- New Delhi - 110048, DL, india
- member since October 23, 2007
Aruneshwar Gupta’s last login was Friday, February 15, 2013.
Concept of sin in Kashmir Shaivism
Sin is very important in west. In Kashmir Shaivism there is only bliss.
The so called manifestation of sin in Kashmir Shaivism is avidya or ignorance of our true nature. The Divine after creating us as his Own form also creates malas (impurities or taints in our actions) and vilay (the veiling of Lord). This creates diversity and multiplicity about the Single Source.
This result is so called illusion and we feel / perceive differently. The consequences are bondage and pain of the material world.
How can we overcome this? By imbibing the divine spirit and surrender to the Lord. Trika Yoga gives us systematic techniques to evolve ourselves from action to knowledge and, finally, will. This can prepare us to be worthy of divine grace.
Your convoluted explanation of my detestation of spiritualism amused me a great deal. You aver that in my last birth I must have been a pious woman who was raped by a godman. You take for granted the the theory of incarnation - the cycle of deaths and births - as well as a soul that persists through all these births. I am sorry it cuts no ice with me. My take on myself is that I was born to my parents who passed their genes to me in a unique permutation of various characteristics. Thereafter my character and my views were formulated by my interaction with my surroundings and individuals and above all by all that I read and mused on. The hypothesis of previous births which is the cornerstone of Hindu and Buddhist scriptures sounds naive and puerile to me. This is fiction passed on to the gullible as profound insights into life's mysteries. As I said earlier I have never performed an act with a view to improve my prospects in the next life. Have you? If yes, please share it with us. You have made a wild conjecture on my previous birth - a pious woman raped by a pujari - what has been your take on your own last birth?
I must say you are a voracious reader of books. I used to think that I too am fairly prolific in my reading, but as compared to yours mine dwarves into stature. I finished reading Karen Armstrong's The Bible: the biography. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, Osho's Truth the Greatest Offender and right now Existentialists and Mystics: Writings on Philosophy and Literature by Iris Murdoch. Well, they are intellectually stimulating and profoundly entertaining. Apart from books I cannot resist watching a good cricket match and a good film. Socialising and small talk I indulge in only as a last resort. Tete-a-tetes with my 4+ grandson is a great source of amusement.
Among the books mentioned on your shelf I have read only Ayn Rand and Paulo Coelho and Herman Hesse. Hope to continue this dialogue with you. All the best.
The next janam - a corollary of the posthumous mythology of the cycle of deaths and births - is of little concern to me. Nothing in the seven decades of my life have I ever done with a view to improve my prospects in next birth. The day I breathe my last will be the end of me. No further continuation of any kind for me, no eternal soul outlasting this fragile human frame - Bhagvad Gita and the Dalai Lama notwithstanding. Life is a beautiful experience. Why do the promoters of various incarnations of life always insist on making efforts to get out of this cycle? They seem to imply that life is an imprisonment for the soul and and every soul must try to break free from it. There is an odd contradiction in the whole assertion. My own conclusion is that life is unique, playing out its time from conception to disintegration. Nothing before and nothing after. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to air my views.
As for the swamiji thriving on his well-water belief is much less eccentric than the whole corpus of vedic-puranic-epic beliefs perpetuated by generations of profound-looking scholars trying to impress the ignoramuses.
You are not the only one who does not share the same wavelength as Dawkins. Karen Armstrong in her book A Case For God indicts him for going overboard with the atheist agenda. To me Dawkins and his ilk make more sense than all the scriptures, rituals, religious discourses, group chantings, pilgrimages and benevolent godmen ever ready with their glib talks. Elaborate posthumous mythologies are another bug-bear for me. I am a man of no God and have been so for decades and am quite comfortable with my belief. Unlike Dawkins I don't feel the need of converting people to my way of thinking. I do belive that the world will be a much nicer place to live in when God is driven into the dustbin - a fat chance, though.
I am glad to see that you are as avid a reader of books as you always were. I must say I too can claim reading books as the most cherished pastime at this stage of my life - the onset of seventies. Being a novelist (The Fourth Monkey), my primary interest is in fiction. A few that I have read lately are Coetzee's Summertime, Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger, Colm Toibin's Brooklyn and Orhan Pamuk's The Museum of Innocence. Among non-fiction I can recount enjoying Greg Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea, Elizabeth's Eat, Pray and Love, and Paul Theroux's travelogues The Great Railway Bazaar and Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Orhan Pamuk's essays Other colours and Paulo Coelho's Confessions of a Pilgrim. Right now I am in the midst of Karen Armstrong's The Case for God. Dawkins and Armstrong are the two intellectuals worth spending quality time with on solitary evenings.
There are not too many people I can talk books with, so I am glad I found this opportunity to share with you my passion for reading. All the best.
I really appreciate you accepting my Shelfari friendship request. If you are interested, I would like to invite you to be among the first readers to review my new book "Moments of Forever: Discovering the True Power and Importance of Your Life" (a registered Shelfari title). It is a practical study in metaphysics that will help you find greater meaning in your life. Please help me launch this special book with your personal Shelfari review.
What impresses me the most about you is the vast range of reading that you carry with you. You seem to be constantly engaged with authors of all hues. You sound almost like a mini-walking-cyclopedia. And also your capacity to articulate yourself well. The brief inter-action that I had with you on the portals of Shelfari delighted me and stimulated me a great deal intellectually. We had some kind of a shastrartha on spirituality, religion and atheism. We expressed our views without convincing either way. Both of us are staunch in our views. In our late sixties we are hardly likely to revise our stands.
May I recommend a book that I enjoyed reading lately: The Meaning of Life by Terry Eagleton, Oxford University Press, 2008, a very short introduction, 100 pages. All the best.
I shall like you to list my novel The Fourth Monkey among the books that you have read. Your feedback on it will be additionally welcome. You can also access the website that my publisher has created for it: www.thefourthmonkey.co.in
Shall be glad to renew my contact with you. All the best.
I am the Moon everywhere and nowhere.
Do not seek me outside;
I abide in your very life.
Everybody calls you towards himself;
I invite you nowhere except to yourself.
Poetry is like the boat and its meaning is like the sea:
Come onboard at once!
Let me sail this boat!