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RE: Sacrilege at SriRangam?
Date: Thu Mar 08 2001 - 10:03:53 PST

Dear brothers,

(I leave sisters out because they just don't seem as quick to "show anger on behalf of the Lord".)

"We have been patient for enough time. All the temples have been looted, and now.."

Statements such as this worry me. I once told a dear African American friend that constantly remembering 200 years of hurt prevents one from reacting sensibly to a single affront. If the neighbor throws garbage into one's yard, the person fumes "200 years of lashes, and NOW THIS!!! I'M NOT TAKING IT ANYMORE!!!" and the reaction is completely incomprehensible to the rest of society. So, let us reduce our reaction to only this one issue.

Yes, if it's true, it's very very shocking. But first one would have to ascertain the facts. If true, there is no question that the situation has to be corrected and steps taken to make sure such a thing never happens again. But how we accomplish this is I think just as important.

Unfortunately, we can't simply say "WWRD". If we say "What Would Rama do?", some might start practising archery. Or train a monkey-army, which is what bringing in political parties might be tantamount to doing...

Before this becomes a train that not only gathers speed but also a lot of noise and hot air as it goes along, I wanted to plead for a little patience, calm good sense and quiet (but unshakable) strength in our response on behalf of our Lord.

Engum surri Aranganaye Ser,
Viji Raghunathan

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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