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May 29, 2007

Guruvayur Sree Krishna temple and purification ritual

Filed under: Religion — MBN @ 12:55 am

My dear friend, you seem to be very much agitated? Oh! because of the temple entry issue?

What did I think about temple entry for non-Hindus? Well it doesn’t matter what I think. It does matter what the resider thinks about someone entering his house…. in this case Sri Krishna because He is the deity of the Guruvayoor temple. Did you bother to check with him…?

My friend why did you scoff at what I just said. Why there is sarcasm in your voice? Oh you think He did not have any opinion on this matter …only His servants – Tantris, Community leaders and Kerala Yogakshema Sabha have an opinion?

Did you say this was a matter of faith? I dont agree. I think faith should be based on reason and fact.

Well if my memory is correct Krishna already discussed and settled these issues with his long time pal Arjuna. It was a long time ago and the transcript of that dialogue is widely available for anyone who bothered to look into it.

Yes my friend, I am talking about Bhagavad Gita.

Oh you were saying Tantri might be right when he ordered purification ritual after the entry of a non-Hindu? You mean the Supreme God got defiled or polluted by the presence of a mere human being and His power got somehow diminished by coming in contact with a mere mortal? Well in this case Sri Krishna, the resident of Guruvayoor temple, did not seem to agree with the you or the Tantri. He said:
This all-knowing Self is never born and never dies. It has no cause and undergoes no transformation in it’s essence. It is unborn, eternal, immortal and ever existing. Weapons do not cut this Self nor does fire burn it; water does not wet it and wind does not dry it up. This Self is eternal, all prevading, unchanging, un-moving and ever existing. He who considers this self to be the killer and he who considers this self to be killed – both do not clearly see the Truth“.

(so much so for a purification ritual which include water that wet. What good it will do when you sprinkle purification water to something that never get wet ?)

Very wise, you agreed. But you seem to be little confused.
Okay now your argument is God’s power is manifested more in certain places or personalities and therefore it should be protected and revered more. Well, you my dear friend, may not want to know what Krishna think of people like you – He calls your type : “persons of poor intellect”.
All this visible universe is filled inside and outside by Me. Persons of poor intellect, not knowing My supreme casual form, which is the support of all the universal factors, misunderstand Me as having taken a human body“.

I noticed anger in your face and your hands clenched into a fist. Sorry, I can’t help it. If you still adamantly hold that the rituals and customs should be strictly adhere to, even when one thinks they make no sense, then it will come of no relief for you when I say Sri Krishna call your types “the ignorant ones”:
the ignorant ones find pleasure in the sacrificial rites and their heavenly fruits described in the Karma-kanda of the Vedas; they hold that there is no greater truth than that and no other liberation“.

Still if you think Sri Krishna have some soft corner towards your types. Oh brother…He disappoints you again:
I am the Supreme Self, remain equally in all universal beings. To Me, no one is specially an object of anger and no one is specially dear. Those who worship me with pure love reach Me and I too shine in them“.

Dude…bottomline…. it’s upto you – who you want to believe. Bhagavan Krishna ? or Tantris, Community leaders, Kerala Yogakshema Sabha etc ?. You decide.

Catch you later.


January 5, 2006

Who is qualified to be a priest ?

Filed under: Religion — MBN @ 5:37 am

The current controversy over the appointment of non-Brahmins as priests in temples is a classic example of distorting basic principles of Hinduism (Upanishad principles) for vested interests.

Regarding caste and duties this is what Bhagavad Gita says:

caturvarnyam maya srstam guna-karma-vibhagasah
tasya kartaram api mam viddhyakartaram avyayam

The four varnas have been set up by Me considering the natural gunas
and works of everyone;
know Me to be the author of those varnas;
know Me also as the changeless one,
who changes or eliminates them according to each one’s desires. (Bh.Gita 4:13)

From Bhagavad Gita (Sivaravindam Mahabhashyam-commentary):..all are subject to nautral gunas and helplessly working according to their gunas…. The Gita declares that the division of the human race into these four varnas also is on the basis of these gunas and works. The Lord here completely refutes the idea that birth alone is the basis of the division of varnas. If birth (janma) had to be given a place in the scheme of varnas, the term “guna–karma–vibhagasah” could have been substituted, without any difficulty, by “janma-karma-vibhagasah”….One would be subject to it (law of varna) or free from it only according to one’s gunas and works and the power of the Lord which bestows appropriate results…It has been made clear earlier that one who performs works as yagna, maintaining the spirit of enquiry into the Truth and dedication to the Divine, can gradually change the composition of his gunas and even totally discard them. Hence in this very life, one can change over from sudra to a brahmana or vice versa or, discarding the guna – structure, become a sthitapranja, beyond the four varnas and asramas”.

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