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Vēda References in Prabhudēva’s Vaĉanas Linga Raju Plainview, NY Allama Prabhu was very well versed in the Vēdas. In order to ascertain what exactly Prabhudēva’s vaĉanas say about the Vēdas, some of his vaĉanas that have already been translated into English by scholars were reviewed. In the Śūnyasaṁpādane book, in the introductory chapters about Allama Prabhu, two of Prabhu’s vaĉanas are given with some introduction and then a comment. The introduction for the vaĉanas states - if the seeker is to gain strength in the pursuit of truth, the seeker cannot have it by blind belief or perverse argument, it is necessary for the seeker’s faith to be coupled with thought and practice; only in this sense that Prabhu has said of the Vēdas in the following vaĉanas: The Vēdas failed because they could not weigh; The Śāstras failed because they could not seize; The Purāṇas failed because they could not prove; When the elders failed because they did not know themselves, And were consumed by their own brains, How could they know Thee, O Guhēśvara? What you call Vēda is a work to be read; What you call Śāstra is market news; What you call Purāṇa is a bullied boast; What you call Logic is butting of rams; What you call Bhakti is only a show for profit of a meal; What you call Guhēśvara is the Absolute beyond bounds. The comment on the above vaĉanas states that - this does not mean that Prabhu belittles the Vēdas; he merely suggests that if they become feats of intellect, their very purpose fails; thus Prabhu upholds direct experience of the Divine -. Here, the scholars have stated that Prabhu does not belittle the Vēdas, and that he upholds the Upaniṣadic views of the Divine; no further explanation is needed. Then Śūnyasaṁpᾱdane gives these vaĉanas which are in the context that Prabhu is guiding Siddharāmayya, an accomplished Śivayōgi, through his spiritual transformation. Prabhu tells Siddharāmayya that the One who has neither form nor body nor motion, and is beyond the reach of word or thought, cannot be attained by praise, for the One transcends praise and scorn alike: All those who have known Him in singing His praise, Lo! They have become the slaves of form! Look you, Siddharāmayya! The three worlds know through Guhēśvara’s witness, The scriptures (Vēda-śāstras) and several paths cannot attain to Him By hymns of praise! Siddharāmayya submits to Prabhu: Thou art not fond of the Vēdas, good sir, Thou art not fond of the Scriptures, too, Thou dost not love the music of hymns; … 9

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