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No Pitru Paksha for Sri Vaishnavas?

In Hinduism on September 22, 2014 at 12:04

A close friend of mine, a Sri Vaishnava told me that he does not perform the Mahalaya Paksha Tharpana.

 

He informed me that , as an Iyengar belonging to Thengalai Sampradya, he does not do it as it is prohibited by Ramanucharya.

 

He told me that the other sect of Iyengars in Tamil Nadu, Vadagalai Iyengars perform the Pitru Paksha Tharpana.

 

 

As I am unable to find any authentic source on this, I am posting my views.

 

Those who know the subject well may quote with source.

 

In Hinduism there are two paths in terms of Lifestyle.

 

One is called Pravritti Marga and another Nivrutti Marga.

 

Pravrutti Marga is the leading of our daily lives , as normally do, by going after the sense objects.

 

Nivrutti Marga is renunciation of the sense objects.

 

Hinduism teaches how to live,taking into account the limitations and the frailties of Human Life including the desire to go after sensory objects for pleasure.

 

So Hinduism has devised the four stages of Life.

 

Brahmacharya, the young Celibate.

 

Gruhastha when one gets married begets children and goes about Life.

 

Vanaprastha,when one, after the son becomes capable managing the Family leaving the Family, either with or without wife to seek Reality either in the Forest or staying at Home in a detached way.

 

My friend quoted Visishtadvaita to support his view that one need not perform the Karmas,excepting Sandhyavanadan and Amavasya Tharpana as Sri Vaishnavism gives priority to surrender to Lord Visnu and once one surrenders himself to God, one need not, should not perform Karma , including Pitru Paksha Tharpana.

 

He quoted the Sloka form the Bhagavad Gita, this is also called the Karna Mantra,,

 

Sarva Dharma Parijyasya Maameka Charanam Vraja,

 

Aham Thva Sarva Paapepyp0Mokshayisyami Maa sucha. Chapter 18

 

Leave all actions, and surrender only to Me.

 

I shall absolve you of all your sins and grant you Moksha’

 

I think my friend does not seem to have understood Krishna and this sloka is often misunderstood.

 

What Krishna says is that he shall grant Moksha and one need not perform any action(Karma)  id one surrenders to Krishna.

 

The surrender , Krishna means a surrender  is not a lip service but one of total Surrender,mind ,words and deeds.

 

By merely saying one has surrendered to Krishna does not mean total surrender.

 

Draupadi who is a cousin of Krishna and an ardent devotee had to throw her arms up and pray Lord Krishna when Dhuchashana was stripping her.

 

Krishna did not pay heed to her earlier entreaties to save her when she held her hands to her saree: only when she devoid of Ego , called out, did Krishna rescue her modesty.

 

Such a devotion is very difficult to come by.

 

It needs years of practice ,Abhyasa and determination(vairagya)

 

This, I think we posses at least I do not.

 

So the statement , presumably said by Ramanucharya, that one need not perform Karmas if one surrenders to Vishnu, is meant for evolved souls;such loved souls like Ramadasas,Ramakrishna Paramahamsa may and can follow this as they had lost Dehatma Buddhi, the attachment to Body.

 

We can not compare ourselves to these souls.

 

Again, wile talking about Renunciation, Krishna says  in the Bhagavad Gita, those who call the,selves Sanyasis , while their Minds are after sense objects, may appear so outwardly. are only Aashaadaboothis(hypocrisy)

 

The determination to relinquish the fruits of action even at the mental level while performing the action is called renunciation.

 

With such a mindset one can even be in family Life, like Janaka, father of Sita.

 

Therefore the non-performance of Pitru Pksha , quoting some Acharya is contrary to Vedas and as such is incorrect as Pitru Yagnya is one of the most important and mandatory Yagnya for every one.

 

Decisions Are They Rational Emotional

In lifestyle on September 9, 2014 at 18:05

With so much talk about Decision Making and specialists (?) who advise and conduct seminars , I though about this a bit.

 

 

An infant looks to its Mother for any support.

 

Infants just follow you right from stepping aside to walking, eating.

 

It decides to follow some of your mannerism(those with whom it spends most of its time).

 

Till some time.

 

One falls in Love.

 

And one does not like somebody.

 

One likes some things in Life, be it food or dress.

 

We take decisions , in these cases without knowing the reasons.

 

Most of the time in Life we react, are not proactive.

 

We become proactive when we are not personally involved.

 

When there are multiple choices available for a problem, most of the time, we are aware of only some alternatives, not all of them.

 

That is why the persons who speak about decision-making state carefully  one should take decisions with the available data.

 

The fact that the choice themselves are limited ensures that the decisions you  take are not totally free.

 

Please read my post ‘Choice’

 

There is this aspect of gut instinct.

 

Decision based on this normally does not disappoint you.

 

How and Why?

 

I have noticed decision-making in personal lives.

 

You like to buy a car, love a girl or Boy,want to go abroad.

 

 

In the last one,here is some deliberation.

 

In all others, you have already decided to your course of action.

 

But you want to justify it , to others as much as to yourself.

 

Reasoning, to me seems to be, an explanation not the Cause.

 

Lord Krishna explains this Gunathraya Vibhagayoga in Bhagavad Gita Chapter 14.

 

On hind sight I wish I could have taken them.

The cost?

I do not know.

But what forced me to choose one in place of another, may be circumstances, but still?

I had chosen what I thought I liked.

In retrospect, I find it could have been otherwise.

May be after couple of years  or even a days later I might find my present choice mentioned here are incorrect!”

http://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/choices-and-life/

 

Balarama Worships Muruga In South Visits Pandyas

In Hinduism on September 3, 2014 at 18:11

Here is yet another proof that the South was a part of Sanatana Dharma, Aryan Dravidian Theory is a myth and the people of North India and South India were a part of the Glorious Bharatavarsha.

 

Rama’s marriage was  graced by the Kings of South India.

 

 

Damayanti’s Swayamwara had Tamil Kings presence.

 

Lord Krishna married a Pandya Princess.

 

Arjuna went on a pilgrimage to South and married a Pandya princess.

 

Chola and Pandya Kings fought on the side of Pandavas in The Mahabharata War.

 

Chera King fed both the Kaurava and Pandava armies and performed Sraddha , Obsequies for those killed in the war.

 

The Vedas mention Lord Muruga as Skanda.

 

Lord Balarama on a Pilgrimage to South met and worshiped Murugan in Mahendragiri, now in Tirunelveli Disrict.(This Mahendragiri is a different one from the one from in Odisha.

 

He also met Parashurama there.

 

It may be note that Parashurama was born in Treta Youga and was elder to Lord Rama and a Chiranjeevi, Immortal.

 

Balarama also met Sage Agastya, visited Kanyakumari

 

and worshiped Durga.

 

The place he visited Muruga is Valliyur, 30 km from Tirunelveli,Tamil Nadu.

 

Sri Balarama’s pilgrimage (Mahabharata 9 – Shalya Parva)

“Then, given leave by the sages, the Lord went with a contingent of brahmanas to the Kausiki River, where He bathed. From there He went to the lake from which flows the river Sarayu.

“The Lord followed the course of the Sarayu until He came to Prayaga, where He bathed and then performed rituals to propitiate the demigods and other living beings. Next He went to the asrama of Pulaha Rsi. [also known as Hari-ksetra]

“Lord Balarama bathed in the Gomati, Gandaki and Vipasa rivers, and also immersed Himself in the Sona. He went to Gaya, where He worshiped His forefathers, and to the mouth of the Ganges, where He performed purifying ablutions. At Mount Mahendra He saw Lord Parasurama and offered Him prayers, and then He bathed in the seven branches of the Godavari River, and also in the rivers Vena, Pampa and Bhimarathi. Then Lord Balarama met Lord Skanda and visited Sri Saila, the abode of Lord Girisa. In the southern provinces known as Dravida-desa the Supreme Lord saw the sacred Venkata Hill, as well as the cities of Kamakosni and Kanci, the exalted Kaveri River and the most holy Sri-ranga, where Lord Krsna has manifested Himself. From there He went to Rsabha Mountain, where Lord Krsna also lives, and to the southern Mathura. Then He came to Setubandha, where the most grievous sins are destroyed.

“There at Setubandha (Ramesvaram) Lord Halayudha gave brahmanas ten thousand cows in charity. He then visited the Krtamala and Tamraparni rivers and the great Malaya Mountains. In the Malaya range Lord Balarama found Agastya Rsi sitting in meditation. After bowing down to the sage, the Lord offered him prayers and then received blessings from him. Taking leave from Agastya, He proceeded to the shore of the southern ocean, where He saw Goddess Durga in her form of Kanya-kumari.

“Next He went to Phalguna-tirtha and bathed in the sacred Pancapsara Lake, where Lord Visnu had directly manifested Himself. At this place He gave away another ten thousand cows.

“The Supreme Lord then traveled through the kingdoms of Kerala and Trigarta, visiting Lord Siva’s sacred city of Gokarna, where Lord Dhurjati (Siva) directly manifests himself. After also visiting Goddess Parvati, who dwells on an island, Lord Balarama went to the holy district of Surparaka and bathed in the Tapi, Payosni and Nirvindhya rivers. He next entered the Dandaka forest and went to the river Reva, along which the city of Mahismati is found. Then He bathed at Manu-tirtha and finally returned to Prabhasa.” (SB 10.79.9-21)

 

Citation.

 

Bhagavatham.

 

Different Colors Of Vishnu Yugas

In Hinduism on September 3, 2014 at 08:42

Lord Rama was blue-black.

 

Krishna was black.

 

 

The term Krishna means Black.

 

Both Rama and Krishna are the Avatars of Vishnu.

 

Then why the difference in skin tone?

 

I checked.

 

Vishnu appears as,in

 

Krita Yuga

 

White, with four arms,with hair pulled up(Jatamakuta),

 

Wearing Maravuri, clothes made of  barks,

 

with Akshamala Kamandalu and Dhanda.

 

Treta Yuga.

 

Reddish,

 

Golden hair-locks,

 

With Vedas as Four Arms.

 

Dwapara Yuga.

 

Blue-black,

 

With Peethamabra,

 

Sri Vatsa,,

 

Chank(Conch),Chakra, Gatha.

 

Kali Yuga.

 

Black,

 

Bare arms and Arrows.

 

Source.Bhagavatha Purana Chapter 30.

Religion Rituals Hinduism Work

In Hinduism on August 31, 2014 at 10:17

I have come across comments like,

 

‘For reaching God, Self Realization, it is enough if our heart is pure,there is no necessity of the rituals, Poojas, visiting temples’

 

‘Love for All is the central message of Religions and of Spirituality,if I love all, there is no need for following Religion’

 

‘Wearing Caste-mark on the forehead, taking bath before Pooja, following strict cumbersome procedures fo the Pooja, Are they necessary?

 

God is everywhere,why should I perform all these,they are nothing but expressions of hypocrisy’

 

I have recently received a comment,

 

I got your Comment on My Blog, So I came Here
Seeing your blog, I find it is Spiritually Inclined. So I asking some Questions I Have

Today Hinduism is full of Rituals. I feel that it is corruption of Hinduism. What do you say.
True Hindu should worship work, not conduct rituals. What do you think.”

 

Let me attempt to answer as I have been doing till now to my children and close friends.

 

It is alright and it sounds nice to say that “I know that God is everywhere and I treat everyone equally’

 

Is it an honest statement?( I am speaking out myself)?

 

Do I treat everyone equally?

 

Do I love everyone and everything in the world?

 

Am I free from prejudices, anger, Lust for power,women, money?

 

Do I forgive others?

 

Am I helping others?

 

Is my heart pure enough not to feel jealous of others?

 

Do I place others before myself?

 

Am I innocent?

 

Did/Do I not  hurt many in my life, both professional and personal?

 

Am I honest and follow what I say?

 

My answer is NO.

 

So I am not qualified to be counted among those who can realize God by these methods.

 

There is also this perception,

 

That if you do your Duty, there is no necessity of worshiping God.

 

True.

 

Lord Krishna implies this in The Bhagavad Gita.

 

The confusion is what ‘work’ means’ though Krishna means Karma or Action’ which is different from work.

 

What is the Work we are talking about?

 

Going to office, 10-5, working in a software company or running a Business, where we earn?

 

What do we do here?

 

We earn money to satisfy our senses.

 

We remain unsatisfied whatever we earn.

 

We remain loyal , honest to others in the work place so that our jobs, businesses are secure.

 

Where is the question of Altruism?

 

At the end of the day, after we do our life’s work, what does remain for us?

 

Have we evolved Happier, Contented?

 

Have We answered our urge to know where We are, where were We and where do We go thither?

 

Have I answered these questions?

 

Of what use this money, the result of my dedication to work to Me finally?

 

By saying Everything is Brahman, I am Brahman,I Love All does not make One Spiritually evolved.

 

Every one can not become a Ramana Maharishi by asking ‘Who Am I?

 

It is only by searching within oneself for answers and finding them, does one become a Jnani or a Realized Soul?

 

Rituals, procedures laid for them, Poojas, Dhana, Dharma, Neethi Sastras,Vedas , Puranas, Ithihasas, Yoga all these are disciplines to follow , are to enable us to reach that mental and spiritual maturity to Realize Self/God.

 

One in a Million can become a Ramana Maharishi,Kanchi Periyavar,Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

 

Even these people had  followed a system of discipline.

 

Merely Working in an office, running a business does not constitute a Sadahana.

 

Ding even this has to have an attitude, disposition as explained in Karma Yoga.

 

We do not follow this even.

 

Till we become mature enough we need the Rituals.

 

You may choose your own from any from the numerous paths explained in Hinduism.

 

 

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