Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals :Ch-4. Part - 10.
Chapter-4. Swami Sri Adi Sankaracharya - The Genius ( Sankara Jayanti ) :
There were occasions, which we can read in the Puranas, when people who had no children prayed to the gods for bestowing upon them a child, on the condition that it would be offered again to the Devata as a Balidana.
Such is the desire for a child, though it is meant only to be sacrificed later on!
This practice continues in some parts even today, even in this fag end of the twentieth century.
Narabali, and Yajnas such as Gomedha, Asvamedha were instituted for acquiring material gain – increasing earthly prosperity – side by side with a conviction that the gods would be pleased thereby.
We have not only gone away from the centre of truth, but we have also now begun to interfere with the welfare of other people in the world.
This is naturally intolerable to the very law that operates in the universe.
Where is that original intention of the Veda Mantras which was only a consequence of the great Divine experience of the Supreme Being by the great sages, and where are we now, utilising these Mantras for offering oblations into the sacred fire for propitiating the multiplicity of gods for earthly suzerainty and sensory satisfaction!
To be continued ....