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From: V. Chandrasekaran (vcs_at_wipinfo.soft.net)
Date: Fri Jul 31 1998 - 08:19:35 PDT
Dear all, Namaskarams. > The Alvar was unfortunately quoted in the wrong context, > in my opinion, and has been given a bad name. But please > think about it without getting emotional, and while you may > not necessarily agree with his sentiment, accept them as > the feelings expressed at one time of a great devotee of > the Lord, said out of a desire to defend Him. > > thondar-adip-podi aazhvaar thiruvadigaLE saraNam > > Mani Sri Bhagavadhothamas, pls. let me tell you that I didn't really mean to cause bhagavatha apacharam to Srimad Thondar-adi-podi and other bhagavathas. But I only wanted to express a general opinion in the existing present scenario. I can definitely feel the ardent devotion that the azhwar has for the Lord. Yes. sometimes true bhaktas go to such extents. But only thing is that this sounds similar to Islamic doctrine which holds the same thing. ie. if anybody abuses or causes dishonour to their darma or to their Lord, they can be killed. But we chide such policies of other darmas as being unduly harsh. [ Of course obviously Islam on the whole will not stand on par in its spiritual maturity and in preaching Universal Love to sanatana darma. ] But here, we DO feel a kind of immature partiality/bias showed by individuals towards what their community follows. How do jeevathmas take birth in families following different religions? What decides this? I beg forgiveness from the pure azhwar for not having expressed clearly what I felt and hence causing apacharam and making bhagavathas feel bad. thondar adi podi ennum uyar gunak kunRE! ninnadip podi yAn siram ittEn un padhatthE agilANda kOdi brahmANda nAyagan pugazh siram EtRuk kAtthu ninRu meitthoNdu AtRidum sIriya utthamA! unnidam vENdinEn pala kOdi mannippu endhan siRu manam seidha pizhaiyinai maRandhuvandhu poRuppAi nAraNan than aNiyE! adiyEn, chandrasekaran.