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Re: sampradayam

From: Venkat Nagarajan (NAGARAVE_at_fin.gov.on.ca)
Date: Wed Mar 08 2000 - 10:53:17 PST

Dear Bhagavatas,

Sri. Mohan Sagar wrote:

>what seems to be lacking among both SVs and non-SVs alike
is the "rucchi" for Perumal, that simple inclination and love
towards the Divine that inspires us to want to serve Him.

Response:

I think it is fair to say that the "rucchi" is usually not the first thing to be
developed.  "rucchi" comes with maturity.  The fact that most of us do
not posses the degree of humility required to accept what our acharyas
say unconditionally( let alone what non-acharyas say) lends credence to
this claim.   True "rucchi" is a result of a strong rational conviction about
the nature of the ultimate reality.  Some individuals may posses the
strong rational conviction right at birth, due to the merits contained in their
prArabdha karma.  For others the strong rational conviction may come
about as a result of actions in the current janma. 

Is it fair of us to expect the younger generation to develop "ruchhi"
right at the outset?  Is it not essential for us to spend time to explain to
them the profundity of the vedic paradigm( at least to a minimal extent),
prior to forming expectations?

Out of our free will, we choose to live in a non-vedic environment (be it
North America or India.)  As a result of this, we voluntarily subject
ourselves and also our siblings and children to difficulty.  We all have to
face the onslaught from the "logical positivist" paradigm, underlying
western science, which dogmatically declares anything that cannot be
verified empirically, is unreal.  This naturally makes it more difficult to
accept things based on faith in others. 

As for spreading the Vedic paridigm:

Personally I do not feel that spreading the Vedic paradigm 
indiscriminately (to the masses) is prudent.   I do not think such a policy
would be sanctioned by orthodox Vedantins, like our acharyas.    
The vedic paradigm is idealistic and will not appeal to all.   Furthermore, I
also don't think money is the key.  
-It is easy to give money, but much more difficult to dedicate your time
and life!
 
ramanuja dasan,
Venkat




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