[Advaita-l] Ananda, Chaitanya

venkata subramanian venkat_advaita at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 2 03:42:09 CDT 2004

Apropos to this,
Sringeri Math tradition says that for Brahmacharis the title is Chaitanya and upon Samnayasa it is Ananda.
But this does not seem to be followed even in Sringeri.   While anyone who gets Samnyasa from Sringeri is givne the title of Ananda.....the Acharyas themselves perse have not adhered to this suffix of Ananda.   Right from the Adi Acharya to the present one.
Why ?
Further, is there any brahmacharya inititation by that Math other than the Upanayana, i dont know.   if there is a one like that, do they award the title "chaitanya" ?!

"Jaldhar H. Vyas" <jaldhar at braincells.com> wrote:
On Thu, 1 Jul 2004, V. Krishnamurthy wrote:

> Namaste
> In the entire Indian tradition, all SannyAsis take up (or
> are given) a new name at the time of SannyAsa. What was the
> pre-sannyAsa name of Adi Shankaracharya? If the name given
> to him by his parents was 'Shankara', as all accounts seem
> to say, then, was there no change of name at the time of
> formal initiation into SannyAsa by his guru
> Govinda-bhagavat-pAda?

Shankaracharya was the founder of the Dashanami order of Sannyasis so
presumably rules such as changing ones name were started by him and
applied to those who came after him. Are there any pre-shankaran
instances of people changing their name upon taking sannyasa? I can't
think of any off-hand. The upanishadic sages do not seem to have done so.

Jaldhar H. Vyas 
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