[Advaita-l] Pitru Paksha Questions
vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 20 22:55:30 CDT 2011
On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 10:45 PM, V Subrahmanian
<v.subrahmanian at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 18, 2011 at 7:55 PM, Venkatesh Murthy <vmurthy36 at gmail.com>wrote:
>> A learned Hindu professor has said that : " Ancestor worship, in some
>> form or other, is the beginning, the middle, and the end of what is
>> known as the Hindu religion."
>> Taittiriya Upanisad has said Deva Pitru Karyabhyam Na Pramaditavyam
>> You should not neglect duties to the gods and ancestors.
>> But now people are neglecting Pitru Karmas. Sraddha is very important
>> Karma. What is Sraddha ? Pitrunuddishya Viprebhyo Dattam
>> Sraddhamudahrutam. Giving to Brahmins thinking it is for Pitrus is
>> Some questions.
>> 1 If father is weak and not capable of performing Pitru Karmas can son
>> do them ? Can he do them with Pracinaviti that is Apasavya position
>> in the sacred thread?
> The father can perform it in 'hiraNya shrAddham' mode in case of inability
> to perform in the detailed manner. There is nothing wrong for someone whose
> father is alive to have the upaveetam in prAchInAvIti for specific
> purposes. In fact I have heard several learned vAdhyars clarifying that
> even during the daily pitR tarpaNam as part of brahmayajnam there is
> absolutely nothing wrong in prAchInAvIti by those with fathers alive. It
> is only out of wrong notions people fear prAchInAvIti when the father is
What is Hiranya Sraddha? Kindly give details briefly. If father cannot
sit down due to arthritis can son do it?
>> 3 In some Sraddhas I did not notice Pani Homa offerings made in the
>> right hand of Brahmin. Right hand of Brahmin has Agni in it. Homa is
>> performed in it. Agni Mukha Vai Devaha Panimukha Vai Pitaraha. For
>> gods food goes through Agni for Pitrus it goes through Brahmin.
>> Satisfaction of Brahmins is pleasing to Pitrus. This Pani Homa is
>> compulsory or can be skipped?
> I think paNi homa is only for Rg vedis. For yajur vedis homa is always
> performed as far as I have observed.
This is Pani Homa is Agnau Karana. Homa is done in Brahmin's right
hand. Kindly see how to do it on Youtube -
Kindly see Brahmana Bhojana feeding food to Brahmins -
Kindly see Pinda Pradana video -
The three important parts of Sraddha are Agnau Karana , Brahmana
Bhojana and Pinda Pradana .
Homascha Pindadanam Ca Tatha Brahmanabhojanam |
Shraddha Shabdabhidheyam Syat Ekasmin Aupacarikam |
>> 4 Some people say Sraddha must be performed in Mahalaya but some
>> people Sankalpa Sraddha can be performed in Pitru Paksha but some
>> people say Tarpana is enough no need to do even Sankalpa Sraddha. In
>> Sankalpa Sraddha there is no Pinda Pradana. In Tarpana only Tila and
>> water tarpana is offered. What is correct?
> This is mostly dictated by convenience and kula AchAra. There are even
> those who perform shrAddham for the father and the mother during the pakSha
> on different tithis. Some combine both by commissioning four brahmins
> (apart from the purohit) on a single day.
I dont think Kulacara can be used. Because the Sraddha is a Vaidika
Karma from Grihya Sutras. It must be followed like any Vaidika Karma.
We cannot use our family customs.
>> 5. What is Sakrun Mahalaya ?
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