Value of Prayer

Ravisankar S. Mayavaram miinalochanii at YAHOO.COM
Mon Jun 3 18:34:34 CDT 2002

--- ken knight <hilken_98 at YAHOO.COM> wrote:
>> Having worked with Interfaith groups for some years, I
> have seen that there has been one common problem,
> people of all traditions do not study their own
> scriptures and prefer to speak from opinion rather
> than the knowledge enshrined in tradition. All of us
> need to rectify this, again in ourselves first.

A very nice observation.

In the case smArta-sampradAya, learning starts more from practice. For
instance, doing trikAla sandhya vandanam is more important, even if one
does not initially understand all details.  That is what makes the
difference between a living and dead tradition.  A smArta, knows,
understand, and preserves his tradition through practice.

Mere academic knowledge without actual practise is a like beautiful but
dead lady. So are the websites of people whose intention is merely
academic.  A pregnant sentence from one practising the dharma is more
useful that thousand websites with lot of data. That is why discussions
on this list often becomes useless and futile.

My 2c.


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