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From: RAVISANKAR YEKKIRALA (ryekkirala_at_worldnet.att.net)
Date: Sun Jul 11 1999 - 07:47:18 PDT
Srimathey Ramanujaya Namaha:!!! Dearest Bhagavatha's, This is in response to queries by Sriman Mani Varadarajan regarding pursuit of material life. Although I haven't had the chance to look at all the postings on this subject, I would put forth the views our great Alwars, Acharyas as I understood. Nothing in this world is wrong to pursue if it is for the kainkaryam of Bhagavadh, Bhagavatha (which includes us). The word Bhagavatha as it means someone related to Bhagavadh(GOD), should answer all our questions in this respect. Practically, logically thinking our sastras never say anything that is impossible or devoid of humane nature. They only explain the different variances a human being can endure depending upon his capabilities and position. Let us enjoy and make others enjoy by using material benefits to the extent we should, in the way we should. Any extremity be it materialistic or not will generate immense ego in the individual who pursues such life. P.S: Actually speaking materialism is a quality of GOD that says: "YOU CANNOT EXIST WITHOUT ME". I am not kidding here.