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Shastram vs. Sampradayam

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For any Hindu ritual we take guidance from two important sources - SHASTRAM and SAMPRADAYAM. Which is more important or more fundamental is a very difficult question to answer; it is akin to the age-old question: which came first - the egg or the chick? We have a parallel in literature too: which came from which - LITERATURE (Ilakkiyam)? Or, GRAMMAR (Ilakkanam)?

As a matter of fact, in most situations, 'Shastram' and 'Sampradayam' may totally agree with each other. Even in others, there might be a more-than-ninetyfive-percent agreement. But it is that thin slice of just five percent which may start at times huge contraversies, bickerings, bitterness, ego-clashes and the like!

I would very much like to know what the worthy members of this august forum feel about the matter. Please feel absolutely free and frank in expressing your thoughts, opinions and arguments.
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