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Need clarification.

From: N Krishnamachari (krish_at_ihgp.ih.lucent.com)
Date: Tue Jul 08 1997 - 05:14:44 PDT

Dear Bhakti Group Members:

I met a visitor from Minnesota in our Balaji Temple over the last weekend who
asked me a couple of questions which I could not answer.  I would like to request 
fellow members to assist me with the following:

  1. Why is the UrdhvapuNdra for Sri Balaji partially covering His eyes?

  2. Why is the door to the garbhagrha closed at certain times (such as
     naivedya? 

I did not have a good answer to him for either question, and gave him the
traditional answers that our grandparents usually give (viz. the
fierceness of the Eyes may burn the sinners, we are not supposed to see when
the God partakes of the prasada etc.),  but I really did not know the real 
inner meaning of these practices.  I offered to check
with our group and get back to him.  I forgot the name of the person who
asked the question, but his son's e-mail address, to which I agreed to send
the response, is parasu@ME.umn.edu.

I sincerely appreciate any guidance.

-Dasan Krishnamacharyan