[Advaita-l] Importance of Ashram
rkmurthy at gmail.com
Mon Dec 31 04:47:12 CST 2007
On 31/12/2007, Mahesh Ursekar <mahesh.ursekar at gmail.com> wrote:
> b. Swamiji himself has studied in the UK and so is comfortable & conversant
> with ideas of the West. In this respect, his teaching is a wonderful blend
> of the East & the West
> c. His teaching is 100% rational with no element of superstition or
> ritualistic leanings or blind beliefs.
This talk of "blending east & west" always makes me squirm in my seat.
Most people who make such claims are actually 99% west and 1% east.
Our problem is not the need to assimilate western paradigms but the
need to first understand our own.
I am not sure what you mean by "superstition" and "blind beliefs" but
rituals are quite central to Indian ways of learning. All our
philosophies are children of the ritualistic tradition, and not
rebellions against ritual as some modern historians would like us to
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