Behind The Silly Rituals

Krishna's Mercy

[Shri Hanuman]“O Maithili, I shall restore you today to Shri Rama, who is staying on Mount Prasravana, like the fire-god bringing offerings placed in fire to Indra.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 37.21)

aham prasravaṇasthāya rāghavāya adya maithili |
prāpayiṣyāmi śakrāya havyam hutam iva analaḥ ||

Get the place ready first. Even if it’s a cold January day, listen to the advice. Keep the windows and doors open. Proper ventilation is required. It’s going to get hot and smoky. Make sure there are enough grains for every person in attendance. Too much is the better option, since you don’t want to run out.

Secure the area underneath. You don’t want the carpet to get burned. You don’t want the flooring ruined. It’s not every day that you set up a fire in the living room. Consult a qualified priest, who can recite the Sanskrit mantras properly. Be prepared to sit on…

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