[Advaita-l] Chaturamnaya Mailing List - FAQ and Rules

Sankaran Kartik Jayanarayanan kartik.jayan at gmail.com
Sun Apr 30 12:51:18 EDT 2017

Happy Sankara Jayanthi!

Chaturamnya mailing list

The mailing list "Chaturamnaya" has been created for the discussion on
Advaita Vedanta
taught by the four principal Sankara Maths. Please see the list FAQ and
Rules below and
join the list at

(The FAQ and Rules will be updated every now and then, hence please consult
the latest version
available in the list archives).

Chaturamnaya Mailing List FAQ

Q: What are the Chaturamnaya Maths?

A: The Chaturamnaya Maths are the Four Maths in the tradition of Adi
Sankara located in India
at Sringeri (South), Dwaraka (West), Jyotirmath/Badrinath (North) and Puri

Q: Why is there a need for a mailing list dedicated to the Chaturamnaya

A: The Chaturamnaya Maths stand out in distinction from the other Advaita
in the following ways:

1. The Four Maths are historically the oldest surviving institutions of
Advaita teaching
in the world.
-According to the extant biographies of Adi Sankara such as the Madhaviya
Sankara Digvijayam,
He is said to have established Maths in "Sringeri and other places".

2. The Four Maths trace their lineage of Gurus directly to Adi Sankara.
-The Guru-Shishya Parampara is central to the teaching of Advaita Vedanta.

3. The Four Maths lead people to follow the path of Dharma.
-These Maths have remained free of Ethical or Moral controversies during
their entire history.

Last but certainly not the least:

4. The Dashanami Sannyasins who have propagated Advaita Vedanta to all
corners of India (if not
the world) owe allegiance to these Four Maths.
-"Saraswati", "Puri" and "Bharati" belong to the Sringeri Math; "Tirtha"
and "Asrama" belong to
the Dwaraka Math; "Giri", "Parvata" and "Sagara" belong to the Jyotir Math;
"Vana" and "Aranya"
belong to the Puri Math.

Q: How can I join the Chaturamnaya mailing list?

A: One can subscribe to the list from the homepage at:

The email address of the list is:
chaturamnaya at lists.advaita-vedanta.org

The archives are at:


Rules of the Chaturamnaya Mailing List

The list has exactly one purpose - to study with reverence the teachings of
the Chaturamnaya Maths.

The focus of the list will remain firmly on the teachings of the
Chaturamnaya Maths, but there
will be no restrictions on the discussion of any topic related to Vedic
Dharma - including views
opposed to the teachings of the Four Maths - provided it is accepted that
CHATURAMNAYA MATHS ON ANY TOPIC IS FINAL. That is, rival or opposing views
can be discussed on
the list, with the caveat that the last word on the topic will be that of
the Four Maths.

It is requested that list members try to limit their postings to no more
than two per day.

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