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From: Dr. SUDHAKAR R. MARUR (smarur_at_easi.soft.net)
Date: Wed Dec 02 1998 - 12:42:55 PST
On Mon, 30 Nov 1998, Sri. Mani Varadarajan wrote: (...) >I would like to know if any acharya has specifically commented on this >issue. The MahaSwami of Kanchi, HH Chandra Sekarendra Saraswati Swamiji had been persuading spiritual aspirants not to take coffee from early 1950s itself. HH had the following reasons for that : 1. Addictive effect. 2. Unnecessary expenditure. This point has to be seen in the Indian context. He wanted asthikas to give up coffee, silk and vara_dhakshanai TOTALLY so that the need to earn unnecessarily more (by giving up the traditional spiritual way of life) would not arise. With regards, Sudhakar . Deivathin Kural, Vol. I & III. ed. Ra. Ganapathy, Vanathi Pathippagam, Chennai.