[Advaita-l] How to get an hindu name?

Srikrishna Ghadiyaram srikrishna_ghadiyaram at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 17 11:36:00 CST 2004

hariH Om !!

--- "Jaldhar H. Vyas" <jaldhar at braincells.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 16 Mar 2004, María Dickson wrote:
> > Thank you for your clear e-mail.
> > Here we have a Ramakrishna Ashram. I have visited
> it‘s
> > web page. I know there are a lot of Ramakrishna
> > Centers arrownd the world. I see that they teach
> > vedanta, but are they advaitins?
> It depends.  That mvement started in the 19th
> century amongst westernized
> Bengalis whose understanding of Advaita Vedanta was
> mostly theoretical.
> But later it spread to South India were there is a
> living tradition and
> more educated people.  You can still see this split
> today.  Some followers
> of the Ramakrishna mission practice true Advaita
> Vedanta others just
> follow a typical North Indian saint-cult.  Some of
> the books they publish
> are very scholarly and useful while others (like the
> purushasukta book I
> mentioned last week) aren't worth the paper they are
> printed on.  So you
> have to be careful and use your jusgement.

I think, it is more appropriate to give complete title
and author and/or translator, while commenting on
books. Are you referring to PURUSHA-SUKTAM AND

For example, I have the book of Ramakrishna Mission
Translated by Swami Amritananda (Rs. 40) which has
commentary based on several classical authors. I can
not accept that it is 'worthless'.

Also, just because do not appreciate the translation,
the book does not become 'worthless'. I guess, there
are different levels of aspirants. Many people may not
be interested in elaborate commentary on Suktas. They
may be happy with simple translation.

Om Namo Narayanaya !!


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