Posted by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry on September 30, 2002

om namo brhmahye namah......

sanak-muni, the mind born son of brahmaa-dev explains in naarad puraan slok 1.25.6 about the SshraaDdh offering to celebrate attaining unexpected prosperity or glory:

"One should perfrom the vruDdhi SshraaDdh either with gold or silver. He who performs vruDdhi SshraaDdh 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.)

...Please click on the next line to learn more about the vruDdhi SshraaDdh.........

vruDdhi SshraaDdh

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 SshraaDdh one is celebrating special fortune of attaining prosperity or glory. Thus it is expected by shaastra that vruDdhi SshraaDdh 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 person.

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 acquiring unexpected prosperity or glory in life ......the above slok is 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 brhmah namah....
....our guru brhmah..
.....om tat sat....om shaanti shaanti....

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