Friday, July 31, 2009
Krishna Yajurveda Kanda 2, prasna 1, anuvaka 4
devashcha vai yamaschsminlolespardhanta sa yamo devanamindriyam veeryamyuvata tadyamasya yamatvam te deva amanyanta yamo idamabhoodyadvayagum sma iti te prajapatimupadhavntsa etou prajapatiratmana ukshavashou niramimeeta te deva vaishnavaruneem vashaamaalabhantaindramukshanam tam varunaenaiva grahayitva vishnuna yajnena pranudantaindrenaivaasyendriyamavrunjata
The devas and Yama fought over this world; Yama the power and strength of the devas. That is why he is called yama. The gods realzed that 'Yama has captured their position.They approached prajapati. Pajapati created from his body the bull and the barren cow .Devas sacrificed the barren cow to Vishnu and Varuna, and the bull to Indra. This caused yama to be seized by Varuna and Vishnu. Thus he was driven away.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
This will make you to work earn and acquire the means to this end. God delegates. He doesn't distribute food packets to everyone. Ego is the mechanism with which he keeps the world running. Ego is the engine that drives the world. But for ego, there wouldn't be breadwinners, protectors, creators, leaders, followers, performers or saviours. Don't try to fight or destroy ego. It is useless. It will exist in some form or the other till the time the body lasts. The hunger and thirst are ego in physical form. The raw ego can not be done away with.
Just understand its ways. It could be a mad world. That's the way God wants to run it ( run himself ? ) as of now for his own reasons. Understand and accept everything.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
surye kanyagate kuryaacchraadham yo na gruhashramee
dhanam putrankulam tasya pitrunisvasapeedaya
kanyagate savitari pitaro yanti satsutaan
shunya pretapri sarvaa yavadvrushchikadarsanam
tato vrishchikasampraptou nirashaah pitaro gataaha
punah svabhavanam yanti shaapam datvaa sudaarunam
putram va bhrataram vapi douhitram poutrakam tatha
The pitrupaksha is the period from the krishna pratipada to amavasya when sun is transiting kanya rasi. At the commencement of this period the pitrus leave pitruloka and reach their descendents. The pitruloka becomes empty then. They remain on earth till sun enters vrsichika rasi. They come with great expectation. If they are not propitiated by the performance of sraadha in the pitrupaksha, they get greatly disappointed and their sigh of grief will destroy the wealth, children and kula of the descendants. They return after issuing terrible curse upon the non performing relatives such as sons, brothers and grandchildren.
divasasyashtame bhage mandeebhavati bhaskraha
sa kaalah kutapo nama pitrunaam dattamakshayam
The day duration from sunrise to sunset should be divided into 15 equal portions. The 8th portion called the kutapa kala is ideal for offering to pitrus.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Surya - Suryapratima in copper or gold, brown cow with calf, wheat, copper, gold, ruby, red sandal, saffron clothes
Chandra - White rice, pearl, white silk clothe, vessel with milk, vessel with ghee, chandrapratima in silver, karpoor, sugarcane
Angaraka - Red bull, Tur dal, red clothes, gold, copper, pratima in gold or copper
Budha - Moong dal, gold, emerald, green silk clothes, sugar, ghee, artefacts made of ivory (illegal ?), pratima
Guru - Chana, Yellow silk clothes, yellow sapphire, turmeric, jute, leamon, gold, salt, sugar pratima made of gold
Sukra - Sukrapratima in silver, rajamasha, white silver clothes, diamond, white cow with calf, perfumes
Sani - Sanipratima in iron, til, black cow with calf, blue sapphire, black clothes, black grains, annadaanam to the poor
Rahu - Iron, Urad, Gomedaka, Horse, Blue colthes, Til, Gingelly oil in iron vessel
ketu -Horsegram, goat, weapons, vaidoorya, red or black silk clothes, ketupratima in gold, silver or panchaloha
The respective samits for the navagrahas are
Surya - arka - Calotropis gigantea
Chandra - palasa - Butea monosperma
Angaraka - khadira - Acacia catechu
Budha - apamarga - Achyranthes aspera
Guru - asvatha - Ficus religiosa
Sukra - oudumbara - Ficus racemosa
Sani - samee - Polygonatum verticillatum
Rahu - Durva - Cynodone dactylone
Ketu - kusa - Desmostachya bipinnata
The general procedure involves chanting of the respective mantras of the planets for a particular number of times and ahutis amounting to one tenth of the number of chantings done. The ritual also involves daanam and brahmanabhojanam.
The number chantings and the mantras are :
Surya - Aa krishnena / Aa satyena - 7000 times
Chandra - Imam deva asapatnam / Apyaayasavasametu te - 11000 times
Angaraka - Agnirmoordhaa divah - 10000 times
Budha - Udbudhyasva - 19000 times
Brihaspati - Brihaspate adiyadaryo - 19000
Sukra - Annat parisruto / prava sukraya - 160000
Sani - Sanno deveerabhishtaya - 23000 times
Rahu - Kayanaschitra - 18000 times
Ketu - Ketum krinnanva ketave - 17000 times.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Samanodakas - relatives beyond 7 generations ( some fix it between 8 and 14 generations, 14th included )
Saha devamanushya asmin loke pura babhoovuh. Atha devah karmabhirdivam jagmuraheeyanta manushyah. Tesham ye tatha karmnyarabhante saha devairbrahmana chamushminloke bhavanti.
Formerly men and gods lived together in this world. Then the gods in reward of their sacrifices went to heaven, but men were left behind. Those men who perform sacrifices in the same manner as the gods did, dwell (after death) with the gods and Brahman in heaven.
Going by the above, it can be said that Gods are men who reached heaven by virtue of their meritorious deeds such as yajnas. This must be the logic behind accepting the puranic heroes as Gods subsequent to their reaching heaven. While they were human beings, they performed human tasks like fighting wars and protecting mankind and became Gods at the end of their earthly life.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
2.Brahma - Director or Supervisor, he should know all the four vedas
3.Udgata - Samavedi, he sings the vedic hymns
4. Hota - Rigvedi, He chants the mantras while oblations are offered
5. Adhvaryu - Yajurvedi, he offers the oblations to the holy fire and takes care of the rituals
6. Brahmanacchamsee & Aagneedhra - Assistants to Brahma
7. Prastota ,Pratiharta & Subrahmanya - Assistants to Udgata
8. Maitravaruna , Acchavaka & Gravastuta - Assistants to Hota
9. Pratiprasta, Neshta and Unneta - Assistants to Adhvaryu
10. Brahmacharis and snatakas
Prajapati had thirty-three daughters; he gave them to Soma, the King in marriage. Of them he associated only with Rohini. The others returned home angry. Soma went after them and asked Prajapati to return them. Prajapati refused and said, 'Swear an oath that you will equally associate with all of them, then will I return them to you.' He took the oath, and Prajapati returned them. Still, he associated with Rohini alone and illness called 'king's evil' or rajayakshma seized him. This is the origin of tuberculosis. He realized his mistake and approached the other wives for pardon. They offered oblation to the Adityas; they freed him from his evil disease. Those suffering from tuberculosis should offer oblations to the Adityas on new moon and full moon day.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Agnihotram, Darsapurnamasou, Chaturmasya, Pasuyajna and Somayaga
Panchamahayajnas as per smrutis
Brahmayajna, Devayajna, Pitruyajna, Manushyayajna and Bhutayajna
Hence at the commencement and completion of any such activity, Vaastupurusha is worshipped after invoking the 53 Devas onto his body. This is called Vaastusanthi. Vaastusanthi also necessarily need to be performed before entering a new house.