Agasthiar's Universal Magazine
  Issue 4
  Sri La Sri Lobha Matha Agasthiar Ashram
  Thiru Annamalai, Tamil Nadu, India
Sri La Sri Lobha Matha Agasthiar Ashram

Pramaadhi New Year
Worship Procedure
0546 hours GMT, April 14, 1999
Part 8 of 8

8. Sri Kaala Bairava Worship
We've already stressed the importance of Sri Kaala Bairava worship earlier in this article. Sri Kaala Bairava must be worshipped not just on new year day but everyday. Before embarking on any journey, worship Sri Kaala Bairava for a safe journey and for achieving the object of your journey. This is especially important before travelling at night. Recite the Védas in honor of Sri Kaala Bairava and worship Him using punugu chattam frame and offer a garland of cashew nuts; distribute these cashew nuts to the poor as anna dhaanam. Why cashew nuts? Read the next section.

9. Védas are for Each and Everyone of Us
The Siddhas refer to the cashew nut as moodu mantra vitthu. Moodu mantra is a code word for the Véda scriptures. Thus honoring Sri Kaala Bairava with Véda recitation while decorating Him with a graland of cashews has deep spiritual meaning. The cashew nut has the spiritual property of absorbing mantra sakthi (energy). Hence the importance of offering cashew nuts to Sri Kaala Bairava and then distributing them to the poor.

The Veda scriptures are limitless. Their spiritual energy permeates every nook and cranny of the universe. They are everywhere. The Siddhas and the rishis grasp and absorb the Veda mantras from the universal expanse and give them to us. The Veda mantras must be received from the Sathguru, not read from a book. Every human being, irrespective of race, religion or nationality, must learn the Veda mantras from an authorized Sathguru. There are no restrictions on who can learn these mantras. All humans can provided these mantras are conveyed by an authorized Sathguru.

The power of the Veda mantras can be in any language. God sends His Siddhas to different parts of the world and conveys the Veda mantras to the different peoples in their respective languages. Sathguru Venkataraman's divine teacher, Sri La Sri Idiyaapa Eesa Siddha, taught him some secret Veda mantras in Japanese, some in the ancient Egyptian tongue and some in other languages. Thus one can not claim that the Veda mantras can be in one language only.

Beeja = seed; akshara = syllable; sakthi = spiritual potency. So beeja akshara sakthi means the spiritual potency of the seed syllables. The beeja akshara sakthi of the Veda mantras is what is important, not the language. A spiritual aspirant should not have religious, racial or language biases. God may make His power known in any part of the world in any religion in any language. All He wants is a ripe being to convey us His handiwork. So let us recite the mantras exactly as they have been conveyed to us by the Siddhas, irrespective of the language. When mantras are translated, the beeja akshara sakthi is lost. Hence it's important to retain the mantra in the language in which it was handed down to us by the Siddhas. Recite the Tamil mantras in Tamil, the Sanskrit mantras in Sanskrit, the Japanese mantras in Japanese and so on.

10. Eschew Discrimination and Differentiation
God doesn't support discrimination and differentiation on any basis. We're all the same to God, irrespective of race, religion or nationality.

Language differences can give rise to problems amongst peoples. But we need to step beyond these differences. In the spiritual world, those who subscribe to differences based on race, religion, nationality and language are not welcome. All languages were born from the tongue of the divine Mother Sarasvathi. So all languages are good.

Those who can speak mulitple languages have been particularly blessed by Mother Sarasvathi. Unless they worshipped Sri Sarasvathi in their previous births, they can't be multi lingual in this birth. Such people should recite Veda mantras in many languages and also convey that knowledge to others as a selfless service. Going solo is not a good idea when it comes to worship. Group worship or congregational worship, though it may be difficult to organize, is what is prescribed by the Siddhas for us to follow. Those blessed by Mother Sarasvathi should not only recite the Veda mantras in many languages, but also make it a point to involve others in their worship. They must share their knowledge of the Veda mantras with others and thus render selfless spiritual service to humans everywhere.

Appendix 1: Timing
The exact time which marks the beginning of the Pramaadhi New Year is 05:46 hours GMT on April 14, 1999. This means that Pramaadhi New Year worship should commence at this time in all parts of the world. For example, those on the US West Coast should commence their worship at 2246 hours Pacific Daylight Savings Time on April 13 while those in India should do the same at 1116 hours Indian Standard Time on April 14. Please calculate accordingly for your timezone.

This time synchroniztion of the Pramaadhi worship procedure also synchronizes the spiritual cores of the worshippers around the world. This is group pooja of a virtual kind; it's worldwide congregational worship that happens at the same instant around the world. Such a worldwide meeting of minds for a spiritual cause bestows many spiritual blessings on the world.

Let's all unite thus in welcoming Sri Soorya into Mésha raasi exactly at the time specified above. Sarva Jana Sukinó Bavanthu - Let's pray for the welfare of all beings!

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