The energy of thought

If you have been reading my previous posts, I have always emphasised your Intention, your Will and your Thoughts. Whatever you keep thinking of you will become. Whatever you want to know about you will Experience. If you focus on a book you will learn it, if you concentrate on yourself, you will become Yourself. (But where is the real you!)think1There are several ancient and modern age Gurus, humans being publicised and pushed into the society. These marketeers (sorry, but no other way to describe them), aggressively require their disciples to keep photos/paintings of ‘Gurus’ (dead/alive) and pray to these photos. This is very damaging for real spiritual growth. If you have faith in some human Guru (I do!) keep his photograph as a reminder of his teachings and the philosophy you learnt from him. It is important to be grateful, gratitude is the one real feeling which starts you on your spiritual path. But your spiritual practice is your Dhyan. It is only when you concentrate at your third eye and breathe in a specific pattern with an associated mantra, will your mind and thoughts still. So that you can glimpse the Truth that you really are.

Thoughts have energy. And if you have learnt seeing auras and learnt to see sounds, now try seeing the energy of your thoughts. The object you think of has energy, Look and see if this energy is pleasing to you. If it is desirable continue thinking about it, if not then change your thoughts.

In every mantra/stotra in Sanskrit, the last line is something like this “—-. स्तोत्रं यः पठेच्छिवसंनिधौशिवलोकमवाप्नोति शिवेन सह मोदते” , ‘whoever reads this —- stotra with the intention of being with the Pure One, will ultimately reside in the Pure Truth and find Bliss in the Truth’. This is what is needed, you have to remind yourselves that every action you do, may this action lead you to the Ultimate experience of the Pure Truth Itself.

So what are you thinking of?

The seeds of karma are within your thoughts. Your thoughts mirror your sub-conscious expectations. And your expectations are the energies which require rebalancing. But while rebalancing energies, you often go through traumatic experiences. Would you rather avoid trauma or at least reduce its intensity? This is the basis of astrological remedies. You basically think yourself out of the trauma.

If you think deeply, You are the Ultimate compressed into this human body with karmic baggage in your hands. Experiencing the vast You and keeping aside this baggage would be a relief wouldn’t it?

What do you want to know about?

You cannot let your thoughts lead you. You have to consciously direct them. Wanting to learn more about essential spiritual practices, Dhyan, Kundalini, Devi, Parmeshwar is all an excellent indication that you want to know about Yourself. Want to know yourself! with all the intensity you can muster. Your thoughts invite energies. Control the energies that you are opening yourself to. Control your thoughts. There are several types of energies. Satvik energies pull you towards Your Light. Rajasic energies towards the objects of this manifested Universe. And tamasic energies are dull, out-of-sync, dangerous, odd and damage your energy vibrational states. Try to increase your Satvik energies.

think3.jpgSuch a long introduction, you might say! But I cannot stop stressing on the direction of thoughts. You manifest with your thoughts. Your thoughts are your power of creation, use them very carefully, these are double edged swords!

I have written about spirits in previous posts, Goetic spirits, and haunted houses. After I wrote about the haunted houses, a few negative beings decided to pay my house a visit. I must have felt it deeply just writing the post, so subconsciously opened my own house to them. However they were ‘house-guests’ for a very brief period as all it took was to impress on them very clearly that it was my house and they were not welcome! But till I could clear out the house all of us suffered for a couple of days. These were tamasic energies, dissonant.

I never advise communications with departed loved ones or any form of spirits. Never. For normal people it is not needed and often creates more problems than solutions. Thinking about them opens doorways, just recently my Dad was thinking of my Mom (he suddenly missed her!), and she was in the house. When one spirit enters, the door is left open for the others too. As she was not too interested in staying, she went as soon as Dad apologised to her for thinking about her. But then for the rest of the spirit-trash who had followed her, Dad had to throw them out himself, wasting his energy.

There are conscious energies everywhere. The beings from parallel dimensions are always around us. We call them Yaksha, Rakshasa, Vetal, Pishachya, Gandharva, Kinnar, Siddha, Dakini, Shakini, Naag etc. If you cannot see them or interact with them normally, there is a reason for it. Stay away from them.

Such malignant energies are most easily accessible in places where traumatic events have taken place in the past. I once visited Andamans when I was much younger and not very aware of things. I went to the ‘light and sound show’ which was played in the Central Jail there. If you are aware of Indian history, several of our freedom fighters were sentenced to jail here, tortured and killed by the Britishers. Now this place is of historical importance and open to tourists. And densely populated by negative energy and trapped spirits. I couldn’t sleep for the one week I stayed in Andamans. Dreams, visions, voices and seeing their astral selves was just too much. I feel sorry for them, their experiences have turned them mad. ‘Earthbound’ spirits of the departed are always around cemeteries where they bury bodies. These will be more than willing to interact and need very little encouragement to create problems in other’s lives. The only way out for them is if their descendants offer them tarpan at Brahmakapal in Badrinath, Uttarakhand.

There is a misconception that the spirits are benign, they are not. They are able to disguise themselves as per the target’s wishes. A child sees them as his favourite cartoon character. A man may see them as a young pretty woman. But they are not of this dimension, they are discordant energies, they look bad, they feel slimy, they are out of place in this world of ours. It is not that their vibrational states are ‘low or high’, it is just that they are dissonant. When they touch you or your aura you feel cold, shiver and your hair stand up. It puts your astral body in a state of shock. Some people often use them for manifesting small things, often to cause distress to other people. It is bad karma.

There is a class of beings like Gandharva, Kinnar, Nag, etc. They are not overtly malignant and depending on their mood can be of help. These are found in high places, clean mountains like Himalaya, near rivers of high energy like the Ganga. They ask for something in return, like sweets, milk, gold/silver etc, there is always a bargain and exchange of energy. If you know how to find them they are accessible. think2.jpgMy experience with these beings has been mostly clearing up after them or sending them off. Sometimes the less problematic beings have offered bargains. But I will not actively call them for working with me. I, and even you, can do more with personal energy than they can ever offer. Even thinking about them and wishing that they come and work for you consumes significant energy. Then their bargains are always not what they seem to be. A  better use of creative energy would be for personal spiritual progress.

Manifesting things is using your own powers of creation. You have unlimited power, you just need to think it into being.

 

This post was in response to this comment I received in the Contact form, “Lovely blog! I discovered via the astrology group. Can you write something about angels and other high/low vibrational entities and earthbound souls?” I hope this post has been of some help.

To activate the Navavarna mantra

This is part 2 of the earlier post on Siddhakunjika Mantra, please read it here first. If you are interested in doing Mantra puja using the mantras from Devi Mahatmya, you will need to first Siddh the Navavarna mantra.

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There are several ways starting off with your anushthan. This is a very simple seeming abbreviated procedure but it will work depending on the power of your Intention. (If you live in India or have access to a good genuine pandit, you can do a full fledged anushthan). The time would be on a Tuesday or Friday of the bright half of the month, in the evening twilight or midnight. Get cleaned up, fast or eat only light foods, wear cotton clothes and sit on your asan. Do your basic pujas and worship as per your faith and call on all those energies which you believe in.

Now you will need a silver moorti of Devi or the Shriyantra or the Meru as your focus. Light the ghee lamp, incense, offer flowers, saffron/sandalwood, 5 fruits or panchamrit (ghee, milk, curd, honey, coarse sugar/khadisakkhar in a silver/glass bowl), etc.

  1. Now take the pot of water (copper kalash) in your left hand and pour a few drops in the palm of the right. Focus on the water and put in all your intention into that water. Just remember your mind should be clear and your intention should be intense. Intend that Devi Mahamaya grants you the knowledge of her Navavarna mantra. Now let the water drops fall to the ground at your right hand. (This is the most important step, water carries the intention and amplifies it.)
  2. Fold your palms and recite “OM”, three times and feel your body relax.
  3. Then recite the Ganapati Gayatri, “Om Ekadantaya Vidhmahe, Vakratundaya Dhimahi, Tanno Dantih Prachodayaat Om” for invoking the energies of Ganapati, he will remove all possible obstacles and also grant wisdom.
  4. Then this mantra is for invoking the Gods, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and the Nine grahas, recite, “Om Brahma Murari Tripurantkari Bhanuh Shashih Bhumi Suto Budhah cha Guruh cha Shukrah Shani Rahu Ketavah Sarve Graha Shantikara bhavantu Om”.
  5. Then remember the Goddess Earth with love and gratitude, recite. “Om Samudra Vasane Devi, Parvatah Stana Mandale Vishnupatni Namastubhyam Paada Sparsham Kshamasva May Om”.
  6. Finally “Om Guruh Brahma Guruh Vishnu Guruh Devo Maheshwara Guruh Saakshat Para Brahma Tasmai Shree Gurave Namaha Om”.
  7. Now recite the Viniyog of the Mantra (this is not given in the Gita Press book).
    • Oṃ asya Shri Kunjika Stotra mantrasya. Sadashiv rishi. Anushtub chhandah. Shri Trigunatmika devata. Om aing beejam. Om Hring shaktih. Om kleeng keelakam. Mama sarva-abhishtha-siddharthyae jape viniyogah.
    • ॐ अस्य श्री कुञ्जिका स्तोत्र मन्त्रस्य सदाशिव ऋषिः । अनुष्टुप् छन्दः । श्रीत्रिगुणात्मिका देवता । ॐ ऐँ बीजं ।ॐ ह्रीँ शक्तिः । ॐ क्लीँ कीलकम् । मम सर्वाभीष्टसिद्ध्यर्थे जपे विनियोगः ॥
  8. Now with full faith start reciting the Siddhakunjika (page 230 here). This is recited just once.
  9. Now you start with your 9 lakh recitation of the Navavarna mantra, ‘Om Aing Hreeng Kleeng Chamundayae Vicche’. Do your sets as per the time frame you have decided.
    • As you start your anushthan of 9 lakh recitation of the Navavarna mantra you have to decide how many sets of 108 counts you will do everyday.
    • If you do 18 sets of 108 counts it will take about 45 minutes of your time per day and you will continue like this for 463 days.
    • You can do this for how many ever days you want to, some people take 10 years to complete it. In this busy modern life, see how much you can realistically do.
    • Set your time frame as per the number of sets you will do per day. Just reciting the mantra also gives immense benefits. Just do something regularly!
  10. Now you have to intend continuity. Tell Her that you will be able to recite it in breaks and you will complete within — years. Keep some extra time in your hands, you do not know what will happen, there may be some breaks. (Keep a count, keep a separate calendar.)
  11. After you finish for the day you should eat all the fruits/panchamrit as prasad. (Choose your fruits properly, if you keep huge fruits you wont be able to finish them)

This intention process/anushthan needs to be done only on the first day. After that every day you will just sit on your asan, say ‘Om’ thrice and start your jap. You can count 108 on your fingers (more preferable) or use a mala. To count the sets use some physical counters like beads or crystals or seeds (don’t use plastic beads). If on some days, holidays etc, if you have time you can do more than you had decided but keep the count correctly.

Finish your 9 lakh repetitions on a similar Tuesday/Friday. Do a small puja as per your regular rituals and offer Her the ghee lamp, incense, flowers, saffron/sandalwood, 5 fruits or panchamrit (ghee, milk, curd, honey, coarse sugar/khadisakkhar in a silver/glass bowl). This is an extraordinary day. On this day after you finish, your Devi will speak to you, lots of things will open up and you wont need to read blogs for information anymore.devi 4(Don’t get scared with the 9 lakh figure. Gayatri mantra needs 24 lakh repetitions, which everyone is required to do in Hinduism/Sanatan dharma. These days only the really serious brahmins or people who are serious about their spiritual progress do it. My brother does 27 malas of Gayatri every day in one sitting when he does his Gayatri laghu anushthan and my son started off at the age of 6yrs with 2 sets of 108 per day.)

A few rules. You are channelising tremendous satvik energies into yourself. So you have to discipline yourself. Satvik energies pull towards the Ultimate, rajasic energies pull towards the objects in the manifested Universe. Tamasic energies are dull, odd and out of sync, quite damaging. Most important is the food you eat, you cannot eat non-veg. If for some reason you are required to have protein in your diet you can eat fish, no prawns/crabs no other meats. No alcohol too, initially you can try drinking alcohol in unavoidable socia events, but your mind will soon stop you from it. Your own higher self will stop you from tamasic energies.

You cannot do this when there is naatak or sutak period is on in your house. Naatak is when a new baby is born and till he gets his name in the Naamkaran Sanskar of the 12th day. Sutak is when a person dies in the house and for 13days, till the final tarpan is performed.

Now for women. Women should not do this during the 5days of the monthly cycle, add 2 more days for rest. So 7 days off, here your body has gone through a period of physical destruction and needs to rest. Do not do this during pregnancy either. If you get pregnant while this is on, request Her and put everything on hold till your child is 6 months old at least, then resume your count.

This is a very important anushthan for Devi worship. When you are granted Siddhi over the navavarna mantra you can use mantras from the Devi Mahatmya in the real sense for your spiritual growth.

Just writing this post in continuation but I dont think anyone will do it really. Devi Mahatmya is not for everyone. But on the off-chance if anyone is inspired I have done my karma of writing about it.

 

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Siddhakunjika Mantra

I have written a bit about the Devi Mahatmya/Durga Saptashati(read this) earlier. This post is specifically about the Siddhakunjika Mantra which is used to bring the Navavarna (read this post on pronunciation) mantra to its full powers. This 9 lettered mantra (read this) is the secret, the key. Only when the Navavarna mantra is active the mantras written in the Devi Mahatmya can be used in the real sense. There are no shortcuts sometimes. If you want to use the mantras from the Devi Mahatmya in the real sense, the Navavarana mantra has to be active for you. That means 9 lakh repetitions of this mantra first. But why would someone do 9 lakh repetitions of this mantra, ‘Om Aing Hreeng Kleeng Chamundayae Vicche’. Simply because it is a way out of the Maze that She has Created. It can be used for anything and everything.devi 5I love the Siddhakunjika because of its utter clean simplicity. There is no need to recite any additional mantras or anything, Nyas is not needed, nor any rituals. You can just sit and start. Good to go type of all-powerful mantra. Only one thing is essential, you must respect it. It is not a joke and not a plaything. If you make mistakes in its pronunciation or your intention is not pure you will suffer deeply. She never judges, your own conscience will do it. The Parabrahma has directed Her to hide this mantra from her Created beings. So if you are even reading about it, know you have some accumulated merit, thus She has allowed you this much. What you make of this opportunity is your decision.

Writing very briefly on the energies you invoke within you when you recite the Siddhakunjika. Sanskrit is Devbhasha, cannot be translated but can only be experienced. This is just for getting you interested. This is what the beej mantras briefly (less than 1%) mean, the rest you will have to experience for yourself.

Om = the pranav mantra, origin of the Universe, your real name, the Paramtattva

aing = ai + ang = Abundance/richness + Bindu

hreeng = ha + ra + ee + ang = Eternity/Endless/One + Removal/Dissolution + Balance/Perfection + Bindu

kling = ka + la + ee + ang = Control/Coordination + Beauty/Enchanting/Captivating + Balance/Perfection + Bindu

Chamundayi = destruction of ego + ever-lit light which directs to the correct path + control + removal of distress + power of illusion + power of wisdom + highest maternal love + wrath of a protective mother + bridge + power of the infinite + variety + bliss + perfection + activity + abundance

Vicche = infinite one who gives infinite boons + uninterrupted eternal love + destruction of ego + purity rising from the shadow/lower level + single-minded focus + solitude and strength

This much is the navavarna mantra which you are activating with the Siddhakunjika. It continues further, “Om”..

glaung = knowledge + removal of delusion + beauty + creation + eternal existence + highest maternal love + wrath of a protective mother + Bindu

 

hung = endless one + eternity + Bindu

kling = dark emptiness/time + joining of the 5 tattvas + Bindu

jung = victory + luck + prosperity + Bindu

sah = accomplishment + success + the One who changes but still never change.

then “jvaalaya jvaalaya jvala jvala prajvala prajvala” are mantras used to bring the illumination of these beej mantras into you. Extremely high intensity, then again “Aing Hreeng Kleeng Chamundayae Vicche, jvala, hung..”

sang = accomplishment + success + Bindu

lang = Beauty + Bindu

kshang = forgiveness + release + power of creation

phat = splitting + warmth + endurance + confidence + fruition

swaha = success + endless one + primal + the one who controls + the one who heals + bliss

iti mantrah = thus this is the mantra. (This is the Siddhakunjika mantra. Now further.)

Namah tey means – Ultimate power who is focussed infinity. The paradox of union of illusion and wisdom together. Depth of stillness and flowing movement together. The eternal unborn one in solitude. (So when we Indians greet each other with a ‘Namastey’ just think on the enormity of its meaning.) So the Mantra starts with Namaste to the Devi.

Namaste to You. You are the shape of vibrations. You are a sweet composition of  perfectly arranged Sound. You are the aura of the will arranged in the perfect meter of melody. You are the counter-part of the Ultimate One.

Namaste to You. You are beyond purity, embellishments, adornments, brightness, harm, injury, beauty and self. You destroy the absence of Light with a forceful strike. Wake /watch /arise /attend /provide /intend /care /superintend, O Vast /great /lustrous / Light /Illumination and turn my Jap to reality /light /completion /effect /gain /divine /perfection /validity /etc.

You appear as the cause of Aing, in the form of liberality /production /creation /letting go /nature /building blocks /properties. You take the form of the cause of Hring. You are pratipalika, i.e. you control access to the edge /limits of creation. You appear as the cause of the beej Kling, the cause of longing and the form of purpose. You appear as the cause of seeds /intellect /truth /source /principle /support.

You are Chamunda. You destroy the passions/ impetuousness/ heat /cruelty / violence, with a forceful strike. You appear as the cause of Perfection of the Eternal Illumination in all its abundance. You readily grant the best/boon/union with the Other/Ultimate. You are Vicche. You grant eternal freedom from fear /disease /phobia /risk /danger/etc. You appear as the cause of counsel /secrets /rhythm /thought /resolution /charm.

You are Purity, Bliss, Perfection, Balance, Bindu. You hold the actions which Remove Purity and Excellence. (Parabrahma is a paradox, can be and cannot be defined by attributes at the same time). You are the infinite giver of infinite union, perfection, balance and Bindu. You are the Ruler of Sound. You are dark, empty, Time, bliss, perfect, great and the joining of the forces of the tattvas. You are the Beauty of Endless Time and the Illumination of the dark/empty-ness. You are prosperity, auspicious, shining, blissful, perfect, great Transcendence. Manifest auspiciousness/ welfare / brightness /virtue for me.

You are the cause of the infinite primal One Eternity. You are the vibrations of victory, fortune, prosperity. You are dark, time, the force of life. You are the fearless, auspicious, happy, kind, lovely, friendly, great, excellent, gentle etc One. You are the one who Flows. You are the cause of all movement.

(Now is the list of the beej mantras which will be used to illuminate the mantra and bring its meanings out completely.)

Immortality, existence, creation, darkness, emptiness, Time, conjunction of forces of nature, destruction of ego, Illumination, direction, fruition, reaping, unity, flowing, depth of darkness, determination, independence, action, perfection, Transcendence, auspiciousness, Moksh, skill, self-restraint, fortune, endless, primal, abundance, balance ….and more. All these are linked to Bindu/OM and the seeds of these energies are used to burn and bring to light Illumination. The Ultimate Intelligence (Dhi) is repeatedly requested to Rise, to destroy, to burn, and thus to Illuminate. You are insisting for this to happen as this line ends with ‘Swaha’.

You are the foundation of determination and the power of intention. You are complete/ full/ entire/ content/rich/abundant Illumination. You are the force which separates, you are the one who moves in Eternity. You control directions, you are also separate from space/time/directions. You are knowledge, success and accomplishment. You are the Light of the Saptashati. Make this Mantra Siddha for me.durga2Thus this is the Mantra, the Essential Key which will unlock the Navavarna Mantra which will in turn open the secrets of the Devi Mahatmya for you.

There are 2 versions of this Mantra, this which I use is from the Rudrayamala/Gauri Tantra, the other one is from Damaratantra. The text of both is nearly similar but the beej mantras are different. You can use whichever resonates with you.

The first 9 days of the bright half of every lunar month are called Navratri, these start from the day after Amavasya, i.e from Shukla Pratipada and till the 9th day, Navmi. On these 9 days pujas of Devi are performed the final puja being performed in the morning of the 10th day, Dashmi. The Navratri falling in the month of Chaitra, Ashadh, Ashwin and Maagh are considered to be more auspicious for Devi puja.

This post continues as part 2, activating the Navavarna mantra next.

 

This post was in response to a comment I received in the Comment form “With the Navratri starting tomorrow, please shed light on the Siddhakunjika stotram.” I hope it has been of some help.

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Mala for Mantra Jaap

There are several types of Jaap mala in the market. From the exotic to the commonplace, I once saw a mala made of plastic beads! So be careful of what you are buying.

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In my opinion and experience counting on the fingers is the best way for counting your mantra while doing your jaap. Here you are actively balancing all the tattva (Prithvi, Aap, Tej, Vayu, Akash) and doing the mudras with your fingers as you recite your mantra. This method of counting is very potent and preferable to using a mala. However for some reason, if you are not comfortable with counting on your fingers you can use a jaap mala. There are some rules regarding this mala then which you will need to remember.

  1. One mala for one mantra ideally.
  2. Before using it you need to energise it. Your pandit can do it or you can do it yourself.
  3. Depending on which mantra you are going to use you might need different malas. Here is a list of malas which you can use without too much trouble. These are easily available in the market and generally will not be faked.
    • Clear quartz/sphatik mala – for all Devi mantra, Gayatri mantra
    • Rudraksh mala – for all Shakti or Shiv mantra, all planetary beej mantras, Gayatri mantra
    • Tulsi mala – for all Vishnu mantra, Gayatri mantra
    • Lotus seed mala – For all Laxmi mantra, Gayatri mantra
    • Red sandal wood mala – Ganapati
    • For doing jaap of planetary beej mantras you can either use Rudraksh mala or then a mala made out of the planetary gemstone of that planet (this can get expensive!)- eg Moon-pearl
    • There are malas made of Conch, turmeric, parad/solidified mercury, etc which are used for specific purposes, getting rid of diseases, overcoming problems tantric rituals etc.
  4. There will be 108 beads in a jaap mala which will be held together by a 109th Sumeru bead. You will start from the first bead from the Sumeru and end at the last bnead next to the Sumeru. Now when you do jaap of more than 1 round, you cannot cross the Sumeru, you will reverse the direction of the mala for the next round.
  5. Now how to count. Hold the mala in your right hand, with your ring finger and thumb and use your middle finger to pull the beads for counting. (It forms the Gras mudra in the energy sense.) Do not touch your index and little fingers to the mala at any time. When you reverse it for the next round use these 3 fingers only.
  6. When you do jaap your fingers should be at the level of your heart chakra, and your mala cannot dangle down till the ground, so you need to use a small cloth bag tied to your wrist. Sort of stuff the mala in the pouch so that you can easily count and it stays in it. It should not touch the ground or your legs while you are doing jaap.
  7. Do not sleep wearing your mala. Do not leave it around and do not let others touch it.

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How to start using your mala? There is a very long procedure for energising your mala but you can do this very short abbreviated procedure yourself with full Intention and Will.

  1. On a suitable day during the bright half/shuklapaksha of the month either during sun-rise or sun-set sandhya-kaal. (Monday for Shiv, Tuesday for Ganapati/Hanuman or the energetic/raudra forms of Devi, Friday/Ashtami/Navmi for the peaceful/saumya forms of Devi, Thursday/Sunday/Ekadashi- Vishnu, the planets on their days, etc)
  2. Now after having a bath etc do your regular pujas etc.
  3. Then take your jaap mala. First wash the mala with Ganga-jal or purified water. (You can also wash it in desi cow milk, but you won’t get this milk. You only get the hybrid cow milk in the market which has zero auspicious properties, its aura has brown streaks. I never drink it.)
  4. Then place it on a clean white cotton cloth, apply chandan/sandalwood powder (Vishnu, Gayatri), saffron/kesar (Devi, Ganapati, Gayatri), or bhasma (Shiv, Gayatri) to it depending on which type of mantra you are using. If you are not sure just put vermillion/kumkum on it. Put flowers, offer incense, offer it ghee diya or camphor fire and finally a Naivedya of 5 items mixed together in a silver or glass bowl (honey, ghee, milk, curd and coarse sugar/’khadisakhar’). If you do not have these items you can use 5 different types of fruits, choose them carefully as you have to eat them all yourself later as the prasadam.
  5. You can recite any brief prayer in your language where you will request the Jaap-mala to take on the mantra which you will now recite. You are requesting the deity of the mantra to enter the jaap-mala so please be serious here.
  6. Then recite your mantra 108 times with full faith. After this take your mala in your hands and blow on it 3 times. Here you are intending that the energy of the mantra you have just recited enters the mala with your breath.
  7. Hold the mala in your cupped hands and focus very deeply on it. Think of your deity and sincerely request his help. Feel his presence in the mala.
  8. Now use the mala to count out your mantra once more 108 times.
  9. You have charged it and it is alive with the power of the Mantra now. You should eat the Naivedya after your puja as it has become prasadam now.

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Now a bit on women. I am a woman myself and have a child too, so I know what happens during certain times for women.

  • Women should not do pujas during the 5 days of the monthly cycle. During these 5 days the energy vertices/chakras of the body are moving in the anti-clockwise direction as there is physical destruction going on in the body. Doing pujas etc which generate clockwise energies will cause damage to your astral body. Also avoid going to temples and touching your household deity moorthis. Ideally you should rest completely and let your body heal. But in these modern times this may not be possible, so no puja and minimum cooking for the family during this period.
  • During pregnancy you can do your pujas but no Dhyan. During Dhyan you are manipulating the vital energies/pran in your body which will affect the vital energies of the baby you have in your womb. No sitting on the Asan which you use for doing Dhyan either. You should sit on a separate mat or a chair to do your pujas/jaap.

Doing jaap, you train your mind to concentrate on a single sequence of sounds which are not random words but Sanskrit. Each syllable has power to create, sustain and destroy. So choose your mantra carefully. It is very important that you do at least one round of 108 counts of any mantra which resonates with you. This is the first step on the spiritual path. If you are not sure about which one to do, use the Gayatri Mantra, this mantra is the source of all knowledge.

 

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Rudraksh Again

I had written a bit on Rudraksh earlier. But there has been a request for more on the different faceted ones. There is a huge market for weirdly shaped higher faceted Rudrakshs which the dealers capitalise on. You might be swayed by your dealer into parting with large amounts of money for beads named, ‘Gauri-shankar’, ‘Ganesha’, ‘Saraswati’, ‘Laxmi’, ‘Trijuta’, etc. But remember the Shiva Puran and the shastra is the basic resource for information on Rudraksh not your dealer. So be very careful while buying this bead. You should buy a round, spherical Nepalese bead not the Indian/Indonesian beads as far as possible.mandir bells ghantaAccording to Shiva Puran following beads should not be worn.

  1. Beads which have been damaged by worms and have visible holes where the worms have eaten them.
  2. Rudraksha beads have natural holes (Nepalese beads) through which the string is tied. This natural hole is irregular and not drilled smooth. Indian and Sri Lankan beads do not have holes and these are drilled artificially to give smooth holes.
  3. Roundness. Beads have to be spherical and smoothly round. Irregularly shaped beads are either not genuine or not good energy.
  4. Rudraksh of faces above fourteen are not mentioned in the shastras.
  5. Buy a bead which looks light for its size. So a light weighted large bead will be good or if you want to wear a small sized one it should be perfectly round in shape and size and the ridges on it should be pleasantly rounded not spiky.
  6. As far as I have seen Rudraksh is not a planetary remedy. (It is possible that some people have had other experiences with the Rudraksh as a remedy for planets, but I have not). So if your astrologer asks you to wear a 1-Mukhi bead for balancing your Sun, do take a second opinion and follow your conscience.

So how can you check out if the bead you have is genuine? It should be first of all round, spherical and pleasing to the eye. Indian beads are elongated. Indonesian beads are small and do not have prominent enough ridges.

  1. Break it open? The bead is a seed-case. The ridges on the outside/the facets correspond to the number of seed chambers inside. But do not destroy your bead, just X-ray it. The number of faces outside should be the same as the number of seed chambers inside it.
  2. Presence of a natural irregular hole is genuine. (not a drilled smooth perfect hole.)
  3. If you drop a rudraksh in water, it should sink vertically straight to the bottom.
  4. Avoid rudraksh on which dyes, vermillion etc has been applied, even if your dealer says it is a puja done to enhance the potency of the bead. More likely it is been done to hide the fake bead till you have paid for it.
  5. And finally for those who can see auras and feel the energy, a real Rudraksh has a silver-gold aura and if you hold it in your hand you can sense its force through your palm chakras.

ancient antique architecture artNow for the question on the number of faces on the bead.

1-face. A rudraksha of a single face is Siva himself very potent and with powerful energies which will grant Moksha. It is a round bead. It is extremely rare and never seen in the commercial markets. ‘Kaju-dana’ (Cashew Shaped) is not an ek mukhi/1-faced bead, it is not even a Rudraksh.

2-faces. A rudraksha with two faces is the Isha form of Shiva. It is also called the Ardhnarishwar as it symbolises the union of 2 forces which results in Creation/manifestation. It will grant you all the desires you want. Is quite rare, recheck before buying.

3-faces. A Rudraksh with three faces is dedicated to Shiva in the form of Agni. It represents the illumination seen at the third eye/Agni. This helps in clearing chakras especially increases focus on the third eye. Is quite rare.

4-faces. A Rudraksh of four faces is Shiva is the form of the creator Brahma. It will help in completing the 4 aims of life Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. This one is easily available in the market and is never faked.

5-faces. A Rudraksh with five faces is Shiva in the form of Kalagni-Rudra. It helps in balancing the 5 tattvas (Prithvi, Aap, Tej, Vayu and Akash). Is found in all sizes and very common. The smaller this one is the potent its energy.

6-faces. A Rudraksh with six faces represents the son of Shiv-Kartikeya. It is worn on the right arm or the right wrist. It adds to learning and wisdom of all types. This is also quite easily available.

7-faces. A Rudraksh with seven faces is called Ananga and is linked to prosperity. This bead is easily available.

8-faces. This bead is called Bhairva and is easily available. It helps overcome fears of every sort and allows you to do your sadhana with single minded concentration.

9-faces. This Rudraksha with nine faces is also called Bhairav but with a difference. This one is presided over by the 9 forms of Shakti Herself and worn on the left arm. This bead is easily available.

10-faces. This is also called as Janardana and helps removal of all sorts of obstacles, evil eye and negativity. This is also available in the market but should be verified before buying.

11-faces. This bead is the 11 forms of Rudra Himself. It allows control over the vital energy/pran flowing in your body. It is available but is often faked, so be careful while buying it.

12-faces. This bead is linked to the 12 Adityas and is worn on the head in the hair. It is simply brilliant and helps in sadhana. If used properly can accelerate your spiritual progress so that you are able to ‘see’ the Golden Sun in your third eye(Hiranyagarbha).

13-faces. This bead is called Vishvedev. It is often used by religious leaders. This bead in the market is often fake made by cutting more grooves in the lower faced beads.

14-faces. Is the highest energy of Shiva, Tripurari. This bead is worn on the head in the hair, is called the Devmani (jewel of illumination). This bead in the market is often fake, made by cutting more grooves in the lower faced beads.

Now a bit on how to wear. You can wear all the types of beads as a single bead pendant. (wearing the specific faced ones on the arm or head will be obviously better). Or you can make a jaap mala of 108 beads (plus one Sumeru bead) and use it to count your mantra jaap or wear it in your neck. You can also dip them in water, do your mantra jaap over the water and sprinkle the water over yourself and in your house.

Then the mantra to be used with the Rudraksh in your puja. This bead like any other is a tool for channelising energy. You need to do some puja daily if you want to derive the benefits of the bead.  For normal householders like you and me the best and easiest way is to recite, ‘Om namah Shivaya’ 108 times (will take 5 minutes of your time every day). Or if you have a bit more time recite the Mahamrutunjai Mantra, Om Tryambakam yajamahe, sungandhim pushtivardhanam, uruvarukmiva bandhanat, mryutor mukshiya maam amrutat. Om’ 108 times (will take 15 mins of your time everyday).

(There are beej mantras different for each type of bead. But beej mantras are to be treated with respect and not randomly used. Pronunciation is paramount in using beej mantras. And rudraksh is a very potent energy. If you wish to find out more they are mentioned in Shivapuran, Padmapuran, Skandapuran and Brahajjalopanishad. I will not give them out in a post.)

 

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Use your crystals again

I like working with crystals because they are very easily programmable, can be quite strong energy-batteries, and if you buy tumbled crystals in bulk they are quite inexpensive. Clear quartz is my work-horse, I use it for everything. Using crystals charged with mantras or Reiki gives very good results. Gemstones are another thing but are quite expensive, they too work quite well if charged with specific mantras. You can even charge the gold and silver jewellery you wear with energy. The object is not magic, it is your intention and will that turns it into a tiny energy battery supporting you throughout your day.clear-quartz-1920x1080-2.jpgSo here is another easy way you can use your crystals. You can do this on any day which resonates with you during the bright half of the month in the waxing moon phase (shukla paksha) (avoid Tuesdays and Saturdays). Buy a bagful clear of clear quartz tumbled crystals. Keep them for 30mins in a bucket with warm water and sea-salt to cleanse them thoroughly. Rinse them off and dry them. Now these crystals are ‘clean’ blank slates on which you can ‘write’ your intention. So how do you write your intention?

  1. Place all these stones on a clean cloth in front of your altar/puja ghar/sacred space. Set up the ambience in the way you like it, use incense, essential oils, flowers whatever uplifts your mood and brings you closer to the divine within you. (If you want do a cleansing and grounding exercise for your own self before starting.) Face east or north. Relax, take a few deep breaths, recite Om (dragging the mmmm part). Think of your favourite deity/Universe/Parabrahma/your higher self etc. whatever energy you have faith in.
  2. Take a nice colored pen and a small piece of paper. Write out your intention on this paper very clearly and positively. “I am healthy”, “I am happy”, “I am safe”, “I enjoy my office work”, “xyz is relaxed and rejuvenated”, etc. Visualise your intention in the present tense. You can intend health, happiness, fresh energy, protection from the evil eye etc for your own self or for the ones you love. But stick to one, only one thought at a time. The things that will manifest will depend on how strongly you are willing it, your intention powers everything. You are always in control. Now put this paper below the pile of crystals. Feel your intention from the core of your heart.
  3. Now if you know Reiki, draw all the Reiki symbols you have been taught in the air over the crystals in front of you. Intend that they enter the crystals. Visualise each Reiki symbol glowing silver/gold and entering the stones. Place both your palms on the stones and as strongly as you can, visualise the symbols within them and again strongly set your intention within them.
  4. Now if you do not know Reiki, you can still charge your crystals. Rub your palms on each other for a minute and fold your hands in the Namaskar position. This links up the chakras of both the palms and creates an energy circuit. Now focus into your third eye and recite your favourite mantra eg Gayatri mantra or if you want to energise some planet then its beej mantra or if pregnant then the relevant planetary mantra or any prayer which touches your soul. (A mantra needs to be recited 108 times). If you do it with full focus your palms will tingle, get hot or feel energised. Now place your energised palms on the stones in front of you and visualise your mantra entering the stones along with your intention. Keep your palms on them till you feel satisfied.
  5. Now take away your palms, thank your source of faith for the love and happiness you have in your life. Sit in a contemplative mood for a few minutes. Later keep the intention paper tucked somewhere near your altar/puja ghar/sacred space.
  6. Your crystals are now charged and ready for use.

Now where can use you use your charged crystals? Keep them everywhere, in your purse, underneath your pillow, under your mattress, in your wardrobe, in your shoe rack, kitchen cupboard, in your office desk, your car, in your water bottle, wherever you can think of. They will add energy to you in every way possible. You should recharge these stones once a month or even once a week if you feel like it, whenever you have time.

And finally you can reuse your crystals. After your intention gets manifested, you should burn your intention paper and wash your crystals in saltwater, cleanse them, turn them ‘blank’ again so that you can reprogram them with a different intention. This is the easiest and quite effective way you can use your crystals in your daily life.

If you want to experiment with other crystals I would recommend just these few. I haven’t needed more than these few for my energy work. Of course everyone will have their own experiences with crystals but for beginners this much is more than enough!

  1. clear quartz – your work-horse, do everything with it, it works very beautifully
  2. purple amethyst – helps in clarity stability grounding
  3. rose quartz – pinkish – balances the emotions related stuff
  4. tiger eye – gets rid of unnecessary baggage you are holding on to
  5. citrine – removes negative influences from aura and sub-conscious

And always remember you are powering your own intention, the crystals are just the tools. You are the magic and your own Magician.

 

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The beauty of sounds

If you have been able to re-learn to see auras, you have now opened for yourself completely new dimensions. You can now ‘see’ sound, ‘see’ tastes, ‘see’ touch and ‘see’ smells, and ultimately you will be able to ‘see’ your own magnificent self too!adolescent blur child close upSo where is the real you? In this physical body the real you is located ‘behind’ your third eye in a location called the Kuthastha. This is the seat of yourself, the consciousness, also called the ‘hrudaya’. Now this is the place where all the pran/vital energy, that you pull in from the Universe is brought for allocating it for various activities. Here you decide how to use it best, during the awake phase you allocate it to the organs of sense and action of your robot/body and during the sleeping phase you allot it for rest and rejuvenation of the body and also for your Self. So the point is that the real you is the one who senses everything not your sense organs as such. These sense organs are powered by pran they recieve from the Kutastha. If you have become sufficiently conscious of your Kuthastha Purush/real you, you can just sense everything (taste, smell, hearing, touch and sight) from your third eye, you don’t need the senses of the robot/body.

So enough of theory, back to what this post is about, a look on how sounds ‘look’ like. A small example, you are in bed, the room is dark, you are half asleep and guy in the room above your’s drops a weight on his floor, in your half-asleep state you hear a thud with your ears, but you also see a burst of light in front of your eyes. You ‘see’ the thud! I am very sure this has happened to you at some time. Maybe you didn’t understand what happened but the next time this happens remember it! So here are some very familiar sounds and how they look like. You can practice ‘seeing’ sound by tying a blindfold on your physical eyes and trying to focus on the sound with your third eye. Try it sometime when you are especially relaxed and in nature, with minimum artificial sounds around you. These are tiny exercises which will help you become more aware of the real you. Here are a few examples of everyday sounds to pique your interest.

Thunder looks like a explosion , a sort of a sphere with spikes of energy projections often electric blue and of undescribable color. If you ‘see’ the sound of the wind through trees it looks like a network of glittery stuff undulating in regular curves and loops. Ocean is another beautiful sound, the waves are a series of parallel lines changing colors as they break on the sea-shore. The chirping of birds has typical loops and curving lines of different colors. The birdsongs which sounds sweet to your ears are beautiful, regular loops of light. And the harsh cawing of crows is seen as waves of jagged crests and dips. I once saw the tiger in the zoo roar, it was a terrible blast of energy, am sure its prey animals must be ‘seeing’ it too, thus freezing with fright.

The national anthem and similar music played by the police band for march-past is a powerful pulsing rhythm, very strongly undulating. It affects everyone’s astral bodies so much so that brings in powerful surges of strength. It is so stong and entraining that it stops the mind from independent thoughts. It is needed for soldiers I guess. Now to human speech, when someone speaks in anger the sounds is seen as a high red colored energy wave of sharp highs. An innocent laugh of a young child is seen as loops of softly colored luminous clouds.  Artificial laughter is almost always brown/grey, sharp waves of light, quite unpleasant. A genuine real laugh is rounded clouds of yellowish or bright light.

Then the barking of dogs (almost everywhere in Indian cities) creates highly distasteful bursts of projectiles of light which severely unsettle the astral body. A train screeching loudly is equivalent to a knife of dirty murky light cutting  into the astral body. Repeated exposure to such sounds will damage the astral body beyond its ability to repair itself. And a damaged astral body will result in an illness of the physical body soon. Repeated loud sharp noises are like blows of traumatic energy and irritate the astral body. This discordant energy affects the mind, tiring it and robbing it of its ability to think clearly.  If this continues, physical symptoms are not far behind. The continuous sounds of modern living are damaging us on levels which we cannot even comprehend. Especially for children with their highly sensitive astral and mental selves, such ceaseless noise can lead to a lifetime of problems.

So it is important to take a break from city life as frequently as possible by being in nature, by the sea-shores, in the mountains like the Himalayas, near rivers of high positive energy like the Ganga etc. But not all of us can do this very often, so it is important to fortify ourselves against this non-stop cacophony polluting our cities. You can do this by listening to classical music performed by a master who has immersed himself in the music (not amateur musicians). The quality of such music is divine, beyond beautiful. Amateur music is dull bursts of energy. Stringed instruments and wind instruments are the best sources of such light bright energies. Religious chants are also very good for the astral body’s health. Especially Mantras in Sanskrit are the best way to repair your astral self.

Listen to uplifting soothing music, it not only soothes your soul but repairs your astral, mental and physical bodies in the process.

We are surrounded by sound, everything even our thoughts create sound vibrations. Just maybe if we can cut past the discordances that we have created for ourselves we just might hear the sound of ourself, Om!

 

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