Theupanayana is sometimes performed when the boy is only five yearsold. This is called "kamyopanayana", "Kamya"meaning in persuance of desire. Such early upanayana is all rightif you want the child to develop inwardly at an early age. Butseven years is the proper age for the child to be invested withsacred thread because by now he would have learned enoughSanskrit to chant the mantras clearly. Nowadays, the "threadceremony" is conducted together with the marriage, that iswhen the "boy" is 30 or 35 years old. So to suggestthat the upanayana needs to be performed only when the child isseven years old - and not at five - would be taken as a joke.Joke or no joke, it [the delay in performing the upanayana]should make you uneasy deep within if you have some concern forthe vedic dharma.
The ashes collected the next day of cremation if unable to be disposed of straight away on the same day, can be put in a earthen or copper pot depending on the duration you have before travel, sealed and kept in the back yard of your house in a safe place not reachable to pets or other animals/birds. It should not be brought inside the house even for packing and should be taken direct to the airport while proceeding to catch the flight. At destination also as for as practicable the pot should be taken to a holy river and disposed off as per religious practice or otherwise keep in the back yard of the residence of stay if it is to be kept before a holy trip for immersion of ashes. However the holi immersion should be completed before the first death anniversary as per our vedic dharma.
Your excellencies, the sapindeekarana shraadha performed by me today for the preta of my father please proclaim that it was done as per shastra yielding result as great as Gaya shraadha and immensely satisfying to the Pitrus.,
Well said but the sad fact as it appears is that there is no clarity in your outlook to differentiate dharma from religions. This is arrived at only by also reading the dictates of the Koran and the Bible, not by assuming that as a religious book they also have a massage of peace and equality
Savita jiHinduism speaks about atman. And we know Atman is energy not any gender. So duty is for Atman which is inside every human being. Everything is legal in Hinduism but within the boundary of dharma. But ultimate goal is to get moksha.
All religions are the same is indeed a true statement but religions are not dharma. Having said that I must also add that there are religions within dharma, religions like Arya Samaj, Swami Narayan, etc. etc.Religions are man made while dharma is not, it follows a natural and universal path for humanity to evolve. The foundation of dharma is truth and justice without injury to life either human, animal or plant and nature. This is only possible with full awareness. It is only with dharma one may fulfill enlightenment.In contrast religions other than dharmic or vedic religions have no restraints, logic or reason. Blind belief in a prophet like Jesus or Mohammad is all they rely on. Followers are led to trust and accept only what the clergy teaches, no questions asked. They are led to believe in a reserved seat in some elusive heaven or an everlasting penalty in hellfire. So far there has been no evidence of either heaven or hellfire. Satellites have failed.Religions could be said to fully depend on only compulsive behavior.
Sana KhanWhile I thank you I must say that your question is based on your adopted religion and faith. I guess you have never looked beyond faith or science for any answer. I am sorry but faith and science have little to do with either life or death. Science mainly relates to something physical while faith is adopted from parents, society, culture or country. Once an identity is established in the mind it is hard to question it, let alone oppose it or remove it.I would request you to please read some of the earlier posts and search your own mind for an answer that suits you. Dogma and ideology as a following are useless.Hinduism is living a life based on dharma. It is no religion and essentially means living a conscious life ( not compulsive). Dharma is exploring for a universal and natural path to life in all and every human endeavor, Artha and Kama to attain Moksha or Nirvana.
Everything in the mithya world is always changing, therefore dharma is always changing. Dharma is a very difficult topic, and it is impossible for one person to tell another what their personal dharma is or what is right for them in any situation.
1: Samanya dharma, or universal values, are twofold: (a) the moral laws governing the Field of Existence that apply to everyone personally, like non-injury, honesty, fairness, etc., (b) the macrocosmic laws of physics, like gravity, electricity and thermodynamics, etc. These laws behave the way they behave whether you are aware of them or not and cannot be changed, only understood. Universal laws work the same way for everybody and cannot be contravened without consequence.
2. Visesa dharma is how the individual interprets universal laws and applies them to their lives in the apparent reality with regards to everything: lifestyle, diet, money, work, family, sex, marriage, how one relates to people and the environment one lives in, technology, etc. Visesa dharma will vary for everyone depending on their life circumstances and svadharma.
Svadharma is different for everyone. All dharmas are based on common sense and logic. Our personal svadharma includes our conditioning, or vasana load, which will be governing how we see and act on all levels. The binding vasanas must be seen and dissolved for peace of mind to be experienced. We all have a given nature that we need to be in harmony with, and unless one understands what it is, we can make decisions that cause great agitation, suffering and discomfort to the mind and body.
SWADHYAY IS FOURTH ABHYANTAR TAP Swadhyay means to study scriptures or can also mean to understand the self. Through study we try to answer the questions; who am I? Who should I be?. Through swadhyay one realizes that a soul is a pure thing. This will lead us to contemplate on the question; what am I doing in this body? Thus, study will lead us to be a pure soul. This study is divided into five levels; 1) VANCHANA - Means reading the scriptures. 2) PRUCHNA - When we read the scriptures, doubt may arise, to resolve the doubt, one ask question is called pruchna. 3) PARIYATTANA - Revising the scriptures again and again, memorise them is called pariyattana. 4) ANUPREKSHA - After understanding what is right and contemplating on it is called anupreksha. 5) DHARMAKATHA - when we read scriptures, we come across different stories, telling that a religious story to others is called dharmakatha. All five types of swadhyay are external, but they will lead us to do internal swadhyay about the self. Thus, one will aquire right perception and right knowledge which will lead to right conduct and will open up the path to ultimate liberation.
Dhyan is fifth abhyantar tap.Dhyan means concentration of thought. Dhyan means concentration of thought. This concentration could arise from intense passions like attachment, lust, or animosity or from the search for the truth and from absolute detachment towards worldly affairs. Dhyan is divided into four categories: i) Arta dhyan, ii) Roudra dhyan, iii) Dharma dhyan, iv) Shukla dhyan. Arta dyan means focusing our energy to attain the material thing. In arta dhyan a person reflects on the i) loss of dear ones (Ishta Viyog), ii) development of a new relationship with an undesirable or unpleasant person (Anishta Samyog), iii) physical illness (Roga chinta) and iv) future planning (Agrasocha or Nidanartha). Roudra dhyan means focusing our energy to protect the object. In roudra dhyan one is absorbed in taking total revenge for some damage or loss caused by others. There are four types: i) Hisanubahndhi, ii) Mrishanubadhi, iii) Steynubandhi, and IV) Samrakshanubandhi. Both arta and roudra dhyan lead to accumulation of bad karmas and therefore art and roudra dhyan should be avoided. Dharma dhyan means reflecting on the ways and means towards realization of self. Shukla dhyan means reflecting on the purity of the soul. Dharma dhyan and shukla dhyan lead to the removal of karmas. Therefore,for the purpose of nirjara we shall contemplate on dharma dhyan and shukla dhyan. If contemplation on dharma dhyan is at the highest level then we can completely destroy Mohniya karma and within 48 minutes of the destruction of Mohaniya Karma, Jnanavarniya, Darshanavarniya and Antaray Karmas are also destroyed