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From: krish (krish_at_astro.ge.com)
Date: Wed Oct 18 1995 - 04:46:44 PDT
I understand prapatti to be complete surrender to Vishnu, a goal for one to attain salvation. Bhakti is a marga or way. An Acharya is the intermediate who shows the way to practice bhakti and thus attain the staus of prapatti. My more fundamental question is why all these. At least in these times, life and work is in the realm of a technolgical world whererational plays a significant part. My work as an engineer is based on scientific facts and one strives to acquire the various skills. Modern knowledge provides an opportunity to include more and more variables thanks to computer capabilities, to determine the efffects. The recent study of the effect of a plane 5 miles away on the crash of another is a typicla example. We design the shapes of reflector antennas to an extent not possible a few decades ago. In such a world of reason, how does bhakti and faith come in. Is it because of our own inability to associate our fortunes and misfortunes to one of statistical probabilty. Is our search for the ultimate controller is a way to find why all of us are not identical and somr seem to be more fortunate. The ritualistic aspects, bottu, satari and so on can be compared to the srate of getting into acceptable groups. A simpler way of putting it, a few decades ago, IBM Watson required all employees to wear a tie. Such dress codes were found to be useless. Anyway, it is an interesting discussion.