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From: Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian (ramakris_at_erols.com)
Date: Sun Mar 21 1999 - 12:25:00 PST
V.Srimahavishnu <email@example.com> wrote: > I do not want to hurt the sentiments of fellow Sri VaishNavas.At the >same time,facts can't be suppressed.After all, soundaryalaharI is not a >grantham that can't be found in the market. > The stOtra I found objectionable to VaishNavas starts like this: > "sarasvatyA lakshmyA vidhi hari sapatnO viharatE, ratEh pAtivratyam...." > i am avoiding translation for two reasons: This is the 99th verse in the saundaryalaharI. I agree with Srimahavishnu that this verse will be offensive to *most* vaishhNava-s, whether shrIvaishhNava or not. I am an advaitin myself, but can recognize this fact. But if I may, I'd like to point out that the lakshmi in this verse metaphorically refers to wealth and the verse is a poetic exaggeration. The work saundaryalaharI is full of poetic exaggerations, especially combined with the shR^i.ngAra rasa. I have seen that whether these kinds of exaggerations are considered offensive or not depends on the background philosophy of the reader. But again, I agree with Srimahavishnu's sentiments that poetic exaggerations like these are offensive to general vaishhNava principles, and the offensiveness is not due to the philosophy expounded in the poem. Srimahavishnu writes in another mail: > I strongly believe that this is not the forum where things like >soundaryalaharI, lakshmI gaNapati stOtramAlA, ayyappa mAhAtmyam, >rAvaNAsura's exploits are to be discussed/appreciated. I have been reading this list for a long time now and as far as I can remeber I am the only person who posted anything which seemed "appreciative" of rAvaNa. If the above para refers to me, I suggest that Srimahavishnu read that mail again. It was connected with some philosophical point and I quoted straight from the vishhNu mahApurANa, which is considered an authoritative text by Sri Ramanuja. But, I do agree with Srimahavishnu that the other things like ayyappamahAtmyam, etc are quite tangential to this list and go against the fundamental premises of Srivaishhnavism. Ramakrishnan.