[Advaita-l] Question of Yoga Vashishta

Kaushik Chevendra chevendrakaushik at gmail.com
Mon Sep 19 05:42:07 EDT 2022


1. Yoga Vashishta (YV)  is by same Sage Valmiki, presumably before Shankara
> and others, with profound wisdom. Then why did Sankara make any reference
> to it, despite its richness in content. Not sure whether Ramanuja made any
> reference to YV in his texts.

Ramanujacharya never mentioned the bagavatha purana which is filled with
Vishnu paratatva.

> The bhagavatham was mentioned by al beruni in his works. He was much
before ramanujacharya. So it can't be argued that it didn't exist at his
The answer is that there is no compulsion that an acharya has to quote
every book agreeing with their philosophy.

> 2. Parts of ItiHasas are considered as essential texts for Sadhana (eg,
> Gita, Sanatsujatiya etc). Why didn't parts of Vasishta Ramayana, find a
> reference spot in Prakarana Grantham even. Is it that only works by Veda
> Vyasa (Edited or written) are considered as Pramanas?

Not so. Probably at that time the prominence of yoga Vashistha wasn't very
high. Hence acharya quoted from texts which were established as solid
Might be other reasons as well.

Namo narayana

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