[Advaita-l] Paul Hacker on Avidya in Brahma Sutras

Praveen R. Bhat bhatpraveen at gmail.com
Mon May 16 01:01:24 EDT 2022

On Mon, May 16, 2022 at 5:22 AM Michael Chandra Cohen via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> One of the common criticisms of Vedanta is elitism

This criticism should apply to everything across the board.

> - authority
> based on credentials rather than truth value per se.

And who decides this so-called truth value?! Even in laukika matters such
as medicine, engineering, etc, at which institution one studied, under
which Prof did one train or have one's research carries a lot of weight.
Nobody values those without education in the respective fields. Does anyone
call out elitism there? Vedanta is not even verifiable by "others", the way
most laukika matters are. shAstra, preserved by the teaching tradition,
alone is the authority.

--Praveen R. Bhat
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