▘ When a man is born, his soul bears the deeds of his past births (good and bad deeds). Thus, his soul is loaded with different kinds of deeds at the time of his birth on the earth. If a soul has done only good and kind deeds in its past births, then the soul will derive benefits or good results out of life on this earth. On the other hand, if the soul has done evil deeds in the past births, the soul will derive bad results (miseries) out of life. Therefore the soul is responsible for the miseries and happiness it experiences in this birth. Therefore the motive of an ideal soul should be to avoid doing bad deeds and do good deeds. It is said that the material world is merely an illusion, so much so that the secrets of the previous births are hidden away from him (Man).
▘ Therefore, a man is unable to find out the reason for the miseries and happiness he experiences in life. The soul, which understands the true secrets of his birth and leads a virtuous life, following the path of righteousness in his lifetime, will certainly derive all the benefits. The saying goes "As you sow, so you reap". According to that saying, we can reap a good harvest only if we have sown good deeds. The harvest depends on the quality of the seeds sown on land. According to the law of nature, with the deeds of our past births as the basis the Almighty God rules the world. "Every action has an equal and opposite reaction" is truth. If we think of doing good deeds and put them into practice in our daily lives we can derive all the benefits out of life. Three great paths had been prescribed for Atonement of sin.
According to the first path we should find out from treatise (Nadi Astrology) the miseries in our life, and as a re-compensation for our evil deeds, we should do a direct opposite act of kindness in the place of miseries, which are present in our life.
Supposing, a person remains unmarried for a long period of time, even after attaining a marriageable age, he would certainly get married very soon and experience happiness in life, if he conducts a free marriage for a poor couple and worships the Holy feet of God.
According to the second path, if a person constructs a temple, establishes a Deity and thus feeds men with thoughts of righteousness, he can remove the evil effects of his sins committed in his past births. For example, if a person remains unmarried due to Sarbathosha (snake thosha), which presents hurdles for attaining a marital status, he can construct a temple for "Harichandra", performing a purifying ceremony (for the temple) to remove the impact of the evil deeds of his past life on him.
By adopting the remedial measures stated above he will certainly get married, and experience pleasure. The second path, which induces others to follow the path of righteousness and thereby helps them to remove the effects of their evil deeds of their past birth is said to be a very great one. ShanthiKandams instructs a person to atone for the sins committed in his past births and reveals through its Divine secret paths, ways to increase the number of good deeds in order to experience gr eat changes in his life.
Therefore, if a person pays heed to the g olden words of the Guru and abides by the ways prescribed by the Shanthighandham, he is sure to experience great changes in his life and he will possess thoughts of righteousness which in turn would prevent him from doing evil deeds in future.
According to the third path the evil effects of sins (of the past births) can be reduced by degrees through sincere utterance of the sacred original mantrasto God and by allowing thoughts of righteousness to grow in us people with false faith who pretend to have devotion to God will derive bad results instead of good results if they follow this path.
By adopting the remedial measures certain soul get the desired effect within a few days, whereas it takes months or even years for other souls to get the desired effect. The power of the evil deed done in the past the sense of adoration for the remedy, and the kind of life one leads after the performance of the remedy (parikara) are the factors that determine the span of time taken for the desired effect to come to them.
Only those who are destined to follow and perform the prescribed remedial measures with the guidance of the Guru can derive benefits. Others, who do not have the determination to do them, will neither come to understand the sins of the past births nor will they be able to remove the impact of by adapting remedial measures. Remedial measures adopted with the guidance given by us in the prescribed manner will certainly bring about benefits in life.