[Advaita-l] Age/History of Sankara

Anbu sivam2 anbesivam2 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 11 03:43:00 CDT 2006

Dear Sri Vidyasankar,

If this is the way we are to learn advaita, we might as well not do it.  I
can clearly understand that people including you are partial to one or the
other peetam but any defence of it using reason is clearly indicative of the
defective intellect.  By the way the intellect is always defective and that
is why we say give up the intellect.

Pl. therefore shut down this topic and you would have done a yeoman service
to our aim.

With regards and Narayanasmrithi,

On 10/10/06, Vidyasankar Sundaresan <svidyasankar at hotmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
> Vidyasankar
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