Retrograde planets, Saturn

Saturn is the planet most likely to be retrograde in a chart. Approx 26% of the charts you get will have Saturn in his apparent backward motion.

Retrograde planets are teachers with a different agenda. They teach you by rewinding events in your conscious life. You review and re-analyse, again and yet again. The conscious event is never directly in sharp focus, your feelings, instincts and indirect impressions add more dimensions to the experience. You may not be able to clearly express yourself in the matters ruled by the retrograde planets. A jumble of feelings, you may not be sure about what you ‘feel’ and what you should be ‘doing’. On these matters your conscious and sub-conscious are in conflict.

If you have more than one planet retrograde in your chart you will need to find out the relative strengths of each to know their relative influence on you. As a starting point you can consider the planet which has advanced most into its sign, i.e. with the highest degrees, to give more results.Retrograde planets, Saturn.jpegSaturn teaches you to maintain the society and helps you maintain your public/visible role in it. Saturn is the owner of the 10th and 11th house of the natural zodiac. Thus he is the natural agent of your work, profession, your birth father, your luck, gains from every aspect of your life, like-minded groups etc. (The father in the spiritual sense, the Guru, is the 9th house). Most importantly on the spiritual context, Saturn gives you the work-plan which helps rebalance your karma systematically. He keeps a tally of how much work has been done and how much more is required to balance your this life’s karma target. The strength to persevere. All of us hope and are optimistic, but the next step towards success is to work steadily without faltering, this is Saturn. On the emotional front, Saturn is often dour, forbidding, causing restrictions, constrictions and not-happiness.

On the inner levels, Saturn’s job is to reduce ‘self-ego’, the inflated sense of personal self.

A retrograde Saturn will often start with a complicated relationship with the father or people in authority who discipline you. This begins in the childhood itself so has implications throughout life. We are required to live our life with self-discipline and responsibility. Often it is the father who teaches the child the value of discipline and corrects his behaviour if required. But a child with retrograde Saturn may subconsciously resent his father and all that he teaches. He might perceive his father to be distant, not-loving, emotionally unavailable or absent.

In life, resources are limited and you need to plan and be systematic about using them. As you grow, the ability to organise life and its resources becomes even more vital. You live in a society and its norms and legal/social behaviour is important. A retrograde Saturn is sometimes a balancing act. You have to think of positive goals which support Saturn’s natural role and also his role in your personal chart. Saturn signifies society in all ways, so retrograde or not, he will find ways to make you work for the society. So over time, especially after Saturn matures at the age of 36yrs, you might find your own ways of contributing. You tend to choose an external apparent freedom which is strictly regulated by your internal self-discipline. A retrograde Saturn allows you to use your talents differently, you may work in a profession considered ‘odd’ by the society. If the chart supports, you may be an eccentric professor who thinks differently, a brilliant artist who creates unusual works, or even an astrologer! All forms of jobs and professions are Saturn.Retrograde planets, SaturnSaturn’s energies are turned inwards, so the conscience is always hyper-alert. This internal voice reviews every step you take and every word you speak, always, non-stop, to an extent that you might feel an underlying fear of everything you do. ‘Are you doing things the way you are you are supposed to do?’, The internal self is hyper-strict, always finding faults. This over time can lead to low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence and an inability for self-love. The solution here is to direct the energies. Try to develop your own frame of reference, Saturn will allow this. You can develop your own internal sense of self-discipline so that you are more comfortable with what you do. Try to intuitively feel what is really important to you than what you were taught is important in life. You are required to be more subjective than objective. Look for patterns not separate events.

Retrograde Saturn will work with and through the planets he is associated /conjunct /aspected by /aspecting /house owner etc with. So e.g. if he is with a direct Mercury, try to find Saturn’s subjective influence on the Mercury-linked actions you do. You might think on what society needs, a thought, an intellectual reform, you might initiate a ‘process’ for the welfare of the society, speaking out, communicating, writing! Several social reformers had a retrograde Saturn who powered their thoughts and actions. These individuals were highly convinced of the correctness of their thoughts and were considered radical by the society of that time. Retrograde Saturn does provide the internal energy to work hard, the person knows he is right and unaware of the odds, perseveres and brings about fundamental changes.

If you want to come to terms with the power of retrograde planets, you have to go through a highly introspective process. Self-reflection is key. This however happens over a life-time. As you contemplate, your powers of intuition also increase, this will lead to increased trust in your own feelings. You will be able you love yourself, ‘self-love’. Only then will the subjective, seemingly irrational influences on your psyche be gradually accepted and integrated. However odd these subconscious feelings may seem, they are a pattern which will gradually synthesise and make sense. Retrograde Saturn is a great power-house, if you can use it in the sub-conscious levels, it will manifest in your physical reality too. Try to be comfortable with these inner dialogues and self-doubts, as they will make sense eventually.

 

Retrograde planets, Saturn

Rahu Ketu, experiences of gain and loss

The orbit of the Earth around the Sun and the orbit of the Moon around the Earth intersect at two points, Rahu and Ketu. Astronomically these are just points where two curves intersect twice, but astrally these are huge chunks of conscious energies. Thus these satisfy the condition of being a ‘graha‘, a force and are called ‘planets’ in astrology. These are highly significant points representing how energy is pulled in into your psyche and then again released out from your psyche.

They represent the flow of your Experience.

You and me, all are part of the Ultimate Consciousness/Parabrahma.We are here to ‘experience’, the ‘one who experiences’ has priority. My experience is different from yours.Rahu Ketu, experiences of gain and lossRahu represents the inward pull of energy. Depending on his placement, you will want to experience the matters of his house, house owner, sign and conjunct/aspecting planets. Your sub-conscious self wants, desires, the energy of these experience. This energy is needed to balance out the karmic agenda you have decided on at your birthRahu represents all the aspects of life experience which you have ignored in your past lives. You are required to go through these aspects now. These have gained importance and urgency in this life, you have procrastinated long enough. And with Rahu pulling you, these events will satisfy you in a way nothing else will. Accept the energy. Maximum potential for growth exists in these areas of your life and if you sensibly use your Rahu, you will benefit.

The trick is to be aware of how much experience is experience enough. For e.g, You love your bike, the vehicle of your dreams, it can go upto 240 kmph, but would you drive so fast? No, it would create stress for you and would be dangerous too! A spectacular ride culminating in a disaster. You know you are a good driver and 120 kmph is your safe limit. It is logical that you drive safely and enjoy yourself during your drive, so you stick to 120 kmph. It is the same with Rahu, he has unlimited energy which he pulls into your inner self, but you are required to know your limits, so that you can be safe and enjoy the ride with Rahu.

Rahu is energy, how you use it is your decision. This decision requires a favourable placement of the other planets who are linked with Rahu’s matters. If he is aspected by benefics, benevolent planets, caring and loving energies, you are able to manage his desires more effectively. In a strong horoscope Rahu can take you to the heights of glory, both spiritual and material. This is a misconception that Rahu is a material planet, he is not! He is just the power of ‘desire’. Your entire horoscope, i.e. your mind-set and your conscious Will, these will indicate where this power of ‘desire’ is to be channelised. The power to manifest is always yours, You choose what you want.

The challenge that Rahu presents is this, you have extraordinary power of being able to ‘experience’ within you. How you open and channelise it is upto you. But it is essential that you immerse yourself in the ‘experience’, without getting attached to it. This is the secret of Tantra. Immerse yourself completely in the experience so that you can transcend it. If you have experienced it all, the object loses its power to attract. Once you are satisfied, your stomach is full, you cannot eat even one more piece of your favourite sweets/mithai, you push the dish away. The desire has ended, the experience is complete. This is the challenge that Rahu puts forward before you.Rahu Ketu, experiences of gain and lossKetu is the other node – point of intersection, 180 degrees away from Rahu. Here you release the energies which are of no use to you. You have experienced these to your fill in your past lives so much so that they are of no consequence. You are apathetic to them now.

There is a hidden challenge here too, and because it is Ketu you are indifferent to his disinterested challenge. These patterns represented by Ketu are in-built, comfortable routines, which you unconsciously replay all the time. You are unaware of these patterns, but if you pay attention to your self you will notice them. And if you rely too much on these patterns you will not be able to gainfully leverage the new experiences of Rahu. See, Rahu/Ketu are always 180 degrees away from each other, the houses they occupy will be in the mirror image, fill-in-the-blanks format, seventh from each other. Rahu is offering you a load of experience, so the house he is in will experience rapid and spectacular changes. But to make sense of these changes, the house occupied by Ketu cannot remain inert! These two houses, the 180 degrees axis is linked very deeply to each other. To take control of Rahu, you have to become aware of the diffuse headless Ketu.

e.g Rahu in the 11th will desire the experience of gain, like-minded groups, luck, etc. And Ketu in the 5th will ensure that you remain apathetic to your personal self-ego, self-creativity, self-confidence etc. But if the self of the 5th house remains apathetic to the gains of the 11th, you wont know where to stop! You will continue being pushed by Rahu’s energies till you fall off! In the nebulous, market-place, environment of the 11th, the self-personality has to assert itself else you won’t even realise were you might end up. Thus this is the hidden challenge presented by Ketu which very few individuals comprehend in life.

If you have Ketu conjunct with other planets or if he is in your rising sign/1st house, know that in your past lives you have completed a large chunk of your desire for experience. These events were linked to these planets and in your past lives have changed your understanding of your self on very fundamental levels. You have transcended the experiences that these planets signify. And you have those learnings, these gift’s of experience with you on deeper levels. These gifts are often unusual, e.g. a highly developed intuition or an ability to roam in the astral dimensions. Ketu lessons are very necessary for you to progress on the spiritual level. Thus Ketu’s role as a Moksh-karak, agent of the Ultimate realization.

Ketu is linked to ‘loss’, thus you experience this astral energy of loss in this life too. Loss of relationships, loss of love, loss of parents, loss of security, loss of wealth, loss of home, etc depending on his position in your chart. It is also a challenge here. Can you accept this loss on the material, emotional, spiritual level? Will you fight to keep this energy from moving out? The experience of these losses starts early in life and continues till you become conscious of them. e.g. If Ketu indicates a ‘loss of maternal love’, try as you might, you will not be able to experience it in this life. You may search for it, you may try to hold on to it, or try to get it from others, but they cannot give it and neither can you receive it.  Realistically, you cannot stop Ketu. Sometimes you have to let go of some things so that you make space for the new (Rahu) experiences entering your life.

But for the lesson to be complete, you have to be aware of what is happening, you have to be conscious of their experience-energy dynamics. Unless you register what is happening to you on the experience (Rahu/Ketu front), you will be made to repeat these again and again. Thus their perpetual retrograde motion. The movement of the nodes is quite erratic, so is averaged out and this is called as a ‘Mean Node’

Rarely I get a horoscope where the person seems to processes his experiences in a fundamentally different way. So I check out the mathematically correct nodes (True nodes) for this chart. In these cases, the nodes move in the direct motion. Direct motion occurs when eclipses occur, and eclipses are very important events creating an explosion of energy. If the birth occurs around an eclipse, there are undercurrents of different energies in the chart, which is linked to the direct nodes. These individuals can progress faster if they turn their attention to the spiritual and metaphysical.

So if you feel like it, do open your own horoscope (Vedic software). Look at the positions of Rahu/Ketu and the aspects of your life that they influence. If you have major planets conjunct with them e.g the ascendant lord, Moon, Sun or if they are located in the ascendant sign. Analyse yourself in terms of your life experience. It will be a very personal and instructive exercise which will help you know your innermost motivations and life path experiences.

 

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Predictive v/s Psychological Astrology

There is a perception that Indian astrology is only about predictions, this is incorrect. Most clients today are concerned about physical things, material gains and promises of promotion. And most astrologers too are interested in making money, charging by the hour. However Jyotish is not just predictions, it has the psychological aspect built-in. We Indian Jyotishi-s, give prime importance to the position of the birth Moon. The Moon is our psyche. When you go to a good astrologer, he will do a quick analysis of your Moon first to determine your innermost personality first and then talk to you.Predictive v/s Psychological AstrologyThe sequence should be this,

First is the important physical event. This is seen from the chart which starts with the rising sign and where the ascendant lord plays a major role as the chart is made with the ascendant sign as the focal point. Most astrologers stop at this stage because clients want just this much.

  • If you are doing this mini-exercise for yourself, you can look back to the past year and think of which event has been most important to you? Perhaps the birth of your child? Marriage? A new job? Mother’s physical death? New house?

Then the second stage is to evaluate the effect of the physical event on the psyche, this is the domain of the moon. But it is a rare client who waits for so long and tries to listen and understand. For this you have to turn around your birth chart, so that the birth Moon sign occupies the first house. All the houses /signs /planets will be realigned now with the Moon as the focus.

  • Now you are analysing how the birth of your child has affected you on the inner-most, psychological, emotional levels, etc levels. The children are seen from the 5th house. Look for the 5th house counted from the birth moon. If there are benefics here/aspecting, its owner planet is well-placed etc. the birth of this child as been very positive for you emotionally too.

And the third stage is the corrections, the astrologer will evaluate all the potential this event has. For this the divisional chart 9, navamsha is used.

  • e.g. for birth of a child, check out the planets associated with the 5th house of the birth chart, the planets aspecting/placed in 5th and the owner of the 5th. Now look to where these planets shift in the D-9 chart. If they increase in power here, e.g. if get exalted or in the kendra (1st, 4th, 7th, 10th) or kona (5th, 9th) houses etc the event has overall a very good positive potential.

Then after this analysis of the potentials, if necessary, the astrologer will prescribe some remedies to balance things on the internal (moon) levels and the physical environment. But practically nil clients interested in listening to such in-depth analysis. So most astrologers will just tell the client to wear some gemstone or do some puja without explaining why. They will just say, ‘if you want a job, wear a yellow sapphire’. This will work, but the rare client who wants to know all the inner details will go away dissatisfied.Predictive v/s Psychological AstrologyYour psyche, links to the planets/signs/lunar mansions/houses which are conscious energies. Your psyche is interpreted in the language of Jyotish, not the other way round.

  • The graha/planets represent the basic potential and direction of energy, the motivation. Of the nine graha, two Rahu/Ketu, are completely astral working on the subconscious levels.
  • The signs are the 12 divisions of the zodiac which are ‘natural agents/’karak’ of the various aspects of life in general. These are the basic archetypes. (I give about 15% weightage to the natural karaks while analysing a horoscope.)
  • The houses/bhava are the aspects of your individual life. These vary as per the positioning of the rising sign. The ‘functional agents/karak’. Your life experience is linked more to these. The ‘one who experiences’ is most important. So when analysing as per your individual horoscope, the houses have more weightage than the natural archetypes/signs.
  • The lunar mansions/Nakshatra are the finer nuances. The innate nature which lies beneath the surface. For a Jyotishi, Nakshatra and knowing how to use them is quite essential.

Predictive and psychological are two faces of the same coin. One gives rise to the other and the other helps us understand the first more deeply.

In the predictive approach, you think systematically in terms of causes, you classify and discriminate. You look at the horoscope as if it were a problem. You are going to solve it. You have the maths, the 1+1=2 systems. You are aware of the details of the entire horoscope, the rules on interpretation and all the important combinations. You have read all the authoritative works of your seniors. You use precise words, there are very clearly defined events occurring. You finally reach a static conclusion on the physical event. And the baby is born!

When you enter the realm of the psychological, you cannot take the apparent causes as enough, there will always be more. More things corresponding and combining, the past, the present and the tendencies for the future. Nothing can be defined completely, there is always a potential. You look and try to combine, synthesise. You look for an event but really you are trying to define a process. You observe how this event changes things on all levels. You are inclusive and qualitative in approach here. You are delving into the inner worlds so you look behind the meanings of every symbol, you feel. You use the 1+1=2 math but you listen to your intuition and your experience. You look at the horoscope as a mystery, you want to find the interconnections, the patterns so that you understand. You now hold the baby in against your cheek and feel his tiny self in your arms!Predictive v/s Psychological AstrologyOf the ancient Sanskrit Jyotish texts available to us, only about 20% have been translated in the past 100-200 yrs. Earlier, Jyotishi-s could read and understand Sanskrit. Sanskrit is the real mother tongue, though we don’t know how to speak it now, (a sin committed by the invaders, just 300yrs were enough to wipe out our ancient culture). Devbhasha Sanskritam, the perfectly arranged language of Light, cannot be completely translated to any other recent language. Then again those texts related to the physical effects were translated on priority, because the current trend is of the physical. Maybe in the future if there are sufficiently learned Jyotishi-s who can translate the remaining in the real sense, we would know about the other not-in-the-limelight aspects of Jyotish.

So till then, this will remain predictive v/s psychological rather than predictive and psychological!

 

The moment of Death..

I have written a lot about life, there was a question about death. I take this to mean the physical death, where we leave this physical body and move out. Death can be of two types now, one is where we move out into the spirit dimension/Pitrulok and the second type is where the soul realises itself to be the Ultimate and achieves Moksh. Here writing about the first sort of death which we all will generally experience.

The body is electromagnetic, there are chakras/energy vertices and nadi/channels carrying pran/vital energy. As long as pran moves inside this system the body remains animated and alive. Once the time allotted is over, the pran along with the Jivatma/individual soul with its karmic baggage, blasts through any one of these nadis and exits. Thus the body dies. You do not die, you are the Jivatma/ individual soul. A quick go through on what happens when the body dies.deathFor a brief period before the body dies, there is restlessness and agony. This duration varies. The first reason will be the diseases etc due to which you have decided to leave the ailing body, this can go on for days or even months depending on the disease you chose for yourself at the moment of your birth. Then the main reason for this agony is, you are withdrawing pran from the nadi structure of the body. You are systematically destroying the body, and its pain does not really affect you now. You want the pran boost which will propel you faster and higher so you withdraw pran to your third eye/Kuthastha point and the body organs fail. The residual bio-energy of those organs can cause temporary spasms or pain. The pran will be now allocated only to that nadi from where you have decided to exit. This happens in a matter of seconds.

This is followed by a period of ‘senselessness’. During this brief period, the soul i.e. you leave the inert body. This is a very very brief period where you take with you everything from your current life. Everything you have done, felt, experienced, touched, mentally, physically, emotionally, in every way, all the experiences of this life, you take them, this is the karmic baggage. These are the impressions/Sanskar on your Jivatma.

You reside in this five layered body called Panchakosh/ five-enclosures, the lowest energy is Anna-mai-kosh, Pran-mai-kosh, Mano-mai-kosh, Vidnyan-mai-kosh and Anand-mai-kosh the highest energy layer. You leave behind the Anna-mai-kosh, the visible body, and take the other 4 layers, your karmic baggage, along.

When you take on the body, i.e while you are moving within the astral body of your mother and your body is being made within her womb, you are aware of the sum total of your karma. Your higher self is aware and you plan for what all you will do when you are born to reduce your karmic baggage (the 4 higher energy layers). But the moment of birth is the moment of binding. Your higher self goes into a shock briefly at the moment you are born, and in this moment the bindings/sanskar of the birth moment tie it. Now the lowest energy layer is bound to your soul and it dominates the other four. You reduce this domination when you perform your regular spiritual practice.

Now back to the moment of exit. If the soul has not managed to complete what it had planned, then at the moment of death it regrets, regrets terribly. And in the pain of this regret, it exits through a lower energy exit near the lower parts of the body. In case it has managed to complete something good on the spiritual path then it can move out through the upper part of the body. When soul has completely achieved its agenda of karmic rebalance it can move out through the sushumna-bramarandhra thus achieve Moksh.

If you are able to see auras, you will notice that a before a person is to die, 6 months in advance the aura goes ‘thinner’, more ‘wispy’, even if the death is going to be by an accident. If the person who is to die, is spiritually oriented he will gradually withdraw himself emotionally from his loved ones during this period. A few days before death the aura goes white and a few hours before it will turn translucent. If you pay attention you will see the Jivatma/individual soul come out of the body looking like a whitish orb. This orb remains spherical for sometime, presumably the soul is in shock at entering the astral like this. But within an hour you will see the orb now looks like the dead person. The soul has come out of its ‘coma’ and takes on the impression of the body it inhabited. This soul is weightless and whizzes around the house. It tries to talk to its family. If you can see it, best not let on that you can see, else it will continuously and pointlessly keep on chattering to you. Even if you ignore it later, it will keep talking in the background. It remains disoriented and trying to adjust to its new body but after sometime it actually enjoys itself. The new astral body is weightless, ageless and painless. It retains the image of its discarded body for some time but soon it balloons up and distorts and the image fades. Then it looks like a spherical ball about 4-5ft across, flying about the place. After all the cremation rites (anteyshti/cremation and dissolving the asti/ashes in flowing water) are done and over with, this soul leaves the house. It is important that the body be offered to fire as it completely cuts off the attachment of the soul to its discarded shell. death(If you want to catch a spirit, the best place would be a burial cemetery where bodies are buried. Not that I want you to try this, they are quite frustrated and angry. But it is a fact that as long as the physical body exists, the soul remains attracted to it.)

Then we call the soul at the 13th day ritual for powering it with mantra and energy offerings/Tarpan. These are essential as the soul will now rest and recoup itself. It has laboured hard for so many years (lived in the body), and cannot rest immediately, so at the 13th day it is given the energy, so that it can relax and sleep. People who die a natural death, aged persons, spiritually inclined persons accept their new body more easily. But people who have died young, in accidents, suicide and the worst, a pregnant woman who has died, have unfulfilled desires and suffer for longer periods before they can ‘sleep’.

Generally a soul ‘sleeps’, recovers then takes stock of its karma and actions. Then it starts preparing for its next life and searches for an appropriate situation where it can take a new birth. This can take a few years depending on the soul. Time is relative. When the soul is in Pitrulok/astral dimension it can and does communicate with its ‘soul group’, the souls who are travelling together and interchangeably interact as as mother, father, husband, wife, child, friends etc. But for the highly spiritual souls this interaction will be minimal, as they are more aware and their soul group with whom they have karmic relationships is very small. These higher spiritual souls can also work, they work as deities, demi-gods etc in other dimensions.

When your loved ones leave the body it is advisable to stop mourning and even thinking about them. The Jivatma is not your dear mother who left, your ‘mother’ stopped existing the instant the soul left the body. The soul is much much more that the limited mother you knew. It now remembers everything about itself, its karma from the instant of its creation. It is not your ‘mother’. So stop thinking about her, you will obviously offer the yearly mantra/energy offerings as per the tarpan/rituals, but that is it. Best would be to avoid keeping photographs or other things which affect you emotionally, donate the stuff to the needy if you can afford to. Stop thinking about those who have left. Emotions will disturb them and give them a route to access you, and you really do not want this to happen. (I have had so many examples of departed ones creating problems, that it is best to keep away.) However much you may grieve, try to understand that if your mother left behind her body (the most beloved possession), then she has left everything. Do not call her again now. That part of your life is over, there are so many new things calling out to you now, look forward at them and move on.

 

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Getting yourself inked, tattoos

We have been drawing symbols and magical sigils and art on our bodies since times immemorial. Lines, swirls, colors all put in our skin, becoming a part of our bodies for ever. Earlier and even now there are ways of using tattoos for increasing the body’s energies, but these are pretty much secret and used by the real tantriks who have dedicated their lives to high powered tantra.tattooA few days ago I met one of my brother’s friends who showed us his new tattoos. He had got all the 7 yantra/energy geometry of the 7 chakras tattooed on his one arm and the entire Shri chakra on his other arm. It was very beautifully done, we both admired the art, but the effect these tattooed yantra were having on his body was terrible.

If you ever get a tattoo don’t ever get a yantra tattooed. Yantra are not ‘mystical’ they are actual power, they are used to focus energies, they need to be perfectly drawn. When they are drawn on the skin, they are not perfect, the skin stretches and pulls, so you are drawing an imperfect energy geometry permanently on your body. It is highly uncomfortable for the energy body and will cause damage. Yantra also need their associated mantra to channelise its energies. Would you use the chakra yantra or the Shri yantra as a paper-weight on your desk? When you install a yantra/energy geometry in your house or shop, you are required to acknowledge it’s power, even a simple namaskar is enough. Installing them in your skin as ‘art’ and then forgetting about them is unthinkable! This person’s tattoos had become ‘hot’ with unregulated energies. Yantra are not ‘art’, they are raw power, the seed of power, so do not get them tattooed on your skin.

Then we have sigils for power and protection. e.g. runes, You can draw the Algiz rune on a paper and keep it in your purse when you start for a journey. It will protect you for the duration of your journey. Now understand what really happens in the energy sense. The sigil absorbs all the negativity which could have caused problems so that you are kept safe. In this process it gets ‘used’ and when you return, you either burn that paper or leave it under some tree where people won’t step on it. This sigil is an object of power. Now if you get this sigil tattooed on your skin, it will protect you no doubt, but it will also get ‘used up’ during the process and eventually ‘expire’. Now it is inside your skin, you cannot burn or dispose it safely. It will then start creating problems. So avoid getting tattoos of runes and sigils of power in your skin.

(I use my gold jewellery to generate protection. I wear gold bangles after pushing my favourite mantra into them. Gold absorbs energy best. The bangles work for a year or so then they actually break or get distorted on their own. The mantra works, I have been protected, the negativity has been trapped in the gold and when their capacity has been crossed the bangles have broken. Then I get them to my jeweller and he melts them, makes new ones. The heat of the melting restores the ‘purity’ of the gold.)

This does not mean I am against tattoos, I have one myself, my brother and my favourite cousin too. We have got a beautiful ‘Om’ on our right wrists. You can tattoo your favourite quotes, pleasing images, flowers etc. If you want to get a tattoo get something which uplifts you or reminds you of something very close to your heart. Also do not get terrible images or negative ideas or negative images, fearful faces or such drawn on your skin. These will attract their like. Think twice on what design you are opting for, because its energy is going to be with you for a lifetime.

 

Personal faith and spiritual practice

I am an Indian and I follow the Sanatan Dharm (some call it Hinduism).

  • Sanatan means eternal, perpetual, unending, permanent, etc.
  • Dharm means nature, attribute, manner, essential, characteristic, rightness, to become, just, practice, ethics, morals, merit, good work, virtue, law, observe, foundation, established, firm, duty, devotion, mark, character, steadfast, etc.

There are only 2 requirements in this Sanatan Dharma/Hinduism.

  1. Follow your Dharm, do the action that you are supposed to do. And do it to your best possible capacity. There will naturally be constraints and limitations but if your conscience/Antaratma is satisfied that you have done your action, its all ok. You answer to your conscience, No One Else. Your conscience is your judge, your verdict and your prison or merit.
  2. You were born and as a result become a full-time resident of this living world/Martyalok. You are bound to your body. When you die, unless your body is completely dissolved into the fire (conscious energy of fire i.e. Agni) and the remaining ashes dissolved into the conscious energy of flowing water (Aap), you will still be stuck with it. So the 16th Sanskar (appropriate action), is cremation/Anteyshti (last desirable action) of the discarded body. This cleanly separates the soul from the old life and it can move forward into its next life.

namaste4Now I am a Jyotishi and come from a family of astrologers, I have seen my both grandmothers and then my Dad too in their counselling with clients and also doing their spiritual practices. India has several types of peoples who follow different faiths, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Parsis, Christians, Buddhists, Jews, Lingayat, tribal/nature Gods, etc. I have friends/clients from each of these faiths and some atheists too who believe in their own self. Frankly from the Jyotish point of view and even from the spiritual point of view all this is immaterial, of no consequence at all. You can believe in whatever you want to, that is your personal choice. If your conscience is ok with what you are doing its good. If not then you have created new karma and it will be resolved in the future or in your next lives. Each is responsible for his/her own actions and own self.

I have observed that there is a trend in which aggressive people belonging to religious groups, faiths, cults etc are brain-washing/forcing others to follow their group’s philosophies. This is not correct as no one can force others in this aspect. This is not Dharma. And they are creating negative karma for themselves. This is a very severe deep wrong on the moral level. Cheating another on spiritual matters is the worst crime which a soul can commit. And will manifest as a pitr dosh in their families/descendants and also will follow them wherever they take birth in their future lives. That is the result of their morally wrong choice of coercing others. They will have to rebalance this karma later.

Now if in this life if you are a follower of whatever faith, do follow it as per your conscience. We all need crutches to help us on our way. Take inspiration from the enlightened masters your family/religion follows. Do read the books of your faith if you feel they are correct. But do not let anything you read stop your sense of inquiry. You have to ask, you have to question, you have to find your answers for yourself. Each one is different, with different thought processes and perceptions. You have to find the answer which makes sense to you. But what is the Question?

One of the attributes/names of Mahamaya/Creative force of the Parabrahma/Ultimate Consciousness is ‘Kaa’. All Ved, Upanishad, etc ask this question ‘Kaa?’, ‘Who?’. So this is the question you have to ask yourself, Who am I?. Only when you ask this question will you know the answer. First ask! So read everything that your faith has to offer, listen to the discourses, do the rituals but keep on asking ‘Who?’ ‘Kaa?’. Desire that experience of Yourself with all your intensity and focus.

(‘Kaa’ = Ka + Aa, is a Sanskrit word. Every Sanskrit sound has 2 aspects, the inward moving/Nivrutti and the outward moving/Pravrutti. One confers knowledge/experience of the self and the other of the manifested externals. There are 54 sounds in Sanskrit, each with their 2 meanings gives 108, the ‘magic number’.

  • ‘Kaa’ means the unfathomable unknowable depth, time, the tremendous energy which is hidden, the unknown behind the Illumination/light. Also removal of misery and sorrow.
  • and also the manifested forces of nature which combine to create the Universes. The magic and enchantment created by Mahamaya
  • The associated Mantra is Om Kaayai namah.)

You have to focus intensely, single pointedly on Who? Kaa?. You have to focus on You. This you is the central Bindu of the Shriyantra geometry. This in your physical body is inside your head at the middle of your eyebrows. So how can you increase your focus? How do you silence your mind for long enough that you can experience the real you? Your mind is like a whirlwind, ripples on water, unstable, fast, changeable! Are you your mind? Are you your body? No you are not. You are something else altogether Who? Kaa?

There is only one way you will progress in your spiritual path, do your Dhyan. Sit on your Asan, silence your mind. Focus on yourself/Center of eyebrows. Breathe 108 times with your Mantra Om/Soham/Hamsa. Faith is one thing and spirituality is another. Spirituality is not reading and talking about wow! esoteric stuff, that would be just faking it. The day your Conscience tells you that the right action is to practice, you listen and start doing it. Spirituality is practice.

Each one of us will ultimately do Dhyan, some might be doing it already, some will do it in this life, some a few lives later. But there is no other way. We all will open the locks on our kundalini, walk through the highest high tension energy channel Brahmanadi towards our Reality.

 

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There was a comment with a lot of personal details. “I never thought that I would happen to read all these articles you have posted. I am 43……………….May God bless you

Thank you for the compliment. However I do not do full-fledged horoscope readings anymore, but you are an astrologer yourself so pointing out a few combinations which to me are significant for spiritual growth. In the physical world you are well off, respected in society, comfortable in life.

  1. D- 1 – physical level – Sagittarius asc – with Jupiter/asc lord and Ketu/moksh karak in 5th – internal dissociation from physical identity/environment. You do everything but internally detached. Creativity/divine intelligence unlimited. No ego. At 48yrs of age, Ketu/Jupiter will both mature, so many many channels of divine inspiration will open, use them wisely. Venus in 3rd/internal confidence, you question your family’s faith because you somehow know differently. Saturn sadesati is on. Saturn transit in Sagi, Capr, Aqua will cause emotional upheaval focussed around family/resources. Use your time well to consolidate. Saturn is with Ketu in Sagi till Jan 2020, take care of your bones, etc parts ruled by Saturn and overall. Transit Jupiter/Saturn will speed up healing later.
  2. D-9 – in the subconscious – Jup 9th house/Taurus, you know the real philosophy which you should live by, trust your internal self. Ketu 2nd house/Libra detached from the ‘fruits’ of your existence.  Rahu 8th/Aries gives capacity to manipulate vital energy/pran, if you do something like Dhyan it will help in bringing it to the physical level. Debilitated Sun with Ketu, cut off from personal ego. Practice seeing auras or spiritual practice etc with your eyes closed and in the dark.
  3. You like travelling (Asc lord and Moon in Moveable signs) so may wish to live in the Himalayas etc, but you have the ocean near you, an equally powerful source of energy, if you can regularly visit the sea shore, it has tremendous pran available, Close your eyes, breathe in gold/silver milky shimmery energy breathe out brown/black negativity.
  4. Wishing you all the best in your studies and in Life!

 

 

 

Shri sukta, first verse.

The Devi//Prakriti is the creative force of the Parabrahma/Ultimate consciousness. The Ultimate is inert and manifests the creative principle only when the intention of Leela/Creation arises. (Nasadiya Sukta Rg Ved 10th mandala 129th sukta describes how creation occurred). Those aspirants on the spiritual path desirous of Moksh/Experience of the Ultimate, first worship this creative force in all its names, forms with mantra, yantra and tantra. Everyone is supposed to recite the Gayatri mantra 108 times from the age of 6yrs onwards, I use this mantra in several ways. But the mantra I love is the navavarna mantra. And then is the Shrisukta which grants prosperity in all ways, it is 15 verses long. Shri means ‘prosperity’ and sukta means an ‘apt description’.

(The gender indicative words are meaningless as these are energies. However at the simplest explanation, ‘still’ energies are referred to as masculine and the energies ‘in movement’ are referred to as feminine)meru2This sukta in very clear language describes the energy, kundalini and other locks, brahmanadi and what happens when the locks on self-identification open etc. There are 53 attributes of the Devi described in this sukta. The 54th is ‘Om’ an open secret. Om is used so easily these days that we forget its immensity. It is the only sound created by the mouth where the tongue is not involved. Will write more about this later, let’s continue with Her attributes.

The first attribute is Hiranyavarana. It has several meanings,

  • Hiranya means indestructible, inert, fire, gold etc. Varna means the ‘door on the opening’, sound, color, etc. Thus name means that She is the impregnable covering on the opening of the Brahmanadi. i.e. the kundalini and associated locking structures.
  • It is also a reference to the humming sound associated with the muladhar chakra. She exists in all living beings (hi) and makes a sound (varna) like a humming bumble bee (ranya). (If you close shut your ears you can hear your chakras, huming, rippling water, tinking of tiny bells, deep gong etc, if you are doing your spiritual practice you can hear 12 distinct sounds.)
  • Prajapati (from the 33 koti devata), uses this energy in binding the human soul/jeevatma to the body.
  • This can be opened by the mantra, ‘Om Hiranyavarnayai namah’.

Harini is the second attribute. It means beloved of ‘Hari’, or a golden doe.

  • When you do your dhyan deeply, you see a yellowish light. When you are unaware of what this means it can randomly appear and be visible. But the instant you recognise it for what it means, it will vanish. It will dance at the edge of your vision, tantalising. Capturing it again in the center of your vision is the challenge. (Forces of akshep and vikshep interfere, whenever you try to focus these forces pull/push your focus away). It is like catching a female deer. This is caused by disturbances of the swadhisthana chakra. (ripple-like karma related to the fluid emotions)
  • Thus her attribute Harini.
  • Only when you attain complete awareness with conscious effort, keeping the mind in complete control, will the upper opening of the Sushumna be visible steadily.
  • The mantra here is ‘Om Harinyai namah’.

Third attribute Suvarna-sraja. Su (auspicious) + varna + sraj (garland, one who creates)

  • She creates the garland of auspicious sounds, properly recited sounds of correct metre. i.e. the beej mantras of the chakra system, the 54 sounds of Sanskrit, the golden garland.
  • To reach each of these beej mantras, a specific ‘sacrifice’ is required. i.e. to attain the spiritual you have to give up the material.
  • She is the source of the creation as vibrations.
  • The embodiment of the most secretive mystery which resides at the very base of the Meru danda/below the muladhar chakra. This is the source of all prosperity. This is the lower opening of the brahmanadi, as this is the source of all prosperity in the spiritual sense.
  • The mantra here is Om Suvarnasraje namah.

The fourth attribute is Rajatasraja. Rajat means silver, gold, nakshatra, blood etc.

  • She is the creator of Rajat. She fixes the body with the energy of the nakshatra (Prabhas – one of the 33 types of energy).
  • The name Rajatsraj is also the collective name of the 11 Rudras who make up the body. (Rudras are also part of 33 classes of deities). She is the creator of the Rudras too.
  • The mantra here is Om Rajatasraje namah

The fifth attribute is Chandraa.

  • Chandraa means the whirling of time/space, delight, vibrations of happiness in the mind, melting, rising moon, illumination, the internal moon, the unfathomable ocean of consciousness within the brahmanadi.
  • It is also the canopy/covering that covers the Ultimate. She is so brilliant that one can get caught quite forgetting that there is something even more magnificent hidden behind her light.
  • When your internal self/Ksheer-samudra, is churned by the forces of Rahu/Ketu, desire/apathy, the gem of self-knowledge appears. The internal Moon/Chandra is the light which indicates that She is about to appear. The force called the ‘Moon’ is an infinitesimal fraction of Her force.
  • Om Chandraayai namah brings this bliss.

Her sixth name is Hiranmayi.

  • Hiran is again ‘sound’. ‘mayi’ means pervading. She exists from the basal chakra to the 12th dwadash chakra and beyond into the dwadashant as their beej mantra individually and the pranav mantra/Om collectively.
  • She is the primordial sound/Om, and resides at the center of creation. Creation here in the spiritual sense is your chakra system and the brahmanadi.
  • Om Hiranmayyi namah is her mantra here.

Her seventh name is Laxmi.

  • It has several meanings including distinguishing trait, mark, sign, splendour, fortune, dominion, success, formula etc.
  • She gives (la), despatches and directs (root word-kship). She is sent out from the Parabrahma. And she further sends out the energy of creation and directs evolution of the souls.
  • She is the reason there exists ‘difference’. See, you and me are essentially the same Parabrahma. What makes us different is the power of Laxmi. Laxmi also creates a difference between the jivatma/us and our real nature/Parabrahma. Laxmi is power we use when we act/do karma.
  • And her other face, la also means ‘to dissolve’. Thus she can also dissolve the outward appearances for the aspirant. And also herself dissolves into the Parabrahma when the game/Leela is over.
  • Om Laxmyai namah is her mantra here.

These names are in the first verse of the Shri sukta. The verse ends with ‘jaatvedo maavaha’. ‘Jaat’ means collection, kind, possesses, belonging to, caused by, apparent in, created by, born, manifested, arisen, creatures, result etc. ‘Ved’ means knowledge, perception, obtains, true, real, feeling, property etc. So here this phrase you are inviting/invoking the One who is the ‘true collection of real knowledge’ to bring to you all the 54 attributes of Shri.

The Shri sukta is glorious, the rhythm of the words enter your soul. I love this, have done its jaap, homa and listened to it endlessly. (Doing its Homa/jaap especially during eclipses is quite fruitful). This is a very inadequate post on its meanings. Some are from the Laxmi tantra and some of them are my understanding. Everything is Shri.

 

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