miinalochanii at YAHOO.COM
Fri Jan 28 14:09:24 CST 2000
--- Ravisankar Mayavaram <miinalochanii at yahoo.com> wrote:
> --- Sankaran Jayanarayanan <kartik at ECE.UTEXAS.EDU> wrote:
> > On Tue, 25 Jan 2000, Ashish Chandra wrote:
> > "One who crosses the sea (samudrasaMyAnaM) loses his caste,"
> > according to
> > the BaudhAyana DS 2,1,2,2. Govinda, a commentator on this shAstra
> > explains
> > that whosoever makes voyages by sea by means of a ship to another
> > island
> > loses his caste and needs to perform a prAyashchitta (penance) in
> > order to
> > re-enter the caste system. This is the traditional view, and there
> > some
> > historical support that this was indeed accepted by orthodox
> > until about a century ago. It is only recently that BrAhmaNas have
> > crossed
> > the sea to other islands and yet didn't think it an offence at all.
> > The
> > VishhNu purANa says that in all the lands outside of
> > (India), there are no divisions of caste. The varNAshrama may well
> > inapplicable in a land like the USA, even to Indians settled here.
> guhaayaaM gehe vaa bahirapi vane vaa.adrishikhare
> jale vaa vahnau vaa vasatu vasateH kiM vada phalam.h |
> sadaa yasya eva antaHkaraNaM api shaMbho tava pade
> sthitaM chedyogo.asau sa cha paramayogii sa cha sukhii || 12||
> Let one live in a cave, or inside his(her) home or outside in a
> or on the top of a mountain. Let one dwell in water or fire, of what
> use is such residence? The one whose mind is ever fixed with devotion
> on your lotus feet O Sambu, (s)he alone is the supreme yogi and the
> who attains happiness.
Ravi <miinalochanii at yahoo.com>
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