[Advaita-l] mental effort
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Sun Jul 27 09:42:39 CDT 2008
On Sat, 26 Jul 2008, Vishy wrote:
> He always says that there can be many amny teachers who can
> just reproduce what has been read from scriptures, but they always
> remain mere teachers. But Truth can be understood only from those who
> have experienced and they seldom speak.
Of course Brahman has to be known (not experienced Brahman is experienced
by all beings at all times. Most don't know it.) but why this unnecessary
prejudice against books?
If you read a shastra you are receiving sensory input from a physical
organ (namely the eyes) which is converted into thought and understood to
a lesser or greater degree based on your intellect. If you listen to the
words of a jnani you are receving sensory input from a physical organ (the
ears) which is converted into thought and understood to a lesser or
greater degree based on your intellect. What is the difference?
It is even more absurd if one objects to "mere teachers" reproducing what
is read. Especially considering it is usually done by oral instruction. If
Rshi Yajnavalkya is a jnani and his teachings are recorded
how is somone telling you that any less a "direct experience" than if
some contemporary tells you their "direct experience" face to face?
I think all this "experience" talk is just an excuse for illiteracy.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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