Hari Om! Pranams!
After a brief discussion on duties, I feel the next point to be taken up for discussions shall be on the attitudes with which the duties are performed and the pancha maha yajnas, though all of us have in a way touched upon this attitude aspect while describing the duties and how they should be performed.
Let us take up the yajna aspect one by one -
Bhuta yajna and Deva Yajna - Let us show our gratitude to our fellow beings - human, animal, plants who have through the decades helped us to overcome the vagaries of nature. Let us look at it in our own point of view - We are all indebted to the nature and ecological balances thus far which have helped sustain life in our unique planet. It becomes our duty also to ensure that we take care of the surroundings and ensure that we do it as a selfless service so that earth becomes a better place to be in for our children.
Pitr and Nr Yajna - Our parents, grand parents and our ancestors have given this genetic pool, which has an unique feature that practically no two individuals can be alike. Is this not what we call as 'Unity in Diversity'. But inspite of being different individuals we have our own likes and dislikes, our surroundings in the family and the society which in turn give us our comforts for us to take up our Sadhana undisturbed. It is our responsibility that we respect our ancestors and the society in which we are and ensure that the ancient traditions and the sweetness of culture are maintained and not lost due to our own limitations and ineptitudes.
Rsi Yajna - Rsis or our learned sages have encompassed the vast storehouse of knowledge from the Beginning of the Beginnings and it becomes our responsibility to ensure that we respect them as they are our teachers and learn from them the science of the human mind and how it reacts to a situation and how we can overcome all the trepeditions and lead to a better and happier tommorrow. When the modern scientist is busy studying the ways and means to increase our 'standard of living', the learned rsis have experimented with human mind and through their own experiences have contributed to increase our 'standard of life'. We are indebted to these Yogis who have given their lives for our better future. We should definitely take it upon us as am uncompromising duty to work in the true spirit of yajna or selfless service to improve our own life and the lives of the ones around us.
I have tried bunch the five mahayajnas in three categories to enable us to understand them better in day to day life.