Happy Deepavali!November 5: (continuing discussion from October 28)
|Is this digestion or appreciation
This is a trick question about deciding whether an example of use of Indian terms is digestion or appreciation. I work in a research lab where various tools..
Latest Comment: Hindus should permit/support usage of their deva-devataa and Almighty names by anyone provided such use leads connecting the mind to the omnipresent divine, as in Garuda Indonesia or Krishna Ratha Beedhi. In general, this may not happen with a toilet cover or a footwear (but then it can for any sufficiently evolved mind) but it may happen with a DLTS setup or a car. Such usage may end up digestion in the reverse - by seeding the thought that divinity is omnipresent (thus displacing the currently dominant Western view that it is not).
Rajiv Malhotra: This position can be applied consistently, rather than positions that discriminate the policy based on ethnicity, country etc. The question that arises is: how do we enforce
November 5 (continuing discussion from October 28)
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November 10 (continuing discussion)
Ravi Khanna, a Delhi based scholar and friend, sent the following elaboration on this issue, which I wish to pass along:------------------------------------------------------
Chapter 5 of BD quotes Sri Aurobindo as follows: "The Mantra is the word that carries the power of the godhead, that can bring [the godhead] into the consciousness and fix it there and its workings, awaken there the thrill of the infinite, the force of something absolute, perpetuate the miracle of the Supreme utterance." And earlier BD says: "The rishi does not compose hymns but hears or tunes into them. These hymns are called Mantras."
Let me cite Kapil Kapoor's paper, "Vivarta & Pariá¹‡Äma – BhartriharÄ«'s Theory of Language" (1996), where he quotes Rig Veda I.164.41 as follows:
gauriá¸¥ mimÄya salilÄni takÅ›ati ekpadÄ« dwipadÄ« sÄ catuá¹£padÄ«
aÅ›tÄpadÄ« navpadÄ« babhÅ«vuÅ›Ä« sahasrÄkÅ›arÄ parme vyömaá¹…
[Gauri is the symbol of vÄk or speech, according to the shrutÄ«s …. the real significance is that the principle of vÄk creates or fashions out the manifold forms out of the waters of the infinite `ocean of reality' … the parme vyöman. You cannot cut forms or draw lines in water, you can do that only in space; but reality like water is continuous, indivisible…]