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From: Sriram Ranganathan (
Date: Tue Jul 03 2001 - 19:54:30 PDT

Dear Sri Muralikrishna,

First, do not let this incident or your disappointment question our faith
negatively.  As pointed out earlier, protocols (like basic hygiene
requirements) exist to serve a purpose and they should be for obvious
reasons. But as you know, despite our best intentions mistakes happen. As
the Tamizh saying goes, even the mighty elephant falters at times.

It would be inappropriate for me to comment specifically, purely based on
what I hear, not that I don't believe you, but I do not wish to open a can
of worms unnecessarily.

Whether the incident you brought up involved a simple case of well meaning
effort or, I hate to say this, just plain discrimination, with hindsight we
all can say it could've been handled differently as opposed to
indifferently. If it was the latter, it is sad that it happened and I am
sure things will improve as we all learn and progress both spiritually and

In my opinion, such incidences disappointing as they are give us an
opportunity to correct ourselves. But it takes courage and conviction to
accept the mistakes and fix-it as we move on.

Meanwhile, I suggest we should continue our efforts to understand, practice,
experience and enjoy Sri Vaishnavam not with blind faith or callous attitude
but with a resolve to do it right.


           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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