SV: SV: Integrity of academia

Swaminathan Madhuresan smadhuresan at YAHOO.COM
Fri Dec 29 17:12:41 UTC 2000

Like you, I haven't read prof. Kripal or the respected Swami.

R. Srinivasan's words <<Linga does not mean phallic except in the Tantra
 context. Linga, according to Saiva siddhanta, means symbol, a mark, a sign,
 an emblem. >>

In Bengal and East India, Tantra is a way of life for centuries,
and western books on Tantra usually have pictures from 19th cent.
Bengal art depicting linga as the male member.

Best wishes,

--- Lars Martin Fosse <lmfosse at ONLINE.NO> wrote:
> Arun Gupta [SMTP:suvidya at OPTONLINE.NET] skrev 29. desember 2000 16:21:
> > In reply to Lars Martin Fosse and Dante Rosati, the subject of Kali's Child
> > is Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, whose earthly span was 1836-1886.
> > the Hindu beliefs of that period are what are appropriate in interpreting
> > Shiva-Linga.
> I have not read Kripal's work, but judging by the mails of Vidyasankar
> Sundaresan, Swami Tyagananda, as well as your own, the criticism seems at
> least partly justified. Apparently, Kripal has read too much Freud and too
> little Indology. It would have been interesting to hear his defense. I
> would of course concur with Swami Tyagananda that a moder Hindu - and a
> 19th century Hindu as well - would not see the linga as a penis. Symbols
> have a history, and as all bearers of meaning they can change their
> semantics with time.

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