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Both the answers above add value to the question. There is one more perspective that I wish to add - the invocation of ancestors (Pitrs) is done as an appeal to their spirits to guide the individual because they have already walked that path before they left their bodies. Om Swami has actually had a live experience invoking his ancestor's blessings while ...


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A human being is not just the Atman or the Self. He also has a physical body, a subtle body and a causal body. Karma applies to the subtle body. Your confusion is because you have forgotten the 3 bodies of a Jiva. Nothing happens to the atman which is merely a witness. It is the subtle body that is affected by death. Check Gita 2.17-2.22 for the answer to ...


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We need to read and understand the underlying sloka/verse to decipher the correct meaning intended in the Vedas. But you need to be careful with western translations when relying on their interpretations of vedas. I will write the sanskrit verse below and provide meaning for it, and then clarify what its intention is thereafter. But first, one thing I need ...


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Well, this is not from a reputable source but i think this may answer your question. "After death the spirit is confused, uncertain of what to do. It is up to you as a loved one to do your utmost to give some direction to the after-death experiences to minimize the feelings of loneliness and terror of the unknown. Pitri Tarpana is one of the after-death ...


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