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Letters to the Editor

Flagrant Disrespect 3

October 6, 2000 4:04 PM

Poor Narayan Krishnan! Suffering so much anguish from a terrible insult!

It makes no difference that he imagined the insult, or that only his imaginary ego was wounded. The pain feels real to him.

If instead of worrying about outward gestures of respect, he took Ramana's teachings to heart and applied them, the pain would vanish!

Karen Ramirez

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Flagrant Disrespect 2
October 6, 2000 12:52 PM

If Narayan Krishnan is right, then the minister of my church insults Jesus every time he calls him "Jesus" in a sermon.

I guess my minister is going to be pretty ashamed of himself when I point this out to him.

Walter Carter

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Flagrant Disrespect
October 5, 2000 4:45 PM

I was reading the article on pranayama by Freddie Yam and was shocked and dismayed by the flagrant disrespect for Ramana Maharishi, one of the greatest saints India has ever had. He is always addressed as swami or acharya or Maharishi, not as Ramana. He is not Freddie Yam's pal to be addressed in this fashion. Kindly ask your authors to learn proper conduct while writing about gurus or desist from writing about them. This is truly disgusting behavior and I am surprised that you put up a website with this kind of writing. I am passing on this article to the entire Indian community as an example of flagrant disregard for our community and our gurus.

Narayan Krishnan

You are mistaking a normal American literary practice for a sign of disrespect. It is customary in American published works to refer to saints by their first names without titles after they are introduced. For example, Saint Augustine is called simply "Augustine" in the Encyclopedia Britannica. And, by the way, Ramana is usually referred to as Maharshi, not Maharishi. -- Editor.

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Vasanas and Samskaras
June 29, 2000 8:59 PM

I've been trying to find an answer to this question for months. Maybe you can help. What is the difference between vasanas and samskaras?

Jamie Feldstein

In Hindu philosophy, the words are often used loosely as synomyms. However, according to Surendranath Dasgupta's History of Indian Philosophy, many authors make the following distinction: samskaras are impressions that were acquired in any life, past or present; vasanas are samskaras that were acquired in previous lives. --Editor.

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Paintings Should be Indian
June 1, 2000 9:46 AM

I am puzzled by your new habit of illustrating the Upanishads with paintings by European artists. In at least one case, you chose a painting from the Christian tradition. This could be interpreted as a sign of disrespect for Hinduism and Indian civilization. I urge you to consider that artwork by Indian artists would be more appropriate for this purpose.

Michael Buchanan

We always look first for an appropriate Indian painting when we illustrate a Sanskrit text. Unfortuntely, we rarely find one because there is very little Indian art on the Web. We hope this will soon change. In the meantime, you can regard our use of European paintings as an ethnic insult. Or you can view it as a respectful acknowledgement that Indian scriptures have universal significance for peoples of all times and all cultures. It's your choice. -- Editor.

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Have You Stopped Printing Letters?
May 17, 2000 6:05 AM

You haven't printed a letter to the editor in months. Have you stopped printing them?


We still like to print them, but nobody has sent one lately. -- Editor.



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