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Date: Mon Nov 06 1995 - 05:43:37 PST
I agree that Upanayanam should not be forced on people who have no belief in the process of Sandhyavandanam and related Brahmana Vidhi. The general reason given is that priests will not perform the marriage in the traditional way. However it should be possible for priests to perform a marriage using whatever rituals are used in the case of Shudras. This will probably not be acceptable to most parents who would rather let their children accumulate the sin of not doing a duty forced upon them (the children) against their will. Jaganath. PS: If anyone knows any Vedic reason why Shudra rituals cannot be applied to non believers of brahminical descent please let me know.