Interpretation and the Srimad Bhagavatam

New Vrindavan IAAS Conference: Moundsville, W.V. – December 15, 2007 / (902)

Thompson addresses issues involving interpretation and ancient texts, particularly when analyzing evidence offered by the Srimad Bhagavatam that appears at odds with methodologies identified with modern science. He then explores several ways to consider these challenges by using examples from Puranic literature describing the Bhu-mandala, as well as "calculations of time from the atom." Rather than necessarily considering such descriptions as mutually exclusive to a contemporary understanding, Thompson argues that by maintaining a mature degree of flexibility while respecting the integrity of each tradition, scholars can explore these seemingly disparate perspectives in a manner that potentially fosters an enhanced picture of reality.

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