Aurobindo about Advaita

Swaminathan Madhuresan smadhuresan at YAHOO.COM
Wed Jun 16 17:21:39 UTC 1999

In the past, giving importance to one person is singularly missing.
We have no inscriptions at all mentioning either Sankara or Ramanuja.
Take Huge temples, Big books - hard to tell who made them. Opposite: A pencil
sketch of Matisse or Van Gogh gets 100 graduate school theses.
The West insists on who did what and when? I would think
they gave Sankara a spectacular rise in 19th and 20th century careers.

--- Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian <ramakris at EROLS.COM> wrote:

> Certainly, all schools influenced each other. My point was that the
> Westerners would have seen more advaitins among scholars, and that too
> spread out all over India. Surely, that would have played at least
> some role in the British paying more attention to the advaita school?
> Hacker's pioneering studies of advaita were not based on political
> considerations. He made it quite clear that he wanted to study the
> system in order to more efficiently proselytise Indians, or "dialog"
> as he calls it. Obviously, it would make more sense to study the
> system of the person who found the most acceptance among Indians.
> Rama

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