[Advaita-l] Age/History of Sankara
sunlike at hotmail.com
Sat Oct 7 16:29:07 CDT 2006
We have had enough discussions in the past on this subject in this website.
Not only here but also in other major forums in the internet, people have
spent many hours fanatically arguing to see that there is no end. If it
were, we would have gotten the right answer by now. There are people in this
forum that cannot get over this. Some way or other, they want to keep this
topic alive or some other so-called controversy between Kanchi and Sringeri.
As far as Sri. Sankaras life, I did a careful analysis in the past very
systematically for the sake of my own understanding. Here is my conclusion -
nobody can prove anything in totality, nor disprove anything. You can prove
and disprove so many things based on partial lists or evidences, but that
does not cover the entire history from Sri. Adi Sankara. Similar to the
checksum errors in personal computers, there is always a checksum error when
we try to put all the pieces together. Faith in ones own Acharya and
personal emotions take precedence over objective analysis.
I have participated in these discussions very seriously earlier. I wanted to
stay away this time totally for obvious reasons, but I find myself to be a
non-perfect sAdhakA to stay away from topics of interest.
One of the intrinsic properties of anything which is old, traditional and
mystical is always the complexity in some dimensions. Things are not black
and white and it should not be also. Such was the life of Sri. Adi Sankara
a distinctive, exceptional personality and a Supreme Guru. Why do people
have to fight over His life and works? Even not-so-old personalities such as
Sadasiva Brahmendras life are filled with such mystical characteristics.
His adhistanam (samAdhi-sthalA) is supposed to be in 3 places in Tamilnadu.
I think that this is what makes Sanatana Dharma unique. Puranas and Itihasas
have contradicting stories and anecdotes which are overlooked all the time.
We have Smritis contradict each other on occasions, but people accept them
as different customs in different ages.
Right at this moment, Hinduism is undergoing a major challenge and it needs
to be strengthened by a Renaissance. Some of the challenges are credible
threats coming from external sources, while others are internal
destabilizing the very foundation. I categorize this topic in the latter
category. Each one of us is doing a major harm to oneself as well as to the
Hindu cause by debating this -- Nahi nahi rakshati dukrnkarane
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