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Re: Re: [sv-rituals] Abhivadhanam

From: Shuba (
Date: Fri Apr 19 2002 - 13:58:51 PDT

I am not able to elaborate on the reason why, but to add to the 
general thread, I was told by my grandfather that it is a sin 
to prostrate before people who are not qualified to receive 
them. It applies to giving dakshinai also. 

What's worse, he mentioned that the sin extends to both the 
person performing namaskaram AND the person who is receiving it 
when he is not qualified to do so! 

Another interesting fact - whenever somebody did namaskarams to 
him and especially when he received abhivadanams, he would 
perform extra Gayathri's that day to compensate. His 
explanation was that blessing somebody diminishes his store of 
positive karma/energy (sorry, I am not able to find the right 
word here!) and that he is REQUIRED to chant the extra 
Gayathri's to compensate, particularly for his blessings to 
have any effect on the recipient. 


To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent 
people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation 
of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to 
appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the 
world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch 
or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has 
breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have 

-Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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