buddha and his teachings(Re: message to my friends)

Ravisankar S. Mayavaram msr at ISC.TAMU.EDU
Thu Aug 13 14:53:48 CDT 1998

On Thu, 13 Aug 1998, Maadhavan Srinivasan wrote:
> If it is the case, then why you published Thvaida philosopies such as
> ambal sthothrams in this Advaita list.
> Regards
> Madhavan.

I am posting the commentary of shrI lalita trishati bhAshyam by
shrI shankara. This list is for discussing advaita-vedanta as
taught by shrI shankara. Discussing shrI shankara's work is
perfectly valid and with in the scope of the list. As such
articles related and promoting bhakti withing the framework of
advaita is acceptable.

shankara bhAshyams on shrI viShnu sahasranAmam and lalitAtrishati
explain many subtle aspects of advaita-vedanta.  I would request
you to think twice before making a post like this.

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