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Re: SamAshrayanam

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_best.com)
Date: Fri Jan 23 1998 - 11:55:38 PST

> He narrated a story
> that leads up to this exchange between Siva and Parvathi.
> Sri Srivatsangachar's words approximately were, "women
> are not supposed to, but they do these days, let us not
> get into that."

These cultural restrictions on bhagavan-nAma-sankirtanam
that become codified as law because of some story or other
makes me uncomfortable.  If this were how our religion
were universally practiced, I would be quite ashamed of
it. This is my personal belief.

However, I think there is a difference of opinion on this
as well -- and thank PerumaaL for that!

Those who wish to follow (in my mind) illogical and 
destructive restrictions can.  I know I am only an
"amateur" Sri Vaishnava. But I cannot follow something
that strikes at the very heart of what I consider
great about our sampradAya.

adiyEn Mani