introduction and a question

Alfred Collins acollins at GCI.NET
Tue Dec 16 20:20:38 UTC 2003

Thanks, but no, that is not it.  The poem I remember (?) has a nostalgic feeling, saying goodbye to a world that, in some sense, will be missed.  The Nirvana Satakam celebrates nirvana, does not linger on the threshold to wave goodbye. I have begun to suspect I am confounding some Chinese or Japanese Buddhist tradition with Sankara.


----- Original Message -----
From: Bindu Bhat <bb145 at COLUMBIA.EDU>
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2003 11:07 am
Subject: Re: introduction and a question

> Are you refering to Niravana Satakam (Manobuddhihankara ....) also
> known as
> Atma Satakam?
> Bindu
> --On 16 ??????? 2003 10:20 -0900 Alfred Collins <acollins at GCI.NET>
> wrote:
> > Dear listmates,
> >
> > I'm new to this list and thought it might be appropriate to
> introduce> myself. I am a practicing psychologist with a second
> Ph.D. in Indic
> > Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.  My research
> interests> are in Indian psychology, primarily Rgveda, Upanisads,
> Samkhya-Yoga,
> > Vedanta, and via interpretation of the epics.  I was previously
> on the
> > core faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies in
> East/West> Psychology.  For several years I was informally
> associated with members
> > of the University of Chicago's South Asia program, and have given
> > seminars there, at the Univ. of Wisconsin South Asia annual meeting
> > (several times), the Association for Asian Studies, University of
> > Minnesota, Alaska Pacific University, Chicago Institute for
> > Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association, etc.  Published
> > papers have appeared in the Journal of Indian Philosophy,
> Journal of
> > Indo-European Studies, other journals and edited books (Vishnu
> on Freud's
> > Desk, Is the Goddess a Feminist?, etc.).
> >
> > Here is my question.  I have a distinct memory of reading, in
> > translation, a poem from Sanskrit saying goodbye to worldly life on
> > entering nirvana or moksa.  I do not believe this was a Buddhist
> text,> but may rather have been ascribed to Sankara.  I have
> looked through
> > various sources but find nothing like this among his devotional
> songs, or
> > elsewhere.  I suspect (remember?) that there is a subgenre of
> literature> on this topic: leave-taking on transcending the world,
> almost> sentimentally touching on each part of the world, the
> senses in turn, the
> > joys of life.  Can anybody steer me toward these texts (if
> indeed they
> > exist)?
> >
> > Alfred Collins
> > Anchorage, Alaska USA

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