A Sanatan Vedic Hindu is Sanskrutized from the time one came to the world and till the one left the world for the upliftment of Jivatman to reach its final Goal.
GHARBHADYA NYAS PARYANTAH SANSKARAN SAVDHARVDA HI KAH |
TE SARVETRA NIRUPYANTE HETUVADA PARISHKRITAH||
Like the daily routine, the routine of the life is also regular. Studying the human life since, its birth till death, in detail, our great sages have outlined certain consecrations for the all round development of the life – “Such a development that embraces holistic progress. We call these beautiful rules, formed by our great sages, the rules for the routine of the life. Consecrations are the major part of this routine of life.
Two kinds of materials are available in the world; One is PRAKRIT – that is natural and second is Sanskrit – cultured.
Scriptures like Vedas, show greater significance of the consecrations. Even a man needs to be cultured in order to get social rights.
By DWIJA is meant one who is born twice, first from the mother’s womb and second through the cultures. The highest goal of human life is to achieve the Brahmatva.
For the person heading towards salvation consecrations is a stimulating food, with the help of which he treads his path, without straying. Human Body is like a painting which he skilled brush of an efficient painter finishes with colours in the form of consecrations. Without them, human is incomplete – just a breathing mass of bones and flesh. That is why god Angira says:
CHITRAM KRAMADYTHNA KA RANGAIRUNMILYATE SHANAIH, |
BRAHMANYAPI TADVATSYAT SANSKAKAIVIDIPURKAIH||
As a painting is made by joining the different kinds of colours with a brush, similarly by following the ritual consecrations, this body also becomes able to achieve BRAHMA (Salvation).
WHY CONSECRATION ?
Culture is a natural part of the human nature there are three reason how it became a part of the human nature. Things received from nature are not useful in natural form. They have some impurities, which should necessarily be removed, and some properties are to be added, to make natural things useful. This process can be given following terms:
a) Removal of impurities,
b) Addition of properties,
c) Completion of absent parts.
To achieve these three aims, we treat everything in different ways, Take for example, The gold that is taken from the mines, to make beautiful ornaments, it has to pass all the three above-mentioned treatment, when mined; it is not more than a metallic mass smeared with earth etc. It has neither shine nor beauty. It is put in the hearth to remove its impurities. Fire destroys its impurities and it behind to shine. Thereafter, the jewelers convert the gold into beautiful ornaments. Remaining shortcomings are completed by fixing precious stones in it. Thus, after finishing of all the treatments, lump of gold is converted into a begemed crown.
NUMBER OF Samskaras or CONSECRATION
GARBHADHANAM PUNSAVANAM SIMANTO JATAKARMA CHA| NAMAKRIYA NISHKRAMANO ANNA PRASHAN VEDAGYAKRIYA, KARNVEDYO VRATADESHO VEDARAMBH KRINYA VIDHIH, KESHANTO SNANMUOVAHO VIVAHAGNIPARIGRAHA, JETAGNI SANGRA SHCHETI SANSKARAH SHODASHSMRITAH||
These sixteen consecrations are as follows – 1) GARBHADHAN, 2) PUNSAVANA, 3) SIMINTONNAYANA, 4) JATAKARMA, 5) NAMAKARANA, 6) NISHKRAMANA, 7) ANNAPRASHANA, 8) CHUDAAKARAM, 9) KARNVEDH, 10) UPANAYANA, 11) VEDARAMBHA, 12) SAMAVARTANA, 13) VIVAHA, 14) VANPRASTHA, 15) SANYASA, 16) ANTYESHTI.