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Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Why Do We Perform Milk Abhishek?
To the Pure milk of Mind, is added the Upadesh Mantra (taught by Guru) of butter milk - similar to the Guru Upadesh), so the Pure Milk of Mind is precipitated to the status of meditation with the addition of Guru's Upadesh Mantra. To this we add the water known as Satsang (fellowship in Devotion) and churn with the churning-staff of Bhakti (Devotion). The result is butter which is nothing but the mind without attachments. Just like how butter doesn't mix with water, we remain in the material world without desires/attachments. With the help of the fire of knowledge, we melt the butter and convert it to Pure Ghee of Mukti (liberation) which doesn't get spoiled.
Why can't we say that Vedas were
authored by people? (Contrary to the fact that they originated from God)
We know that the quality of food that we partake affects the mind. This was known to our ancestors long back. [see Chhaandogya Upanishad (7.26.2) wherein it is said that the purity of food affects the quality of mind] We also know that there is a close relationship between body and mind. It is the mind which creates the future body as it is the repository of Karm till one attains Moksh. Food is classified into three groups - Saatwik, Raajasik and Taamasik. (Vide 17th chapter of Geetaa). There are references in scriptural works on the list of foods coming under the three categories. There are three types of Dosh affecting the foods -(1) Jaati Dosh (2) Nimmitta Dosh and (3) Aashraya Dosh. Garlic etc, come under Jaati Dosh (species), Nimitta Dosh is from external impurities like dust, hairs or insanitory handling. Aashraya Dosh is when food is cooked or handled by persons of bad character, it gets affected because of evil psychic vibrations. The solution is to offer the food first to God before taking it ourselves.
(1) Krishn prohibits eating food which
is "Yaat Yaamam", which is "left over". With the advent of
refrigerators and freezers food is made once and stored in a freezer and eaten for a
week by heating in a microwave. With this kind of living we shall continue to be
Taamasik having eaten food which is Yaat Yaamam Gat Rasam, Uchchhist etc. On the
contrary, Anna is not specifically defined even though several grains are defined
in Chamakam which is preceded by Rudram. And then we say "Anna na nindyaat".
How can we expect an Eskimo to eat anything other than whale meat and blubber? Probably
Anna was left undefined for future clarification as in the Bhagvat Gieetaa. Kindly
(2) Can you clarify on Nimitta Dosh food items,
like what kind of vegetables would come into that category? Would vegetables grown under the
soil come under this category?
Created by Sushma Gupta on 8/9/09
Updated on 04/12/12