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RE: Hayagriva Priya, etc.

From: Sriram Ranganathan (srirangan_at_earthlink.net)
Date: Wed Nov 07 2001 - 22:27:32 PST

Dear Sri. Mani / Bhagavathas,

At the expense of being defensive, let me make it clear that I do not want
to start an unnecessary thread. Having said that, I would like to quickly
and briefly clarify myself. It was, and is, not my intention to banish or
bully a member who had either intentionally or inadvertently said things he
shouldn't have. Granted, it was a strong and swift admonishment from my end,
but nothing more. I beg everyone's pardon, and stand corrected.

Fatwa? Personal crusade? - Unfair comparison. Urging a fellow member / Sri
Vaishnava to apologize need not be mistaken for fundamentalist or
exclusivist ideologies. My post was not meant to drive him out but to nudge
him in.

Correct me if I am wrong, whatever the reason or lack thereof, I believe it
is serious enough for an apology. Similarly, is it wrong or 'politically
incorrect' to advise an unrepentant offender to leave us alone? If unheeded,
should we not at the very least, take steps to stay away? May be I am little
naive, here.

It is when I realize, learn and sometimes express regret for my mistakes do
I truly gain knowledge. I do sincerely believe Sri. Rangarajan will continue
to stay, learn and contribute to this great forum, just as we all do.

Sincerely,
Sriram

-----Original Message-----
From: mani@alum.calberkeley.org [mailto:mani@alum.calberkeley.org]
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2001 2:47 PM
To: bhakti-list@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Hayagriva Priya, etc.

Dear Members,

Due to a number of personal commitments, I am not able
to monitor this list as closely as I could in the past.
I beg of you to therefore exert self-control in your
postings to the list.

The comments of one member regarding the cost of a magazine
has caused some stir.  The words used were brusque and
regrettable.  At the same time, I think public demands
that the author "apologize to everyone or unsubscribe"
are also excessive. This smacks of a fatwa which is really
uncharacteristic of our society. The original poster has
no doubt transgressed rules of social etiquette but really
does not deserve to be banished from the face of the earth.

I urge all of you to remain calm when placed in these
situations. Please don't let your emotions dictate your
words.  And please don't convert every sort of offense
committed by someone as cause for a personal crusade.

Thanking you for your continued participation in our list,
Mani



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