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Date: Mon Nov 06 1995 - 11:15:59 PST
I used the term Shudhra only in the sense of the 4 varnas and the fact that no Yagnopavitam is required and not in the derogatory sense. It is because of the fact that people born in the Shudhra caste can be great Vaishnavas that I did not refer to people to people who wear Yagnopavitam to get married and take them off the next day as "Shudhras" as I felt that this would be a classification derogatory to people engaged in that Varna. I chose instead to call them non believers. I mentally paid respects to the individual who cut my hair prior to Prapatti since in the course of my conversation with him I found that we had a common Acharya and he had great respect for Him apart from getting Samashrayam. I used the term Shudhra in much the same sense as I used the term Brahamana Vidhi in one of my other emails. I am sorry if anyone found it offensive. Please let me know what would be a polictically correct term if Shudhra cannot be used. The only reason why I even brought up this subject is because this question was put to me at a puja cum lecture yesterday and I wanted answers from knowledgeable sources. Jaganath.