Bali

I am writing this short post because of a question I received on Bali. Apparently someone thought that killing birds and animals is a part of Sanatan Dharma aka Hinduism.

The short answer is, No!

And if you ever kill animals/ birds thinking the ‘sacrifice’ will help you, you are in for a traumatic time. If you ever kill any living being, thinking that this ‘sacrifice’ will take away your problems or give you happiness, you will create horrible karma for yourself. Such killing is not allowed, ever. This is applicable to everyone irrespective of the faith he follows.

बलि Bali is a Sanskrit word and has several meanings like levy, offering, oblation, revenue due to the king, tribute, worship, gift, offering, power, strength, might, karma etc. There was King of the Asuras named Maha-Bali who was extremely wise, strong, generous etc. The root word is Bala बल which essentially means strength. When you give ‘Bali’ you are essentially powering your intention with this act of Bali. In Sanantan Dharma, if someone says that you should give Bali, it means that you have to offer a coconut. Only this one item, नारिकेल coconut, is Bali. Nothing else is acceptable as Bali, ever.

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You go to any temple in India, or at the ghats/ banks of sacred rivers, you will find that the flower vendors there always have the coconut as a part of the puja flowers set-up on sale. When you go inside the temple, you will offer this, coconut, flowers, sweets, kumkum, turmeric, akshata, camphor, incense sticks etc to the deity with your prayers/ intention. The priest will generally break open the coconut and give you half of it as a prasadam. Or he will touch the coconut to the deity’s feet and give it back to you, you are now expected to break it at a designated place inside the temple. This one fruit has the capacity to amplify your intention, to add power to your wish and will help in getting it fulfilled soon. You can offer a coconut /Bali in a temple or in your home puja-ghar or at sacred rivers/ sea etc. Bali is also performed when you start something new for the first time or when you need added protection or an added boost of power. eg when entering a new house, or entering your new office, when driving a new car for the first time, etc. All auspicious activities are powered by a Bali of the coconut.

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A brief procedure would be this.

You take a brown coconut which has water in it. This water part is necessary, so do check if you can hear the water sloshing inside the coconut. Then remove the excess fibres on it leaving a tuft at the point where its ‘eyes’ are. If you do not remove these fibres, breaking it with a single dash will be difficult. Stand in front of your deity. Keep the coconut in front of it. Pray for whatever it is that you want from the deity. Or wish for general happiness and prosperity. You can use Sanskrit mantra-s if you know them or speak in the language you are comfortable in. Just keep your mind clear and intention strong. Then apply Kum-kum, turmeric, unbroken raw rice/ Akshata, flowers etc, if you have these items, to the deity and to the coconut. Then hold the coconut in your hand. Express your wish again intensely in your mind. Then dash this coconut on the ground before the deity so that it breaks. It must compulsorily break in one dash. If it does not break then it is considered inauspicious. This requires strength, so this part is generally done by the men, father/ brother/ husband/ son or the pujari in the temple will do it. The water from the coconut will spill as it gets broken, if you can catch it in your palm, you can drink it as a teerth. Afterwards you can eat the coconut white as a prasadam.

A coconut is a scared object but obviously it is also used in the kitchen. Like I use 1-2 coconuts in my kitchen in an average week. But even if I am going to use it in a chutney or a curry, when it is being broken, my husband will say aloud the name of the family deity and break it cleanly in a single dash.

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There are some videos where animals/ birds are being shown killed in the name of deities, especially Ugra-roop of deities, often Devi Kali. This does not feel right in the energy sense. I was watching a weird ritual on Youtube where Her Moorti  was drenched with the blood of these killed animals. The blast of negativity from the scene was unbelievable. So then I asked the Devi Kali Herself about this (even you can ask deities questions and they always answer). She clearly said that if you cannot give it life you cannot take its life. The energies of the animals/ birds who are killed are absorbed by Her Gana-s and not by Her. The Gana-s are the attendants of the deities and are capable of granting minor blessing, siddhi etc etc on their own. If you get caught in these minor things from the Gana-s you will never be able to focus on Her. This is a traumatic death of a living being, the energies are inauspicious so are more used for the maran, maaran,  vidveshan etc types of prayog. This is a tamasic activity which cannot add auspiciousness. But people who do not know better indulge in this as it does give results. The energy of physical death is a powerful force which can be used for hurting others. But it is a power born of trauma and will eventually give only trauma. It always turns back on the practitioners themselves. Regular people like you and me should never get into these types of prayogs, they will turn on you later and give spectacularly horrid results.

In some cultures all over the world, mass killing of animals as ‘sacrifices’ is practiced routinely. This energy of traumatic death increases the negativity of these people and the place too. In fact it feeds the energies of dissonance, discordance and strife in the subtle planes around the Earth. And obviously create negative karma for those doing it.

So if you feel that you have to do a Bali, go ahead, dash a coconut and power your intention, it will always help. But never ever harm an animal/ bird thinking that its death will help you gain your desire. This is short term gain for long term pain.

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Elder Futhark Runes Ansuz

I will be writing a bit on the 24 Runes of the Elder Futhark set. I am starting with Ansuz, the 4th Rune in sequence, as this Rune belongs to Odin himself. (Overview of the Runes post here.

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Keywords for Ansuz are – Odin himself, power of sound, mantra, intelligence, consciousness, communication, inspiration, energy of breath, pran, ancestors and past lives, evolution, inner self.

If you pull out this Rune, you are required to get active. You have lazed around for too long now and divine inspiration, ie Odin himself, is around to pull you out of your stupor. The entire universe and every situation around you is composed of patterns of energy. With Ansuz, you are required to recognise and use these energy patterns to consciously to change yourself. You will be made to flow with the universal Order animating everything. 

Some sort of an integration is always indicated when Ansuz comes up. You will be made aware of the issues you need to work on. Ansuz will remove fear from your life. Everyone is afraid. Fear of falling ill, of speaking up, of losing someone, of uncertainty, of death, of pain, of loneliness, of not knowing etc. Ansuz will give you the understanding and the power to remove fear from your life. Freedom from the things which were weighing you down.

The Rune Ansuz means that you are required to listen and also speak. Words are power and you realise this. Mental skills, logic, reasoning and most importantly the ability to listen to your inner self is available in times governed by Ansuz. Creativity and intuition is enhanced. You intentionally change yourself or your surroundings as per your new perceptions. You are growing and evolving. You also understand that you can influence others with your words. 

Ansuz is blessings. The auspicious merits of your past lives are active now, helping you. New things, interactions, experiences, people, opportunities, timely help, advice and luck will come your way. You will be filled with enthusiasm, energy, happiness and wisdom too. A chance song, an overheard word, a dialogue from a movie, these are random messages which trigger things in your mind and in your life. There will be unexpected communications. You will receive gifts, things which you will use. 

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Try to make the most of these gifts, build yourself up, gain power and knowledge. Be ready, soon you will be required to help others. It is vitally important that you first help yourself in this period linked to Ansuz. You will deeply heal from hurts caused by others misguiding/ cheating you. This can be recovery in health issues, emotional issues or improvement in finances, business or relationships. In life, the Ansuz energy can manifest as a new partner, a new business, a new baby, a promotion, new job, new ideas, new activities, new perspectives, etc leading to a form of self-realisation. Ansuz in a favourable context is a wish-fulfilling energy. Give yourself time, contemplate, introspect and assimilate, Ansuz will do the rest.

Ansuz can come up when you are genuinely stuck in communicating with someone whom you think matters to you. If this person is really to remain in your life, Ansuz will help resolve things. Else Odin will firmly remove the deadwood from your life so that you can make the most of the new things which are coming to you. There will be clarity in your life.

Ansuz will do one more typical thing. It will remove those people from your life who are misguiding you. Or remove you from such situations where you are a victim of deceit. You are able to understand that you are being cheated and you decisively withdraw from the person/ situation. There may be a brief period of pain. But Ansuz will ensure that you move on to a more comfortable situation soon. Ignore the ones who do not want to listen to you, instead focus on the new people who are waiting to learn from you. Ansuz, ie Odin, the highest intelligence, is with you. Trust yourself.

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You can actively use the power of the Ansuz Rune in situations where you want inspiration, energy and guidance. If you are feeling particularly dull, or want more information about something, try this. Draw the Ansuz Rune on a piece of paper, look at it for a bit, think of Odin or your favourite deity, request help. Now keep this paper in your pocket and go for a long walk. You will find something in your route which will energise you. This is the easiest and simplest way of triggering the Ansuz energies in your life. After you are done dispose the paper under a tree where no one will step on it.

I do not consider that the Runes can be reversed but they can lie in opposition. This depends on the question being asked. Eg if you ask questions like, What is causing my problems? or What is holding me back? and you get Ansuz as the answer, then you have to analyse the negative meanings of Ansuz. Ansuz in opposition indicates that things are not what they seem. Ansuz in opposition is failure in communication, misunderstandings, cheating, deceit, delusion. You are unaware of all the facts of the situation you are in. Someone is not being frank with you, misleading you, keeping vital secrets from you. You might be offered something, but are unable to accept or use it. You may be misguided by someone you trust. Someone in a position of power over you is giving you wrong advice. Someone is intentionally causing you harm. You are interacting with unpleasant energies, so best be alert. Ansuz here is telling you that not everyone is kind, genuine and helpful. People do mask their evil natures and one cannot be too trusting when dealing with others. Ansuz in opposition indicates that you need to find out more information before going ahead. 

Runes are best used for delving deep into the personal psychology, though they can as easily be used as a tool for divination. If you want to change something using the power of the Runes, the easiest way is to use a chi-ball. Create a chi-ball, put the desired Rune with your intention inside it and release this energy in the time/ space you want to influence. Runes are raw magic, so use them with due respect and care.

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(I am being driven to write on the Runes. Personally I am not very inclined to write on the Runes as they are pure magic. But it is something I am required to do, so will finish it as succinctly as possible.)

Malefic results of Rahu Ketu

Rahu Ketu are the forces in your chart which indicate sudden changes, karmic events, U-turns, spectacular rise and falls. They are linked very deeply to your astral self and if they are going to be inauspicious, their results are hard to miss.

Rahu Ketu can be inauspicious in your birth chart, then you will face these sort of events for a life time. Their effects will be exaggerated in their Mahadasha-s, ie Rahu mahadasha and Ketu mahadasha and in typical transits. If they are auspicious in the birth chart, even then they can still go temporarily inauspicious in transit, so you can expect about 1.5yrs of such results in case you are going through such transits. And the weirdest part is that you won’t realise that you are under their malefic influences. They are the masters of illusion, they ensure that you do not understand what is happening. And the loved ones who care about you enough to point this out, you will not listen to them and also drive them away by your behaviour. It can get very difficult. These results are sudden, ie you will see someone going nuts in a short span of time ie within 1week to 1month max. If you see someone behaving like this around you, check his charts, Rahu Ketu have become inauspicious for him…

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A generally happy routine life is suddenly disturbed. Rahu can spoil happiness in a flash. Mean-mindedness, selfishness, arrogance, inability to think of others, being rude, cheating others, etc are some of the typical trigger points. You, under Rahu’s influence, will now argue with family members, loved ones and friends. The behaviour can get irrational. You will refuse to think of the implications of this behaviour on your own self and the people who love you, self-centered. Megalomania and dictatorial behaviour, you behave like a mini-tyrant in the house. Break-ups are quite possible now. There will be conflicts on a regular basis around you.

You will stop listening to those old friends/ family who have genuine good-will for you. In fact, old trust-worthy friends will now leave you, disappear from your life. Lifetime friends can turn indifferent, pushed by your hurtful behaviour. New people will suddenly come into your circle and get very close to you very fast. You might get into bad company, people with questionable morals/ ethics etc who will eventually ruin you. Especially Rahu will bring in contact with you, people who are separated from their significant partners. This would include widows/ widowers, divorced or separated people, people who are failures in business, people who do not do spiritual practice etc. As these people who have no significant partnerships in their life stick to you, they drain your energy and separate you from your genuine partnerships.

In profession, you might lose your job or get a pay-cut or get demoted or be encouraged to do something illegal, risky or humiliating. There will always be less than you expect in the job. Ambitions become illogical, irrational and you might fail. Sudden legal issues, litigations etc can pop up. Loss of satisfaction internally, bravado externally.

Rahu wants new experiences and will take unacceptable risks to get these. Rahu is the master of illusions and he does not value genuine feelings, real love and deep emotions. He does not think about anyone else but him, selfish to the extreme. He is flashy, over-the-top, insincere and a gambler at heart. So there are possibilities of unexpected financial losses, losses is share markets, losses in gambling and in speculation. You might get into negative credit or fail to budget. There might be loss of physical property in severe cases. Especially ancestral property might be sold during malefic Rahu times.

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The atmosphere of the house you live in will also show negative effects. eg there might be more repair work needed in the house, you might spend more on furnishings etc. Even your car might break down more often. There might be thefts in the house. Pest infestations might increase during this time. Anything that drains the happiness from the home environment can happen with characteristic suddenness.

Wasting money, buying flashy goods etc is a typical indicator of Raju’s influence. Especially you will buy electronic goods of high priced brands for no good reason. Buying too many branded luxury goods will disturb your budgeting. You will want to go to parties, high priced restaurants, movies etc. You suddenly start eating spicy, exotic, non-veg, Tamasic foods, instead of the regular home-cooked food you used to enjoy. The latest mass consumption trends, the latest fashion etc will attract you. Suddenly you are on the Internet all the time. There is an insatiable desire to ‘consume’ stuff, the more exclusive the better.

On the astral level there may be hauntings in your house. Or entities may latch on to you and drain you of your positive energy. The aura will show greyish streaks and blackness. The mind becomes shallow, incapable of introspection or self-analysis and it desires stimulation at any cost, literally.

Health can start going bad. If you have a chronic condition, it will erupt suddenly at the start of this inauspicious transit. If such Rahu Ketu are connected to Scorpio or the 8th house in some way, they can even cause accidents, amputations or serious illness which might require surgery. Especially for pregnant women, if they strongly affect you during this sensitive time, there will be chances of miscarriages, abortions and problems in delivery. 

Then the impact on the spiritual side. You will search for happiness in illusions rather than delving within yourself. You will stop doing regular pujas. This is a very significant indicator. If you used to do pujas for 2 hrs daily and suddenly become irregular or stop doing them, then it is Rahu at work. Often there is a change in belief systems, ie you can suddenly becomes an atheist or convert into another religion or get into occult, black magic, tantra etc for selfish reasons. Needless to say, this will have repercussions later.

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If Ketu is more powerful than Rahu in giving malefic results, then some of the additional typical things attributed to his nature are these. You will take up smoking or taking hallucinogenic drugs, ie in some way want to escape into the dream life. You suddenly start talking about esoteric stuff, dress weirdly, look unkempt, ie hair is not cut properly, beard is unshaven, uncut nails, unwashed, mismatched clothes, shabby look etc, displeasing overall. The other material results will follow on similar lines as above, the only difference being that Ketu’s driving energy will be of apathy, disinterest, dissociation, lethargy etc. eg suppose you sell your ancestral properties because of financial problems. If it is Rahu driving this, the reason will be that you wasted your savings on speculation etc and now need money. If it is Ketu driving this event, then the reason will be you neglected to take some precautions in time so now had to sell these properties. Different processes giving the same end results. 

If you are more observant, then you will notice that these malefic effects are more exaggerated when the Sun is in his apparent southwards movement,  ie during Dakshinayan. In fact all malefics gain more power during the Dakshinayan.  (Read more on Kaala Bala for this logic.) Again Rahu Ketu have more power during the night than the day. So if someone is under their malefic influences, he will go out of the house in the night, maybe spend the night out with the bad company that they signify and create more negativity for himself.

If you realise that Rahu Ketu are the root cause of the problems you facing, then corrective actions can be in the form of Daana, Homa, mantra, pujas etc. Most importantly, if you can realise what is happening, do some introspection and change your behaviour consciously, it would be the perfect solution (which would be really difficult, as such Rahu Ketu will not allow self-analysis so easily.)

There was a question on this and I thought that it would be easier if I wrote a separate post . (I have written a lot of posts on Rahu Ketu do use the index page to locate them if you wish to read)

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2021 starts with Kaal Sarpa and combustions

There are a lot of things coming up in the next few months. I thought of writing separate posts but the events are occurring simultaneously and are interlinked. So this is a single post on the general astrological trends till Mid-April 2021. The major events are,

  1. Sun entering Capricorn
  2. Stellium in Capricorn
  3. Combustion of Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury in Capricorn.
  4. Combustion of Venus from 15 Feb to 17 Apr in Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces and Aries.
  5. Against the background of the Kaal Sarpa energy cycle till mid-April.

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We are already in the cyclic Kaal sarpa loop. All planets are currently transiting within the Rahu Ketu axis. There will be the Kaal sarpa combination for every alternate 15 days till April when Mars finally moves into Gemini. ie Between 10th – 25th Jan, 6th -21st  Feb, 5th -20th  Mar and 1st -13th Apr all the planets will be on one side of the Rahu Ketu axis creating the complete Kaal sarpa energy. (one tip, if you have a planned delivery of your baby, avoid these days where the Kaal sarpa is fully active). On the other alternating 15days during this period only Moon will be out of the Rahu Ketu hemming, temporarily creating a partial Kaal Sarpa. The Kaal sarpa will force everyone to complete a very big chunk of karma in a sudden way. The Kings of Karma provide a huge burst of energy during this period and you get ultra focussed on completing this one major pending karmic work with their blessings. What this karma will be depends on your birth chart and ongoing Dasha. Analyse what Rahu means to you in your birth chart and what he is up to in this current transit. This will give you the clues on what you are being made to work on now. Kaal Sarpa or even partial Kaal Sarpa can be a good thing, if you can consciously use the energy. If you cant then they will swamp you.

The Sun will be entering Capricorn rashi, ie Makar Sankranti on 14th Jan 2021. He will be joining Mercury, Saturn (post here) and Jupiter (post here) who are already there in Capricorn. On this day you should spend the early morning time after sunrise in some spiritual activity, in silence, in mediation, doing some mantra jaap, Dhyan, pujas, Agnihotra, going to Temples etc. Try to sit outside and let the sun rays fall on you during this time. This day is for specifically worshiping the Sun as he enters the 10th sign of the zodiac owned by his son, Saturn. Doing this will help you harness the power of your self-ego, your divine spark. You can actively complete karmic work and reduce the karmic bindings you have laid on your own soul. Sun transiting in Capricorn is generally considered to be useful.

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This year, we are going to see a cluster of planets in Capricorn. At one point of time in Feb 2021, there will be 6 planets together in Capricorn, ie Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn. This will aggravate the imbalance in the skies. ‘Stellium’ is a hyped up word, actually having too many planets together in one sign is not a good thing (post here). It causes planetary war, graha yuddha (post here) and messes with the ability of the planets to give auspicious results. The planets are friends and enemies with each other so interfere. One planet may consider another to be his friend but the other may not necessarily reciprocate. The planet who has moved the maximum into the sign tends to dominate the others. At this point of time Mercury is the winner. But Saturn the owner himself, is in Capricorn, so he will always have the over-riding say over the other planets who will enter Capricorn. The over-riding energy will be Saturn, and as long as Saturn remains combust the Sun will dominate all. 

More planets in one house, disturbs the balance of the chart. So many planets focussed on one area of life and the other areas of life are relatively silent. So many planets are going to be in Capricorn. So whatever Capricorn stands for in your birth chart, be prepared to see lots of action here. eg For Libra ascendants, this is the 4th house, so you might see effects like this, old parents come over to stay, you do more housework, more cooking, rest is less, comfort is denied, house will be messy, car will break down, you are always tired at home. However Capricorn being the natural 10th house, all of us will see a lot of activity on the professional and social front, most of it confusing.

Capricorn is going to see some interesting energies. Saturn himself is there with Jupiter who is debilitated (post here). Mercury currently the winner of the planetary war is moving fast. Sun is coming in and he will be combusting the whole lot eventually. As he ‘evaporates’ the planets, he will absorb their energies and paint his self-ego all over the keywords linked to them. The ‘Sun-energy’ in the sky, during these days, will not be the pure Sun as he usually is. He is going to be a blend of so many energies, which will directly hit you at the individual self-ego level.

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Jupiter combust from 19 Jan – 16 Feb. He is debilitated to begin with in Capricorn. (post here) His ability to give his regular auspicious results is constrained. And then the combustion will reduce it even more. In these times, malefic energies become more prominent. Generally Jupiter combust reduces public health levels, lowers gold and grain prices, reduces helpfulness, people are less inclined to do auspicious deeds, etc. Getting and giving proper advice will be difficult. As he is debilitated and together with Saturn everyones minds are constrained and self-ego is very active. People have become selfish and hard-hearted. Starting anything new during this time is going to be difficult. Positive energy overall is reduced. A combust Jupiter with Saturn is very bad for general auspiciousness. Saturn will unrestrainedly give his results and repaying bad karma from the past is now due for everyone.

Saturn is also combust from 12 Jan and till 14 Feb. Sun is Saturn’s father and they do not get along with each other. Your past karma or the more negative sort are in focus, things are harsher now. Plus self-ego interferes with your destined duties. Arguments with the father/ boss, more work at office and at home, aged family members needing more attention, etc will make you tired and frustrated, you will feel alone and helpless. Personal loneliness and emotional turmoil. 

Mercury going combust with Jupiter will affect businesses, stocks, finance and the economy. For students especially exams will be difficult. Overall juvenile selfishness will prevail over everything. Mercury has just come out of combustion on 8th Jan and will be again combust from 3-16 Feb. And again from 30 Mar – 28 Apr. Illogical arguments, misunderstandings, loss of tact and diplomacy, rash decisions, etc are all possible during this period. Expect differences with your teammates, officemates and siblings fueled by selfishness.

Venus combust is spanning 4 signs this time, he is continually combust for over 60days, this is a severe disruption. All things signified by Venus will be absent from life. You will feel disconnected from all personal relationships, finance, spiritual practice will feel a vacuum. Self-centred self-ego dominates all Venusian things. When Venus is combust, he cannot guide us. We cannot offer value and validation, nor do we get this from others during this period, loneliness predominates. Judging the true value of anything, people, actions, emotions, relationships, thoughts, desires etc is difficult. All creative endeavours suffer. Cheating, forgeries, immoral behaviour increases, inability to take decisions. You might get tangled in irrelevant issues. Avoid giving advise to others, else you will be blamed when things go wrong later.

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While either Jupiter or Venus is combust, followers of Sanatan Dharma/Hindus will not perform any auspicious ceremonies. Jupiter and Venus are the two Guru-s, even if one of them is unable to guide us, then the auspicious activity etc will not give its full results. And we are going to have both combust back to back, so time from 19th Jan to 17th Apr is not very auspicious overall. The effect of combustion of so many planets together on you individually will primarily depend on the strength of the Sun in your personal birth horoscope. If the Sun is strong then you will feel very self-confident which can easily become a highly self-entered selfishness. If the Sun and is weak in your birth chart and his relationship with the planets he has combusted is uncomfortable then you will suffer from an inferiority complex and other people can take advantage of you.

(For remedies for combust planets read this post and this post)

A general reading for this time till mid-April at least would be on these following lines. The governments will be more strict, will enforce more rules. There will be unpleasantness as the public refuses to acknowledge government authority. Political turmoil, failure of administration and war like situations can develop in several nations. The budget sessions in March will see controversial measures for improving the economic conditions world-over. Public unrest and dissatisfaction will increase. Corruption and cheating will be on a high. Financial institutions and banks can go bust during this period. Religious fanatics will cause terrorist attacks and also try to disrupt the governments by planned protests world over. The COVID 19 vaccines will show some side-effects, but this situation should hopefully resolve after Mars breaks the kaal sarpa loop in mid-April. Overall and also because of this COVID 19 scare, people will turn more towards holistic wellness regimes including ayurved. So after this negative period, hopefully we will be a more healthier world.

This time till mid-Apr is actually not very good for everyone. But still is better for birth Moon signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Pisces. The rest of the birth Moon signs will have a below average time till mid-April and should take care of themselves. There might be challenges, disruption in professional and personal life, health issues, litigations, humiliations etc depending on the individual charts. After the Kaal Sarpa breaks in mid-Apr things will improve to some extent.

There are too many variables and energies are changing very fast in these first 3 months or so of 2021. Kaal sarpa, combustion, graha yuddha, etc mainly in the environment of Capricorn. So events will happen with suddenness and have deep impacts on all of us. The testing times are not yet over. Jupiter is in Capricorn and Aquarius in this year, not of much use. Saturn is in Capricorn, and he will ensure that we all face our karma in 2021. 

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Daana as an astrological remedy

Of all the remedies which are in vogue today, there are only two prescribed by Maharishi Parashar. Mantra and Daana दान. (I have written several posts on mantra., if you wish to read, do use the index page)

Daana in the physical sense is giving away of certain objects to temples, deities, Brahmins, or in running water/sea. What to give in Daana? I have written this post on the things connected to the planets which are generally offered as Daana. 

When to give Daana? The day which is linked to the planet/ graha is generally prescribed eg Sunday for the Sun and so on. In addition to this, you can do Daana on these following auspicious days.

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The first day of Ayana. These are the two solstices, ie the start of the Dakshinayna or the Uttarayan, ie the apparent northwards or southwards movement of the Sun. Here there is a confusion. Popularly Uttarayan is associated with Makar Sankranti, which is incorrect. The Uttarayan starts on the day when the length of the day time starts increasing and the length of the night time starts decreasing in the north hemisphere. This happens one day after the winter solstice, ie on 22nd Dec in the current times. Similarly the Dakshinayan starts when the length of the night time starts increasing and the length of the day time starts decreasing in the north hemisphere. So this, in the current times occurs one day after the summer solstice, ie on 22nd June.

On equinox days, these days are called विषुवत् vishuvat. They are currently at 21st March and 21st September.

During an eclipse of the Sun or the Moon.

The day when the Sun enters the Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces signs are particularly auspicious. In fact all the twelve Surya Sankranti-s are auspicious for offering Daana. ie The day when the Sun enters a sign/ rashi is called the Sankranti. The best one for Daana is the Makar Sankranti when the Sun enters the Capricorn sign.

Daana can be performed on days when Jupiter transits into another sign.

Akshay tritiya is another auspicious day when Daana can be done.

Then the Tithi-s on which you can perform Daana in a month are these,

  • A Daana made on Amavasya is auspicious. Especially if it is a Somvati Amavasya, ie a no Moon day which falls on a Monday. This amavasya is also very good for snan/bathing in sacred rivers.
  • Daana on Purnimas, ie full Moon days especially the Purnima of the Kartik month is auspicious.
  • On Dvadashi, the 12th day from the no moon day or the full moon day.
  • A Chaturthi on a Tuesday, called the Angarki Chaturthi is a good day for doing Daana. Chaturthi is the 4th day from the no moon day or the full moon day.
  • Also a Saptami falling on a Sunday is highly auspicious. Saptami is the 7th day from the no moon day or the full moon day.
  • Even an Ashtami on a Wednesday is considered good for doing Daana. Ashtami is the 8th day from the no moon day or the full moon day.
  • You can give a Daana on a day where a Tithi has been suppressed/ Lopit tithi. The tithi-s or lunar days are calculated on the basis of the angular distance between the Sun and the Moon. And the regular solar days are calculated from sun-rise to sun-rise. The tithi for the day is the tithi which was in force when the sun was rising. And the lunar day/ tithi is slightly shorter than the solar day. So sometimes on one solar day, 3 lunar tithi-s can occur, this is also called Dina-kshaya, “loss of a day” and is auspicious for Daana.

Then Daana is not supposed to be given or taken during the Sandhya times, ie morning dawn, evening dusk and midday. It is given during the day time, ie between the sunrise and sunset. If you give Daana to a Brahmin, then make sure that he looks and feels like the genuine thing. His energy should be high. Also he should not be eating, sleeping etc when you go to give it to him.

Giving Daana in our powerful ancient temples is a very good option, older the temple better it is. Finding old temples is not an issue in India, most of our temples are at least 1000+ yrs old themselves or re-constructed on sites which are known for thousands of years. You can also put these items in flowing water, sacred rivers like Ganga, Godavari, Tungabhadra etc or the sea are best options. But if its not possible then any flowing river is also good enough.

Finally Daana is not ‘charity’. दान is a Sanskrit word so cannot be translated only experienced. It broadly means giving up, a gift, teaching, sharing, restoring, purification, paying back, imparting, cutting off, communicating etc. When you give away Daana you are restoring your own karmic imbalance. You are sharing your negative karma with someone who is capable of absorbing it. You are cutting yourself off from the negative karma by the act of Daana. You are paying back the energy, you are purifying yourself. So not get high on ego when you give Daan. There is no charity in the real sense ever, you are just re-balancing debts you owe. Be grateful that you are allowed to pay it back as Daana rather than having to endure/ suffer it through. As Daana given with the proper intention always works as a remedy to your astrological issues.

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Karma and Saturn in the twelve houses

In several books you will read that Saturn is good in the 3rd 6th and 11th houses. But you are a student of Jyotish so have to tally what you read with your study charts and your personal experience. Saturn is a separative force. He grants solitude, fear, dissociation, sorrow, insecurity, pain, loss and facelessness. Whenever he is placed he will bring the things to the forefront. This is the karmic script you have chosen for yourself to rebalance your outstanding karma. Saturn is always karmic duty, fear, restrictions, constrictions, budgeting yourself, making full use of what you have, etc. This post is regarding the position of your birth Saturn and how it affects you on the inner levels.

First of all you have to check out the following about your Saturn. The houses he controls, ie where is Capricorn and Aquarius in the chart. He a Yogkarak for Taurus and Libra ascendants. The house he is in and the houses/ other planets he aspects in the birth chart. Check out which planet is aspecting him. If he is combust, retrograde, exalted etc. His position in the Navamsha will give you his innermost potential and hidden results which will be more evident after you start your relationship with your loved one/ most significant partner. Analyse his power to give results using Shad-bala, Ashtakvarga etc as per your level of understanding. 

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Saturn’s karmic work in the 1st house is rather typical. He has the lowest Dig-Bala in the ascendant sign. So you might be scared of expressing yourself, inhibited, learning new things is difficult, unfriendly, a lack of confidence, lack of common sense etc. This could result from a misuse of power in your past lives. So in this you are being taught this lesson of frustration and delay. You have to learn this balance in this life. Once you understand this, you will be able to systematically work for your goals in life and succeed. Avoid living in isolation as this will increase the negativity. Family problems almost always exist with this position but try to learn to resolve them. Learn to be humble, helpful but at the same time try to assert your opinion, express your will. Learn to recognise the good people around you, surround yourself by these well-wishers as you will be attracted more to bad company. Inauspicious Saturn in this critical house can give a lot of trouble as the entire personality and environment suffers under his constrictive influence. As in all Saturn related readings, the situation becomes more understandable after his maturity age of 36yrs (post here).Always remember, a lot depends on the sign. Eg one of my brothers has an exalted Yogkarak Saturn in the 1st house. He is extremely competent, well-adjusted, intelligent, hard working, spiritually inclined, materially well-off etc and most importantly willing to be happy in everything, he is pure. 

Saturn in the 2nd house will make you conscious about money. You might have faced restricted circumstances in your initial life. Naturally you will be be frugal, to save resources, to budget, save etc. And this can eventually make you greedy, acquisitive, selfish, miserly by nature, you will hoard everything. You feel that you lack wealth so chase after money and possessions. After mid-life, money etc should be comfortable. But generally life is dry, family distant, friends non-existent. Whatever may have been your past life experiences of poverty or deprivations, this time try to learn the lesson of Value. If you want to be happy you will have to learn to share. It is not about money, you have to learn to share happiness, say kind words to your family/ friends, offer respect, also sing aloud in the bathroom and go for walks in nature and try to elevate your soul. You have to learn to recognise what makes life beautiful. If you do this you will improve your sense of security and self-esteem. You will value yourself, self-validation is the most important asset. Money is necessary but these other things which make Life valuable are important.

Saturn in the 3rd house – the third house is the house of boldness, choices, brothers/sisters, extended family, neighbourhood, skills, trade, short distance travel, teammates etc. If you have Saturn in the 3rd from the ascendant or the Moon you will see these sort of results. When young, you might have not been able to express yourself adequately. Shyness, stammering, stage fright, etc are common. Learning new skills is difficult. You have to work gaining confidence in life, to learn to mingle with others, to boldly speak out on what you want, to stand equal with your siblings. Choose your friends very carefully here, you might attract more bad company than good. Always choose the ethical and moral option in life. There might be problems in hearing or speech. You prefer to not travel. This Saturn is an indication that you, in some life, have misused the powers of the 3rd house and now you will be made to work on it, understand it and then again be able to use it. The tip here is to work hard to systematically overcome at least one of the items indicated by the 3rd house. But Saturn always rewards hard work so once you do this you gain a lot of skills, fame, respect etc.

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Saturn in the 4th house means that you are now required to perform more duties related to your home because you neglected or abandoned your family in a past life. So now you are restricted from emotional comfort, security, rest etc that a ‘home’ means, alienated. With time as you understand yourself better, you will come to terms with this and may develop sympathy, compassion and appreciate the value of a ‘home’. Initially in life, there will be some trouble at home, parents (esp mother) will be unavailable, cold, absent, divorced or dead. There is no emotional anchor in life and the mindset is complex. Can the Seas of the Mind be structured? You need emotional support but it is denied or you might be scared to open yourself to your loved ones. Getting genuine ‘protective shelter’ is difficult, this ‘protection’ is in the form of nurture, nutrition, spirituality, advice, etc. So later various types of problems will emerge. Most common is an intense sense of loneliness. You will have to take on the responsibility of your ancestral properties, lands etc which will be an unwelcome burden on your heart. You will have to take up some regular spiritual activity to overcome this typical placement. Also strictly follow morals and ethics in life so that Saturn remains satisfied with your behaviour.

Saturn in the 5th house makes one an introvert. Restrictions on self-love, personal genius, creativity, conscious link to the divine, expression of individuality, enthusiasm etc are all there, especially when younger. This is a karmic duty on you to rebalance some misuse of the powers of the 5th house by you in the past. You cannot actively use the auspicious benefits of your past lives so feel helpless internally. Now you are expected to learn these slowly, in a cautious and disciplined manner. Typically life is unhappy, education can be interrupted, job may be unsatisfactory and you may have to budget. You might fare better in technical work or work involving the hands. In this you have to learn to love yourself, realise that you are a precious individual and are important in your own way. Do not let your romantic partners dominate you. There will be problems in having children, so try to have a child as soon as possible after getting married and take care of it with love and discipline. Through this, gradually the real energy of the 5th house will be made accessible to you. 

Saturn in the 6th house, the maha-dusham-sthan. This means that primarily you have a fear of falling ill, getting into debt, creating enemies etc. You are scared of the turmoil represented by the 6th house keywords so take active precautions to avoid them. You generally take good care of your body, exercise, diet, take medicines in time etc so that you remain fit. You are aware of your financial status and will budget things thus avoid getting into debt. Generally you will be hard working and Saturn does not allow ego to interfere with work, so the chances of creating enemies is lowered. Generally labor intensive jobs are indicated with this position, which might be boring, repetitive or unsatisfying to your mind. Depending on the power of Saturn you might get good perks etc in your job, but the job in itself will be frustrating, restrictive and you will not be happy with it. If Saturn is auspicious then you will also have servants working for you, but you will be sympathetic towards them and treat them humanely. Here the tip is to recognise all work to be ultimately good, even if it is boring. Overall an auspicious Saturn here can give social recognition and success. But if he is inauspicious, then he will cause serious problems including loss of money, ill-health, immoral behaviour and eventual infamy.

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Saturn in the 7th house is essentially a fear of having no significant partnership. You expect negative value in partnerships so are unhappy in business or marriage or spiritual practice. This mind-set makes you attract bad company. Again this is an indication of betrayal and hurt from partners in your past lives or maybe you betrayed them. You fear being alone yet cannot bring yourself to open up. So in relationships you are cold, unable to express your love or accept the love being offered. The relationship eventually becomes boring, dull, disappointing and a burden. You and your partner both fail to accommodate each other, might behave unethically, cruelly, selfishly, might get into financial trouble and finally behave in a mean minded way with each other. You want security in relationships but too much of a stability can get suffocating. You want no change in partnerships but it does not work like that. The partner evolves and so do you, relationships change with time, accept this. Also the 7th house is not just material stuff, it is the spiritual too. So if you can do some simple spiritual practice things will change for the better. Never take advantage of your partners, it will rebound on you badly.

Saturn in the 8th house (post here) is in my opinion the most difficult. He gives unpleasant results here in almost all signs, except Libra to some extent. Catastrophic events leading to self-transformation now restricted by Saturn. Irresistible force meeting an immovable object type of a scene. The auspicious benefits from your past lives are restricted. This difficult position will affect your spiritual practice also, as essentially, spiritual practice is merging with your innermost self, the deepest transformation possible. Choose your practice with due diligence (8th house is twelfth from the 9th) as you might get misguided. You will be made helpless, impotent, tossed about by your prarabdha karma. Even if you are offered genuine help, you will fail to recognise it, reject it and get into more trouble. Next, you fear intimacy. You fear the love you feel for your loved one. You feel vulnerable when your loved one tells you that he/she loves you. There will be very few genuine people like this in your life. This may be a result of an abusive family, broken family, feeling unloved, absence of love, broken heart, coldness, emotional trauma, sexual crime, abuse of the occult, etc in early childhood or past lives. Either you went through these issues or perpetrated them on others. Misuse or abuse of the power you had on others. The lesson is you have to learn to share your innermost feelings with your loved one. Intimacy is not just physical intimacy, it is also emotional. If you have someone in your life whom you love and who loves you in return, try to share yourself with him/her. Accept the help offered. Else Saturn will teach you this lesson thoroughly by making you emotionally cold, abusive, create intimacy issues, issues with inheritances etc to resolve your karma. You might face abandonment, isolation, frustration, sorrow. You owe a debt to your loved one, resolve it else you will be repeating this same painful lesson again and again. Also you have to learn more about your own psychology, your deepest feelings, motivations etc with this position. 

Saturn in the 9th house of luck and divine blessings will make you a non-believer, an atheist. You are repelled by higher learning, philosophy, belief, faith, outer trappings of organised religion etc at least when you are younger. It is possible that you were betrayed by your religious teacher, family or religious group in a past life. Or were made to suffer for your personal views on religion, faith etc. Some of these negative experiences will occur in this life too. There may be sorrow and suffering despite having all material things. But now Saturn will give you the opportunity to rectify things. These unhappy events make you think more about higher powers in life. Now you have to work on this belief aspect and come to a conclusion about your own truth and foundational philosophy. You are capable of studying systematically and might take up subjects like theology, law, where deep introspection, cross-referencing etc is necessary to arrive at a suitable conclusion. Only tip is to be true to yourself, shun hypocrisy and try to be as genuine as possible. Later in life you might become a teacher of these same subjects. You can try to learn more about different cultures, ideas, etc so that the qualities of tolerance, assimilation, acceptance are positively generated in you. All planets work well in the 9th house so this Saturn can grant you inner peace etc with time.

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Saturn in the 10th house creates insecurity related to the profession, social status, salary etc. You fear failure but are ambitious, you feel that you are on a mission. The father is generally unloving or unavailable especially in the childhood thus there may be some psychological issues regarding expression of the self-ego.  You are not sure about expressing yourself, thus will encounter delays, frustrations etc in the career. You are expected to work hard and sincerely in these aspects of life. Do not use immoral or unethical means to get ahead in the profession else humiliation and public disgrace can happen for sure. However if you work with integrity you will be recognised. Saturn wants you to learn about power. Material successes will come slowly, some help may be received but there will also be setbacks. If you can think of some social cause you can participate in, this energy will be balanced. Meeting and interacting with people is helpful in this position. Try to be detached so that you can think clearly in profession. You will gain power in your profession/ society steadily and are expected to exercise it carefully. Be cautious, humble, yet stand up for yourself, eventually you will get the recognition you desire. 

Saturn in the 11th house will make you insecure about social circles. You hesitate before going to social events. It is possible that, in your past lives, you were thrown out from your society, outcaste types and thus now you are not sure about your community. You cannot make friends easily. If you have older siblings you cannot establish good relations with them. You feel emotionally insecure in society, thus prefer a more secluded life style. You have to work on your confidence and you do it. Around middle age you actively work on your social skills and confidently engage with others. You are generally hard-working and practically oriented. If this Saturn is in a good sign or auspicious you can even be a leader in your community and gain a lot. Maybe you and your friends can take up some common cause for the society you live in. One thing is that you will be made to work or take on added responsibilities because of your friend circle. You should be aware of this and not let the agents of the 11th house take advantage of you. Saturn’s way of working is through the social and material aspects of life. He will either deny them or make you work so hard because of them that they lose their charm. If the horoscope shows and evolved soul and the Saturn is auspicious then he can work as a highly spiritualising force in your life.

The 3rd 6th and 11th are all upchaya houses. So resolve the negative issues presented by them in time, before they magnify. If you resolve these in time, only then will their positives increase with time. Saturn in these houses will help you do this in a systematic manner. As always things will dramatically change after you cross 36yrs of age (Saturn’s maturity age)

Saturn in the 12th house gives an inherent fear of being imprisoned, confined, disabled, insane, helpless dependant etc. This is because you have experienced these things in your past lives and now will do anything to avoid the same pain. The early childhood can be typical (post here). Generally there is a sense of unease eg if you see an insane person roaming in the streets you strangely feel responsible. Or if someone in your family is in the hospital you feel restless. Or if someone is emotionally upset you feel guilty for no reason. You will often go out of your way to heal/ help them. The solution is to feel compassion, feel kindness but always remember that every soul makes his own choice and you are not responsible for his miserable situation. There is the higher law of Karma operating for all. Personal spiritual practice will work for you. You can learn energy healing modalities if you feel like it or take up come profession related to medicine or counselling. Help them but never feel guilty for things which happen to others. You are intuitively confident about your own ideas, thought processes and you have the perseverance to follow them up. The 12th house with an auspicious Saturn is very good for spiritual growth. However if he is inauspicious then it can get very troublesome as he restricts the positive influence of the 12th house. In this case, there will be a tendency towards ill-health, disease, separations, isolations, hospitalizations, immoral acts etc. Once you get into this loop of negativity getting out of it will be difficult.

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Saturn wherever he is placed, will make you want the more material things connected to that house. You will have to work hard to get them. But he will ensure that you remain dissatisfied by these things. If the rest of the horoscope supports, ie powerful ascendant sign/lord and birth Moon, then you can learn his lesson more easily. Always try to bring kindness, gentleness, spirituality and acceptance into these things represented by Saturn, however difficult it may seem.

With Shani, there are two ways the energy can work. One you are brought face to face with some karma which requires work and you are made to work for it. Or you are completely restricted from this aspect of life, ie the positive energy of the entire house remains unavailable and things connected to it become a burden on your soul. Often what happens is that Saturn will give you the first option for a limited time depending on the Dasha/transit. And if you choose to ignore his demand for work then he will execute the second option. The window for rebalancing is closed and you will face the same combination in your next life.

This post was on the way Saturn affects the psychological emotional context in different houses. Whichever house in your chart is influenced by him, be prepared to work hard in these aspects of life. You will face restriction, trouble and humiliation here, but persevere and work. Eventually Saturn will be satisfied and ultimately give you the Gain related to this house.

How divination works and the 9th house

A short post today.

The 9th house is the house of luck, divine blessings, your auspicious merits from your past lives, guidance of the Guru, ancestors, the help you get from your seniors etc (post here). Jyotish is a Vedang and we use it to know more about our own selves. When you go to an astrologer to know about your charts, you are doing it because of the power of your 9th house inspires you to do so. You want to change your luck. To seek answers and to receive them needs an auspicious 9th house. In most Indian languages, we address Jyotishis as Guru-ji, ie we request guidance from the Parmeshwar in the form of a reading. 

A genuine Jyotishi has a Vidya and knows that if he puts price on it, the negative karma of the client will attach to him. He can only accept Dakshina willingly offered by the client. Earlier, if you wanted to consult a Jyotishi, you would go to him on an auspicious day. Offer him some flowers, fruit, money, betel leaves if you could, a Namaskar with gratitude and ask your question. He would not check how much money you had given or ask for more. He would answer to the best of his capacity (his 1-5-9 houses) and as per the punya/ auspicious merits (9th house) of the client. The only reason where he would refuse to answer, was if the omens, Shakun, were unfavourable. Omens are linked to the workings of the 9th house of the querent.

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Shakun are important in the practice of Jyotish. A Jyotishi is also called a Daivednya, ie someone who can fathom the destiny, fate, predestined events, tangles of karma, Will of the Universe etc. (This is mainly connected to the 9th house of the client.) When you understand that you are exploring the workings of intelligent consciousness, you realise that the environment around you also offers answers. In fact the querent himself carries the answers with him. There are several books on Shakun-s which you can refer to. Shakun-s are also discussed in books on Prashna.

Shakun can be anything, the items which the client has offered to the astrologer, the gestures that the client makes as he is asking the question, the first word that the client speaks, the sound of birds/ animals in the area etc. This includes observing your own self, the Swar in your own breath can give you so many answers if you are aware. Intuition should always be acknowledged, this is also a part of the Shakun, ie if you or the client feels uneasy, confused, there is a sense of weight, stifling energy,  disturbing images flash in your mind or you feel positive, happy etc. Or some object falls down or if there is an accident on the street or you hear people arguing somewhere or you hear soothing music from the room next to yours.

All these things indicate the energy of the moment and hint at the answer to the questions. So when a client approaches an astrologer with a question, his behaviour, your own behaviour and the environment together subtly supply the answers even without referring to the charts. While reading for a client with a strong 9th house, there will be powerful and obvious Shakun during the reading. And a Jyotishi with a powerful 5th house will be more capable in understanding them. In the Mahabharat, the King of Gandhar was an expert at reading omens so was given the title ‘Shakuni’. 

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Jyotish is not for everyone. Divination tools work only for those charts who have an auspicious Dharma trikon, ie the 1st 5th 9th houses have to be powerful, especially the 9th house. The 9th house and its lord indicate the strength of your blessings. The help that you get. Getting a proper reading is a help from the Universe on a grand scale. In your study sample (post here), observe people who have a damaged 9th house/lord and then observe people who have a strong 9th house/lord. There will be a very marked difference in these two types of people. Unexpected support, lucky choices, a random event which helps, a nudge from the Universe at the right time, the 9th house plays a subtle and pivotal role in life.

The ‘luck’ that your 9th house represents, manifests as guidance from the astrologer. That critical spark of luck is provided by the Jyotishi, who is reading your chart at this time. If your 9th house is damaged at birth, then advice given by astrologers will rarely work for you. You might not believe in divination methods, thus not approach astrologers in the first place. The 9th house is so important that even if your 9th lord in transit gets debilitated or unfavourably placed etc, you will not be able to make full use of the astrologer’s guidance. However even for those who have a damaged 9th house/lord at birth, if he gains some power in transit, then for this time duration you will temporarily be more lucky in life.

This concept also works for the astrologer himself. A good astrologer will have a powerful Dharma trikon in his birth chart. Especially the 5th house has to be very auspicious. The 5th house/lord is connected to Mantra-siddhi (post here). ‘Mantra’ is a Sanskrit word which also means discussions, advice and guidance. To be able to give good advice, the 5th house has to support you. The 1st house is the overall personality. You have to look convincing enough for people to approach and seek help from you. And finally your 9th house is your own ability to be the respected senior, peer, teacher, guide. But even if you have this auspiciousness in your birth chart, the ability to divine varies with the Mahadasha and the transits. Observe your own self and note how the Dasha/ transits affect your ability to read. Eg when my Dharmesh, ie 9th lord gets combust or retrograde, debilitated or afflicted by malefics in transit, I do not feel inclined to do readings. I obviously can if I need to, but it feels like a chore. When he comes out of these effects, I feel the change within me, things start flowing again. I wrote my maximum posts when my Mantresh, ie 5th lord was favourably placed in relation to my 5th house. Creativity was on an all time high and I was driven to write. And when my Lagnesh, ie 1st lord is debilitated in transit, I simply do not think about charts, my past lives karma comes up demanding my attention. The best, ie divinely inspired readings, are when the Dharma trikon gets power in transit. When this happens, I don’t even need to see the charts, the required information just flashes before me. 

Thus if the astrologer you are consulting is going through a bad period, he will not be able to answer your questions appropriately. And you might need to take a second opinion from someone else. Generally during such adverse periods, a genuine astrologer will not take clients and focus on setting his own energy right. 

And if a competent astrologer’s readings fail to work for you, don’t blame Jyotish or the astrologer. Instead do some remedies for the 9th house and things will fall into place automatically.

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Rahu Ketu in the 4/10 axis

The 5 Tara graha, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are connected to the lower 5 chakras. Moon is at the Ajnya chakra and the Sun is the Sahasrara. Rahu and Ketu are the completely astral graha which put your internal geometry out of balance, they ‘churn’ your sense of self. These are the chhaya-graha. Chhaya छाया means that these two forces ‘blend’ or ‘shade’ your inherent energy, awareness and intelligence. They are responsible for the ‘play of consciousness’. Rahu and Ketu are forces who create reflections and shadows. Elusive illusions. (I have written several posts on Rahu Ketu, do use the index page if you wish to read.)

Rahu is the desire to experience all that you can. Ketu is disconnection and limitlessness. The engine which subtly drives the energy of your chart is Rahu. And Ketu is the guard cabin, the deepest learnings you have with you from your past lives experiences. They do not directly affect the material planes but act through the signs/ houses/ planets/ nakshatra they are associated with. So analyse these before you start deciphering Rahu Ketu.

If you have the following combinations in your chart then it is a Rahu or Ketu ‘heavy’ horoscope. More the patterns more dense is the energy and that particular node becomes more important in your life. Check if they are conjunct important graha-s ie the ascendant lord, the Moon or the Sun. Or conjunct highly powerful planets in the chart, ie those with high Shad-bala or owners of the 5th 9th lords or Yogkarak planets. Or conjunct planets linked to the nakshatra of the lagna/ rising degree or the naksahtra of the Moon. Or conjunct or heavily influenced by Marak planets or by natural or functional malefics etc.

The 1st 4th 7th 10th are the Kendra houses, the foundations of the environment around you. The 1st 5th 9th are the Kona houses, the foundation of your personality and the potential for its evolution. The 1st is both a Kendra and a Kona house and the connecting link between these two.

I have written about Rahu Ketu in the 5/11 axis, in the 11/5 axis, the 2/8 axis and 6/12 axis earlier, and there were several requests for their effects in the birth 4/10 and 1/7 axis. Writing a generic post on these two axes is difficult. Rahu Ketu here have to be analysed carefully as they impact the very foundations of your life in their unpredictable and shadowy manner. So this is an indicative post, you must analyse them in depth first before coming to a conclusion on their influence in your life.

This post is about Rahu/Ketu in the 4/10 house axis.

The 4/10 axis is all about structure. The structure that you bring with you and the structure of your destiny. The 4th is the structure you are born into, the structure of your physical body, the psychological imprints you have with you, the spiritual orientation, the earliest lessons which you get as a small baby/ child. This is the nature, nurture, tradition, culture, house, residence, farms, lands, homelands, security, comforts and needs that you have. The 4th is the structure within you, the structure with which you began your current life with. The 10th is the structure without. Your destiny, the zenith of your this life’s achievements, the things you strive for. The structure of your surroundings, society, organisations etc that you are a part of. You are expected to conform to this structure and also help develop it further. Rules and regulations, the lawful work you are expected to perform. The structure you create and also impose on others subordinate to you is the 10th house.

The 4/10 axis is how your in-built structure gets actualised and expressed as the external structure of your destiny. In the Bhavat Bhavam concept these two houses derive and feed energy from the 7th house which in turn derives and feeds energy to the 1st house. And also to the 1st 5th 9th Dharma trikon too via the common link of the 1st house. The 4/10 houses are thus closer to your own personality/ self. The 4th house is the psychological and spiritual base of your life. It was at the nadir at the instant of your birth, the connection you have with your deepest self, an umbilical cord. If this link is auspicious then you are going to be more secure in your this life. The 4th is your sense of over-all well-being. Are you ‘comfortable in your own skin’? These 4th house forces, auspicious or traumatic, push/pull you towards your core. Then the 10th house is commonly interpreted as the profession but there is more to this house. This house was at the zenith when you were born, the mid-heaven. This house, sign and the planets occupying it were at the center of the skies when you were being born and their mission is take you to the highest visible position possible. The 10th house is the reason you are born, the purpose of your life. Thus 4/10 is the journey from your core to your destiny. It is a very sensitive axis and Rahu Ketu here can also give unpredictable and extreme results.

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Rahu in the 4th and Ketu in the 10th house

Rahu in the 4th has some similarities with the Rahu-Moon conjunction, ie Shakti yog (post here). There is a strong attachment to the mother, mother figures, home traditions and culture. You desire to enjoy the comforts of stability, landed property, residence and vehicles. You want peace of mind, emotional security and desire ‘nourishment’. There is a need for love. You desire contentment. 

But the karmic forces represented by Rahu are highly predominant in your immediate environment and cannot be avoided. So this need for affection may never be really satisfied. Your mother, siblings, household etc will behave in typical Rahu style, eg your parents may be outsiders in some way but still strongly settled where they live, ambitious, acquisitive, will buy land, houses etc. One advice is to not get involved in any property dealings with your immediate family members you might get cheated out of your own assets. And never cheat others in matters related to property. Your mother and her family can be of use to you in your life but whenever you take their help be aware that there may be hidden costs. So use them carefully. You like travelling but do so rarely, you are more comfortable at home and in familiar surroundings. You might like expensive/flashy cars.

Professions you might choose are, property dealing, farming, animal husbandry, working with children, junior school-teachers, builders, architects, interior decoration etc. There is a sense of aesthetics and an appreciation for life as a whole. If you can give this a outlet in your profession you will be satisfied. You are spiritual by nature, but will run behind the material. Try to find a spiritual anchor in life, this will keep you happy. You are capable of working hard, are persistent and have a deep insight into human nature. Guard against taking decisions based on the emotional context alone. Wealth will be adequate in life and you might be well-known for some typical things later in life.

If this Rahu cannot give auspicious results then expect severe trouble from the family, depression, a tendency to self-harm. Avoid getting into occult, black magic etc with the intention to harm others. Choose your friends and company wisely. Health might need care so do not ignore any symptoms, after middle age go for routine health check ups. Heart related issues are possible. Avoid sexual affairs and remain faithful to your spouse. (eg Saturn Rahu Shapit dosh)

Now on the other side is Ketu in the 10th house. This indicates that the father is generally not available. He may be busy, distant, dead, working overtime, parents may live separately etc. You might feel a disconnect with your father and father figures in your life. In your profession, generally job satisfaction is less. Accept this and do not chase much after material achievements. Avoid being over-ambitious. You are knowledgeable, intelligent, have original ideas and can be an asset in any organization. But Ketu will not allow your talents to be used so easily. You might not get along well with your boss, disagree with him, this might affect your promotion chances. Setbacks in the career are possible. You feel the hollowness in material pursuits and try to search for philosophy in the office, which is not practical. Try to express your ideas in an organised and understandable manner to make the most of them. You have flashes of creativity or might be psychic. Avoid over-thinking else you might not be able to produce anything solid.

In society, your behaviour can get a bit awkward. Socially you will be respected by some and utterly ignored by others. Confusion or psychological disturbance is possible as you cannot enjoy anything. You are aware of the superficiality of every situation you are placed in. You prefer remaining alone, detached. You do not have close friends or people who understand you so might feel lonely. Try to develop your sense of personal ethics as this will give your mind peace. 

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Ketu in the 4th and Rahu in the 10th house

Ketu in the 4th house can give neglect and indifference in your early life. Affection from the mother, heathy nutrition, a secure home may be denied. This may result in life-time or deep rooted psychological issues. A lot depends on the power of Ketu. If he is strong, ie in a good Nakshatra, sign, aspected by benefics and capable of giving auspicious results then you can turn these early experiences into sources of strength. You will be granted an incisive insight into the mysteries of the 4th house. On the outward levels it can grant material possessions and you also have the rare ability to use your subconscious in an active manner. Psychic powers are possible, but again in a weak horoscope this can manifest as mental instability. (Mental instability, psychological issues, insanity etc are all caused by an imbalance in the mutual coordination of the conscious and sub-conscious minds). If the birth Moon, ascendant sign/ lord are powerful then you can use Ketu’s gifts. The 4th house is the navel, the point of creation, your deepest hidden source can be accessible with a Ketu here. Ketu grants intelligence but emotionlessness. Prepare yourself as Ketu knows no boundaries and has no sense of fear or any other emotion. He is pure instinct. You might get dragged into more than you can handle on the psychic planes.

On the practical side, there might be ghosts/ hauntings in your residences. Your mother will not be supportive generally and especially in property related disputes. She may have psychic abilities. The father too is rather distant. Social relationships especially with the maternal family might be affected. Never buy joint assets with your family members, you might get cheated out of them. Emotional storms are common around you, but you will not be emotionally involved. Misunderstandings are possible. Most of these issues will be more psychological than material. You might feel inadequate in life and might burst out emotionally, intensely but temporarily. You might be more connected to your grandparents or live with them (Ketu is the oldest graha).

You might function as a regular person on the outside but inside you are disconnected from everything. Often a lack of love in relationships. Social interactions are a strain as you are very sensitive to everything. You are not consciously aware of what you need and this can drive you nuts. But do not take drastic means to fulfil this unknown need else you will get into trouble. There will be unpredictable events in life, random high-lows. But you have a philosophical mindset which will ultimately make sense of all these things.

Rahu in the 10th house is driven to perform. You are on a karmic mission, so take adequate precautions and assess risks before jumping into any project. Avoid taking emotional decisions and do not self-sacrifice too much. You have the ability to endure, persist and follow your life’s desire. You will achieve your dreams but again these will not satisfy nor comfort. You can mobilise people and get things done your way. If the chart is supportive you can be a champion for the poor/ deprived masses and gain a lot of fame and popularity. Politics is a natural profession here. You feel that you are destined for some special purpose. A Rahu supported by auspicious planets especially Jupiter, can take you very high in life. You might get help from your father’s family and also from your bosses, but again there might be hidden costs so be careful. Life after middle age can be highly successful with this Rahu. There is a tendency to sacrifice the 4th house keywords of comfort, personal need, shelter, psychological support, protection etc for what Rahu promises you. However do not neglect these aspects of life else you will not get inner satisfaction and peace. Outer successes will then seem hollow.

However if Rahu in the 10th is incapable of giving auspicious results then he can seriously mess things up. So if he is with or aspected with cruel planets then analyse this chart carefully. Fanaticism, anti-social behaviour can be triggered. A lack judgement, bad company, tendency for mental imbalance, loans, owing money, servitude, underhanded or criminal dealings are possible. At the very least he can affect your professional life and bring disrepute.

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Interpreting Rahu Ketu the 4/10 axis is slightly tricky as it has very deep impacts on the mental, emotional as well as the physical bodies. And writing a generic post is even more difficult. So analyse everything systematically in your chart before coming to a conclusion. Then Rahu and Ketu will emphasise their typical results during their Maha Dasha periods and their typical transits. The Rahu-Ketu Antar-Dasha and the Ketu-Rahu Antar-dasha will be specially happening. There will be generally upheaval, unexpected changes, sudden reversals in fortune, unexpected help/ hindrance, luck or bad luck, etc coming your way during the Node-heavy times. The birth horoscope shows the overall life but when these things are to happen are a function of the Dashas. If the appropriate trigger Dasha does not come or comes at an inappropriate time/ situation the result does not occur fully.

Most important is the power of the ascendant sign, the ascendant lord and the birth Moon. If these three are powerful then the personality is strong enough to convert the typical nature of these nodes into opportunities. Historically horoscopes of the realised Guru RamKrishna Parmahansa, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Subhashchandra Bose, John F.Kennedy etc can be studied if you feel like it. And follow the lives of people you know from your study samples (learn astrology systematically).

In summary, the power of Rahu Ketu in the 4/10 has the potential to create extraordinary individuals. How this will happen depends on the rest of the horoscope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shadbala Sthan Bala

I am writing on the Shad-bala, this is the third post in this series. Each graha has these six types of strength and they are spashta-bala, ie distinct strengths with different meanings.

  1. Sthana Bala
  2. Dig Bala
  3. Kaala Bala
  4. Chesta Bala
  5. Naisargik Bala
  6. Drig Bala
  • I have written on the Drig Bala in this post. Drig Bala tells you how easily you are going to be able to perform activities related to a planet and the aspects of life that he controls or are you going to face blockages?
  • I have written on the Ishta and Kashta phala in this post. These values tell you if the aspects controlled by a graha are going to be auspicious or inauspicious for you in the long run.

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Sthan Bala –

This is strength due to the position, ie the Sthan that the graha occupies in the zodiac. If he is is placed strongly then his results will be more strong. Here we are discussing the power of the result. How strongly an event will occur in your life will depend on the sthan-bala of the connected planet. Graha is not a ‘planet’ as generally translated it is a force (post here).

  • Eg Sthan bala can tell you if you going to be able to study till Degree college or do your PhD. It is not going to tell you if this education is going to help you eg ensure that you get a good job, that is related to the Ishta phala. And to know how easily you are going to do this PhD is to be seen from the Drig Bala of the planet.

How strongly you express yourself or take a stand in the aspects of life controlled by a planet is related to the Sthan bala. How strongly you ‘sit’ in a place is the Sthan Bala. 

  • Eg. Someone is strict in office but is unable to take a stand in front of his spouse. Here the graha responsible for his profession will be very strong in the sthan-bala. And the planet responsible for the spouse will have low sthan-bala.

There are 5 further sub-components of Sthana Bala, each of which are linked to the position the planet occupies in the birth chart or the divisional charts. Briefly,

  • Uccha Bala – how far is this planet from its point of exaltation. The closer he is to this point the more power he derives.
  • Saptavargaja Bala – this is the strength that the graha gets from its position in the sapta-varga divisional charts.
  • Ojhajugmariamsa Bala – this strength is created by the placement of the graha in the odd/even signs in the birth chart and the navamsha/ D9 chart.
  • Kendradi Bala – the position of the planets in the Kendra 1 4 7 10, Panaphara 2 5 8 11 or Apoklima 3 6 9 12 houses in the birth chart. Planets are strongest in the Kendras and least in the Apoklima houses.
  • Drekkana Bala – the strengths of the planets depending on the position in the D3 divisional chart.

So now in our example chart, the row at (1) is the Sthan Bala. Crowley had his Mercury strongest followed by Venus then Jupiter. These three have very high values over 200 points. Then are Mars, Saturn also quite strong at around 200 points. Then is the Moon and Sun has the least points. The simple logic is that he must have been comfortable expressing the energies of the planets in this order. He must have been most strongly assertive about the things in his life controlled by Mercury. eg He created the Thoth deck, Thoth being another name for Mercury. His search for esoteric practices/wisdom took him all over the world. And he also experienced several internal things, as evident from all the books he wrote (post on Crowley here).

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Now open your own Shad-bala table and take a look at the figures. (You will need a free software like Jagannath Hora or a paid one like Parashar light or any other software which gives these values)

  • Check out the planet with the strongest Sthan Bala. This planet has a significant impact on you always. If this planet happens to be your ascendant lord (post here) or the lord of your Moon sign then it will be more helpful in life. You are most comfortable expressing this energy. And likewise situations around you which resonate with this energy are going to be more comfortable to you. 
  • On a general note, planets with over 200 points are considered to have very good Sthan bala, these are your strengths. From 150-200 are also quite good. Any below that, you have to consciously work with them.
  • Then the graha with the lowest sthan-bala, will indicate those areas in life where you feel a loss of confidence and fumble things up. You might want to critically analyse your behaviour and consciously try to improve yourself if required.

Let’s now analyse how planets with higher sthan bala are going to influence you.

If your Sun is the highest in Sthana Bala you are obviously going to more strongly use the keywords of the Sun. You will naturally express yourself most strongly in the houses and signs he controls. You will be confident, authoritative, creative, inspired, radiant, a leader, etc here. Intelligent, aggressive and have that go-getter vibe. Once you want to do something you do not stop or think twice. Then the typical over-dose of solar energy is possible. So do try to listen to your well-wishers and avoid running rough shod over your loved ones. Analyse him and the houses he influences, these can give you a major boost in life if you use them appropriately.

  • Suppose this Sun is in Aries, exalted, and in your 4th house. So you are going display his energy heavily in the matters connected to the 4th house. A career in organisations involved in protection of the homeland is a good way of making use of this energy. Sun as the ruler of the 8th house in the 4th house will make you capable of taking ruthless decisions in the interests of the home etc.

If the Moon has the highest Sthana Bala then you are going to be more comfortable expressing the lunar traits. Generally relaxed, receptive, happy, comfortable, secure, soft, gentle, loving and willing to be loved in the aspects of life indicated by him. You might come across as being somewhat changeable by nature but your core is conservative. Guard against ‘needing’ things in life which will be indicated by the houses/signs he influences. Moon’s most susceptible trait is his requirement for ‘needy love’ which makes him somewhat vulnerable. 

  • Suppose this Moon is exalted in your 6th house. So here he is the ruler of the 8th in a dushamsthan. This gives vipreet raj yog and is good to begin with. To use this energy you can try the medical field, divination, occult, oil rigs, sailors etc. Somewhere where danger and liquids mix. Here you need that high which such situations provide and you can perform best in these sort of situations.
  • It is best if a person chooses a profession which suits his dominant energy. This ensures that he expresses this huge energy outside the house. This will naturally help the career and also secure domestic happiness.

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If Mercury scores the highest Sthana Bala then you are going to be very intelligent, logical, confident, good communication, friendly with everyone, good with the hands, networking skills, practical mindset, easy-going basis. Especially so in the aspects of life linked to Mercury. The sthan-bala is your inherent position of strength. You can think, create options and also choose the best option in life. Use the energies of these houses well, you will gain. Often people with such a Mercury are very successful overall especially if he is placed in a good house and capable of auspicious results. Only advice here would be to try to stick to one course of action after you have chosen it. 

Now Venus with the highest Sthana Bala means that you desire his keywords of validation and equitable love in the houses/ signs linked to him in your chart. You have a taste for refined beauty, elegance and good times. You are very presentable. You prefer fair and equitable relationships, try follow your heart’s desire and often have an inclination towards the esoteric. You can motivate yourself, you love yourself and are perpetually at satisfaction with yourself. Overall people with this Venus are quite charming and intelligent. Venus generally gives good results unless severely afflicted in a chart. eg This Venus if in a house connected to the profession can give very talented fashion designers, interior decorators etc. 

Mars with the highest Sthana Bala gives you a dose of martian qualities in the houses he controls. You have energy for everything connected to these aspects of life. And you also might have to face crises and unforeseen events here, but you tackle all this effectively. Overall he will add a veneer of no-nonsense behaviour, intelligence, logic etc to your personality. You might take calculated risks and show personal courage in these aspects of life. But Mars can also make you harsh, arrogant, you might get uncaring, rough with others so choose some avenue where you can express the energy of these houses suitably. Avoid hurting your loved ones in the process. So analyse him and use his power in the most effective way possible.

If Jupiter has the highest Sthana Bala in your chart, then you are the benevolent elder at heart. Optimistic and intelligent you are gentle with others. You like learning and teaching. You project your gentleness, learning, wisdom, kindness, benevolence, helpfulness etc. You are generally satisfied in life and this is evident in your dealings with others. You have faith in the higher Self and believe. You avoid hurting others. But do guard against trusting others too much, as not everyone is good in return. A too trusting nature often receives unexpected hurts from others. The houses he influences are naturally going to be in limelight as you feel more at ease here. eg if he is in your 3rd house you are indulgent towards your siblings, if in the 7th house then you are benevolent with your spouse etc.  (I am a classic example of this.)

Saturn with the highest points in Sthana Bala makes you prefer alone-ness. You are very meticulous, pragmatic, systematic, hard-working and stoic. You like spending time with yourself or in places of natural beauty. You might not be very comfortable in positions of authority or where quick decisions are needed. Saturn may be a malefic by nature but he is a very powerful graha, the force of your past karma which you have to rebalance. So the houses which he is linked to, will demand work from you and you will also systematically do it without any issues. You can leverage this ability to gain high levels of success in life. But in this do not ignore the other aspects of your life else you might end up truly alone. This position also requires self-analysis in order to make use of its energies in the best possible way.

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Some ways you can use the Sthan-bala information.

If just one planet is very highly powerful than the others then the personality often becomes lop-sided. In this case you must actively try to use his energies sensibly. The houses/signs linked to him are always going to be uppermost in your mind always. This planet with the highest sthan-bala has to be analysed in depth. If he is a malefic/ benefic for your chart. Which houses does he control/influence? Try to consciously work out how to best use this energy in life. And do not ignore the other aspects of life indicated by the other planets.

If a gentle natured benefic has the highest Sthan-bala your nature has a core of gentleness which unscrupulous people around you can exploit. So look at the malefic with the next highest sthan-bala and try to consciously increase his qualities in you. Similarly if you have a malefic with the highest sthan-bala, try to focus on the benefic with the next highest value. This will ensure that your personality is neither too harsh nor too gentle and you navigate through life more easily.

If in a chart, all the malefics kroor-graha, Sun, Mars, Saturn have higher Sthan bala than the gentler benefics saumya-graha, then you have a very aggressive nature. The energy of the kroor-graha coupled with their power to take a stand can get very intense. You can get so fixated on what you have decided that even the pain and tears of your loved one will not move you or make you change your mind or alter your behaviour. And the other way round if you have all the benefics, Venus, Jupiter, Moon having higher sthan bala than all the malefics then you are essentially a fluffy ball of love who sees the good in everything. You are incapable of being unkind to anyone. You cannot think bad for anyone. This also is not a good trait in life as you will get hurt often. People with either of these extremes must critically analyse themselves. (If you want to learn Jyotish do read this post. These observations on human nature come with observing people and their charts over years. These are my observations from following my own family members and myself over years. You wont get such analysis anywhere. Collect charts and observe these people. Start with 30 charts and then keep adding to this database as you keep learning)

You can try to consciously improve the areas indicated by planets with the lower Sthan-bala. Especially so if the ascendant lord himself has lower sthan-bala then some active remedy should be tried, eg some behavioural changes or mantra etc as per your choice. (I have written several posts on remedies, do look up the index page.)

I still have to write on the Naisargik, Dig, Kala and Chestha bala which I will do in my future posts. (There is a book on Graha and Bhava balas by BV Raman in case you want to get into more details on the math.)

 

Ved Vedanta and Om

There was a question “Is that the reason why the Veda samhitas have absence of some key devas and deities like Ganesh , Kali , mahavidyas , avatars of Vishnu. They have been lost or is it by design that rishis want us to explore them via indra?” and the answer became too long so posted it as a post. 

A simple question and here is a longish answer.

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First a bit about Sanskrit, the language in which all these texts, Ved, Vednant, Puran etc are written. One thing you have to remember is that Sanskrit, Devbhasha Samskrutam has no proper nouns. Am sure this sounds odd to you. So, a brief explanation,

Eg This sentence, ‘I am Samantha’. In this sentence ‘Samantha’ is a proper noun. It is a girl’s name and by this sentence you understand that I am a girl named ‘Samantha’. The word Samantha has no meaning in itself. Thus it is a proper noun. That is the end of it, no more meanings here.

Eg This sentence ‘I am Manish’. Here Manish is a Sanskrit word. It has a meaning in itself. Every word in Sanskrit has a meaning. Every word can be used as an adjective to describe something. If you think of ‘Manish’ as a noun, then you will understand that I am boy named ‘Manish’. But if you think of ‘Manish’ as an adjective then you will think that I am ‘someone who can be described as Manish’. There is a very big difference in these two levels of understanding. The Sanskrit word ‘Manish’ is a samas/ compound word, it is expanded to ‘Mansaya Isha iti Manish’. The simplest translation of this compound word would be ‘the Highest God of the Mind is Manish’. So our sentence ‘I am Manish’ completely changes its meaning depending on ‘Manish’ being understood as a proper noun or adjective.

Sanskrit is a highly esoteric language, it has layers of meanings. Understanding it depends on the capacity of the person who is reading it. Enlightened Rishi-s wrote these texts so there are secrets within secrets. That is why I always say never read Sanskrit books which have been translated into other languages. Or if you read them never believe that the translator has got the correct meaning of what the Rishi actually wrote. Best is to learn Sanskrit yourself.

Now if I write this same sentence in Sanskrit. ‘Aham Manishh asmi’, then here is what you get. ‘I, self-radiant, truth, certainly, surely, indeed, verily am the wisdom, reflection, intelligence, idea, desire, conception, power, master, strength, the Lord of the Mind.’ This is the power of Devbhasha Samskrutam. Now tell me can you ever trust ‘translations’ of Sanskrit texts?

So, if you can, think of our deities names as adjectives. Shankar means happiness. Shiva is the auspicious one. Ganapati means the energy which enters the individual souls and causes change. Nandi is intelligence. Laxmi is the one who has a recognisable sign. Sarasvati means the one who flows. Ganga is the one who moves very fast. Krishna means the unknowable blackness which pulls. Ram is happiness. Dev is radiance. Bhagwan is the one who has all auspicious qualities. Each of these Sanskrit words has several meanings in addition so every deity of Sanatan Dharma is more like a collection of attributes. The deities are not humans, even though we have got used to seeing them as humans. Deities in Hinduism are pure consciousness defined by some attributes. Their names are not proper nouns but are adjectives. Think of them in this way and you will get more insight into their real natures. (I wrote on meaning of the Navavarna mantra post here

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Now what is Sanatan Dharma/ Hinduism? To understand Dharma you have to understand the Shatdarshan shastra. I have written a post here on these 6 darshan shastra-s. It is not the work of one lifetime, but you carry on whatever you have learnt into your next lives.

Our ‘God’ is the highest conscious intelligence, non-dual, Paramatma, Parabrahma, Paramtattva, Nirvishesh Brahma, Advaita etc. This is the key deity of Sanatan Dharma, the only ‘deity’. You yourself are this Parabrahma. So essentially you worship your Self.

The Ved (Ved, Brahmana, Aranyaka, Upanishad),are the final authority for everything in our Dharma. The crowning glory of the Ved are the Vedanta, which deal with the Advaita in great clarity. The 10 major Upanishads with the Mandukya Upanishad occupy the highest place. The beautiful Mandukya has only 12 lines about the Om and the Paramtattva. 

So now about Om. Om is also not the actual Paramtattva. Om is the nearest thing to it. Something like a ‘Moorti’ of the Advaita. A Moorti that you see in temples is made from stone, metal etc. But here you are required to visualise a Moorti made of conscious energy. Om is a Moorti of the Paramatma. You have to visualise Om with this intention and understanding. This is difficult for beginners on the spiritual path.

The course work has to suit to the student. You cannot teach a 1st std child, the syllabus of a PhD. Ved and the Vedanta is PhD course work.

In Sanatan Dharma the main texts are the Ved (Ved, Brahmana, Aranyaka, Upanishad), these have the highest validity, they are the source of everything. Then are the Itihas, histories, eg Ramayan, Mahabharat, the actual incidents are given in detail. They also have philosophy ie attaining Moksh and practical stuff like how to manage a kingdom (ever read the original Mahabharat or Ramayan, it is much much more than a simple story). These Itihas conform to the Vedic principles. Then we have the Puran-s. In these additional historical incidents are given, more philosophy, more practical stuff etc. And anything written here has to conform to the Vedic concepts and the broad outline of the Itihas. The 18 Puran-s written by Ved-Vyas are given more prominence in this category. And there are the several commentaries, Bhashya, treatises, practical work, more philosophy etc written on these texts by enlightened Guru-s like Adi Shankaracharya and others. This broadly is the corpus of texts available in Sanatan Dharma. Regular Hindus never read these texts, unfortunately.

All Shastra, all pujas, all yajnyas, all mantras are secretly hidden in the Ved. It is a huge huge repository of knowledge. eg the entire Shri Vidya which deals with the worship of the Devi Lalitatripursundari, the Maha-vidya-s etc is from the Ved. It is one of the many Vidya-s mentioned here. Another Vidya is the Chakshushi, I have written about it briefly in this post. All these Vidya-s will take you to the Parabrahma if used in the correct manner. Jyotish is also a Vidya.

These different texts describe the same Reality in different perspectives in different words which are suited to people of different mindsets. eg If you read the texts on Devi Lalita, it is given that the Devi just looked at her toe-nails and the 10 Vishnu-avatar-s manifested from here, did their work and again got reabsorbed in her. This is obviously different from what we popularly know about the Vishnu-avatar-s. In the Shiv Puran, there is a Shiv Gita which Bhagwan Shiv narrated to Shri Ram at Rameshwar before his war with Ravan. eg Bhagwat Gita, most people believe that this is the only Gita, the highest teaching. But if you open the Ishwar Gita, it is very similar to Bhagwat Gita. If you read the Shiv Gita, this is also similar and also has a Vishwaroop darshan. Then you read the Anu-gita which Krishna taught to Arjun after the war, and this is very different from the Bhagwat Gita which he taught first. There is a vast ocean of philosophy, spiritual practices, teachings, discourses in Sanatan Dharma. If you randomly read from here and there, you will get extremely confused. 

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In the past and even now, Dharma is facing a lot of challenges. The Dev-Asur Sangram, ie the constant war between radiant and dull energies is always on at different levels. It is still going on now and will always occur. Sometimes the Dev will have the upper hand and sometimes then Asur might seem to be winning.

There are numerous examples where our temples, libraries, universities and their custodian Brahmins were very viciously destroyed. The horror in Kashmir where specifically Tantra and its genuine practitioners were systematically wiped out over the last 500yrs or so. The oldest physical book of Valmiki Ramayan was burnt when the Britishers burnt the libraries in Kolkata about 200yrs ago. Tipu burnt ancient libraries, manuscripts and their custodian Brahmins in South India about 300yrs ago. More insidious was that the invaders injected nonsense in our books and are still doing it. People who do not follow Sanatan Dharma are writing translations of these texts with the express purpose of altering their meanings.

It is difficult to find authentic texts and more difficult to find a real Guru. Also we have forgotten our mother-tongue Sanskrit, thus are a highly confused directionless lot.

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Back to Om. Vedanta clearly states the Om to be the Paramtattva. Focus on the Om and you will gain that realization. The Ved describe Om and how it has manifested the universe from itself. Om is the first vibration, the first movement. The main deities described are the 33 koti devata ie the 8 Vasu, 11 Rudra, 12 Aditya, Prajapati and Indra. They further create the universe and everything else in it. These are the backbone of the creation and they actually exist in our backbones, in the Sushumna nadi. 

You create your own universe. This concept is also rather difficult for beginners to comprehend. I have put posts on using energy consciously, try doing some of these exercises to actually experience how you can create. Once you succeed at an ‘energy experiment’, your perception changes forever. 

Indra as well as all the other Vedic deities are pure energy. They are not human figures. Now for the students who could not comprehend the highly esoteric Ved-s, more human looking deities was introduced in the Puran-s. All the energies were given human forms. Prakruti was given a Moorthi of the beautiful Devi Lalitatripursundari. The tri-Gun, Satva, Raja, Tama were given human forms so we have the Tri-dev etc. All these Puranic deities are also conscious energies, but described in more human terms so that we can relate to them more easily.

But every shloka, every stotra, every sukta in this vast ocean of Sanatan Dharma describes only the Advaita. This might be difficult for beginners to believe but eg. every one of the 1000 names in the Vishnu sahastranama are ultimately dedicated to the Parameshwar, from the first ‘Vishnu’ to the last ‘Sarvapraharanayudh’ all are linked to this Parabrahma. The Dasha-Mahavidyas are the energies of the 10 directions, the intelligence of space, their essential nature is also the Paramtattva (post here). Now open the Devi Atharvasheersha, She says ‘Aham Brahma swaroopini’ in the first line. If you open the Ganapati athavasheersha, it says that Ganapati is the ‘pratekshya tat tvam asi’ in the first line itself. ‘Tat tvam asi’ is a Mahvakya of the Ved. So all deities are essentially Parabrahma.

There is only one thing that is worthy of being known. That is Parabrahma and we do it through his Moorthi, Om. You are Om, I am Om, we worship Om and whatever we do or see is all Om. Eg In all stories/ allegories, you see that the Tri-dev are generally in Dhyan or in deep contemplation. Who are they doing Dhyan of? Who is the essential consciousness within them? In the Puran-s, it is mentioned that the Tri-dev did intense Sadhana to get to this position that they enjoy. Whose sadhana did they do? To become aware as ‘Indra’, 100 ashva-medh yajnyas are necessary, who are they dedicated to? So just think, to become aware as ‘Om’, what level of intensity will be necessary?

In our pantheon of deities and the humungous mass of stories/allegories, if you get into who was whose husband, whose wife, who was the father, who was the son, who came first and who came later, you will get very confused. The Ved say this same thing, the serious aspirant must focus on the ultimate reality, not on anything else. 

You should not think of yourself as Indra or Vishnu or Shankar etc or any of the Vedic or Puranic deities. Think of yourself as Om, the Parabrahma. Try to explore and locate that Supreme consciousness within.

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And finally to sum up this discussion.

Do what your Sat-Guru teaches you to do. Practice under the guidance of a Guru. Follow what he tells you. This is why the Sat-Guru in Sanatan Dharma is so essential. Without the blessings of the Guru you cannot do anything and cannot realise anything. 

Eg if your Guru teaches you from the Bhagwat Gita of the Mahabharat. You will think of Shri Krishna as your adored deity. First as a Vishnu-avtar, then as you go deeper into him you will realise that the Gita talks about the Advaita. The real Krishna, who ‘pulls’ you inwards is the Advaita. The ‘unknowable blackness’ is again a negation of this created universe. Your Guru will help you experience this essential attribute of ‘Krishna’. 

Eg if your Guru teaches you to worship Devi Lalitatripursundari. You will worship the Shri Chakra/Meru with mantras. Initially you might think that you are worshipping a beautiful Devi wearing red sari, jewellery, 4 hands etc. You might call her Mother, Maai, Aai, Mataji, Maiiyaa, etc but later you realise that her name Maa is most apt. I have written this post on this word ‘Maa’, it is a negation, essentially means ’No’. Her subtlest nature is a resounding negation of the creation you see around you. She is Advaita. This realisation will come at the highest levels of your sadhana.

Eg if your Guru teaches you Gayatri puja. You might think that you are worshipping a beautiful Devi with 5-faces etc with her Gayatri mantra. But later as the mantra pulls you inwards you realise that the ‘Savitra’ in the Gayatri mantra refers to the internal illumination. Your are worshipping your own Luminous Self. And this is the Advaita.

Eg if the Guru starts off with the pure Vedanta. This is a rare Guru and an equally rare student. You will then go directly to the Upanishad. He will teach you ‘na iti, na iti’, not this not this. Again the negation of the Maya of creation and the single pointed focus on the pure Om. Read about the Om, practice Om, experience Om and thus the Paramtattva whose Moorti Om is.

A Guru teaches what he has achieved, ie he can teach only what he has the ‘adhikar’ to teach. ie, a History teacher will teach History not Math and a 1st std teacher will not teach PhD students. If a Guru has practiced the Gayatri mantra he will guide you with the Gayatri mantra. If he visualises the Gayatri as a Devi in a red sari then he will teach you this same visualisation. If he has visualised the Gayatri as the Advaita then he will be able to guide you till this final destination. When you get blessings of a Sat-guru, the Atma-jnyani Mahapurush, the Jivan-mukt, ie the Parabrahma only then will you attain Moksh.

So choose your Guru very carefully. Guru is a force which pulls you towards your Self. And there are several pretenders who claim to have got enlightenment or claim to converse with the deities etc. Evaluate carefully before accepting someone as your Guru. If you do not have anyone around, try to follow some daily routine (post here on daily pujas). Get your own intention moving, desire to know your own reality. If you desire it, it will happen. When the student is ready the Guru will manifest. 

So Dear Reader, this is a rather rambling answer to your question, see if it helps you in some way.

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