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Dharma Sastram (Ethical Ethics Don't! Don’t! Don’t!)

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Preface It goes to the credit, erudition, penance & foresightedness of the great sages who adorned our holy contry, to have laid down the various tenets for our daily life, all based on scientific wisdom. Their teachings, known as Dharma Sastra, bestow on us valuable guidelines of how to lead a virtuous and meaningful life from birth to death, particularly in relation to things and other living beings. Lord Krishna in Bhagawath Gita Highlights the paramount importance of the Darma Sastra thus :...
Preface

It goes to the credit, erudition, penance & foresightedness of the great sages who adorned our holy contry, to have laid down the various tenets for our daily life, all based on scientific wisdom. Their teachings, known as Dharma Sastra, bestow on us valuable guidelines of how to lead a virtuous and meaningful life from birth to death, particularly in relation to things and other living beings. Lord Krishna in Bhagawath Gita Highlights the paramount importance of the Darma Sastra thus :

Yah sastra-vidhim utsrujya vartante kama- kaaratha:
na sa sidhhim avaapnoti na sukham na param gatim (16-23)
(One, who transgresses the injunctions of the Vedic scriptures whimsically acting under the impulse of desire, never attains perfection, neither happiness nor the supreme goal)

The word sastra refers exclusively to the Vedic scriptures. Vidhi means the injunctions and ordinances within them. The Vedic scriptures are the Supreme Lord Krishna’s mandates. Whosoever foolishly abandons these instructions and utsrjya or transgresses the injunctions and ordinances to drift whimsically wherever their desires aimlessly take them will never achieve siddhi or perfection beyond mundane conceptions, never achieve sukham or happiness of any longevity or param gatim the supreme goal of human existence. Further, as the saying goes.

Tasmac sastram pramanam te karyaakarya-vyavasthitau

Jnathva sasra-vidhanoktham karma karthum iharhasi (16-24) (Therefore the injunctions of the Vedic scriptures in ascertaining what should be done and what should not be done are your authority; knowing the ordinances of the Vedic scriptures as prescribed, you should perform actions in this word as a matter of duty).

Sastra meaning the Vedic scriptures is the sole absolute supreme authority deciding all matters of existence guiding all creation as to what is to be done and what is not to be done. What the ordinances and injunctions of the Vedic scriptures enjoin along with their auxiliaries such as the Puranas, Upanisads, Itihasas, etc reveals that the highest truth is the Supreme Lord Krishna, that all activities should be engaged in as devotion and propitiation to Him and that this in itself constitutes the means of attaining Him.

Realising these ultimate truths to be absolute reality, nothing more is required and one should sagaciously act with full faith in accordance therewith.

He alone qualifies to be called a man who performs all his deeds in total conformity with the sastras, otherwise he is demonish. Other who behave and act, following the whims and dictates of mind can, at best, be equated with monkeys. The famous saying goes ‘mind is a monkey’

Discipline of previous generations has regretfully decayed in the present day world, mainly due to lack of proper advice, good association and appropriate teachers. The young generations are at a loss to comprehend what to do and what not, not do they display even the inclination of learn and assimilate the sastraic prescriptions. Their children also naturally miss the timely advice at the right age.

Consequently, book on Dharma Sastra which are both comprehensive and simple are of limited availability, and even those available do not command wide readership. Persons who show keenness and inquisitiveness, do not get sufficient opportunities, nor the time due to other work pressure and strains. In this scenario, therefore, lectures on the subject with deep sastraic knowledge, and also the audience, are few and far between. Subject of Dharma sastra is indeed very vast and it is hoped that the instructions covered in this volume will be useful, though some of which may be found difficult to follow in the present day circumstances. Once we understand what the sastras say on these matters, the circumstances may actually turn out favourable to be followed. However, it is our earnest desire that people are encouraged to read and practice the path shown by Dharma Sastras to make life fuller and enjoyable. May God bless all in this Endeavour.

For the benefit of those who are not familiar with some of the Sanskrit or Tamil words used, a glossary is appeared at the end of reference. We pray God of Dharma and our Bhagwan to help us to follow this eternal and blissful path.

“Veda Vidyalankaara” “Vidya Rathnam” “Veda Visharada”
“Sanskrit Rathna” “Salakshana Vidwan” “Nannilam”
Brahmasri

Part I

Contents

A Few words with you1
At the Temple7
While Worshiping10
During the Pooja12
Bathing(Snanam)16
Dressing17
Food Habits19
At the Bed Time25
For Gents27
For Ladies30
During the Specified- Time32
Self Control36
Prosastration (Namaskaram)48
Good Ceremonies (Functions)50
Pithru Puja53
Other in general57

Part II

Contents

At Worship7
While performing Pooja13
While performing Homa19
At the temple24
What to do when specific times34
Self- discipline37
Bathing- Clothing45
Food Habits49
While Sleeping59
For Gentlemen60
For Ladies68
Namaskaram71
Travel74
Auspicious Occasions/ceremonies77
Pithru Poojanam82
Miscellaneous92

Part III

Contents

Preface4
Worship of god10
Temple Premises17
Puja (Worship)23
Japam & Homam30
Namaskarams35
Timeliness37
Individual Conduct40
Bathing and Dressing42
About Food Habits45
For gentlemen49
For Women51
Travels56
About condolence routines59
Ceremonies for ancestors60
Holy Auspicious Functions70
Miscellaneous75
Glossary77

Part VI

Contents

Preface04
Worship of god10
Temple premises15
Puja (Worship)19
Japan & Homam25
Namskarams33
Timeliness34
Individual Conduct37
Bathing and Dressing46
About Food Habits48
For gentlemen51
For Women56
Travels63
Ceremonies for ancestors 65
Annual Ceremonies69
Holy Auspicious Functions74
Miscellaneous82
Glossary88

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Item Code: NAN001 Author: V. Rajagopala Ganapatigal Cover: Paperback Edition: 2015 Publisher: Vaithika Sri Publications LLP, Chennai ISBN: 9789384174095 Language: English Size: 4.5 inch x 5.5 inch Pages: 340 (Throughout Color Illustrations) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 215 gms
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