Sunday, April 19, 2015

[gita-talk] Fw: why should we do any pithrukaryam for this departed soul ?


Hare krishna,

Pithrukaryam is done for the departed soul.  But soul has no birth or death.  It is real.  When that is the case why should we do any pithrukaryam for this departed soul.  I seek respected Sadhaks explanation on this.



Dear Sadaks,
The soul has travelled from body to body numerous times. But your so called parents who were cause for giving your body, have committed a karma, which goes into your credit account. To clear this credit account you do pthiru karma. This pthiru karma pays back your dues to your parent who may in any form. 1) You close your dues. 2) diseased parent may be in a form of cow, the cow gets good grass, good owner etc. 3) your diseased parent dues closes. The concept by this is, if NO dues that soul uplifts to heaven or better birth from cow.


Dear Vaidyanathan Ji,
The soul has no birth - no death. But since every individual is not Aatma-Gyani (soul realised) and he/she has attachments with body & senses, that fellow is not spiritually liberated & therefore goes to some other Yoni (carry new body). To elevate him/her from lower Yoni to upper one & to get blessing of our ancestors, Shradhda & other Pitru Karya is done with Shradha.



Dear Sri Vaidyanathan, please try to listen to Garuda Purana pravachana. It gives a lot of details about pitrukaryam. Regards.



You are right that a departed soul is always alive as it carries forward the subtle body to next loka. For that reason it becomes even more important that the sons do the tarpan/shraad/pithrukaryam.
In this karma kaand one has to feed Brahmins, crows, gau, dogs with sam-bhaav that only one god resides in all. Even one could also do charity during this period for the needy.
This karma kaand becomes a punya, that benefits the subtle body of departed soul, as this karma represents the good samskaras the departed soul left behind in his/her next generation.
This results in +ive reaction from subtle body of departed soul in form of blessings. Like devtas respond to yajna, pitras respond to shraddha/tarpan/piithrukaryam. Still its better if one do these karma kandas without selfish desire of any ROI. In that scenario, this also becomes the worship of Krishna, in addition to the benefit for pitras.
Other query could be why this pitrapaksha period is observed right before sharad navratri and not any other time?


Ceremonies are done to relieve us from temporary sins. 

Sins only happen till we identify ourselves with the body. As soon as we accept ourselves as distinct from the world and part of God, there are no sins and there is no need of any ceremony for inert matter.

You don't have to do it if you accept self as eternal and NOT part of the body and world.





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