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« on: October 20, 2009, 02:23:29 PM »
Indian Vedic thought allowed room, for a variety of schools of thoughts and philsophies.  There were agnostics, there were atheists too.

One type of athiests were named Charvakars. These Charvakars
were telling:  Why bother about Brahman or Atman?.  We have
got a body, take care of it, eat well and be merry with drinks and

WE have today also many Charvakars.  They feel that we should
be happy and die.  Eat daily ghee-mixed rice with dhal and curries.
Dress up well.  Go behind women.  Buy properties, lands etc.,
Anyway banks are giving loans left and right.  Take all loans.
Do not pay.  The Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is there
to write off all the loans. Hence there is no need to worry about

Sri Sankara says that these Charvakars will start worrying about
the body, when the first grey hair appears, when the first pain
on the chest appears, when there is no sleep at night, when there
is a neighbour who died of cardiac arrest in a few hours. When
the eyes become dim and when the ears start hearing only half
of the sounds.

So this Charvaka philosophy is not eternal.  Everyone is a
Charvaka in the younger days.  Many do not seek the Self like
Sri Sankara or Bhagavan Ramana.  They first think about God
or the Self when their philosphy meets with the first signs of

What are the roots that clutch,
What branches grow out of this stony rubbish,
Son of Man, for you know only a heap of broken images,
Where sun beats, the dead trees give no shelter
And cricket no relief!

                          - T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land.

Arunachala Siva.