[Advaita-l] Books on Bhagawatham.

Srikanta Narayanaswami srikanta.narayanaswami at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 5 09:16:03 CDT 2012

Sri.Vidyashankar,One correction.
I am sorry to say that you have misquoted me on the erotic sculptures outside the temples.It was you who had said the following lines:
On Sunday, June 3, 2012, Srikanta Narayanaswami wrote:

> It is wrong to think that eroticism is unholy or atrocious. Within the
> standard
> parameters of Indian literary and other artistic conventions, eroticism is
> not
> something to be abhorred always. In fact, SRngAra is often said to be the
> king of rasa-s in traditional Indian discussions of aesthetics. It is a
> sign of
> the continuing colonization of the Indian mind that many amongst us cringe
> at the very mention of SringAra. We have to stop alienating ourselves from
> our own culture.
These were the sentences you had written,and I simply quoted them.
What I was driving at is that in the Kavyas like Ramayana and Mahabharatha,there is a kind of 'poetic freedom"which are not taken in other epics.Whatever we may analyse,we cannot go beyond what Sage Valmiki and we have to keep within the bounds of what he has said.Any interpolation or extrapolation by a reader or a commentator is his own,and we cannot allege it on Valmiki.

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