Ramayan, Hanuman and Sundarkand

The Ramayan and the Mahabharat are the two Itihas, a narration of historical events coupled with the deepest philosophy.

The Mahabharat also contains the Yogshastra Bhagvat Gita, which is a step by step guideline to what you deeply desire. In the Ramayan there is the Aditya Hrudaya stotra which in my opinion is the highly condensed ‘Gita’ of the Ramayan. If you are on the spiritual path, you must listen/ recite this once in a while.

There was a question on the Sundar kand so writing a detailed post on it.

The original Ramayan written by Rishi Valmiki is in Sanskrit  (Devbhasha Samskrutam) and ends with the coronation of Shri Ram. Ramayan means Ramasya ayanah iti Ramayan. It talks about the travels of Ram. It ends when the Rajya-abhishek of Ram as the King of Ayodhya ie Ram’s travels end with this event. The coronation is on the first day of the new year Chaitra Shukla pratipada. The death of Ravan, the King of Lanka, occurs on the last day of the year on Falgun Amavasya. Ram travels back to Ayodhya immediately after Ravan’s death in the Pushpak viman and is immediately crowned King of Ayodhya. The Ramayan ends here.

There are 6 main sections/ Kaand in the original Ramayan.

  • Bala kand has the part of the birth of the main characters and their childhood is described. (It has some interjected stories which were added later and not connected to the main story.)
  • Ayodhya kand – the princes live in Ayodhya, grow up, get married etc.
  • Aranya kand – the first part of the exile of Ram, Sita and Laxman.
  • Kishkindha Kand – Ram and Laxman interact with the Vanars of the kingdom of Kishkindha
  • Sundar kand – Hanuman realises Himself. This section is exclusively related to the activities of Hanuman.
  • Yuddha kand – describes the war between Sri Ram and Ravan, the King of Lanka. Ravan is killed at the end of the war. This section ends with the coronation of Ram as per Rishi Valmiki’s original text. The Ramayan ends with the coronation of Shri Ram as the King of Ayodhya.

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Now about Hanuman. His other equally popular name is Maruti. Maruti indicates his connection to the breath, wind, storms, war, divinity, movement, power, etc.

Maruti has several other names, Anjaneya, Kapish, Vajradehi, Kalanabha, Chiranjeevi, Manojava, Jitendreya, Vatatmaja, Vanar-yuth-mukhya, Ram-doot, Pavan-putra, etc. And because these are all Sanskrit words, each describes some trait of his. To understand the real meaning of Sanskrit words, you have to add intention and the energy of the Akshar. So Maruti is the son of Anjana, the one who was hit on his chin, the king of everything that moves, his body is tougher than lighting, indestructible, the navel of time, the one who exists forever, he is produced by the Mind/Manas, the one who conquers the organs of sense/action, the one concealed in the pran, the leader of the other-dimensional intelligence, the messenger of the ultimate happiness, etc.

Maruti is a ‘Vanar’, this word does not mean a monkey. In Sanskrit, ‘Markat’ is the animal ‘monkey’. So saying that Hanuman was/ is a ‘monkey’ is extremely offensive and demeaning. Vanar is ‘Vansaya narah iti Vanarah’. The ‘Nar’ who are of the ‘Van’. Nar are a class of beings like the Yaksha, Kinnar, Gandharva etc. ‘Van’ is the forest, distant lands, other dimensions, running water, sun-ray, vehicle, residence, desires, abundance etc. A Vanar can be understood as a being from the other dimensions as the simplest meaning. Our human body is composed of all the 5 panchabhoot, Akash, Vayu, Agni, Aap, Pruthvi. The other dimensional beings have other types of bodies composed of differing proportions of the mahabhoot, eg Yaksha have bodies composed of only Akash, Vayu and Agni.

The Ramayan is also a guidebook to self realization. Ravan the anti-hero is an embodiment of the ego, the tremendous and discordant vibrations created by a sense of personal-ego. (In the Mahabharat this role is fulfilled by Duryodhan, ‘the one who is extremely difficult to defeat’.) If you follow the Ramayan as your guide, you will see your self-ego as Ravan in the very last confrontation when you are finally required to destroy it in the highest stages of Dhyan.

So, in all this, who or what is Hanuman?

He is the embodiment of pran, the vital energy flowing in the energy channels/nadi of your pran-mai-kosh body layer. He is also called the Mukhya Pran devata. The energy of the seed of the vital energy. There are 5 different main types of pran, the panch-pran. Pran, Apan, Vyan, Saman, Udaan. Maruti is the combined conscious intelligence of the Panch-pran. You might have seen some images of Hanuman with 5 terrible faces. Now if you do your Dhyan sincerely there will come a time when you will see these the conscious energies of these 5 main types of pran and yes they are very Ugra, terrible and terrifying. The power of pran blasting in your nadis and in the universe around can indeed be terrifying, so you have to do your spiritual practice to prepare yourself.

The objective of every spiritual aspirant is basically to control the movement of pran consciously. To be able to shut down its movements in the rest of the body and to drive it into the Brahmanadi within the Sushumna. Then to guide it with infinite precision through the chakras till it reaches the top. This movement of pran in the Brahmanadi ‘cleans’ it, makes it through so that when the Kundalini starts moving, it can simply move from the Mooladhar chakra to the central Bindu with the Sahsarar chakra in one smooth sweep. This movement of the Kundalini grants Moksh in one stroke.

So to be able to control the pran, you must absorb the energy of Maruti. He is of supreme importance in spiritual practice. Unless you are able to control the pran/ vital energy flowing in your nadi/ energy channels, you cannot get anywhere.

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Now the question I was asked was on doing a Parayan of the Sundar kand.

The Sundar kand is that part of the Ramayan where Hanuman realises his power. He goes through several experiences and events which makes him aware of his reality. This is the reason why doing a Parayan of this section is very helpful. ‘Parayan’ पारायणं is reciting mantras with intention, absorbing the energies completely. The Ramayan is an esoteric text and each verse/ shlok is a mantra. So if you recite the Sundar kand with the intention that you gain the blessing of Maruti you will get it. You will gain the ability to control the pran, so this parayan will benefit the spiritual aspirant. This will also regulate the movement of the pran and bring it to the best possible levels. So if you are ill, or under mental stress, or suffering from negativity, evil eye energy, nightmares, psychic attacks, impending danger etc, all this will be removed. On the material levels too, power, courage, health, ability to win, destroying enemies, finding what you want, success, emotional stability, strength, peace of mind etc will be granted.

Doing the Sundar kand Parayan.

The original Valmiki Ramayan, the Sundar kand is 68 chapters long and is extremely powerful. Sundar kand parayan is an Anushtan, a powerful practice to use the mantra. Ideally a Brahmin is required as there is a specific way of reciting the shloks. But if you wish to do it on your own, this is the basic minimum you should do. The easiest method is this,

  • You start on any any auspicious day. (post here)
  • Get a small image of the deities or a photo. Set it on a small wooden altar in front of you.
  • You will sit on your Asan facing either the north or east direction. And obviously facing the deities image.
  • Begin with a small puja of Shri Ram and Devi Sita. Then do a puja of Maruti. Here you can offer flowers, saffron, sandal-wood, turmeric, incense, light a lamp, do an arti with camphor etc as per what is available in your house.
  • You can blow the Shankh thrice if you have it. Or sprinkle the Ganga water if you have it. Or at least visualise golden/silver aura around you, feel the kindness of the deities surrounding you in a loving cocoon. Recite ‘Jai Shri Ram’, while you are setting up all this.
  • You have to keep a sweet dish/ Naivedya for the deities. Panchamrut is mixing some milk, curd, honey, sugar (khadi-sakhar) and desi cow ghee. Or keep 5 types of fruits. Or 5 pieces of dry fruits, almonds, cashew, dried grapes, dry coconut, apricots, figs etc with some jaggery/sugar. Keep this Naivedya in a silver or glass bowl. (Never use iron/ steel in any form in your pujas.) 
  • Then speak aloud to the deities and tell them briefly why you are doing this parayan. eg for getting well from an illness, for resolution of disputes, or spiritual growth, or just because you love them. This is the Sankalp, the intention, so take a few drops of water in your right palm and drop it to the ground after you finish speaking.
  • Also request that they help you complete the parayan and protect you while this is going on. This request for protection is necessary. As you progress in your parayan, you will accumulate positive energy, your aura will glow like the Sun. Then the souls/entities roaming around trapped in our dimension will come to you and request you to use this energy to set them free. This can manifest as actual problems eg falling ill, or some unexpected event which makes you break the parayan.
  • There are 68 chapters in the Sundar-kand. Ideally you should read it all in one sitting but this is not possible for regular people. So try to recite 6 chapters daily for 11days and finish the remaining 2 chapters on the 12th day. (I think this is a reasonable time frame in which you can manage)
  • The small puja and sweet dish/ naivedya has to be offered on every day you do your parayan. After you finish for the day, eat the sweet dish as a Prasad or distribute it among your close family members.
  • After you finish on the 12th day, thank the deities for the love they have showered on you. Then do a Dhyan, Soham (Sushumna yog) 108 times, relax your mind and absorb the energy of the Sundar kand parayan into yourself.

This is the simplest way you can do your Sundar kand parayan.

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Now the other part of the question which was asked to me.

The actual Ramayan has been simplified and abbreviated into other languages over these thousands of years. In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states of India, the commonly used ‘Ramcharitmanas’ is a version in the local dialect called Avadhi. It was written by Tulsidas a few hundred years ago. This version is written in very typical old time language and is a highly abbreviated form of the original Ramayan.

The Sundarkand in the original Valmiki Ramayan is 68 chapters long and in this ‘Ramcharitmanas’ it is a mere 63 verses. In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, people think that reading these 63 verses in Avadhi is ‘Sundar kand parayan’. It is not. But then faith and intention is important so even if you recite these 63 verses in Avadhi you will get some benefit. But to answer your question, this is not Sundar kand parayan.

The actual Sundar kand parayan is reciting the 68 Chapters of the original Ramayan written by Rishi Valmiki in Sanskrit.

Sanskrit is the Devbhasha Samskrutam, the words cannot be translated and each word is a mantra, the Shabda-Brahma, the divine Intelligence manifested in perfection. You can try doing the parayan yourself in the highly simplified method as per what I have written above, or you can get it done through a proper Brahmin pandit for the maximum auspicious effects and positive results.

Jai Sri Ram ..

 

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Agnihotra Homa to harness the Sun’s power

I do the Agnihotra homa everyday at every sun-rise and sun-set. The most important thing is the timing. The exact time of sunrise and sunset is critical. If you miss this time, then this is not an Agnihotra Homa. And it is the easiest way in which you can gain energy for yourself and your house/ surroundings. The simplest Homa possible.

A very brief post on how you do it.

Things you will need,

  • Copper pyramidal homa kund – it has to be copper as copper is linked to heat and can transmit the energies most effectively. The pyramidal shape amplified the energies produced in the Agnihotra.

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  • A small copper bowl to keep the ghee (clarified butter). A copper spoon of this specific shape below.

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This above is the correct shape of the spoon but if you cannot get it in this shape then you can use this one below as a second option. But it should be made of copper.

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  • Rice grains –  unpolished, whole, raw, white colored rice grains. Rice grains have a very nigh ability to absorb energy. So raw rice is called ‘Akshata’ which means unbroken or indestructible.
  • Ghee made of desi cow milk (post here) (The desi cow has a prominent hump, a prominent Surya-Ketu nadi, a prominent fold of skin under its neck, a oily skin, tail touching till the ground etc. They give A2 milk which is a medicine in its own right. We Indians used to breed only A2 cows or desi cows until the ‘white revolution’ created the half-breed cows whose milk is not fit for consumption.)
  • Cow dung cakes again only from the desi cow.
  • An Asan for you to sit on. The asan is all important, the foundation of all your spiritual activity. As you keep on using it again and again it also starts working like your energy battery. (post here)
  • A time table which shows you the exact time to the second of the sun-rise and sun-set at your location. This would be the time when the mid-point of the Sun’s disk is at the horizon.
  • An accurate watch with the seconds display to see the time for your location.

The Homa procedure

To begin with, clean yourself up, wash your hands/ feet/ face or have a bath if you have time. And dress in a loose fitting cotton dress.

Sit on your Asan, face east or north. Try to sit in Padmasan, Ardha-Padmasan or the Siddhasan yogic poses. If you cannot sit in these yogic poses, then sit cross legged. (If you cannot sit down, then sit in a chair but then arrange your Homa set-up on a table so that the fire is above your navel’s height.) Pray to your favourite deity or source of faith. If you have water from the Ganga, sprinkle it all around. If you have a conch, Shankh, blow on it thrice. Or try to visualise a cocoon of pure silvery-gold energy around you. Take a minute for all this so that you relax your mind.

Now to set up the Homa kund. Keep the pyramidal kund on a brick or a fire-proof tile else you might spoil the flooring.

Take 3 pieces of the cowdung cake and dip them in the ghee. Arrange these three pieces in the pyramidal kund in a sort of triangular arrangement with a small space between them. Take a smaller piece of cowdung cake, dip it in ghee and set it alight. Put this small burning piece in the small space you had left, so that the 3 main pieces also catch fire. If you can recite the Agni Gayatri, ‘Om saptajivhaya vidmahe, havvya-bhadraya dhimahi, tanno Agnih prachodayat Om’ while you light the fires it will help. Else at least recite ‘Om’. Agni is not just fire, it is the conscious intelligence of the fire. It is aware and has power. You are invoking it and requesting its help for performing the Homa.

Add some ghee on the burning cow-dung cakes using the spoon so that the fire starts blazing properly.

Do all this and get ready for the actual Homa at least 2-3 mins before the exact time of sunrise/ sunset.

Then while you are waiting for the exact time, you can recite the Gayatri mantra or any other Sanskrit mantra/ sukta/ shlok/ stotra as per your choice. Or recite Soham with your breath mentally, manasik jaap. Try to get your mind in a calm and peaceful state so that you can make the most of the Homa which you will be performing soon.

Then take about two pinches of the rice grains on your left palm.

Keep an eye on the exact time. At the exact time of the sunset/ sunrise you have to recite these following mantras and with each ‘Swaha’ drop one pinch of rice grains into the Homa Agni.

Use the ‘gras mudra’ for offering the pinch of rice to Agni.

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Sunrise agnihotra mantra

  • Suryaya swaha, sooryaya idam na mama
    • (Offer one pinch of rice to the Agni with the word ‘swaha’)
  • Prajapataye swaha, prajapataye idam na mama
    • (Offer one pinch of rice to the Agni with the word ‘swaha’)

Sunset agnihotra mantra

  • Agnaye swaha, agnaye idam na mama
    • (Offer one pinch of rice to the Agni with the word ‘swaha’)
  • Prajapataye swaha, prajapataye idam na mama
    • (Offer one pinch of rice to the Agni with the word ‘swaha’)

That is it. These two mantras recited at sunrise/ sunset is the complete Agnihotra Homa.

Now sit in silence in front of the Agni till it extinguishes. You can do your Gayatri puja or your Dhyan (post here) during this period. Let the energy of the  Agnihotra Homa enter your body and mind. You can get up after the fire extinguishes.

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Now the ash generated is not just ash, it is ‘vibhuti‘. The power of the mantra,  intention, time and energy generated by the Homa has entered the ash / Vibhuti. It is a ‘spiritual medicine’ now. Put some on your forehead, you can eat some of it. (My son eats it all as soon as it cools down. And if my mind was distracted during the Homa, he points it out as the taste of the Vibhuti changes, he says it becomes sour in taste.) You can store this vibhuti in a glass bowl for about 15days. Some uses for this vibhuti,

  • Put a pinch on the forehead as a tilak.
  • Use it to remove evil eye. Mix one pinch of this Vibhuti in a fistful of raw rice and use it to get rid of negative energy adhering to you (post here)
  • Eat it
  • Mix a pinch in the bath water.
  • Sprinkle it at the four corners of your house, it will act as a shield around the house.
  • Put a small pinch under the chair in your office
  • If you wish you can make an amulet using this
  • If you do not believe in its power, try this small experiment. Put this vibhuti in the potted plants you have in your house and see how they grow and also glow with energy. I give the extra vibhuti to the Tulsi plant (post here) in my house.

Agnihotra is the duty of every householder. The burst of energy at the exact instant of sunrise/sunset is channelised into you, your house and your surroundings through this Homa. If you have learnt to see auras or can see into the astral you will be able to see a literal explosion of energy bursting from the Agni as soon as the rice grains fall into it with the sound of the mantra. The energy of the smoke is also very high and wherever it goes, it will cleanse the atmosphere of all negative energy. If there are entities in your house or an evil eye on you or your family members then it will be blown away by the force of this energy explosion. Try it once and then evaluate the difference for yourself.

A personal experience. Some time ago, I was required by karma to travel astrally every single night for a few months. It was so tiring that I could not get up in the morning at sun-rise. It would take so long to reanimate the physical body and I was very drained. And there was additional work in office so I was missing the evening sun-set too. So for a few months there was no Agnihotra Homa performed in my house. (My son was small so could not do it alone. And my husband was even more busy than I was) The result was that the house was full of spirits and other trashy beings roaming around all the time. The house was in a bad shape. Only my pujs room was shiny and sparkling. Astral travel, though sounds romantic, is very bad for the physical body. It drains the pran-mai-kosh, and I was doing this every night. Also when you go to the other dimensions in your sooskhma sharir, you leave open ‘doors’ for the other beings to come in here. Even if you are careful to quickly shut the ‘doors’ these do get the opportunity to come to our world. And you are so focussed on the work that often you forget to shield the sookshma sharir and you get attacked a lot. A lot. The Agnihotra was not possible during these few months and I and my husband were both too tired to ‘clean up’, things went down-hill. When I restarted the Homa, things were driven out of my house on the first day itself. And with each succeeding day the shields re-formed got stronger and the house came back to its beautiful neat and clean, high-energy self.

So if you have the resources available do perform this simplest and easiest Agnihotra Homa. If you cannot do it at both sunrise and sunset do it at least once a day. It will bring a lot of positivity to you, your house and all the people living in your house.

 

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Lunar eclipse 5th July 2020

A penumbral Lunar eclipse is coming up now. A very faint shadowing of the full Moon will be visible in USA, South America, Africa, western Europe, Antarctica etc.

  • Penumbral Eclipse begins – 5 Jul, 03:07:23 UTC
  • Maximum Eclipse – 04:29:51 UTC
  • Penumbral Eclipse ends – 05:52:21 UTC

In this image, the pink colored land masses and the dark blue colored oceans will see the effect of the eclipse.

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Though this is a minor eclipse, it is the last in the series of the eclipses in Jun-July 2020. We had one minor lunar eclipse on 4-5 Jun (post here) followed by a major total Solar eclipse on 21st June (post here). This is the last eclipse in the Gemini-Sagittarius axis.

  • The Moon (Poorvashadha) in Sagittarius with Ketu (Moola). The eclipse event is in Sagittarius sign. Jupiter (Uttarashadha) is also retrograde in his own sign.
  • The Sun and Mercury (retrograde) are both in Aradra nakshatra with Rahu (Mruga). These three planets are all in Gemini.
  • Mars (Uttarabhadrapada) is in Pisces and is aspecting Gemini with his 4th aspect. He is behaving like an underwater volcano and steam is worse than boiling water! So this is the reason the weather has been unseasonably hot despite the monsoons. Mars, a fiery planet is adding his power to the Sun’s fire. The weather will cool down after Sun moves on to Cancer in mid-July.
  • Rahu and Ketu are in the almost-stationary /forward motion as usual in an eclipse. (They will turn retrograde on 6th July.)
  • Saturn is retrograde in his own sign Capricorn. Venus is forward in his own sign Taurus. These two are not directly involved in the eclipse energies.

Moon is in the Poorvashadha nakshatra. It is connected to Venus and ruled by Apah. So expect confusion and misunderstanding in relationships. Avoid poking into others affairs and concentrate on your own work. There will be less resources available, less money to spend. Avoid major investments till Mercury gets forward again at least. There might be imbalances in legal matters, businesses or equitable relationships. You might feel provoked as tolerance limits are less, this can result in unwanted aggression and misdirected rage. Fear, worry and loss of sleep can affect physical health. You might feel a disconnect with your faith, your personal philosophy, the foundations of your life. You might feel tired and drained for about 2-3 weeks after this eclipse.

Eclipses are a burst of energy. So if you can channelise it you can actually gain something significant out of it, else you will be swept away in its flow. So its always recommended that you do some sort of mantra, jaap, puja, Dhyan etc during the eclipse. Worship of Devi Laxmi or any form of the Devi can be more beneficial as the eclipsed Moon is in Poorvashadha. Then Rahu and Ketu are astral graha and the Sun and the Moon are in charge of your highest chakras, Sahsarara and Ajnya. Spiritual practice during the eclipse periods allows the energies to settle into the highest chakras and then percolate into the lower ones easily, giving both spiritual and material benefits. So on the positive side, this lunar mansion has the capacity to bring out hidden things. It can help uncover hidden opportunities, hidden information, hidden talents etc related to you, business, family life, wealth generation etc. You will be able to get out of adversities more easily and improve your life. Some positive things linked to this nakshatra can be, repaying your debts, a creative boost, a new venture, a pilgrimage, growth in profession etc.

There is going to be ‘movement’, some change or the other will occur after this eclipse. It is in your hand to convert this change to a positive or a negative one on the personal levels. So do some spiritual activity during this eclipse and put in your intention into it.

On a personal level, if you live in areas where the eclipse is visible.

  • This eclipse can cause more turmoil to you if –
    • you have a Moon+Ketu in your birth chart. This is the most sucetible combination.
    • Or your birth Moon is in Poorvashadha, Bharani or Poorva-phalguni (post here). 
    • Or if your ascendant sign or Moon sign is Sagittarius, Gemini, Cancer do take care. Taurus and Capricorn might also feel the stress to some extent. Aries will feel suffocated and agitated. If the birth Moon sign is involved you will feel the effects more on your emotional and mental levels. If its your ascendant sign, it will be felt more on the physical levels.
  • If you live in areas where the eclipse is visible, the eclipse can bring opportunities if your ascendent or Birth Moon sign is Leo, Aquarius. And there will be a generally neutral effect on Libra, Virgo, Scorpio and Pisces.

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Since this is a minor penumbral eclipse it will not have much impact on the world as such, but it is still an astrological phenomenon. It will add to the energy released by the two earlier eclipses, so a general reading for the next 2-3 weeks is as follows.

On the global scale, and more for the nations experiencing the eclipse,

  • It is not a time for the governments to take major decisions as there will be miscommunication and over-confidence. In several nations the lock-down is being opened and this will add to the ongoing confusion.
  • Economic slowdown will continue in the nations where it is visible.
  • There will be an increase in environmental temperatures. Anger and arguments will increase. There might be civil unrest, terrorism or war-like situations. General public will be disgruntled with the policies of the government. And fanatic groups will try to use the situation to create unrest. Harsh measures will be implemented by the governments to quell these eruptions.
  • There may be major accidents or natural calamities related to ‘heat’ and caused by risky behaviour.
  • There will be an increase in diseases. COVID 19 will also remain active. Depending on the areas you live in, care must be taken in this aspect (eg if you live in a mosquito prone area, dengue, malaria etc can erupt). Public health will remain a concern.
  • Major nations affected are USA, S America, Europe and Africa.

As always, Jyotish is not for getting scared. We try to know the future patterns so that we can be better prepared and use the energy releases coming up. Eclipses are rare opportunities. If you are going to experience this eclipse in your area then do some spiritual practice, it will help you in several ways from the spiritual to the material.

 

 

Temples in India where I have been to

Since I wrote on the 9th house and the deeper meanings of travel and pilgrimages, I got a question on how many temples, pilgrimages, I have been to. I had never really listed them out so was a fun exercise for me and perhaps an interesting reading for you.

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  1. Haat-Kalika temple, Pithoragad, Uttarakhand – Been here a few times. It is a yantra installed in a temple in the middle of the Deodar forests. The yantra is carved on a rock in the floor of the inner sanctum, it is beyond powerful. There is an additional moorthi of the Devi Kali, but the power is in the yantra. Most people do not notice it. It is beyond powerful, it feels like Kali Herself is standing there in all her magnificent terribleness. But so full of love. I have lost track of time whenever I have stood in this temple located in a valley of Deodar trees. In these mountains the separation between dimensions is very thin. You can sense the presence of other beings called Naag, Yaksha, Gandharva etc here (Similarly in the nearby temple of Kotgadi). Temples in India where I have been to
  2. Kasar Devi, Almora, Uttarakhand – You can feel golden pran radiating from a small tunnel into the earth. The people have placed a Moorti of Devi in front of the tunnel, most worshippers look at this moorti and ignore the tunnel and the energies whirling out from it. Very welcoming, loving and you feel it, a huge dense quantum of energy beneath the earth, it silences the mind. And you can feel the presence of other dimensional beings here too. This temple belongs to the Yaksha.
  3. Badrinath, Uttarakhand – This is one of the real Char-Dhaams of India, located on the west coast (the others being Somnath, Jaggannath, Rameshwaram). Been here twice in this life. It is a black moorthi of Shri Vishnu. Very high energy and very gentle, a compulsory pilgrimage for all Hindus. River Saraswati flows here for a bit (Brahmakapal) and then vanishes underground. This is the place where the final death related rituals/ tarpan are performed for the deceased ancestors. The entire place throbs with energy, and those who can see auras can see the brilliant golden shine of the moorthi and also the entire village and the surroundings. Temples in India where I have been to
  4. Yamunotri, Uttarakhand – The origin of the river Yamuna in Uttarakhand. Another must visit location, the energy is awesome, shiny, sparkly. There is a temple here dedicated to the Devi Yamuna and the prasad that you get here is a small pouch of uncooked rice, you then dip it in the nearby hot spring, it gets cooked and you eat it with the blessings of Devi. It was the tastiest spoonful of rice I have ever eaten. Ice cold Yamuna and the boiling hot spring are a few meters apart. Nature is so cryptic!
  5. The Mahakumbh – I have been to Haridwar during the Brahmamuhurt of the Makar Sankranti at the start of the 2010 Mahakumbh. Ice-cold water. The Ganga is exceptionally loaded with pran during the Mahakumbh time, so a dip in these waters is a must for every Hindu. It can be a life-time recharge if you do it with intention. There is a Mahakumbh in Haridwar coming up in 2021, try to use it if you can.
  6. Gaumukh, Uttarakhand – the origin of the river Ganga at the base of the Gangotri glacier. Ganga wherever she flows, Devprayag, Rishikesh, Hardwar, Kashi etc. brings in her tremendous quantum of pran. As you go nearer to her source, the higher the energy of her waters. The Gangotri glacier feels like a chunk of gold and the the flowing waters rippling gold/ silver pran. Do visit it if you are physically able to, if you keep putting it off to the next year, chances are you will never visit. The Gangotri temple is on the way to Gaumukh and this too is a beautiful place. The entire Himalaya are a huge source of power and energy in itself.Temples in India where I have been to
  7. Kedarnath, Uttarakhand – The top of the mountain is the pyramidal Shivlingam on which the temple is built. It is mind-boggling, I think the entire mountain you climb is the lower part of the massive Shivlingam. The very top is worshipped in the temple. The temple was there for thousands of years, first the Pandavs worshipped here, it was renovated a few thousands of years ago by Adi Shankaracharya and then by Ahilyabai Holkar a couple of centuries ago. A must visit. You may not get to sit in the sanctum, but just sit outside the temple and soak everything in, if you do it with full intention, this ‘recharge’ will last a life time. Temples in India where I have been to
    • Then there is the Samadhi of Adi Shankaracharya nearby. One of the most important Rishi/ Sat-Guru is relatively recent history (a couple of thousand years ago). And you can feel his blessings/energy here.
    • Enlightened Gurus in Sanatan Dharm/Hinduism are special, after they discard their physical body, it is entombed above ground/’Samadhi’ and Anteyshti is not performed. When a soul attains moksh, it is not linked to the energy structure of the body, the brahmanadi has fused, the circuit is complete. The individual soul does not exist as it has realised itself as the Ultimate. The energy of anteyshti breaks the soul’s bonds to the physical body. But a real Sat-Guru has already broken this bond to ‘Creation’ by the energy of his internal fire, Dhyan. The real reason for the Samadhi system is different. It is a threat, if some common human fools others into believing that he is a Guru, his disciples will give him a Samadhi after his physical death and he will remain tied to the physical body, a ghost with no scope of evolution. The worst possible punishment.
    • This is an aerial view of the Kedarnath temple in deep winter, you can just see the top of the temple as the entire town is under snow. Our ancient Rishis identified Shiv-lingams and built temples in such locations several thousand years ago, it is mind-boggling.
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  8. Dhaari Devi, Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand – This is one of the fiercest Kali temples I have ever visited. The moorthi is just the head of the Devi, and She seems to shoot volcanoes from her eyes! I love Her in Her every mood, so enjoyed sitting in front of Her and soaking in her blessings. This temple is in the middle of the Alakhnanda river, and is energy-linked to Kedarnath, She is His Wife. Whenever people have tried to shift this temple for hydel power projects, Kedarnath has showed His displeasure, last was in 2013. They shifted the Moorthi and on that same day clouds burst bringing in disaster. Temples in India where I have been to
  9. Jageshwar, Uttarakhand – This is a Shivlingam in the Deodar forests of Almoda district. I think this is the Daruka-van Jyotirlingam as Deodar trees are called Daruka in Sanskrit. It is a very high energy location and is very beautiful too.
  10. Hemkund saheb, Uttarakhand – This is a pristine lake and a Gurudwara. The lake water is very high energy. It is said that Pandu from the Mahabharat worshipped the Devi here. Also Lakshman from the Ramayan did some pujas here. It is a hard trek, especially the last few kilometers, so you need to be physically fit. But you can also visit the Valley of Flowers which is near here, which is an added advantage.
  11. Vaishno Devi temple, Katra, Jammu & Kashmir – The deity of this shrine is a rock, which is a part of the mountain itself. Though this shrine is very famous, to me it felt like a regular Himalaya energy. The ‘density’ of energy was the same as any other Himalayan peak.
  12. Pushkar temple, Rajasthan – It is a very cryptic dense energy, not for everyone. There is a misconception that the pujas of Brahmadev is forbidden. But it is actually that the we, the current humans, are so degraded that we are incapable of performing these intense pujas of Brahmadev. Performing the Gayatri puja properly is in itself a feat for the humans of today, and so the puja of Brahmadev is another level altogether. There is an entire Brahma-tantra and all Rishis and Sadhaks of the earlier ages did pujas of Brahmadev to attain Moksha on a fast track. Today you won’t get anyone who understands the use of Gayatri-tantra! (Brahmdev and Devi Sarasvati are the stable and the kinetic parts of Raja-gun. If you consciously control ‘movement’, you Realise your Self.)
  13. Ashapura Devi temple, Bhuj, Gujarat – The deity in this temple is a huge rock, there is no separate Moorthi. This rock is placed in a temple. It is so utterly powerful that the few minutes I stood stupefied. Such tremendous energy. Something like the energy of the 10 Mahavidya Devi-s. If you are the slightest bit insincere she will cut off your head then and there. But if you are sincere she will pick you up in her arms like a mother loves a child and give you whatever you want. The entire area for kilometers was resonating with her energy. The rock does not seem to be from this Earth, more likely it is a meteorite, but very conscious, very very aware and very dangerous. Temples in India where I have been to
  14. Koteshwar Mahadev temple, Bhuj, Gujarat – A wonderful location on the sea-shore with extremely high levels of pran. The Shivlingam was also quite powerful gave off cool, peaceful pran. Loved watching the Dhwaj/ flag on the temple swirling in the wind. This is the last temple on the west coast, the land beyond is Pakistan.
  15. Dwarkadheesh temple, Jamnagar, Gujarat – This temple is dedicated to Shri Krishna, a lovely moorthi made of black rock. Highly energy and very calm gentle, soothed the soul. Do visit it if you can. But avoid the priests who try to try to fleece the tourists outside the temple. Keep your mind on your mantra and the deity in the temple. Try to mentally recite your mantra 108 times in the temple complex, while you wait in the lines etc. It is an energy rush. And around these temples and pilgrimage site you will also find petty pickpockets and such, so take care. It always surprises me that these people forget Who is watching them. Shri Krishna could give them anything they want but they are more interested in the tourists than the deity Himself.Temples in India where I have been to
  16. Naagath Shivlingam, Gujarat – This is near Dwarka and said to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingams. It is a newly constructed temple and is energies are average. In Sanatan Dharm/ Hinduism, a Shivlingam is not carried into a temple. A temple is always built over a Shivlingam. This means that our ancient Rishis/ seers, ‘saw’ the energies and identified stones which had the energy of a Lingam and constructed the temples over them. So, faith is one thing, but you won’t get the same energy benefit when praying in modern constructed Shiv temples.
  17. Somnaath Shivlingam, Veraval, Gujarat – I have been to this temple 4 times in this life and each time it is a home-coming. Very high levels of energy flow from the Shivlingam, very gentle and conscious. I can never pray for things in temples. What should I pray for? He knows everything. This is a must visit temple for all Hindus. Temples in India where I have been to
  18. Siddhivinayak temple, Mumbai, Maharashtra – Have been to this temple several times. It feels like he is angrier every time I see him. This Ganapati moorthi has his truck folded towards his right side. Embodiment of ‘nivrutti’, destruction of Illusion, destruction of the material and tearing apart of the veils of Maya, the highly disciplined Sanyasi, ‘Brahmachari form of Ganapati. If you are not prepared to leave Her ‘funfair’, praying to such a moorthi can be quite traumatic on the material levels. It is the same effect as blowing on a left-handed conch (Dakshinavarti). It will destroy the material and bring in the spiritual, in any way possible! In our homes we never keep a moorthi or photo of Ganapati with the trunk at the right side. In temples it requires specific pujas and there are several restrictions on what is allowed in such temples.
  19. Trayambakeshwar Shivlingam, Nashik, Maharashtra – Extraordinary high levels of energy. It is such an old temple, all stone. The stones of the temple have absorbed the energies of the pujas and are conscious themselves. The Shivlingam radiates huge chunks of energy but is not as peaceful as Somnath. The energies can be used for ‘destruction’ related pujas too. Shiv here is more serious, more turned inwards more intense. Temples in India where I have been to
  20. Bhimashankar Shivlingam, Maharashtra. This is located in a the middle of the forests, with a river flowing near it. All Hindu temples need to have a natural source of water at its north-east side, it is compulsory. This Shivlingam is a rather secretive energy. I think there must have been intensive practices of tantra, mantra, yantra in this temple. Perhaps no one knows or does this now, but the ancient past is felt in the energy of the temple and its stones too.
  21. Kailas temple, Ellora, Maharashtra – This architectural marvel is very famous, our ancient Rishis 3D printed in the igneous rock. But the Shivlingam! It is a good 5 plus feet tall and loaded with power, I went silent in front of its energy, the mind was completely silent. I wonder how the ancients knew that this stone under the hard lava stones of the Deccan plateau was the Shivlingam and they created the temple around it. It is the most fascinating Shiv temples I have ever been to. Ellora was called Elapuri earlier, the ‘town of the Devi’. Temples in India where I have been to
  22. Ghrishneshwar Shivlingam, Ellora, Maharashtra – This temple is very ancient, but felt low on energy, not what I expect a Jyotirlingam to be. I think that perhaps the actual ‘Jyotirlingam’ is the one inside the Kailas temple less than a km away.
  23. Siddhagiri Math, Kolhapur, Maharashtra – This Shivlingam has always showered me with love and ‘home-coming’ energies. Just like a father giving gifts to his child. Beautiful old temple and with routine pujas being performed. My Sat-Guru was the 26th Math-adhipati of this Math.
  24. Khandoba temple, Maharashtra – Located on a plateau of lava-basaltic rock. There are moorthis in the temple, but the energy comes from a yantra set into the floor of the temple. The mountain is alive with very intense energies. Exceptionally fierce. If you wish for protection and the energy to fight, he is more than willing to give it to you. He is the Kul-devata of most Marathi people so this temple is always bustling with people.
  25. Then temples in Goa, the more famous Shanta-Durga, Mangeushi and my mother’s ancestral god Narsimha at Veling. I always seem to sense an underlying sadness here. Perhaps my DNA picks up things. The Portuguese invaded Goa and killed the temple Brahmins and carried out an Inquisition here, killing most of the Hindus. Some Hindus and Brahmin priests escaped to Maharashtra and remained alive albeit as farmers and traders, some of them my mother’s ancestors. Narasimha temple, Veling
  26. Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu – it is a magical place, there was no need for a formal temple, the oceans themselves are alive here. However the temple inside is peaceful with gentle energy, it like the Devi is relaxed, watching the waters. Outside, the south-most tip of India, where 3 waters meet. It has to be experienced, the clean freshness is so deeply peaceful yet so full of high intensity energy. More white than gold pran, so much and so freely available!
  27. Thirupati temple, Andhra Pradesh – A very famous Vishnu temple (but I feel it more like a Shiv temple as per the energy, they are all ultimately the same!). Humongous amounts of energy. The lines are so long that they don’t let you stand for very long in front of the moorthi, but even standing in line within the stone walls of the temple is a high energy experience, been here twice.
  28. Jagannath Puri, Odisha – One of the Char-Dham-s, I have been here twice, a very enigmatic temple. The idols of the deities are one thing, but the real energy is from inside the ground under the sanctum sanctorum. I make it a point to sit down somewhere inside the temple and recite my mantras for 5 mins. What one sees in these 5mins in such powerful temples is indescribable. If you go here, do a Namaskar for the Sudarshan chakra on the temple top, it radiates huge power. Temples in India where I have been to
  29. Kamakhya temple, Guwahati, Assam – She is extremely no-nonsense here. She is not in her ‘kind-mood’. Visiting this temple is not for everyone. This was the first temple where I saw her in her really strange virakt mood, so has made a life-time impression on me. She is so beautiful.
  30. Vishveshwar, Kashi, Uttar Pradesh – The best part is that they let you touch the Shivlingam. Everyone should visit it once in a lifetime. Shiv is very kind here, its like coming back home. And also the Annapurna Devi temple nearby. The original temple was destroyed by the mughals. This  current Shivlingam was installed and this temple was built by Ahilyadevi Holkar. But I feel the power of the original Shivlingam also somewhere in this city. This entire city is pure, no other word, it is pure, bright very very clean on the energy planes. Temples in India where I have been to
  31. Lahiri Mahashay’s house in Kashi – I had a neutral view of him because I had read the ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ where Yogananda refers to him as his Guru and I know that the meditation technique which Yogananda’s Society is teaching is incorrect. When I went to Kashi, in front of Lahiri Mahashaya’s house, I touched the steps of the locked house and felt his strength. He was a Realised Soul, his students later distorted his teachings.
  32. Girnar mountain – The entire mountain is full of energy, I don’t know how such a huge mountain can even geologically exist in that flat place! If you ever travel to Junagad to visit the Gir National Park, do try to at least travel to its foot and feel its energy. There are very high number of spirits and beings from other dimensions here. In fact the first time I ‘saw’ these beings here.
  33. Datia – Bagalamukhi and Dhoomavati temple, both Devi-s are the Dasha mahavidya-s and are very very dangerously awake here. Visit only and only if you have a clear conscience, no more can be said, there are secrets here which are not for everyone.
  34. Ambabai temple, Kolhapur – This is quite powerful and the Devi is quite ready to grant blessings. But one must not really ask for anything in such temples, simply put yourself in her hands and let her decide the best possible for you.

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Here are some of the well-known temples that I am sure you must be aware of. And there were several smaller ones which I have not listed here as the post became really too long.

We are Hindus, followers of Sanatan Dharma, our ‘god’ is the Parabrahma, the Nirvishesh Brahma the Conscious Intelligence but these temples are necessary as they contain a small part of this Awareness. Pilgrimages are necessary for all spiritual aspirants and if you have the time and the inclination you  must do a Darshan here.

 

 

Sounds the planets make

Space is full of energy, ie vibrations. As every Sun, Planet, Moon and other objects in space move, they cause even more vibrations. Some of these vibrations created by the planets/ stars etc are visible as light. Some energies released are beyond the scope of visible light and are seen in the ultra-violet and infra-red spectrum.

Some vibrations are completely astral, eg the energies released by the Lunar Nodes, Rahu and Ketu. These cannot be sensed by any physical sense organ but they act on the sub-conscious levels and the sookshma-sharir/ subtle body.

The various probes and satellites that zoom through the space are capable of capturing radio emissions from astronomical objects. These vibrations in space are actually inaudible to the human ear. We humans can can ‘hear’ sounds within the range of 20 to 20000 Hertz with our ears. And there is no audible sound in space because sound needs a medium to pass through. ut our modern scientists have developed methods to convert these space vibrations into sounds which we can now listen to.

You will need to hear this first (do use headphones if you have them with you). The sounds that our Sun, the planets of the solar system and our Moon make.

Sounds of the Sun and the Planets
Sound of our Moon

The Sun sounds something like a huge generator, which it technically is. Or like a OM, deep down somewhere in his heart. Mercury sounds very ‘busy’, lots of sound, in several different pitches. Just like your chattering siblings, perhaps? The most beautiful sound is Venus. Most clearly resembling the deep gonggg of a bell, it is the closest to ‘Om’. I have mentioned in my several posts that Venus is the real Moksh-karak. The real Guru of the esoteric and the spiritual who brings you to yourself. Om.

Earth, our home planet, has a very busy sound signature, several sounds and with a sense of speed. We all live on Earth all the time so this is the sound energy that we are all deeply linked to. Our Moon has a very gentle sound, quite pleasing. Moon represents your emotional states, also the nature and nurture you receive in life. With Mars, you can just about sense the suppressed deep energy in the sounds he makes. Maybe these are the drums of war! Jupiter now has a soothing bell-like sound of Om. He is rather sedate and quite peaceful, the Dev-Guru. Wisdom, knowledge and protection is his domain and this is reflected in his sound too, mild and benevolent. But then at the last, Saturn makes a rather scary sound, like something from a suspense movie. Suits his image, he is the Lord of Karma, he will make you work hard to pay back what you owe.

These 7 are the Graha of Jyotish, we do not consider the planets beyond Saturn as Graha, there is a mathematical reason to this. (post here).

These sounds and the light that we sense from the Sun and the planets is a part of the energy they radiate out into the universe. And what is Jyotish? Essentially just another way of recording, interpreting their energies and the effect they have on our lives.

(One of my seniors in office pointed out this topic to me, I felt it to be interesting, so put it in a post.)

The Darshan Sashtra in Sanatan Dharma

As students of philosophy already know, there are 6 thought processes with which the Eternal can be visualised. These 6 philosophies are the Darshan दर्शन shastra शास्त्र.

  • Darshan means seeing, knowing, opinion, discernment, examination, observation, vision, experience, presence, intention, appearance, dream, prescience, aspect, contemplation.
  • Shastra means instruction, teaching, book, treatise, manual, discipline, rules, advise, science, direction, art, etc.

The 6 Darshan Shastra based on the Ved and are,

  1. Poorva Mimansa Sashtra by Rishi Jaimini
  2. Nyaya Shastra by Rishi Gautam
  3. Vaisheshika Sashtra by Rishi Kanad
  4. Sankhya Shastra by Rishi Kapil
  5. Yog Shastra by Rishi Patanjali
  6. Uttar Mimansa Sashtra by Rishi Vyas aka Badrayana

Darshan shastra is an advice or a direction which you should follow in order to experience, observe, know, see, contemplate… but what? What should you be observing? These Darshan Shastra are of the Sanatan Dharma, so you observe the only real thing possible. The only Reality. And this is Your Own Self. You are the only real thing in your universe. You are required to experience your Self because there Is nothing else but You. You are Everything. These six Darshan shastra are a way of first intellectually understanding and then experiencing your own self. They all take you to Moksh.

You are the non-Dual, the Advaita, the Nirvishesh Brahma. The intelligence which cannot be described in the words of these created universes. You are the Parabrahma, the beyond awareness, the highest consciousness. But you carry a baggage of karma and start thinking yourself as Amit, Priya, Rajesh and Mihir. This is Maya. The 6 Darshan shastra are tools in your hands, you use these to know yourself again as the Advaita. You are beyond this illusion of creation, you are the Creator, the Eternal. But what you observe depends on your ability to contemplate, to remain still. If you train yourself to see even deeper into your self, you will experience even subtler aspects of your immense self. The most pin-point focus will finally allow you to know yourself in your entirety. The Darshan shastra are guidebooks which guide you to yourself.

The Darshan Sashtra in Sanatan Dharma

Maya is everything that surrounds the Atma/ soul, and tries to keep it unaware of its true reality. Ma-not, Ya-this, so Maya means ‘not this’. But what it actually is, cannot be described. So Maya cannot be proved to be neither an illusion nor a reality. The Mind is an agent of Maya, very highly changeable and highly skilled at creating illusions.

  • A very simple example. I get a phone call. I hear only a voice. The mind takes over, identifies the voice as my brother’s, adds his face, form, his room etc in my imagination. Triggers the love I feel for him and makes me feel as if he is right in front of me. The only thing actually there is a voice in my ear. My mind used this information and worked like crazy to create an illusion for me. I experienced the entire package of ‘brother’ from just a voice over the phone.

This is Maya at work. Most of us are exclusively into experiencing Maya. The Darshan shastra help the spiritual aspirant glean the atom of the real Self around which Maya has enveloped itself. Every Darshan Shastra discusses Maya in some way or the other. And how to ignore its charms and focus on the real Self.

Not everyone is qualified to be a spiritual aspirant. Some souls are more into enjoying the game of creation as per the soul evolution level. A spiritual aspirant is qualified by two essential qualities Vivek and Vairagya.

  • Vivek is the Discerning Intelligence. The ability to focus on the root of the matter. It is the incisive sharpness which can get to the innermost core.
  • Vairagya is the ability to decisively discard everything which is interfering with the Vivek.

Vivek and Vairagya work in tandem, you need both to achieve higher levels of spiritual progress. As you progress, these two qualities also get more refined. Only when you have the intelligence to focus on the real Self and discard every illusory thing, do you gain the Self.

The Darshan Sashtra in Sanatan Dharma

All Darshan shastra teach you to know the constant yourself and to ignore the changing illusions of the created worlds. Now what is ‘constant’ and what ‘changes’? A couple of very simplistic examples,

  • Eg. Your eyes are open, you see the room you are in. The pink walls, the blue curtains. Now you close your eyes, the room vanishes. Was this room ‘real’? Or was the room just an experience, dependant on the physical sense organs?
  • Eg. You have been deaf from birth. You do not know how music sounds like because you does not have the ability to experience it. You think that music is just some words and notations which you can read. But then modern medicine helps you hear with your physical ears. You gain the ability to hear music, classical, raga, blues, reggae, country, all of it. You revise your earlier view and now say that music sounds are ‘real’ not just words. Your frame of reference has changed because you gained the ability to experience.
  • You do not believe in Siddhi-s, you are very ‘rational’ and ‘logical’. Then one day your Uncle decides to give you a demo and sitting next to you in the sitting room, drinks all the milk kept in the fridge in the kitchen. (My Uncle actually did this, I was in my early teens. He just kept on drinking from his glass and the milk kept in the fridge vanished.) 

In all these examples ‘you’ are the same. The experiences varied depending on the conditions. And the conditions were also changing. But this ‘one self’ who was experiencing was unchanging. The 6 darshan shastra help you to experience this, your unchanging ’one self’.

Each Rishi has expounded his hypothesis, the analysis and logic on the nature of existence, the nature of the created worlds, the nature of the soul and the nature of the Eternal Intelligence. Each Darshan Shastra has its own method of deriving things. But common to all these six, is that the Eternal is the Advaita, non-dual, indescribable, unfathomable, attribute-less, observer etc. Each one of these six philosophies give different analysis but in the end their objective is the same. ‘To Be’. Moksh.

Most importantly, each of these six are not complete in themselves. They are not self-contained thought systems. Their scope and purpose is the describe the Eternal Intelligence.

  • Eg. Suppose the objective is to describe an elephant. I start by describing its head. Someone might start by describing its tail first. Yet another might start with his feet. A fourth person starts by describing its anatomy. Finally someone will say that it is a conscious animal, ie talk about its energy.

All the six Darshan Shastra mutually supplement each other. Singly they are neither final nor complete. They are meant for different groups of people who start at different levels of mental and spiritual levels of understanding. All the Darshan Shastra are based on the Ved so they are all describe the Advaita.

The Darshan Sashtra in Sanatan Dharma

Poorva-Mimansa is more concerned with how to live a morally and ethically correct life. This is from where the philosophical evolution begins. To perform ones duties, to take up responsibilities regarding the personal self, the family, society etc. On the spiritual levels, to gain auspicious merit /punya, through personal self-sacrifice and also religious practices involving the society, like public yadnyas etc. Worshipping the moorti of gods and deities, going for pilgrimages, doing charity etc. But this is not blindly following rituals etc. It is understanding the value and power of the the mantra/ pujas and their link to intention and energy of the deepest sort. You can perform anything and everything if you know the correct mantra and the correct way of using the mantra. This can be as simple as getting a job to achieving Moksh.

A practical approach is emphasised here. This certainly does not mean that Rishi Jaimini was unaware of the Advaita, he was a Rishi, ie a self-realised Seer. This Shastra is more designed for householders who have to perform a duty towards mankind in general. Those who have started to understand the essence of truth and are working with the practical aspects of using it in the material life.

I consider this to be the first stage on the spiritual path. You realise that there is something beyond the material. You start using energy to influence the material. You see the practical effects. This is your first step in understanding the pure energy that you really are. And remember that spiritual progress is carried over from several lives. Someone at the Uttar-Mimansa stage has already gone through all the previous stages of understanding and expansion of the consciousness in his very many past lives.

If the Nyaya Shastra stops at the concept of atoms it does not mean that Rishi Gautam was unaware of the Advaita. He was a Rishi, he was a Jivan-mukt. He clearly states that the soul is different from the material and then goes on to describe the material with all sorts of hypothesis and evidences. But with Nyaya he is addressing those students whose interest and level of understanding is on the basic levels. He talks about logic, proofs, calculations, hypothesis etc. Something like our current idea of maths, algebra, logic, probability, calculus, geometry, quantum physics, etc, technical subjects which require a significant level of understanding and intelligence. To create a hypothesis and then to write proofs which prove or disprove this hypothesis. Logic and reasoning is used to pick out the valid from the invalid. Nyaya is how debates on the logical level are arranged so that both the proponent and the opponent gain true understanding on the highest intellectual planes.

Vaisheshika Sashtra is an extension of the Nyaya, where every subject is broken down to its roots. The transition of the material worlds into the invisible atomic and sub-atomic particles and the laws which govern these is the basic idea of the Vaisheshika shastra. ‘Atoms’ in Vaisheshika are not the atoms of physics, these are the Param-anu, these are the basic constituents of the pancha-mahabhoot. Then the nature of the individual soul, time, space, directions etc is elaborated. The Shastra is very deep as the constituents of every thing imaginable, from color, taste, mind, tendencies etc are now discussed. Here the concept of reality is narrowed down even further. The ‘proof’ of reality is pruned down even further. Creation is broken down into even more subtler bits, we reach the roots of ‘energy+intention’. We consider tangible and non-tangible subjects, like senses, tendencies, karma and impressions in depth.

(It is very interesting to go through the concepts of Nyaya and Vaisheshika shastra, our Rishi’s were so comprehensive, they have left out nothing. All our so-called modern knowledge and theory have already been elaborated by the Rishis. But we have forgotten to read our actual mother tongue Sanskrit, so rarely does anyone go through these books.)

The Darshan Sashtra in Sanatan Dharma

Till now, we studied the nature of the manifested creation, its rules and laws. Both Nyaya and Vaisheshka elaborate at the level of the individual soul, ie the Jiv-atma ie the ‘soul+karmic baggage’. If the student has understood this much then he can go onward to the next study course, Sankhya.

The Sankhya. Sankhya starts where Vaisheshika leaves off explaining. Sankhya takes you from the level of the manifested creation and takes you to the unmanifested creation. Most people who read cursorily on this philosophy, take away an erroneous idea that it advocates duality as Sankhya is more popularly linked to the Purush-Prakruti duality. Just because the Sankhya Shastra elaborates more on the Purush-Prakruti concept it does not mean that Rishi Kapil had not realised the Advaita. The concept of Advaita is evident in the first principle of Sankhya ie ‘Sat karya siddhant’. So understand this concept in depth before jumping into the middle of it.

(‘Sat karya siddhant’ is the basic principle of all Darshan Shastra. It explains how things or energy or intention or anything transforms from one form to another. This transformation is only as deep as your ability to perceive the change. At the deepest levels you realise that there is essentially no change.)

The source of everything is called ‘Pradhana’ in Sankhya, ie the most important, the primal energy, this is Non-dual. The Advaita first creates duality by creating individual souls/ jivatma. Further duality is created, this is called the Purush-Prakruti duo. Then Sankhya then takes us onward into the Purush-Prakruti. Describes the qualities of the Purush who is the catalyst or the pivot. Then into the 24 tattvas of the Prakruti, her three Gun. Rishi Kapil explores in fascinating depth how an apparent duality is created from a Non-Dual Pradhana. Then goes on to describe the Prakruti in an ultra-incisive logic. If you do your puja of the Shri Yantra/ Meru sincerely you will actually experience this in your Sadhana. Sankhya elaborates in depth upto the Purush-Prakruti duality.

Yog Shastra follows Sankhya. And it is very crisp, lucid. One good book in English is the commentary on the Patanjali Yog sutra by Swami Vivekananda.

  • Yog योग means connection, union, total, gain, efforts, action, opportunity, meditation, seeking the divine, method, use, yoking, fitting together, discipline, wealth, attention, sum, remedy, property, application of intention, harnessing.

Your spiritual practice in Sankhya allowed you to understand the Purush-Prakruti duality, ie all forms of duality and appreciate the underlying non-duality in everything. But now you have to also experience this state of awareness.

For this you have to perform Yog Sadhana. The fundamental premise of Yog Shastra is clear in the first line itself. ‘Yogah chitta vrutti nirodahah’. This means the ‘Yog’ is the destruction of the tendencies/ vrutti of the lower intelligence/ chitta (Chitta is a part of the Mind). There is only one Desire of your soul, ie to realise itself. The rest of the desires connected to the creation are illusory, so when they are silenced the innermost Desire is expressed and immediately fulfilled. So the Yog-shastra also leads to self-realisation ie the Advaita. The rest of the Yog shastra describes how these tendencies are to be destroyed and what will be the outcome etc. ie control of the Mind, the Ashtang Yog etc. If you do these properly you will reach the Samadhi stage. The process described in the first part of the Amrit Sukta occurs here. Bhagvat Gita is a Yog Shastra.

Here you are putting into practice the concepts described in Sankhya and preparing yourself for the leap of consciousnesses which will come with the understanding of the last Darshan shastra, the Uttar Mimansa.

Uttar Mimansa is also called the Vedant. The primary book is the Brahma-Sutra. The first line is very clear. ‘Athaato Brahmajinyasa’. So this study is meant only for those aspirants who are desirous and capable of understanding the Brahma, the Eternal Intelligence. A person starting on his studies cannot jump into the PhD level stuff, first school and college are necessary. ‘Atha’ means that it is not a new subject, it builds on the understanding which the student has already developed in his earlier studies on the Ved. He must be able to discriminate between the constant/ changeable. Must have developed indifference to the enjoyment/ endurance of Karma. Must be dissociated from the objects/ organs/ desires related to the senses/ actions. And most important, he must have an intense desire to Know the Self. If the student is nor clear on this then just reading the Brahma-sutra is not going to do anything for him. 

Uttar Mimansa culminates with you attaining Sadyo Mukti, ie you realise yourself as the Advaita.

The Darshan Sashtra in Sanatan Dharma

If you analyse, the Six Shastra’s are going in progressively deeper inwards. From the obligations that a householder has towards mankind and using energy to help fulfil these. To a detailed description of the material manifestation till the atomic and sub-atomic levels. The energy of the non-material part of the manifested creation. ie the essence of creation in terms of energy. Yog is where you train yourself to look beyond the material stuff around you and enter in the realm of pure energy and intention. Uttar Mimansa is the apex of the intellectual appreciation of the Self. The core of the Ved, the Advaita, is expounded here in great detail.

I chanced upon a commentary by Rishi Vyas on the Samkhya Pravachan Sutra which is written by Rishi Patanjali. Though these three Darshan Shastra, Yog, Sankhya, Uttar Mimansa discuss on the different aspects of the Advaita, they are essentially interconnected, as they are focussed on the energy and intention aspects rather than the material ones. Read the Bhagvat Gita, Vidnyan Bhairav Tantra and the Brahma Sutra together and you will understand what I mean here.

All Darshan shastra insist that the spiritual aspirant has to turn himself into a Sakshi, a witness, observer, catalyst, the pivot, within everything yet not connected to anything. Existence is perception. As you perceive, so do you exist.

These 6 Darshan Shastra were taught as full-fledged subjects in our ancient Universities like Nalanda and Takshashila. You cannot expect to understand them all in one go in one life. These are not just the words, these are Experiences. Poorva Mimansa is when you use your mantra to make things happen. Unless you actually see the atoms of your body separate, whirl around and again reassemble to create your material body again you cannot say that you have understood Nyaya and Vaisheshikha. Sankhya is when you see the stupendous Shri-Chakra whirling in infinite dimensions about a single Bindu, inside you. Yog is when you see your Kundalini move upwards and reach the Bindu within the Sahasrara. And Uttar Mimansa is the final culmination in Self-Realisation.

Ultimately whichever system you follow, whatever philosophy you subscribe to, you are following the Ved. Do your Sadhana as per your choice, you will reach the Advaita. You will enter Samadhi and your energy of self-identification, ie Kundalini will reach the center of the Sahasrara chakra and at the Bindu will merge into the Non-Dual. So follow whichever system which appeals to your thought process but do the practice regularly. You cannot experience the philosophy if you only read it through, you must practice. There is no other way to self-realisation except regular Sadhana.

(There was a question, so I have tried to reduce this highly intellectually demanding topic to a post. And it has become an exceptionally long post.. )

 

The Darshan Sashtra in Sanatan Dharma

Solar eclipse 21st June 2020

We are now fast moving towards the Total solar eclipse due on 21st June 2020, Sunday. This eclipse will be visible in Africa, middle East, India, China etc and the surrounding seas as per this map below. Totality will be visible in the areas with the darkest orange color and partial solar eclipse in the lighter shaded areas.

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This is the third total eclipse in the same Gemini-Sagittarius axis. The first one was one year ago, on 19th Jul 2019, visible over South America. This led to instability and political upheavals in several nations here. The second one was 6 months ago on 26th Dec 2019. And that eclipse too was over these very same areas/ seas as the one coming up. The turmoil which this Dec eclipse triggered in the world is evident. Now another eclipse of the same proportions in the same sign axis and primarily affecting the same areas of the world. This eclipse occurs after the penumbral lunar eclipse of 5th June (post here) so it will add on to the problems created.

This day, 21st June is the Summer Solstice, technically the power of the Sun is maximum on this day, especially in the northern hemisphere. Most of this eclipse will be visible in this Northern hemisphere. More intense the solar energies, the more intense will be the energy fluctuations.

Lets briefly check out the planet’s positions during this forthcoming solar eclipse

Taurus is an earthy fixed sign connected to resources, money, wealth, treasuries, good times etc. It will have Venus retrograde during the eclipse event. Venus has just come out of his combustion on 10th June his energies are not very normal yet. (This year he has no role in the Nav-nayak scheme of things so keywords ruled by him are anyways not much in focus.) So the economy overall etc is still in trouble etc. Venus has put in some work during his combustion and continued retrogression, but his material effect will be visible only after Sept 2020 and that too on low levels. The only saving grace was that he was doing all this retrograde and combustion in his own sign. A planet cannot harm his own sign so there will be some turbulence but eventually it will all work out. Also Taurus is the ascendant sign for India, so we will recover eventually. During the eclipse event, Venus is in Rohini lunar mansion which is connected to Moon’s energies and ruled by the deity Prajapati.

Gemini is an airy dual-natured sign connected to logic, analytical power, boldness, options, solutions to get out of turmoil, or actions which lead to even more turbulence. Your extended family, neighbourhood, siblings, same-age groups, office teams, etc. Gains from small businesses and trade. Teamwork, coordination, cooperation. This is the main sign where the eclipse is occurring. Naturally Sun and Moon are here together, it is an Amavasya/ no-moon day. Solar eclipses are always on an Amavasya. Rahu is triggering the eclipse. True Rahu is in forward motion and practically stationary in preparation for the eclipse. Mercury will be retrograde and combust here. This is an occultation by Rahu of a Sun who has combusted Mercury. So we must analyse this as a ‘composite Sun+Mercury’ eclipse. It is a Amavasya, so the Sun has already ‘combusted’ the Moon!

Now try to fit the patterns for yourself. The keywords of all these planets and Gemini sign are going to see a release of a very high quantum of astral energies. Whatever these planets/ sign stand for generally and specifically in your own chart are going to get this energy blast right in the face. Whatever in your life is signified by your Sun, Moon and Mercury as per your chart is going to be very heavily influenced by Rahu. What is Rahu? Rahu is simply the ‘energy of the desire to experience’. No energy is good/ bad by itself. It all depends on how you use or direct it. If your horoscope is strong enough to to accept and process this Rahu energy, it is a once in a life-time opportunity. Or if your horoscope is on a sufficiently high maturity level where you can understand and assimilate these energies. But if you cannot use this energy explosion then all these connected aspects of your life, overwhelmed by the Rahu-blast, will give you trouble, .

Sun, Moon and Rahu are in Mruga nakshatra. This nakshatra is connected to Mars’s energies.

Mercury is in Punarvasu nakshatra, in Gemini sign. This lunar mansion is connected to Jupiter. He is retrograde so you can think and analyse but actual actions taken during this period can fail in the long term. Especially avoid financial transactions during his retrogression.

Some astrologers will consider this to be a Kaal-sarpa combination. But on the Nakshatra levels, Mercury has crossed out of the nakshatra occupied by Rahu and is outside the hemming. Thus this is more a partial kaal-sarpa with only Mercury outside the Rahu-Ketu hemming. But he is combust ie the Sun has started ‘evaporating’ him.

Sagittarius a fiery dual-natured sign has Ketu in it. Sagittarius is connected to luck and is the foundation sign of the zodiac. True Ketu is in forward motion and practically stationary. This is the energy of apathy which has caused such havoc in Sagittarius. I had written about this in my old post on Rahu/ Ketu transits. We, as a human race, have been severed from our foundations, our divine back-up, our blessings and our auspicious merits from our past during this Ketu-Sagittarius transit. And now another eclipse, ie burst of Ketu energy, will again occur in this axis. He is in his own Moola nakshatra. Ketu is the ‘energy of non-desire for experience’ ie he is the agent of enlightenment or the Moksh-karak.

Capricorn – An earthy moveable sign linked to social structures, society as a whole, governments, jobs, salaries, profession, hard-work etc. Though this sign is not directly in the line of fire it still has the two planetary heavy-weights in very close conjunction. Jupiter retrograde and Saturn retrograde in Uttarashadha nakshatra which is connected to Sun. Those who have Saturn or Jupiter retrograde in their birth charts can see some opportunities coming up but for most of us this is a rather confusing period. Society is in a flux. Health and wealth are being affected as it is. Try to complete the work you undertake and try to be regular and disciplined about things. Do not leave loose ends which can create problems later.

Pisces is watery dual natured sign connected to losses of the material, astral experiences, isolation, moksh, etc. Mars is in Pisces and he aspects Gemini sign and the eclipse event with his 4th aspect. He is like an underwater volcano in Pisces. He is in Poorvabhadrapada nakshatra during the eclipse which is connected to Jupiter.

Just look at the configurations of the planets, signs and the lunar mansion. I think even a beginner in astrology can connect the dots even with just this much data. Astrology is all about learning to use keywords and making patterns. And observing.

The Rahu Ketu axis

The eclipse is releasing its energies in the Mruga-Moola Nakshatra axis, here is a bit about these two lunar mansions.

Mruga is connected to Mars, ruled by the deity Soma and represented by a deer. This eclipse in Mruga can increase mistrust, illusion, problems in relationships, emotional conflicts, stubbornness, irritation, arguments, confusion etc. There will be ‘movements’ which can cause trouble. eg travelling for no reason, or pain in travel, or movements in the earth, air water which will create problems etc. The outside environment will be turbulent, you will not find the things you search for. For some, medical problems connected to water/ liquids in the body or nerves can be triggered. There will be blocks on the creative and intellectual processes. You might find it difficult to stick to a particular path, goal, objective and act impulsively, rashly. These are some of the negative results because such a burst of energy if uncontrolled will lead to problems. Most of us will not attempt in the least to control or direct it so will suffer accordingly.

Now the other half of this axis, Moola nakshatra. Moola is the most mysterious of all the lunar mansions as the the center of our galaxy lies in this nakshatra. It is the ‘root’ energy connected to Ketu and ruled by Niritti. Ketu is occupying this during the eclipse. His power will get enhanced but in a curious way, for most of us the things which he signifies will be even more strongly obscured. A double-Ketu energy. Most of us will not even realise what we are going to lose with this eclipse. A sense of inquiry, rational logic will be lost. Medicines, remedies, healings will be confused. Some of us will be disconnected from the material stuff connected to the position of Ketu in the individual charts.

But for some of us, this is a life time chance. If you do your spiritual practice during this period and channelise this explosion. Then this eclipse will give a tremendous power boost. Auspicious events connected to removal of illusions, internal journey to the self, gain of the one-one relationship with the inner Self, emotional stability, burst of intuition, blessings of the Divine etc are very much possible. For some it can also grant the nectar of enlightenment! You can gain what you are deeply searching for, yourself! Ketu will allow pin-pointed enquiry into things. He will grant the deepest healings. Show the real nature of things. This will translate into the deepest Jnyan.

Eclipses are more suited to spiritual goals because the energy is released by a combination of Rahu/Ketu and Sun/Moon. (As you know Sun is linked to the Sahasrara chakra and Moon to the Ajnya chakra. Rahu/ Ketu are the energies of ‘desire / nondesire for experience’ which push your perfect internal geometry out of shape.)

But if you so desire, this eclipse can also translate into positive material goals connected to the houses of your individual charts where the eclipse is occurring. Murga and Mool both are quite capable of giving very significant material prosperity. But your own horoscope should be powerful enough to absorb this energy release and you should intend it strongly during the eclipse in your puja/ mantra/ Sadhana. Else this eclipse will bring negativity.

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For individuals. On personal levels, there will be mental confusion, emotional upsets, misunderstandings, indecision etc as per the nakshatra affected. Impulse will run high as well as temper. So avoid arguments and avoid risky behaviour. This eclipse can give some positives for Aries, Leo, Capricorn especially as birth Moon signs. Those born in Moon signs of Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius might feel more of the negativity. Average results for Libra, Aquarius and Pisces birth Moon signs. Eclipses affect more on the inner levels so the impact on the birth Moon signs is more significant.

For the national-level events. There will be problems in the nations in which the Total Solar eclipse event is seen. To begin with there will be untimely heavy rains, cyclones, floods etc which can cause damage to crops, cities etc. So agriculture and animal husbandry etc type of professions will have to face losses. There can be earthquakes or flooding events, ie disasters which are sudden in nature. The economic slowdowns, public health issues (corona, dengue, malaria etc) will continue. And in several of these nations including India, civil riots and war-like situations will erupt. India should monitor internal situations in Pakistan, Nepal and China also, as instability or breakdowns there will also affect the entire region. All these nations will face deep instability. Soldiers and law enforcement agencies will have to work more. People and leaders who are perceived to be good, kind, honourable etc will face trouble by negative forces. The seas where this eclipse has touched will see irregular events, tides or rains will occur. The local fish etc may be affected leading to problems in livelihood. (In the total solar eclipse Jul 2019, the seas were more affected, thus global weather patterns were affected).

So this eclipse, the third and last one in the Gemini-Sagittarius axis will have far reaching effects on everyone. On a global scale the eclipse begins at 3:45 UTC and ends at 9:34 UTC. So it’s a global 5hr 45 min phenomenon on the global levels. Thus its effects will extend to about 5-6yrs for the entire Earth. It is advisable that everyone does some sort of puja/ mantra jaap/ spiritual practice during the duration of the eclipse so that the negative effects are reduced and at least some positivity remains in life.

 

The Rahu Ketu axis

(I have written on eclipses, their general effects and the mantra/ practices to be followed during eclipses. These eclipse predictions are also in the predictions for the current year posts. I have written a lot on Rahu/Ketu. Do use the index page to read these posts as I have not repeated these same things in this post.)

Aquarius the ascendant of Gain

Aquarius is the 11th sign of the zodiac ruled by Saturn. It is his mool-trikon sign. ie the attributes of Saturn find their most appropriate environment in this sign. The Ascendant sign is the physical body, the visible traits and behaviour that you show to others. How you dress, or how you project your image or how you ‘look’ to the world. Also indicates the environment around you. Saturn is system, discipline, work and fair rewards. The 11th is always connected to the friends, social circle, like-minded groups and gains of every sort. So people born under this sign are capable of ‘gain’ in different ways in their lives.

Kumbh rashi has 3 component nakshatra, Dhanishta, Shatataraka and Poorvabhadrapada. Depending on where your exact rising degree falls, the specific lunar mansion will show its influence on you in a very subtle manner.

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An Aquarius ascendant is a highly evolved personality. Physically might be smaller in height/ size but is very distinctive, imposing and has inherent power. Often well-known and respected in society.

If you are an Aquarius rising then you are often in either of these two extremes. Oriented very materially or very spiritually. Or you feel that you are rather unfortunate in life and never get what your heart desires. Or you might be on a mission, very driven to help others. You can take on challenges and suffer hardship for the good of your people. Generally you accomplish your goals. In any case, fighting for a worthy cause is your thing as you cannot turn away from a challenge. This can be a social, humanitarian, political, ethical etc cause involving a matter of principle or the greater good of the society. You are ambitious too. You bring about positive change in the society you live in and often incur frustration in your personal life in the process.

Networks are your thing. You desire to know how things are interconnected, how they work. The amorphous masses of people and like minded groups of people around you. You can be a good HR manager and make people work effectively. You can interact with numerous people and all at the same level of interest and intensity at the same time. One-to-many interactions are your forte, you are very active. But you are not emotionally involved, a bit detached. You observe and infer from your interactions with the people around you. You are not a ‘buddy’ type but more like a respected senior.

You are generally well educated and also street smart, practical. You are capable of systematic hard work. A typical practical sharp mind coupled with intelligence, you like learning new things. Intelligent, logical and you can get people on your side. You do not argue, but you are very persuasive, you can convince others with your sincerity, knowledge and genuine passion. Expression in written or verbal form comes easy to you. You care about your people, your society, the general masses and wish to help them. You are not an elitist, you mix with people on all strata of society equally. You can accept new ideas or adapt to your situation so that you can achieve the best possible outcome. There is one typical thing about you, you seem deceptively adaptable on the outside, interested in new ideas and concepts but internally you are quite stubborn, sometimes even self-centred. You will try to force your opinion on others, more than you will accept other’s view points. There is a subtle resistance to change and an inherent inflexibility despite your outwardly progressive nature. You are very independent by nature.

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You are respected in your society and the selfless efforts you make are acknowledged by everyone. You contribute positively to the society you live in. You are more into your social contacts. Your phone books will have thousands of numbers and you know whom to call for what work. You know how to get the most out of your contacts, but never for yourself, it is always to help others.

Aquarius is the natural house of ‘gain’, Laabh-sthan’. So if this sign is rising at your birth, your past lives auspicious karmic benefits are quite active. Your life is generally good, stable, on a continuous rising graph. Conflicts and issues are relatively lesser and even if they crop up you have the necessary skill and good-will to overcome them and to turn adversity to opportunity. You gain positive recognition from your family, society, profession or the government. The birth family is good and you get positive influences/ Sanskars from them and you too are interested in their welfare. But love might have been missing in your childhood. You might have been required to take on responsibilities a bit early in life. A good person, you respect your elders. You have good morals and a healthy thought process. A fair, practical, ethical bent of mind. You will not actively harm or cheat others.

You are not a theorist or an abstract philosopher as practical things which work interest you more. Social image and social responsibility is always on your mind so you try to live an honourable life as per your value systems. You are interested in conventional religious observances to the extent required for your public image. But you are more driven by your personal sense of morals and can be ruthless if these are challenged by others.

Your environment, residence, vehicles etc in which you live in are generally comfortable. You generally have enough money etc for a comfortable life. You are well-known and are in contact with important people, in fact, your company is sought after. But do remember that, these pleasant family background etc, are assets from your past lives. You have to use them to work and gain even more merit in this life so as to secure your future evolution. In this life your material side is secure, so you should actively focus on the higher spiritual side. In case you focus too much on the material again, you will suffer later in the form of unnecessary litigations, legal issues and alienation from your close family.

By default Aquarius ascendants are materialistic, like accumulating money etc and increasing it and are often committed professionals. Professions suited to your nature are care-givers, doctors, nurses, psychiatrists. Or conflict-resolvers, like lawyers, arbitrators etc. Managers of every type, creative types and also those who are interested in finance and wealth management. Generally you are successful in whatever profession you choose and also in over-all life.

Aquarius the ascendant of Gain

One-one relationships are often unsatisfactory. Your spouse will be someone who is more self-confident, self-contained, charismatic and perhaps of a higher social status than you are. He might not like to mingle so intimately with the general mass of humanity as you do. The marriage get a bit unbalanced if you always try to outshine him. Your social nature is such that marriage can seem stifling. Your friends will often be the interesting philosopher types. There will be very many friends, well-wishers and acquaintances. You will enjoy spending time with them and often neglect your spouse/children which is not good for the family life. Stick to your ethics and accept that your spouse/ children need your time and attention. Your spouse also should try to accept your social life-style or develop his own means of expressing his personality. Avoid arguments in the home. Try to find a common intellectual ground with each other. If you both can understand this, the marriage will be satisfactory.

You know that there are several possibilities which you can achieve and you feel it is your destiny to achieve them. If you work for helping others you almost always succeed. But this incessant work for others can also create physical tiredness, emotional pain and frustration in your private life.

Your children too are intelligent and more in number (‘more’ is a relative word, as per the norms of your home culture). You raise your children well and encourage them to be good citizens too. One thing I have noticed is that unless the 5th house is influenced by benefics, interaction with children is not very emotional. There is love of course, but the Aquarius doesn’t show it very much. So if you are an Aquarius ascendant, do try to hug and kiss your kids, show them your love in a very obvious manner. You are more into ‘mankind as a whole’ so you tend to miss the emotional needs of your closest family members. Your humanitarian approach can alienate you from your loved ones.

You are eager to help everyone. So you go out of your way to help your close relations in case they are in trouble.  But unsolicited help is sometimes not welcome, they might think you are interfering. You like knowing things about people, this inquisitive curiosity can also cause friction. So do think twice before offering advise as this may cause suspicion or bitterness in other’s minds.

On the heath front your health is average and you might suffer from chronic issues related to the Vaat ‘airy’ issues, headaches, nerve complaints, digestion/gas, twitching etc. You might also suffer from hidden karmic issues which might manifest as emotional disturbances. Avoid holding on to the past hurts and issues. Try to adopt an ayurvedic life-style or go for holistic treatment modes or perform yogic postures regularly, this will help you overcome your illnesses and achieve overall health.

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When the same planet controls the rising sign and a dushamsthan there are some unique opportunities and some typical issues. Aries and Libra have same planet in control of the 1st and 8th house. Taurus and Scorpio have same 1st and 6th house lord. Aquarius has the same 1st and 12th lord. The life events which give growth are also deeply linked to events more disturbing than pleasurable.

With Aquarius ascendant, Saturn is the lord of the 1st and the 12th house. Life can become a curious combination of losses and gains of the manifested physical. So you should be careful of wasting your personal resources for the good of your family/group/society. You will always be called on to work for your society. But this will ultimately create a strange dissatisfaction as you will focus exclusively on the material. The spiritual base will be missing as Saturn is again between two extremes of the material and the spiritual. He can restrict meditation, rest, relaxation, contemplation and the typical isolation which is necessary for internal growth. At some point of your life you must understand that the society is not the final goal in life, only then will real stability come. Else this drive to continually mix with and work with people all the time will create strange frustrations in the mind.

You channelise energy from the Universe, so choose the proper source to pick up the vibes from. Choose the higher thought processes and influences rather than shallow inferior ones. You want to learn everything about the universe, absorb it all and eventually return it back to the universe. Do understand this critical aspect of your personality and do something on these lines so that you can be more fulfilled in life.

 

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Plan your day using Choghadiya

If you are a student of Jyotish there will come a point in your life where you will start tallying what happens in your life with the time when it happens. So you will start referring more to the ‘Muhurt’ section of your Vedic astrology app. If you have started analysing your behaviour to this extent then I would suggest that you check out the ‘Choghadiya’ section. This is the easiest and in my observation, the most accurate way of analysing your day. Try it out for a few days and you can see for yourself. Use it to avoid getting caught in situations which are linked to the inauspicious choghadiyas. Use the energy of the time periods to turn the unpleasant periods to your gain. Or if you are to enter into a negative situation, do so with full awareness so that you do not get trapped in its energies.

For this you have to download an app which gives the Choghadiya. (I use Drik panchang on my iPhone. I think it has an android version too)

Eg. I am chatting with my brother and it is going well then suddenly without any reason we start arguing with each other. Just pointless screaming. And then after 2mins of this we both roll our eyes, open the astrology app and see the choghadiya had changed 3 mins ago. It was ‘Shubh’ earlier and now it is ‘Rog’. The energy of the ongoing choghadiya changed our energies and our behaviour. Love exists always but expression and behaviour depends on the energies of the time going on.. Now because the time wants aggression we still continue with our argument but with more understanding rather than just random screaming.

A bit of math. The Vedic day is 60 ghati in duration. There are 2 sets of 8 choghadiya time periods in this 60 ghati day. So one choghadiya is about 4 ghatis in duration. The day time is divided into 8 sections and the night time is also divided into 8 sections. Thus 16 choghadiya in one day. The actual Sanskrit name of this time period is ‘Chaturshtika’ but the commonly used term is ‘choghadiya’.

The first Choghadiya of the day belongs to the ruling planet of that day. Eg. on Monday the first Choghadiya belongs to the Moon. The subsequent ones are ruled by Saturn, Jupiter and Sun, Venus, Mercury and again Moon in sequence.

Plan your day using the Choghadiya

There are the seven choghadiyas.

  • Auspicious – Amrit, Shubh, Laabh, Char
  • Inauspicious – Udveg, Kaal, Rog

Udveg उद्वेग – this is ruled by the Sun. He is malefic by nature. He dries everything out by his heat. In this period you are on a mission. This period is good for all government related work. Or activities where you have to fight for what you are entitled to. Going to court or such activities where you have to argue or present your case. The temper is high, you feel righteous indignation and are easily irritated. You can get offended very easily during this time, so if you feel this typical irritation coming on, take a deep breath, drink some water, find something to distract you. Stress, anxiety, distress etc are possible. If you feel that injustice is being done to you then you can get into major arguments during this period. And these arguments will be the dispassionate ones, where you are seething with your sense of injustice but outwardly you are quite composed and logical.  Later after this period gets over, you will feel regret for what had happened. This is not considered to be an auspicious choghadiya.

Char चर is ruled by Venus. He is a benefic in Vedic jyotish so this is a good time period. Char means ‘movement’. This time is suitable for all sorts of activities. This period is especially suitable for travelling. Also for money related activities. Eg you can invest money in the stock exchange. Any action which is linked to some sort of ‘change’ will give good results now. Or if you are in office, this is a good time for brain storming sessions as one-one relationships and equitable interactions are energised. Any activity in which you desire ‘growth’ can be initiated during this time period. Learning or studying and even relaxing or enjoyment related activities can be done now. You are mentally relaxed but in anticipation, something like what you would feel after you have put into motion a major project. This choghadiya gives neutral to auspicious results.

Labh लाभ  This choghadiya is ruled by Mercury. It means ‘auspicious gain’. This period can be used for all sorts of activities. This is the best time for starting education or learning a new subject for the first time. Your mind is willing to let in new things, new perceptions, new ideas, new knowledge. You are more willing to let in ‘freshness’ in life look on things with new interests. More eager to achieve things, to create stuff which will give you gain. So new things like buying/ selling, or investing money, or starting a new relationship etc are all favoured. You can also use this time in company of your friends or go out for a movie. It will give you happiness.

Amrut अमृत This time period is ruled by the Moon. It is the best time of the day, your mind is at its best. If the mind is stable, calm and collected then obviously anything you do with such a mind-set will be beneficial for you. Do anything that you wish to do during this period and you will gain from it. All sorts of auspicious activities like religious pujas, investments, travel, big purchases, new study, learning, etc should be performed preferably during this period so that they give real gains.

Kaal काल This choghadiya is ruled by Saturn. He is a malefic planet, so this time period influenced by him will give trouble. Kaal means time, destiny and also endings. If your current time as per dasha/ transit is good then this period will bring you favourable things as per your destiny. You might gain money or something material if it is destined for you. Kaal also means a predestined time, so you can take calculated risks, if and only if, you know that you are right and you have worked for it. Do not cheat others. But if your current time is not good then you will get unpleasant results here. Auspicious works, pujas etc are not performed in this choghadiya. The mind is dull and under a strange stress during this time period, fear, anxiety worry etc are very much possible.

Shubh शुभ this is ruled by Jupiter. He is an auspicious benefic planet. This is again a very good time period for all auspicious activities and all sorts of ceremonies, pujas, education/ wealth etc related activities can be performed in this time. Buying gold or grains is a good activity for this time as fortune is on your side. Whatever you do during this period will expand in a way suitable to you. The mind is relaxed, happy and and the environment is also conducive.

Rog रोग choghadiya is ruled over by Mars. Aggression is high during this period and this is not considered to be a good time for auspicious activities. You can take up activities which require aggression, eg go to the gym, debate, argue, fight, defeat your opponents etc but do not over-do it. You will not be able to see the viewpoints of the others during this period. So this leads to crushing the other, do not try to create equitable contracts as understanding and logic is reduced. Do not take unnecessary risks during this time period. Here your strength will be used up in some way or the other, you might get a small injury, or as you argue you will lose peace of your mind and then get a headache. This is considered to be an inauspicious choghadiya. Mostly uncontrolled aggression in this period leads to regrets later.

So use Jyotish in your daily life, especially if you feel that you are behaving oddly not your regular self. Observe how the time affects you. Remain aware, try to divert the energies around you so that you gain something, or at least do not lose something valuable to you.

 

Plan your day using the Choghadiya

Nakshatra Yoni and your personality

(I had written a bit on the nakshatra yoni in this post, now continuing on the same.)

Nakshatra नक्षत्र  is a Sanskrit word which means क्षरति इति नक्षत्रः this means that the Naksahtra are fixed, they cannot perish or be destroyed, they are brilliant, clear and non-ambiguous, they are abstract energies, they cannot be changed. They represent the deepest subconscious energies within you. They are also called the Lunar mansions and are the foundations of Indian/ Vedic Jyotish. The 360 deg zodiac belt is divided into 27 Nakshatra-s of 13 deg 20 minutes arc length each. They are the metaphorical 27 wives of the Moon and he stays with each one of them for approximately one day in every lunar month. Each Nakshatra has different attributes and the Moon behaves differently as he stays in the different lunar mansions. So these energies directly influence your subconscious, emotions, intuition, your astral body etc. The most important Nakshatra in your chart is the one in which the birth Moon resides. Second would be the Nakshatra of the rising degree is also important. Also check out the Nakshatra in which your other birth planets are placed in.

Each Nakshatra is further divided into 4 sections called ‘pada’. Each Nakshatra pad thus is 3degree and 20minutes in arc length. There are 27 X 4 = 108 Nakshatra pada, which is the same thing as the Navamsha. And you know that the Navamsha the 9th divisional chart is the most important. So study of the Nakshatra and their pada or Navamsha is the foundation of Indian Jyotish (Rashi or signs are more like an approximation!).

So continuing on our theme of Nakshatra yoni, this is the table showing the yoni associated with the Naksahtra-s. There are 14 yoni for the 27 Naksahtra-s.

Nakshatra

(Dynamic aspect)

Nakshatra

(Passive aspect)

Yoni

(Connected being)

Ashwini

Shatataraka

Ashwa Stallion

Bharani

Revati

Gaja Elephant

Pushya

Kruttika

Mesha Goat

Rohini

Mruga

Sarpa Snake

Moola

Aradra

Shwan Dog

Ashleysha

Punarvasu

Marjar Cat

Magha

Purva-phalguni

Mushak Rat

Uttara-phalguni

Uttara-bhadrapada

Go Cow

Swati

Hasta

Mahish Buffalo

Vishakha

Chitra

Vyaghra Tiger

Jyeshtha

Anuradha

Mruga Deer

Poorva-ashadha

Shravan

Vanar – A being from other dimensions. (Always wrongly translated as ‘monkey’, In Sanskrit monkey is Markat)

Uttara-ashadha

Nakul Mongoose

Poorva-bhadrapada

Dhanishtha

Simha Lion

The Nakshatra are divided into active or potential. These are mentioned in the first and second columns. Fourteen of them are active, ie these energies are outwardly projected, active, like doing things, are more adaptable, changeable, bring about change, like micro-management etc. And thirteen of them are stable, change with difficulty, take the broader perspective, can sacrifice themselves for the larger cause etc. The third column is the yoni of the nakshatra in Sanskrit and the animal/being it is supposed to indicate in english.

When I was a child learning astrology, this table was very confusing. This Nakshatra yoni thingie is used in matching charts for marriage and is quite important. In most books you will find it is written that the reproductive organs of the person would be like these animals (so confusing!). Or that this expresses in the way sexual activity takes place (completely incomprehensible!). This is a very silly way of expressing the ‘yoni’ concept and it took me some time to understand this table’s real subtlety.

‘Yoni’ is a highly misunderstood Sanskrit (Devbhasha Samskrutam) word. It does mean the uterus and the female reproductive organs but that is the most superficial understanding. Sanskrit words have literally thousands of meanings depending on the reference point and your power to understand it. ‘Yoni’ is a very subtle word, it means the origin, how things have evolved, the gradual lowering of energy from the highest source. It means the form of existence which was fixed in you at the time of birth. How energy descended and become fixed, how it was set up. It has very deep spiritual and energy connotations.

So Yoni means more correctly the power of creation and the act of creation.

Nakshatra Yoni and your personality

So open your Vedic/ Indian Jyotish software. Check out which Nakshatra your birth Moon is placed in. Read how this links up with the Yoni below. The most productive and comfortable way in which you prefer to express yourself. Your ideas, your emotions, your work. Everything you do will show this basic energy.

Ashwa yoni – You are independent, spiritually inclined, creative, good with working with your hands, skilled. You like initiating things and are dynamic as well as determined. You are honest, trust-worthy and hard working. You are overall very attractive and active by temperament. If someone crosses you, you cannot forgive easily and in fact will get back at him immediately.

Gaja yoni –  You are powerful, authoritative, protective, outwardly slow but capable of bursts of energy. Generally quiet and happy, but can get aggressive if limits are crossed. Intelligent, creative and understanding, you have good business sense. You can motivate people to work for you. Practical and spiritual both together.

Mesh yoni – You are an achiever and can reach to great heights, but only if you focus. Your moods can swing between aggression and patience. You are a loner by nature and like spending time with yourself, communicating can be difficult for you at times. You are capable of hard work and gain successes with time.

Sarpa yoni – You are unpredictable, very silent about your own self, the face you show others and the real you are totally different, very secretive. You are patient and can wait for ages till the right time when you move in a terrifying burst of speed. You are attractive have a hypnotic quality which attracts others to you. You are skilled and generally very successful in life.

Shwan yoni – You are faithful to your family, group or organisation. You have intelligence and ability both. If you accept regulations you can be a asset anywhere. A very good communicator, you are very versatile. You do not let out what you are thinking so easily, secretive about yourself. You are unafraid and follow your internal rules. Successes come with time and disciplined work.

Marjar yoni – You are secretive by nature, self-contained, efficient, patient, can wait till the right moment. You are more concerned about your personal interests always, the nature is more possessive. You are good with gaining information and keeping it till you need it. You can analyse people and situations correctly. You bounce back from any adversity, optimistic.

Mushak yoni – You don’t believe easily. Intelligent and capable of working hard, you are often quite successful in life. You can start small and then go on to bigger things in life. You can make use of every opportunity however small it may be. Once you start something you stick to it. You are lucky in life but sometimes your fixed notions about things can cause problems for you.

Go yoni – You are gentle, generous, kind-hearted and generally innocent. You are sensitive and emotional. Others can take advantage of your trusting nature, so choose your partners carefully.  Destiny and luck is often on your side. You are ambitious but in laid-back manner, low key. You go about life in a calm, collected systematic manner. Intelligent and perceptive, you are spiritually inclined. You are protective of the ones you love. You generally have a happy life.

Mahish yoni – You have strength and patience both. There is an inherent charm about you. You do not display your personal emotions much, a bit insecure. You want peace around you as internally you are sensitive emotionally. Optimistic, calm, patient and you can fight for what you want. You want your family around you, outgoing and strong. You do well in every profession where there is a public interface.

Vyaghra yoni – You are highly independent by nature, have a high opinion of yourself. Aggressive, ruthless, you are capable of firm logical arguments. Materialistic and very practical about things but you have good intuition also. You can work systematically, efficiently, create assets and material wealth. You later get into spirituality and excel here too. You are physically beautiful, lucky and fortune favours you. You never express your innermost emotions even to the love of your life. You feel a tiny bit of dissatisfaction for yourself which can cause problems in your relationships.

Mruga yoni – You are intelligent and capable of disciplined hard work and you do well in life. You are serious and aggressive about what you do. You like your social groups, family and friends. Communicative in general, you need to develop tact and diplomacy in dealing with things. There are often some confusions in the mind. But this confusion brings out your philosophical and spiritual side with time.

Vanar yoni – You are different, outwardly less serious about material things. You can get hasty and impulsive as you sometimes do not realise the seriousness of the issues. But you are intelligent as well as creative, so once you settle in life success follows you. You are good at teamwork and can be a good leader. You are good at learning and you keep on adding to your skills and abilities. Later you are emotionally mature, nurturing and have a philosophical outlook towards life.

Nakul yoni – You are intelligent, decisive and act with speed. You value your time alone and prefer solitude. Highly intelligent, charismatic, honest and regal by nature you are a bit apart from the general masses. You are a leader, impressive personality and do very well in life. You are popular and famous. Others like meeting you, but you keep your distance. When you do fall in love it is a very deep thing for you.

Simha yoni – Philosophical, religious and spiritual, you are quite practical about things. You take on responsibilities and like taking care of others. Dedicated and willing to fight for the cause you believe in. You have significant leadership qualities and like to keep yourself engaged in activities. Intelligent and charismatic, you often guide and help others. Social by nature you are the gentle but powerful king among men.

If you want to check out more about yourself, look up the Nakshatra yoni of the ascendant degree’s Nakshatra. This would give you more insights on your overall personality. The Nakshatra-s of the other planets will give insights on how their energies work within you. So if you feel like it do read a bit on the Nakshtra attributes, it can be a valuable pointer to know your own self better. Jyotish is the science of self-illumination so use the Nakshatra energies to delve deep into yourself.

 

Nakshatra Yoni and your personality