Vigraha Moorti and idols

In these ‘modern times’ we have forgotten what a vigraha/ moorti means or what a real temple/ Dev-alaya feels like. There are very few left, most of us haven’t seen even one of these real moorti-s/ vigraha-s in our entire life and neither been to a real Dev-alaya.

We Indians are known for creating massive temples and moorti-s of our deities. The invaders, both Muslims and Christians, destroyed our temples and the moorti-s. In these past 1000s years we have lost a lot, but we still have several functional temples and the ruins of the others are a silent testimony to their grandness. The ancient Indian temples are made of black stone. We do not know how old our temples really are. There are estimates of course, but these are more on the lines of educated guesses for the simple reason that stone cannot be dated.

Our temples have the main deity as a Moorti /Vigraha. It is not an idol, an idol does not have any consciousness, it is ’empty’. The Moorti/ Vigraha is a conscious entity, it is aware, with intelligence. If you know how, you can request it to power your intentions, which it will.

Vigraha Moorti and idols

Modern Hindus feel it is a fashion statement to gift idols of deities. These generally are made of plastic and are to be apparently kept as ‘show-pieces’! Modern ‘interpretations’ of the images of deities. These are also idols, ‘empty’. In modern Indian temples, especially in North India and abroad, there is a new trend of fashioning the idols of the deities using white marble stone. The temple too is made of white marble stone. This idol is expertly carved and dressed up beautifully, quite attractive to the eye but ‘empty’. The temple also feels ’empty’ to me. White marble has no energy-value, it is incapable of absorbing the energy and neither can it radiate it back to the worshipper. This idol is made-up to look outwardly like the shape of the deity but it lacks the power of the deity. A idol made of white marble in a temple of white marble is not conscious, and of no use for the genuine aspirant. It is not a vigraha.

But there are still a few temples where the vigraha are aware and conscious. If you are lucky enough to ever visit them and experience it for yourself, you will know what I mean.

A Vigraha cannot be made just like that. How to make it, where to make it, when to start and finish, what material, which mantras to use, what tools and who should make it etc is a secret science. The Vigraha can be made in the shape of the deity with a human face, hands etc or it can also be a yantra. The vigraha-s will be made of black stone, metal or wood or anything else. This material and the entire process will be decided by a Guru. All this depends on the intended use of this vigraha. The carved image is then made conscious, ‘pran-prathishtha’ is performed. The Guru uses his own energy, amplified by the mantras to ignite consciousness in this specifically made shape, which then becomes a vigraha. This vigraha is now freed from the limits of its outward shape, it expands, becomes aware and it becomes a true reflection of the deity it represents. The part is also the whole, thus this shape created becomes a Vigraha/ Moorti. This process is most powerful when performed by a Guru. So the few temples in India where the Vigraha-s have been set up by genuine Guru-s are very important.

One exception is the real Shiv-lingam temples. The real Shiv-lingam stones are actually meteorites which are found on the earth. They are not shaped by human hands. A Guru identifies these stones and the temple is built over it. A real Shiv-lingam is never installed in a temple, the temple is built over it! I have visited the Kailas temple in Ellora, Maharashtra a few times, every time it takes my breath away. The Shiv-lingam is huge, I think it is 6 feet tall, and the energy is massive! This temple is exceptional as it was sort of ‘laser-printed’, from the top to the bottom. I really wonder at the Guru who identified this Shiv-lingam located metres deep inside the hard basaltic rock and the technology used to ‘laser-print’ the temple in this rock. This temple cannot be dated as it is completely of stone. If you live in India, or ever visit here, do go to see this temple and the Shiv-lingam for yourself.

Moorti-s in our ancient temples were for all aspirants of both paths, ie the Yog and the Tantra. Especially if the temple and the vigraha is of black stone and it is over 1000yrs old, it is an extraordinary thing. If you ever visit such a temple know that the deity is aware and conscious. We go to temples, do namaskar, offer sweets flowers and pray. The pujari/ priest gives us some sweets and flowers as the prasadam, we take it and come home. But if you are a spiritual aspirant, this is not making full use of the temple and its vigraha’s energy. If you do visit an active temple try to do the following,

  • Recite any mantra 108 times, depending on your choice and the type of deity. Eg Gayatri mantra or Soham– Dhyan are suitable for every deity. Shri sukta for all Devi temples. If you are worshipping Devi in her high energy form then Navavarna mantra, ‘Om aing hreeng kleeng Chamundayai vicche’, 108 times is the option. Mahamrytyunjai mantra ‘Om tryambakam yajamahe sugandhiṃ pushṭi-vardhanam, urvarukamiva bandhanat mrutyor mukshiya mam amrutat’, for Shiv temples. ‘Om namo bhagwate vasudevaya’ for all Vishnu and his avtar temples. For this take a small asan with you (a 1mX1m piece of silk is best), sit anywhere around the temple and recite your mantra, absorb the energies.
  • Second option, if you have money and the temple sincerely offers this facility. Request a small puja to be done in your name, pay the amount and do the ‘sankalp’. The temple will perform the mantra puja for you and send the prasadam etc by post.
  • And the third option, this only if you have sufficient resources and time. Do your own puja. Most temples which are specifically made for doing such high-voltage pujas will have rooms or ashrams around them. If you can book the rooms. Now engage 8 brahmins from a reputed school, eg Hardwar, Kashi etc. These brahmins should be knowledgeable and personally skilled and living a strict life as prescribed for them. Genuine Brahmins are very very rare in this period, you need to find 8 of this type. Take them with you to the temple, they will perform the puja for you. This sort of puja can take upto 5-10 days. This is the most complete use of the moorti’s energies.

Vigraha Moorti and idols

The moorti-s for dedicated tantric practices are again very different. They are often not placed in the main temple sanctum. Common householder people do not have the ability to see such moorti-s with their eyes, they might go insane. So such vigraha are either placed in a secret sanctum if they are very highly powerful. Or they are hidden, under masks made of gold or silver. Or decorated so heavily with flowers or sandal-wood paste, silk, etc that the actual moorti is not visible at all!

Here are some examples from some temples I have been to recently. In one temple, the moorti of Devi Kali was very beautiful and powerful, but there was something even more terrible in that sanctum sanctorum. A Shri yantra carved in stone by Adi Shankaracharya himself! Everyone was looking at the Devi’s vigraha and praying but the Shri Yantra on the ground before her hidden by flowers was the source of infinite power! There is a town called ‘Shri-nagar’ in Uttarakhand. It is called so because there is a Shri-yantra installed within the river bed here. Those aspirants who know how, will go to the river and do their practice near the water to channelise the power of the Yantra.

Another very famous temple known for a very terrible Devi from the Dasha Mahavidya-s. The Devi moorti on display is beautiful but it is not the real one made by the Guru. The real moorti of this Devi is in some inner room, not visible to anyone. But to those who desire to see her, she is quite visible in all her terrible intensity, if you close your eyes and request, you will see her in a very different way in your third eye. In one temple dedicated to Devi Dhoomavati of the Dasha Mahavidya-s, married women do not visit her as she will give them instant misfortune, extremely fierce and Ugra. All aspects of the Devi are not benevolent, some are terrifying for other types of purposes. The moorti was made by a Guru, so is bursting with energy. Even the moorti of Ayyappa at Sabrimala, where women in the fertile age group should not visit, is a tantric vigraha and will grant misfortune to such women who do. Similarly for the Shani vigraha at Shingnapur, it is the same thing. These are not idols, they are conscious Vigraha!

So the next time you go to a temple with a Moorti, do know that it is not an idol you are seeing, it is aware focussed consciousness. Looking back at you very intensely, so ask what you desire the most, you might just get it. The more powerful Moorti-s are very intense. Standing before them, or even in or outside such temples is a typical experience. It feels like someone has poured ice cold but refreshing water on you, the pran is intense, from the top of your head till your toes it enters every naadi, every hair stands on end. When you close your eyes and do your mantra jaap, you see things at your third eye, you don’t feel like opening your eyes, they feel heavy. You energise yourself at such places from the inside out. The Vigraha Moorti is a reflection of the Ultimate reality.

 

Vigraha Moorti and idols

 

 

Chakshushi Mantra and health of your Eyes

Our ancient Rishi-s had gone into such inner depths that they have given us mantras for everything. (I remember reading a certain tantra book, was surprised to find a cure for hair loss and also the process of calling the Ati-Ugra very terrible Smashan-Kali in the same book!) Mantra is energy-medicine which goes into your deepest energy body and rebalance things from there. Mantra are only in Sanskrit/ Devbhasha Samskrutam, no other language. And mantras from the Ved which were seen by Seers/ Rishi-s are effective.

There are 3 lines of checking if something is correct or wrong.

  • The Ved should say it is correct.
  • A seer-Rishi or a Guru must say that is correct.
  • And finally the over-riding, your own conscience should say that it is correct. Never do anything that is against your conscience, it creates the worst karma!

Chakshushi Mantra and health of your Eyes

In our modern world, most of us have some problems with the eye-sight. From the everyday eye-strain to the more serious ailments. Spectacles are very common right from childhood and after the 40’s most people get spectacles compulsorily. (An exception was my Mom, she didn’t need specs ever till she died in her 70’s.) 

A quick run-down on the astrological combinations for eye-sight problems,

  • The Sun or Moon afflicted
  • The 12th house or the 2nd house or their planetary lords afflicted
  • Signs of Cancer or Leo afflicted
  • The Sun combusting more than 1 planet in the chart.
  • In very brief, Sun is the right eye and the power of sight. Moon is the left eye and the power of sight. Mercury is the nerves and the sense of sight. Venus is the clarity and brightness of vision. Mars is vitality and energy of the eyes. Jupiter is overall health and especially the fatty nutrition. Saturn is darkness, pain and prolonged disease. Rahu is smoky and lack of nutrition or over-growth. Ketu is smoky and dryness. Depending on which planet gets involved you can draw a conclusion about the eye problem.

Now by ‘afflicted’ I mean, 

  • Debilitated, retrograde, combust or eclipsed.
  • Influenced by malefics, either conjunct or aspected by them
  • Placed in the 6th, 8th or 12th houses. 6th house is the chronic diseases, 8th is the acute diseases and 12th is loss of vitality or can indicate hospitals.
  • Influenced by the lords of the signs of the 6th, 8th or 12th houses
  • Placed in the navamsha of the signs located in the 6th, 8th or 12th houses of the D1 (for the advanced student).
  • The Ashtakvarga shows very low scores. The total of the signs of the 2nd and 12th houses low. The score of the identified planets from your above analysis in the sign they are placed in is low. (Do read the two posts on the Ashtakvarga, and for the advanced student)

Now these will be so very many many combinations. All of us will have at least one of them! But for the actual problem to manifest, there should be at least 3-4 combinations from the above list capable of giving the inauspicious result. Then, remember the inauspicious effects will be reduced if,

  • the ascendant sign, ascendant lord, Moon, Sun are placed well and capable of giving good results 
  • And the other planets/ signs/ houses under consideration are aspected by benefic planets. Also check the chart-specific benefics and yogkaraks influence.

Do not underestimate these two positive factors. So before scaring yourself with possible eye related medical issues, analyse your chart in detail. (For the advanced student, do start referring to the Navamsha and Ashtakvarga for more pointers)

I know a chart. Saturn in 12th house. Mercury combust. Venus+Ketu. Rahu+Mars+Jupiter in Leo. Moon aspected by Saturn. He had myopia as a child. In his Venus-Venus antardasha period his suffering started. There was no clear precipitating factor (Ketu), he started getting spots (Ketu!) in his vision. These patches increased (Rahu) throughout his Venus mahadasha. There was no physical abnormality in the eyes so the doctors thought he was going nuts, undiagnosable diseases are Rahu-Ketu. Then as his Venus-Jupiter sub-period started, he met a really good shaman/ tantrik who told him the problem was due to an ill-wishing, a black-magic done on him (typical Rahu-Ketu item), and the nadi-pran (Mars) of the eyes was twisted. The eyes were not getting enough nutrition (Jupiter), ‘drying up’ (Ketu). Left eye (Saturn) was more damaged than the right. This shaman did something in his way to help his eyes. There was a slow improvement in the vision. Then he did more personal targeted mantra/ pujas. Now he has reached his Venus-Mercury sub-period and the spots etc have gone away and his vision is clear.

Chakshushi Mantra and health of your Eyes

Now for ensuring your vision remains good, connecting with the Sun and the Moon always works. Sun related stuff read in this post. And the best way for taking in the Moon’s energies is this, in silver cup, take milk (from Desi Indian Humped-cow), keep it in the light of the full-moon/Pournima at night, recite any Moon stotra or mantra or beej mantra or just ‘Om Chandraya namah’ over it and drink it.

Now the Chakshush-mati vidya. This is for keeping your eyes and vision healthy

Om Asya chakshushi vidya ya
Ahirbudhnya Rushi
Gayatri chanda
Suryo devata
Chakshu roga nivruttaye viniyoga
Om Chakshush Chakshush Chakshush
Tejah sthiro bhav
Maam pahi pahi
Twaritam chakshurogan shamaya shamaya
Mama jatarupam tejo darshay darshay
Yatha aham andho na syaam tathaa kalpay kalpay
Kalyaanam kuru kuru
Yaani mama poorva janmopa-arjitani
Chakshush prati-rodhak dush-krutaani
Sarvani nirmoolaya nirmoolaya
Om namah chakshus tejo-daatre divyaya bhaskaraya
Om namah karuna-karaya amrutaya
Om namah suryaya
Om namo bhagavate suryaya akshi tejase namah
Khecharaya namah
Mahate namah
Rajase namah
Tamase namah
Asato ma sadgamaya
Tamaso ma jyotirgamaya
Mrutyor ma amrutam gamaya
Ushno bhagvan shuchi-rupah
Hamso bhagvan suchi prati-rupah
Ya imam chakshush-mati vidyam
Brahmano nityam adheyate
Na tasya akshi rogo bhavati
Na tasya kule andho bhavati
Ashtau brahmanan samyak graha itva
Vidya siddhi bhavati
Om namo bhagawate adityaya
Aho vahini aho vahini swaha

This mantra is also called the Chakshushi Upanishad. This mantra is in Sanskrit, which cannot be translated, but here is the generic meaning for basic understanding.

Om, the Ultimate reality, your and my real name. Every mantra starts and ends with Om. ‘Chakshu’ is the physical eyes, the third eye, the act of ‘seeing’ and everything connected to ‘seeing’ and ‘sight’. In this mantra you are using the power of the Sun and unlimited power the internal Sun both. ‘Rog’ is disease, infirmity, imbalance and inability. The intention is to remove all the Rog that have got associated with your 3 eyes. You intend that your power of ‘seeing’ becomes more stable, firm, more brilliant and radiant. Your three eyes become capable of seeing what they are supposed to see. You intend protection for your eye-sight. You desire that all possible inabilities of your eyes and vision end immediately. The eyes become perfectly able. You want to see the pure conscious brilliance of the Internal Sun. ‘Andha’ is another Sanskrit word here, it means physical blindness, spiritual darkness, ignorance, un-coordinated movement of energy etc. You intend that you should never be an ‘andha’. Your perfect spiritual self should be visible to you. On the physical planes too, you should have perfect sight. You intend beauty, excellence, luck, happiness, perfect working, illumination, welfare, auspicious fortune, etc for yourself.

If there are any heavy-duty karmic acts from your past lives which are affecting the power of your Eyes now, you intend that these all are removed from their very roots. Empathetically, all of them, removed from their very foundations from you.

You acknowledge the glittering light of the internal and also the external Sun. He gives your Eyes the power of fire, brilliance and the ability to See. This infinite, beloved, Source of everything, gives his blessings out of kindness and compassion. The Sun in all his power, grants you the vitality/ fire in your physical body. You also acknowledge the internal Sun as he grants the divine connection to your individual soul. The Consciousness who resides unsupported in the skies and also in you. The great primordial Intellect, the source of all movement, the most highly desired, the highest superlative, the cause of all illusion and also illumination. You address this energy with its real name Om, which is also your name. You bring in all these qualities within yourself.

You want to move from the non-real to the real. From the state of immobility caused by ignorance to the movement caused by illumination. You intend to move from the cycle of birth-death-rebirth to the Ultimate Enlightenment. Brilliance or warmth or movement is the quality of pure Reality manifested in this creation. ‘Hamsa’ is the quality of the pure Reality which brings you back to the Reality (Read my post on Soham and Hamsa).

If this ‘Chakshush-mati vidya’, ie the pure science of Sight, is regularly recited by the one who knows its real meaning, he will never have any Rog/inability to his 3 Eyes. His ‘Kula’ will never suffer from being ‘Andha’. ‘Kula’ is translated as family or lineage, but the spiritual meaning is the Chakras of your body. These lower Chakras are called the ‘Kula’, while the top-most perfection of the Bindu is called the ‘A-kula’.

This mantra rebalances a lot on the inner levels.

Chakshushi Mantra and health of your Eyes

Now the practical part, there are several ways to use this Chakshushi mantra. And everyone can benefit from it.

  • Recite it 1 to 12 times a day, or once a week on Sundays or when you have time, as per your convenience.
  • Recite it in front of the rising Sun or in front of your household deities/altar. 
  • While reciting the mantra, keep some water in a silver bowl or in a glass bowl and put a silver or gold coin in it. After you finish, some of this energised water is applied to the eyes and the forehead. The remaining water is drunk. 
  • You can do a Homa with it. One drop of ghee is to be put in the fire/Agni with the last ‘Swaha’. (Read the basic homa post is here.) The vibhuti/ energised ash, from the Homa is applied to the forehead and a bit of it is eaten. This vibhuti will remain energised for about 15 days, store it in a glass bowl. If you can do a 108 repeat of the Mantra with 108 Swaha offerings to the fire, it will take about 1 hour. This highly potent Vibhuti can be put into a talisman/ amulet and worn on the body. This in case of severe problems with the eyes.

Now this is not a replacement for proper professional medical advice. But if you are taking some treatment for your eyes, you can do this energy rebalancing while you take your medicines, it will help. Also if you energise the water using this Chakshushi mantra, you and your family can apply this to the eyes before going to bed. It works.

 

Snakes and the Nakshatra yoni animals

Sanatan Dharma aka Hinduism gives certain animals spiritual importance. Most of these animals are associated with deities and are respected and worshipped. Cows, bulls, snakes, elephants, ravens are some of the commonly seen animals which are sacred. There are specific days when the animal is specifically offered energy through mantra and rituals are performed. (For Snakes – Nag Panchami ie Shukla paksh Shravan month, sometime in August. For Bulls – Pithori Amavasya, for Cows+calves – Krishna Dwadashi Ashwin etc). Those who cannot understand the energy dynamics, think us Hindus to be superstitious and pagan. But for those who can see the energy, these energy rituals are bursting with power.

Dhanvantari, the God of medicine

Snakes simultaneously invoke fear and respect. As a child I was taught that if I ever saw a snake, I was to do Namaskar to it and turn back. Seeing a snake, even in dreams, means that you are being called on to pay your energy debts. The debt is being called now, you have delayed it for so long and it is urgent. It is a serious thing. If you see a snake in your house, call a snake-catcher or maybe the forest/wildlife department people and get it released into its natural habitat. Do not kill it. If you see them often in your dreams or in life, do a puja for your ancestor spirits, or for Shiv or the Nag-devata or for your family gods. Repay the debt which is being called for by doing these energy rituals. Most sensible Hindus (followers of Sanatan Dharma) will not harm snakes. The act of killing or hurting a snake creates several problems. Killing a physical snake in waking life or even in dreams means that you have exponentially increased your karmic imbalance.

Snake is called a Sarpa, Naag, Aksh etc in Sanskrit. Shiv the potential intelligence of Tama-gun wears snakes on his body as ornaments. Vishnu the potential energy of Satva-gun sleeps on a snake. Snakes represent the huge mountain of bindings lying heavy on your individual soul. Snakes are energies which are twisted, move very slowly, tortuously. They represent karmic bindings which cloud your experience of the Ultimate reality. Rahu/ Ketu the lunar nodes are called serpents. (They look very reptilian too, are very terrifying, if you do their mantra rituals during eclipses you might see them. But they always bless and are ultimately kind.) These are the karmic bindings which disturb the perfect symmetry of our internal chakra geometry. This serpentine energy has the capacity to literally churn your energy.

One of the types of pran/vital energy in your body resonates with the energy of snakes. If you kill a snake, the energy of its death subtly disturbs the movement of pran in your body. And the biggest one, the Kundalini, the energy of self-determination is depicted as a snake, it is a ‘sarpini’, ‘female snake’. A snake with the hood raised is often depicted on our deities, this represents the Kundalini which is awake and has reached her goal.

The energies of your ancestors are linked to snakes. Snakes represent the pitr, deceased ancestors. We are linked by our DNA to our ancestors. DNA molecule is serpentine, twisted. We are 50% each parent, 25% each grandparent, 12.5% each great-grand-parent, 6.25% and 3.125% and so on the next higher generation. The actual souls who were the ancestors may have taken rebirth but their DNA, their impressions exist in us. So when the energy rituals, tarpan, for the ancestors are performed, the energy goes to their spirits in the other dimensions and also rebalance the DNA that we have received from them. Snakes represent this part of our own energy. For men with the XY chromosome set these tarpan mantras are essential to keep this Y chromosome intact.

‘Modern science’ has now accepted that mantras affect DNA directly. The mantras of the cremation, Anteyshti Sanskar and the subsequent tarpan rituals for the deceased ancestors are linked to the Y chromosome exclusively. This is why women do not perform these mantra rituals for the dead, they do not have a Y chromosome and they cannot power the mantra. The energy does not reach the ancestor and it adversely affects the woman performing it. (I am a woman and have seen many such rituals related to the dead/ ancestors being performed. I can see how the energy coils around and within the man performing it. And I also see the spirits who come to take their share of the energy. This is the sole responsibility of the men, my father, husband, son and brothers have to do it. My job is to get the things ready, cook the typical dishes needed and organise everything.)

Then the snake represents our children too. We need to give our DNA to our children. This needs the blessings and permission of our ancestors from whom we received it in the first place.

Then there is a popular theme in TV shows, ‘iccha-dhari-nag’, a snake who can take the shape of a human. This is not a myth. There are beings from other dimensions who are called ‘Naag’, ie serpents. In the remote areas of the Himalaya there are places which are not suitable for humans. The Himalaya are very mysterious, energy rich. The dimensions often interlink in such high uninhibited areas. To my knowledge there are at least 2 temples which were constructed by the Naag and perhaps are used by them even now. I live in the Himalaya. If I see a snake here in these type of forests, I would show my respect and retreat. There are just too many things beyond human perceptions here.

And finally snakes are linked to Time in all its majesty.

Sanskrit words are mantra. A single word has several layers of meanings and they all resonate with each other. Sarpa, naag, aksha, are all mantra, they mean snakes and much much more. If you worship snakes, offer them intention, mantra, your attention and gratitude, you are also balancing out all these aspects of your own internal energies. Kill or hurt a snake and you are damaging yourself on these several deep levels. This karma will give extremely inauspicious results either in the current life or in the next lives.

Snakes and the Nakshatra yoni animals

Now a bit of astrology. As you know Vedic/Indian astrology gives importance to the lunar mansions, Nakshatras. These 27 Nakshatra have an animal associated with them. There are 14 such animals called as the yoni of these Nakshatra. Yoni is commonly understood as reproductive organs.  But it really means the origin, how things have evolved, the gradual lowering of energy from the highest source. It means the form of existence which was fixed in you and me at the time of birth. How energy descended and become fixed, how it was set up. It is a very subtle word.

So the 14 Nakshatra yoni animals very briefly are,

Ashwa – Horse, but Ashwa means, 7, an archer and also the first instant where the kundalini starts moving.

Gaja – Elephant, but Gaja means, 8, a measure, the energy supporting the manifested creation and also the enormously huge energy controlling access to the Kundalini

Mesh – Ram, but Mesh is the one who has no birth nor death, the one instigates and causes movements, the energy which leads or guides, a ray of the Sun.

Sarpa yoni – Snake, but Sarpa is a creeping, twisted, curving or spiral, noiseless movement. It is exactly how the Kundalini moves in your Brahmanadi. You do all your Dhyan and you don’t realise has happened. Also karma and time.

Shwan yoni – Dog but Shwan also means to wind and bind something on something else.

Marjar yoni – Cat, but Marjar is also to clean up or erase something.

Mahish yoni – Buffalo but Mahish means powerful, the Sun or someone having knowledge of the universes. Devi kills the Mahish-asur, ie she removes the limited knowledge of the manifested creation to grant you the knowledge of Reality.

Vyaghra yoni – Tiger but Vyaghra is strong, noble, of high intensity, excitement and vibrations. This is linked to the movement of Raja gun in your body. The Devi sits on a tiger, ie she controls the movement of Raja gun, thus drives manifestation.

Simha yoni – Lion but Simha is also vibration, the foundation, a yogic posture, a powerful eminent person, also a unit of time.

Mruga yoni – Deer but Mruga means to unsteadily chase something. To examine or seek. And an event which occurs often. Its energies are linked to the Swadhisthan chakra.

Nakul yoni – Mongoose, seeing a mongoose is very auspicious. I have noticed this several times, if I see a mongoose something very agreeable happens during that day. Nakul means, son, creation, a musical instrument, a color, saffron, certain herbs etc. But Nakul is also the extended form of the Akshar ‘ha’, this Akshar represents the Shiv, the energy at the top of your energy body the goal of the Kundalini.

Vanar yoni – Vanar is often translated as monkey, but ‘Markat’ is the animal ‘monkey’. Vanar is a more correctly ‘Vansaya narah’. The ‘Nar’ who are of the ‘Van’. Nar are a class of beings like the Yaksha, Kinnar, Gandharva etc. ‘Van’ is the forest, distant lands, other dimensions, running water, sun-ray, vehicle, residence, desires, abundance etc. So a Vanar would be a being from the other dimensions. It is Sanskrit, the subtle meaning is very different from what you’d expect. Our body is composed of all the 5 panchabhoot, Akash, Vayu, Agni, Aap, Pruthvi. The other dimensional beings have other types of bodies, eg Yaksha have bodies composed of Akash, Vayu and Agni only. When you do your Dhyan you dissolve one mahabhoot into the other and move upwards, you can interact with these other dimensional beings. (Hanuman was not a monkey, calling him that is demeaning him!)

Mushak yoni – Mouse, but a Mushak is a thief, also a meter of prosody and a round opening or a tiny vessel. This is an interesting animal, said to be the vehicle of Ganapati. Now Ganapati is the intelligence which will allow you entry into the thinnest section of the Sushumna. The Brahmanadi is a very thin vessel with a round opening. Ganapati sits on the Mushak, he controls it.

Go yoni – Cow, but Go is a Sanskrit word with literally thousands of meanings. It means, the number 9, Devi Sarasvati, voice, Akshars of Sanskrit, earth, sky, creator, Sushumna nadi, sun-ray, sense-organs, third eye, moon, stars, hidden etc. In India you will find the cow, especially the desi Indian cow with a prominent hump, randomly roaming in the villages and even cities. They are a traffic hazard no doubt and some people might think them to be unhygenic, but they have very pure auras, they help in maintaining the spiritual levels of the village/town. But if you ever see a pure bred Indian desi cow who has a proper diet of grass etc, the aura is literally blinding! Most traditional temples have such cows and devotees feed them grass or touch and pray to them. Their energies respond and how!

The energies of these animals resonate deeply with these things inside of our own self. This was a very brief description for you to get interested. These are very subtle cues if you can and use them they will give you a tremendous boost. If not, then yes animal worship will remain a ‘pagan-superstition’ to you, and you won’t think twice about killing snakes.

I recite this small Naag – mantra everyday and offer its energy and my intention to the small moorti of the Snake in my puja-ghar /altar. It goes a long way in balancing my own karma and increasing the depth of my Dhyan.

 अनन्तं वासुकिं शेषं पद्मनाभं च कम्बलं शन्खपालं ध्रूतराष्ट्रं च तक्षकं कालियं तथा
एतानि नव नामानि नागानाम च महात्मनं सायम काले पठेन्नीत्यं प्रातक्काले विशेषतः
तस्य विषभयं नास्ति सर्वत्र विजयी भवेत, इति श्री नवनागस्त्रोत्रं सम्पूर्णं 

Om Anantam vasukim shesham padmanabham cha kambalam
Shankhapalam dhartarashtram cha takshakam kaliyam tatha
Aetani nava navaami naganam cha mahatmana
Sayamkale pathet nityam prathah kaale visheshath
Tasya vishabhayam nasti sarvatra vijayi bhavet Om

 

Wearing leather.. is a must

More on Eclipses and their astrological results

Eclipses are important astronomical events where the Lunar nodes intersect the apparent position of the Sun or the Moon in the sky. Rahu or Ketu occult the luminaries and obscure their light. These events are important for those who are actively engaged in spiritual practice and if you do any Mantra-Jaap or energy ritual during this period it will be successful/ accomplished (Siddh). Eclipses release a significant chunk of energy which if not utilised mindfully, will cause temporary imbalances in your life.

Eclipses can occur in clusters, often a lunar eclipse will be followed immediately by a solar eclipse and 2-3 eclipses can occur one after the other within a span of 2-3 months. In such cases the effects of the eclipse energies will continue for extended periods.

Solar eclipses are always more powerful than Lunar ones. During the Solar eclipses, the Moon’s energies are already absent, it is an Amavasya, a no-moon night, already bursting with energy. A solar eclipse is when the Moon comes exactly between the Earth and the Sun. A partial solar eclipse occurs in the polar regions of the Earth when the center of the Moon’s shadow misses the Earth. If all three are aligned perfectly it then becomes a complete solar eclipse. The energies are more intense if you are within the eclipse zone. Eclipses occurring elsewhere do not influence you so much. A complete eclipse obviously releases more energy than a partial one.

Here is how you ascertain the effect of a solar eclipse (or even lunar eclipse) on your horoscope. Find out the Ascendant sign, Moon sign and Sun sign of your personal horoscope. (Vedic/ Indian software)

  • The ascendant sign indicates your physical and manifested reality.
  • The Moon sign represents your sub-conscious, astral self, your emotions and psychological effects.
  • The Sun sign will represent your personal ego, creativity, divine inspiration etc.

Find out the sign in which the current Sun in transit is in the sky. i.e. the sign of the zodiac in which the eclipse is due to occur.

  • Now count from your ascendant sign till this Sun’s current transit sign to get the effect on your physical environment
  • Count from your birth Moon sign to this sign in which the eclipse is occurring to get the effect on your mind and emotions.
  • Count from your birth Sun sign to this sign which will have the eclipse to get the effect on your overall well-being.

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Two special cases here, Cancer and Leo signs owned by the luminaries. Wherever they are placed in your birth horoscope, those aspects of your life will be affected. eg if your ascendant sign is Libra, your Cancer will be the 10th house so expect turbulence in your work and social activities. Then the Leo will be in the 11th house so expect sudden changes in your financial gains.

Sun rules Leo, so for some time before and after a solar eclipse, Leo sign suffers. Depending on which aspects of your life it represents, you may be suddenly depressed, lack vitality, health may suffer, sudden losses in financial transactions, insomnia, lack of mental peace, quarrels etc. If Leo is in the Ascendant /Moon /Sun sign you will feel even worse. You will regain your energy a few days after the eclipse, however it is best to be careful for at least a fortnight.

Moon owns Cancer. So if your birth Moon sign or ascendant sign is Cancer you might be even worse off. Cancer borns are closely linked to the Moon transits and in addition feel the effects of the no-moon/Amavasya and full-moon/ Pournima more intensely. You have to be careful. If Cancer is in the Ascendant or Moon sign in your horoscope take special care of your physical body, immediate environment, do not engage in dangerous sports, be careful around ‘liquids’, e.g. blood related conditions, do not go for swimming, refrain from over intake of alcohol, etc around eclipses. If its is your birth Moon sign then you will feel the emotional effects, your astral body bears the brunt. Sleep might be affected, disturbed dreams and astral travel can make it difficult for you. I have observed that Cancer-Sun’s are also affected to some extent.

If the eclipse is occurring in the actual sign in your Ascendant/ Moon/ Sun house or in the house diametrically opposite from this, here are some general indications, (1st and 7th axis). An eclipse in the 1st-7th axis can also cause death depending on the individual horoscope.

  • An eclipse in the actual house involves your personality and your environment. If Rahu is placed here you will over-do the things associated with your own self, unnecessary risky activities getting you into trouble. So try to remain balanced and act logically. If Ketu is here then you will ignore things which are actually important to you and thus get into trouble. Try to focus even if you don’t feel like, go through things twice so that you don’t make avoidable mistakes.
  • Eclipses in the house opposite will affect your legal partnerships, marriage and businesses. Again depending on if it is Rahu or Ketu influencing this house you will feel your legal partner’s behaviour changing temporarily. He might try to over-whelm, dominate, cheat you or get disinterested and temporarily break up with you. Finances may be affected. Either way remember that the eclipse effects are temporary, so you should not overreact and make the situation worse.

An eclipse in the 2nd-8th axis. Just a few lines to help trigger your own thought process.

  • Eclipse occurring in the 2nd house can cause financial difficulties or wind-falls. Separation from the families or intense family times. It can also time the death event so should avoid taking unnecessary risks. There will be scope for increasing social visibility depending on if Rahu/Ketu gets placed here. Rahu is attraction and Ketu is apathy. So in the couple of weeks before and after the eclipse be careful of your financial situation do not take risks on this front.
  • Eclipses in the eighth house can cause accidents, surgeries, healings or death. These are intense energies and the 8th called the ‘Randhra’, this means a vulnerable or assailable point. Anything connected to the 8th becomes your vulnerable point. Or a point of vulnerability which you can sense on others and use. You might benefit by deaths of others or secrets of others. Hidden opportunities might be made available to you but do refer to your conscience before actually taking advantage of these. You might gain or lose but on a very intense scale.

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Eclipse in your chart’s 3-9 axis.

  • The 3rd house is the choices which are available to you in life. If Rahu – eclipse is in your 3rd house you might see options in life opening up and you might be tempted to take more risks here. Speculations might give short term gains so take care to capitalise on the few weeks of eclipse energy. If it were Ketu-eclipse in the 3rd your interactions in the neighbourhood and extended family can cause issues. So be alert and nip things in the bud before they erupt.
  • An eclipse in the 9th house can cause turmoil in the life-foundation. This can be a crisis in the spiritual life which will open more options for you in your inner philosophical development. You might suddenly get very overtly religious or shun religion altogether. You opinions and understanding of what is good/bad, moral/immoral will be shaken up and questioned. Ancestral debts, spirits may come up and you might be required to pay them.

Eclipse energy in the 4th and 10th house axis can release a lot of useable energy if you harness it well, else the potential problems can be quite bad.

  • The 4th is connected to emotional and physical security. All eclipse events always affect your sense of comfort. You are forced out of your comfort zone, as unpleasant and heavy energies are triggered around you. There may be a crisis in your home, your mother, lands, properties. Vehicles can be affected do not take risks while driving. You might buy or sell some of the things which provide you with emotional/physical security.
  • An eclipse in the 10th house can give gains on the social front, you might be recognised for your work, maybe a bonus. Here Rahu and Ketu both can give good results if Saturn or the 10th house owner is well placed. 

Eclipse energies in the 5th and 11th houses can confer rare opportunities to showcase your genuis.

  • If Rahu is occulting in the 5th house, you might be impelled to put yourself in the public eye, to express your creativity, glamour and glitz. Gambling and similarly high risk activities will attract. However you should remember that the window of opportunity will be short so make the most of it, know when to stop. Try to not break too many rules. Ketu if occulting in the 5th can cause initial gains but then this can turn to sudden failures because of disinterest. However gains on the spiritual front are quite possible.
  • Eclipses in the 11th house will bring you in the focus of everyone who knows you in some way or the other. You will gain material stuff if Rahu is active here, gains of every sort. You can do more as you are given more freedom. Ketu here can give short term gains of high magnitude. So if you have an eclipse on the 5th/11th axis of your birth chart, be ready to take advantage of the opportunities which will turn up.

Eclipse energy in the 6th-12th axis. This is the most sensitive axis of your horoscope. Karma overload and demands for service. Health should be carefully monitored during the weeks before and after an intense eclipse in the 6th -12th axis of your birth chart.

  • The 6th house is the karma you have chosen to rebalance in this life. You are very sensitive here as imbalance reigns here. Ghosts from your past, disease, debts, enemies will be brought into the foreground. You might fall more ill or might recover from some long standing illness. This will depend on your own horoscope and if it was Rahu/ Ketu placed in that house during the eclipse.
  • The 12th house is loss of the physical and gain of the astral. You will suffer some pain, sleep and rest will be affected. Disturbances in dreams astral travel etc is all possible. Life threatening incidents are possible.

So if there are eclipses around, do some spiritual practice or some mantra-jaap of Rahu/ Ketu and the Sun/ Moon. Use the energies of the eclipse, a huge chunk of energy is literally exploding across the skies during this period. If you do not channelise this energy properly with your conscious intentions it can cause disturbances in your life.  Eclipses occur very rarely so why this emphasis on them? That is because these events release humongous amounts of energies in a very short span of time, hours. If you use them actively, you can catapult yourself to such unimaginable heights.

 

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Gayatri Mantra, Devi Sarasvati, Raja-gun and Agni

There are three basic attributes Gun गुण, Satva, Raja and Tama. The Prakruti, ie the active energy who creates all the manifested is composed of these three building blocks. These three Gun form her ‘body’. When these three are perfectly balanced there is no creation. It is only when there is a spontaneous imbalance in these three, does further creation start. The entire creation is composed of the three Gun ie the Prakruti and this all exists within her. (The top-most dot of the Shri yantra is the unmanifest Ultimate and the next equilateral triangle represents the three Gun getting out of balance and creation starting.) So if you want to know your true reality, the three Gun have to be brought back into perfect balance by conscious use of pran/ vital energy.

Gayatri Mantra, Devi Sarasvati, Raja-gun and Agni

The conscious energy of Satva is called Vishnu/ Laxmi and this is linked to the Sun/ Surya. Vishnu is considered to be potential energy and thus masculine. Laxmi is the active principle thus considered feminine and the wife of Vishnu. The Raja gun has potential energy called Brahmadev and active energy called Sarasvati who is his wife. Raja Gun is connected to Agni/ Fire. The Tama gun is similarly linked to Shiv, his wife Shakti and the Moon/ Chandra.

These three Gun mix, suppress, produce, exist, support, separate, unite, recombine with each other in every way possible and in varying proportions to create the manifested reality. All things you see in this universe are created, maintained, evolved/destroyed because of these interactions. These three Gun are inter-linked and yet independent of each other.

  • Satva is the essence of intelligence, consciousness at all levels, it is linked to the deep pleasure of knowing that you are the Ultimate, it illuminates.
  • Raja is energy of motion and is linked to pain, it activates. This ‘pain’, is the pain which one feels when one is convinced that he is separated from the Ultimate.
  • Tama is the inertia of solidity, dullness and indicates delusion, it restrains.

If you study the process of creation, the Satva and Tama by themselves are inert, they are incapable of working by themselves. They are animated by the Raja gun. ‘Movement’ is the real reason creation occurs. Raja gun is the intelligent energy of movement. (What is the source of the spontaneous initial movement is something everyone has to experience for himself as it cannot be described in the language of the manifested creation. It was ‘before’ creation occurred.)

In your spiritual practice when your Kundalini crosses the Vahni mandal, the circle of conscious fire, the Vishnu granthi/knot and moves beyond the Muladhar and Swadhisthan chakras, you gain control over the Raja Gun. You gain control over the energy of movement. Now onwards the movement of your mind, body, internal pran remains in your conscious control. If you control ‘movement’ in its subtlest aspects, you can control everything. You can now move things, thoughts, emotions, vibrations, gross and subtle things with precise control. Or precisely stop their movements. This is a very important step in your spiritual progress. After this, your path gets slightly less bumpy. In the Bhagwat Gita, this step is described as the fall of Bhishma.

  • It is only Raja gun which has the energy to overcome the inertia of Tama. The solidity of Tama can be harnessed only by Raja. If Tama is the delusion that you are separate from the Ultimate Reality, then this delusion is also powered by Raja. Higher the energy of inertia, lower is the consciousness, lower is the life-form eg stones and soil. All resistance to movement and the stability of mass is Tama.
  • Raja is necessary for the Satva to operate. Raja provides a substratum for Satva gun to project its intelligence on. Satva is conscious intelligence, but it still needs the energy provided by Raja to display its intelligence, to move! If Satva is the understanding that you are the same as the Eternal Reality, then this is also powered by Raja. If the consciousness is powered higher, the inertia is lower and this self-awareness is higher eg aspirants on the spiritual path. All conscious creatures are more Satva – powered.

When you observe some thing, look for inertia, energy and consciousness. One will dominate over the other 2, this will be its predominant Gun. Everything can be classified as Satva-dominant, Raja-dominant or Tama-dominant. Even thoughts, emotions, the subtle to the gross, the tangible to the intangible is dominated by one of these three. You can observe yourself to know more about your overall tendency. This requires a lot of personal introspection and the ability to focus dispassionately.

  • Eg a stone has high inertia, lower energy and lowest intelligence, so it is Tama dominant.
  • Eg a genuinely kind and gracious human being will have lowest inertia, he has reduced inactivity. His mind will be less prone to random fluctuation as he focusses on his and others higher selves. Thus he becomes Satva-dominant. (You become kind when you realise that you and everything else is essentially the same).

 

Gayatri Mantra, Devi Sarasvati, Raja-gun and Agni

Raja is the energy present in the universe and the energy in all the things present in this universe. The energy of multiple forms of life and things we see are all products of Raja acting on Satva and Tama. Evolution, transformation, change and all its aspects are Raja. Fire, heat, force, motion, kinetic energy, electricity, magnetism, friction, etc is Raja. The pran/vital energy flowing in you is Raja. Understanding this concept is very important for the spiritual aspirant. If you can control the Raja gun, you can control the direction of your evolution. You can control the movement of pran in your body. Raja gun is the kinetic energy at all levels of existences.

Raja is Agni. Agni is the conscious energy of fire and is responsible for all kinds of movement and transformations at all levels. So we worship Agni in all ways possible. The Sanskrit mantras which we use also are fiery, they transform, push, pull, change, move. In all our compulsory ‘Right-Actions’, Sanskar, Fire /Agni is the witness. For any ritual in Sanatan Dharm, the presence of Agni is essential. There are 16 Sanskars in Sanatan Dharm aka Hinduism. The first is the Garbh-dharan Sanskar where the would-be parents are charged with energy so that they can conceive a happy healthy baby. And the last is the Anteyshti Sanskar where the discarded body is given to the conscious energies of Agni/ Fire and the flowing waters/ Aap.

Now the foundational mantra of Sanatan Dharm is the Gayatri mantra.

Om, Bhuh Bhuvah Swah, Om Tat Savitur Varenyam, Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi, Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat, Om.

ॐ भूः भुवः स्वः । ॐ तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि। धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात॥ ॐ

This mantra is linked to the Devi Sarasvati. She is the active principle of Raja-gun. When you recite this mantra, do its jaap, and ultimately repeat it for 27 lakh times, you gain control over the Raja gun, the active principle of energy, transformation, creation and change. This is the biggest tool which you can possibly possess! Armed with this mantra, go on and do your spiritual practice and see how things move or stop moving as per your conscious will.

(For boys a ‘Anushthan’ is performed at the age of 6-7yrs, this is called the Upnayan Sanskar or Yadnopavit or the ‘thread ceremony’. This is a ritual with intention that the boy will perform the 27 lakh times Gayatri mantra repeat in his life-time. For girls on the 6th birthday, she is taught the Gayatri mantra and she is also supposed to recite this 27 lakh times. In these ‘modern’ time, we have clean forgotten to teach our girls and even for the boys only few families do all this. It is a very great loss to humanity.)

Gayatri Mantra, Devi Sarasvati, Raja-gun and Agni

People say in spiritual practice, ‘increase Satva-gun’ and ‘keep away from Tamasic stuff’. But how? You cannot increase Satva just like that as it is incapable of movement by itself. It is a lump of energy just sitting there! And how to reduce tama-gun or keep away from it? It is also a lump of energy sitting there. You have to move! Movement and complete control on movement is essential for spiritual practice. You have to start everything by application of Raja-gun. And Gayatri mantra is the most powerful way you can use Raja-gun consciously.

So recite the Gayatri mantra at least 27 times twice a day! It takes less than 5 minutes. Try to consciously invoke the power of Devi Sarasvati in yourself. She is the intelligent energy of motion, of Agni. She is the junior school teacher who starts you on your spiritual route. if you pass her test at the Brahma-granthi, you will be promoted. She will be followed by Devi Laxmi at middle-school, here the syllabus will be Satva-gun. If you transcend this, you will be allowed entry into high school where the syllabus will change to Tama-gun. Devi Shakti teaches high-school. The college teacher will be Devi Lalita Tripur-sundari herself. Once you pass her exams you realise that all through you yourself were your own teacher, you were the syllabus and you are everything and more.

But all this only after you first learn, understand and experience the Gayatri mantra in all its subtlety.

‘Saraswati namasyami, chetanam hrudi samsthitam’ सरस्वती नमसयामि चेतनाम ह्रदि संस्थितां  is how one of my favourite stotra on Sarasvati starts.

  • Sarasvati – Sarasvati is ‘celestial brilliance, intelligence flowing, movement, motion, power, expression’
  • Namasyami – Sarasvati is ‘the face, opening, entrance, presence of Ultimate.’ (The Ultimate is a paradox of illusion and wisdom united together. Depth of stillness and flowing movement together. The eternal unborn one in solitude)
  • Chetanaam – Sarasvati is ‘the consciousness, fire, awareness, conspicuously visible sentience’
  • Hrudi – She is the awareness ‘in the individual soul, in the the third eye Ajnya chakra, in the Center of this Ajnya chakra
  • Samsthitam – Sarasvati is ‘the foundation and conclusion’.

So Sarasvati is the flowing celestial intelligence of movement, at the opening of the route to the Ultimate. She is the ever alert fiery awareness at who is the foundation and also the conclusion of the individual soul.

The individual soul and its individual personal universe starts when Raja-gun spontaneously moves and creates an apparent separation from the Ultimate. Thus Devi Sarasvati is the energy who Creates. This duality ends when it knows its reality again at the conclusion of a process initiated again by Raja-gun ie Devi Sarasvati.

 

 

Gayatri Mantra, Devi Sarasvati, Raja-gun and Agni

(This is from the Sankhya, from Ayurved and some of my understanding and experience. I know that sometimes I write quite esoteric things which are not available on the Internet or elsewhere. It is my Karma to write, I do it for myself, to rebalance my karmic baggage. But if you are reading it, if it is your karma to read, then know that you should also actively try to practice. You cannot go onward in your spiritual practice just reading my experiences. So here is the link to the most complete form of Gayatri, the Ghanapath. Close your eyes and listen to it. Feel its fire, its heat, its movement, let its rhythm move you.)

 

Eclipses in the horoscope, birth and transit analysis

Eclipses happen quite rarely. There are maximum 2-3 solar eclipses and maybe 3-4 lunar eclipses in a year. Most of them are partial eclipses and total eclipses are rarer. The actual occultation of the solar/ lunar disc lasts just for a few hours, and even if we also consider a ‘vedh’ period before and after the actual occultation, this ‘vedh’ too lasts for a few hours. So the total eclipse energies last for a maximum of one day.

Eclipses in the horoscope, birth and transit analysis

So you will get a very rare client who has actually been born during an eclipse.

This is a very intense conjunction of Rahu/ Ketu with the Sun/ Moon, on a Full moon/ No moon day. The energies of the full / no moon are quite intense in the first place and then you have Rahu /Ketu added to this potent mix. The energies of the eclipse event generally affect the horoscope adversely. This is a life-time of imbalance as the energies of the Sun/ Moon, the two luminaries of the horoscope are conjoint the energies of desire and dissociation, at birth! The flow of the life experience is very intensely linked to the mind/ individual soul for the entire life-time.

In an eclipse event, primarily two houses of the chart are affected, one in which Rahu is placed and the other 180deg way where Ketu is be placed. Check which houses are being affected, eg if the houses are the 1st – 7th or the 4th – 10th, then the foundation of the personality itself is intensely affected. In whichever pair of houses the eclipse occurs, these both houses suffer. The two signs placed in these two houses also naturally suffer the imbalance. If there are more planets in addition to the Sun/ Moon, conjunct the Rahu/ Ketu, then the results are even more severe as these planet’s energies are also drawn into the vortex of Rahu/ Ketu. Check if there are more planets in the 15 deg zone before and after the Rahu/ Ketu. The keywords of these planets too will be affected. If it were Rahu then there might be short-lived gains from these planets, and if it is Ketu involved then it will give misfortunes linked to these other planet’s keywords.

There are dramatic upheavals and downturns in the matters associated with these houses, signs and planets. This can rarely give sudden fortunes and but more commonly gives sudden misfortunes throughout the life time of the individual as the birth itself was during an eclipse.

Lunar eclipses occur on full moon nights. The shadow of the Earth falls on the lunar disc. Lunar eclipses are more frequent and also last longer than solar eclipses as the shadow of the Earth is much bigger than the Moon’s disc. Here one of the nodes will be with the Sun and the other with the Moon, 180deg apart. In this situation the house occupied by the Moon suffers more deeply than the Sun’s house. There may be indications of unregulated occult abilities, sensitivity to the other dimensions, emotional imbalances, etc. This can go to the extremes of paranoia, hallucinations and insanity. Or in the other extreme can grant spiritual and occult understanding. These individuals will be, in any case, different and not very able to function normally in regular society. There will be problems in relationships with the mother, father and the spiritual Guru. Such people may be orphans, adopted, raised by relatives/ institutions/ orphanages etc.

Solar eclipses occur on no moon days – Amavasya. The orb of the Moon occults the solar disc. The solar eclipses are relatively less frequent than the lunar eclipses and are shorter in duration, the Moon’s shadow is apparently the exact size of the Sun’s disc. Here both Sun and the Moon will be with one of the nodes in one house and the other node will be 180deg away.

Here are some keywords you can build your analysis,

  • Moon with Rahu – psychic, occult, has a strong mind, headstrong, unending desire to experience, emotional disturbances, irrational fears and phobias, disturbed mental state. No control over emotions and actions that one performs in the other realms. If channelised properly can be a very high level tantrik, occultist spiritual aspirant. If not then the mind may crack with the endless desire to experience more and more.
  • Moon with Ketu – occult, psychic, there will problems created by ghosts, hauntings, fear, there is inherent cruelty in the nature. If these energies are not given a safe channel, this person can get actually dangerous for himself and also for others.
  • Sun with Rahu – self centered behaviour, focus on the self, selfish, arrogant, fascinated by the bizarre, likes foreign stuff, materialistic, outspoken, revolutionary. If channelised properly can actually lead rebellions against established customs, regimes and thought processes. Else a liability to the society.
  • Sun with Ketu – This can grant high spiritual growth as is a combination of detachment and self-awareness, ego and ego-less-ness, selfish and selflessness. This is a combination of opposites coupled with the energy and desire to act, yet to not be attached to the fruits of the action! Else there are the darker aspects of lack of self-confidence, confused intelligence and lack of will to express and act.

Another way of looking at eclipses, is to see which node was involved in the actual occultation event.

  • Lunar eclipse – Sun and Moon are 180 deg ie opposite each other
    • Rahu occulting the Moon will give Rahu-Moon effect more than the Sun-Ketu effect
    • If it was Ketu with the Moon, then Ketu-Moon will have more power than the Sun-Rahu effect.
    • The effect on the Moon will be more drastic than the effect on the Sun
  • Solar eclipse – Sun and Moon are exactly together with either Rahu or Ketu
    • If Rahu has occulted Sun+Moon then the eclipse will show the dominance of Rahu on both the Sun and the Moon.
    • Similarly if it was Ketu occulting the Sun+Moon, then Ketu will affect both the Sun and the Moon
    • Solar eclipses are more dangerous than lunar eclipses, as both the Sun/ Moon, mind, body and individual soul, are heavily affected.

These are extreme results as the birth is during an eclipse. Again you will get very few clients of this sort.

Eclipses in the horoscope, birth and transit analysis

I have seen that people who were born around a Total eclipse event are also likely to be different. Or if someone was born when a series of eclipses were occurring back-to-back. You might get some clients of this sort. Let’s see why they can be different.

A bit of math. Rahu/ Ketu are not physical objects in the sky but mathematically calculated points where the orbit of the Moon cuts the ecliptic. Imagine two circles of same size, but tilted to each other, cutting each other. They will intersect at two points, these two points are called Rahu/ Ascending node/ North node and Ketu/ descending node/ South node. Then the Earth also wobbles like a top, ie there is a precessional movement. So the Rahu/ Ketu points also move, their normal movement is backwards/ retrograde. This movement is averaged out to give you an averaged out position of the nodes and this is called a ‘Mean Node’. The Rahu/ Ketu in your software will give this averaged out calculated value. The normal direction for the movement of the nodes is retrograde, the averaged out ‘mean node’ value is always retrograde.

Now if you do not average out their movement, you check their actual position, this is now called the ’True node’. And sometimes this ‘true node’ reverses direction, it moves in the forward direction. This happens around major total eclipses and when there are a series of eclipses back-to-back. (Check their position from 11th July to 10th Aug 2019, the true nodes are in forward motion, there was a total solar eclipse and also a solar and lunar eclipse event back to back). This makes the person born during this period very different. So if your software shows an option of ‘True nodes’, check what was their motion at your birth time. If it was retrograde at your birth time, it was the usual normal. But if the true nodes were moving forward at the time of birth, then you are different, you process your life experiences differently.

Eclipses in the horoscope, birth and transit analysis

Then the second way of analysing eclipses is when they occur from time to time. If there is a eclipse coming up you can try this,

Open your birth horoscope. Now draw the positions of the currently transiting planets over it. Use a different colored pen so that you do not get confused. (If you have understood the Ashtakvarga method of analysing their results, do this also.) Check the sign occupied by the Sun/ Moon and Rahu/ Ketu at the time of the ongoing eclipse. Check which houses these two sign occupy in your birth chart.

  • Suppose this current eclipse occurs in your 1st – 7th house pair, it will affect your person environment and relationships. If in the 4th – 10th houses then your home and office will be targeted. These 4 houses are the foundations of your life so we give them more importance. These are the Kendra houses. So the houses and the signs in the eclipse axis are affected.
  • If there are other planets in this axis, in your birth chart then they too will be affected by the eclipse energies.
  • Now if there is some planet currently transiting within the 15 deg zone ahead and behind Rahu/ Ketu they too also be affected and their results in transit will be modified.

Now for how long will the effect last? Check the time the eclipse was visible in your city. (If it was not visible then you needn’t worry, it will have negligible effect.)

  • The general rule is that for solar eclipses, the number of hours it lasted equals the number of years. So if the solar disc was occulted for 30 mins, ie the interval between the first touch to the complete release of the solar disc, visible in your city, was 30mins, the effect will last for 6 months.
  • For lunar eclipses, the first touch of the earth’s shadow to the complete release of the lunar disc, is the time of occultation, one hour of eclipse gives its effect for one month. eg if it was for 2 hours for your city, the effect on you will last for 2 months.

(E.g. the 2nd July 2019 total Solar eclipse had Rahu with Moon, Sun and Venus in Gemini, in addition Mars and Mercury were in Cancer within 15deg ahead of Rahu. And on the other side, Ketu, Saturn in Sagittarius. Only Jupiter was left out of this mix. This eclipse was visible in South America, especially Argentina and Chile. The political situation here is quite evident from the news. It must have affected a significant chunk of the population, on various levels here. And its added influence in Antarctica has dramatically increased the ice-melt rates. The eclipse’s effect on South America in general will wear out in less than 1year. But its effect on the Pacific sea, its ecosystem, the ice on the seas next to Antarctica can last upto 5 yrs. The eclipse was caused by Rahu in Gemini, this is the available options plus how we choose to think and act, too many options and over-reaching desire to act to grasp. Sagittarius with Ketu so detachment from the higher philosophy, humanity, lawful foundations and hope! This was a very complex eclipse which affected almost all the planets and the entire zodiac in all possible ways.)

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So what to do during an eclipse?

If you were born in an eclipse, the period following the eclipse (in months or years) will be karmically heavy duty for you. Every eclipse in the year has the potential to create violent, sudden ups and downs in life for you. Then during the brief period of the actual eclipse, you will feel your perceptions open very wide, you will feel ‘normal’! So use this time very wisely. Prepare for this in advance, eat light food in advance and fast during the eclipse. Do mantra-jaap of Rahu/ Ketu or Sun/ Moon compulsorily. Then if you can do some spiritual practice, ie Dhyan. If you can do this near a flowing waterbody, river or sea it will be best, stand or sit with your feet dipped in it.

Or you have your True Nodes in your birth chart in the forward direct motion. During the eclipses so the same activity as above. Plus look out for the period when the transit true nodes will be in forward direct motion. This period will vary from 10 – 30 days around the total or back-to-back eclipses. You will feel a sudden shift in the energies around you, the mind will be clearer, the experiences around you will be ‘brighter’. Use this period for doing intensive mantra-jaap and spiritual practice, you will gain so very much.

Eclipses are power packets of tremendous energies. Use every single drop of these for your spiritual progress!

 

 

What was Soma-ras exactly, alcohol?

One of my friends asked me this question. I know that there are ‘modern’ (in my view, ignorant) scholars who claim that ancient Indian Rishi-Seers ate non-vegetarian food and drank alcohol! Now I really don’t bother about random people saying things but my friend! So this post.

What is tantra? It is complete control on your mind as you attempt practices for gaining complete control on your own vital energy/ pran. You accept the experience with full awareness. And you desire to transcend this experience because you really to experience is your own self ie Moksh. And what is Yog? Here also you control your mind, attempt practices, gain complete control over the pran in your body. But you consciously deny yourself the experience of the manifested as you search for the Ultimate. You are determined to experience nothing but the Ultimate. Both routes are different but require control over the mind and the direction of the pran movement. The genuine practitioners are very different, if you sit near them you feel the ‘grace’, blessings, peace and strength.

Tantra or Yog, are the only possible ways for attaining Moksh. If you invoke the tantric aspect of your deity, you can move very fast on your path. But the pitfalls are extraordinarily dangerous and if you make mistakes, the repercussions are unimaginable. You are required to have complete control over your mind, emotions and actions. You cannot lose your focus in what you are doing, else you will be so badly damaged on the spiritual levels, that it will take innumerable lives to recover. There are several ancient tantriks who made mistakes and are stuck on earth (if ever you visit the ‘burning ghats’/ Smashan in Kashi/Varanasi, you will know what I mean)

All deities have their Tantric ‘variants’. The Ganapati who is considered the most ‘cute’, adorable deity has an extremely terrifying aspect called ‘Uddanda’. This form is with innumerable hands holding multiple weapons, all three eyes open, red with rage, wearing red garments, red aura, lots of ornaments, trumpeting the sound of ‘Om’, dancing the dance of destruction as he systematically destroys everything holding you back in your spiritual progress. If you do his Sadhana, it is like he is intently standing in front of you holding all his weapons, ready to decimate you if you make one single fraction of an error. If you manage to complete his Sadhana he will grant you endless energy, open your Kundalini locks, allow you Moksh and everything.

There are very few genuine tantriks who do pujas of such forms of deities. This is a very arduous method of spiritual practice. This Sadhana is not a ‘short-cut’. The deity grants you energy which energises you from the depths of your soul to the aura which projects outside you. You are first made capable of holding the energy then the energy is given to you and the path will be difficult. But the fundamental premise of Tantra is experience without any sort of engagement. Your deity is an aspect of the Ultimate Reality. As you follow the path shown to you, you will see that not only you, but your deity also evolves. Hereto unknown aspects of his energy will be shown to you, you will experience. Everything essentially is the Parabrahma, the ‘beyond intelligence’. You are the Para, your deity is the Para. Your deity will finally show you this Para form of himself and yourself too. Here is when the deity, the aspirant and the Real all merge. Moksh.

Depression, what does the horoscope say?

But the point comes to this, a genuine aspirant will not do anything which will dampen/distort his energy, or make him lose control over his energy. It takes so much effort to gain one smidgen of control over your energy, you don’t fritter this away! By ‘energy’, I mean the movement of Satva-Raja-Tama, the three- Gun the basic building blocks. You use your pran consciously to control them. This is the goal of all spiritual practice.

In movies and in life, you will see ‘tantriks’, practitioners to be typically creepy individuals. Wearing weird clothing, lots of malas, beads, black tilak on the forehead and general creepiness. I have met some of these practitioners and there was a miasma of negative energy, dark-auras in their rooms and surrounding them. Very suffocating. You feel suppressed, scared and want to get up and run away. (This is not what a real knower of Tantra looks or feels like, I have met some of these too.) These ‘tantriks’ are those degraded individuals who indulge in the lowest forms of energy manipulations and and will do anything the client asks for as long as their payment is right. Mostly these have spirits bound to them who they use as slaves to perform their work. These are the ones who drink alcohol, eat non-veg food etc.

These practicioners have spoilt the reputation of Tantra. Looking for short-cuts and with very material wishes. If you know how, you can go to a cemetery where dead bodies are buried and capture yourself a spirit. A slave you can use. Such slaves are always ready to turn on their masters. Or if you know more (or foolhardy or over-confident), you can visit the aforementioned ‘burning ghats’ of Kashi and bind an ancient tantrik’s spirit. Here your slave is a skilled one (pishachya, brahmarakshas, vetal etc) and can do more. And if it gets a chance it will happily turn on you and cause even more damage. Or there is another option, to go to some place where there is no inhabitation and natural forests. Here you will find spirits linked to the other dimensions who visit these areas, especially on eclipses, twilights, no-moon days and full-moon days. You can strike your bargains and get them to fulfil your wishes. None of this is advisable, but those who are blind in their desire for material gains and power will do it. And later suffer, badly.

And this is not what Tantra really means.

These short-cut tantriks use some other spirit or being as their source of energy. They are not internally that spiritually evolved themselves. Their only ability is to control the spirits using ‘procedures’, rituals and mantra. These spirits desire base/ tamasic gifts, like alcohol, meat, drugs, or sexual contacts, which the tantrik will procure for them so that they will work for him. And one becomes what one associates with, so such a practitioner also eventually becomes such a degraded creature himself. Then while this spirit is associated with them, they experience the higher energy levels which cannot be sustained when their association is broken. So the energy flow has to be consciously brought down in his body too.

Eg you have wire which can carry a current of 50volts. Now you temporarily link it to a second wire so that now it can carry 5000volts current. But this linkage is not possible all the time, the second wire needs a break, say for 12 hours/day (spirits need this, else they go insane). So as the first wire is delinked, there is damage as the wire is not in itself capable of 5000volt. This damage is to be suppressed (it can be repaired only be personal spiritual practice, which these short-cut tantriks will not do). Also at the instant of delinking the residual 5000volts has to be brought down in an instant else it will fry this first wire. So these tantriks drink alcohol.

Alcohol in large quantities lowers down the movement of pran and also your ability to control it. (In the past, my office group had a couple of guys who really liked drinking hard alcohol. During office parties it was very educational to watch them. As they drank progressively larger quantities of alcohol, their auras would progressively get murky and shrink.) Alcohol brings down your energy immediately and this ‘downer’ lasts for a day or so. Non-veg food also acts in the same way and its effect is sustained for a longer time, for a few days. And sexual contact also does the same thing, intimately sharing energy, such tantriks will divert all the extra load into their partner, now both will suffer. If even some normal person does these activities as a habit, you can easily see the effects. His energy body loses its vitality. Alcohol and non-veg are tamasic in nature, the person’s energy will become still, dull, difficult to move etc. (I never advocate avoidance, once in a while, for social reasons, for emotional reasons, for medicinal reasons, for health reasons etc is ok. But mindless over-indulgence will harm. In meats, only fish meat is comparatively safe.)

Depression, what does the horoscope say?

‘Soma-ras’ needs to be explained now. Modern scholars opine that Soma is alcohol which our ancient Seers drank, which is the stupidest thing. Soma-ras is defined by the two great Seers/Rishi of Ayurved, Patanjali and Sushrut, they have written about it.

Soma is another name for Anna, the ‘essence of food’. Anna is the material things of this universe which you use to sustain your mind/ body. This stuff is capable of being disintegrated by Fire/ Agni/ Pran and converted to Pran. In modern terminology, Soma would be something like matter and Pran is somewhat like energy. They are conscious, intelligent, inseparable and inter-convertible. Soma is considered to be a form of Shakti (the energies are ‘with Uma’) and Pran is considered to be a form of Shiv. Soma is dispersed, it cannot be focussed on. Pran is the concentrated energy, this can be focussed with intention pushed into the thinnest nadi of the body. Soma needs to be converted into Pran for it to be of real use. Now there is one typical nature of Soma powered Pran, it rises up with relatively little effort.

When you eat food, it enters your digestive system where the conscious fire of digestion transforms it. Some of this is absorbed and some part is ejected out. This absorbed essence of food is used in different ways, to sustain the Sapta-dhatu, to sustain the mind/Manas and some is converted to pran/vital energy. The ancient Rishi-s ate specific food which could be converted completely to Pran. This food is called the Soma. Ras means the essence. And Ras also means the infinite intelligent scalar field of unlimited energy. So ‘Soma-ras’ is the subtlest energy of the essence of food. If such a food is eaten, there would be nothing ejected and a big boost of pure pran. This food was eaten before entering into the deepest states of Dhyan-Sadhana. These states would be maintained for long periods of time, even years. Rishi Patanjai clearly says that there are herbs-Oushadhi, which can be used to deepen the Dhyan states and achieve Moksh. But we do not have the details with us (continuous onslaughts of invaders targeted our temples, which were our institutions of learning and the teacher, the Brahmins who knew. No wonder this age is called the Kali-yug, all real knowledge is lost to us.)

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If you find this difficult to believe, try this small experiment. The hypothesis is, if you eat food which has higher spiritual energy, it is more easily and completely converted to Pran. There would be very little matter ejected and your aura/ energy will improve. So eat a dal/rice for 3 days. The dal should be only mung bean dal (Vigna radiata). And the rice should be unpolished. Add one spoon ghee (made from Indian desi humped cow milk) and some sea-salt/ rock-salt and turmeric as per your taste. If you find it tasteless, put some jira/Cumin seeds or 1pod of elaichi/ Cardamom or a bit of ground ginger in it as it cooks. This is the most Satvic-energy combination, where you have protein, carbohydrates, fats, mineral, turmeric in one dish. See what effect it has on your energy.

So, to conclude, Soma-ras is the purest essence of food, which is not available to us now. It is definitely not alcohol. Alcohol downs your energy instantly. Our ancient Rishi-s did not eat tamasic foods. They were Seers, realised souls, or aspirants who were actively working towards realization. Some of us are also actively pursuing this goal. So if you can, try to reduce your non-veg/ alcohol intake and sexual activity to reasonable limits. Mindlessly indulging in these will reduce the quantum of your pran and also affect your ability to manipulate it.

 

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