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Re: UPANAYANAM - what is it?

In article <2vsndu$bok@ucunix.san.uc.edu> Jaldhar Vyas <jvyas@ritz.mordor.com> writes:
>In article <2vi76d$rn7@ucunix.san.uc.edu> bnv@po.cwru.edu <Boddu N. 
>: I was just wondering if someone could post the exact significance
>: of upanaynam (thread ceremony).
>The Upanayana sanskara is the second birth of a Brahmana.  (Which is why 
>we are called dwija or twice-born.)  After this ceremony, a boy is ready 
>to begin study of the Vedas. 
>-- Jaldhar

Upa-nayanam sounds like `auxillary eye'. Any connections to the third
eye or the mystic eye? Could it be the procedure meant to open it?
Just wondering!


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