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From: Krishna Kalale (krishna_at_nynexst.com)
Date: Wed Apr 12 1995 - 10:45:21 PDT
----- Begin Included Message ----- >From firstname.lastname@example.org Thu Apr 6 16:21:06 1995 Date: Thu, 6 Apr 1995 15:20:06 -0500 From: Srinivas Sunder <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: re: some thought on "parasurama" Thanks you for a very insightful discussion. Could you please tell me which are the 6 PuraaNaas that Vyaasa referred to as Saatvic ? And if possible, which 6 are Rajasvic, and Tamasvic too ? Thanks Srinivas ----- End Included Message ----- let me write to you from a preface to vishnupurana written by a sreevaishnava scholar. yajna narayana deekshita's disciple: agnehe sivasya maahatmyam taamaseshu prakeerthyate raajaseshu cha mahatmyam adhikam bramhano viduhu saatvikeshu atha kalpeshu maahatmyam adhikam harehe what this is in agni and other taamasa puranas sivas greatness is upheld in raajasa puranas 4 faced bramhan is extolled in saatvika puranas it is hari's greatness that is extolled. the saatvika puranas are : vishnu purana, naaradeeya purana, srimad bhagawatam garuda purana, paadma purana, varaha purana these are rajasik puranas. bramhanda, bramhakaivarta, maarkandeya, bhaviyat, vamana, braamha the taamas puranas are: maatsya, tamram , linga, saiva, skaanda and agni. In fact these are quoted from Siva parvati dialoges. Further siva states that only the saatvic puranas have to be used to find way for moksha. the other puranas do have important knowledge. our acharyas quote profusely from linga purana etc. for example for our bhagawad aradhana - a sloka from linga purana is used!! yesha naarayanaha sreeman ksheerarnava niketanaha naaga paryankam utsrijya hyagato maduram pureem Note the important quote is from rahasya traya sara - vedanta desika says: matsya purana - saatvikeshu kalpeshu maahatmyam adhikam harehe teshveva yoga samsiddhaha gamishyanti paraam gatim his explanation states: yangai ale, avargal pakkal moksham vilabithum kidaiyaathu. ie. only vishnu can grant moksha and bramha rudras even after a long time cannot give moksha - hence only saatvika information - both satvik puranas and satvik smritis which are: vaasista, haareeta, vyasa, paarashara, bharadvaja kashyapa should be resorted. to. other puranas can be used as long as major decisions are not take n based on them. and as long as others do not conflict with saatvik puranas.