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Re: [sv-rituals] Re: Abhivadanam

From: Malolan R Cadambi (
Date: Tue Apr 23 2002 - 12:43:52 PDT

> Also, somebody had told me a medical reason for preventing a woman
> from 
> chanting. The chanting of "Om"  in a proper style would create
> sound 
> harmonics (through Nabhi) and would affect woman's metabolism etc.

The question naturally arises about Gargi and Maitreyi. It is obvious
that the vedas have universal appeal. Social Standards adopted and
practised over centuries are lower in precedence towards to
adhyAtma(spiritual) thoughts in the vedas.

Sometime ago a members (Sri Rajesh Pillai) posted a query that since
he is not a brahmanaa by birth, it is ok for him to conduct and
independent study of the vedAs. In my reckoning, it is fabulous.

I garner support from the fact the Nammalwar who far exceeds the
highest vedic authority preached the essence of the vedas. We really
are getting into the ambit of social hierarchy when it comes to the
present time where the popluar media, neo-hindu and neo-vedantic
sects sometimes give their own explanations of the intricacies that
were present during the times of Maitreyi, Ramanuja et al.

Traditions evolve very slowly, if not die out. The messages in the
vedas are universal in nature. But one should not purse their studies
with an impure heart and mind for acheiving ulterior motives. It is
paramount that the studies of vedas should be guided by experienced
people. We have technology at our disposal where we are now able to
discuss with each other and enrich our thoughts and prespectives on
the vedas. Such cross fertilization is indeed good. The thoughts in
the vedas are not the thoughts of single rishis alone. They are the
thoughts of one of the greatest CIVILIZATIONS of mankind.


Malolan Cadambi

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