Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Friendship versus "networking"

If men fathom what it means to have virtuous and wise friends, they will find the means to procure such friendships.

There are men who allay today's trials and avert tomorrow's troubles. Befriend and look after them.

To cherish and befriend men of greatness is the rarest of all rare things.

A man's greatest strength is meriting friendship with those greater than himself.

Knowing that they function as a monarch's eyes, a king looks at ministers meticulously before engaging them.

A man's foes are rendered ineffective if he can live in fellowship with the worthy.

Who can destroy the man who enjoys the friendship of aides who will not hesitate to admonish him?

With no one to reprove and thus protect him, a king will be destroyed, though no one seeks his destruction.

Profit is not for those who have no capital; nor is stability for those who lack the support of faithful friends.

While it is perilous to make a multitude of foes, it is ten times worse to give up the friendship of the worthy.

Tirukkural 441-450

Among Hindus, is detachment to be preferred to love, or the other way around?

When the Rig Veda says that the beginning of the world was Love (not Maya), how can Advaita be justified as "the ultimate meaning of the Vedas" (Vedanta)?

Where did the idea of "non-attachment" come into Indian thought except through Buddhism and Jainism, many of whose ideas were taken up by Shankaracharya to invent many of the beliefs that now go by the name of "Hindu"?

The following verses of the Rigveda are quite clear that the "connection of Being in Nonbeing" is Love, and that this Love is not some sort of energy but is the "One who existed by his own impulse...and was hidden by the Void but came to be through the power of Ardor":

"At first was neither Being nor Nonbeing. There was not air nor yet sky beyond. What was its wrapping? Where? In whose protection? Was Water there, unfathomable and deep?

"There was no death then, nor yet deathlessness; of night or day there was not any sign. The One breathed without breath, by its own impulse. Other than that was nothing else at all.

"Darkness was there, all wrapped around by darkness, and all was Water indiscriminate. Then that which was hidden by the Void, that One, emerging, stirring, through power of Ardor, came to be.

"In the beginning Love arose, which was the primal germ cell of the mind. The Seers, searching in their hearts with wisdom, discovered the connection of Being in Nonbeing".

- Rig Veda X, 129, 1-4