[Advaita-l] Chanting Gayatri overseas

Sujal Upadhyay sujal.u at gmail.com
Sun Oct 8 03:58:53 EDT 2017


Even Ādi Śankara has broken Āshrama dharma when he attended his mother's

Thank you Sri Subbu ji sharing sharing your thoughts in this and earlier

A little off-topic: I humbly feel that we should not try to find perfection
in anybody. Except Iśvara no one else is perfect. People find faults in
Bhagavān Rāma also.

Hari OM

On Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 12:46 PM, V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> On Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 9:09 AM, Kalyan <kalyan_kg at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > Subbuji,
> >
> > I appreciate your liberal and practical outlook.
> >
> > But as far as crossing the ocean is concerned, what applies to any
> > brAhmaNa also applies to the Sringeri Acharya. So if there are "vibrant
> > Hindu communities with Vedic knowledge" in distant lands, what prevents
> the
> > AchArya from going there physically? Perhaps because he knows that it is
> > prohibited. If it is prohibited for him, same for others.
> >
> There is no compulsion for him to go there physically. For those who have
> gone there and settled, he does not refuse his blessings. His attitude in
> this has been already stated by me in this thread: So far the Jagadguru of
> this peetham has not gone abroad. We do not know what will be the case with
> the future pontiffs. That said, here is what he said, in a different
> context, about his predecessor Guru, Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha as
> published in the book Yoga, Enlightenment and Perfection :
> //He was not in the least dogmatic. The ancients held that the earth is
> fixed while the modern scientists aver that it moves.
> purāṇamityeva na sādhu sarvaṁ
> na cāpi kāvyaṁ navamityavadyam ।
> santaḥ parīkṣyānyataradbhajante mūḍhaḥ
> parapratyayaneyabuddhiḥ ॥4 (Malavikāgnimitra I.2)
> (All that is ancient is not good nor is a work censurable because it is
> modern. The wise accept an alternative after examination; the
> unwise are guided by the beliefs of others.)
> In keeping with this statement of the pre-eminent poet Kālidāsa, His
> Holiness subscribed only to the position that the earth moves. He
> ignored, in this manner, the distinction of ancient and modern in numerous
> matters and gave weight only to that which was reasonable
> and accorded with evidence. Broadmindedness such as His was difficult to
> come by in anyone else. //
> And Jagadguru Chandrashekhara Bharati Swamiji, admittedly a very orthodox
> Sannyasin, 'encouraged his disciple (Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha) to
> take a free and independent line of thinking in such matters in keeping
> with the need to cater to a changing a less orthodox society. For his part
> however, he was content with directly holding the views he had.' (cited
> from the book The Crest Jewel of Yogis, Vol I,p.109).
> So, there is no worth in asking 'why the Jagadguru does not travel
> abroad?'
> Swami Paramarthananda had said about 'personal habits/interests': In a
> spiritual retreat spanning a few days, every morning the participants would
> arrive at the dining hall in the morning for breakfast and beverage. A
> choice of Coffee, Tea, milk, etc. will be offered. Each one takes that
> which he is used to, is comfortable with, preference, etc. There is no
> censure of those who prefer coffee over milk. In fact if some of the
> beverages offered there were a taboo, they would not have been given as a
> choice.
> So, a person may not have objection to someone else travelling abroad but
> he may not be inclined to do so. Does not one have the freedom to hold a
> particular view?
> >
> > So, your arguments don't really sound convincing.
> >
> Conviction arising from an argument is subjective.
> regards
> subbu
> >
> >
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