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Social Services and Sri Vaishnavism: part II(Conclusion)

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Date: Sun Jul 15 2001 - 20:00:44 PDT

Dear Sri. Sadagopan,

You have dealt with the issue of social service in a truthful (you do 
not twist the Vedic paradigm to suit personal needs) and 
comprehensive manner.  I am grateful to you for highlighting the fact 
that the notions of materialistic individualism and competition are 
opposed to the Vedic paradigm.  To expand a bit on this point, I 
would like to add that spiritual pursuit and materialistic pursuit 
are not complementary, as some would like us to believe.  In fact the 
two pursuits are opposed to each other; this is pointed out again and 
again in our Acharya's works.  Notwithstanding this, we try to 
repeatedly argue that spiritual and materialistic pursuits are 
complementary.  We do this mainly to console ourselves; however, deep 
down we know that we are lying to ourselves.  

Why can't we admit the truth and recognize that we are on extremely 
sub-optimal paths?  

ramanuja dasan,
Venkat



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