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From: Ravi Yekkirala (
Date: Wed Mar 29 2000 - 17:15:42 PST

Srimathey Ramanujaya Namaha!!!

Dear Bhagavatottamas,

>From what I have observed of His Divine grace Sri Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar Swami, the TRIDANDAM is the form of GOD himself and the dandas have the same kind of sanctity as the salagramas and infact they are available at only few places like Muktinad kshetram in Nepal(they grow along with salagramas). The TRIDANDAM  must have grown from the same stem and is cut by people born with a particular birth star. The person taking Sanyasasramam is taught to construct(with specific mantrams) the TRIDANDAM by HIS guru who is giving HIM the ashramam. There will be a 4th outer danda signifying Kalam. It being very sacred anyone except it's holder(and in some cases the EKANGI, a brahmachari wearing sacred cloth) should touch it at any time. The sanyasi maintains sanctity(MADI) for the sake of the TRIDANDAM, so others shouldn't touch them either.

Even when prostrating the TRIDANDA(even before Divya sannidhi's is kept in VERTICAL position). A sanyasi is not required to prostate before anyone(only few exceptions). They are expected to address theselves as "WE(signifying unison with GOD)" . I have never seen any of the Jeeyars use danda to prostate insted of themselves.

The sacred cloth "JALA PAVITRAM" at the top of the TRIDANDAM is used for not only filtering water but while doing the PRANAYAMAM and other japas by keeping the cloth between the fingers, meaning the air is purified before it's breathed in.

Ramanuja Dasaha!
Ravi Yekkirala

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