Epistemologies and the Limitations of Philosophical Inquiry: by Deepak Sarma

By Deepak Sarma

Deepak Sarma explores the measure to which outsiders can comprehend and interpret the doctrine of the M?dhva tuition of Ved?nta. the varsity relies on insider epistemology that's so restrictive that few can examine its complicated doctrines. This booklet finds the complexity of learning traditions according to insider epistemologies and encourages its viewers to contemplate either the price and the dangers of granting any outsider the authority and chance to derive vital insights right into a culture as an insider.

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How are they better than other words? ” Thus spoken to by Nårada, Brahmå, the most excellent one, said: “The word ‘then’ is used as an auspicious expression (ma∫galårtha) and to indicate that there are preconditions for eligibility. ”34 31 T H E M ÅA D H V A I N S I D E R E P I S T E M O L O G Y Jayat•rtha’s commentary further clarified Madhvåcårya’s. ” It is mentioned for the sake of denying the commencement of the inquiry into the Supreme Being for the person who merely desires liberation. ” What were these requirements?

Close study of the text with virtuoso readers would become impossible, as would debate and any other 36 T H E M ÅA D H V A I N S I D E R E P I S T E M O L O G Y philosophical activity. The brahmabandhu had a very low degree of access indeed! To summarize: one must have been a twice-born male who has undergone the prescribed initiation rite, namely the Upanayana, and adhered to the rules befitting someone of his status in order to become a student of Mådhva Vedånta and to have access to the root texts.

37 At first glance, it would appear that anyone whose goal was knowledge of the Supreme Being could become a student. 12. 38 A proper student would possess the required dispositions and have realized that ritual methods to obtain liberation were insufficient. Who determines if these dispositions have been attained? How about the sincerity of the aspiring students? Such an evaluation was left to the discretion of the teachers who were approached. As far as I know, there were no standardized tests described anywhere in the Mådhva corpus.

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