Just as we serve our parents and close relatives when they are alive, we have certain duties unto them after their death. The shrāddha rites provide us with an excellent opportunity to fulfill these duties and repay our debts unto them. The shrāddha rites are necessary so that the journey of our parents (after death), who have cared for us so much during our childhood, becomes comfortable and without any distress, and they acquire sadgati (momentum for moving to the next higher region). If shrāddha is not performed, their desires remain unfulfilled. Negative energies very easily control such desire-riddled ancestors and then, enslave them. In all likelihood, they use them to cause distress to their own family members. By performing shrāddha, we get relieved from the distress caused by our ancestors and our life on earth becomes comfortable. This Holy text also includes valuable information on various types of shrāddha rites along with ways and means to overcome obstacles faced while performing shrāddha. It also clarifies common doubts such as how do the ancestors gain further momentum due to shrāddha, how does the food offered to the Brāhmaṇs actually reach the ancestors, etc.
Spiritual science underlying various actions in Shraddha
Shraddha is a ritual that provides spiritual energy to our departed ancestors in the afterlife. The different steps of this ritual all have a spiritual meaning. By understanding the meaning of these steps, one can perform Shraddha with more faith, which increases its effectiveness. Shraddha can also relieve problems in our lives since ancestors can cause distress to descendants as a plea for help.
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