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    Quote Originally Posted by happyhindu View Post
    Dear Sir,

    From what i hear (hearsay only), attaching the krishNAjina skin to the thread was started by the atharva-vedis. Is that true?

    Also the geographic outlay of the Krishna Deer / Blackbuck did not extend to northeast india apparently. So wonder what are the brahmins of assam, and those areas using today..
    I am not aware what the practice among the Assamese is/was, but when we talk about the initial days of Hinduism or Vedism, we consider only up to the Doab.

    In fact I don't claim that what I was given in my younger days must have been the skin of the krishNa mr^ga; it could as well have been that of a black goat or sheep!!
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    i had a 'sambar deer skin' attached to my poonal,then in the late 70's.venison meat is also very nice.but tiger's skin is so rare as hunting is illegal now in india.anyway's poonal is symbolic representation just like 'thirumangalyam' which gives a visual display of dharma one is following.these are human made laws,which we call as shastras and sampradayas as traditions.the in-dweller in all of us is the divinity,which gets expressed in various forms.hara hara sankara jaya jaya sankara !
    Saraswati namasthubhyam Varade kaama roopini Vidyaarambham karishyaami Sidhirbhavatu me sadaa
    O Goddess Saraswati, the giver of Boons and fulfiller of wishes, I prostrate to You before starting my studies. May you always fulfill me?
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    # Is Poonal only ornamental

    Without going into merits or demerits of wearing Poonul, I wish to state, in today's context Poonul has only symbolic value for Brahmins, who have left their Varnasrama Dharma altogether. When we have left other symbols like Panchakacham, Udhariyam, Kudumi, even applying Vibhudi or Tirumann on the body, I do not understand why we stick on to Poonul alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brahmanyan View Post
    Without going into merits or demerits of wearing Poonul, I wish to state, in today's context Poonul has only symbolic value for Brahmins, who have left their Varnasrama Dharma altogether. When we have left other symbols like Panchakacham, Udhariyam, Kudumi, even applying Vibhudi or Tirumann on the body, I do not understand why we stick on to Poonul alone.

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    Shri Brahmanyan Sir,

    A very good point. I wear it simply out of habit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sangom View Post
    Shri Brahmanyan Sir,

    A very good point. I wear it simply out of habit.
    Shri "Sangom",

    Yes, I too continue to wear Poonul out of sentimental attachment to my father who performed my upanyanam when I was 13 and gave Brahmopadesam and initiated into Gayathri japam.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Brahmanyan,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brahmanyan View Post
    ...Yes, I too continue to wear Poonul out of sentimental attachment to my father who performed my upanyanam when I was 13 and gave Brahmopadesam and initiated into Gayathri japam.
    Shri Brahmanyan and Sangom, I must confess as well, in spite of being an avowed free-thinker, I still wear the poonal. I change it off and on just like changing clothes. I don't want to break my father's heart more than what I have already done. Long time ago I saw a movie that ends with a boy removing his poonal and throwing it away. I can't see me doing that, not while my father is still around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabesan Narayanaswami View Post
    It has become a fashion these days among youngsters not to wear the Yagnopaveedam(poonal).I dont know how it started but many boys think it is unnecessary as they are not doing sandhyavandanam.It has become ornamental only and many wear only on their wedding day.
    It is a sad state of affairs.
    Any views Please?
    I partially agree with Mr Swaminathan. It is the parents who have to guide their kids at formative years with right values and behaviour to ensure that these values are cherished by them for ever and passed on to next generation. The best way is to lead by example,i.e., to perform sandhyavandhanam himself so that children follow his path. Beyond teenage, once children realise the mportance of poonal and the sanctity attached to it, they will carry on the tradition.

    It is here that forums like this can highlight the concern and address it. It is time we revisit and impress upon the children the right values.

    Thanks for rekindling this debate and spreading the awareness.
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    actually,i stopped wearing poonal untill my wife pointed out to me in a condescendig manner.i used to do japam ie gayathri mantram chanting minus the poonal.strange are the ways of god,now i am back like how i was in late 70's .but i admit,i realised matha pitha athithi daram guru deivam.'daram' as part of being a teacher was/is a new experiance which no one taught me as a upadesham,but life is itself a teacher and one's experiance is matchless.
    Saraswati namasthubhyam Varade kaama roopini Vidyaarambham karishyaami Sidhirbhavatu me sadaa
    O Goddess Saraswati, the giver of Boons and fulfiller of wishes, I prostrate to You before starting my studies. May you always fulfill me?
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    Poonol= Yagnopaveetham=Brahma Sutram.

    the middle knot brahma grandhi, the other possible can represent eda and the pingala nadis, and the middle thread the spinal chord or the sushmna, it was a great symbolization to make us always remember of the truth of the goal, the arising the kundalini and reaching the brahman,

    Gayatri, is the supreme vidya because Gayatri's turiya pada is Sri Vidya Maha Panchadasi, thats what even sadasiva recites, well its all kali yuga and we all are happy to become sava and not siva,

    regards,
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    Dear rakesh, Greetings and welcome back to the forum....

    Quote Originally Posted by rakeshinnovation View Post
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    Gayatri, is the supreme vidya because Gayatri's turiya pada is Sri Vidya Maha Panchadasi,
    Why is Gayatri "supreme vidya"? I don't understand the reason you have given, namely, "Gayatri's turiya pada is Sri Vidya Maha Panchadasi". What does this mean and what is the significance? In what way does this make Gayatri into what you call, "supreme vidya"?

    Full disclosure -- I consider myself a freethinking human, what some may like to call atheist/agnostic.

    Cheers!
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