September 27th IST
The easiest way to access grace is to feed a hungry famished human being starving for food. Giving food is considered to be the greatest charity of all the charities and it is believed that whoever donates food will attain an 'elevated status'.
Last Day, New Moon Tarpanam
September 27th IST
The New Moon is the last of the 15 Moons of Mahalaya. The sacred "Maha Tarpanam" ritual will be performed in Kerala for your ancestors. Priests specialized for ancestral rituals, ensure that the ancestral souls are appeased by the tarpanam, which will lift your curses and will shower blessings on you. Please access the chart for short descriptions of the benefits of each of the 15 Moon Tarpanams.
Note: This is an essential day for doing Tarpanam for those who died due to weapons or accidents. During this day, the known and unknown souls that have departed during the last 30 years are treated equal to God.
Access Chart of 15 Moons and Their Benefits
"If I have to recommend one solution for every one of our problems, be it financial, relationship or health, it is doing Tarpanam (offerings to the ancestors). Miracles do happen after the performance of the rituals."
- Dr. Pillai, Founder of AstroVed
The Annual 15 Moons of 'Mahalaya': The Ancestors' Time
The earth plane was designed as a laboratory for the evolution of souls. Great enlightened beings who have turned their body into light visit the earth daily in their light form. All of our ancestors come and stay on the earth plane for 15 days in a year. During these fifteen days they stay in your body, mind and soul and can change all three positively. Not even Gods can do what the ancestors can do for you. In fact, Gods ask you to go through your ancestors for blessings.
These fifteen days start from September 13th night, right after the full moon and ends on the Mahalaya New Moon Day night, September 27th. This two week period is the most important period to appreciate your departed ancestors.
Why Consider Your Departed Ancestors
At the deeper, metaphysical level, there are only two simple reasons for all of our mundane problems:
departed spirits' influences
Take care of both of them in order to have a peaceful, fulfilling life.
Just as there is a biological lineage of transference of DNA along the family line, there is spirit lineage or Spirit DNA. Your departed ancestors can help solve your problems as well as create them.
Our ancestors live in the world of the Pitra Loka, meaning ancestral world. 64 generations of dead ancestors can help solve your money, relationship, health and other problems quite easily if one knows how to communicate and connect with them.
Access Your Ancestors' Positive Energy Blessings
On the New Moon Day, the departed spirits come to the earth plane and stay with their biological relatives from sunrise to sunset. Fasting during the new moon day will alert your consciousness to be in communion with their spirits.
No fasting for our Ancestors however as they crave a special food; an offering comprised of black sesame seeds, holy water from rivers and oceans, tulsi leaves, sandalwood paste, sacred dharba grass and some coins. These offerings need to be given to them sincerely and conscientiously for all the 14 days and 15 nights.
When living on the earth plane, even great Siddhas like Agastiya, Maha Rishis like Vasistha, Avatars like Krishna and Rama, appreciated their ancestors through rituals involving this tarpanam 'food'.
How to Do Daily Home Tarpanam
Choose which version resonates with you. Dr. Pillai has suggested to at least practicing the longer version of the Tarpanam ritual during the New Moon phase each month.
Perform either version anytime between sunrise to sunset once everyday, especially on New Moon days. It is suggested to not perform tarpanam during non-daylight time.Do it as often as possible on New Moon days.
The purpose of doing this is to release ancestors to a higher plane. When they go into the light they send you their blessing.
Significance of Donating Food During Mahalaya:
The easiest way to access God's grace is to feed a hungry famished human being starving for food. Donating food is considered to be the greatest charity of all the charities and it is believed that whoever donates food will attain an 'elevated status'.
There is an interesting legend highlighting the importance of donating food from the great epic Mahabharatha. Karna was a great philanthropist and he never said no to anyone who approached him for help. He had donated huge wealth and had done all kinds of charity except for donating food. For someone who has donated food, their soul does not feel hungry when it reaches heaven. However, after his death, when Karna's soul reached heaven, it was feeling hungry. He then realized that although he had done all kinds of charities, he did not donate food.
Feeding is the highest of all charities. Donating food on New Moon is important and is considered to be a ritual on this day.
The Art of Giving- “Dhana”
Service to humanity in an unconditional way helps to cleanse your being.
This is called “dhana” in Sanskrit and is one of the virtues. It helps to unburden you of karma and helps to clean the subtle bodies. There are many things you can give in dhana, but what is more important is to understand what to give to whom.
The Vedic Scriptures say to “Give food to the hungry, clothes to the naked, knowledge to the ignorant, teachings to the knowledgeable, teach meditation to the vital, give wisdom to the meditator and just be silent when with a wise one and share in his energy”.
Anna Dhana implies giving food unconditionally to the hungry. Anyone who is hungry shall be fed without any discrimination or judgment. The easiest way to access God's grace is to feed a hungry famished human being starving for food. Donating food is considered to be the greatest charity of all the charities and it is believed that whoever donates food will attain an 'elevated status'.
Anna dhana is not limited to human beings. One needs to feed birds, animals, fish and ants too.
Give with the spirit of giving food that is energized with the right intention and prayers of “Let all be happy.”
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