[Advaita-l] Did Sankara have non-brahmin disciples?
satisharigela at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 14 07:56:48 CDT 2010
>I recollect having read in the soundaryalahari tamizh commentary of kadalangudi
>natesa sastrigal that >although it is nisheda for traivarnikas, it is
>unfortunate that even some brahmanas take deeksha in tantra >vidya. Ofcourse if
>I remember correctly he refers to mathysa madhu maamsa maitunadiyukta
First: tantra vidyA is not equal to rituals using meat fish liqour etc. Only
one section of tAntrIka-s use it.
A brAhmaNa when he takes up a pure tAntrika dIkSha like for example shrIvidyA,
he refrains from using any forbidden materials like those you mentioned.
>So, in the first place is there any nisheda for brahamans taking diksha in
>tantra vidya considering above >reference of kadalangudi natesa sasthrinaH?
I am unaware of the existence of any rule saying a brAhmaNa should not take
tAntrika dIkSha. Those statements where a niSheda is mentioned refer to rituals
which involve forbidden items.
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