Gurucharanam Sharanam

Pitru Dosha and Karma Dosha

Peace or Shanthi is the condition of harmony wherein man can evolve his soul with the right knowledge of universal truths. What shatters peace is man’s spiritual, intellectual, mental, and physical debilities and limitations. Man’s imperfections are reflected in his actions in all areas of life including politics and governance. Man can acquire the knowledge of neutralizing these limitations through spiritual discipline under the guidance of a fully realized Master. The work for peace necessitates a process of inner cultivation at the micro and macro levels (individual and societal levels). The micro-level peace process begins with the individual and family. It is premised on the belief in the existence of the soul and its nourishment for peace and fulfillment in life. It creates in man the fear of truth, as well as the inspiration for cultivating peace and harmony within.

The macro-level peace process should be able to relate and evaluate the phenomena of time, in its past, present, and future dimensions along with the good and bad deeds of past generations, their curses and benedictions, and the lingering influence of their actions, faith, and rituals on the living. Without shoveling away this spiritual garbage behind the backyard of every human society, the way to lasting peace will be difficult to find. The irreconcilable ethnic and racial confrontations as well as the cultural mores of human societies have their roots in the karma of ancestors. If the past weighs down on the present, then the past needs to be evaluated and realigned with the present and future to streamline the path of peace. The life and teachings of Navajyoti Sri Karunakara Guru stand as an everlasting model for peace and spiritual fulfillment.

Pitru Dosha

The macro-level peace process is very much related to the spiritual ecosystem. In the case of India, the ancient modes of worship worked well in the pre­vious ages (yugas), but things changed in Kali Yuga. The spiritual process behind mantra and tantra becomes ineffective in combating the problems of Kali Yuga because of the changes in nature. The rituals performed using these mantras become ineffective in elevating the families and their ancestral souls (pitrus) to the next spiritual hierarchy. This type of spiritual stagnation leads to Pitru Dosha – ancestral curses.

Pitru Dosha is normally attributed to the misdeeds of an­cestors, and the non-fulfillment of the desires of ancestors, especially for mukthi. The souls of ancestors get stuck in lower spiritual realms as there is no chance of evolution to higher jnana bhumikas. Pitru Dosha affects up to the seventh generation on the father’s side and up to the fourth genera­tion on the mother’s side. Some symptoms of Pitru Dosha according to Vedic astrology are:

1. No male child in the family to carry on the generation or no children at all in the family.

2. Children in the family do not want to get married or no suitable match could be found for the marriage.

3. Lack of interest in business/education/profession.

4. Children may be born abnormally with physical or mental disabilities.

5. Lack of good fortune, etc.

Worship contrary to Yuga Dharma has resulted in the decadence of Indian society and its unique socio-cultural identity. When a society does not follow Yuga Dharma, it will lead to Aradhana Dosha. Aradhana dosha is related to a person’s meritless spir­itual practices, or that of his ancestors which will manifest in the form of stagnation and suffering of different sorts in life. It is concerned with the dynamics of upward spiritual evolution by enhancing one’s punya (merit of the soul).

The pitrus can be redeemed only through Pirtu Karma (Pitru Shuddhi) and the sacred deeds of the children in the family lineage. Pitru-karma forms part of an important ritual in Hinduism. It is a ritual to purify the spiritual background of one’s family. Guru said that ‘the cleansing of manes through the in­tercession of devas is not as effective as before. The prac­tice has become effete. In this age, a total cleansing can be achieved through the realized Guru – a cleansing of our­selves, our manes, and the devas who have been the objects of worship in the past several ages. Those among the manes and the devas who deserve mukthi will get it, and the rest will be born in the human plane to strive for mukthi. This is an opportune time for such cleansing. Those who do not attain liberation in Kali will at least become fit for birth in the coming Satya Yuga and attain the stature of the devas to excel in the dharma according to that age. This is the reason why the present age is the age of Guru Dharma. The Guru must be a true and fully realized Guru. That is all. He should be the spiritual au­thority over the solar system. Also, we must be sure that he has come to this world by the Will of Brahman….”

In Santhigiri, the Guru cleanses the devotees spiritually and liberates them from Pitru Dosha and Karma Dosha.

Karma Dosha

The word Karma originated many thousands of years ago from the ancient Vedas and Upanishads. Karma or Karmagati (karmic orientation) of individuals collectively affects the nation too. Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism give great importance to the doctrine of Karma. The doctrine of Karma is the logical basis for the theory of rebirth. The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (4.4.5) mentions thus:

“That one who performs Karma (actions) with desires in his mind, his subtle body goes together with the deed being attached to it alone. Having exhausted the results of whatever actions he performed in this life he returns from that world to this world for doing (more) actions. This is with regard to a man whose mind is filled with desires… He consists of this and he consists of that. As he acts and as he behaves so does he become. The doer of good becomes good. The doer of sinful actions becomes sinful. By virtuous actions, he becomes virtuous; and by evil actions evil…”

Repeated actions get imprinted as a quality or appetite in the soul. The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad says in the same chapter: “As he desires, so is his will. As is his will so does he act? Whatever actions he performs, that he attains.”

According to Guru, ‘the karmic residue of those bygone manvantaras, resulting from what was learned and heard, and from the actions performed knowingly or unknowingly is absorbed into this nature… there are our ancestors who evolved a worship system based on a name and made us worship that identity. The question is whether you must be aware of the fact these ancestors would have carried into their birth the propensities from previous lives which had gone into their blood and marrow through their thoughts, potential, and actions. A part of that ancestral karma gets transmitted to our souls as well…”

Karmic imprints (karmagati) relate to a person’s actions since origin through many past lives that get manifested as an inborn tendency (vasana) making him or her behave always in a predetermined way. The soul does not achieve liberation until the traces of all these instincts are wiped out from the soul. Cheating, stealing, killing, etc. are sinful karma, while truthfulness, charity, serving others, and so on are meritori­ous actions. The negative karma can be undone only by un­dertaking meritorious actions by way of ante karma. One must take birth to reap the result of karma, good or bad. If a man earns merit through his life, he or she must be reborn to reap the result of those meritorious actions. Simi­larly, the sins one accumulates through wicked actions cause births in painful circumstances. Then how can a person get freedom from the cycle of karma and rebirth?

Navajyoti Sri Karunakara Guru states that one can get rid of karma dosha and pitru dosha and purify the soul. The Guru cleanses the bad karma of an individual, family, and gotra through a unique spiritual intercession known as ‘Gurupooja’ or ‘Pitrushudhi’ which has been found to be effective. Many thousands of families (who follow Guru Margam of Santhigiri Ashram) are being purified thus through the spiritual intercession of the Guru. Through Gurupooja to qualified families (those who believe in Gurumargam), Guru is creat­ing the ecosystem for great souls to come in the earth plane which will pave the path for a supra-mental evolution in this age.

After purifying the spiritual background of a family, the Guru clears the way for good births through marriages between compatible couples drawn from such purified spir­itual background. Souls of great mahatmas are waiting for rebirth, but they are unable to take birth because of the lack of virtuous parents who are freed from spiritual distortions and pollution.

While speaking about the process of Pitrushudhi Guru said:

“The karma (pitrushudhi) now being performed here today is aimed at molding such offspring who can give birth to the array of deva, devi, rishi, sanyasi, and jnanis who were worshiped by our forefathers with love and reverence. Nobody who came until now has done this performance, for God has not ordained them for it. But God has grant­ed us that karma. You should realize that, but you fail to understand it in whatever way it is said…

“The Gurupooja (pitrushudhi) here is the foremost karma which I am doing for you… And through this, children are taking birth from whom will be born several great souls who are capable of doing whatever for the country and indeed the whole world… You will not be able to find a similar thing elsewhere in the world. Nor has it ever happened in the world… God has ordained it for you. It is in the said awareness the deva, devi, rishi, sanyasi, jnani, the bhakta, the pitru are all guided and placed in auspicious constellations. Your children after living truthfully are entering into that constellation. Even if you are unable to become so, it should be made possible through your children. This is the great work that you do for the world…”


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