[Advaita-l] How to get an hindu name?
rohit8ganesh at yahoo.co.in
Thu Mar 18 00:11:08 CST 2004
Srikrishna Ghadiyaram <srikrishna_ghadiyaram at yahoo.com> wrote:
hariH Om !!
--- "Jaldhar H. Vyas" wrote:
> On Tue, 16 Mar 2004, María Dickson wrote:
> > Thank you for your clear e-mail.
> > Here we have a Ramakrishna Ashram. I have visited
> > web page. I know there are a lot of Ramakrishna
> > Centers arrownd the world. I see that they teach
> > vedanta, but are they advaitins?
> It depends. That mvement started in the 19th
> century amongst westernized
> Bengalis whose understanding of Advaita Vedanta was
> mostly theoretical.
> But later it spread to South India were there is a
> living tradition and
> more educated people. You can still see this split
> today. Some followers
> of the Ramakrishna mission practice true Advaita
> Vedanta others just
> follow a typical North Indian saint-cult. Some of
> the books they publish
> are very scholarly and useful while others (like the
> purushasukta book I
> mentioned last week) aren't worth the paper they are
> printed on. So you
> have to be careful and use your jusgement.
I think, it is more appropriate to give complete title
and author and/or translator, while commenting on
books. Are you referring to PURUSHA-SUKTAM AND
NARAYANA-SUKTAM (Rs. 5) ?
For example, I have the book of Ramakrishna Mission
titled SRI RUDRAM AND PURUSHASUKTAM
Translated by Swami Amritananda (Rs. 40) which has
commentary based on several classical authors. I can
not accept that it is 'worthless'.
Also, just because do not appreciate the translation,
the book does not become 'worthless'. I guess, there
are different levels of aspirants. Many people may not
be interested in elaborate commentary on Suktas. They
may be happy with simple translation.
Om Namo Narayanaya !!
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Dear Saadhakas ,
I fully endorse the view of Mr . Shrikrishna .
Just because a book doesn't match to the "intellectual level" of a person , it doesn't become outdated or useless.
Rather even the smaller version of the book Purusha Sookta & Naaraayana Sookta is very useful for aspirants at beginners level .
The efforts of well meaning saadhakas like those at Shri Raamakrishna Matha should be appreciated , especially in the context of modern Hindu society , where most Hindus are ignorant of the various hymns leave alone their meaning.
Hats off to the Mission for such great work .
With Love ,
Rohit N.Ubhayaker .
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