[Advaita-l] ULTIMATE TRUTH
Raghav Kumar Dwivedula
raghavkumar00 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 16 12:54:25 EDT 2019
Thank you Akhilesh ji for letting us know that Rupert Spira had familiarity
with the Advaita teaching through a student of the Shankaracharya.
The way Sreenivasa Murthy ji asserted that Rupert Spira had not done any
Advaita study, I thought he definitely knew Rupert personally!!
I also noted the following, from the net.
"Spira is married to Ellen Emmett, a therapist and *yoga instructor in the
non-dual tradition* of Kashmir Shaivism
I admit it's speculative here given that Kashmir Shaivism is not identical
to Shaankara vedAnta but I do wonder ....because we do find the spouse
becoming the Guru as in the brihadaranyaka Upanishad!
On Tue 16 Apr, 2019, 10:13 AM Akilesh Ayyar via Advaita-l, <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Actually, Rupert Spira has been very familiar with Vedanta for a long time.
> From the bio on his website (
> "Rupert Spira first came across the poetry of Rumi at the age of fifteen in
> 1975. Shortly afterwards he learned the Mevlevi Turning, a sacred Sufi
> dance of movement, prayer and meditation, at Colet House in London.
> Soon after this he met his first teacher, Dr. Francis Roles, who was
> himself a student of Shantananda Saraswati the Shankaracharya of the North
> of India,. Under Dr. Roles’ guidance he learned mantra meditation and was
> introduced to the classical system of Advaita or Non-Duality. This formed
> the foundation of his interest and practice for the next 25 years."
> On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 12:33 AM sreenivasa murthy via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> > Dear friends,
> > Sri Rupert Spira says : "Just as the screen is intimately one
> > with all images and, at the same time,
> > free of them, so "I", the light of
> > pure Knowing, am one with all
> > experiences and yet at the same
> > time inherently free of them."
> > Is not this teaching same as that of
> > Bruhadaranyaka Upanishad "asaMgO hi ayaM purushaH"
> > and Sri Shankara's statement " AtmA sarvagatatvAt
> > sarvAnanyatvAcca"?
> > The reader may kindly note that Sri Rupert Spira,
> > an Englishman, has not studied any vedanta texts
> > nor has read Sri Shankara's commentaries.
> > Yet his statements are nothing but the teachings
> > of Upanishads and Sri Shankara. How to account for this?This
> > clearly shows that Atmajnana is universal andnot the monopoly
> of a
> > country, sect or any Matha.
> > With respectful namaskars,Sreenivasa Murthy
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