om brhmahye namah.......
THE ETERNAL AND EVERGREEN
CONTINUITY & GRATEFULNESS
for unexpected prosperity
sanak-muni, the mind born son of brahmaa-dev
explains in naarad puraan slok 1.25.6 about the
offering to celebrate attaining unexpected prosperity or glory:
"One should perfrom the vruDdhi SRaaDH`DH either
with gold or silver. He who performs SRaaDH`DH with cooked food shall be on a par with a chaaNdaal."
(vruDdhi here refers to
the following in life: growth, increase, development, increase in wealth or
prosperity or affluence, profit, gain. chaaNdaal is a person who is
outcast from the society because of his wicked or cruel karma or adharmik
way of life or is an outcast person born of mixed marriage between a sudra
man and a braahman woman.)
This slok reaffirms one of the tenets of dharma
which stipulates that when one performs any vedik
vidhi (rite or ceremony), one should perform it in line with
one's capacity of wealth. Most of the vedik vidhi
requires offerings of various kinds to devo and
to braahmano who perform the vidhi and who are invited to
the vidhi as guests or participants needed as per shaastra.
This means liberal use of wealth commensurate with one's capacity is a criteria
prescribed for a successful vidhi.
This use of wealth is in the form of dakshinaa
(gifts for services rendered) by officiating priest and daan
(charitable gifts) to those who are invited to the vidhi. In the
case of vruDdhi
is celebrating special fortune of attaining prosperity or glory. Thus it is
expected by shaastra that
vruDdhi SRaaDH`DH be performed by use and giving
away of as much gold or silver as one can afford. If one is miserly on this
occasion then one called be called a adharmik
(SRii chmpklaal Daajibhaai miisTRii,
the compiler of the above GNaan, convey pranaam to
our guru Dr. G. V. Tagore from whose
English translation of the sanskrit naarad puraan we have been
blessed with the above knowledge of how SRaaDH`DH offering to our pitruo is to be done ......the above slok
has been expanded with explanatory prose to
make our learning and understanding easier...also explanatory prose in included
in brackets to give backgrounder ved knowledge to provide supplementary explanation
for increasing the depth of our knowledge of life sciences......)
....our guru brhmah..
.....om tat sat....om shaanti shaanti....
Posted: September 2002