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Re: REQUEST : Rajan's commentary

Posted By Michael Tandy (mpt0002@jove.acs.unt.edu)
14 Jan 1997 20:03:47 GMT

In article <ghenE3yoCy.H8C@netcom.com>, parrikar@spot.Colorado.EDU says...

people who dismiss all the versions of The Gita
>(other than the one written by their own AchArya) so glibly as dubious,
>inaccurate, spurious etc are hardly in any position to ask others for
>"substantial" additions. Do you understand this simple point?

Sure, anyone is entitled to subjective and uninformed
opinion, and I think it would be honest of you to admit that that is
all you are presenting above, since you've admitted that you don't
have any of the qualifications you mentioned as necessary to judge
the meaning of the Gita's words.

Your approach to the Gita appears to be empirical rather than
paramparagata. But you would know that better than me. At any rate,
it is no harm at all to mention that the standard approach to
understanding the Gita is, as usual, that which is mentioned in the
Gita itself. In the beginning of and in the middle of chapter four
the parampara system is clearly advised. This analysis is most
reasonable, even from as academic point of view, but one who simply
can't stand the principle will have little recourse but to call this
fact "ISKCON blather," in a cheap attempt to evade responsibility.

>> I would like you to tell us
>> what you feel you've learned about Gaudiya Vaisnavism in
>> three years, and specifically define "ISKCON blather" and
>> explain whatever objection if any you have to it.
>I have posted here in the past my impressions of my interactions
>with the ISKCON fellas and it is in the GHEN archives. If you want
>a copy of the same let me know via email and I shall send you one.
>Hari bol,

All I want is what I've asked for, thanks. Since you posted your
feelings, though, I think you owe it to your intended audience to
substantiate your claims. I think this is fuly in accordance with
what you have requested of Randy Leighton. I personally think it a
waste of time to engage in long, drawn out debates, and I usually
avoid them, but I think it reasonable to expect your actions to be
consistent with what you have requested of him. Therefore, please
publicly post your assesssments as I have requested. You made the
statements--the burden of proof is on you. I'm letting you know here
and now, and not through email. What are you going to do about it?
Eat halava?


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