Our nation, our Bharat भारत is one, we are the residents of Bharatvarsha भारतवर्ष , we are all Bharatiya. We are the oldest civilisation, the mother of all civilisation. We are older than history itself. Never forget that. We are the Arya आर्य , residents of Aryavrat आर्यावर्त, we are the last remnants of Sanskruti संस्कृति .
We have lost information, we have forgotten our own history to the extent of forgetting our own language but still we are on the right path. Several of us have forgotten themselves completely, but still there is a significant percentage of us who feel the beat of Dharma in our individual souls and are willing to walk on the Sanatan path.Hold this thought in your heart and be proud of what you are, a Bharatiya भारतीय, above all.
The Vishnu Puran gives the definition of our Bharat and us its children, the Bharati. The first shlok is this,
उत्तरं यत्समुद्रस्य हिमाद्रेश्चैव दक्षिणम्। वर्षं तद्भारतं नाम भारती यत्र सन्ततिः।।
The land at the North of the Ocean and at the South of the snow clad Mountains, this is called Bharat and the children of this land are called the Bharati भारती .
Go through the Vishnu Puran to read what this our land, our Bharat भारत, is really all about. The several dynasties, the numerous kings who ruled this Aryavarta from the time of Manu मनु are all recorded in detail here. This, in the Vishnu puran, is the history of us humans on Earth.
I will emphasise two essential points from the Vishnu Puran’s description of our Bharat, the rest you can read from the Puran itself.
The name of our nation, Bharat, comes from Chakravarti Samrat Bharat चक्रवर्ति सम्राट भरत, the eldest son of Chakravarti Samrat Vrushabh चक्रवर्ति सम्राट वृषभ and his wife Merudevi मेरुदेवी. This is way back in history, it is beyond ancient, tens of thousands years possibly.His capital was at Ujjain the city of Bhagwan Mahakaleshwar, this is the oldest capital city in the world. (I hope some Bharatiya government does deep archeological digs in this area soon)
Our nation is not named after Raja Bharat who was the son of Raja Dushyant and Shakuntala as is popularly propagated. This Raja Bharat was comparatively very recent in history, just a few thousand years ago.
Bharatvarsha is the only land on this earth where you can attain Svarg or even Moksh, the entire land pulsates with power. No other land has this inherent quality. This is the only karma-bhoomi in this world. So if you act with positive intention in this land you can achieve the exclusive Svarga/ dimension of highly auspicious energy. Or even the Eternal Advaita, your own Self. Also if you perform inauspicious actions in this Bharat, you will as easily achieve the lok/ dimensions of the lower energy levels.
If you are born, live and physically die here, it is because of some auspicious karma of very many lives. Use this time well, it is only a limited breaths long.
Our Bharatvarsha is the original Aryavarta, the land of the wise, the elevated and the Seers.
In the current times, the land north of the Devi Narmada is called Uttar Bharat and the land south of this river is called Dakshin Bharat. And this has led to such complications that Adi Shankaracharya himself had to come up with several energy solutions to bridge these two superficially divided mindsets.Most important is this one energy exchange,
Anyone worshipping at Shri Kshetra Kashi Vishveshvar Jyotirlingam has to take some water from the Ganga river here and take it to the Shri Kshetra Setu Bandha Rameshwaram Jyotirlingam and do Abhishek over it there.
Anyone who worships at the Shri Kshetra Setu Bandha Rameshwaram Jyotirlingam has to take some sand from the Setu Bandha and immerse it at the Ganga in front of the Shri Kshetra Kashi Vishveshvar Jyotirlingam.
Ideally every Bharatiya has to perform this once in his/her life.
Today I was reading a random article by a Jyotishi and Vedic scholar. (I had found an interesting Jyotish article and was looking up more work by the author.) To my utter shock this person is claiming that the Jyotirlingam at Rameshwaram (Dakshin) is more powerful that the Jyotirlingam at Kashi (Uttar). A Vedic scholar or even a Jyotishi must understand that it is all the same Bhagwan. One Lingam cannot be more or less than the other, it is the same. The same Lingam, the same Jyotih is reverberating throughout creation. Whether one goes to Kashi or Somnath or Kedarnath or Rameshwaram or Ujjain or Dwarka or Puri or Badrinath or Ksheer Bhavani or Purnagiri or Hinglaj or Jwaladevi or Kamakhya or Himalay or Sagar or Ganga or Narmada or Sarasvati or Yamuna it is the same Bhagwan of the singular Bharatvarsha.
There is only one Bharatvarsha. And we are all the same, Bharatiya.
The Lila of the Devi is utterly mystifying. Our own history, philosophy and intelligence is right in front of us, in own our mother tongue Devbhasha Samskrutam, and we cannot read it!
We all have to revive our language, the Devbhasha, in our homes, in our lives, in our hearts. This is the only way out of this morass in which we find ourselves today. We have lost our identity and our language Sanskrit is the only way we can find ourselves again. Let’s give our children the gift of being able to read our own books, the beauty of the Devbhasha. The easiest way is to subscribe to the Sudharma Sanskrit daily newspaper, its just Rs 600/per yr. Reading this one page daily news will help you learn simple daily Sanskrit.
We have to reclaim our language, thus our books, our history, our identity and thus our essential Non-Duality.
Of all the 580+ posts I have written till now, the most read are the ones on Rahu Ketu. And with good reason. These two are the most fascinating forces in the horoscope. If you can understand them, you understand Life, Living and the Beyond. If you analyse the horoscopes of charismatic individuals, Rahu Ketu will always be very strong. From business tycoons to genuine Gurus, they become this by the combined power of Rahu Ketu ie Svarbhanu.
Rahu Ketu are the two parts of the Asur Svarbhanu. The head is Rahu and the headless body is Ketu. These two were created during the Samudra manthan, ie churning of the infinite Ocean of Eternal Happiness or the Ocean of Mahapran during the time of the Koorma avtar, ie the incarnation of Shri Vishnu as Koorma.
There are no ’stories’ in Santa dharma/ Hinduism. These are all allegories, deep philosophy in easy to understand events which may also have actually occurred at some point of time. All our deepest philosophy is intertwined in various stories so that everyone, from children to the philosophers can read the same text but learn different things from it, palimpsests.
Samudra Manthan is a very important allegory in Sanatan Dharm/ Hinduism as it describes what happens in you when you do Dhyan. Your journey from apparent Duality to the Non Dual Reality.
Briefly Samudra manthan goes like this. (Ref Ithihas, Mahabharat, Adi Parva)
Shri Vishnu gives his Vaijayanti mala to Rishi Durvas to deliver it to Dev raj Indra. He goes to Amravati, the capital of the Devatas and gives it to Indra. Indra holds it casually and the Mala falls from his hands. His elephant Airavat stamps on it. Rishi Durvas gets angry at this insult to the Mala and curses Indra that all ‘prosperity’ from his universe will vanish. Accordingly all types of prosperity, all wealth, all comforts, all gold, food, animals etc, Moon, Airavat himself and all symbols of Shri including the Devi Shri Laxmi herself, unmanifest ie dissolve back into the Ksheer Samudra. There is horrific turbulence, inauspiciousness everywhere.
Indra rushes to Shri Vishnu, asks for help. The solution is to churn the Ksheer Samudra with the help of his half-brother, Asur Raj Mahabali. The Devatas/Surs and the Danavs/Daityas/Asuras are to cooperate for this task. Thus the Ocean would give up its treasures and Shri ie prosperity would return to the manifested universe. Mandar mountain would be the churning rod and Vasuki Nag the churning rope.
On the chosen day Anant Nag uproots the Mandar mountain, sets it in the Ksheer Samudra. Vasuki Nag is tied 3 and 1/2 times around the mountain. 54 Devata hold on the tail part of Vasuki Nag and / 54 Asur hold his head portion. They start churning the Samudra. There is terrible turbulence, lightning, storms, Vasuki Nag breathes out fire as he is pulled, stretched and in pain, the beings existing on the mountain and in the ocean are destroyed, their essences merge into the ocean. Then the mountain also starts sinking into the Samudra. Shri Vishnu manifests his Koorma avtar and stabilises the mountain so that the churning can continue.
Finally the churning starts yielding results, embodiments of prosperity start manifesting from the ocean. Kamdhenu (given to the Rishis), Ucchaishrava (given to Asur Raj Bali), Airavat (given to Dev Raj Indra), Parijat (planted in Swarg), Varuni (given to Asurs), Moon (fixed in the skies), Apsara (went to Swarg), Panchajanya, Kaustubh Mani (both to Shri Vishnu), Sharanga (bow, weapon of Shri Vishnu), Mahalaxmi appeared with the Vyjanti mala (She is Shri Vishnu’s wife).
The churning continues, a poison Halahal or Kalkut manifests, it has the power to destroy everything so Bhagwan Shankar drinks it all and Devi Parvati with her power holds it at his throat. (Thus Bhagwan Shankar is pure white just like white quartz, Sphatik, but with a blue throat, Neelkanth.)
Finally Bhagwan Dhanvantari(deity of Ayurved) appears with the Amrut kalash in his hands. Thus fourteen ‘gems’ of prosperity manifest from the Ksheer Samudra.
Seeing the pot of Amrut, the Dev and Asur start fighting on who should drink it. Shri Vishnu uses his Maya and appears as a beautiful Mohini before them. He offers to distribute it fairly and they agree. Devatas stand on one side of Mohini and the Daitya-s at the another. Mohini starts with the Devatas first with the understanding that the Asurs would be served after them. Asur Svarbhanu goes and stands between the Sun and Moon so gets the the Amrut out of turn. Sun/Surya and Moon/Chandra object to this. Shri Vishnu gets angry with Svarbhanu’s behaviour and cuts off his head with his weapon the Sudarshan chakra. But Svarbhanu has already drunk the Amrut, he has gone beyond death. So his head continues to exist as Rahu and the headless body as Ketu. After this episode, Shri Vishnu further punishes the Asurs by not giving them their share of the Amrut.
Rahu and Ketu become specific enemies of the Surya and Chandra. They ‘devour’ the Sun and Moon from time to time, causing eclipses.
Ksheer Samudra – This is the ocean of intelligent milky sparkly pran that surrounds us. We are all sealed inside this. The power of the configuration of the horoscope that you have tied yourself with. The conscious power of the sound, vibrations etc.
Manthan – shaking, churning, creating fire by friction, energy created by movement of inward/ Purak and outward/ Rechak breath when you do your Dhyan.
Vaijayanti – a kinetic force created by terrifying acceleration and speed
Mala – line, streak, garland, crown etc.
Durvas – something that is difficult to be tolerated or stayed with
Koorma – means a turtle, a serpent, one of the pran in the body, a intricate knot or the energy which holds the Kundalini tied to the Muladhar chakra, or an intricate locking mechanism.
Vishnu – stabilising or potential energy of Satva gun
Laxmi – kinetic or moving energy of Satva gun. The ‘sign’, ie the created universes.
Dev – light, excellent, sword, organ of sense, heavenly etc
Asur – absence of light, cloud, spirit, sun etc
Mahabali – big gift, immense offering, large tribute, great worship, great strength etc.
Shankar – the stabilising or potential consciousness of the Tamogun.
Parvati – the active or kinetic awareness of the Tamogun
Mohini – energy of illusion, fascination, perplexity, confusion, delusion, attraction.
Sudarshan chakra – the energy of perfectly visible time cycles. The perfectly arranged energy which pulls inwards like a whirlpool. It destroys illusions in the sense it makes the cycle of creation perfectly visible.
Halahal – poison, snake, the reaction to actions done
Kalakut – false knowledge related to time/space, the concept of duality being an untruth, illusion of existence, foundation of time/space, destructive power of time/space, contained time/space
Chandra – Moon, water, shining, best, meter of prosody, beautiful, camphor, connected to the power of the Ajnya chakra etc.
Surya – Sun, number 12, auspicious, connected to the power of the Sahasrara chakra
Try to think on these meanings, in fact there are even more meanings, and to think on what these energies can mean in the allegory. We, followers of Sanatan Dharma do not follow anything blindly. We think, ponder, try to find the deeper essence of things.
The fourteen gems which manifested out of the Samudra manthan are,
Sharanga – Chakata bird, peacock, bee, elephant, the bow wielded by Shri Vishnu. The Sushumna of the spiritual aspirant on which he will shoot up the Kundalini like an arrow. The vibrations, energy build up, discernment, purity etc that the aspirants feel in the body/mind as he begins with his intense sadhana.
Varuni – liquor, created by the deity Varun, also linked to war elephants or war horses, the power of motion used for destruction. This would be the energy which pacifies or destroys the dissonant energies which get active as the Kundalini gets access to the lower Sushumna.
Apsara – a small creek, outlet into a larger waterbody, small waterbody, nymph, eddies of thoughts. This stage indicates the growth of divinity in the sadhak. Also indicate the turbulence of the mind which occurs during the Dhyan process. As you try to gain the unmani avastha the Manas/ Mind fights back by creating these attractive thought patterns to divert you away from yourself. Apsara is the wave which rises on the smooth surface of the internal ocean. These Apsara are under the control of Indra and reside in Swarg.
Kamdhenu – a being/cow that gives the essence of all desires and intentions. It is also considered to be stationed at the Muladhar chakra. Kamdhenu is the Queen of Cows, ie the magnificent power of vowels. The entry to the Sushumna.
Ucchaishravas – clearly uttered or heard loud rapid sounds, moving fast upwards, clear flowing precious substance. This is the sound that one hears when the kundalini starts on its journey in the Sushumna. (Shri sukta also describes the rising of the Kundalini). Ucchaishravas is the King of all Horses, ie the most excellent intelligence. Asur Raj Bali rides this as his vehicle.
Airavat – lightning, elephant, Devraj Indra rides him, ie control that the individual soul gains over the Muladhar chakra and its intricacies. When the aspirant brings his kundalini to the Swadhishthan chakra.
Kaustubh mani – oil, jewel, mudra, jewel which Shri Vishnu wears on his chest. The aspirant as he crosses the Manipur chakra.
Panchajanya – The conch used by Shri Vishnu. It means born from the five, condensation of the spread out substance, created using exact measures, crystallization of insubstantial energies, the sound of OM, the Anahata naada, heard when the kundalini crosses the Anahata chakra.
Parijat – connected to the one who has descended, linked to the one who has fully developed, fragrant, of the one who was conceived. This is the fragrance/aura that high level yogis or realised Jivanmukt emanate, ie the power that we sense in their aura. The kundalini has reached the Vishuddhi chakra.
Chandra – moon, water, shining, number 1, meter of prosody, gold, etc. It is the radiance that the aspirant sees at the Ajnya chakra. Seeing the Moon at the Ajnya chakra means that the next stage, ie appearance of the Prakruti is going to happen soon.
Vaijayanti mala – The streaks of pure energy seen at the Ajnya chakra as the aspirant starts his way to the Dashangula. Shri Vishnu wears this auspicious garland made of precious flowers.
Mahalaxmi – She emerged from the Ksheer Samudra with the Vaijayanti mala got married to Shri Vishnu and went to Vaikunth with her husband. The tremendousness that ‘Laxmi’ really is. ‘Shri’, seated on a lotus indicates the growth of Vivek and Vairagya in the sadhak. Lotus indicates complete control over Time and the cycles of Time. The Laxmi tantra describes what ‘Laxmi’ really is. At this stage the Sadhak has complete understanding of what creation is really all about. She liberates the sadhak from the bindings of the three gun. This is where you are face to face with Devi Prakruti, ie Satvagun too has been crossed.
Dhanvantari, the deity of Ayurved, with Amrut kalash in his hands indicates the aspirant is ‘healed from the taap-traya, ie Aadhyatmik, Aadhidaivik and Aadhibhoutik sources of pain are destroyed. All types of misery caused by his own actions, by the actions of others or the actions of fate/nature are resolved, cured and healed. Dhanvantari is a form of Vishnu, ie Satva gun and is the deity of Ayurved. We are required to do his pujas on Dhantrayodashi, which comes 2 days before Diwali.
Amrut – The energy of non-death. The stage of awareness where death, endings, limits, changes, etc do not exist. There is no beginning nor ending, Moksh. It Is.
Thus the 14 gems of prosperity describe the stages of the aspirant during his sadhana till he realises himself, ie Moksh.
Rahu and Ketu
Asur Svarbhanu was the child of the Asur King Viprachitta and his Queen Simhika. She was one of the daughters of Prajapati Daksha thus a granddaughter of Brahmadev. In Sanskrit, names have meanings and describe the qualities of the persons they are linked to. Names are Titles, not random meaningless ‘proper nouns’.
Viprachitta विप्रचित्तः – Vipra means a seer, priest, poet, learned, wise, excited, in-motion, holy, inspired, the highest intelligence. Chitta means intention, notice, aim, mind,appearance, something you long for, memory, thought, wish, knowledge, reason intelligence and also reflection. So Viprachitta is a pure, elevated intelligence in action.
Simhika सिंहिका – is derived from the root word Simha, which means lion, powerful one, hero, musical tone, etc. Simhika is the movement created by an elevated power.
Svarbhanu स्वर्भानुः – The name Svarbhanu is powerful title in itself, it describes the qualities of this Asur who later became Rahu and Ketu.
Svar means vowels, a musical note, sound energy, sunshine, bright space , heaven, the air that you breathe through your nose, the number 7, the space between the Sun and the Dhruv Tara (Dhruv is the pole star, he is the top of the celestial Meru).
Bhanu means the Sun, master, king, appearance, ray of light, illumination, etc.
Thus Svarbhanu would be the conscious intelligence of the very pran/ vital energy you breathe in. The light you see at the top most point of your internal Meru. The radiance of the king.
The intelligence of the time/ space around the Earth where the Sun and Moon apparently travel is called Svah स्वः In astronomy, Rahu and Ketu are the points where the orbit of the Moon around the Earth intersects with the ecliptic ie the apparent path of the Sun around the Earth. The intersection points of the Sun’s and the Moon’s paths of light are Rahu and Ketu. The divine spark ie the Sun is modulated by the Moon and tied to Earth by Rahu and Ketu.
In your sadhana, if you cross the Ajnya chakra and enter the Sahasrar complex you might find Rahu + Ketu in their united form of Svarbhanu lighting your way right till the very top.
You see, we are all beings of light. In my earlier post somewhere, I had asked you to try this simple test. Sit in a pitch black room. Now what do you see? Darkness? Swirls of coloured light? Streaks of light? A network of white light lines? Or a central white dot? What do you see? Do you see anything at all or is it all dark for you? As you do your Dhyan regularly, you stop seeing darkness. You never see anything to be dark. There will be no night to you. ie even in a pitch black room you will see light, even if you keep your eyes open or closed it will always be bright. This brightness depends on the level of your personal evolution, how much Pran you have managed to channelise into yourself. And this brightness is not external, but internal. It is the brightness of your own self. Just that most of us are so blinded by our own karma that we fail to realise it. We grope around in the dark, we are scared of the dark. But you and me, we are indeed beings of light.
Svarbhanu was a royal prince, born to powerful parents. He was powerful, perceptive, highly intelligent, able to see clearly inspite of the highest illusions which hid the reality around him. If you critically go through the Samudra manthan allegory, among all the Sur and the Asur present in the gathering, only Svarbhanu was able to comprehend that the Mohini standing before them was not what she seemed to be. He was not taken in by the illusion woven by the Satvagun. Only he had this clarity, the perception of the reality, despite the enticing allure of the Maya before him. Svarbhanu was able to maintain his senses in the face of Mohini’s illusions and act decisively. He was a risk-taker, not random rash risks but calculated risks where he thought that he could gain. He was going for the highest prize, the Amrut, essence of non-death. He decided to stand between the Sun and the Moon so that their brilliance would mask his aura. This worked and Mohini, ie Shri Vishnu himself, was unable to recognise him as an Asur and he was given the Amrut. But as he started drinking it, the Sun and the Moon realised that he was Svarbhanu and they alerted the assembly, Shri Vishnu then cut off Svarbhanu’s head with his weapon, the Sudarshan chakra (the kinetic energy of time/space used with intention). But Svarbhanu had already drunk Amrut, his awareness was beyond the coils of birth /death. Thus Rahu, the head and Ketu the headless body were created. These two are also beyond death.
Svarbhanu didn’t believe Mohini’s assurance that the Asur-s too would be given the Amrut, (which was perhaps the truth as after his beheading, Shri Vishnu didn’t give them their share of Amrut.) Thus he was the only Asur who drank Amrut and went beyond death.
Rahu is the start of the eclipse and Ketu is the flaming light that one sees at the end of the eclipse. We, the individual souls/ jivatma residing on Earth are always between them, pulled and pushed by them, in our own individual Ksheer Samudra Manthan. Rahu and Ketu are the energies which bind individual soul/ jivatma to karma, ie Earth.
They are created from the consciousness of the Svah स्वः by the Maya of the Satvagun using the kinetic power of time/ space. (Time is Kaal and Space are the Dasha Mahavidya).
Jyotish is used for objective as well as subjective analysis. Personally after so many years (lives) of horoscopes, objective questions like ‘when will I get a job’ are not exciting any more. Any competent astrologer can answer these objective questions using Jyotish as an Apara Vidya. But Jyotish is also a Ved-ang, a tool for self discovery, a Para vidya. As I open my chart, I see that everything which has happened to me, events, feelings, every tiny thing can be seen from the graha as indicators. I realise that I am quite predictable, so is everyone else. This 5-layered body can be easily deciphered using the graha indicators, no mystery here. So who am I really? A puppet, an actor, the director? These sort of questions lead to spirituality and a desire to know Oneself. Every genuine Jyotishi, Tarot card reader, Rune-caster, Aura-reader etc will eventually turn towards the inner self, it is the actual last frontier.
This is then Rahu Ketu or more correctly Svarbhanu at work.
A simple post today, in response to a feedback that my blog is getting too astrologically rarefied.
We understand if a planet is going to give auspicious or inauspicious effects by analysing their natural natures, functional roles, linked signs, houses, their several strengths, the avasthas, the yogs, aspects, divisional charts and so on. There is an over-abundance of techniques in Jyotish that the student often gets confused. But these techniques are necessary as you are analysing real life. No real situation is black or white, there are always so many variables, extenuating factors, mitigating circumstances in every interaction and in every situation.
Generally we use the ascendant sign as the centre of the horoscope for our predictions or the birth Moon or the birth position of the concerned planet. This is how we learn Jyotish, in steps, by breaking down the analysis into bite-sized portions. But real life does not work like that, it is a connected whole. Every house, every sign, every planet, is at the center of your chart. All these represent various energies that are present in you and in your life, all the time. As an astrologer, you have to be able to combine all these data to get the answer which makes sense to you. (And what makes sense to you may not make sense to me.) So we have a plethora of techniques. Every planet contributes to every situation in some way or the other. As an astrologer, you will have to judge the different principles, concepts, case-studies etc and come to a conclusion. So though there will be several Jyotish software and apps, the real predictions will always come from a human Jyotishi.
Analysing a planet is a complex process so here are some relatable examples to help understand why we use the techniques we do.
Eg Your mother has a certain idea about your personality. You behave with her in a certain way and she reciprocates in a certain way. But your father has a completely different idea of you which is accurate from his perspective. Your behaviour with him is different from the way you interact with your Mom. Similarly your spouse, child, friends, business partners, boss, staff, everyone thinks of you in their own different way, each of which is perfectly valid from their point of view. You interact with them in different ways and they respond differently.Thus learn to see the planets in several different ways depending on the question that the client asks, the situation that we put the planet into, the environment he is in, the actions he is supposed to take.
Eg A strong Sun will give power and a superb political reach, genius level intelligence, but most likely a limited connect with the spouse, inability to create deeply felt one-one relationships etc. You cannot reduce a planet to just ‘favourable’ or ‘unfavourable’, the context and the perception of the ‘desired result’ is crucial.
Eg Suppose your 2nd house is very strong, you are the ideal family member. In this, your 7th house is below par, so individual interactions with the spouse cause strain. And the 5th house is fortified by benefics, so your interactions with your child are pleasing. And the 4th and 10th house lords are conjunct, so you feel happier when you are interacting with both parents together. In the same family setting, there are subtly different results depending on the planets/ houses and their strengths.
Eg You want to get married, you have clear criteria for the ideal husband. You find this guy and marry him. Next you want to start a business. You have your clear criteria for an ideal business partner. You love your husband and appreciate his qualities as a ‘husband’, but you do not go into business with him as he does not have the qualities you want in your ‘business partner’. Both husband and business partner are primarily seen from the 7th house. For husband, the 5th 8th 9th etc also play an important role. For a business, the 10th 11th would be additionally relevant. Similarly for the planets. What is it that you want the planet to do?
Eg You have a job which involves working in office and going for field tours. You like the tour part as travelling feels exciting but you feel suffocated sitting at the office desk. Main reason is that 5 of your planets are in moveable signs. This is your innate nature, abilities and disabilities. Similarly a planet and the signs have several linked activities. They feel comfortable powering a particular activity and neutral/ uncomfortable about the others. Thus analyse the innate nature of the planet/sign and combine it with the functional nature for insights on channelising his energy in the work he likes doing best.
Eg You get a significant promotion, power and visibility increases, but you are posted in a different town. An enviable job profile and family time reduced to a weekend/ month. An outcome is good from one perspective but not from the other. This change occurred when the trigger planet Saturn’s transit in Capricorn was favourable from the ascendant sign, Leo but not from the birth Moon in Taurus. Same planet gives different results from different viewpoints.
Eg You do house work and office work, but enjoy the housework more. It gives you more satisfaction seeing your neat and clean house. Your 4th house lord is in Jagrut state and 10th house lord is in Sushupti. You are more aware when you are setting things right in your house rather than in the office. The Avasthas are used to gain more insights of this sort. A planet in Jagrut avastha is more aware of the surroundings, more practical, more physical world oriented. A Swapna avastha planet is more imaginative, creative, willing to experiment etc. And a planet in the Sushupti avastha is in deep sleep, he is highly content and not really connected to the material things around him. Someone I know has all his planets in the Swapna or Sushupti avastha. He is not bothered about the material world, is genius level intelligent, creative etc but does not have the least desire to put his these things into physical form.
Eg Your mindset is more suited for teaching small children, 4th house Mercury. But you are a officer supervising a prison, 10th lord is aspected by Saturn connected to the 12th house. This is diametrically opposite from your natural inclinations, but professional ethics require that you perform. This example is somewhat similar to what a planet feels in his Maran karak sthan.
Eg You are a sportsperson, a long distance swimmer. You dress up and get ready to compete, but you are taken to a desert and dropped into the ‘sea of sand’ and told to ‘swim’ your way across. This is the concept of debilitation. The environment of the sign is completely unsuitable to the nature of the planet. Such planets are supremely uncomfortable and unable to do much positive stuff.
Eg You go for a movie with your girlfriend. Her Dad sitting in the row right behind you staring at you. This cramps your style. Thus aspects of planets like Saturn and Mars do not allow the others to act freely, put restrictions or threaten violence.
Eg You and your business partner are meeting a client. You set up the meeting in your office room. This important interaction is happening in your own room so you are more confident during the meeting. The client is more impressed by you. Your firm gets the account and the investor insists that you personally handle it. So if there are 2 planets in a house and has one of them has more power, more confidence then he gets the deciding vote on the activities of that house. Evaluate this sort of power using the Shad Bala concepts.
Eg in a similar meeting you and your partners are trying to secure a client. You are the one seated at the head of the table and because of your leading position you aggressively push the firm’s agenda. Again the client wants you to handle the account. This is the Graha yuddha, where the planet at the top position dominates.
Eg A client is trying to decide between your and a rival firm. You tell him that yours is a 4th generation firm, in the same business for the past 100yrs. The rival firm is 2yrs old. You get the client. The power of the result is rooted in the divisional charts. If its source is deep within, then more complete results are expected. This is the Vimshopak Bala.
Eg A client is trying to find more about your firm before he engages you. He asks around and 7 different people come forward and say that you are a very good worker and your firm is the best. They also pledge to support your firm. This is the Ashtakvarga, where you analyse how the other planets support the planet in question.
Eg Cancer ascendant, Venus exalted in the 9th house. The 9th house is the bhavat bhavam of the 11th. So he will give gains, ancestors will help, elderly female teachers will teach, female deities will give blessings, it will be wonderful. But he is the badhak lord so these 9th things fail to support unless the person understands how the Badhak energies create his life foundations.Badhak is the difference between overt and subtle results. The barrier you have to deeply understand and firmly cross.
Writing these tiny examples felt like writing mini stories. But this is what you have to do. The planets also represent real life situations. So do not always think of them to be esoteric and spiritual, they are also regular guys operating in a fixed system of rules and regulations.
The very many techniques of Jyotish are necessary and each one gives clarity on one subtle aspect of the situation. So before getting into the math and tables of the technique, try to find out what its concept is all about. This way you can avoid asking questions like, ‘ashtakvarga is good, but planet strength is low, so will be planet be favourable or unfavourable’. There is no answer to these sort of questions. Work out for yourself how this planet performs in your life by studying your chart and life situations.
An important component is the effect of these material results on the Mind. How much ever ‘good’ the result may be, if it does not give satisfaction to the Mind then it cannot considered to be auspicious. Analysing this part can be tricky as this depends on the individual perspective.
Eg. Your 4th house has your 11th house lord in it and Ketu is conjunct the 8th lord in your birth chart. In transit Ketu shifts into your 4th house. You receive a huge amount of money from your mother. But it comes after her sudden death, as a legacy in her will. Would you consider this to be a favourable or unfavourable result?
Another example, you know that the position of a planet from the Ascendant sign will give physical, tangible results. Suppose your Sun in the 4th house, this is how you will analyse. This is just a small glimpse of the very many things which this simple placement can tell.
Typical 4th house keywords so he will give you a job in the government set-up. The residence and vehicle will also be from the government. Your mother will be a government employee. She will be a Sun dominated personality.
If this Sun is aspected by benefics, your inner motivation will be to work for your homeland and protect it in some way or the other. You are a patriot at heart.
If this Sun is aspected by malefics then though you work for the government you will try to put in your selfish motives into it, perhaps engage in corruption or behave in ways inimical to the nation or at the extreme become a traitor. There will be loads of self ego.
If this Sun is the Badhak lord for your ascendant sign, then he will give a slow growth in the profession, ie bring in hurdles from time to time. He will cause you stress from your mother, homeland, landed property etc.
If this Sun is the ruler of the 2nd placed in the 4th then you will earn significant money and make close connections in the governmental and political setup during the course of your job.
If this Sun is conjunct your 7th house lord, then you will meet your spouse in your government job or the spouse will be a government employee too.
If this Sun is in the Sushupti avastha, these things granted by him will not affect your ego as you go about your work.
Finally, yes/ no questions. ‘Should I do so-and-so thing or not? Should I marry this person? Should I take up this job? Should I do this mantra?’. Yes or No, the questioner wants clear directions because he does not want to decide for himself.
And clients get addicted to astrology sessions. Following directions is more comforting than deciding for oneself. Once I heard an astrologer boasting that ‘—— person does not do anything unless he asks me first’. Most people are scared to take decisions because if something goes wrong, they will have no one to blame for it. A practitioner should never answer Yes and No questions. eg If you tell a client, ‘yes, get married to this woman’, you take on part of his karma on the energy levels. On practical levels, if something goes wrong the client will blame you. For the client too, this sort of question is wrong. He is asking for clear direction, giving the astrologer the power to decide what he should be doing. This interferes with his free will and has karmic implications.
The astrologer and the client have different perspectives. Eg If I see problems due to ancestors, I would suggest he repay their debts. A ritual of about 3-4 hrs and some Rs5000/-. I might think this to be urgent because I may see those angry spirits standing behind the client. He may not. So I suggest and leave it at that. He knows the solution, whether to do it now or later or not do it at all is his free will, nothing to do with me.
A genuine astrologer will open your horoscope and tell you things about yourself, the situation and lay out the possible options. If the horoscope is capable of giving good results, there will be more and potentially auspicious options. If the horoscope is of lower quality, malefic influences and uncomfortable planets, the number of options are lesser and the potential benefits will be lesser. He will discuss the options and suggest remedies. But the choice on which option to act on is wholly the client’s. The client is responsible for his own life and should take his own decisions.
Everyone should take responsibility for what happens to them in life. You can ask your parents, your spouse, your teacher or your astrologer for their opinions. Also request your source of faith to give you the intelligence to choose the correct path and the courage to walk on it. But the final choice, the action and its implications are yours alone.
This is my favourite Bhairav stotra. I use it often to get rid of negative energies or entities around me. And to recharge my personal energy. Its energies are Ugra, intense and can be terrifying if you are not prepared to understand that you are much more than just the physical body.
This is the audio
And I have written very briefly on the meaning of the verses using the regular meanings of the Sanskrit words, nothing too esoteric, else I would have to write a book on it. This is the beauty of Sanskrit (Devbhasha Samskrutam), a palimpsest, layers and layers of meanings.
Eg Teekshna तीक्ष्ण means pungent, vehement, sharp, also peppers, resins of certain plants like asafoetida, a few trees are called teekshna, sea-salt, rude, rough, poison, keen, iron, inauspicious, hot, haste, harsh, fiery, death, battle, ascetic, weapon, acid, zealous, severe, etc. But what ‘teekshna’ means in this stotra is a matter of understanding as well as experience. Reference to Context. The context is all important.
This stotra is in eight shlok/ verses. Each line begins with a beej mantra. The lines have to be understood in context of the beej mantra which precedes it.
This is a description of the Bhairav, the auspicious one, the fearless one, the terrible, formidable, the highest of the high. He is considered to be an Ugra energy, he will take your sense of tiny individuality firmly and finally merge it into the highest ie himself. He is the destroyer of creation or more correctly he is the one who remains after all creation is annihilated. He is the protector of the Kshetra, ie he protects the seat of the highest divinity within you. Thus he is the ‘nearest’ to the Kshetra (to understand the concept of ‘near’ read the Bhashya on the Mandukya by Adi Shanakracharya). This is the Bhairav of the Vijnyan Bhairav Tantra who helps you reach that highest state of attribute-less-ness which you really are. He is the Shivah, the ultimate auspiciousness itself, ie the Advaita.
(Bhairav is not the personification of the Tamogun (post here). Often the personification of Tamo-gun, is also called Shiv, causing endless and unnecessary confusion.)
The stotra beings with the sound of the Damaru which is the sound of OM. When you play the Damaru there are binaural beats created which create a subtle sound of Om. Om is the creation (pravrutti) or the moorti of the Advaita (nivrutti). Every stotra has to begin with the sound of Om, so here they have creatively used the Damaru to create the vibration of Om. Om is the conscious intelligence which is the thing of this manifested universe which is closest to the Advaita. Thus Om can be considered to be a Moorti of the Advaita.
Yang – This is the beej mantra indicating the omnipresent, the eternally pure and auspicious one. Every beej mantra recited correctly ends in the ‘ng’ sound (in this recitation they are not pronounced correctly, but the person reciting it has done it with a pure intention, thus there is power in his voice). The ‘ng’ akshar is the enchanting awareness, beautiful intelligence and the attractive consciousness which controls the power of sound ie vibrations.
He is the sustainer of the forms. He sets the ten directions as per the proper geometry as per the correct rules, ie creates and sustains the universe. The ten directions are the conscious Dasha Mahavidya (post here). He creates the conscious energies who organise the perceived universe. He sets this geometry, situation and objects into motion. He causes them to shake, tremble, vibrate, ie exist. He causes them to apparently change, ie he creates Time. He is everything that exists, all concentrated together. Everything that you see is drawn from him. He is the comprehensive description or a compendium of everything.
Sang – This is the beej mantra for the one who is the true reason for everything, the one who is the single true description of everything. Also the enchanting intelligence controlling the power of vibrations.
He is the conclusion, ie he remains always. The manifested creation is dissolved back into him. He contracts everything back into himself. He stops the illusion of apparent change. He annihilates duality. His is the energy of the fully expanded Sahasrara chakra, its ‘luminous petals’ stretching infinitely, encompassing everything. The illusions of karma and memories are powered by his energy. The energies of creation flow from the highest point ie him. His highest illumination is reflected off his highest point by his power, this radiance is seen in the third eye during spiritual practice.
Dang – This is the beej mantra for the one who causes increase by granting sustenance. Also the one extremely pleasing to visualise. The enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.
He is the depth of this created multitude. He is the only attainable one. He is the deepest sign. He makes all imperfections leave. All unnatural, artificial, misshaped agitations are annihilated by him. All diseased incompleteness is removed by his granting the true intelligence of the source. He makes all energies flow strongly upwards, ie towards the highest apex, towards himself. He is the one who cuts through all bindings strongly and decisively with his sword of light. He is also the mouth of the terrible single pointed energy which devours the illusion called creation.
Pang – This is the beej mantra of the one who destroys all forms of alternatives, duality, blocks and illusions. The enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.
He destroys all forms of evil ie notion of change and duality. All inauspiciousness, trouble, harm, wickedness are nullified, the biggest harm being ignorance of the self. Pran, ie the vital energies are reined in, inclined towards, course towards, are channelised by, always continuously, perpetually, eternally, by such a Kshetrapal Bhairav.
Kam Kam Kam kaal pasham Druka Druka drudhitam jwalitam kamadaham
Tam Tam Tam divya deham, pranamata satatam, Bhairavam Kshetrapalam. (2)
Rang – This beej mantra indicates the one who burns, increases internal energy, grants special and unusual benefits. The enchanting intelligence controlling the power of vibrations.
He is beautiful, sweet, beloved and auspicious by nature. He uses the energy of sound to play this sport called creation. His attractive form is hidden. He is the subtle pivot of manifestation. He is the fiery, sharp single point, the terrifying energy of time which destroys all illusions and ignorance.
Ghang – This is the beej mantra indicating the one who grants all auspiciousness and stillness. The enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.
He is the sound of the bow string which launches the self towards the Self. He is the power of the vowels of Sanskrit and also the power of vibrations itself. He proclaims his presence with the eternal sound. He is auspiciousness, stillness, also the thundering, roaring, deep energy of the Naada. (Om is created from the Naada, post here).
Kang – This beej mantra takes away all dangers, duality and poisons. Also grants blessings and boons for positivity and welfare. The enchanting non-dual awareness which controls the power of vibrations.
He is the edge of Time, the boundary till where Time/ Space can exist. He is the fetters which tie the individual soul to fate. He is massive energy at the entrance of the Sushumna. He keeps the Sushumna inaccessible, tightly closed. He is also the fortress of the Eternal. He is the established, fixed, certain, complete, consistent, whole. He is the eternal fiery radiance, always burning. He destroys all illusory enjoyments, pleasures, desires, purposes, longings and also the subjects/ objects of such desires.
(Time or Kaal is relative. We measure time in reference to changes that we see around us. In Jyotish we measure Time by the movement of the Sun, the Moon, the Nakshatra, Jupiter and the time from sun-rise to sun-rise. These are the 5 types of calculations for ‘year’ that we use in Jyotish. Actually there are 9 ways of measuring Time, of these 5 are used in Jyotish. And there is nothing called ‘Time’. Kaal is a matter of observing one type of change against another type of change, it is basically a series of changes. Might write a post on Kaal.)
Tang – This is the beej mantra which grants all material and subtle things required for true prosperity and is always radiant, true, pure and pleasing. The enchanting consciousness controlling the power of vibrations.
He is manifest as a splendrous divine, beautiful, heavenly, auspicious form. Pran, ie vital energies are reined in, inclined towards, course towards, are channelised by, always continuously, perpetually, eternally, by such a Kshetrapal Bhairav.
The third shlok
Lam Lam Lam Lam Vadanatham La La La La lalitam dirgha jivha karalam
Run Run Run rundamalam ravi tama nighatam tamra netram karalam
Nam Nam Nam nagnabhusham pranamata satatam Bhairavam Kshetrapalam. (3)
Lang – This beej mantra indicates the one with the highest radiance covering all including the the sport called creation. Also the enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.
He is the single point of the apex. He is the act of creation of vibration and also its cessation. He is the entrance of the Sushumna. He is the brightest shining extent of creation. (Sushumna is the brightest thing you can see, the light of a million suns and the coolness of a million moons is the actual experience here) He is the graceful, delightful game created by desire. He is the deepest aware energy inherent in all vibrations, ie all changes, ie Kaal. He is the unchanging substrate underlying all apparent change. He is the tongue of fire and the terrifying understanding of Time which burns all illusions.
Dhung – This beej mantra indicates the one who destroys the illusion of duality, poison, heat of passion and impulse. The complete, abundant and prosperous one. The one with all strengths and the essence of everything. This beej mantra allows the removal of all troubles and allows one to endure in difficult situations. Also the enchanting awareness controlling the power of vibrations.
His form is obscured. His greatness cannot be precisely described. He is dark, ie he has no attributes which can be described in words. His truth is great, unusual and cannot be exactly determined. (Experiencing him is experiencing that the creation is an illusion. This can be a terrifying thought for spiritual aspirants). He is extraordinary, diffused yet apparent. He is certain, evident, real, extensive, spread all over. He is the form of a strange powerful, tremendous, conscious radiance.
Rung – This beej mantra indicates the one who one who burns, increases internal energy, grants special and unusual benefits and has all possible strengths and is the essence of everything. The enchanting consciousness controlling the power of vibrations.
He is the destroyer of all fake, fraud, artifice, illusory also the gun (post here). He especially destroys the Satva gun (the Raja and Tama are absorbed in Satva again during the course of your spiritual practice. Satva is destroyed by him so that you reach the tri-gunatit avastha, ie Advaita). He removes the darkness which surrounds the internal Sun, ie he provides true aware illumination. He is the third eye, is the depth of the radiant eternal fire burning here. He destroys the illusions of the created worlds with this fire.
Nang – This is the beej mantra indicating the one who is ever still, silent, peaceful. It grants the ability to enjoy the game of creation and also attain Moksh. The enchanting intelligent radiance controlling the power of vibrations.
He is uncovered, ever new, ever fully visible always. Pran, ie vital energies are reined in, inclined towards, course towards, are channelised by, always continuously, perpetually, eternally, by such a Kshetrapal Bhairav.
The fourth shlok,
Vam Vam vayuvegam natajana sadayam Brahma saram param tam
Mam Mam mayi rupam pranamata satatam Bhairavam Kshetrapalam. (4)
Vang –This beej mantra indicates the one who makes everything travel, ie go through its life-cycle in time/ space and also travel towards the Eternal. Also attribute-less, enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.
He is the speed of the Pran vital energies, ie he controls the Pran. He is the impulse which drives the Pran to fulfil illusory desires, ie causes changes in the Pran. He also gently bends the Pran within each living being to reach the zenith, ie curves the Pran towards himself. He is kind and compassionate, the essence of the highest divine. He is the main point knowledge and the real meaning of wisdom. He is the energy of consciousness, the substance of intelligence. He is the eternal of the eternal.
(Karma at the very basic is the change in the flow of pran. These changes are caused by intentions. So be very careful about what you intend in life)
Khang –This is the beej mantra for the one who causes tremors, agitations, disturbance, excitement in everything, ie puts everything into motion. Also omnipresent enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations..
He is the one who dissolves, annihilates the three worlds, (Bhuh Bhuvan Svahah) also the three states of Jagruti, Swapna and Sushupti. He is the terrible tremendous radiance of consciousness. He is the one who can be apparently moved, yet is immovable.
Chang –This beej mantra destroys everything , ie self-ego, all living beings, all individual souls, the panch Maha-bhoot (post here). The fierce, terrifying and formidable enchanting awareness controlling the power of vibrations.
He apparently creates this universe through vibrations but he is essentially still. He is apart from the movement of matter, objects, worlds and creation. He is beyond limits, beyond extent, beyond creation, beyond place or position.
Mang –This is the beej mantra indicating the one who is One, Advaita. Also the one consciousness which enchants all rivals and enemies and controls the power of vibrations.
He is the form of Maya, illusion, unreal, conjuring, deception, enchantment. He is ‘not this’. Pran, ie vital energies are reined in, inclined towards, course towards, are channelised by, always continuously, perpetually, eternally, by such a Kshetrapal Bhairav.
Ang Ang Ang Antariksham, pranamata satatam, Bhairavam Kshetrapalam. (5)
Shang –This is the beej mantra which grants all auspicious benefits of positive actions. The most pure auspicious enchanting intelligence controlling the power of vibrations.
He is Om, all mantra, all vibrations, all sound. He is abundance prosperity and every thing. He is the kundalini which has reached its goal. He is awareness. He is dazzling, pure, without attributes, without blemish, beautiful, bright, illumination. He is the perfect and complete radiance of the realization of Moksh.
Mang – This is the beej mantra indicating the one who is One. Also who enchants all rivals and enemies. The enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.
He is the greatest superior teacher, the Sat-Guru. He is the one who makes the kundalini free from the muladhar and carries her up along the seven chakra towards himself, the highest point. He is the secret mantra which perfectly and constantly brings the kundalini away from her limited set of lower chakras towards the apex.
Yang –This is the beej mantra for the omnipresent, eternally pure and auspicious one. The enchanting consciousness controlling the power of vibrations.
He is the protector of auspiciousness. He is the lord of all jiv-atma, individual souls. He possesses all prosperity, all worlds, all five mahabhoot all creation. He is the pivot, the pin around which the universes are bound. He is separate from the worlds yet his energy is subtly felt throughout. He is hidden in every bit of existence. This is his game, an amusement for the living beings who inhabit the worlds. He is the understanding of the most highest Intelligence.
Ang – This is the beej mantra indicating the power of attraction. That essence which is always pulling towards the Self. The omnipresent, eternally present, ubiquitous one. The enchanting consciousness controlling the power of vibrations.
He is the awareness pervading the ‘emptiness’ of space. Everything is filled with the consciousness that is him. Pran, ie vital energies are reined in, inclined towards, course towards, are channelised by, always continuously, perpetually, eternally, by such a Kshetrapal Bhairav.
Khang – This beej mantra indicates the one who causes tremors, agitations, disturbance, excitement in everything, ie puts everything into motion. Also the omnipresent enchanting awareness controlling the power of vibrations.
He is the sharp change in perception once you cross over the sword-like sharp boundary of the manifested creation. He is the one who stops the illusion of change. He destroys the concept of ‘division’, ie he is non-dual. He is eternal. The pain which one might feel in knowing that the creation is illusion is immediately converted into the realisation of the Eternal Truth.He is the destroyer of that destroyer Time. He is the end of death. He is without attributes. He is the sharp sword who strongly breaks the illusion of creation.
Kshang – This beej mantra indicates the one knower of the essence who exists in the manifested creation as well in the unmanifested consciousness. The form of the highest flame which radiates true illumination. The enchanting consciousness controlling the power of vibrations.
He is the intense impulse for self-realization which seizes the individual soul, jiv-atma. He intensely burns the illusions around the jiv-atma. He completely destroys the concept of individual soul, ie the jiv-atma is completely consumed in his violent irresistible force and is completely absorbed in him. He is the blazing, fiery, burning flame of awareness, intelligence and consciousness.
Houng – This beej mantra indicates the one whose essence is the power and beauty of sound, speech, words, vibrations. Serene, resplendent and pure controller of everything. The one without attributes. The enchanting intelligence controlling the power of vibrations.
He is the roaring thunderous consciousness which creates the Om, ie creation. His presence is announced by the involution of the Om into the even more magnificent Naada. In your spiritual practice, he becomes evident when the Om is absorbed back into the Naada. His denseness, solidity, is manifested only when space/ time is destroyed. The enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.
Vang – This is the beej mantra for the one who makes everything travel, ie go through its life-cycle in time/ space and then towards the Eternal. Also the attribute-less enchanting consciousness controlling the power of vibrations.
He plays the game of creation by apparently creating several living beings. He has devised this sport for the amusement of these living beings. Pran, ie vital energies are reined in, inclined towards, course towards, are channelised by, always continuously, perpetually, eternally, by such a Kshetrapal Bhairav.
The seventh shlok,
Sam Sam Sam siddhiyogam sakala gunamukham devadevam prasannam
Sang – This is the beej mantra indicating the one true reason for everything, the one who describes everything. The enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.
He is the supreme union of understanding, fulfilment, prosperity, intellect, fortune etc with enlightenment. He establishes the complete attainment of perfection. He is the source of the three gun, Satva, Raja, Tama. He is the vibrations which create the material world. He is the divinity which energises all sense organs. He is the auspicious bright Light which is the source of all radiance. He is lucid, serene, true, pure, pleasing, kind, just, distinct, tranquil and gracious.
Pang – This is the beej mantra indicating the one who destroys all forms of alternatives, duality, troubles, blocks and illusions. The enchanting awareness controlling the power of vibrations.
He is the source of Time, ie he causes the illusion of change and the ability to sense this illusion. He is the opening where the kundalini resides. The centre of strength. He has within him, men, vibrations, worlds, Suns (post here) etc who are all destroyed and re-created in a cyclic manner. His true form is veiled behind the three eyes (right – Sun, left – Moon and third eye – Agni).
Aing – This is the beej mantra for the one absolutely pure and faultless essence. All the individual souls are dependant on this one essence. The enchanting aware energy controlling the power of vibrations.
He is the owner of all possible prosperity and auspiciousness. He has dominion, supremacy, sway over all. He is uninterrupted, perpetual, constant and eternal. He takes away fear as surely as a sharp sword can cut. He removes the biggest disease ie ignorance. He is filled with radiance. He is the complete, strong, auspicious, perfect, full, entire, contented, abundant, excellent Emperor of all. He is the unknowable cipher. He is always in his own form. The individual soul, jiv-atma is a form of His own splendour.
Roung – This is the beej mantra which burns, increases internal energy, grants special and unusual benefits. Also indicates the ultimate controller whose essence is the power and beauty of sound, speech, words ie vibrations. The enchanting consciousnesses controlling the power of vibrations.
He is the original untamed, unsullied, pure form. He is the formidable fierce irresistible Radiance. He is the fire and also the cold. Pran, ie vital energies are reined in, inclined towards, course towards, are channelised by, always continuously, perpetually, eternally, by such a Kshetrapal Bhairav.
The eighth shlok,
Han Han Han hansayanam hasitakalahakam muktayogatahasam
Hang – This is the beej mantra of the one who is the essence of everything. The power of vibrations. The pure, unmodified source. The enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.
He rides the Hamsa mantra, ie achievable after the use of the Ajapa mantra. He has surpassed, defeated all the sources of turbulence. All sources of disagreements, imbalances, arguments, fights, quarrels have been effortlessly neutralised by him. All bindings and associations have been released by him. He scorns the concepts of fake, fraud, illusion, tricks, action, attachments, etc. All unions and combinations dissolve in a easy manner by him.
Dhang – This is the beej mantra which destroys the illusion of duality, poison, heat of passion and impulse. indicates the one who is complete, abundant and prosperous. Having all types of strengths and being the essence of everything. The enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.
He is in the form of the guide seen at the third eye, conducting the individual soul, jiv-atma along a twisted route, towards the highest of the high point towards the root of all creation. He finally decisively unites the jiv-atma who has take a single pointed fixed pledge to realise itself with the highest apex experience ie the Advaita.
Tang – This is the beej mantra which grants all material and subtle things required for true prosperity and is always radiant, true, pure and pleasing. The enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.
He is the sound of the sword which cuts off the sense of individual ego and limited self-pride. He dissolves the Om back into the Naada. He dissolves the three Gun back into the perfect base of everything that he himself is. He takes away all illusory desires, impulses, intentions etc. He removes all pride, sense of self-ego, arrogance and individual ego.
Bhrung – This beej mantra finally silences the individual self-ego. It illuminates the eternal in the living beings. It alleviates the illusion of separation. It grants eternal calmness, peace and contentment. It is formidable strength which strikes terror in all inauspiciousness. Its energy encourages the internal flame, increases the internal fire and grants special and unusual benefits. Also the enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.
He is the lord of all existence, all individual souls, all living beings, the five pancha-mahabhoot, all worlds, all creation and everything. Pran, ie vital energies are reined in, inclined towards, course towards, are channelised by, always continuously, perpetually, eternally, by such a Kshetrapal Bhairav.
I bow down to that one who is the lord of all individual soul, jiv-atma-s, the five mahabhoot-s, all property, all worlds, etc. The holder of all that there is.
I bow down to that one who is the possessor of all that has concluded.
I bow down to that one who is the destroyer of all illusions of change. Time is measured in terms of change.
(Change means that there are two things, two states ie duality. He is the destroyer of the illusion of duality.)
I bow to the one who wears a garlands made of pure awareness and the conscious energy of vibrations.
Namah Kalika premalolam karalam
I bow down that one who out of love (for the seeker, spiritual aspirant), lights up the dark blackness visible at the third eye by a flash of conscious lightening.
(Thus the Kundalini enters the cavernous opening of the Sushumna and in one sweep merges with the Bhairav at the Sahasrara. Thus destroys the illusions of creation and realises the non-dual, Advaita.)
Namo Bhairavam Kashikam Kshetrapalam
I bow down to that one fearless one, the most high, eternal Non-dual awareness. The protector of the highest awareness. The sustainer of the eternal consciousness. The self illuminated, Radiant. The Advaita.
(Kashi when used in the esoteric context is the third eye. The Ajnya chakra is the Kashi-kshetra of the body you reside in. The individual jiv-atma resides here in an ashtapadmadala chakra ‘behind’ the Ajnya chakra or the Kuthastha (post here))
Namah means more than just ‘bow down’! This word means something like the Ultimate power which is the paradox of illusion and wisdom united together. Depth of stillness and flowing movement together. The eternal unborn one in solitude.
I sometimes recite this beautiful Teekshna Danshtra Bhairavashtak endlessly. Listen to it on a loop for days from time to time. It enchants my mind, silences it, removes all negativity, energises my soul. I was doing this for the past week, immersing myself in it, so thought of writing about it in brief.
(I have used images of the Shivlingam in this post. Again, the Shivlingam is not connected to the personification of the Tamogun. The Shivlingam is a visual moorti or sign or mark used for the Advaita.)
I have written some posts on remedies for imbalances in your horoscope. There are only two genuine methods to do this, one is Mantra and second is Daana. Then you can always try to understand what is happening and change your behaviour and mind-set, this will require a capacity for self-analysis and will power. I wrote this post on Daana and there were some questions. Putting the answers as a mini-post.
Mantra remedies can be done in several ways. There is Homa, ie you burn ghee, it is clarified butter and quite expensive. eg your daily Agnihotra or any special Homa/ Yajnya that you can perform in temples or at home. Or you can do mantra jaap of the graha-s. Or do your regular mantra-jaap, this can be a life-long Gayatri-mantra, which in Sanatan Dharma is compulsory for all above 6yrs of age. Or listen/ recite a mantra of your choice daily, eg Shri-Sukta, any Shankar, Vishnu, Brahma, Ganapati, Devi etc vedic mantra are all acceptable. Or do a special Mantra anushthan with Brahmins in temples. Or do your Dhyan daily, focus on the Soham. Or give Arghya to the Sun with the Surya mantras. Mantra is harnessing the energy of fire, Raja gun, ie movement. You are consciously shifting the energy patterns with the Mantra-s, and this essentially is the remedy to your problems.
There are several ways to balance your energies using Mantra. Choose one depending on your personal inclination and the severity of the imbalance. All of them work and equally well. Choose a remedy as per your liking and your capacity to perform it. Do not take on so much that you start feeling the remedy as a burden! Performing anything as a remedy should not make you feel oppressed, rather it should fill you with joy, make you lighter from within.
Daana remedies require you to give away typical items with an intention. These items can be water, grain, cloth, oil, typical items or even silver/ gold. You give it away in temples, the older the better. Or you are required to put these items in flowing rivers or the sea. Or if you can find a genuine Brahmin (this is very rare these days), then you give away these Daana items to him.
Someone asked me if it were better to give charity to poor people rather than giving it to temples or Brahmins or putting the stuff in the sea. It would also be a humanitarian gesture and some poor person would benefit from it. I would say no. Specifically ‘Daana’ cannot be given to these people. And there is a reason.
When you give the items as a part of Daana you are givingaway the imbalanced energy. The Daana remedy is linked to specific items which if you refer to my this post are often typical items. eg red flowers for Mars, now what is this poor person going to do with these red flowers infused with an unbalanced Mars energy? The item is loaded with the intention ‘take this negative, sorrow, grief, pain, trauma caused by the imbalanced energy’. And it goes away from you but only if you give it to someone who is capable of accepting it.
When you put the item in the flowing water/ sea, the energy of the water ‘neutralises’ it. Water is the domain of Varun, he is a tremendously powerful deity, a conscious intelligence and he accepts your ‘daana’ of these negative things and in return blesses you. The negative energy you have requested him to accept does not affect him at all. He converts it to positivity and returns it to you as a blessing.
Similarly when you give them items to a temple, the energy of the deity similarly accepts your ‘gift’ of imbalance. Best give these things to a old temple where pujas are being performed for a few hundred or more years. Your donation of pain will be more successful. Choose a temple with powerful Nav-graha moorti-s. Sometimes you might be required to give this Daana to your family deity, Kul-devata, this temple will generally be near your ancestral village. The deity is a conscious intelligence which has been worshipped by mantras for several hundred years. The continual intentions of so many years make these temples even more auspicious. You can offer your negative energy as Daana and receive blessings in return.
And the last option is to give it to a genuine Brahmin. I have mentioned in some previous post, that genuine Brahmins have the most difficult life. They have to follow several strict routines, do personal pujas, perform pujas for others, never accumulate wealth, never charge fees, only accept Dakshina and absorb others negativity. Every story in the Panchatantra starts with ‘there was a poor Brahmin’, there were genuine Brahmins back then and are very rare now. So if you give your Daana to such a Brahmin, then he can absorb your imbalance and give you blessings in return.
And finally, if you have a genuine Jivan-mukt, the Advaita himself as your Guru, this is the rarest thing. You can request him to take away the imbalances. He will do so. Then you do not even need to give him the items etc, just a heart-felt prayer is enough. I have seen my Guru do this to so very many of my family members, my guru-brother/sisters and also with my own issues.
I have seen beggars sitting outside Shani temples on Saturdays and people giving them food as a Shani-daan. If you do this then remember that this not a Daana. It is a humanitarian gesture and you may have done some good karma. But you might even create negative karma for yourself in this process! These beggars expect, they want from you. eg Once outside a temple, I saw a kind person distributing small food packets to beggars. Some of the beggars were throwing the packets away after checking what was there inside. They have an anticipation to what you may be giving them and if they think you have given less than what they were expecting they will curse you instead.
If you want to accumulate good karma by giving charity, then there are two options. You can help out in old age homes or in orphanages. Here these people are forgotten by society and in unfortunate circumstances. They do not expect anything, do not anticipate. If you feel like it and can afford it, you can buy food for people living there. If you are going there to deliver this food, remain in the background, ensure that their care-takers actually give them the food items. (eg once my Mom had gone to an orphanage for something. Some kind person had sent crates of mangoes for the children. The caretakers were eating them rather than giving them to the children. The caretakers naturally accrued negative karma. And the donor too, as he did not make sure that the food was given to the actual children.)
These two types people are capable of giving blessings from the heart. eg if you give a small child a sweet, he may not say ‘thank you’ in so many words but there is an innocent happiness triggered in him, this adds to your positive karma. Once this same child grows up into an adult, this capacity to feel innocence is lost. Then if you give him the same sweet he will not feel that same joy. For the aged people, they have seen everything so a compassionate gesture this same innocent gratitude, this adds to your positive karma. The very young and the very old are in a way unselfish, they have the capacity of innocence. So you can gain positive karma by giving them food. Food is consumed and gives basic happiness to the one who eats it, it is the best option for charity. This is not Daana in the real sense of the word. But it is definitely a positive karma which will help you in different ways in life.
Daana always means ‘Sat-paatri Daana’, ie the person whom you are giving the Daana to has to be genuine, true, positive, Dharmic, etc. ie he should be able to absorb the negative energy you have offered in the pure sense.
I am writing this short post because of a question I received on Bali. Apparently someone thought that killing birds and animals is a part of Sanatan Dharma aka Hinduism.
The short answer is, No!
And if you ever kill animals/ birds thinking the ‘sacrifice’ will help you, you are in for a traumatic time. If you ever kill any living being, thinking that this ‘sacrifice’ will take away your problems or give you happiness, you will create horrible karma for yourself. Such killing is not allowed, ever. This is applicable to everyone irrespective of the faith he follows.
बलि Bali is a Sanskrit word and has several meanings like levy, offering, oblation, revenue due to the king, tribute, worship, gift, offering, power, strength, might, karma etc. There was King of the Asuras named Maha-Bali who was extremely wise, strong, generous etc. The root word is Bala बल which essentially means strength. When you give ‘Bali’ you are essentially powering your intention with this act of Bali. In Sanantan Dharma, if someone says that you should give Bali, it means that you have to offer a coconut. Only this one item, नारिकेल coconut, is Bali. Nothing else is acceptable as Bali, ever.
You go to any temple in India, or at the ghats/ banks of sacred rivers, you will find that the flower vendors there always have the coconut as a part of the puja flowers set-up on sale. When you go inside the temple, you will offer this, coconut, flowers, sweets, kumkum, turmeric, akshata, camphor, incense sticks etc to the deity with your prayers/ intention. The priest will generally break open the coconut and give you half of it as a prasadam. Or he will touch the coconut to the deity’s feet and give it back to you, you are now expected to break it at a designated place inside the temple. This one fruit has the capacity to amplify your intention, to add power to your wish and will help in getting it fulfilled soon. You can offer a coconut /Bali in a temple or in your home puja-ghar or at sacred rivers/ sea etc. Bali is also performed when you start something new for the first time or when you need added protection or an added boost of power. eg when entering a new house, or entering your new office, when driving a new car for the first time, etc. All auspicious activities are powered by a Bali of the coconut.
A brief procedure would be this.
You take a brown coconut which has water in it. This water part is necessary, so do check if you can hear the water sloshing inside the coconut. Then remove the excess fibres on it leaving a tuft at the point where its ‘eyes’ are. If you do not remove these fibres, breaking it with a single dash will be difficult. Stand in front of your deity. Keep the coconut in front of it. Pray for whatever it is that you want from the deity. Or wish for general happiness and prosperity. You can use Sanskrit mantra-s if you know them or speak in the language you are comfortable in. Just keep your mind clear and intention strong. Then apply Kum-kum, turmeric, unbroken raw rice/ Akshata, flowers etc, if you have these items, to the deity and to the coconut. Then hold the coconut in your hand. Express your wish again intensely in your mind. Then dash this coconut on the ground before the deity so that it breaks. It must compulsorily break in one dash. If it does not break then it is considered inauspicious. This requires strength, so this part is generally done by the men, father/ brother/ husband/ son or the pujari in the temple will do it. The water from the coconut will spill as it gets broken, if you can catch it in your palm, you can drink it as a teerth. Afterwards you can eat the coconut white as a prasadam.
A coconut is a scared object but obviously it is also used in the kitchen. Like I use 1-2 coconuts in my kitchen in an average week. But even if I am going to use it in a chutney or a curry, when it is being broken, my husband will say aloud the name of the family deity and break it cleanly in a single dash.
There are some videos where animals/ birds are being shown killed in the name of deities, especially Ugra-roop of deities, often Devi Kali. This does not feel right in the energy sense. I was watching a weird ritual on Youtube where Her Moortiwas drenched with the blood of these killed animals. The blast of negativity from the scene was unbelievable. So then I asked the Devi Kali Herself about this (even you can ask deities questions and they always answer). She clearly said that if you cannot give it life you cannot take its life. The energies of the animals/ birds who are killed are absorbed by Her Gana-s and not by Her. The Gana-s are the attendants of the deities and are capable of granting minor blessing, siddhi etc etc on their own. If you get caught in these minor things from the Gana-s you will never be able to focus on Her. This is a traumatic death of a living being, the energies are inauspicious so are more used for the maran, maaran, vidveshan etc types of prayog. This is a tamasic activity which cannot add auspiciousness. But people who do not know better indulge in this as it does give results. The energy of physical death is a powerful force which can be used for hurting others. But it is a power born of trauma and will eventually give only trauma. It always turns back on the practitioners themselves. Regular people like you and me should never get into these types of prayogs, they will turn on you later and give spectacularly horrid results.
In some cultures all over the world, mass killing of animals as ‘sacrifices’ is practiced routinely. This energy of traumatic death increases the negativity of these people and the place too. In fact it feeds the energies of dissonance, discordance and strife in the subtle planes around the Earth. And obviously create negative karma for those doing it.
So if you feel that you have to do a Bali, go ahead, dash a coconut and power your intention, it will always help. But never ever harm an animal/ bird thinking that its death will help you gain your desire. This is short term gain for long term pain.
There was a question “Is that the reason why the Veda samhitas have absence of some key devas and deities like Ganesh , Kali , mahavidyas , avatars of Vishnu. They have been lost or is it by design that rishis want us to explore them via indra?” and the answer became too long so posted it as a post.
A simple question and here is a longish answer.
First a bit about Sanskrit, the language in which all these texts, Ved, Vednant, Puran etc are written. One thing you have to remember is that Sanskrit, Devbhasha Samskrutam has no proper nouns. Am sure this sounds odd to you. So, a brief explanation,
Eg This sentence, ‘I am Samantha’. In this sentence ‘Samantha’ is a proper noun. It is a girl’s name and by this sentence you understand that I am a girl named ‘Samantha’. The word Samantha has no meaning in itself. Thus it is a proper noun. That is the end of it, no more meanings here.
Eg This sentence ‘I am Manish’. Here Manish is a Sanskrit word. It has a meaning in itself. Every word in Sanskrit has a meaning. Every word can be used as an adjective to describe something. If you think of ‘Manish’ as a noun, then you will understand that I am boy named ‘Manish’. But if you think of ‘Manish’ as an adjective then you will think that I am ‘someone who can be described as Manish’. There is a very big difference in these two levels of understanding. The Sanskrit word ‘Manish’ is a samas/ compound word, it is expanded to ‘Mansaya Isha iti Manish’. The simplest translation of this compound word would be ‘the Highest God of the Mind is Manish’. So our sentence ‘I am Manish’ completely changes its meaning depending on ‘Manish’ being understood as a proper noun or adjective.
Sanskrit is a highly esoteric language, it has layers of meanings. Understanding it depends on the capacity of the person who is reading it. Enlightened Rishi-s wrote these texts so there are secrets within secrets. That is why I always say never read Sanskrit books which have been translated into other languages. Or if you read them never believe that the translator has got the correct meaning of what the Rishi actually wrote. Best is to learn Sanskrit yourself.
Now if I write this same sentence in Sanskrit. ‘Aham Manishh asmi’, then here is what you get. ‘I, self-radiant, truth, certainly, surely, indeed, verily am the wisdom, reflection, intelligence, idea, desire, conception, power, master, strength, the Lord of the Mind.’ This is the power of Devbhasha Samskrutam. Now tell me can you ever trust ‘translations’ of Sanskrit texts?
So, if you can, think of our deities names as adjectives. Shankar means happiness. Shiva is the auspicious one. Ganapati means the energy which enters the individual souls and causes change. Nandi is intelligence. Laxmi is the one who has a recognisable sign. Sarasvati means the one who flows. Ganga is the one who moves very fast. Krishna means the unknowable blackness which pulls. Ram is happiness. Dev is radiance. Bhagwan is the one who has all auspicious qualities. Each of these Sanskrit words has several meanings in addition so every deity of Sanatan Dharma is more like a collection of attributes. The deities are not humans, even though we have got used to seeing them as humans. Deities in Hinduism are pure consciousness defined by some attributes. Their names are not proper nouns but are adjectives. Think of them in this way and you will get more insight into their real natures. (I wrote on meaning of the Navavarna mantra post here)
Now what is Sanatan Dharma/ Hinduism? To understand Dharma you have to understand the Shatdarshan shastra. I have written a post here on these 6 darshan shastra-s. It is not the work of one lifetime, but you carry on whatever you have learnt into your next lives.
Our ‘God’ is the highest conscious intelligence, non-dual, Paramatma, Parabrahma, Paramtattva, Nirvishesh Brahma, Advaita etc. This is the key deity of Sanatan Dharma, the only ‘deity’. You yourself are this Parabrahma. So essentially you worship your Self.
The Ved (Ved, Brahmana, Aranyaka, Upanishad),are the final authority for everything in our Dharma. The crowning glory of the Ved are the Vedanta, which deal with the Advaita in great clarity. The 10 major Upanishads with the Mandukya Upanishad occupy the highest place. The beautiful Mandukya has only 12 lines about the Om and the Paramtattva.
So now about Om. Om is also not the actual Paramtattva. Om is the nearest thing to it. Something like a ‘Moorti’ of the Advaita. A Moorti that you see in temples is made from stone, metal etc. But here you are required to visualise a Moorti made of conscious energy. Om is a Moorti of the Paramatma. You have to visualise Om with this intention and understanding. This is difficult for beginners on the spiritual path.
The course work has to suit to the student. You cannot teach a 1st std child, the syllabus of a PhD. Ved and the Vedanta is PhD course work.
In Sanatan Dharma the main texts are the Ved (Ved, Brahmana, Aranyaka, Upanishad), these have the highest validity, they are the source of everything. Then are the Itihas, histories, eg Ramayan, Mahabharat, the actual incidents are given in detail. They also have philosophy ie attaining Moksh and practical stuff like how to manage a kingdom (ever read the original Mahabharat or Ramayan, it is much much more than a simple story).These Itihas conform to the Vedic principles. Then we have the Puran-s. In these additional historical incidents are given, more philosophy, more practical stuff etc. And anything written here has to conform to the Vedic concepts and the broad outline of the Itihas. The 18 Puran-s written by Ved-Vyas are given more prominence in this category. And there are the several commentaries, Bhashya, treatises, practical work, more philosophy etc written on these texts by enlightened Guru-s like Adi Shankaracharya and others. This broadly is the corpus of texts available in Sanatan Dharma. Regular Hindus never read these texts, unfortunately.
All Shastra, all pujas, all yajnyas, all mantras are secretly hidden in the Ved. It is a huge huge repository of knowledge. eg the entire Shri Vidya which deals with the worship of the Devi Lalitatripursundari, the Maha-vidya-s etc is from the Ved. It is one of the many Vidya-s mentioned here. Another Vidya is the Chakshushi, I have written about it briefly in this post. All these Vidya-s will take you to the Parabrahma if used in the correct manner. Jyotish is also a Vidya.
These different texts describe the same Reality in different perspectives in different words which are suited to people of different mindsets. eg If you read the texts on Devi Lalita, it is given that the Devi just looked at her toe-nails and the 10 Vishnu-avatar-s manifested from here, did their work and again got reabsorbed in her. This is obviously different from what we popularly know about the Vishnu-avatar-s. In the Shiv Puran, there is a Shiv Gita which Bhagwan Shiv narrated to Shri Ram at Rameshwar before his war with Ravan. eg Bhagwat Gita, most people believe that this is the only Gita, the highest teaching. But if you open the Ishwar Gita, it is very similar to Bhagwat Gita. If you read the Shiv Gita, this is also similar and also has a Vishwaroop darshan. Then you read the Anu-gita which Krishna taught to Arjun after the war, and this is very different from the Bhagwat Gita which he taught first. There is a vast ocean of philosophy, spiritual practices, teachings, discourses in Sanatan Dharma. If you randomly read from here and there, you will get extremely confused.
In the past and even now, Dharma is facing a lot of challenges. The Dev-Asur Sangram, ie the constant war between radiant and dull energies is always on at different levels. It is still going on now and will always occur. Sometimes the Dev will have the upper hand and sometimes then Asur might seem to be winning.
There are numerous examples where our temples, libraries, universities and their custodian Brahmins were very viciously destroyed. The horror in Kashmir where specifically Tantra and its genuine practitioners were systematically wiped out over the last 500yrs or so. The oldest physical book of Valmiki Ramayan was burnt when the Britishers burnt the libraries in Kolkata about 200yrs ago. Tipu burnt ancient libraries, manuscripts and their custodian Brahmins in South India about 300yrs ago. More insidious was that the invaders injected nonsense in our books and are still doing it. People who do not follow Sanatan Dharma are writing translations of these texts with the express purpose of altering their meanings.
It is difficult to find authentic texts and more difficult to find a real Guru. Also we have forgotten our mother-tongue Sanskrit, thus are a highly confused directionless lot.
Back to Om. Vedanta clearly states the Om to be theParamtattva. Focus on the Om and you will gain that realization. The Ved describe Om and how it has manifested the universe from itself. Om is the first vibration, the first movement. The main deities described are the 33 koti devata ie the 8 Vasu, 11 Rudra,12 Aditya, Prajapati and Indra. They further create the universe and everything else in it. These are the backbone of the creation and they actually exist in our backbones, in the Sushumna nadi.
You create your own universe. This concept is also rather difficult for beginners to comprehend. I have put posts on using energy consciously, try doing some of these exercises to actually experience how you can create. Once you succeed at an ‘energy experiment’, your perception changes forever.
Indra as well as all the other Vedic deities are pure energy. They are not human figures. Now for the students who could not comprehend the highly esoteric Ved-s, more human looking deities was introduced in the Puran-s. All the energies were given human forms. Prakruti was given a Moorthi of the beautiful Devi Lalitatripursundari. The tri-Gun, Satva, Raja, Tama were given human forms so we have the Tri-dev etc. All these Puranic deities are also conscious energies, but described in more human terms so that we can relate to them more easily.
But every shloka, every stotra, every sukta in this vast ocean of Sanatan Dharma describes only the Advaita. This might be difficult for beginners to believe but eg. every one of the 1000 names in the Vishnu sahastranama are ultimately dedicated to the Parameshwar, from the first ‘Vishnu’ to the last ‘Sarvapraharanayudh’ all are linked to this Parabrahma. The Dasha-Mahavidyas are the energies of the 10 directions, the intelligence of space, their essential nature is also the Paramtattva (post here). Now open the Devi Atharvasheersha, She says ‘Aham Brahma swaroopini’ in the first line. If you open the Ganapati athavasheersha, it says that Ganapati is the ‘pratekshya tat tvam asi’ in the first line itself. ‘Tat tvam asi’ is a Mahvakya of the Ved. So all deities are essentially Parabrahma.
There is only one thing that is worthy of being known. That is Parabrahma and we do it through his Moorthi, Om. You are Om, I am Om, we worship Om and whatever we do or see is all Om. Eg In all stories/ allegories, you see that the Tri-dev are generally in Dhyan or in deep contemplation. Who are they doing Dhyan of? Who is the essential consciousness within them? In the Puran-s, it is mentioned that the Tri-dev did intense Sadhana to get to this position that they enjoy. Whose sadhana did they do? To become aware as ‘Indra’, 100 ashva-medh yajnyas are necessary, who are they dedicated to? So just think, to become aware as ‘Om’, what level of intensity will be necessary?
In our pantheon of deities and the humungous mass of stories/allegories, if you get into who was whose husband, whose wife, who was the father, who was the son, who came first and who came later, you will get very confused. The Ved say this same thing, the serious aspirant must focus on the ultimate reality, not on anything else.
You should not think of yourself as Indra or Vishnu or Shankar etc or any of the Vedic or Puranic deities. Think of yourself as Om, the Parabrahma. Try to explore and locate that Supreme consciousness within.
And finally to sum up this discussion.
Do what your Sat-Guru teaches you to do. Practice under the guidance of a Guru. Follow what he tells you. This is why the Sat-Guru in Sanatan Dharma is so essential. Without the blessings of the Guru you cannot do anything and cannot realise anything.
Eg if your Guru teaches you from the Bhagwat Gita of the Mahabharat. You will think of Shri Krishna as your adored deity. First as a Vishnu-avtar, then as you go deeper into him you will realise that the Gita talks about the Advaita. The real Krishna, who ‘pulls’ you inwards is the Advaita. The ‘unknowable blackness’ is again a negation of this created universe. Your Guru will help you experience this essential attribute of ‘Krishna’.
Eg if your Guru teaches you to worship Devi Lalitatripursundari. You will worship the Shri Chakra/Meru with mantras. Initially you might think that you are worshipping a beautiful Devi wearing red sari, jewellery, 4 hands etc. You might call her Mother, Maai, Aai, Mataji, Maiiyaa, etc but later you realise that her name Maa is most apt. I have written this post on this word ‘Maa’, it is a negation, essentially means ’No’. Her subtlest nature is a resounding negation of the creation you see around you. She is Advaita. This realisation will come at the highest levels of your sadhana.
Eg if your Guru teaches you Gayatri puja. You might think that you are worshipping a beautiful Devi with 5-faces etc with her Gayatri mantra. But later as the mantra pulls you inwards you realise that the ‘Savitra’ in the Gayatri mantra refers to the internal illumination. Your are worshipping your own Luminous Self. And this is the Advaita.
Eg if the Guru starts off with the pure Vedanta. This is a rare Guru and an equally rare student. You will then go directly to the Upanishad. He will teach you ‘na iti, na iti’, not this not this. Again the negation of the Maya of creation and the single pointed focus on the pure Om. Read about the Om, practice Om, experience Om and thus the Paramtattva whose Moorti Om is.
A Guru teaches what he has achieved, ie he can teach only what he has the ‘adhikar’ to teach. ie, a History teacher will teach History not Math and a 1st std teacher will not teach PhD students. If a Guru has practiced the Gayatri mantra he will guide you with the Gayatri mantra. If he visualises the Gayatri as a Devi in a red sari then he will teach you this same visualisation. If he has visualised the Gayatri as the Advaita then he will be able to guide you till this final destination. When you get blessings of a Sat-guru, the Atma-jnyani Mahapurush, the Jivan-mukt, ie the Parabrahma only then will you attain Moksh.
So choose your Guru very carefully. Guru is a force which pulls you towards your Self. And there are several pretenders who claim to have got enlightenment or claim to converse with the deities etc. Evaluate carefully before accepting someone as your Guru. If you do not have anyone around, try to follow some daily routine (post here on daily pujas). Get your own intention moving, desire to know your own reality. If you desire it, it will happen. When the student is ready the Guru will manifest.
So Dear Reader, this is a rather rambling answer to your question, see if it helps you in some way.
One of my readers very kindly informed Nikita that a YouTuber is directly reading out my posts on her channel claiming them to be hers. She is actually posing in the videos as if she is channelising the words from somewhere within her (a facepalm moment). The height being that some of these videos have the same names as my posts which she is copying. I have sent a complaint to YouTube about this, so it should be sorted out soon enough. Highly unethical behaviour on her part, but what can be expected from someone with such a filthy aura. This woman is also charging $200 for doing readings on Vedic Jyotish. Unbelievable! It is very hideous karma on her part to cheat her viewers and clients like this. I feel sorry for these people whom she has cheated as it is quite clear that she knows nothing and has most likely misguided them.
(Thank you, kind reader. I have requested Nikita to do a complimentary reading for you, if you so wish it)
So with this background, I felt that it was important to make it out very clearly in a post that I have not authorised anyone to use my posts, my name etc in any way whatsoever ever. The only thing that anyone else can do is share these post/blog links on other platforms if they feel like it. Not copy anything piecemeal.
The reason I forbid this is, these words are my genuine experiences, not just from this life but from my several lives. I write with equal ease on Sanatan Dharma, Devi pujas, Bhagwat Gita, Deities, Dharma, Adharma, Vedanta, Jyotish, Runes, Tarot, Cards, Tantra, Yantra, Mantra, Advaita etc etc because I remember. I have done it through my several lives and I remember it vividly. The pain of the ceaseless efforts and the satisfaction of the Wisdom both. So when I write, it essentially emerges from my Sat-guru’s kindness. The horror which regular people cannot assimilate is filtered out. The words are very gentle, easy, conversational.
Knowledge and later wisdom is always a product of the pain of disillusionment, the relentless effort and self-sacrifice that goes on and on over so many lives. ‘No gain without pain’ is very much true here. eg if i have written about auras being torn and ripped by energy, it is because it has happened to me. And it is very painful. But later it gives its benefit on the spiritual levels.
If someone ‘steals’/ shows ingratitude towards these kind words of Wisdom, these same words will trigger the associated pain in them. The entire blog is interlinked, it is one body of work. Any part taken out of context and those words will give unexpected and sometimes very nasty experiences.
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Essentially, do not copy words from this website, they will harm you eventually. Learn instead and try to make the Wisdom yours by your own efforts.
Devbhasha Samskrutam aka Sanskrit is the original language of this universe. It derives from OM, the seed of this universe we exist in. Rishi Panini ‘saw’ its grammar from Akash and wrote it. Sanskrit is linked to your DNA and is the perfectly arranged language of Light. It cannot be translated as there is nothing you can translate it to. And just because someone has learnt to read/ write it, does not mean that he has understood the texts of Sanatan Dharma or its texts, Sanskrit has layers and layers.
A simple example. There is this very common Sanskrit shlok in the praise of Shri Ganapati,
OM Agajanana padmarkam, Gajananam aharnisham, anek dantam bhaktanam, ek dantam upasmahe OM
It is generally translated as ‘Ganapati is the beloved son of Devi Parvati. Her face lights up with love for him and thus that radiance falls on him. Similarly the blessings of Ganapati fall on his many devotees who worship him with devotion.’
The pictures I have put in this post are of the soft-grey colored Shri Dhoomraketu Ganapati. This is his form in the current Kaliyug. He destroys the Ahamkara, self-ego, sense of individual ego and thus grants Moksh.
And this shlok also means this,
Om – is the seed of this universe, the pranav-mantra.
Agajaa would mean ‘the child of the mountain’, ie the Kundalini rests on the highest energy point of the Mooladhar chakra which is linked to the Pruthvi tattva. Kundalini or Devi Shakti is also called Parvati, the daughter of the mountain/ Parvat Himalaya.
Anan means face, access, door, entrance and its also indicates non-movement, non-animation etc. The Kundalini at rest is the Agajaa-annan. She rests/ sleeps with her ‘face’ blocking the entrance of the Sushumna.
Padma as I have mentioned in an earlier post, is the conscious energy of time-space and the rest of the dimensions. It also means lotus, chakras, a serpent, sinous movement, an elephant with its massiveness and can also indicate a complete merging.
Arka is the light of the internal sun of self-awareness experienced at the end of the twelve chakras, at the Dwadashanat. The ‘Light of the Self’.
Gaj-anan is the opening of the Sushumna located at the Mooladhar chakra. I have mentioned somewhere that Gajanan/ Ganapati is the deity whose permission is necessary for gaining access to the Sushumna. (Deity means conscious intelligence, there is no classical ‘god’ in Sanantan Dharma)
Gaja is earth tattva, the foundation from which the Kundalini will make her move. Or also the solidity, steadiness of your spiritual practice.
Aharnisham means continuously, constantly, steadily, day/ night. But it also means the illusion of the individual soul/ Jivatma being separate from the Parabrahma.
Anek-dantam-bhaktanam is ‘a separated point’. The best way I can describe this is something like the school physics experiment of interference of light waves. A single point is viewed as being divided into multiple points. The same point is ‘divided’ into many. How can a point be divided? Ask your physics teacher if he can explain. Or ask a quantum scientist and be amazed when he speaks of Sanatan Dharma.
Ek-danta means one single point or focussed concentration or the Ultimate realisation. Or the original point which is perceived as ‘a separated point’. The non-dual Advaita which is perceived as multiplicity.
Upasmahe is the verb, the past perfect tense of Upasna. This word has several meanings, but the most interesting meaning is to throw off, or to remove firmly. So this will mean the action of removing the illusion of the multiple points from the one single point. It is in the past perfect tense of the verb. So this action has already been completed. A paradox.
So this simple seeming shlok/ verse has completely different hidden depths. A real genuine Guru would be able to add more meanings and perhaps also grant the experience of this Shloka. See what you make of it?
So to address the question that someone asked me.
How genuine are the translated Sanskrit works? The answer is that someone understands something as per his level of understanding. And understanding depends on the level of experience. And experiencing Devbhasha Sanskrutam requires contemplation. You have to do continuous Dhyan over it to experience it. eg When you are doing your Dhyan with the ‘Soham’ mantra you are experiencing, understanding it. More you meditate on Sanskrit more deeply will you experience/understand it. Sanskrit is a palimpsest, layers and layers of meanings. So if you choose to read a translated book, choose after evaluating the translator well. And at least read the original Sanskrit shlokas/text if you can.
There were several questions on what happens during the menstrual phase of the monthly cycle in women, what should be avoided during this time etc, thus this post.
Before reading this, I want you to learn how to make a chi ball (post here)or learn to sense your chakras (post here) or learn to see auras (post here). Unless you can sense the movement of the chakras in your body, sense the direction of their movement etc, this post will be incomprehensible. Every theory should be proved by practice, else it is useless. So unless you learn to sense energy, ie pran, this post will remain essentially meaningless words.
Chakras move in a spiralling clockwise direction. By this movement, they power the naadi network ie send Pran through them. They go anticlockwise only in the following cases,
Women in the menstrual phase of their monthly cycle, ‘periods’. This phase generally lasts for 5 days, sometimes 6 days. (For physical hygiene purposes, you can stretch it to even 7 days.)
Men, women and children who are suffering diseases where the body is getting terribly damaged very fast. Eg last stages of cancer and similarly fatal diseases, where the disease progresses so rapidly that there is net destruction of body tissues. (saw this several times)
Black magic intended to severely harm or kill can make your chakras go anticlockwise for several days, causing severe damage till you think that it is better to exit the physical shell. (I have experienced this once)
When the chakras are clockwise, the Pravrutti cycle operates. The body builds itself, the tissues repair themselves, the mind is interested in the world, activities are performed. Some people call this a positive chakra movement. You wish to live on in your body and take steps to ensure that the body/ mind remains heathy and well. The clockwise direction is of evolution, growth, ie basically creation. That is why we draw the Swastik in the clockwise direction always. And the Shri Ganapati we householders worship has his truck to the left. And we blow conches of a typical shape, to increase the energy of Pravrutti around us. Its opposite is the Nivrutti where the energy is destructive in nature, it destroys the manifested. (If you know how, you can use this Nivrutti energy for spiritual purposes ie to create detachment from the material)
In healthy, normal women from the age of avg 12yrs to 51yrs the body follows the reproductive cycle. There are avg 13 cycles in a year. One cycle is for an avg 28days. (28days in a lunar month.) And of these 28days, for avg 5 days the body self-destructs internally. Anticlockwise spinning energy is the direction of destruction of the material. During these 5 days, the body is undergoing internal controlled destruction. The reproduction related tissues are being ripped off, there is loss of blood, the mind is under stress etc. The fertile egg that you had produced is killed and thrown out of the body, with other tissues which were designed to support it in case it were to get fertilized. If this sort of destruction has to occur, the body has to first set the chakras in the anti-clockwise motion. Destruction of this scale cannot happen with the regular clockwise energy. It is a highly precise thing. If you can sense the speeds of the chakras you will observe that the intensity is very high on the 1st 2nd days, slows down on the 3rd 4th days, is very slowly anticlockwise or slowly turning forwards on the 5th day. Then the chakras turn around and assume their regular clockwise motion at the regular speed.
During the ‘period’, the physical body becomes weak, the aura of the lower abdomen becomes very red often with black streaks. There is always pain and trauma in the physical body. Some women suffer backaches, cramps, nausea, stomach upsets, etc. The mind and emotions are affected, ie there is lethargy, disinterest, dissociation as nivrutti operates. Best option during this period is to rest, sleep and relax in whatever way you can.
The astral body shows the effects too, you absorb negative forms of energy more easily from others during this period. So you should not go to places which are haunted. There are entities here which can link into your astral body deeply and cause damage. You can get haunted by spirits if you go to isolated places near rivers or alone in forests, ruined ancient places or places where traumatic events have occurred etc.
During this time you should not go to events related to birth or death. As during this time, the barriers between our Martyalok and the Pitrulok are open. And you do not know what all can latch on to you from the other dimensions causing you harm.
If you do not know how to use this anticlockwise energy you are very highly vulnerable to several things during this time frame.
During this period, you cannot do any sort of practice which manipulates Pran in the Naadi-s. No energy-related work of any kind, ie you cannot even remove evil eye during this period. No Yog-asan, Dhyan, Japa etc as you actually work very hard when you perform these activities. You put in a lot of effort trying to coordinate your breath, mantra, focus, posture etc in a very precise fashion. If you do such activities during your periods, ie when the body is internally self-destructing, you can subtly damage your Naadis. If the naadis get damaged, then their connected body organs will eventually get physically diseased.
During this period you cannot properly absorb clockwise energies around you. The energy generated during regular pujas, Arti, blowing conches, going to temples, etc is the clockwise one. So if you go to some place where such clockwise spinning energies are being generated you will face an energy backlash. Your chakras are going anti-clockwise. These two forms of energies sort of collide within you. If you are sensitive enough, you might feel nauseated, dizzy, feel like throwing up etc on the physical levels. So you should avoid going to temples, pujas etc on these days, ie places with very intense clockwise energies. So if you remain in environments where clockwise spinning energy is amplified by pujas/ worship/ mantras etc you might eventually hurt yourself temporarily or permanently depending on the intensity of the place’s energy.
(Once I had gone to a local temple and a woman in her periods came and stood near me. Her energy was incredibly disturbing, her ‘smell’, ‘taste’ ‘feel’ was so bad, that I had to move away from her. About 6ft away was bearable. The deity was so angry. And this woman had no idea what was happening.)
All Hindu/ Sanatan Dharma followers have the Tulsi plant compulsorily in their homes. Tulsi carries with it the energies of Satva-gun, ie Bhagwan Vishnu and Devi Laxmi and pujas are done every evening twilight to the Tulasi. You should avoid doing these pujas too on these few days.
Earlier and even now, women avoid cooking during the menstrual phase. If you touch food, it will change its energy. Try touching fresh milk(not the liquid sold as ‘milk’ in cities) and see what happens. Or try setting curds with fresh milk. Or set any food for fermentation during this period, it will not set well. The energy of destruction whirring within you changes the energy of the food/ liquids you touch. This energy can become distasteful and actually be damaging to sensitive people or people who perform rigorous pujas.
During pujas, deities are formally invited, requested to sit, accept the offerings of flowers, clothes, saffron, sandalwood, mantras, camphor, arti, food, water, etc naivedya is offered to them. They actually absorb the energies of all this stuff which is offered to them. We do pujas of Saumya-forms of Bhagwan Shankar, Bhagwan Vishnu, Devi Sarasvati, Devi Laxmi, Devi Parvati, Shri Ganpati etc. We wish for prosperity, happiness, positive things in life, constructive things. So these deities are in their Pravrutti forms, clockwise energy. In a puja, the deities actually absorb the essence/ energy of the offering, amplify it and give it back to you as their ashirwad/ blessing when they formally leave at the end of the pujas.
If during the menstrual phase, you touch any item which is to be offered to them, your anti-clockwise energies interfere with this process. When you touch an item, it’s energy goes anti-clockwise and they cannot accept it. In fact, just your presence in the room is sufficient to change the energy of the stuff, especially on days 1-3. Eg you eat only veg food, someone invites you with all respect and serves you only non-veg food. Naturally you are going to be upset and point it out to him. This is the same thing, but here because they are deities, they will curse you, your family and the brahmin who is doing the pujas. They will leave rejecting your offerings and this is an additional negative karma for all.
Now if anyone from your family is doing intense pujas, regular Dhyan etc, you should not sit next to him/her in this period. Or if there is someone in whom deities come. If he/she eats food you prepare it will cause harm to him/her. In the first place he/she will not eat it or sit next to you, but you too should not insist. This causes distress and can result in actual rashes, allergy, indigestion, falling ill etc for him/her. This is negative karma for you, as you have, by your negligence, caused harm to a spiritual aspirant.
If you have taken any Sankalp/ intention to do some pujas/ mantra/ Dhyan every day, then these days are not counted in your practice. You will simply stop on the 1st day. Rest for the 4-5 days or upto 7days if you want to. Then on the day you are to resume your practice, have a full bath, ie put water over your head too. This ensures that the entire aura of the body is refreshed from top to toe. And then resume your practice. You do not have to do double or extra or anything to ‘make up’ for these rest days.
Rebalancing karma is often accelerated in the menstrual phase of the monthly cycle. So I always consider women very lucky as they have this opportunity for 5days every month, but only if they understand and use its energy. This time is considered very auspicious for certain activities. If you worship the Ugra forms of the deities then maybe you might find a Guru who can teach you how to do these typical pujas etc.Earlier women who knew tantra etc could use these energies of destruction to fuel their pujas, manifest their intentions, or move on their spiritual path, but now that knowledge is lost. (The only exception to all this is if you worship the pure Advaita and are very clear in your concepts, then there are no bindings on you regarding anything at all.)
Again, this time is not dirty or unclean or anything like that. No woman should feel ashamed or unhappy during this time. If anyone thinks that a menstruating woman is in some way unclean just because of the blood flow is simply showing his own ignorance. This phase is the very visible reminder of the creative energy and also the destructive energy that specifically only women in the reproductive age group can access. It is a very positive and a healthy thing to happen.
It is just that we live in a time where we do not know the pujas where this anticlockwise energy, the energy of destruction, of Nivrutti can be fruitfully utilised in a safe manner and that is the reason why we women have to wait out for these 5days every month.
Again, you must learn to sense pran, your chakras etc. Unless you learn this, you might not be able to really understand this post.