The soul incarnates into a physical body which is made up of the five elements in various permutations and combinations; reincarnating birth after birth depending on the kind of karmas which one does in a lifetime. There are certain souls who don’t reincarnate, either because they are finished with their karmic cycle of bhulok (the prithvilok) or because they are stuck in a different dimension of existence and are unable to manifest in the human body, as their karmic balance is not sufficient to entitle them for a human birth. These souls either remain suspended as energies and are called ghosts and spirits or they go to a different dimension of existence called the pitrlok or the lok of the ancestors.
Whatever dimension or level of existence that they are in, unless they have been freed from the cycle of birth and death, they need energy from their offsprings to offset their karmic balance to enable them to reincarnate again.
Shradhs are an important part of the Hindu/Vedic culture
and cater to these ancestors’ needs. On these days, the constellations are such that the gateways to the other dimensions open and they are allowed to visit the earth to meet their near and dear ones. These ancestors depend on their children and grandchildren to do good deeds in their name and to chant specific mantras, both these acts free the souls from bondages of these not-desired yonis or levels of existence. It is the basic duty of the family members to perform certain rites and do charity in the names of their close ones, as it is only once you are in the human body can you do all this; once out, all is lost and you are dependent on others for your salvation and rebirth. [If your karmas don’t permit]
At the present time and age, the youth of the country has no idea about the power and efficacy of the Vedic sciences and the phenomenal knowledge in the Vedic mantras and rituals. The present education system is to be blamed for this as it is completely based on what the colonial masters chose for us. They were fearful of the power of the Vedas and hence destroyed the gurukul system and ensured that we were taught redundant sciences and tweaked history to their advantage. The purpose was so that the coming generations lose faith in their culture and follow the colonial masters blindly; the result which they wanted is visible today, its gone to the extent of people blindly following anyone who preaches with a western accent. Nothing wrong in the western accent but it distorts dhwani. e.g. shanti becomes sha-nty, you can imagine the effects!
For the younger generations who might be thinking by now that this article reeks of hindutwa and is a fairy tale based on fiction, I would like to point certain facts of history. In the ancient world the main cultures flourishing around 4000 years back were the Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Sumerians, Mayans etc. and of course our very own culture. None of the present day religions or schools of thought were present, except the Vedic culture and thought. All the prevalent cultures believed in the other world and the travelling of the soul to other dimensions. The pyramids which are a common feature in all the continents are a living proof of the advancement and the high scientific knowledge of these ancient masters.
Scientists today, accept that the ancients had a strong knowledge of mathematics, astronomy, chemistry and physics. The pyramids are aligned in the north-south direction and the shafts in them are pointing towards the three main stars of the Orion belt which the scientists of today say could be the birth place of stars and the human origin. The technology to move such heavy stones to build pyramids is still not available to mankind. As a matter of fact, scientists are till date baffled by them. They are further baffled to find high doses of radioactivity in the bones in human remains at Mohenjo-Daro, indicating an atomic explosion.
4000 years back when these civilisations were flourishing, at that time the third yug or the dwaparyug was in process. If we go back further to the tretayug and read about the various weapons used in the Ramayana war, we would realise that our ancestors knew the way the creation functions and the secrets of the lokas and the world of energy.
It is important to note that the Vedic culture is the only culture which predates all the other cultures and is still the largest followed school of thought. Its mantras and practices are not mumbo- jumbo but a gift of a highly advanced civilisation to the present day humans; that is why despite being attacked by so many invaders, this culture is by far the largest followed in the world, which proves its efficacy.
So if you feel the presence of ghosts around you or are going through troubled times because of pitrdosha, then I invite you to take the help of the techniques prescribed in the Vedic culture…rituals of shradhs being one of them.