TEXT 4
desa-kalocita-sraddha-
dravya-patrarhanani ca
samyag bhavanti naitani
vistarat sva-janarpanat
SYNONYMS
desa—place; kala—time; ucita—proper; sraddha—respect; dravya—ingredients; patra—a suitable person; arhanani—paraphernalia for worship; ca—and; samyak—proper; bhavanti—are; na—not; etani—all these; vistarat—due to expansion; sva-jana-arpanat—or due to inviting relatives.
TRANSLATION
If one arranges to feed many brahmanas or relatives during the sraddha ceremony, there will be discrepancies in the time, place, respectability and ingredients, the person to be worshiped, and the method of offering worship.
PURPORT
Narada Muni has prohibited unnecessarily gorgeous arrangements to feed relatives or brahmanas during the sraddha ceremony. Those who are materially opulent spend lavishly during this ceremony. Indians spend especially lavishly on three occasions—at the birth of a child, at marriage and while observing the sraddha ceremony—but the sastras prohibit the excessive expenditures involved in inviting many brahmanas and relatives, especially during the sraddha ceremony.

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