[Advaita-l] Re: Dasa Avatara
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Fri May 23 23:48:43 CDT 2003
On Mon, 19 May 2003 ShankarPll at aol.com wrote:
> The Puranic Kathas may be reduced to metaphysics and from metaphysics to
> psychology and vice versa. However, its import transcends even this for the
> bhakti induced is perhaps the primary purpose. To put in another way, for me
> there are multiple ways of looking at the Puranas because they "occurred"
> with multiple designs. By this I mean that each view does not preclude
> another but occur simultaneously and naturally. And yet at the same time
> viewing it in the historical sense was perhaps how it was primarily intended
> - for it is by this means that bhakti could be propagated and the vast mass
> of humanity could progress to higher spiritual states.
Ok. I can certainly concur with such a view. What I'm leery of is
attempts to reduce the Puranic stories to an abstraction. To some extent
Campbell was guilty of this too. As a follower of Jung, he believed all
religions could be reduced to "universal archetypes." But the compelling
power of these stories is that the hero doesn't have a thousand faces he
has _one_. One face that we are intimately familiar with.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
It's a girl! See the pictures - http://www.braincells.com/shailaja/
More information about the Advaita-l mailing list