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Re: superstitions

In article #1358, susarla@great-gray.owlnet.rice.edu (H. Krishna Susarla) wrote:
|> Ummm, what letters are you referring to? I checked soc.religion.eastern
|> but did not find anything...

Well, Chinmaya mission had lectures on B.G. at MIT in july, and I followed
up with them one this impersonal issue and posted that material on several
newsgroups. If you are interested, I can email you the letters, responses and

|> ...Despite their best of intentions,
|> Chinmaya mission is an advaitist school of thought. Furthermore, it is my
|> belief that they do not do enough to encourage their devotees to adhere
|> to dharma. I know one student-turned-instructor who has been involved with
|> the mission for 7 years and still eats meat!

Well swami Tejomayananda, while explaining the verse 7.19 of B.G. (bahunam-
janmanam ante -- After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge 
surrenders unto Me), said that all of you people present here have already 
reached that stage since you have come here to listen to the lectures on 
Bhagavad Gita. 

Such messages create a false sense of security and spiritual superiority 
among the people and are clearly misleading. I don't know what was his 
motivation for saying that.  

|> I'm in complete agreement. Vivekananda is one of the worst kinds of 
|> advaitists. At least the acharyas at Chinmaya mission are vegetarians... 
|> but Vivekananda was a meat eater.

Certainly I won't put Shankaracharya or his present followers like Chinmaya
mission on the level of some agnostic like Vivekananda either.

|> I think Ramakrishna justified this by saying that Vivekananda
|> attained self-realization, and could no longer be affected by sinful acts.

So did Sri bhagavan Rajneesh <g> justified his 'salvation thru orgasm'.

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