According to him purans are symbolic, there storys are symbolic.
So is it true, is this the way ancient scholar have interpretated Puranas?
what is the opinion of majority of puranic scholar.
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The purpose of studying Puranas is to orient us in action of Dharma - “right action”. It is how to act for achieving the greatest common good. The stories teach us Moral and Practical lessons. According to Mimamsa, Arthavada(overexagarration or narration of stories) is of three types.
The Puranas may be based on actual historical or well known incidents, or may not. The narratives in the Epics and Puranas belong to the category of Gunarthavada and can thus be set aside once the moral juice (rasa) has been extracted and prepared for consumption and application. I will quote Bhagavata alone as base for my statements.
You elucidate it with the help of your imaginative power in a way that will generate devotion in the mind of men for Sri Hari who is the soul and support of all. (Bhagavata 2.8.51-52)
The Supreme Lord is said to be fond of such figurative expositions of spiritual truth through stories. (For it is understandable even to common men while an abstract philosophical statement can be understood only by a very few. (Bhagavata 4.28.65)
In times past I learnt this wonderful allegory, which teaches the truth of the Atman indirectly in a story form. (Bhagavata 4.29.85)
I have narrated to you the stories of many who lived to make their names famous in their lifetimes and then to pass away and become a memory or a mere name soon after. These narratives are only the literary device that I have used with a view to instil into you the importance of renunciation and God-realization. They have no ultimate significance in themselves (or are not to be taken as literal facts). (Bhagavata 12.3.14-15)