‘Janmana Jayate Shudrah, Sanskaraat dwij uchatye||’
This is a Sanskrit couplet which means, “By birth one is Shudra (Not knowledgeable) but by the purification, enrichment & education one becomes a Dwija (knowledgeable)”
Dwija means born again but this second birth is not the physical one rather it is a change in one’s mind & soul, the inner change.
Think about cotton, diamond etc each one undergoes certain procedures to become the presentable final product. The process of transforming these items into the fine product is nothing but ‘The Sanskaras’ for them. These items would be of less or of no use if they don’t undergo these procedures, changes.
In short, Sanskar means to purify, to enrich & to educate. Sanskar is a learning process, a practice which teaches a person to be confident, respectable, knowledgeable & presentable.
In my opinion, every child is like a seed rather a magical seed that has all the power & potential to grow into a beautiful, big tree. Only if we parents, teachers know the methods of good gardening, parenting. There are two lasting bequests we, as a parent, can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.
We can also compare our children with the wet clay which has a power to mould into any shape , its in the potters hand to use that moulding power & convert it into a beautiful shape. We parents need to mould our children’s magical powers into something great & beautiful. We need to mould them daily with our actions, words, emotions & knowledge. This daily routine will leave a subtle impression in their mind as a permanent record and these are called Sanskaras. Teaching or learning these Sanskaras is not an overnight task instead it is a slow & gradual process. That’s why it is said in the Sanskrit couplet that, with such sanskaras one can acquire all the happiness & the prosperity in life.
जन्मना जायते शुद्र:| संस्कारात् द्विज् उच्यते|