Kalabhairava Karma – A Process for the Departed
In the Yogic culture, when someone dies without the necessary awareness to conduct their death properly, there are systems to assist the departed. Sadhguru explains two such processes – Kalabhairava Karma and Kalabhairava Shanti.
What is Kalabhairava Karma?Sadhguru: This process called “Kalabhairava Karma.” This is for the dead only, to ensure that their new location is a better place. When someone 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 a while, 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 someone who is unable to employ his discretion will stay in that state for a long time, because the discretionary mind is not functioning as it should. 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 do not create unpleasantness for him. 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 even a drop of pleasantness is put into him, this will become an ocean of pleasantness after some time because he has no discretion.
What is Kalabhairava Shanti Process?
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 someone 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 Shanti” which can be done any time after death. In case the time period for Kalabhairava Karma has passed, you can do the Kalabhairava Shanti process.
This has been very much a part of Yogic culture, that if someone dies and does not have the awareness to conduct his death properly, then someone 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 someone who is dear to you, they will ask you to bring footwear for the dead, bring an umbrella for the dead. 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.
We will be using Linga Bhairavi’s abode as the energy base and conducting certain processes for the dead. If someone that you know dies, or if you know someone else who has had someone die, then within a certain period of time, a certain process can be done.
We would like people to live blissfully. If they do not live blissfully, then at least they must die peacefully. If they do not 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.
Kalabhairava Karma - Not About the Body
Questioner: Sadhguru, if someone wants to donate his body to a medical college, will there be any meaning in performing Kalabhairava Karma?
Sadhguru: There is no need to do Kalabhairava Karma for the physical body. The body should be burnt and go back to the earth. If one or two parts of the body can still be useful for some time, they can be put in some other machine that is not working properly. Kalabhairava Karma is about that dimension which has left the body. We only want something that was in touch with the body because the body carries memory, so we use an article of clothing and a photo so that there is recognition to connect the two dimensions.
You do not do things for the body after death. It does not make any sense. If it were for the body, we would have done the process while the person was still alive. Kalabhairava Karma is about that bubble of memory that is still floating around and seeking another body. It is to bring some sense into that being because when they were in the body, they would not listen. But now they no longer have a discerning mind; we can do much more with one who has lost his intellect. When the discerning mind is gone, it means there is no longer a sieve. It is just an open hole – you can put whatever you want in it. A sieve filters everything out that you do not like. That is almost the entire universe! For sure, Shiva would stay out.
In a way, the whole process of becoming meditative is a simulation of death. Death means the body is no more a problem, and there is no discerning intellect. Your discernment is a product of past experience and impression. One may have a finer sense of discernment than the other, but essentially you are dividing that which cannot be divided in its ultimate nature. Discernment is a way of falling from ultimate sense to immediate sense.
I hope you understand the difference between the dead and the dead body. The medical college is only interested in the dead body; they are not interested in the dead. There is nothing they can do about the dead. Kalabhairava Karma is about the dead, not the dead body.
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