[INDOLOGY] Mahabharat verse on unreliability of the intellect

Dominik Wujastyk wujastyk at gmail.com
Sun Feb 26 00:06:17 UTC 2017

The searchable Mbh text in the SARIT library is the Southern Recension
(Kumbakonam).  The verse you're after, identified by Madhav, is here

Professor Dominik Wujastyk <http://ualberta.academia.edu/DominikWujastyk>

Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Society and Polity

Department of History and Classics <http://historyandclassics.ualberta.ca/>
University of Alberta, Canada

South Asia at the U of A:


On 24 February 2017 at 11:19, 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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