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The Bona Fide Acamana Philosophy And Method
By Richard Shaw Brown
Vande gurun isha bhaktan.
The reason I am writing is partly because of a BTG article, "Offering
Arati" wherein is taught a totally INCORRECT process of "acamana,"
that completely deviates from the original Gaudiya sampradaya method which
is still practiced through out all Gaudiya Math's as well as by all Brahmin
Priests in India.
Bona fide Acamaniyam Philosophy:
When you offer acamana (water) to Sri Hari it becomes "prasad"
(offered) and one's hand becomes "prasadi" (touched to prasad);
also, when one sips the water the hand becomes "juta" (touched
to mouth), so in both cases one's hand is unfit for a second acamana without
washing each time.
Bona fide Acamaniyam Method:
One should take the acamana spoon in their left hand, dip purified water,
and pour the purified water into the right hand, which should be formed
palm up with the tip of the thumb touching the first joint of the middle
Then one should recite, "Om Vishnu! Om Vishnu! Om Vishnu!" and
then, "Om kesavaya namah!" followed by sipping the water from
the wrist. Then again one should take more water with the left hand and
wash off the right before the next acamana ("Om Vishnu! Om Vishnu!
Om Vishnu! "Om Narayanaya namah!," etc.).
After each acamana the right hand should be washed off by throwing a spoon
full of holy water on it and tossing the water aside; thus one's hand
is no longer "juta" nor "prasadi."
Please Help Preserve the Bona fide Acamaniyam System:
At a recent Iskcon initiation ceremony being conducted in Vrindavan I
could hear and see the new devotees being misinformed by the ill trained
priest to pour water in their right hand, then drink half the water and
throw away the rest; then take water for the next one (without washing
off their "prasadi" & "juta" hand).
In the BTG article it was taught that after sipping water one should pour
more water for the next sip without cleaning the hand first.
These teachings are all utter non-sense, which completely contradict the
bona fide acamana philosophy and system as explained above.
I can see from this and many other examples that Iskcon leaders are stupidly
and mistakenly changing the bona fide and logical system set by the previous
Acaryas as handed down from Vedic times. Iskcon, from "absolute"
communist party leaders down to pitiful worker ants, needs to get properly
trained by the Gaudiya Matha experts before even more deviations become
imbedded into the Iskcon society and future generations learn things wrongly.
Otherwise, Iskcon, like the early Sikhs, will become a totally different
cult in sharp contrast of the mother faith of our previous Acaryas from
Srila Sarasvati Prabhupada and beyond.