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Wealth and the pursuit of spirit

From: sudarshan madabushi (
Date: Sun Jul 18 1999 - 23:02:14 PDT

I quote from Sri.Kalale's recent post:

"…Yes, it is true, that the duty of a brahmin is to study vedas, serve in 
temples, teach vedas, conduct yajnas etc.  HOwever, that can be done 
nowadays to a limited extent depending on one's capacity, determination and 
the environmental conditions such as finance, accessibility etc.  One should 
be as practical as possible; however one should try hard to keep up one's 

….However, this does not reduce, in any sense the need for money. Hence 
these times are different.

In essence, one should work for money by some means suitable to support 
one's family.  However, one should strive hard to uphold one's dharma 
without resorting to "unfair" means."

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In this connection I am reminded of a wise Tamil lyric that the late 
KannadAsan sang:

"kaasE dAn kaDavula-DA
andha kADavuLakkum
Idu teriyammaDa!"

"Money is God!
And even God knows the fact!"

AdiyEn dAsAnu-dAsan,

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