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And one year later I came back, ready to conquer India. But I was a locomotive that ran into a brick wall. I have returned to Baba, my Guru, and told him about Aryan invasion and historical perspective. They asked me who told me those strange stories. None of my tools worked. I have realized that there are two types of knowledge - local, Indian knowledge, and the academic knowledge about India that appeared outside its borders.

They exist parallel and are never crossed. It is the same story with Shankaracharya. How does this date come out?

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The second, there are records of succession lines in mathas - the main monasteries of this line. This tradition is still alive - to do similar records. It is impossible to estimate the ancient world from the point of view of the modern one. If you look a couple of hundreds years back, borders between Buddhism and Hinduism disappear. There is a concept of Dharma, a spiritual doctrine. If you look at Tibet with its tantric lamas and yogis, they are much closer to Indian babas, rather than, for instance, to the monks of Sri Lanka or Thailand.

Tibetians have yogis — nagpa, who wear earrings, long hair, and also worship Mahakala. I will tell to you why. In Juna Akhara order there are 52 lines. And the fifty second line is called Lama. There was a teacher named Kamal Baba who lived in the territory of modern Pakistan, around Peshawar, near to the Afghani border. This place is still called Uddiyana. Kamal Baba has visited Tibet and had disciples there.

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He was named there Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava, and his line is called Lama. Many Tibetans may not know about it, because Padmasambhava just appeared in Tibet, but for us he was one of babas who have left for Tibet. He is even depicted with trishul trident as a sadhu. So, many academic books that carefully give this division are written by whose thinkers who never had a contact with the real state of things.

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Several years ago I talked to David Frowley about the Aryan invasion, and I told him that we should not prove an inaccuracy of this theory as he does, but we have to show that an attempt to get into the history of India with this theory is absurd in principle. Show me at least one traditional community in India that would adhere to this point of view, show me at least a small echo of this theory in any tradition There is nothing. Does it mean that the history was created during the last years, during the invasion of India? Yes, it was done for the greater control over the invaded country and its culture, for the attempt to unify it.

People from empires like to put everything in order - one God, one sacred book So, such books are interesting to people who do not know the real state of things. So, you think that Shankaracharya lived so long ago? It is not the matter of my personal opinion. I say what is given by my tradition. Whether he lived this many years ago, or that, whether he lived at the same time with Christ Who knows, and who really cares?

He has reorganized the tradition, but he was not a founder of it. So, did the tradition of naga babas exist before him? Certainly, yes, long time before him. In my book I wrote about our main Guru - Dattatreya. Dattatreya lived in Treta Yuga. Do you wish to know, when exactly he lived? How do you know the term Bharata. We read in Mahabharata. Stories about rishi, apsaras Do you know what the word apsara means? Sara-sara-sara is the sound of flowing river water. So, primarily apsara is a nymph of water, a goddess from the river. I often advise European people to try and feel the divine in their own rivers, to come back in touch with spirits of their land.

So, you understand then the difference between reading someone's ideas in books what is certainly not bad, and there are books available and having your own experience.

It seems that they do nothing but just sit around the dhuni. All their activity is connected with the fire: how to support it, how to keep it alive, and if you are not able to do it, you are not recognized as sadhu. And the smoke always goes into your face At first, the smoke always goes into your face wherever you sit laughs. Speaking about Dattatreya again: he is depicted with three faces - of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Is this iconography ancient or not? You should be attentive. Very often versions are written by young orientalists, who have gained their degrees at twenty something years old, but their information can be fabricated or based on their own interpretation of books of their predecessors.

There is a story that Dattatreya was one of three brothers, they were three rishis - Soma, Dattatreya and Durvasa. Probably, artists presented the three brothers by this image. We have a small temple of Dattatreya in Arambol. Yes, and there is Parashurama temple nearby. Laughs Yes, after all nobody will guess, that they are hidden in Arambol. As for different forms of murti, it is actually the difference between the western, imperial approach that aspires to unify everything in order to manage the world easier and Dharma.

Western people often say - "my God is true, it means yours is false. Accept mine if you want to be saved". But nobody in India is worried by a number of Gods, lots of murti, and, besides, Gods often "reside" in certain places. One place is considered to belong to Mahalakshmi, the other one to Shiva.

It in the west, and in the north his palce is Muhugrad, in the south his place is Kollapur. And Parashuram is the patron of Goa. If you want to know something about the real Tantra, know that it has only two sources - Dattatreya and Renuka. Do you know a horrible story about rishi Jamadagni who has called his seven sons and asked them who his true disciple was? Parashuram was the youngest son. In this simple story that has many variants in oral tradition there are the seeds that later on grew into Tantra.

When speaking about Tantra they usually mention three terms - tantra, mantra, yantra. Yantra is a haven for the Deity, a prepared throne.

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We offer the Goddess a prepared seat in order to express our respect. Does it mean that yantra is more ancient than sculptures of Deities, and primarily there were dhuni and yantra used? I would not underestimate murti sculptures because often murti are put directly on yantra, besides very often sculptures serve as special signs located on the ground.

It is worth visiting Mahalakshmi temple in Kollapur and seeing Her body Usually, when you visit the temple during puja time, murti is difficult to be observed; it is all covered with flowers, fabrics, etc. But when I was conducting puja for her, was pouring milk, ghi on Her head, it was bared, it is just a stone. But a very interesting stone, I do not know its name, it is very strange. It is not similar to any of the stones that you can get in a store. So, murti can be a sign on the ground, as though a signature of the Goddess which She puts in places of Power. That is why we strive for these places.

Unfortunately, very often translations are not quite good, any of them: English, Russian or even Hindi. You have to listen to the original Sanskrit text. Avadhuta Gita is written in a form of a song sings one rhymed shloka in Sanskrit.