Posted by: adbhutam | April 3, 2018

Bhaskara and Shankara agree on the pāñcharātrādhikaraṇam 

Bhaskara and Shankara agree on the pāñcharātrādhikaraṇam

Om Tat Sat


  1. Was Jaimini Maharishi a Shiva Bhakta or Vishnu Bhakta?

    • Since Jaimini was a disciple of Veda Vyasa, the Hari-Hara, Trimurti abheda idea we see unmistakably spread over Veda Vyasa’s works, can be taken to be the accepted view of Jaimini as well. In the Brahma sutra bhashya, for example, in 1.2.28 we find Shankara saying that Jaimini accepts the contemplation on Ishwara directly, without resorting to prateeka (imagery) or upadhi (Ishwara as residing in a particular cosmic entity, being, part, etc.). From these statements we can safely conclude that the idea of ‘an image of any god’ is good enough for upasana purposes, that is prevalent in the Shankara bhashyas is the settled view of the Sutrakaaras. There was no bigotry in the early times. As to which god was ishta devata of a particular Acharya is immaterial since such a concept does not disallow the acceptance of other gods as well.

  2. The Vaishnava Bhasyakaras such as Madhva, Nimbarka, Baladeva have all interpreted Brahma sutra 2.2.42-45 as a refutation of Shaktism though.

    • Ramanuja, however, though a Vaishnava, has interpreted that adhikarana as that of the Pancharatra.

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