[Advaita-l] Dialogues with the guru.

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Sun Jun 27 12:31:35 EDT 2021

On Sun, Jun 27, 2021 at 9:24 PM Kaushik Chevendra <
chevendrakaushik at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.

Dharma sukshma, nuances of dharma, aught to be known only through the words
of the elders.  In the Taittiriya upanishad there is this advice to the
departing student:  When in doubt about conduct in a given situation, seek
the advice of the noble persons 'there' which means 'then' also.  So, time
and place are mentioned here.  The persons who are considered dharmic in
one's place and time should be sought out and asked.  So, an advice by the
Upanishad is here that is valid for all time.  Shankara has said: The
dharma of a particular time and place could well be adharma in another
place and time.  So, the best way is to seek the advice of the noblemen 'in
that place and that time' where/when the person in doubt lives.



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