Episode # 64 – Significance of “Gothra” – An interesting accord on how does “Gothra” originate?

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In the previous episode, we had witnessed the key reasons behind Bhagawan providing us with the Vedas, Upanishads, Puraanas, Ithihasas, etc. that form the major chunk of our Sanaathana Dharma literature. It is not enough if all human beings are created in the world. We should know how to lead a life that is peaceful, calm, spiritually oriented and divine. To “educate” us and to create the awareness on these main purposes of taking this human birth, Bhagawan came up with these texts that serve as “user manuals” for our life. Just like how we have “manuals” for operating machines and instruments that serve various purposes at home as well as in an industry setup, Bhagwan has given us “manuals” for life, in the form of Vedas and Upanishads. However, all of the principles and instructions cannot be grasped only from these manuals. There should be someone to show us a “live demonstration” of how machines and instruments work, isn’t it? Similarly, to show “live demos” of how to lead a life according to the principles of our Sanaathana Dharma, Bhagawan took it upon himself to incarnate in this world every now and then, at the end of every Yuga. All the events and happenings that took place during Bhagawan’s incarnations are carefully documented in the form of “Ithihaasas” and “Puraanas”. Of course, the text under discussion – Shrimad Bhaagwatha Puraana is also one among these documentations of Bhagawan’s “live demos” that he had shown us! 🙂 As we’ve mentioned before, the Maharishis like Sage Veda Vyaasa, Valmiki Maharishi, etc. took it upon themselves to document all the events that Bhagawan has demonstrated to us, so that these are still available for innumerable generations of people till today!

Thus, as Vedas, Upanishads, etc. were created, Bhagawan also sends some “special people” to the earth, in the form of these Maharishis, who had completely dedicated their entire lives for the documentation purpose! Apart from these people, there are other categories of “special people” whom Bhagawan carefully chooses and sends them occasionally every now and then to the earth. These special people are none other than the Alwars, Nayanmars, Aachaaryas, Gurus, various contemporary Mahatmas like Shirdi Sai Baba, Puttaparthi Sai Baba, Sadguru Shri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, etc. The main purpose of these Gurus and Mahatmas are nothing but to create the awareness amongst people like us on the various aspects of our Sanaathana Dharma and to guide us with all their love and affection, and make us reach Moksha at the end of this lifetime! Hence, it is upto us now, to make use of these golden opportunities that Bhagawan has bestowed us with, isn’t it?

With this message, let us move on further with what Sage Sukhaachaarya is going to tell now! Thus, Bhagawan creates the Vedas and classifies it into four forms or categories – Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Saama Veda and Atharvana Veda. In order to spread the Vedas to the world, Bhagawan creates Maharishis. Bhagawan starts by sending Maharishis one after the other, of course with the divine “Sankalpa” of Bhagawan Bramha. Sage Sukhaachaarya gives a list of these Maharishis who came to this world, in the following order thus – Sage Marichi, Sage Athri, Sage Angiras, Sage Pulastya, Sage Pula, Sage Krathu, Sage Bruhu, Sage Vasishta, Sage Daksha and finally the all-important Sage Naarada! Even if we chant the names of these great sages, we’re adding so much “Punya” (Good deeds) into our “life account”! All these great Maharishis were born from each and every part of Bhagawan Bramha’s body.

All of these people have their own “Gothras”. Even today we have the practice of identifying ourselves with a “Gothra”. Say for instance, if we say that we’re from “Bhaaradwaaja Gothra”, we should know that there was a great sage by the name Bharadwaaja and we are somewhere part of the innumerable generations that come one after the other (lineage) from this particular sage. Here, if we say that we’re part of the “Bhaaradwaaja Gothra”, it means that we are part of a huge lineage that originated from Sage Bharadwaaja. Similarly there are many such “Gothras” under the names of various other great sages, from where the lineage originates and transcends until this age! This is the significance of our human birth that we are having currently. If we’re saying that we’re from the lineage of such great Maharishis, isn’t it a huge name and fame for all of us? This is why, whenever we go to temples to perform special prayers like “Archana”, etc. we introduce ourselves with our “Gothra”. Even at home, when we do spiritual practices like our daily Sandhyavandanam, we mention the name of our Gothra as we prostrate in front of Bhagawan. Such is the significance of our “Gothra”. Thus, if someone introduces himself or herself as a part of such a significant tradition, we feel proud about it! This also means that we should behave in such a way that we do not spoil the name of that great Maharishi, under who’s tradition we have come! J This is an important message here – It is not enough if we proudly proclaim that we’re from this “Gothra”. We should also make sure that our behavior and the way we conduct ourselves in this world matches that high level of significance! This is more important than making “tall claims”. We should not thus limit ourselves in making “self-proclamations”, just like how few hopeless politicians keep doing every passing day! We should make sure that we live up to the reputation that is attached to our claim!

Thus, Bhagawan creates the Vedas under four different categories, and Bhagawan doesn’t stop with this! There are so many “Angas” (Parts) that Bhagawan jointly creates, along with the Vedas. Thus the Vedas, along with its various “Angas” make our Sanaathana Dharma complete with all its glory! What are those “Angas” that came along with the Vedas? Let’s wait till the next episode to witness an interesting accord on this! Stay tuned! 🙂











Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, India A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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