talk on "mundane matters"

ravi chandrasekhara vadhula at YAHOO.COM
Wed May 29 21:57:55 CDT 2002

Pranam to all list members,

I think it is useful to discuss "mundane matters"
albiet within a dharmic context as it relates to
Advaita. I have learned a lot from discussions on this
list along with reading Hindu Dharma at Being brought in the US, albiet from
an orthodox Braahman family, these discussions have
enhanced with continued spiritual growth. I have
learned a lot from Sri Jaldhar Vyas' contributions to
this list and am I'm glad to know that someone like
him is of my age, raised in the US like me, who is
orthodox and quite knowledgable on our traditions.

Dhanyavaad, Ravi Chandrasekhara MD

--- Vivek Anand Ganesan <v_ganesan at YAHOO.COM> wrote:
> I fully concur with what other list members have
> written
> regarding the scope of this list and its best use
> etc.
> But, I feel that this issue also has to be discussed
> albeit within the parameters of this list. It would
> be best
> if people discussed what bhagavatpAda's views were
> on
> adhikAram etc. ( trust me, this topic has been
> discussed
> before, just search the archives; it keeps popping
> up
> because it is a basic issue and I think skirting
> around it
> won't help one bit ).
>   Based on past discussions ( I have been following
> this
> list since 1998 ), the following was agreed :
> 1) shrI shankara has upheld the view that women and
> non-
>    dvijas are ineligible to study the vedas.  But,
>    such a view has been upheld by every single
> vedAntin.
>    So, it is not that shankara or advaita alone is
>    "casteist" and "misogynist".
> 2) Again, it was pointed out that there is
> absolutely no
>    restriction when it came to j~nAna and to talk
> about
>    adhikAram etc. with respect to j~nAna is
> ridiculous.
> 3) I have a set of books by H.H. Holenarasipur
> Swamiji who
>    also states 1) but adds that it is OK to discuss
> shruti
>    in any language other than Sanskrit ( he sort of
> implies
>    this in one place ).  Since this list is
> English-based,
>    I don't think it is a problem as long as we
> discuss
>    advaita-related texts.  So, there is no
> limitation on
>    this list ( I believe the moderators concur,
> judging by
>    the diversity of the membership ) based on birth
> or
>    gender.
> -Vivek.
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