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Date: Sun Jan 28 1996 - 20:16:34 PST
Mani wrote: The person of wisdom, however, is aware of the true nature of these actions and objects and does not get personally affected by them. End of quote: There is scope in this statement in the context of what what was written before it to confuse material detachment with spiritual detachment. As one progresses spiritually one fails to bother about loss of wealth and other things not connected with Narayana. But it will only be the materialistically attached person who will remain spiritually detached when Narayana's devotees have been slaughtered, and Narayana's kainkaryam has been interrupted. E.g. The Ramayana was being narrated to Kulasekhara Azhwar nearly two million years later (even those who dispute the time of this event will not disagree that Kulasekhara Azhwar lived much after the Ramayana time). Suddenly Kulasekhara Azhwar got up and ordered His army to prepare for war. When a perplexed general asked the King why was there a preparation for war, Kulasekhara Azhwar replied: "We are going to help Rama fight the Rakshasas in Lanka." Attachment to Narayana is the perfection of spiritual existence and His pure devotees act in ways that are incomprehensible to the average person. None of this is intended to contradict Mani's conclusion that we should not be judgemental. Only the place where Sita stayed in Lanka was called Ashoka Vana. Shoka means mourning or grieving. Ashoka means where there is no grief or mourning. Hanuman burnt most of Lanka ashes except Ashoka Vana. The remaining Rakshasas were killed in battle. Yet these people who lost their property or kith or kin did not directly harass Sita in the way the Rakshasis did in Ashoka Vana. Yet when Trijata (one of the Rakshasis) condemned the rest of the Rakshasis for behaving in the way they did and did Prapatti on her own behalf as well as on behalf of the other Rakshasis, these people alone were saved. In the same way a prapanna displaying negative qualities is superior to a person leading a "normal good life". One can never say when someone will have the Bhagyam of getting Prapatti amd what kind of person Narayana will consider fit to give Moksha. Dasharatha was never good to Kausalya, yet Rama was born to him. Jaganath.