“In this age of Kali, people who are endowed with sufficient intelligence will worship the Lord, who is accompanied by His associates, by performance of sankirtana-yajna.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 11.5.32)
यजन्ति हि सु-मेधसः
yajanti hi su-medhasaḥ
Friend1: Let’s talk about tapasya.
Friend2: Austerity and penance.
Friend1: It is particularly important in the Vedic tradition.
Friend2: You could say that the emphasis begins from the very time of birth.
Friend1: Would that be considered cruelty to children, though?
Friend2: Not that you make them engage in austerity, but you automatically create conditions where sense attachment is not artificially inflated. The idea is that kids are not very smart. It makes sense, as they are so young. You could put them in an empty room with a few boxes and they would find a way…
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