Friday, March 26, 2010

Vedānta and Mīmāṃsā on God and apūrva

A typical argument found in Mīmāṃsā texts is that of a PP saying that the (sacrificial) action is, indeed, the instrument for the achievement of the desired result, although it does not last until the arousal of the result. In fact, the PP continues, the action pleases God, who will, in a successive time, bestow the result to the sacrificer. This argument is usually refuted through the standard Mīmāṃsā arguments against this kind of God. In Vedānta Deśika, this argument is found at the usual place, namely while discussing the inconsistency of a temporary action which should give raise to a much later result. However, Vedānta Deśika modifies it and embeds it in his final view. In fact, instead of denying the necessity of an apūrva, the idea of a pleased God is equated to apūrva. Such unprecedented potency is --so Vedānta Deśika-- tantamount to the fact that God has been pleased. In this way, a Mīmāṃsā tenet is embedded and used for the sake of a Vedāntic agenda, as often the case among Vedānta usage of Mīmāṃsā hermeneutic and dialectical tools.

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