a question for the traditionalists among us

Stephen James Brown sb009h at MAIL.ROCHESTER.EDU
Wed May 10 01:28:37 UTC 2000

perhaps i should have been more clear.  I am not looking for a guru in any
particular tradition.  I have come into contact with some modern forms of
hinduism in the states where the idea always seems to be that of a sadguru
for the entire sect...i desire a sadguru in the more traditional way, as
the sole student or one of a small number of students.  There are many who
I consider upagurus, but long for the love and grace of a guru who takes
me as one among the few.  i hope this clarifies things...i appreciate the
help thus far..


On Tue, 9 May 2000, Luis Gonzalez-Reimann wrote:

> Concerning Steve Brown's question
> This verse, of course, is not about how to find a Hindu spiritual guru in
> general.  It is, rather, a sectarain VaiSNava statement.  The Padma Purana
> is a VaiSNava Purana, and a very sectarian one at that: it fiercely
> condemns non VaiSNava Hindus of several traditions.
> It all depends on what Steve Brown is looking for, a guru within a specific
> sectarian branch of Hinduism, or a more open spiritual teacher that accepts
> different branches of Hinduism.
> Best,
> Luis Gonzalez-Reimann
> University of California, Berkeley

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