[Advaita-l] mleccha-s not eligible to take Hinduism??

S L Shivashankar slshivashankar at gmail.com
Tue Jun 26 15:39:36 CDT 2012

2012/6/26 श्रीमल्ललितालालितः <lalitaalaalitah at lalitaalaalitah.com>

> *श्रीमल्ललितालालितः <http://www.lalitaalaalitah.com/>
> lalitAlAlitaH <http://dooid.com/lalitaalaalitah>*

Everyone is free to do according to wish. We can't stop them. And
> definitely we are not writing for that purpose. We are just checking that
> whether the person converting hindu is doing that according to shAstra-s or
> not.

I don´t know if "the person" is referring to me specifically. In any case,
I would like to comment upon what you have written.

> If not why is he doing that ? Will he be benefited by doing karma and
> upAsanA according to shAstra-s ?

Apparently my guru thinks so, obviously holding a different view from

> Has he faith in shAstras or not ?
If yes,
> why isn't he accepting that conversion is not applicable ?

Quite obviously there are many people from very traditional backgrounds who
differs from your view, and who are willing to make an exception and adopt
into the hindu fold, giving upanayanam etc. people like me. This is not the
"standard procedure" or the common way to do it, that´s for sure, but such
adoptions are done as an "exception from the rule". I now of several such
cases. I´m not the only one.

> I And why is he
> following rules laid by a less-knowing person ?

I can assure you he´s not a "less-knowing person", unless your definition
of such a person is someone who happens to disagree with your own
interpretations :-)

> These questions go against every samAja-sudhAraka, including vivekAnanda,
> dayAnanda, chinmayAnanda, etc.

I´m not a disciple of Swami Dayananda, Swami Chinmayananda or any of their
disciples, although I respect them very much and have read several of their
books.  Talking about Swami Dayananda, did you know that he recently got
the Adi Shankara Award from Sringeri Jagadguru HH Bharati Tirtha Swamigal?
Do you think that Dayananda would have got such an award if the Jagadguru
and the Sringeri Matha thought that Dayananda and his disciples where
heavily violating dharma? Please keep in mind that at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam
there are many Westerners, and upanayanam is given also to some Western
students, for instance the brilliant scholar Dr Michael Comans
(Vasudevacharya), author of several books on vedanta. It is a well-known
fact that Swami Dayananda has a very "liberal" attitude on caste-issues,
and there´s no chance that the Sringeri Jagadguru and the Matha doesn´t
know about this. The spreading of vedanta, veda and hindu values among
people also outside the traditional brahmana group is one of the hallmarks
of Swami Dayananda and Arsha Vidya Gurukulam. Nevertheless, he is given the
Adi Shankara Award. Does this mean that the Sringeri Jagadguru is a
"less-knowing person" according to you, or does it mean that the Jagadguru
does not consider Swami Dayananda a violator of hindu dharma?

Warmest regards

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