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Date: Wed Jul 07 1999 - 12:25:41 PDT
Namaskaram to Bhagavathas. One of the chapters of Swamy Nigamantha Maha Desikan's Rahastraya Sara deals with the aspect of material longings of a prapanna . I am open to corrections here, it is the AparAdhAdhikAram. Swamy Desikan mentions here that prapatti can be performed for preventing a prapanna from getting indulged in any activity that could result in either a puNya or a pApam. I feel this should also be an important part of our six fold prapatti to Sriyapathi NArAyaNan. I also feel that one should constantly perform prapatti for His grace to help himself not get indulged in more prAkritik (material) fruits. I would appreciate the knowledgable BhAgavathAs to add to what Swamy Desikan says in this context. This is my personal (may or may not be objective) thought to our running behind money. The principle of making good enough money for the family, children, home etc. has been over-emphasized. I strongly feel, we should draw a line somewhere. We should lay a lot more emphasis on shAstric education rather than non-shastric learnings. We should earn just enough for our food, clothing and health. Basic education for children is important but can be done at home. I have seen many homes, in Bangalore, that have kids totally dedicated to the shAstrAs. They are also taught enough to earn money for a living. I feel this is a very important way of reviving and retaining our SampradAya and we are all accountable for our sampradAya. SrimathE VEdAntha RAmAnuja mahA DEsikAya nama: Adiyen, Keshavan Kadambi.