Unreal actions and actors
Anand_Hudli_at_USININ31 at BMC.BOEHRINGER-MANNHEIM.COM
Thu Jul 10 16:36:56 CDT 1997
Allan Curry wrote:
>So all this typing to Advaita-L is illusory activity undertaken by illusory
>agents? This is not a rhetorical question. I'd like to talk to an illusion
>or to Brahman, as the case may be... :-)
Yes, all this typing to the Advaita-L is illusory and is done by
illusory agents. The same question may, of course, be asked of
the Guru, shruti, God, and so on. What then is the utility of
these things? The answer is by means of an analogy of dreams.
You see a ferocious tiger in your dream, ready to pounce on you.
You wake up perspiring. Now, the tiger in the dream was illusory,
and so was your fear of it. Yet, the illusory tiger caused a
real effect, namely, the perspiration, and it also caused you
to wake up.
The role of the Guru, shruti, God, discussions, etc. is similar.
So I hope the discussions here will be at least a part of the tiger
which will wake us up! Otherwise, we will have to look for that
part of the tiger somewhere else. :-)
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