by Chennai based K.B.Gopalakrishnan
12th, FEB,2009 1:33PM
Brahmin community is supposed to hold the esoteric knowledge. True
many of them hold the secrets in the form of rituals. But many of
them are not clairvoyant or psychic which makes it makes it tougher
for people to understand. Added to this are some of the greatest
name in Indian spiritual tradition are anti Brahmin and anti ritual.
Any ritual in the tradition is kept
for a purpose. Opposing in the name of spiritual stuff and telling
god is highest only reflects the partial truth, for example I have
seen personally the energy body of mine getting affected due to
spirits during the days of sharadda karma. Also there is mood
swings. With out psychic protection and metta practice many people
will find to keep themselves in balance. For example the ritual of
offering water as tarpana is useful in many ways. One of the
important use is one can sleep well with less mood swings. Generally
one can be very soft in nature. I need a whole book to explain the
use of every rituals. With out going in to cumber some details
rituals have multidimensional effect. One can see effects physically
and mental in the events, people and places with astral and ethereal
level. It has effect of time of past present and future.
the use of death ritual – it is mainly done to help
the spirit to travel from the ethereal to netheral and then to
astral world. The description in garuda purana or the bardo of the
Tibetan Buddhism is mainly the description of the astral body
journey after the death. The Tibetan book of death is more detailed
and elaborate than the Indian book of dead. It is lost and forgotten
tradition in India though this country is the pioneer in the
day of the ritual when a person is dead the body is
cremated. outside the house fire is lit just to tell the world that
someone has died. The gulika kala is avoided because the dead
person’s astral body will find traveling into the astral world very
difficult. The body is given a bath. The vaka rice or the final rice
is put by the people because in a way food connect all of us and
also the dead person can eat the essence of the rice energy. The
priest comes and makes the fire. All homam is done through oupasana
ritual. It this case the ritual reversal where everything is done in
the reverse fashion. It is actually a prakdishana. A rope is put and
connection is made with the dead person and karta. The main reason
is just to show symbolically the astral cords which barabara brenman
hands on light talks about and it will be cut. Psychic protection is
done with water and pot is broken which shows symbolically one is
Normally death is not celebrated in
the Brahmin community to show the mood of the people. In the other
community there is tantric way of celebration of death. Drinking
dancing throwing flowers is done. In a way it will also disperse the
energy with the sound. If one hears the beat one feels like dancing.
Now days this kind of death beat is used for the dance songs.
day – one goes to the cremation ground. Has bath
which cleans the mental body. One of the important things which is
done on that day`` is collecting the bones. Of course the dead
person is offered food. Ritually the dead person energy is invoked
in to sila or small stone. Then they try to keep shodasa ritual
partially,by keeping shoes, umbrella clothes in a symbolic manner.
Then the bones are collected with prayers. Thirdly a small fire is
developed which does praya chitta for the mistakes done in ritual or
with the dead person. This is also oupasana homam done in anti clock
Essence of the rituals is offering
food and also the collection of the bones. If a person does not
belong to Brahmin community or do not know the mantra food is
offered. Then the ashes is mixed in lake or beach.
From the second day on wards the nitya
vidi starts which is not done today. They do it till the 9th day.
Basically the dead person’s energy invoked in to shila or a stone.
Then the abhsikam is done with water, sand plus water and then the
vasodokum. The milk and curd is not offered. Then the panda is kept
as the offering. Naryana is invoked to say please satisfy the preta
and with your grace makes this dead person happy with the food we
offer. Because what ever one offer is not going to satisfy the dead
person whose has lost the the taste faculty.
This is done even on the tenth day. On
the tenth day a large quanity of food is offered. The preta or dead
person is told good bye by the relatives. A final blessing is taken
from them. Even the relatives are allowed to do the tarpana to make
the person to go the other side.
The abhsiekam is done to cool the
person and also reduce the level of thirst. Every day food is kept
to satisfy the hunger. Cooling is done because when the body burns
the spirit level person can have an impact.
The 11th day is crucial. Lord shiva is
invoked. These days calf Is made to come symbolically. I think in
olden days the real bull was brought. Then they send the spirit to
the other side. They say that dead person holds the tail of the calf
and goes to the other side. This shows they are crossing the bardo.
On this day the fire is lit and the
food is offered with milk and curd in 4 parts. The food is burnt
because the person can not eat physically. In a way we are sending
the essence of the energy. Lord yama is also worshiopped because he
the deity who preside over the death.
Then the dead person energy invoked
and food is offered. This is called othan in tamil or single men.
After karta serves the food one is not allowed to see the othan.
Symbolically he represents the dead person.
Literally spirits can connect with the
astral body and eat. One sees the ad of amitba in Cadbury or the
movie ghost were hero or heroine kisses each other it is easier to
understand. Spirits can eat through us if one is not sensitive.
The 12th day the dead person is
energetically connected in to the lineage where all the dead people
for last three generation is connected. It is called as sapandi
karnam. After which the first sharadda is offered this is called as
masiakm and shoda kumbam.
Finally subham is done were dead
person is praised and also small homam is done to clear the energy.
Dead person ash tells the tale. If
person body is burnt fully then it shows peaceful death. Some of the
body heart is some organ is not burnt which shows karmic connection.
How the ritual is done is directly
proportional to the person’s good karma and how the dead person is
going to travel into the astral world.
Remembering offering food and water is
useful for dead person. This is essence of the dead ritual where
prayers or divine energy is invoked. The Christians offer the mass
for all the 13 days. This is also in a way to lift the energy body.
Even I have understood the ritual till
I participated in 3 times. One for grand mother, one for father and
one for mother.