[Advaita-l] Is this list's position on bhakti correct?

Rajaram Venkataramani rajaramvenk at gmail.com
Fri Jul 1 08:35:57 CDT 2011

On Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 7:07 AM, Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>wrote:

> On Tue, 14 Jun 2011, Rajaram Venkataramani wrote:
>  RV: The forum policy gives a lower status to bhakti than jnana, which I
>> argue is not the traditional advaita position. Hence, I call for a
>> revision
>> of the policy.
> I think you are reading way too much into what the list policies say.  The
> reason for including this is that unfortunately there are people who think
> that Advaita Vedanta is some kind of atheism.  We simply mean to affirm that
> bhakti is part and parcel of Vedanta and its is on-topic here. That's it.
> *RV:  I agree with the current reading is correct "Articles promoting
> bhakti within the framework of advaita-vedAnta tradition are most welcome".
> It may be just my mind but I thought it was earlier worded differently.
> "Though atma jnana is the means to self-realization, articles promoting
> ...". I am afraid (sic) that bhakti is a parama purushartha like jnanam.
> *

> It is like US constitution which hundred years considered
> blacks three-fourth human and luckily re-written.

> Incidently.  It merely said that slaves (who were mostly but not 100%
> black, another popular misconception.) were to be counted as three-fourths
> for the purpose of determining the population of the states which in turn
> determined the number of representatives in Congress.  If they had been
> counted as whole, then the pro-slavery states could have overwhelmed the
> less populous free states by sheer numbers and made slavery legal everywhere
> so it was actually a progressive move.   I bring this up as a timely warning
> on the dangers of interpretation without context.  :-)
> *RV: Thanks for setting the context  and stand corrected. *

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