[Advaita-l] Did Sankara have non-brahmin disciples?

Satish Arigela 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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