Brahma Sutras (Nimbarka commentary)

by Roma Bose | 1940 | 290,526 words

English translation of the Brahma-sutra 2.2.38, including the commentary of Nimbarka and sub-commentary of Srinivasa known as Vedanta-parijata-saurabha and Vedanta-kaustubha resepctively. Also included are the comparative views of important philosophies, viz., from Shankara, Ramanuja, Shrikantha, Bhaskara and Baladeva.

Brahma-Sūtra 2.2.38

English of translation of Brahmasutra 2.2.38 by Roma Bose:

“And on account of the impossibility of relation.”

Nimbārka’s commentary (Vedānta-pārijāta-saurabha):

“And on account of the impossibility of relation” between Paśupati, the instigator who is without a body, and pradhāna and the rest, to he instigated, Paśupati is not the cause of the world.

Śrīnivāsa’s commentary (Vedānta-kaustubha)

For this reason, too, the doctrine of Paśupati is not justifiable. Why? A relation between Paśupati, the efficient cause, the instigator and pradhāna and the rest, to be instigated, must be admitted,—and this is impossible. Thus, the Māheśvaras are to be asked the following: Do you, sirs, follow Scripture or follow what is observed? If the first, then the stated conclusion, being opposed to Scripture, must be rejected. If the second, then it is observed that there is a relation between potters and the rest only who are possessed of bodies, and clay and so on. Hence no relation can be established between Paśupati who is without a body and pradhāna and the rest, by you, following what is observed. Hence it being not possible for a bodiless being to have any relation with pradhāna and the rest, to be their instigator and so on, he is not the cause of the world.

Comparative views of Rāmānuja, Bhāskara and Śrīkaṇṭha:

This sūtra is not found in their commentaries.

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