[INDOLOGY] Mahabharat verse on unreliability of the intellect

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Fri Feb 24 18:24:41 UTC 2017

This source seems to give a reference to the Vanaparvan of the MBH (but I
have no idea what edition of the MBH they are referring to):

Chant and Be Happy: The Power of Mantra Meditation
Based on the teachings of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
1984 - ‎Philosophy
As stated inthe Mahābhārata (Vana-pārva 313.117): tarko 'pratiṣṭhaḥ śrutayo
vibhinnā nāsāv ṛṣir yasya mataṁna bhinnam dharmasyatattvaṁ nihitaṁ ...

Madhav Deshpande
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

On Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 1:19 PM, Edwin F. Bryant via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Friends,
> Does anyone know the origin of this verse in the MhBh:
> "Logic is unreliable, the Srutis express different viewpoints, and there
> is no RSi who does not have a different philosophy from other sages. The
> essence of dharma is hidden in the innermost recesses of the hearts of
> enlightened souls; one should therefore follow the path traversed by an
> enlightened soul"
> This oft-quoted verse appears in the various renditions of the text in the
> section where YudhiSThira answers the questions of the yakSa in the forest
> by the lake, but I can't seem to find it in the BORI edition - which might
> of course be the answer to the dilemma, but i ask just in case.
> Many thanks.  Edwin Bryant.
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