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From: krish (krish_at_astro.ge.com)
Date: Thu Sep 28 1995 - 05:31:39 PDT
Thanks for your comments, Tatachar. I think the Swayamacharyas probably came about as a rebellious action too many rituals. They avoid jeers and matams. One of the famous prayers for chanting is Baja-Govindam. I have my own comments and Rajai's translation dows not portray the complete thoughts of Sankara. Bertrand Russel claimed that Shankara was the last of the Indian intellects. In a way, Sankara alos did not undestand Indian women, who never gave up on their husbands, even after they were widowed. And he weel knew the sex drive of the male. I feel that the Hindhu philosphy viewed life and death as a natural course of events and did not give a great weight to the individual as Christianity does. The concept of souls existing for ever and being reborn appeals to me and one could proose a Conservation of souls theory. Hence, the more extinct, some of the animal species become, they all appeare to be reborn as humans! US once many wild buffaloes, in the millions. In Tamilnadu, many rivers were fertile with crocodies a few centuries ago! Aside, you must be reading about the milk drinking Ganesha. One of my colleagues here, Raju Rayasam, a staunch devotee, witnessed it himself in Bridgewater, NJ. He said, he held th spoon of milk to Ganesha's trunk and it was sucked in, but is ejected out at the bottom of the statue. I think, the good Lord may enjoy scotch ( sucked in faster ) compared to ghee. To quite an extent, I am a non-believer and feel strongly that birth is a chance, not causal. Life int he universe goes on without the knowledge of a particular deity ( God distinguished by religion ). Man's inability to accept the laws of probability leads us to a causal world with a the ultimate Puppeteer. It is a way out to accept the status or disappointments in life. Many of our atavistic attitudes in astrange and new surrounding may be the way to cope up, a returning to the womb craving. One of the books states that all of us are eternal bliss inside a womb, even gravity free. with no pressures, fed and relieved of the waste and floating in a fluid. The birth process is stressful, crushed and pushed thru a tunnel, one gropes for the ray of light outside, only to find the absence of bliss, experienced before. The theory is that man's dwelling into religion and God is due to this search. Of course I am taking you away from your topic of interest!