[Advaita-l] family love
sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 29 16:35:55 CDT 2009
I think Jaldharji and Vaidehiji are talking about the same thing. Yes, mother's selfless love for the child is the first step towards Advaita. One learns the first step of selfless love from that. When all other creations are treated like-wise, ie. like one's very own, then it becomes universal love. At that stage one gets rid of the the separateness or otherness and becomes Samadarshana and can see through Maya, ie. realise that there are no real differences between the various creations. As long as this samyak knowledge of Maya is not achieved what persists is Avidya and there is Vasana.
Sunil K. Bhattacharjya
--- On Sun, 3/29/09, vaidehi chaitanya <vaidehi.chaitanya at gmail.com> wrote:
From: vaidehi chaitanya <vaidehi.chaitanya at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] family love
To: "A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Date: Sunday, March 29, 2009, 8:35 AM
it is in the way we look at things. love and affection for parents,
siblings and even spouse - is it or is it not vasana or maya. Infact,
call by any name - vasana or maya they both mean the same. mandukya
upanishad calls it spandana (vibration). the bhavana behind is what
makes a difference to the affection or love you show to others. remove
the otherness from the love or affection, it is pure, self existent
and self effulgent. this is the effort we the seekers should attempt
in our every day transcational world.
On 3/29/09, Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com> wrote:
> [was: (no subject)]
> On Fri, 20 Mar 2009, vijaya1.kambhampati at tiscali.co.uk wrote:
>> Could you please tell me whether the affection we feel for our mother
>> father friends siblings and others is only maya and a creation of our
>> vasanas or whether it has a reality that transcends maya. Do we ever
>> meet these individuals again after death and become one with them.
> If we desire it than yes. But like all desires it is a fetter that binds
> us to samsara and must be transcended for mukti. The way to do it is not
> necessarily to stop loving but to extend the love so that all living
> things are thought of as ones family.
> If you think about it isn't a mothers' selfless love our first
> introduction to advaita bhava?
> Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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