Prophets old and new
- It is interesting to compare the spiritual teachings of various prophets
from different ages. One of the most ancient prophets of India is Sage
Kapila. He is perhaps the first one to make a clear distinction between
'spirit' and 'matter'. He used the word 'Purusha' which later evolved into
the idea of the 'Self' as being distinct from the rest of 'Nature' or
'Prakriti' - the term he used. This was perhaps the first major step in the
evolution of spiritual ideas.
- Posting from another list:-
From: "Vivekananda Centre" <vivekananda@...>
One of the major step forward in spirituality came with Kapila who said:
'Purusha' or the Self is different from 'Prakriti' (nature which includes
body, senses, mind and even the intellect). I am quite convinced that Kapila
was in the same state of heightened awareness that say Adi Shankara or Swami
Vivekananda experienced. We have to understand that the experience is the
same but the explanation - the language used are necessarily different.
Their explanation and language reflect the best tools they had available in
their times to put across their vibrant experience. As Swami Vivekananda
once remarked 'There is nothing new in what I preach'. The same thinking can
be applied to the teachings of all prophets of all religions. Real religion
begins with vibrant spiritual experience (has to be first hand!!) - the
person who experiences then tries to put across what he has experienced
(which really defies description) - in the best language and terminology he
>Raman Sharma wroteThe best way to explain the relationship between Purusha and Prakriti
> Taking that Purusha and prakriti are within the individual, Is it
> 'Chith Jada Grandhi" that links both? Can any body throow light on
> this? Can we identify purusha and prakriti with sentient and
> insentient aspects of the individual?
> Ramana Sarma
through the Dvaita approach would be to introduce the idea of 'Leela' (play
for the sake of the play is why Purusha has got involved with Prakriti. The
involvement is very real but how and why is best explained as play for the
sake of the play.)
In the Advaita approach it is explained via the concept of 'Maya'. (the fact
that we think Purusha is involved with Prakriti is mere ignorance. It is not
true - Full stop).
According to me the unity that lies behind varied approaches to
spirituality - to all
varied philosophies like Advaita and Dvaita is best highlighted in the life
and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna.