Recitation of Vedic Shraaddh Mantras
While the Brahmins are having their meals, one should recite the Rakshak, i.e. protective mantra, and scatter some sesame seeds on the floor. One should visualise those illustrious Brahmins as the manes.
The protective mantra is as follows:
‘Yajneshwaro yajnasamastaneta bhokta avyayatma haririshvaroastu
Tatsannidhanadapayantu sadyo rakshamsyasheuaoyasurashcha sarve.’
‘Lord Shri Hari (Lord Vishnu) is present here who savours the offerings made in all sacrificial Yajnas. As such, in his pious presence there is no room here for the wicked demonic elements who should flee immediately.’ (Varaha Purana 14:32)
When the Brahmins are having their meals, visualise and make the sankalpa that your parents, grandparents, great grand parents are all present in those Brahmins, and may they be thus satiated.
It is a common knowledge that rupees can be transferred from here and delivered to other countries in their respective currencies. Similarly the fruits of Shraaddh and the oblations thereof are transferred to wherever and in whatever state the manes may be. But one very important thing is that the name of the ancestor, his father’s name and that of his lineage should be pronounced clearly.
According to the Vishnu Purana (3:16:16):
“The offerings of food, made in the course of Shraaddh with faith, and with name and lineage clearly pronounced, are duly delivered to those manes in the manner and form as may be conducive to them.”