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

Kathirasan K brahmasatyam at gmail.com
Thu May 13 21:30:27 CDT 2010


If I am not wrong Julia Jeslie, in her translation of Stridharmapaddhati
(penguin 1995) , has shown through scriptural references that women did
engage in such rituals and qualified to do so in early vedic times.

On 13 May 2010 18:58, Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com> wrote:

> 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 otherwise.
>  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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