Mundakopanishad : ( Harmful results of rituals performed wrongly ).Mantram-3.
Section-2. ( Rituals )
Mantram-3. ( Harmful results of rituals performed wrongly )
Discussion-1. " do's and dont's " ....
In this mantram, the teacher by exhaustive enumeration of all the minute "do's " and "don'ts" is aiming at the creation of b a desired effect upon the disciple.
No man of discrimination with an awakened intellect would need a greater argument to persuade him to give up the "blind-ritualistic-path."
The 'Katma-s' are limited on all sides.
If 'Agnihotra' is not followed by a strict adherence to all the above-mentioned subsidiary acts of charity and kindness, seasonal rituals and self discipline, in itself can, not only give its promised blessing, but "it shall" says the learned Master of the Upanishad, " destroy the seven worlds*** of the performer."
*** There is another interpretation that if performance of ritualistic Karmam, is not done properly, the performer cannot attained any of the higher Seven worlds viz., "1. Bhuh,
2. Bhuvah, 3. Svah, 4. Mahah, 5. Janah, 6. Tapah, and 7. Satyam." meaning thereby he then falls to lower worlds of animals, birds, insects, worms, plants, etc.,........
Next : Discussion-2. "Seven worlds"........
To be continued ...