Samskaras are an essential part of Sanatana Dharma. They are procedures which are essentially purificatory in nature.
This purity unlike physical hygiene is invisible but is well recognized in dharma.
शुद्धिः अदृष्टविशेष जनककर्म – this is inner purity. These rituals can generate inner purity and take the recipient higher in the spiritual path.
मातापितृज पाप्मानमपोहति – the samskaras remove sins inherited from father and mother. See, how deeply our acharyas have gone.
We are not talking about karma from the past birth. This is a totally different factor.
This is sin inherited from the father and from the mother.
It is not because any papa knowingly done by the father and mother.
This is a totally different thing. Associated with every single birth.
Where does this papa come from?
From the beeja that is wasted by the father and the anda that is wasted by the mother.
In the fertile age, nature produces beeja in the body if the male and anda or ovum in the body of the female.
Resources of the nature are involved in this. It is not something very casual.
The purpose is procreation. This is what nature wants. If beeja or anda is wasted, then it is a waste of nature’s resources.
If an ovum is produced in the female body and it doesn’t end up as a pregnancy, which is why nature has placed in there for, if the ovum is allowed to go waste then it is considered as a sin equivalent to causing an abortion.
Same is the case with beeja also.
Plants don’t do this, animals don’t do this. Only humans do this because, in the case of humans, there is a choice involved.
I am not saying that in today’s world you procreate 50 or 100 children. That the world will not be able to withstand.
But when you exercise restraint, exercise a choice, also understand its implications. Is it causing any harm to you, if yes rectify it. That’s all.
Samskaras are the means to do that.
So before the child is born, on account of the father and mother having wasted beeja and anda produced in their body, the child inherits part of this sin.
The child has nothing to do with this. But, the child is born from the parents, so it has to inherit part of this sin.
This sin is quantified by unit 5.
One part of it goes by performing Jatakarma Samskara.
The secong part goes by Namakarana Samskara.
The third part goes by Anna Prashana Samskara.
The fourth part goes by Chudakarana.
And the fifth part goes when the child completes gurukul education and graduates or he becomes a snataka through the ceremonial bath at the end of his gurukul education. This is the samskara called samavartana.
That means, if these samskaras are not performed, the papa would remain with the child and can create trouble.
एवमेनः शमं याति बीजगर्भसमुद्भवम्
The only way to remove this papa coming from parents is performing samskaras. Through these five samskaras.
The other samskaras also have their own purposes. We will look into them later.Hide Text