[Advaita-l] *** SPAM *** praNava

Michael Shepherd michael at shepherd87.fsnet.co.uk
Mon Aug 10 13:21:58 CDT 2009

Would you put 'Om Namah Shivaya' beyond the bounds of surrender or Advaita ?
If so, I'm sorry for you, in my Abrahmanic way.. :)


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Subject: *** SPAM ***[Advaita-l] praNava

The quotation "pravaNayati iti praNava:" may be authentic than "praNAmayati
iti praNava:".

Here is a reference from vaikhasana agama, but I have seen this elsewhere in
a brahmana also:


Tai Pr. xviii says one of the forms of praNava can also be a circumflex
which is anyway a pravaNa (slide).

The extrapolation to bowing andbent knees is a needless (Abrahamic?)
extrapolation. praNava is

surely a symbol of offering, but at the time of offer the offerer merges
into the offered deity through

bhakti and achieves oneness with the deity; only then the offering is
complete. I do admit a number of

bhaktas on this and other boards talk about "surrendering" to Lord but this
is clearly a dvaita word,

if not Abrahamic. There is no bowing or surrendering in advaita. I would
rather be a surEnder (indra)

than surrender :-)



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