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Re: Instructions for the neophyte

From: Ram Gopalaswamy (gopalram_at_erols.com)
Date: Fri Jul 24 1998 - 18:18:01 PDT

shrii V. Sadagopan writes:
>  2.1.11 tarkhAprathishtAnAdhapi 
>  2.1.12 anyathAanumEyamithi chEth , yevamapyavimOkshaprasanga :
>[...]
> The First One deals with the concept that reasoning without the help of
> the scriptures is not dependable in Brahma vichAram.
> [...]
> AchArya RaamAnujA intreprets this Sutram and states that 
> the Lord Can not be proved by Inference .
> [...]
> 
> AchArya RaamAnujA goes onto establish the great darsanam
> of VisishtAdvaitham thru his Sri Bhaashyam with its 
> five central doctrines :
> 
> 1. Brahman has attributes and is identical with Sriman
> NaarAyaNA .
> 
> 2 . World and souls are real .
> 
> 3 .The relation between Brahman on the one hand and 
> the world of chethanams and achethanams on the other
> is is that between body and soul .
> 
> 4. Brahman is the ONLY ONE having the World as its 
> attribute leading up to the name of VisishtAdvaitham 
> to this darsanam .
> 
> 5.Bhakthi and Prapatthi are the means of Moksham .
>[...]


Thanks to shrii.Sadagopan svaamin for sharing raamaanujaacaarya's 
shrii-bhaashhya on the suutras.

So the aspiring neophyte could instruct his wandering mind to not waste time
speculating and but to just accept and start practising (to the best of
his abilities?) shaastra as already explained by sadaacaryas like
shrii.raamaanuja, shrii.vedaanta-deshika and shrii.shrii.krshhNa-mahaa-deshika
Himself (ie. brahmanyo devakii putra) in His bhagavad-giita ?

 -Ram-