AchArya and Prophet

Ravisankar Mayavaram msr at ISC.TAMU.EDU
Sat Mar 13 19:58:19 CST 1999


It is more appropriate to call shrI shankara as AchArya than
prophet. There is a beautiful verse in saMskR^itaM which
describes who an AchArya is. I will post that verse in a day or
two. An AchArya establishes the dharma firmly, he follows it and
teaches other to follow the dharma.

shrI shrI chandrasekarendra sarasvatI, late pontiff of kAnchi
maTha remarks that when we say "AchArya" without additional
qualification, it denote shrI shankara bhagavadpAda.  Such is His
greatness and importance.

I dont think it is required to translate the word AchArya. It
can be used as it is.

I have request for shrI Jay (Vivekananda Centre). Please use "I"
instead of "we". And please talk for yourself and not all the
list members.  In the recent mails you have used this construct
and it is objectionable.  To quote an  example in the recent mail
you write

>We are also very impressed that Sri Rama has defended Sri
>Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda in the past on some other
>lists. All list members will join me in thanking him for his

Thank you.


"bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam"
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This thread is taking an acrimonious tone. So I request the
members to discontinue the thread.

This list is focussed on advaita vedanta as taught by shrI
shankara. It is not concerned with what other teachers say in the
frame work of non-dualism as philosophy.

Occasional quotes from other teachers like shrI rAmakrishna
paramahaMsa, shrI ramaNa, and other great ones are welcome. But
discussing their teachings alone is not the primary purpose of
this list. For all practical purpose, this list is for discussing
advaita vedanta as taught by shankara.

Specific to this thread, I do not find shrI Jaladhar Vyas's views
on svAmi vivekAnanda offensive. In fact, the follow ups the
thread were more offensive. What shrI Vyas did was to write his
view on the contribution of svAmi vivekAnanda to advaita vedanta.
It may be right or wrong. But I did not find it offensive.

Thank you.



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