[Advaita-l] Is the eternity and apaurusheyatva of Vedas a me
kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 10 09:50:16 EDT 2019
PraNaams to all.
Interesting discussions. I would like to add one statement. Veda stands for knowledge (vid -to know) and so is Science (derived from the word 'sicer' meaning to know).
Hence even all objective knowledge (non-negatable within the vyavahaara) such as say Gravitational force etc are also apoursheyam since they are not created by a purusha and also anaadi (within vyavahaara). Hence a scientist has to dis-cover the laws by removing the ignorance or that which covers the knowledge.
How one formulates the laws for communication can be pourusheyam, such as Newton laws.
Objective scientists may proclaim that only those that he can quantify using his objective tools are real science and the rest is speculation or subjective. In spite of the fact that he cannot really analyze the subject using his objective tools. As per Vedanta, the 'subject' is aprameyam.
Hence even Vedanta cannot analyze the subject other than providing lakshnyaartha or pointers for a prepared mind to contemplate and dis-cover.
Hence Vedanta Paribhasha defines the pramaaNa as 'anadigata abhaadita arthavishayaka jnaanatvam pramaaNam'. That which cannot be known by any other means (anadigata) and that which cannot be negated (abhadita) and that which reveals the knowledge. The noble laureate Dr. Chandrashekar once wrote in Scientific American that 'all discoveries are made by intuition'. That is when a Scientist is contemplating on the subject (with the prepared mind), the truth gets revealed to him. An objective scientist proclaims that 'He made the discovery).
Our ancient sages (Scientists of the yore) proclaimed that the truth was revealed to them or heard by them (Shruti) which they passed it on to their disciples. Hence they are apourusheyam too. The formulation in terms of words and language of the discovered truth could be pourusheyam, while the knowledge embedded is apourusheyam. Many may disagree with my last statement and that is fine.
Just my 2c
On Monday, June 10, 2019, 08:55:47 AM EDT, Sudhanshu Shekhar via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
Hari Om Bhaskar ji
So essentially our Sanatan Dharma and our sadhana is belief-based. However,
one needs to be cautios here:-
1. Conducting one's life on the basis of belief is not per se illogical.
Only when the belief itself is illogical that the consequent conformity
thereto becomes illogical and rejectable. There is nothing illogical about
anAditva and apaurusheyatva of Vedas or for that matter any statement of
Vedas. Hence, though belief-driven, it can be acceptable.
2. If belief itself is illogical, for e.g. eternal happiness despite
duality in heaven -- as some religions hold, then by virtue of being
illogical -- that belief and consequent conduct becomes erroneous.
Therefore, despite being belief-driven, I see Vedas - being the propounder
of Advaita - as the sole means to correct Sadhana.
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