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puurvamiimaa.nsaaka-s reject Brahman and self-knowledge
« on: February 22, 2015, 01:56:19 PM »
puurvamiimaa.nsaaka-s reject Brahman and self-knowledge


      What about Brahman revealed in Vedanta - satyam j~naanam anantam brahma. puurvamiimaa.nsaaka-s says - there is no such thing called Brahman at all. It is only a bhrama or illusion. This negation of Brahman is there in both praabhaakara and bhaaTTamatam-s. Veda will not reveal Brahman because Brahman is utterly useless. Upanishads clearly state that Brahman is not attainable or knowable, by statements such as adreshyam, agraahyam, it is imperceptible and it cannot be grasped by the intellect, etc. Brahman is avyayahaaryam, being so it is not available for any transaction. It cannot be a subject, an object, an instrument, a locus etc, it is not a kartaa, karma, kriya, karaNam, sampradaanam, or apaadaanam - Vedantins themselves say that it is kriyaa kaaraka phala vilakshaNam - it is neither an end nor a means to an end. Hence brahman na asti. There is no such thing called Brahman.

      What about aatma j~naanam, self-knowledge. That also is not acceptable since self is intimately known to everyone. Why should Veda reveal that which is already siddham or self-evident?

      Swatasiddhasya aatmanaH vedavedyatvam kathaM bhavati? - pramaaNa should reveal something, which is not known otherwise. Since aatmaa is self-evident, why should Veda waste its breath to reveal something, which is already known. Then what is use of Vedanta?

      Whenever aatmaa is talked about in Vedanta one should take it as statement glorifying the yajamaana or doer of the ritual, so that he will be so happy to perform the ritual. It is like a mother-feeding a child telling the stories of how great the child is so that the child can eat the food. Wherever Brahman is talked about, it should be understood as the glorification of yaaga devata-s, the deities of rituals, so that the yajamaana is encouraged to offer oblations to those devata-s. Thus all the Vedantic statements have to be connected to the kaaryabodhaka vaakyam-s, statements of injunctions.