The Rituals and Tradition

 

The vast majority of any population remains engaged in securing food, shelter and security for themselves and their coming generations. The Mimansa or Karmakand part of Vedas catered to this need of masses. They contained innumerable  mantras and rituals with their attendant deities ………they  told a commoner- Do this so you will have this…..Repeat this mantra and you will have abundant crop…..perform this yajna and you will have a son……so on…

The emphasis was on right conduct of rituals or performance of yajna…..otherwise there were no benefits…..rather some harm could befall on the person……

This fear of doing things wrongly or eagerness to get things done correctly gave rise to the class of professional priests. With the professional stepping in the field, the portion of emphasis associated with  numerous attending deities shifted to precision of conducting ceremony, right intonation of mantra or correct performance of yajna……

(You can still see the traces in some wedding ceremonies where elders ensure  order and method  of rituals to ensure happy and blissful married life of the wedded couple……)

So the deities left the position of importance which was quickly taken over by the priests and the rituals……..and the vast majority continued to perform them for a life of advantages……on earth and in heaven…..

So the Rituals kept serving the desires of the generations occupying the lower sections of Pyramid of needs……

I came across an interesting video of Acharya Rajneesh which may highlight this aspect…

 

 

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