Plan your day using Choghadiya

If you are a student of Jyotish there will come a point in your life where you will start tallying what happens in your life with the time when it happens. So you will start referring more to the ‘Muhurt’ section of your Vedic astrology app. If you have started analysing your behaviour to this extent then I would suggest that you check out the ‘Choghadiya’ section. This is the easiest and in my observation, the most accurate way of analysing your day. Try it out for a few days and you can see for yourself. Use it to avoid getting caught in situations which are linked to the inauspicious choghadiyas. Use the energy of the time periods to turn the unpleasant periods to your gain. Or if you are to enter into a negative situation, do so with full awareness so that you do not get trapped in its energies.

For this you have to download an app which gives the Choghadiya. (I use Drik panchang on my iPhone. I think it has an android version too)

Eg. I am chatting with my brother and it is going well then suddenly without any reason we start arguing with each other. Just pointless screaming. And then after 2mins of this we both roll our eyes, open the astrology app and see the choghadiya had changed 3 mins ago. It was ‘Shubh’ earlier and now it is ‘Rog’. The energy of the ongoing choghadiya changed our energies and our behaviour. Love exists always but expression and behaviour depends on the energies of the time going on.. Now because the time wants aggression we still continue with our argument but with more understanding rather than just random screaming.

A bit of math. The Vedic day is 60 ghati in duration. There are 2 sets of 8 choghadiya time periods in this 60 ghati day. So one choghadiya is about 4 ghatis in duration. The day time is divided into 8 sections and the night time is also divided into 8 sections. Thus 16 choghadiya in one day. The actual Sanskrit name of this time period is ‘Chaturshtika’ but the commonly used term is ‘choghadiya’.

The first Choghadiya of the day belongs to the ruling planet of that day. Eg. on Monday the first Choghadiya belongs to the Moon. The subsequent ones are ruled by Saturn, Jupiter and Sun, Venus, Mercury and again Moon in sequence.

Plan your day using the Choghadiya

There are the seven choghadiyas.

  • Auspicious – Amrit, Shubh, Laabh, Char
  • Inauspicious – Udveg, Kaal, Rog

Udveg उद्वेग – this is ruled by the Sun. He is malefic by nature. He dries everything out by his heat. In this period you are on a mission. This period is good for all government related work. Or activities where you have to fight for what you are entitled to. Going to court or such activities where you have to argue or present your case. The temper is high, you feel righteous indignation and are easily irritated. You can get offended very easily during this time, so if you feel this typical irritation coming on, take a deep breath, drink some water, find something to distract you. Stress, anxiety, distress etc are possible. If you feel that injustice is being done to you then you can get into major arguments during this period. And these arguments will be the dispassionate ones, where you are seething with your sense of injustice but outwardly you are quite composed and logical.  Later after this period gets over, you will feel regret for what had happened. This is not considered to be an auspicious choghadiya.

Char चर is ruled by Venus. He is a benefic in Vedic jyotish so this is a good time period. Char means ‘movement’. This time is suitable for all sorts of activities. This period is especially suitable for travelling. Also for money related activities. Eg you can invest money in the stock exchange. Any action which is linked to some sort of ‘change’ will give good results now. Or if you are in office, this is a good time for brain storming sessions as one-one relationships and equitable interactions are energised. Any activity in which you desire ‘growth’ can be initiated during this time period. Learning or studying and even relaxing or enjoyment related activities can be done now. You are mentally relaxed but in anticipation, something like what you would feel after you have put into motion a major project. This choghadiya gives neutral to auspicious results.

Labh लाभ  This choghadiya is ruled by Mercury. It means ‘auspicious gain’. This period can be used for all sorts of activities. This is the best time for starting education or learning a new subject for the first time. Your mind is willing to let in new things, new perceptions, new ideas, new knowledge. You are more willing to let in ‘freshness’ in life look on things with new interests. More eager to achieve things, to create stuff which will give you gain. So new things like buying/ selling, or investing money, or starting a new relationship etc are all favoured. You can also use this time in company of your friends or go out for a movie. It will give you happiness.

Amrut अमृत This time period is ruled by the Moon. It is the best time of the day, your mind is at its best. If the mind is stable, calm and collected then obviously anything you do with such a mind-set will be beneficial for you. Do anything that you wish to do during this period and you will gain from it. All sorts of auspicious activities like religious pujas, investments, travel, big purchases, new study, learning, etc should be performed preferably during this period so that they give real gains.

Kaal काल This choghadiya is ruled by Saturn. He is a malefic planet, so this time period influenced by him will give trouble. Kaal means time, destiny and also endings. If your current time as per dasha/ transit is good then this period will bring you favourable things as per your destiny. You might gain money or something material if it is destined for you. Kaal also means a predestined time, so you can take calculated risks, if and only if, you know that you are right and you have worked for it. Do not cheat others. But if your current time is not good then you will get unpleasant results here. Auspicious works, pujas etc are not performed in this choghadiya. The mind is dull and under a strange stress during this time period, fear, anxiety worry etc are very much possible.

Shubh शुभ this is ruled by Jupiter. He is an auspicious benefic planet. This is again a very good time period for all auspicious activities and all sorts of ceremonies, pujas, education/ wealth etc related activities can be performed in this time. Buying gold or grains is a good activity for this time as fortune is on your side. Whatever you do during this period will expand in a way suitable to you. The mind is relaxed, happy and and the environment is also conducive.

Rog रोग choghadiya is ruled over by Mars. Aggression is high during this period and this is not considered to be a good time for auspicious activities. You can take up activities which require aggression, eg go to the gym, debate, argue, fight, defeat your opponents etc but do not over-do it. You will not be able to see the viewpoints of the others during this period. So this leads to crushing the other, do not try to create equitable contracts as understanding and logic is reduced. Do not take unnecessary risks during this time period. Here your strength will be used up in some way or the other, you might get a small injury, or as you argue you will lose peace of your mind and then get a headache. This is considered to be an inauspicious choghadiya. Mostly uncontrolled aggression in this period leads to regrets later.

So use Jyotish in your daily life, especially if you feel that you are behaving oddly not your regular self. Observe how the time affects you. Remain aware, try to divert the energies around you so that you gain something, or at least do not lose something valuable to you.

 

Plan your day using the Choghadiya

Nakshatra Yoni and your personality

(I had written a bit on the nakshatra yoni in this post, now continuing on the same.)

Nakshatra नक्षत्र  is a Sanskrit word which means क्षरति इति नक्षत्रः this means that the Naksahtra are fixed, they cannot perish or be destroyed, they are brilliant, clear and non-ambiguous, they are abstract energies, they cannot be changed. They represent the deepest subconscious energies within you. They are also called the Lunar mansions and are the foundations of Indian/ Vedic Jyotish. The 360 deg zodiac belt is divided into 27 Nakshatra-s of 13 deg 20 minutes arc length each. They are the metaphorical 27 wives of the Moon and he stays with each one of them for approximately one day in every lunar month. Each Nakshatra has different attributes and the Moon behaves differently as he stays in the different lunar mansions. So these energies directly influence your subconscious, emotions, intuition, your astral body etc. The most important Nakshatra in your chart is the one in which the birth Moon resides. Second would be the Nakshatra of the rising degree is also important. Also check out the Nakshatra in which your other birth planets are placed in.

Each Nakshatra is further divided into 4 sections called ‘pada’. Each Nakshatra pad thus is 3degree and 20minutes in arc length. There are 27 X 4 = 108 Nakshatra pada, which is the same thing as the Navamsha. And you know that the Navamsha the 9th divisional chart is the most important. So study of the Nakshatra and their pada or Navamsha is the foundation of Indian Jyotish (Rashi or signs are more like an approximation!).

So continuing on our theme of Nakshatra yoni, this is the table showing the yoni associated with the Naksahtra-s. There are 14 yoni for the 27 Naksahtra-s.

Nakshatra

(Dynamic aspect)

Nakshatra

(Passive aspect)

Yoni

(Connected being)

Ashwini

Shatataraka

Ashwa Stallion

Bharani

Revati

Gaja Elephant

Pushya

Kruttika

Mesha Goat

Rohini

Mruga

Sarpa Snake

Moola

Aradra

Shwan Dog

Ashleysha

Punarvasu

Marjar Cat

Magha

Purva-phalguni

Mushak Rat

Uttara-phalguni

Uttara-bhadrapada

Go Cow

Swati

Hasta

Mahish Buffalo

Vishakha

Chitra

Vyaghra Tiger

Jyeshtha

Anuradha

Mruga Deer

Poorva-ashadha

Shravan

Vanar – A being from other dimensions. (Always wrongly translated as ‘monkey’, In Sanskrit monkey is Markat)

Uttara-ashadha

Nakul Mongoose

Poorva-bhadrapada

Dhanishtha

Simha Lion

The Nakshatra are divided into active or potential. These are mentioned in the first and second columns. Fourteen of them are active, ie these energies are outwardly projected, active, like doing things, are more adaptable, changeable, bring about change, like micro-management etc. And thirteen of them are stable, change with difficulty, take the broader perspective, can sacrifice themselves for the larger cause etc. The third column is the yoni of the nakshatra in Sanskrit and the animal/being it is supposed to indicate in english.

When I was a child learning astrology, this table was very confusing. This Nakshatra yoni thingie is used in matching charts for marriage and is quite important. In most books you will find it is written that the reproductive organs of the person would be like these animals (so confusing!). Or that this expresses in the way sexual activity takes place (completely incomprehensible!). This is a very silly way of expressing the ‘yoni’ concept and it took me some time to understand this table’s real subtlety.

‘Yoni’ is a highly misunderstood Sanskrit (Devbhasha Samskrutam) word. It does mean the uterus and the female reproductive organs but that is the most superficial understanding. Sanskrit words have literally thousands of meanings depending on the reference point and your power to understand it. ‘Yoni’ is a very subtle word, it 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 at the time of birth. How energy descended and become fixed, how it was set up. It has very deep spiritual and energy connotations.

So Yoni means more correctly the power of creation and the act of creation.

Nakshatra Yoni and your personality

So open your Vedic/ Indian Jyotish software. Check out which Nakshatra your birth Moon is placed in. Read how this links up with the Yoni below. The most productive and comfortable way in which you prefer to express yourself. Your ideas, your emotions, your work. Everything you do will show this basic energy.

Ashwa yoni – You are independent, spiritually inclined, creative, good with working with your hands, skilled. You like initiating things and are dynamic as well as determined. You are honest, trust-worthy and hard working. You are overall very attractive and active by temperament. If someone crosses you, you cannot forgive easily and in fact will get back at him immediately.

Gaja yoni –  You are powerful, authoritative, protective, outwardly slow but capable of bursts of energy. Generally quiet and happy, but can get aggressive if limits are crossed. Intelligent, creative and understanding, you have good business sense. You can motivate people to work for you. Practical and spiritual both together.

Mesh yoni – You are an achiever and can reach to great heights, but only if you focus. Your moods can swing between aggression and patience. You are a loner by nature and like spending time with yourself, communicating can be difficult for you at times. You are capable of hard work and gain successes with time.

Sarpa yoni – You are unpredictable, very silent about your own self, the face you show others and the real you are totally different, very secretive. You are patient and can wait for ages till the right time when you move in a terrifying burst of speed. You are attractive have a hypnotic quality which attracts others to you. You are skilled and generally very successful in life.

Shwan yoni – You are faithful to your family, group or organisation. You have intelligence and ability both. If you accept regulations you can be a asset anywhere. A very good communicator, you are very versatile. You do not let out what you are thinking so easily, secretive about yourself. You are unafraid and follow your internal rules. Successes come with time and disciplined work.

Marjar yoni – You are secretive by nature, self-contained, efficient, patient, can wait till the right moment. You are more concerned about your personal interests always, the nature is more possessive. You are good with gaining information and keeping it till you need it. You can analyse people and situations correctly. You bounce back from any adversity, optimistic.

Mushak yoni – You don’t believe easily. Intelligent and capable of working hard, you are often quite successful in life. You can start small and then go on to bigger things in life. You can make use of every opportunity however small it may be. Once you start something you stick to it. You are lucky in life but sometimes your fixed notions about things can cause problems for you.

Go yoni – You are gentle, generous, kind-hearted and generally innocent. You are sensitive and emotional. Others can take advantage of your trusting nature, so choose your partners carefully.  Destiny and luck is often on your side. You are ambitious but in laid-back manner, low key. You go about life in a calm, collected systematic manner. Intelligent and perceptive, you are spiritually inclined. You are protective of the ones you love. You generally have a happy life.

Mahish yoni – You have strength and patience both. There is an inherent charm about you. You do not display your personal emotions much, a bit insecure. You want peace around you as internally you are sensitive emotionally. Optimistic, calm, patient and you can fight for what you want. You want your family around you, outgoing and strong. You do well in every profession where there is a public interface.

Vyaghra yoni – You are highly independent by nature, have a high opinion of yourself. Aggressive, ruthless, you are capable of firm logical arguments. Materialistic and very practical about things but you have good intuition also. You can work systematically, efficiently, create assets and material wealth. You later get into spirituality and excel here too. You are physically beautiful, lucky and fortune favours you. You never express your innermost emotions even to the love of your life. You feel a tiny bit of dissatisfaction for yourself which can cause problems in your relationships.

Mruga yoni – You are intelligent and capable of disciplined hard work and you do well in life. You are serious and aggressive about what you do. You like your social groups, family and friends. Communicative in general, you need to develop tact and diplomacy in dealing with things. There are often some confusions in the mind. But this confusion brings out your philosophical and spiritual side with time.

Vanar yoni – You are different, outwardly less serious about material things. You can get hasty and impulsive as you sometimes do not realise the seriousness of the issues. But you are intelligent as well as creative, so once you settle in life success follows you. You are good at teamwork and can be a good leader. You are good at learning and you keep on adding to your skills and abilities. Later you are emotionally mature, nurturing and have a philosophical outlook towards life.

Nakul yoni – You are intelligent, decisive and act with speed. You value your time alone and prefer solitude. Highly intelligent, charismatic, honest and regal by nature you are a bit apart from the general masses. You are a leader, impressive personality and do very well in life. You are popular and famous. Others like meeting you, but you keep your distance. When you do fall in love it is a very deep thing for you.

Simha yoni – Philosophical, religious and spiritual, you are quite practical about things. You take on responsibilities and like taking care of others. Dedicated and willing to fight for the cause you believe in. You have significant leadership qualities and like to keep yourself engaged in activities. Intelligent and charismatic, you often guide and help others. Social by nature you are the gentle but powerful king among men.

If you want to check out more about yourself, look up the Nakshatra yoni of the ascendant degree’s Nakshatra. This would give you more insights on your overall personality. The Nakshatra-s of the other planets will give insights on how their energies work within you. So if you feel like it do read a bit on the Nakshtra attributes, it can be a valuable pointer to know your own self better. Jyotish is the science of self-illumination so use the Nakshatra energies to delve deep into yourself.

 

Nakshatra Yoni and your personality

Lunar eclipse midnight 5th – 6th June 2020

There was a question so a quick post on this upcoming Lunar eclipse. The details for this eclipse in India are,

  • First Contact – 23:16, 5th Jun
  • Maximum – 00:54 6th Jun
  • Last Contact – 02:32 6th Jun
  • Duration – 03 Hours 15 Mins
  • Magnitude – 0.56

It is a penumbral eclipse so its not really very visible to the eyes. Just a very faint shadowing of the Moon. Thus this eclipse has no significance for rituals etc. (Specific rituals are to be performed only when the eclipse is visible, ie for an Umbral eclipse) This eclipse will be affect the Earth as per this image. The pink colored land masses and the dark blue colored oceans will see the effect of the eclipse.

Lunar eclipse midnight 5th - 6th  June 2020

Now even though it has no significance for doing the usual pujas /mantra etc, it is still an astrological phenomenon. And right now we are in the most confusing month of the year, June. The confusion has started since the major planets went retrograde in mid May 2020. Jupiter, Saturn and Venus are retrograde as of now and Venus has gone combust too (read my previous posts on these topics).

On this day 5th– 6th June, Moon is in Jeyshtha nakshatra in Scorpio. The Sun is in Rohini nakshtra in Taurus. Sun has combusted Venus right now and in his own sign so his energies are slightly different. Plus he is being aspected by Mars, adding to his fire. So people who have their ascendant lords Sun, Moon or Venus should be more careful at least a week before and after this eclipse event. Or even if your Birth Moon falls in their signs, you will feel the effects on your emotional levels as your astral body is going to be affected. Especially so if your birth Moon or your ascendant degree falls exactly in either of these two nakshatras. In fact, people with Ashleysha or Revati nakshatra also can expect some sudden changes in life (refer the Nav-tara post for this logic.) If you have Rahu/ Ketu in a prominent position in your horoscope, ie conjunct the ascendant lord or the birth Moon or influencing several planets then you should take care of these aspects of your life. Avoid rash behaviour, try to keep yourself calm. A lot of energy is being poured in the Taurus-Scorpio axis. If you remain passive you will be swept away with it. But if you work with it, take some efforts now, you will rise. This blast of energy can be channelised to create gains out of adversity. So do some spiritual practice during the duration of the eclipse.

The lunar eclipse is in the lunar mansion Jeyshtha, it is ruled by Indra and connected to Mercury. So to begin with, divine blessings are going to be reduced. There is reduced ‘protection’ for everyone. Prosperity will be affected, superficial show-off will increase. Misunderstandings and mindless self-destructive behaviour can increase. Complaints will increase, also over-emphasis on the negative, as people refuse to look at positive sides of things. Rains will be heavy and in some areas will cause damage to agriculture. There will be cyclones and floods in the coastal areas. People in authority will not able to function properly. But this is a very good period for spiritual or occult activities. Try to put your energies into healthy competition rather than blaming fate. Try to avoid negative feelings like jealousy, vindictiveness, mean-mindedness etc. Pay attention to your personal heath and finances. Avoid arguments, over-confidence, immoral activities, over-spending, etc, double-check everything and do not leave any loose ends.  think before you act. You have to work, so try to find the best direction for your talents.

A significant event will be the true Rahu and Ketu changing their direction, briefly stationary and going direct on 7th June in preparation of the major Solar eclipse on 21st June. They will remain in the forward motion till 22nd June. Rahu and Ketu go direct around major eclipses. But in the current world scenario they are going to cause even more upheavals. A pyramiding of energies more prone to give inauspicious effects on the physical levels.

Especially for India/ Bharat, the ascendant lord is Venus, he is combust and thus participating in this eclipse, so the government and the authorities will be more confused as a whole. The corona COVID 19 is going on. Though in India/ Bharat we are in a much better shape, still we must take care of our personal health. (Viruses are Ketu’s agents and we are going to face a humongous Solar eclipse on 21st June.) Next, there will be some civil unrest driven by fanatic thought processes. Suicide bombing or some such incidents are possible. There will be confusion on all levels, rumours, allegations and attempts to misguide are possible. Our neighbouring nations are going to go through a bad phase, some might see signs of breaking up. Economy will continue to be affected. Money, liquidity, treasuries and wealth generation is Venus’s domain, he is combust and retrograde. (Also he has no role in the Nav-nayak system for this current year.) Recovery will begin slowly after Sept and will be evident only after Dec 2020. However regional instability will affect the Indian economy too and this will continue for another 2 years. I am expecting one, or more likely, two major earthquakes Cyclones, heavy rains and floods are going to make their presence felt.

As I always say, energy is energy, all depends on you how to use it. If you let this current eclipse energies drive you, it will cause a lot of trouble in your life. So the correct option is to actively make use of them. During the eclipse time period, do some spiritual practice, recite the mantra of Rahu, Ketu, Sun, Moon or Venus 108 times, or recite a mantra of your favourite deity 108 times. However inauspicious or unfavourable the energy may be, if you can intelligently divert it, you can actually find opportunities in these distressing times. You have to try, to make the effort, use your intention and work. Remember that the overarching theme for these 2.5yrs is set by Saturn in Capricorn, there is no alternative to discipline and work. Work hard now so that you can enjoy your gains 3-4yrs later.

 

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Nav nayak the 9 rulers of the year

I have written a few posts on the events expected in this year, 2020-21, Shri Sharvari naam samvatsara (do use the index page or the search bar to read them). In these, I had mentioned that Mercury is the King for this current year. There was a question on how to arrive at this ‘king’ etc for the year. Thus this post. As per Vedic astrology there are the following 9 Leaders – nav-nayak for a year/Samvatsar.

  • Raja – the most important role. He is the king of the year. He has the final say in all the activities which are to take place in this year.
  • Mantri – the second most important role. The advisor and minister to the king. The matters to public life and living overall are his domain.
  • Senaadhipati – this role is as important as the Mantri. This planet is the commander in chief of the armies. He is advisor to the king in matters related to his domain of internal public law and order and external aggression.
  • Argyhadhipati – ‘Argya’ means valuable stuff, offerings, water etc. This planet mainly controls finance in all its variants, all money and wealth related stuff and public health.
  • Meghadhipati – ‘megh’ means clouds. This planet determines the kind of weather we will have in this year. Especially the rains. This is very important as all our actions are ultimately linked to the weather!
  • Sasyadhipati – ‘sasya’ means crops, produce, merit etc. So agriculture of every type is controlled by this planet. All things which are derived from the earth also come under his purview which include the mining industry etc. Everything that is further manufactured using these primary materials is also his domain.
  • Dhanyadhipati – ‘dhanya’ also means crops, but there is a fine distinction as this word means specifically the food crops and cereals. Eg if the Dhanyadhipati is not strong, specifically food crops may fail. All food items are under his purview. Will the people be able to eat nutritious food this year? Look at the transits and power of the Dhanyadhipati to find this out.
  • Rasadhipati – ‘rasa’ means essence, change, sentiment, taste, how the mind will work, what will people find pleasure in, mixtures, spices, etc. What will capture the imagination of the public? What will they do in their free times, the kind of entertainment that they will choose to engage in is controlled by this planet. If this planet is going to give inauspicious results then addictions, bad habits, immoral activities etc can start in a major way.
  • Neerasadhipathi – this planet will control karmic compulsions, things which make you tired, dull, undesirable and unhealthy things, contradictions, missed out things, things which get neglected, things which weigh on your mind/body/soul . This planet indicates public sufferings, their source, types., duration etc. Also the things which will not be in the government’s to-do list.

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In the Nav-nayak system, Rahu/Ketu are not considered. Only the 7 graha linked to the week-days are considered, Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn are sequentially the rulers of the 7 days of the week from Sunday to Saturday. One planet can get 1 more more roles and some planets may not be given any roles at all in a specific year.

There are 9 types of roles. If the natural malefics, Sun, Mars, Saturn getting more roles to play in the year then the year will be difficult for humans. The year might have natural disasters or the government may take tough decisions which are adversarial for the common citizens. But if the natural benefics, Moon, Jupiter, Venus, get more roles to play in the year’s administration then life for the common people will be better. To analyse the benefic/malefic role of the impressionable planet Mercury, check out which planet is influencing him on the new year day’s sunrise time horoscope.

The most important roles are the King, Mantri and Senaadhipati. If the natural malefics get all of these vital roles then there are several issues created by  mis-governance. The governments and authorities create problems, are corrupt, engage in dubious activities, make faulty policies etc. In case these 3 roles are occupied by natural benefics, then the common man has a easier time in that year and the government also functions better.

For the current year, Sharvari, the Nav-nayaks are,

  • Raja – Mercury
  • Mantri – Moon
  • Senaadhipati, Meghadhipati, Arghyadhipati – Sun
  • Rasadhipati – Saturn
  • Sasyadhipati, Neerasadhipati – Jupiter
  • Dhanyadhipati – Mars
  • In this year, Venus has not been allocated any role in the Nav nayak.

Now finally, how to calculate the Nav-nayak for the year. Download a Vedic astrology app or check online. Just ensure that the ayanamsha used is Lahiri/Chitrapaksha. You basically have to find out on which day the Sun changes his sign or Nakshatra etc as per the following list.

  • Raja – The ruler of the day of the Chaitra shukla Pratipada tithi. ie the first day of the new year, the first day of the bright half of the Chaitra month. For the current year, Sharvari, this was on a Wednesday, Budhvaar so the King of this year is Mercury, Budha-graha. (Do remember to check the tithi-Pratipada for the Sun-rise time only for calculating this Nayak.) We follow the Shakya Samvat for India/Bharat so do use this date for calculating the Nav-nayak
  • Mantri – The ruler of the day when the Sun enters the Aries sign.
  • Argyhadhipati – The ruler of the day when the Sun enters Gemini.
  • Sasyadhipati – The ruler of the day when the Sun enters Cancer
  • Senadhipati – The ruler of the day when the Sun enters Leo.
  • Rasadhipati – The ruler of the day when Sun enters Libra.
  • Dhanyadhipati – The ruler of the day when the Sun enters Sagittarius
  • Neerasadhipathi – The day lord when Sun enters Capricorn
  • Meghadhipati – The ruler of the day when Sun enters the Aradra Nakshatra

So now you know how to get a general idea of how a year is going to be. This a very easy method, panchangams give this list in the ‘Varsha-phal’ on the first page itself. There are several pujas performed on the first day of the new year, but the most important one performed right after sun-rise is the puja of the new year’s Panchangam. Then the ‘Varsha-phala’ is read out by the oldest member of the family. This is considered very auspicious for the well-being of the family in the new year.

You also now know who are the nav nayak for this current year Sharvari, 2020-21. And we are already 2 months into this year. So try to analyse how this list has worked out till now.

  • Example is, Venus has not been allocated any role in the Nav nayak, so things indicated by Venus are not going to be important in the public’s or the government’s perspective. And now we are 2 months into the new year and it is so so obvious. Luxuries, material goods, branded goods, accumulated wealth, enjoyable one-one relationships, spiritual practice, good times spent with friends/family, entertainment venues, etc all have taken a back-seat. Refinement, elegance, grace, love in all its forms, has vanished from our lives. Just think on this deeply.

 

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Learn Devbhasha Samskrutam aka Sanskrit

Devbhasha Samskrutam is the perfectly arranged language of Divine Light. (Do read my post on Beej mantra for more details.) I am writing this post as there was a question on how to learn Sanskrit. Devbhasha Samskrutam is called ‘Sanskrit’ in these modern times. It is the mother tongue of every conscious living being in this Universe. ’Conscious being’, is one who can see itself in a mirror and recognise itself. If you are aware of yourself as an individual person, you are ‘conscious’ of yourself. Eg a cat does not recognise itself as an individual, hence tries to attack its image in the mirror. But elephants, dolphins and humans are aware of their individuality and are conscious. It is a moral wrong, to hurt or murder a conscious animal.

  • Dev is divine, light, intelligence, consciousness, God, excellent, royal, play, etc.
  • Bhasha means definitions, speech, species, language, description, etc.
  • Samskrutam means ornamented, completed, blessed, pure, formed, initiated, refined, constructed, elaborated, made ready, finished, polished, sophisticated, perfected, as per the rules, prepared, sacred, etc.

It is the right of every human to learn Sanskrit. It is your and my heritage, the language that is intertwined with our DNA. Sanskrit perfectly describes every possible thing in this universe. If I wish to create something or manifest something with my intention, I need to know its real name, its perfect name, the name that describes it most perfectly. If I know this name, I can then use my intention etc to manifest it to create it. Sanskrit gives this perfect description of everything. Eg I want to experience “Moksh”. This Sanskrit word ‘Moksh’ describes every aspect of this experience. The English words like, realization, enlightenment, salvation etc do not even describe 1% of the Moksh experience. If I want ‘Yash’, then I can use mantras to create Yash in my life, Yash means much more than just – successes worth, pleasures, excellence, honor, respect, esteem, fame, favour, glory etc. Sanskrit words cannot be translated because there is nothing you can translate them into! You have to experience Sanskrit, the Devbhasha Samskrutam, as it touches your conscious as well as your sub-conscious etc selves.

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So to address the question. ‘How to learn Sanskrit?’

There may be institutes or universities near you which offer courses in Sanskrit either in distance education or in the classroom format do check them out.

And if you know any Indian language or English and can read/write in the Devnagri script then the best option is this. Distance learning from the Central Sanskrit University, formerly the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan. This Institution is under the HRD Ministry, Government of India. This is the link to its home page.

http://www.sanskrit.nic.in/index.php

I would strongly recommend everyone to opt for the 2 year distance learning course and sincerely study. Both Indian and Non-Indian people can register and learn. Do try to learn Sanskrit, your real mother tongue. There are other resources on this site which you can use to improve your knowledge of Sanskrit.

There are several videos on youtube where you can hear and see small stories in Sanskrit. This will help you get your pronunciation correct and understand the flow of the sentences. An example link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAEWFbi0H84k

Then you must get in the habit of reading something in Sanskrit everyday. The best option is Sanskrit Chandamama comics for children. This is the link to download them.

https://chandamama.in/sanskrit/

If you and your friends/family are interested then learn it together. Also try to talk in Sanskrit. Start by adding small Sanskrit sentences in your daily conversations.

If you do this much you will be easily able to converse, read and write Sanskrit within a few months. It is your basic language, it is actually very easy to learn.

Later you might want to read the philosophical books of Sanatan Dharma/ Hinduism in Sanskrit. I would suggest you start with reading the Mahabharat or the Ramayan, Ithihas, in Sanskrit. Gita Press publishes both these in Sanskrit with a helpful word-word translation so it will be easier to understand. (I have all these books in my home, my Dad loves books and I too.) You already know these histories, so it will feel a bit easy on the mind and the philosophical stuff which comes in it also may be easier to comprehend.

Learn Devbhasha Samskrutam aka Sanskrit

The origin of Sanskrit is linked with the origin of this universe and naturally connected to OM. It is the source language, all the languages in this world have Sanskrit words in them. Every continent has spoken Sanskrit. All cultures have  a Devbhasha connect, some in the near past and some in the very ancient past. In India, Sanskrit is still spoken despite every attempt of the British to stamp it out.

Here are some examples from the modern and ancient world to pique your interest Names of rivers and places retain their actual origin better. Words in use in the spoken language tend to mutate faster. So,

  • Kings of the Mittani empire in ancient Mesopotamia had names like ‘Wassukkani’, which is simply वसु खानि meaning ‘a mine of wealth’ in Sanskrit. Another king was ‘Tvshratha’ which is the Sanskrit Tvashstra, ‘divine architect’ or Tvashrahta itself means ‘owning divine chariots’ in Sanskrit.
  • Kuru, Puru, Yadav, Sudav are clan names in Lithuania! These are pure Sanskrit words. The Kuru are the main clan on which the entire Mahabharat is written, Yadav, Sudav are also clans in the Mahabharat. Puru was a King in ancient Bharat/ India.
  • The Egyptian Pharaohs are connected to Sanskrit. eg Akhe-naten, is similar to Sanskrit Ek-nathan, it means ‘one-divine father’. Pharaoh Akhe-naten brought the concept of one-god in Egypt.
  • Karnak in Egypt is clearly a derivation of Konark  कोणअर्क meaning a ‘angle from the Sun’. There is a temple of the Sun in Konark, Odisha.
  • The river Niger starts at a place called ‘Sankari’, a pure Sanskrit word.
  • In America, the Guaalaga river in Andes is again pure Sanskrit ‘water going’.
  • I came across an interesting information on the name ‘America’. The Amer-Indians called it ‘Amerrique’. (‘The naming of America’ Jonathan Cohen, ‘The Caribbean writer and exile’ by Jan Carew). Vespucci’s name was Alberico and not Americo. He changed his name in a deliberate (and I would say, a criminal) act to steal the local native Americans of their identity. The Sanskrit link here is Amerrique is derived from ‘Marut’ which means the ‘land of gold’, which it was! Or the ‘land of strong winds’ which also fits it well. Or from ‘Meru’ which also means the ‘mountain of gold’.
  • The great river Volga. Volga is derived from Sanskrit Vigala, which means to melt and flow. Volga was known as Julaga earlier. This also is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘flowing water’.
  • ‘Gaia’ is said to be a Greek word for Earth,  but the word ‘Gaia’ has no etymological origin in that language. But ‘Gaya’ is a pure Sanskrit word, is a very important ancient/modern town in India where people go to perform final funeral rites of their departed ones. Gaya town has awesome energy, do visit it if you can.

There are so very many examples where words from Devbhasha Samskrutam can be traced in today’s languages. If you are interested, then do research for yourself, it is very rewarding intellectual exercise.

Devbhasha Samskrutam or Sanskrit is the mother language. I was taught it as a child and I continue to use it in my life. If I get time in this life, I really wish to work for another Ph.D in Sanskrit (I already hold one Ph.D in Zoology.) Knowing this one Mother Language, I can speak several Indian languages and understand even more. Hindi, Marathi, Gujarathi, Konkani, Bengali, Odiya, Telegu, Punjabi, Gadhwali, Kumaoni, even Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil! All very clearly have Sanskrit as the foundation. The Indian language closest to Sanskrit is Marathi. I often see movies from these other languages, it opens up options! Once I had to go to St.Petersberg Russia for some work, and was amazed to hear spoken Russian words sound almost like pure Sanskrit!

Do try to learn Devbhasha Samskrutam again, it is a very satisfying and enriching experience.

 

Learn Devbhasha Samskrutam aka Sanskrit

Neecha Bhang combinations for Debilitated planets

‘Can the debilitation of a planet be cancelled?’. This question is always a controversial topic among astrologers. In my experience, the energy created by a planet cannot be cancelled, it cannot be made zero. No energy can be destroyed, it can only be diverted. Let’s check out the meaning of the Sanskrit (Devbhasha Samskrutam) words, ‘neech bhang’. Most of us have forgotten our real mother tongue, that is why understanding core concepts has become difficult.

Neechनीच – Lowered, short, vile, insignificant, inferior, deep, depressed, downwards, basal, etc.

Neech is a state of energy. When the energy of the planet perfectly mis-matches the energy of the rashi environment it is placed in, it is said to be neech. Neech means that the energy goes inwards, deeply, the direction of its movement is altered. But the planetary force has to work where is he placed, no option on that. So these neech graha also work, they cannot be cancelled or deleted from your chart. They will give their effects. Neech is neither good/ bad. Energy just is, it is all about how you use it. Sometimes the so-called ‘badly placed’ planets can, if used appropriately, give superb results. Good/bad is a matter of perception. Something ‘good’ now can be a source of immense sorrow ’bad’ later. Or something ‘bad’ for someone can be perceived to be ‘good’ for someone else. Some event seen to be ‘bad’ now can in fact grant you something very valuable down the line. Contexts and perceptions drive your life. (So do not ask me questions like ‘is this planet good/bad?’, in the comments.) Your horoscope creates the environment around you, also offers you some options and helps you in making your decisions. Decisions, Nirnay, are in your hands and the consequent effects, Parinam, of these decisions are not. Your birth chart, the planets are you, yourself. You choose your birth time, this was the best possible decision you could have made at your birth. If you blame the graha for issues in your life, know that you are blaming your own self. That, to me, is escapism. Instead, try to understand your self and work with your self.

I have written posts on the exalted and debilitated status of planets. Also on how they perform in the D1 birth chart and the D9 navamsha, param-neech etc, do go through these (use the index page or search bar), will not repeat all that again.

Bhangभङ्ग – Burst, knitting, downfall, torturous course, splitting, rout, constant change, interruption, contraction, decay, roundabout way, bending, channel, separation, analysis, fracture, fold, breach, stretch, abatement, disturbance etc.

Bhang does not mean ‘cancellation’. It means, change in the energy’s course. This can happen in some way or the other as per the above meanings. You can proactively use the energies in some appropriate way which favours you. Or divert them to some actions which do not harm you. If you have other enabling combinations of ‘neech bhang’ in your chart then it becomes easier. You can also try any of the simple or complicated remedies, from Homa, charity, giving away items, mantra, spiritual practice etc depending on what you can afford/like to do (do use the index page or search bar to locate these posts). 

Neecha Bhang combinations for Debilitated planets

As per the books, the following conditions provide ‘neech bhang’ in a horoscope. If there are any of these combinations with respect to the neech planet in your chart, then his energy will be diverted. This diversion will depend on the modifying influence on him.

  • A debilitated planet exchanges signs with a more powerful and auspicious planet who then supports him via the exchange of houses. This is also called Parivartan yog.
  • A debilitated planet is conjunct with an exalted planet who is friendly or at least neutral to him.
  • If the owner of the sign occupied by the debilitated planet is conjunct with or aspects that debilitated planet. (Moon is debilitated in Scorpio, so if Mars himself is in Scorpio, Taurus, Leo, Aries aspecting this Moon.)
  • If the owner of the exaltation sign of the planet is conjunct with or aspects the debilitated planet. (Eg Moon is exalted in Taurus, so Venus becomes the exaltation lord. So if Moon is in Scorpio, Venus should also be in Taurus or Scorpio.)
  • The owner of the sign of debilitation of that planet is placed in the 5th or 9th house counted from the ascendant sign. (The 1st 5th 9th house make up the Dharma trikon)
  • The owner of the sign of exaltation of that planet is placed in the 5th or 9th house counted from the ascendant sign. (The 5/9 axis is the axis of creative genius and foundations.)
  • Two debilitated planets are in mutual aspects with each other.

If you analyse these conditions carefully it is obvious that the neech planet is being supported or his energy is being diverted in some way or the other in the birth chart.

  • Either he himself is being directly helped, eg by conjunction, aspect etc combinations.
  • Or the sign in which this debilitation has occurred is being supported, by a powerful placement of its owner planet.
  • If natural or functional benefics aspect this neech planet, even then his energies are diverted.

If you know your exact birth time to the minute, you can open your D-9 navamsha chart. Most birth times are off by 5-10 mins thus of no use in divisional chart calculations. If you have not done your birth time correction etc do not use the varga charts, they will mislead. So if the debilitated planet shifts to some better sign then there will be a change in his energy (this post on analysing the navamsha). We see several divisional charts for improving the accuracy of the predictions (post here). So in some DC or the other your well placed planets of the birth chart are going to shift to their neech signs also.

  • Suppose in your birth chart you have an exalted Sun and he goes and becomes neech in the D9 (post here). So though in your outward life you enjoy the plus points of the exalted Sun, in your inner life, your subconscious, potential, expectations etc the energy of the debilitated Sun influences you. This can give rise to a strange and unique personality.
  • Suppose in your birth chart your Moon is in Pisces, Jupiter’s rashi, so its all good. But in the D-9 if he gets into Scorpio. Now this person outwardly might seem very philosophical, religious, hopeful, ie everything that Jupiter gives. But his life-time’s underlying experience will be colored by the Scorpio lens. A neech Moon in the navamsha, over-laid by a nice birth chart placement gives rise to one of the strangest mindsets.
  • And finally if some planet is neech in some divisional chart then it can give inauspicious results in that aspect of life. eg Venus 4th house lord in birth chart and is neech in the D-7, then this person can suffer misfortunes in travel etc.

Neecha Bhang combinations for Debilitated planets

And the biggest ‘neech bhang’ is this, and it is applicable in all readings. The ascendant sign has to be powerful. It should be occupied or aspected by benefic planets. It should not be disturbed by malefic influences, nor by combust planets, nor by debilitated planets etc. Then this sign will ensure that you get an enabling body structure, environment and a general auspiciousness in all your life. The ascendant lord has to be powerful. And the birth Moon has to be capable of giving auspicious results. ie they should be exalted, in own sign, in sign of friends, aspected by benefics. Should not be influenced by malefic etc influences. Should be placed in kendra or kona houses or any house except the dusham-sthan (6th, 8th, 12th houses are the dusham-sthan. The 3rd house can go either way so has to be seen chart-specific). If the ascendant sign, ascendant lord and birth Moon are powerless in your chart, then even if you have exalted planets or raj-yogs they cannot give major favourable results. But if these three points in your birth chart are good, then you are quite capable of weathering any storms in your life. Whatever the other planets are upto, you can use their energies in some way favourable to you. Whatever situations pop up in life, your personal confidence, health, ability to navigate, intelligence, emotional stability, support from friends etc will help you come out of them successfully.

If you have a neech planet in your chart then the aspects of life controlled by this planet will work differently in your life. Eg if it is Venus then your relationships will take the brunt, you might feel out of place in business partnerships, with material gains and even in spiritual practice. This Venus will make you introspect deeply on what ‘Venus’ really means, delve deeply into the more serious face of ‘Venus’. And if you have managed to use the neech bhang combinations then you will be able to gain significantly with his blessings.

Jyotish is about self-illumination, understanding yourself. If you are afraid do not get into it. It is not always a comfortable process, seeing your own naked face, stripped of all pretensions and social masks. Analysing one’s own self is the hardest thing. If you feel you are mature enough to take up this challenge, only then study Jyotish.

 

Focused spiritual practice and desire for Moksh

There was a question from someone, he was quite agitated because he was unable to focus when he was doing his spiritual practice. Random thoughts were popping up in his mind, then his mind was following these thoughts. Soham, focus at the 3rd eye chakra and the awareness of the breath was all lost.

First, always remember, you are not the mind/ Manas. You are the Soul, Awareness, Consciousness, Eternal, Parabrahma, Advaita. The mind is simply one of the 24 tattvas of creation in the dominion of Prakruti. You and me are far far above the reach of Prakruti, but right now we are unaware of our own Reality. This entire exercise, spiritual practice, is to increase our awareness level to the subtlest possible. When you sit for meditation, Dhyan, also called Sushumna Yog, the Prakruti will test you. This test is the flightiness of the Mind/ Manas. This Manas will jump around like a monkey. And it will happen. You have to continue your Dhyan with these flights of the mind in the background.

Try to understand this so that you can resolve this and reach the Unmani avastha, ‘absence of mind’. Using simplistic examples so that it is quite clear,

Focused spiritual practice and desire for Moksh

The first way of looking at this,

Imagine you are sitting crosslegged on a mountain top and your 3yr old child is sitting in your lap. The top is a small area, say 5mX5m. Beyond this, all around you, is a sheer drop. You are sitting still, you want to enjoy the experience. And you are expecting that your child also remains still. If your child runs about, he will disturb your experience or even fall down the mountain. And your child is unwilling to sit still, he wriggles, tries to jump out from your lap. A couple of times he does manage to run out from your lap. But you are very alert, you grab him before he gets near the edge and make him sit still with you again. Your child wriggles but you hold him firmly. Ultimately he gets tired and stops moving. Then you show him the views from the mountain-top and then the child too enjoys the experience. Now onwards he is still.

This child is your mind. You are sitting for your Sadhana, your Dhyan, it is a very delicate balance, your position is precarious. You have to understand the seriousness of your practice and keep your mind in control. You are very alert about your child, if your own baby would fall down the mountain, it would be horrible. You are doing everything possible to avoid this disaster. You grab your child and keep it firmly in your lap again and again. So in the same way, you should, with the same terrible intensity, hold your mind in. Know that if you let your mind loose it can fall again to the depths and cause you pain. If it tries to run away, bring it back by force and make it sit still. There will always be attempts by the mind to run away. And it is possible that a few times it may totally fall down the mountain. But every experience is a learning. The mind will learn with time that falling down the mountain is painful. And you too will learn to keep your mind more firmly under control. Eventually there comes a point in Dhyan where your mind starts ‘enjoying the view’, ie starts supporting you in your practice. This is the annihilation of the mind, the Unmani avastha.

The secret is daily regular practice, you must give yourself these 30mins. As you get more deeply with yourself, these 30mins will expand to maybe 1hr and then perhaps to twice a day sessions. Then it will convert into a continuous process which will happen throughout the day/ night. This regular practice is called ‘Abhyas’ in Sanskrit. अभ्यास is – use, drill, addition, repetition, exercise, effort, multiplication, study, discipline etc. It is a very intensive thing that you do, when you sit for these 30mins daily. The toughest thing. But you start slowly and buildup, add-on, multiply, pyramiding the energies generated. It will take time, a few years, till you reach your destination, but you will reach, provided you do your exercise regularly.

Focused spiritual practice and desire for Moksh

Now another way of looking at it.

Suppose your brother has a bad habit, eg he smokes in the garage, You do not like this, you try to reason with him, try to make him understand that it is harmful but he does not listen. So one day you put in a camera in the garage and secretly record him smoking. Then play the clip in front of the family. Everyone, from your grand dad to your sister, stare at him in shock. He feels conscious that his bad habit was observed, ashamed even. He apologises and stops smoking.

So what you have to do is, simply observe the mind. It is beyond reasoning, it wants to behave irresponsibly. So let it smoke or do whatever it wants, you just keep on observing it, dispassionately. You are not your mind, you are the Soul. Let it behave like the fool it is. Dhyan is a very serious activity. While in meditation, is it proper to misbehave? Let the mind do whatever it wants, you just observe it. Soon it will become conscious, perhaps ‘ashamed’ and slowly but surely, it will stop its antics. The Mind becomes silent, serious and cooperates with you. This is again the unmani avastha, mind-less-ness.

Train yourself consciously to be an observer. You are the pivot around which creation dances. Bring your Self out of the whirling creation and remain at the unmoving center. Whatever happens around you, let it, you remain still.

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There is yet another way of looking at this. This thought process will also destroy the mind’s movement completely.

Suppose you are in a party, there is dancing and you are the DJ. Your job is to play the music here and you are quite good at this. A pretty girl tries to attract you. She deliberately comes in front of you, dances seductively, looks at you, smiles suggestively. She does this again and again. You are attracted at first, you want to respond, go and dance with her, enjoy. But if you do so, the music will stop and you might lose your job. So wiser sense prevails. Your life’s objective flashes before your eyes, it is very clear, you are to focus on your job, you are the DJ. And you focus completely on the music you are playing. She tries a few more times, dancing even more beautifully. But you are so much into your music, your life purpose, that her presence is irrelevant. She vanishes.

When you do your Dhyan, focus on what you are supposed to do. Soham Mantra, awareness of breath and focus at the 3rd eye-chakra. This is your music, focus on this exclusively. Let the Mind/ Manas perform its dance of the seven veils around you. Why should you even bother about it? Let it jump around. This is just the background noise of Prakruti, the illusion of creation, ignore it. Focus on what you want. If you are clear on what you want, there is no fight, no struggle. Ignoring everything else but what you really want is actually very easy. Just that there should be clarity of the concept within you. In other words maintain your focus on your objective always. Everything else is essentially meaningless.

Initially it is possible that you ignore the seductive Mind for a just few seconds. This is simply great, one has to start somewhere! A few minutes, a few hours and finally you will be able to ignore the Illusion around you always. This is the annihilation of the Mind, unmani avastha.

Unmani avastha is absence of Mind. The Mind is the tattva which creates the illusion of creation, frantically working to hide the gaps (do read this post). The Mind is convinced that the world is real and tries to convince you too. As long as you remain convinced by the illusions your Mind weaves around you, you are trapped. Once the Mind is still, you realise that the world around you is Unreal. Once you understand that something is a mirage, you cannot believe that lie anymore.

(A Sat-guru will exist in this “Sahaj avastha’ or Jivan-Mukti or Sadyo-Mukti, self-realization always. The Sat-Guru is the Advaita, The Beyond. ‘Dhyan’ is considered a lower medium level ‘madhyama avastha’. The worship of moorthis/ yantra is even lower down. And the lowest form of spiritual practice is going for pilgrimages. “उत्तमा सहजावस्था मध्यमा ध्यानधारणा । अधमा मूर्तिपूजा च तीर्थयात्राSधमाSधमा ।” But we all have to start somewhere, so start with pilgrimages, do pujas of Moorti/ Yantra/ Mantra etc, later do Dhyan, evolve. You will reach Mukti eventually. In the highest Moksh, Sadhana, Dhyan, puja, mantra etc all vanish as these are parts of the creation. You cannot expect that you will get Moksh the first day or even the first year of your spiritual practice. It is a gradual process, just do it regularly.)

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And finally, should you desire Moksh? If desire has to be uprooted, should one even desire Self-realization? This too was a burning doubt from someone. Apparently he was thinking that one should not desire anything, not even self-realization!

There is one only one Desire of the soul, to realise itself. This is the deepest innermost Desire of every jiv-atma. Every soul linked residing in this 5-layered body Desires just this only one thing. This singular Desire is the real Kaam काम. When sages talk about “uprooting desires” they refer to the superficial desires of the created worlds. Only when the material illusory desires are uprooted does the innermost Desire become evident. Kaam काम means wish, desire, Will, longing, radiance, glory, love, object of desire etc.

Another simplistic example.

Suppose you are a 3yr old playing with your toys. Your Dad is sitting in the same room doing some work. And you do have a lot of toys to play with, fluffy bears, trains, cars, cute stuff and you are quite occupied. You are not paying attention to your Dad. Your Dad does have an eye on you, but as long as you are playing with your toys, he is not bothered. Suddenly you feel bored with your toys. You feel that what you really want is to be picked up and cuddled. So you call out to your Dad. Your Dad is doing his work so rather than picking you up, he gives you some new shiny crayons. You again get distracted with the crayons, till you again realise that you really wanted to be cuddled. So you cry again. Again your Dad tries to distract you by pulling out another new toy. But you are not interested in toys anymore. You cry louder. Your Dad is really into his work and tries to ignore you for a bit. But now you have lost all patience and you want the cuddles now! You wail incessantly. Now Dad has no option but to pick you up and give you what you really want, cuddles.

This is the same thing in spiritual practice.

You are playing with the illusions of creation. The Eternal is observing you play. You are so engrossed with your material toys that you ignore the Advaita which exists at the root of your consciousness. Sometimes you do feel that you want to realise yourself, but another toy pops up and diverts your Will. Your this deepest Desire recedes to the background again and again. You amuse yourself with these illusory stuff till once day you get absolutely bored. The limit is crossed. Now you start your spiritual practice. You pray with all your heart that your deepest Desire, your essential Desire be granted. You ‘cry’ for the ‘cuddles’ of Self-realisation, you desperately long for Moksh. You are in unbearable turmoil, a fish out of water. You are desperate for complete self-realization. This Desire is so intense, you actually burn with its intensity. You have to Desire Moksh with all the intensity you can. Only then will the Advaita pick you up.

What does your Soul Desire? What is your Will? I wish to Love my own Self, I am my own object of Desire. Express this wish, again and again, intensely. You cannot be really satisfied till you get this Desire. Intend it, reach for it, Practice!

 

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Judge a true Ascetic from the horoscope

We are seeing a surge in spiritualism with ‘spiritual masters’ and ‘mystics’ popping up all around. Most of these are businessmen capitalising on the commercial aspects of the “spirituality business’, looking to cheat you of your money. Or Yogi-s who are on the same path as you are. A real Sat-Guru is someone who has realised the Eternal Advaita, a Jivan-mukt. There are very very few of these in the world right now. (I have written on how to analyse spirituality, the power of the chart and the evolution level of the horoscope.)

Then there are the true ascetic, Sanyasi-s. These are also rare, not very common. These are men/women who turn their back very firmly on the material world in their over-riding desire to experience the Ultimate. Every action they do is only for this objective. Such people cannot enjoy materialistic life and are repulsed by it. If someone really has the qualities to be a Sanyasi/ascetic then the following combinations will exist in his chart. More the combinations more pronounced is the effect.

Judge a true Ascetic from the horoscope

First and foremost is Saturn’s paramount influence. For getting into full time spiritual activity and rejecting the society structure, Saturn has to be powerful in the chart. Or should control important houses of the chart. Without his blessings, no dedicated spiritual activity is possible. He decides when your outer karma have been balanced so that you enter the inner spiritual with the finality of Sanyas.

Some typical combinations,

  • Ascendant lord aspecting Saturn. But no one else, not even Saturn, should be aspecting the ascendant lord in return. This is possible if the ascendant lord is Jupiter or Mars who can aspect Saturn with his extra aspects.
  • Saturn aspecting the ascendant lord. But no one else including the ascendant lord should be aspecting Saturn. This is possible if Saturn aspects this planet with his extra 3rd and 10th aspects.
  • The ascendant lord is Saturn himself unaspected by any one else. This is possible if the ascendant is Capricorn or Aquarius.
  • Check out the planetary ruler of the birth Moon sign. If this planet is Saturn himself and unaspected by any one else then it can give full-blown Sanyasi tendency. Or this planet is aspecting Saturn but no one else should be aspecting this planet.

If any of these above conditions exist in a birth chart, Saturn will strongly repulse all inclinations towards the materialistic world, allow the clean separation from it and entry into Sanyas. Such a person will at some point of time, leave the society and take up Sanyas. The timing of this event will be decided by the transit/ dashas. If the suitable dasha/ transits do not come up at the proper age then this event may not even happen. The promise of the birth chart needs the appropriate dasha/ transit to fructify. eg If this time comes when the age is 3yrs, naturally a 3yr old is not going to take Sanyas! Or if this time comes at the age of 70yrs, then the main life has already passed by and formal Sanyas at this age is rather meaningless, the person has already entered the Sanyas-ashram stage of life. But if this time comes at the age of say 25-50yrs then the formal Sanyas event can occur in a very final manner.

In addition to these conditions, if the Ascendant lord and the birth Moon are strong then he will be very well adjusted to the spiritual path he chooses. If Ketu has some connection with Venus then he gain significant progress in it. And if the Sun is also enabling, then he can be a publicly visible personality eg a Guru with many disciples etc prominent in society.

Judge a true Ascetic from the horoscope

Now if any chart,

  • If any of these above conditions exist but only partially, eg if Saturn is aspecting the ascendant lord with his 7th aspect, ie getting aspected by the ascendant lord in return, or is conjunct with other planets etc.
  • Or if there are other powerful combinations involving these planets with each other, Saturn, ascendant lord, 9th house lord, 5th house lord, Yogkarak planet and birth Moon.
  • If in the birth chart, if the Saturn, ascendant lord, birth Moon or Yogkarak are unaspected by anyone else and very powerful then,

Then this person will have a deep discontent with the material world but the active action of turning into an ascetic, Sanyasi, will perhaps be impossible. He may be unhappy, discontent, may not marry, may not be happy professionally, there may be bouts of isolation, self-doubts, loneliness, depression and dejection. He may have all possible material comforts, a good family, a good job, but he will not derive any satisfaction from these material things. He will desperately long for Realisation, initially there will be obstacles and confusion in this path. Only after middle age will the situation get more comfortable as he will understand himself better. Such a person needs to take up some sort of spiritual practice to maintain his inner balance else his levels of frustration can get very high.

Saturn will grant significant spiritual growth for these following ascendant signs, depending on his position in the chart, the power of the chart as a whole and the evolution level of the chart.

  • Capricorn and Aquarius ascendants can become highly spiritual after middle-age if the other combinations support.
  • Taurus and Libra ascendants too have a significant possibility for spiritual progress as Saturn is Yogkarak for these two.
  • And, as I always stress, Cancer and Leo ascendants have a fast-track on the spiritual route as their 7th house is owned by Saturn. (The 7th house also indicates the highest one-one relationship with the Self.)

If your ascendant is one of these six signs then try to do some regular spiritual practice, it will help in very deep ways. This can be as simple as reciting the Gayatri mantra or lighting a lamp or giving Arghya to the Sun or Dhyan Sushumna Yog- Soham, anything which you feel drawn to, but do it daily.

Judge a true Ascetic from the horoscope

The next planet which has a significant role in spiritual growth is Jupiter. If there is a conjunction of Moon, Jupiter and the ascendant lord in the birth chart, then this person is an ascetic at heart. This personality is sober, gentle, loves God, kind etc. Depending on the triggering dasha/ transit, he will interested in religion and spirituality, start doing some type of spiritual practice. He will experience the higher levels of consciousness and internal awareness with time. This combination by itself is not strong enough to make him formally a Sanyasi, he will not leave the society with just this combination. However he will be apart from the mediocrity of social life, he will be away from the tangles caused by society and remain immersed in his own internal happiness.

Now in such a birth chart,

  • if Saturn also conjuncts or aspects these three, (Moon, Jupiter and the ascendant lord) then also this person may formally take Sanyas in life and leave the material world. The triggers for this actual event would naturally be the Dasha/transits of Jupiter and more importantly those of Saturn.
  • If Saturn’s influence is missing on these, (Moon, Jupiter and the ascendant lord) in the birth chart, this person may live in society, but only till Saturn transits over them or aspects them. Or he goes through an important Saturn’s dasha period or a Saturn’s transit over a significant house. Now this person will change, his internal desire for renunciation of the material will trigger and he can take the decision to leave the material world, become a formal ascetic. Or he may live on in the society but internally he has dissociated from the illusion that is Maya. The humdrum of the social world will mean nothing to him now onwards. He will more strongly embrace the internal world.

The next planet we should consider is the Sun. He has to be either very strong or very weak! Both these options will drive towards asceticism.

  • A strong Sun (check the asktakvarga, shadbala, navamsha etc) will make the personality focus more strongly on his own internal divinity, but with an awareness that hidden behind his own tiny ego is the Eternal intelligence of the Advaita.
  • If this Sun is weak, then the personal ego is already very dim and the personality is more than willing to realise the Highest within.

Finally some connection between Venus and Ketu is necessary. It can be as simple as conjunction, aspect, bhavat bhavam, some connection in the navamsha, or one of these occupying a Nakshtra owned by the other, etc. There will be some interaction of Ketu and Venus energies which will trigger the final realisation of Moksh.

You might not get clients which such full-on ascetic combinations in your practice. But you definitely will get charts where there are partial combinations. Well-off people but with a deep internal turmoil. In such cases, advising them to start some personal spiritual practice will help them. And if your own chart shows such partial combinations then spend time daily in Dhyan, in your spiritual practice and in contemplation of the inner Eternal.

 

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How to heal yourself with intention and visualisation

There was a question on “energy healing” and how it works.

The basic concept is this, you are pure energy, the Advaita, the Eternal Non-dual. You take on this 5-layered body to enjoy this game of creation, Lila. This body is also pure energy. Depending on the level of your perception you can observe your body layers.  If you use your physical sense organs, you can see the physical body/ Sthool sharir. If you have trained yourself to sense auras you are seeing some parts of your Sookshma sharir. If you are an advanced spiritual aspirant you will see your causal body/karan sharir. And finally when you attain Realisation/Moksh you will observe the Soul, your real Self too.

Now back to the body. The various prarabdha karma which you have chosen to enjoy/endure in this life put their imprints on this body. (These karma do not affect the Soul. Nothing can touch your Soul.) When these ‘imprints’ get stuck on your body, (this happens at the moment of your birth), you suffer through various ailments, troubles etc or enjoy the various joys etc. These imprints are triggered at various time/space as per the script of your birth horoscope and transit/Dasha.

Both pain and pleasure are karmic imprints on the body, they are not a part of your body and neither are they a part of your Soul. Some karma adhere strongly and some weakly, that’s about it. Always remember that these karma are adhering to your bodies, they are not a part of ‘you’.

  • Your body has 5-layers and these layer are arranged into the 3 bodies. If you have trained your sub-conscious or are doing your spiritual practice, you can perceive these karmic imprints on your sookshma-sharir in color as red, grey, black stains. Or as burn marks, cuts, welts, injuries etc. Or as hooks, ropes, weird tattoos, cords bound around your subtle body etc. or bas broken limbs and torn body parts. Or as twists in the nadis or irregular pran flow, pran moving in a jerky manner and if the pran flow has stopped the nadi will seem gray/black etc.  There will be something on this body which will stand out. This imprint will feel distasteful, painful, burning, slimy, irritating, uncomfortable etc.

Another typical thing, as you get more used to seeing your astral self, or do more Dhyan you will see into more layers of yourself. The outermost physical body is solid, everyone can see it. Some of you might have trained yourself to see your aura which is a reflection of your sookshma-sharir/subtle body, this will have some color depending on your emotional, physical and mental state at that moment. As you go deeper you will also sense your causal body/karan sharir. Whenever I see my this inner most body it is always a pure white layer. So if you see such layers of colors, do not get confused, you are just seeing yourself more deeply.

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Now to healing your bodies.

Most of you will be modifying the energies of your subtle body, sookshma sharir when you do ‘healing’ on yourself. (Rarely will someone need to go deep into the causal body to heal at such inner depths.) There are basically two ways in which you can “heal” these karmic imprints using your intention.

The first one is to literally remove the hooks etc. If you can ‘see’ them, you can just grab and pluck them out. These are extra things inserted into your body which are damaging to you, so just pull them out. eg if you see cords into tied on your body just remove them, pluck them out. This visualisation may seem a bit difficult if you are not used to working in the psychic realms but is quite easy. Simply pull out the foreign looking object which is on your subtle body and it will come off.

The second way is to just ‘peel off’ the unnatural energies adhering to your subtle body, just as you would peel off a sticker from a sticker book. These hooks, wounds, burns, cords etc are not a part of you, so you can easily ‘peel’ them off. Use either of these two visualisations as you feel comfortable with.

Now if the ‘injury’ is very deep or the imprint is stuck on very intensely then it will appear again in your astral body. Some karmic impressions are carried on for several lives so are stuck on rather firmly. So you may have to repeat this exercise several times to finally get rid of them. Best would be to give yourself a healing session every day. It takes only 5 mins of your time if you do it regularly. Once your mind gets used to this process, and can hold on the visualisations etc (say after about 21days or so) you can do the healing part anywhere and at any time of the day.

If you have Ketu in a prominent position in your birth chart then you must take care of your astral body. If he is with your ascendant lord or the birth Moon or influencing several planets then your sookshma-sharir is more your ‘real body’ than your physical body. The physical ailments and discomforts which you will undergo will have their real roots in the astral body. So healing the inner bodies should be an essential part of your daily routine.

How to heal yourself with intention and visualisation

Energy work is all about intention and visualisation. For this you need to have your mind under control and able to strongly visualise. This is how you would go step-wise about the process.

First prepare your room. You can cleanse it using by waving your favourite incense or peacock feathers or by spraying water of the Ganga or do a thorough cleansing using sea salt packets or lemons if you so wish. (Do refer to these earlier posts, use the index page to locate them). Keep the lights dim. Sit on your asan or in any pose where you feel comfortable. Take a few breaths, close your eyes, relax. This helps train your mind. (You are teaching your mind that now you are going to do healing on yourself. So a few sessions later your mind will start getting into the healing mode itself as soon as you do this preliminary clean-up and all.)

Then prepare yourself. You can think of your favourite deity or source of faith or the Universal source of energy. Intend that you are going to heal yourself, request blessings and power from these higher self. If you know Reiki you can ‘draw’ the Reiki symbols and make a cocoon around yourself. If you do not know Reiki then you can make a chi-ball to create an energy cocoon around yourself. (You are fortifying yourself with extra energy consciously.) 

And heal yourself.

  • With your eyes closed, try to ‘see’ yourself. All your body parts, do you ‘feel’ anything odd about any of them? Are they all feeling bright and active? Observe critically.
  • If you know your horoscope, (Vedic astrology), ‘look’ carefully at the body parts linked to the ascendant sign, the birth moon sign and the sign occupied by Ketu in the chart, there is a greater possibility that something is going wrong here.
  • If you see anything, hooks, burns, cords etc, you have to now ‘remove’ them. You can either ‘peel’ them off or ‘pull’ them out as you feel convenient.
  • Visualise the removed hooks, stickers etc burning in a very deep bright fire and floating away from you.
  • Then visualise a ‘bandage’ of energy, a soothing pearly shimmery layer of energy setting over the affected parts of the astral body. Hold this visualisation for a minute or so.
  • Then finally visualise a soothing healing shimmery pearly cocoon around you. Visualise that your source of faith is energising this cocoon.
  • Take a few deep breaths and then it is done.

So this is how you do a simple healing on yourself. (I have written several posts on healing and energy. Do use the Index page or the search bar to locate them if you wish to read.)

 

How to heal yourself with intention and visualisation

Powerful horoscopes and weak horoscopes

Life is Change.

Your birth horoscope remains constant. This is the choice of energies which you chose at the moment of your this birth and is the foundation on which you are going to handle the Changes which this Life is going to bring. You are born at one instant, and the very next instant the change starts. Time and space move on. The planets move on, transiting through the zodiac. The zodiac, the Bha-kaksh itself moves on. These changing energies are basically the Dasha periods and the periodic transits. All these changing energies make patterns with each other and with the birth chart you have chosen. These patterns decide how events unfold in life. And the power of the birth chart decides how you will navigate through these changes. Will you soar or sink?

Your birth chart is the only energy you have and it needs to be studied in depth. I often mention ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ horoscopes in my posts. A strong birth position is very helpful in several ways. Your body/ mind and environment is strong enough to weather the changes which will occur in life. Changes in life are more enabling, you can leap to greater heights using the change events as opportunities. The changes are more auspicious and favourable, and the transitions are easier. You are more confident as your personality and your environment both integrate well and are more complementary. You get support from your inner self and also from the others around you. You are more in control of the situation. You have some say in how it unfolds and you can divert its energy to suit your objectives.

Powerful horoscopes and weak horoscopes

Powerful horoscopes will show the following combinations.

Birth chart, the D1,

  • The Ascendent sign determines your overall personality and your environment. It is best if this sign is occupied or aspected by benefics
  • The ascendant lord, the birth moon and the other benefic planets should be conjunct or aspected by benefics. And preferably placed in a kendra, 1st 4th 7th or 10th or kona 5th or 9th house.
  • Malefics are a source of turmoil in life so it is best if they are either in the upchaya houses, 3rd, 6th 10th or 11th houses. And aspected by benefics, especially Jupiter by his 5th or 9th aspect.
  • If there is a Yogkarak graha for the ascendant sign then this planet should be placed in auspicious house and be capable of giving favourable results. It would be even better if he is aspected or with other benefics.
  • Aspects of benefics on the Ascendant lord, the Birth Moon and the Yogkarak, will naturally increase the power of these planets and also encourage them to behave in an overall auspicious manner. These benefic influences also increase the power of that benefic planet on the overall personality/mind of the person. Eg Jupiter aspecting the Ascendant lord will make this person a genuinely kind and benevolent personality, he will meet others who help him and he too will try to help others in life etc.
  • Conjunctions are important as both planets influence each other and also the sign/house they are placed in. Eg you will see Sun-Mercury conjunctions most commonly in your study charts. If this conjunction is auspicious then it will enhance the powers of the Sun, Mercury, the house/sign they are placed in and also Leo, Gemini, Virgo signs wherever they are placed in the chart.
  • The 6th, 8th, 12th houses are the houses of turmoil, the dusham-sthana (I have written several posts on these houses, do check the index). Planets placed here are in charge of service, servitude, enemies, debts, diseases, traumatic changes, death, losses, dissolution etc. Best is if these three houses are empty. Or occupied by malefics and aspected by benefics so that the turbulence they cause in life is minimised.
  • Kendra and kona houses are the houses which directly link to the main 1st house. Bhavat bhavam principle is an easy way of understanding the importance of these houses. The 1st house is bhavat bhavam for only the 7th house. The 7th house is the bhavat bhavam for both the 4th and 10th houses. So these three houses directly feed into the power of the 1st house. Then the kona houses, 5th and 9th are in the Dharma trikon with the 1st house, are linked in its creative genius /foundation axis. So these two houses also link very deeply into the power of the ascendant sign. Having powerful and beneficial planets in the kendra and kona houses grants the personality more power to navigate life successfully.
  • Exalted planets are an asset in a chart. Also planets placed in their own houses or their mool-trikon signs. These are highly comfortable and willing to give auspicious results. If you have such planets in your chart, they pull up its quality significantly. Especially if the ascendant lord, Moon, Yogkarak or benefics are in such positions they give significant positives in life. Even if the malefics are exalted, they will help you navigate the turmoil they cause or at least you will gain something significant after the troubles are over.

Navamsha chart D9 – Then is using the Navamsha chart to get more insights into your deepest expectations and potential. This analysis is a necessity, but do this only if you have your exact birth time to the minute.

  • Vargottam planets, or the Vargottam ascendant degree indicate that the planet’s outward energy and inward energy is the same, there are no deep-seated conflicts in the personality.
  • Planets placed in the pushkar navamsha generally are auspicious and help in life.
  • If planets shift to their own signs or mool-trikon signs or in their exalted signs etc add more power to face conflicts and rise with every opportunity in life.

Ashtakvarga is another useful tool in astrology. It can be used to gauge the power of a planet or a sign to give auspicious results in life.

  • Planets having more than 4 points in the sign they are placed in at birth are going to be more favourable and auspicious.
  • In case of signs, the signs whose combined score is more than 27 are generally helpful. Those signs which are occupied by benefic planets at birth, or are placed in kendra/ kona, especially the lagna sign should have points more than 27.

Those aspects of life indicated by such planets and signs having such high scores tend to remain stable and non-problematic. Or even if there are problems, their severity is lesser and are more manageable.

Shadbala – in your vedic software, there will be a calculation for the ‘power’ of the planet. These ‘bala’ strength is calculated for the 7 planets, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The strength of the ascendant lord and the birth Moon should be high for overall favourable and enjoyable results in life.

Nakshatra – The lunar mansions are the framework of Jyotish. If you have your vedic astrology software, open it and check out which nakshatra your 9 graha and the rising degree falls in. These 10 Nakshatra energies are going to be more important in your life. Then calculate your Janma nav-tara chart from this post. Check which Tara categories your identified 10 Nakshatra-s fall in. If these fall in the Janma, Sampat, Kshema, Sadhak, Mitra or Ati-mitra Tara categories, then the planets occupying them will be able to give satisfactory results on the subtle/ inner levels.

Powerful horoscopes and weak horoscopes

Now quickly on horoscopes with lesser power or ‘weaker’ horoscopes.

Birth chart, the D1

  • The Ascendent sign occupied or aspected by malefics.
  • The ascendant lord, birth moon and other benefic planets influenced by malefics. Or placed in the dushamsthan, 6th, 8th 12th houses. Or even if in the 3rd house and influenced by malefics. This will increase the number of inauspicious events in life and also the trauma they cause.
  • Malefics aspecting each other increasing their strength to do mischief.
  • Yogkarak graha incapable of giving favourable results, influenced by malefics or debilitated.
  • Aspects of malefics on the Ascendant lord, the Birth Moon and the Yogkarak, will increase the power of that malefic planet on the overall personality/mind of the person. This can aggravate the negative qualities like cruelty, insensitivity, violence etc both in the personality and the environment.
  • Conjunctions with malefics can spoil several aspects of the life all at once. eg Moon with Saturn can cause trauma to the sign/house they are placed in and also Cancer sign wherever it is placed in the chart.
  • Debilitated planets, planets placed in their enemies houses are highly uncomfortable and pull down the power of the chart. Especially if the ascendant lord, Moon, Yogkarak or benefics are in in such positions.

Navamsha chart

  • If planets shifting to the signs which occupy the 6th, 8th, 12th houses of the birth chart D1 become slightly unfavourable.
  • Planets which shift to their debilitated signs or to signs owned by their enemies lose power to do good.
  • I have written several posts on navamsha analysis, do use the index page to locate them if you wish to read.

Ashtakvarga 

  • Planets having less than 4 points in the sign they are placed in at birth generally cause difficult changes in life.
  • The signs whose combined score is less than 27 points can also initiate turmoil when transited by malefics etc in life.

Shadbala for the ascendant lord and the Moon if is very low then you cannot ‘enjoy life’. There may be favourable things around you but you cannot use them or derive happiness from them. So do look up the section on ‘planetary strengths’ in your astrology software.

Nakshatra – In your Janma nav-tara chart, if any of your identified 10 Nakshatra-s fall in the Vipat, Pratyak or Naidhana Tara categories, then the planets occupying these Nakshatra will give subtly inauspicious results which will give you anxiety etc on the subtle/ inner levels.

Powerful horoscopes and weak horoscopes

This is a framework post. One placement does not make a reading. You have to look for patterns always. More patterns means more potential for the prediction to actually happen in real life. More powerful patterns add strength to you. More weaker combinations pull down you down. Every chart will have some auspicious and some inauspicious parts, eg if you have a very strong professional life then it is possible that you will have a less joyful home life. One cannot have everything at once. Try to understand your birth chart, your basic personality, your behaviour, your expectations and potential. Jyotish is Illumination, use it to see yourself first, analyse yourself dispassionately. Find out what aspects of life are going to give you successes, follow these. Try to leverage your strengths to grow, take every change connected to these aspects of life as a challenge and grow with it. Try to fortify those parts of life which are going to bring you turmoil, or try to channelise these turbulent energies into more productive things. Every change is an opportunity if only you know how to use it and you have the will to do so.