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From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Tue Sep 22 1998 - 05:47:05 PDT


Dearest Sri Mani,

Your dilemma, and feeling pity for the insects is a true trait of a 
vaishnava. In fact NampiLLai's eedu vyAkhyAnam also says thus: "Whether 
one possesses VaishNavathvam or not is known explicitly by his feelings. 
When he sees others' sorrows/pains, and he melts at that, it implies 
that there is a bhagawath sambhandham.

My AchAryA Srimad Poundareekapuram ANdavan too never allows sishyas to 
beat or kill a creature or snake when spotted in the ashramam. He simply 
lets it go. 
Sri Mohan Sagar has said it very aptly. Leave alone this. We are 
removing the insects from thuLasi and Rose for offering to PerumAL only. 
But can be said about killing Cockroaches, mosquitoes? Are we allowed to 
kill them with insecticides? Is that creature does not have Emperumaan 
as an antharyaami? I am equally perplexed. I have perhaps added 
confounded your confusions. 

Ram Ram

With Best Regards

NarayaNa dAsan madhavakkannan

> From: Mani Varadarajan <>
> To:
> Subject: insecticide?
> Date: Tuesday, September 22, 1998 1:45 AM
> I have a moral dilemma for which I would like advice.

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