Priests - Indian Rituals
- Oh! Brahmin priests! Even today you are the qualified agents for the propagation of divine knowledge of the Lord. Even today the public is inviting you only for the ceremonies, which are either auspicious or in-auspicious. Every human being is attending the ceremonies and is spending some of his time, energy and money either willingly or unwillingly. Every body is forced by the tradition to attend these ceremonies. Even a human being who is fully busy with his business or profession and does not spend a single minute for spiritual knowledge and the God is attending these ceremonies and is spending at least one full day for these functions. If these ceremonies are done in real spirit, every human being should slowly turn towards God and must have attained some spiritual knowledge. But, unfortunately there is no iota of change in any human being after these ceremonies. If at all there is any change, such change is coming only due to the spiritual functions conducted by spiritual preachers heard by these human beings when they attend these special spiritual meetings. In fact, in the olden days all these ceremonies were only spiritual preaching and every priest was really a spiritual preacher. The priest conducting these ceremonies was called as Vasista.Vasista was a great spiritual preacher who preached Jnana Vasistam (Divine Knowledge). Vasista was attending all the ceremonies like the ceremony of birth, thread marriage, marriage of Rama. Vasista attended all the ceremonies and conducted them as functions of materials (Dravya Yajna) and occasion of chanting prayers (Svadhyaya Yajna). When the Vedic hymns are chanted by using some materials like sticks, fire etc., such function becomes a mixture of these two. In fact, today every ceremony performed by Hindus is a mixture of these two sacrifices only. Once the meaning of hymns is revealed, then the interest and quest for God starts. Such quest is called as Tapo Yajna. Then these hymns are explained, discussed and analysed deeply. The final conclusion of such discussions is called as Jnana Yajna. Today the spiritual function where the audience with interest and the preacher giving right knowledge through sharp discussions, is a mixture of Tapo Yajna and Jnana Yajna. Thus, the Yajna or the ceremony (function) has two sides. The external side is the mixture of Dravya Yajna and Svadhayaya Yajna and the internal side is the mixture of Tapo Yajna and Jnana Yajna. When Vasista conducted a ceremony, both these sides were fulfilled. Vasista is the priest externally and spiritual preacher internally. Such a person who is both priest as well as spiritual preacher can be only called as Vasista. The degree M.B.B.S. trains the doctor both in medicine as well as in surgery. But now the doctor giving medicine and doctor doing the surgery are completely separated. A priest is not acting as spiritual preacher.A spiritual preacher is not acting as priest. Therefore, today every human being has to spend the time separately for the priest and for the spiritual preacher. But the priest is inevitable because the ceremonies are compulsory. The spiritual functions are optional. A person is attending the ceremonies without failure but is not attaining any spiritual knowledge. Suppose he does not attend the spiritual function, in such case what is the result? He or she is not getting any spiritual knowledge and lives and finally dies like an animal involved only in the welfare of his or her body and his or her family. Majority of the people belongs to this category only.In the absence of spiritual knowledge even justice (Dharma) is cracked. Simply preaching about not doing injustice and threatening about the hell cannot control the injustice. Suppose there is a corrupt person. If you say that the corruption is not good, nobody will hear. If you say by corruption one will be arrested by police, he will find the ways to divert the police. If you say that the corrupt fellow will fall in the hell, the corrupt fellow does not believe this and asks for the proof of the hell. Even if somebody believes in the existence of hell, the priests also are becoming corrupt by showing the corrupt methods to escape the hell. Therefore, mere propagation, threatening by showing police, courts and hell are not effective in controlling the injustice. Unless the injustice is controlled, the society cannot be reformed, which will be constantly subjected to disturbance and social evils continuously. The permanent solution to establish social justice or for the liberation of an individual soul is only the spiritual knowledge. The knowledge of mere ethics including the threat regarding liquid fire etc., cannot control the elite intellectuals. The spiritual knowledge alone can establish the real justice and also can give the liberation of the soul. Thus, Gita, which is the best spiritual knowledge, is competent to establish justice in the society and to give liberation of spiritual soul. Thus, Gita mentions about the establishment of justice (Dharma Samstapanarthaya ) and also mentions the liberation or Moksha (Muchyante ), achievement of God (Mameti ) and also pleasing the Lord (Mama Priyah ). Thus, Dharma, Moksha and Kaivalya are the three birds for one shot, which is the spiritual knowledge.
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