While stating that “Kanchi is not among the four recognised peeths established by the Adi Sankaracharya“, the Shankaracharya of Dwarka Shardapeeth Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati, said: “The constant reference by the media to Jayendra Saraswati as Shankaracharya is an insult to the revered post. He is simply the priest of a religious sect“.[This is indeed an old issue. The fact of the matter is that in the “11th century AD, Adi Shankaracharya established four peeths to protect vedic dharma. These were the Jyotishpeeth at Badrikashram, Shardapeeth at Dwarka, Sringeripeeth and Puripeeth. Later, the heads of these four peeths and the vidyut parishad (gathering of learned scholars) accorded their recognition to a fifth peeth — Kanchi Kamakothipeetham.”
The difference of opinion that now exists in this matter, if one may indeed call it that, is evident in this October 1998 Indian Express article: Now, Shankaracharyas will have to measure up to VHP yardstick.]
The Deccan Herald today reports that while voicing appreciation for the social work done by the Kanchi Kamkoti Mutt under the guidance of Jayendra Saraswati, Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati described the arrest per se as “unfortunate”.
But to me, the most important part of the statement by the Shankaracharya came when he noted that the arrest had failed to stir the sentiments of Hindus as Jayendra Saraswati had been arrested in a criminal matter.
Something I have been saying all along.
God help save Hinduism and Sanathana Dharma from its own saviours!
Note: Added ‘[‘ ‘]’ to reduce further “confusion” in the post…