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From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_ramanuja.org)
Date: Wed Dec 05 2001 - 11:36:43 PST

Re: 'hijacking' of Swami Desika

I apologize for letting the previous message go through.
I should have checked with the author before forwarding it.

The use of the term 'hijacking' of Swami Desika is highly
inappropriate. There were definitely differences of opinion
between Sri Desika and Sri Pillai Lokacharya. For that matter,
there were differences of opinion among the sishyas of Sri
Ramanuja himself. Arguments can go back and forth as to
who is "true" to whose legacy. I have read many of Sri Puttur
Swami's and Sri PBA Swami's points. While some of them have
merit, many of them are simply taken out of context. Other
people on the Vadagalai side have tried to show that Sri Pillai
Lokacharya actually agreed with Sri Desika and that the 
former was misinterpreted in the succeeding centuries. A critical
view of these works shows that neither of these is true. 
This is all partisan rhetoric, which neither Puttur Swami, Sri PBA
Swami, and many Vadagalai acharyas were above.

It is getting increasingly difficult to moderate this list.
There are so many severely uninformed opinions and so much
emotionalism that I wonder what hope we have as a community.

In any case, as I said, some changes will be made in the
upcoming days and I hope they will address at least part of
this problem.

Witih apologies,
Mani


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