Keeping Shikha [was Re: Sannyasins & cutting of the hair?]
jagchat01 at YAHOO.COM
Sat Aug 10 01:26:39 CDT 2002
--- Srikrishna Ghadiyaram
<srikrishna_ghadiyaram at YAHOO.COM> wrote:
> Hari Om !!
> I am surprised about your attitude.
> On one count, you say that "Do you know that even a
> sannyasin has to fight the ego"
> and you still advocate "As a protest I refused to
> the sacred thread and
> I still don't wear it! "
> "Religion is your own inner conviction I think.
> However each is entitled to his views."
> What do you call this fallacy !!
> The above statements are not only EGOTIC, but also
I am neither Srikrishnaji. These are of course my
views on the subject. In my childhood days I was both
deeply religious and also an atheist. I was religious
in the sense I had the firm conviction that my sojourn
in this world was never for solely materialistic ends.
There had to be a deeper meaning. I was an atheist
because I was subject to a lot of physical pain and
therefore could not have faith in the concept of an
all merciful God. You can imagine my inner conflict at
that time. Here was a child who was raring to go the
spiritual way but had to face obstructions every inch
of the path.
> Consider the otherside of the view, What is wrong in
> having an outward sign if that represents your inner
> conviction ?????
There is absolutely nothing wrong in that but the
outward sign must be commensurate with the inner
conviction. An imbalance may be very dangerous.
> In the process you have hurt your parents, your
> teachers, and followers and dharma.
I don't have any followers though many of my friends
do seek my suggestions (only suggestions mark it). My
parents, my teacher and the dharma were surely hurt.
But both my parents and teacher were very patient with
me. Moreover my horoscope also indicated a deeply
religious trend. This was their sole hope.
> Just a few days ago you were telling a sloka saying
> that you do not want to hurt anyone ??? Where is
> practice ???
I still think a thousand times before even hurting a
fly. My compassionate nature is a boon to my friends.
I am especially very much hurt while coming across the
atrocities heaped on the have-nots. This is the sole
reason I speak out against the varnashrama. We trample
upon the very people who were instrumental to our
> --- Jagannath Chatterjee <jagchat01 at YAHOO.COM>
> > Dear Manian,
> > (This is how I used to address a friend who was
> > S
> > V Subhramanian)
> > My upanayana was postponed by over a year because
> > simply refused to cut my hair and sport the sikha.
> > However I was finally forced to undergo the
> > As a protest I refused to wear the sacred thread
> > I
> > still don't wear it!
> > I am personally against all outward signs of
> > religion.
> > Religion is your own inner conviction I think.
> > However
> > each is entitled to his views.
> > Do you know that even a sannyasin has to fight the
> > ego
> > of "I am a sannyasin" and it seems it is very hard
> > to
> > get over and is also a big hindrance to
> > Regards
> > Jagannath
> > --- "Subrahmanian, Sundararaman V [IT]"
> > <sundararaman.v.subrahmanian at CITIGROUP.COM> wrote:
> > > Actually it might be easier in the US than
> > > In India, they know what
> > > it is and hence make it an object of ridicule.
> > But
> > > here it might pass off
> > > as an exotic hair-do. -:)-:)
> > >
> > > Anyways, your point is well taken. I have a lot
> > > more to work on myself -
> > > that's all I can gather from this.
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Ashish Chandra
> [mailto:ramkisno at HOTMAIL.COM]
> > > Sent: Friday, August 09, 2002 2:17 PM
> > > To: ADVAITA-L at LISTS.ADVAITA-VEDANTA.ORG
> > > Subject: Keeping Shikha [was Re: Sannyasins &
> > > cutting of the hair?]
> > >
> > >
> > > On Fri, 9 Aug 2002 12:57:24 -0400, Subrahmanian,
> > > Sundararaman V [IT]
> > > <sundararaman.v.subrahmanian at CITIGROUP.COM>
> > >
> > > >That's quite brave of you to have a shikha in
> > > Even in India I would
> > > >have felt embarassed.
> > > >
> > > >Good for you!
> > > >
> > > >Regards,
> > > >SVS
> > > >
> > >
> > > Actually, once you realize that you are right
> > > everyone else (who scoffs
> > > at keeping a Shikha) is wrong, then its no
> > > :-)
> > >
> > > What really inspired me was reading Hindu
> > > Also, the reason we feel
> > > embarassed (IMO) is that it's either considered
> > > backward or no one keeps it
> > > anymore or there may be fear of being teased
> > > it. However, when one
> > > knows the reasons for keeping a Shikha and the
> > goal
> > > towards which one
> > > wishes to travel, then the external fear factor
> > > drops away. Sticking to
> > > one's dharma, at least as much as possible, is
> > > always good. But one must
> > > also be careful that the banana peal is not
> > mistaken
> > > for the banana fruit
> > > itself: the effort to be different (by being
> > or
> > > more dharmic) always
> > > has some pride associated with it. One can wear
> > > angavastra with Ram Ram on
> > > it and have the filthiest of hearts. I think
> > > things one should watch
> > > out for and I continue to learn from experience.
> > >
> > > namaste
> > > ashish
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