Friday, September 3, 2010

Pitru Dosha (Curse of deceased ancestors' souls)

Pitru Dosha (Curse of deceased ancestors' souls) :- A restless soul of a deceased person can curse the person and cause many problems to his successors. In astrology it is called "Pitra dosha". Astrological classic texts like "Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra" deal on this subject in full detail. There are references in "Puranas" also on this topic. The methods of analyzing this affliction in the horoscope of persons, its effects on the life of the native and his family members and remedial measures for the problems have also been discussed in detail in astrological classics.

Curses of forefathers illtreated by a person can cause serious health problems to the native. He suffers from chronic diseases. These diseases may become so complicated that medical practitioners may fail to diagnose the disease until it becomes acute and fatal. Even medicines prescribed by medical experts may become completely ineffective. The problem goes beyond the scope of simpe and direct medical sciences.

Symptoms like abnormal behavior, uncontrollable anger, inflicting fatal injuries to others, depression, suicidal tendencies, uncontrollable pain persisting even after medication; rashes on body parts without any visible cause, nausea and the like may have some relationship with such curses. Many such malefie effects have a cyclic occurrence and seem related to the movement of planets. These relationships show that complicated health issues are due to "Pitru dosha". Sutable astrological remedies should be performed in addition to medical treatment. A psychiatrist / a medical expert and an astrologer can work together to find effective solutions for such complicated issues.

In addition to the medical problems mentioned above, the "Pitru dosha" can cause some more malefic effects in the life of the native. They include

a) Childlessness b) Repeated miscarriages
c) Family disputes d) Health problems in the family
e) Obstacles in career and education without any apparent reason
f) Inability to get married g) Addictions
h) Birth of mentally challenged children i) Demise of children at young age

In the horoscope the "pitru dosha" can be assessed from the afflictions to the lord of the 9th house and the 9th house from the "lagna" (ascendant) and the Moon. If simultaneously Sun is also afflicted by Saturn, "Rahu" or "Ketu", the karmic issues get further enhanced. If, simultaneously, Moon also gets afflicted by conjunction with Rahu or Ketu, the problem becomes more complicated.












In this natal chart, malefic Saturn is in 9th house. Moon is the lord of 9th house (Cancer) is debilitated (neecha). He is New Moon and weak and so malefic. Rahu is conjunct with Sun and Moon is malefic. So there is strong pithru dosha. But Jupiter is in his own house (Pisces) in 5th house and aspects (5th drushti) both Saturn and 9th house and also birth Lagna (9th drushti) and Sn, Moon and Rahu therein. So the dosha is remedied.

Remedies are prescribed to the malefic issues related to forefathers (pithru dosha) are prescribed in many religions. Forefathers generally target the successors in their own family. The best remedy for the successor is to pray the divine souls for forgiveness. Since forefathers are also considered divine souls, one should seek forgiveness from them also. Every restless soul is restless because it is waiting for "mukti" (salvation). The successors should take steps recommended in religious texts for the "mukti" of the souls of ancestors.

As per Vedic astrology the following steps should be taken for solving the problems of "pitru dosha" as reflected in the horoscope.

a) One should take a vow to provide unconditional services to parents and elders. This helps in getting the grace and blessings of the deceased ancestors.
b) Good behavior and charity to needy persons is necessary. Good behavior to persons who are in our service is also necessary. Both of these are recommended for removing the "pitru dosha"
c) Worshipping Bhagavan Sri Vishnu is recommended because all the souls ultimately merge into the great entity of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu. This merger is called "mukti".
d) Perform ancestral ceremonies (Sradhas; and pinda-daanams) at holy pilgrim places namely, Gaya, Brahmakapalam, Haridwar / Hrushikesh and Kasi) and lake Pushkara and Rameswaram in India, on holy occasions like Puskarams or Makara Sankranthi or Mahalaya Amavasya (New Moon day). One should take responsibility for the marriage of a girl preferably of a poor family to obtain the grace of God and ancestors. ---------------------------------

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