[Advaita-l] Commentary on Ramana's Forty Verses
jaldhar at braincells.com
jaldhar at braincells.com
Sat Jun 19 14:33:44 EDT 2021
On Wed, 16 Jun 2021, Akilesh Ayyar via Advaita-l wrote:
> If so, why would they eat?
Your argument isn't nearly as clever as you think it is. The concise
answer is they eat So they don't die, same reason at the heart of why
anyone eats. The aim of a sannyasi is moksha not suicide.
So what then does it mean to be "dead to the world?" When my son had his
upanayana my wife and I spared no effort to make the vidhi conform to
dictates of shastras. A hall capable of housing the couple of hundred
guests who would attend was found, sattvika catering for that many people
was arranged and not only a photographer but as we are modern uptodate
people, a video cameraman was also hired to record the proceedings.
Everyone who came especially the elders exclaimed their satisfaction at
how the function was conducted. A couple of weeks later we gathered to
watch the DVD that this cameraman had produced. To my dissatisfaction,
there were only some shots of the beautiful vidhi and most of it was
closeups of various uncles, aunties and cousins being given saris, or
shirts or small envelopes of money or the same being given to us. I
remember I made a disparaging remark about the competance of this
cameraman and my mother said to me, "on the contrary this shows how
professional he is. He knew exactly what people will want to see."
The Gujarati word for this gift exchange, vevar, comes from sanskrit
vyavahara. When Vedanta talks about vyavaharik satya as opposed to
paramarthik satya it is this web of transactional relationships,
batuka-acharya, parent-child, husband wife, employee-employer,
citizen-ruler, upto bhakta-deva, sadhaka-guru and so many more that is the
"world". Satyajit Ray directed a film which is considered a world classic
of cinema entitled in English, "The World of Apu." But in Bengali it is
Apur sansara "Apus' samnsara." Is the subject of this film the geography
of north-east India? No it is about a man named Apurbakumar Roy (Apu) and
his employment problems, marriage, troubled relationship with his son etc.
When a mumukshu literally becomes dead to the world by performing his own
shraddha, removing the external marks such as yajnopavita, shikha etc. he
is not signifying his desire to leave planet Earth (or he would have
become an astronaut for ISRO instead) but to leave the web of social
relationships and the karma that powers them.
It is typical of the narcissism of new agers that they make it all about
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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