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Re: [SriRangaSri] Re: a question on Ramayana and answer to it.

From: Ram Anbil (
Date: Sat Jan 13 2001 - 19:08:12 PST

Dear friend:
It is not a question of yuga dharma. To my knowledge,even in Draupadi's 
days, there was no SAsti~c sanction for polyandry.The case of Draupadi was 
an exception to the rule and cannot be cited as a precedent in any yuga.

Similarly, Bhishma was lying on his arrow bed until the dawn of Uttarayanam 
and he cast his mortal coil at that time. Can anyone postpone one's time of 
death as Bhishma did? This is another instance where the "exception proves 
the rule" and cannot be quoted , leave alone, adopted by others.

However, the  incidents in the Itihasas and Puranas do have some moral 
lessons for us. For greater details. you may look into the Bhakti archives 
where in my series "Myths, Miracles and Mysticism" I have alluded to several 
mythlogical episodes in "Part I Myths" and what lessons they teach us.These 
lessons have eternal value, not only for the yuga in which the incidents had 
taken place.

Hope this helps. If after reading these, you have any further questions, 
please feel free to contact me.

Anbil Ramaswamy

>From: "Geethakrishnan Narasimhan" To:
>Subject: Re: [SriRangaSri] Re: a question on Ramayana and answer to it.
>Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 01:36:20 -0000
>Dear Sri Anbil Ramaswamy,
>I subscribe to SriRangaSri and I have immensely benefitted by reading
>your journal. I have a question and I would very much appreciate
>a answer to the same.
>I have read your articles in Bhakti Lists (the egroups moderated
>by Sri Mani Varadarajan) and in one of the posts, there was a
>question about Draupadi being the wife of Pandavas (five men).
>A member ( I don't know who) quoted a reply from one of the
>Acharyas saying that it was a different yuga and the yuga dharma
>(in that yuga) allowed such a thing. If that is the case, how
>should one act in this Kali Yuga. Does it have any meaning in
>applying principles of earlier yuga to our present yuga. Is
>something already defined for Kali Yuga. How much or what we
>read in Ramayana and Mahabharata (Dharmas and principles) are
>applicable in our present age. I sincerely seek your reply and
>I would be grateful if you could throw more light on this doubt
>of mine.
>Purisai Komandur Geethakrishnan
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