[Advaita-l] Who is shrotriya brAhmaNa ??
H S Chandramouli
hschandramouli at gmail.com
Sat Sep 5 06:29:56 CDT 2015
Perhaps I should have clarified that the context is Guru for imparting
Brahma Vidya .
On Sat, Sep 5, 2015 at 4:46 PM, H S Chandramouli <hschandramouli at gmail.com>
> Sri Bhaskar Ji,
> You raised the question << who is shrotriya ?? >> .
> You also followed it up with the observation << As we know shruti says
> for brahma jnAna we have to approach a shrotriya brahmanishTa guru ("sa
> gurumevAbhigacchet shrotriyam brahmaniShTham") while it is difficult to
> recognize a brahmanishTa guru, it is also becoming difficult to notice a
> shrotriya. >> .
> Evidently your question is in the context of qualifications of a Guru. In
> this context you also ask
> << Has our shAstra anywhere explains about external appearance of a
> shrotriya?? >> .
> Why limit the scope of the context ?? Apart from shrotriyatvam , certain
> other qualities are implied in “ shrotriya brahmanishTa “ . One of them
> is he should be a Sadhana Chatushtaya Sampannah . This includes “ tivra
> vairagyam “ . Does this not eliminate most , if not all , of the types of
> persons you have covered in your post later ?? .
> On Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 6:00 PM, Bhaskar YR via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
>> Hare Krishna
>> I asked this doubt in FB. Posting here also for want of more view points
>> / clarification.
>> who is shrotriya ?? I always get this doubt whenever I see modern day
>> veda and vedAnta scholars who also engaged themselves in material pursuits
>> like working in software companies, as scientists, engineers etc. and talks
>> about other subjects as fluently as they can in veda-s and vedAnta. I am
>> not saying or implying that a shrOtriya should always breath in and breath
>> out only veda / vedAnta and shAstra nothing else.. but what I am thinking
>> is can the modern day scholars who have equal fluency in shAstra as well as
>> material science be called shrOtriya-s ?? As we know shruti says for brahma
>> jnAna we have to approach a shrotriya brahmanishTa guru ("sa
>> gurumevAbhigacchet shrotriyam brahmaniShTham") while it is difficult to
>> recognize a brahmanishTa guru, it is also becoming difficult to notice a
>> shrotriya. Has our shAstra anywhere explains about external appearance of a
>> shrotriya?? whether he has to always wear an attire that is permitted and
>> prescribed in tradition i.e. always wearing dhOti (pancha kaccha, upaveeta
>> without wearing the stitched pants & shirts etc.) traditional mark on
>> forehead, strict adherence to the vedic rituals etc.?? If these external
>> appearances are completely absence in a person but effectively and
>> deligently conveys the purports of shAstra-s like any traditiional Acharya,
>> can we accept this person, who is dependent on some other work/profession
>> other than vaidika karma for his livelihood and wears jeans & t-shirts,
>> shorts, burmuda-s etc. a shrOtriya?? or he is mere academic who learnt the
>> shAstra-s like any other material science and the socalled veda and vedAnta
>> jnAna and his skills and eloquence in that subject are mere EXTRA data that
>> he stored in his mind along with other materealistic knowledge ?? I request
>> the esteemed friends / prabhuji-s to share their thoughts on this subject.
>> Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
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