[Advaita-l] Age/History of Sankara

B Shridhar kameshwarii at gmail.com
Wed Oct 11 12:35:25 CDT 2006

Honestly I was waiting for you to respond being the perpetrator of this
whole mudslinging exercise.

I have been pleading to everyone (including you) to exercise restraint while
you as a moderator was just a mute spectator .

I had to use harsh language to deter the so called sringeri protagonists and
which to a large extent I did succeed as they had nothing to offer but
irresponsible devotion. I could clearly see that they had very little or
almost nil knowledge of history but ample amount of ill placed devotion.

The readers have to judge who has to carry out more research i.e. you or me,
when you can state that the celeberation of sankara jayanthi started after
1910 only and that too being acknowledged in "all sources".
who are the so called "all sources" ?
Are you too so naive to think that all the sankaracharya mutts were not
celebrating sankara jayanthi till 1910 ??
Or you think all of us are naive to accept your statement as it is.
Or you have started feeling so much egoistic that people will tend to
believe whatever you say.

I am satisfied with my knowledge of the sankaracharya institutions whereas
those talks here has been completely biased and just hearsay.

As regards age disparity due to lineages, no one can give any specific proof
to support that the sringeri lineage of 36 bramachari acharyas are older in
lineage to the 70 bramachari acharyas of the kudali, 70 bramachari acharyas
of kanchi, 145 grahasta acharyas of puri etc...
Your asking me to browse the archives to find answers dont impress me at
all, as the above disparity cannot be explained eventhough as usual certain
readers can be found bulldozing around making their viewpoint without data
and some others to support them in their endeavour.

I can say for one thing that you have been the most irresponsible moderator
who has his inherent bais which makes this site more of a sringeri site than
a site for advaitam.

B. Shridhar

On 10/11/06, 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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