[Advaita-l] Seeking God

Amuthan aparyap at yahoo.co.in
Wed Mar 8 07:18:05 CST 2006

namo nArAyaNAya!

dear shrI santosh nAyar,

if you have not already read about shrI rAmakRShNa
paramahaMsa, it would be an experience in itself to
read 'The Gospel of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa'
published by rAmakRShNa maTha. an online version of
some parts of this wonderful book are available at

shrI rAmakRShNa paramahaMsa was 'illiterate' and lived
like a simple child throughout his life. nevertheless,
he taught the lofty ideals of advaita and also gave
practical advice on how to live it in our daily life
in very clear and simple words. what he taught is the
sAram (essence). all other terminological skyscrapers
and niggling details of advaita can be filled in our
head later on if necessary.

all the questions that you have raised (and much more)
are answered satisfactorily by the paramahaMsa.

vAsudevaH sarvaM,

--- Santhosh  Nair <santhosh_twin at rediffmail.com>

> Hi All,
> This is a request to all members of this group. To
> whoever can give an answer to my questions.
> Before asking the questions that I have, I should
> mention that I know absolutely nothing about vedas.
> I only have the knowledge of God throug the stories
> that I have heard. I know Ramayana and Mahabharata.
> Nothing more. Have heard and learned about the life
> of Adi Shankaracharya. But just a brief summary. I'm
> not very well versed with his teachings. I tried to
> learn about God, Vedas etc but the more I read, the
> more I get confused. 
> So is there anyone who would be ready to help a very
> very confused soul? 
> How should one live according to Advaita? Whom
> should one pray to? Is someone allowed to have
> nonveg and alcohol? Are there any specific rules
> regarding praying, like how many times to pray or
> when to pray?
> I know that this group is for much more intellectual
> and knowledgable kind of people and not for totally
> ignorant fools like me. But this is the only group
> where I found sensible discussions (though sometimes
> it is hard for me to comprehend) are happening. 
> Please reply if possible. Or at least give me a
> source wehre I could find this information.
> Thanks
> Santhosh

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