Anand_Hudli_at_USININ31 at BMC.BOEHRINGER-MANNHEIM.COM
Mon Mar 31 08:41:18 CST 1997
>Every one of us know that ATMA or SOul never dies. Still when we
>meet our elders they bless with "AYUSHMAN BHAVA" ( Long live).
>Why and in what context??, Are they blessing the material body ??
>because the jeeva or Soul has no death.
In the context of advaita, blesssings such as aayushhmaan bhava, are to
be interpreted as follows. Shankara says in his VivekachuuDaamaNi that
obtaining a human life is extremely difficult. But even after obtaining
a human body, if one does not endeavor toward Atma-vidyaa, then an
extremely rare opportunity has been lost. Who knows how many rebirths
we will have to experience among animals and other species, before
we get a human body? So it is extremely important to not waste time
in useless pursuits while we have a human body. Because, ultimately Time
is an important factor. If we spend our life time in making even a
little progress toward Atma-vidyaa, we may or may not attain Mokshaa in
this life time, but we have made sure of getting a human body in the
next birth and that too in a good family. This has been confirmed by
Lord Krishna in the Giitaa.
It follows that if our life time is prolonged, we will have
more time and hence a better opportunity to learn Atma-vidyaa,
provided, ofcourse, that we have rightly resolved about Atma-vidyaa. It
is in this context that "aayushhmaan bhava" is to be interpreted. The
intended meaning is "May you live long so that you will have the fullest
opportunity to acquire Atma-vidyaa." It does not mean "May you live long
and enjoy all sense pleasures to the fullest."
Of course, many Mahaatmaa's did not live long and still achieved
Brahma-saakshhaatkaara. These are to be taken as exceptions or as
persons who had almost attained Brahman in their previous lives
and who needed just a little more extra time as human beings to
complete the process.
>From ADVAITA-L at TAMU.EDU Tue Apr 1 20:47:08 1997
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Date: Tue, 1 Apr 1997 20:47:08 -0600
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From: "Ravisankar S. Mayavaram" <aum at UNIX.TAMU.EDU>
Subject: some administrative changes
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I have changed the subscription option from "open" to "By_owner". Change
was motivated by an unknown hacker, who arbitrarily added many users to
advaita-l. Initially I changed the option to "open, confirm" but problem
persisted, hence decided to make it "By_owner".
This may not directly affect you. But indirectly it can. For instance if
you are going for a vacation and want to stop the mail temporarily,
instead of getting out and getting in, now it is better to use
To do that you should send a mail to
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SET ADVAITA-L NOMAIL
to revert back, you can send a mail again to same address with
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regularly on the list. In case you have any problems with list, please
send a mail to aum at unix.tamu.edu, I have this address for dedicated use for
advaita-l and the associated error messages.
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