[Advaita-l] Jnana-karma samuccaya.

Vidyasankar Sundaresan svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Fri Dec 3 10:54:58 CST 2010

> Sri Vidya prabhuji :
> When you make a "general" statement, it is well within
> anybody's rights to apply it to a "particular" case,
> because the general includes the particular.
> bhaskar :
> Well, fine prabhuji, if the general statement is well applicable to the
> particular case also, and that general statement is 'true' to a
> 'particular' case also then there is no reason to call those general
> observations are in 'bad taste'. My general observation includes the
> particular means this particular is NOT an exception to the general
> observation..is it not?? In that case what is wrong in my general
> observation which is not talking about the exceptions??

Bhaskar, just because I characterize your statement as "general"
and agree that any reader may apply it to any "particular" does
NOT mean that I accept the truth value or the tastefulness of
your general statement at all. I did find your comments in bad
taste myself and as a matter of fact, I don't agree that what
you meant as a "general" statement is quite valid.
It has become fashionable nowadays for anybody and everybody to
criticize anybody and everybody else. Those who have renounced
the world have become special targets of such criticism. Those
who make blanket statements about our Sannyasins often have no
reference point to distinguish between the genuine article and
the fake. I have no wish to list who I think is genuine and who
I think is fake. It is up to each person to make such a decision

Enough said. I stick by my administrative request to all members,
to limit the number of posts per day. We all have our constraints
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people's views and to be as courteous as possible in response.
I have always held that once heat enters a discussion, light
gets sidelined.

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