[Advaita-l] Dwarka seer refuses to part with staff (fwd)
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Tue Nov 22 09:04:21 CST 2005
Here is what happened at Pennsylvania's Pittsburgh airport 2 weeks ago.
I was standing in line at the airport security and before me were a few
people dressed in black robes and big hats. I realized that one of them was
an archbishop (probably from connecticut area), as the people who travelled
with him had connecticut drivers' licences. I happened to see the ID of
archbishop as he was fumbling with a couple of items. It is not a federal
ID. The archbishop was carrying a tapered wooden stick averaging at least
1.5" thickness (not a walking cane) which was gold plated for a few inches
at both the ends. He was also wearing a few gold chains with religious
symbols in them, which he removed while passing through the secutiry. The
security did not object to his carrying the stick, though it is classified
as a weapon.
The persons standing behind me were making comments about the stick being
carried in, but nobody really objected to anything he carried. They greeted
him with the same enthusiasm as they did to others.
The danda carried by pujya Sankaracharyas and other sanyasis is a thin
bamboo stick which could hardly be considered as a weapon. It could be
broken easily with a little pressure applied at the middle.
>>compartment. He refused to part with the dand, saying it is always
>>kept with his person, is a symbol of his mutt, and that keeping it
>>away from his person would be sacrilegious.
>>"The behaviour of the pilot of the flight, which had over 50 per
>>cent foreigners, made me feel like I am indeed a terrorist and I
>>just wondered what the foreigners would be thinking of Hindu
>>saints," the swami said. He said he got off the plane because he
>>feared an incident could be created by Hindus on board the plane.
>>Swami Avimukteshwarananda Saraswati met senior Indian Airlines
>>officials who apologised to him verbally, but refused to issue a
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