[Advaita-l] ADMIN: Reaffirming this list's focus

prabha prabhagc at gmail.com
Tue Feb 1 16:08:35 CST 2011

Well said. Thank you,


On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 3:11 PM, Vidyasankar Sundaresan <
svidyasankar at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Having read this news item about Muslim populations a couple of days ago, I
> was
> wondering when it would make its way to here.
> It seems to me that this forum's focus is getting diluted and frittered
> away by all
> sorts of distractions nowadays - from something as elementary as food do-s
> and
> don't-s (e.g. the recent discussion of the effect of onions and garlic on
> one's libido)
> to things as esoteric as tAntrika rituals and practice (which vary widely
> and are
> unique to each sub-tradition) or as political and controversial as world
> Muslim
> populations. Discussions like these always seem to generate much interest,
> to the
> detriment of issues that should be more pertinent to this forum.
> I have a request to list members - can we all resolve to focus on advaita
> vedAnta
> on this forum? No doubt some or all these other topics are interesting, and
> there
> are multiple viewpoints that many of us entertain about them, but does that
> merit
> an involved discussion here? Please re-read the welcome letter when you
> joined
> this list and refocus your attention on issues that should matter to this
> list. There
> are OTHER online outlets for these other kinds of discussion that seem to
> be very
> interesting to many. THIS list needs to realign its focus on advaita. If
> members
> cannot bring themselves to exercise some self-discipline before making
> posts to
> the list, we lose our raison d'etre.
> The moderators of this list have always tried to interfere minimally in the
> day to day
> functioning of the list, believing that our members will have the wisdom to
> mostly
> regulate themselves. So please live up to these expectations and please do
> not push
> us to the extreme of having to approve each and every post to the list.
> Vidyasankar
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