How can a man completely get relieved of curses and sins he committed during his earthly life? Please quote from Hindu scriptures instead of vague answers.
A practical and easy prayaschitta measure that is effective in removing all kinds of sins is called Tula Purusha.
It involves the making of gifts(donation of) any substance equal to one's own weight to a male human being .Most people make such donations to temples of male Gods.
- The chandrayana penance, the eating of unripe barley, the form of making a gift, called the Tulapurusha, [I, e., making a gift of such a quantity of any substance as is equal in weight to a male human being], and the act of walking behind cows, — these put an end to all kinds of sin.(Parashara Smriti ,Chapter 12,verse 80)
I have seen many people here are concerned about what to do when they know that they have committed a sin.Most people have not read the Scriptures so they are not aware of the prayaschitta measures given therein.
Also,many measures that are given in Shastras are very difficult to perform,like the Chandrayana penance,Krikkhara penance,Tapta Krikkhara penance,Samtapana Krrikkhra penance etc. all of which involves prolonged fasting.
So,for such situations,when one does not know which specific prayaschitta is to be performed, the Tula Purusha remedy comes very handy.And it can be done by anyone without any restrictions.
And,its more effective a remedy in Kali Yuga in particular because of the following verse:
- " Self-mortification is the rule in the Krita age ; knowledge is said (to be the same) in the Treta ; in the Dvapara, (they) say sacrifice (to the gods to be) the sole (rule) ; and charity alone in the Kali age.(Parashara Smriti,Chapter 1,verse 23)
Simple answer is really long time (millions of kalpas). Scriptural answer is:
भुङ्के हि स्वकृतं कर्म सर्वत्रापि च भारते।
शुभाशुभं च यत्किचित्स्वकर्मफलभुक्पुमान् ॥१६॥
नाभुक्तं क्षीयते कर्मकल्पकोटिशतैरपि।
अवश्यमेव भोक्तव्यं कृतं कर्म शुभाशुभम् ॥१७॥
One gets the result of one's own deeds in the land of Bharata. Whatever good or bad deeds are performed by him, he surely has to face the result.
Because the deeds never vanish even after the lapse of hundreds and crores of kalpas, one has to reap the result of the good or bad deeds performed by him.
जन्म भोगावशेषे च सर्वेषा कृतकर्मणाम्।
अनुरूपं च तेषां वै भारतेऽन्यत्र चैव हि ॥१९॥
If the results of some of the deeds are left out in one birth, he has to face them in the next birth.
A man can be relieved from curses and sins completely he committed during his earthly life when he dies followed by his wife also dies in the same pyre and loses here life. This is the best parikara. கணவன் செய்த எல்லா பாவங்களும், அவனுடைய மனைவி கணவனுடன் உடன்கட்டை ஏறுவதால் பரிகாரமாகி விடும்.
Source Garuda puranam under prayaschitha chapter.