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When the Jiva undergoes transmigration and takes another birth after leaving this physical body, is it necessary that we should perform the Shraddha ceremony for him? He is no more in the heavens. ...

To whom will the ablations go?

The Pitris remain in heaven, Pitri Loka or Chandra Loka, for a very long period. The
enjoyments in heaven and the peace of the departed soul are enhanced by the performance of the
Shraddha ceremony. Likewise the sufferings of the departed soul in worlds other than heaven are
mitigated by the performance of the Shraddha ceremony by his sons. Thus, in both cases, the
performance of Shraddha is a great help.
And even if the individual takes another birth immediately after his death, as happens in
rare cases, the performance of Shraddha adds to his happiness in his new birth. So, it is the
imperative duty of everybody to perform the Shraddha ceremony for his parents and forefathers.
The Shraddha ceremony should be performed with great Shraddha or faith as long as you live.
Faith is the main support for religion.
The various religious observances imposed upon mankind by the Shastras tend to purify
the ignorant man. The Shraddha ceremony, being one of the obligatory duties as per the
injunctions of the scriptures, also tends to purify the mind. Besides this, the forefathers are also
pleased and their good wishes and blessings tend to our material and spiritual growth.

From "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda

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