a question for the traditionalists among us

Luis Gonzalez-Reimann reimann at UCLINK4.BERKELEY.EDU
Fri May 19 02:48:33 UTC 2000

At 11:42 AM 05/17/2000 -0400, Chris Beetle wrote
>Are there verses in Puranas and/or related texts advocating gurus who do not
>fall 'within a specific sectarian branch of Hinduism' or which fall into a
>'a specific sectarian branch of Hinduism' other than VaiSNavism, and if so,
>what are they?

I do not have a list of references from the Puranas, but the book mentioned
by J. Houben on this matter is a very good place to start (by the way, the
author is Steinmann, not Steiner).
The "Guru-Gita" is widely available through the (zaiva) Siddha Yoga

An interesting passage is TaittirIya UpaniSad 1.11, which seems to concede
that Vedic students can distinguish between the good and bad behavior of

Luis Gonzalez-Reimann
University of California, Berkeley

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