The funeral for my friend Erica is on Saturday... do you have to wear black, or are dark colors fine? I want to show Erica the respect she deserves, but I don't have any black clothes that fit anymore, I'm still in maternity clothes and I don't have any way to get new clothes before the funeral.
i dunno i wore black to the only funeral i went to and i wasnt paying attention to everyone else. do you at least have a black shirt you could wear? can you borrow clothes from anyone a lil bigger than you?
Don't know if this is too late, but wear what ever you want to wear. The etiquette for funerals is just to wear something respectful and conservative. The last funeral I attended I wore dark grey pants and a white button down shirt.
LESSONS FROM GOD : WEARING LIGHT COLOURED CLOTHES at FUNERALS WHY
BENEFITS OF Wearing white or light coloured clothesAround us are many Around us are many dimensions
In these dimensions are many elemental and
One reason for wearing white is the spirits do not like attaching to
They prefer to attach to people wearing dark colours especially Black.
In Tradition Tibetans and Indians always wear white at funerals.
This is because there are many astral entities floating about in funeral parlours, hospitals
and they attach themselves to the family members who become wearing black clothes
and become too emotional.
This allows tears in the aura and they jump in side and attach to these people
Its now a dangerous trend to wear Black all the time
It means one is enveloping themselves in a barrier which does not
allow any goodness to come in.
Angels normally stay away from people who wear black
The Crown Chakra (this is the Divine gateway in the Crown of the head for Divine energies to enter) becomes further blocked wearing permanently black hats or turbans.
Think about this, White reflects all that comes to it. White stands for purity
(It is not by chance that Hospital staff wear white or that babies traditionally wear white)
which is why most Gurus wear white----
WHY imagine being in the presence of
many devotees who come to the Guru for help for salvation
They bring their problems with them.
If the Guru wore Black or dark colours he would absorb all their negativity, and become ill in no time. They also tend to wear Reddish colours as these enhance the Third eye- perception.
Black absorbs all that comes to it, this also acts as a sponge, Give me your problems I will absorb them (Black)! Wear Black in sunlight and you will roast as the Heat VIBRATIONS absorb easily.
Hence Black is the most absurd colour for funerals & Hospitals : It attracts all sorts of Dark moods and energies and influences just when you need extra protection and RETAINS all this.
Experiment wear black and white alternatively SIT with a depressed person and feel what happens to you.
In certain contrasts Black garments act as a Vacuum cleaner for Bad vibrations This also applies to your walls Dark colours absorb and retain Depressive energies.
Many women wear black head to Toe this is very dangerous
I asked Sai Baba ji for more guidance on this, I was shown a example where a woman completely enclosed in
Black clothes is pregnant- Her child in the womb has very little chance of absorbing Purity= The woman is enclosed head to toe in Black this covers the Baby and saturates it with Dark Vibrations. Is it surprising why most of them grow up aggressive ?
I was in a church and glanced up in the beams of the Church and was shown by Sai Baba ji an elemental Spirit waiting to pounce into someone which it did, the receptor never knew what had entered her. Because she had not practised meditation and her Qi energy was blocked and she was wearing the wrong clothing and was over emotional. Poor woman would now be under the influence of an intruder inside her. She would be prescribed anti depression drugs !
(This one reason Baba says Practice Attachment and Detachment, Everyone is born and dies.
And the soul is normally reborn again within the same family.
Normally about 25 souls are reborn again and again in the same family to work out their Karma )
Our only attachment should be to God.
From a spiritual perspective what is the best colour of clothes to wear to a funeral?
From a spiritual perspective, any sober colour other than black can be worn by relatives and well-wishers in the event of the death of a person. It is preferable to wear lighter colours such as white and pale blue as they are more sattvik/safe. Wearing black attire is common in many societies and cultures, however from a spiritual perspective it is most likely to be detrimental to both the family and the person who has passed away.
Since the colour black is tamasik/dangerous in nature, it has maximum capacity to attract and transmit negative and distressing frequencies in the environment, i.e. to the extent of 70%. This means, out of all the possible negative vibrations (ghosts included) that there can be in the environment, the colour black can attract up to 70% of them.
Along with this, the surviving relatives who are mourning are generally in a depressed state, also adds to the raja-tama frequencies in the environment.
The combination of these two factors makes it conducive for ghosts to possess the mourner through the medium of his black clothing and weakened emotional state. As a result, the overall increase in raja-tama also affects the subtle body of the deceased, increases its distress and impedes its onward journey in the afterlife.
This is why its Important not to become emotional at funerals/ this opens our Aura to Spirit possession
On the other hand, wearing white coloured clothes for funeral repels the raja-tama frequencies and attracts sattvik frequencies. This makes it less conducive for ghosts to possess mourners and give the subtle body of the deceased any distress.
The continued wearing of black throughout the period of mourning only makes matters worse and also prolongs the state of depression. The negative vibrations of black continue to retard the progress of ancestors and aid the activity of ghosts.
The subtle bodies of the deceased ancestors, who cannot move forward in their journey in the subtle realm, stay in their familyâs homes. They can cause problems for the surviving members of their family. The problems that they cause are a plea for spiritual assistance to help them move on in the afterlife.
And also when someone dies its best to ask God to allow their attachments to our physical world and all the relatives to be dissolved, otherwise the departed soul can remain in a state of BARDO and attach to one of the relatives who it loves.
This the reason Sai baba says practice attachment and Detachment so that when our time comes to leave this body we do not become attached to this world and become a Ghost.
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White doesn't absorb purity it reflects light. It wasn't used by hospitals out of any conception of purity but because it is easy to see if your clothes have gotten dirty. Baba's wear white because it is the traditional right of nobility in India and connoted authority. Black does not attract spirits or shun angels or negative energy. It absorbs light. It is a traditional color of somber authority, hence why most cultures cloak their clergy, law enforcement and judges in Black. Wearing black only serves as a danger from unobservant drivers at night. Otherwise it makes you less likely to be noticed by anything. That's the point of wearing black at a funeral, to not not draw focus from the deceased or the priest.
Our cultural dress code has changed radically from the time when funeral etiquette was originated. I've never worn black at a funeral. Most of my nicer clothes are meant to reflect that I'm a colorful person (Ironically all of my bumming around holey clothes are pitch black). You should wear comfortable clothing at a funeral, clothes that you wore when you were with the deceased would be nice. Try to avoid clothes that draw too much attention to yourself. Dress how you would dress for a going-away party for a family member or friend if you weren't going to see them for some time.