QUOTE (darwin @ Mar 28 2010, 03:40 AM)
Ananda is not a personalist. But didn't he want to be? Did he not try hard to not be the way he is? As many of us have, tried to remove this whole way of thinking from his brain the way one might try to burn off a wart? Extreme chanting and forced marches around Radha Kund. Kund. Radha Kund. God you know what that sounds like? Such a beautiful name. I don't even know how you pronounce it, kund or kund. Either way it really does sound like it means it doesn't it? Maybe it actually does. And Ananda will now come on here and tell me. And he is right again.
Perhaps the trick is in the fact that I stopped wanting to be a personalist or an impersonalist, and have since tried to let things be as personal or as impersonal as they are, or as I see them, or as what the hell ever they are, without trying to warp them into something else over concerns of conformance to utopian ideologies.
Darwin I fully understand why the word "kund" might hold a mystic appeal to you, and be something you feel a life-long longing for. In Czech they try to spell and say "kund" as "kunt" instead, because in their language kund means cunt, or so I was told, and to go around boldly preaching how the transcendental autocrat revels in Radha's holy kund all day long would be a bit much for the faithless to digest.
Properly, the word kuNDa means "a bowlshaped vessel , basin , bowl , pitcher , pot , water-pot , a round hole in the ground , pit , well , spring or basin of water (especially consecrated to some holy purpose or person) , an adulterine , son of a woman by another man than her husband while the husband is alive , mutilation" etc. so I'm sure there's enough in there for you to understand it according to your favorite freudian twist.
I once had a Bengali friend say राधाकुण्ड, but no one knew what the hell he was talking about till he said kund, which of course had to be further corrected ... with the proper English pronunciation ... to ... kund.
Of course it's confusing to see Bengali spoken in Devanagari alphabet --- what do you expect...
However I don't think the word "kund" is the problem inasmuch as it is the word "radha" preceding it, it just doesn't sound right when you englishize it and rape the two clear long A's in the process; it shouldn't sound like "rad" in "radish", and the R shouldn't sound like you're starting the engine. The K of the kund also becomes more harsh and sounds rather like a C, like in /kʌnt/ or so.
English is so ill-suited for pronouncing languages with clear long vowels and uniform hardness of consonants. This is also why you Americanos have such a hard time keeping your dipthongs
clear and in due order, and that's incidentally why you have a hard time harvesting the fruits of your sublimated Vedic mantras.