Jananivas is a dedicated priest in Mayapur. When a samskar, or a ritual, needs to be executed he’ll be only too happy to deploy himself. Now when I say dedicated it is no joke. He and his identical twin joined Iskcon many years ago and have lived in Mayapur for forty years.
An extraordinary monk!
I had an obligation to fulfill and I needed Jananivas’ help. A friend from
Danapati, had lost his wife. She had
perished before the year ended in 2015 and I was asked to carry those ashes to
merge with the Canada . Ganges
Jananivas made use of kusha as an ingredient, along with honey, panchagavya (five substances from the cow), and some grains. The ashes were placed in a clump of
Ganges silt along with the ingredients. The clump was shaped to accommodate those
ingredients and then more mud was placed over top to cover everything.
This procedure was also repeated by two other participants. A father of 55, Arjuna, placed his 21 year old son’s ashes in the same way. This was the son who tried to stop thieves from entering their home when he was shot to death. Tragic! Giri-Gopal from
partook with his Mum’s ashes. She had
been struggling with illness for years. Guyana
The mantras used were a final send-off and a communication with Vishnu while all three sets of ashes were made to float until merging. Jananivas directed us to take a full bath in the sacred river. I moved on more to the current of the water to meet another monk and friend, Jayadwaita Swami. The three of us participants then returned to our schedules.
A closure was put to a human need.
May the Source be with you!