[Advaita-l] adhikAra - veda - vedAnta, a query
Raghav Kumar Dwivedula
raghavkumar00 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 1 11:05:32 EDT 2021
Yes. The question is how to appropriately interpret older rules to decide
adhikAritvam for reciting Vedas in today's global village context .
For example, the literal "Quranic" type of interpretation of who is allowed
to recite the vedas will render vedic recitation as prohibited practically
for all those who are living outside the Indian subcontinent. This means
that all NRIs cannot recite the vedas since they have caught a flight over
Luckily such a nonsensical interpretation is not endorsed by Sringeri Math
which allows NRI dvijas the same treatment as other dvijas.
Intelligent interpretation is mandatory to avoid wahabi type of literalism-
that does not mean 'reform', which implies a needlessly condescending
attitude towards the smritis.
On Fri, 1 Oct, 2021, 7:31 pm Kaushik Chevendra via Advaita-l, <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Namaste sir.
> No its not allowed. Vedic recitation and inquiry into vedanta shouldn't be
> done without the adhikara. This is one aspect common in all schools of
> But narayana is atyant dayalu isn't he? That's why the gita which is
> essence of the upanishads,has been given to us. For this there isn't a
> restriction of adhikara.
> The recitation of lords name can be done by all. As its popularly stated,
> the merit attained through recitation of veda can be achieved through the
> rememberance of hari(sarva vedeshu yat punyam.....).
> The puranas also have no restriction.
> Vidyatirtha swamin has clearly stated that the shastras shouldn't be
> changed for our comfort or liking. And hence recitation or even hearing of
> vedas shouldn't be done without adhikara.
> On Fri, 1 Oct, 2021, 2:45 pm Bhaskar YR via Advaita-l, <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> > praNAms
> > Hare Krishna
> > whenever I chant veda maNtra-s publicly using mic , whenever I hear
> > recordings of gAyatri maNtra and other veda sUkta / maNtra-s, public
> > discourses like geeta jnAna yagna, vedAnta in loud speakers etc. I do
> > a doubt that can it be made public without taking proper care of
> > adhikAra?? vedAnta is guhya vidyA should not be taught to anadhikAri-s
> > reiterates saMpradAya, bhAshyakAra says before taking up brahmavidyA
> > jignAsa sAdhana chatushtaya is must, lord too says in geeta idam te
> > nAtapaskAya, nA bhaktAya kadAchana, should not be taught to the one who
> > not serving his guru etc. because this vidyA is paramaM guhyaM. But what
> > we are seeing today?? all veda-vedAnta geeta available to all openly
> > irrespective of adhikAra. we are making it proudly public. Is this
> > relaxation allowed in the current situation (kAladharma) ?? Just curious
> > to know the traditional clarification with regard to this.
> > Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
> > bhaskar
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