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Date: Tue Mar 05 1996 - 23:00:46 PST
The article Shri Dileepan posted appeared in Nrsimha Priya, a magazine which normally stays out of politics. If this magazine called for protest, then it is to defend one's faith. The fact that it was Sri Nrsimha Priya, a magazine edited by learned Vaishnavas, that called for the protest, itself fulfils Anand's requirement that one should should support the efforts one's Acharya and not work independently. It does not require the knowledge of a Vidwan in nyaaya shastra to determine whether what happened in Thiruchannoor was right or wrong. Per the body soul relationship, in Visishtadvaita philosophy, Alamelum Mangai Thaayaar is the soul who controls us while Durga in any of her forms is part of Narayana's body that is controlled by the Divya Dampatis. To make a crude comparison with the lowkika life, if the regular Pancharatra worship at Thiroochanoor can be compared to the sentiments expressed to a mother on mother's day by means of a card or otherwise, worshipping the same Thaayaar, in Durga form is like giving a mother a mother's day card that goes something like this: "You have enchanting legs, seductive hips, ... lips etc." I apologise if I offended anyone's sentiments, but this was how I felt when I read the posting. This is what the learned Vaishnavas in India have asked anyone with a knowledge of English to protest. All I did was to make it easy for someone without the time to write a letter but who agreed with the sentiments to pen their protest. Visisthadvaita philosophy has a place to pay its respects to Narayana's gross body, but that comes within Sandhyavandana Kramas. Alamelu Mangai Thaayaar's temple is not the place for it. Based on Vidyasankar's writings and some limited reading of Adi Sankara's works, Adi Sankara Himself does not appear to have equated Lakshmi Narayana with others. Jaganath.