different paths

Srinivas Sista sista at ECN.PURDUE.EDU
Sun Feb 2 15:03:41 CST 1997

Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian wrote:

> I think this point is very important and has been well put by giving the
> example of arjuna from the BG. The sUta sa.nhitA also says "all the paths,
> vedanta, the various Agama-s, shaiva, vaishnava etc even the buddhists
> and that of arhats has been given by the Lord maheshvara himself. He is
> supremely compassionate, so how can he be a deceiver? Like leading a cow
> by giving grass, the Lord leads them to the supreme, by giving what is
> suitable for them. Yet of all paths the vedAnta is the best since it
> leads directly to Him" (paraphrased from a translation which I read).
> This point, as you mention, is missed by lot of people.

Quite true. Reminds me of geodesics on curved surfaces!
Although a straight line is the direct path, it is not
accessible. So the `best' without clarification, is
amenable for misinterpretation.

Srinivas Sista.

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