TRUE SACRED YAJNA SENTIMENTS ARE GOD WORSHIP AND PHILANTHROPHY
Renunciation, self sacrifice and other sacred sentiments are true inspirations of Yajna. We must use our skill, talent, wealth etc minimally for ourselves and the remaining must be used for the welfare of world society. This then is true worship and devotion Almighty God and philanthropy.
The true meaning of Yajna is worship of God, charity, renunciation, self sacrifice and congregating. In Super Power Yajnas we offer materials very beloved to us and very expensive fragrant nourishing materials. In this manner we donate something or the other. We renounce and undergo self sacrifice. This then is the root sacred sentiment of Yajna that are clearly seen in various activities.
How is a child born? It is the mother who joyfully gives away a part of her own blood, flesh etc. She endures untold pain and hardships. By wringing her body dry she breast feeds her beloved baby. With such selflessness the mother nurtures her child. She will make her child sleep in dry place and she herself sleeps in a wet place, all the night. Lest a mother does not renounce and do self sacrifice thus can a child take birth and imbibe life? Further see how a father also executes self sacrifice. He gives away a major portion of his hard earned income for the child’s nurturing, education etc. For the child’s advancement and uplifting in an all round manner the father is always ready to renounce and self sacrifice. Now say, doesn’t human birth take place with pure sentiments? In this way too this entire world has been created.
Yajna is also called ‘bhuvanasya nabhi’ or the ‘navel of the cosmos’. The ist Yajna based effort was done at the time of world creation only. The mythology tale is well known-from Lord Vishnu’s navel a lotus stem emerged and when it grew the lotus bloomed open. In this lotus creator Brahmaji manifested and the cycle of creation commenced. This is a symbolic description in which a first glimpse of Yajna based effort is described.
‘Yajno vai vishnuhu’-Yajna itself is Vishnu. When Yajna is called ‘bhuvanasya nabhi’ or the ‘navel of the cosmos’ it means that the fact creator Brahmaji manifested from the lotus in the navel is but a divine navel Yajna. The action tradition of Yajna effort headed on further and their parts and sub parts advanced in the form of the lotus. From this process of advancement a creative Yajna energy full of well being that is identified as creator Brahmaji. In this manner we are advised to observe Yajna based disciplinary control and render our efforts awakened and highly evolved.
One portion breaking away from the gigantic cosmos has become planet earth. This has already been proved by modern scientists and astronomers/astrophysicists. The entire governance of this cosmos is based on this Yajna sacred thinking. The sun, moon, air, wind, water, earth etc by imbibing Yajna based activities nourishes, protects and renders advanced entire world creation. The ocean, clouds, mountains, rivers, plants, trees etc are conjoined inseparable to Yajna based discipline. All birds, beasts, flies etc as per their capacity are immersed in helping Mother Nature or Prakriti. The ocean oozes with untold measure of water yet does it use this water for its own use only? Certainly not! Very generously the ocean gives away lots of water to rain clouds. Say, do clouds drink this water to appease their thirst? Certainly not! It instead labors hard to carry this water to far off regions on planet earth. It then becomes flowing stream, river water etc so as to appease the thirst of various creatures and also irrigate and. Trees and plants are known to hand over the benefit of their very existence to others only. Fruits and flowers grow merely for others benefit. Milk of animals, their skin and babies benefit human beings the most. Every part of their body work not for themselves but for the benefit of the entire body. The hand works hard to put into the mouth some food. The mouth chews it and sends it to the tummy. The intestines then absorb nutritious material in the food and send the remnants into the blood stream. This blood travels to the heart and it in turn circulates it in the entire body and organs. How hard working is the heart! In our entire life span the heart beats billions of times. It does so ceaselessly without resting even a wee bit. Lest our heart stops laboring thus say what shall happen to our body? Lest this sentiment of renunciation and self sacrifice that is Yajna based is absent what shall happen to this world? All advancement shall get converted to destruction only? It is hence that the Upanishads say: Super Power Yajnas themselves are the very axis of this world. If the axis breaks apart how can the car called this world march ahead?
This then is the true philosophy of Yajna. In it we must ourselves face hardships so as to give joy to others. Our joy lies in the happiness of other beings of the world.
Renunciation, self sacrifice and other such sacred sentiments are true inspirations of Yajna. We must use our talent, wealth etc minimally for ourselves and the remaining must be used for the welfare of world society. This then is true worship of Almighty God and philanthropy.
Worship of Almighty God does not mean offering worship rites to images of various demigods and prostrating full length at their feet. The bare reality is that we must imbibe great pious qualities of demigods in our psyche and act and behave magnanimously as them. Demigods are those who give and only give boons. Thus those who only take things are called demons of the first order.
The meaning of Yajna has been elucidated as worship of various demigods because whatever we offer to Yajna deities they render it vaporized and spread it in the entire atmosphere. They render it 1000 fold. We all too must imbibe this great quality of sharing things. We get many things from society and hence it is our prime duty to amplify it as much as possible and give it back to society for everyone’s well being. This is our supreme righteous responsibility that ushers in our and the entire world’s welfare.
HARD WORK TOO IS A SUPER YAJNA:
From Super Power Yajnas we get innumerable types of inspirations. When we sit in a Yajna our body gets quite warm which means that we must lead a warm or active life. We must work hard honestly. In that home where everyone works hard that family always lives happily. The citizens of those countries who labor hard in every walk of life their nation prospers in an all round manner. The donation of time for hard work is the supreme charity which benefits both the individual and society at large.
We must give our Ahuti in the Yajna of Life and this is possible via honest hard work only. You all know the deep import of honest hard work very well. None shirks from carrying out their personal tasks and instead do it with great steadfastness. This then is the greatest behavior of Yajna of Life. This then is true religion.
CONGREGATING AND FORMING ORGANIZATIONS FOR SOCIAL WELFARE TASKS:
Yajna is a symbol of congregationalism. Yajna positively influences not only our famiy, neighbors etc but it does so a very widespread realm. This verily is unified congregationalism full of oneness and sense of helpful cooperation.
All sacred auspicious tasks, all festivals and Shodash Sanskars are completed after performing a Yajna. It is the father of Indian Culture. Yajna is a highly accepted and most ancient Vedic form of worship in India. In order to usher in religious and pious emotional unity taking recourse to such highly accepted programs is full of farsightedness from all standpoints. By knowing the methodology of Yajna and by realizing its true goal the requirement of all religious/spiritual programs get super fulfillment.
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Shriram Sharma Acharya founder of the International Gayatri Family was a great Yogi seer and incarnation of God who wrote volumes of scientific literature mainly on spiritual subjects for world welfare and peace. For more scientific e-books visit: http://www.shriramsharma.com/ and http://www.awgp.org/