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From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_best.com)
Date: Mon Aug 17 1998 - 11:39:49 PDT
> However , it is strongly to be noted that vyAsar is not writing some fiction to teach > morals . Such blasphemies are somehow floated around by many & its undigestable for ^^^^^^^^^^^ > we Sri VaishnavAs / devotees of Sriman nArAyanA . The word "blasphemy" should not be a part of a SrI vaishnava's vocabulary, in my humble opinion. In this particular instance, are you saying that it is never the case that our elders, including vyAsa bhagavAn, used parables to teach us lessons? At least in the vedas, stories are used often to extol the performance of sacrifice. This is common in pUrva-mImAmsA, and is known as "pariplavana". The story may not have any basis in reality, other than its underlying significance. With respect to episodes from the purANa-s, there are some who accept them wholesale, and some who view them more allegorically or symbolically, thinking that they signify a truth that does not depend on the literal reality of the stories. My point is not to say one is wrong and the other correct. But it does no good to declare one viewpoint a blasphemy because it disagrees with one's understanding of sampradAyam -- I think it is safe to say that, at least among members of this list, no lack of reverence and no contempt is shown in either viewpoint. AzhvAr emberumAnAr dEsikan jIyar tiruvadigaLE saraNam Thanking you, daasan Mani P.S. Dear Members: please take care in formatting your paragraphs. Do not let a line be more than 60 or 70 characters long, or your message will be far less readable.