On Fri, 29 Jun 2001 beth@...
> I know when I went to Indian temples they were all "Sri <definitive
> temple name>". So that the temple to Vishnu Ranganatha became "Sri
> Ranganatha". I suppose that doesn't help much. Holy Ranganatha and
> Lord Ranganatha both make sense as the names for a site of a temple to
> Vishnu Ranganatha. I've never heard it in association with a human
> mode of address, though. But that just may mean I haven't been paying
> enough attention. :)
Hmmm...The first thing that pops to mind that makes me question 'Sri' as a
title is 'Sri Lanka'.
From the OTL
SRI 1. Laks2mi1; 2. wealth; 3. felicity; 4. beauth; 5. a title of respect
prefixed to the names of deities, eminent persons, sacred place and thing
I'm pretty sure the Tamil & Sanskrit words are identical.
I also have only seen it used for a person when it's been applied to a
religious figure (Sri Aurobindo and Sri Sathya Sai Baba are two of the
first who come up in a google search)...almost like a pre-saintly title.
But it's a tough call. Religion is wound so tightly into the language (and
other aspects of Indian culture) that it's confusing to determine what
would be appropriate for secular use.