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Humanitarian Ideals




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It may also be generally said that all the prayers contained in the Vedas are for purpose of seeking the blessings of God for the welfare and prosperity for all human beings. No prayer refers to the welfare only the individual who prays and recites the Vedas. The plural is always used. For example in the prayer: Sannosthu dvipade sam chathushpade, a person praying to God seeks the Lord's blessings not for purpose of his own welfare and happiness, but for the welfare and happiness of all human beings and of all animals 'dvipath' means beings with two feet and ' chathushpath ' means beings with four feet.

The Vedas enjoin the performance of yajnas for various objects of desire entertained by a person. It is said generally that the yajnas are performed for the attainment of desired objects, such as a place in heaven. But it is accepted on all hands that one of the chief purposes of the yajna and the effect of the mantras chanted in the yajna invoking the blessings of God ar timely rains which arenecessary for agricultural operations and production of foodgrains." This is referred also in the Vedas. In the Bhagavad Gita in Adhyaya 3, sloka 14, it is clearly said that from yajnas result rain." Manu is his Smrithi (which is considered to be the most authoritative of all the Smrithis) says that the offerings made to the fire reach the Sun and from the Sun the rain clouds are produced.




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