[Advaita-l] Conference on that Date of Adi Sankaracharya in October, 2002
bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com
Tue Jan 5 04:30:41 CST 2010
The hidden agenda behind the date controversy is an 'attempt' to dislodge
the Sringeri Math tradition as being not an original lineage but a sishya
math of another institution down south.
That is really a very cheap & childish tactics whoever employed it..is it
not?? When the question, whether shankara (bhAshyakAra) himself
established the four math-s, is itself an open issue for discussion, it is
really hilarious to see the fight for supremacy in shankara's 'original'
lineage. Prof. S.K. Ramachandra Rao in his book 'Shankara & Adhyasa
Bhashya' makes some important observation with regard to 'original'
lineage of shankara's advaita tradition. Here it is :
// quote //
The natural suggestion is that shankara, far from being the great
celebrity that he is now, was almost unknown during his days and for a
couple of centuries later. He must have been a quiet scholar, shunning
pulicity and engaged in study and writing throughout his brief life. His
reinterpretation of the vedantic tradition was doubtless of great import;
but it had to wait to be discovered long after he passed away.
A cult must have subsequently grown up around the image of the Acharya as
the one responsible for the intellectual resuscitation of the correct
vedantic tradition. Monastic institutions owing allegiance to him
probably were founded several centuries later, in order to propagate his
teachings. It is instructive to note that in the sringeri pontifical
list, sureshwara, the immediate disciple-successor of shankara in this
pontificate (as also claimed by Dvaraka and Kanchi Kamakoti pontificates),
is made to live and continue on the pontifical seat for about 800 years!!
This would probably mean that the actual founding of the pontificate was
800 years later.
// unquote //
Disclaimer : I am not endorsing the views of Prof. SKR here, as I have
least interest in this historical events. This is just for the
information of forum prabhuji-s.
Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
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