Every time I think about resuming my blogging something else happens….Soon after my return from Kailash yatra, my mother-in-law passed away here in US and was busy with all the rituals etc. It so happened that she was holding up until she had the manasarover theertham from our trip! Within few days after that, she passed away…It has been a long time since I have been through the final rites etc. Last time something I witnessed was when I was a kid when my grandparents passed away….It is a very difficult process to be part of…Also this is the first time, I see the process in US.
Few observations…The priests here do a very thorough job within the available infrastructure. Infrastructure is a big issue here in US for such things… Due to the local legal mandate, the body can’t be kept at home and should be in the funeral home etc and the cremation place and what vedic procedures could be done are fairly limited. Despite that, the priests here are very sincere in doing these properly. Only during this time, I realized that we should do something about building a place in major cities etc where one can do these kind of rites properly and all the shrardhams as well on a regular basis. Maybe with the blessings of HH Balaperiyava such an infrastructure might come in US too..
After going through the 13 day process, one can see how our veda mantras are so powerful that it literally takes the soul to depart from this loka to pithru loka. I am sure one who has seen this process would fairly believe and wanting to do shraardhams without fail. Mahaperiyava had talked in length about the importance of pithru kaaryams and how it negatively impacts if not done or missed out etc.
Soon after I am back after this tragedy, I got drowned into work related issues and travels….Hopefully soon (next week onwards) I should be back on track with few good announcements and active blogging.
Hara Hara Sankara Jaya Jaya Sankara