[Advaita-l] Conversion story
michael at shepherd87.fsnet.co.uk
Fri Sep 4 06:32:05 CDT 2009
May I correct that statement ? There is a whole spectrum of 'seekers after
truth' between stoned Khatmandu weekenders and 'Moksa Mula'; and, let's say,
Sri Vasudevacharya, the Sri Dayananda shishya who expounds the Upanishads
and Gita and much else to the Australians, and writes learned books on
One doesn't have to 'abandon' to pursue; any more than a diamond dealer who
adds gold dealing to his trade..
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[mailto:advaita-l-bounces at lists.advaita-vedanta.org]On Behalf Of Anbu
Sent: 04 September 2009 12:05
To: satisharigela at yahoo.com; A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Conversion story
There are two types of people from the west. Those who look at Hinduism and
appreciate it are like movie goers. They appreciate it but carry on as
The others who feel sense in it. They decide to abandon what they had been
born with and pursue what they found anew. Many of them came and surredered
to Gurus like Ramana and settled down never to return. There are others who
formed communities of their own in their own land just as the Hare Krishna
people. There are lots of Ramana Satsanghs or gatherings devoted to other
gurus in the west.
We have lot of movie goers in this forum but that is what can be expected.
On Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 5:50 AM, Satish Arigela
<satisharigela at yahoo.com>wrote:
> European proprietor of a nearby cenna factory and a friend of his
> sought an interview with HH. HH pointed out to them that God
> must have had a purpose in giving them birth in Christian families and
> that it was their duty to seek spiritual progress along the
> lines chalked out for them by the religion and not to waste time in
> trying to find out relative value of the several faiths.
> I appreciate this and thanks a lot for posting the exact paragraph. As we
> can see, HH asked them to seek spiritual progress in their religion but
> never said coming or converting into Hindufold will somehow hamper one's
> spiritual progress.
> From the passage it looks like these 2 Europeans were sort of trying to
> evaluate the relative value of faiths and not really interested in
> praciticing Hindu rituals which seems to justify why AchArya asked them to
> practice their faith without bothering us. Like i suspected.
> I am sorry if this following up troubled you, but I thought the initial
> post gave a wrong impression and seems to discourage(**) non-Indians by
> improper quoting of HH. Ofcourse our memories are imperfect and they can
> blurred over time. I will say no more on this.
> **given the present religio-politic scenario in the world...this may not
> Best Regards
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