[Advaita-l] Maxmuller et al
vaidix at hotmail.com
Tue Aug 4 16:45:00 CDT 2009
Dear Dr. Yadu,
>In conclusion, playing the blame game is going to serve us
I hope you meant not going to serve us. Yes indeed, wholesale blaming of someone
like a Whitney is like shooting ourselves in the foot because a lot of inputs from traditional
scholars contributed to his work, though Whitney maintained his "final decision" on all topics.
You have to look at the entire chain of ideas and reject individual parts of the arguments
that have been planted.
Informing the ICS officers about Rgveda (that it was originally European heritage, later
corrupted by Indians) is NOT the same as spreading the word about Rgveda or its phonetic
alphabet or its connection to ancient pre-Abrahamic cultures among general population in
the west and asking people to judge for themselves what it is worth. Again, any awakening
of past glory of Europe must necessariy be shunned and branded as nazism, otherwise it
would threaten the Abrahamic culture. Such a calculated and calibrated handling of
Hindu texts kept yoga from west for almost 200 years, and efforts are going on even
today to block the Sun with bare hands.
Our own Abrahamic-trained intelligencia contributed no less to this confusion. JK's
dualism on love vs reason is an example. JK says:
Reason can make one behave in this manner or in that, but what reason can do, reason
can undo. If reason is the criterion of action, then mind can never be free to act. Reason
however subtle and logical, is a process of thinking, and thinking is ever influenced,
conditined by personal fancy, by desire or an idea, a conclusion, whether imposed or self-induced.
I appreciate the spirit of JK at the highest level when he says total freedom involves
absence of logic, which is clearly an advaitic ideal but JK makes two underlying assumptions:
1. manas is the only organ that can influence thoughts and 2. that manas operates in
a linear fashion. We can't blame JK for missing out two other organs: vac (speech)
known only to vedics, and prana - again known only to vedics. Minus these two JK
was right; include them he was wrong.
Leave alone the intricate vedic analysis. Plain old Hinduism tells us that love is an
emotion (rajas) which is lower whereas reason which is satva which is higher than rajas.
A karma yogi who knows the meaning of akarma can very well act with reason but we
know he knows the fourth state that is higher than even satva.
All this out-of-context insertion of love into advaita paves the way for Abrahamics to
claim their religion also promotes love, so does advaita; hence all religions are same.
The reality is that love has nothing to do with advaita or Hinduism, not that Hindus don't have love.
Again, I am not rejecting JK's experiences. He was a keen analyst and a great thinker.
I am just rejecting his incorrect use of words & arguments to represent what he actually
observed and experienced.
JK further says: "Love is dying every day". This is clearly an allusion to prana, the unknown,
and also to the nidhana stage of sama cycle. But the word 'love' is a misnomer here.
It is true that there is nothing else to love other than oneself, because prana is the
first thing that springs from self, and it is self alone that one loves if any. Oh by the way
it can also be argued that people also "hate" the self because they are afraid of that
state wherein there is nothing other than oneself and all other objects dear to oneself
would be taken away. (Shruti: He (the creator) was afraid to be alone.)
Offbeat, the word 'dying' can also be interpreted as crucifixion, by a great personality,
out of love for mortal creatures like us, which is a totally different belief system.
The supposedly lowest of the thinking organs - the speech/vak, as Gayatri, has its own beauty
which is simply beyond the comprehension of most philosophers.
I hope that explains the framework, complexity, subconscious influences and level of
manipulation possible. Whitney and JK are no more, but their followers are welcome to
followup with me on a different forum.
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