[Advaita-l] On Acharyas and Modern Technology
srirudra at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 05:11:08 CST 2015
It is really great that the Sringeri Peetam is quite in tune with technological advances and quick to adopt them for benefit of all.R.Krishnamoorthy.
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> On 15-Jan-2015, at 5:13 am, Vidyasankar Sundaresan via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> At the risk of reviving a discussion that seems to have come to a natural rest, let
> me add a couple of points on this thread. Venkata Sriram wrote:
>> The project called "advaita-shArada" was well appreciated by sringeri achArya.
>> It was achAryA's blessings that took the shape of this project.
> Indeed. As a matter of fact, it was not just blessings, but also active involvement
> from the Sringeri Peetham, and lots of hard work, behind the scenes, by key people
> in Mysore, Sringeri, Srirangam etc. Those who actually did it all have kept a low
> profile and haven't gone around advertising themselves and their accomplishments,
> in the time honored tradition of the Sringeri Peetham. Making the SAnkara bhAshya
> texts available online in a very user friendly way for public access is actually only one
> aspect. The larger scope of projects undertaken by the Sringeri Peetham involves
> digitizing and preserving for posterity all the manuscripts in the Matha library and
> archives, which has been ongoing for several years now. In reality, Sringeri is a role
> model to learn how constructively and judiciously a traditional institution can apply
> technology, in the service of maintaining its core values and dharma.
> If one were to actually visit Sringeri, one will see that the Peetham administration
> was also one of the earliest adopters of a quite different area of technology. There
> is a big installation of solar panels behind the massive feeding hall, which ensures
> that every visitor is fed daily, without having to burn massive amounts of firewood
> or fossil fuels. As today marks the makara saMkramaNa of Aditya, I was reminded of
> this, so I'm bringing it up now, quite belatedly for the purposes of this discussion.
> Various other examples can be listed, if one cares to find out what works on a day to
> day basis, in a remote region of India, with steep slopes and heavy rains. "Modern
> technology" ranges much beyond the use of websites, email and social media!
> With best regards and wishes on this day of makara saMkramaNa,
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