In this virtual workshop we will explore one of the most important traditional festivals in the Vedic tradition, that of Pitru Paksha. This is a 16 day period in September devoted to the ancestors by offering prayers, ritual practices and certain reflective practices.
The Taittiriya Upanishad speaks about three types of “karmic debt” or Rina. These are
Pitri Rina: Signifies our indebtedness to our ancestors, including our mother’s and father’s lineage. This great obligation is fulfilled in a number of ways, and is considered especially important at the yearly festival of Pitri Paksha.
Rishi Rina: This debt or spiritual obligation was owed to one’s Guru, lineage and those who have provided us with spiritual guidance, instruction and initiation. This obligation is fulfilled in many ways including mantras to the Guru, seva (selfless service) and by fulfilling one’s dharma in accordance with the Guru’s instruction.
Deva Rina: Signifies our spiritual obligation to the Divine, including that of our chosen deity (Ishta devata). A variety of Bhakti sadhanas are performed to align ourselves with the Divine.
It is believed that certain rituals and reflections offered at the time of Pitri Paksha will appease the ancestors and bring peace to our souls.
In this workshop we will focus on some of the traditional meanings of Shradh or Pitru Paksha and its relevance for us today as Yogic seekers. We will also look at ways to prepare for personal sadhanas at home. In addition to this we will examine the three types of Rina, and how we can set intentions for the coming year to engage positively with these in our daily life.
Please note that registration and payment will be through Vidya Institute.