[Advaita-l] Sringeri Jagatguru announces His Successor
svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Mon Jan 5 11:18:05 CST 2015
Dear Sri Venkatesh Murthy,
Many wishes for a happy new common era year in 2015. May I suggest that you should
choose the wording of your mails appropriately, if the intention is not to hurt? It is not
just the tone of the questions you raise, but also the content, which is often problematic.
The nomination of a successor to any of the Sankaracharya Peethams is not a question
of giving a chance to people from different communities. Firstly, it is the decision of the
current Acharya. Secondly, the Acharya can only choose a successor within the candidate
pool that is available. In recent history, the vast majority of brahmacArins who are sent
to Sringeri to study happen to be from Kannada and Telugu speaking communities, not
Iyers or Nambudiris or Konkanis. Narasimha Sastri, who became Swami Chandrasekhara
Bharati (till 1954) was born in a Kannada speaking family, by the way, not Telugu.
Thirdly, please read up on the well documented history of Sringeri over the last six
hundred years or so. There have been, in the past, Acharyas who came from Tamil Nadu
and from Maharashtra as well. Finally, it is not just about scholarship and intelligence.
There are many other qualities over and above these that the selected person has to
satisfy. Suffice it to say that in Sringeri tradition, the current Acharya makes a very careful
choice after observing students over a long time and only announces the decision when
all things fall in place. It is not a decision taken lightly and it has little to do with the
language of the family in which he was born.
> Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 22:11:25 +0530
> To: advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
> Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Sringeri Jagatguru announces His Successor
> From: advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
> In Sankara Dig Vijaya also and in the Sankaracarya movie also the other
> disciples of Adi Sankara felt Sureshwaracharya was not right person to
> write on Sutra Bhashya. They wanted Padmapada to write it. Sureshwaracharya
> had to come in his next Janma as Vachaspati Mishra Avatara to write on
> Sutra Bhashya. If even disciples of Adi Sankara can have feeling of Paksha
> Pata we Naradhamas can have it also. I am not against any person chosen by
> Swamiji. He will be very great Swamiji for Sringeri Peetha. It is not my
> intention to hurt feelings of others. I am sorry if someone got hurt.
> But I can say there are many bright scholar boys in Iyers, Namboodiris or
> Kannada or Tulu or Konkani speaking Brahmins also. They can be given a
> chance also. Do they have to take next birth in AP to get a chance? What
> is wrong to ask this?
> On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 5:49 PM, Varadaraja Sharma via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> > >>>You can say reservation system is already there because only Telugu
> > speaking people are becoming Swamijis for last 100s of years. If other
> > people are also made Swamijis there will not be any reservation policy.
> > see what has been reported under www.sringeri.net
> > The Jagadguru Mahaswamiji made the announcement, divinely inspired by
> > Goddess Sharadamba in His Anugraha
> > Bhashanam given during the culmination of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations
> > of His Peetharohanam. The
> > Jagadguru has chosen Brahmachari Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma to be
> > His Uttaradhikari -
> > Murty garu.......... sishya sweekara has got some sanctity. Is it not?
> > that is what is reflected in the
> > above official statement of dakshinamnaya sharada pIta.
> > And why can not we leave it at that?
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