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From: krish (krish_at_astro.ge.com)
Date: Fri Nov 03 1995 - 05:00:07 PST
Thank you for noticing my querry on the West. Thugh I do enjoy the notes on Alwars, I ma unimpressed by the myth and would like to know the meat of their sayings. Many of the poems are on the greaness in strenght and beauty and losse me. The verses are nice to be heard and probably good for mrditayion, to have some mental peace from your day to day mundane and worried thoughts. We have to accept the world as it is, to ehat it should be. There is an inherent competition for survival, one wants a better job than the other etc. The one who knows the game and plays it well usually succeeds to achieve what he wants, settling in the US or rising in the corporate ladder. As the goal is kept in mind, the probabilty of success is higher. What has appealed to me about Hinduism is yhay it accommadates a wide variety of religious interest. And it does not steress absolute morality and accepts the constraints of time and place. But it has had its drawbacks, in the practice of caste and male chauvinism. The latter is universal and probably because a woman was disadvantaged during pregnancy. Even here, the respect for a woman, childbearing one, puts our religion in better light. Still, a modern woman will find it difficult to accept the secondary status. To some extent, the emigrants from India have chosen a different path, but do not have to feel guilty about it. What finally matters is one's own thoguts. One does not need a group support ( as organized religions are just that ) to strenghten his own realization of the peurpose of his existence.