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From: krish (
Date: Tue Jan 16 1996 - 07:55:41 PST

One of the ansers regarding Rama's actions in
Ramayana( Surpanaka episode, Vali Vadha and Sita's
agnipravesha) is well discussed in an essay in
"Many Ramayanas" edited by Paula Richman.
I would like what we feel about it rather than what
the acharyas say. How would the story be told if
Valmiki was in our age of communications and
I am readin Prof. Al.Herman's " A brief Inroduction
to Hinduism" and reccommend it strongly with
enthusiasm to our group. He is influenced by
Swami Bhaktivedanta. His section on Mohenjadaro
Harppa culture is brief and to the point.
He simmarizes the various sections (Vedas, Upanishads,
Bhakti movememtn etc ) into problems, causes, guiding
principles and ways.
The book by A.L. Herman is from Westview press.