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Date: Thu Jan 13 2000 - 22:41:56 PST
Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama: Respected Sri.venkat and Sri. Agarwal, I would like to share few ideas on Sri.Agarwal's question on morality and Quintessential Pedestrian Dilettante of Venakt. (Oh venkat, your way of choosing words are quite profound) At first I want to clarify that it is only some of the western philosophers who said that code of Morality is designed by so called "priests" who could not overpower the "strong man" just to ensure that they could survive their onslaught by making them fear of things like "morality" which is purely subjective. hence "morality" was thought as something subjective and hence there were hundred ways of interpretations and misrepresentations. However, for the sanatana dharama, it is very ABSOLUTE. The famed Manusmriti, though shouted by every single politician of this country as something bad, it is a very good work on code of conduct and dharmic way of living. I am not passing any judgement on Manu's classification of caste and different ruling for different people based on their caste just to ensure that we are not deviating from this discussion to some arguments. However, Manu had given a workable law (during olden times) where Aristocracy, priest class and labour class all other could get justice. If so called 'high class' committed any mistake, the punishment was even more rigorous and the priest class could not accumulate wealth except doing learning and teaching. they could be advisors to aristocracy but still should only beg to eat their food. But what happened? due to Industrial revolution the production methods undergone change, so also the thoughts about accumulation of wealth. The so called "priest" class left their profession and started earning and later accumulating wealth. this resulted in failure ( or fall?) of sanatana dharma. Once that fails all the systems started failing . religion has become more of demonstrative and it is considered as against peace. (look our religion says OM SHANTHI, SHANTHI .....etc). religion no more results in introspection of every human where final judge is absolute sastras and not individual judgements. To answer Shri.Agarwal question if morality is valid. I say that it valid and absolute. if we are unfortunate enough who could not follow some of the rigorous ones, we can only Surrender to God and ask him for "Freedom" from everything except dependence on Him. to answer Shri.Vekat's question if we could lead an idealistic life and if we cannot what to do, I think only remedy is seeking His Service and Doing His service and 'trying ' to live like a sthitha Pragya as God says. even we are unable to anything, Again His Lotus feet is the Only refuge. I am sorry for this long reply. I wish all of our members a Happy Sankaranthi. Dasan K.M.Narayanan ---------------------------------------------------------------- The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon, this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you received this in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from any computer.