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Disagreement vs. Apachara

From: V. Sadagopan (
Date: Thu Jan 16 1997 - 13:27:20 PST

Dear Members om the Group :

I agree 100% with the sentiments
expressed by Sri Srinivasan .

I can not think of words to thank 
Sri Mani for the yeoman service that 
he is doing to keep us all united thru this 
special E-mail list .
His sincerity to learn about our Sampradhayam 
and to serve the BhagavathAs does not need too much

Honest differences of opinion on subjects 
going back to many centuries can not and should not 
be considered as "Apachaarams " by any standards.
Let us get on with the enjoyment of the contributions of 
the many talented and devout people of this group 
united by their devotion to do common service 
to the Divya dampathis and to learn about their 
Vaibhavams and  the illustrious contributions of 
our AzhwArs and AchaaryAs .

This is an appeal and not a judgemental statement .

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From:	"M Srinivasan",
DATE:	1/16/97 11:36 AM

RE:	Disagreement vs. Apachara

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From: "M Srinivasan" <>
Subject: Disagreement vs. Apachara
Date: 16 Jan 1997 10:04:21 -0600

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.