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Musings on Sita's "agni-pravEsam"

From: sudarshan (
Date: Tue Dec 15 1998 - 05:01:28 PST

Dear members and friends who are following this thread,
On reading through some of my posts in the recent past, I came across some
minor errors. I am extremely sorry for these and I would like to hasten to
point out the most egregious of them to you.

In my post #12 of December 13 I had written as follows:


"The Vedic, more specifically Vedantic, tradition recognizes the following
"alternate ways" which one can resort to in one's pursuit or apprehension
of "para-brahmi-c" Truth :

(1) "pratyaksham"  ----- the evidence of the eyes; the Truth as it appears
to the naked eye; "seeing is believing", so to say.

(2) "anumAnam"  ----- the Truth as may be derived from rational inference

(3) "sabda-pramANam" --- the Truth as ingrained in the Vedic word, acoustic
or "vAkya"

(4) "yag~nyam"   ---- the Truth attained through the Vedic deed of


Way No. (4) above i.e the path of "yagn~yam" is not generally regarded as a
"pramANam" in the strict Vedantic sense.

Please disregard No.(4) and consider only (1) (2) and (3) for the purposes
of our ensuing discussion.