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Hinduism On Children Illegitimate Children

In Hinduism on October 23, 2014 at 11:52

Hinduism accords importance to Familial relationships.

 

Duties of each member of the Family is set,Man,Wife,children,Brother,Sister and elders.

 

However the emphasis  is more on the duties of the son.

 

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Hindu Symbol OM

 

Hinduism considers the begetting of a male child to be auspicious as they believe that the son prevents the parents entering the Hell called ‘Puth’

 

The name for son is Puthra, one who prevents parents from entering Puth.

 

The Smritis state that a son is to be treated as,

 

a King till he is Five years old.

 

as Slave from 5 to Fifteen and

 

a friend after Fifteen years.

 

A son is not to be praised in his face.

 

His mistakes are to be pointed out.

 

a son has to be educated within one’s  means.

 

As children can not understand the difficulties of running a family(till they are fifteen NoFamily affairs are not to be discussed with them nor their opinion sought even for their education.

 

Once they are married all decisions are to be taken after discussing with them, not necessarily following them.

 

They have to be taught etiquette  and discipline as set forth in the Taittriya Upanishad in Siksha Valli.

 

The son , when he comes of age is expected to run the family and he parents have to maintain themselves , either by staying in the family or withdrawing to the forest as a vanaprastha.

 

If the Mother is not willing she has to be left in the care of the son.

 

The son  is the Guardian of the Mother.

 

The son is the next authority in running the Family and he has to take of his sisters as a father.

 

His wife occupies the next place in the Family after the Mother and Father.

 

The son is to perform the Funeral rites of the Parents.

 

He shall perform all the duties of  the Father, including  the performance of all Poojas and Rituals prescribed for the Family, after the Seemantha for his wife is performed.

 

If a Man does not have a child, he has to adopt his daughter’s child as his son.

 

Following ceremonies are performed for the Son.

 

1.Punyahavachana.

2.Namakarana, naming the child.

3.Ayush Homa till he attains Five Years.

4.Ear-piercing,Karnabhushana.

5.Head tonsuring.

6.Upanayana.

7.Marriage.

8.Seemantha for His wife.

 

Illegitimate children.

 

Children of an Unmarried woman,

 

Child of son’s pregnant Bride,

 

Son of twice married woman,

 

Son of an adopted daughter,

 

Adopted son,

 

All belong to the family

 

In the absence of legitimate  children, the illegitimate children  receive one-fourth of the Estate.

 

Gautama Sutra 28.18.

 

Manu on Illegitimate Children

By the sacred tradition the woman is declared to be the soil (or the field), the man is declared to be the seed; the production of all corporeal beings takes place through the union of the soil with the seed.” (Manu. IX.33)

“Those who, having no property in a field, but possessing seed-corn, sow it in another’s soil, do not receive the grain of the crop which may spring forth.” (Manu.IX.49)

“If (one man’s) bull were to beget a hundred calves on another man’s cows, they (i.e., the calves) would belong to the owner of the cows; in vain would the bull have spent its strength.” (Manu.IX.50)

“Thus men who have no marital property in women, but sow their seed in the soil of others, benefit the owner of the woman; but the giver of the seed reaps no benefit.” (Manu.IX.51)

 

Citation.

 

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/advaitin/conversations/messages/55496

 

http://www.hinduwebsite.com/hinduism/h_children.asp

 

 

Temple Food Ghee Remains Pure Lamp Burns For A Year

In Hinduism on October 22, 2014 at 21:13

There is a Temple in Hassan, Karnataka, where the Food offered to the Deity remains warm and edible after one year;lamps lit Ghee in the Sanctum remains burning for a Year, without the Ghee being replenished as the Temple does not remain open for a year after closing.

 

 

This Hasanmba Temple built around 12 Century AD.

 

Hasanamba means’ ever smiling’

 

The Temple is open for only a week during Deepavali Festival and is reopened the next year during Deepavali.

 

Legend.

 

The devotees believe that the benevolent Goddess smiles down upon them and showers her blessings. In many Indian languages, ‘hasya’ means humor. It is believed that the Goddess smiles down on the devotees who worship her.

While she is worshipped for being benevolent, she is also harsh to those who choose to harm her devotees. There is a belief that Amma Hasanamba turned a mother in law, who tortured Devi’s devotee the (daughter in law), in to a stone in front of her. It is believed it the stone moves an inch every year and when it reaches the lotus feet of Hasanamba the period of kaliyuga will end.

Once 4 robbers attempted to rob jewels of Hasanamba and Devi turned them in to stones. And these four stones can be still seen in Kallappa Gudi.

 

How To reach.

 

The Hasanamba temple is in the heart of Hassan city and can easily be reached by road from Hassan in an auto rickshaw. It is just a couple of hours away from Bangalore by road and is convenient as a weekend getaway with plenty of accommodation options available in and around Hassan.

 

Here the Ravana’s Sculpture has only Nine heads instead of Ten.

Abhishekam Hinduism Bathing Of Gods Origin

In Hinduism on October 21, 2014 at 08:51

In Hinduism Gods are bathed in a special Ritual called Abhishekam.

 

In general,Water, Milk are the  materials used.

 

In the case of Shiva, Subramanya and Ganesha Vibhuthi are also used.

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Bathing of Shiiva Linga,Thanjavur

 

For female Goddesses Kumkum is also used.

 

In Vaishanava Sampradaya, Turmeric powder Abhisheka is performed.

 

Tender Coconut water, Panchamruth, Flowers are used in many temples for the Deities.

 

The Deities are bathed in the morning around 5 am and are also bathed  five or six times a day depending on the number of Kaala Poojas, that is the time when the Deity is decked up for the Day.

 

Origins.

 

The seems to be no mention of Abhisheka in the Vedas, though the Veda Mantras are used now for this Ritual.

 

Nor is there any reference to this practice in the Ramayana or Mahabharata.

 

There is no information as to when this practice was started.

 

Vedas, in essence, advocate the worship of the nameless, Formless Brahman, Reality.

 

The worship of personal God is also encouraged to prepare the Mind o concentrate on the Abstract.

 

Even here there is no mention of the Abhisheka in the Vedas.

 

However Hinduism treats God as one close to the individual and does not keep God in a remote portal to be feared.

 

Gods are taken to be a part of our family.

 

One loves to do things for the loved ones.

 

For a child, we bathe it, dress it up and enjoy.

 

Hinduism attributes the qualities of man to God, though these attributes are perfect in Him.

 

So when we bathe God we do so as we would for ourselves.

 

In personal worship of Gods, the Smritis , The Bhagavad Gita, Vedas and the Puranas insist on cleanliness.

 

For the Hindus, cleanliness begins with taking bath.

 

There are three purifiers of Nature.

 

Water, Air and Fire.

 

Water purifies while air does purify the odor.

 

What these two elements could not do, Fire does and it does it perfectly.

 

So in purification ceremony water is used and air is used in the form of Dhoopa and Deepa.

 

Fire if used shall destroy.

 

It is used in the Homa.

 

In temples water is used  for Abhisheka.

 

There is also this concept.

 

The idols used in the making of them have special properties.

 

The stones used for the making of an Idol is selected carefully.

 

The Agama Sastras are specific on this.

 

The stones to be selected  must have resonance.

 

In a temple Veda mantras are recited.

 

The Idol absorbs the sound waves from the mantras and are charged .

 

Depending on the Nature of the stone used the Abhisheka Theertha, Milk gains medicinal properties as well.

 

Abhisheka is a Ritual to bring God closer to us mentally by treating Him as one of us.

 

And to purify the Idol , charge it,

 

Cuddalore Vaishnavaite Clash Painful Anachara

In Hinduism on October 20, 2014 at 23:13

It gives me great pain to write this post.

 

Sri Devanathaswamy Temple at Tiruppadiripuliyur,Cuddalore is the center of the controversy.

 

The High Court of Madras has to make certain valid observations which should have been have known to the groups concerned.

 

This is a pictorial depiction of Thenkalai and...

This is a pictorial depiction of Thenkalai and Vadagalai Thiruman side by side with pointers to the differences. Thiruman is the caste or religious mark adorned on the forehead by the followers of vishnu. It reprsents the feet of the lord and his wife consort lakshmi. Apart from the menfolk wearing the centre thiruman this mark is used to brand the temples and places of worship. There are two subsects called Thenkalai (Southerners) Vadagalai (Northerners). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

As one who hails from Srivilliputtur, the home of Andal and reasonably exposed to Vaishnavism,I am pained and hurt at this.

 

Earlier there have cases galore on which Vaishnavaite mark to use for Kanchi Varadharaja Perumal Temple.

 

This went on for years.

 

Are the learned scholars of both the sects aware that the other Religious Groups are laughing at us for this act?

 

Please do not quote Catholics, Protestants, Shia and Sunni.

 

We are Hindus.

 

Vedas are our Pramana.

 

We know that there was no Advaita , Visistadvaita or Dwaita in the Vedas.

 

It is a question of interpretation by the Acharayas who had taken into considerations the social conditions at the point of enunciating their Bhashyas.

 

It is a question of Perspectives.

 

All our perspectives need not converge.

 

Krishna does not advocate this divisions.

 

Why differentiate?

 

Does it not look silly when we worship a Cowherd and a Kshatriya, yet war amongst us, who belong to the same community?

 

The division of Vadakalai and Thenkalai does not have the sanction of the Vedas.

 

This act in the premises of Hayagriva, Lord of Wisdom?

 

When shall we grow?

 

Story:

 

Brokering peace between two warring sects of Vaishnavites, and disapproving the controversial practice of one sect closing doors of a famous temple in Cuddalore during a procession by the other sect, the Madras high court has said a true Vaishnavite does not cause pain to others.

“One who is a Vaishnava knows the pain of others, does good to others, does not let pride enter his mind, tolerates and praises the entire world, and does not say bad things about any one,” said Justice V Ramasubramanian, quoting from Nasinh Mehta’s rendition “Vaishnava Janato’.

The judge said doors of Devanatha Swamy Temple at Thiruvendipuram in Cuddalore, managed by Vadakalai sect of Vaishnavites, should not be closed when their counterparts in the Thenkalai sect take out Manavala Mamunigal procession on Sunday. He also asked police to ensure that the procession passes off peacefully.

The dispute is between Vadakalai and Thenkalai sects of Vaishnavites. Thenkalai sect takes out the deity of Manavala Mamunigal in a procession and chants Divya Prabandhams, after lighting camphor in front of Devanatha Swamy Temple. The Vadakalai sect wanted to close the doors of the main entrance to the temple at that time. After Hindu Religious & Chartable Endowments commissioner refused permission to close the temple, a petition was filed seeking permission to close the temple entrance and to restrain Thenkalai members from reciting Divya Prabandhams. Another petition was filed by Swami Govinda Ramanuja Dassar.

Justice Ramasubramanian said: “Even as per the Sastras, doors to the entrance of a temple constructed as per the Aagamas cannot be closed, except during fixed hours and except during certain inauspicious times. Therefore, the doors of the main entrance shall not be closed when the procession of the deity of Manavala Mamunigal is taken out.”

The judge asked the processionists not to light camphor when the deity passes through the temple, but said: “It is neither fair, not possible to prohibit the precisionists from chanting Divya Prabhandams and stopping for a few minutes in front of the temple, since it happens to be a public road. However, the processionists shall not obstruct the ingress and egress of devotees to the temple.”

Citation.

 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Court-steps-in-to-settle-dispute-between-warring-Vaishnavite-sects-in-Cuddalore/articleshow/44872472.cms

Vishnu With Four Heads

In Hinduism on October 20, 2014 at 18:27

Lord Vishnu ,from the Vedic stand point, is a form of Narayana,who is a manifestation of Purusha.

 

Vishnu is the Protector, the word Vishnu is from the Sanskrit word ‘Jishnu’, that which sustains.

 

His forms are many ,so are His Avatars, numbering 10/12.

 

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Chaturmurthi.

The Vishnu Sahasranama calls Him as,

 

 

 

 

‘Chaturmurthi,Chatur  Bahu’, Chatur Vyuha, Chatur Gathi ‘four headed, with four arms, four manifestations, and four Goals.

 

I was curious to find out the reference as one normally sees Vishnu with One head and Four arms.

 

The first reference of  Vishnu with Head appears in the Mahabharata.

 

Though I am unable to locate any temple associated with this form., there are Temples in Kashmir with this Icon.

 

If there is any temple or the Icon is known to some people, please send in the information.

 

The Four Heads represent ,

 

Vaikuntanatha,Center,

 

Narasimha,

 

Varaha, the Boar Avatar,

 

and Kapila ,representing Ferociousness or Asura Bhava.

 

This is one interpretation.

 

My view is that as Sage Kapila, the Founder of Samkhya System of Indian Philosophy, is an Avatar of Vishnu, the fourth face may represent him.

 

Pancharatra system explains thus,

 

Vasudeva (Krishna), Samkarshana (Balarama), Pradyumna and Aniruddha – four vyuhas (manifestations) of Vishnu.

 

Citation.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaikuntha_Chaturmurti

 

 

 

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