What happens to the Soul after 13 days?
In Hinduism, the mystery of death is described in Garuda Purana. There is a ritual for 13 days after the death of a person. Sons of the deceased or in the absence of sons the nearest relatives perform the rituals. The soul is a matter of consciousness, however, as per the Puranas, the real journey of the soul begins after 13 days. Let’s see more in detail.
In Shreemad Bhagawat Gita, it is mentioned that after the death of a person, he/she has to undergo new bodily formations. It is to maintain the cosmic law of Karma.
The dead gets different lokas, or the planes as per the Karma done in a lifetime. The keepers of Yama Loka, the realm of God of death are responsible for the locomotion of the souls from one realm to the other. It is said that it takes one year for the soul to do complete locomotion to another world. The year is actually, the divine day and night of the Gods as per Hinduism.
The food for the Soul after 13 days.
Due to bodily attachments, the soul is attached to interpersonal relationships. It takes around 13 days to detach and move forward with the keepers of Yama Loka. During these thirteen days, pinda (riceballs) are offered through the rituals so that food is gathered for the journey of the soul after 13 days.
Journey of the Soul.
As per Hinduism, after the rituals for the Soul, after 13 days it starts traveling to various other places. Due to continuous Pinda offerings, the soul starts developing a new body which helps in the travel. The Gate Keepers of the Yama Loka are believed to be ruthless so the Pinda helps the soul to tackle the torture of the Keepers.
It takes one year to reach another world.
Till one year the soul keeps on traveling, the final Pinda is offered after the one year. The soul completes the journey and reaches some other world where he/she is supposed to enjoy/suffer based on the Karmas. Good people reach to the higher realms, and bad people reach the lower realms.
What happens to Soul after 13 days for Akal Mrityu?
Akal Mrityu or the death before the time is one of the common concepts in Hinduism. A death is classified as Akal Mrityu, if a person do suicide or die by accidents including fire, water, etc. As per the Bhagawat Gita person suffers more after death by suicide. It is like disrespect for the creator if someone does this.
The journey of the soul never takes place if the body dies on the basis of Akal Mrityu. It certainly has to live the lifetime associated with the earth. The journey supposed to happen for the soul after 13 days starts after it lives in the form of bhuta, pischacha, brahmarakshasa, or chudel etc. or the ghosts for the lifetime assigned.
Soul of the people who leave their body through Meditation.
While discussing the soul after 13 days, it is very much important to know what happens to the soul after one leaves the body through meditation. There are various Yogis who leave the body in meditation. This is considered to be the easiest death for a person. The cosmic body is already formed in an individual who practices meditation, probably there is no need for the keepers of Yama Loka. Cosmic beings come to pick up the soul in their vehicle to take them to their worlds. It is one of the best forms of death, so there is no need to be afraid of the death and journey of the soul after 13 days if one is immersed in meditation.
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