talk on "mundane matters"
K Kathirasan NCS
kkathir at NCS.COM.SG
Wed May 29 22:12:08 CDT 2002
I believe too that we ought to discuss mundane matters, but we shouldn't
talk too much about it though. As we all know that this is a list dedicated
to Advaita Vedanta, we should spend more time on Jnana Kanda than Karma
Unfortunately, from my observations, publications of Kamakoti deal more with
aparavidya than paravidya. Hence, Kamakoti pitha's works may not be the best
option to understand the Advaitic vision.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ravi chandrasekhara [SMTP:vadhula at YAHOO.COM]
> Sent: Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:58 AM
> To: ADVAITA-L at LISTS.ADVAITA-VEDANTA.ORG
> Subject: talk on "mundane matters"
> Pranam to all list members,
> I think it is useful to discuss "mundane matters"
> albiet within a dharmic context as it relates to
> Advaita. I have learned a lot from discussions on this
> list along with reading Hindu Dharma at
> www.kamakoti.org Being brought in the US, albiet from
> an orthodox Braahman family, these discussions have
> enhanced with continued spiritual growth. I have
> learned a lot from Sri Jaldhar Vyas' contributions to
> this list and am I'm glad to know that someone like
> him is of my age, raised in the US like me, who is
> orthodox and quite knowledgable on our traditions.
> Dhanyavaad, Ravi Chandrasekhara MD
> --- Vivek Anand Ganesan <v_ganesan at YAHOO.COM> wrote:
> > I fully concur with what other list members have
> > written
> > regarding the scope of this list and its best use
> > etc.
> > But, I feel that this issue also has to be discussed
> > albeit within the parameters of this list. It would
> > be best
> > if people discussed what bhagavatpAda's views were
> > on
> > adhikAram etc. ( trust me, this topic has been
> > discussed
> > before, just search the archives; it keeps popping
> > up
> > because it is a basic issue and I think skirting
> > around it
> > won't help one bit ).
> > Based on past discussions ( I have been following
> > this
> > list since 1998 ), the following was agreed :
> > 1) shrI shankara has upheld the view that women and
> > non-
> > dvijas are ineligible to study the vedas. But,
> > AFAIK,
> > such a view has been upheld by every single
> > vedAntin.
> > So, it is not that shankara or advaita alone is
> > "casteist" and "misogynist".
> > 2) Again, it was pointed out that there is
> > absolutely no
> > restriction when it came to j~nAna and to talk
> > about
> > adhikAram etc. with respect to j~nAna is
> > ridiculous.
> > 3) I have a set of books by H.H. Holenarasipur
> > Swamiji who
> > also states 1) but adds that it is OK to discuss
> > shruti
> > in any language other than Sanskrit ( he sort of
> > implies
> > this in one place ). Since this list is
> > English-based,
> > I don't think it is a problem as long as we
> > discuss
> > advaita-related texts. So, there is no
> > limitation on
> > this list ( I believe the moderators concur,
> > judging by
> > the diversity of the membership ) based on birth
> > or
> > gender.
> > -Vivek.
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