“Do not neglect the truth.
Do not neglect dharma.
Do not neglect your health.
Do not neglect your well-being.
Do not neglect learning and recitation of the Veda.
Do not neglect your duties to the gods and to your forefathers”
– Taitirrya Upanishad
Pitru Paksha is a 16 day lunar period in the Vedic calendar when spiritual seekers pay homage to their ancestors.
This is done through traditional rituals including prayers, specific mantras, food offerings as well as reflection practice. The actual ritual is also named shraddh in Sanskrit, and is meant for seeking blessings and forgiveness from the ancestors.
It is likewise said to free the souls and allow for healing for all.
During this course we will explore the meaning behind this festival as well as ways in which we can partake in these auspicious traditions.
Since the festival itself starts on the 20th you will have a chance to prepare all that you might need for the ritual.