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Shraadh means to give with devotion or to offer one's respect. Shraadh is a ritual for expressing one's respectful feelings for the ancestors. According to Indian texts a soul has to wander about in the various worlds after death and has to suffer a lot due to past karmas. Shraadh is a means of alleviating this suffering.

Shraddhyaa Kriyate Yaa Saa: Shraadh is the ritual accomplished to satiate one's ancestors.

The nature's cycle keeps on going according to its fixed programme and similarly man to keeps moving from the birth to death then again to birth and so on. This goes on and on endlessly and souls that have passed away keep taking birth in new forms.

This cycle was set into process by the Almighty and our ancient Rishis and Yogis divided the human life from birth to death into various parts so that man could lead a balanced life and accomplish the tasks in his life that are important for his existence. They designated particular rituals for each part of a person's life so that life could be lived to the full.

Along with this they also advised man to offer his thanks and gratitude to the Almighty and seek his divine blessings so that he could lead a happy, contented and divine life full of all comforts and pleasures.

According to Hindu tradition life is divided into various parts and similarly there are different Samskars which mark a particular phase or part of life. When a soul enters the womb or when a woman becomes pregnant Punsavan Samskar is accomplished.

On birth of the child Choodamani Samskar is done. When the child starts his education the Upanayan Samskar is accomplished which marks the phase of development of an ignorant individual into a knowledgable person.

Similarly when a person becomes young Vivah Samskar is accomplished whereby he gets married and enters into a new phase of life. All through his life he has to go through several Samskars and when finally he gets old and dies the Kapal Kriya Samskar is accomplished as the soul leaves to take birth in a new body.

Thus this system is very well organised and it is based on human emotions and feelings. Even after death the link with the soul continues and in India every year a ritual is carried out to offer one's respect and love to the departed soul.

In the ancient text Garud Puraan and other Puraans it is clearly stated that by offering food to dead one's ancestors their souls feel satiated and they bless the person with wealth, children, knowledge, joys, pleasures and a total life.

Shraadh is this ritual well known all over India and it needs no special introduction. But very few people are aware that there are twelve types of Shraadh.

1. Nitya Shraadh

It is done daily. And in this ceremony sesame seeds, grains, water, milk, fruit, vegetables and food are offered to the departed soul daily.

2. Neimitik Shraadh

It is also known as Ekodisht Shraadh. In it food is offered to an odd number of priests say 1, 3, or 5 in number.

3. Kaamya Shraadh

In it prayers and respect is offered to the departed soul with the aim of fulfilment of some wish.

4. Vriddhi Shraadh

It is done for gain of prosperity and children. Only persons who have gone through Upanayan Samskar should do it.

5. Sapindan Shraadh

In it four clean vessels are taken and in each some water mixed with fragrance and sesame seeds is taken.

These four are symbolic of Pretaatma (wandering spirits), Pitaatmaa (spirits of higher souls), Devaatmaa (spirits which are divine) and other unknown souls. Then the water from the first vessel is poured into the second.

6. Paarvann Shraadh

It is done on a moonless night or on some special occasion.

7. Goshtth Shraadh

It is done for gain of cattle.

8. Shurdhyarth Shraadh

It is done with the help of priests for gain of wealth, amd for appeasing scholars and ancestors.

9. Karmaang Shraadh

In it prayers are offered to the ancestors when a woman becomes pregnant or when Seemaantonayan and Punsavan Samskars are being accomplished.

10. Deivik Shraadh

In it oblations are made with ghee in the holy fire for good luck in travels and to seek the well wishes of deities.

11. Oupcharik Shraadh

It is done for physical health and riddance from diseases.

12. Saanvatsarik Shraadh

It is best among all Shraadhs and it is accomplished on the day on which the soul departed. It is a very important ritual for in the text Bhavishya Purann Lord Sun says - I do not accept the prayers of a person who does not perform Saanvatsarik Shraadh and neither do Vishnu, Brahma, Rudra and other deities.

Hence one should surely carry out this ritual each year on the day the ancestor passed away.

It is stated in the texts that a person who does not accomplish the Shraadh of his dead parents has to suffer much in life and even after. He may even be born in lower planes of existence as a result.

Some might ask what they should do if they do not remember the dates of passing away of their parents?

Such a person should do Shraadh on the moonless night in the month of Shraadhs. Shraadh for dead women folk should be done on the ninth day of dark fortnight of the lunar calendar.

Shraadh is accomplished not only for dead parents but all ancestors whose names one might not remember or whose dates of passing away are not remembered.

This ritual is symbolic of giving respect to the dead ancestors and a way of getting their blessings and well wishes. Hence every person should perform Shraadh.

But merely inviting some priests and offering them food and gifts is not enough. Rather one should include a Sadhana in this process. Only then is the ritual fruitful. Following is the Sadhana for this purpose which every person should try with full faith and devotion for gaining the maximum from the departed souls.

Sadhana

Articles : Pitreshwar Tarpann Saafalya Yantra and 11 Pitreshwar Shaanti Beejs.

Time:

On the date on which the ancestor passed away do this Sadhana early in the morning in Brahm Muhurat i.e. between 5 and 7 am.

One should sit facing South for this Sadhana.

The main benefit of this Sadhana is that through it the dead ancestor feels fully satiated in whichever place he might be at that moment. If he has taken birth in some lower plane he becomes free from it and is born in a good family.

In a way it is a Sadhana for freeing the dead one's spirit from lower planes of existence and propelling it upwards.

It is a very easy and simple Sadhana and any person can accomplish it without any problem.

Get up early in the morning and have a bath. Wear fresh white clothes and sit on a white mat facing South.

Place before yourself the articles to be gifted to the priest. In a place draw a human figure with vermilion and on it place Pitreshwar Tarpann Saafalya Yantra.

Offer on it flowers, incense. Next chanting the following Mantra eleven times place the eleven Pitreshwar Shaanti Beejs in the plate one by one.

|| Om Amukam Pitre Namah ||

In the above Mantra the word Amukam has to be replaced by the ancestor's name while chanting the Mantra.

Then chant the Mantra for fifteen minutes keeping your gaze fixed on the Yantra. After the Sadhana is over drop the Yantra and the eleven Beejs in a river or pond. Offer the gifts to some priest and also offer him meals.

Before starting the Sadhana take water in the hollow of your right hand and pledge that you are doing this Sadhana for the satiation and emancipation of your ancestors. Separate Sadhana should be done for both parents.


'Mantra Tantra Yantra Vigyan August 2000 '49'


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All kinds of material problems can be solved by performing Sadhanas and taking Dikshas. You may perform Sadhanas yourself to ward off malefic effects of bad planets and to counter the black magic done against you. You should perform Sadhanas yourself after taking Diksha to attain material and spiritual upliftment. Sadhana is the only way to get Divine help to resolve tensions & problems of material life and attaining spiritual elevation.

The chances of success in Sadhanas are increased manifold by taking Diksha as during Diksha, Revered Gurudev transfers a part of His own spiritual penance power into the disciple to steer him towards success. Guru Diksha is the basic foundation for spiritual and material success.

You need to take Guru Diksha before performing any Sadhana or taking any other Diksha. Guru Diksha is the first step of spiritual initiation. When you apply for Guru Diksha, you get a Guru Pitambar(shawl to wear while performing Sadhana) and one year subscription of "Nikhil Mantra Vigyan" magazine free along with Guru Diksha.

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You may either get Diksha from Gurudev personally or the Diksha may be granted on a photograph. The photograph should be a recent one, and can be of any size. However the face should be clearly visible on the photograph.

The Diksha is granted free of cost by Revered Gurudev.However, a token amount is charged for each Diksha which goes towards charitable causes through Dr. Narayan Dutt Shrimali Foundation International Charitable Trust Society.

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