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From: krish (krish_at_astro.ge.com)
Date: Mon Dec 18 1995 - 08:00:20 PST
Vijayaraghavan Srinivasan is concerned about Mahans in our ways. It is probably true that making a living leads one to look for trades other than study of scriptures. It is not as bad, if one looks at the new books coming out in English abroad. I came across the Oxfor U's list of books on religion and many pages of reviews are on Hinduism, Vaishanava traditions etc. Even some Indian scholars work abroad spreading the knowledge. A.K.Ramanujam was one such. Some of the past like Cambell and others have left a number of students following their path. O course this need not be a satisfactory answer. But our temples will survive by the the faith poeple have there and the interest outside India for them both for their antiquity and architectural beauty. I write this because it is unfair to recommend Sanskrit or scriptures for somebody else to master, while I advice my kids to look for rewarding professions, monetary as well as intellectually stimulating. One can also donate to reserchers here to keep up the good work in the universities. Krishna Praba. Some of them just would like you to buy their books, giving them more publcity for academic survival.