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From: Raghu Seshadri (seshadri_at_hpindda.cup.hp.com)
Date: Tue Jul 18 1995 - 14:24:54 PDT

To: prapatti@srirangam.esd.sgi.com

It seems to me that rather than understanding and following
Sri Ramanuja's principles, his "followers" are more
interested in making him an incarnation of x or y, make a
statue out of him and pour milk and honey on that statue.
So, whose incarnation is Desikar?

--badri

	Don't be too hard on them, Badri. Your point
	is entirely correct, but every religious
	group is doing the same thing (in fact, many are
	far far worse ), so it must be something innate
	in man, to hold on to ritual even if the
	principle is forgotten.

	Guru Nanak satirized the thread of the dvija
	as an outward show, empty of meaning, when the
	real thread is the thread of bhakti etc. So
	what happened ? His followers wear big prominent
	turbans and beards and bangles, far more
	showy than the humble thread, while bhakti
	remains as elusive as a monsoon cloud in March. 

	RS