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Remembering our Ancestors (Pitrupaksh)

The days of expressing gratitude to our elders who passed away,

Remembering them and their deeds lest our mind sway,

The things they have done and their work for us to complete,

Let us not sit back, relax but work and not look to others to compete…

Their work a big task is to spread civilisation and safegauard humanity,

We run after religions and their race for supremacy has lead to insanity,

Many have forgotten and just live in their self interest or ego or vanity,

These days are to live, love, give warmth to others and regain sanity

Let us be open to new thoughts as founding fathers said Aano Bhadraha,

Let us go within, deep inside, realise our goal and self as in Tena twam Asi,

Let us meet as brothers as He said Sarvasya Chaham Hradisannivishta,

And thank our forefathers for leading us on this path of Tat Twam Asi

Friends, the days of Pitrupaksh, (a fortnight to remember of our parents / grandparents and our ancestors), the most divine days of every year, are moving towards their culmination.

These days are celebrated during the monsoons when the farmers are busy with his work. Some might object to my use of word “celebrated” as the days are considered inauspicious to do any type of religious work. But I have a question, can a day of remembering my parents or grandparents who have passed away be inauspicious? It’s just that our Rishis decided that during these days we will only concentrate on remembering our fathers and so would not indulge in any other social or religious activity. What can be a more bigger worship than this!Would urge upon you my readers to think over the above mentioned thought.

Some from the new generation shun this very idea of Pitrupaksh calling themselves atheist (trending word amongst the youngsters nowadays) or non believers. Our Rishis have been humble and open enough to accept this as our way of life. But then my request to them is that please live with the same thought life long. And if not, please do not call yourselves atheist or anything, but try to find answers. “Quest about knowing is a sign of being Human”.

During these days, the sons and the daughters (yes daughters too, even if married) should perform the rituals of Shraddh.

Remember our parents/grandparents gratefully.

Recall what they have done for us.

Revisit each moment and day we have spent with them.


Am a teacher by profession. A student of History and international politics. Believe that Bhakti (Devotion) and Humanism can only save Humanity. Revere all creation. My thoughts are influenced by His Holiness Pandurang Shashtriji Athavale

16 thoughts on “Remembering our Ancestors (Pitrupaksh)

  1. ‘विष्णु पुराण के अनुसार, श्राद्धकाल में भक्तिपूर्वक श्रेष्ठ ब्राह्मणों को यथाशक्ति भोजन कराना चाहिए । इसमें असमर्थ होने पर श्रेष्ठ ब्राह्मणों को कच्चा धान्य और थोड़ी दक्षिणा देने से भी श्राद्ध पूर्ण माना जाता है ।

    यदि इतना करने में भी कोई समर्थ न हो तो* किसी भी श्रेष्ठ ब्राह्मण को प्रणाम करके एक मुट्ठी तिल दें अथवा पितरों के निमित्त पृथ्वी पर भक्ति एवं नम्रतापूर्वक सात-आठ तिलों से युक्त जलांजलि दे दें । यदि इसका भी अभाव हो तो कहीं-न-कहीं से एक दिन की घास लाकर प्रीति और श्रद्धापूर्वक पितरों के उद्देश्य से गौ को खिलाएं।

    इन सभी वस्तुओं का अभाव होने पर* वन में (अथवा एकांत पवित्र स्थान में) जाकर अपने कक्षमूल (बगल) सूर्य आदि दिक्पालों को दिखाते हुए उच्च स्वर से यह कहें :

    *न मेऽस्ति वित्तं न धनं च नान्य- च्छ्राद्धोपयोग्यं स्वपितॄन्नतोऽस्मि । तृप्यन्तु भक्त्या पितरो मयैतौ कृतौ भुजौ वत्र्मनि मारुतस्य ।।

    ‘मेरे पास श्राद्ध-कर्म के योग्य न वित्त है, न धन है और न कोई अन्य सामग्री है। अतः मैं अपने पितृगण को नमस्कार करता हूँ । वे मेरी भक्ति से ही तृप्ति-लाभ करें, मैंने अपनी दोनों भुजाएँ आकाश में उठा रखी है ।

    (विष्णु पुराण : 3.14.30)

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  2. It’s true to remember our ancestors because we learn alot from them. There are our example, their mistake should be our stepping stone to success, their failures we shane them.

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