[Advaita-l] Chanting Gayatri overseas

Shashi raghavadasa at gmail.com
Thu Sep 28 20:11:07 EDT 2017

Dear Mr. Santosh,

I would second Mr Vyas's point.
In addition there are some smriti texts that 
seem absolute in their exhortation for dvijas to perform nityakarmas. For example, 
the Daksha smriti says that one who neglects sandhyavandana becomes unclean and unfit to perform any ritual, and it makes no exception to those who are overseas. 


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> On Sep 28, 2017, at 4:18 PM, Jaldhar H. Vyas via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
>> On Thu, 28 Sep 2017, Santosh Rao via Advaita-l wrote:
>> Namaskara,
>> I was recently advised that chanting Gayatri outside of India is not
>> proper. Is there a basis for this, even for those born overseas? How would
>> this affect duties such as sandhyavandanam?
> There is a theory in dharmashastra that only bharatavarsha is the karmabhumi (but what are the limits of Bharata?  The current Republic of India is considerably smaller than its historical extent.) and therefore mantras do not have any efficacy outside its limits.
> For myself and my son, we do sandhyavandana and Gayatri japa without fail despite living in America.  Bhagavan can decide if it has merit or not; we shall continue doing our duty without expecting any particular phala.
> -- 
> Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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