[Advaita-l] Dialogues with the guru.

Kaushik Chevendra chevendrakaushik at gmail.com
Sun Jun 27 12:40:01 EDT 2021

An excellent answer sir. But please forgive me for raising another doubt.

In whatever discourses I have read by the acharyas, they have stated that
the smriti texts shouldn't be changed and dharma remains constant as a rule
of isvara.
Its only through my fault, that I have probably misunderstood what they
have said.
Please explain how if the shastra cannot be changed with time, we can adopt
to the present day world.

On Sun, 27 Jun 2021, 22:01 V Subrahmanian, <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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