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

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Wed Jun 27 13:05:19 CDT 2012

On Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM, Bhaskar YR <bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com> wrote:

> abraahmaNaad adhyaayanam aapatkaale vidhiiyate |
> anuvrajyaa ca zuzruuSaa yaavad adhyaayanaM guroH |

This verse is quoted by Anandagiri in the Br.Up.2.1.15 (ajAtashatru
brAhmaNam) where the brAhmaNa bAlaakI seeks BrahmavidyA from ajAtashatru, a
King (kshatriya).  Shankara says: // this is pratiloma here a braahmaNa
being a uttamavarNa and aught to be Acharya, approaching a kShatriya who is
not supposed to be an AchArya and hence this is prohibited.  Therefore you
be Acharya alone but I shall certainly impart you that knowledge. // For
this Anandagiri quotes the above verse.  The Editor in the footnote says:
Anandagiri has said (elsewhere) that the lower varNa one has to get the
vidya from a  higher varNa  one by namaskara and service (upasadana) etc.
But when the higher varNa has to get vidya from a lower varna acharya, then
just shraddhA is enough (no namaskara, service, etc.) is the AchAra.


> praNAms Sri Kathirasan prabhuji
> Hare Krishna
> Again, IMHO, the above shloka does not talk about the vedAdhyayana in
> particular.  If it is shishyA-s general  approach to non-brAhmin guru for
> vedAdhyayana, the particular word 'ApatkAle' not necessary.  Moreover, we
> cannot stretch the meaning of adhyayanaM to 'vedAdhyayanaM', when the
> formalities and adhikAra for the vedAdhyayana are  so clear in our smruti
> texts.  Anyway, it is my opinion.  You are welcome to correct me prabhuji.
> Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
> bhaskar

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