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Canto 6

Dâmodarâshthaka

 

 

Chapter 19: Performing the Pumsavana Ritualistic Ceremony

(1) The king said: 'Oh brahmin, I would like to hear about the pumsavana vow you mentioned and by which Lord Vishnu is pleased.'

(2-3) S'rî S'uka said: 'A woman with the permission of her husband should start with this vow that fulfills all desires on the first day of the bright fortnight of Agrahâyana [November-December]. According to the instructions of the brahmins having bathed, brushed her teeth, put on ornaments and garments, she must hear about the birth of the Maruts. Then, before taking breakfast, she has to worship the Supreme Lord and the goddess of fortune as follows: (4) 'Let there be my obeisances unto You oh Independent Lord and fulfillment of all desire. My respects for the husband of Lakshmî Devî, the Master of all Perfection. (5) Since You are the Lord endowed with mercy, opulence, prowess, glory and strength, You are the One Supreme Master of all divine qualities. (6) Oh S'rî Lakshmî, you being espoused to Lord Vishnu, are His energy and have all the qualities of the Supreme Personality. I beg you to be pleased with me oh Goddess of Fortune, oh Mother of the World. May there be my reverential homage unto you. (7) My obeisances unto the Supreme Lord and Personality of all Power, the husband of that Greatness of Wealth with His associates; Him I offer my presentations'.

With the invocation of Lord Vishnu by means of this mantra she must every day then offer attentively presentations of gifts, lamps, incense, flowers, scents, ornaments, garments, a sacred thread, bathing water and water for the hands, feet and mouth. (8) Next the remnants of the sacrifice should be offered in the fire with twelve oblations saying svâhâ [hail!] with the mantra: 'Oh my Lord all my respects for You as the One Supreme, Greatest Person who is the husband of the glory of all wealth, the goddess of fortune [om namo bhagavate mahâ-purushâya mahâvibhûti-pataye svâhâ].'Vishnu and Lakshmi

(9) Lord Vishnu and the goddess are the bestowers of all benedictions and together constitute the source of all blessings. If one desires all opulences one should daily be devoted with this worship. (10) In one's devotion stretched out straight on the ground ['dandavat'] one should in a humble state of mind offer one's obeisances uttering this mantra ten times and then pronounce the following prayer: (11) 'You two are the proprietors of the universe, the Supreme Cause. The external energy of the material world is hard to fathom, it is the deluding power that is difficult to overcome. (12) You as the Supreme Personality, the Lord of All Sacrifices, are her direct Master. She is the [original form of the] performance of this worship, while You are the enjoyer of the fruits. (13) This devî is the reservoir of all the qualities while You manifest and enjoy these qualities. The goddess of fortune is the body, the senses and the mind while You are the Supersoul of all the embodied beings. Lakshmî is the name and form while You are the support and certainty. (14) May my great ambitions be fulfilled oh Uttamas'loka, oh Lord Praised in the Verses, for the two of You are the supreme rulers, the bestowers of benedictions of the three worlds.'

(15) This is the way one should pray to Lakshmî and S'rînivâsa, her abode and the bestower of benedictions. After this offering one must put away the articles of worship and ritually wash one's hands and mouth. (16) With devotion and a humble mind, one then should offer prayers, smell the remnants of the sacrifice and again worship Lord Vishnu. (17) Accepting her husband with supreme devotion as the great Lord, the wife should prove her pious love for him with these offerings, while the husband himself also should perform all the menial and elevated activities of the wife. (18) When the wife is unable, the husband should execute this attentively, because when one of them does so, both wife and husband [will benefit]. (19-20) One should not deviate for any reason from the [prescribed] practice of this vow to Lord Vishnu. One should daily, in a regulated manner grant the brahmins and the women, together with their husbands and children, that what remains of the offerings to the Godhead consisting of garlands, sandalwood, food and ornaments. When one in respect of the regulative principles has placed the offerings before Him and has put the Godhead to rest, one should share the remnants of the food that was sacrificed with others and eat it. One will thus find one's soul purified and all one's desires fulfilled. (21) With this regulated puja the wife must after the time of twelve months, or a year, then fast on the last day [the full moon] of Kârttika [October-November]. (22) The next morning touching water and as before worshiping Lord Krishna, the husband must, according to the injunctions [as stated in the Grihya-sûtras], offer with twelve oblations in the fire sweet rice that with ghee was boiled in milk. (23) After having pleased the brahmins by devotedly expressing his obeisances bowing down, he, having accepted their blessings on his head, then with their permission should eat. (24) With friends and relatives controlling the voice, he should first of all properly receive the teacher of example, the âcârya, and then give the wife the remnant of the offering. That will ensure good progeny and fortune. (25) Performing this vow according to the instructions a man in this life will achieve that what he wanted from the Almighty Lord. A woman performing this may then achieve all fortune, opulence, progeny, a long living husband, a good reputation and a home. (26-28) When she is not married she can [with this vrata] get a husband with all good qualities. Being without a husband or son she may reach the state of perfection, the supreme destination. With a deceased child she may have a child that stays alive and [thus] prosper. Being unfortunate she will find fortune and being unattractive she will have a beautiful body. A diseased man will [with this vow] be freed from his disease and regain his full ability. When one following this course performs successfully the forefathers and the gods will be enormously pleased. Lord Vishnu, the Enjoyer of all Sacrifices [and His goddess] will upon the completion of this ceremony bestow all that one desires. Oh King, I thus extensively explained to you how Diti took the vow and gave birth to the pious Maruts.'


Thus the sixth Canto of the S'rîmad Bhâgavatam ends named: Prescribed Duties For Mankind.

 

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Third revised edition, loaded January 25, 2012.

 

 

 

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Text 1

The king said: 'Oh brahmin, I would like to hear about the pumsavana vow you mentioned and by which Lord Vishnu is pleased.'
The king said: 'I want to know about the vow called pumsavana that you spoke of o brahmin and by which Lord Vishnu is pleased. (Vedabase)

 

Text 2-3

S'rî S'uka said: 'A woman with the permission of her husband should start with this vow that fulfills all desires on the first day of the bright fortnight of Agrahâyana [November-December]. According to the instructions of the brahmins having bathed, brushed her teeth, put on ornaments and garments, she must hear about the birth of the Maruts. Then, before taking breakfast, she has to worship the Supreme Lord and the goddess of fortune as follows:

S'rî S'uka said: From the first day during the bright fortnight of Agrahâyana (November-December), should a woman with the permission of her husband begin with this vow which fulfills all desires. Before breakfast hearing about the birth of the Maruts and taking instruction from the brahmins, she should bathe and have her teeth cleaned white, put on ornaments and garments and worship the Supreme Lord who is with the Goddess of Fortune as follows: (Vedabase)

 

Text 4

'Let there be my obeisances unto You oh Independent Lord and fulfillment of all desire. My respects for the husband of Lakshmî Devî, the Master of all Perfection.

'May there be all the obeisances unto You o Lord indifferent, whose will is always done; unto the husband of Lakshmî Devi, the Master of all Perfection, my respects. (Vedabase)

 

Text 5

Since You are the Lord endowed with mercy, opulence, prowess, glory and strength, You are the One Supreme Master of all divine qualities.

You as the One endowed with mercy, opulence, prowess, glory and strength o my Lord therefore art of all the divine qualities the One Supreme Master. (Vedabase)

 

Text 6

Oh S'rî Lakshmî, you being espoused to Lord Vishnu, are His energy and have all the qualities of the Supreme Personality. I beg you to be pleased with me oh Goddess of Fortune, oh Mother of the World. May there be my reverential homage unto you.

O Lakshmî espoused to Lord Vishnu, you are His energy and have all the qualities of the Supreme Personality, I beg you be pleased with me o Goddess of Fortune, o Mother of the World, may there be all reverential homage unto you. (Vedabase)

   

Text 7

My obeisances unto the Supreme Lord and Personality of all Power, the husband of that Greatness of Wealth with His associates; Him I offer my presentations'.  With the invocation of Lord Vishnu by means of this mantra she must every day then offer attentively presentations of gifts, lamps, incense, flowers, scents, ornaments, garments, a sacred thread, bathing water and water for the hands, feet and mouth.

My obeisances unto the Supreme Lord and Personality of all Power, the husband of that Greatness of Wealth with His associates; unto Him I offer my presentations'. By the invocation of Lord Vishnu thus with this mantra every day must she then offer attentively presentations of gifts, lamps, incense flowers, scents, ornaments, garments, a sacred thread, bathing water and water for the hands, feet and mouth. (Vedabase)

 

Text 8

Next the remnants of the sacrifice should be offered in the fire with twelve oblations saying svâhâ [hail!] with the mantra: 'Oh my Lord all my respects for You as the One Supreme, Greatest Person who is the husband of the glory of all wealth, the goddess of fortune [om namo bhagavate mahâ-purushâya mahâvibhûti-pataye svâhâ].'

Next should the remnants of the sacrifice be offered in the fire with twelve oblations hailing Him thus: 'O My Lord all my respects for You as the One Supreme, the Greatest Enjoyer that is the husband of the Goddess of Fortune'. (Vedabase)

 

Text 9

Lord Vishnu and the goddess are the bestowers of all benedictions and together constitute the source of all blessings. If one desires all opulences one should daily be devoted with this worship.

Lord Vishnu and the Goddess are the bestowers of all benedictions and together the source of all blessings; if one desires all the opulences one should with devotion daily be of worship. (Vedabase)
  

Text 10

In one's devotion stretched out straight on the ground ['dandavat'] one should in a humble state of mind offer one's obeisances uttering this mantra ten times and then pronounce the following prayer:

Stretched out straight on the ground [danda-vat] one in devotion should be of sacrifice in a humble state of mind uttering this mantra ten times and then chant the next prayer: (Vedabase)

 

Text 11

'You two are the proprietors of the universe, the Supreme Cause. The external energy of the material world is hard to fathom, it is the deluding power that is difficult to overcome.

The both of You are indeed the proprietors of the universe, the Supreme Cause. This external world of Yours is certainly difficult to fathom and the internal potency is difficult to surpass. (Vedabase)

 

Text 12

You as the Supreme Personality, the Lord of All Sacrifices, are her direct Master. She is the [original form of the] performance of this worship, while You are the enjoyer of the fruits.

You as the Supreme Personality, You are her direct Master, the one of all sacrifices; this Goddess ruling all that I do and this Enjoyer of the Fruits that You are I worship. (Vedabase)

 

Text 13

This devî is the reservoir of all the qualities while You manifest and enjoy these qualities. The goddess of fortune is the body, the senses and the mind while You are the Supersoul of all the embodied beings. Lakshmî is the name and form while You are the support and certainty.

To this Devi as the reservoir of all qualities are You indeed the Manifester and Enjoyer, the Supersoul of all embodied; You are the support and the cause of the manifestation of the name, form, body, senses and mind of her as Lakshmî, the Goddess of Fortune. (Vedabase)

 

Text 14   

May my great ambitions be fulfilled oh Uttamas'loka, oh Lord Praised in the Verses, for the two of You are the supreme rulers, the bestowers of benedictions of the three worlds.'

May, since the both of You are the benedictors and supreme rulers of the three worlds, therefore, o Uttamas'loka, o Lord Praised in the Verses, my great ambitions be fulfilled.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 15   

This is the way one should pray to Lakshmî and S'rînivâsa, her abode and the bestower of benedictions. After this offering one must put away the articles of worship and ritually wash one's hands and mouth.

Thus one should pray to Vishnu who with Lakshmî is the abode of the Goddess and the bestower of benedictions. Next one should remove the things of worship and wash one's hands and mouth after the offering and homage. (Vedabase)

 

Text 16

With devotion and a humble mind, one then should offer prayers, smell the remnants of the sacrifice and again worship Lord Vishnu.

Then should one appreciate with devotion and a humble mind, the remnants of the sacrifice smelling them and again be of worship for Lord Vishnu. (Vedabase)

 

Text 17

Accepting her husband with supreme devotion as the great Lord, the wife should prove her pious love for him with these offerings, while the husband himself also should perform all the menial and elevated activities of the wife.

By those offerings should the wife, with love for the husband who himself then also executes all the menial and elevated duties, with devotion accept the dear husband as if he were the Supreme Personality himself. (Vedabase)


Text 18

When the wife is unable, the husband should execute this attentively, because when one of them does so, both wife and husband [will benefit].

When the wife is unable to do so should the husband execute this attentively, as even when one of them performs are still both the wife and the husband enjoying the result. (Vedabase)

   

Text 19-20

One should not deviate for any reason from the [prescribed] practice of this vow to Lord Vishnu. One should daily, in a regulated manner grant the brahmins and the women, together with their husbands and children, that what remains of the offerings to the Godhead consisting of garlands, sandalwood, food and ornaments. When one in respect of the regulative principles has placed the offerings before Him and has put the Godhead to rest, one should share the remnants of the food that was sacrificed with others and eat it. One will thus find one's soul purified and all one's desires fulfilled.

One should not break with the execution of this vow to Lord Vishnu for any reason; daily should one in a regulated manner grant the brahmins and the women with their husbands and children, the offerings with garlands, sandalwood, food and ornament to the Godhead. As a consequence of placing it before Him does one having put the Godhead to rest, eating of what was offered and as should dividing it among others, find purification of one's soul and the fulfillment of all desires. (Vedabase)

 

Text 21

With this regulated puja the wife must after the time of twelve months, or a year, then fast on the last day [the full moon] of Kârttika [October-November].

With this regulated puja must after the time of twelve months, a year, the wife then fast on the last day [the full moon] of Kârttika. (Vedabase)

 

Text 22

The next morning touching water and as before worshiping Lord Krishna, the husband must, according to the injunctions [as stated in the Grihya-sûtras], offer with twelve oblations in the fire sweet rice that with ghee was boiled in milk.

The next morning contacting water should in worship of Lord Krishna according the injunctions of cooking for a sacrifice [as stated in the Grhya sûtra's] as before sweet rice with ghee boiled in milk be offered, with the husband twelve times doing oblations in the fire. (Vedabase)

 

Text 23

After having pleased the brahmins by devotedly expressing his obeisances bowing down, he, having accepted their blessings on his head, then with their permission should eat.

With the permission of the brahmins, whose blessings he accepted on his head after pleasing them expressing his obeisances, should he then in devotion eat. (Vedabase)

 

Text 24

With friends and relatives controlling the voice, he should first of all properly receive the teacher of example, the âcârya, and then give the wife the remnant of the offering. That will ensure good progeny and fortune.

With friends and relatives controlling the speech, should he first of all properly welcome the teacher of example and next should he give the wife the remnant of the offering. That will ensure him progeny and good fortune. (Vedabase)

 

Text 25

Performing this vow according to the instructions a man in this life will achieve that what he wanted from the Almighty Lord. A woman performing this may then achieve all fortune, opulence, progeny, a long living husband, a good reputation and a home.

Performing this vow to the instructions gets a man in this life all things desired from the Almighty and is a woman performing this able to get all fortune, opulence, progeny, a long living husband and a good reputation and home. (Vedabase)

 

Text 26-28

When she is not married she can [with this vrata] get a husband with all good qualities. Being without a husband or son she may reach the state of perfection, the supreme destination. With a deceased child she may have a child that stays alive and [thus] prosper. Being unfortunate she will find fortune and being unattractive she will have a beautiful body. A diseased man will [with this vow] be freed from his disease and regain his full ability. When one following this course performs successfully the forefathers and the gods will be enormously pleased. Lord Vishnu, the Enjoyer of all Sacrifices [and His goddess] will upon the completion of this ceremony bestow all that one desires. Oh King, I thus extensively explained to you how Diti took the vow and gave birth to the pious Maruts.'

Unmarried she can [to this vrata] get a husband with all good qualities and free from faults with no husband or son she reaches the divine abode; with a child dead she may have one living long, unfortunate will she get fortune and be well-faring and ugly she finds beauty and excellence. A diseased man is freed from his disease and will be an able man again; reciting this in ceremony to the forefathers and the gods will please the both them as well as the Lord who is the enjoyer of all sacrifice very much so that satisfied they upon the completion of the ceremony will fulfill all one's desires. O King, thus I extensively explained to you about the great birth of the Maruts and the piety of Diti taking to the vow.' (Vedabase)

 

 

 

 

 

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