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Date: Mon Apr 09 2001 - 17:19:15 PDT


Dear Sri Mani,

You have narrated so well about SatyakAma jAbAla story. Thanks.
You wrote:

What is remarkable about this episode is the unornamented truthfulness
of satyakAma, and gautama's willing acceptance of him for this very
reason.  The teaching is that one's internal qualities are what makes
one fit to receive sacred instruction. The actual origin of satyakAma is
unknown; but his speaking the truth despite the personal consequences
makes him worthy of instruction, makes him worthy of the title "brAhmana".
The Upanishad here places emphasis on inner virtue over birth.
Very true! That is an excellent understanding.
However, adiyEn's indulgence in understanding this as (for my own benefit) is:
if you are a brahmin, then you will obviously be speaking truth alone. (sathyam
bruyAth; priyam bruyAth; na sathyamcha nAnrutham bruyAth- speak truth' speak
sweet; if it is untrue (but sweet), remain silent). How many of us (so called
born brahmins fall in "speaking truth and sweet always" category..? (I don't)

manatthilOr thUymai illai; vaakkilOr insollillai.
Please forgive me for my indulgence
Narayana Narayana
adiyEn Narayana Dasan madhavakkannan

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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