Solar eclipse Apr 2023 astrological predictions

Eclipses are trigger events which release significant karma in a short period of time. Solar eclipses are more powerful than lunar eclipses. Especially the total solar eclipses impact everyone on this earth, directly or indirectly.

(I have written detailed predictions for this year in several posts – index page).

The month of April 2023 is quite happening with

The first eclipse event of 2023 is the upcoming solar eclipse on 20th Apr 2023. Totality will be visible in the Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Australia, Indonesia etc as per this map (from The intensity of the results will vary depending on whether the eclipse was visible or not in the nation you live in. Those areas who will witness totality will see the complete results of the eclipse. But as it is a major solar eclipse all of us will feel its direct/ indirect effects.


First the configuration of the planets.

  • Aries – Ashvini nakshatra with Sun and Rahu. Bharani with Moon and the retrograde Mercury.
  • Taurus – Venus in Rohini, he is not involved.
  • Gemini – Mars in Aradra, the eclipse is in his Aries so he is involved to some extent.
  • Libra – Ketu in Svati, the other half of the eclipse axis.
  • Aquarius- Saturn in Shatataraka is influencing the eclipse by his 3rd aspect. This is not good as he will trigger restrictions, delays, karmic events etc connected to Aries sign and the planets participating in the eclipse.
  • Pisces – Combust Jupiter is in Revati at the very last 29th deg, at the gandant of the zodiac on the verge of entering Aries. He is within 15deg from Rahu and is involved in the eclipse energy.

The eclipse is occurring in the Ashvini – Svati nakshatra axis in the Aries – Libra signs. Analyse what these signs/ nakshatra indicate in your life as there will be some significant change linked to these around the eclipse. The eclipse energy is going to be channeled through the Ashvini filter. This lunar mansion is ruled by the Ashvini Kumar deities and is linked to Ketu. (On the other side, Svati is linked to Rahu and ruled by the Marut).

The total solar eclipse is visible more over water than land. So there will be extended effects over the weather patterns which originate from these water bodies. Weather patterns will be significantly affected for the next 1-2 months, there will be excessive rain, wind, cyclones etc. An undersea earthquake or tsunami like situation is likely. These seas/ oceans may see small/ large war like situations in the near future. Accidents related to water and in water bodies will happen. Political disturbance is possible in the nations who witness the eclipse. National economy will see some setbacks. Scarcity of essential items or medicines is possible. Rifts in the society, ie religion, race etc will come out in the open, civil unrest is likely in these nations.

Especially one fortnight before and after the eclipse most of us will feel the maximum effects. And it there will be an increase in impulsiveness, everyone will take decisions without thinking of the long term consequences, behave in ways which will be regretted later. There will be impatience and an inability to endure. Everyone will feel frustrated for some reason or the other. Short temper, pointless arguments, selfishness, self centred behaviour especially in relationships are all possible. There is a possibility of breakups and separations as long term commitments/ relations will feel like bindings. It might get difficult to choose correctly between options, most of us will suffer from indecisiveness. There may be a lack of confidence during this time due to which some of us will miss certain opportunities. Some might feel restless, want to change the job, residence, travel etc. This time will see the endings and beginnings of things and these actions will be fast. Some of us might be forced to go on sudden journeys especially within 1 month before and after the eclipse, and these will be karmic in nature. We all will need courage to navigate through the situations which will emerge after the eclipse. The long term effects of this eclipse will gradually fade over the next 5-6yrs. However during the one fortnight before and after the eclipse it is best to be aware of what all can go wrong in your life or if any unexpected opportunities come up and to be prepared for it.

Transit results are always seen as per the the birth Moon signs. But if you have a strong ascendant sign (check the ashtakavarga scores), then you can read from the ascendant sign too. For Aries and Libra signs, this eclipse will be associated with life time changes. For everyone else, the following results will be seen for about 1 month before the eclipse and 2 months after it. In brief,

This eclipse is bad to worse for Aries, Cancer, Virgo and Aquarius.

  • Aries will have a stressful time. Personal health needs attention. You will be restless, will not get time for yourself. Avoid changing your job or residence or taking life time decisions in this time.
  • Cancer will face confusion mainly in the profession and in the social arena. There may be a forced change of job or salary cut. You might face humiliation at work or in the family. Your father or your boss will be unsympathetic to your issues. Avoid unnecessary confrontations and risks as later you will be at the receiving end of the consequences of these actions.
  • Virgo will have a tough time both in the profession and in the home. Health might be an issue and you might suffer from some acute illness or surgery during this time. Be careful while driving etc. Some dramatic change in your life now will cause you long term turmoil, so be alert.
  • Aquarius will face financial issues as your investments do not give you the desired returns.  Past decisions/ mistakes will haunt you during this time frame. This is not a time for speculation or trading in stocks. Your siblings, cousins will cause you stress. You might be required to travel unnecessarily.

It is average to bad for Taurus, Libra, Scorpio and Capricorn, but still there will be some positivity depending on the individual  charts

  • Taurus – There will be over work, anxiety and you will feel tired all the time. Evil eye may trouble you. Health will suffer, if you have any chronic complaints be careful. Health of elders may give you some anxious moments. Ensure that you get enough rest and do not overthink.
  • Libra – You will suffer from undefined health issues, emotional and psychological issues. Evil eye and astral/psychic issues are also possible. Constant tiredness and physical weakness will make you lethargic. Behaviour of your spouse will cause stress. Removal of negative energy, cleansing etc will help. Make sure that you get enough rest.
  • Scorpio – Progress in profession/ business will be slow and the family life will turbulent. You might feel like giving up because of lack of results. However enemies will be silent so you will be secure on this front at least. So persevere in your projects. If you have done some good karma in the past it will help you now. Avoid confrontations at home.
  • Capricorn has some positivity going on for it but this will be mostly overshadowed by stress at home. You will regret your past mistakes and feel anxious for the future. Your time is improving but slowly, so be patient and keep working.

And Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius and Pisces have some potential for positivity depending on the individual charts.

  • Gemini has some positive energy after a long time. You might receive some gains from your past investments and actions. You can reconnect with your friends etc and generally have an average to good time.
  • Leo will get unexpected support from unexpected people. Try to make the most of their help, avoid disagreements with these people. Luck will work for you. Especially if you have been doing your daily pujas regularly, this time will bring you a positive news with long term implications. You can start new projects etc during this time but only after rechecking everything.
  • Sagittarius will be able to use their intelligence and get their dream projects, job positions, exam results etc. However, even if you feel that you can get away with it, do not cheat anyone during this time. Disagreements with children and loved ones will continue. Overall the time is more on the favourable side and you can take calculated risks.
  • Pisces will see fluctuations in finances which will get sorted out once Jupiter is in Aries. But till then, it is advisable to budget and avoid unnecessary expenses. One life time asset will be created for you in this time frame, so if you see any likely opportunities, you can take them up after due risk analysis.

Remedies are as always the two, Mantra and Daana (index page). And if you are a student of Jyotish you can analyse your chart and modulate your expectations and behaviour intelligently to navigate through the time.

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ is common phrase where we Bharatiya people are encouraged to think of the entire Earth as our family. This line is repeated everywhere without understanding its origin, its reference, its usage and always to the detriment of our nation and our people.

Right now the average Hindu/ follower of Sanatan Dharma is highly confused, mainly due to a lack of genuine teachers, Gurus, Acharyas, Brahmins etc. The invaders killed our teachers and thus our entire Dharmic, ethical/moral and sensible way of life is fading. And also due to a proliferation of ‘masters’ or foreign agents who ‘re-interpret’ our spiritual concepts in ‘modern terms’ and try to brainwash us. These are also agents of the invaders who work with a fixed agenda of subversion and destruction.

So let’s try and understand ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ in the correct perspective.


Our Bharatiya society has 4 distinct layers /ashram to it. Balyashram is all the children, they are naturally dependant on their parents and are expected to study. Then comes the Gruhastashram which is the life of a householder. He/she performs karma as per the Vedpurva, works, earns money etc to support the family and the entire society. Then comes Vanprasthashram, the life of a retired person, here he/she starts reading the Vedant and starts doing Upasana. And finally comes Sanyasashram when the person completely dedicates the remaining life to the Vedant and understanding the Self, doing Shravan, Manan and Nididhyasan.

The Gruhast is the most important practical stage of life as the entire society rests on the householder’s shoulders (This is us. All of us who are reading this blog are Gruhast, householders.) The other 3 ashrams/ stages are dependant on this one Gruhast. The Gruhast has to follow the Vedpurva and to live his practical life he has take help from the practical stories of Panchatantra and Hitopadesha. He cannot and must not try to apply the ideas of the Vedant in his practical life. If he does so the entire Hindu society will come crashing down. And this is exactly what is happening with ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’.

This phrase ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ is originally from the Maha Upanishad and the context is the mindset and behaviour of the Atmajnyani Mahapurush who has reached the Brahmi sthiti. This Brahmi sthiti is also described in depth in the Bhagwat Gita (detailed discussion starts from 2.54 and culminates in 2.72.). There are 5 stages to realization of the Self and the Brahmi sthiti is the 4th one in sequence (beyond the Brahmi sthiti is the 5th stage of the pure Advaita). It is only a extremely highly elevated Mahapurush who sees the entire Earth as his own family.

This line ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ is applicable only and only to the highest level of Mahapurush, the Sanyasi of the highest level. It is a philosophy from the Vedant and only applicable for the genuine Sanyasi. It is not applicable to even those who are starting their journey and absolutely not applicable to us, householders. ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ is not an ideal for householders to aim for. It is the inherent nature of the highest Mahapurush and they are naturally or inherently in this state because of their complete identification with the Brahmi sthiti. We must not confuse the householder with this level of Mahapurush.

Now let’s analyse what our Acharyas have said about ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ in the context of the householder. Let’s refer to the ‘standard manual’ for behaviour for the Gruhast, ie the basic Panchatantra and the later Hitopadesh, both of which are based on Acharya Chanakya’s Arthshastra. This quote ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ is mentioned in a few stories here. Briefly, a couple of the stories,

  • The quote is recited by a knowledgeable but stupid Brahmin man for getting the support of his two equally knowledgeable and stupid friends for resurrecting a dead lion in a forest. Their fourth friend who is also a Brahmin but has common sense tries to stop them. But the 3 stupid Brahmins speak with idealism and preach the romance of universal brotherhood to their 4th sensible friend. They quote‘ Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ and carry on. The fourth Brahmin then climbs a tree for safety. The 3 Brahmins soon bring the lion’s carcass back to life and as expected, after the lion becomes alive, it kills and eats all three of them.
  • In another story, a jackal wants to eat a deer. He recites this line to convince the deer to become his friend. He also talks about universal brotherhood etc in persuasive language. The deer is swayed by these beautiful words and agrees to the friendship. The deer’s true friends try to get the deer to see sense. But the jackal’s logic is sounds so elevated, spiritual and enticing that the deer sticks with the jackal. Soon the jackal lures the deer into a trap, then kills and eats him.

The point made in these stories is that one must know where and when to apply philosophy. Also one must never befriend or trust someone just because he quotes the Vedant shloks. Common sense is always better than impracticality and illogically applied vedantic concepts. One should be careful of people who preach ‘universal brotherhood’ or speak sweetly as spiritual concepts are often used as a means of subversion by enemies. Finally, those people who do not understand ‘context’ are always destroyed.

The Panchatantra and its variant the Hitopadesh must be read by children and their parents too. These stories are composed by the Acharyas, Vishnusharma and Narayanpandit who understood ‘context’. Hitopadesh is based on the Panchatantra. And Acharya Vishnusharma has acknowledged that he wrote the Panchatantra only after studying Acharya Chanakya’s Arthashastra. And in turn Acharya Chanakya has written the Arthashastra only after studying ancient Acharyas before him, including Pitamah Bhisma’s teachings in the Mahabharat, the customs of both Uttar and Dakshin Bharat, the books available, the politics around him, the mindsets, the motives etc of people against a very practical backdrop. These works are by Acharyas who had studied human nature in depth, had the complete understanding of Dharma and the intelligence to practice it in real life.

True intelligence is knowing what should be applied, when, how, and in which situation. Eg if someone is entering your house to loot your money or to steal your wife/children, you cannot welcome them reciting ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ or ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. In this situation you must follow the practical concepts of the Arthashastra, Panchatantra or Hitopadesh. No Acharya has ever recommended this quote ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ for householders and in fact they have consistently expressed their contempt for using spiritual concepts in practical life.

Every household must have a full set of these books on practical life and every parent must make sure that the kids read and understand these stories. And as householders if you want to read the Vedant, then as long as you are in the Gruhast state, keep these spiritual concepts limited only to your internal mind. And when you come across phrases, quotes or shlokas which encourage you to behave in impractical, illogical ways, you must think twice. ‘Context’ is all important.

Finally try to learn Sanskrit. Unless we are able to read and write in our own mother tongue, read our own books in the original, we will be taken for a ride by enemies and people who want to subvert our society. We should be proud of our own Devbhasha Samskrutam, understand the books by our Acharyas and practice their practical advice so that our nation, Bharat can progress in the real sense.

(This is again in response to a question and I felt that I had to answer it in detail.)

Gotra the genetic link

Gotra गोत्र is important in families who follow Sanatan Dharma. It is the family lineage, it is the genetic ancestry, the DNA coupled with the consciousness. Every human being has a Gotra, but those who do not follow the Sanatan Dharma have forgotten that it exists.

Go (गो) has several meanings in Sanskrit – cow, 1, 9, billion, stars, sky, Vajra, ray of light, diamond, heavens, earth, arrow, words, Devi Sarasvati, mother, direction, water, eye, hair, sense organs, sun, moon, singer, house, evolution, sacrifice, hill, tree, wave, bird, the abdomen, horn, etc. And त्र here means protection, propagation, help, deliver etc. So the concept of Gotra गोत्र carries a sense of protection of the Go in some way and is also the seed of the Go.

Our DNA makes us unique individuals but this same DNA is also the common human energy which ties us all together. When Sanatan Dharma uses words like Tvashtra, Sarpa, Nag etc they are also indicative of this DNA coupled with Consciousness that each one of us carries within us and which we all carry together as a collective humanity. In Sanatan Dharma we are very particular about our individuality and the health of our DNA + Consciousness. The only way to maintain and repair this is by the use of mantra. We start our day with a mantra eg Kar Darshan Mantra, go to bed with a mantra, eg Ratri Sukta, and recite several more during the course of the day. (‘Modern science’ has now ‘discovered’ that sound modifies the structure of the DNA. They have not yet reached the realm of Consciousness.)

The human male is more vulnerable than the female (‘modern science’ also recognises this fact, the Y chromosome is more vulnerable) and our ancestor Rishis had addressed this by giving more Mantra pujas for the male to perform. Men and women are different on several levels. The human race can exist only as long as the human Y chromosome remains in good health, and the men have no option but to bear this additional responsibility.

  • The Anteyshthi sanskar and tarpan related activities and their mantra are the exclusive domain of the men. It helps them maintain and repair their male specific DNA material. Today perhaps only 5% men are making use of this sure shot way of DNA repair.
  • With the deteriorating Yug, the Yajnopavit Sanskar has become exclusive to the men. Maybe only 0.1% of men alive today are maintaining themselves with the power of the Gayatri mantra.

Gotra are genetic clans. Today even ‘modern science’ recognises that within the general human species, there are regional differences in the genetic makeup. This genetic diversity keeps us humans healthy, provides immunity etc to the next generations. However the gotra are even more subtle than the physical DNA clans of humans. We, followers of Sanatan Dharma, know that everything is conscious. Even these DNA molecules within our bodies are conscious. These Gotra are not just our physical DNA but also incorporate this Chaitanya, ie Awareness component too. Gotra combines the physical and the conscious inheritance that we get from our ancestors right from the beginning of this Era.

According to Vishnu Puran, the seven Gotra progenitor Rishi, ie the Brahma Rishis or Sapta Rishi of the current Manvantar, ‘era’ are the Maha Rishis – Vashishtha, Kashyap, Atri, Jamadagni, Gautam, Vishwamitra and Bharadwaj. Maha Rishi Kashyap is also considered to be the original creator of the entire human race. These are the seven original Gotra for this era. Today you will see several more Gotra which were created by several more progenitor Maha Rishis – Shandilya, Agasti, Kaushik, Parashar, etc. These are all Maha Rishi, ie realised souls who lived on Earth for specific purposes. They knew the essence of the Ved, ie Atma jnyan and the complete use of mantra, tantra, yantra. These Maha Rishis used the energy of the Universe to further create diverse groups of humans, ie additional Gotra, who subtly differ from each other. If there is more variation in the human population, it will be more vibrant, healthy etc.

Gotra is by birth, it cannot change. It is the DNA that flows in your body and is necessary to ensure the fitness of the progeny. Gotra is an essential information, everyone must know their gotra. It is essential  for two major activities,

  1. For performing any puja, Sanskar etc of Sanatan Dharma, you formally take the Sankalp, the intention of the Puja. At this time you have to identify yourself by your Gotra call on your ancestral Maha Rishi and request his help in performing this auspicious activity.
  2. And when you want to get married, you cannot marry someone who is from the same gotra as your father or your mother. This helps in maintaining the health of the population on several levels.

Some women think that after getting married their gotra changes and their Gotra is now the same as their husbands. But Gotra is by birth. If someone has the same Gotra as you, then he/ she can only be your sibling not a spouse. Husband and wife by definition have to belong to different Gotra. And ideally you should not be getting married to a person from the same Gotra as your father / mother. For practicality’s sake however married women continue refer to themselves by their husband’s gotra.

The progenitor Rishis are the foremost Pitru/ ancestors for the Gotra they have generated. And they are also given tarpan as their blessings are required to continue the lineage. If you know their names you can draw energy from that source and these are Maharishis capable of giving you so very much.

A short story/ allegory of the Matsya Avtar. Not going into the esoteric.

King Vaivasvat Manu was giving Argya to the Suryadev and in his cupped palms he found a tiny fish. The fish requested help as it was afraid that the bigger fish might eat it. So Vaivasvat Manu took it to his palace and kept it in a jar. The next day the fish grew as big as the jar, so and was transferred to a bigger tank. Again fish grew and asked to be released into the river. It wanted go to the ocean and grow as large as the ocean itself. It told Vaivasvat Manu that it is the Matsya Avtar of Bhagvan Vishnu and that the Pralay is due. Shri Matsya then asked him build a ship and get his wife Devi Shraddha and the Sapta Rishi/ Brahma Rishis – Vashishtha, Kashyap, Atri, Jamadagni, Gautam, Vishwamitra and Bharadwaj ready for this event.

Soon torrential rains started, Pralay was on its way. Shri Matsya came back, unimaginably large in size. He kept the ship with its precious cargo afloat during the Pralay as the entire creation was washed off. The ship took refuge on the Himalay, the mountain tips were just above the waters. And after it was over, Shri Matsya landed the ship, blessed Vaivasvat Manu, Shraddha, the Sapta Rishis and vanished. The new Manvantar had started. Vaivasvat Manu was the first man and Shraddha was the first woman of this new era. The Sapta Rishi of this new Manvantar performed Yajnya to create all the living beings required to populate the Bhu lok, ie the dimension of the Earth. The Maha Rishis had complete knowledge and understanding of the Ved and knew how to use the Mantra to create all the creatures.

Vaivasvat Manu and his wife Shraddha performed a Yajnya and became the common ancestors of all the humans on Earth today. The Sapta Rishi used their mantra to vary the humans beings created and the first Gotra lineages were created. Later, other Maha Rishi who had the necessary mandate and the knowledge of the use of the requisite mantra were the progenitors of additional Gotra lineages.

In case you do not know your Gotra, and want to follow Sanatan Dharma then you need to get ‘adopted’ into one. Here you have three options,

  1. First is to adopt the Kashyap gotra as Rishi Kashyap is the ultimate progenitor Maharishi of all humanity.
  2. A second option is to adopt the Gotra of your birth Moon lunar mansion, as every Nakshatra has an associated Maha Rishi.
    • Rishi Marichi – Ashvini Pushya Svati Abhijit
    • Rishi Vashishta – Bharani Ashleysha Vishakha Shravan
    • Rishi Angiras – Krutika Magha Anuradha Dhanishtha
    • Rishi Atri – Rohini Poorvaphalguni Jyeshtha Shatataraka
    • Rishi Pulastya – Mruga Uttaraphalguni Moola Poorvabhadrapada
    • Rishi Pulaha – Aradra Hasta Poorvashadha Uttarabhadrapada
    • Rishi Kratu – Punarvasu Chitra Uttarashadha Revati
  3. Third option is to adopt the Gotra of your family Brahmin Purohit.

Gotra is being grateful to your progenitor Maharishi and the ancestors whose inheritance you carry within you. When you say this name while doing your pujas you are also offering energy to all your ancestors and everyone living who carries this same Gotra. You will alawys get your individual merit from the pujas but in this way the entire humanity benefits. Sanatan Dharma is based on gratitude. And you owe the max to the first ancestor whose DNA consciousness you carry within you. So recognise this energy and use it to enrich your existence on this earth.


Shri Vidya Tantra and the Vedant

Shri Vidya and Vedant is the same thing. There is no difference between the two.

The biggest proof of this statement is Adi Shankaracharya himself. He wrote extensive commentaries on the Upanishads, the Bhagwat Gita and the Brahma Sutra. In fact, the Bhagwat Gita became popular as a text only after he wrote his Bhashya on it. And the incredible Bhashya on the Brahmasutra is his gift to us, his shishyas. The foremost authority on the Vedant, he established the 4 Maths for systematically teaching Veds. And he wrote several fundamental texts of the Shri Vidya, eg the Soundarya Lahiri. He also established several temples where the Shri Chakra and several other yantras derived from it are worshipped. Right from the Himalay in Shrinagar, Kashmir to the seas of the Dakshin, he established several temples in our Bharat for the worship of the Shri Chakra. (There was a question so writing this mini-post.)

Shri Vidya and Vedant is exactly the same. All ‘Tantra’ derives from the Shri Vidya. There is a sookshma Tantra where you work with the energies of creation using only your Buddhi/ intelligence. (Buddhi is the finer, evolved version of the Manas). This sookshma Tantra requires an understanding of the Advaita as described in the Vedant. 

Advaita 18-66 Bhagvat Gita Part-1

So here is the ‘proof’…

In Shri Vidya, aka tantra, is based on several mantra, of which the 15 akshari Panchadashi mantra is fundamental. (It is a Guru mukhi Vidya. These mantra are given by a Guru as a Diksha to deserving Shishyas.)

In the Vedant, the first Mahavakya is, ‘Tat tvam asi’ roughly meaning ‘That you are’. When you approach an Atmajnyani Mahapurush, this is what he will say to you. In your local language or by any means, he will give you this Atma jnyan at the very first instant of your meeting him. This Jnyan is the start of the journey to the self. This line expands into the other three Mahavakyas, Aham brahmasmi, Prajnyanam brahma and Ayam atma brahma.

Now the analysis, 

The first line of the 15 lettered Mantra represents the Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Ishvara and Sadashiv energies which sequentially represent the five actions ongoing in this creation. The actions of shrushti – manifestation, sthiti – preservation, samhara – unmanifestation, tirodhana – delusion and anugraha – absorption of the creation in ‘I’, the Eternal, Non dual, Atma. 

And this is exactly what the ‘Tvam’ word in the Mahavakya means. These 5 actions are the ‘added on descriptions’ of the ‘I’. These five actions are the secondary or indicative attributes, ‘Tatastha lakshana’ of the Non dual. These five actions define the jivatma or the individual soul or the Maya or the manifestation or the Leela or the game of creation.

  • So the first line /kuta of the 15 Akshari Mantra = the ‘Tvam’ word/pad in the Mahavakya 

The akshars in the second line of the Mantra represent the qualities of – anand /happiness, satya/ the truth of existence, ananta / infinity of consciousness and Jnyan /knowledge of the Atma.

And this is exactly the same in the Vedant. ‘My’ inherent nature, is the ‘Tat’ word in the Mahavakya. This word represents the inbuilt qualities of the Advaita. These exact same ones, Sat Chit Ananda and Brahmajnyan, existence, consciousness, happiness and the knowledge of the Self are the Svaroopa lakshana of the Atma.

  • So the second line of the 15 Akshari Mantra = ‘Tat word/pad of the Mahavakya.

And the final line of the 15 Akshari Mantra has to be analysed in two parts. The first part is the first three akshars which represent the jivtama, creation, game, Maya, individual soul, manifested Shakti etc. And the second part is the last beej akshar which represents the Atma. This last line firmly states that the Jivtama = the Paramatma.  There is only the all pervading Non dual Atma who Is. 

Similarly the last word of the Mahavakya ‘asi’ states this same concept, the ‘sameness’. We may think that we are the individual souls, the jivatmas, separate from each other, separate from the Parabrahma, playing the game of creation, this is conditional reality. But ultimately we are the same Non dual Atma, which is is only one absolute reality.

  • So the third word of the Mahavakya and the third line of the 15 Akshari Mantra are same. 

Jagat Guru Adi Shankaracharya

Shri Vidya is the Vedant and the Vedant is the Shri Vidya. Both require that same level of intelligence/ Buddhi. Without this Buddhi you cannot get anywhere in your spiritual progress.

So find a genuine Guru (very rare), Acharya or Brahmin or Gurukul (several options) who teaches the Vedant. This means the basic Bhagwat Gita, then the 10 foundational Upanishads from Isha to Bruhataranyak with their Bhashya by Adi Shankaracharya, then the Bhashya he has written on the Bhagwat Gita and the final is the Brahmasutra and its Bhashya by Adi Shankaracharya. This is the syllabus for complete understanding of the Vedant, about 15-20yrs of committed study. But at least the path here is defined. And even if you do not meet a proper teacher, at least read the Sanskrit texts, a few shloks/ day. Eg the Bhagwat Gita, one Sanskrit shlok/day. Do practice ‘Soham’. Just this much will start the energy moving within you. Chances of messing up here are relatively low. 

Shri Vidya schools and mantras are very diverse and here too there are very few genuine Gurus. And there is a significantly higher chance of being diverted and cheated by pretenders and unscrupulous practitioners. So I recommend just a regular recitation of the Shri Sukta as the gentlest and the most effective practice. And to consciously practice Soham with every breath you take. If you do this sincerely, a Guru will arrive to guide you onwards.

If you need a focus point, then worship a deity from the Karmakanda, ie the Bhagwans, Shankar, Vishnu, Brahma, Aditya, Chandra, Ganapati, Skanda, etc or the Devis Parvati, Laxmi, Sarasvati, Ganga etc. Or devote yourself to the Atma Jnyani mahapurush, but be sure that the Guru you have chosen for such worship is really an Atmajnyani, else you will be in serious trouble. Be selfless for at least these 5 mins daily. Offer everything you have to your deity with all the love you feel in your heart. This will move things forward.

And this is primarily a blog on Jyotish so this daily routine will also help you learn Jyotish. Patterns in the horoscopes will become evident and easily. Intuition will develop and your predictions will be accurate.

If you are clear on the Vedant then Shri Vidya will arise very naturally and vice versa. Once you know that you are the energy and the holder of the energy and that both are the same, everything changes in the most beautiful way possible. 

Ultimately Vedant and Tantra are reflections of your own Self. Find your Self and you will gain it all.

Atithi Devo bhavah

This one line, ‘Atithi Devo bhava’ अतिथि देवो भव: is repeated so very often in India /Bharat that that we Indians /Bharatiya feel obligated to consider every guest as the Divine Light and treat them as if they were the divine deities themselves. Misunderstanding this one line has caused caused us untold damage as we welcomed invaders and colonisers into our Bharat by erroneously thinking that they were ‘Atithi’.

We have forgotten what an Atithi अतिथि really means. An Atithi is not a ‘guest’ as is commonly understood. There are these three words in our mother tongue, Devbhasha Samskrutam

  • Abhyaagata अभ्यागत
  • Nimantrita निमन्त्रित
  • Atithi अतिथि. 

All these words are translated into ‘guest’ in English and this is the root of our confusion. English is a limited language and that is why we must learn Sanskrit, be able to read and understand our texts in Sanskrit itself. Only then can we really understand our mindset, behaviour society and the Self. 

These three types of ‘guests’ are very different from each other.

Most people who come to your house are the Abhyaagat अभ्यागत, literally ‘those who have come or arrived’. They are not invited nor are divine, they are general people who pop in without invitation. As per Dharma you need to offer only a seat for such visitors. You are not required to bring refreshments etc for the abhyaagaat, the basic civility of offering a seat is enough. 

Nimantrita निमन्त्रित are those who have been invited by you into your house. These may be your relatives and friends whom you have invited to your house for some auspicious function etc. Or people from other towns with whom you have some mutually agreed upon business. You are required to offer additional hospitality to these invited guests depending on the terms of the initial invitation that you had sent to them. Eg if you have invited your family members for a puja then you are required to offer a seat, water to wash hands/feet, prasadam, food etc and if required a one night stay at your home. 

Atithi अतिथि, on the other hand, is literally is the ‘one who deserves hospitality’. In the past this was limited to genuine Brahmins who were travelling etc and who needed food or a place to stay overnight. Rarely a Guru, Rishi, Sanyasi, Muni, Sadhu or a Yogi could arrive as an Atithi. These elevated souls coming to your house as Atithis is a fortunate event, the karmic fruit of some auspicious activity that you had performed. These Atithi are the Divinities themselves and accordingly offered hospitality. Very rarely, and if you have performed some rigorous anushthan then an actual divinity/a deity may also appear as an Atithi. If you do your spiritual practice with sincerity, you will be blessed with the deity arriving in your home in some form or the other. This is the real Atithi. You are now required to offer water to wash the hands/feet (arghya/padya), a seat for sitting (Asan) etc. But even in this this case, the due hospitality is limited to one meal and maximum one overnight stay.

This is a strict rule that an Abhyaagat cannot be offered the respect that is due to a Atithi.  If you do so, it will be a moral wrong with the eventual negative repercussions. And this is exactly what has happened to our nation, we forgot the difference between Abhyaagat and Athiti and have been paying the price ever since.

(This minipost is in a response to a question)