Kathopanishad - Episode 13

3 Pillars of Vedanta

This episode introduces us to the concept of the three pillars of vedānta, which are:

  • शास्त्रप्रमाण śāstrapramāṇa– all that is conveyed and described
    in the scriptures.
  • तर्कवाद tarkavāda– contemplation, reasoning and logical analysis
    of what has been heard or read.
  • स्वानुभव svānubhava– understanding the Truth through one’s own personal experience.

If the third pillar is not reached, i.e. without anubhava, all that is heard or contemplated on is merely borrowed knowledge. Only when it is experienced through one’s own personal experience does one truly attain the Truth.

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