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Re: Bodily health

From: Gopaul Lakshmanan (visnu_sri_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Thu Jul 22 1999 - 08:40:13 PDT

SrImatE GopAla DEsikAya namaha
Sri:

Dear Srimathi Sheela:
I have the same questions in my mind too about transplants, lifesupport and 
other modern methods to conceive.  I would like to know the answers but I am 
not comfortable to pose these questions to my Acharya.  Your question raises 
anxiety in my mind.  If in the near or distant future I am forced to decide 
to accept some one else's organ, what would I do? In the last month or so, I 
read in a Tamil weekly magazine about a 70 (seventy)year young lady(she had 
maintained her sarIram well and she deserves to be called a TRUE 
SRIVAISHNAVA)who donated one of her working kidneys to her neighbor few 
years younger to her.  That is commendable.  Is that act of kindness and 
generosity in accordance with the sAstrAs?

On the other end of the spectrum, I am deeply disturbed by the fact that lot 
of pregnancies are terminated before their term in India (for whatever 
reason). If that is acceptable to Hinduism(I am not saying SriVaishnavism 
since I do not know enough about it) then I would say transplants and life 
support are perfectly O.K. for all.

May be some one in the Bhaktilist can give the answers.

I remember to have read somewhere that in vedas there is mention of
cryogenic surgery.  So, it is quite possible that these have been
mentioned in vedas or upanishads.

Thank you for a thought provoking question.
adiYen dAsan
Lakshmanan


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