Tuesday, September 16, 2008

"Guru" and "Pundit" in Vivekananda's writings is closely related to the contrast between "book learning" and "experience

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Re: Jean Klein - Western Advaita kelamuni said Aug 6, 2:02 PM:
The use of the expression 'aham' would appear to indicate some Shaiva influence. Ramana also used the expression. There is much in Krishna Menon's writings that is very similar to the Ashtavakra Gita. Indeed, this work, and one's like it seem to indicate a kind of confluence of the classical teachings of Shankara on the one hand and Shaiva non-dualism on the other.

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  1. Swami Vivekamanda was a (the) giant of Indian Spirituality. He carried in his deeper personality vehicle the entire inheritance of Indian Spirituality.

    Initially he didnt understand his unique gift and inheritance but his Spiritual Master Sri Ramakrishna recoginisd his latent genius immediately. Sri Ramakrishna later transferred or transmitted his Spiritual Intelligence into Vivekanda's body-mind vehicle. Ramakrishna then became an "empty fakir".

    Set on fire by this transmission Swami Vivekanda journeyed to the West in an attempt to bring the Spiritual Dharma of India to the already spiritually bankrupt West.

    However, with a few exceptions, arrogant Westerners were not able to listen to a brown skinned Hindu and his mission essentially failed.
    Spiritually exhausted he returned to India and died soon after. But before he died he was also able to manifest his latent Spiritually exalted state.

    Swami Vivekanda was thus intrumental in bringing the Dharma to the West and he also sowed the seed(s) via various intimate associations for his deeper personality vehicle to reincarnate in the USA in 1939.

    He also provided the impetus for a Vedanta Temple to be built in Hollywood. A temple which contained the potent Shakti of the Divine Goddess. In 1970 the said Shakti helped to birth the new human incarnation vehicle into its fullest Divine Realization.