Let me break down the economics of paurohityam for you. In today's world, the only time you see your family vadhyar Mama is during the annual shraddham. You will probably give 500 each for the 2 bhoktas and 1000 for the vadhyar. That's 2000 per year. Given the number of /1
practicing Brahmin families, the vadhyar's only perennial source of income is the shradhham. Of 100 families, he can be guaranteed of Rs 2 lakhs per annum. This is why the dakshina for vivaha, ayushya homam, sashtiabdapoorthis is so high. Each of these is a once in a lifetime /2
event, same as antyeshti, so he can probably make about 30,000 rupees per event. In an average family, there would be 10 such events in one generation. So, your entire generation will give the vadhyar Mama roughly 3 lakh rupees. How much do you earn in your lifetime again? /3
If 1000 Brahmin families can give dakshina generously, roughly 200 poor Vaidikas can survive. If you just increase your dakshina voluntarily by 50%, you can ensure that the Vaidikas do not have to stand at the door of some rich businessman, politician or cinema fellow. That /4
respect for the vadhyar translates into self-respect and respect for you, the laukika Brahmana. How many of you have ever noticed the abject state of the savandi Brahmanar who comes for your death ceremonies? Have you ever thought of his situation? You just use his misery to /5
complain about reservation, but you will never think about how to solve his troubles.
How many of you have seen the state of the madapalli Mama's clothes? Have you ever even thought of buying him a new veshti? Fix yourself and then complain about others /END

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