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Re: Important note about observing Yajur Upakarma

From: Pradeep (pradeepjanakiraman_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Mon Jul 30 2001 - 01:36:08 PDT

unfortunately i have a naive question. this is regarding the 
applicability of Upaakarma to people living outside of India 
(including me)

I have heard some say that one should not do Yagams, Homams outside 
of India and some go to the extent of even including Sandha-Vandhanam 
in that list of "donts"!! They only advocate doing Bhakthi in 
that...like naama sankeerthanam, maybe japam, reading holy texts like 
Bhagavatam, Sundarkandam etc. etc. outside of India. 

The reasoning given is that only Bhaarata Desham is the Karma-Bhoomi 
and the rest are not. Also all the dasha-avatars and other major 
leelais of Naarayana and other deities/demi-gods have taken place 
only in India... all the great saints have only originated in India. 

I have even heard that one loses "Brahmana-hood" when one crosses the 
ocean. So I am under a lot of confusion and would greatly appreciate 
if someone can clear this out for me...maybe by quoting something. 
It will help me greatly. 

thanks in advance...

adiyen..




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