Effect by generations of ancestors:
- The influence or impact of ancestors of the past three generations is maximum i.e. up to the generation of our great grand parents.
- The ancestors of up to the last seven generations have some sizeable influence.
- The ancestors beyond the seventh generation do not affect us much. This is because the give-and-take account with the ancestors is fully completed or completed to a large extent in a given birth. Hence in the next birth, the give-and-take with ancestors of this present birth will be negligible if at all. If a sizeable give-and-take account remains, then we are born in the same family once again.
- The above pertains to how far we are affected by our lineage (i.e. the vertical family tree). If we look at it horizontally (or laterally), we are affected by our ancestors up to our second cousins.
Please note: Close friends cannot affect or cause distress like ancestors. They can try to help if they have a higher spiritual level but we should not accept it. This is because it will increase their attachment to worldly matters and make them Earth bound. As a result it could cause an impediment in their onward journey. We should instead pray that they concentrate on their onward spiritual journey.