[Advaita-l] Veda Vyasa's consistency across Bhagavata, Vishnu and Shiva Puranas

sreenivasa murthy narayana145 at yahoo.co.in
Sun Feb 23 12:04:22 EST 2020

 Dear Sri Jaladhar,
I would like to bring to your kind notice that my two postings 
were made keeping mumukshus in view.

Please read the following excerpt with a cool and open mind and understand well what Bhagavan Ramana has taught. And then you read my two postings once again. Then you can call me by any name you may like. As a  Vedantin I accept both flowers as well as brickbats with equanimity.
Thisarticle appeared in the magazine "The Mountain Path'"  January1972 issue, published from Sri Ramansramam, Tiruvannamalai. 


      It was in 1940 that one day, one of the devotees sitting in the hall raised thetopic regarding the utility of reading books on religion and philosophy. Inreply Sri Bhagavan said:

           " You wake up in the morning and look into the mirror and the mirror showsyou that you have a growth and that you have to get rid of it.  You may goon looking into any number of mirrors; every mirror will tell you the same, butNO MIRROR CAN EVER SHAVE YOU.  YOU HAVE TO SHAVE YOURSELF, instead ofwasting time looking into mirror  after mirror it is BEST to start shavingafter having looked into the first mirror and known the truth.

             So also all the books will tell you the same truth, perhaps in slightlydifferent ways. Instead of wasting  time reading book after book  WHYNOT REALISE FOR YOURSELF WHAT WAS OBVIOUS FROM THE VERY FIRST BOOK".    


I have nothing more to say about your comments.
With respectful namaskars,Sreenivasa Murthy

    On Sunday, 23 February, 2020, 1:36:17 pm IST, Jaldhar H. Vyas via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:  
 On Wed, 19 Feb 2020, sreenivasa murthy via Advaita-l wrote:

You didn't like it when I called your views asampradayic but what to make 
of sentiments such as these?

> Since the epics and puranas state the same tattva
> as taught by the upanishads,a mumukshu who has confined himself to Upanishads
> and Sri Shankara's commentaries

And what is the legitimacy of that when the upanishads themselves refer to 
itihasa/purana as the "5th Veda" and Shankaracharya has quoted from them?

> may not  need  any help from other sources like puranas and other texts. 
> To read / study other texts will be simply a waste of time and energy.

I am reminded of the story of the Caliph Omar who supposedly ordered the 
destruction of the Library of Alexandria saying that "If these books are 
opposed to the Quran they are heresy and should be burned. If they confirm 
the truth of the Quran they are redundant and it doesn't matter if they 
burn."  Needless to say that sort of idea is alien to our dharma.

> He can as well use that time and energy for adyatmayoga

When it is known that Brahman is all, what kind of adhyatmayoga makes 
distinctions such as "waste of time and energy"?

You would be on firmer footing if you kept your criticism to shastras that 
teach duality but those are not what were being quoted in this case.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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