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Date: Thu Mar 28 1996 - 17:07:14 PST
V Sundar wrote:- What occurs from these three summaries is reminiscent of the old saying in the Kularnavatantra - "antah shaakta bahih shaivo janmadhye tu vaishnava".. Be a secret shaakta, behave like a shaiva, but in society, (conform) like a Vaishnava. The "belles ideales" of SriVaishn the more 'independen' and sometimes wildt Shakti. There have not been as many 'breakaway' women ascetics in Vaishnavism who flaunt their ideals so radically as Shakta or Shaiva women renunciates. As a socially conformative rather than 'revolutionary' system, the Viashnava way does not seem to encourage radicality. I daresay this persists to today. I would invite comments on this topic, and of course, discussion =) Which I am sure would be forthcoming. Regards, Sundar ( who is beginning to feel like Jaabaali =) ) The only thing a Vaishnava conforms to are the dictates of Sriman Narayana. Jaganath.