Why a guru is needed for interpreting vedas

Malolan Cadambi mcadambi at YAHOO.COM
Mon Feb 11 15:15:21 CST 2002

----- Original Message -----
From: "Vivek Anand Ganesan" <v_ganesan at YAHOO.COM>
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2002 2:00 PM
Subject: Re: Why a guru is needed for interpreting vedas

>   On the other hand, the preference for boys and several
> socio-economic factors such as dowry has made the girl
> child highly undesirable. Female infanticide and gender
> -selective abortion has reduced the male-female ratio to
> dangerous lows in parts of India. Needless to say, this is
> a
> serious problem. H.H. kAnchi swamiji has
> spoken out against this practice.
> -Vivek.

I fully agree with Sri.Rama Balasubramanian's post and your post.

The main Dharma Sastras (Harita Smriti, Manu Smriti, Gautama Dharama Sastras
etc etc) were written  considering the then prevalent socio-economic factors
and not considering the present day factors. The question now naturally
arises, how are the Dharama Sastras relevant today? Enter mahagurus like
Kanchi Swami, Sringeri Sankaracharya and respective gurus of various
denominations and sects. The play a pivotal role in re-interpreting the
Dharma Sastras and preserving and propogating timeless truths to the present
generation. Hence the need of a Guru and Elder's advice.

"DharmO RakshatI Rakshitaha" - "Protect Dharma and Dharma will protect you"


Malolan Cadambi

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