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parisEshaNa mantram

From: vchandra (
Date: Mon Mar 13 2000 - 01:37:03 PST

Dear members,
   adiyEn's namaskArams.
   I would like to know the meaning and the import of the parisEshaNa mantrams, that we recite before having food in the day and in the night. I am not sure if this has been posted in this list anytime. 
   Many years back, someone made a sarcastic comment before me (but not targetting me) while we were having food in a restaurant where food was served on a table. The comment was that " parisEshaNam is for keeping away ants and other insects around the plate.. But some people out of ignorance do parisEshaNam even when eating on a table.." . At that time I wasn't sure what he was talking about and so couldn't defend. Later I came to realise that the tradition has a spiritual intent rather than what the naive comment above means.
   I request experts like Sri Anbil, Sri Sadagopan, Sri M.G.Vasudevan and other erudite members to please provide this.


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