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Re: SandhyAvandhanam - Bhagavadhkainkaryam

From: T.V.Venkatesh (
Date: Tue Jul 27 1999 - 02:00:41 PDT

                    Srimathe Narayanaya namaha:-

I believe my wordings were not clear and hence failed to 
communicate properly. In fact adiyEn had written in the same lines 
as Sri Muralidhar Rangaswamy and Sri Muralitharan. 

Please read the following which is the last para of my message

> So the point is that one can even forego all his duties, like 
> SandhyAvandhanam and give importance only to PerumAL 
> kainkaryam. All other duties, though prescribed in shAstrAs are 
> only secondary. It is only for this sake that in sandhyAvandham 
> there is a chapter on PrAyachittham, which we, nowadays, 
> basically to use to support our laziness to get up early in the 
> morning and our inability during the noon and evening due to other 
> office works etc.,

If this is not clear, let me explain. AzhwAr does not say, "don't do 
sandhyAvandhanam and do only perumAL kainkaryam". If he would 
have said so, there would not have been any such Nitya-
anushTAnam for us now. What I meant to say was, perumAL 
kainkaryam takes priority. Meaning, even if it is sandhyA kAlam, 
you have to postpone your sandhyAvandhanam to do perumAL 
kainkaryam. However to compensate for this postponement you 
can do prAyaschittam which is also there in the 
sandhyAvandhanam.  Probably the word "forego" (certainly a wrong 
usage) in my earlier posting has caused this confusion. 

Again, another confusion is what I created within myself on Sri 
Madhavakkannan's posting. I misread the same as (summarizing) 
only Nitya AnushTAnam takes priority more than the Bhagavadh 
Kainkaryam. That's adiyEn's fault. I request sincere apologies from 
our members for this fault of mine.

However nothwithstanding the above, one more thing what 
prompted me to write the above is, I saw some Sri Vaishnavites, 
who are indeed very orthodox, saying the we have to do the 
SandhyAvandhanam at the correct time only and only after doing it 
we have to do perumAL kainkaryam. Which I believe is not right 
from the AzhwAr's pAsuram. 

Once again my sincere apologies for the confusion.

adiyEn RAmAnuja dAsan,

Thirumalai Vinjamoor Venkatesh

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