SHRÁDDHA[purely Original Discourse]


18 October 1978, Patna, INDIA

You know in each and every corner of the world there is some or other usages prevalent amongst the human race regarding their duty for the deceased persons, for the dead’s.

The same, for that thing, that is that observance, is known as “shráddha” in Saḿskrta.

There are so many types of observances, but they come under the same term, shráddha.

What’s the meaning of shráddhá?

Shraddhayá diiyate yastu ityarthe shráddhah” – “that which is offered with shraddhá is shráddha.”

And what is shraddhá?

Shrat satyam iti dhiiyata ityarthe shraddhá”, that is, when an idea or a culminating point is accepted as supreme, then that idea or that culminating point is called “shrat”; and when the mind, with its propensities, moves towards that object, that movement is called shraddhá.

Shrat + dha = shraddhá.


What we can do?

Till a man is here in our society we have got a social responsibility for him.

Man is a social being, we have a social responsibility for him. And when he leaves this world and goes to the other world, he goes beyond the scope of our responsibility. We cannot render any service to him.

Our social responsibility is over as soon as cremation is done.

So what we can do?

We can request the Parama Puruśa that “O Parama Puruśa, that man till that man was with us we tried our best to do what we could do. But now he is beyond our scope, he is beyond our jurisdiction, so please do look after him.”

This much request can be done by us, and nothing more than that, more than that.

And the Ananda Marga shraddhá is just like that.

Here we require no edibles, no clothe nothing else.

We offer our shraddhá, and we do nothing else, and we can do nothing else.