Martin Gifford marting at NSWCC.ORG.AU
Wed Oct 1 02:44:35 CDT 1997

Hi Allan!

This message of yours was brilliantly put. Thank you.



At 05:47 PM 30/09/97 -0800, you wrote:
>How do we know when the vedas are to be read literally and when they are to
>be interpreted metaphorically?  Do we have a choice at all, or must the
>vedas be accepted or rejected (in their totality) as being the *literal*
>truth?  If the vedas are not *always* literally true then what criterion
>enables us to know when the vedas are literally true and when they suggest
>a merely "poetical" truth?  How could there be any other such criterion
>when the vedas themselves are the touchstone we must use to assess all
>other truth claims? Are we not forced to accept the vedas as being
>*literally* true or abandon the claim the vedas are the touchstone which
>can correctly assess all other truth claims?
>I hope the orthodox list members can clear this up for me...
>-Allan Curry

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