ADMIN : Response
msr at REDDY20.TAMU.EDU
Mon Apr 6 18:41:40 CDT 1998
Dear LIST Members,
advaita-vedanta is not anything and everything. To dismiss the role
of shrI shankara and his disciples, in establishing this tradition is
making a mockery of the maThas established by shrI shankara which
carry on the tradition till date. There is a definite tradition of
advaita vedanta. It is not anything and everything. Dont confuse this
with the idea that every being ultimately seeks the bliss of non-dual
I disagree with shrI sadananda's viewpoint and shrI Ram chandran's
view point on this. shrI shankara did not merely codify and explain
advaita-vedanta, he started maThas to establish the tradition. His
works are still the standard for advaitins.
I think I am clearly justified in saying that this LIST is for
advaita-vedanta as taught by shankara. Shankar Jayanarayan's point
that the tradition starts from shrI nArAyaNA himself is correct. By
honoring shankara, I honor all the gurus before him. To keep
shankara's work as a standard reference for this LIST is
the right thing to do. Especially after knowing that there are myriad
of opinions on what advaita is, I have not even an iota of doubt on
For all practical purposes this LIST is
Advaita-vedanta-as-taught-by-shankara-L, abbreivated as advaita-L. I
will include this if you want in the signature of every ADMIN post I
make. If you think I am wrong on this, let it be so. I prefer to be
wrong this way than right your way.
I invite shrI Ram Chandran and shrI Nanda Chandra, back to list. I am
sorry for being bit rude to Nanda Chandran. I sincerely apologize for
that. But I will not accept buddhist discussions on this list, to me
it like going to some temple kitchen and saying I want to cook beef
About the debates issue, I am confused. I agree that it will aid
learning. But I wonder, how many here know enough to debate? Friendly
discussion on advaita vedanta will definitely serve the purpose.
This LIST is not for converting any atheist, buddhist, Jain or a
folower of any other tradition to advaita-vedanta. This for like
minded people, who want to learn advaita-vedanta as taught by shrI
shankara and who already have desire to do so.
If I sound harsh, I am sorry. I respect each and every one of you, but
my stance on this issue is based on my real purpose with which this
LIST was started.
with love and respects,
NOTE: I will not respond further on this issue at least till this
weekend. I am busy with both my office work and Ph.D work.
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