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One of the tools Dr. Pillai has given us is the service of Tarpanam.  This is the offering of “food” to the ancestors who may be bothering or blocking us.  They are asking us to help them to move along on their own spiritual path.  Once a year is a two week period where the ancestors are very close to the earth plane called Mahalaya Paksha.  This is an especially auspicious time to honor and propitiate the ancestors. Participating in Mahalaya Paksha will help all the other rituals and remedies that we participate in be more powerful. Read about this event below in the upcoming event section.  Sucharita reminds us not to call on any specific ancestors, but to be very general, inviting any ancestor who needs this energy. Also only do the Tarpanam during the daylight hours. 

Learn how to offer tarpanam to your ancestors.

Here are some important upcoming dates/events:

11th Waxing Moon (Ekadasi) – Sunday, Sept 11 10:36 pm EDT – Monday, Sept 12 @ 10:27pm EDT.    This is a Power Day for spiritual growth, as well as material gains, because Vishnu, the archetype of wealth, is highly active on this day. There are rituals offered at AstroVed  on this day, but here are some things you can do at home:

  • Seed a Tulsi plant, water it or offer prayers to a Tulsi plant (Vishnu is fond of Tulsi.)
  • Drink Tulsi tea
  • Wear a Tulsi mala
  • Chant a simple mantra for Vishnu, “Om Namo Narayanaya,” and offer light and incense to a Maha Vishnu Yantra
  • Become conscious of your thoughts – conceive of unlimited money and success in all ventures
  • Donate fruits and green gram
  • Feed cows with greens
  • Enjoy an Interactive Fire Lab

Dancing Shiva Hydration Ceremony – Wednesday September 14th EDT The Dancing Shiva (Nataraj) is a mystical form of the Supreme Being associated with Enlightenment. It was the Dancing Shiva who gave the light body mantra “Arut Perum Jyothi” to Swami Ramalingam in the 18th century. He is the creator, preserver, destroyer, revealer, and concealer, the supreme divine personality looked up to by divine and human beings alike. Interactive Fire Lab

Pradosham – Wednesday September 14th EDT 13th moons, also known as “Pradoshams,” are the times most conducive to clear accumulated negative karma. Negative karma, or the “effects” of our previous thoughts and actions, is responsible for all forms of suffering we experience. Clearing this type of karma is key to manifesting a happy, healthy, prosperous life. AstroVed and Pillai Center offer a fire lab for Pradosham. Interactive Fire Lab

Full Moon – Thursday Sept 15th  @ 5:46 pm EDT – Friday, Sept 16 @3:05 pm EDT is called Pournami or Poornima (Purnima) in South India. A Full Moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon are 180 degrees away from each other. On a Full Moon day, the Moon casts its illuminating radiance on earth all throughout the day, 24 hours. Praying the whole day will help one dissolve the bad negative karma of past lives and help change one`s destiny. It is a time for strengthening one`s positive energies through spiritual observances of prayer, meditation, recitation and fasting. Watch a video about things to do on this day. Interactive Fire Lab

Mahalaya Paksha Begins – Friday September 16th EDT This is the critical fortnight for rituals for your ancestors – Sept. 16 to Sept. 30, 2016 (IST) This is the most important time of the year for you to perform Tarpanam for your ancestors. Every year during Mahalaya period, the spirits of your ancestors come to the Earth plane to receive your offerings through the Tarpanam ritual and bestow their blessings on you, which has the power to change your destiny.  The most important time if you only do one propitiation is the last day, the new moon.  This is the day for the ancestors who were taken out by accident, suicide or violence.  These ancestors are the most troubled.  AstroVed offers packages for Mahalaya Paksha.  Read about it here.

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Contact/Personal Coaching with Sucharita

If you are interested in scheduling one-to-one Personal Coaching with Sucharita, you are welcome to send a request to: sucharita@pillaicenter.com or sundayswithsucharita@pillaicenter.com


FREE Mini-Astrology Reading When You Donate $30 or more to Tripura Foundation

Enjoy the grace of contributing to Tripura Foundation’s programs to uplift the poor to a higher standard of living. When Sundays with Sucharita attendees donate $30 or more, you are eligible for a FREE 20-minute astrology reading with Radha via Skype or telephone. You will learn the 5 things Dr. Pillai says everyone should know about your birth chart – your ascendant, birthstar, moon sign, sun sign, and primary & secondary planets that are currently influencing you. Donate to Tripura Foundation and forward your email receipt to: sucharita@pillaicenter.com or sundayswithsucharita@pillaicenter.com.

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