Makar Sankranti 2022 predictions

Sankranti means the transit of Surya into the next Rashi. There are 12 Sankrantis in one solar year. Makar Sankranti, ie Sun’s entry into Capricorn is possibly the most important Sankranti of the lot.

In each of the 12 signs of the zodiac, the Sun appears in different forms, the twelve Aditya. The form of the Sun in Capricorn sign is called Bhaga Aditya. He is the giver luck, fortune, prosperity etc. In this solar month we are expected to work hard for what we want and not give up. We have to earn the comforts we desire. To be reliable, responsible, use our intelligence and be honest with ourselves. There may be legacies, inheritances, windfalls etc during this time, some unexpected opportunities. We have to use our intelligence get into the details. If any problems arise we should break them down and deal with them. If this Sankranti is good for you then you will enjoy the above advantages for the coming new Samvatsar, if not then you will be mean, stingy and unyielding thus cause problems for yourself and others.

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This year Makar Sankranti occurs on 14:43 IST 14th Jan 2022 afternoon. The best time to do pujas is from 14:43 to 16:34 IST, this is the Maha punya kaal. But the time till sunset is generally auspicious, this is the Punya kaal. Make use of this time to perform some auspicious actions. Whatever you do in this time will help you in the oncoming new year, ie in the Shri Shubhakruti naam samvatsar. 

As the actual Sankranti is on the afternoon of 14th, you will have to do some pujas on 14th from 14:43 to sunset. And also give Arghya etc to the rising Sun on 15th Jan.

What to do on Makar Sankranti is a common question so I am listing out the easiest possible options. You can add more as per your culture and family traditions.

  • Wake up before sunrise and get ready etc, as usual. 
  • Make sure to put sesame oil on the body before bathing and put some sesame seeds, white Til seeds, in your bath water. 
  • Wear fresh clothes, Tilak on your forehead etc. Do your morning Agnihotra at the exact sunrise minute/second. Give Arghya to the risen Sun at the eastern horizon. Recite the Aditya Hrudaya stotra. Do puja of your household deities/ Kuldevata. (This is a daily thing for followers of Sanatan Dharma)
  • The special naivedya for this day is sweets made of white sesame seeds and jaggery (Til-gul) and sugar candy.
  • Do your morning Gayatri puja, ie the complete Sandhyavandanam or at least recite the Gayatri mantra 108 times. (Again this is a daily schedule)
  • Next do some puja of the Sun ie make a Surya yantra and do its puja, or in any way as per your family traditions. 
  • Go to a nearby temple during the Punya kaal. If possible go to a Navagraha temple, but if there isn’t one nearby you can go to any temple. Take your family, children etc also with you. Offer sweets made of white Sesame seeds and jaggery to the deity. 
  • Give Daana as per your capacity to any worthy Brahmin or to the deity or the running water/sea. This can be as simple as pouring a bottle of sesame seed oil into the Deepak lamps around the temple. Daan and Mantra are the sure shot remedies for all astrological problems.
  • If you live near auspicious rivers and water bodies, ie Ganga, Narmada, Yamuna, Kavery, Sindhu, Godavari etc then you can take a snan in these rivers and give Arghya to the Sun with their waters.
  • As per local culture and traditions do participate in whatever activities are prescribed for this day. Eg flying kites, lighting up a Fire and worshipping it, doing puja of the cow, having fun-fairs Mela, etc. We are one Bharatvarsha and we celebrate the Makar Sankranti together, Suggi Habba, Lohori, Pongal, Uttarayani, Magh Bihu, Maghi, Khichadi, Shishur Sankrant, etc, it all a celebration of the same energy of the Sun entering the Capricorn sign.
  • All followers of Sanatan Dharma intend happiness and positivity on this important day.

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Now the phal, ie the fruit of this Makar Sankranti. If you open any standard printed Panchangam, you will see a description of the Sankranti purush. For this Makar Sankranti 2022 it is as follows. 

  • Naam Mishra – Name – Mixed 
  • Drushti Nairrutya – Looking at the South west.
  • Gamana Purva – Traveling towards the East
  • Vahana Bagha – Main vehicle Tiger
  • Upa Vahana Ghoda – second vehicle Horse 
  • Vastra Peeta – Robes Yellow
  • Ayudha Gada – Weapon Mace
  • Bhakshya Padartha Payasa – Eating a sweet dish made of rice, sugar and milk 
  • Gandha Dravya Kumkuma – fragrance applied is saffron
  • Varna Bhuta – color is pale 
  • Pushpa Jati – wearing jasmine flowers 
  • Vaya Kumar – age teenager 
  • Avastha Bhoga – desirous of enjoyment 
  • Karana Mukha Dakshina – thought process towards the south
  • Sthiti Baithi – posture sitting 
  • Bhojana Patra Chandi – Silver vessel for eating food
  • Abhushana Kankana – wearing a bracelet as a jewellery
  • Kanchuki Hari – upper body cloth of green color. 

Interpreting all this, overall there will be an environment of fear and uncertainty. Advisers, philosophers, scholars etc will not be able to give very sensible or practical advice. People will feel afraid for no real reasons, imaginary troubles will disturb the mind. War like situations are possible. Fast moving and unexpected events will occur. People will not be able to act in time as required by the circumstances. There will be a tendency to get things by illicit or illegal means. in the age groups, teenagers may face typical issues. Silver, jewellery, water, white colored items, sugar, rice, milk, green colored items, perfumes, flowers, saffron, essential commodities, yellow colored items will increase in price. South western and Eastern parts of Bharat will face troubling times. The south will face more challenge times compared to the north. The indications are overall mixed for our nation for this month of Jan-Feb and this will carry on subtly in the incoming new Samvatsar.

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This time a lot is happening around this Sankranti. Let’s also take a look at the planet positions. 

  • Partial Kaal sarpa, the Moon is outside the hemming. 
  • Conjunction of Sun Saturn Mercury in Capricorn.
  • Mercury retrograde in Capricorn.
  • Venus retrograde in Sagittarius.
  • Moon exalted in Taurus at this time is helpful. Will ensure health on the physical and emotional levels at least.
  • Mars in swa-kshetra, Scorpio adds to his power to be auspicious.
  • Ketu and Rahu are very powerfully placed in Taurus and Scorpio, their potential can be harnessed.
  • Saturn is powerful in his own sign, so can be used intelligently.
  • Jupiter in Aquarius though average can still be used to create good in your life.

So though the Sankranti Purush is not very favourable, if you perform some pujas for the Sun or Graha shanti etc you will be able to make the most of the power of these graha. Will highlight the possible positives for the birth Moon signs,

  • Aries – must try to make the most of the Dharma Karma yog operating. Profession and gains are favourable if you make the efforts.
  • Taurus – Jupiter is favourable for you so try to create opportunities for gains in your life. Profession may feel a bit dull, but you are building a base for your future so persevere here. Travel may create opportunities.
  • Gemini – if you are in business, this Jupiter can give you good results. In your personal life too, partnerships can act as a foundation for something bigger in the future. You have to work but also be patient.
  • Cancer – for you hold on to your personal spiritual practice as this will give you the necessary strength to carry on in life. There can be some scope for those in business but only if you have done your ground work systematically earlier. 
  • Leo – This is one of the very best times, enemies are ineffective. Jupiter is bringing you close to important people and to your spouse, money from business too should be coming in. Make the most of it.
  • Virgo – there is a limited scope for calculated risks, if you have done your homework well. But do not break rules and think everything through before taking any step. Do your spiritual practice as this will help you generate positive energy during this time.
  • Libra – You will feel very creative but will not have the time to take up these things. But note down your ideas, they are all good and their time too will come. Your children will be a source of happiness to you in this time.
  • Scorpio – For you this is a very good time. You have the necessary opportunity, courage, intelligence and resources to take up any of the things you want to. Make the most of it, all life aspects are generally favourable. 
  • Sagittarius – Money flow can increase so you can take up investments after thinking them through. Your extended family and teammates may unexpectedly come to your assistance.
  • Capricorn – Focus on your spiritual practice to generate positivity during this time. Be patient. 
  • Aquarius – Traveling can generate opportunities. There is good scope for expansion but remember to keep your health first in all cases.
  • Pisces – You continue to get positive results, with several opportunities for gains of different types. But focus on getting yourself fit on the physical, emotional, financial etc aspects as your Sade sati will be starting soon. 

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(I am using data from Drikpanchangam for place Ujjain.)

Mercury retrograde combust predictions 2022 Jan Feb

Mercury will be going retrograde and combust soon,

  • Retrograde on 14th Jan 2022 – Forward on 4th Feb 2022 – Total 21 days in Capricorn (14th Jan is also Makar Sankranti, Sun enters Capricorn.)
  • Combust from 17th Jan to 30th Jan, 13 days,

He is very closely associated with the Sun and Saturn during this time. This is his first retrograde and he will be travelling back from Shravan to Uttarashadha nakshatras. One good thing is that Mercury is not changing his sign while in the retrograde motion. This means that the changes that he brings in will not be very intense. 

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However the general readings will be somewhat like this. 

Misunderstandings, errors in communication, a subtle change in logical and reasoning ability, increase in irrational behaviour as people will become more adamant and unable to see their own mistakes. People will be more willing to see the bad in everything rather than the positives so you will need to put more efforts in convincing your bosses, clients etc.

Anything that involves ‘two’ can suffer. Obviously communication and relationships will see arguments. Also physical activities like travelling from one place to another will face trouble. Transport, roadways, and other transport means will see tiny niggling things which will cumulatively cause problems. Then media will twist words/events be overall irresponsible and try to cause anarchy. IT firms and software dependant systems will see issues. People involved in these professions will face trouble.

This is not a good time to start new projects as your planning may have some errors in it. Being impulsive now can cost you later. Avoid giving irrational responses to the situations which unfold around you. Best avoid anything that requires planning, foresight, logical thinking etc and continue whatever you have started before the retrograde began. Error in judgment is likely, trigged by imaginary fears. Loss of money by self triggered actions is possible. A strong sense of commitment will be essential to tide you through during this period.

Mercury controls upper respiratory tract and digestive tract. Also the nerves and skin. So if you are prone to any medical issues to these organs they can get aggravated now. He is the embodiment of the mental process so can cause depression, emotional instability, sleeplessness, anxiety etc when retrograde. Importantly from the COVID 19 point of view, colds, cough, fevers etc will increase. Lungs are paired organs and under the control of Mercury (through Gemini) so the respiratory system can take a hit. He is going to be here with Saturn and all are combust. Also skin and nerve diseases are possible depending on the individual charts. If you are going for some medical procedure do it before the retrograde starts. Any optional or new procedure during the retrograde must be avoided as misdiagnosis is possible. Obviously in case of emergencies do not delay. 

Political movements will be governed by mean mindedness and selfishness. This may have significant effects on the 5 states due for elections. There is a good possibility that people will vote for independent candidates rather than party candidates.

He is changing the Nakshatra from Shravan to Uttarashadha. While he is retrograde in Shravan, established law, conventions, rules and regulations will be challenged by people guided by their own petty interests and self ego. While retrograde in Uttarashadha, expect impractical, misplaced ideas to interfere with actual work that needs to be done. The greater good will be sacrificed for the sake of individual ego. 

Several major things are happening at this time (post here) and Mercury retrograde will add to the confusion.

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Generally Mercury retrogrades are good for finishing pending past work. A possibility of rare flashes of intuition helps you find the exact solution for pushing these old stuck projects but he does not allow consistent efforts. In addition now he is combust, ie working very closely with the Sun and conjunct with Saturn. Sun is in Capricorn the zenith of the zodiac. This sign is owned by his own son, Saturn. Saturn respects the elders, ie he has a sense of duty towards his father and Sun admires his own creative expression, ie his own son. If you can grasp this concept you will be able to make use of their combined energy. This time is good for performing certain specific jobs where you repeat your responsibilities and honor your creativity but only after deep introspection. If you do not do this, you will face problems, restrictions and delays due to your faulty thinking, inability to think of others, egoistic behaviour and selfish logic. 

You can fine tune the readings by considering the house counted from the birth Moon in which Mercury is going retrograde. 

He is more favourable when he transits the 4th 6th 8th 10th 11th signs from the birth Moon. So the signs Pisces, Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra will be better able to navigate through and also benefit in some way from this retrograde. His positive effects will be boosted as per the individual chart. You will tend to take more efforts in doing things so will be able catch possible errors before they cause you harm. However his combust status can add a dose of selfishness to your actions, so take due care. But for Gemini as it is ruled by Mercury and he is combust and retrograde both, he will cause problems.

And he is troublesome when he transits over the birth Moon and also in the signs 2nd 3rd 5th 7th 9th and 12th from the birth Moon. These would be the birth Moon signs, Capricorn, Sagittarius, Scorpio, Virgo, Cancer, Taurus and Aquarius. Here you must take adequate care as the negative effects will be amplified. You may fail to understand the significance of events around you and get involved in sudden unpleasant events.  Especially Virgo, Capricorn and Cancer should be vigilant as sudden reversals in fortune are possible.

If you are undergoing a significant Vimshottari Dasha of Mercury care must be taken. 

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General remedy for all issues is listening or reciting Vishnu Sahastranama or worship of the Vighnaharta Ganpati and of course the Gayatri mantra.

But in this time, you can also try eating foods and wearing colors or perfumes linked to Mercury. Or giving Daan of the items linked to him or his mantra on the day he turns retrograde. On the behavioural side, keep in mind what can go wrong and modulate your behaviour accordingly. Finally keep up your personal spiritual practice and daily pujas. 

How to analyse your birth Moon chart

I have referred to the birth Moon chart in several of my posts. There were some recurring doubts on this so writing a basic post for analysing the birth Moon chart. Use this step wise framework to know more about your emotions, innermost tendencies, feelings and the astral body.

In Jyotish, you first analyse the Ascendant sign/ lord, and the basic birth chart. This gives you the physical and material stuff. The vitality of the physical body, the power of the overall environment around you. And how you make use of all these physical stuff.

Next in importance is the birth Moon. He represents your astral body, (there are 5 layers to the the body you are in post here). He is the sum of all of the individual you, ie your past present, future and parallel lives. He is your needs, your capacity to receive, your ability to change in response to the external/ internal stimuli, your entire potential. He is your experience, perceptions, feelings, emotions, instinct, nature and nurture. A strong Moon in the birth chart significantly elevates the quality of the entire life. You can never ignore the birth Moon chart.

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Let’s use the example Aleister Crowley. A genius occultist, creator of the Thoth tarot deck, a spy, a mountaineer, writer, highly confident, intelligent etc and also the other negative stuff which you can get from the internet. He is dead, accurate birth data available and a well documented life, an ideal subject. His birth data 12th Oct 1875, 11:43 pm Leamington UK.

The ascendant is Cancer and so the birth chart is this,

Birth chart Aliester Crowley

The birth Moon is in Pisces sign and he is in 9th house from the Ascendant sign. For deriving the Moon chart, we redraw the same planet positions but put the Moon in Pisces sign as the first house. The rest of the planets and their signs remain the same as the birth chart. We just count everything in relation to the Moon. Birth Moon in Pisces is our focus point. We want to know more about the Moon and how the other planets are interacting with him.

So this below is his birth Moon chart, Pisces as the 1st house containing Moon and also Rahu.

analysing the moon chart

Step 1 –

  • First to understand how the Moon functions in Pisces sign.
  • Then to work out how Moon in the 9th house will behave.
  • And finally how the other planets conjunct (Rahu) and aspecting (Saturn, Sun) will affect him.
  • If you have studied the lunar mansions, then use the keywords of the Purvabhadrapada nakshatra to get more information on Crowley’s personality.

This analysis will tell you what exactly is his birth Moon capable of.

(You can also use the Ashtakvarga points of Moon in Pisces, the total points of Pisces sign, the Shadbala, the Vimshopaka bala, the Navamsha etc if you are an advanced student)

Step 2 –

To find out how this person ‘feels’ about the various aspects of his material life.

  • We will refer to the birth chart for the actual physical material life event and the Moon chart for the connected feelings etc (revise the basic keywords).

The birth ascendant sign (Cancer) is placed in the 5th house from the Moon (in Pisces). So he felt his entire personality and the overall environment to be very strongly a part of his creative power. He felt all the keywords of his ascendant sign to be capable of pushing him on the center-stage, he felt confident about his genius. He felt his physical existence to be a ‘child/ product/ extension/ creation’ of his astral immensity and he deeply felt this to be true. No wonder he used the occult so extensively in his life, his personality was defined by the occult. (‘Occult’ is nothing but a way of connecting to the astral dimension controlled by the Moon)

The birth chart’s 5th house (Scorpio) which represents the physical expression of creativity is counted 9th from his birth Moon. So his physical genius felt like the foundational philosophy of his life. ie he physically created several things, books, Thoth tarot deck, secret societies etc. He perceived his these actions to be his anchor on the internal levels. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces form his Dharma trikon in both the ascendant chart and the moon chart.

(Having the birth Moon in the 1st, 5th or 9th house from the ascendant sign always drives you upwards, it is a self feeding positive loop. You feel emotionally good about the material events. This motivates you, your creativity, foundation, personality, feelings all are working together, ie the astral and the material work together perfectly.)

Next his birth 2nd house (Leo) is placed 6th from the birth Moon. So he must have felt the matters of the family, the time spent with the family /friends to be a waste of his energy, a drudgery. He must have felt saving money to be stressful activity. Maintaining a link with his family history must have felt draining etc.

His birth 3rd house (Virgo) is placed 7th from the birth Moon. He must have felt a business-like bond with his teammates and group members etc. Similarly link up every house of the ascendant chart to the birth Moon to get a sense of how he interpreted the physical things around him on the deeper levels.

Here you have combined the keywords of the houses (1) as counted from the ascendant sign and (2) as counted from the Moon sign. This analysis will give you precious insights into how the subject feels about every physical aspect of his life.

What you ‘feel’ about something is paramount. eg someone may ‘feel’ good even if living a life of a beggar. Or someone may not ‘feel’ satisfied even if he is the richest man in the world. Your feelings about the reality surrounding your individual soul are decided by the Moon, ie the birth Moon chart.

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Step 3 –

Locate the other planets from the birth Moon sign to know how they interact with the Moon’s energy. In our example, Rahu is with the Moon. Ketu is 7th. Sun is also placed 7th from the birth Moon. Venus, Jupiter and Mercury are placed 8th from the Moon . Mars and Saturn are placed 11th from his birth Moon. There are several combinations/ yog which are seen from the birth Moon, do find out more about them in case the chart shows any. Here is a basic analysis,

  • Rahu with the Moon is the Shakti yog. He will not hesitate to ‘use and throw’ others on the emotional levels, an inherent desire for destruction exists etc. Plus it means the Moon’s maturity is held back till Rahu matures in the late 40’s.
  • Jupiter in the 6/8 axis from the Moon is the Shakat yog. It gives a delay in marriage/ failed marriages/ multiple marriages, immaturity in love affairs, lack of judgement, headstrong nature, arrogance, vacillating nature which ultimately causes damage to oneself. There are cycles of misery and happiness in life.
  • Venus in the 6/8 axis from the Moon will give inappropriate love affairs and unnatural intimate relationships. Secret affairs and problems with the legal wife. Highly sensitive to emotions which can cause problems. Can grant intuitive abilities and spiritual growth later. But there are severe shocks and changes to be gone through first.
  • Saturn placed 11th from the birth Moon gave him a lot of communities/ associations of the occult and also non-occult kind. Mars adds his energy here. Crowley lived a rather happening public life, had several colleagues with whom he cooperated and also competed. Plus the aspect ensured a deep set fear.

Step 4 – 

Analyse the birth Moon chart just as you would analyse a regular chart.

  • the 1st house, (here Pisces) defines the emotional personality and the astral environment this person live in. Here you will use the keywords of Pisces but in the context of emotions, nature, nurture, astral, occult, intuition etc.
  • the 2nd house here Aries is vacant but aspected by Venus, Jupiter and Mercury. Also aspected by its own lord Mars. Mars in the 11th. So Crowley was capable of using emotionally charged words to gain his like minded groups, create fundamental change in the people he was emotionally close to by catastrophic means etc.
  • Similarly analyse the remaining houses as counted from the Moon.

This is a brief framework which you can use to analyse your own birth Moon chart and get more pointers into your own Mind.

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There are several more things which you can deduce from the birth Moon chart but one particular thing of interest will be the Dasha analysis. The Vimshottari dasha is the first Dasha system you will learn and it is based on the position of the birth Moon.

  • In this example chart there are 3 planets placed 8th from the Moon. In the Dasha periods controlled by these planets, there will be sudden transformative shocks to the emotional self, to the mental make-up and to the astral body. ie during their Mahadasha and their Antardasha in other planet’s Mahadashas. There will be significant pain to the self, deep seated changes in how the subject feels himself to be, his innermost subconscious tendencies desires etc will change drastically, occult, secrets, explorations, danger to the mind etc are all indicated in such dasha periods.
  • Similarly if there were any planets placed 6th from or 12th from the birth Moon we would have predicted emotionally turbulent results in their Dasha periods too.
  • If there were any planets placed in the 5/9 axis from the birth Moon then their Dashas would be expected to go well. The mental, emotional component of the life during this time period would be stable and show a positive growth.

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There are two typical situations with the birth Moon.

  1. The birth Moon is in the ascendant sign itself, then your birth Moon chart is the same as your basic birth chart. You feel about the material situations in the same context, there is no conflict, no difference in what is happening and what you are feeling about it.
  2. The Cancer ascendant. Here Moon himself is the ascendant lord. The ascendant lord is responsible for creating the physical environment, the physical personality and specifically controls how the material environment and the personality interact. So the person’s feelings about his reality and what is actually happening will not vary much. However even then, the birth Moon chart still will have to be seen for more details.

Our Bharatvarsha the Aryavarta

Our nation, our Bharat भारत is one, we are the residents of Bharatvarsha भारतवर्ष , we are all Bharatiya. We are the oldest civilisation, the mother of all civilisation. We are older than history itself. Never forget that. We are the Arya आर्य , residents of Aryavrat आर्यावर्त, we are the last remnants of Sanskruti संस्कृति .

We have lost information, we have forgotten our own history to the extent of forgetting our own language but still we are on the right path. Several of us have forgotten themselves completely, but still there is a significant percentage of us who feel the beat of Dharma in our individual souls and are willing to walk on the Sanatan path. Hold this thought in your heart and be proud of what you are, a Bharatiya भारतीय, above all.

The Vishnu Puran gives the definition of our Bharat and us its children, the Bharati. The first shlok is this,

उत्तरं यत्समुद्रस्य हिमाद्रेश्चैव दक्षिणम्। वर्षं तद्भारतं नाम भारती यत्र सन्ततिः।।

The land at the North of the Ocean and at the South of the snow clad Mountains, this is called Bharat and the children of this land are called the Bharati भारती . 

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Go through the Vishnu Puran to read what this our land, our Bharat भारत, is really all about. The several  dynasties, the numerous kings who ruled this Aryavarta from the time of Manu मनु are all recorded in detail here. This, in the Vishnu puran, is the history of us humans on Earth.

I will emphasise two essential points from the Vishnu Puran’s description of our Bharat, the rest you can read from the Puran itself.

  • The name of our nation, Bharat, comes from Chakravarti Samrat Bharat चक्रवर्ति सम्राट भरत, the eldest son of Chakravarti Samrat Vrushabh चक्रवर्ति सम्राट वृषभ and his wife Merudevi मेरुदेवी. This is way back in history, it is beyond ancient, tens of thousands years possibly. His capital was at Ujjain the city of Bhagwan Mahakaleshwar, this is the oldest capital city in the world. (I hope some Bharatiya government does deep archeological digs in this area soon)
    • Our nation is not named after Raja Bharat who was the son of Raja Dushyant and Shakuntala as is popularly propagated. This Raja Bharat was comparatively very recent in history, just a few thousand years ago.
  • Bharatvarsha is the only land on this earth where you can attain Svarg or even Moksh, the entire land pulsates with power. No other land has this inherent quality. This is the only karma-bhoomi in this world. So if you act with positive intention in this land you can achieve the exclusive Svarga/ dimension of highly auspicious energy. Or even the Eternal Advaita, your own Self. Also if you perform inauspicious actions in this Bharat, you will as easily achieve the lok/ dimensions of the lower energy levels.
    • If you are born, live and physically die here, it is because of some auspicious karma of very many lives. Use this time well, it is only a limited breaths long.

Our Bharatvarsha is the original Aryavarta, the land of the wise, the elevated and the Seers. 

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In the current times, the land north of the Devi Narmada is called Uttar Bharat and the land south of this river is called Dakshin Bharat. And this has led to such complications that Adi Shankaracharya himself had to come up with several energy solutions to bridge these two superficially divided mindsets. Most important is this one energy exchange, 

  • Anyone worshipping at Shri Kshetra Kashi Vishveshvar Jyotirlingam has to take some water from the Ganga river here and take it to the Shri Kshetra Setu Bandha Rameshwaram Jyotirlingam and do Abhishek over it there.
  • Anyone who worships at the Shri Kshetra Setu Bandha Rameshwaram Jyotirlingam has to take some sand from the Setu Bandha and immerse it at the Ganga in front of the Shri Kshetra Kashi Vishveshvar Jyotirlingam. 

Ideally every Bharatiya has to perform this once in his/her life.

Today I was reading a random article by a Jyotishi and Vedic scholar. (I had found an interesting Jyotish article and was looking up more work by the author.) To my utter shock this person is claiming that the Jyotirlingam at Rameshwaram (Dakshin) is more powerful that the Jyotirlingam at Kashi (Uttar). A Vedic scholar or even a Jyotishi must understand that it is all the same Bhagwan. One Lingam cannot be more or less than the other, it is the same. The same Lingam, the same Jyotih is reverberating throughout creation. Whether one goes to Kashi or Somnath or Kedarnath or Rameshwaram or Ujjain or Dwarka or Puri or Badrinath or Ksheer Bhavani or Purnagiri or Hinglaj or Jwaladevi or Kamakhya or Himalay or Sagar or Ganga or Narmada or Sarasvati or Yamuna it is the same Bhagwan of the singular Bharatvarsha.

There is only one Bharatvarsha. And we are all the same, Bharatiya.

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The Lila of the Devi is utterly mystifying. Our own history, philosophy and intelligence is right in front of us, in own our mother tongue Devbhasha Samskrutam, and we cannot read it!  

We all have to revive our language, the Devbhasha, in our homes, in our lives, in our hearts. This is the only way out of this morass in which we find ourselves today. We have lost our identity and our language Sanskrit is the only way we can find ourselves again. Let’s give our children the gift of being able to read our own books, the beauty of the Devbhasha. The easiest way is to subscribe to the Sudharma Sanskrit daily newspaper, its just Rs 600/per yr. Reading this one page daily news will help you learn simple daily Sanskrit.

We have to reclaim our language, thus our books, our history, our identity and thus our essential Non-Duality.

Black magic and compelling love marriages

We generally marry for positive emotions, love, for social or financial security, for companionship with expectation of happiness. But sometimes marriages are also solemnised because one of the two has malicious intentions ie intends to oppress, hurt, cheat or otherwise use the spouse in some way.

‘Black magics’ or more correctly psychic attacks of negative intentions with the desire to harm, manipulate, cheat, torture etc have always existed. These can be used to compel the victim to behave in a way completely opposite to his/her basic nature. And this happens.

As per the law, you can marry as per your choice after the age of 18/21yrs. But despite this complete freedom, it is better to think seriously on the social, professional, educational, financial etc angles before taking this lifetime decision. After marriage, despite whatever anyone says, the woman is more vulnerable, so she should decide on emotional as well as practical grounds. She should marry only if she is convinced that her husband is capable and willing to support her and their future children in every way possible for a lifetime. (In my experience with the marital dispute cases I have seen, the wife was at the receiving end about 75% of the time.)

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But today if you look around, you will see several examples of beautiful women or from wealthy families, or professionals working in good positions, highly educated etc marrying barely literate drivers, vegetable vendors, out of work etc highly unsuitable men from completely alien backgrounds. You would never expect such women to take this sort of decision in the normal course of life. They completely change, ie their personality, thinking patterns, likes/ dislikes completely change overnight. eg someone who lives in a bungalow now thinks that living in a slum is acceptable. Whatever one says about the power of ‘love’, is not normal that a good looking woman, well educated, articulate, professionally well placed, etc, would marry an unemployed man who lives in a slum. I do believe in love as an enabling emotion, but I certainly do not believe that it can change someone to this extreme extent. Marrying for love is a good thing as long as it is backed by intelligence, common sense and practicality.

So in such cases, there must be some other reason why these women take this illogical decision. Most often this is a result of a malicious psychic attack, popularly called ‘black magic’. 

There are two easily available substances which ‘hold’ intention and remain ‘charged’ for a longer time. We regularly use them for their this ability very often in a positive sense.

  • Water ‘holds’ on to energy very strongly. This is the reason why in temples, the Tirtham is offered to devotees. This water is charged with the mantra of the deity and often camphor, saffron strands, tulsi leaves etc are added to enhance its auspiciousness. The pujari Brahmin will use a special spoon to put this Tirtham in your right palm and you will drink it from here adding a highly positive energy to your self. This is why we revere the waters of the Devi Ganga, its loaded with auspiciousness and drinking it brings this same power into ourself.
  • Food, specifically sugar is the second substance which ‘holds’ the energy of intentions very strongly. This is the reason why we offer sweet food or even plain sugar crystals to the deities as Naivedyam. The sugar absorbs the mantra of the pujas and later when you eat this as a Prasadam, the mantra energy is absorbed into you. In temples this type of sugar candy is given as Prasadam, this is a positive use of this substance.

(There are several substances with this typical property eg spices, but they are a bit expensive)

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But for those who have malicious intentions, it is easy to get these two items, water and sugar, charged with negativity. And there are several unscrupulous occult practitioners who do this for a fee. There was a reason why our parents would tell us to not eat sweets offered by strangers. Just because we are grown up now does not mean that we forget this basic concept.

The easiest way to perform ‘black magic’ ie a penetrating psychic attack on someone, is to offer him /her negatively charged water to drink or some food containing charged sugar to eat. Generally we do not think much when others offer us water or food. We are not used to thinking that people around us can be so actively malicious. So we eat this stuff and fall into their trap. Obviously the best way of protecting yourself from such black magic attacks is to never eat water/ food offered to you by others, even if they say that it is some Prasadam or some rare sweet or something very tasty or something which you feel that you have to taste.

Now for the solution to this.

Someone you know suddenly expresses her wish to marry someone very unsuitable, unemployed etc and literally wants to move into the slums with him, ie this person starts behaving completely differently from what he/she is generally. (I have seen this happen several times with my and my parent’s clients. Women targeted more often than the men.)

The first thing that you should do is to check the aura.

Being under a psychic attack of this intensity is very painful for the person. He/she is very tired internally and the damage to the aura is clearly visible.

  • The aura will have streaks of blackness, greyness, a dirty brown brown color etc, especially more around the shoulders, head, chest.
  • The entire aura seems to be enveloped in a black film
  • There will be indications of severe strain, ie a painful red orange etc colors in the aura
  • There will be dirty looking cords or inserts like hooks etc in the substance of the aura.
  • Small babies will refuse to be held by such persons. Small babies can sense the auras of people quite clearly so this is one of the definitive tests of negativity in a person.
  • If the aura shows damage then it is 100% a negative binding. This person is a victim of an insidious and malicious attack on his/her very self.

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Next would be to remove this psychic binding.

The best way to do this is to seek the protection of Devi Varahi देवी वाराही. This form of the Devi removes the bindings caused by negative energy and ‘grounds’ the energy of a person very firmly. You can think of this as an ‘earthing’ process where the negativity is ‘earthed’ by her power.

Devi Varahi is very Ugra intelligence, a very ferocious deity. I found some images from the internet. Note the typical Shrungar with bhasma on her forehead and malas made of red hibiscus flowers and lemons which indicates her fierce Ugra nature. I cannot recommend any of her stotra or mantra randomly for my readers, she is too intense an intelligence. eg She is the Kshetra palika of Kashi and also Uttarkashi, you can imagine her intensity just with this one sentence.

Regular people can simple do a namaskar to her with a simple ॐ श्री वाराहीदेवै नमः And as she is a Devi, the Shri sukta can be recited in front of her. At max regular people can recite the Tantrokta Ratri Sukta from the Devi Mahatmya for her.

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So this is what you can do for your loved family member.

  • Take the person to a Devi Varahi temple. Ask the temple pujari Brahmin to give this person Tirtham or Prasadam infused with her power. You can ask for a flower from the deity’s moorti which he/she can always keep for protection. Ask the temple Brahmin to remove the evil eye using vibhuti of the Devi or any other way as per the local temple practices. In most Devi temples there is a Bhairav moorti where this is done using a mixture of raw unbroken black gram and unbroken rice. Devi Varahi is worshipped all over Bharat with equal devotion. The older the temple, the more powerful is the Moorti there.
  • If there is a reliable practitioner, Jyotishi, Brahmin etc whom you trust, approach him and suggest that he invokes Devi Varahi for removal of this specific negative influence. These pujas need not be too complicated, eg doing a Homa for invoking her or making a typical amulet for the victim to wear is generally effective.
  • (This can also be as simple as touching the person with the tusk of a boar after invoking the Devi Varahi. This may sound weird but amazingly it works. The black film over the aura pops like you would pop a balloon with a needle.) If you can do this with a clear intention in your mind that the Devi Varahi helps the person as a loving yet fiercely protective Mother, she will remove the negative compulsions and neutralise the malicious attack.
  • Keep an image of the Devi Varahi in this person’s room or encourage him/ her to use it as the phone/laptop wallpaper.

Finally after all this is done, hold some puja in your home. eg Satyanarayan puja or Mahamrutyunjai Homa or a Graha Shanti puja or your Kuldevata puja etc whatever you like. This will ensure that any negativity from the malicious intention if tied to the house itself is destroyed.

And if this was actually a psychic attack on your family member to force him/ her to marry an unsuitable person against the will then try to be kind to the victim. He/she has been attacked in a deeply invasive way which we others cannot understand, ie do not further scold or traumatise your loved family member.

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Briefly the allegory/ story of the Devi Varahi.

In Satya yug, Devi Bhumi is imprisoned by the Asur Hiranyaksh in the Patal, the lowermost lok/ dimension. So Bhagwan Vishnu takes the form of Shri Varah to rescue her, his third Avtar. He fights and kills the Asur, then carefully holds Devi Bhumi between his tusks and carries her upwards. Thus he crosses the lower 7 lok/ dimensions carrying her (Patal, Rasatal, Mahatal, Talatal, Sutal, Vital and Atal). He stabilises Devi Bhumi again in the Bhu Lok, her own dimension. Bhu Devi expresses her thanks and says that now she is his wife. The logic being that Shri Varah has crossed the seven dimensions carrying her, ie he has performed the Saptapadi, the seven steps of the Vivah sanskar with her. (In the Vivah Sanskar, the husband and wife take seven steps together, Sapta-padi, after which they are considered married.) Here one dimension/ lok is equivalent to one step of the Vivah Sanskar. This is acceptable to him, but the wife of Bhagwan Vishnu is always Devi Laxmi, none else. So a part each of the energies of Devi Bhumi and Devi Laxmi is merged to create a specific wife for Shri Varaha, ie the Devi Varahi.

Varah वराह is a sanskrit word which has several meanings like a bull, wild boar, dolphin, a cloud, etc. वाराही Varahi is the energy which causes motion in the substance of the Varah.

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There was a question on this topic with some very personal details. And I felt that real reason on the energy level and the simplest yet most effective solution had to be made known so that it remains here and anyone who needs it can use it.

I feel that these solutions should have been transmitted from one generation to the next in the family itself. But our parents/ we have failed to treasure our knowledge, thus today find ourselves in trouble.

Today it is a genuine problem where women are targeted with malicious intentions and compelled to marry men whom they wouldn’t even look at twice in the normal course of life.You must also be reading about such incidents and their increase in recent times in the news and in your neighbourhood.

Marriage is a life long commitment. Sanatan Dharma does not have a concept of ‘divorce’, simply because everyone is supposed to get married after using Jyotish and after application of basic common sense. In our Devbhasha Samskrutam there is no word for ‘divorce’. ie remember that once you marry someone, the energy of the Vivah Sanskar will be broken only with the physical exit of one of the two. Marriage is a life changing decision and if you get it wrong, you will face immense pain and sorrow. So even if there is no psychic attack visible, it is always advisable to think 10 times before deciding to marry someone with a different social, educational, financial etc background. Be very careful.

On the safe side at least do a darshan of the Devi Varahi before taking this drastic step.

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Astrologically real friends and fake friends

In today’s superficial world we have lots of social ‘friends’ who ‘like’ us, ‘besties’ and ‘bff’s’, but then when we look around for that buddy when we really need someone, there is no one. Life time friendships and close friends are a thing of the past and most of us labour on through life without shoulder to cry on. And we too never attempt to really try to give our friends a boost when they need it. All of us are very busy in our lives and most best-friend-forever’s are the fair weather variety who disappear at the first hint of trouble.

Having no or very few genuine friends is a reality of our times. So let’s try to analyse our friends or the lack of them astrologically.

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First to check out which sort of people do each of the houses bring into your life.

  • The 1st house brings in people who are like your own self and are generally supportive. People who help in creating your personality and are a huge part of your environment.
  • The 2nd house brings your family members closer to you, people you have known throughout your life. These people help you and your family grow and gain in several ways, its a close knit thing.
  • The 3rd house is siblings, the neighbourhood, all those linked to you by a common purpose or a team with common skill sets. They support you only upto limited levels and later will become your competitors.
  • Anyone you meet through your 4th house is a maternal figure in some way connected to your homeland and traditions. You are comfortable with these, but there is an undercurrent of need based love which can become suffocating later.
  • The 5th house rarely brings friends, it is the house of self-referential genius. You prefer self-love here and do not allow friendly relationships to emerge from its depths.
  • The 6th brings in people whom you owe service, money, debts, emotions, worry or work. No friends here, it is the breakdown of all amiable relationships.
  • The 7th house is that one real best friend, the closest one-one relationship that you will have with one or rarely two people in your life. The one whom you instinctively yearn for. Someone whom you instantly know to be your own, a spouse or a platonic friend. You just know that he is your partner and friend for life.
  • The 8th house is all those people you’d rather not meet. Harbingers of catastrophes and traumatic change. Your interactions in the 8th are are generally painful and thankfully short.
  • The guides who support are brought in by the 9th house. Good people, peer and patrons but you wouldn’t be very comfortable partying with or sharing your innermost feelings here.
  • The 10th is all sorts of fatherly figures, even the boss who teaches you how to conduct yourself in the office. They expect best behaviour and work from you. No friends here.
  • Now the 11th house is your friend and it supports your like minded groups. All the interactions, the help that you may give or receive from people you would like to spend time with, go out with, enjoy with because you all are alike in some way or the other. It is the gain in terms of emotional support and the physical presence of having your friend around when you need him the most.
  • And finally the 12th rarely brings in actual people as friends. It can allow entities or spiritual helpers during your mediative or dream states. Or people who can lead you astray, cause you losses or make you feel alone.

eg. Open your chart, note the sign placed in the 11th house. Note where its lord is placed. eg suppose it is Gemini, ruled by Mercury. And Mercury is placed in your 3rd house. So your ideal friend is the one who is more of a team-mate, someone with whom you can learn new things and later compete with.

So to have ‘friends’ as we understand it, the basic requirement is a strong 11th house supported by an auspicious 7th house. In case these two are working against you, then there are no real friends for you.

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Here I am listing some possible combinations for friendlessness which indicate people whom you initially think to be your ‘friends’, but they will be inimical to you and your interests. If you think of anyone as your ‘friend’, the inherent imbalance will start affecting the relationship.

If these combinations exist in your birth Moon chart, then the effects will be seen on the emotional levels more than physical levels. Lack of emotional satisfaction and emotional suffering from your friends.

Malefics in the 11th house

Natural malefics – Wrote about the role of the natural malefics ie Sun, Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu in the 11th house and your friendships in this post.Natural malefics in the 11th house do not grant genuine friendships.

If this planet is either your ascendant lord or a yogkarak for your chart, then he will always support you, not harm you. But the types of people he indicates will still enter your life posing as ‘friends’ with ulterior motives. But the difference is that you will be able to manage your ‘friend-circle’ so as to always gain from them. Especially so if this planet is powerful. But if this planet is debilitated, then be aware that your friends will try use your talents or cheat you in ways you do not expect and cause you harm.

Functional malefics – There are 3 houses of turmoil the 6th 8th and 12th. (The 3rd house can go both ways depending on the chart)

  • The 6th house and its lord. Any connect between the 6th and the 11th house does not give genuine friendships. You are required to be there for your friends and will lose money or get stressed because of them. People will briefly come in your life, take something from you and vanish forever. They will make you serve and suffer. You might lose your time, money, emotions or energy in these interactions. So be careful about people whom you meet especially in the course of your profession or in social settings, those who try to get close to you. Unhappiness is often a result.
  • The 8th house and its lord. If there is a connect between these and the 11th house in any way, then your friendships will not prosper. There will be an initial fascination because of some common secrets, mysteriousness, occult interests etc. The initial spark will entice, but as time passes this will fade. Often explosive arguments or actual physical fights, after which the friendship ends. Suppressed rage issues are often a result.
  • The 12th house and its lord. A connection between the 11th and the 12th house/lords means that you might meet people in isolated places, eg treks in remote areas, at retreats for meditation, in hospitals, or if the chart is bad then even in jails etc. You will be drawn to them because of undefinable reasons, pinning down the exact reason this person came close to you will not be easy. But eventually these people will cause losses in your life. You might take this in a philosophical vein but sorrow is often a result.

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The power of the 11th lord. And if you have any planet in the 11th then analyse him too. If he is affected in any way he will not be able to provide you with life time friends. A simple interpretation would be something like this,

  • debilitated planet – mean minded people will come into your life posing as friends. They will try to put you down, injure your self confidence, diminish your self ego, make use of your assets for their purposes, cheat you.
  • combust planet – your ‘friends’ turn out to be selfish and self-centred. They expect praise and recognition form you but never notice the important things about you. No real interaction is possible with such self-referential egoistic people so the friendship will naturally be short lived.
  • You can further check the power of the planet using Shadbala concepts and their interpretations. A planet with low power cannot give pleasing results.
  • Especially check his Ishta Kashta phala, a planet with high Kashta phala will grant you friends who give you pain.

You can also cross check with the Ashtakvarga table.

  • The score of the 11th house sign, should be more than 27 points in order to give favourable results.
  • The score of the 11th lord in the sign he is placed in should be more than 4, for auspicious results.
  • If you have a planet in the 11th house check his score for the sign he is placed in, ie your 11th house sign. This less than 4 will grant failure in friendships.

Use the Navamsha chart for checking the potential of the 11th house things. (detailed post on Navamsha analysis). Any connect with the Dusham sthan here can affect things.

  • eg. Suppose your main birth chart 6th house is Virgo/Mercury so naturally the 11th house will be Aquarius/Saturn. In your navamsha chart, check if Saturn has been allocated to Virgo navamsha. Or Mercury is placed in Aquarius navamsha. If this is so, then your friends will seem very good on the face but will have a rotten core. They will hurt you and eventually exit from your life.

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If your 11th house is very strong then this means that you will benefit from your friends. For this to happen your friend has to first have something which he can then give to you. So your own 11th energies will act as a catalyst on him and give him several benefits. On the subconscious levels it is expected that he will give them back to you, thus sustain that loop in a positive feedback situation. Now we will have to see his Dharma trikon, if this is strong then he will happily give it to you and the self-sustaining loop will continue. But if his Dharma trikon is afflicted, he will not be able to hold up his part of the subconscious bargain and you will not get the benefit that your 11th house has created in him, to give to you. And the loop will sense a negative feedback and the friendship will be severed. This is a rather convoluted logic but this is the way it works.

A strong 11th house will not allow a sneaky person to enter your life as a friend. So if you are having issues with ‘friends’ it is your 11th house that needs to be addressed. Ultimately you are responsible for what is happening to you and there are several ways to resolve these negative patterns.

Everything that happens in our lives is for a reason, basically karma. It is possible that you do not understand astrology much, but even then, reading these posts will be helpful. Knowing that the reason your bosom friend kicked you in the ass had something to do with 6th house or something like that and was not your fault per se, can help bring acceptance and closure.

Energy of the bamboo plant and Anteyshthi

Someone asked me if we should not use Agarbatti in pujas as it contains a thin sliver of bamboo. He thought bamboo to be inauspicious because it used for laying out the dead bodies for the Anteyshthi Sanskar. This is faulty thinking as leaving the physical body and its subsequent Anteyshthi is not an inauspicious activity. In fact Anteyshthi is a Sanskar, the ‘right and auspicious action’.

(I am from Konkan. The houses in our villages are built in large plots, wadis, surrounded by trees and bamboos. We use bamboos in several ways and also the young shoots/rhizomes are eaten in a curry. We do not consider it to be inauspicious.)

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I encourage everyone to learn to see auras. It is a useful skill as it gives you a basic idea on whether the person, object, place, ‘haunted’ places, sound or even the thought process you are being exposed to is positively or negatively charged. And you can then act accordingly to protect yourself or open yourself more to the energy. You can also monitor your own aura and take corrective actions in time.

If you can see auras or even sense the energy of objects, do check out the aura of a live bamboo plant or a cut bamboo stick. It is a unique plant on the energy levels, ie its aura is completely neutral. Its energy does not interfere, overlap, impinge or influence the auras of other things put on it, through it or the activities and energy events going on around it etc. No other plant has this sort of energy property.

(Kusha grass or Darbha grass also has unique energy properties, but it is used in activities involving living humans)

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The Anteyshthi is the last Sanskar, the most important one. This compound word can be understood as ‘the Ishti of the Antah’.

  • Antah – agreeable, handsome, nature, condition, inside, presence, proximity, whole amount, certainty, settlement, death, end, destruction, final, term, boundary, edge etc.
  • Ishthi – sacrifice, fruit, desire, request, wish, endeavour, something that is wanted or needed, invitation, acceleration, impulse, order, despatch, seeking. etc

Put these above word meanings together to get an idea of the grandness of this event on so many levels.

Even after the jivatma exits from the shell it is still subtly linked to it. The Anteyshti uses this link to power the individual soul and gives it the generated energy for moving out of the Martyalok, the physical world and reaching the Pitrulok, dimension of the departed jivatma, safely. It is a very precise process and the slightest energy interference can cause issues for the individual soul’s journey. The jivatma is already tired after living on the Martyalok for so long and wants to go to its deigned dimension as soon as possible. Several intense mantra are performed on the discarded body by the heir to generate maximum energy during its dissolution by Agni. It is a yajnya, ie an evolution of the highest level. The Anteyshthi is an auspicious process, the energy generated is positive. The fire is the conscious Agni who ensures protection. The Shmashan, ie the place where this is happening is a high energy place, ie it is the residence of Bhagwan Shankar and its energies are equivalent to a Devalaya. 

Thus the bamboo mat on which the body is laid out is the perfect container for this purpose. This specific requirement of the Anteyshthi, ie energy neutrality for the dead body is fulfilled only by this bamboo mat.

In fact bamboo is known to be a thermal insulator. Compressed bamboo sheets are used as building material in cold areas. Do learn to see auras and see for yourself how this ‘thermal insulator’ material is in fact an ‘energy insulator on so many levels.

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Ever wondered why the flute, Vamshika is so soothing? Why its music can stir deep emotions in your heart? Or trigger long lost memories from your past? Or show you flashes of your past lives? The inherent energy neutrality of the bamboo plant is the reason why bamboo flutes are so powerful. The emotion of the flautist, the power of the Saptasvar, and energy the melody is expressed by the Vamshika, as it is. Music from a bamboo flute is pure in that sense and impacts you in a way no other musical instrument can. If you are in a really contemplative mood, or want to use music consciously for its power, listen to flautists who play Bharatiya Raga on bamboo flutes.

(I find the native American flute music played by native Americans to be the most evocative. It is a strange mix of sadness, pain, betrayal, longing and yet pure beauty.)

So the Bamboo plant is definitely not inauspicious, it is one of the purest materials. And if you want to use agarbatti for your pujas, go ahead, its all good.

 

Venus retrograde combust Dec 2021 to Jan 2022

The intelligent force of beauty and balance, Venus goes retrograde once every 18 months. This time Venus is going retrograde from 19th Dec 2021 to 29th Jan 2022, for 41 days. In this time, he will also be combust for from 6th Jan 11th Jan.

  • He had entered Capricorn on 8th Dec.
  • He will enter Sagittarius in retrograde motion on 30th Dec
  • And enter Capricorn again in forward motion on 27th Feb. 

In terms of Nakshatra he will move back from Uttarashadha to Poorvashadha during this retrograde. He will be combust while retrograde in Poorvashadha. 

The signs primarily affected are Sagittarius and Capricorn. Also his own signs Taurus and Libra will show the effects. In your own birth chart, wherever these signs are and whatever they signify in your life will show the effects of Shukra Vakri. Also whatever Venus signifies for you, he will show his effect.

  • Eg if your ascendant sign or birth Moon sign is any of these signs then the physical body or the emotional states will show more impact of the revision that Venus is doing to do now.
  • Eg if Libra is your 10th house, the 10th house things will show a lack of balance, fairness and several things connected to this might be reviewed, rolled back or redone during this time. So keep track of your profession, Dad and your social activities.
  • Eg if Venus is in your 9th house then you will find your luck suddenly going bad, denial of expected help you expect from your seniors, misguidance on important issues etc.

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Generally when Venus is retrograde, we cannot much rely on his guidance. Our concepts of value and validation are turned upside down. It becomes difficult to understand the true value of things, people, actions, emotions, relationships, thoughts, desires etc. Validation from the loved ones may fail to satisfy. 

In this time, avoid giving advice to others, else you might be blamed when things go wrong later. Payments for work may get delayed. Addictions may start. Personal meditative and spiritual practice might suffer. Financial losses, separations from loved ones, breakdown of partnerships are temporarily possible. Family tensions and issues in marriage are possible. If you meet someone new during this time, then it is most likely an unsuitable and short term attraction. But you might also see your old relations and ex loves come back in your life as retrograde Venus expects you to give yourself a proper closure or to resolve things. Or rarely, there may be some happy reunions as the past misunderstandings are cleared up in this reviewing period and genuine deep love might resurface.

Creative arts, beauty, aesthetics etc will suffer. So people in films, music etc might not be able to express themselves properly. Or really twisted things may be passed off as ‘entertainment’. Venus retrograde period is more challenging for businessmen as ‘fairness’ does not exist. Salaried people holding secure jobs are in a better position to tide over in this period, but be prepared for overload and stress in work. 

New beginnings during this period generally do not take off as expected so starting new projects etc is not advisable. Avoid taking major decisions related to your appearance, business, job, investments, relationships, home improvements etc now and keep your diet in control.

However it is not all bad as Venus after all is a natural benefic, he is the Guru of the esoteric, of the inner spiritual. He may bring up some situations which if handled properly can give you long term gains but this will be possible after he goes forward again. Or help you recover something of value from your past which you were not being able to get easily.

Briefly analysing using the Nakshatra energies of Uttarashadha and Poorvashadha lunar mansions.

  • Poorvashadha is ruled by Apah and connected to Venus.
  • Uttarashadha is ruled by Vishvedev and connected to the Sun. 

So during this time, materialistic behaviour will increase. Listening to others or finding common ground or a mutually acceptable compromise will be difficult. Everyone will make more mistakes which will have long term implications. People will act selfishly and fail to remain in harmony with nature thus ill health or mental stress will increase. Lying, dishonesty, superficial irresponsible behaviour will increase. People will feel disconnected from everything around them. Travelling may be curtailed, matters will fail to reach their logical conclusions or break off inexplicably, starting new things will not be auspicious. 

Venus combust while retrograde in Sagittarius will add to the confusion. The Venus ‘eclipse’ will add a sense of selfishness, ego, self-entitlement and noncooperation to the scene for this brief time.

Retrograde planets in transit or in birth charts, indicate that there are unresolved conflicts pending from the past lives. Your subconscious tendencies and conscious actions do not synchronise. You are internally constantly revising all the time. ie You look at the physical event in all possible dimensions in all possible ways so that you can extract the maximum information from it. You reflect on yourself, your experience and your deepest motives again and again. You desire complete understanding.

If you have Venus retrograde in your birth chart then you are more likely an introvert. Relationship related issues with parents, siblings and friends are common as you have unrealistic expectations which cannot be fulfilled. So a sense of artificialness, hollowness exists in all interactions, even with close relations. You wish to always withdraw from the situation you are placed in. You feel like you do not belong anywhere, but still you want to feel what ‘belonging’ means. If you can manage to reconcile these two conflicting tendencies then you can live a more balanced life. Eg you can try creating extravagant over-the-top artistic expressions which are placed for public viewing but live an intensely private personal life.

For those with retrograde Venus at birth, this time can sometimes be doubly hard as too many issues come up for resolution. So keep your Mind steady and remain practical in your approach.

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Strong birth charts do not suffer so very much in terms of transits as the foundational energy is able to cope with the changes that come with time. So if your birth Ascendant sign/lord and birth Moon are strong then the effects will be lesser or more manageable. In such cases, I give 75% weightage to the permanent birth positions and 25% to the temporary transit effects. 

Remedies will include Mantra and Dana for Venus on the day he turns retrograde and on the day that he changes signs. Or you can do pujas of Devi Laxmi or any other feminine deity of your choice. Reciting Shri Sukta will also work as usual. Wearing clothes, fragrances and eating foods linked to Venus will also help you balance his energies within you during his retrograde. 

There are two main phases in this retrograde, Venus in Capricorn and in Sagittarius.

Venus in Capricorn till 30th Dec 2021

  • The birth Moon signs Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, Pisces should take special care of their health and take measures to reduce mental stress. More efforts will needed to excel in the Venus things.
  • Average for Taurus, Cancer and Virgo, a mixed bag of results so do something for Venus to increase his positive results. The birth Moon signs, Aries, Libra, Scorpio, Capricorn and Aquarius will be given few new opportunities but there is some scope to consolidate your past gains.

Venus in Sagittarius from 30th Dec 2021 to 27th Feb 2022

  • He might give trouble to birth Moon signs, Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio and Aquarius. You will have to take extra efforts in the aspects of your life connected to Venus. Or channelise the energy consciously to avoid getting overloaded.
  • He is average for Aries, Gemini and Leo, there will be some positives and some negatives mixed up in the results of Venus in your life. Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius, Capricorn and Pisces will be given some opportunities to revise some past achievement and consolidate gains.

This general reading will depend on the power of the individual chart and the ongoing Dasha/ transits. But it is always advisable to do some remedial activity to improve his results in your life. Also try to think back in your life on the Venus related events which have occurred from about 20th Nov till 19th Dec 2021. These may be reviewed during this Venus retrograde. Some revision or restructuring is possible. Eg if your matrimonial alliance was fixed during this time then some issues may pop up.

But this period is vitiated by,

  1. A very dangerous combination of Mars and Ketu in Scorpio. A very strong Saturn in Shravan nakshatra, a relatively average Jupiter, a powerful Rahu in Taurus and an equally powerful Ketu in Scorpio.
  2. The recurring Kaal Sarpa yog which starts from 15th Dec till 22nd Apr 2022. The complete and partial Kaalsarpa will alternate every 15days during this time
  3. Retrograde and combust Mercury in Jan 2022.
  4. The effects of the recent lunar and solar eclipses of Nov and Dec.

So overall, everyone must take care of themselves, keep an average profile and avoid unnecessary risks.

For our nation Bharat/ India.

In the ‘birth’ chart, the ascendant sign is Taurus with Rahu practically on the rising degree and Ketu in the 7th. Today they are on the same axis and Mars with Ketu has added his fire to the 7th house. We are going through a tough situation, no doubt about it, enemies circling around us and traitors active from within. There will be serious issues. But still I trust the transit Jupiter who has made a favourable 5/9 axis with the birth Jupiter. And the transit Yogkarak Saturn is in the 9th house in his own sign. They will manage to somewhat protect the nation in their own way. However the time till 7th Apr 2022 remains dangerous as Mars will cause turbulence and pain to the nation and its citizens. Expect internal traitors to cause mischief, some civil riots especially caused by politically motivated religion, or aggression from other nations during this time or major accidents. But at least this time the national leadership will be able to cope with what is happening.

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(I have taken the dates from drikpanchang.)

2022 1st quarter predictions, Kaal sarpa stelliums combustions transits

This new year 2022 will start with the Kaal sarpa combination where planets are all on one side of the Rahu Ketu axis. The major slow moving planets are in Capricorn/ Saturn and Aquarius/Jupiter on one side of Rahu Ketu in Taurus/ Scorpio. The Sun arrived on ‘this side’ of the nodal axis in November with Mercury and Venus in tow. And when Mars also arrives on ‘this side’ of the hemming, the Kaal sarpa season starts. This time Mars will be exactly conjunct Ketu on 15th Dec 2021 and kick off the kaal sarpa season till 22nd Apr 2022. The Kaal sarpa hemming will be broken by the Moon at 15day intervals as he moves out of the hemming, then it can be considered to be a partial Kaal sarpa energy. 

And combustions. This is because the major slow moving planets are in Capricorn and Aquarius and Sun always enters Capricorn in mid January. So we will see a combustion of Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury during this background energy of the Kaal sarpa.

And several unbalanced stelliums in Capricorn. Capricorn is the zenith, the 10th sign of the zodiac. It represents profession /salary, father, social structure, social image and mobility, the karmic work you are supposed to do etc. It represents the maximum height that you can possibly attain in your life. Any disturbance to this sign has implications on the person, the society and the economy.

  • Starting with 4 planets in Capricorn, on 30-31 Jan 2022, an Amavasya ie Sun Moon Mercury Saturn.
  • And with 5 planets, 27-28 Feb 2022, Saturn Moon Mercury Venus, Mars.
  • And the next 27-28 Mar 2022, 4 planets, Saturn Mars Venus Moon.

And major transits. The slowest graha, Saturn Rahu Ketu Jupiter will be changing their signs in Mar/Apr.

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First let’s analyse the Kaal sarpa. Here the nodes use the energy of the hemmed in planets to do what they want to do. They are responsible for releasing past karma or creating more karma so they grant you a huge burst of energy to do just this. The best way to use them is to focus strongly on one part of your life and get some significant karmic work done during this time. What this karmic work is, depends on your birth chart and the ongoing Dasha/transit. Look for clues in the position, birth/ transit, of Rahu to find the direction of your desire and Ketu to understand what past learnings can be harnessed now. Kaal Sarpa or even partial Kaal Sarpa can be a good thing, but only if you consciously use its energy. 

Sun entering Capricorn, the Makar Sankranti is an important event. Strange as it may sound, the Sun reaches the pinnacle of his power in the sign of Saturn. So use the Makar Sankranti energies on 14th Jan 2022 when Sun will enter Capricorn owned by his own son, Saturn. On this day, in the early morning after sunrise do some spiritual activity, express your gratitude to the Sun, in silence, in mediation, doing some mantra jaap, Dhyan, pujas, Agnihotra, going to Temples etc. This time Saturn himself is placed in Capricorn. Father and son do not get along but Saturn never fails in his duty (to his father) and Sun always appreciates his creative genius (ie his son). So do make use of their combined power in Capricorn to get ahead in your profession, society and in fulfilling your karmic duty.  

During this kaal sarpa season, Sun will combust the other planets changing their energies temporarily.

  • Mercury combust – 17th Jan – 30th Jan and again on 18th Mar – 12th Apr
  • Personal selfishness dominates the thinking process. Social media can be misused. Communication of all forms leads to misunderstandings etc.
  • Jupiter combust – 24th Feb – 23rd Mar
  • This will be a dangerous period as people will take actions which they project will be for the general good but will actually be for their own personal selfish ends. People will quote lofty ideas to hide their egoistic core. Lying and cheating will increase. Performing auspicious activities during this time is not allowed.
  • Venus combust – 6th Jan 11th Jan 
  • Thankfully this is a very short time. But for these few days we will not be able to gauge the true value of things/people/events around us. It will be easy to get misguided during this time. Vested interests will try to stir up trouble by presenting ideals and philosophies in a twisted manner. Do not perform auspicious activities during this time.
  • Saturn – 12th Jan – 11th Feb
  • Saturn combust is not given much importance but it is quite critical. He controls the profession, society, markets and gains. Being combust means that these aspects of everyone’s life and on the global levels will be tinged by selfishness. People will stop working for common goals and for the growth of the society. In the current state of the economy this can be dangerous. Some people will make use of this to gain in illegal and underhand ways.

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Stelliums in Capricorn. This year again, several planets are going to cluster in Capricorn aggravating the imbalance in the skies. Having too many planets together in one sign causes planetary war, graha yuddha. The planet who has moved the maximum into the sign tends to dominate the others, this dominant planet will keep changing as the planets move. But Saturn, the owner himself, is in Capricorn so will want to control what these others do in his house. The planets are friends/ enemies with each other so interfere. And when Saturn goes combust, the Sun will temporarily take over the functions of Saturn too. It is a rapidly changing scene. Some of you will see opportunities coming in very fast which you can make use of.

Stelliums tend to disturb the balance of the chart. 4-5 planets focussed on one area of life and the other areas of life going silent. So whatever Capricorn stands for in your birth chart, there will be lots of activity here. However Capricorn being the natural 10th house, all of us will see a lot of activity on the professional and social front. And Capricorn is going to see these unbalanced energies for some time. So overall the profession will be unpredictable, social life disturbed, social image may take a beating, your Dad or Boss may dominate your time etc. Depending on which planet is dominating the cluster, you will see arguments, fights, competition, treachery, emotional meltdowns, late nights in the office, lack of rest, selfishness, but also intermittently cooperation, profits, strokes of genius etc which can be used.

  • eg For Cancer ascendants, this is the 7th house, so your business will need more of your attention, your spouse will also demand your time, your income will need looking into, your spiritual practice will reach a critical juncture etc. 

Then the transits of the major planets are all within weeks of each other.

  • True Rahu enters Aries 17th Mar 2022 (Mean Rahu 12th Apr)
  • True Ketu enters Libra 17th Mar 2022 (Mean Ketu 12th Apr)
  • Jupiter enters Pisces 13th Apr 2022
  • Saturn enters Aquarius 29th Apr 2022

This will aggravate the rate of change in everyone’s life. These long term planets set the background energies against which the short term planets do their fine tuning. Such rapid change in such short time in the background energy will cause upheaval. Of these four graha, Jupiter will give significantly improved results as he is going to leave Saturn’s Aquarius and enter his own Pisces. Saturn’s ‘flavour’ changes as he moves from his own Capricorn to his own Aquarius, both are his domain. Rahu Ketu are more comfortable in Taurus/Scorpio than in Aries/Libra where they will be shifting into. So the positivity of their overall results will go down slightly. This time till Apr 2022 is generally unstable as too many variables are shifting. 

Briefly this time till 22nd Apr 2022 for the birth Moon signs,

Aries – use Saturn in your 10th house and Jupiter in your 11th house to gain. This is a Dharma Karma yog operating for you. So focus in your profession, social activities, health and whatever you understand by ‘gain’ and try to convert your efforts into solid material achievements in this time itself.

Taurus – These few months show an increase in issues especially personal and spouse’s health. However you will be given more responsibility in your office and your social image will improve. Saturn in 9th means that you must do pujas of kuldevata or go for pilgrimage or do pujas in your house/local temple to make the most of it. Overall it will be an average but a busy/ tiring time.

Gemini – Jupiter is supportive so your personal self, health and environment will remain positive and stable. Worship of Kuldevata is a must. You will get unexpected luck, opportunities and help. make the most of them and materialise your gains as long as Jupiter is in Aquarius. Your enemies will not be able to go against you and some gains from foreign locations are possible.

Cancer – These few months will increase your stress. Jupiter in 8th, Saturn in 7th, Rahu in 11th Ketu in 5th for you do not give any respite. Keep doing your pujas etc and maintain things on average. Avoid getting into arguments and issues with your spouse, business partner, children, students etc. Friends may seem like lifesavers but avoid trusting them unnecessarily.

Leo – One of the best periods coming up for you. Saturn will destroy enemies. Jupiter will support in every way possible also bring important people in your circle and expand positivity. Rahu will want to shine in profession/society. Ketu can help you in your spiritual endeavours. Use this time to the fullest and get your solid material benefits in this time frame.

Virgo – This time is stressful as Jupiter in the 6th will increase your service requirements. Saturn in the 5th does not allow full expression of your intelligence and keeps your confidence down. Rahu in the 9th can help to some extent if you do your pujas etc. Ketu in the 3rd can also be of help but avoid trusting your siblings too much.

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Libra – Jupiter is supportive and you will feel more confident and capable of expressing yourself. Saturn can cause tiredness and he denies rest. Rahu can cause health problems so take due care. Ketu has the potential to give you some financial advantages but will deny nutrition. Overall this time is favourable, use the Jupiter to get your work done before he goes to Pisces.

Scorpio – Saturn is favourable for most of the year, so finances, interactions with team-mates, boss and family should be good. Jupiter is also overall favourable for the entire year, so rest, diet etc will be ensured. Also opportunities will come up and confidence will be strong. Once Rahu Ketu shift things will be even more favourable for you. Use this year wisely to get your gains in place.

Sagittarius – The time is average with some issues popping up. Rahu Ketu are supportive as of now, you are protected from your enemies. But the last phase of the Sade sati is emotionally tiring. Jupiter in the 3rd house is also an average position. So best would be to keep things on an even keel and avoid unnecessary risks or chances. Take care of your physical health.

Capricorn – Jupiter has the potential to change your finances and health for the better. Emotional health will remain in the grip of the Sade sati. Ketu can give some improvement in finances if you do not trust the markets too much and remain practical. Rahu and Saturn are not very positive but you can use Jupiter to consolidate yourself in this time.

Aquarius – Sade sati is draining on the emotional levels, tiredness and overwork is possible. Janma Guru, ie Jupiter in Aquarius can give benefits only if your birth chart is powerful, else he will increase stress. Rahu and Ketu are also not positive at the moment. Try to keep things moving on average, do not take unnecessary risks and keep yourself stable in this time.

Pisces – Saturn is favourable in your 11th house, Jupiter is average but Rahu is favourable and Ketu can be made favourable by doing pujas going to pilgrimages etc. For the past 2yrs or so, you have been experiencing the best period as compared to the other signs so make use of this time while you can. Consolidate your gains, set your long terms goals in place, complete all pending major decisions, get your investments in place during this phase.

These readings are till Apr 2022 only and will be modified as per individual birth chart’s power and the ongoing Dasha/ transit. You can combine the results by using the information above for your birth Moon sign and ascendant sign. eg if your birth Moon is Taurus, it may be an emotionally tiring time. But if your ascendant sign is Leo, the physical opportunities might make up for it. And if Leo is stronger than Taurus in your birth chart then it may even be a good time overall.

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Remedies. The best ones are behavioural, Mantra or Daana. Behavioural changes are possible if you understand the energies and have a good control over your mind. Mantra helps the mind relax and thus change your perception of the issue. Daana means that you give away the unbalanced energy to a Intelligence capable of receiving it.

Tie a black thread as a shield

There was a question and I felt that a small post on this would be useful. You can charge a black thread with intention and tie it on your body. It is a sort of an amulet. This is how you do it.

  • You will need about 1m black thread. Choose one which is neither too thick or too thin and can be knotted securely. 
  • Do this on an amavasya (ie a no moon day) or any Tuesday or Saturday is also acceptable. 
  • Do this after you get ready in the morning. Sit in front of your deity, light a deepak, incense etc, do your daily puja as per your schedule. Specifically pray to your deity for protection.
  • Then hold the thread in your hand, intend that your deity will now protect you with this thread.
  • Mentally recite the Durga Saptashloki from the Devi Mahatmya. There are 7 shloks in this.

॥ श्रीदुर्गासप्तश्लोकी ॥
ॐ अस्य श्रीदुर्गासप्तश्लोकीस्तोत्रमहामन्त्रस्य । नारायण ऋषिः । अनुष्टुपादीनि छन्दांसि ।
श्रीमहाकालीमहालक्ष्मीमहासरस्वत्यो देवताः । श्री जगदम्बाप्रीत्यर्थ पाठे विनियोगः ॥

ज्ञानिनामपि चेतांसि देवि भगवती हि सा ।
बलादाकृष्य मोहाय महामाया प्रयच्छति ॥१॥

दुर्गे स्मृता हरसि भीतिमशेषजन्तोः स्वस्थैः स्मृता मतिमतीव शुभां ददासि ।
दारिद्रयदुःखभयहारिणि का त्वदन्या सर्वोपकारकरणाय सदार्द्र चित्ता ॥२॥

सर्वमंगलमांगल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके ।
शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥३॥

शरणागतदीनार्तपरित्राणपरायणे ।
सर्वस्यार्तिहरे देवि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥४॥

सर्वस्वरूपे सर्वेशे सर्वशक्तिसमन्विते ।
भयेभ्यस्त्राहि नो देवि दुर्गे देवी नमोऽस्तु ते ॥५॥

रोगानशेषानपहंसि तुष्टा रुष्टा तु कामान् सकलानभीष्टान् ।
त्वामाश्रितानां न विपन्नराणां त्वामाश्रिता ह्याश्रयतां प्रयान्ति ॥६॥

सर्वाबाधाप्रशमनं त्रैलोक्यस्याखिलेश्वरि ।
एवमेव त्वया कार्यमस्मद्वैरि विनाशनम् ॥७॥

If you cannot recite it then you can also listen to it. But do try to learn it, just 7 lines, and is very useful.

  • With every shlok you recite, tie 1 knot randomly into your thread so as you finish reciting there will be 7 knots in total on the thread.
  • Blow on the thread and visualise the energy of the Durga Saptashloki mantra entering the thread.
  • Hold it in your cupped hand, focus on the Devi Chamunda for a bit.
  • Your thread is ready. Tie this thread on your (or your loved one’s) right ankle or wrist or around the neck.
  • Wrap it a few times on the wrist/ankle and fasten it using three knots.

I recommend the Durga Saptashloki because it carries the power of the entire Devi Mahatmya. It is also the easiest way to protect yourself. You invoke the Devi Chamunda in her fiercest aspect to protect you. In addition to wearing this thread, if you can recite the Saptashloki daily or at least on every Tuesday and Saturday, it will make your shield more powerful.

If you have faith on some other mantra to protect you, then you can use it. But be very clear on what mantra you are using. It should be in Sanskrit and from some standard reference book. However the procedure for charging and tying it remains the same. Recite the mantra in your mind and for every shlok tie a knot on your thread intending that its energy enters the thread and remains there as a knot.

This thread will need to be replaced in about 3 to 6 months depending on the intensity of the evil eye that might attack you. This is how to do it. First prepare a new thread as above and tie it on your wrist/ ankle/ neck. Then use scissors to cut off the old thread. Dispose the old thread in running water or under some green trees where generally no one will step on it. 

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