[Advaita-l] Did Sankara have non-brahmin disciples?
drdbharadwaj at gmail.com
drdbharadwaj at gmail.com
Tue Oct 12 22:52:25 CDT 2010
Dear Sri Venkatesh,
You might be right - one might be right - in saying that it is possible only by an intelligent mind to understand Advaita, depending on what you mean by 'intelligence' and 'understanding'.
May be you meant by 'intelligence', the Buddhi, & meant appreciation by understanding... and therefore you are right in that
But still, there is a dosha. You seem to proceed as if it established by you, beyond all possibility of any doubt that only brahnanas can hope to have that kind of Buddhi and the right appreciation of Advaita!!
We, some of us, question this premise that you not only have taken for granted but also seem to be unaware that it needs to be established.
Sir, pause, take the trouble to establish your premise before you expect any force of truth in your 'conclusion'.
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Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2010 08:21:13
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Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Did Sankara have non-brahmin disciples?
Sankara Digvijaya says the low born hunter of Manisha Panchakam was
God Siva not a man. Siva appeared immediately. Adi Sankara bowed to
Siva. Bad people say Adi Sankara accepted Candala as Guru but it is
bogus. He did not have non Brahmin Guru or disciples.
Fact- Sankara Digvijaya does not say Adi Sankara bowed to Candala.
Arjuna fought with hunter but the hunter was Siva. He gave him
Pashupata. No one says Arjuna lost in battle to a hunter. Why people
say Adi Sankara bowed to Candala? This is politics and lies in a bad
On Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 2:07 AM, Rajaram Venkataramani
<rajaramvenk at gmail.com> wrote:
> In his Gita commentary, Sankaracharya says that previous commentators have
> commented on every sentence and word but the meaning is not clear to lay
> people. And that he is writing this to make it clear and that this message
> would spread. Did he teach advaita to non-brahmins and accept them as
> disciples? In Manisha Panchakam, he accepts as guru a low born jnani but
> dont know if scholars accept that this incident took place at all.
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