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From: Arun Kumar Sridharan (aruns_at_stanford.edu)
Date: Tue Feb 19 2002 - 12:57:57 PST

Dear Members,

                 First, I would like to bring the discussion
of "Radha,Hari,Green" and the ensuing discussions to a close.  All
the participants: Kalaivani, Malolan, NS Gururaj,Swamy Swarna,P
Srinivasan, Srikant Sadagopan etc have made their points.  Sri
Malolan Cadambi has attempted to present the traditional Sri
Vaishnava philosophical position based on his understanding.
Although his choice of words and tone have been seemingly strident at
times, there is no doubt that he is attempting clarify the
VishitAdvaitic philosophical position and separating that from the
anubhavam of great bhAgavathAs.  This is indeed welcome on this
list.

       Further, during the course of the discussion over the past few
weeks, he has pointed out a few philosophical differences in the
Gaudiya & Sri Vaishnava traditions.  At times, he has written
what "comes across" as a personal criticism of Swami Prabhupada.  I
cannot presume to know Sri Malolan's mind, but there is no place on
this list for discourse that even remotely smacks of a personal
criticism of great Bhagavatas like Swami Prabhupada.  It is fine to
present the philosophical differences but it must be done in a polite
manner, without the slightest hint of condescension.

       When members like Sri Malolan Cadambi do present the Sri
Vaishnava philosophical position, it is also unfair of other members
to criticize them with the goal of muting them. It is in this
respect, that I regret forwarding mails with implicit criticism of
Malolan.  Malolan's philosophical postings deserve a philosophical
response based on the root Vedic texts.

       We must acknowledge that there are some philosophical
differences between the various Vaishnava schools, and that sweeping
them under the rug ultimately does injustice to the great AacharyAs
that advocated the different philosophical points of view.

	At the same time, we should realize that there is much that
we all share.  As Vaishnvas, we must keep in mind that the very
purpose of our existence is to engage in loving communion with the
divine couple, Sriman Narayana.  Bhagavad Anubhavam and ShAstra jnAnA
can go hand in hand with each inspiring the spiritual aspirant to
delve more deeply into the other.  All the discussions on this list
should thus be oriented towards realizing this end.

       In the next couple of days, Sri Mani VaradarAjan will post a
set of revised guidelines which will hopefully result in a more
focused and reinvigorated forum.

AdiyEn SrinIvAsa Daasan,

Arun Kumar Sridharan





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