(Day - 2)
*Chapter 1: At the Door of Death*
Now the Upanishad begins
Long long ago, there lived a very pious man called Vajashravas. He got his name because of his passion for feeding people. He would feed anybody who comes to his house ar anytime of the day. No body would go hungry from his house. He would feed the entire town! So, he became very famous and known by the name Vajashravas. His son was very proud of his father. Whenever the father does anything big, children want to excel like him. If a father has become a good businessman then his children want to be like him. Vajashravas’ son too, wanted to excel his father. The father was giving away food, but when the son grew up, he wanted to give away everything. There is a joy, immense joy in giving. So, this thought of giving away everything was lodged in his head. There is a *yajna* called *Vishwajit yajna*, which means the yajna performed to win the universe.
Alexander wanted to win the world.He wanted to possess everything. He went on plundering and looting country after country. But in the ancient days, victory was in giving. The one who gave became victorious. Today there are so many businessmen, but only one or two put 90% of their earning into social service. Everybody acknowledges them and they have won the hearts of the masses. They are well known all over the globe. When businessmen from America come and talk to people in India, they realize that they should also give back to society. Vishwajit is a yajna by which you can win the whole world by giving. Isn’t that a great concept? You don’t win by acquiring and possessing. *No emperor has won this world, but those who have given away everything that they have, have won the hearts and minds of people.*
What did Jesus do? He did Vishwajit yajna – he gave everything away. Lord Buddha gave everything away. Adi Shankara gave everything away. Yajna is that ritual, that ceremony, which brings everyone together, which honours the divine, which is a part of our giving back to the universe, from which we have been taking all the time.
A Yajna has three aspects:
Deva Pooja – honouring the Divinity
Sangatikarna – bringing everyone together
Dana – giving away
To be continued.....