SV: Integrity of academia
suvidya at OPTONLINE.NET
Fri Dec 29 10:21:28 EST 2000
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. Therefore,
the Hindu beliefs of that period are what are appropriate in interpreting
The nineteenth century is not a remote time period. Plenty of contemporary
literature , as well as the originals that Kripal used should be available.
Bengali is a living language spoken by of the order of two hundred million
people, and I would expect any campus to have at least a few Bengali students
who can help. It should be relatively easy for anyone who is interested to
verify for themselves that Swami Tyaganandaji has a valid complaint.
Remember that this is not the misinterpretation of one sentence from a
cryptic ancient text written in a dead language that was not easy even when
it was a living language. What the Swamiji has demonstrated is a consistent
pattern of mistranslation and misinterpretation. Please address this issue
rather than minor nitpicks.
The nineteenth century is recent and I know that for most of you, your major
interest lies in time periods at least a millenium older. Nevertheless I
believe the issues here are important as they bear directly on the standards
expected of an institution like Harvard.
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