[Advaita-l] ADMIN: Reaffirming this list's focus

Saikrishna Budamgunta saikrishnabvs at gmail.com
Mon Jan 31 19:53:47 CST 2011

Respected Sir(s),

As a followup to the letter written by Mahodaya Vidyasankar, I had couple of
expectations as a new member of the group and would be greatly benefited if
the learned ones consider helping novices like me.

One of the questions i have is, why cannot the list help its relatively new
members to read vedantic scriptures like Vivekachudamani or Astavakra Gita?
If there are learned and wise ones who are willing to discuss one or two
poems a day. It would immensely benefit novices like me. Some noble ones
might also consider commentary of shankara on Brahma sutras or Bhagavadgitas
for daily discussion.

I beg you to forgive me for my impertinence.


On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 3:41 AM, Vidyasankar Sundaresan <
svidyasankar at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Having read this news item about Muslim populations a couple of days ago, I
> was
> wondering when it would make its way to here.
> It seems to me that this forum's focus is getting diluted and frittered
> away by all
> sorts of distractions nowadays - from something as elementary as food do-s
> and
> don't-s (e.g. the recent discussion of the effect of onions and garlic on
> one's libido)
> to things as esoteric as tAntrika rituals and practice (which vary widely
> and are
> unique to each sub-tradition) or as political and controversial as world
> Muslim
> populations. Discussions like these always seem to generate much interest,
> to the
> detriment of issues that should be more pertinent to this forum.
> I have a request to list members - can we all resolve to focus on advaita
> vedAnta
> on this forum? No doubt some or all these other topics are interesting, and
> there
> are multiple viewpoints that many of us entertain about them, but does that
> merit
> an involved discussion here? Please re-read the welcome letter when you
> joined
> this list and refocus your attention on issues that should matter to this
> list. There
> are OTHER online outlets for these other kinds of discussion that seem to
> be very
> interesting to many. THIS list needs to realign its focus on advaita. If
> members
> cannot bring themselves to exercise some self-discipline before making
> posts to
> the list, we lose our raison d'etre.
> The moderators of this list have always tried to interfere minimally in the
> day to day
> functioning of the list, believing that our members will have the wisdom to
> mostly
> regulate themselves. So please live up to these expectations and please do
> not push
> us to the extreme of having to approve each and every post to the list.
> Vidyasankar
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