[Advaita-l] [advaitin] Pūjāri by Birth (Jāti), or by Qualification (Guṇa)?

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Fri May 6 10:59:23 EDT 2022

Praveen ji, to what you said, may be added 'a brahmana male'.  For the
vocation of purohit is now practiced by women too.


On Fri, May 6, 2022 at 7:39 PM Praveen R. Bhat <bhatpraveen at gmail.com>

> Apologies; I forgot to add two Gita shlokas to drive home these points:
> श्रेयान्स्वधर्मो विगुणः परधर्मात्स्वनुष्ठितात्। स्वधर्मे निधनं श्रेयः
> परधर्मो भयावहः (3.35)
> यतः प्रवृत्तिर्भूतानां येन सर्वमिदं ततम्। स्वकर्मणा तमभ्यर्च्य सिद्धिं
> विन्दति मानवः (18.46)
> On Fri, May 6, 2022 at 7:34 PM Praveen R. Bhat <bhatpraveen at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Namaste Prashant ji,
>> This topic has been discussed umpteen times on both of the lists, but
>> looks like it has been a long while since it resurfaced, thanks to all
>> sorts of people being forcibly appointed as temple priests in TN and
>> elsewhere!
>> Although I agree with the most part with what you have written, I
>> disagree with "to deny guNa is to deny AgAmi karma" for the simple reason
>> that AgAmi karma goes and joins sanchita from which prArabdha is carved out
>> only after the end of current life. That is to say that varNa (what you
>> call jAti) can change only in the next janma based on current AgAmi karma.
>> Next, if a person does karma across sva-varNa, there may be even superior
>> laukika phala due to expertise (be it rare or not), but there won't be any
>> adRShTa phala (and in some cases, pApa may accrue)! For example, a
>> non-brAhmaNa purohita may gain lot of fame, awards, dakShiNA, following,
>> etc, but his karma will not yield adRShTa phala for the yajamAna.A flip
>> example can be of a brAhmaNa soldier who may grow in the military ranks
>> with great positions, awards, salary, respect, etc, but dying on the
>> battlefield won't lead him to svarga.
>> gurupAdukAbhyAm,
>> --Praveen R. Bhat
>> /* येनेदं सर्वं विजानाति, तं केन विजानीयात्। Through what should one
>> know That, owing to which all this is known! [Br.Up. 4.5.15] */
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