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TherearequiteafewrulesonwhenandhowtosayabhivAdanam.Thereare
alsoequivalentsetofrulesondoingnamaskAram.Iwasnotawareofthese
fewyearsago.
Herearesomeofthem:
1)YoushouldsayabhivAdanamonlytothosewhocansaypratyabhivadanam.
2)IfyouweretodoanamaskaramtoasadasofbrahmaNas,youshouldnot
sayoneabhivAdanamforall.Itshouldbedoneonaonetoonebasis.
3)YoushouldnotsayabhivAdanamtosannyaasis,pitrus,ordevatasamuuham
(theexceptionofsayingthisisonlyduringsandhyavandanam).
4)YoushouldnotsayabhivAdanamtowomen,withtheexceptionofone's
motherandguru'wife(againsheisanothermother).
Sendingthisviaemail(Ihavesentminetoadozenormoreinthepast,
whenIdidnotknow)isnotcorrect.Youcansimplysaymygotraissuchand
suchifsomeoneasksyoucasually.
RegardingnamaskAram:
1)Namaskaramsshouldnotbedonetowardssouth.
2)Youcandonamaskaramtowardsnorth,east,andwest.
3)Inthemorning,youshouldnotdotowardswestandintheeveningnot
towardseast.Thisistoavoidputtingone'sfeettowardsSun.
4)YoushouldnamaskAraminabhimukhatohumans(thatistowardthem)and
notsofordevatas.
5)FordevatasyoushoulddonamaskAraminthecrossward.Thatisifyour
altarisfacingwest.YoucandonamaskAramonlyinthedirectionofnorth.
Ifitsfacingsouth,thenyoushoulddonamaskaaramfacingeastinmorning
andwestinevening.
6)InTemples,youcandonamaskAramonlyattheoutsideattheflagpost
(dvajastambha),notinsidethetemplebeforeeachsanctumsanctorum.This
isbecausetherearedeitiesallaroundinthetempleandyouwillbe
inadvertentlypointingyourfeettowardonedeityorother.
7)AccordingtobookonmahaanyAsam(publishedbyMylapore(madras)veda
adhyayanasabjha)Ihave,youhavetodonamaskaramaccordingtostylewhich
isnowonlyfollowedinshriivaishhNavavaDakalaisampradaayam.Thatis
yourshoulddoittwice.Thatisdonamaskaramfullyonce(sAshhTaangam)and
getupanddoitoncemoreagain.IttamilitiscalleddaNDamiduthal.
daNDam(skt)meansstick.Literally,namaskAra,isfallinglikeastick
(helplessly)withoutanymamakAra.
Mostbooksonsandhyavandanam(willlisttheserules)[atleastthetwoof
threeIhavediscussesthem].Oneofthemalsoexplainshowtodo
pratyabhivadanam.ThebookonmahaanyAsamIhavediscussesthissubject

matterfortwopages.IhavesummarizedwhatIcouldremember.Vaidyanatha
dixitiyamalsodiscussesthismatter.
My2c.Correctionsarewelcome.
Ravi

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>Namaskaram,
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>AbivadhayevasishtaMaitrivarna,koundalyagothra,aapastambasoothra,
>yadhustakathra,SriSubramaniaSharmanamAsmiOhm
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