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Re: why not to cross the ocean

From: Malolan Cadambi (
Date: Wed Dec 06 2000 - 09:41:50 PST

Dear Sri Madhavan Annamacharya,

>my ACHARYAN has instructed me never to cross the ocean atany

True. But the inner meaning of your beloved Acharyan's words can be understood in the following manner.

PramAnam (quotation) :
"tasmAt samudrasya na pibanti" - From the Vedas

Meaning - Do not drink water from the Ocean

It is scientifically true that the ocean water contains a lot of impurities unfit for human consumption.Let me not go into those mundane details.

Let me ask you a question "If we are not permitted to cross the ocean, why did Hanuman FLY over the ocean in search of Sita? "

Please concentrate on the word "FLY". Yes, the vedas say that we should not drink ocean water,let alone cross the ocean. This is because the ocean is none but Samudra Rajan, a great devotee of Lord
Rama. Back in 1700s and 1800s we had to cross the ocean by ship. The journey would last for months and human wastes would have to be let into the ocean.

By doing so, we were polluting Samudra Rajan. This should not be done. Hence your acharya instructed you not to cross the ocean.

Now coming to Hanuman, Hanuman FLEW over the ocean in one mighty leap. He never had to touch the water to drink it so he never had to pollute it. Nowadays, we FLY over the ocean in PLANES. Hence
stuff like human wastes are degraded in land itself and is not dumped into the ocean, thereby not polluting Samudra Rajan.

There are so many hidden meaning in the ramayanam and the maha-bharatham. Swami Desikan has explained all their hidden meanings in his Rahasya Granthams. Please try to learn Rahasya Granthams.

Swami Desikan thiruvadigale saranam

adiyEn rAmAnuja dAsan,

mAlOlan cadAmbi.

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