SV: Integrity of academia

Vidhyanath Rao rao.3 at OSU.EDU
Fri Dec 29 00:02:45 UTC 2000

On Thu, 28 Dec 2000 19:40:06 +0100, Lars Martin Fosse <lmfosse at ONLINE.NO>

[quotation from a web page]
 ... All I can say on this point is that this is not the kind of image a
practicing Hindu carries in his or her heart.

> Kripal's critic may be in good faith, although he may be
>misinformed about the early history of Shaivism.

Given the use of the present tense ``carries'', I would assume
that the said critic is referring to modern-day Hindus. Anyway,
what is the context of the statement in Kripal's book? [I don't
have it at hand.] Is it about the early period or 19-20c.?


On a different but related note: Current depiction of the linga has
it emerging from something sometimes referred to as yoni. Can anybody
tell me how far back this goes?

Also, this has been called a depiction of union impled to be sexual.
But the linga seems to be going the wrong way for that. This
reminds me of attempts to connect linga/cosmic pillar to marriage
of heaven and earth [Parpola for example.] Again, the linga is pointing
the wrong way [at least for India where earth is female and heaven male.]



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