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SRI KRISHNA NAMASKARAM
Sri Chandramoulisvaraya Namah:
“Namo Brahmanyadevaya Gobrahmanahitaya cha|
Some details about this Sloka:
This is found to be a common principle among Saivaites, Vaishnavaites and Vedantists. Now we are obliged to look for the answer to this question and understand the principle. Whoever may ask any question anywhere in the world, suitable reply is available in Gita sastra.
“Sarvopanishado gavo dogdha Gopalanandanah|
Even when there are many books, there is an important reason to specially consider certain books in such situations. In the present times is it not that all are agreed that Gita is a lofty book of philosophy? None disagrees with the principles enunciated therein. If we get a proper answer from such a book accepted by great men to the doubt raised earlier, all will have faith in it.
Let us look at the way we humans live on this earth. If a particular material grows in a particular place in plenty, we send that material to places where it is not grown. We similarly buy another material not grown in our place, but grown in that place. Tradesmen like carpenter and blacksmith do some work for us. We give them in turn money for their livelihood. We feed cows with grass; they give us milk. We pay tax to the government; they run the police such that no harm befalls us. The whole world thus works on the principle of exchange. Similarly we are making some exchange with other worlds. Engineers channelize the rain water properly into rivers and streams; but they cannot make it rain. If we have to make it rain, we have to send certain materials to Devaloka.
Here rain is only an example; all powers needed for man’s use come to us from a place beyond our intellect. The duty we owe to that place is the observance of karmas which we offer as laid down in Vedas. Gita mentions this only.
“Sahayagnah prajassrushtva purovacha Prajapatih|
Yagna has three forms- mantra, Devata, havis. Of these, mantra has to be chanted by brahmana. For performing homam, the primary requirement is cow’s ghee. Nowadays brahmanas generally study English. They do not study Vedas. Having studied English, even if they wish to study Vedas later, they are unable to pronounce mantras properly.
Hence in the present times there is no power of mantras with brahmanas. As nobody does karmas properly, Vedic study is also not proper. Cow’s milk goes generally into preparation of coffee. Hence pure cow’s ghee is also not available. Hence the power of materials is also missing.
As brahmana studies mantras required for yagnas and cow provides ghee, the material required for homam, we have to conclude that brahmanas and cows are specially honoured in all places as in the above mentioned slokas and the verses of Tirugnanasambandar. The prosperity obtained through yagnas is not limited to brahmanas and cows. Yagna bestows prosperity on all beings in the world. The world will be prosperous only by doing yagnas. If yagna has to be performed properly, brahmanas and cows should be comfortable.
This is the true cause of prosperity of the world. Brahmanas’ duty is to seek the welfare of the world without being selfish.
Whatever be the difficulty I may face, true service of the world lies in my observance of karmas as laid down in Vedas and working hard for the true welfare of the world through that. Bhagavan’s grace is the foundation for this service. Service by observance of karmas founded on it is alone capable of resolving the agitation plaguing the world now.
VEDA DHARMA SASTRA PARIPALANA SABHA
Translated by: P R Kannan, Navi Mumbai
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