According to the Vedic tradition, ancestors have a sole role - to support their descendants (you!) so you can perform your most evolutionary (dharmic) action.
But for them to give energy and attention from their realms (lohkas), they require energy and attention to flow back to them in a reciprocal manner.
When this flow of consciousness is reciprocated, their presence and support is enlivened.
Furthermore, us on earth actually have a profound responsibility to assist our ancestors with their evolution.
Robert Svododa and Dylan share ways to connect with your ancestors so that you can utilise their energy. These techniques and practices can promote your physical energy levels as well as increase the ability for cosmic intelligence to operate through you so that you radiate life for all to enjoy.
About Our Guest: Dr. Robert Svoboda
Dr. Robert Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India.
During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda.
He is the author of over a dozen books and has served as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, and at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA.
In this Episode we Discuss:
Dr. Robert’s Daily Routine (Dinacharya)
The Relevance Ancestry has had Historically
Up until the 20th century, ancestry had always been of major importance all around the world, with some communities even considering their ancestors as deities.
The hindu point of view regarding ancestry.
Getting in touch with our Ancestry & fulfilling our duty towards them
Repaying the ancestral debt we have with them by helping them evolve past lingering desires they might have had before dropping their bodies, so they are not drawn back to said desires in future incarnations.
The dangers of falling victim to the unfulfilled cravings of our ancestry when summoning them.
The general manner by which this whole process should be approached.
States of Being in the Afterlife
Preta (someone who recently dropped his/her body) - they need to let go and advance.
The personal Sadhana (spiritual exercise) of one’s lifetime playing a role in the afterlife.
Souls getting to Pitru Lokha (Pitru = forefather/foremother).
Bhutas or Ghosts (Bhuta literally meaning past / was / has been) are souls who dropped their bodies and are still clinging to that previous existence - not letting go & trying to return.
Rituals to honor our Ancestors
Sūtaka period - (10/15 days after the body drops) is the time in which the ancestral world is the most open for us to get in touch with a Preta.
Śhrāddha Ritual (Śhrāddha = faith - from the root Hrd, meaning heart).
You want to put your heart into it. Let your ancestors know that you are keeping faith in them and supporting them in this journey.
Pinda Dhana (Dhana = donate)
You donate a Pinda - lump (ball / ladhus). - symbolic way to try and assist the individual soul to regain another body.
Tarpana - you can also perform a ceremony yourself with various degrees of simplicity that will allow you to honor them and support their journey to Pitru Lokha.
Ritual for Pitru
Say “Tripitam” - meaning please be satisfied, satisfied. Then say “Swada”.
Invoking the names of your ancestors up to 7 generations back, after the 8th generation less than 1% of your genetics is related to them so the genetic connection with them is not as strong.
Explain that “Visnu will become your guide”.
To finish say “Swastana Gatcha” - meaning please go to where your own personal place is.
Dealing with Ancestor Karma according to Hindu tradition
The relationship between mental health and family karma.
Mehandipur Temple - Hanuman temple in Rajasthan.
Chottanikkara Temple - Devi temple in Kerala
The alienation of native cultures and their externally induced detachment from the natural world.
American, Australian and Brasilian natives.
Candomblé - religion of Brazil - has imported Gods and Goddesses from Nigeria.
Caboclo - a figure that is respected and represents all the indigenous people of Brazil that have been brutalised, violated and suppressed.
Preto-Velho - old black man represents the slaves that are brought over.
Dr. Robert doing Tarpana every year
Doing the Ritual for those who might not be direct ancestors, but who’s sacrifice directly impacted our very own existence to this day.
Dr. Robert’s & Dylan’s experience visiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp.
Other Practices to honor different things
Pañcayajña (पञ्चयज्ञ) - when eating, feeding a crow, dog, cow, the fire, and another human.
Offering water to Trees (especially Ficus Religiosa a.k.a. Peepal tree, Ashvattha tree or Bodhi tree) given that they hold spirits within themselves and also embody Shanni Deva (Lord Saturn).
The importance of honoring all existing & already deceased life forms.
About Robert's Lineage and his Guru (Vimalananda)
Born in Mumbai, lived as a Sādhu (renunciant) he did a ritual for the Mahavidya Tara and consequently got connected to the Astral world in a very particular way.
Vimalananda had 3 Gurus.
Guru Maharaj (a.k.a Sri Rama Viswambharanadh (Jatala Sadhu)) was born around A.D. 1550 and he dropped his body on 05/06/1993 after living for 440 years or so.
He was Vimalananda’s Guru, and was once found around A.D. 1800 by arquelogers in Samadhi (meditative absorption) inside the ruins of a temple in Puri. He held the certificate that testified to that.
After healing a blind person he was forced to flee from Puri to Simhachalam - 20km to the west of Vishaka Patnam (biggest city between Chennai and Kolkata) in India’s east coast.
Stayed in the Varaha Narasimha Temple.
Guru Maharaj possessed a lot of unusual capabilities (Siddhis): he didn’t eat regular food but lived off chewing Tobacco leafs since he sustained that there was no point in eating because by doing so you wear down your teeth and digestive system.
He instead suggested the best option was to eat something very poisonous and with inner alquemy turn that substance into nectar.
Dr. Robert's New Course HERE
In this course, Dr. Svoboda talks about Ganesha, the elephant-headed god who is the remover of obstacles, and his relationship to the Earth Element, our senses, and more.
This course contains 5 hours of content, including an hour-long talk about the Atharvashirsha, a Vedic chant to Ganesha, and its meaning. You also will get access to links and the words for the Atharvashirsha.
The website in honor of Sri Rama Viswambharanadh (a.k.a. Jatala Sadhu, a.k.a. Guru Maharaj) HERE
Dr. Robert's Instagram account (@drrobertsvoboda) HERE
Dr. Robert's website HERE
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