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From: Balaji Ramanujam (balaji7_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Thu May 20 1999 - 11:28:02 PDT

--- Balaji Ramanujam <balaji7@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 07:20:13 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Balaji Ramanujam <balaji7@yahoo.com>
> Reply-to: balaji7@yahoo.com
> Subject: Re: Digest bhakti.v003.n377
> To: bhakti-errors@lists.best.com
> 
> ----Original Message Follows----From: Mohan R Sagar
> <msagar@uswest.net>
> To: bhakti@lists.best.comSubject: Re: CLARIFICATION
> Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 21:16:56
> -0600....................
> The Catholic rosary beads, the Jewish Yarlmuke, and
> the Islamic prayer
> cap (I cannot recall the traditional name of it at
> the moment) are all excellent examples of such
> 
> simple outward expressions of faith.
> While we must most certainly allow for cultural
> adaptation and change to some extent, I think that
> as bhAgavathas, we should at least take the
> responsibilty of encouraging the "culturalIyengars"
> in
> our communities to adopt wearing
> thiruman, or at least srIchUrnam on their
> foreheads when they visit a temple or participate
> in a religious function.   I think their
> acceptance of this will be a big first step in
> being re-introduced to the riches of
> oursatsampradAyam.
> adiyEn,Mohan
> 
> ----------------------
> A simple question from a simple Bhaktha:
> I was blessed with Aramudhan's sevai at
> Thirukudanthai
> last week. I could see the Lord parched of Thaila
> Kaapu. The Bhattar humbly asked me if I could
> contribute Rs.150 for the Thailam, for the day.
> I was in the TRADITIONAL ATTIRE..minus the 12 namams
> (just one)...now I couldnt safely fit my wallet in
> anywhere...our traditional 'belt', the angavastram
> will be unwound to an extent during the 'theertham'
> 
> So, I couldnt carry any money..
> 
> I would certainly prefer wearing shorts/pants with
> pockets and get the best SEVAI of the Great Lord
> than
> stick to traditional dressing. 
> And in these hot and humid places, I would
> definitely
> prefer wearing deodrant and carry some napkins...I
> would make myself more presentable to the Lord..
> We've got to pick the best of both the worlds just
> like how we have picked THIS MODE OF COMMUNICATION..
> If Mr.Balaji Ventasen finds jeans disgusting, there
> may be another "aajara"  swamin who might find
> e-mails
> disgusting..
> SriyaDAsan,
> Balaji
> Anyways, it's all in one's mind and soul!!
>
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