[Advaita-l] Age/History of Sankara
svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Tue Oct 10 22:00:43 CDT 2006
Dear Mr. Sridhar,
I am writing this in two capacities - as the person whose very general post
provoked a very specific reaction from you and also as one of the moderators
of this list. I hesitated to exercise the latter till now, only because of
the former, but it is time to do so.
First, learn to write posts to this list in a civil style. Statements asking
one member to use his common sense and characterizing another as a "new
Columbus" prove nothing more than that you are an extremely rude person. You
may think you are doing the Kanchi matha and its Acharyas a great service by
discussng this topic in your current manner. Frankly, you are achieving only
the opposite. Please cut down the tendency to lash out at people. At the
very least, try to be not so strident. When very mild and highly general
statements in my posting could lead to so much reaction on your part, do
pause and think of the reaction and its intensity that you could be causing
in the minds of other readers.
Secondly, learn to do some research before you shoot off something in an
email. It is very clear that you do not know even the Kanchi traditions
well, let alone those of other Advaita institutions. FYI, there was no
tradition of celebrating Sankara Jayanti before 1905-1910. This fact is
acknowledged in all sources,
Thirdly, all your arguments are different versions of a claim that a lineage
of 70 names or more has to be more ancient than a lineage of less than 40
names. I do not even want to start offering all the reasons why this
argument is deeply flawed.
Both sides of this debate have had their say in the past, multiple times, on
this very list. You might want to search through the archives to satisfy
yourself that this is so. If you have nothing new to offer, or if you cannot
learn to incorporate the above two points of sincere advice in your writing,
let us consider this topic closed.
To set the record straight, we do not actively moderate anybody's ability to
post to this list, so long as you are a member. This is not an attempt to
stifle your voice, but everybody has had an opportunity to have his or her
say. Other members have already started complaining about the futility of
this thread and I think they adequately represent the silent majority of
this list's members.
After about one or two more posts, at the maximum, this thread needs to be
put to rest.
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