ANCESTORSANCESTORS,In ancient Hindu scriptures, the honouring of human ancestors is commanded. Pitri or mass\’s to one\’s ancestors arc regarded as sacred funeral rights and Sradh (offerings of food) are considered obligatory for placating the spirits of the departed ancestors up to thee seventh generation. It is believed that the food offered in their memory helps their ancestors. Sikhism disregards this belief. The Guru says that such ceremonies are futile. Feeding of priests and animals has no religious merit. (GGS, p. 332) The only thing that is commanded is prayer to God. “Devotion to the Holy Name is my ritual of rice balls and feasting”. (GGS, p. 358).
1. Encyclopedia of Sikh Religion and Culture, R.C.Dogra and Dr.G.S. Mansukhani 1995