[Advaita-l] Wearing religious marks

K Kathirasan NCS kkathir at ncs.com.sg
Thu Jan 13 00:09:48 CST 2005

Namaste Jaldharji,

Could you kindly transliterate the shloka for my benefit and others who are
yet to know. Thanks. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Jaldhar H. Vyas [mailto:jaldhar at braincells.com] 
Sent: Thursday, January 13, 2005 1:33 PM
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Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Wearing religious marks

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 remains.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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