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Re: agnostics in (Sri)Vaishnava philosophy

From: Raja Krishnasamy (rxkrishn_at_us.oracle.com)
Date: Tue Jul 20 1999 - 17:49:15 PDT

Are'nt we are all agnostics ?  Can any of us profess as all knowing ?

Isn't that why we have:

"agnAninA mayA dOshAm asEshAm vihithAn harE
kshamasvath thvam kshamasvath thvam sEsha shaila sikhAmaNE "

quoted from shrI vEnkatEsha suprabhAtham

Regards,

Raja Krishansamy
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Mani Varadarajan wrote:

> Badri wrote:
> > How are agnostics considered in the Vedic tradition
> > and in particular Sri Vaishnava tradition?
>
> Nice to hear from you again, Badri. It's been a long time.
>
> A quick reply: strictly speaking, Sri Vaishnavas are counselled
> to live amonst bhAgavatas and serve them, be indifferent to
> those who are indifferent to God, and to avoid those who hate God.
> Since the agnostic category as you have defined it did not really
> exist to my knowledge in ancient India, this question is not
> specifically addressed in any of our acharyas' writings.
> The closest thing is the "indifferent" one mentioned above.
>
> Mani