[Advaita-l] additional doubts!!
bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com
Tue Jul 12 05:22:06 CDT 2011
After reading bhakti's role in advaita vedAnta, I am getting some
additional doubts with regard to 'required tools' or qualifications to
obtain paramArtha jnAna.
(a) is advaita paramArtha jnAna happens only to Astika-s (theists) who
have firm belief in god & scriptures??
(b) how can a non-hindu or atheist (nAstika) or any 'outsider', who does
not want to believe in god & scriptures, but would like to get this jnAna
(without the aid of shAstra & bhagavanta or outside the traditional
circle) ?? dont we have any jnAni-s outside hindu Astika saMpradAya ??
(c) prior to jnAna, is it mandatory requirement for the advaita sAdhaka to
believe in god's existence & to have unconditional faith in sacred hindu
scriptures or whether he has to be a hard core theist ??
(d) if the (c) is an indispensable requirement for the jnAna then advaita
jnAna realization would be restricted ONLY to the sAdhaka-s in hindu
religion in general and theists in particular. In that case advaita jnAna
has the limited boundaries in hindu god & scriptures.
(e) if the (c) is not a necessary requirement then we cannot say
shravaNAdi sAdhana are the only direct means for realization..And further
this would prompt us to say, anybody, at any point of time through any
means can get this realization..this stand goes against the convictions
held by sampradAyavit-s.
(f) finally, can a person be a non-dual jnAni but still a nAstika??
Any clarification from the prabhuji-s would be appreciated.
Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
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