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Kainkaryam Substitute or Automated

Updated on September 5, 2021 in Daily rituals and practice
9 on August 30, 2021

Srimathe Rangaramanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha
Srimathe Sri Varaha Mahadesikaya Namaha
Sri Velukkudi Krishnan Swamy Thiruvadugaley Sharanam
Sri:

Swamy,
Usage of tools like automated drums , automated bells, fans, AC including Artificial lighting in Kainkaryam is it acceptable to Perumal?

To what extent these inventions must be allowed?

Adiyen think , these questions were raised previously.
In nearby Pillayar temples automated drums & bells are used during pooja.

In some temple, ACs are being installed just before Garbha Graham. Mandapam

For Car festival (Theru), we have motors and engines pulling and pushing.

Even in some procession, we have tyres and motors instead of Sri patham thaangis.

How to view this change?

Dasanudasan

 
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Previously people used to visit acharyas, offer namaskarams, and humbly place one’s offering and request them to accept. Now we do digital transactions. How do we view this, Vikram swamy?

adiyen dasan.

on September 4, 2021

Srimathe Rangaramanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha

Kudukindra Manasu dhan Swamy Parkavendum. Aapath KAla Vidhi cannot be taken as example. Here the question is about comfortness becoming routine.

Perumalukku Fan potta enna? Edharkku alavatta Kainkaryam? Nu thoni poidum. As if Perumal is gasping for breath.

Once we have access to Acharya we have to go in-person and humbly submit the offering with aparAdha KshamApaNam. This is applicable even in shraddham. If it is missed or cannot be done due to unavoidable circumstances ManasAra Vendikkalam. Kambandasan Swamy.

on September 4, 2021

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Also, we are listening to upanyasams and reading sacred texts online.

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Srimathe Rangaramanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha

That is fine Swamy. Shravana Bhakthi. It is also a Kainkaryam. Here the question is “how much” is “too much”?

Can we do digital Aarathi then? Why Kovil pujai punaskAram? Is digital a replacement?

Is Bhakthi Technology agnostic or not?

Dasanudasan

Vikram swamy,

I share your concerns too. But what to do?

In the previous generations there were people dedicated to do such services in the temple (temple cleaning, ringing bell, playing nadaswaram-tavil or other drums, etc). The cost of living was within some limits that people were able to make a living through such services at the temple. But with today’s cost of living can someone simply depend on the income that comes through ringing bell etc services? For musicians it is more lucrative to play at weddings and such domestic celebrations instead of playing regularly at the temples. So, the condition has worsened so much! In many temples it is difficult to get a dedicated cook for Perumal! Again because being a cook elsewhere is more lucrative. I heard, in one of the major divyadesams in Tamil nadu, because of lack of help to wash the vessels, the previous day’s prasadam andaa was directly used for preparing for Perumal the next day!

Even temple priest service is in demand. I have interacted with some priests who are happy that their son has moved on to other fields of work and not priest service! I have also heard similar stories from others. So, this is also a common problem. No wonder there are so many village temples without anyone to take care of them.

This is a societal problem and each one of us is responsible for this plight; we can not simply blame the individuals who move away from their services; WE are also equally responsible for this plight. 

I don’t  know the solution to this problem. Our Velukkudi swamy is trying to get people trained to serve in different temples. If we can soon get out of the rat-race-economy-driven professional world and submit ourselves for such simple life filled with services at a temple, then we can be part of the solution for atleast that temple (if not all the temples).

Otherwise we can simply be witness to the force of kali breaking down traditional systems.

adiyen dasan

on September 5, 2021

Srimathe Rangaramanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha
Srimathe Sri Varaha Mahadesikaya Namaha
Sri Velukkudi Krishnan Swamy Thiruvadigaley Sharanam

Sri:
“lack of help to wash the vessels, the previous day’s prasadam andaa was directly used for preparing for Perumal the next day”

No words, azhugai varudhu
Dhukka bhashpam

Dasanudasan

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Namaskaaram. Interesting discussions Swamis,

 

Yes it is indeed true that we live in a worse condition than before. Kali purushan is slowly and steadily gaining power. To be a part of the kainkaryam to move away from the plight caused by Kali Purushan, adiyen have started to read some commentaries on Alwar’s paasurams (like Periyavachan Pillai’s,etc.) and other important scriptures. Also need to set aside even more time to listen to Swami’s upanyasams.

 

For unfortunate people like adiyen, knowledge of the sastras is the first step. I am so unfortunate that, I have wasted a lot of time in pondering over other unimportant things in the past.

 

adiyen dasan.

on September 5, 2021

Srimathe Rangaramanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha
Srimathe Sri Varaha Mahadesikaya Namaha
Sri Velukkudi Krishnan Swamy Thiruvadigaley Sharanam
Srimathe NarayaNAya Nama:

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