[Advaita-l] Samit Pani, do we really have to stretch this ??

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 28 23:39:21 CDT 2013


I am not saying in the message we should go to visit a Sanyasi empty
handed. We can take fruits and other things. Nowadays Swamijis are also
accepting cash. But nobody takes Samit to them. The days of Samit carrying
have ended by Adi Sankara. Samit is a symbol of Karma also not only
humility. Like that Darbha is a symbol of Karma because we have to wear
Pavitra made from Darbha in all Karma.

On Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 9:48 AM, Venkata sriram P
<venkatasriramp at yahoo.in>wrote:

> Namaste,
> /////////
> The 'Samit Pani' is not relevant today. If you go to Sringeri Swamiji with
> Samits in hand all the people will laugh at you. It was only for Upanishad
> Age of Mandana Mishra. Not now.
> /////////////////////
> Why do you decide and arrive at a conclusion like this that it is not
> relevant today.
> "samit" is the upa-lakSaNa as mentioned in vedantasara.   Whether the guru
> uses it or not is not the case here; it denotes how humble, receptive and
> prepared the disciple is !!
> Our dharma-shAstra prohibits the visit to elderly people, pregnant ladies,
> gurus, acharyas "empty-handed" (rikta-hasta).
> As regards approaching muttadhipatis, with the mode of "bhiksha-vandana"
> one should demonstrate one's guru-bhakti.   The "yati-bhiksha" is very very
> important.
> regs,
> sriram
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