[Advaita-l] Wearing religious marks

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at braincells.com
Wed Jan 12 23:33:22 CST 2005

On Wed, 12 Jan 2005, S Venkatraman wrote:

> Please forgive my ignorance; what is tripundra?

You probably know it by some other name.  It is the three horizontal lines
of bhasma (ash) warn by smartas as a tilaka.  (And Shaivas which has led
many to erroneously conclude that all Smartas are Shaivas which is not

This shloka which we say when we do tripundra dharana explains its meaning:

Fire is ash, air is ash, water is ash, earth is ash, ether is ash,
Everything is ash, mind and these eyes are ash.

When a fire burns something, ash is the essence that could not be burned.
When the fire of knowledge burns maya, Brahman is the essence that

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