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On Coffee drinking

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

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]:

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,


[1]. Deivathin Kural, Vol. I & III. ed. Ra. Ganapathy, Vanathi
Pathippagam, Chennai.