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subject:advaita-l digest, vol 56, issue 6
date:sat, 08 dec 2007 12:00:01 -0600

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date: fri, 7 dec 2007 10:34:38 -0800
from: anuj <whereisanuj@gmail.com>
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thank you praveen, i appreciate your support. yes, i know it is very
difficult to take a step as this, there are many reasons why one
cannot commit to that lifestyle...but only one reason why one would
and that's all that matters now :)

thanks again.

on 12/7/07, praveen <bhatpraveen@gmail.com> wrote:
> pranam all,
>> anuj-ji wrote:

> > having spent 10 years here in the us. i am 28 and have decided to
> > follow my spiritual calling and join an ashram to further my
> > understanding of vedanta over the next 3-4 years.
>> congratulations on your decision, or the call as i prefer to think of

> it as. if it helps, may i mention that one of the swamijis at
> rishikesh sivananda ashram suggested the same 3 yr course to me?
>> although i didn't take it due to my being choosy and biased, or

> incapability, or whatever, i do think that any practical step towards
> vedanta is good enough. i also believe that the path chalks itself
> for the right student. in that light, and on reading your attitude, i
> feel that you're about to have a blissful experience ahead, be it
> anywhere. best wishes.
>> may god and guru be your guide!

>> pranams again,
> --praveen
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date: sat, 8 dec 2007 12:47:39 +0530

from: "pranav peshwe" <pranavpeshwe@gmail.com>
subject: re: [advaita-l] trees have life- bhashya
to: "a discussion group for advaita vedanta"

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on dec 7, 2007 8:57 pm, s.n. sastri <sn.sastri@gmail.com> wrote:

> dr. j.c. bose (1858 ?1937) is said to have discovered that trees and
> plants
> have life and react to stimuli. i do not know whether this was known
> science earlier. scientist members of this group must be able to say.
>> but it is interesting that this has been stated by sri sankara

himself in
> his bhashya on chandogya upanishad, vi. 11. 2:--
>> "that a tree is possessed of a soul is indicated by such signs as

> exudation
> and drying up of sap. from the illustration in the sruti that the
> non-moving
> living things are possessed of consciousness, the view of the
> and
> the vaiseshikas, who hold that the non-moving things have no
> consciousness,
> is seen to be without substance".

the upanishad talks about the tree having
'consciousness', while science discovered that trees have 'life'. is
'consciousness' in the bhashya equivalent to what science calls 'life'
of course, who knows, trees may also possess consciousness, maybe in a
cruder form as compared to us humans. only some light has been thrown
on the
softer problems about consciousness, but answer to the hard one still
kindly correct me wherever wrong. would be glad to hear comments on the

best regards,
happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.

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date: sat, 8 dec 2007 13:46:51 +0000 (gmt)
from: kashyap m <swatmarama@yahoo.co.in>

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