[Advaita-l] [advaitin] Re: : Passing away of Sri S.N.Sastri ji

Ramakrishna Upadrasta uramakrishna at gmail.com
Fri Oct 30 01:35:54 CDT 2015

praNAmams to All,

parama pUjya brahma shrii Sastri-ji's passing aways indeed a deep personal
loss to all of us advaita community.

It was due to His early encouragement and kind words that beginners like me
started reading more about advaita and samskritam. His presence in the
advaita lists was like the beacon light which guided the list and the
participants in times of conflicting arguments. In course of the sea of
arguments/counter-arguments in the advaita list, His supporting words for
beginners made them climb onto a self-confidence boat and continue with
their svaadhyaaya. His resoluteness in the advaita-vedaanta-sampradaya
tradition was enough for youngsters to take it as pramANa, rather than
reading too much of unconventional interpretations of bhagavadpaada's

There are too many instances when his personal mails showed deep affection
(vAtsalya-bhAva) and appreciation to individual members. His emphasis on
inculcating bhakti towards the Ishvara, which is an easy means of
liberation was important to many youngsters
(shreyo-maargeShu-bhaktaavadhika bahumatiH: naaraayaNIyaM 91.5) who were
trying to tackle the difficulty of the unmanifest form (avykata-te-svarUpaM
duradhigamatamaM: naaraayaNIyaM 99.10).

I personally feel my great fortune to have received many such mails over
the course of years. Whether I was contributing to the list or not, he was
one of the praatasmaraNiya guru-'s to be remembered, particularly on days
like guru-paurNami. When I was doing my svaadhyaaya in
veda/vedanta/samskritam, his encouraging words helped in whatever little
progress I made. Even in troubled personal times, when I mailed him just to
say sAShTang praNAmams, his reply was full of affection and love even to
the extent of calling me his grandson.

It is not at all a surprise that such a kriShNa-bhaka would leave his
mortal coil on a day as auspicious as Ashvayuja-paurNami. I am sure that he
is enjoying his parama-aananda-sandoha-lakShmIM (nArAyaNIyaM 100.10)
leaving us with his beautiful translations and memories.

namaskaarams to All,

On Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 11:04 PM, 'Praveen R. Bhat' bhatpraveen at gmail.com
[advaitin] <advaitin at yahoogroups.com> wrote:

> Namaste, all,
> It is indeed sad to hear respected Sastriji's leaving behind his mortal
> coil. I hope he lived his final days comfortably.
> I am sure his clear Vedantic works shared online on his website and
> elsewhere will keep on helping many a people for several decades. I was
> thinking of Sastriji a couple weeks back, while reading many of his
> articles and also a much cherished mail that he sent me once!
> My prayers for his highest goal, which is talked of as सा काष्ठा सा परा
> गतिः।
> Kind rgds,
> --Praveen R. Bhat
> /* Through what should one know That owing to which all this is known!
> [Br.Up. 4.5.15] */
> On Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 1:54 PM, kuntimaddi sadananda via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
>> Sasriji has been my mentor/ supporter, whom I met via this list. I
>> visited him at his home few years ago and paid my respects to him.
>> He provided guidance to the advaitin list since he was on board as
>> moderator. He also served as  chief moderator for an year. We are going to
>> miss him a lot.
>> Just the other day he has sent me in a private mail, his translation of
>> part of Panchapadika, regretting that he is not in a position to complete
>> it. I would very much like if that work can becompleted and offer it in
>> dedication to  Pujya Sastriji. I appreciate if Pranipataji and/or Subbjuji
>> or anyone else can undertake that job in honor of Pujya Sasriji and
>> complete it for publication.
>>  -------------------------------------------
>> On Sat, 10/17/15, S.N. Sastri <sn.sastri at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  Subject: Panchapaadikaa
>>  To: "kuntimaddi Sadananda" <kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com>
>>  Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015, 5:05 AM
>>  Dear
>>  Sada-ji,
>>  Attached is my translation pof part 1 of panchapadika
>>  done some time ago. Now I am not in a position to proceed
>>  further.
>>  Regards,
>>  S.N.Sastri
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