[Advaita-l] Fwd: {भारतीयविद्वत्परिषत्} Swami Dayanand Saraswati (of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam) leaves his body

Santosh Rao itswhateva at gmail.com
Fri Sep 25 07:46:01 CDT 2015

Yeah I'm not comfortable with this. Mr knapp should have thanked them for
their understanding and got to the back of the line. Unfortunately many
white people are just used to having privileges that others do not, he
obviously thought there was nothing wrong with this.


On Sep 25, 2015 12:21 AM, "Jaldhar H. Vyas via Advaita-l" <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Of all the accomplishments of Swamiji one could have mentioned, this one
> doesn't exactly show him in a good light.
>> written by Shri Nandanandana Das (Stephen Knapp):
>> He was greatly influential, and was well-known all across India. In fact,
>> he had written and signed a letter of reference for me, stating that I was
>> a sincere Hindu and should be treated with the respect that I deserve.
>> That
>> way when I would go to certain temples in India, I could show that letter
>> to get in, if they were not allowing certain people inside. So one time
>> when I went to the Meenakshi temple, the priests would not allow me into
>> the sanctums because of being white-skinned. So I showed the management
>> that letter from Swamiji, and after they had some discussion about it,
>> they
>> arranged one of their priests to take us into all of the sanctums and do
>> pujas, taking us to the head of the long lines of India pilgrims, who were
>> watching and wondering why I and a friend of mine got to go to the head of
>> the lines while everyone else had to wait. It was like we were shown
>> special privileges that even the locals did not receive. I still have that
>> letter.
> Actually I don't think any pilgrim was wondering how he got to the front
> of the line.  Being able to bend the rules by having connections with a
> "big man" is par for the course in Mother India.
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