(Rituals for the deceased)
“We would like people to live blissfully. If they don’t live blissfully, then at least they must die peacefully. If they don’t even do that, we want to do something after they die.”
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The Linga Bhairavi is used as the energy base to conduct certain processes for the deceased. There are two options, depending on the cause and time of death. Each involves a process that is conducted in the Linga Bhairavi, followed by a process at the Nirkaya Sthanam (an especially dedicated pond at Isha Yoga Center). At the end, a Prasad is prepared and given.
Kalabhairava Karma can be done within a certain period of time after someone leaves the body. However, another process called Kalabhairava Shanti can be done any time after death.
This is a ritual for the deceased, done by invoking Devi’s Grace within a particular time span after death. It brings a certain ease and pleasant transition for both natural and unnatural deaths.
A photo of the deceased (while they were alive), a clothing item (except undergarments, saris, and clothes worn at the time of death). Blood relation of the deceased should attend the process, whenever possible.
|Death by Natural Causes||Above 50 years of age – within 14 days of the demise|
|Below 50 years of age – within 48 days
Above 84 years (or 1008 moons) – anytime
|Unnatural Death (Accidents, Suicides, etc.)||Above 33 years of age – within 48 days|
|Below 33 years of age – within 90 days|
This ritual can be performed any time after death, especially when the deadlines applicable for Kalabhairava Karma have passed. The ritual is conducted on Amavasya (new moon). It can be repeated every month or every year. (See the Isha Lunar Calendar for dates.)
A photograph of the deceased (while they were alive), their name, date of birth and date of death.
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Below, Sadhguru explains the science behind these processes.
Sadhguru: This has been very much a part of yogic culture – that if somebody dies and does not have the awareness to conduct his death properly, someone else does it for him. When somebody dies, as far as the person is concerned, he has just lost his body and everything he has known as life. He has also lost his discretionary mind. Because of this, he can only function by tendencies. Discretion means there is a choice. For instance, if somebody dies, people may become sad and miserable, but after a certain passage of time, they will employ their discretion: “There is no point just going on like this, let me get back to whatever I need to do.”
But somebody who is unable to employ his discretion will stay in that state for a long time, and his tendencies will multiply. If he had pleasant tendencies, they will snowball; if he had unpleasant tendencies, they will avalanche into something unpleasant.
So, at either that last moment or just after, a life can be touched in such a way that pleasantness will seep into it. Once even a drop of pleasantness is put in, this will become an ocean of pleasantness after some time because he has no discretion, he cannot stop it.
An annual Kalabhairava Shanti process is also conducted on Mahalaya Amavasya. Mahalaya Amavasya marks the beginning of Devi Pada (a phase of the year considered favorable to access Devi, since the feminine aspects of the planet are more pronounced). A unique Agni Arpana (offering of fire) is done from evening to night, followed by the Shanti process during the midnight Sandhya. Mahalaya Amavasya will be celebrated on September 30, 2016. Fill out the enquiry form for more details on participating in the process.