Everyone is scared of Shani, and it is quite natural, because Shani is our past, and everyone is rather scared of ones own past.
In our past lives we have done a lot, and I mean a whole lot of activities tagged with, “I, am doing this” and all the energies associated with those actions have taken the form of Shani. In Sanatan Dharm this is the “karma”. (The word Karma basically means to act.)
Now these energies from your past demand to be balanced and Saturn is the taskmaster who will ensure that you balance out each one of those actions. If in your earlier life you were a hard hearted husband who made his wife sleep on the floor you just might find yourself buying a bed for someone in this life (that person was the wife of the past life who has now come for balancing the energy and the karma).
Saturn is just like that strict teacher from school who never joked in class but taught something so valuable about discipline and using your resources fully that you remember him with gratitude for the rest of your life. Saturn is just that strict, teaching discipline, first using what you have fully before taking on new stuff, organising and learning the bitterest lessons of life with calmness and steadiness. Saturn is in short “growing up”.
No one really likes to take responsibility and Saturn ensures that you do just that, face up to your past and set things right. Our past is full of things which we did right and also those things which we did wrong. Our past happinesses and regrets both have to be faced up to. Just because Shani represents our past regrets does not mean we should be scared of him. He is here to help us not punish us. His lessons are prolonged, slow and we are required to learn patience and persistence. He then rewards us with maturity.
Then the dreaded “Shani Sade sati. The seven and half years of Saturn transits effects over your birth moon sign and the sign before and after it.
As soon as you visit a astrologer who wants to make you his regular patient, he will sooner or later invoke “Shani sade sati” to try to put you under a fear psychosis. If not sadesati then the Shani Mahadasa or Antardasha or Pratyantar dasha, or in fact anything to do with,” Saturn is going very bad for you and you have to now shell out money for pujas etc”.
But in fact your Shani periods are the periods of “house cleaning”. You clean up your life and get rid of the energies which were of no use to you anymore. These unwanted things, things which have outlived their utility can be anything, from relations to jobs, to mindsets, to houses, anything which has outlived it use. And in some cases this can be your body too, death of the individual where he discards the body which is of no more use to him.
Shani also restricts, in the sense he forces you to use whatever has been allocated to you fully, to completely consume it and only then will he allot just that much extra as much as you can realistically use. No more but no less too. Shani forces you to utilize your internal energies to stop your disordered activity patterns and move towards regulation.
If you are going through a Shani period this is the basic that you must do so that your mindset changes and you adapt to the events going on in your life more easily. If you do this with complete intention and a sense of gratitude it will work wonders.
- Every saturday do a Jaap of the Shani beej mantra 108 times it is this .. ॐ प्राँ प्रीं प्रौं सः शनैश्चराय नमः .. And do remember as you are saying this for your own personal self it is to be pronounced as “OM prang pring proung sah shanaischaraya namah”. In case you are doing the jaap for someone else it should be pronounced as “OM pram prim proum sah shanaischaraya namah”.
- If you so feel inclined and you have the materials, a copper pyramidal hawan kund, desi cow dung cakes and desi cow milk ghee, you can yourself do a small hawan with this same beej mantra replacing namah by swaha.
- On saturdays light a copper small lamp with cotton wick and sesame oil in your own house puja ghar saying this small mantra for Saturn. Om Nilanjana samabhasam raviputram yamagrajam. Chaya martanda sambhutam tam namami shaishcharam OM. Sanskrit is ॐ नीलांजनसमाभासं रविपुत्रं यमाग्रजम् छायामार्तण्ड सम्भूतं तं नमामि शनैश्चरम् ॐ
- And finally depending on how hectic your schedule is try to do Dhyan once in a while, once a week is quite possible I think?
And Gratitude to Shani? Yes, do try to develop a mindset where you are grateful to the Universe for all that is given to you. All the good times and all the bad times. These too will pass. This is all a journey where we pick up experiences and thus live. How boring would it be if we had only one type of experience all the time. The hard times help us appreciate the good times more and the good times provide us with a hope that helps us overcome our bad times. Ultimately good or bad is just the mindset. Change your mind and the universe changes for you.
Use your Shani periods wisely to balance your karmic load and try to develop a mindset which does not sway with the times.