The responses provided by Sriman Vaasu VaadhyAr
are valuable to clear number of doubts that assail us
on the subject of Pithrus , Sraddham and PrapannAs .
I am sure you will find these inputs useful to you .
NamO Sriman Narayanaya ,
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, "Dr. Sadagopan" <yennappan@...>
Dear Sriman Vaasu VaadhyAr Swamy :
Could you please help a number of our readers ,
who wonder about Sraaddham related matters :
1) Who are pithrus ?
*** Departed three generation father side parents.
2) What are their links to the departed ?
*** This is replied from my experience; there may be some
evidence or may not be:
While doing the Sapindikarnam, a manthram "ye samaanaaha samanasaha
yamaraajyea ..... theshaam sri: mayi kalpathaam"
It is instructed this manthram should be told in
raising tone i.e, in high pitch at the end.
Pithrus are three type or three positions :
1. Vasu Roopam 2.Rudra roopam 3. Aadhithya roopam
by the sound produced here the 'anma' is pushed from here
by the vibrations produced.
At the same time, the pithrus already who are in the above
three stages are there to lift this new atma from their positions.
By which the new atma is getting the Vasu position of Vasu roopam
the old pithrus are getting shifted to next position.
The third one is reaching the swargam.
To proove this: (or as an evidence) the manthram told while
performing the 'Go (cow)' dhaanam, the manthram is like this:
"mama pithu prethasya / maathru prethayaa: pretha logaadhu pithru
logam gachchadha: madhya vaitharani nadhi uththaranartham ...."
So it is proved that pretha roopi is getting the pithru roopam.
the manthram told while doing the 'Paadheya dhaanam' (curd rice
bundle) the sankalpam is like this:
"mama .......... pithru logaadh swarga logam gachchatha: madhya adhva
shram nivruthyartham ....."
So it is proved that the pithru roopi is getting the Swargam.
The difference between prapanna (sharanagathan) and others is:
The same anma is there in the all three roopams in the case of others
and some other deputed devada is there in the case of Prapannan.
This is to maintain the link for the future atmas.
3) How does PiNDam and Tilam offered to
the Pithrus reach them and satisfy them ?
A person who is having a physical body needs some food in the form
of solid or liquid (physically).
Pithrus are not in the physical form, so they don't need any physical
form of food.
But shastras are made for the convenient of human who are in the
world with physical bodies.
When one is doing his duty some other dharmam also to be protected or
maintained. So, sastram is instructing man to do Pancha yagnam daily.
The food offered for one or two swamis are coming under manushya
Pindams and thilam are going for Bhudha yagnam which will be given to
some cow or crow and or fishes in the pond.
Pindams are some sort of representation to convince the man by giving
some physical form to assume and to do with care (shradhai).
4) When some one leaves the body and
the Jeevan enters into another body ,
how is the food offered to a departed person
who was rerelated to you reach the Jeevan
experiencing its karmAs in another body ?
Jeevas are taking another body is a common verse not for brahmins,
the facility and speciality given for brahmin is the one that he can
protect their pithrus from rebirth by performing the pithru karmas.
If he does the karma perfectly then there is no room for this
Even if the soul got a new body (by chance), to keep the shastram he
has to perform the karmas.
5) In the case of the Muktha Jeevan that
never returns again to the Karma BhUmi
after SaraNAgathy , what happens to
the Food offered in their name during
the Sraaddham ?
Food offered is not for the pithrus, they are getting only
satisfcation. By offering the food to a swamin with the physical
body here in this world is getting a satisfaction, by which the atma
of that swamin is getting some kind of satisfaction which can be
conveyed are shared by the pitru atma which is some where else.
It can be prooved, that a person can talk from world with the person
who is in the moon. It shows, that a sound wave produced here is
spreading infinitely / endlessly to all places.
Like that this satisfaction feeling also can be conveyed.
6) What is the relationship between
the Pithrus and the Prapanna Jeevan ,
if at all any ?
Pithrus are the representatives of Prapanna jeevas arranged by
bhagavan to maintain the shastram for the convenient of future
atma to get the link.
We are doing all karmas as "Sriman naarayana preethyartham"
not as "Pithru preethyartham".
"Ekovishu: mahath bhudham .... bhunkthe .... avyaya:"
Vishnu himself is taking / eating all these things.
Dear Mmebers : I hope I have capyured your
questions . If there are others left out , please
ask . Let us focus on this area .
NamO SrI Veda PurushAya ,