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Rediscover Dharma – why do we keep food for crows during Mahalayam Shraddha?

Once a devotee asked Mahaswamigal, why do we keep food for Crows during Mahalayam? Are our ancestors taking forms of Crows? Why do they come as this low standard bird? Why not a high standard bird? With a gentle smile Mahaswamigal answered, “We call the Crow Kaka in Tamil. Do we address any other creature by its sound? Do we call a Cat ‘Meow?’ Because a Parrot says ‘Kiki’ do we call it a ‘Kiki?’ A Crow is called by its sound that makes it special. Ka means Kaapaathu or Protect me. So, when you keep food for a Crow and say ‘Kaa kaa’ you are asking your ancestors to protect you. You say a Crow is lowly because it is freely available and it eats anything! But let me tell you, a Crow is beautiful. Why? It wakes up at ‘Brahma Muhurat’, ‘Amrit Vela’. It caws and wakes you up. Even Cocks may not wake up on time many days as they are moody but a Crow is on time. It says ‘Kaka’ and wakes you up at ‘Brahma Muhurat’ or ‘Amrit Vela’ which is apt to do Japam. It is such an amazing guide for Pooja. Is it not? Further, it calls other Crows when it gets food. Not seen in other creatures, teaching humans to share their food. Then in the evening before it sleeps, it again says ‘Kaka’ to thank God for all that happened that day! Also Crows don’t eat after sunset which is according to shastras. How many people follow this? Hence, I feel a Crow is not lowly. It teaches us so much.

Hence, Pitrus come as Crows. And one more. Keep food for Crows everyday not only during Mahalayam. Crow also teaches Advaitam! When a Crow sees the food you have kept, it gets happy and eats it. Seeing it eat, you get happy too. So, both of you get happy. Both of you are Bhagawan Are our sages mad? Why did they made us feed Crows, if we have to give it to our ancestors? The sages had strategic consideration. This is the real reason. Have you grown a Peepal or Banyan tree? Have you seen anyone grow it? Can you get seeds of Peepal or Banyan tree? The answer is a big ‘No.’ Peepal or Banyan tree will not grow out of sapling. Because nature has made a separate arrangement for growing these two useful trees. The seeds sprout only after they have been processed in the gastrointestinal tract of the Crows. These trees grow, wherever the Crows eat it and wherever it does its excretion. Peepal is the only tree in the world that releases oxygen round the clock and the medicinal qualities of Banyan Tree are also immense. If these two trees have to survive, it is not possible without the help of Crows. It is in this period, Crows do mating. To get healthy new generation of Crows, they need to get healthy food. Hence, our ancestors made a ritual to feed the Crows. Next time, you see Peepal or Banyan tree or a Crow remember the intention of our ancestors.”

Sarvam Sri Krishnarpanam

(This article has been compiled from the tweet thread originally tweeted by
அன்பெழில் (@anbezhil12) on September 16, 2022.)

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