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From: Does it matter?
Date: Tue Feb 18 2003 - 21:51:54 PST
Shrimathe Ramanujaya Namaha Dear Shri Swamis, My pranams to all. I apologize in the beginning itself, if, even by mistake, my post offends anyone. I have similar thoughts as that of Shri Keshav. "Cleanliness is next to godliness" - self explanatory. "Yathaa Raja tathaa praja" - The way the king is, so are the people. Thirukkural- "Puranthooimai neeran amayum aganthooimai Vaimayaal Kaanap padum" (External cleansing is done by water while the internal cleansing is done by truthfulness). This is what we do as we start the Sandhyavandhanam('Apohishta mayo bhuva'). "Solluthal Yaarkkum Eliya! Ariyavam Solliya Vannam Seyal" (Everybody can tell everything very easily. But, it is exactly opposite when it comes to standing by the same i.e it is the most difficult part to implement what we say.) I guess, if my understanding is right, the question posed by the writer Shri Balaji was that - aren't we supposed to set an example for our next generation. I feel that, he was angry and he has every right to be so. And if it were a meagre outburst, it is the job of moderator to review and reject the message. If the moderator has approved it, I feel that, there is some reason why it has been. I feel that (at least I take it that way), the message has been approved only because, everyone would see one point or the other in what Shri Balaji has said, instead of analysing his emotions. I feel that the following are the post's main points: - Whether we should really set an example for our next generation or not - Whether we should not give any excuse, rather try to follow our anushtanams at our best or not - More than those who preach, it is those who stand by the same are the ones who contributes more to maintaining and saving the tradition. When one asks a question like "How could I do sandhyavandhanam even when I am working 18 hours a day", it is very difficult for a person who just preaches about it. But, when a person who works for 18 hours and still follows the anushtanam is present, the meagre presence will convincs 1000s of people that it is possible to do so and that they can't give any lame excuses. I think, the idea behind this post, not being bothered about whether it was intentional or not, is a good one. It kept me thinking for couple of days in fact! These are open questions. I myself was shocked by these. I am one of those who gives lots of excuses for not following anushtanams. But the post, really made me think. I am a software engineer and I work at a client's place. If I don't go in the formal dress, I would not be paid my salary nor my respect. Whether I can do my job or not, is secondary. If in lowkeeka life this is so, am I not supposed to follow what my purvacharya's did. Or atleast, shouldn't I be thinking about that all the time rather than trying to convince myself with excuses. I ended up deciding that the tradition gives so much flexibility that I tend to give lame excuses whilst my jobs won't give me my daily bread(that is what I had been thinking as the truth, while it is not so) if I don't follow the professional tradition. There was an iyengar boy whom I know, who has some bad habits. Couple of his friends tease me when they hear from me that I don't have any of those habits. What they tease me about is that every iyengar guy is no different from that boy it seems. People tend to generalize very easily. "Oru paanai sotrukku oru soru padam"(To check if the entire rice in the vessel has boiled well or not, it is enough to check one single grain). So, even if we don't follow the anushtanams, it is a better idea not to expose our anti-traditional habits amidst the society that would easily brand the traditional people based on this single exposure. As I mentioned before, these are open questions and I feel these kind of questions should come out in some way or other to give me an oppurtunity to think. I feel, we(sorry to generalize, but...) should keep wondering or atleast think pretty well regarding, why we don't follow the traditions, at least to the smallest extent possible (only for those who don't follow at all). I have no comments on anyone else's comments. I just wanted to share only what I thought/think. And all that I have mentioned above holds for me. If it holds for the reader, it is meagrely coincidental. As I mentioned in my first statement, if anyone is offended by any means, kindly accept my sincere apologies. Sarva Aparadhaan Kshamasva Yatheendra Pravanam Vandhe RAMYA Jaamaataram Munim Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan, Lakshmi Narasimhan -------------------------------------------------------------- - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH - To Post a message, send it to: email@example.com Group Home: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bhakti-list Archives: http://ramanuja.org/sv/bhakti/archives/ Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/