Monotheism (was: Crushing Defeat)
lnelson at SANDIEGO.EDU
Fri Mar 10 17:46:46 EST 2006
The fact that theologically educated Vaisnavas, as Ravindran points
out, refuse to acknowledge Siva as Bhagavan, and avoid setting foot
in Siva temples, seems to support my original point, doesn't it?
They acknowledge Visnu as the single supreme being. Or am I missing
But I do acknowledge, and welcome, the suggestion that not all
Hindus, especially perhaps women, are theologically correct in their
practice. But then the same would seem to apply to Roman Catholic
villagers in Mexico, men and women, for whom the Virgin of Guadalupe
and other saints (who may in fact be stand-ins for indigenous
deities) are worshipped most seriously (and not just "reverenced" as
the official theology would require). My colleague at USD, Orlando
Espin, writes about this. Are we then going to deny that Christianity
For that matter, I have also had Vietnamese students who are
astounded and upset to learn that the Buddha is not a god.
Thanks for you help on this!
On 10 Mar 2006 at 14:18, Ravindran Sriramachhandran wrote:
> this is certainly not true of western tamilnadu where i grew up, in fact (coming
> from an 'orthodox' vaishnavite family) i was even 'advised' not to go siva temples.
> no talk about one supreme being, and at times when the local pujari used the word
> 'bhagawan' (ofcourse 'perumal' was preferable) he made clear that he meant vishnu
> and not siva.
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