[Advaita-l] The Evolution of Advaita from Sankara till Date

srirudra at vsnl.com srirudra at vsnl.com
Sun May 18 06:02:34 CDT 2008

Dear learners of Advaita
Ithink what is the necessity to drag in Swamy Vivekananda as to whether he is a true advaitin or not when he has 
never said that he is an advaitin.True he was a true disciple of Sri Ramakrishna paramahamsa who is regarded as a 
advaitin .Advaita was taken out from Vedas and Upanishads by AdiSankara as He had faith in the Vedas and He 
wanted to establish that Brahman is verily there and there is nothing except Brahman.He used reasoning to say that 
His faith is not a blind one.The latter Acharyas tried in their ownway to further make easy His Bhashyams and in that 
process perhaps some dilutions might have occurred.But the core philosophy remains intact is my opinion.So let us 
not discuss who is a true advaitin and all that.It is only digressing the subject on hand.R.Krishnamoorthy.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sundaresan, Vidyasankar (GE Infra,	Water)" <vidyasankar.sundaresan at ge.com>
Date: Thursday, May 15, 2008 6:43 pm
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] The Evolution of Advaita from Sankara till Date
To: advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org

> >I've seen your comments on Swamy Vivekananda somany times
> >earlier...prabhuji, kindly let me know why you are taking such a 
> tough>stand on vivEkananda?? what makes you to think that he is not 
> even an
> >advaitin!! I've read his work on jnAna yOga, though it is not 
> shAstric&
> >rigid in the representation of non-dual phiolosophy, I think, it is
> worth
>  ^^^^
> >reading for those who persue jnAna mArga. Kindly comment. 
> I think rigid is an unhappy choice of words here, Bhaskar. A more
> appropriate
> word would be rigorous, rather than rigid. If one reads Swami
> Vivekananda
> carefully, I think one will find that he is not rigorous about advaita
> vedAnta, but
> he is also not rigid in his opinions. He writes emphatically, but 
> he is
> not a
> rigid and dogmatic author.
> I can understand both Jaldhar's reservations about Swami Vivekananda's
> writings
> and the views of those who think otherwise. However, one should 
> rememberthat
> Swami Vivekananda never portrayed himself as a faithful interpreter of
> Sankara or
> classical advaita. His goals were more general with respect to 
> Hinduism.
> Regards,
> Vidyasankar
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