[Advaita-l] Advaita-l Digest, Vol 70, Issue 10

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at braincells.com
Thu May 13 05:58:12 CDT 2010

On Thu, 13 May 2010, Bhaskar YR wrote:

> If memory serves me right, there is an episode in rAmAyaNa wherein hanumAn
> sees seeta doing sandhyAvandana & offering saNdhyArghya...Kindly clarify
> your stand on this...

I am not familiar with this.  Do you have a reference for where in the 
Ramayana this episode supposedly occurs?  I cannot really respond 

> One of the Achrya-s,  who is currently recognized as
> an authority on  Apasthambha gruhya sUtra, (Sri Srikanta shastrigaL in
> Bangalore) argues that stree-s do have upanayana adhikAra & have
> vedAdhikAra as well..He quotes the examples of kunti, seeta, gArgi etc.
> Just for your information & clarification please.

Again without knowing his exact arguments I can't respond.  I will say the 
case of Gargi (unless some other source than the brhadaranyokapnishad is 
used) is a very weak example.  Nowhere is it mentioned that Gargi 
underwent upanayana or did sandhyavandana.  She is said to be a jnani but 
why should jnana depend on any of those things? In fact a man is required 
to give them up to achieve jnana!

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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