[Advaita-l] ADMIN: New member introduction: Jurek

Vidyasankar Sundaresan svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Sun Nov 23 12:16:44 CST 2003

>From: Jurek <omeganlp at yahoo.co.uk>
>To: listmaster at advaita-vedanta.org
>Subject: reply to the request
>Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 09:47:00 +0000 (GMT)
>I do not have anything excited to say about myself.  I try to study the 
>Scriptures on my own but this can be done only second hand, though the 
>media of translations into English, which seems to be quite hopeless, since 
>every translations seems to be a different interpretation. For example I 
>have few translations of Yoga Sutras and Bhagavat Gita and I am not in a 
>position to assertain which is right, the only way I can demonstrate that 
>based on the English texts, these translations bring quite different 
>messages. Since my last visit to India where I bought about 20 kilograms of 
>books in Ramakrishna Math (Chennai) for the price of maybe one or two books 
>I would have to pay in England, and it would be too much for me, I acquired 
>reasonable peace of mind while reading Swami Vivekanada and other authors 
>that interpret yoga from the position of advaita.  I am also quite 
>comfortable with Bhagavad Gita Bhasya o Sri Sankaracarya and books by Swami 
>Krishnananda that may be downloaded f
>  ree from
>  His web page or the Divine Life Society. I had a long flirting period 
>with bhakti yoga as brought to the West by Srila Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, 
>but I am not religious in that sense and could never really feel any 
>natural drive within to worship like that.  I do not feel comfortable with 
>the concept of separatedness of jivatma from isvara and paramatma.  But I 
>am not Hindu and cannot understand what atma in the Scripture means.  And 
>English translations are useless in this context, since the primary 
>interpretation is already embedded in the text I could deal with. To make 
>the long stoy short, I am looking for the opportunity to get connected with 
>those who understand and live advaita way to learn and progress.  I will 
>basically passively read messages since I do not think I would have 
>anything interested or worth posting to contribute.
>Warm regards

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