Infant's Jatakarma: The Naming of and First Feeding of Solid Food to an Infant

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Infant's Jatakarma: The Naming of and First Feeding of Solid Food to an Infant
Speaker Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Date 1956
Place Jamalpur
Included in Ananda Marga Caryacarya Part 1
Location in Sarkarverse
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Infant's Jatakarma: The Naming of and First Feeding of Solid Food to an Infant is the first chapter of Ananda Marga Caryacarya Part 1. In this chapter, Sarkar lays out the Ananda Marga procedure for naming an infant child and feeding her/him the first solid food.[1]

Synopsis

In this chapter Shrii Shrii Anandamurti instructed when a child is six months old (or any time between six months and one year old of age), at least five Ananda Marga representatives ("members") will come together to the child's house on a convenient day. The child will be laid down before the Margiis. Now the Acarya/a (if there is nor Acarya/a) present there), the oldest person will start the event by reciting the following verse—[1]

Oṋḿ madhu vátá rtáyate madhu kśarantu sindhavah;
Mádhviirnah santvośadhiih.
Madhu naktamutośaso madhumat párthivaḿ rajah;
Madhu dyaorastu nah pitá.
Madhumán no vanaspatirmadhumán astu súryah;
Mádhviirgávo bhavantu nah.
Oṋḿ madhu oṋḿ madhu oṋḿ madhu.

Then they will loudly say in their mother-tongue, understandable by all the members present: "O gracious Brahma, may we unitedly be able to arrange for the upkeep, medical care and physical growth of this infant who has entered our society today."

Now each of the margiis will take one container of water (cool or lukewarm, temperature of the water will be according to the season) and pour it into a big vessel. After the recitation of the aforementioned verse, they will collectively say: "O gracious Brahma, may we be able to provide adequate education for the mental development of this infant who has entered our society today."

Then each of them will pour a container of water. After the recitation of the aforementioned verse, they will collectively say: "O gracious Brahma, may we succeed, through proper education, in effecting the spiritual elevation of this infant who has entered our society today."

Then they will repeat the process of pouring water into the vessel. After the recitation of the aforementioned verse, they will collectively say: "O gracious Brahma, may we be able to see Your pervasive manifestation in this infant, in the form of which You have appeared to us today. "We collectively give this baby the name . . . . . . ."

After that the guardian or the parent of the child will bathe him/her with that sanctified water from the vessel and will be fed solid food for the first time.

Whether a social feast will be organised on this day will depend entirely on the desire and the financial position of the guardians of the child. Taking a loan or incurring a debt for this purpose is forbidden.

Twenty-one days after the birth of a child, the child and its mother, after bathing, will be considered generally free from impurities.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Shrii Shrii Anandamurti "Infant's Jatakarma: The Naming of and First Feeding of Solid Food to an Infant" Ananda Marga Caryacarya Part 1 Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha 
Preceded by
N.A.
Ananda Marga Caryacarya Part 1
1956-1991
With: Infant's Jatakarma: The Naming of and First Feeding of Solid Food to an Infant
Succeeded by
The Process of Initiation