From: Freedomji <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [sohamsa] Jaimini
Hare Rama Krsna
One can read all the available commentaries, especially if they have a clear mind and can remember what each commentator has said, all the variability's, take the time to test all these various techniques, and remember what works for them and still be clear about who believes what in scholarly circles.. This is a very high path indeed for one who has the time and intelligence..
Guruji (Sri Sanjay Rath) has read all these commentaries, understood them, tested them, (has rare commentaries not available to the average public), and has the teaching of a living lineage (Parampara) of Jaimini which he was born into and is required to continue. Sanjay's family lineage was invited to Orissa by the King of Puri because of their jnana.
When Guruji teaches, he mentions the various opinions held by other authors, shows his traditions views and uses logic to show why his tradition believes what it does. He uses the shlokas themselves (previous shlokas/concepts), other available texts, and his experience with multiple example charts to show how the sutras work. And to the serious student when you have understood a sutra from Guruji, you are also aware of other opinions (which Guruji always mentions) and can test these right then and there as Guruji teaches.
I am a serious scholar, but I have still not fully digested all the Jaimini teachings of Guruji to have any need to read some other commentaries. And by studying the books and books of notes I have from Guruji's lectures, I am well aware of Nilakantha, Rangacharya, etc and their various divergent opinions from Guruji's lineage. Sri Achyutananda has taught that there are endless books and teachings in this world but that we must be like Sarasvati's swan and drink the milk not the water.
Guruji has never discouraged anyone from going above and beyond and studying all available literature. He has never limited knowledge, nor been possessive or unreasonably secretive with the giving of his knowledge. But at the same time, it is very rajasic to study other commentaries when you have not fully understood your own guru's.
"One of the members of this list has expressed his views", but his words reveal a lack of proper respect for the very host of the forum he has spoken within. It is wonderful that you agree with him. People are welcome to give their opinions, and to receive the opinions of others with respect for each other.