You are plagued by a certain illness that won’t go away; you are always moody, depressed or fatigued; you are overwhelmed by a nasty situation either involving work, finances, or relationships… and no matter what you do and how hard you try, the problem won’t away. And when all conventional remedies fail to produce relief or improvement, you start to wonder: what on earth is the reason, and why??
Have you ever considered that the problem may have something to do with your departed ancestors?
ULTIMATELY, WHO IS CONTROLLING YOUR SOUL?
Here I want to bring up the term Soul Genetics, introduced by Dr. Pillai, an internationally famous Tamil scholar-mystic and philanthropist, founder of Astroved and Pillai Center. Soul Genetics refer to soul properties inherited from your ancestors. Just as you would inherit biological genes that build your body, you also inherit soul genes from your ancestral lines. You may inherit positive or negative traits from your forebears, which pave the way for either a happy, healthy and successful life, or a visit to hell! Most people experience a mixed bag. They inherit some positive soul traits, but also some tough karma thrown in through the generations.
On top of our personal karma, there is also ancestral or tribal karma–the composite of karmic momentum accrued by your forefathers and mothers. Although people may not be aware of this, their physical ailments, mental distress, also the obstacles they encounter in their career, family and relationships, etc., are often directly related to bum ancestral karma. What is the remedy for this? The easiest way to shift your circumstance is by feeding your ancestors.
SIMPLE HANDS-ON RITUAL
Many cultures in the Far East & Southeast Asia have rituals honoring ancestors. India, Japan, China, Tibet, Thailand, Bali, to name a few. Today I am introducing a hands-on ritual that I find to be the most simple, practical, and effective. It stems from the Tamil Siddha tradition of South India and the gist of it consists of offering white rice flour mixed with black sesame seeds and water, and offering it to your ancestors. That’s all. It’s that simple.
You can start right away. Just put white rice flour, black sesame seed, and darbha grass (optional) and mix it in a zip lock bag or glass bottle. I don’t even use darbha grass since we don’t have it in our area. I put the mixture in a little bottle, and every morning place a smidgeon on my right palm, and say a prayer to my ancestors. I call upon generations (at least six) from my father and mother’s side. I also say “Arut Perum Jyoti” over the mixture, invoking the Light to doubly bless the offering.
The optimal hours are 6 a.m.-6 p.m. between sunrise and sunset, because that’s when ancestors are closest to the earth plane, and they can easily avail themselves of your offering.
Make sure you say a prayer of thanks to ancestors of 6 generations of your father side, and 6 generations of your mother side. You can call in your ancestral lineages from even a broader gene pool. The secret is to intend your offering with great respect and appreciation. Put up any request you have, or, if you need their help and support in solving any specific issue, state it clearly.
Then rinse your hand off. Some people store a small bottle of tarpanam mix by their shower rack, and do it first thing in the morning as they step into their shower. The entire process takes just a couple minutes. I travel frequently and take my little plastic bottle with me everywhere I go, so I never miss out a day of doing tarpanam.
The ritual is simple, but the results are really fast.
I’ve done this ritual almost 4 years. I began because I wanted to heal the strained relationship with my mother. Things made a turn for the better in a matter of a few weeks, and to date the relationship with Mom is renewed. Challenging situations with certain friends from the past have also been mended. Now I enjoy my life in peace and comfort.
On top of that, tarpanam has enriched my connection with my immediate and extended family circle. Now I share the most loving affinities with my siblings, aunts and uncles, and all my cousins. It’s amazing! Most incredibly, the blessings of my ancestors have endowed me with a brand new home and many other improvements in my career and relationships.
I’ve recommended this practice to many clients and taught it in my workshops. Those who practice it regularly come back and report huge breakthroughs in their situation, within a very short time. When you connect with your ancestral lineages, you plug into your Source. After all, whom would your ancestors bless if not you??? They would lavish resources both material and spiritual upon you in abundance, but you have to ask them, and you have to connect in the way according to spiritual technology.
I used to do a more complex ritual of feeding ancestors during my Buddhist days, which involve mantras, mudras (sacred hand gestures), and offering rice grains and water to living beings of the six paths of rebirth. The mantras and visualization transform the rice grains and water into nourishing food and sweet dew. But it is a more complex and more time-consuming practice.
However, this short version of Tarpanam is so simple and time-effective, you could do no wrong. And it brings such fast results that it is nothing short of miraculous.
APPEASING FAMILY STRIFE, REMOVING ENIMOSITY & STRAIN
To the Western person who has grown up with analytical left-brain training, it is hard for them to wrap their heads around the idea of ancestral spirits, let alone feeding them! They might consider this to be superstitious or primitive hocus pocus. But for all intensive purposes, your dead ancestors might be controlling your destiny! A simple ritual handed down by the yogis and siddhas of India (accomplished masters with impressive psychic powers), offers instant relief from chronic anger, angst and confrontation that undermine your happiness and well-being. It is such a sleek design, and cost you hardly anything if you want to practice it on your own. What have you got to lose in trying it out? I would suggest that honoring ancestors should not be considered an act of superstition, but rather as a branch of spiritual technology. It is spiritual science.
To sum up one more time. Tarpanam means food offering to the ancestors. During new moon (also called dark moon) day, the departed entities draw close to the earth plane, especially from the hours of dawn till dusk (roughly 6 a.m.–6 p.m.) This is the most propitious window to feed them. Why honor our ancestors? From the larger perspective, all living beings have been our kin in one lifetime or another. It’s even possible that enemies of this lifetime could be ancestors from a past life for whom you did not honor with an offering.
CHANGING DESTINY FOR THE BETTER
A couple years back, after having done a lot of prep work, I was ready for the Grand Tarpanam Ritual (Mahatarpanam). The original plan was that I travel to Kerala, south-west region of India on the Malabar Coast, where the priests have honed the Grand Tarpanam to state of the art perfection. Reportedly some of them have psychic powers and can see when the departed spirits are satiated with the offering and ready to leave the lower astral planes and move on to the next phase of their journey. However, Hindu temples in Kerala adhere strictly to their ancient rules and do not readily welcome foreigners into their sacred rituals. I found out it was not possible for me attend my first Mahatarpanam in person. But I did it by proxy! On the morning the priests were performing Mahatarpanam on my behalf, I was performing my own Tarpanam–by proxy–on a beach in Pondicherry, facing the Indian Ocean! Pondicherry, if your remember, is where the first part of Ang Lee’s movie “The Life of Pi” was filmed.
And I sure felt something on the beach in Pondicherry! After I finished my prayers, holding the white flour mixture on my right palm, I walked down to the ocean’s edge and I released it into the water. The waves suddenly roared and surged up to about ten feet above me! It was a most awesome sight–like a sign from the ancestors! Once I released all the tarpanam powder, the surge of the waves subsided and water level receded to normal. I ended the ritual by taking a dip in the Indian Ocean and giving thanks.
A year later, I did visit Kerala, and paid my respects at some temples though I was not allowed inner access to most of them. But it is a marvelous land, God’s own Country,
Practicing Tarpanam, especially on a regular basis, can free you from suffering. It can change your destiny. Dr. Pillai once remarked,
“There are so many spiritual practices you can pick up. Meditation, mantra recitation, bhakti-pure devotional love, feeding the poor, charitable works. But if there’s only one ritual you can stick with, I would suggest that you daily Tarpanam, with great devotion, I would It is guaranteed to change your destiny.”