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Sushuri Novaryana

Jul 24, 05 - 1:03 PM
A Devotion for Sunday

...and in fact for every day, but it is rather nice to present it to you on the Day of Sai Raya.

We have pleasure in offering to you the text of the Great Hymn to Mahalakshmi, a very beautiful and spiritually potent devotion to our Mother, which is recommended for daly recitation.

The text is supported by a very full commentary clarifying its spiritual and metaphysical import.

We hope you will feel moved to incorporate this devotion into your daily life, and we know that you will be blessed by Our Lady for your loving devotion to Her.

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Jul 25th, 2005 - 11:13 AM
Re: A Devotion for Sunday

I love the exposition of the deep metaphysical rots of human language! It opens up a whole new understanding of what our words really are.

The related ideas of words, turning, and creation are very important.

One question. You write "the Indo-European root *werdh a word, from *wer, to speak, which also gives rise to Latin verbum and �word� words in most Indo-European languages"

The Greek word *logos* is a very important "word" word containing both the literal and metaphysical senses of "word. Is the Greek term part of this group?
Sushuri Novaryana

Jul 26th, 2005 - 10:02 AM
Re: A Devotion for Sunday

Logos, at root, refers more to the written than the spoken word, which may seem curious, since the metaphysics of the Word have very much to do with those of sound. This may be explained by the fact that the Hellenic culture was already, by the time the famous use of logos in the opening of the Gospel According to St. John was written, some 500 years into a Rajasic era - though by no means as extreme as the current one.

The Greek representative of the *wer group is, in fact rhetor relating to the art of effective communication, as well as rhema="a word" (earlier roots *whret and *whrem).

Rhetoric is a term insisted upon by the great metaphysician Ananda Coomaraswamy, who speaks of the rhetoric of traditional Sattwic works of art as opposed to their aeshetics. That is to say, of their capacity for communicating fundamental Truth as well as merely stimulating our worldly senses.

The term rhetoric has something of a bad name because in the Pericleian period, when Athens was a democracy, teachers of rhetoric, or effective communication of Truth, degenerated into teachers of the various tricks and arts required to sway the ignorant and passionate crowd (demos) - this now being the key to power.

Truth is the first casualty of democracy!