[Advaita-l] Modern science and Vedanta.

Rajaram Venkataramani rajaramvenk at gmail.com
Tue Jul 12 02:26:53 CDT 2011

BG as far as I know only hails a bhakta who is a jnani. Can you pl.
show me where it hails a jnani who is not a bhakta?

On 12/07/2011, Srikanta Narayanaswami <srikanta.narayanaswami at yahoo.com> wrote:
> 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
> Radharani).
> 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.
> _________________________________________________________________________-
> In his books,the ISKCON founder prabhupada has criticised Shankara as a
> Mayavadi and attributes advaita to Buddhism.Whatever it is,their position is
> non-different from the dvaitins.
> In BG the chapters which has been quoted is only incidental,and again and
> again SriKrishna stresses that Jnana is the paramaPurushartha.
> N.Srikanta.
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