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From: Anand Srinivasan (asriniva_at_stern.nyu.edu)
Date: Tue Apr 28 1998 - 15:40:19 PDT

I had similar doubts on the actual historical occurence of the events
described in the puraanas and thinking that these are allegorical stories 
is clearly not satisfactory. My thought process was similar to that
described by Sri. Krishna Susarla. 

Along similar lines, I had a question that I am sure some of the members
of this group would be able to answer. 

what about the experiences of other religious leaders for example - 
Jesus Christ, Mohammed .. 
Is one to reject the notion that these are true experiences /
true religions.  If these are true, what explains the dramatic
difference in the religious rules on diet, rituals etc ?
 
If one rejects these as false / allegorical, then how can we claim
that those "extra sensory" perceptions by the indian sages are historical
facts but those in other religions are myth?

For that matter, even within Sanata Dharma, such differences exist!!

I trust that these questions do not offend anybody. If so, you have my
apologies, and hope that you will excuse my ignorance.

Anand Srinivasan

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