[Advaita-l] An anecdote
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Sat Mar 31 13:47:57 EDT 2018
On Sat, Mar 31, 2018 at 8:18 PM, sreenivasa murthy via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Dear friends,Pranams to you all.
> Please permit me to share a very interesting anecdote .
> Quote; " I actually had some guy thatcame to my meeting one time, he came
> and he said, “I’ve been into Vedanta forthirty years. I know everything.
> I’ve read everything. I’ve studied everything.I don’t need anymore
> knowledge.” He said, “I seem to be missing one littlepoint, a little
> something.” He says, “It’slike I know everything about it. I just don’t
> know what it is.” [John Wheeler : Transcriptions]
> Unquote.What is the reason for such a situation?
I am reminded of another anecdote Swami Paramarthananda ji recounted: A
lady who had been attending his classes in Chennai for quite a long period,
some twenty odd years, one day came up to him and said: Swamiji, I am able
to grasp all that you have taught, except one thing: That which is called
'Atma' is beyond my comprehension!!
The humor can be very telling if it is stated in the language of that lady:
'......இந்த ஆத்மா, ஆத்மான்னு சொல்லறாளே, அது மட்டும் தான் புறியலை சுவாமிஜி.'
With respectful namaskars,Sreenivasa Murthy
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