Re: some foundation...
When we are talking vedānta from post 1 above, it fits within a grouping called saḍ darśana or the the 6 schools of thought. The schools are generally divided as orthodox and unorthodox views: āstika or 'there is or exists' and nāstika or na+ astika , 'it is not so' .
The 6 schools of which vedānta (sometimes called uttarā mīmāṃsā) is one and is considered āstika. What does this mean ? The 6 accept the veda-s as the final authority. Here are the 6:
Now many think that this term āstika means ‘there exists’ a personal God (~creator~), and these schools accept this as fact. Yet as fore mentioned it suggests the veda-s are the final authority and does not involve the belief of a creator co-mingled within the term āstika. ( these items do not represent my beliefs, but are here for one's evaluation ).
But what of nāstika ? It suggests there are schools/views or darśana-s that do not think the veda-s are the final word. Who are they ?
This brings us to a gross realization that comes-up on HDF quite often … What makes a hindu ? You will see lists, cautions, requirements, and various to-do’s regarding this matter. You will always see on these lists that the belief in God and the veda-s are paramont. With the information offered above it suggests otherwise.
Yet if one said I want to follow a particular school (saḍ darśana) of thought that is found within sanātana dharma, then one could list out the veda-s as the final word and the recognition of God as creator.
The point I am offering is sanātana dharma is so vast it can accommodate all walks of life. It can uplift and deliver many to Reality, to the truth at a minimum via intellectual understanding or to the direct personal experience of it.
Yet this discussion also suggests something that is less appealing. That many within the hindu belief system do not know the depth and breath of the system they participate in. As if on a ship taking them across the ocean and they never walked the ship from stem to stern. A valid argument to this point is, who cares about the compartments of the ship or its color as long as it gets you across the ocean¹ ? Yes, I cannot contest this. Yet one should also know when to hold a pregnant pause when someone from the back of the ship tells a person the boat is moved by propellers and not the wind as another person has suggested.
We will continue the discussion of some great influences in sanātana dharma in the upcoming posts.
1. ocean & ship - the metaphor the wise use to suggest delivering an aspirant across (tara) the ocean of samsara ( birth after birth ) via the ship (tari) of knowledge and wisdom.
Last edited by yajvan; 14 September 2014 at 08:43 PM.
because you are identical with śiva