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Life stories for high rise Sangha - questions about Shree Gauranga Sangha

Talasiga - Sat, 28 Aug 2004 17:33:50 +0530
QUOTE (nabadip @ Aug 27 2004, 10:13 AM)
If we take the forum as a type of sanga, like a meeting in a room, whenever a new person enters that room or leaves it for a while, a different energy or synergy is created. We are not writing a book here for everyone to read, but by contributing we are reconstructing reality every day anew. New people tend to read only the recent posts, just like someone new who is joining a conversation hears only the opinions stated here and now.

In stagnant communities there is a standard claim to newcomers: "We have been here first, you have to adjust to us." More dynamic communities adjust to the new realities as they are created. It is a challenge, as well as an adventure. That is what this site has been and continues to be for me. The nice thing is that we can be co-creators, all of us together. A wonderful way of sharing by creating...  harmony out of disharmony, unity in diversity.

In this way we are recreating in a small way what  Sri Gauranga has done by showing himself in different ways to different bhaktas, always maintaining the unity in the diversity of absolute reality.

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How crucial was biography for participation in Gauranga's Sangha?
Talasiga - Sun, 29 Aug 2004 06:47:36 +0530
This topic is for any questions on devotee association in light of precedents set by Shree Gauranga's (Lord Chaitanya) circle. How those precedents may be determined - whether by scripture, historical record or current socio-religious praxis amongst descendants of claimed lineages from Shree Gauranga - may also be of interest to this topic.

The topic was originally started in the Questions and Answers forum and appears to have been moved here without explanation. I, therefore, deem the placement of this topic as causeless. I trust a corollary liminal spirit will flavour our participation.

So, again I ask,
"How crucial was biography for participation in Gauranga's Sangha? "
Madhava - Sun, 29 Aug 2004 17:40:56 +0530
QUOTE (Talasiga @ Aug 29 2004, 03:17 AM)
I, therefore, deem the placement of this topic as causeless.

Consider that
the causeless mercy
of Sri Gauranga's sanga.
Talasiga - Sun, 29 Aug 2004 19:34:30 +0530

Why do I write "sangha" when others write "sanga"? Am I making a mistake? It is late, very very late.
Talasiga - Tue, 14 Sep 2004 06:01:10 +0530
It is dawn and Raamkeli Raag is rising. The river runs gold and the river sand is singing. His silence is so deep that his tears do not raise a ripple. Cow dung smoke wafts by the bank. He has morning company. It is a new band from the night. Their past is counted yet not not counted. The river grooves to ever new currents.
babu - Tue, 14 Sep 2004 06:14:44 +0530
QUOTE (Talasiga @ Aug 29 2004, 01:17 AM)

So, again I ask,
"How crucial was biography for participation in Gauranga's Sangha? "

If you were of Muslim descent, you couldn't go inside the Jaganath Temple and watch an elderly hunchbacked woman climb His back and stand on His shoulders to see Sri Jaganath. And so a more suitable service was for you to be the nama acarya.
Jagat - Tue, 14 Sep 2004 06:22:00 +0530
The words saGgha and saGga come from different roots. saM-gha strangely enough comes from the root han ("strike or kill") with the prefix saM. The meaning MW gives: "to strike or put together, join, shut, to beat together, to make solid, to unite." So a "sangha" really means some kind of organization or unified collection of individuals. Therefore it was used to describe the Buddhist "church" -- saGghaM zaraNaM gacchAmi.

The word saGga, comes from the word root gam with the same prefix saM, "going together." It is often used simply as a synonym of "with." It is a lot looser and less disciplined in its conception than saGgha. sAdhu-saGga is something that you do, sAdhu-saGgha is something you belong to.
Talasiga - Tue, 14 Sep 2004 07:04:22 +0530
That was very well answered Jagatji. Thank you.
Yes, we can think of one as warm streams coming together
and the other as the crystal iceberg.
Therefore I will speak of sanga rather than sangha.

Gaurangam Sharanam Gacchaami
Kirtanam Sharanam Gacchaami
Sangam Sharanam Gacchaami