Are GODs just symbolic ???
srikrishna_ghadiyaram at YAHOO.COM
Mon Jul 22 11:36:30 CDT 2002
Hari Om !!
Just for clarification. I made a typo in my previous
mail. Here is the corrected sentence.
--- Srikrishna Ghadiyaram
<srikrishna_ghadiyaram at YAHOO.COM> wrote:
> Hari Om !!
> --- "Jaldhar H. Vyas" <jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM>
> > On Tue, 16 Jul 2002, Srikrishna Ghadiyaram wrote:
> > > The Swami repeatedly said, "there are only two
> > type of accounts, one
> > > Historical and the other Symbolic. There is no
> > >mythological account."
> > I think you are making the same mistake as the
> > of assuming that
> > symbolic means not real or inferior. This is only
> > the case if you believe
> > that perception is the only valid pramana.
> If we accept that the story of Kshera Sagara
> is not a cookedup story to express some symbolism,
(correction: If we accept that the story of Kshera
is a cookedup story to express some symbolism,
> which meaning or concept would not be understood by
> ordinary, ignorant masses, and that this figurative
> expression has been discovered and masterfully
> utilised to author the Puranas, then I would feel it
> is not correct. Just because someone does not
> understand we do not have to alter the facts or
> 'stories', I guess. I do not know how all the saints
> and sages would concur on the same technique.
> Specially, when all the efforts are driven to find
> 'naked TRUTH', would such gimmics or conveniences be
> accepted in the Sastric tradition ??
> Yes, I accept the idea of using a clear example as a
> symbol, because it conveys the intended 'concept'
> without corruption. For example, Rama is a Symbol of
> The referred swami's words did not sound to use the
> 'Symbolic' Gods in that sense. That is the reason, I
> am seeking clarifications.
> Om Namo Narayanaya !!
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