Importance of Shraddh in Sanatan Dharma

Importance of Shraddh

Importance of Shraddh

A major specialty of Sanatan dharma is that while alive, it not only tells us the ways to uplift a human being through various rites and rituals, but after death, even after the funeral rites, it tells us about the rites that should be performed for the salvation of the living being.

In Sanatan dharma, each and every child offers gratitude towards their parents. A person of the Hindu religion not only serves his living parents, but even after their death, he works for their welfare and tries to complete their incomplete auspicious works even after their death. ‘Shraddha-Vidhi’ is based on this feeling.

By performing Shraddha, the gods and ancestors are satisfied and the conscience of the person performing Shraddha also experiences satisfaction. Our elders have done a lot for our progress, so if we do something for their salvation, we will feel fulfilled and satisfied in our hearts.

When Aurangzeb imprisoned his father Shah Jahan, Shah Jahan wrote to his son: “Blessed are the Hindus who even satisfy their dead parents with kheer and halwa-puri and you are not even offering a pot of water to your living father !! Those Hindus are better than you, who even serve their dead parents.”

The importance of Shraddh is mentioned in Garuda Purana:

कुर्वीत समये श्राद्धं कुले कश्चिन्न सीदति।
आयुः पुत्रान् यशः स्वर्गं कीर्तिं पुष्टिं बलं श्रियम्।।

पशून् सौख्यं धनं धान्यं प्राप्नुयात् पितृपूजनात्।
देवकार्यादपि सदा पितृकार्यं विशिष्यते।।
देवताभ्यः पितृणां हि पूर्वमाप्यायनं शुभम्।

“By performing Shraddha on time, no one in the family remains sad. By worshiping the ancestors, man attains everything long life, son, fame, heaven,  strength, wealth, happiness, etc. Pitrakarya has special importance even more than Devkarya. In Shraddh paksha, it is more beneficial to please the ancestors than the gods.”

On the day of Amavasya, the ancestors are present at the door of the house in the form of air and wish for Shraddha from their relatives. They stand there, distraught with hunger and thirst, until the sun sets. After the sunset, they become dejected and go to their respective worlds with a sad heart. Therefore, Shraddha must be performed with effort on the day of Amavasya. If the sons and relatives of their ancestors perform their Shraddha and go to Gaya-Tirtha and engage in this work, then they get the right to reside in Brahmalok along with those ancestors. They never feel hungry or thirsty. That is why a person must make efforts to perform Shraddha for his ancestors with the help of Shakapat as per the rituals.

Lord Vishnu says to Garuda – “Those who worship their ancestors, gods, Brahmins, and Agni, they worship me who is present in the inner soul of all living beings. By performing Shraddha as per his capacity, the man makes the entire  world happy and delves within the Brahma.”

“O  Garuda! The ancestors born in the Pishachas (Sanskrit: पिशाच, Piśāca)life which are flesh-eating demons in Dharmic religions,  are satisfied with the food scattered on the earth by their relatives during Shraddha. The water that falls on the earth through the wet clothes after taking a bath in Shraddha, satisfies the ancestors who have attained the stage of the tree. The fragrance and water that falls on the ground at that time bring happiness to the ancestors who have attained the divine birth. Those ancestors who are not capable of performing rituals, are devoid of values and are destitute, all of them eat the water of Kiran and Marjan during Shraddha. The ancestors get satiation from the water that Brahmins consume after having food during Shraddha which is offered achaman and refreshment. Those who have got the form of pishachas, worms, or insects and the ancestors who have got the human form, all of desire the food used in the offerings given in Shraddha on earth. They get satisfaction from the offerings offered during the rituals of Shraddh.”

“Hey Garuda! In this world, whatever food, money, etc. is donated by one’s relatives for the sake of Shraddha, all of these are received by their ancestors. The Shraddha, performed as per one’s capacity through food, water vegetables, etc. is for the satisfaction of all the ancestors.” – Garuda Purana

Shraddh is also known as pitru paksh

With the sacred blessings of the divine ancestors, divine souls can incarnate in the family. The Shraddha should be performed selflessly to fulfill one’s social duty towards those ancestors, who have put in so much effort throughout their life and given us so many resources and values. 

Ganesh Chaturthi 2023

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 🙂

Why do we worship Ganesha on Chaturthi Day?

Why is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated? Why don’t people celebrate Ganesh Panchami, Ganesh Saptami, or Ganesh Teej… why is only Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated? Self-realized masters are of the opinion that there are three types of ‘gunas’ i.e. sattva, rajas, and tamas. And, Ganesh Chaturthi signifies to overcome from all these three gunas.

Clay figures of Ganapati Dada are worshipped for a 10-11 days celebration. Then they are consigned to water. The greatness and generosity of Sanatan  Dharma are so remarkable that if you want to realize your true nature, you make the figures of those who are established in their true nature and dance merrily in front of them to dissolve your ego. Once your ego is dissolved, even if you dissolve the figure of your deity, He will not be displeased with you but rather he will be pleased to see your welfare.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 decoration

This year Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 is on September 19, 2023.

The person who has developed the feeling that the body is everything, who believes the physical world to be real, who is distracted by entertainment provided by the senses, will continue to indulge in the activities of the world and will be distracted by the senses until he gets the blessings of Lord Ganesha, who is the master and substratum of senses, by worshipping Him. Perhaps, for this reason, Ganesha is the deity worshipped first before you start any auspicious undertaking i.e. either laying the first stone when constructing a house, or performing Vastu Pujan, marriage, or any other pious event… one worships Lord Ganesha at the very start with the chanting of “Om Gananam tva ganapatim hawamahey” or “Om Gam Ganapatay Namah”.

Each of the five sense organs; ears, eyes, nose… etc. is also called ‘Gana’ (attendants). If you please and worship the Lord of these ‘ganas’, then these attendants of yours will function properly, and will not create hurdles in your life; and to also get rid of the attachment from his physical world, one should worship Lord Ganapati Dada.

Ordinary people will not be able to understand the Lord of ‘Gana’, that is why there are Puranic stories so they can attain Self-Knowledge by worshiping a certain deity. For example, if one connects an electric bulb to the direct line of a power supply coming from the powerhouse, the bulb will blow out. So the main powder line of the powerhouse is connected to a substation and the power line from that substation or from a transformer is connected to the bulb. Similarly, if you cannot attain Self-knowledge directly, then attain it through the help of gods. There are many gods, and out of them, five are the main selected ones: Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Bhagavati, Surya Narayan, and Lord Ganapati Dada is worshiped at the beginning of any undertaking.

Do not look at the moon on this day even by mistake

One who looks at the moon on the Ganesh Chaturthi Day earns censure and ill-repute. 

Chaturthi: 18th September( moon sighting prohibited, moonset: 8:40 pm),

Ganesh Chaturthi: 19th September(Moon sighting prohibited, moonset: 9:18 pm)

It is prohibited to look at the moon till this time. 

However, if one happens to see the moon, even by mistake, then, in order to be free from the curse, kindly read the story – “The Theft of Syamantaka Mani’.

If one looks at the moon on Tritiya (Sept. 17) and Panchami (September 20), the malicious effect of looking at the moon with carelessness or folly on Chaturthi, will be minimized.

On the day of Ganesha Chaturthi (September 19), chanting the mantra ‘Om Gam Ganapataye Namah’ and bathing Lord Ganesha’s idol with water mixed with jaggery, and offering durva grass and sindoor to the same prevents obstacles and boots intelligence.

Shree Krishna Janmashtami 2023

Janmashtami wishes

Happy Janmashtami – Nand ghar anand bhayo jay kahaniya laal ki…

When is Janmashtami?

Janmashtami 2023 is on 6th & 7th September. This year, Ashtami tithi will begin on the 6th at noon and will end on the 7th. That’s why it is being celebrated on both days. Ashtami tithi on 6th Sept will begin at 15:37 pm and will end at 16:14 pm on 7th Sept. Rohini nakshatra will begin at 9:20 am on 6th Sept and ends at 10:25 am on 7th Sept

Shree Krishna Janambhoomi, Mathura celebrates Shree Krishna Janmashtami on 7th September, 2023. Janmashtami fasting will be observed on 7th Sept.

Shree Krishna Janmashtami is the day when Bhagavan Shree Krishna was born. Shree Krishna was born at 12:00 midnight. The birth of Shree Krishna conveys the message of rekindling extinguished lamps and gives its light to dispirited hearts. A vital fact that shines brilliantly in his life is the act of giving light to dispirited hearts.

Bhagwan Shree Krishna’s life gives the message to lead a joyful life, sharing and radiating bliss amidst the obstacles and hurdles. The life of Shree Krishna was replete with so many hurdles and obstacles that compared to it, our obstacles and hurdles are nothing. His would-be parents, Vasudev and Devaki, were sent to jail. After being born in jail, he was taken to another’s home. Such a terrible life! From time to time Putana, Bakasura, and Aghasura came to kill Shree Krishna. He faced thousands of obstacles and hurdles, but he never worried about them. He played the flute blissfully at all times.

Janmashtami Vrata-The vow equal to 200 million Ekadashi Vratas

One must observe the Shree Krishna Janmashtami vrata. One observing the fast of Janmashtami attains religious merit equal to observing fasts on two hundred million Ekadashi Vrata and becomes free from disease and grief. Those who eat food on Janmashtami incur the sin of killing 100 Brahmins, and the religious merit earned by them in crores of lives is destroyed. Those who do not observe the fast on Janmashtami are born into the species of snakes and other wild animals in their next lives and wander in forests. Those who observe this fast have wealth, food grains, sons, grandsons, happiness, and peace in their homes, and they attain salvation if they get to hear satsanaga and are in the proximity of Self-realized men.

व्रतेन दीक्षामाप्नोति.. By the observance of the Vrata, the person develops intelligence. Intelligence leads to steadfastness. Steadfastness develops unwavering faith in himself, God, and the Shastras. Faith develops the power of Satya Sankalp, which when aided by strong faith, enables one to attain God.

We should also develop such wisdom…

Shree Krishna was enlightened by the fact that “I”, the seer of any worldly situation that comes, is eternal. We should also develop such wisdom. ‘This (situation) came… that came, this happened… that happened’, these all come into being and perish. It does not cause any harm to the imperishable Consciousness Personified ‘I’. Shree Krishna, the master of such wisdom, always plays his flute, always gives joy, delves within the joy of Divine love, and keeps spreading this joy and divine love to others. So, the festival of Janmashtami is a beautiful arrangement to make our birth and action divine by remembering the Lilas of Shree Krishna’s life.

We can do this…

Arjuna’s sorrow could not be destroyed, even when the Lord appeared in a form, but when he attained the realization of the Tattva(true nature) of the Lord, Arjuna’s sorrow could not stay. Society is distressed by kansa, kala(death), and ignorance. So, Shree Krishna’s incarnation is necessary in society. Shree Krishna’s incarnation is possible and necessary in every heart.  Shree Krishna’s father ‘Vasudev’ stands for pure antahkaran i.e. mind free from ego, negativity, and all other vices whereas  ‘Devki’ who gave birth to Shree Krishna stands for the equanimous intellect, and ‘Yashoda’ (Shree Krishna’s mother who nurtured him since birth) stands for the intellect which gives glory in every situation. The lord is repeatedly embraced by Yashoda. Likewise, you embrace divine consciousness in your heart by remembering the lord. You do not need to embrace him physically, but remember him and let your heart assume the form of the lord. Let’s glorify each and every situation that comes into our lives and stay connected to the lord.

Shree Krishna didn’t hesitate to do any task to preserve Sanatan Dharma!

If a great warrior runs away from the battlefield, he is regarded as a coward, but one who flees from the battlefield pretending to be a coward, merely for the protection of culture and the safety of thousands, is venerated and worshipped with the utmost devotion and cheerfulness- ‘Ranachhodarai ki Jai’ meaning ‘victory to the one who fled from the battlefield’. What an amazing incarnation! Shree Krishna does not hesitate to hide the footwear of Draupadi, under his pitambra(yellow cloth). Shree Krishna does not consider any task as menial. He drives Arjuna’s chariot, massages of horses, and applies ointment – bandages to the wounds of horses without any hesitation. O dear, verily in this, lies the lordliness of the Lord, this verily shows his greatness.

Raksha Bandhan 2023

Rakshabandhan 2023

This year Raksha Bandhan 2023 is on August 30, 2023. Raksha Bandhan is a popular and widely celebrated festival in our Indian culture, it emphasizes the bond of love and protection between brothers and sisters.

What is the meaning of Rakshabandhan?

The name “Raksha Bandhan” itself is derived from two words: “Raksha” meaning protection, and “Bandhan” meaning bond or tie. This festival is usually observed on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Shravana, which typically falls in the month of August, Raksha Bandhan 2023 is on August 30.

How to celebrate Raksha-Bandhan?

It is a festival in Indian culture that strengthens sacred emotions with the feeling of kinship and a thread of affection. A sister visits her brother on Raksha Bandhan to materialize her resolve to protect her brother. Even though the thread of Rakhi is small, it is charged with amazing power by the resolve of the sister. The more selfless, innocent, and pious the resolve is, the more powerful it becomes. 

The sister ties a Rakhi thread around the wrist of her brother so that he may overcome all obstacles and hurdles that come throughout the year. Sister prays for her brother’s well-being and good wishes while tying the knot. The creator has blessed the resolve of a sister and the efforts of a brother with the power to trample hurdles and obstacles under their feet. In return, her brother gives gifts, sweets, or even money and takes responsibility for solving all the problems that may come in her life. 

Women have immense power. If she determines to turn the life of her sons, husband, brother, or brothers and neighbor to greatness by making them self-restrained and of virtuous conduct, then those ladies become by trying one or another way. The power of the divine mother is hidden in you. 

Overall, Raksha Bandhan is a joyful celebration and a reminder of the significance of love, care, and protection in Indian culture.