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

Shashi raghavadasa at gmail.com
Mon Sep 19 10:48:55 CDT 2016

This is amazing! 
Thank you so much! 


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> On Sep 18, 2016, at 5:38 AM, Balasubramanian Ramakrishnan <rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com> wrote:
> A late reply, but here it is.
> In the the second prashna of the tatittiriya aaraNyaka, 12th anuvaaka, we have
> uta vaacota tiShThannuta vrajann uta shayaanodhiiyiitaiva svaadhyaan tapasvii puNyo bhavati 
> Essential meaning svaadhyaaya can be done in a loud voice, in the mind, standing, walking, or lying down, leading to puNya.
> Sayana says in his bhaaShya, na tu a"NgalopaaunusaareNa pradhaanasya lopo nyaayya.h.
> The remaining question is that whether this applies only to exigent circumstances. Sayana does not exactly specify. A number of my gurus - including kramaanta svaadhyaayiis - have told me that practice can be done any time, unless it is for a specific result oriented purpose. So I would say, don't waste time.
> In the jiivanmukti viveka, swami vidyaaraNya tells that the jiivanmukta a always has Brahman in mind whatever he is doing, like the student who is always mentally practicing lessons whatever he is doing!
> I realize you are getting conflicting advice here, but two hours are too valuable to waste.
> Rama
>> On Thursday, September 8, 2016, Shashi via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
>> Hello All,
>> I have a question about ritual purity
>> and Svadhyaya.
>> I recently got a translation of
>> Sri Madhusudana Sarasvati's
>> Gudartha Dipika which I am excited to study.
>> However my commute to work is a good two hours in total on the train.
>> I thought I could
>> study on the train -
>> this is when I have the most
>> time that until now I typically spend
>> the least effectively
>> but I doubt whether that's a
>> pure enough environment to
>> study.
>> What are your thoughts
>> on Svadhyaya conducted
>> outside a sanctified place
>> like a puja room or temple.
>> and inside a place like a train?
>> If it's ok, what does one need
>> to do to be ritually pure enough
>> to study it there?
>> Shashi
>> Sent from my iPhone
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