Etymologically the word śāstra means ‘that which protects by teaching’ (śāsanāt trāyate iti śāstram). Therefore, the intention of śāstra is to protect us from the ills that our ignorance can afford to create. It saves us by revealing the knowledge of realities that may be unknown to us. For this reason the śāstra is called a ‘valid means of knowledge’ (pramāṇa). In the tradition of vedānta, the knowledge of the Self is the means to moksa.
The Role of Scripture in Self Knowledge
02 August 2014