[Advaita-l] 'End' not 'Means'
rkabhi at gmail.com
Wed May 3 00:00:39 CDT 2006
Jaldharji, thanks for a nice post. I enjoyed reading it. As long as one has
the "shikha" (that is, one is a non-sannyasi) there is a prayaschitta for
*every* thing. But for sannyasis, there is no prayaschitta for certain
deeds.This point was said by Narayanashrama Swamiji of Hebbur recently when
He graced my Guruji's home.
> On Sat, 29 Apr 2006, Raghavendra N Kalyan wrote:
> > Interestingly, most of these honourable members
> > also happen to be brahmanas who crossed the ocean - something which
> > leads them to lose their dharma according to the same tradition.
> Quick note: It makes them ashuddha. losing dharma is a non-sequiter. You
> may think this is nitpicking, but how you frame the question helps
> determine the answer.
> I suppose now would be a bad time to mention my research into the dharmic
> prohibitions on crossing the ocean. :-) But I can't help but mention that
> having been born outside India, I never actually did "cross the ocean."
> Back to the point, are you gentlemen seriously arguing that if one doesn't
> practice dharma 100% it is ok to practice 0%? I must be misunderstanding
> your point here because that would be dumb beyond belief. I will freely
> admit I haven't yet reached my own ideals of behavior but I'm working
> towards it. I think I can safely claim that I'm getting better, making
> progress with each year. On the other hand, Women who learn Vedas are not
> more virtuous or spiritual than women who do not. They are off on a
> different tangent altogether.
> satyena dhAryate pRthvi satyena tapate raviH|
> satyena vAti vAyushca sarvaM satye pratishThitam||
> calA lakShmIshcalAH prANAshcalaM jIvita yauvanaM|
> calAcale ca saMsAre dharma eko hi nishcalaH||
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