[Advaita-l] Modern science and Vedanta.

Rajaram Venkataramani rajaramvenk at gmail.com
Mon Jul 11 01:41:34 CDT 2011

It is ISKCON, not Iskon. Gaudiya Vaishnavas do not recommend
"mixture". They say that karma misra, yoga misra and jnana misra
bhakti should be given up.  What is recommended only ananya or
visuddha bhakti where there is no desire for liberation or material
benefits that should be practised. For the creeper of bhakti, bhagvat
jnana is the supporting stick in the initial stages but once it has
gone from sadhana and vaidhi stages to prema bhakti, there is no
extraneous effort for bhagavath jnana as it is integral to bhakti,
which is non-different from the Lord as His hladini shakti (or Srimati

Pl. note that Madhusudana also talks about karma misra, jnana misra
and visuddha bhakti in gudartha dipika and bhaktirasayana. Following
SBh, he says that bhakti is paramapurushartha (e.g. 18.66). He says
that bhakti is non-different from bhagavan.

In Ch 12, the verses talk about jnani as a type of devotee only and so
is Ch. 7. The position of bhakti and jnana in our sastras and advaita
is non-trivial.

On 11/07/2011, Srikanta Narayanaswami <srikanta.narayanaswami at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>  Srikanta Narayanaswami wrote:
>> “By his books we can only gather that the swamiji gave more
>> importance to the "Jnana"marga than Bhakthi or karma,though they may
>> be impotant for the seeker initially”
>> The above view is a common misunderstanding amongst the many
>> misunderstandings of SSS’ teachings (another, for example, is the wrongly
>> attributed view to him that he believes that through viveka alone a direct
>> experience of Atman can accrue. For more details on his  correct position
>> on
>> this point please see
>> kleshApahAriNi)
> _____________________________________________________________________________-The
> above Email has not understood the position of Shankara as well as the
> swamiji.If one is content with the mixture of what the above letter
> says,then he can be content with that or Iskon type of mixture.One lifetime
> is not enough to have all what the above Email says.First read carefully his
> books and try to digest them.Swamiji has traslated many books including
> "Dhammapada".
> N.Srikanta.
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