SastrasThey study the Vedas and discuss. But they do not realize the Ultimate Reality just as a spoon does not know the taste of food.The head carries the flowers, the nose knows the scent. The people study the Vedas. But, very few persons understand the same.Not knowing the Reality of the self, a fool is infatuated by the sastras. When the goat stands in the shed, the shepherd seeks for it in the well in vain.The knowledge of the sastras is not competent to destroy the infatuation accruing from worldly affairs.….Having studied the Vedas and realized their essence the wise man should leave all the sastras just as one desiring corn leaves the husk.Just as one satiated with nectar has no use of food, no one who is in search of Reality has anything to do with the sastras.One cannot obtain release by reading the Vedas or the sastras. Release comes from experience, not otherwise, O son of Vinata.
” …… The appeal to the infallibility of the Vedic injunction is misconceived. The infallibility in question refers only to the unseen force or apurva, and is admissable only in regard to matters not confined to the sphere of direct perceptions etc. ….. Even a hundred statements of sruti to the effect that fire is cold and non-luminous won’t prove valid. If it does make such a statement, its import will have to be interpreted differently. Otherwise , validity won’t attach to it. Nothing in conflict with the means of valid cognition or with its own statement may be imputed to sruti.”(Bhagavad Gita Bhashya of Sri Sankaracharya translated by Dr. A.G. Krishna Warrier).
“Even one thousand scriptural statements cannot transform a jar into a piece of cloth”.
“Though human in origin, an exposition of truth is to be accepted; otherwise even what is regarded as divine revealation is to be rejected. Even a young boy’s words are to be accepted if they are words of wisdom; else reject it like straw even if uttered by Brahma the creator.”
Gautama Buddha said , “This I have said to you O Kalamas, but you may accept it,not because it is a report, not because it is a tradition, not because it is so said in the past, not because it is given from the scriptures, not for the sake of discussion, not for the sake of particular method, not for the sake of careful consideration, not for the sake of forbearing with wrong views, not because it appears to be suitable, not because your preceptor is a recluse, but if you yourselves understand this is so, meritorious and blameless, and, when accepted, is for benefit and happiness, then you may accept it.”
Sri Ramakrishna said, “One cannot get true feeling about God from the study of books. This feeling is something very different from book-learning. Books, scriptures, and science appear as mere dirt and straw after the realization of God.”
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I did my school, college and parts of my University education in Kolkata. I got my M.Sc degree from Kolkata University. I went to USA in 1979 and got my M.S and Ph.D in Physics from University of Pittsburgh in 1984. I did my Post Doctorate in University of Southern California, Los Angeles and then worked as a Research Scientist in the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Space Sciences Center of University of Southern California. My scientific work includes heavy ion-atom scattering, multiphoton ionization and heliosphere data analysis of Pioneer 10/111 and Voyager 1/2 deep space spacecaft and analysis of solar extreme ultraviolet data obtained from SOHO spacecraft. I have been a National Aeronautics and Space Adminstration (NASA) Principal Investigator from 2002 – 2007. I have been a member of a NASA awards committee to decide allocation of money to different scientists. I have also refereed scientific articles submitted to Journal of Geophysical Research and Astrophysical Journal.