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Re: MangaaLya Stavam

From: TCA Venkatesan (vtca_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Tue Aug 14 2001 - 08:00:39 PDT

Dear Sri Mani and others,

I believe that it is all in the attitude. Even
after one has performed Saranagati, one cannot
rest; instead one's duties continue on. Rather 
than going into a long discussion on what I mean 
by attitude, adiyEn will pose two positions.

1) I pray to the Lord to provide me with wealth
and other mangaLams, not for my own betterment, 
but so that I may serve Him better; for example,
I can donate more to His temples and serve more 
of His devotees.

2) I will not pray to Him for anything, as I know
He will provide me with what I need to do, and if 
He provides with me such wealth then I will spend 
even more on Him and His kainkaryam.

Which of these two positions is appropriate? Or,
is one position to be considered superior to the
other.

In this context, the anecdotes that have been 
posted in these groups in the past, of Sri Parasara 
Bhattar's life and his behaviour are important 
lessons for us.

adiyEn madhurakavi dAsan
TCA Venkatesan

--- Mani Varadarajan <mani@alum.calberkeley.org>
wrote:
> Sadagopan writes:
> > For young women , recitation of this sthOthram is
> rcognized 
> > to result in marriage to a good husband
> (Soumangalyathvam), 
> > and all anishta nivrutthi. 
> 
> Dear Sri Sadagopan Maama,
> 
> Thank you for bringing the details of this stavam to
> light.
> I do have one doubt about the applicability of this
> prayer, 
> which I ask respectfully. As prapannas we are taught
> that
> we must not seek anything other than the Lord
> Himself, and
> that for this too only the Lord must be the means.
> We are
> 'kRta-kRtyas', ones that have done all that need be
> done.
> Further, Sri Krishna tells us in Sri Bhagavad Gita,
> "To 
> act alone is your right, and never the fruit..."
> (karmaNy
> evAdhikAras te, mA phaleshu kadAcana). 
> 
> Is it correct then to recite this prayer for the
> sake of
> some personal kshemam, such as marriage, etc.? I ask
> this
> out of clarification so that we can know the proper
> place
> for these powerful prayers in our daily life.
> 
> With respects,
> aDiyEn
> Mani
> 
> 
>
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