Brahma Sutras (Vedanta Sutras)

With the Commentary by Śaṅkarācārya

by George Thibaut | 1890 | 203,611 words

The Brahma sūtras (aka. Vedānta Sūtras) are one of the three canonical texts of the Vedānta school of Hindu philosophy. The Brahma sūtra is the exposition of the philosophy of the Upanishads. It is an attempt to systematise the various strands of the Upanishads which form the background of the orthodox systems of thought....

47. But (the agnis rather constitute) a vidyā, on account of the assertion (made by the text).

The word 'but' sets aside the pūrvapakṣa.--The agnis built of mind and so on are to be viewed not as complementary to a sacrificial action, but as independent and constituting a vidyā of their own. For the text expressly asserts that 'they are built of knowledge (vidyā) only,' and that 'by knowledge they are built for him who thus knows.'

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