[Advaita-l] Naivedya question

vishwanthan Krishnamoorthy krishvishy at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 28 22:28:02 CDT 2013


to generalize the question, "should we perform a nithya/naimitika/kamya karma) if we cannot do so as prescribed?"

My thoughts on this is we should try as much as possible to follow what is prescribed in the shastras and where ever we deviate because of  desAchAram and limitations, we do so with bhakti and humility in consultation with elders/Guru/Acharya who have the authority to interpret the shastras.

In the case of kAmya karmas we do have the option to not perform the ritual rather than perform it with mistakes

In the case of Nithya/naimittika karmas which we cannot avoid, we perform it with prAyaschittam for any omissions

for my panchAyatana pUja, I offer divyAnnam cooked on a gas stove


 From: V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>
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Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2013 10:00 AM
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Naivedya question
On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:05 PM, Venkata sriram P
<venkatasriramp at yahoo.in>wrote:

> Namaste,
> In Andhra Pradesh, there lived a great dEvi upAsaka who shed his mortal
> coil just 15 years ago. His name was Brahmasri Tadepalli Raghavanarayana
> Sastry, whom we admire as *chandavolu maharishi*.  He used to be in
> antarmukha avastha while performing navAvaraNa archana and used to be in
> commune with bAlA tripurasundari.
> To add to their poverty, they got the news that Kanchi Mahaperiyaval was
> arriving their house to have bhiksha.  All the necessary arrangements were
> made for Paramacharya's stay in Chandolu village at Tenali which is in
> Guntur dist. of AP.  Paramacharya arrived in the afternoon after anuSTAna,
> accepted their bhiksha of rice starch and blessed them saying *Mother
> Kamakshi is satisfied today*.

Maybe you meant to say 'gruel'.

//*Gruel* is a food preparation consisting of some type of
oat <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oat>,
rye <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rye> flour, or rice — boiled in water or
milk <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk>. It is a thinner version of
porridge <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porridge> that may be more often
drunk than eaten and may not need to be cooked.  From a literary,
or modern <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_history> point of view,
gruel has often been associated with poverty. //

'Starch', also goes by the name 'kanji/ganji', could mean the excess water
drained/strained from the cooked rice.  Normally this starch is discarded
though in certain places the servants/beggars are fed this with
salt/onion/chilli added.

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