[Advaita-l] RE: Ananda, Chaitanya
svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Sun Jul 4 12:03:15 CDT 2004
Ananda is not added as another suffix in addition to the ten names marking
the daSanAmI tradition. It can be explained like a first name and surname.
For example, the current AcAryas of the Dwaraka and Puri mathas are called
Swarupananda Sarasvati and Nischalananda Sarasvati. The titular suffix
(surname) is Sarasvati only, not Ananda and not Ananda Sarasvati. The first
names in each case are Swarupananda and Niscalananda.
The usage of Ananda in the first name is indeed quite old, e.g. the author
of kalpataru, the commentary on bhAmatI, was called Amalananda (13th
century). And there was Anandagiri, whose guru was called Shuddhananda,and
who was the author of numerous subcommentaries on the SAnkara bhAshyas.
However, it is also true that Ananda seems to have become much more popular
recently, because of the large numbers of monks initiated within the more
newly established institutions like the Ramakrishna Math, Divine Life
Society, Chinmaya Mission etc.
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