Delicate and sharp path !

Vidyasankar Sundaresan vsundaresan at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 26 16:13:42 CDT 2000

S. V. Subrahmanian <svs_shankara at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:

>I have heard these statements often.  Can you explain why you call advaita
>delicate, but sharp path ?  I have heard these statements with reference to
>Kundalini Yoga.  If you say distractions are many, then that is true of any
>venture - researcher in a lab, parent bringing up the child, builder
>constructing a bridge - all require sharp focus on the goal.  Why are we
>mystifying spiritual path alone so much -:) ?

It is easier to fix a sharp focus on an external goal. All our
human conditioning helps us in directing our senses and thought
outwards. It is much, much more difficult to fix a focus on a
goal that is defined primarily as "not this, not this."

>The reason I am saying is that I have seen many weak minds who have mild
>interest in religion, instead of being encouraged to develop the strength
>needed to pursue the spiritual path, instead get discouraged and lose
>whatever strength they have.  The moment they read such statements they say
>- Oh! Baapre, this is not for me !!!

Well, I should think that the mild interest, if it is sincere, and
not a mere show, will lead them gradually to things that will impart
the necessary strength. The mild interest has to get intensified a
little first, otherwise, they end up creating problems for themselves
and for others. Knowledge is transmitted through human beings, often
very fallible creatures. These statements are therefore meant to be
cautionary. They turn the merely curious away, but that is meant
to preserve both the sanity of the merely curious, and the integrity
of the teaching! Once the merely curious turns into a more serious
search, then the required strength builds up.


bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam

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