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questions on upakarma

From: Kasturi Varadarajan (kvaradar_at_cs.uiowa.edu)
Date: Thu Aug 17 2000 - 08:10:08 PDT

Dear friends,

   Having read about the significance of upakarma/avani avittam
in the srivaishnava homepage (www.ramanuja.org/sv/rituals/upakarma/),
there are a couple of questions for which I request 
clarification.

1. Given that the upakarma marks the beginning of the learning of
   the veda every year, why does someone do it even when he is
   not learning the veda? For example, why would a man who has
   completed the learning of the veda do it?

2. The purpose of the Kamokarshit japa is to atone for not having
   stopped the learning of the veda in the month of jan/feb. 
   But "kamo'karshit manyurakarshit" itself means (roughly) 
   "desire did it, anger did it". How does the meaning of the
   mantra fit in with the purpose behind its use in avani avittam?

thanks
Kasturi

   

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