[Advaita-l] Sringeri Jagatguru announces His Successor

balagopal ramakrishnan rbalpal at yahoo.co.in
Wed Jan 7 04:38:58 CST 2015

Yes, the administrator can apply the modern tools ( internet, mobile telephony etc) to expand the reach ( the existing website* can be improved). Even this group is able to function due to it's (internet's) blessing. Knowingly or unknowingly the very many discussions in this group, mostly by very learned members, is benefitting many who may otherwise may not have much chance to even glance at the existence of this knowledge ( the only way for all souls ( ignorance)) owing to their preoccupations in the secular activities (though our tradition does not differentiate between secular aka karma yoga  and spiritual ).
Some of the respectful members of this group must already be either in close contact or in an influential position to urge the administration suitably.
*The activities of the Peetham take place through the leadership of an Administrator & CEO under the direction and inspiring guidance of the Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji.This section of the website describes the Peetham’s activities that have evolved over the centuries, while remaining under the scope set by its great founder, Sri Adi Shankaracharya - the sustenance and propagation of Sanatana Dharma and its philosophical essence, Advaita Vedanta.(from the math's website)  

     On Wednesday, 7 January 2015 10:56 AM, Sujal Upadhyay via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

 Namaste Sri D.V.N. Sharma ji,

Changes are bound to happen. there is no denying it. The question is not
for modernization, but for the 'lack of effort' to reach out to them. Sure
a Guru can use technology, but then the problem is that, due to the fast
life, we have lost patience. There are often incidents when a college girl
or boy will put earphones in head
 and cross road and railway tracks. No wonder, when it comes to railway
tracks, someone will pull them back and they may get a tight slap as a
'wake up call'.

We have become slaves of technology. My nephew will play games on mobile
instead of enjoying the company of family members when we are out for a
dinner in a nearby hotel. His parent and grandparent (got to mention them
too ;) ) will not object his behavior. Even when someone visits our house,
youngsters and even some (modern) elders will have a look at their mobile
every 10 minutes.

In today's world there is no patience, and so tolerance for anything has
reduced too, hence there is no peace. How are you going to stop this
onslaught. Swami ji may ask some of his followers to take up the job, but
then they the purpose if giving direction will be defeated, as the
volunteers themselves, due to intense activity, have become restless.

When you play video game, e.g. first shooter, 3rd person shooter, it
requires reflexes. So mind will run fast along with the character (1sr
person or 3rd person). The game lasts for 15-20 or even 30 minutes. Now
this is like sAdhanA. Imagine you practicing increasing the speed of
thoughts for 30 minutes daily. After certain years what is going to happen?
your mind i.e speed of thoughts will increase. Now how will you arrest
thoughts or atleast decrease the speed of thoughts. No wonder you are going
to suffer from insomnia. You know these days the business of psychiatrist
is the most blooming  profession. It is the 'need of an hour'. People get
upset very fast. (and this phenomenon of 'dipping in depression' is
increasing day-by-day. resulting in loss of faith and ... the chain goes on)

Use technology, but don't by it's slave. We must also be able to live
without it. Can you live without watching TV, without mobile, without
internet and without PC for 1 week, even for a day?

Sorry for being off topic, but people will take things out of context, as
against technology means BAN on technology. Criticizing something does not
mean issuing a COMPLETE BAN.  It is aimed at restricting it's use so that
we may not become it's slave. 100 % implementation is not possible. If I
tell you, stop watching TV, stop using internet, you will not immediately
stop watching TV and using internet, but will will try to restrict use.
Depending upon the strength of mind and will power, your reduction in usage
of TV or net will depend.

btw, using car as a mode of transport is not a Taboo :)



On Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 10:10 AM, D.V.N.Sarma డి.వి.ఎన్.శర్మ <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> I wonder if Sri Bharatithirtha Swamiji is not already computer savvy. If he
> is not he will become. No body will be willing to forego the  advantages
> and comforts of modern technology. Do not forget that the earlier pontiff
> Sri AbhinavaVidyatirtha Swamiji used to travel in a car with a driver in
> silk dhoti and angavastram.
> Changes will occur whether we like them are not. The propagation of Adwaita
> by Sankaracharya itself was a change  in the traditional values existing at
> that time.  That is why he had to travel all over India and argue and
> convince people of other schools. You think that an ultimate word has been
> said by Sankara and that there can be nothing more to be said. We think we
> have arrived. But mankind has seen many such positions being overthrown.
> Let us not become नान्यदस्तीति वादिदनः
> regards,
> Sarma.
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