About a year back one reader asked me that he was informed by his grandfather that they were the priests of Lord Rama and whether I could provide more information on this.
As far as I knew Vasishta was Ikshvaku Dynasty Guru and there was Viswamitra who took Rama and Lakshmana and initiated the Bala and Adi Bala Mantras.
However I told him that I would check and provide when I get the information.
This is it.
Brahmin is one who has realized the Reality, Brahman.
He is selfless and dedicated to the welfare of others.
This sloka tells us who a Brahmin is.
Yajanam Yaajanam Tathaa
Daanam Pratigraham Chaiva
Adyayanam-Pracctice of reciting the Vedas, with meaning.
Adhyaapnan-Teaching of the Vedas along with the Astras(scientific Arms) and Satras(Ordinary weapons of war)
Yajanam-performance of the Yagnas and Yagas.
Here there is a small difference between a Yagna and Yaaga.
While a Yaaga is performed with a specific wish to be fulfilled, as a Puthra Kameshti for begetting a Good offspring, Yajna is performed expecting no results, performed because it has to be performed as sanctioned by the Vedas.
Dakshina is an offering made by the receiver to Brahmins and they are expected to be contented with what is offered.
With changed economic and social structure this is not in practice and we have Brahmins who demand Dakshina.
Many are disappointed with this attitude.
My view is that what they do now is not correct for Brahmin.
However, if people do not provide them economic security, which was provided in earlier days right from King’s to common Man, how would a Brahmin live?
Worse still why would they let their children become the torch bearers of the Vedas?
So we see Brahmins taking up all professions, including me, fo economic security.
My submission is that we offer fair Dakshina to Brahmins to help them economically secure so that our Culture thrives.
We spend so much for movies and entertainment.
Now to the issue on hand.
There is a group of Brahmins who accepted Dakshina from Lord Rama.
They were the priests who welcomed Lord Rama when he returned to Ayodhya after killing Ravana.
They are Sanadh Brahmins.
‘Just as there are Brahmins whose origins are associated with Rama, such as the Saryuparins that came into being when Rama reached Ayodhya after slaying Ravana, and the Sanadhs, who recall their acceptance of dakshina from Ramchandra on the victory over Ravana, there are also Brahmins that are associated in origin from Ravana, and these include the Daves (of Mudgal gotra) of Rajasthan, as well as Gujarat’s Sachoras, the Kanyakubjas of Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, and the Brahmins of the Kaumara sub-gotra of the Vasistha gotra
Saryupari Sanadhyashcha Bhumiharo Jijhoutayah
Prakritashcha Iti Panchabhedastasya Prakartitah
Reference and Citation.