[Advaita-l] Sankhya & Yoga

Michael Shepherd michael at shepherd87.fsnet.co.uk
Tue May 19 10:28:11 CDT 2009

Dear Bhadraiah,

Not so. The Vedic inheritance is full of nirguna admonitions.  And in no way
connected with Abrahmanic cultures.


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Bhadraiah Mallampalli
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Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Sankhya & Yoga

Dear Michael,

>Indeed it could be seen as the mark of a greater >devotion to God, never to
attempt to speak of Him.. >belief unquestioned and unbruised !

This is a needless extrapolation, probably caused by your own past
associations with Abrahamic culture.

Hara is not mentioned out of fear due to his being bhUtapati and rudra (one
who makes relatives weep due to loss of life), but becoming Hara is the last
necessary stage before realizing Brahman. Also, for the same reason rudra
owns whatever is left at place of yajna.

Conversely Vishnu is the first deva who comes into the yajna, so he is the
first deva who allowed the  existence of individual jiva. Without knowing
him there is no knowledge of Brahman either.

Will Abrahamic God permit someone becoming equal to him?

Devotion to a deva is fine, but one should also realize that thinking of
that deva as some one other than one self, and fearing that deva forever is
another form of ignorance. Fear is tamas caused by an unfit mind, and the
first casualty of fear is loss of expansion of chest, which leads to an
unfit body, and so goes down the spiral.



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