Hello, children of eternity!
I chose to speak to remind you of the treasure you haven’t yet unearthed!
Shruti says, धर्मॊ विश्वस्य जगत: प्रतिष्ठा “dharmO vishvasya jagataha pratishTA”, which means “dharmA is the foundation for the entire universe” and
atharva vEda says पृथवीं धर्मणा धृतां “prithivIm dharmaNA dhritAm”, which means “The stability of the universe is sustained by dharmA”. So I must have been born long long ago even before you entered this world. My collars are up!!
Oh! Your world is full of action, full of change. So you must be busy learning, planning, executing, analyzing, training, reviewing and again planning? And ofcourse, it is all about managing people, co-existing souls who are also doing the same in their own plane. So why are you all doing this? Because of my partner “karmA”..oops! he was also born with me. Perhaps we were made for each other…..ha ha ha!
Shruti also said, धर्मॊ रक्षति रक्षित: “dharmO rakshati rakshitaha” which means “dharmA protects those who protect dharmA”.
Here am I at your service..I am a set of “codes of conduct” formulated to help you balance your actions ( the never ending KarmA), and also lead you to eternal bliss. I am talking about “SamskAras”, which are ordained duties to be performed by you, that will help you balance your karmAs, both at the material level and at the spiritual level. When each of you perform your respective “samskArAs”, the society at large is benefited and enlightened.
But do the practices of samskAras really exist today or is it an utopian expression only? Only symbolic expression of rituals exist here and there in a modern way, like thread ceremony, marriages, etc. Even if it is performed in some corners, is it really performed the way it is supposed to? I have often heard people saying that they have compromised on rituals because of busy routines.
As this “no time” is a universal problem all conveniently agree that these plights are inevitable and are due to the fiery flare of “kali purusha”, and by all standards, it will deteriorate further, generation by generation. Gradually it has now become an ignored and once upon a time tradition.
As a result, we have lost our roots and indeed the routes to a holistic way of life, the SanAtana Dharma.
But the Supreme Lord, the infinite, and the knower of all, has from time to time revealed all the knowledge through the shrutis (heard by sages directly from the divine power) and the smRutis (remembered, practiced and passed on by austere sages) only to protect us and help us live a peaceful life amidst all this bustle.
वेदोऽखिलॊ धर्म मूलम् स्मृतिशीलॆच तद् विदाम् ।
आचारश्चैव साधूनाम् आत्मनस्स्तुस्टिरेव च ॥
VedoakhilO dharma moolam smRuti sheelEcha tad vidAm,
AchArashchaiva sAdhoonAm AtmanastusTireva cha ..Manusmrithi 2.6”
The ancient vedAs are the original source of dharmA, then the SmRutis, ie. the tradition and practices of those who have learned and followed the Vedas (i e) shIlAs, sishtAchArAs or sishtAgamAs and also the customs of saints (sAdvAchArAs) that please one’s soul.
And where there are 2 different opinions about a topic in dharmA, the wise Rushis have called both of them as having equal authority. So either of them may be followed as an alternative.
श्रुतिद्वैधं तु यत्र स्यात्तत्र धर्मावुभौ स्मृतौ ।
उभावपि हि तौ धर्मो सम्यगुक्तौ मनिषिभि: ॥
shrutidvaidhaM tu yatra syAttatra dharmAvubhau smRutau |ubhAvapi hi tau dharmo samyaguktau maniShiBi: ||
So what if we catch up with the lost paradise and resolve ourselves !
*Let our actions be bound by shAstras with unbreakable faith for a greater quality of freedom through enlightenment.
*Let us chase the foot prints presently available and bring out those people to the lime-light, who are observing SAMSKARAS even now, against all odds…
*Let us befriend shAstrAs of ancient wisdom, have their constant companionship and follow their guidelines to feel rich and sacred.
*Let us give our brothers a helping hand by enlightening them about samskArAs.
*Let us promote adherence to vEda shAstras and prevent its extinction.
*Let us live a life with a sense of dedicating all karmas, as the worship of the Lord.
*Let us offer holistic living as an oblation to the sacrificial fire of life as the Yagna.
*Let us live a life of intelligent self-contol at all levels.
This is a website devoted exclusively for SamskAras. The designing part of this site is underway. The site owns a broad idea of bringing back SamskAras in all their splendor into the life of contemporary Hindu brethren and eventually preserving the same for posterity. No single individual can do this research and practice independently. This attempt is an honest and sincere journey just begun….
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