[Advaita-l] Chanting Gayatri overseas

Sujal Upadhyay sujal.u at gmail.com
Sun Oct 8 13:12:09 EDT 2017

Namaste Sri Aditya ji,

I agree.

Ādi Śankara Bhagavadpāda when questioned why he was present in his mother's
funeral, he replied rules are for bhogī-s and not yogī-s. What is means is
that in order to do some karma or initiate anything new, there are rules to
be followed. Muhurata has to be referred. When we enter into a new house,
there is graha pravesha i.e. house warming ceremony and for this occasion,
auspicious time is selected. But do we choose any muhurata to leave the
house. Does a sanyāsin refer to muhurata before leaving his home?

In order to leave anything, no muhurata is needed. Only for attachment and
kāmya karma one has to follow rules, not for renunciation. But for that,
that should be sufficient inner purification. Except fulfilling basic
needs, money should not be chased for. Moksha has to be the only and only
goal of life. One should be able to stay mentally isolated.

Hence bhakti is the most suitable. For a mass movement, kirtana and bhajans
are best source. chant Maha Mantra - Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare
Hare, Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare.

Ofcourse there should be discipline in life. Bhakti is also for selected
few, however rules are relaxed to the extend for select few.


On Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 10:08 PM, Aditya Kumar via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

>  The root of this problem is Vaidikas don't have a 'home'. A home as in,
> full freedom to discharge duties as per Vedic norms. The society which we
> live in is built on a western-liberal philosophy/ideology. The most
> important part of a Brahmin's life is his brahmacharya/education and that
> is not there. Next, a Brahmin can't sustain with just Vedic education,
> there are no Kings to gift land/homes in charity. The only thing that is
> relevant even today is to get married and have children. From one
> generation to the next, the vedic influence is loosing out, what we see
> today is a faint shadow of Vedic life nothing more. But all these were
> already predicted and no one can do anything about it.
> But slightly modified question would be : is it possible to get liberation
> or somewhere close to it in this cacophony? The duties of a Brahmin is
> elaborate but for a hunter, it is simplistic. For someone in Krita Yuga,
> the norms may be elaborate but in Kali Yuga perhaps it is simple? Or
> perhaps like a bird or animal, we just have no option but to exhaust our
> karmas by experiencing/enduring it.
> All said and done, I think there is a path for those who don't follow the
> Varna-Ashram Dharma. They rely on meditation and mantras (in this case no
> rules applicable I believe). Vedas are so vast that there are always some
> options for any scenario.
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