* A Special Clairvoyant and Psychic Guide by Nalin K. Nirula
* Annual śrāddha fortnight-- Monday, September 28 to - Monday, October 12, 2016
The śrāddha fortnight in the dark fortnight of the mopn-phase (krishna-paksh) is the period when the 'pitra' ancestors from previous lifetimes are able to approach the earth planet and their descendants.
Those who are connected to the healing energies of Reiki or the KQ Force may send healing through the healing procedures as taught and practiced.
Traditional karam-kanda Śrāddha procedures for tarpan should be done through trained Brahmin priests only.
Pitru-dosha (pitra-dosha)-- This occurs only if ancestors of an individual are dissatisfied and can be checked through a horoscopic position of the individual. This is not a general liability or deficit condition.
"Who are the Pitras?"
The pitras are our ancestors from our current and previous lifetimes.
They are those who gave us bodily forms in earlier states of existence, and may themselves be in need of appropriate bodies to progress in their life journies.
The Pitras are stuck in limited capability bodies receiving punishment and correction for their earlier bad karmic activities.
In these bodies the pitras are not able to get relief from the sensory demands and conditions of the body such as hunger, thirst, heat, cold, fatigue, pain. In search of relief, once a year, they are attracted to living entities on the earth planet who are their descendants from previous and current lifetimes. Their descendants are karmic debtors to them.
At the time of śrāddha we can help these ancestors and also get their blessings for our personal progress.
The Dead Feed on the Living
The pitras approach the earth once a year during shradh through Lord Ganesha's grace to get relief from their sufferings.
They feed on the willing offerings made to them by descendants--OR: by forcefully taking good fortune energies from their unwilling or ignorant descendants.
Clearly it is in the interest of the descendants to help them, and so help themselves.
The ancestors will feed once a day (once in 24 hours) according to their time zone.
This is equivalent to every 12 months on the earth plane. This once-a-year period is recognized as the 'shradh' period.
The benefits of making special offerings during the 14 day Śrāddha period is:
For this work, the descendant also receives blessings and positive karma from the pitra to help him materially. This can greatly help the individual to progress spiritually as the material obstacles or problems are reduced and removed.
The Traditional Shradh Offerings
The shradh offerings to the ancestors are made through the brahmin category of persons (those connected to the spiritual energies, as through a religious-spiritual process or through other spiritual processes such as karmic healers); and through donations to those who are handicapped and the poor.
The effects of these two types of donations or offerings in the name of the ancestors works differently. Both types of offerings are recommended for maximum 'tarpan' (relief).
You can yourself directly offer 35 recommended items to the brahmins or the poor. Here is a list of these 35 items.
Offerings During the 14 days of Shradh
If the tithi is not known, then the offering can be made on the first or last day of shradh.
These offerings are made to pitras who are the most in need of help and those pitras who are obstructing one's progress the most.
Here is a list of 35 items recommended for donation during the Śrāddha that you can directly offer to the brahmins, or distribute to the poor.
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"Śrāddha is a time
to heal, to honor your ancestors who gave you this body..."
For healers particularly, whether men or women, it is an enhanced opportunity to release many ancestors from their hellish existence, using healing methods in addition to whatever else they may traditionally observe.
Even where no traditional methods are available or possible, directly healing the ancestors through Reiki and the KQ Force is always an available option, and the grateful ancestors shower all such relatives with an abundance of blessings instead of pouring curses and obstacles on them.
The time of śrāddha is a great opportunity for connecting with the Divine, and for healing, relief and welfare work.
The annual śrāddha period creates some anxiety coming from the idea of unknown special and enhanced impact of supposed ghostly influences.
People become apprehensive additionally because it is recommended that new business or work not be started during this period. To understand this we need to examine how does this śrāddha period affect our lives.
The time of śrāddha is meant for connecting with and healing the ancestors who have a special relationship with us.
Pitras, or the fathering ancestors (or manes) have the ability to obstruct the progress of their familial descendants and relatives, as well as to bless them.
Obstructions in life progress from this source happens where the relatives do not offer the pitras oblations and sustenance food energy once a day in the pitraloka time zone—which is once a year in our planetary time zone.
The pitra connection is not just from the present birth family, but also includes birth families from previous lifetimes. The lineage of connectivity is also through other family members.
In other words one has a lot of ancestors to feed and take care of, so to speak. In particular, those ancestors who have passed away without fulfilling their procreative desires and who are tortured by this create a specific obstruction in one's life.
Vedic astrology recognizes a horoscopic influence position of pitra dosha, which is basically a defect or curse that prevents the fathering of male children. This is verifiable through the astrological methods and correlating this with individual horoscopic life-charts and ground realities in one's family life.
For the general public, the śrāddha period is an opportunity to heal their ancestors. There are procedures meant for releasing them from their tortured existence, which attract blessings and benefits to the descendants.
These benefits typically appear in the form of unexpected and enhanced progress in one’s life in all areas.
The traditional methods of propitiating the ancestors in the Vedic Śrāddha ceremonies are good to do.
(See special note for healers at the beginning of this article).
In the Śrāddha ceremony, foodstuffs and oblations are offered to Viṣṇu, through the Brahmins and the agency of the son, and the sanctified and blessed food, prasādam, is then offered to the father and forefathers who have passed on.
If the forefathers are trapped in a ghostly form or in a hellish zone of existence, by their partaking of this blessed prasādam they are released from this torture.