[Advaita-l] Ritual Purity, Svadhyaya, and Commute

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Sun Sep 11 04:46:47 CDT 2016

I just wanted to add that the practice of 'māngalya dhāraṇam' has no source
in the shruti or even smritis. I have heard that it is a practice among
only certain sections of Hindus.  Among Kerala hindus it is exchanging of
ring, etc. but mangalya dharanam is not a must. Even in the North not all
Hindus have this practice.

On Sun, Sep 11, 2016 at 3:12 PM, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>

> Actually on such topics smrits, śiśṭācāra, aitihya are all pramāṇas. We
> have known śiṣṭas to be performing trikāla sandhyā vandanam.  Hence that is
> pramāṇa as per Shankara.
> I have seen in Sringeri too several people, not just those from the
> Tamil/Kerala origin, perform mādhyāhnika at the riverside.  Even the
> present Sannidhanam, before sannyāsa, used to perform it as I have myself
> seen it.
> The Paramaguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Swamiji, several decades ago,
> had asked a devotee in his thirties, when the latter submitted to him his
> daily practices,'How about mādhyāhnika?' (in Telugu).  From that day till
> the end, not a single day he missed the mādhyāhnika. He used to recount
> that incident to us saying 'The Guru's question that day in Sringeri
>  sounded like an command and even to this day his voice and the tone
> reverberates in my mind.'
> On Sun, Sep 11, 2016 at 2:40 PM, Venkatraghavan S <agnimile at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Namaste Venkatesh ji,
>> I don't want to argue about mAdhyAhnika - my family has been doing it for
>> generations so it's not something I can give up, however if you feel
>> differently that is of course your prerogative.
>> I had a general mImAmsa question on this statement: "When Sruti is one
>> thing and Smrti is saying extra things we may or may not do it."
>> The question is, isn't the rule that if Shruti is prescribing a
>> vidhi/niShedha and the smriti contradicts it, then the smriti should not be
>> considered?
>> However, if smriti is prescribing additional vidhi/nishedha (ie not a
>> contradiction, but an addition) then both smriti and shruti taken together
>> (ie the complete set of rules) will have to be followed? That is, the
>> additional smriti injunction is not optional, it is mandatory.
>> Regards,
>> Venkatraghavan

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