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From: M Srinivasan (m_srinivasan_at_qmgate.anl.gov)
Date: Thu Jan 16 1997 - 08:04:21 PST
It pains me to see Sri. Mani being accused of bhaagavata apachaara. I do not know how many of us are fully familiar with all the writings (and other works) of all the great Acharyas so that nothing we have to say will not contradict some part of the body of such great works. If respectful disagreement is to be construed as bhaagavata apacahara, then there is not much room for philosophical or theological discussions in this group. It is acknowledged by many scholars that right from the time of Sri Bhagavad Ramanuja, there have been disagreements among subsequent acharyas on various philosophical matters. Does this mean we should accuse those acharyas with whom our acharyas may disagree of bhaagavata apachara? I do not think so. I think it is possible to try to refute an argument with a counter argument without accusing the proponent of apachara. I hope I am not just speaking for myself only when I say that Sri. Mani's kainkarya in organizing, maintaining and contributing to this group is held in very high regard. Dasan Srinivasan.