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From: Raghu Seshadri (seshadri_at_hpindda.cup.hp.com)
Date: Wed May 22 1996 - 15:36:48 PDT
-From RANGASWAMY@plh.af.mil Tue May 21 06:41 PDT 1996 - -Dear Raghu, - -The conduct of an enlightened person is testimony of -his erudition and scholarship. Due to the law of Karma every -individual is associated with the tri-Gunas. Broadly speaking, -there are times when each individual exhibits Brahma-Bhavam (experience -of the Divine) and Karma Bhavam (materialistic longings). -During the times of Brahma Bhavam is when the individual is able -to rise above Rajo and Tamo Gunams. This is when the individual can -recognize the enlightenment of another person because, the Antaryami -form of the Lord helps him. However, when Karma Bhavam takes -possession, the individual becomes steeped in Rajo and Tamo gunams. -Therefore, all naturally endowed knowledge is masked and the individual -engages in material pursuits. - -Best Wishes, - -Muralidhar Rangaswamy I thank you for your reply. However, I can anticipate my friend's reaction to this. He will summarize this answer thus - in order to recognize an enlightened man, you need to be one yourself. While the logic of this is obvious to me, it is open to the following sceptical query - " what about the first enlightened man ? How did he convince others that he was enlightened ? Obviously by definition no one else was enlightened. So how did they recognize that he was enlightened" ? I am not imagining this - he has already come up with such queries. I await further elucidation on this tricky matter. Regards, Raghu Seshadri ps - there is a quote by Guru Nanak which says exactly the same thing that you did, Mr Muralidhar. ' Brahma jnani ko brahma jnani hi jane ' = Only a brahma jnani knows another.