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Orthodox Brahmin woman
« on: August 07, 2010, 12:16:41 PM »
A significant number of Bhagavan's devotees were orthodox Brahmins. They ate in a separate enclosure in the dining room. Bhagavan never objected to this arrangement. But he did show his disapproval if any of the Brahmins looked down on members of the lower castes. A Brahmin woman in the Ashramam avoided all non-Brahmins because she felt that any contact with them would pollute her. If she were ever touched by a non-Brahmin, she would go up to Bhagavan and touch him to purify her. Once, on a jayanti day, someone touched her accidently. She went to Bhagavan and said, "Bhagavan, a Sudra has touched me; please touch me to remove the impurity". "Go away, I will not oblige you!" said Bhagavan angrily.

 - Chalam

Especially, having prostrated to Chandala as Shankara Bhagavatpadal and composed the famous Manisha Panchakam, would Sri Bhagavan encourage such beliefs?

Salutations to Sri Ramana
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta


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Re: Orthodox Brahmin woman
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2010, 10:09:06 AM »

Regarding brahmins [men and women], Bhagavan Ramana only
approved separate enclosures for eating.  He did not encourage
any other aspects of brahmin superiority or untouchability.

In fact, another important custom in respect of brahmin widows,
was, those days, a typical shaven head and white sari.  Even
Mother Azhagammal had this custom followed.  But Bhagavan
Ramana never encouraged or discouraged this tonsuring head or
wearing white sari.  Suri Nagamma was wearing a white sari but
she never had shaven head.  On many aspects of such customs,
reforms etc., Bhagavan Ramana always kept silent. Unless a
reply was forced, He did not say anything.

Arunachala Siva.