|Review of BEING DIFFERENT by a Mumbai scholar
I am forwarding herewith the remarks of Prof.Dr.(Mrs) K. Sankaranarayanan, Director, K.J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies, Mumbai. She Chaired the...
"The purposes of our Dharmic and Philosophical traditions and that of Abrahmic traditions are different and thereby the training and spiritual practices are bound to be different.Our best spiritual masters undertake rigorous Sadhana and devote their time,instincts and training to achieve spiritual goals.This is also the reason that through a much higher level of cultivation of faculties they have been instrumental in creating a vast body of knowledge that is applicable at different planes of existence.They are not sales persons of institutionalized "faiths" -should we try to retrain them we shall assuredly fail.Therefore we have to adopt a different paradigm which accommodates the continuity of our spiritual practices while avoiding an invalid comparison of Clergy and Monks and seminaries and Mathas. We simply do not have the cadre of people that are seen as "representatives of faith" who are or will be "well versed with a deep study of western faiths" to make the discourse even. We create spiritual masters not theologians from seminaries or PhD's from universities. The PhD's in religion and the Theologians have set the parameters for the debate and we have accepted the rules of their game on their terms.It is not surprising that we find ourselves ill prepared. A monkey can challenge a lion and claim that one who wins a game of jumping is superior- but does it mean lions need to become monkeys!
We have two choices:
# 1 : To say that a billion people find no interest in your game - if pushed say that we are not interested in degrading ourselves to play with unworthy opponents just to sanctify them.
# 2 : We accept a playing field that is not level with the understanding of our handicaps - here we cannot be frustrated by the prospect of loosing.I vote for this..."