EYE ON VEDIC FESTIVALS: PITRIS PAKSHA
Over the past yr, I’ve develop into fascinated by the affect of our ancestors on our current day karma. Mark Woylnn’s e book, It Didn’t Begin With You, reminds us of how our ancestor’s unresolved struggling, a lot of which is unknown to us, binds us painfully to them. So usually our despair, anxiousness, ache and phobias and obsessive ideas involves us genetically from our mother and father, grand-parents, and nice grand-parents. In Vedic astrology you’ll be able to usually see this within the varga charts, D-40 and D-45 that are about ancestral lineage. In tracing household timber, it turns into increasingly more fascinating to find our struggles are our ancestor’s struggles and they’re cheering for us to finish what they could not have. We owe them a lot for his or her sacrifice and devotion to carry up a household and persevering with the household lineage. In my Varga 2 class , I’ve 2-3 classes on Ancestral Karma. (electronic mail me at email@example.com for particulars.)
A particular two week interval for honoring the ancestors runs Sept. tenth from the complete moon to the brand new Moon on Sept. twenty fifth. It’s thought that at the moment, that the heavens are nearer to the earth and that we will join extra clearly with our ancestors. If you wish to bear in mind your departed family members, it is a good time to take action. Feed the poor, give donation and have fun their life with a feast of their memory- normally a vegetarian and Sattvic meals. Honor their reminiscence and bear in mind them with fondness. Should you should not have a Hindu temple close to you, you’ll be able to observe by yourself by bringing out 3 generations of household footage, lighting candles and feeling gratitude and donating to the poor. As we heal and bear in mind, we heal and honor their gentle in us with gratitude.
Extra on this vacation from my instructor, Komilla Sutton:
The Vishnu Purana states that the sraddha carried out on the times main as much as the brand new moon in Virgo are equal to and as efficacious as performing the sraddha on the banks of the sacred rivers and sacred place akin to Gaya.
So what’s the significance of this vacation? My Jyotish Guru, Komilla Sutton, discusses it:
“Shraaddha are often known as Pitris paksha. Paksha is a fortnight and the pitris paksha at all times takes locations when the Moon is in its waning section, Krishna Paksha. Shraddha normally happen 10 days after Ganesha Chathurti. This fortnight is left to hope to the lifeless. The New moon in Virgo indicators the tip of the Shraaddh.
Shraddha means religion and reverence. It is among the necessary duties of each particular person in response to the Hindu perception. Shraddha are carried out within the Krishna paksha (waning Moon fortnight) earlier than the brand new Moon is Virgo (Sept.16-28TH) . The rituals carried out throughout this time give nice non secular benefit. The ancestors are worshiped and each effort is made to fulfill their needs in order that they will relaxation in peace for the remainder of the yr.
Shraddha means religion and reverence. It is among the necessary duties of each particular person in response to the Hindu perception. Shraddha are carried out within the Krishna paksha (waning Moon fortnight) earlier than the brand new Moon is Virgo. The rituals carried out throughout this time give nice non secular benefit. The ancestors are worshipped and each effort is made to fulfill their needs in order that they will relaxation in peace for the remainder of the yr.”
Why ought to we do sraddha to the departed?
The truth is we might not be right here and be who we’re if not for our ancestors. If we owe Mr. X cash, however he strikes away earlier than we repay our debt to him, that debt doesn’t go away simply because he’s some other place, is it not? With this prayer to the Pitris, “O! Pitris, in whichever kind chances are you’ll be, wherever chances are you’ll be, we want to bear in mind and pray to your peace and welfare, and give you the oblations with devotion. Please bless us and forgive us for any omissions and commissions in our life with you on this earth”. Might all of us specific our gratitude to our ancestors and the Lord throughout this Mahãlaya Paksha.
Komilla goes on to say: ” Shraddha means religion and reverence. It is among the necessary duties of each particular person in response to the Hindu perception. Favourite meals objects of the departed particular person are specifically ready and provided after performing a puja, donations and given and folks additionally journey to Gaya or different religious locations to offer particular choices. A small portion of the meals can be provided to the crow. The Crow is taken into account as a connection between the residing and the lifeless worlds.
The Shraaddh carried out throughout Pitru Paksha should not funeral ceremonies. They’re Yagyas for the Pitris, worship of the ancestors as deities. They’re completely different from the worship of the God. Shraaddh is especially carried out for 3 generations of Pitris, specifically the daddy, the grandfather and the good grandfather. When carried out for all of the ancestors profit from it.”
The ultimate day of Pitris Paksha is the Mahalay Amavasya (the darkish evening earlier than new moon)- Sept. twenty eighth in 2019. This takes place when the Solar and Moon conjunct in Virgo. All of the ancestors are prayed to on this present day. The assumption is that all of them come all the way down to earth from their abode to affix the world of residing for a day.
As we heal and bear in mind, we heal and honor their gentle in us with gratitude.