Kalabhairava Karma – Death Process at Ashram

In this week’s Spot, Sadhguru shares a new possibility of peacefulness for those near death or who have already died. “We are starting a process called ‘Kalabhairava Karma.’ This is for the dead only, to ensure that their new location is a better place. We would like people to live blissfully. If they don’t make this, if they don’t live blissfully, then at least they must die peacefully.”

We are starting a process called ‘Kalabhairava Karma.’ This is for the dead only, to ensure that their new location is a better place. When somebody dies, you think that person is dead, but as far as that person is concerned, he just lost his body and everything that he knew as life. When he lost his body, he also lost his discretionary mind. What does losing your discretion mean? Let's say somebody that you know died and you became sad and miserable. Maybe you will grieve for awhile, but after a certain passage of time, you will employ your discretion. “There is no point just going on like this, let me get back to whatever I need to do.” But somebody who is unable to employ his discretion will stay in that state for a long time, as the discretionary mind is not functioning as it should. So whatever his tendencies are, those tendencies will multiply. If he had pleasant tendencies, pleasant tendencies will snowball; if he had unpleasant tendencies, that will avalanche into something extremely unpleasant.

Every culture has been aware of this - irrespective of where or what religion - when a man is dying, whoever he may be, you must create a pleasant atmosphere. Even if your enemy is dying, at that one moment you don’t create unpleasantness for him.

So at either the last moment or just after, we can still touch that life in such a way that pleasantness will seep into that life. Once pleasantness is given – even a drop of pleasantness - if you put it into him, this will become an ocean of pleasantness after some time because he has no discretion, he cannot stop it.

So we can put a drop of pleasantness into that being up to 14 days for those over 50 years of age who die a natural death, and up to 48 days for those under 50. In the case where somebody was vibrant but died either by breaking the body in an accident or suicide, then we can do this up to 48 days for those above 33 years of age, and up to 90 days for those below 33. We are also offering a process called ‘Kalabhairava Shanthi’ which can be done anytime after death.

This has been very much a part of yogic culture - that if somebody dies and does not have the awareness to conduct his death properly, then somebody else does it for him. But unfortunately, probably in the last 100-150 years, these traditions have become largely dormant; what is left is generally corrupt and commercial. If you lose somebody who is dear to you, they will ask you to bring footwear for the dead, bring an umbrella for the dead, bring a cow or a horse or even, these days, they may ask you for a Mercedes. The dead does not need footwear; one who has lost his body is not going to wear footwear. If the man who is conducting this wants footwear, he must be upfront and say, ‘I want footwear.’ At least he will get the right size. If he gets the dead man’s size, he has to go and sell it.

So we will be using the Bhairavi Temple as the energy base and conducting certain processes for the dead. If somebody dies that you know, or if you know someone else who has had someone die, then if you send us a piece of their clothing within a certain period of time, a certain process will happen.

We would like people to live blissfully. If they don’t make this, if they don’t live blissfully, then at least they must die peacefully. If they don’t even do that, we want to do something after they die. So even if you die, I will not spare my efforts to turn you spiritual.


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7 years 10 months ago

Dear Sadhguru,

I lost my father recently and he was in extreme pain before his death due to illness. Its been 3 months since he left us and now that I get to read this, I am looking to understand this better and why it is essential to perform the process within 14 days.
Can we still do this for my father ?

Thank you for your thoughts

7 years 9 months ago

Dear Sadhguru,

I wanted to find out remedial steps for dis-embodied beings (our neighbor committed suicide) to ensure their transition is towards the source of creation.
You have read my mind and answered it. Thank you.

With deepest gratitude.


7 years 6 months ago

Dear sadhguru
my maternal grand father passed away 3 months back. i did kalabhairava karma for him within 3 days at isha yoga centre. After a mandatory period of mourning for 2 months based on the nakshatram at the time of his departure, we did poojas for him and offerd food to crows . but the crows did not take the food. Now we are apprehensive that his soul is not still peaceful... please help

6 years 1 month ago

Sadhguru himself is Karuna Sindhu. He is not leaving a single chance of of upliftment for people like us...

4 years 3 months ago

Dear Satguru
I lost my husband four years and two months ago. Can something be done at this point.

4 years 3 months ago

Pranama! Sadhguru
I want to know in which address piece of clothes as described in article has to be sent.

3 years 1 month ago

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