'Siva and Avalokitezvara
naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 15 16:24:44 EST 1998
N. S. Raja writes:
Sugar is whitish, crystalline, is produced by
boiling a liquid, is prized by humans, and is
added to tea in small quantities. Salt is also
whitish, crystalline, is produced by evaporating
a liquid, is prized by humans, and -- in Tibet --
is added to tea in small quantities. Yet,
one would be seriously mistaken to say
"salt is sugar in a Tibetan garb".
I do not know if Tibetan Tea has sugar or salt.
Is salt added really? I would think milk
will get spoiled, unless one drinks salty
tea soon after its preparation.
Want to read on the recipes of salty Tibetan tea.
I am afraid that this analogy of salt and sugar
to 'Siva and Avalokitezvara does not work.
At the very least, post 630 AD.
Compare salt and sugar: density, taste, chemical
structure, ... are very different.
So, I will never say that "Salt is sugar in a
Compare 'Siva and Avalokitezvara: Both have
nrttezvara, nIlakantha, hAlahAla forms.
Both sport 20 common weapons. Both teach
grammar to Panini and Agastya. Both are
drishti gurus. Both have siva-sakthi,
maNi-padma unions, ....
That's why I said that "Avalokitezvara is
Siva in Buddhist garb".
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