[Advaita-l] e-vEdAnta course
krishvishy at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 7 11:39:45 CST 2003
There is nothing wrong in a teacher asking money for
his services in the current context (i.e. learning
vedas/vedantas in the US).
If we do not hesitate in paying up huge sums to learn
engineering, medicine etc.. why even for arts such as
carnatic music and dance etc...
why should there be a bias against vadhiyars? for them
teaching vedas is their bread and butter.
May be we should provide a more institutionalized
mechanism for this.
In a gurukulam the students stay with the guru 24/7
and take care of him. Also the gurukulam was
patronized by the rulers, they provided the food,
land, cows etc...
We cannot compare the pauranic age to the mordern age.
please forgive me if my post sounds too harsh.
--- Bhadraiah Mallampalli <vaidix at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Guru dakshina had always been a tricky issue. It is
> rarely if ever demanded,
> but in rare cases when it was demanded it was always
> for establishing
> dharma. Gurus used to ask kshatriyas to go defeat a
> bad king as guru
> dakshina. Or guru may ask a student to multiply his
> 10 cows to a hundred. It
> may also be another test of student. Not being able
> to face up to the guru
> dakshina time is also considered ignorance and
> hankering for results. On the
> other hand, being proud of having offered a big
> dakshina is another piece of
> Best regards
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