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  1 E S S E N C E O F P A R A A S H A R A S M R I T I Dharmo rakshati rakshitah/ V.D. N. Rao, Former General Manager, India Trade Promotion Organisation, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India, New Delhi.  2 Other Scriptures by same Author Essence of Puranas:- Maha Bhagavata, Vishnu Purana, Matsya Purana, Varaha Purana, Kurma Purana, Vamana Purana, Narada Purana, Padma Purana; Shiva Purana, Linga Purana, Skanda Purana, Markandeya Purana, Devi Bhagavata; Brahma Purana, Brahma Vaivarta Purana, Agni Purana, Bhavishya Purana, Nilamata Purana; Shri Kamakshi Vilasa Dwadasha Divya Sahasranama: a) Devi Chaturvidha Sahasra naama: Lakshmi, Lalitha, Saraswati, Gayatri; b) Chaturvidha Shiva Sahasra naama: Linga-Shiva-Brahma Puranas and Maha Bharata; c) Trividha Vishnu and Yugala Radha-Krishna Sahasra naama; Padma-Skanda-Maha Bharata and Narada Purana. Stotra Kavacha-A Shield of Prayers Purana Saaramsha Select Stories from Puranas Essence of Dharma Sindhu Essence of Shiva Sahasra Lingarchana Essence of Brahma Sutras (awaiting release) [Note: All the above Scriptures released on www.Kamakoti.org/news as also on Google by the respective references]  3 Preface Human nature being what it is, perfection is a delusion and absolute virtue is non existent. Inter actions with ‘Maya’  or Untruth are daily occurrences . The pulls of ‘Arishad Vargas’ or of Kama -Krodha-Lobha-Moha-Mada- Matsaras or of Desire-Anger-Greed-Infatuation-Arrogance and Envy are regular, real and over powering. Dharma is a scale of measure from one to ten digits but total infallibility among mortals is  perhaps is non-existent. It is in this virtual struggle for existence, mortals are exposed to influences that are at once virtuous and vicious alike. In the arduous navigation across the dark Ocean of Life, the Veda-Vedangas, Smritis and Puranas are like the flood- lights guiding the boat of ‘Samsara’  and Paraashara Smriti is one of such beacon lights. As in respect of various Scriptures handed down through the ages, this Smriti too seeks to revive, sustain and  promote Dharma; it guides onto the path of righteousness as also provides safeguards and correctives. Paraashara Smriti, a massive digest of Dharma, provides innumerable guidelines on the do’s and don’t s as also lapses for remedies. This squirrel like effort reminiscent of Setu Bandhana of Ramayana is the outcome of the present Essence of Paraashara Smriti. It seeks to highlight the Shat Karma Vidhi of Dwijas or the twice born varnas of Brahmana-Kshatriya-Vaishyas, especially the Vipras. These Duties as so aptly boiled down by the Maharshi to a number Six as preceded by Snaana and these are Sandhya Vandana and Gayatri Japa-Homa-Tarpana-Brahma Yagna- Devatarchana-and Vaishwa Deva Yagna. The subsequent coverage is on Ashoucha Nivritti or absolving Physical and Internal blemishes consequent on occurrences in the course of one’s Life Time. An assimilation of the Principl es of Dharma is attempted thereafter. An overview on ‘Shraddha Karmas’ to be performed, in favour of and to secure the blessings from, Pitru Devatas is endeavoured next. The concluding chapter is devoted to ‘Prayaschittas’ or remedies of sinful deeds that humans commit knowingly or unknowingly.While attempting this script, Paraashara Madhaviya, Vyasa Smriti, Vishnu Maharshi Smriti, Gautami Smriti and the like are referred to and the allusions are given at appropriate contexts. Care has been taken that the Desha-Kaala-Vyavahara-Sthitis of the contemporary Society are taken into account without diluting the basic tenets of Dharma and the interest of general readership is sustained. The Essence of Dharma Sindhu was already released vide the website on kamakoti.org/news. This Essence of Paraashara Smriti may somewhat serve as a post-script of that former work; certain aspects of Dharma are underscored and some are signified further while seeking to avoid duplication even as ‘ homa  prakriyas ’  and ‘  prayaschittas ’  are added. It is with devotion that heart felt ‘pranaams’are being expressed to my spiritual guide HH Vijayendra Saraswati of Kanchi Mutt seeking his continued encouragement and blessings. VDN Rao 1.11.2014  4 ESSENCE OF PARAASHARA SMRITI Contents Page Preface 3 Introduction 4 Shat KarmaVidhi- 9 Snaana Prakarana; Sandhya Vandana; Homa Praprakarana- Agnoukarana; Brahmachari homa; -Auoposhana Vidhana; Alternate Homa Vidhana; Brahma Yagna Vidhana; Tarpana Vidhana; Devataarchana; Vaishwa Deva Ashoucha Nivritti Prakarana 27 Principles of Dharma Rakshana 31 Shraaddha Prakarana 43 Prayaschitta Prakarana 48 Conclusion 54
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