Vivek Anand Ganesan
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Tue May 5 16:15:20 CDT 1998
I cordially welcome ShrI Grimes to this forum and am looking
forward to learning a lot from him.
I would like to know more about the significance of "kulam" in
advAitam. Specifically, the deeper connotations of "kulam".
e.g. >all of creation; divine creative energy; power of consciousness
The only meaning that I was aware of was that of "family".
Also, I understand that "kulam" is a very important concept in
Kashmiri Shaivam. Is their idea of "kulam" different from the advAita
conception? If so, how?
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>From Tue May 5 17:45:11 1998
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Chandran, Nanda (NBC) wrote:
> Giri writes :
> >since persons like Ramana Maharshi and Shankara have told you so.
> I agree with you and confess that it's the only thing which sustains my
> interest in Advaitam. Ramana and Shankara were not just philosophers who
> indulged in mere metaphysical speculation, but carved a 'way of living'
> and 'purpose of life' out of the Upanishadic teachings. And having been
> brought up in a tradition which reveres the above saints, one does have
> the moral and mental support in following their path, even if it defies
> And sadly this is where I feel the Westerners are at a disadvantage.
> Since they've not been brought up in the tradition, there's that much
> less conviction and moral, mental support (atleast in the sadhaka
> level). Atleast this is what I felt when I read Robert's post about
> 'Vedanta slipping through his fingers'. But Truth, I suppose has it's
> own powers of persuasion!
I tried to make clear from the beginning that I cannot approach Vedanta
with the attitude that "This is The Truth... how can I best understand
it?" And what's more, I don't think such an approach is even desirable,
at least for me. My primary commitment is and has to be to a careful and
painstaking search for the truth, wherever that search may lead. It has
led me to Vedanta, but it could also lead me away from it again. In the
West, and particularly in the US, we have all too many people who have
put their commitment to doctrine above honesty and integrity, and the
distressing results are plain for the whole world to see. I must avoid
at all costs falling into a more sophisticated and educated version of
the same stance. I was a little concerned coming into the list that it
might be for internal discussion and criticism only, and that
questioning the validity of Vedanta itself might not be acceptable. But
the responses to my questions have been very helpful and constructive,
for which I am grateful. If it does become a problem at any point, I
will withdraw quietly.
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