANa or not. Validity is
> only one of several conditions for a means of knowledge to be called a
> pramANa (dispeller of prior ignorance is another). Memory may be valid (or
> not), but because by definition, it is the recollection of something
> previously known, it cannot be said to dispel the ignorance of an object
> and thus cannot be termed pramANa.
That is fine as far as memory being not valid pramANa. But my question is
specifically about whether it  is valid knowledge (pramA) or not.

Form your articulation it seems -- since memory is not a valid pramANa
(means of knowledge), it implies knowledge gained from such means is also
not a valid knowledge (pramA). Is that correct?

My understanding is that validity of knowledge is tightly coupled with
means of knowledge. If the means is invalid, the knowledge must be invalid
as well.


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