[Advaita-l] Brahmins and Vaishnavas
srirudra at vsnl.com
Sat Jul 31 03:43:54 CDT 2010
I am of the opinion that our shastras -that part of the code of conduct for
day to day living -can not be applied to now a days work situations -say a
Brahmanan has to wear panchakacham and uthariyam,perform agnihothram, should
have just enough clothes only to sustain himself -say only a pair of
dresses-perform rituals like yathra dhanam every time one goes on a tour
etc.May be you are aware of these things .If you may ask for Vedic
references which I do not have readily but these are followed by the
priestly class only may be with exceptions.Our shastras are well founded and
they will definitely give sukham if they are followed verbatim ,no doubt
about it.But in these days of changed in value system they-the
guidelines/injunctions regarding day to day life are difficult to follow if
not impossible.This was my point.Idid not mean they are obsolete.I rest with
these observations just to remove any misunderstanding regarding application
of our shastras to good living.R.Krishnamoorthy.
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From: "Jaldhar H. Vyas" <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Brahmins and Vaishnavas
> On Fri, 30 Jul 2010, sriram wrote:
>> Dear Members
>> I think we are all digressing too much.There is no end to such
>> discussions as we can not apply our Sastras to these new phenomena which
>> are bound to happen as time passes.
> If this is so then our shastras are mere fossils and we should abandon
> them for something more worthwhile.
> But they are as relevant today as ever. The phenomena is not even
> particularly new as the same questions would have arisen in the Muslim era
> or even after Alexander the Great and the Greeks.
>>We have to be pragmatic and say that anyone who is after search of
>>Truth/Brahman is a Brahmanan.
> Being a Brahmana or not is to do with the body. The whole point of Brahma
> jignasa is to go beyond this limited identification. You are not doing
> the searchers of Truth/Brahman any favors by mixing them up with
> Brahmanas. That is not pragmatic at all.
> Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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