[Advaita-l] Age/History of Sankara

B Shridhar kameshwarii at gmail.com
Tue Oct 3 22:10:49 CDT 2006

The criterias which was mentioned earlier certainly dont give such an
impression as you say now (your point 3.).
WR Antharkar has lots of other books to his credit which include "The age of
The topic on which you have spoken (Sankara's age) can be argued only though
book knowledge (Research papers, manuscripts etc) and not otherwise.
I bow to any guru who has been able to impart the knowledge of advaitam to
their disciple(s) irrespecive of their antiquity.

yours truly
B. Shridhar

On 10/4/06, Vidyasankar Sundaresan <svidyasankar at hotmail.com> wrote:
> It certainly was not my intention to start a controversy with this posting
> of mine. As Sri Siva Senani pointed out, I very specifically mentioned
> that
> at an individual level, one has to be ready to apply all my listed
> principles to one's own favorite institutions also. Rest assured that I
> have
> applied these criteria to the Sringeri matha publications for my own
> personal satisfaction. Please also note that I emphasized that you can at
> best hope to achieve a personal sense of closure on these issues, which
> may
> or may not be satisfying to all.
> As a matter of fact, I do not particularly care whether an institution is
> 100 years old or 1000 years old. For example, Ramanasramam is very recent,
> but as an institution that grew around and strives to be true to Ramana
> Maharishi, it deserves the highest respect. On the other hand, I don't
> think
> I am prepared to give the same respect to all those self-appointed gurus
> today who cite Ramana's name in an effort to gain some legitimacy.
> I have no wish to continue this discussion further, but for whatever it is
> worth, I have indeed read all of W R Antarkar's articles published in
> various journals and have cited and discussed them in my paper comparing
> the
> various Sankaravijaya texts (International Journal of Hindu Studies, Vol
> 4,
> No 2, Aug 2000). I also have no wish to hide behind my perceived erudition
> to ward off criticism. I know full well the limitations of mere book
> learning, and I will be the first to admit it if I have been wrong about
> something in the past.
> Regards,
> Vidyasankar
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