Significance of Upanayanam, gratitude to Devi SriGayatri🌻
Upanayanam is celebrated when a child is ready to take on the responsibilities as a Brahmacharya. Marking the birth of his spiritual journey. Which means he is starting on with the first of the Ashramas where he begins with learning the Gayatri and thereafter his Gurus will help him grow his intellect, thinking, speech, actions, knowledge, perception - in accordance with Dharma.
It is understood that the child is ready for the secrets to be revealed and understood between the age of 7 to 12 and upto 25 before beginning Grahasta Ashrama.
What is the goal of human existence?
What is the purpose of life?
How to choose a profession based on individual aptitude, capabilities?
These universal challenges influence every thought, speech, action, emotion, feelings. By now the child realises that ahead of him are Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha, to accept and live by.
These are some of the questions the child would begin to seek answers to in the Gurukula, based on his Gotra, upbringing and such.
One thread is worn by an unmarried person. Two threads by a married person. Three threads by a person who is married, is a parent - has a child.
7 years is considered the appropriate age for a child to be invested with the sacred thread because it is seen as a huge responsibility and empowerment. By now he would have learned enough Sanskrit to chant the mantras accurately and started to evolve, see changes within himself.
Shri Adi Sankara Acharya’s upanayana is known to have been performed when he was 5 years old. Based on the child’s understanding, if a child is extraordinarily intelligent, able to articulate his speech, thoughts, actions - the upanayana may even be performed early. Much like a diamond awaiting the right time for shining from the polishing, moving from ignorance to knowledge, moving from darkness to light.
The 3 threads signify
Past, Present, Future
Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwara
Saraswati, Lakshmi, Parvati
Knowledge, Wealth, Strength
Thoughts, Speech, Actions
Indebted to the Guru, Ancestors, Scholars
Satvaguna, Rajoguna, Tamoguna and such
The child embarking on Brahmacharya is leaving childhood behind and taking one step forward to receive answers of certainty from the world of uncertainty. The seeker looking for answers to ‘Who Am I’🌻
Leadership, responsibilities and such are taught by choosing to sit close to the Guru. The 64 Kalas/Arts/Techniques and 32 Fields of Knowledge are unraveled based on the interest and motivation of the child. Every day things to unleash the mind keeping in tune with principles, laws to abide by, direction from a Guru is the purpose of the ceremony.
He becomes eligible to engage in SandhyaVandanam. Also become eligible to increase the potency of the 3rd eye with Japa, Dhyanam, Sadhana.
The qualifications and well grounded training imparted, are as per the Manusmriti. Understanding the power, responsibility and how to use the knowledge going forward in manifested life, is the purpose of Upanayanam.