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Monday, October 20, 2014

महाजनो येन गतः स पन्था

वेदाः विभिन्नाः स्मृतयो विभिन्ना
नासौ मुनिर् यस्य मतं न भिन्नम्।
धर्मस्य तत्त्वम् निहितं गुहायाम्
महाजनो येन गतः स पन्था॥

vedāḥ vibhinnāḥ smṛtayo vibhinnā
nāsau munir yasya mataṁ na bhinnam|
dharmasya tattvam nihitaṁ guhāyām
mahājano yen gataḥ sa panthā||
from Mahabharatam III 17402 as quoted in the Translation of Sarva Dashana Samgraha of Madhavacharya by Cowell and Gough..

വേദാ വിഭിന്നാഃ സ്മൃതയോ വിഭിന്നാ നാസൌ മുനീര്‍ യസ്യ മതം ന ഭിന്നം 
ധര്‍മസ്യ തത്ത്വം നിഹിതം ഗുഹായാം മഹാജനോ യേന ഗത സ പന്ഥാ
Different and even contradictory views are expressed by Vedas in varied contexts. Smrithis also speak in varied voices from time to time.. 
There is not a view of a Sage which has not been contradicted.. The essence of Dharma is confined in the darkness of a Cave.. 
So the best course of action is to tread the path of life as already shown by the eminent predecessors in majority..

The Indian philosophy could accommodate Hedonistic thoughts of Charvaka, and atheistic views of Sankhya the ritualistic path of Jaimini and Vedantic trends of Vyasa and Shankara because of this Generosity of our Sages.

It is meaningless to assert that I am right or my groups is right and that you are wrong.

We tend to lose that spirit of accommodation now..

We have to think.

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