[Advaita-l] Sringeri Panchanga

D.V.N.Sarma డి.వి.ఎన్.శర్మ dvnsarma at gmail.com
Wed Apr 13 23:34:13 CDT 2016

And scientists are preeminently qualified to serve as to direct us in the
right path than the socalled elders who just repeat what is said in some
old text.


On Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 9:09 PM, Anand Hudli via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> >I would like to point out that Kanchi Mutt uses Driksiddha Panchanga and
> >Sringeri uses old method panchanga.
> >How do the traditionalists swallow this dichotomy.
> Science and scientific methods are agnostic to the impact on Dharma.
> Surely, a Panchanga is not merely an astronomical manual of planetary
> positions, but more importantly an aid to a person following Dharma.
> Whether or not a more accurate picture of positions of celestial bodies is
> necessary for following Dharma is ultimately to be decided by the leaders
> of religious institutions. The decision cannot be made by bystanders like
> us nor by scientists, simply because we have no deep understanding of
> Dharma, and should not be second guessing the maThAdhipatis and other
> stalwart upholders of Dharma. A purely scientific approach may not be
> suitable. For example, scientists hold that there is no reason why we
> should not be having lunch or dinner during eclipses. However, even the
> Mathas that support modern astronomical methods for panchanga construction
> and prediction of eclipses of the sun and moon will necessarily prescribe
> that we should not eat during the Vedha kAla, which includes the duration
> of the eclipse.
> It is important to understand that where there is a doubt in matters
> relating to Dharma the words of the taittiriya upanishad serve as a guide,
> in addition to the tradition followed by one's own family, community, the
> region of residence, etc.:
> अथ यदि ते कर्मविचिकित्सा वा वृत्तविचिकित्सा वा स्यात् ।  ये तत्र ब्राह्मणाः
> संमर्शिनः । युक्ता आयुक्ताः । अलूक्षा धर्मकामाः स्युः । यथा ते तत्र
> वर्तेरन् । तथा तत्र वर्तेथाः ॥ ९ ॥
> Anand
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