Re: Shastra is Pramana
Shastra is one of the 6 Pramanas that Advaita VedAnta accepts for understanding the Reality. These are :
Originally Posted by Sriram257
a) Pratyaksha Pramana i.e. Direct perception ... It is the ultimate Pramana.
b) Shabda Pramana or the Shastras (Upanishads, Bhagwad Gita and Brahmasutras)
c) Anumana i.e. logical inference by other proven facts
d) Upamana i.e. by comparison and analogy e.g. Comparing Dream with this world, Space in Pot example, Ocean and waves example etc.
e) Arthapatti i.e. Postulation, derivation from circumstances
f) Anupalabdhi i.e. Negative proof
Why Shastras/Sabda are considered a valid Pramana because they are brought to us by seers who had direct perception of the reality. It is like this : I and you have not gone to moon but Neil Armastrong has gone there and seen what it looks like. So, we accept his Sabda i.e. his word. In Sabda Pramana, Advaita VedAnta relies upon Upanishads i.e. VedAnta, Bhagwad Gita and Brahmasutras.
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