Neo-Advaita, Truth and tradition

The problem (the validity or truth of what is included under the term
Neo-Advaita) is complex, as I see it, and I don’t think there is a simple,
straightforward answer, only a global answer or answers, with some needed nuances or reservations for the most part. D. Waite himself has written positively about some of the tenets of at least a few of the Neo-advaitists, giving lenghthy quotations of them in his masterpiece, ‘Back to the Truth, 5.000 years…’ – an almost encyclopedic work I strongly recommend. I am not sure whether Le Roy goes a little beyond the line (will have to read some more written by him. He has listed Sârtre among his sources, which sounds peculiar).

I am in fundamental agreement with his conclusions [i.e. José Le Roy’s], even though the last paragraph makes one stop and ponder. Can a truth, orTruth Itself, reveal Itself outside all tradition? Are all traditions, in as much as they are systems – paths (*upayas*) – not enclosed within themselves? Is following at least one of them the only way? (assuredly, froma certain point of view it is safer to do so). I don’t think there is only one, universal esoterism, rather several esoterisms, as there are several traditions, unless one says that Tradition (or Universal esoterism) is nothing else than the Absolute, Truth, the Spirit manifesting Itself in diffent ways at different times and in diverse geographic areas of the planet (*spiritus ubi vult spirat)*. If that is so, can the Spirit not manifest Itself outside the
*upayas* known up to the present? Has It not * always* done that? In any case, ultimate principles or truths are but few.
Is ‘knowing oneself’ (oracle of Delphos) simple and direct or difficult and complicated? Granted, simple it is not, if we attend to the experience of hmanity.

(from correspondence)


About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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