No world, no big deal?
govind at ISC.TAMU.EDU
Thu Oct 9 22:26:42 CDT 1997
On Thu, 9 Oct 1997, Allan Curry wrote:
[good stuff deleted]
> It would be interesting to hear what list members believe would legitimate
> someone's claim to be enlightened.
Any "claim" would make me uneasy.
*Traditional* schools (maTams) in India, which might appear
dogmatic to some, really focus on developing a student's
chitta suddhi. This might take place in the form of learning
some part of the vedAs, learning shlokAs, etc. I really
think it will lead the student (a sincere student) to the
stage what shankarA requires as pre-requisites for
undertaking the study of brahman (BSB I.I.1).
All the vedAnta schools incidentally recognize the
need for chitta suddhi before realization (they differ
in what you actually realize). When someone like
Sri Ramana Maharshi comes along, it can be viewed as
a bonus, a divine signal that such a study (of brahman)
is indeed worthwhile. And not to mention his grace.
As Giri pointed out once (probably many times ;-),
a physical Guru will appear when a student
is ready. Until then, imo, the focus should really be on
purification of mind. As Ram Chandran pointed out, it is
divine grace that will finally deliver.
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