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dreams - thanks and a request

From: Kasturi Varadarajan (kvaradar_at_cs.uiowa.edu)
Date: Tue Apr 18 2000 - 06:58:52 PDT

Dear friends,
     I had posted a few weeks back requesting a description of Ramanuja's
stand on waking/dream/deep-sleep. There have been several enlightening
responses to this question. I wish to thank Srimans Mani, Suresh, Hari,
Anbil Ramaswamy, Venkat Nagarajan, Bharat, and Srimans
Vijayaraghavan and Chandrasekharan (for questions).
(Hope I've not missed out anybody.) Some friends also communicated with
me in private. These mails have clarified Ramanuja's position very well.

After my initial question, I have spent considerable
time reading the SriBhasya of emberumaanaar and `Fundamentals of
Visistadvaita' by Sri SMS Chary. My opinion (as a novice) is that these
are very good references for those who wish to seriously pursue this
subject. From Sri Venkat Nagarajan's email, it appears as if `Advaita
and Visistadvaita' by Sri SMS Chary is also a good reference.

In my opinion the discussion has now reached a point beyond the 
ability of the bhakti-list to handle. This does not seem the best
medium to resolve the differences between the metaphysical position of 
Ramanuja and one's own personal view on this matter. (I have to accept
on faith several aspects of Ramanuja's position; so Sri Chandrasekharan
is not the only one facing this difficulty.)  Also I feel the discussion
is not of general interest any more, and is taking up too much bandwidth.

So my request is that the discussion be taken off-line. This is only a
request and these are only my opinions. Nothing more.

hari hari
-Kasturi





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