[Advaita-l] Mayavada Darpanam
sridhar.nithin at gmail.com
Tue Dec 17 05:53:06 CST 2013
I do not feel there is anything wrong with the path of Bhagavata, Kapalika
or Aghora. I accepted them as valid as any other path. Of course they can
be misused too just like any other paths.
Comparing Islam with other branches of Hinduism is a fallacy. The Duty of
the Acharya's be it of Sringeri or Ramakrishna was not to write treatise
criticizing Islam or Christianity but was to uphold the tenets of Sanatana
Dharma. And that has worked lot better in keeping Hinduism alive and
flourishing more than it would have done by writing some critique. Further,
Islam or Christianity had never posed a Intellectual Threat. The threat was
always through Sword or Money. And this cannot be dealt by writing a
Sanskrit treatise against Islam etc. I am very well aware of atrocities of
Islam and Christianity. Tell me why did it happen? One of the many reasons
was that Indians had forsaken Dharma and hence became weak. I agree that
there is a void of Literature about Critique of Islam and Christianity from
Hindus. And it has been partially filled in recent times by Scholars like
Ram Swarup, Sita Ram Goel, Arun Shorie etc. And more of it must come, but
this is not the job of a Sringeri Acharya who is concerned with a more
deeper problem of rise of Adharma in society. They have shown by example
how life must be lead. They have explained the tenets of Dharma for
everyone to follow. Its time for we, the people to now revive the Dharma.
Once, people return to Dharm even partially, the Hindu society would become
strong, then no external threats would be able to oppose it. One more
point, Islam converted the whole of the lands into Islam wherever it
spread, so also Christianity. Yet, in India they both failed. They have
injured us for we were weak, but they could not kill us. India still has
Dharma that is only sleeping now.
As Sujal ji has pointed out, this discussion is best to be carried out in a
separate thread. And we should discuss only on the present blog.
On Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 2:25 PM, Rajaram Venkataramani <
rajaramvenk at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Nithin,
> Sri Jaldhar Vyas may resort to ban as he has expressed intolerance to
> opposing view point. I would like to post this before that so that
> intelligent people may understand it.
> Yes, we should critically examine our own texts and other Vedic traditions.
> The is required to arrive at the truth and have conviction in our own path.
> In this sense, I think Sujal's post of the link is quite relevant as it is
> in defence of advaita against attack by Madhwas. However, an intelligent
> person will choose the worst of the evil and attack it first. Would you
> treat bhagavathas and kapalikas in the same way? You would agree with most
> of what the former says but disagree on certain conclusions. With the
> latter, you may condemn and even impose ban if you had the power. (If you
> are Sri Jaldhar Vyas you may ban both :) as they are anyway wrong from
> advaita point of view).
> Advaitins - be it Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda, Sringeri Acharyas or
> any one - did not write any thing to critique Islam or Christianity
> but spared no effort against other Hindu traditions. When discussing a
> philosophy, we will not only see the content but also the qualities of the
> speaker. Those who defend a philosophy will be forced to defend the
> philosopher too - cant shy away from that. Sringeri Acharya admits that
> there were excesses by muslims but defends that. He says that they did it
> on the basis if their faith. History tells us what these excesses are -
> rape, murder, destruction of temples, cow slaughter, jizya, forced
> conversions etc. Is rape of "kafir women" defensible on the basis of faith?
> If we treat someone, even a parama bhakta or jnani, as infallible, we will
> obstruct truth and justice. We have to pay for such injustice with blood. A
> sincere brahmin officer Sri Sankarraman was brutally slaughtered in
> a temple 9 years ago. I am glad Sankaracharya and Kanchi Mutt
> asssociates were acquitted. However, the people who killed Sankarraman
> - missionaries ? - have not been caught and no one is fighting for that.
> His is not an isolated slaughter but there are many activists of Hindu
> dharma who get killed by religious fanatics even today. It is a fair ask
> that those who indulge in polemics should oppose the grossest forms of them
> that lead to fundamentalism and terrorism. Is it not?
> Proponents of Islam and Christianity, among other things,
> attack apaurusheyatva of Vedas, one of the key tenets of vaidhika dharma
> Recently, I ran a blog http://apaureshyatva.blogspot.co.uk/ on the
> topic where Sri Jaldhar Vyas also
> participated. Needless to say that the arguments in favour of
> apaurusheyatva were decimated using
> Philology, Linguistics etc. Sri Jaldhar Vyas ducked out of the discussion.
> I followed it up with Sri Mani
> Dravid Sastrigal and made some progress. It is still not
> rigorously defensible because we don't
> have the required knowledge as a tradition. Hence, I ask scholars to focus
> on defending dharmic
> traditions instead of in-fighting amongst vaidhikas.
> Best Regards
> On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, Nithin Sridhar wrote:
> > Is is not true that a bigger crisis in the society as a whole is that
> > people are not even adhering to Samanya Dharma of Satya etc? Sringeri
> > Guruji in most of his speech advice people to practicing Dharma. The Q
> > how many are listening?
> > Secondly, Is Shankaracharya a Jagadguru or just a Guru of Vaidikas? Think
> > about it.
> > Criticism of Islam on Ideological level is one thing, finding fault with
> > our Guru's is completely different. Have we become competent enough to
> > Judge or Criticize such people as Sringeri Guruji?
> > _______
> > I am not saying anybody is above criticism. But, criticism should be
> > genuine and elaborate and not mere personal attacks or judgements.
> > -Nithin
> > On Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 12:12 PM, Venkatesh Murthy <vmurthy36 at gmail.com
> > >wrote:
> > > Namaste
> > >
> > > I agree with RV. The Sringeri and other Math are friendly with Muslims.
> > But
> > > Muslims are hell bent on increasing the population of Muslims by having
> > > four wives and many children with no birth control. The Sringeri
> > is
> > > not able to solve the shortage of Brides for Vaidika Brahmin
> > Bridegrooms.At
> > > the same time he is happy to use gifts from Muslims and Muslim Kings.
> > > he is not asking in his speeches to give daughters in marriage to
> > Vaidikas.
> > > Is it not his duty to protect Vaidika Dharma and make it to continue
> > > ever? If Vaidikas dont get wives they can not have boys to learn Vedas.
> > >
> > > I know one Madhva Swamiji has asked fathers to give daughters to
> > > to protect Vaidika Dharma.
> > >
> > >
> > > On Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 11:29 AM, <rajaramvenk at gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Dear Sri Jaldhar,
> > > >
> > > > I shared the view with the intent of protection of dharmic traditions
> > in
> > > > mind. I thought any one is welcome to share their views on this forum
> > > just
> > > > as you would allow guests in your house to speak for dharma as they
> > deem
> > > > fit. If we don't share our thoughts (and remain open to correction),
> > how
> > > > can we learn?
> > > >
> > > > If you equate vaishnavism (vishishtadvaita, dwaita etc.), which are
> > self
> > > -
> > > > consistent philosophical systems to abrahmic cults, the onus is on
> > to
> > > > prove that it is the case.
> > > >
> > > > Kristhu Madha Kandanam (condemnation of christianity) by saivAcharya
> > > > the only quality critique I have seen by a traditional mutt. It
> > > > conversions in Kerala. If you know the works of traditional mutts
> > > > critique Christianity and Islam in a scholarly manner, please point
> > them
> > > > out. Buddhists have done it and hence captured the imagination of
> > > > intellectuals all over the world. On the other hand, even the
> > > > acharyas have defended Islam and Christianity leave alone ISKCON
> > is
> > > > evangelical. Such defences can't stand the scrutiny using facts and
> > > logic.
> > > >
> > > > Best Regards
> > > > RV
> > > > Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device
> > > >
> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > From: "Jaldhar H. Vyas" <jaldhar at braincells.com>
> > > > Sender: "Advaita-l" <advaita-l-bounces at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
> > > > Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:36:48
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> > > > Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Mayavada Darpanam
> > > >
> > > > On Mon, 16 Dec 2013, Rajaram Venkataramani wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > While Hindu traditions engage in pointless polemics, missionaries
> > > convert
> > > > > and muslims do a demographic siege. How many have the courage to
> > oppose
> > > > > Islam or Christianity? Even our mathathipathis support Islam and
> > > > > Christianity unmindful of the damage they cause to traditional
> > > > institutions.
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > > 1. "The pointless polemics" as you call them are equally useful
> > > > anky kind of monotheism which is basically just an unsophisticated
> > > dvaita.
> > > >
> > > > 2. The future of Hinduism belongs to the educated not illiterates no
> > > > matter how much they beat their chests and "oppose."
> > > >
> > > > 3. You have no idea what the author is doing or not doing. You have
> > no
> > > > idea what anyone on this list is doing or not doing. So keep your
> > > > editorializing to yourself it is not welcome here.
> > > >
> > > > --
> > > > Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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