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Date: Thu Dec 14 1995 - 21:40:09 PST
Krish writes that dating is a rational effort and that one need not be overly concerned. However such "rational" efforts have led so called historians to conclude that Nammazhwar lived in the 10th century and that He basically preached Judao christian thought. If dating is going to be objective then that is fine. But I do not believe that present day scientists have devoted enough time and monetary resources for this project and those that have concluded about the relatively recent dates about the time the Azhwars lived have either resorted to conjecture or have based their findings upon inconclusive evidence. If Nammazhwar lived in the 10th century then there is no question of losing the Divya Prabandham and it being reinstated to Nathamuni. Recently when the Nations of Islam held a "million man march" in Washington DC the crowd estimates ranged from 400,000 to 1.2 million based on the same helicopter photograph. This estimate depended upon whether you were talking to a Republican controlled National Park SErvice or the NAACP interpretation of the same photograph. I am questioning the objectivity of the people engaged in such research. Besides if one were to read the scriptures Narada was an expert in not only devotional aspects of life but also mathematics, astronomy and 20 other branches of science. The presumption that man is more advanced today than he was so many thousand years ago is NOT beyond reasonable doubt. After so much of debates about the authenticity of the Mahabharata, in 1987 the ancient city of Dwarka was discovered off the Arabian Sea along with Mudras exactly as described in the Mahabharatas. Here is at least some evidence that our ancient scientists, philosophers etc knew what they were talking about. Scientific claims contradicting scripture cannot be accepted as fact without subjecting it to the same microscopic dissection as the scientists subject to, everything that does not support their viewpoint, Jaganath.