[Advaita-l] Fw: Gayatri question - How do you answer this question.?
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Fri Mar 8 03:01:28 EST 2019
On Thu, 7 Mar 2019, Divya Meedin wrote:
> The scriptures say that Karma Yoga can grant Chitta Shuddhi and put one
> firmly on the path to enlightenment, one needn't look any further.
In the Mahabharata, there is the story of Dharmavyadha. As a Shudra
hunter, he was also an anadhikari for Veda but that does not prevent
Shankaracharya from giving him as an example of a jnani.
The akhyana actually begins with a different story. There was a Brahmana
named Kaushika who was very learned but also bad-tempered. For instance,
once he was meditating under a tree when a bird in the branches evacuated
on him. He merely looked at it and because of the power of his tapas it
instantly fell to the ground dead.
Later he went to the nearby village to ask for bhiksha. At one house, a
young lady answered him, and learning of his request she excused herself
and returned to the kitchen. Some time passed and she did not return so
Kaushika began getting angrier and angrier. When she finally returned he
cursed the unfortunate housewife with full force. But to his surprise
nothing happened. The lady smiled and said "Respected sir, I am sorry for
keeping you waiting but first I had to feed my husband, in-laws, and
children. This is my dharma and because I have tried to practice it
carefully I was protected from your curse because despite your great
knowledge you made it while you were consumed by krodha which is a
violation of your dharma." On hearing this Kaushika was ashamed and he
begged the lady to instruct him on sadachara. She demurred but told him
to visit Dharmavyadha.
The moral of the story should be clear. It is the practice of ones
svadharma which is key. For some that involves recitation of Gayatri, for
others it does not. Which one results in greater benefit depends on the
fidelity to svadharma nothing else.
That's all I have to say on this topic except one correction. I wrote:
> Neither does it occur in any of the well-known dharmashastra
> such as chaturvargachintamani, nirnayasindhu,
> parasharamadhaviyam etc.
But then I wrote:
> The popular Nirnayasindhu does mention
which is contradictory. In the first passage I meant Dharmasindhu.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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