Anand V. Hudli
anandhudli at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed May 19 09:52:21 CDT 1999
On Tue, 18 May 1999 16:34:34 -0700, Sankaran Panchapagesan
<panchap at ICSL.UCLA.EDU> wrote:
>Otherwise philosophising at the jnani level would necessarily be
>constred as escapism, as Madhavan Srinivasan did, right? (don't take
>offense, but such is the perspective from outside).
You are absolutely right in saying that one must not philosophize
at the jnAni level if you mean such philosophizing is done by one who
wants to enjoy all comforts, does not want to follow his dharma, and
escapes from all responsibilities by saying that Atma-vichAra is
the sole goal of life after all. The key thing to note here is that
this kind of person is interested in "best of both worlds." 1) He wants
avoid his dharma/responsibilities saying only jnAna is important,
and 2) he is not willing to renounce the worldly comforts. This leads
to a situation where he is neither following his dharma nor will he
make any progress in jnAna.
I myself have argued against this position and the whole issue of mixing
sannyAsa and gR^ihastha Ashramas, which Shankara and others from his
school are totally against, has received great attention on this list
in the past.
Surely, if one accepts that he must do his dharma if he wants to
remain in worldly life, we cannot blame him. And following his dharma
will also mean that he must "give back to the society and the environment"
whatever success he attains in worldly life.
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