[Advaita-l] Rules of discussion on the paper on SSS
Siva Senani Nori
sivasenani at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 13 00:25:19 CDT 2007
Sri Vidyasankar sent the following clarifying on the rules of debate. From this, it is very clear that participation by the followers of SSS is indeed welcome.
----- Original Message ----
From: Vidyasankar Sundaresan <svidyasankar at hotmail.com>
To: sivasenani at yahoo.com
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2007 7:01:45 AM
Subject: RE: [Advaita-l] Rules of discussion on the paper on SSS
>For the most part, I am with you on discussions derailed etc., but what
>kind of discussion is this going to be if the opposition cannot
Jaldhar, Ravi and I read through the rules that Ramakrishnan wants to abide
by and okayed them before he posted them to the list. So perhaps a
clarification from one of the moderators is necessary here.
Our intention is to see a thoughtful discussion, not to prevent it. By
definition, the two extreme poles of this discussion can only be defined
between those who are absolutely convinced that Swami Saccidanandendra
Sarasvati is right and those who are equally convinced of the opposite. As
you noticed, the key conjunction is the "and" - it applies only to those who
take a strident and almost missionary stance. The idea is that everyone
should avoid the tendency to "prove by assertion" or "prove by repetition".
As moderators, we expect that both sides confine their attention to the
topics of substance, rather than express emotional opinions on sampradAya
etc. Thus, the focus should be on topics like the
epistemological/ontological status of avidyA and/or mAyA, whether
bRhadAraNyaka and mANDUkya upanishad texts say something mutually different
about sushupti, etc. It goes without saying that the proposed rules (or code
of conduct for this discussion, I would say) apply equally to all
participants, on both sides of the debate.
Hoping that everyone keeps the tone and content of the discussion at an
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