The Proper Funeral Ceremony
prapte raddha-dine'pi pragannam bhagavate 'rpayet
taccheneraiva kurvvita sraddham bhagavato narau
Even on the day of sraddha, a devotee should first offer the food to the
Lord and then perform the sraddha ceremony with the Lord's remnants.
vinrorniveditmnnena yantavyam devatmntaram
pitrbhyascmpi taddeyam tadanantyaya kalpate
The demigods should be worshiped with the food offered to Lord Visnu.
Even the forefathers should be offered the remnants of the Lord. This gives
unlimited benefit. (Hari-bhakti-vilasa 9.297)
bhaksyam bhojyasca yatkiscida nivedyagrabhoktari
na deyam pitndevebhyau prayascitti yato bhavet
Without offering food first to Lord Visnu, who is called agrabhokta, or
the prime enjoyer, one should not offer anything to the forefathers, otherwise
he has to perform atonement. (Hari-bhakti-vilasa 9.314)
Vaisnavas are Forbidden to Hold or Wear Kusa Grass
sarkalpam ca tatha danam pitndevarccanadikam
Visnumantropadintascema kuryat kusa chararam
If a person is initiated into the Visnu mantra then he should not make a
resolve for any fruitive activity, nor give charity (for material gain), nor engage
in the worship of forefathers and so on; and he should not hold kusa grass.
Vaisnavas Need not Perform Funeral Rites or Offer Oblations to Forefathers
kia dattair bahubhiu pindairgayasraddadibhir mune
yairarccito harirbhaktya pitnarthasca dine dine
O sage, for those who everyday worship Lord Hari with devotion for the
satisfaction of their forefathers, what need is there for them to give away many
oblations in charity, and make pinda-dana at
ceremony? (Hari-bhakti-vilasa 9.308)
Lord Caitanya's Internal Reasons for Performing the Funeral Ceremony
prabhu bole '
jata ksane dekhilmh carara tomara
tirthe pinde dile se nistare pitngara
sei jare pinda diye tare sei jana
toma dekhilei matra koti pitngara
sei ksane sarva bandhu pmya vimocana
ataeva tirtha nahe tomara samana
tirtharo parama tumi mangala pradhara
samsara samudra haite uddharo amare
ei ami deha asamarpilmn tomare
krsna pada padmera amrtarasa pana
amare karao "tumi ei cahi dara"
Lord Caitanya said, "As soon as I saw your lotus
feet my visit to
was successful. If one offers oblations to forefathers at the holy places then they
are liberated, but only the person to whom the oblations are offered. But just by
seeing you millions of forefathers immediately get liberation from all bondage.
Therefore the holy places are not equal to you, rather you are auspicious even
to the holy places. Please deliver Me from the ocean of samsara. Now I have
surrendered Myself to you. Please make me drink the nectar of the lotus feet of
Krsna. I want this benediction. (Cb. Adi 12.49-54)
Vaisnavas Must Deceive the Smartas for Their Own Good
svabhavasthaiu karmajadmn vascayan draviradibhiu
harer naivedyasambharan vaisnavebhyau samarpayet
One should trick the non-devotees by giving them unoffered items or
wealth, but one should offer the Lord's prasada to the Vaisnavas.
Funeral Ceremony of the Karmis is Demonic
yastu vidya vinirmuktam mhrkham matva tu vaisnavam
vedavidbhyo 'dadadviprau sraddham tadraksasam bhavet
If a vipra, thinking an uneducated vaisnava a fool, offers sraddha to the
brahmanas who know the Vedas, then such sraddha is called demonic, or
raksanasraddha. (Hari-bhakti-vilasa 9.316)
The Behavior of Advaita Acarya
acarya kahena, "tumi na kariha bhaya
sei acariba, yei sastra-mata haya
tumi khaile haya koti-brahmana-bhojana"
eta bali, sraddha-patra karailm bhojana
Advaita Acarya replied, "My dear Haridasa, do not be afraid. I shall be-
have strictly according to the principles of the revealed scriptures. Feeding
is equal to feeding ten million brahmanas. Therefore, accept this sraddha-patra."
Thus Advaita Acarya made him eat. (Cc. Antya 3.221-22)
The Characteristics of a Staunch Devotee
evamekantinam prayau kirttanam smararam prabho
kurvatmm parama pritya kntyamanyanna rocate
The unalloyed devotees who generally engage in performing kirtana and
remembering the Lord with great love take no interest in other prescribed activities.
Thus ends the Sixteenth Jewel of the Gaudiya-Kanthahara, entitled Sraddha-tattva.