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Re: Ashaucham & Nitya karma

From: Anand Karalapakkam (
Date: Sun Feb 28 1999 - 14:51:54 PST

Sri Lakshminrusimha Parabrahmane namaha
Sri Lakshminrusimha divya pAdukA sEvaka SrivaNN-
SatakOpa Sri nArAyaNa yateendra mahAdESikAya namaha

Dear Sri Sriram,
namO nArAyaNA.

  thanks for your note. adiyEn would like to add few lines here.

> For Eg :Kshaya  Asaucham rules forbids us from performing
> Aradhanam since a person in great distress / sorrow will
> not be in the right frame of mind, immediately after the loss, to perform
> such
> kaimkaryams.
> Therefore a "time frame"  is stipulated to  help us in  getting back to
> regular activities like
> Aradhanam, etc , progressively as the days go by, and in the meanwhile
> discharge our specific duties at such (Asaucham) times like Tharpanams etc,
> etc.

   "theetu" is a thing which one can't see directly through the eyes.
 We don't know how it gets associated with the body. But as a
 vaidhIkA, sAstrAs  (which deals with things that are supra-sensory in
nature) are the pramAnam for us and when it says that one's body  gets
"theetu" due to such and such reasons,  it is a fact (we all agree to that

The role "theetu" of the body plays with respect to performing a karmA
like ArAdhanam  is supra-sensory and one can understand its role strictly
from sAstrAs only. But, we can reason out  if possible and you have
given a  very good  reasoning. But, adiyEn feels that it is not  just for
making one get some  time to get back to right frame  of mind etc.
The role of "theetu" being supra-sensory makes one difficult to understand
how it is affecting the performance of karmAs etc.

> Having said that, in my opinion, therefore, one most not dig too deep into
> the  rules / regulations per se,
> as there may be many variants / schools of thought,  but to follow generally
> accepted practises / regulations
> according to the advice as per Acharyas / qualified elders in the
> sampradayam  one belongs.

    Absolutely. One has to follow his/her AchArya's aNushtAnams.

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