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October 2001

From: CC
Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2001 16:17:50 EDT
Subject: Received your book, and have a question......
To: Acharya S

I am still in the process of reading the christ conspiracy due to my busy schedule.

I am sure you get tons of email so I'll be quick..... Acharya, in light of the terrorist attacks, and now our attacking them....if there is no God as you say........then where or whom to we turn to for hope?

Re your question, we shall have to rely on ourselves - the Muslims who create such havoc also turn to God, so that's obviously not a very good option.


From: JF
To: Acharya S
Subject: A Call to the Muslims of the World
Date: Sun, 07 Oct 2001 13:06:41

Thanks for the ammo. I'm sick of hearing that Islam is a peaceful religion.


Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2001 08:10:09 -0400
From: SC
Subject: religious intolerance
To: Acharya S

Hope you are doing well. I think you should sell a tape of your radio interviews, as most of us won't be able to tune in live.

I am the youngest of seven children. Both of my brothers and one of my sisters are fundamentalist Christians. Your site was one of the ones that brought me back to reality. I have quit trying to reason with my
siblings; they seem so brainwashed. I feel like they are zombies.

My brother decides to email me the other day and makes a joke about my Lebanese friend being a potential terrorist. My friend is a highly paid international banking consultant who speaks three languages. I email
my brother back and tell him my friend is Lebanese, not Afghani and Christian, not Islamic. I ask my brother if this is the kind of love they teach him down at the church he goes to.

My brother emails me back: They never told me I had to love terrorists.

OK, this guy has some big cajones to be able to say that to me. I have made up my mind not to respond, but he has definitely gone too far this time.


Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2001 10:01:10 -0500
From: NB
Subject: A Call to the Muslims of the World
To: Acharya S

This is excellent! thank you so much! I am in the midst of (re)reading the Koran, but it is very slow
going, and can only stand so much at one time.

But, of course, Christianity has a stainless, bloodless history and literature. (Meow!) Had I had any 'faith'
left on 9/11 I would have lost it right then. "Pray to God" all the gas stations and other signs say
here in Bible country (Arkansas). Sometimes I am at my wit's end and say, "Right. To the same Being who
allowed it to happen." They just don't quite know what to say to that one.

This is only the beginning.


Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2001 09:54:15 -0700
From: BS
To: "Acharya S"
Subject: A Call to the Muslims of the World

What a brave article! It is good to know at least someone is shrieking "emperor has no clothes" in the swamp of political correctness. For a similar article by Rod Dreher in today's NRO see
http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-dreher100801.shtml


Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2001 16:46:56 -0700 (PDT)
From: SD
Subject: the nature of God
To: Acharya S

I have been discussing a little subject I call The Universe, Life, and Everything with a newly acquainted
friend, SM, who has a very interesting web site. I don't know if you know S or not, he
sent me a link to your site in answer to a question I asked him, this is how I found out about you.

I'm not exactly sure why I am writing you. Happy to have found a kindred spirit, I imagine. I do, also,
want to talk to you about the nature of God. I have had a feeling (? i'm not sure what word to use here,
its more than a feeling) that God, to put it simply, is love. I say this because I have sensed for a long
time that there are spiritual laws which are just as implacable as physical laws, and have just as dire
consequences if ignored. The highest spiritual law being love, all others can be derived from that. I
have had certain sensitivities all my life to other people's emotions, their energy, I'm not sure exactly
what words to use here. I have always felt that for mankind to continuously ignore these spiritual laws
would have dire consequences in the physical realm. I have always known that there is something besides the
material realm that we physically exist in, an unseen spiritual realm. I have never been able to put words
to this, and as you can see am failing miserably attempting to put words to it now. I read some of your writings on the nature of God, and what you say about spirituality seems to be what i have been trying to put into words for so many years. I stopped picturing God in my mind as a male many years ago, actually I have thought in terms of a female God for many years. But, I always thought in terms of 'God' being love. I have always defined spirituality as 'the degree to which a person allows love to fill their heart and mind'. You have given me a lot to
think about. I have read the concept of Tao and Qi and Yin/Yang, so I am somewhat familiar with the idea
of life energy. An Indian friend of mine told me several years ago that it is very important for a person to fill their surroundings with life energy --living plants, flowers, kittens, puppies, running water, sunshine, fresh air. But I think the idea of life energy that you use is a bit different than this.


I have never found a religious 'group' that I felt comfortable with because never have I found one which
was helping its members figure out how to fill their entire being with love. Unconditional love always
seems to be missing from these groups. they also do not give their members practical advice on how to
practice love every day and how to deal with life on a daily basis from a motivation of love. I always
thought that showing love to this degree would require real practice.

I agree with your basic idea of what God is, I am having a difficult time, however, thinking that God is
not sentient. Is this so important, after all? Whether God is sentient or not?

I'm also wondering if I get any brownie points for picturing God as female instead of male all these
years? :::::smile

Kindest Regards,

I like your depiction of "God" very much. It is kind and gentle, and does not insist that there is some person "out there" who is pulling all the strings, where there obviously isn't. (Unless, as some have suggested, he is evil!)


Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2001 10:59:34 -0500 (CDT)
From: IMR
To: "Acharya S"
Subject: A Call to the Muslims of the World:VERY URGENT

I have sent your message to over 500 people. Some of them have started war with me etc. You know what brain they carry. I face similar attacks. Why do I do it now in a volatile situataion? It is not like this but it is a matter of interpretation. You are belligerent,.....etc.


From: TD
To: Acharya S
Subject: Women and Islam
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 16:34:19 -0500

After reading one of your rants about how Islam has enslaved women, I got to wondering why the prominent women in Islamic countries didn't do something about. Then it struck me: For all practical purposes, there are no prominent Muslim women. Of course, there's Benazir Bhutto, but who else? I cannot think of even one. (I don't count Queen Noor of Jordan.)

No doubt there are more, and my grasp of geopolitics is wanting. But it certainly says something about Islam that there are so few, doesn't it?