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AND HINDUISM, THE SPIRITUAL TRADITION
In the early nineties I came into contact with
Tattvaloka, the journal of Sringeri Shankaracharya Math, through its
editor T.R. Ramachandran, who took me on a special visit to
Sringeri is a hill station in Karnataka. It took
several hours by car from the airport at Mangalore where we flew in.
I was surprised to find the main center that the great
Shankaracharya founded located in such a remote region. Clearly
Shankara was more concerned with tapas than with gaining public
acclaim. He was not creating a new religion that needed to convert
the masses but a way of meditation in which we must work on
ourselves. This is the Vedantic spirit, which one can still feel
strongly at Sringeri. Self-development is the key to the Vedic
spiritual path, not proselytizing.