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|Ritual Specialist (standard:other, 528 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Jul 20 2012||Views/Reads: 1975/1698||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Unlike Hindu priests and Pundits, Ritual Specialist could be of any age, gender, race or nationalty. It is a life long profession that requires austerity, compliance and comformaty in conducting Hindu rituals.|
Ritual Specialist Subba Rao “What is your job title?” asked Dan. “Ritual Specialist, or RS in short,” said Paramesar, a man in mid fifties; short black curly hair spread over his head in a fashion as if it followed invisible fault lines. “Are you a Hindu priest?” “No, I am not a priest, I don't work at temples.” “So, what a Ritual Specialist or RS does?” “Well, I conduct rituals for a fee.” “You mean Hindu rituals?” “Yes, all kind of Hindu rituals such as pooja or special prayer for any event or occasion, chanting Hindu hymns, singing Bhajans, celebrating various auspicious days according to Hindu calendar, all in the name of God for the good of people,” Paramesar was polite. “That's good to hear; what kind of training you received to become an RS?” “Sanskrit is the Gods language and the original Hindu scriptures such as Upanishads, Vedic mantras, epic stories, poems, hymns, psalms etc., were written in Sanskrit, therefore understanding Sanskrit is very crucial; correct pronunciation of words, its meaning and interpretation is equally important; I learned all the mantras to conduct all kinds of rituals through several years of apprenticeship as a disciple under an eminent Hindu priest.” “The Hindu Bhajans or devotional songs were written in praise of God; the purpose of singing Bhajans is to attract and attain the focus of the devotees during the worship; therefore soft and soothing voice is necessary in maintaining the melody and rhythm in singing Bhajans,” Paramesar started singing a Bhajan in his sweet voice. “So, it was more like home study for several years under the guidance of a Hindu priest.” “Yes, something like that.” “What else is important for a ritual?” “In every ritual, participation of devotees under the guidance of RS is a must to reap the benefits of a ritual; the devotee shall participate with full belief whole-heartedly, after all the ritual is paid by the devotees for their own benefit.” Click here to read the rest of this story (57 more lines)
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