[Advaita-l] Dialogues with the guru.

Kaushik Chevendra chevendrakaushik at gmail.com
Sun Jun 27 11:53:59 EDT 2021

I have tried to find if any discourses were given by present acharyas on
the situation but could not find any.
Shri vidyarirtha swamin has suggested to follow the shastra "to the extent
to which he can". But Shri chandrashekhara bharthi swamin in the above
conversation has stated that there will be negative consequences if shastra
isn't followed, and it's the persons choice wether he wishes to accept the
punishment of isvara or the present law.

On Sun, 27 Jun 2021, 21:18 V Subrahmanian, <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Jun 27, 2021 at 7:20 PM Kaushik Chevendra via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
>> In the book "Dialogues with the guru",the discourses of shri
>> chandrashekara
>> bharathi are recorded.
>> In one of the discussions-
>> V:But the Government has interfered and has also made the law. What are
>> the
>> people to do?
>> H. H.: That is a matter which each man has to decide for himself—whether
>> he
>> prefers to suffer the penalties mentioned in the Sastras or to suffer the
>> penalties threatened to be imposed by the Government.
>> V.: In either case, he has to suffer. Will not the fact that he is
>> violating the Sastras only under the compulsion of the Government excuse
>> him in the eyes of God ?
>> H. H.: Certainly not. Even in your secular law, the fact that you were
>> compelled to commit a crime by another stronger than yourself will not
>> entitle you to an acquittal. If you choose to avoid a present in-
>> convenience and risk a greater inconvenience in the future, it is purely
>> an
>> act of your volition and you must be prepared to take the consequences.
>> There is no justification for throwing the blame on others.
>> My question is should a person stick to shastra when it is prohibhited by
>> the law? Such as acts of child marriage as mentioned above?
> In such matters the advice of and position taken by the Acharyas, the
> Jagadgurus, of the present time, is the Pramana.  When a person is faced
> with a situation that you hypothesise, it is best to seek the advice of the
> Jagadguru.  Also, the writings of the earlier Jagadgurus in the matter are
> also there.
> regards
> subbu
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