Merit of offering funeral cakes at Pretasila in Gaya ||85||
1-2Brahma said: -Then having performed a ceremonial ablution with the Varunastra Mantra, the pilgrim should offer obsequious cakes to his departed manes at the sanctuary of the hill of spirits (Pretasila) and invoke them as follows: -On the blades of Kusa grass extended in my front, and with this libation of water containing sesamum, I invoke the presence of the souls of those who had been born in my family and subsequently died without any means of succuor from the shades of the internal religion.
3I offer these obsequious cakes for the liberation of those spirits who had once born in flesh in the family of my father or mother.
4I offer this obsequious cake to those spirits, who had once taken their birth in the family of my maternal grandfather and who are divested of all reasons of liberation from their infernal confines.
5I offer this obsequious cake for the release of those of my relations who had died in their mothers womb, or had found an untimely grave even without cutting a single tooth.
6I have offered this obsequious cake for the succour of those of my friends, whether born in my family or otherwise, and even whose names and spiritual clanship have escaped from my memory.
7I offer this cake to the souls of those who have committed suicide or met a violent death either by water, poison, blow, or strangulation.
8I offer this obsequious cake to the spirits of those who had been burnt to death, or devoured by lions and tigers, or killed by homed cattle, or expired under the bites of fanged or sharp toothed beasts.
9I offer this obsequious cake to the spirits of those whose earthly remains had been cremated in unconsecrated fire or had not been consigned to the flames of any tire at all, as well as to the souls of those who had been killed by thieves or lightning.
10I offer this obsequious cake for the liberation of those spirits who had been kept confined within the dark walls of the hells known as the Rourava and the Kalasiitra.
11I offer this obsequious cake for the liberation of those spirits who are at present doomed to the tortures of those divisions of hell, which are known as the Kumbhipaka (hell of whirling eddies) of Asipatra Vanam (Forest of sword blades).
12I offer this obsequious cake for the liberation of those spirits who are tonured in other quarters of hell.
13I offer this obsequious cake for the emancipation of those spirits who had reincarnated as serpents, birds, or other lower animals, or had been consigned to the voiceless agonies of vegetable life.
14I offer this obsequious cake for the liberation of those spirits who under the ordination of the god of death in hell.
15I offer this obsequious cake for the elevation of those spirits in the astral plane who, for their countless misdeeds in successive rebirths, and through the workings of the propulsions of ignoble passions turned into dynamics of fate, are perpetually getting down in the graduated scale of life, and to whom a working upward
to the plane of human existence has become a thing of rarest impossibility.
16May the souls of those who were friends to me in this life, or had been my friends in any other existence, or of those who are not related to me in that capacity and are utterly friendless for the present, be propitiated and liberated by this obsequious cake which I have offered at the present sanctuary in Gaya.
17May the souls of any of my forefathers, who might the staying at present in the shape of astral beings, derive perpetual satisfaction from the obsequious cake which I have offered.
18-20I have offered obsequious cakes for the satisfaction of all those spirits who had once taken their birth in the famlily of my father or mother, or who were related to my preceptors, or father inlaw or any other relations in life, or who had died without having any issue of their own, and accordingly stand, at present, divested of their specific shares of funeral cakes and libations of water, or who had been born deaf, dumb, blind, cripple or idiotic in life, whether they are any way related to me or not, or who had died in the womb without ever seeing the light of god, (whether do I know them or not), and may they derive eternal felicity from this cake which I have offered to them.
21May the gods and Brahma and Usana, etc., in particular, bear testimony to the fact that I have come to Gaya and effected the liberation of my fathers from the confines of the nether world.
22Witness, O thou mace-bearing god, that “I have arrived at Gaya, done all the needful rites for the emancipation of my departed manes, and stand fully absolved from the three-debt of human existence.” and these places should be deemed as equally.
23The sanctity of the sacred field of Kurushetra appertains to the Mahanadi, to the Brahmashada, to the Prabhasa, to the Gayasira, to the Sarasvati, to the Ashayavata, to the Dharmarayanam and to the Dhenukaprishtha at Gaya and these places should be deemed as equally sanctified as the memorable battle field of the Kauravas.