Shradh Audio playlist below (downloadable)
(Discussions on the “Days of the Dead”)
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Dealing with Shraadh
Part 1 – Dying : How people deal with a dying family member and how they act after the death of that person.
Part 2 – Detachment : Detachment at the time of observing death up close. The difference between detachment and indifference.
Part 3 – Reality Check! : “It is very difficult to enjoy life after knowing the reality of how people act when a family member dies…” More on how people act around a dying person, and after that.
Part 4 – Death rituals : What is the significance of these? The difference between men and women (physical, hormonal, decision making, spiritual).
Part 5 – Conclusion : * Dealing with others * Fear of demigods * Shraadh * Healers don’t need to worship or approach the demigods or the planets for anything * Healers are Vaishnavas with a direct heart to heart connection with Vishnu-paramatma and the Brahma energies.
The shraadh period is when the departed ancestors approach the earth planet to receive sustenance from their relatives.
Immediately before this, Lord Ganesha enters into a meditative state symbolized by the visarjana of his deity form in a water body.
The shradh period for feeding and propitiating the ancestors commences immediately after that.
Lord Ganesha is the master of the ‘ganas’–tribes of humans. He is described as the gatekeeper of the destiny chakra of living entities, and is invoked before any undertaking for good fortune. This was a special boon given to him by Lord Vishnu.
At the end of shraadh
At the end of shraadh period (a 15 day lunar period in September-October , the auspicious Navratri period starts.
During Navratri, the female principle of the universe in the form of the Nav Durga Devis (9 aspects of Devi), appear so as to specially bless the inhabitants of the world.