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From: V. Chandrasekaran (vcs_at_wipinfo.soft.net)
Date: Thu Jul 30 1998 - 20:55:39 PDT
Dear Bhagavathas, Namaskarams. Sri Mani's and Sri Anbil's responses with regard to the subject "ahimsa, use of silk etc.," were insightful. I would like to lay my doubts and thoughts in this mail with regard to this. Bhagavathas pls. respond with your opinions and knowledge. > Sri Dileepan wrote: > spiritual release does not come because of Vegetarianism. It comes > only through the grace of our sweet lord. The original post only meant that non-violence and hence vegetarianism is one of the pre-requisites for one's spiritual welfare. It wasn't meant that, it alone can lead one to parama padham. > Sri Dileepan wrote: > "Agni likes meat. Therefore, the > brahmins kill goats and offer the > meat to Agni. Those "yaaga pasus" > reach Svargam because they are > killed after having undergone proper > samskaram." I have some misgivings regarding how yag~nam leads one to his goal. These are some doubts I have. Knowledgeable members please show some light: Is not agni an inert component of this prakriti? How can it have likes and dislikes?! What actual philosophy lies behind this presumption that agni likes meat etc.? Isn't it true that sacrifices bring about welfare only out of self-satisfaction. > Sri Dileepan wrote: > In summary, please consider the possibility that it is possible > for prapannas to use silk for the pleasure our Lord Sriman Narayana. In Truth, Sriman Narayana is the Divine Inner Self, in which the `deluded' I endeavour to abide. Then whose pleasure is it? About Ahimsa: It is said that `ahimsa' not only means non-injury to a physical body born out of `prakriti' but even `not hurting' other's mind. i.e, Even infliction caused to other's mind is considered `himsa' which should be avoided. Some ponderings: Please post your opinions/corrections. Mind is but a bundle of thoughts which doesn't have its own existence without the Consciousness that illumines all the experiences. So it is the ahamkAra which is at a plane higher in subtlety than mind that gives this impression of `getting inflicted' when someone says something `hurting'. Thoughts being product of ahamkAra a train load of weighty thoughts follow sometimes even growing in its weightiness to unhealthy levels. When the doership is renounced there should be no infliction felt, upon the so-called `us'. adiyEn, chandrasekaran.