[Advaita-l] Duties of Son to departed father

Sanju Nath sanjivendra at gmail.com
Sun Nov 4 21:24:59 CST 2012

Namaste Sriramji,

Thank you for the advise, and the link to the document.

It is very much appreciated.


On Nov 2, 2012, at 1:31 AM, Venkata sriram P <venkatasriramp at yahoo.in> wrote:

> Namaste,
> First of all my condolences and i pray that may his soul rest in peace. 
> Secondly, the dharma sindhu (abridged version) is online here and you can open the e-book and go through the dasa-dina karmAs, sa-piNDIkaraNa paddhati & shrAddha niyamAs.
> http://viprayuva.org/joomla/index.php/books/185-essence-of-dharma-sindhu
> Apart from the above, pls seek the advice of your family priest regarding the shrAddha
> prakriya.  
> As far as your moral responsibility is concerned, since you are the eldest son, take care
> of your bereaved mother and other family members. 
> Pls note that if you have an younger brother and the ancestral property among yourselves 
> has not been distributed, then pratyabdika shrAddha should be performed at your home
> only and you are the kartA for that. 
> However, if your younger brother has separated from your family and lives elsewhere and is
> unable to turn out for annual shrAddha (owing to certain unavoidable reasons), then 
> pratyabdhika shrAddha can be performed independently.  However, if all the members meet at one place at your home and you are the kartA in shrAddha prakriya, then it is a good practice.  
> Extreme care should be taken while offering pitru tarpaNAs because the underlying principle behind these rituals is love & affection towards our elders.  
> If this love & affection is not there, whatever be the rituals, it is just a mechanical one. 
> Last but not the least, it entirely depends upon one's own sAdhana and how much purity levels one has achieved through swadharmAnuSTAna & dhyAna.
> regs,
> sriram
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