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What I have found out is that Johnson translated Paul Deussen into English, so he was fluent in both German and Sanskrit. His Vivekachudamani is superb and even if his writings can seem quaint and Victorian, it is the mans qualifications that count in my book.
However, from the vantage point of a jnani, or a buddha, advaita is only a retirement plan from our point of view. From the point of view of the jnani, who resides in Eternity, it is you and me who are in bondage but we don't notice.
It's like when we watch African documentaries and the tribes people don't notice the flies landing on their lips, well, according the jnani, that's us in this world of bondage. We don't notice the bars and so we are shocked when realizers like Adi Shankara tell us to throw off the disgusting body, food for worms, and to see the world as poison!
Unless we are jnani's, then that word, 'faith' comes into the equation, like Kurt Godel's discovery of a pest in the equation that we'll never box-in. Even the grandest system of them all is based on some sort of faith. We have to have faith that the jnani is really there.
In our world, only the super rich, like Wei Wu Wei, living in his palace in the South of France, can wax philosophical on this subject and love advaita like a baby to the tit.
Wei Wu Wei, or to use his proper name, Terence Gray, wrote about Eternity and his writings are the pinnacle in English, but Terence Gray lounged in his sumptuous gardens all day long writing about Eternity.
There is the old criticism that only middle class people are into Buddhism! Look at Alan Watts? Super wealthy, well published, with a host of fans. Watts can talk Eternity all day long.
What of the wage slave? Does the wage slave accept that he is not the doer because he is told that letting go of doership will dissolve the candle of the ego to reveal the burning atman? What a gamble!
The wage slave works to save for a holiday, only for the gas bill to come through the post! If the wage slave shakes his fist, then that's egoism! The jnani's teach that only sadhana can lead to Self, everything else is bondage. In the modern world, the meaning is clear. The slave must have faith and accept 'what is' because acceptance will lead to Eternity. We are inside the Matrix after all, and the jnani is Neo, a being who had seen the truth. This is true, but try telling that to the slave.
If you've seen The Matrix, there is a character who eats the delicious streak when the film viewers know full well that the streak is illusion and that the man has chosen slavery. Well, in our reality, the jnani is the viewer and we are the characters and this is why advaita looks life denying from our point of view.
This still doesn't dispel my anger at the universe, but the faith is that I am not the universe, which is conditioned by space, time and causation. Even quantum physics is a-space, a-time and a'causal, and, in some interpretations, a-logical, a-dvaita. Johnson translates 'Brahman' as 'Eternity'. Any translation will due for That, the thing with zero attributes. The quantum place has no attributes and This is what I am! This is why I am unborn.