Dear brothers and sisters,
This below mail from Shriman *** could not have come in at an
appropriate time. I am presently in the US on business and it was
nagging me about the prayaschittas for samudrayana since this is my
first trip abroad. But mleccha samparka, samudrayana, and others
apart, life is not easy here. This is applicable for people that
follow acharanushtanas to a very small extent. To begin with (pardon
me for being blatant, but I cannot help but quote this), wherever you
go here, you do not have the facility to clean yourself the Indian
way. I am sure nobody will disagree when I say that you are not clean
unless you clean the Indian way. Following this, you cannot wash your
feet since the bathrooms have no place for the water to drain other
than the sinks or the shower tubs. This is absolutely difficult and
worse when you are on the plane and you have space of about a square
feet to stand around. I do not overexagerrate when I say how much
ever vegetarianism is on the rise in the west, it is still difficult
to get veg food. Even if you get them, I am sure they are cooked in
the same vessels as nonveg food is cooked. So you still end up having
probably a wee bit of meat or anything into you. Almost everything
has a bit of egg and/or gelatin in them which are animal derivatives.
But one thing that I completely fail to understand is when things in
this part of the world are so difficult for people in the first two
ashramas, I really do not know why Sanyasins with their rigorous
commitments to their ashrama dharma want to come over here.
I conclude saying that even if you want to follow dharma to even a
small extent, the place for you is India, how much ever adharma might
Quoted above is the lament of an orthodox tabra who finds his life abroad very miserable. This is copy & paste from another forum. i have the url but will furnish it some time later so as to keep anonymity.
I request comments from all members - BBs and anti-BBs.