Hope you understood the meaning of the title ‘Jeevema Sharadhah Shatham’. Yes, they mean ‘We will live hundred years’. They are from Atharva Veda, one of the four Vedhas of our great Hindu Sanathana Dharma. Vedas are the oldest and the most sacred texts of Hindu Religion.
The words ‘Jeevema Sharadhah Shatam’ are expected to be uttered during ‘Maadhyanhikam’, ie. while performing the ‘Sandhyavandhanam’ at noon by every Brahmin. Though Sandhyavandhanam is a Nithyakarma to be performed thrice daily without fail by most of the Hindu males, it is seldom followed strictly now a days, thanks to the scant respect we give to our sacred scriptures and also to the words of wisdom of our great Rishis! Even many of the Brahmins do not perform this Nithyakarma now a days, probably due to lack of understanding of its importance or due to their materialistic approach to the life instead of a spiritualistic one! Lack of Samskrutham knowledge is also one of the reasons. While doing Sandhyavandhanam one does the following : Pranayama, Asanas, Vedhadhyayanam, Chiththa Shudhdhi, Meditation, Sidhdhantha Mananam etc.
In this connection I would like to say here that we have to learn a lot from the believers of other religions in respect of obeying the religious injunctions of their Holy Books. Example: Muslims and Christians. They respect their Holy Texts and follow them strictly in their day today life. Most of them pray regularly according to the instructions!
In this blog, I would like to mention various religious injunctions of our Hindu Sanathana Dharma that are to be followed by us in our day to day life which in turn would bestow on us a long and happy life of ‘Sharadhah Shatham’. ie a life of one hundred years as enjoined in Vedas. The human birth that we have in this world at present is the result of our Punya Karmas done in our previous births. We have to see how we can utilize this precious birth of ours in a judicious manner in upholding our great Sanathana Dharma and its tradition and thereby attain liberation while serving the humanity at large. By strictly following the religious injunctions of our great Rishis and by leading a spiritual life based on Vedhic Tradition, while enjoying the benefits of materialistic life right from the childhood, I am sure a man can definitely live a life of one hundred years or more without any difficulty.
The ‘Pole Star’ like shining example in this connection was the ‘Maha Periyava’ Shri. Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Maha Swamigal of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, who lived a wholesome life of one hundred years following the spiritual path! There are other stalwarts like our great Chakravarti Rajagopalachariar alias ‘Rajaji’ and the former Prime Minister of Hindhusthan Shri. Morarji Desai who had also crossed their nineties and led a harmonious life living in the midst of mundane materialistic atmosphere but leading a spiritual life like the great King Janaka of Ramayana.
With our prostrations to the above great Mahapurushas we will see more on the above subject in the ensuing posts.
WithRegards, V Mahadeva Sarma – To be continued.