Hindu Dharma’s Methods to show gratitude

God not only protects the righteous but also removes the evil elements, as and when occasion demands. This is analogous to plants, which, in addition to requiring water for their sustenance, need the uprooting of weeds raising their heads along with them.

Sir Sengalipuram Anantarama Dikshitar in his discourse said that certain acts, inherently bad in nature and prohibited under ordinary circumstances, could be performed in times of expediency (Aapadh Dharma). But once the necessity ceased, they should be discontinued. This was illustrated by the birth of Pandu, Dhritarashtra and Vidura. Likewise, later, King Pandu urged his wife.

Kunti to bear children in order to keep the progeny With the special boon granted to her by sage Durvasa, she presented him with Yudhishtra. Bhima and Arjuna, and also helped Madri (the second wife of Pandu) to beget Nakula and Sahadeva in the same manner. While young, she had already invoked the Sun God, through whom she obtained Karna, but had to desert him.

Very often some people cited these instances and twisted them to suit their own ends. If the mind was unsullied and the characters were viewed with purity bad thoughts would never occur to them frequently  the Rasa leela was referred to and some persons asked as why they should not also follow suit, when Sri Krishna himself had resorted to “play indulgence”. To them, the fitting retort would be God once gulped poison to save mankind, but would they too dare perform this feat? God, is so gracious that He will bless all those who think of Him, hear about Him or His greatness, chant speak or sing about His glory and prostrate and surrender before him. The basis of Hindu culture is Dharma and Satyam.

The same day as Bhima was born, Duryodana also made his appearance as the eldest child of Gandhari, wife of Dhritarashtra. Seeing ill omens, the elders advised the king to sacrifice the child for the welfare of the entire race, alluding to sastras which permitted this. But the king, bound by affection, allowed him to grow. Hindu Dharma has laid down the modes of repayment of our debt of gratitude. To Gods, this can be done by the performance of yagns and pujas. Rishis can be satisfied by the study and recitation of even portions from the Vedas.

Our duty towards the deceased forebears is to conduct ceremony. The eatables offered during the sharadha are delivered to them in the form of Amrita. Lastly while living in society, we should sympathize with the people in distress and try to do our best to mitigate their suffering.

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