[Advaita-l] Advaita-l Digest, Vol 53, Issue 16
werlings.guy at wanadoo.fr
Wed Sep 19 13:46:12 CDT 2007
>I have a question to ask on Advaitin..
> I understand that the Advaita saints are also called "Eka Dandi", which
> means that, they have a single Dhandam (stick) representing Athman &
> Bhraman are one and the same
> Does it mean that Dwvaita saints always hold two Dhandams (stick)
> jointly in their hands on the principles of dwaitha?
> Just a small clarification please if it is not objectionable
Well, as far as I am concerned I do not find this question objectionable,
but I do consider it as leading to plain "bullshit".
Dvaitin saints or monks do not need to hold to daNDa-s. One daNDa for them
would be sufficient also to illustrate their darshana, because even one
daNDa has two ends, the one on the ground, pointing at prakR^iti, and the
one pointing at the PuruSha.
Every stick, daNDa, has two ends, and if you break one stick in two pieces,
you get two smaller sticks with two ends each.
BTW, this shows that there cannot be such a thing as "duality", because when
you break one thing into two other things, what you get is in fact not a
dualiy but a triad or trinity, in the present case, at least one new stick
with its two ends, i.e. three aspects of the previous reality. Apart from
the pure aspect of philosophy, the early Hiduism had clearly understood
this. When, in the Immensity, brahma, appears under the power of shakti a
volition of creation, what comes out of it is not a duality but the triad of
brahmA, viShNu and shiva.
Nowhere in the world can you see duality. Take this e-mail as an example;
there are at least three factors involved: I who wrote it on my PC, you now
reading it and the screen on which you are currently reading it. When I was
delivering lectures on VEdAnta 30 years ago, I often used this as a
dR^iShTAnta: in this lecture, there is this little self of i, talking
endlessly, there is this audience, everyone of you eagerly listening, and
there is the spoken message flowing from me to you and the relationship that
tends to be established between you and me. But in no case our present
experience can be reduced to the the sole two aspects I and you.
The hair-splitting Frenchie,
P.-S. even splitted a hair has still two ends.
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