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From: krish (krish_at_astro.ge.com)
Date: Tue Oct 03 1995 - 10:07:53 PDT
Badri's comments are interesting. When I look at the enormous output on Sri Vaishanvism, the commonality is BELIEF. There is no rational explanantion, and many of us work in fileds where proof is arequisite. The only place for BELIEF is sel consolation or inner peace due to one's own inabilit to accept the cahncy nature. But main point is there are great men who are also Jeers. My experience is worth reporting. Born aan Iyengar, I chose to transgress and marry a Westerner much to the shame of of my loving kin. Later when my dad died, I did not go to the cremation feeling that I would cause unnecessary concerns. But my elder sisters were upset that I did not offer any pindas. In 1977, I went to India to Srirangam to do so to please my sisters. One of them lived there. The problem was how to get me in to the Parakalmatam for the ceremoney. My sister and her husband went out for consultations. I was not able to wait out the long delay and went to the Mutt by myself. Some of the people had known my dad who spent his last days near by. I was ushered to th Holy Jeer. I riased my hand sin respect and told him the purpose I came for. I also explained to him that I had wedded a Westerner and was no longer llving the life of a brahmin. It was a great surprise to me when he told me that he felt it was of no concern and he would permit me to di the Shradda in the Parakala mutt sannidhi inside the temple corridors. He further told me that he remembered my father as an old admirer of his and that he would be pleased. He also instructed his assistants to provifde the needed services. When I was about to depart, my sister and her husband walked in ad were rather surprised at the turn of events. The holy Jeer was rather unusal, far more considerate than my own sisters. One cannot judge rashly their greatness. I went thru the ceremony the next day but I am not sure whether it served any other purpose than mys sisters' satisafction that I did it. The great man had all the power to throw me out but he did not.