कुलक्षये प्रणश्यन्ति कुलधर्माः सनातनाः। धर्मे नष्टे कुलं कृत्स्नमधर्मोऽभिभवत्युत॥ अधर्माभिभवात् कृष्ण प्रदुष्यन्ति कुलस्त्रियः। स्त्रीषु दुष्टासु वार्ष्णेय जायते वर्णसङ्करः॥

In this shloka from Srimad Bhagavad Gita (Arjuna Vishada Yoga/Chapter 1/Shlokas 40,41), Arjuna is worried about the consequences of the war. With widespread death and destruction that the war will wreck, Arjuna worries that several kulas will be destroyed, and with them, the kuladharmas, that have been followed for a very long time. With the…

रथमानय मे शीघ्रं गच्छाम्यद्यैव मा चिरम्। वसिष्ठस्त्वग्रतो यातु सदारः सहितोऽग्निभिः॥

In this shloka from Adhyatma Ramayanam (Bala Kandam, 6th Sarga, 37th shloka), Raja Dasharatha tells his ministers, “Bring forth my chariot quickly, I will go today itself. [We will take along] Guru Vashishtha, our women, and the sacrificial fires”. On hearing the invitation from Raja Janaka bearing the news of Rama’s swayamvaram and his feats, Dasharatha was…

सङ्करो नरकायैव कुलघ्नानां कुलस्य च। पतन्ति पितरो ह्येषां लुप्तपिण्डोदकक्रियाः॥

In this shloka from Srimad Bhagavad Gita (Arjuna Vishada Yoga/Chapter 1/Shlokas 42), Arjuna continues to worry about the consequences of the war. The intermingling of varnas/kulas results in naraka, for both the kula and the destroyers of the kulas. [More importantly,] the pitṛs of these kulas fall, on being deprived of piṇḍodakakriyāḥ (śrāddham, the offering of food and…