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Re: ARTICLE : Puraanas (was Re: REQUEST : Sai baba)

Posted By H. Krishna Susarla (susarla.krishna@tumora.swmed.edu)
Thu, 16 Jan 1997 04:21:12 +0000 (GMT)

Mani Varadarajan <mani@be.com> wrote in article

> To my knowledge, the Gaudiya tradition does not require
> their adherents to perform Veda adhyayanam (recitation and
> study of the Veda in the traditional manner), and therefore
> Gaudiyas generally do not do so. Gaudiya Vaishnavas, including
> the ISKCON movement, do not recite the Veda, do sandhyAvandana,
> or other daily duties incumbent on Vaidikas and practiced
> by the orthodox in other denominations.
> Please correct me if I am wrong.

As far as sandhyaavandana, I believe Brahmin-initiated devotees do. I know
that they chant Gayatri for certain.

As far as study of the shruti, I'm certainly not one to speak for all
Gaudiyas, but I do know that devotees in the ISKCON gurukulas in India do
learn to study and recite shruti. I have an audio recording, for example,
of the Mayapur boys chanting various Upanishads and Suktas. However, I
don't know if their study of the shruti is done with the same intensity or
purpose as in other schools.


-- Krishna

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