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Digest #4783
Sringeri by p_gopi_krishna
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
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Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:50 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Sringeri Days : Part 11, from the entries of Sri Padmanabhan Venkatraman

Dr.Subbaramaiya's benign welcoming smile could not hide the brilliance of his intellect radiating from his eyes. The current generation may not know him-he was one of the best students of Nobel laureate Dr Sir C.V.Raman.

The IISc ( known as Tata institute in namma Bengaluru) Department of Physics was inaugurated in July 1933 with Prof. C. V. Raman as the first head of the Department and eight students including D. S. Subbaramaiya.

Student Subbaramaiya's natural brilliance was amply strengthened by the rigor of Dr C.V.Raman's approach. It is my understanding that young Subbaramaiya was deeply influenced by Indian ancient Nyaya Sutra of Gautama Akshapada . It showed up emphatically as he matured into Dr.D.S Subbaramaiya and later as jIvan Mukta sishya of Sringeri Acharya jyeshta mahasannidhanam.

NyAa , science of logic, was one of the earliest Darsanas or View points of Indian Philosophy. Gautama Akshapad is credited to have collated the prevailing knowledge and written nyAya sutra - an astounding edifice of logic and syllogism. Many believe Indian nyAya Shastra predates Aristotle's Categories that ushered in Logic as a philosophical science in Western World.

nyAya sutra by Akshapada is a formidable book that establishes categorization, syllogism, logic rules and methodology to understand the relationship between objects, attributes and our experiential knowledge. It makes a giant leap to define the ultimate goal of human kind and using logic as means of achieving it. There is not one philosopher, not even one, who has not integrated nyYaya in his philosophy. The most scintillating nyAya demonstration can be seen in the great Maadhwa Yati Shri VyAsa Theertha's NyAyAmruta and its rejoinder Advaithasiddhi by equally great Shri Madhusudana Saraswathi.

In my mind, along with vaisEshika and Sankhya , nyAya constitutes the trinity of theoretical framework of Indian Metaphysics; Yoga, Karma Mimamsa and Brahma Mimamsa constitute the Action Play book to realize what the former three promise. All the six are collectively known as 'Shad Darsana' of Indian philosophy, as precursor to later day philosophies of Advaitha, Vishista Advaitha and Tatvavaada Dwaitha. An open minded seeker would see a continuity of thought and evolution of view points as he/she wades through the systems.

Obviously I did not carry this understanding when I walked hesitantly into Dr Subbaramaiya's house. I was actually confused as I sat down in the circle of his disciples. They were a motley crowd - there was Dr.Ramesh , a Shrivaishnava professor from IIT Bombay -his son Jayaram would later become world famous economist politician as Dr Jayaram Ramesh. There was Shri Narasimaiyah, a senior Manager from HAL and his wife Smt Manikarnikamma. The pious couple successfully Integarted laukika and jigNasa.

Then there were their children-Lakshmeesha, Lokamata , Lalitha and Shankara. I have no idea what they thought of me but I was very fascinated by their devotion and dedication. Even after 40 years I still remember them reading out every session how they were trying to integrate Shri Subbaramaiya's teachings in daily life ( their words 'himbalisutteve' still echoes in my mind). I would incorporate this model of facilitated learning, as opposed to teaching , 25 years later when I started to 'teach' Vedanta in a Boston suburb.Shankara Sharma would spend years serving jyeshta mahasannidhanam at Narasimha Vana and remain committed life long. I would meet Lakshmeesha years later as fellow GE guy at Jack Welch Technology Center.

Shri Subbaramiya introduced me to others as Umesha's diciple. They all looked at me with respect-they revered Umesha so much. Shri Narasimhaiah and Smt Manikarnikamma gave me a worried look bordering on sadness. I got to understand that later as they opened up. They felt traversing 'Umesh way' was an uphill task and my mother would never consent.She used to ask me every week about it; her motherly feelings were very evident. It is very rare to see such parents, who strive to help their children sustain connect with our ancient heritage while letting them grow in modern world.

As Umesha had cautioned Shri Subbaramaiha was very strict and never minced words. He told categorically that in the current world it was foolish to attempt to live a bramhacahri life with all degradation of society ; it was much worse to take sanyasa and join a mutt.

He would also indicate the ultimate truth was discernible only critical analysis using nyAya Shahstra and we couldn't go just by karma, bhakti, Yoga and dhyana. Ultimately we have to make something out of all these experiences and only Analysis would help. Inquiry was the King of Shad Darsana, of which I knew practically nothing. I don't even want to mention Vedangas without which one cannot understand Vedas.

I could not understand what he was getting at; but it was clear that jyeshta mahasannidhanam had pushed me into a learning cycle. Given that I was not a traditional brahmin with formal shastric learnings of Vedangas & Shad Darsanas, he had actually made me learn through experience and watching them play out.

Play out it did and for long. What started at Shri Subbaramaiya's house in Bangalore will play for five years; its echoes lasted forty years even in far away Boston and New Jersey when I started sparring with young maadhwa scholars on a social site. This was the most fruitful years of my learning with a host of young maadhwa scholars taught me intricacies of Tatvavada through debates. "archives.org" turned out to be my asharIri guru dumping all scarce Shastra books through internet. As the young maadhwa scholars helped me understand Shrimad Ananada Theertha more and more, my conviction on the harmony between Advaitha and Dwaitha became clearer and clearer. What was a vague feeling born out of dhyana regimen became grouted on shabda pramAna over a period of time.

Innocuously it started with my listening to Dr Subbaramiah's rigorous analysis of shahstra and our experience every week end . I would get a taste of his method as he started sharing his Magnum Opus work - commentary of Dakshinamurthy shloka. The way he took this 10 stanzas sholka and made into a two volume 1400 pages commentary shows his erudition, nyAya, vyakarana, nirukta skills and more importantly his experiential wisdom. Weeks into my attending his sessions, he had not even crossed the first stanza

विश्वं दर्पणदृश्यमाननगरीतुल्यं निजान्तर्गतं

पश्यन्नात्मनि मायया बहिरिवोद्भूतं यथा निद्रया ।

यः साक्षात्कुरुते प्रबोधसमये स्वात्मानमेवाद्वयं

तस्मै श्रीगुरुमूर्तये नम इदं श्रीदक्षिणामूर्तये ॥१॥

(to be continued)

Prashant Parikh <prashantparikh@gmail.com>


Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:59 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Krishna has faith in our potential – let's have faith in his potency

Suppose a celebrated sports coach has faith in the potential of an aspiring sports player. If that player lacks confidence, seeing the coach's confidence in him will give him confidence in himself.

This principle applies to our spiritual growth too. We may doubt whether we can fight against our impurities consistently and eventually become free from them.

Significantly however, we can gain confidence by shifting our vision from ourselves to Krishna. He is our omni-benevolent Lord, and he constantly accompanies us in our hearts during our journey through material existence (Bhagavad-gita 18.61). From that strategic vantage point, he guides us towards spiritual growth. He has been there for many lifetimes even though we haven't turned towards him. Why would he keep trying to guide us if he didn't have faith in our potential?

Reciprocating with his faith, we need to repose faith in his potency. Even if our conditionings seem overpowering, their power pales in comparison to his supreme power. He is the ultimate coach who can inspire, train and empower us to attain impossible-seeking heights of purity and spirituality.

With faith in his potency, we can surrender to him, striving to serve him to the best of our capacity. And by such surrender, we attain the supreme peace and the supreme destination (18.62). Indeed, if we surrender to him, he frees us from all obstacles (18.66). Through his assurance, Krishna urges us to have faith in his potency. If he did not have faith in our potential, he wouldn't have spoken the Bhagavad-gita, he wouldn't have so fervently urged us to surrender to him, he wouldn't even have been present in our heart.

When we repose our faith in his potency, we will discover that his faith in our potential is justified and transformational and liberating.

Think it over:

How is Krishna like our coach?

How is Krishna's faith in our potential seen?

How can we repose our faith in Krishna's potency?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/krishna-has-faith-in-our-potential-lets-have-faith-in-his-potency/ https://www.gitadaily.com/krishna-has-faith-in-our-potential-lets-have-faith-in-his-potency/

Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:27 am (PDT) . Posted by:


If you tend to complain or speak badly about things and people, this affects your vibrational frequency. To maintain your high frequency it is essential that you eliminate the habit of complaining and speaking badly about others. Take responsibility for the choices of your life.

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