Posted by: Anthony Bloch <Send E-Mail> Date: Sunday, September 26, 2004, at 9:07 p.m. IP Address: 207-38-190-13.c3-0.43d-ubr13.qens-43d.ny.cable.rcn.com
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Atheism is not easily substantiated using Vedic philosophy, although reputing some poor lost soul's comments (which i must confess i didn't read; doesn't matter since i get what they were expressing) you have well communicated the Bhakti Vedanta, while excluding (at least ostensibly) the Advaita Vedanta philosophy. Now, anyone who is lost miss-appropriating Advaita to support atheism, is doubly lost, and i don't see why one must counter that confusion by denouncing the great work of Adhi Shankaracharya. After all, did he not spend the last several years of his life composing hymns to the Divine Mother? Truth is in the paradox. Individual soul is alternatively, based on level and stage of growth, both - not one or the other - totally separate from the Supreme, and in essence - nothing but............That.
> Hmm... So, if I differ from your opinion I become an atheist. Interesting.
> I am yet to meet an atheist who says ParamAtma is God, and who can care
> about a 'prayer' for 'divine support'.
> You seem to be sure about the Ultimate Truth. I am still a seeker. May be
> some day I'll have the answers, or may be I wont.
> In your explanation, you have mixed Hindu Dvaita philosohpy (jA and pA are
> always seperate entities) and the middle-eastern (jewish) concept of a
> Master-Slave relationship - eternal servitude in heaven or eternal
> suffering in hell.
> All I can say is, Belief is a confession of ignorance. And atheism is also
> a belief. :-) For me, I happy to have the freedom to question everything,
> unlike many who are afraid even to doubt, let alone ask questions.
> Probably this discussion is irrelevant in this thread.