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Sraddha-tattva

 

 

The Proper Funeral Ceremony

 

16.1

prapte raddha-dine'pi pragannam bhagavate 'rpayet

taccheneraiva kurvvita sraddham bhagavato narau

 

          Even on the day of sraddha, a devotee should first offer the food to the Lord and then perform the sraddha ceremony with the Lord's remnants. (Hari-bhakti-vilasa 9.294)

 

16.2

 

vinrorniveditmnnena yantavyam devatmntaram

pitrbhyascmpi taddeyam tadanantyaya kalpate

 

          The demigods should be worshiped with the food offered to Lord Vishnu. Even the forefathers should be offered the remanants of the Lord. This gives unlimited benefit. (Hari-bhakti-vilasa 9.297)

 

16.3

 

bhaksyam bhojyasca yatkiscida nivedyagrabhoktari

na deyam pitndevebhyau prayascitti yato bhavet

 

          Without offering food first to Lord Vishnu, who is called agrabhoktm, or the prime enjoyer, one should not offer anything to the forefathers, otherwise he has to perform atonement. (Hari-bhakti-vilasa 9.314)

 

Vaishnavas are Forbidden to Hold or Wear Kusa Grass

 

16.4

sarkalpam ca tatha danam pitndevarccanadikam

Vishnumantropadintascema kuryat kusa chararam

 

          If a person is initiated into the Vishnu mantra then he should not make a resolve for any fruitive activity, nor give charity (for material gain), nor engage in the worship of forefathers and so on; and he should not hold kuna grass. (Skanda Purana)

Vaishnavas Need not Perform Funeral Rites or Offer Oblations to Forefathers

 

16.5

 

kia dattair bahubhiu pindairgayasraddadibhir mune

yairarccito harirbhaktya pitnarthasca dine dine

 

          O sage, for those who everyday worship Lord Hari with devotion for the satisfaction of their forefathers, what need is there for them to give away many oblations in charity, and make pinda-dana at Gaya by performing the sraddha ceremony? (Hari-bhakti-vilasa 9.308)

 

Lord Chaitanya's Internal Reasons for Performing the Funeral Ceremony

 

16.6

prabhu bole 'gaya yatra amara

jata ksane dekhilmh carara tomara

tirthe pinde dile se nistare pitngara

sei jare pinda diye tare sei jana

toma dekhilei matra koti pitngara

sei ksane sarva bandhu pmya vimocana

ataeva tirtha nahe tomara samana

tirtharo parama tumi mangala pradhara

saasmra samudra haite uddharo amare

ei ami deha asamarpilmn tomare

krishna pmda padmera amntarasa pmna

mmare karao "tumi ei cmhi dmra"

 

          Lord Chaitanya said, "As soon as I saw your lotus feet my visit to Gaya was successful. If one offers oblations to forefathers at the holy places then they are liberated, but only the person to whom the oblations are offered. But just by seeing you millions of forefathers immediately get liberation from all bondage. Therefore the holy places are not equal to you, rather you are auspicious even to the holy places. Please deliver Me from the ocean of saasmra. Now I have surrendered Myself to you. Please make me drink the nectar of the lotus feet of Krishna. I want this benediction. (Cb. Adi 12.49-54)

 

Vaishnavas Must Deceive the Smartas for Their Own Good

 

16.7

 

svabhavasthaiu karmajadmn vascayan draviradibhiu

harer naivedyasambharan vaisnavebhyau samarpayet

 

          One should trick the non-devotees by giving them unoffered items or wealth, but one should offer the Lord's prasmda to the Vaishnavas. (Hari-bhakti-vilasa 9.327)

 

Funeral Ceremony of the Karmis is Demonic

 

16.8

 

yastu vidya vinirmuktam mhrkham matva tu vaishnavam

vedavidbhyo 'dadmdviprau sraddham tadraksasam bhavet

 

          If a vipra, thinking an uneducated vaishnava a fool, offers sraddha to the brahmanas who know the Vedas, then such sraddha is called demonic, or raksanasraddha. (Hari-bhakti-vilasa 9.316)

 

The Behavior of Advaita Acarya

 

16.9

acarya kahena, "tumi na kariha bhaya

sei acariba, yei sastra-mata haya

tumi khaile haya koti-brahmana-bhojana"

eta bali, sraddha-patra karailm bhojana

 

          Advaita Acarya replied, "My dear Haridasa, do not be afraid. I shall behave strictly according to the principles of the revealed scriptures. Feeding you is equal to feeding ten million brahmanas. Therefore, accept this sraddha-patra." Thus Advaita Acarya made him eat. (Cc. Antya 3.221-22)

 

The Characteristics of a Staunch Devotee

 

16.10

 

evamekantinam prayau kirttanam smararam prabho

kurvatmm parama pritya kntyamanyanna rocate

 

 

          The unalloyed devotees who generally engage in performing kirtana and remembering the Lord with great love take no interest in other prescribed activities. (Hari-bhakti-vilasa 20.382)

 

Thus ends the Sixteenth Jewel of the Gaudiya-Kanthahara, entitled Sraddha-tattva.