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RE: advaita and vishistadvaita

From: Krishna Kalale (
Date: Fri Nov 03 2000 - 09:06:54 PST

Dear friends,

This is a general piece of information to all.  If anyone needs in-depth
understanding of any subject like visistadvaita / advaita, it is always
better  ( in order of priority) 1) learn from a guru by directly studying
under that guru  or 2) read some introductory books on the subject.

Internet / bhakti list is definitely a great place to get sort of
"initiation" or to get " satsangam" or association with people of similar
interests.  I personally find internet a difficult medium to "learn"
concepts.  I am sure very good articles are written on the internet.  I
personally have found it very rewarding to learn under gurus or by asking
anyone to explain to me information.  It may be true that I don't have the
patience to read material on the internet.

I should state that brilliant articles are written in this forum.  The
Journals and articles originate from great scholars.  Irrespective that
fact, internet is still an indirect medium.  However it is great to get
instant clarifications on specific issues.

For subjects like Visistadvaita and Advaita, in addition to reading in the
bhaktilist,  one can learn under a guru or read books such as " fundamentals
of visistadvaita " by SMS Chari or some author like that.  This book is
available and I can send you one if someone wants.  Even after reading the
book many doubts can arise and I am sure many scholars in this list will be
able to help clear up such doubts.

Adiyen Krishna Kalale

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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