Who all are included in our ancestors?

For the purposes of this section, when we refer to ancestors, it includes all of the following:

  • Subtle-bodies of all our known and unknown departed relations from all the previous generations.
  • Relatives from all the previous generations from the father’s and mother’s side. For a woman from her parent’s side as well as from her husband’s side are included in this category. The reason for women having to include ancestors from her husband’s side as well is that with marriage the woman becomes one with the husband’s family and enjoys and inherits the assets of that family.
  • Along with this subtle-bodies of departed relatives from previous births are also included in ancestors.
  • Even if one’s descendants (children) die before one, they too are included in the category of ancestors as described in this section. This is even though they are not technically ancestors.