Chakra Discussions

Common Sense or Whim?

by Robert Newman

Posted July 21, 2003

In his response to my claim that common sense is to be used in the absence of direct evidence to the contrary, when interpreting the words of the acharyas, Deepak Vohra amazingly stated that this is not permissible in the absence of explicit sanction (!), and that without such sanction, "everyone can propose his own method by which to understand what Srila Prabhupada's words 'really' mean."

Actually, it is when common sense is not accepted that whimsical interpretations have the greatest opportunity to multiply. Mr. Vohra claimed that "current link" does not imply physical presence, but what is his warrant for that interpretation? Since it's not common sense, and it's not Srila Prabhupada's explicit explanation, it must be his (or someone else's) whim.

Where common sense conflicts with whims, surely common sense is preferable. Perhaps even Mr. Vohra could acknowledge this, since Srila Prabhupada strongly denigrated whimsicality, but not common sense.