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Dr. Sadananda

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Objection to the chosen meaning of atha
« on: February 27, 2015, 12:55:42 PM »
Objection to the chosen meaning of atha

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      Some philosophers have ascribed different intended meanings for the word 'atha'. They agree with Shankara that 'atha' means anantaram or thereafter but disagree that thereafter means saadhana chatushhTaya anantaram. The other commentators suggest that 'atha' means 'puurvamiimaa.nsa anantaram', that is, only after the study of puurvamiimaa.nsa or the first portion or karmakaaNDa portion of the Vedas, one should inquire into the nature of Brahman. To put in Shankara's language they say karmaavabodha aanantaryam arthaH' - that is after the study of karmakaaNDa portion of the Veda-s. Shankaracharya elaborately refutes this meaning. We will go over this since these ideas are also engraved in some form in the Vishishta-advaita and Dwaita interpretations that give lot of weight to the karmakaaNDa portions.