The soul incarnates into a physical body which is made up of the five elements in various permutations and combinations, reincarnating several times depending on the kind of karmas which one does in a lifetime. There are certain souls who do not reincarnate, either because they are finished with their karmic cycle of bhu lok [the earth] or because they are stuck in a different dimension of existence and are unable to manifest in the human body, as their karmic balance is not sufficient to entitle them for a human birth. These souls either remain suspended as energies and are called ghosts and spirits or they go to a different dimension of existence called the pitr lok or the lok of the ancestors.
Whatever dimension or level of existence that they are in, unless they have been freed from the cycle of birth and death, they need energy from their offsprings to offset their karmic balance to enable them to reincarnate again.
Shradhs are an important part of the Hindu/Vedic culture and cater to these ancestors’ needs. On these days the constellations are such that the gateways to the other dimensions open and they are allowed to visit the earth to meet their near and dear ones. These ancestors depend on their children and grandchildren to do good deeds in their name and to chant specific mantras, both these acts free the souls from bondages of these not desired yonis or levels of existences. It is the basic duty of the family members to perform certain rites and do charity and gaudaan in the names of their close ones – o0ne can do this only in the human body, once the soul out of the body, it is dependent on others salvation and rebirth [if your karmas do not permit].
At the present time and age, the youth of the country have no idea about the power and efficacy of the Vedic sciences and the phenomenal knowledge in the Vedic mantras and rituals. We can only blame the present education system for this as it is completely based on what the colonial masters chose for us; they were fearful of the power of the Vedas and hence destroyed the gurukul system and ensured that we were taught redundant sciences and tweaked history to their advantage the purpose was so that the coming generations lose faith in their culture and follow the colonial masters blindly. The result which they wanted is visible today.
For the younger generations who might be thinking by now that this article is all about Hindutva and is a fairy tale based on fiction, I would like to point out certain facts of history.
In the ancient world the main cultures flourishing around 4000 years back were the Egyptians, the Mesopotamians, the Romans, Mayans etc. and of course our very own culture. None of the present day religions or schools of thought were present, except the Hindu religion and the Vedic thought. All the cultures prevalent believed in the other world and traveling of the soul to other dimensions. The pyramids which are a common feature in all the continents are a living proof of the advancement and the high scientific knowledge of these ancient masters.
Scientists today accept that the ancients had a strong knowledge of mathematics, astronomy, chemistry and physics. The pyramids are aligned in the north south direction and the shafts in them are pointing towards the three main stars of the Orion Belt which the scientists of today say could be the birthplace of stars and the human origin. The technology to move such heavy stones to build pyramids is still not available to mankind. As a matter of fact scientists are till date baffled by them. They are further baffled when they find high doses of radioactivity in the bones indicating an atomic explosion of the human remains at Mohenjodaro.
About 4000 years back when these civilisations were flourishing, at that time the third yug (the Dwapar Yug) was in progress. If we try to go back further to the Treta Yug and read about the the various weapons used in the Ramayana war, we would realise that our ancestors knew the way the creation functions and the secrets of the lokas and the world of energy.
It is important to note that the Hindu culture is the only culture which predates all the other cultures and is still the largest practiced religion, its mantras and practices are not mumbo jumbo but a gift of a highly-advanced civilisation to the present day humans That’s why it has survived till date. So if you feel the presence of ghosts around you or are going through troubled times because of pitr dosha, then I invite you to take the help of the techniques prescribed in the vedic culture…. the rituals of shradh being one of them.
A 15-day yagya for propitiation of ancestors will be conducted at Dhyan Ashram Yagyashala with Guruji starting from sunrise time on Sept 30. Poornahuti will be conducted on Oct 14. To participate in the
yagya and to do gaudaan in the name of your pitris, visit www.dhyanfoundation.com