Sri Devi Kamakshi Sri Sri Sri Adi Sankara Sri Sri Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi MahaSwamiji Sri Sri Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamiji Sri Sri Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Swamiji
Kamakoti.org presents several different aspects of HinduismKamakoti.org The official web site for Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, Kanchipuram, India.
   Home    |   Announcements    |   Tour Programme    |   Audio & Video    |   Image Gallery    |   Acknowledgements    |   Sitemap   
     About the Peetham    |   Origin of the Peetham    |   About this web site    |   Contact Us    |   Search   
  Use this link for a Printer Friendly version of this page   Use this link  to email this page to others
!New: Sri Adi Sankara
Branches, Temples and Patasaalas
Articles
Hindu Dharma
Acharya's Call
Voice of Sankara
Personal Experiences
Sri Adi Sankara
Namo Namah
Dasoupadesam
Naamavali / Pushpaanjali
Tamil
Telugu
  
Universal Well-being
(HinduDharma: Varna Dharma For Universal Well-Being)
 
Receive pages from Hindu Dharma in your email
News & Upcoming Events
Annual South Indian Purohit Conference held - 16 Aug 2014
Veda Rakshana Nidhi Trust - Sanmaan Programme held -15 Aug 2014
Sama Veda Sabha held - 12-14 Aug 2014
Shastra Sadas held - 11-13 Aug 2014
80th Jayanti Mahotsavam at Ahmedabad, Gujarat - 10 Aug 2014
Open-air auditorium inaugurated-10 Aug. 2014
Annual Panchaanga Sadas held - 4 Aug. 2014
Yajur Upakarma performed at Shrimatam, Kanchipuram - 10 Aug 2014
80th Jayanthi Mahotsavam of HH Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji- Sanmaan Samaaroh at New Delhi- 10 Aug 2014
Yajur Upakarma at Ahmedabad, Gujarat - 10 Aug 2014
Veda Parayanam held at Swamimalai - July - Aug 2014
Bala Bharatam - Inter School Quiz Programme on Indian Culture & Heritage - 10 Aug. 2014 onwards
80th Jayanthi Mahotsavam, Adi Festival and Vinayaka Chaturti at Devi Kamakshi Mandir, New Delhi - July - Aug. 2014
80th Jayanthi Mahotsavam at Pune- 11 Aug 2014
Laksha Kumkumarchana performed at Nellore Sankara Matam 18 July 2014
Atharva Veda Parayanam & Vastra Samarpanam at Swamimalai - 30 July - 2 Aug 2014
Veda Parayanam performed at Swamimalai on Mahaswamiji's Jayanthi Day - 12 June 2014
Swamimalai - Veda Parayanam Performed - May-June 2014
80th Jayanthi Mahotsavam at Kolkata Ved Bhavan- 11 Aug 2014
Janmashtami Mahotsavam at Kolkata Ved Bhavan - 17-25 Aug. 2014
Maharudram and Chandi Havan at Ved Bhavan, Kolkata - 31 July to 3 Aug 2014
Annual Agnihotra Sadas to be held - 1-3 Aug 2014
Refresher Course on Values & Ethics in Pancha Kavya- the five gems of Sanskrit Literature
Chandi Havan performed at Nellore - 12 July 2014
Rig Veda Samhita Havan Performed at Noida - 29 June - 4 July 2014
His Holiness blesses Shodasha Ganapati Mandir Kumbabhisheka Mahotsavam -Taradevi, Shimla, Himachal - 27 - 29 July 2014
Malai Mandir Kumbabhishekam performed in the benign presence of His Holiness- New Delhi - 2 July 2014
Shodasha Ganapati Mandir - Taradevi, Shimla, Himachal - Kumbabhisheka Mahotsavam 27-29 June 2014
CHATURMASYAM- Guru Vandana Naada Samarpanam - Schedule -12 July - 9 September 2014
Rig Samhita Havan performed at Delhi - 26-28 June 2014
Tirukkovil Vazhipaatu Kuzhu - Schedule for May - July 2014

According to the canonical texts, the Brahmin must perform vaisvadeva everyday in front of his house-the offering of bali to the Pancama is a part of this rite. The goal of Vedic works is the happiness of all mankind, indeed the happiness of all the worlds ("Lokah samastah sukino bhavanthu"). The sound of the Vedas creates universal well-being, so too Vedic sacrifices.

As a ruler, the Ksatriya wages wars and does policing work for the security of all citizens. The Vaisya too serves society - to think that he takes home all the profit he makes is unfair. The lord speaks of the dharma of Vaisyas in the Gita. "Krsi-gauraksya-vanijyam Vaisya-karma svabhavajam." The third varna has three duties- raising the corps, cow protection and trading - and it carries them out for the welfare of all people. The Vaisya ploughs the field and grows crops for the benefit of the entire community. Similarly, the milk yielded by his cow is meant for general consumption and for sacrifices. A Vaisya must also take care to see that the calves have their feed of milk. As a trader he procures commodities from other places to be sold locally.

However rich a man may be, he cannot sustain himself with money alone. He has to depend on traders for essential goods. Trading is the dharma of Vaisyas and it is an offence on their part not to practise it. Similarly, Brahmins would be committing a sin if they gave up Vedic rituals and earned money by doing other types of work. It is wrong to think that the trader carries on his trade for his good alone. Just imagine what would happen if there were a hartal and all shops were closed for a week. Surely people would suffer when essential goods are not readily available. Vaisyas must conduct their business in the belief that their vocation is one that is ordained by the Lord and that is for the good for the entire community.

About "Hindu Dharma"
"Hindu Dharma" is a book which contains English translation of certain invaluable and engrossing speeches of Sri Sri Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi MahaSwamiji (at various times during the years 1907 to 1994).
For a general background, please see here
 
Previous page in  Hindu Dharma is Brahmins are not a Privileged Caste, in part 20
Previous
Next page in  Hindu Dharma is  The Fourth Varna has its own Advantages, in part 20
Next