Every day I meet people who are keen on performing rites and rituals for their dead forefathers (‘pitru karmas’) as prescribed by our Scriptures. I ask them one simple question, ‘Why do you perform these rites?’ The spontaneous answer that I hear from every other friend is ‘Scriptures say that if I miss doing it, I will accumulate sins. I better do it for the welfare of myself and my family!’ It is surprising that I have not heard from a single individual a response that he performs it for the happiness and well-being of his ancestors! Oh! Well! That confirms my perception that every man on earth is self-centered.
~ HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji