naandi SshraaDdh: A FATHER PERFORMS WHEN HIS SON IS BORN
Posted by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry on September 28, 2002

om namah brhmah......

sanak-muni, the mind born son of brahmaa-dev explains in naarad puraan slok 1.25. 2 and 5 about the SshraaDdh a father has to perform when his son is born. This is one of the dharma of a father in living the gruhastha-aashram of his life. This SshraaDdh is to propitiate one's pitruo at one's good fortune of having a progeny who will do SshraaDdh for oneself when one finishes the current life journey. sanak-muni starts by a warning to those who do not follow their dharma of one's aashram (life stage):

"A person who forsakes his sva-dharma (own dharma) prescribed by ved and shaastra and lives life with dharma of others are known as adharmik and would be thus be ex-communicated by all dharma. (Thus one cannot have an excuse not to follow sva-dharma because somebody else is not following dharma. Also ved says that if one does not follow dharma and thus bring chaos to life then dharma will destroy that living being. dharma has to destroy an adharmik living being for preserving the rest of creation to operate to the laws of dharma. dharma is our creator brhmah's shakti which sustains sustenance of creation.)

A father upon the birth of his son should take a bath along with the clothes he is wearing and perform the post-natal rite of naandi SshraaDdh with the prescribed utterance of benediction. "

We all at PVAF 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 SshraaDdh offering to our pitruo for the fortune of having a progeny to continue our lineage.......the above slok are 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...... 

.......om namah brhmah....
....our guru brhmah..
.....om tat sat....om shaanti shaanti....



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