Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya


Akshaya means never diminishing, hence all ventures started on this day continue to grow and bring prosperity. On this day, the benefits derived out of Japs, Yagya, Pitra-Tarpan and Dan do not diminish, and are said to remain with an individual forever. This day brings success and good luck in people’s life. It is a ritual to purchase gold on this day as a mark of auspiciousness. It is believed that Gold brings prosperity and more wealth in coming future. All valuables purchased on this day bring success or good fortune. It is believed that charity done on this day produces great returns and multiplies many times over.

Ruling Gods:

Lord Vishnu rules Akha Teej, therefore praying to Him brings in peace on the worshipper and his family. It is said that He preserves everything that has been started on this day for a long time.

People also pray to Goddess Lakshmi, as she is the giver of blessing of never ending wealth.

Other Auspicious Associations on Akshaya Tritiya:

Akshaya Tritiya is considered the day of start of Treta Yug.

It is also celebrated as the birthday of Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

It is the day when Lord Ganesha started writing Mahabharata as per Ved Vyas's dictation.

It is also believed that river Ganges descended to the earth from the heaven on this day.


Things To Do on Akshaya Tritiya:

-On this day, people should special Pujas, bathe in holy rivers, make charity, and offer barley to the burning fire.

-On this day articles should be given in form of alms to poor, dakshina to guru, these things include grain money, and donations.

-One should do charity donating cow and calf, land, gold, umbrellas, hand fans, and cool refreshing drinks to poor people.

-Departed souls are also remembered on this day.

-Pujas are done to appease Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi to bring in prosperity all year round.

-One should purchase gold on this day as a mark of auspiciousness.

akshaya tritiya:

Akshaya Tritiya is an auspicious festival and observed on the third day of the bright fortnight in the hindu lunar month of Vaishaka. On this day people wake up early in the morning, take ritual bath at home or in the near by rivers or lakes.

God Vishnu is worshiped in different forms on Akshaya Tritiya day. Usually Varaha, Lakshmi Narasimha, Krishna and Lakshmi Narayana avatars are worshiped with sandalwood paste. Special pujas and rituals are observed at Lord Vishnu temples. Reciting Vishnu sahasra nama stotra and other stotras related to lord Vishnu is considered meritorious. Buying Gold and Silver on akshaya tritiya day considered auspicious become popular in these days.

Akshaya Tritiya is also known for Daan (donation) and Punaya activities. Performing Udaka Kumbh daan (Pot with water), wheat, Food grains, curd rice, Paada Raksha, umbrella, clothes, Go (cow), Bhu (Land), Hiranya (Gold/silver) on this day is considered to be sacred and provide everlasting (Akshaya) merits.

On Akshaya tritiya day, few people perform tarpana (Tila) on this day. Devotees also observe fast on this day. Eating Only one meal is prescribed for this day. In northern parts of India this day is considered auspicious for Marriages. In Orissa it is observed as a agricultural festival.

Hindus believe in the theory of "mahurats" or auspicious timings in every step in life - be it to begin a new venture or making an important purchase. Akshaya Tritiya is one such momentous occasion, which is considered one of the most auspicious days of the Hindu Calendar. It is believed, any meaningful activity started on this day would be fruitful.

Once a Year:

Akshaya Tritiya falls on the third day of the bright half of Vaishakh month (April-May), when the Sun and Moon are in exaltation; they are simultaneously at their peak of brightness, which happens only once every year.

Holy Day:

Akshaya Tritiya, also known as "Akha Teej", is traditionally the birthday of Lord Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. People conduct special Pujas on this day, bathe in holy rivers, make a charity, offer barley in a sacred fire, and worship Lord Ganesha & Devi Lakshmi on this day.

The Golden Link:

The word "Akshaya" means imperishable or eternal - that which never diminishes. Initiations made or valuables bought on this day are considered to bring success or good fortune. Buying gold is a popular activity on Akshaya Tritiya, as it is the ultimate symbol of wealth and prosperity. Gold and gold jewelry bought and worn on this day signify never diminishing good fortune. Indians celebrate weddings, begin new business ventures, and even plan long journeys on this day.

Myths Around Akshaya Tritiya:

The day also marks the beginning of the "SatyaYug" or the Golden Age - the first of the four Yugas. In the Puranas, the holy Hindu scriptures, there is a story that says that on this day of Akshay Tritiya, Veda Vyasa along with Ganesha started writing the great epic Mahabharata. Ganga Devi or Mother Ganges also descended on earth on this day.

According to another legend, during the time of the Mahabhrata, when the Pandavas were in exile, Lord Krishna, on this day, presented them an 'Akshaya Patra,' a bowl which would never go empty and produce an unlimited supply of food on demand.

The Krishna-Sudama Legend:

Perhaps, the most famous of the Akshaya Tritiya stories is the legend of Lord Krishna and Sudama, his poor Brahmin childhood friend. On this day, as the tale goes, Sudama came over to Krishna's palace to request him for some financial help. As a gift for his friend, Sudama had nothing more than a handful of beaten rice or 'poha'. So, he was utterly ashamed to give it to Krishna, but Krishna took the pouch of 'poha' from him and relished having it. Krishna followed the principle of 'Atithi Devo Bhava' or 'the guest is like God' and treated Sudama like a king. His poor friend was so overwhelmed by the warmth and hospitality shown by Krishna, that he could not ask for the financial favor and came home empty handed. Lo and behold! When he reached his place, Sudama's old hut was transformed into a palace! He found his family dressed in royal attire and everything around was new and expensive. Sudama knew that it was a boon from Krishna, who blessed him with more than the wealth he actually intended to ask for. Therefore, Akshaya Tritiya is associated with material gains and wealth acquisition.

Bright Births:

It is also believed that people born during this time shine bright in life. Many luminaries were born during this period: Basaveshwara born on May 4, Ramanujacharya and Adi Shankaracharya on May 6, Swami Chinmayananda on May 8 and Lord Buddha on May 16. Akshaya Tritiya is also celebrated as the birthday of Lord Parashurama, one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu.


What is "Akshaya Tritiya" and its importance ? Are any special worships performed on this day ?


Akshaya Tritiya, variously spelt as Akshya Thiritiya, Akshaya Trutheeya, Akshaya Tritiiya and also called Akshaya Trithi, falling on the third day of the
bright half of the lunar month of Vaisakha of the traditional Hindu calendar, is one of the four most auspicious days of the year for Hindus. The word
Akshaya, a Sanskrit word, literally means one that never diminishes, and the day is believed to bring good luck and success. It is widely celebrated in all
parts of India by different sections of the society irrespective of their religious faith and social grouping. The day is particularly considered auspicious
for buying long term assets like gold and silver, including ornaments made of the same; diamond and other precious stones; and the real estate.

The legend states that any venture initiated on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya shall continue to grow and bring prosperity. Hence, it is normal to see
many of the new ventures, like starting a business, ground breaking for construction etc on the Akshaya Tritiya Day.

AKSHAYA TRITHIA - The Mythological Legend of this aspicious day is actually connected to the AKSHAYA PATRA given to Draupathi, by SUNGOD, which will ever
give food. This day is celebrated every year on third day of the bright half of Vaishakha month. Now read the legend-

When the Pandavas were exiled to the forest for twelve years after a second gambling match, the Kurus made a clause, that after the completion of twelve
years the Pandavas had then to spend one year incognito, thus making thirteen years all told. If, during the final year the Pandavas's whereabouts were
discovered, they again had to spend another twelve years in the forest. Because the Pandavas were concerned how to feed the 'brahmanas' who accompanied them
to the forest, Srimati Draupadi Devi was given a pot by the sun god called by Aksayapatra. This pot would never be empty until Draupadi had taken her meal
and turned the pot upside down. Then it would produce no more for that day. Once Draupadi had finished cooking and had just taken her meal when the Muni
Durvasas arrived with many of his disciples. The angry sage Durvasas and his disciples had secretly been asked to go there by the Kauravas who knew that by
this time Draupadi would have taken her meal, and if she was unable to offer them anything to eat, she would incur the wrath of Durvasa. Durvasas and his
disciples went to the river to bathe and freshen up before taking their meal. Draupadi, full of anxiety, prayed to Lord Krsna to help her. Lord Sri Krsna
then told Draupadi that if there was a morsel of food left He would be satisfied if that were offered by Draupadi, His pure devotee with love to Him. Seeing
a fragment of spinach stuck to the side of the pot, Krsna asked for it, Draupadi offered it to Krsna, and simply by eating that morsel of foodstuffs, all of
Durvasas' men and Durvasa himself became completely full and satisfied, and out of embarrassment slipped away and didn't come to demand a meal from Draupadi
as the sinful Duryodhana had arranged for them to do. IN THE OLDEN DAYS Sumangalies (Housewives) used to FEED BHRAMINS ON THIS DAY after performing puja and
prayer to Lord Krishna and Lakshmi.

But oflate for the past 2 decades it is celebrated for some other reason and people start buying Gold, Silver, Properties ect. This practice has been started
by the business people who sell jewellery and other things. Nowhere it is menioned that gold and silver are to be purchased on this day.

Akshaya Tritiya, is now considered one of the four most sacred days of the vear. The word Akshaya means that which never diminishes - hence beginnings made
or valuables bought on this day are considered certain to bring luck and success. All over India people celebrate weddings, plan new business ventures, long
journeys and other events on this day. Like Diwali, Dussera and Gudi Padva. Akshava Tritiva is reserved for buying gold, silver and other assets. On this day
jewellers keep their shops open well into twilight time to entertain their buyers. Akshaya Tritiya or Akha TeeJ is traditionally the birthday of Parshurama,
the sixth incarnation of Vishnu. The Puranas tell how he reclaimed land from the sea along the west coast of India by his valour. Even today Goa and the
Konkan are called Parshurama Kshetra. He then settled 96 selected families there, called Shahanavkuli Brahmins, who are said to have created the cultural
heritage of this nart of India. In India gold is regarded as the ultimate symbol of wealth and prosperity. Buying gold and jewellery is a popular activity on
Akshaya Tritiya, considering it now as one of the most auspicious days of the year.

Some people in their house perofrm Laxmi Puja on this day -

Akshaya Tritiya, variously spelt as Akshya Thiritiya, Akshaya Trutheeya, Akshaya Tritiiya and also called Akshaya Trithi, falling on the third day of the bright half of the lunar month of Vaisakha of the traditional Hindu calendar, is one of the four most auspicious days of the year for Hindus. Akshaya Tritiya is also known as "Akha Teej". The birthday of Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu falls on this day. The 'Dharmasindhu' mentions this is the adi tithi of satayuga. The word Akshaya, a Sanskrit word, literally means one that never diminishes, and the day is believed to bring good luck and success. Akshaya Tritiya is observed when tritiya prevails more before the noon.

Whoever worships lord krishna and applies chandan all over lord krishna goes to vaikuntha. Any japa, homa, pitru tarpana, or dana done that day becomes a-kshaya means he earns lots of good karma that day. In the Mahabharata, the Pandavas received the Akshaya Pathram (bowl) from Lord Krishna on this day. The Akshaya Pathram provided unlimited food for the Pandavas during their exile. Due to this reason, people believe that anything that is acquired on this day will be replenished. This day is specially important as on this day any thing you donate is akshaya or never ending. Therefore people conduct special puja for Goddess Lakshmi and buy new gold and silver ornaments and invest money in shares and real estate. This festival is widely celebrated in all parts of India by different sections of the society irrespective of their religious faith and social grouping.

Lord Kubera, considered to be the lord of wealth. According to puranas Lord Kubera himself pray to Goddess Lakshmi on this day. It is important to pray goddess lakshami for wealth, lord shiva for health, marriage, and saubhagya. For moksha pray to lord krishna and apply chandan (sandal wood paste) all over his idol. According to some classics Shri Veda Vyasa and Lord Ganesha started writing mahabharata on this day. It was on this day that the Pandavas unearthed weapons that decided their victory over the Kauravas. Also, it is also believed that Goddess Vijaya Chamundeshwari killed Asura on this day. This day is particularly considered auspicious for buying long term assets like gold and silver, including ornaments made of the same; diamond and other precious stones; and the real estate. The legend states that any venture initiated on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya shall continue to grow and bring prosperity. Hence, it is normal to see many of the new ventures, like starting a business, ground breaking for construction etc on the Akshaya Tritiya Day. Majority of the people believe that wearing gold is considered to be inviting Goddess Lakshmi in to house. Astrologically, it is believed that the sun and the moon are most radiant and best placed on the Askhaya Tritiya day. Many devote Hindus choose the day to conduct auspicious functions. There is no need to select a ‘muhurat’ on this day as the entire day is devoid of malefic influences. Large number of marriages and several new beginnings take place on the day. The entire day is good for performing auspicious occassions.

Dates for Akshay Tritiya All over the World (2013):

    Hawaii: May 12th 2013
    USA/PST: May 12th 2013
    USA/MST: May 12th 2013
    USA/CST: May 12th 2013
    USA/EST: May 12th 2013
    UK: May 13th 2013
    India: May 13th 2013
    Malaysia: May 13th 2013
    Australia -- WAU: May 13th 2013
    Australia -- SAU: May 13th 2013
    Australia -- NT: May 13th 2013
    Australia -- QSLND: May 13th 2013
    Australia -- NSW: May 13th 2013
    Australia -- ACT: May 13th 2013
    Newzeland: May 13th 2013
    Fiji: May 13th 2013

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 According to the Hindu calendar, today is Akshaya Tritiya, a day as auspicious as any Hindu festival. It is considered to be an auspicious day for starting any new ventures or activities, such as tying the holy knot of matrimony. In urban cities, most of us usually associate this day to be auspicious for buying gold jewellery, with individual jewellers and major brands offering amazing discounts and deals. But, Akshay Tritiya holds a more important cultural and religious significance than that.
Importance of this day

Akshaya Tritiya, also known as Akha Teej, has great religious significance, not only for Hindus but also for the followers of Jainism and other religious sects in the country. Basically ‘Akshaya’ means ‘never ending’ and ‘Tritiya’ stands for the ‘third day'. It falls on the third day of bright lunar fortnight of the Hindu month of Vaishakh. It is said that holy rites, rituals and acts of charity performed on this day bring never-ending bliss, grace, and prosperity.

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Religious and mythological significance

People start new ventures on Akshaya Tritiya because God of wealth Kubera was granted gift of perpetual wealth and prosperity on this day. That is why this day is so auspicious for getting married, or opening new businesses, or investing in property or buying gold, etc. It was also on this day that:


    Holy river of Ganges descended on Earth from heavens.
    Sage Parshuram, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu, was born.
    The ‘Treta Yug’, the period of holy Ramayana, commenced.
    Ved Vyasa initiated the recital of the great Indian epic Mahabharata before Lord Ganesha.
    Sudama visited Dwarka to meet Lord Krishna and offered him rice as a gift. Therefore, vaishnavas (worshippers of Lord Vishnu) fast throughout the day and open their fasts with rice.

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Significance for couples

According to a South Indian legend, Goddess Madhura got married to God Sundaresa (an incarnation of Shiva) on this day. Therefore, the couples who get married on this day are blessed with eternal prosperity and bliss, by the gods themselves. Akshaya Tritiya always sees an unprecedented rush in the number of marriages taking place in the country. There is an unmatched demand for bookings in the top tier cities of the country, and the wedding resource vendors have a field day with business pouring in from all the sides.

The auspiciousness of Akha Teej arises from the belief that on this day, sun and moon are in their most radiant phase and, astrologically at an exalted position. It is believed that even the couples with mis-matched horoscopes can get rid of all the negativity by getting married on Akshaya Tritiya. There are endless tales and legends that depict the divine virtues that are inherent in the day. In many states, mass community marriages are held under a single mandap, on the day of Akshaya Tritiya, to help the brides and grooms with limited financial means to have a decent wedding, with all the religious splendour.

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So, now you know that there is a lot more significance behind this auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya, than just gold deals and discounts being offered by the jewellers. This day is auspicious for any new beginnings and activities and what can be more sacred than the bond of holy matrimony.

Akshaya Tritiya, also known as Akha Teej is a Hindu and Jain holy day, that falls on the third Tithi (Lunar day) of Bright Half (Shukla Paksha of the pan-Indian month of Vaishakha). Akshaya Tritiya, is traditionally the birthday of Lord Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.The day on which Moon, Sun and Jupiter unitedly come under Mrigshira Nakshatra is called Akshay Tritiya."Akshay Tritiya",the holy day when many perform puja to start a business. According to the  Hindu customs, many choose to perform the pujas for Business,bathe in holy rivers, make a charity, offer barley in a sacred fire, and worship Lord Ganesha & Devi Lakshmi on the holy day of "Akshay Tritiya". It is considered a good time to invest in gold and diamonds. It is believed that whatever is bought on this day, will remain forever.

Rituals:

On Akshay tritiya people conduct special Pujas, bathe in holy rivers, make charity, and offer barley to the burning fire. There's also a tradition to sprinkle Tulsi water onto the idols of Gods while performing the aarti. It's the various mythological legends and traditions that have been carried forward for millenniums that lend more weightage to all of the above set of beliefs and more. Various Hindu deities like Lord Ganesha, Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and Devi Laxmi are worshipped on the day for different reasons. Lord Ganesha is worshipped before setting sails for any new venture or deed, Lord Krishna is worshipped for Salvation, Lord Shiva is worshipped for health and good luck, and Goddess Laxmi is worshipped for wealth. Jains, who observe a yearlong fast on an alternate day basis, end it on this day with sugarcane juice.On Akshaya tritiya, Panchanga need not be consulted as this day is so auspicious that it cancels all negative influences of difficult planets and yogas. Often this is a day chosen for beginning new projects. It is also an excellent day to get married. Performing Vishnu Pooja and reciting the Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra ( 1008 names of Vishnu) are considered highly auspicious on this day for prosperity and progress. Akshaya tritiya is a good day to begin study or writing as you get many spiritual benefits and special energy that allows you to process higher thoughts quickly. Dana (donation) given today is said to give manyfold results. One can feed the poor, do service to humanity, donate to favourite charity. Anna dana - feeding the poor is considered the best donation of all.

Significance of Akshaya Tritiya :

The word Akshaya, a Sanskrit word, literally means one that never diminishes, and the day is believed to bring good luck and success. It is widely celebrated in all parts of India by different sections of the society irrespective of their religious faith and social grouping. The day is particularly considered auspicious for buying long term assets like gold and silver, including ornaments made of the same; diamond and other precious stones; and the real estate. The legend states that any venture initiated on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya shall continue to grow and bring prosperity. Hence, it is normal to see many of the new ventures, like starting a business, ground breaking for construction etc on the Akshaya Tritiya Day.

Legends:

In the Puranas, the holy Hindu scriptures, there is a story where Ved Vyash once requested Lord Ganesha to help him compose the Mahabharata. Lord Ganesha accepted the offer only after laying down his own terms. He said to Vyashdev that he would write the Slokas only if Vyashdev would tally with his speed. If he had to stop due to Vyashdev, he would discontinue writing. Vyashdev accepted the proposal with counter conditions, stating that Lord Ganesha had to comprehend the meaning of the Shlokas before he could pen them down. All terms and conditions agreed upon, Vyashdev  started composing the epic and used very complicated Shlokas. The time lord Ganesha took to understand the meaning was enough for Vyasdev to compose new lines. It is said that it was the day of Akshay Tritiya, that Vedvyas along with Lord Ganesha started writing the Mahabharata.

According to other beliefs, this day marks the beginning of the SatyaYuga the first of the four Yugas(era's), Satya,Treta, Dwapar & Kalyuga. On the day of the Akshay Tritiya, ceremony to start the new audit book is performed with the worship of Lord Ganesha & Devi Lakshmi. Then traditional rituals are followed with welcoming customers & holding dinners. Sweets & new year calendars are distributed to guests.

The Sacred Day for Ancestors:

This day is very blessed for your departed ancestors. You can yourself do a ritual offering on this day before sunset. Place black sesame seeds and rice or rice powder on your right palm. Pour water over the items. Think of your departed ancestors and offer the rice powder and sesame. After this ritual, discard the material. This will do a lot of good for you.
Celebrations in different states of India

In Orissa on Akshay Tritiya, farmers start ploughing their land and construction of chariots for Rath Yatra begins at Puri. In Bengal, on the day of the Akshay Tritiiya, "HalKhata" - a ceremony to start the new audit book is performed - with the worship of Ganesha and goddess Lakshmi. Goa and Konkan regions, even today, are referred to as Parusurama Kshetra and many more places in india.

How to buy gold this Akshaya Tritiya:

Every year, during the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, there is a frenetic rush to jewellery shops to buy gold. Indians have been purchasing ornaments and coins on this day not just for religious purposes but also as a means to accumulating wealth over the years. However, sticking to physical gold may not be the right choice any longer. Isn't it time for investors to tap other avenues, especially the more convenient paper gold? The answers to these questions depend on what you need. So let us take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages that are associated with each form of gold.

Ornaments:

Most traditional buyers opt for jewellery because they consider it the only form of gold that offers utility. However, gold ornaments don't offer good investment value. This is because there are additional charges, such as making charges (more than 15% in most cases) and taxes, that are tacked on. There are also concerns about the purity of the ornaments, which means that you may not be able to recover the full market price if you decide to sell them later. These deductions can be to the tune of 10-20% if purityrelated issues crop up when you sell the jewellery, and may be higher if you go to some other jeweller. So, opt for ornaments only if you want to wear them and not as part of your investment portfolio.

 Bars and coins:

This is the best form of investment if you insist on buying physical gold. However, here again, you need to take precautions that the bars or coins are pure and come in tamperproof packets. Next, make sure that the mark-up you pay is reasonable; don't buy if you are being charged a mark-up of more than 5%. The problems you face while selling ornaments may also crop up for gold bars or coins. "Selling bars and coins is easy in a bull market, but it's difficult to do so in a bearish market," says CP Krishnan, director, Geojit Comtrade.

In a bear market, jewellers may expect the price to slide further and, therefore, may keep putting off buying gold from you. So, before you go for this option, make sure that the jeweller is willing to buy it back at market price. Currently, banks do not buy back gold bars or coins. However, there are other options that are better than buying physical gold. If you are willing to consider paper gold, you can consider gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) and gold savings funds of funds (FoFs).

In addition to the usual advantages like transparency in pricing and no problems with purity, paper gold also offers several tax advantages. For example, investors need to hold these for only one year to claim long-term capital gain on paper gold, while the holding period is three years for physical gold. The taxation rates are different too. While the capital gains tax for physical gold is 20% after indexation, paper gold investors have the option of selecting their tax rates (10% without indexation or 20% with indexation). Physical gold investors also have to pay wealth tax, while paper gold investors are exempt from it.

'Til Tarpan', meaning in the context of worldly matters and spiritual meaning

A. 'Til tarpan' means to offer sesame and water to the Deities and ancestors. Sesame is a symbol of 'Sattvikata' whereas 'jal (water)' is the symbol of pure 'bhav (spiritual emotion)'.

B. Make an offering of 'Til Tarpan' means to offer to the Deities the 'bhav' of gratitude and surrender in the form of sesame (til) God has everything so what can we offer to Him? There should also be no ego (aham) that 'I am offering something to God.' While offering 'til', have the 'bhav' that 'God is getting everything done from me' as it will not increase the ego of a seeker but will increase his 'bhav'. To offer 'Til Tarpan' means to offer the 'bhav' of gratitude and surrender to God in the form of sesame. >> Ishwar (Through the medium of one seeker, 11.5.2005, 11.29 p.m.)
C. Deities

C. 1. Method: First invite the Deities. Take a plate of copper or brass or of any 'sattvik' metal. Remember Brahma and Sree Vishnu or their joint form i.e. Lord Datta and invite them to come in that plate. Thereafter, have the 'bhav' that the Deities have come there through the 'Subtle' form. Hold 'til' in your hand with the 'bhav' that the principles of Sree Vishnu and Brahma are there in the sesame. Then have the 'bhav' that an offering of sesame is made at the feet of the Deities.

C. 2. Effect : First as 'tils' are offered (at the feet of the Deities who have arrived in the Subtle form), the 'Sattvikta' in 'til' transmitted from the Deities is absorbed to a great extent and with the offering of water, 'bhav' of the person making such an offering gets awakened. As his 'bhav' is awakened, he is able to imbibe more 'sattvikta' which has been absorbed in the 'til' from the Deities. This shows that God is yearning for the 'bhav' of a seeker. When 'bhav' and ego are offered to God, He generously bestows His grace.
D. Ancestors

D. 1. Importance : 'Sattvikta' comes from the higher 'lokas (regions)' on the day of Akshay Tritiya. Many 'jivas' come near the Earth from 'Bhuvloka' to imbibe that 'sattvikta'. Most of these 'jivas' are ancestors of human beings. As the ancestors come near the Earth, it is possible that a human being can have more distress on the day of 'Akshay Tritiya'. A human being is indebted to his ancestors. God expects that a human being should try to repay this debt; therefore, 'Til Tarpan' has to be offered on the day of Akshay Tritiya so that the ancestors' journey after death becomes smooth.

D. 2. Method (Have the 'bhav' that the ancestors have come through subtle and we are offering 'til' and water charged with the principles of Deities at their feet.): In the other plate, we have to invite our ancestors. Before offering such 'til' and water, a prayer is to be made to the Deities inviting their respective principles to be charged in the 'til'. Have the 'bhav' that 'the ancestors have come through the 'subtle' and we are offering 'til' and water at their feet. After 2 minutes, offer the 'til' and water charged with the principles of the Deities to the ancestors. Hold the 'til' that have become 'Sattvik' in your hand and pour water slowly in the plate along with a prayer to Datta or Brahma or Sree Vishnu for making the ancestors' further journey smooth.

D. 3. Effect: 'Sattvikta' in the subtle bodies of the ancestors increase due to 'Til Tarpan' and they get energy to travel to the higher 'loka (region)'; Distress of a human being due to ancestors is reduced by 5 to 10 %. 'Til' has the ability to absorb 'Sattvikta' and destroy 'Raja-Tama'. The black covering on the symbolic subtle bodies of ancestors, who have come to the plate through the subtle, is removed, depending on the 'bhav' of the seeker doing 'Til Tarpan' and the 'sattvikta' in their subtle bodies increases which give them necessary energy to go to the higher 'loka'. By offereing 'til' to Deities, a seeker first gets 'sattvikta' and if his 'bhav' is more than 40%, God creates a protective cover around him through the subtle. Thus, the seeker does not face any distress while doing 'Til Tarpan'. Distress due to an ancestor faced by a seeker reduces to the extent of 5-10 % by 'Til Tarpan'. >> Ishwar (Through the medium of one seeker, 11.5.2005, 11.29 p.m.)

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