Ever wondered about the spiritual connotations of scattering ashes? Well now you don’t have to anymore because Spiritual Science Research Foundation (strapline –‘bridging the known and unknown worlds’) has come to our assistance. I will attempt to précis what they are aiming to communicate – however I have attached the link at the bottom so you can have a look yourself.
Whilst I don’t necessarily subscribe to their thinking, it does add a completely different dimension and for that I applaud them. Spirituality, as they refer to it, would be broadly defined as Eastern philosophy, predominantly Hindu. Also the article refers to a number of what I shall call ‘cosmic forces’, I shall not attempt to explain them, principally due to the fact that I don’t really understand them. Anyway in a nutshell…
You should not keep or bury the ashes, you should scatter them. You should scatter as soon as you can after cremation and this should be over water and you should not keep hold even a small part.
Now lets us look at the WHY…
The options you chose can either help our departed loved one to move on in their afterlife or we may be instrumental in their remaining earthbound. Unless you release the ashes, the subtle body (a term I have understood, rightly or wrongly, to be mean the Soul) may be impinged on its journey to the afterlife by ghosts or evil spirits. That is because even the last vestiges of the body have the same ‘frequency’ as that of the departed ancestor.
Sadly these frequencies are negative in general as most of us are dulled to the spiritual world. According to the Foundation half of the population is below 30% spiritual level. So the bad ghosts can pick up on this frequency and use this connection to create obstacles to our progress to the afterlife. The upshot is that the soul is somehow being forced by the spirits to trouble its earthbound decedents.
So it is important to make the passage as simple as possible and prevent bad ghosts from hampering the soul. So a simple rule is not to keep the ashes as you are keeping the earthly bound connection (the same goes with burying them), and scatter them as soon as you can. If you have to hold onto them, say you are waiting until the family can be gathered for the ceremony, then keep them outside – their advice is to tie them to a tree.
In the foundations opinion the best way to release the ashes is to immerse them in water. This is because the water will divide the ashes making it more difficult for the evil spirits to gain control. Secondly water is all-assimilating; it imbibes the distressing vibrations remaining from the dead body in the ashes and helps to break the remaining attachment of the soul to its physical body on Earth.
Lastly the sins (referred to as demerits) of the person are coupled with certain frequencies created by the ashes and the water helps to discontent these associations.
But which type of water I hear you asking? Well the sea is the best as is the “maximum all-assimilating property among all types of waters”, Holy rivers like the Ganges come second, but as long as the water is flowing it will prevent the ghosts from gaining control. Finally wash the urn out in the water as this removes the last remaining frequencies.
The cremation urn and what to do with it.
When choosing the urn go for earthenware as this will break down and dissolve in the water. The other reason is that the earthenware and the ashes are made of the same cosmic element so the frequencies won’t clash. As for its design – keep it simple, apparently it is “only if one has evolved to a level where one can perceive the purity in the art or design will one be able to perceive the positive or distressing vibrations from the design on the urn.” A plain circular urn is the best shape to impact frequencies “Spiritual research has shown that with regards to shape, it is best to have a plain circular regular shape as it does not have the detrimental effect of adding on subtle basic raja-tama frequencies.”
Finally, to seal the urn, from the time of the collection of the ashes to their final scattering, it is best to use white cotton cloth, although sadly we have no explanation as to why this would be the best material.
So there you go – scatter in water, do it quickly, and use a plain earthenware urn, simple.