[Advaita-l] fundamental (dis)qualifications - beginner's paradox
omeganlp at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Aug 12 13:59:11 CDT 2004
Dear Sanskrit Beginner
Hypocrisy is a heavy loaded word. If you consult English Dictionary you realize that it is basically about faulty judgment. Interestingly, some judgments are pronounced on purpose, for example to avoid involvement.
Seaker encounter strong temptation to refrain from the path on the basis of judging it in the first place.
If the seeker follows this type of sentiment and dissociates from one path after another, it is at least beneficial to him to consider the following: who is judging whom and on which authority, and according to which standards and level of seeing.
Maybe the path only holds a mirror to you.
Sanskrit Beginner <sanskrit_beginner at unlimitedmail.org> wrote:
I found this on your site:
Atma Bodha Verse 01 :
tapObhih kshiNapApAnAm SAntAnAm vItarAgiNAm |
mumukshuNAm ApekshyOyam AtmabOdhO vidhIyate ||
For those who have cleansed their sins by austerities, for
those who are calm ( or attained calmness ), for those who are
not bound to cravings of the body, and for those who seek
liberation, to such worthy people, I (ShrI Shankara) compose
this teaching on the Self.
On a humourous vein, I am disqualified right awy, in the
first verse of a book meant to be level 101!! I may perhaps
qualify only as one whose aim now is to find redeeming forces,
and if that is God, so be it, and if that is Non Dual pursuit,
so be it. But, no way I have cleansed by sins, and by no
stretch of imagination am I calm, or free from attachment to
the body :)
Yet again, what do you list members do? No offense, but its
hypocritical ... I find its impossible to take this teaching
seriously and to the letter, and yet knowing full well that
I/you are not qualified, still proceed to learn the same text.
And if I/you don't take the text seriously, meaning, I/you
automatically discard the importance of even the first verse
of the first book, then what's stopping you (or me) from
reducing the importance of the subsequent verses!! Pure
I will call this the beginner's paradox - attendance by
invitation only, or having to be pre-qualified. What's the
recourse for people like me ... and trust me, there are a
lottttt of people out there! I thik I am quite lucky
(redeemed - born again) to have even decided to pursue
something like this! I don't know the list strength, but what
fraction of the world population is it? - there are a lot of
other sinners out there!!
What does one do? Proceed at one's own risk, or abandon in
the hopes of a next life with qualification? (the other option
of cleansing all sins and being calm and having no attachment
to this body has very little chance of success in this present
body - too many sins, too many attachments :( )
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