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Subramanian.R

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Sri Sankara Vijayam - 11
« on: August 01, 2009, 10:49:54 AM »
There are several interpretations for Sankara-Outcaste meeting
on the banks of Ganga.  Sankara was always in Swarupam, the
Self and he had none others in the world excepting Swarupam.
Why then this whole drama?  The fact remains that in objective
world, some differences are bound to be there and even a Jnani
cannot escape it and he has to stage a drama sometimes on this
issue.  Even though Bhagavan Ramana had no caste distinctions,
in the Asramam those days, they had separate sittings/batches
for Brahmins and  non-brahmins and Bhagavan Ramana used to
sit on the mid point facing both the sittings separated by a
wooden screen!  The culture of the times has to be obeyed.

Janaka, the king one day welcomed a group of brahmins to his
palace.  The brahmins brought with them, four cows, some brahmin
students and two harlots.  King Janaka sent the brahmin boys to
the Veda school inside the palace, the cows to the cowshed and the
harlots to his harem.  The brahmins asked him:  You are an advaiti.
How come, you are differentiating?  The king did not reply.  Soon
the lunch time came.  King Janaka offered some grass to the brahmins but not food.  The brahmins grew red in their faces.  The king asked
them politiely:  In pure advaita, the cows and the brahmins are one
and the same, why not you eat grass?

Today, in Indian context, we see new classes being formed with
old caste system given a go by.  So, differentiation is bound to be
there.  It took more than 400 years to have an Afro-American as
President of the United States!     

The ancient Sages therefore did not bother about the differences
in the objective world.  Instead, they looked within and found out
the profound oneness in Heart.

A Jnani can be anywhere.  Yoga Vasishtam says:  If you do not
find a Jnani in the brahmin street, go and look for him in a outcaste's
street!  Each one should search for a Jnani to be his Guru and he
should show such a mighty hurry as if his head is on fire.  The
Tamil classic, Periya Puranam shows only this.  Many of the 63
devotees were outcastes and non brahmins.  A few were only
kings.  Still fewer were Brahmins.

A brahmin got drowned in the river.  He is in a hurry to save his
life.  Would he wait for a brahmin to come and save him?  Even
if a Christian comes, he will show his raised hands and cry to
save him.  But on land, Brahmin and Christian are different.

In Karma each one has got a different path.  But in Jnana there
is only one path, and that is the royal path.

Arunachala Siva.