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    Nitin Sridhar's Blogs (Advaita and General)

    Namaste,

    Nitin Sridhar Follows Advaita Vedanta. He has put his thoughts in two blogs. Author conveys his message in simple way.

    Understanding Hinduism


    An attempt to understand various aspects of Hindu philosophy and Hindu society.


    Erudition

    न हि ज्ञानेन सदृशं !

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    Total Surrender of Ego to SELF is Real Bhakti - Ramana Maharshi

    Silence is the study of the scruptures. Meditation is the continuous thinking of Brahman which is to be meditated upon. The complete negation of both by knowledge is the vision of truth – sadAcAra-14 of Adi SankarAcArya

    namah SivAya vishnurUpAya viShNave SivarUpiNe, MBh, vanaparva, 3.39.76

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    Re: Nitin Sridhar's Blogs (Advaita and General)

    Quote Originally Posted by Amrut View Post
    Namaste,

    Nitin Sridhar Follows Advaita Vedanta. He has put his thoughts in two blogs. Author conveys his message in simple way.

    Understanding Hinduism


    An attempt to understand various aspects of Hindu philosophy and Hindu society.


    Erudition

    न हि ज्ञानेन सदृशं !

    OM
    Namaste Amrut.

    This is from his blog:

    "These verses clearly indicate how the sexual act can be utilized for achieving enlightment."

    It's very surprising. In uddhava, Krishna says to uddhava not to even think of woman. He says nothing can be greatest bondage as women are. Woman is the greatest enemy in the path of moksha.

    He doesn't know kama of purusharatha is only for having children, not by enjoyment. Never!

    It's clear that author follows advaita mixed with western ideas and traditional advaitians are worth to be followed.
    Hari On!

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    Re: Nitin Sridhar's Blogs (Advaita and General)

    This is what I should tell the nice old lady in the airport lobby who sees my Om symbol and then asks me to help her understand Hinduism? The over sexualization of the section "Sex and Hinduism" about worship is sex and the Kamasutra (I am so tired of this, from Bhakti to sex in under 10 minutes of reading) ???? So should my Guru be viagra? No, this is so tired.

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    Re: Nitin Sridhar's Blogs (Advaita and General)

    Namaste,

    I cannot speak for author. You can directly contact the author if you have any problem.

    As I have pointed out, it is not just advaita or just vedanta from advaita POV. The blog is about 'Understanding Hinduism' which includes Bhairava Tantra, a vamchari text too. Tantras are different than Puranas.

    Agreeing or disagreeing is subjective. I have personally skipped that article, as I do not wish to think in this direction. Some of the articles are good, so I posted them to HDF

    btw, Have you heard of Vajroli Mudra. It is found in Shiva Samhita.

    Hari OM
    Last edited by Amrut; 28 November 2014 at 12:40 AM. Reason: added last line
    Only God Is Truth, Everything Else Is Illusion - Ramakrishna
    Total Surrender of Ego to SELF is Real Bhakti - Ramana Maharshi

    Silence is the study of the scruptures. Meditation is the continuous thinking of Brahman which is to be meditated upon. The complete negation of both by knowledge is the vision of truth – sadAcAra-14 of Adi SankarAcArya

    namah SivAya vishnurUpAya viShNave SivarUpiNe, MBh, vanaparva, 3.39.76

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    Re: Nitin Sridhar's Blogs (Advaita and General)

    Quote Originally Posted by ShivaFan View Post
    This is what I should tell the nice old lady in the airport lobby who sees my Om symbol and then asks me to help her understand Hinduism? The over sexualization of the section "Sex and Hinduism" about worship is sex and the Kamasutra (I am so tired of this, from Bhakti to sex in under 10 minutes of reading) ???? So should my Guru be viagra? No, this is so tired.
    I agree completely (it frustrates me too at times). However, I do not feel that detachment from sensuality is necessarily the "be all-end all" factor in gaining liberation (which seems to be the connotation from H(heart)K's post).

    For some, sex is part of their sadhana. According to mukunda, in his saubhagyatarangini, when one sees oneself as in a pair with beloved bhavani, it is equal to being freed from all vows and dwelling within the world of gauri devi herself:



    While this doesn't imply sex by any means, this does raise the question of relationships. How does one define love? Would you classify it in a more saamsaarik attachment to the physical being (i.e. sensual views of copulation) or is the relationship svanubhavik or personal, wherein the expression of love is more unconditional and certainly not "pleasure seeking" in a material sense? Even if they do consider copulation as vital in attaining moksha, why are we to prevent them? I'm not trying to play devil's advocate or detract from the discussion, just wanted to know what you think.
    Last edited by Jaskaran Singh; 29 November 2014 at 02:38 AM.
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    Re: Nitin Sridhar's Blogs (Advaita and General)

    Namaste,

    Sex is not vital in attaining moksha.

    The author IMO had tried to convey that even kamasutra says that it's not all about Sex

    Kama in general means material desires and pleasures: physical, emotional, sexual and psychological. According to the Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana: “Kama is the enjoyment of appropriate objects by the five senses of hearing, feeling, seeing, tasting and smelling, assisted by the mind together with the soul. The ingredient in this is a peculiar contact between the organ of sense and its object, and the consciousness of pleasure which arises from that contact is called Kama.” Part 1, Chapter 2: On the acquisitions of Dharma, Artha and Kama. The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana, Translated by Sir Richard Burton
    Anyways, Keeping aside this one post, What do you think about other articles?

    I feel that some posts might be as a reaction of Wendy et al - those who criticize our dharma.

    OM
    Only God Is Truth, Everything Else Is Illusion - Ramakrishna
    Total Surrender of Ego to SELF is Real Bhakti - Ramana Maharshi

    Silence is the study of the scruptures. Meditation is the continuous thinking of Brahman which is to be meditated upon. The complete negation of both by knowledge is the vision of truth – sadAcAra-14 of Adi SankarAcArya

    namah SivAya vishnurUpAya viShNave SivarUpiNe, MBh, vanaparva, 3.39.76

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    Re: Nitin Sridhar's Blogs (Advaita and General)

    Quote Originally Posted by Amrut View Post
    Anyways, Keeping aside this one post, What do you think about other articles?
    Pranam,

    I like most of his posts, although the nimbushakti post made me laugh.
    Quote Originally Posted by Amrut View Post
    I feel that some posts might be as a reaction of Wendy et al - those who criticize our dharma.

    OM
    Yes, indeed, that was also my impression, particularly when I read the first lingam post. It seems as if that was directed at clearing up the conceptions of those individuals who have a more "Freudian" mindset (for lack of a better term).
    படைபோர் புக்கு முழங்கும்அப் பாஞ்சசன்னியமும் பல்லாண்டே
    May your pA~nchajanya shankha which reverberates on the battlefield, last thousands upon thousands of years...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskaran Singh View Post
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    I agree completely (it frustrates me too at times). However, I do not feel that detachment from sensuality is necessarily the "be all-end all" factor in gaining liberation (which seems to be the connotation from H(heart)K's post).

    For some, sex is part of their sadhana. According to mukunda, in his saubhagyatarangini, when one sees oneself as in a pair with beloved bhavani, it is equal to being freed from all vows and dwelling within the world of gauri devi herself:



    While this doesn't imply sex by any means, this does raise the question of relationships. How does one define love? Would you classify it in a more saamsaarik attachment to the physical being (i.e. sensual views of copulation) or is the relationship svanubhavik or personal, wherein the expression of love is more unconditional and certainly not "pleasure seeking" in a material sense? Even if they do consider copulation as vital in attaining moksha, why are we to prevent them? I'm not trying to play devil's advocate or detract from the discussion, just wanted to know what you think.
    Namaste,

    That is a perverted practice, nothing more nothing less. Yes we do have the responsibility to call out the perversion.

    If one's Mother is the most beautiful woman in the world, what does one do?

    What about the female Devi-devotees? What perversion we can think of in their case?

    Hinduism, as I've once said earlier, is not in the public domain still. Even the word "Shakta" (power monger) is a wrong address to the Bhakta-s of Devi.

    I'll repeat, yes we do have the responsibility to call out the perversion. Irrespective of the fact that we are reasonably familiar about "Shakta" or not.
    Things to remember:

    1. Life = yajña
    2. Depth of Āstika knowledge is directly proportional
    to the richness of Sanskrit it is written in
    3. Āstika = Bhārata ("east") / Ārya ("west")
    4. Varṇa = tripartite division of Vedic polity
    5. r = c. x²
    where,
    r = realisation
    constant c = intelligence
    variable x = bhakti

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    Re: Nitin Sridhar's Blogs (Advaita and General)

    Namaste,

    Thank you Jaskaran and KT for comments.

    I agree with KT. Bhairava tantra-s which are other than 28 Saiva-Agama-s are generally rejected by all including Saiva-s. But as our dharma was the only dharma in the world, and there are all kinds of people, there is bound to be perverted interpretation.

    It is said that Sri Adi Sankara converted the fierce aspect of devatA-s into benign (like kAlI mA). So he too and I feel all AcArya-s rejected vAmcArI marg as there are convoluted interpretations in vaiShNava Agama-s too (Not sure about it but I heard it).

    Obviously we have to oppose such practice.

    OM
    Only God Is Truth, Everything Else Is Illusion - Ramakrishna
    Total Surrender of Ego to SELF is Real Bhakti - Ramana Maharshi

    Silence is the study of the scruptures. Meditation is the continuous thinking of Brahman which is to be meditated upon. The complete negation of both by knowledge is the vision of truth – sadAcAra-14 of Adi SankarAcArya

    namah SivAya vishnurUpAya viShNave SivarUpiNe, MBh, vanaparva, 3.39.76

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    Re: Nitin Sridhar's Blogs (Advaita and General)

    Quote Originally Posted by Amrut View Post

    Obviously we have to oppose such practice.

    OM
    Really? What would you gain from peeking into their sexual life?
    P.S. This is a joke, don't take it seriously
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    May your pA~nchajanya shankha which reverberates on the battlefield, last thousands upon thousands of years...
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