2. The importance of praying to Vaibhavlakshmī along with Shrī Vishnu*
3. The ritual of offering sesame seeds (til-tarpana)*
3.1 Offering sesame seeds (til-tarpana) to Deities
3.2 Offering sesame seeds (til-tarpana) to departed ancestors
3.3 The spiritual experience of a seeker related to (til-tarpana)
On Akshay Tritiya, which falls on the third day (Trutīyā) of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Vaishākha, the combined frequencies of Deity Brahmā and Shrī Vishnu descend on Earth from the positive spiritual planes (lok). This increases the spiritual purity (sāttviktā) on Earth by 10%.
On this day, if we sincerely worship the Deities, who continuously provide us happiness and prosperity, with the spiritual emotion of gratitude, then Their grace (krupāadrushti) never reduces. Therefore, one should worship God on this day with spiritual emotion (bhāv) to derive His continuous grace.
The rituals performed on this day encompass a bath with sacred water, ritualistic worship (pūjā) of Shrī Vishnu, chanting, a sacrificial fire (hom), donations and offerings to ancestors (pitrutarpana). The scriptures recommend a rite for the departed (shrāddha) with the use of rice balls (pinda) if feasible or at least an offering of sesame seeds. Articles which give protection from the sun, like an umbrella or a pair of slippers should also be given away in charity, on this day
On this day, the king or any governor responsible for the protection and well being of society, should collectively pay obeisance and perform ritualistic worship (with spiritual emotion) of the idol of Goddess Vaibhavlakshmī along with Shrī Vishnu. This endows happiness and prosperity upon the residents of the kingdom. Goddess Shrī Lakshmī is the Divine energy (shakti) of Shrī Vishnu. While doing ritualistic worship of Shrī Lakshmī, if we do not invoke Shrī Vishnu, then how can His energy (shakti) (which is with or within him) come to the place of worship and bless us? Hence whenever we want to pray to Shrī Lakshmī in any form, we should first invoke Shrī Vishnu. This way a worshipper derives the maximum benefit from the Shrī Lakshmī principle (tattva)
Due to an increase in spiritual purity (sāttviktā) on Akshay Tritiya, on average there is a 60-70% chance of feeling good and 30-40% chance of experiencing distress due to departed ancestral souls. By sincerely offering sesame seeds (til-tarpana) with devotion and spiritual emotion (bhāv), the debt unto God and ancestors reduces to some extent as God and the ancestors are pleased. They bestow their blessings on the seeker for his spiritual progress and obstacles in his personal life are removed
Method: First invoke the Deities. Take a plate made of copper or any other spiritually pure (sāttvik) metal in your hands. Then invoke Deity Brahmā and Shrī Vishnu or Deity Datta (who is combined form of both of them) and invite them to arrive in the plate. Then have spiritual emotion (bhāv) that the Deities have actually arrived in the subtle. Take sesame seeds in your hands with the spiritual emotion (bhāv) that the principles of Lord Vishnu and Deity Brahmā are in these sesame seeds. Then have the spiritual emotion (bhāv) that you are offering them at the feet of the Deities.
Effect: When sesame seeds are offered at the feet of Deities (who have arrived in the subtle), they absorb the spiritually pure (sāttvik) frequencies emitted by the Deities. Subsequently when water is offered, the spiritual emotion (bhāv) of the person offering it, is invoked. Due to the bhāv state, sāttviktā absorbed by the sesame seeds is received by the person offering it, in greater amounts. From this, we can understand that God is desirous of spiritual emotion (bhāv). When we offer our ego and spiritual emotion (bhāv) to God, He rewards us with abundance.
Importance: On this day, spiritual purity (sāttviktā) is received from the higher positive spiritual planes (lok)**. A lot of embodied souls (jīva) from the nether region (Bhuvalok)** come near Earth to get the benefit of this spiritual purity (sāttviktā). Most of them are our ancestors. Due to this, there is a higher probability of an increase in our distress on this day. We owe our ancestors a lot of debts and God expects that we repay these debts. Hence it is advised to offer sesame seeds (til-tarpana) to ancestors on this day, so that they can move on in their after-death life.
Method: In another plate, we should invoke our departed ancestors. Before offering sesame seeds to ancestors, we should pray to Shrī Vishnu and Deity Brahmā so that their principles are absorbed by the sesame seeds. Then we should have the spiritual emotion (bhāv) that our ancestors have arrived in the subtle and we are offering sesame seeds and water at their feet. Then after two minutes, offer the sesame seeds (charged with the Divine principle) and unbroken rice (akshatā), to ancestors by releasing water slowly over the sesame seeds placed on our palms so that the seeds fall into the plate. We should pray to Deity Datta or Deity Brahmā and Shrī Vishnu to elevate our ancestral souls so that they can move-on in their after-death life.
Effect: Sesame seeds have a higher capacity to absorb spiritual purity (sāttviktā) and they remove the spiritually impure component (Raja Tama). While offering sesame seeds(til-tarpana), based on the spiritual emotion (bhāv) of the worshipper, the black covering around the symbolic subtle body of the ancestors (arrived in the plate) is removed and the spiritual purity (sāttviktā) in their subtle body increases. Thus they gain the energy required to move-on to the next spiritual plane (lok). The benefits of this are that the seeker gains spiritual purity (sāttviktā)by offering sesame seeds to God and if his spiritual emotion (bhāv) is 40% or more, then God creates a subtle protective covering around him. Due to this the seeker offering sesame (til-tarpana) to ancestors gets protected from any distress. This helps to reduce the overall distress due to ancestors*** by 5-10%.
Experiencing strangulation while performing the ritual of til-tarpana mentally
On the morning of April 19, 2007, while travelling by train, I was reading the special Akshay Tritiya edition of Dainik Sanatan Prabhat (the daily Sanatan newspaper). Then I started performing the ritual of offering sesame seeds (til-tarpana) mentioned in the article, mentally. All the rituals mentioned in the article were done by me, with spiritual emotion (bhāv). Then when I started inviting the ancestors for the offering (tarpana), I felt strangulated. I immediately prayed to Shrīkrushna to ‘please destroy the subtle sorcerer (māntrik) troubling me, with Your Divine weapons.’ After the prayer I felt some golden rays striking and being absorbed by my neck and I started feeling better. Then I completed the remaining rituals. After the completion of all the rituals, I experienced that the black covering around me had been destroyed.
– Mr. Nandkishore Narkar, Kalwa, Thane.
* Based on Divine knowledge received by some seekers doing sādhanā per Gurukrupāyoga.
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** Ref: Spiritual Science Research Foundation: Regions (subtle) of the universe
***Ref: Spiritual Science Research Foundation: Ancestral Problems
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