[Advaita-l] 'End' not 'Means' from Ravi Chandrasekhara
Siva Senani Nori
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Thu May 4 01:46:24 CDT 2006
ravi chandrasekhara <vadhula at yahoo.com> wrote:
6.Vedic chanting is not just reading a book and doing
it. It requires birth as a Brahmin, upanayana, and
Non-brahmins - kshatrIyas and vaisyas - are permitted, rather expected, to learn and recite vedas - they are only prohibited from teaching them. Dvjija is a twice-born, first the actual birth, and second, the initiation (upanayana). The upanayana-samskAra is prescribed for both kshatrIyas and vaisyas and by that definition they are also dvijas. They are duty-bound to wear the yaj~nopavIta and worship sandhya thrice a day. That many generally do not do is no different from the fact that many brahmins also do not do as vihita, prescribed. It is also true that many non-brahmin dvijas stopped wearing the sacred thread, as have many brahmins, the Sikha. The absence of outward symbols is unfortunate, but the absence of learning is of greater concern.
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