Shadbala Sthan Bala

I am writing on the Shad-bala, this is the third post in this series. Each graha has these six types of strength and they are spashta-bala, ie distinct strengths with different meanings.

  1. Sthana Bala
  2. Dig Bala
  3. Kaala Bala
  4. Chesta Bala
  5. Naisargik Bala
  6. Drig Bala
  • I have written on the Drig Bala in this post. Drig Bala tells you how easily you are going to be able to perform activities related to a planet and the aspects of life that he controls or are you going to face blockages?
  • I have written on the Ishta and Kashta phala in this post. These values tell you if the aspects controlled by a graha are going to be auspicious or inauspicious for you in the long run.

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Sthan Bala –

This is strength due to the position, ie the Sthan that the graha occupies in the zodiac. If he is is placed strongly then his results will be more strong. Here we are discussing the power of the result. How strongly an event will occur in your life will depend on the sthan-bala of the connected planet. Graha is not a ‘planet’ as generally translated it is a force (post here).

  • Eg Sthan bala can tell you if you going to be able to study till Degree college or do your PhD. It is not going to tell you if this education is going to help you eg ensure that you get a good job, that is related to the Ishta phala. And to know how easily you are going to do this PhD is to be seen from the Drig Bala of the planet.

How strongly you express yourself or take a stand in the aspects of life controlled by a planet is related to the Sthan bala. How strongly you ‘sit’ in a place is the Sthan Bala. 

  • Eg. Someone is strict in office but is unable to take a stand in front of his spouse. Here the graha responsible for his profession will be very strong in the sthan-bala. And the planet responsible for the spouse will have low sthan-bala.

There are 5 further sub-components of Sthana Bala, each of which are linked to the position the planet occupies in the birth chart or the divisional charts. Briefly,

  • Uccha Bala – how far is this planet from its point of exaltation. The closer he is to this point the more power he derives.
  • Saptavargaja Bala – this is the strength that the graha gets from its position in the sapta-varga divisional charts.
  • Ojhajugmariamsa Bala – this strength is created by the placement of the graha in the odd/even signs in the birth chart and the navamsha/ D9 chart.
  • Kendradi Bala – the position of the planets in the Kendra 1 4 7 10, Panaphara 2 5 8 11 or Apoklima 3 6 9 12 houses in the birth chart. Planets are strongest in the Kendras and least in the Apoklima houses.
  • Drekkana Bala – the strengths of the planets depending on the position in the D3 divisional chart.

So now in our example chart, the row at (1) is the Sthan Bala. Crowley had his Mercury strongest followed by Venus then Jupiter. These three have very high values over 200 points. Then are Mars, Saturn also quite strong at around 200 points. Then is the Moon and Sun has the least points. The simple logic is that he must have been comfortable expressing the energies of the planets in this order. He must have been most strongly assertive about the things in his life controlled by Mercury. eg He created the Thoth deck, Thoth being another name for Mercury. His search for esoteric practices/wisdom took him all over the world. And he also experienced several internal things, as evident from all the books he wrote (post on Crowley here).

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Now open your own Shad-bala table and take a look at the figures. (You will need a free software like Jagannath Hora or a paid one like Parashar light or any other software which gives these values)

  • Check out the planet with the strongest Sthan Bala. This planet has a significant impact on you always. If this planet happens to be your ascendant lord (post here) or the lord of your Moon sign then it will be more helpful in life. You are most comfortable expressing this energy. And likewise situations around you which resonate with this energy are going to be more comfortable to you. 
  • On a general note, planets with over 200 points are considered to have very good Sthan bala, these are your strengths. From 150-200 are also quite good. Any below that, you have to consciously work with them.
  • Then the graha with the lowest sthan-bala, will indicate those areas in life where you feel a loss of confidence and fumble things up. You might want to critically analyse your behaviour and consciously try to improve yourself if required.

Let’s now analyse how planets with higher sthan bala are going to influence you.

If your Sun is the highest in Sthana Bala you are obviously going to more strongly use the keywords of the Sun. You will naturally express yourself most strongly in the houses and signs he controls. You will be confident, authoritative, creative, inspired, radiant, a leader, etc here. Intelligent, aggressive and have that go-getter vibe. Once you want to do something you do not stop or think twice. Then the typical over-dose of solar energy is possible. So do try to listen to your well-wishers and avoid running rough shod over your loved ones. Analyse him and the houses he influences, these can give you a major boost in life if you use them appropriately.

  • Suppose this Sun is in Aries, exalted, and in your 4th house. So you are going display his energy heavily in the matters connected to the 4th house. A career in organisations involved in protection of the homeland is a good way of making use of this energy. Sun as the ruler of the 8th house in the 4th house will make you capable of taking ruthless decisions in the interests of the home etc.

If the Moon has the highest Sthana Bala then you are going to be more comfortable expressing the lunar traits. Generally relaxed, receptive, happy, comfortable, secure, soft, gentle, loving and willing to be loved in the aspects of life indicated by him. You might come across as being somewhat changeable by nature but your core is conservative. Guard against ‘needing’ things in life which will be indicated by the houses/signs he influences. Moon’s most susceptible trait is his requirement for ‘needy love’ which makes him somewhat vulnerable. 

  • Suppose this Moon is exalted in your 6th house. So here he is the ruler of the 8th in a dushamsthan. This gives vipreet raj yog and is good to begin with. To use this energy you can try the medical field, divination, occult, oil rigs, sailors etc. Somewhere where danger and liquids mix. Here you need that high which such situations provide and you can perform best in these sort of situations.
  • It is best if a person chooses a profession which suits his dominant energy. This ensures that he expresses this huge energy outside the house. This will naturally help the career and also secure domestic happiness.

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If Mercury scores the highest Sthana Bala then you are going to be very intelligent, logical, confident, good communication, friendly with everyone, good with the hands, networking skills, practical mindset, easy-going basis. Especially so in the aspects of life linked to Mercury. The sthan-bala is your inherent position of strength. You can think, create options and also choose the best option in life. Use the energies of these houses well, you will gain. Often people with such a Mercury are very successful overall especially if he is placed in a good house and capable of auspicious results. Only advice here would be to try to stick to one course of action after you have chosen it. 

Now Venus with the highest Sthana Bala means that you desire his keywords of validation and equitable love in the houses/ signs linked to him in your chart. You have a taste for refined beauty, elegance and good times. You are very presentable. You prefer fair and equitable relationships, try follow your heart’s desire and often have an inclination towards the esoteric. You can motivate yourself, you love yourself and are perpetually at satisfaction with yourself. Overall people with this Venus are quite charming and intelligent. Venus generally gives good results unless severely afflicted in a chart. eg This Venus if in a house connected to the profession can give very talented fashion designers, interior decorators etc. 

Mars with the highest Sthana Bala gives you a dose of martian qualities in the houses he controls. You have energy for everything connected to these aspects of life. And you also might have to face crises and unforeseen events here, but you tackle all this effectively. Overall he will add a veneer of no-nonsense behaviour, intelligence, logic etc to your personality. You might take calculated risks and show personal courage in these aspects of life. But Mars can also make you harsh, arrogant, you might get uncaring, rough with others so choose some avenue where you can express the energy of these houses suitably. Avoid hurting your loved ones in the process. So analyse him and use his power in the most effective way possible.

If Jupiter has the highest Sthana Bala in your chart, then you are the benevolent elder at heart. Optimistic and intelligent you are gentle with others. You like learning and teaching. You project your gentleness, learning, wisdom, kindness, benevolence, helpfulness etc. You are generally satisfied in life and this is evident in your dealings with others. You have faith in the higher Self and believe. You avoid hurting others. But do guard against trusting others too much, as not everyone is good in return. A too trusting nature often receives unexpected hurts from others. The houses he influences are naturally going to be in limelight as you feel more at ease here. eg if he is in your 3rd house you are indulgent towards your siblings, if in the 7th house then you are benevolent with your spouse etc.  (I am a classic example of this.)

Saturn with the highest points in Sthana Bala makes you prefer alone-ness. You are very meticulous, pragmatic, systematic, hard-working and stoic. You like spending time with yourself or in places of natural beauty. You might not be very comfortable in positions of authority or where quick decisions are needed. Saturn may be a malefic by nature but he is a very powerful graha, the force of your past karma which you have to rebalance. So the houses which he is linked to, will demand work from you and you will also systematically do it without any issues. You can leverage this ability to gain high levels of success in life. But in this do not ignore the other aspects of your life else you might end up truly alone. This position also requires self-analysis in order to make use of its energies in the best possible way.

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Some ways you can use the Sthan-bala information.

If just one planet is very highly powerful than the others then the personality often becomes lop-sided. In this case you must actively try to use his energies sensibly. The houses/signs linked to him are always going to be uppermost in your mind always. This planet with the highest sthan-bala has to be analysed in depth. If he is a malefic/ benefic for your chart. Which houses does he control/influence? Try to consciously work out how to best use this energy in life. And do not ignore the other aspects of life indicated by the other planets.

If a gentle natured benefic has the highest Sthan-bala your nature has a core of gentleness which unscrupulous people around you can exploit. So look at the malefic with the next highest sthan-bala and try to consciously increase his qualities in you. Similarly if you have a malefic with the highest sthan-bala, try to focus on the benefic with the next highest value. This will ensure that your personality is neither too harsh nor too gentle and you navigate through life more easily.

If in a chart, all the malefics kroor-graha, Sun, Mars, Saturn have higher Sthan bala than the gentler benefics saumya-graha, then you have a very aggressive nature. The energy of the kroor-graha coupled with their power to take a stand can get very intense. You can get so fixated on what you have decided that even the pain and tears of your loved one will not move you or make you change your mind or alter your behaviour. And the other way round if you have all the benefics, Venus, Jupiter, Moon having higher sthan bala than all the malefics then you are essentially a fluffy ball of love who sees the good in everything. You are incapable of being unkind to anyone. You cannot think bad for anyone. This also is not a good trait in life as you will get hurt often. People with either of these extremes must critically analyse themselves. (If you want to learn Jyotish do read this post. These observations on human nature come with observing people and their charts over years. These are my observations from following my own family members and myself over years. You wont get such analysis anywhere. Collect charts and observe these people. Start with 30 charts and then keep adding to this database as you keep learning)

You can try to consciously improve the areas indicated by planets with the lower Sthan-bala. Especially so if the ascendant lord himself has lower sthan-bala then some active remedy should be tried, eg some behavioural changes or mantra etc as per your choice. (I have written several posts on remedies, do look up the index page.)

I still have to write on the Naisargik, Dig, Kala and Chestha bala which I will do in my future posts. (There is a book on Graha and Bhava balas by BV Raman in case you want to get into more details on the math.)

 

Ved Vedanta and Om

There was a question “Is that the reason why the Veda samhitas have absence of some key devas and deities like Ganesh , Kali , mahavidyas , avatars of Vishnu. They have been lost or is it by design that rishis want us to explore them via indra?” and the answer became too long so posted it as a post. 

A simple question and here is a longish answer.

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First a bit about Sanskrit, the language in which all these texts, Ved, Vednant, Puran etc are written. One thing you have to remember is that Sanskrit, Devbhasha Samskrutam has no proper nouns. Am sure this sounds odd to you. So, a brief explanation,

Eg This sentence, ‘I am Samantha’. In this sentence ‘Samantha’ is a proper noun. It is a girl’s name and by this sentence you understand that I am a girl named ‘Samantha’. The word Samantha has no meaning in itself. Thus it is a proper noun. That is the end of it, no more meanings here.

Eg This sentence ‘I am Manish’. Here Manish is a Sanskrit word. It has a meaning in itself. Every word in Sanskrit has a meaning. Every word can be used as an adjective to describe something. If you think of ‘Manish’ as a noun, then you will understand that I am boy named ‘Manish’. But if you think of ‘Manish’ as an adjective then you will think that I am ‘someone who can be described as Manish’. There is a very big difference in these two levels of understanding. The Sanskrit word ‘Manish’ is a samas/ compound word, it is expanded to ‘Mansaya Isha iti Manish’. The simplest translation of this compound word would be ‘the Highest God of the Mind is Manish’. So our sentence ‘I am Manish’ completely changes its meaning depending on ‘Manish’ being understood as a proper noun or adjective.

Sanskrit is a highly esoteric language, it has layers of meanings. Understanding it depends on the capacity of the person who is reading it. Enlightened Rishi-s wrote these texts so there are secrets within secrets. That is why I always say never read Sanskrit books which have been translated into other languages. Or if you read them never believe that the translator has got the correct meaning of what the Rishi actually wrote. Best is to learn Sanskrit yourself.

Now if I write this same sentence in Sanskrit. ‘Aham Manishh asmi’, then here is what you get. ‘I, self-radiant, truth, certainly, surely, indeed, verily am the wisdom, reflection, intelligence, idea, desire, conception, power, master, strength, the Lord of the Mind.’ This is the power of Devbhasha Samskrutam. Now tell me can you ever trust ‘translations’ of Sanskrit texts?

So, if you can, think of our deities names as adjectives. Shankar means happiness. Shiva is the auspicious one. Ganapati means the energy which enters the individual souls and causes change. Nandi is intelligence. Laxmi is the one who has a recognisable sign. Sarasvati means the one who flows. Ganga is the one who moves very fast. Krishna means the unknowable blackness which pulls. Ram is happiness. Dev is radiance. Bhagwan is the one who has all auspicious qualities. Each of these Sanskrit words has several meanings in addition so every deity of Sanatan Dharma is more like a collection of attributes. The deities are not humans, even though we have got used to seeing them as humans. Deities in Hinduism are pure consciousness defined by some attributes. Their names are not proper nouns but are adjectives. Think of them in this way and you will get more insight into their real natures. (I wrote on meaning of the Navavarna mantra post here

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Now what is Sanatan Dharma/ Hinduism? To understand Dharma you have to understand the Shatdarshan shastra. I have written a post here on these 6 darshan shastra-s. It is not the work of one lifetime, but you carry on whatever you have learnt into your next lives.

Our ‘God’ is the highest conscious intelligence, non-dual, Paramatma, Parabrahma, Paramtattva, Nirvishesh Brahma, Advaita etc. This is the key deity of Sanatan Dharma, the only ‘deity’. You yourself are this Parabrahma. So essentially you worship your Self.

The Ved (Ved, Brahmana, Aranyaka, Upanishad),are the final authority for everything in our Dharma. The crowning glory of the Ved are the Vedanta, which deal with the Advaita in great clarity. The 10 major Upanishads with the Mandukya Upanishad occupy the highest place. The beautiful Mandukya has only 12 lines about the Om and the Paramtattva. 

So now about Om. Om is also not the actual Paramtattva. Om is the nearest thing to it. Something like a ‘Moorti’ of the Advaita. A Moorti that you see in temples is made from stone, metal etc. But here you are required to visualise a Moorti made of conscious energy. Om is a Moorti of the Paramatma. You have to visualise Om with this intention and understanding. This is difficult for beginners on the spiritual path.

The course work has to suit to the student. You cannot teach a 1st std child, the syllabus of a PhD. Ved and the Vedanta is PhD course work.

In Sanatan Dharma the main texts are the Ved (Ved, Brahmana, Aranyaka, Upanishad), these have the highest validity, they are the source of everything. Then are the Itihas, histories, eg Ramayan, Mahabharat, the actual incidents are given in detail. They also have philosophy ie attaining Moksh and practical stuff like how to manage a kingdom (ever read the original Mahabharat or Ramayan, it is much much more than a simple story). These Itihas conform to the Vedic principles. Then we have the Puran-s. In these additional historical incidents are given, more philosophy, more practical stuff etc. And anything written here has to conform to the Vedic concepts and the broad outline of the Itihas. The 18 Puran-s written by Ved-Vyas are given more prominence in this category. And there are the several commentaries, Bhashya, treatises, practical work, more philosophy etc written on these texts by enlightened Guru-s like Adi Shankaracharya and others. This broadly is the corpus of texts available in Sanatan Dharma. Regular Hindus never read these texts, unfortunately.

All Shastra, all pujas, all yajnyas, all mantras are secretly hidden in the Ved. It is a huge huge repository of knowledge. eg the entire Shri Vidya which deals with the worship of the Devi Lalitatripursundari, the Maha-vidya-s etc is from the Ved. It is one of the many Vidya-s mentioned here. Another Vidya is the Chakshushi, I have written about it briefly in this post. All these Vidya-s will take you to the Parabrahma if used in the correct manner. Jyotish is also a Vidya.

These different texts describe the same Reality in different perspectives in different words which are suited to people of different mindsets. eg If you read the texts on Devi Lalita, it is given that the Devi just looked at her toe-nails and the 10 Vishnu-avatar-s manifested from here, did their work and again got reabsorbed in her. This is obviously different from what we popularly know about the Vishnu-avatar-s. In the Shiv Puran, there is a Shiv Gita which Bhagwan Shiv narrated to Shri Ram at Rameshwar before his war with Ravan. eg Bhagwat Gita, most people believe that this is the only Gita, the highest teaching. But if you open the Ishwar Gita, it is very similar to Bhagwat Gita. If you read the Shiv Gita, this is also similar and also has a Vishwaroop darshan. Then you read the Anu-gita which Krishna taught to Arjun after the war, and this is very different from the Bhagwat Gita which he taught first. There is a vast ocean of philosophy, spiritual practices, teachings, discourses in Sanatan Dharma. If you randomly read from here and there, you will get extremely confused. 

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In the past and even now, Dharma is facing a lot of challenges. The Dev-Asur Sangram, ie the constant war between radiant and dull energies is always on at different levels. It is still going on now and will always occur. Sometimes the Dev will have the upper hand and sometimes then Asur might seem to be winning.

There are numerous examples where our temples, libraries, universities and their custodian Brahmins were very viciously destroyed. The horror in Kashmir where specifically Tantra and its genuine practitioners were systematically wiped out over the last 500yrs or so. The oldest physical book of Valmiki Ramayan was burnt when the Britishers burnt the libraries in Kolkata about 200yrs ago. Tipu burnt ancient libraries, manuscripts and their custodian Brahmins in South India about 300yrs ago. More insidious was that the invaders injected nonsense in our books and are still doing it. People who do not follow Sanatan Dharma are writing translations of these texts with the express purpose of altering their meanings.

It is difficult to find authentic texts and more difficult to find a real Guru. Also we have forgotten our mother-tongue Sanskrit, thus are a highly confused directionless lot.

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Back to Om. Vedanta clearly states the Om to be the Paramtattva. Focus on the Om and you will gain that realization. The Ved describe Om and how it has manifested the universe from itself. Om is the first vibration, the first movement. The main deities described are the 33 koti devata ie the 8 Vasu, 11 Rudra, 12 Aditya, Prajapati and Indra. They further create the universe and everything else in it. These are the backbone of the creation and they actually exist in our backbones, in the Sushumna nadi. 

You create your own universe. This concept is also rather difficult for beginners to comprehend. I have put posts on using energy consciously, try doing some of these exercises to actually experience how you can create. Once you succeed at an ‘energy experiment’, your perception changes forever. 

Indra as well as all the other Vedic deities are pure energy. They are not human figures. Now for the students who could not comprehend the highly esoteric Ved-s, more human looking deities was introduced in the Puran-s. All the energies were given human forms. Prakruti was given a Moorthi of the beautiful Devi Lalitatripursundari. The tri-Gun, Satva, Raja, Tama were given human forms so we have the Tri-dev etc. All these Puranic deities are also conscious energies, but described in more human terms so that we can relate to them more easily.

But every shloka, every stotra, every sukta in this vast ocean of Sanatan Dharma describes only the Advaita. This might be difficult for beginners to believe but eg. every one of the 1000 names in the Vishnu sahastranama are ultimately dedicated to the Parameshwar, from the first ‘Vishnu’ to the last ‘Sarvapraharanayudh’ all are linked to this Parabrahma. The Dasha-Mahavidyas are the energies of the 10 directions, the intelligence of space, their essential nature is also the Paramtattva (post here). Now open the Devi Atharvasheersha, She says ‘Aham Brahma swaroopini’ in the first line. If you open the Ganapati athavasheersha, it says that Ganapati is the ‘pratekshya tat tvam asi’ in the first line itself. ‘Tat tvam asi’ is a Mahvakya of the Ved. So all deities are essentially Parabrahma.

There is only one thing that is worthy of being known. That is Parabrahma and we do it through his Moorthi, Om. You are Om, I am Om, we worship Om and whatever we do or see is all Om. Eg In all stories/ allegories, you see that the Tri-dev are generally in Dhyan or in deep contemplation. Who are they doing Dhyan of? Who is the essential consciousness within them? In the Puran-s, it is mentioned that the Tri-dev did intense Sadhana to get to this position that they enjoy. Whose sadhana did they do? To become aware as ‘Indra’, 100 ashva-medh yajnyas are necessary, who are they dedicated to? So just think, to become aware as ‘Om’, what level of intensity will be necessary?

In our pantheon of deities and the humungous mass of stories/allegories, if you get into who was whose husband, whose wife, who was the father, who was the son, who came first and who came later, you will get very confused. The Ved say this same thing, the serious aspirant must focus on the ultimate reality, not on anything else. 

You should not think of yourself as Indra or Vishnu or Shankar etc or any of the Vedic or Puranic deities. Think of yourself as Om, the Parabrahma. Try to explore and locate that Supreme consciousness within.

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And finally to sum up this discussion.

Do what your Sat-Guru teaches you to do. Practice under the guidance of a Guru. Follow what he tells you. This is why the Sat-Guru in Sanatan Dharma is so essential. Without the blessings of the Guru you cannot do anything and cannot realise anything. 

Eg if your Guru teaches you from the Bhagwat Gita of the Mahabharat. You will think of Shri Krishna as your adored deity. First as a Vishnu-avtar, then as you go deeper into him you will realise that the Gita talks about the Advaita. The real Krishna, who ‘pulls’ you inwards is the Advaita. The ‘unknowable blackness’ is again a negation of this created universe. Your Guru will help you experience this essential attribute of ‘Krishna’. 

Eg if your Guru teaches you to worship Devi Lalitatripursundari. You will worship the Shri Chakra/Meru with mantras. Initially you might think that you are worshipping a beautiful Devi wearing red sari, jewellery, 4 hands etc. You might call her Mother, Maai, Aai, Mataji, Maiiyaa, etc but later you realise that her name Maa is most apt. I have written this post on this word ‘Maa’, it is a negation, essentially means ’No’. Her subtlest nature is a resounding negation of the creation you see around you. She is Advaita. This realisation will come at the highest levels of your sadhana.

Eg if your Guru teaches you Gayatri puja. You might think that you are worshipping a beautiful Devi with 5-faces etc with her Gayatri mantra. But later as the mantra pulls you inwards you realise that the ‘Savitra’ in the Gayatri mantra refers to the internal illumination. Your are worshipping your own Luminous Self. And this is the Advaita.

Eg if the Guru starts off with the pure Vedanta. This is a rare Guru and an equally rare student. You will then go directly to the Upanishad. He will teach you ‘na iti, na iti’, not this not this. Again the negation of the Maya of creation and the single pointed focus on the pure Om. Read about the Om, practice Om, experience Om and thus the Paramtattva whose Moorti Om is.

A Guru teaches what he has achieved, ie he can teach only what he has the ‘adhikar’ to teach. ie, a History teacher will teach History not Math and a 1st std teacher will not teach PhD students. If a Guru has practiced the Gayatri mantra he will guide you with the Gayatri mantra. If he visualises the Gayatri as a Devi in a red sari then he will teach you this same visualisation. If he has visualised the Gayatri as the Advaita then he will be able to guide you till this final destination. When you get blessings of a Sat-guru, the Atma-jnyani Mahapurush, the Jivan-mukt, ie the Parabrahma only then will you attain Moksh.

So choose your Guru very carefully. Guru is a force which pulls you towards your Self. And there are several pretenders who claim to have got enlightenment or claim to converse with the deities etc. Evaluate carefully before accepting someone as your Guru. If you do not have anyone around, try to follow some daily routine (post here on daily pujas). Get your own intention moving, desire to know your own reality. If you desire it, it will happen. When the student is ready the Guru will manifest. 

So Dear Reader, this is a rather rambling answer to your question, see if it helps you in some way.

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An urgent notice to my readers

A Big Thank you to my Readers

One of my readers very kindly informed Nikita that a YouTuber is directly reading out my posts on her channel claiming them to be hers. She is actually posing in the videos as if she is channelising the words from somewhere within her (a facepalm moment). The height being that some of these videos have the same names as my posts which she is copying. I have sent a complaint to YouTube about this, so it should be sorted out soon enough. Highly unethical behaviour on her part, but what can be expected from someone with such a filthy aura. This woman is also charging $200 for doing readings on Vedic Jyotish. Unbelievable! It is very hideous karma on her part to cheat her viewers and clients like this. I feel sorry for these people whom she has cheated as it is quite clear that she knows nothing and has most likely misguided them.

(Thank you, kind reader. I have requested Nikita to do a complimentary reading for you, if you so wish it)

So with this background, I felt that it was important to make it out very clearly in a post that I have not authorised anyone to use my posts, my name etc in any way whatsoever ever. The only thing that anyone else can do is share these post/blog links on other platforms if they feel like it. Not copy anything piecemeal.

The reason I forbid this is, these words are my genuine experiences, not just from this life but from my several lives. I write with equal ease on Sanatan Dharma, Devi pujas, Bhagwat Gita, Deities, Dharma, Adharma, Vedanta, Jyotish, Runes, Tarot, Cards, Tantra, Yantra, Mantra, Advaita etc etc because I remember. I have done it through my several lives and I remember it vividly. The pain of the ceaseless efforts and the satisfaction of the Wisdom both. So when I write, it essentially emerges from my Sat-guru’s kindness. The horror which regular people cannot assimilate is filtered out. The words are very gentle, easy, conversational. 

Knowledge/ wisdom is always a product of the pain of disillusionment, the relentless effort and self-sacrifice that goes on and on over so many lives. If someone ‘steals’/ shows ingratitude towards these kind words of Wisdom, these same words might trigger the associated pain in them. The entire blog is interlinked, it is one body of work. Any part taken out of context and those words will give unexpected and sometimes very nasty experiences.

(The legal notice regarding copyrights etc is very clearly visible on every page of this website and also on the side bar. Do heed it. It is there for a reason.)

I do not have a YouTube channel for this blog as of now. In case I ever make one in the future, it will be linked to this website and I will inform my readers accordingly.

The only person whom I have recommended for readings is Nikita. She primarily uses Tarot, Lenormand, Runes etc not Jyotish, but she is very highly capable with her tools of choice. She still takes clients as of now and can answer questions etc and counsel appropriately.

I do not recommend anyone for readings. I have no students. I do not do readings now. Earlier when I used to, I never charged. No one is authorised to act on my behalf or in my name. In case you find anyone claiming anything like this, it is a fake claim.

Essentially, do not copy words from this website, they will harm you eventually. Learn instead and try to make the Wisdom yours by your own efforts.

Indra, his esoteric significance

Devraj Indra, the king of dev-s. Let’s first look at these Sanskrit words.

  • Dev – deity, wish to overcome, desire to excel, prince, priest, play, sense-organs, king, divine, copy, cloud, offspring, radiance, divine light, resonance, etc.
  • Raj – sovereign, meter in prosody, radiant, shining, guidance, governance, etc
  • Indra – night, human soul, geometric figure, pupil of the eye, chief, first, excellent, ruler of the east direction, god of the sky, royal, the individual soul/ jiv-atma etc.

Indra is the hero, the warrior, the invincible King of the Dev-s. He is the enjoyer of absolute prosperity, Param-aishwarya. His other names are, Amrish, Devesh, Gyanendra, Mahendra, Purandar, Sachin, Shatamanyu, Satipati, Suresh, Svar-raj, Vajrapani, Vajrin, Vrittahan, Vruddha-shrava, Sutrama, Gotrabhit, Sunasheera, Purohuta etc. Now put these meanings together to get a glimmering as to who and what Indra really is.

Indra is the power who brings life on this earth in all ways possible. Indra controls the sense organs, by energising them with his power. His power is the power of the Jivatma directly linked to the Param-atma. On the esoteric levels, Indra is you, your individual soul/ Jivatma. The conscious essence that you are, is Indra. Your mind, body, soul, your existence. You are the hero of your world, Indra.

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Indra is the ruler of the East/ poorva direction. He is the dawn of radiance. Also the ancestral energy most closely connected to the source.

Indra is the yajnya-palak. Yajnya is the continuous evolution of the individual soul/ jivatma. Every action you take is technically a ‘yajnya’. He protects you as you unceasing make efforts to attain the highest Param-Atma. He is the one who gets the energy of the main oblations/ havish offered in the Yadnya. ie when you perform any action you yourself get the main energy linked to that action. If you do good for others know that you are actually doing good for your own self. Conversely if you hurt others you hurt your own self first. Indra also destroys all those who obstruct the performance of yajnya-s. If you want to perform auspicious actions your internal Indra is the one who will help you. Shakra, he is the destroyer of discordant energy. Remember that yajnyas are essentially internal. You offer your Pran with the mantra into your own internal Agni. Thus Indra ie your individual soul receives this energy. There is no concept of an external ‘god’ in Sanatan Dharma. It is all internal, within you.

He is Lokpalak, the guardian/ ruler/ protector of the worlds including the Prithvi, Antariksha and Vyom. Without his support the universe cannot exist. He is the Marutvan. He controls the subsidiary deities called Marut-gan. They are 7 divided into further 7. आवहः Aavaha controls the movement of the earth. प्रवहः Pravaha is connected to the Surya mandala. उद्वहः Udvaha is the one who provides movement in the chandra mandala. सुवहः Suvaha for the luminous heavenly bodies. विवहः Vivaha provides motion to the graha of Jyotish. परावहः Paravaha provides movement in the realm of the Sapta-rishi/ Seven Seers. परिवहः Parivaha is the motion of the Dhruva mandala. These realms are not only in the external space but also within you. Do your spiritual practice to experience them.

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The rakshak/ protector of the Dev-Lok, he guards the seat of the divine illumination. He is the Swarg-adhipati, he rules over and protects the incredible energies of the heavenly realms and its treasures. The Swarg-lok has the Ratna/ jewels which emerged out of the Samudra Manthan, these include the Kalpa-vriksha, Kaam-dhenu, Parijaat, Airavat, Amrut etc.

Indra is the Go-rakshak. He brought back the ‘Go’ when they were stolen by Asuras. Go is said to mean cows but it is one of the most complicated words in Sanskrit to understand and then experience, Go has hundreds of meanings like cows, thunderbolt, leather strap, stars, sky, skin, body, light rays, milk, hair, bow string, water, sun, singer, sense-organs, moon, medicinal plants, third eye, one who goes, billion, voice, speech, Devi Sarasvati, Vak, number 9, mother, earth, etc etc. Indra is the energy which protects the internal Go within you from the Asur/ discordant energies.

In the Ved it is said that Indra is the only one who drinks maximum amounts of Soma, Somapa. (I have described the nature of Soma in this post.) Essentially Anna is converted to Soma. Soma is further transduced into Pran. Indra consumes Soma, the purest form of conscious energy and then goes to fight his enemies. The esoteric significance of this is that only when the Jiv-atma has access to maximum amount of Soma can he create the necessary boost of Pran. This Pran will be then channelised into the Sushumna to fight the karmic imprints/ discordance within. Later this Pran will be used to activate the Kundalini, which will rise as a flashing thunderbolt.

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Indra is mentioned in every allegory, every Ithihas of Sanatan Dharma.

Ramayan is about the ‘travels of Ram’ so naturally Shri Ram is the main hero. But the main deity mentioned maximum times in the Valmiki Ramayan is Indra. His name Shakra शक्र is mentioned 182 times, Indra इन्द्र 164 times, Mahendra महेन्द्र 95 times, Vasav वासव 74 times, Sahastraksh सहस्राक्ष 54 times, Purandar पुरन्दर 31 times, Shatkratu शतक्रतु 29 times, Vajrin वज्रिन् 25 times, Devraj देवराज 16 times, Pakshashan पाकशासन 11, Sureshwar सुरेश्वर  10, Shachipati शचीपति  8 and Maghvan मघवान् 6 times. In Ramayan, Indra first ‘kills’ Maruti by breaking his jaw and then later revives him and gives him the boon of immortality, makes him a Chiranjeevi. Indra gave Shri Ram his own chariot, charioteer, weapons etc during the war with Ravan. Indra brought back the dead Vanar-s to life when Shri Ram requested him to do so. Indra is very much a major part of the Ramayan.

Then when you study the Mahabharat, again there are several references to Indra. Arjun, the major actor of the Mahabharat, is the son of Indra. Arjun was created by mantras recited by Kunti. Kunti’s other name is Prutha, ie Earth. So then Arjun represents the creative power, the inherent divinity, the genius, the active intelligence, the projection etc, the ‘son’ of Indra which is materialised ie ‘brought by mantras on the earth’.  Indra helps the Pandav-s several times, eg by ensuring that Karna gets cursed, by taking away Karna’s kavach-kundal, by giving the Pandav-s divine astra-weapons for fighting the war, protecting them from time to time etc. The Mahabharat is also an esoteric text. In this, Shri Krishna narrates the Yog-shastra Bhagvat Gita to Arjun. So the highest Consciousness (Param-atma), Krishna, describes to the genius of the limited consciousness (Jiv-atma), Arjun, how it can attain the highest Consciousness itself. This is the deepest secret within the Mahabharat.

My favourite Shri-sukta. As per the Laxmi tantra, Devi Mahalaxmi describes and gives this Sukta to none else but Indra. The Ved-s are majorly about Indra. If you read through the allegories and histories of Sanatan Dharma you will realise that Indra is the main pivot around which things happen.

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Now I need to write a bit about the Ved-s and the Puran-s.

We have lost a significant portion of Ved, ie the associated Samhita, Brahmana, Aranyk, Upanishad texts etc are incompletely available now. But in what we have at this moment, Indra is without a doubt the most significant Vedic deity. Eg in the Rg Ved, 239 out of 1028 sukta are exclusively composed in his honor. Additional 27 sukta, where he is mentioned with other deities. The Ved describe Indra, his activities, his powers, his heroic achievements. Ved have no origin, there were directly seen from the Akash by enlightened Seers/ Rishi-s. The Vedic age was one of significant enlightenment where even general people were aware of the internal divinity/ Indra within them, and they would make active efforts using the Sukta-s etc to pull themselves higher towards the Param-Atma. The sukta-s dedicated to Indra were used to awaken/ energise their internal Indra. Now unfortunately we are not capable of using these as such and the knowledge too has hidden itself.

Then we come to the Puran-s. In these stories, other deities like Shiv, Vishnu Brahmadev come into focus. These three deities are the conscious energy of the Satva, Raja and Tamas Gun-s. The Puran were composed by Rishi-s, eg the author of several major Puran-s is Maharshi Vyas. Regarding Indra, in the Puran, there are mainly two recurring themes.

Theme 1 – Indra by his action/ inaction gets into trouble. The negative forces like Daityas, Rakshas-s, Danav-s etc attack him and the Dev-lok, the realm of Divine radiance is in trouble. He rushes to the Tri-dev ie Vishnu Shiv, Brahmadev and requests help. These three deities are generally shown to be in deep Dhyan or asleep, ie inanimate. Only when Indra comes knocking, are they roused and help him defeat his foes. If you analyse this, the only player who acts of his own volition is Indra. He commits mistakes, loses, does penances, wins etc. The several other players help/ hinder/ interact with him in different ways, eg by giving him blessings, weapons, taking avatars or by attacking, cursing him etc. (ie You have to use the energies of the Satva, Raja and Tama Gun to destroy the discordance within you. eg Satva-gun ie Mahavishnu will help Indra in making his Vajra.)

Theme 2 – A Rishi starts doing intense spiritual practice/ Tap. The fierce energy created by this Tap starts shaking the throne of Indra. He feels insecure and sends his Apsara-s to disturb the Rishi and break his sadhana. Sometimes the Apsara succeed and sometimes fail. The Apsara are turbulences in the stillness of the mind, but here these are controlled by Indra. Here Indra is operating at his dullest level of consciousness thus scared of the fire generated by Tapasya. He tries to stop the Tapasya so that he can continue to enjoy the illusion of the jiv-atma/ individual soul. (ie. If you are at the lower levels of spiritual evolution, then try not to get scared by the concept of spiritual practice. Initally the mind will fight it, but later will actively help you in your routine.)

What actually happened during the Puranic times was that the inner awareness of the general population decreased. They started losing touch with their internal divinity. Their internal Indra started getting into trouble, attacked more by negative forces. So the Gun-s, Satva-Vishnu, Raja-Brahmadev and Tamas-Shiv had to be invoked to help Indra. Here the level of the aspirant was lowered in the sense he could not directly invoke Indra using the Vedic suktas directly anymore. So the via media of the three Gun-s energy had to be used. So we have the typical puranic prayers to the Tri-dev. Indra, though shown to be less glamorous, still is the central theme. Indra will always remain the central theme, because he is the Jiv-atma, the player in the Game of Creation. You are the only hero, the only actor in your life, the rest around you only help/ hinder you.

And now we are in the Kali yug, so the internal Indra for most of us is generally overwhelmed by Asur forces, unable to counter-act them.

You are Indra. Puranic or Vedic? Or at a level even lower than the Puranic? Evaluate for yourself.

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Indra, as per the Puran-s, is the son of Maharishi Kashyap and Aditi. He is thus the grandson of Brahmadev, ie Raja-gun. Kashyap is a Sanskrit word which essentially is the energy which makes visible or makes something brilliant. Aditi is literally the energy of manifestation, heaven and earth, speech, inexhaustible creative power, perfection, boundlessness, freedom, happiness, completion etc. So Indra is essentially the visible brilliance of the boundless power of manifested creation, which is in motion and is also capable of causing movement.

Aditi and Kashyap have 33 sons, ie the 33 koti Devata-s which exist within all of us. They are Indra, Prajapati, the 8 Vasu, the 11 Rudra and the 12 Aditya. (These are all within you, do click on these links to read about them)

Indra is married to Sachi. Sachi-pati is his name. Pati is the catalyst energy which acts on another substance and causes it to change. The word Sachi has several meanings like speech, skills, activity etc but it is also another name for Vak, Prajnya, Karma. This means that the power of the individual soul/ Jiv-atma enters the substance of Vak, Prajnya and Karma and causes changes in them, leading to further creation. Indra is more esoteric than people today realise.

Indra is the destroyer of several Asur forces including Vala, Panis, Namuchi, Shushna, Sambhara, Himarina, Vrittasur etc. He released Sapta-sindhu, released the Go, created the Agni etc. All these allegories are full of esoteric meanings. I will just briefly write on the esoteric theme of the killing of  Vrittasur, you can explore the other allegories on your own if you feel inclined. This is from the Rg ved, 1.80.1-16.

Our minds are very low in consciousness, the several ideas, thoughts, desires, wishes which stir up the serenity of the mind are called Vritti. These Vritti cause turbulence, these are the barriers to self-realisation. Only when the mind becomes still, does the light of the Self dawn. Indra uses his weapon Vajra to kill Vrittasur. This in the esoteric sense means that when you have Indra on your side in your spiritual practice, you put a stop to the waves of disturbance rising in your mind. These waves are Asur, discordant. They stop you from your spiritual practice, cause distress, pain and keep you at a low levels of awareness. When Indra kills Vritasur, the spiritual aspirant starts resonating with OM.

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Indra is the only deity who carries a Vajra in his hands. I read about Tibetan Vajrayana and was surprised to note that it is also called Mantrayan, ‘the travel of the Mantra’. One of the major deities of Vajrayana is Vajrasatva, he carries the Vajra and a bell in his hands. The Vajra is used to destroy the turbulence of the mind and the bell with its resonating sound of Om creates the resonance of Om in the aspirant. The Tibetan Vajrayana is deeply connected to Sanatan dharma, especially its practical Tantra/ Mantra/ Yantra aspect.

Now Indra’s weapon, the Vajra. It actually looks like a dumb-bell shaped object, about as big as can be gripped comfortably. It is said to create thunderbolts, which is accurate. Vajra was created by Vishvakarma from the Asti of the body of the enlightened MahaRishi Dadhyang specifically for Indra’s war with Vrittasur. The MahaRishi ‘donated’ his body, specifically his head, as a weapon fashioned only from its Asti could kill Vritasur. The fire of his Tapasya had made his Asti/ essence intensely powerful so if used as a weapon could easily destroy Vrittasur. And there is a proper definition for Vajra, ‘tapovya sa vajra asit’. ie Vajra is the essence, the fire of Tapasya, the radiance emitted when you perform intense spiritual practice. It is the thunderbolt flash of the ascending Kundalini. And Tapa in its essence is the discarding of vasana/ desires which is precisely what killing of Vrittasur implies.

There are endless allegories linked to Indra and his exploits. If you wish you can read them and try to glean their hidden meaning for yourself.

But one thing is true, you become aware of the internal Indra, when you perform your regular spiritual practice, by the blessings of the Param-atma. As per the allegories if you perform 100 Ashvamedh yadnyas you attain the title of Indra. Here Indra is the Vedic Indra, the hero Indra. If you are still at the Puranic or even lower stages of evolution you have to perform 100 Ashva-medh yajnyas to reach this level. Then there is a very confused concept of Ashva-medh going around these days. No one sacrificed horses! In Sanatan Dharma you can never never kill another living thing as a sacrifice, if you do you will create horrendous karma for yourself. Ashva is literally the external and the internal Sun. Medh means ‘essence’. So to first realise the essence of internal Sun, you have to work /act /perform yajnya, ie your regular sustained spiritual practice over several lives consistently.

Understanding and experiencing yourself as Indra is a very significant step in your spiritual practice. Every deity in Sanatan Dharma is there for a specific reason, there are no superstitions in Dharma.

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I had to write this post as a response to an adverse comment on Indra. Disparaging Indra means disparaging your individual soul, your own jiv-atma. Who are you now? Indra, the Jiv-atma. What do you want to experience? Advaita, the Param-Atman. This is the secret of all spiritual practice.

Jupiter transiting Capricorn 2020-21

Jupiter graha will now transit through Capricorn, his sign of debilitation. This transit is very critical and has to be seen in the context of Saturn occupying Capricorn. Saturn rules Capricorn and is capable of powerful results in it. But his capacity to give results is influenced by his association with the debilitated Jupiter. Both are unable to give their results fully.

As usual Jupiter will show all 8 types of movements at different speeds and also go combust as per this schedule during this transit.

  • Enters Capricorn – 20th Nov 2020
  • Goes combust from 18th Dec 2020 to 9th Jan 2021.
  • Enters Aquarius – 6th Apr 2021
  • Goes retrograde in Aquarius – 20th Jun 2021
  • Enters Capricorn retrograde – 14th Sept 2021
  • Goes forward in Capricorn – 18th Oct 2021
  • Enters Aquarius – 21st Nov 2021

Jupiter is debilitated in Capricorn and his impact is overall adverse, he has the potential to make you miserable in several ways. He represents luck, fortune, blessings, protection, expansion, kindness, benevolence, support from your peers/patrons, auspicious benefits from your past lives, the foundations of your life. The auspiciousness in your life in all ways. All these things in life do not work effectively when Jupiter is in Capricorn.

Saturn owns Capricorn, he gives powerful but not always pleasing results when he is here. He is rules, the karmic schedule you have planned for yourself, restrictions, budgeting your resources, maturity, responsibility, work, no-nonsense attitude, pragmatic nature, social mobility/ status, profession, gains of all sorts, social interactions, etc. Saturn himself occupying Capricorn will bring all these things into high focus. Saturn is a very powerful graha, the force of your own pending karma which demands to be balanced.

They are together in Capricorn. Capricorn is broadly your profession, boss, father, salary income, work, social standing, social mobility etc. So analyse their results together in the environment provided by Capricorn.

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First let’s check out the general results. Jupiter is entering Capricorn again this year, the first time he was here, he expanded the COVID 19 havoc. So it is possible that his entry here again may trigger sporadic outbreaks (Do go through the post on Mars retrograde.) In this current Shri Sharvari naam samvarsara, Jupiter has transited through Sagittarius, Capricorn and Aquarius, 3 signs in one year. (The predictions for the year follow the Nav nayak scheme.) Such fast movement is highly inauspicious as is evident.

Wars, famines, emergencies, recession, economic collapses, diseases, civil riots, anarchy, etc are all possible and are happening in some or other part of the world even now. Religious activities will not give auspiciousness. Justice will be denied despite corruption being exposed. Issues do not get resolved. Unnatural deaths of political leaders is possible. Gold prices will stop rising but people are too poor to buy it now. The coming winter will be colder. All seasons in 2021 will all be extreme. Natural calamities will occur. Pollution will be higher, environmental activists will be on an over-drive, preaching. Racism will be high. Hinduism/ Sanatan Dharma will be targeted. Regarding COVID 19, the vaccine should be announced after Mars gets back to normal in Jan 2021. Doubts will be cast on the entire COVID 19 narrative and the USA elections after this. China will continue to break internally, though posing strongly outwardly. For India /Bharat it is a time for hard work which will pay off later.

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Now in your own horoscope, you have to analyse the functional roles for Jupiter and Saturn, which houses they are placed at birth etc. The Vimshottari Dasha, Mahadasha and its further antardasha you are in, will have its effect. Finally the transits will fine tune the Dasha results. The current transit of Rahu Ketu in Taurus/Scorpio is very significant. Especially Mars retrograde/forward is on an extended stay in Pisces/Aries now. The planets are going combust and retrograde from time to time also have their typical effects.

One thing to remember, take up only those projects which are related to physical, material, practical stuff. Hopeful and wishful thinking will not get you anywhere. Innovation, creativity, spirituality etc are muted as Saturn is more powerful than Jupiter in Capricorn. Those into spirituality, mediation etc can lose interest, businesses related to these topics will suffer. Jupiter in Capricorn and later in Aquarius will give general dissatisfaction. Take the long view and be patient.

In the list of brief results, if you count from your ascendant sign you will get the physical result, the actual event on you and in your environment. If you count from the birth Moon sign you will get the effect on the mind/ emotions. Eg if your ascendant is Leo, Capricorn lies in your 6th house in your birth chart. If your birth Moon is in Aquarius, then Capricorn is in your 12th house in your birth moon chart. And if you count from the sign occupied by your birth Saturn or Jupiter, it can give a glimpse on the subtle lesson they intend to give you.

Remember that Saturn aspects the 3rd and 10th house from where he is. Jupiter aspects the 5th and 9th house from his location.  So you can add more predictions to these basic ones by adding these aspects. 

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If Capricorn lies in your 1st house. The middle phase of the Sade-sati is on for you. You will have the fortitude to bear under stress and you will need it as there will be several anxious moments. Try to get adequate rest. Students need to pay attention to their education. Relationships will give unhappiness. Avoid over-spending. You might feel alone. Travel is a possibility. You might gain wealth and status if you are living/ working in foreign lands to the west of where you were born.

If Capricorn is your 2nd house. The third and last phase of the Sade-sati is on for you. This period gives mixed results, but I am counting on Jupiter as the winner of the Graha yuddha between him and Saturn so predicting positive results. So you can gain wealth, family relationships will be good, religious actives are possible during this time. Giving loans during this period is not advisable. Avoid feeling jealous of others and if possible do some charity. This will make what you really have with you seem more solid, more real. Avoid arguments and using harsh words. You might feel alone/ unwanted. Stick strongly to your moral compass.

If Capricorn occupies your 3rd house then, mixed results are indicated depending on the power of Jupiter and Saturn in your birth chart. Either education, trade, family life, children, spouse, friends etc will be good and auspicious or ultimately you might get cheated. Be cautious especially of friends/ family members etc who seem to be too good to be true. Avoid big investments. Saturn in the 3rd is overall good, so even if problems crop up you have the necessary power to deal with them effectively. If Saturn is auspicious for you then this period will be quite good.

If Capricorn is in your 4th house. This is also called Kantak Shani. This means that the home environment is affected. Your mother, residence, vehicles, comforts, rest, security can suffer from Jupiter’s lack of effective ‘protection’. Bouts of depression/diseases can be expected. You might have to leave your home town and relocate to foreign lands. But you will gain if you do so, leadership roles etc can be available. There is a possibility of philosophical growth and maturity. Try to spend time with your spouse/ children, your schedule may be too busy, do not ignore them. Budgeting is necessary.

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If Capricorn is in the 5th house. This time will make you challenge your own life philosophies and your experimental, irreligious, non-spiritual behaviour can increase your stress. You are at internal war with yourself. Overthinking is not good. Your children, if any, will need attention, if they are old enough they might leave the house, eg go to hostels, ie separation is possible. Marital life will be strained. Interpersonal relationships will be stressful. Money, education will be good, you might win prizes but get no internal satisfaction. If you work with your hands, eg are a craftsman, architect, engineer, builder etc you can expect success. Try to follow some established spiritual practice during this period, as it will ultimately benefit immensely in the long run.

If Capricorn is in the 6th house. Take care of your health, especially the conditions indicated by Saturn in your birth chart might flare up. Stress from spouse/ children is possible, take care of their health. Enemies will not be able to act against you, though there will be several plotting against you in secret. You will be very busy, ie will be given lots of responsibilities, if you fulfil these effectively you will gain repute but health might be affected. Your professional/ spiritual accomplishments are more in the background, as you are more interested in serving the society. Wealth should flow be adequate. This is overall a good time, despite the debilitated Jupiter. Here I am counting on Saturn to prevail over Jupiter so check your personal chart. Be careful about trusting others this might lead to loss of reputation, unnecessary expenditures, stress etc.

If Capricorn is in your 7th house. Kantak Shani, the thorns in your life. Jupiter though debilitated can provide some relief if he is a functional benefic and strong in your birth chart. There will be stress in the marriage. The social circles/ natures/ life-philosophy etc of you and your spouse will be different and this might lead to differences now. There may be separation from spouse in some way or the other. Spouse’s health might give you cause for concern. Affairs are possible and this affects the stability of the marriage. However there are possibilities of professional success if Jupiter is powerful in your birth chart. Financial situation will improve slowly. Your family members/ friends might need your help.

If Capricorn is in your 8th house. Kantak Shani position. Saturn will give pain, Jupiter though debilitated can provide some relief, but still it is not a good time. Marriage can be a source of frustration but if you engage in illicit affairs, it will complicate the situation even more. Feeling lonely and unloved can be stressful so try to go out with your family/ friends groups. The spouse may be ill, also take care of your own health. Try to appreciate the other’s point of view and avoid self-entered behaviour. You will be kept busy with responsibilities and might not get time for yourself. You might get property or wealth through legacies/ wills from others if Jupiter is well placed in your birth chart. Else losses are possible.

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If Capricorn is in the 9th house. Either you will remain satisfied with what you have gained. Or disinterested in everything you have gained. Either way you now develop your own understanding of life and try to live your life accordingly. Others will find this attitude difficult to understand. This can lead to alienation so do make an occasional effort to interact with others in your family/ society. Senior members of your family may fall ill/ die. Try to perform some pilgrimage or pujas. If your Jupiter is strong in your birth chart then this period can be somewhat better. You might get a long distance job or some gains from long pending issues. Overall there is some hope of positivity.

If Capricorn is in the 10th house. This is also considered to be a thorny proposition, Kantak Shani. He creates lingering issues which give pain. Be careful in your profession, you might be forced to compromise in your job, or be given bribes. You might be involved in teaching type of roles during this time or people might ask your advice. You might get superficially interested in ancient culture or occult etc type of subjects. You might get some special projects in your work. However try to take others along, follow the established rules, dress well, present yourself properly. Being harsh can create unnecessary problems. Health can be down, eyesight, mind, kapha type of issues are possible.

If Capricorn is in the 11th house you can get several opportunities to gain on the material levels. Wisdom and philosophy will also be yours, however for this time you will be inclined towards the material than the spiritual. Respect, fame and general prosperity will be enhanced, you will be very active in society. This is a good time, use it well, several opportunities are going to open. If studying you have to pay attention to your studies. And if you have children you must pay attention to them. If you are a Pisces Moon, this period is the best time for you. Saturn is favourable and Jupiter too. You can realise your dreams during this time, so go ahead with your projects. The current adverse Mars transit will resolve in Jan 2021 and then things will improve dramatically. This coming year will grant you success, fame, wealth and all the things you wish for.

If Capricorn is in the 12th house. The first phase of the Sade-sati is on for you. You might be required to leave your hometown or settle in foreign lands. There will be stresses, take care of your health, especially of the eyes. There may be losses of money, so think twice before spending large amounts. Loneliness, separation from family, arguments, are possible. Avoid addictions, take care of your health, physical and mental. You might perform some religious rituals/remedies which you think will help you but they might not work during this period. You must be careful.

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Overall Pisces has the best time, especially the Pisces Moons will fare the best. Leo will face some trying times but overall it should be ok. Scorpio will have to wait till Mars gets to his regular self again, ie after Jan 2021, then things should be better. Taurus should try to find opportunities as there will be some auspicious possibilities. Cancer and Virgo will have an average to ok time. Aries might have to compromise with their morals. Sagittarius is going through the last phase of the Sade-sati so not very happy. Libra will have see issues on the home front. Capricorn is worried about the future. Aquarius and Gemini are not in a good place.

Solutions will be to do some daily pujas or some personal spiritual practice or mantra jaap of the concerned planets, Homa, charity, etc are all possible. Do check out the index page to locate these posts.

You have to tailor these predictions as per your own birth chart. So open the Ashtakvarga table, check the points that Jupiter has in Capricorn, if they are more than 4, then the positive predictions above will hold, else there will be issues during this Jupiter in Capricorn transit. (If your birth rising degree is not at the centre of the sign then you may have to calculate the Ashtakvarga table by hand). Depending on your level of study you can also check out the Shad Bala, ie the Drig Bala, Ishta/Kashta phala, etc related values of your Jupiter to know if he is auspicious for you overall. Or use the Ashtapadmadala chakra. I have written posts on all these topics so use the index page to locate them. Also go through my earlier posts on transit predictions to see how predictions work in real life.

Layers of Sanskrit

Devbhasha Samskrutam aka Sanskrit is the original language of this universe. It derives from OM, the seed of this universe we exist in. Rishi Panini ‘saw’ its grammar from Akash and wrote it. Sanskrit is linked to your DNA and is the perfectly arranged language of Light. It cannot be translated as there is nothing you can translate it to. And just because someone has learnt to read/ write it, does not mean that he has understood the texts of Sanatan Dharma or its texts, Sanskrit has layers and layers.

A simple example. There is this very common Sanskrit shlok in the praise of Shri Ganapati,

अगजानन पद्मार्कं गजाननं अहर्निशम् अनेकदंतं भक्तानां एकदन्तं उपास्महे ॥ ॐ

OM Agajanana padmarkam, Gajananam aharnisham, anek dantam bhaktanam, ek dantam upasmahe OM

It is generally translated as ‘Ganapati is the beloved son of Devi Parvati. Her face lights up with love for him and thus that radiance falls on him. Similarly the blessings of Ganapati fall on his many devotees who worship him with devotion.’

The pictures I have put in this post are of the soft-grey colored Shri Dhoomraketu Ganapati. This is his form in the current Kaliyug. He destroys the Ahamkara, self-ego, sense of individual ego and thus grants Moksh.

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And this shlok also means this,

Om – is the seed of this universe, the pranav-mantra.

Agajaa would mean ‘the child of the mountain’, ie the Kundalini rests on the highest energy point of the Mooladhar chakra which is linked to the Pruthvi tattva. Kundalini or Devi Shakti is also called Parvati, the daughter of the mountain/ Parvat Himalaya.

Anan means face, access, door, entrance and its also indicates non-movement, non-animation etc. The Kundalini at rest is the Agajaa-annan. She rests/ sleeps with her ‘face’ blocking the entrance of the Sushumna. 

Padma as I have mentioned in an earlier post, is the conscious energy of time-space and the rest of the dimensions. It also means lotus, chakras, a serpent, sinous movement, an elephant with its massiveness and can also indicate a complete merging.

Arka is the light of the internal sun of self-awareness experienced at the end of the twelve chakras, at the Dwadashanat. The ‘Light of the Self’.

Gaj-anan is the opening of the Sushumna located at the Mooladhar chakra. I have mentioned somewhere that Gajanan/ Ganapati is the deity whose permission is necessary for gaining access to the Sushumna. (Deity means conscious intelligence, there is no classical ‘god’ in Sanantan Dharma)

Gaja is earth tattva, the foundation from which the Kundalini will make her move. Or also the solidity, steadiness of your spiritual practice.

Aharnisham means continuously, constantly, steadily, day/ night. But it also means the illusion of the individual soul/ Jivatma being separate from the Parabrahma.

Anek-dantam-bhaktanam is ‘a separated point’. The best way I can describe this is something like the school physics experiment of interference of light waves. A single point is viewed as being divided into multiple points. The same point is ‘divided’ into many. How can a point be divided? Ask your physics teacher if he can explain. Or ask a quantum scientist and be amazed when he speaks of Sanatan Dharma.

Ek-danta means one single point or focussed concentration or the Ultimate realisation. Or the original point which is perceived as ‘a separated point’. The non-dual Advaita which is perceived as multiplicity.

Upasmahe is the verb, the past perfect tense of Upasna. This word has several meanings, but the most interesting meaning is to throw off, or to remove firmly. So this will mean the action of removing the illusion of the multiple points from the one single point. It is in the past perfect tense of the verb. So this action has already been completed. A paradox. 

So this simple seeming shlok/ verse has completely different hidden depths. A real genuine Guru would be able to add more meanings and perhaps also grant the experience of this Shloka. See what you make of it?

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So to address the question that someone asked me.

How genuine are the translated Sanskrit works? The answer is that someone understands something as per his level of understanding. And understanding depends on the level of experience. And experiencing Devbhasha Sanskrutam requires contemplation. You have to do continuous Dhyan over it to experience it. eg When you are doing your Dhyan with the ‘Soham’ mantra you are experiencing, understanding it. More you meditate on Sanskrit more deeply will you experience/understand it. Sanskrit is a palimpsest, layers and layers of meanings. So if you choose to read a translated book, choose after evaluating the translator well. And at least read the original Sanskrit shlokas/text if you can.

The menstrual phase of the monthly cycle

There were several questions on what happens during the menstrual phase of the monthly cycle in women, what should be avoided during this time etc, thus this post.

Before reading this, I want you to learn how to make a chi ball (post here) or learn to sense your chakras (post here) or learn to see auras (post here). Unless you can sense the movement of the chakras in your body, sense the direction of their movement etc, this post will be incomprehensible. Every theory should be proved by practice, else it is useless. So unless you learn to sense energy, ie pran, this post will remain essentially meaningless words.

Chakras move in a spiralling clockwise direction. By this movement, they power the naadi network ie send Pran through them. They go anticlockwise only in the following cases,

  1. Women in the menstrual phase of their monthly cycle. This phase lasts for 5 days in general, sometimes 6 days. (For physical hygiene purposes, you can stretch it to 7 days max.)
  2. Men, women and children who are suffering diseases where the body is getting terribly damaged very fast. Eg last stages of cancer and similarly fatal diseases, where the disease progresses so rapidly that there is net destruction of body tissues. (saw this several times)
  3. Black magic intended to severely harm or kill can make your chakras go anticlockwise. (I have experienced this once)

transits of mars

When the chakras are clockwise, the Pravrutti cycle operates. The body builds itself, the tissues repair themselves, the mind is interested in the world, activities are performed. Some people call this a positive chakra movement. You wish to live on in your body and take steps to ensure that the body/ mind remains heathy and well. The clockwise direction is of evolution, growth, ie basically creation. That is why we draw the Swastik in the clockwise direction always. And the Shri Ganapati we householders worship has his truck to the left. And we blow conches of a typical shape, to increase the energy of Pravrutti around us. Its opposite is the Nivrutti where the energy is destructive in nature. (If you know how, you can use this Nivrutti energy for spiritual purposes ie to create detachment from the material)

In healthy, normal women from the age of avg 12yrs to 51yrs the body follows the reproductive cycle. There are avg 13 cycles in a year. One cycle is for an avg 28days. (28days in a lunar month.) And of these 28days, for avg 5 days the body self-destructs internally. Anticlockwise spinning energy is the direction of destruction. During these 5 days, the body is undergoing internal controlled destruction. The reproduction related tissues are being ripped off, there is loss of blood etc. If this sort of destruction has to occur, the body has to first set the chakras in the anti-clockwise motion. Destruction of this scale cannot happen with the regular clockwise energy. It is a highly precise thing. If you can sense the speeds of the chakras you will observe that the intensity is very high on the 1st 2nd days, slows down on the 3rd 4th days, is very slowly anticlockwise on the 5th or rarely 6th day. Then the chakras turn around and assume their regular clockwise motion.

The physical body becomes weak, the aura of the lower abdomen becomes very red often with black streaks. There is always pain and trauma in the physical body. Some women suffer backaches, cramps, nausea, stomach upsets, etc. The mind and emotions are affected, ie there is lethargy, disinterest, dissociation as nivrutti operates. Best option is, during this period, to rest, sleep and relax in whatever way you can. 

The astral body shows the effects too, you absorb negative forms of energy more easily from others during this period. So you should not go to places which are haunted. There are entities here which can link into your astral body deeply and cause damage. You can get haunted by spirits if you go to isolated places near rivers or alone in forests, ruined ancient places or places where traumatic events have occurred etc.

During this time you should not go to events related to birth or death. As during this time, the barriers between our Martya-lok and the Pitr-lok are open. And you do not know what can latch on to you from the other dimension causing you harm.

red

During this period, you cannot do any sort of practice which manipulates Pran in the Naadi-s. No energy-related work of any kind, ie you cannot even remove evil eye during this period. No Yog-asan, Dhyan, Japa etc as you work very hard when you perform these activities. You put in a lot of effort trying to coordinate your breath, mantra, focus, posture etc in a very precise fashion. If you do such activities during your periods, you can subtly damage your Naadi-s. If the naadi-s get damaged, then their connected body organs will eventually get physically diseased. 

During this period you cannot absorb clockwise energies around you. The energy generated during regular pujas, Arti, blowing conches, going to temples, etc is the clockwise one. So if you go to some place where such clockwise spinning energies are being generated you will face an energy backlash. Your chakras are going anti-clockwise. These two forms of energies sort of collide within you. If you are sensitive enough, you might feel nauseated, dizzy, feel like throwing up etc on the physical levels. So you should not go to temples, pujas, marriages, etc on these days. In fact if you have a separate puja room in your house, you should avoid going inside it till your chakras go clockwise again. So if you remain in environments where clockwise spinning energy is amplified by pujas/ worship/ mantras etc you are going eventually hurt yourself.

(Once I had gone to a local temple and a woman in her periods came and stood near me. Her energy was incredibly disturbing, her ‘smell’, ‘taste’ ‘feel’ was so bad, that I had to move away from her. About 6ft away was bearable. And then the deity was so enraged, She cursed her. And this woman had no idea what was happening.)

Never touch a Tulsi plant, it will die soon. All Hindu/ Sanatan Dharma followers will have this plant compulsorily in their homes. Tulsi carries with it the energies of Satva-gun, ie Bhagwan Vishnu and Devi Laxmi.

transit of mars

Earlier and even now, women avoid going to the kitchen in the menstrual phase. If you touch food, it will spoil its energy. Try touching fresh milk (not the liquid sold as ‘milk’ in cities) and see what happens. Or try setting curds with fresh milk. Or set any food for fermentation during this period, it will not set well. Ideally you should not cook for your family during these days. The energy of destruction whirring within you changes the energy of the food/ liquids you touch. This energy is distasteful and can actually be damaging to sensitive people.

In pujas, deities are formally invited, requested to sit, accept the offerings of flowers, clothes, saffron, sandalwood, mantras, camphor, arti, food, water, etc naivedya is offered to them. They actually absorb the energies of all this stuff which is offered to them. We do pujas of Saumya-forms of Bhagwan Shiv, Bhagwan Vishnu, Devi Sarasvati, Devi Laxmi, Devi Parvati, Shri Ganpati etc. We wish for prosperity, happiness, positive things in life, constructive things. So these deities are in their Pravrutti forms, clockwise energy. In a puja, the deities actually absorb the essence/ energy of the offering, amplify it and give it back to you as their ashirwad/ blessing when they formally leave at the end of the pujas.

If during the menstrual phase, you touch any item which is to be offered to them or stay in the same room where the pujas being performed, your anti-clockwise energies interfere with this process. When you touch an item, it’s energy goes anti-clockwise and they will not accept it. In fact, just your presence in the room is sufficient to change the energy of the stuff. Eg you eat only veg food, someone invites you with all respect and serves you only non-veg food. Naturally you are going to be upset and point it out to him. This is the same thing, but here because they are deities, they will curse you, your family and the brahmin who is doing the pujas. They will leave rejecting your offerings and this is an additional negative karma for all, including you.

Now if anyone from your family is doing intense pujas, regular Dhyan etc, you should not sit next to him/her in this period. Or if there is someone in whom deities come. If he/she eats food you prepare it will cause harm to him/her. In the first place he/she will not eat it or sit next to you, but you too should not insist. This causes distress and can result in actual rashes, allergy, indigestion, falling ill etc for him/her. This is negative karma for you, as you have, by your negligence, caused harm to a spiritual aspirant.

If you have taken any Sankalp/ intention to do some pujas/ mantra/ Dhyan every day, then these days are not counted in your practice. You will simply stop on the 1st day. Rest for the 5 days or upto 7days as necessary. Then on the day you are to resume your practice, have a full bath, ie put water over your head too. This ensures that the entire aura of the body is refreshed from top to toe. And then resume your practice. You do not have to do double or extra or anything to ‘make up’ for these rest days.

(I am a woman myself. I do a lot of Pujas/ personals spiritual practices/ anushthans etc. I cook food for my family, myself. My parents/ husband /son/ brothers also do heavy-duty pujas etc. There are several incidents which I have seen in my own family connected to this cycle. I have not written about them as they were personal in nature.)

Rebalancing karma is often accelerated in the menstrual phase of the monthly cycle. So I always consider women very lucky as they have this opportunity for 5days, if they understand and use its energy. Earlier women who knew tantra etc could use these energies of destruction, but now that knowledge is lost. So now all that you can do during these 5 days is rest, let the body/ mind recover.

Again, you must learn to sense pran, your chakras etc. Unless you learn this, you might not be able to really understand this post.

 

Drig Bala, Strength of the planets

Shad-bala is a basic concept, every graha has six sources of strength. If you open your software, you will see a consolidated value for each planet. The Shad-bala are Spashta-bala, ie they have to be seen separately as each of the six strengths has a different meaning. The Shad bala is a deeper analysis on the quality of the results of the graha. This is one of the important tools used in Jyotish. (I have written about Ishta/Kashta phala in this post.)

Drig Bala is one of the Shad-bala. It is the strength that a planet gets because of the aspects that it receives from the other planets. Here we consider the fractional aspects on addition to the regular aspects. A simple concept, more spread out your planets are, higher will be their Drig Bala. If you have the graha clumped together in so-called ‘stelliums‘ or you have several conjunctions in your chart then the Drig strength is reduced.

shad bala chart

In our example, Aleister Crowley, 12th Oct 1875, 11: 42pm, Leamington Spa, Britain. Check out the the Drig Bala, it is at point (6). He had Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Venus with negative Drig values. But these values are very marginally negative. They are not severely negative. Moon, Mars and Saturn are highly positive. Moon was his ascendent lord. Mars is Yogkarak for Cancer ascendent. So major aspects of his life are covered here. If you analyse his highly happening life, he did receive a lot of help from others. Even the Thoth deck he created, was created with the significant help from Lady Frieda Harris.

The concept here is that the planet is either helped or hindered by the influence of the other planets on him. ie Will a graha be able to give his results effectively without interference? Will he be helped by the other planets? Will he be hindered by them? Sometimes in life you are prevented from using the keywords of a planet. Aspects of life controlled by certain graha give you trouble. And sometimes certain aspects of life go forward smoothly, others help you on your this path. All these circumstances can be seen from the Drig Bala. 

Drig Bala can have positive or negative values. In a chart, if both the ascendant lord and the birth Moon have a positive Drig Bala, then you have the ability to endure through possible obstacles created by the other planets negative Drig Bala. It is important that benefic planets have a positive Drig Bala, the higher the better. It makes life easier, less tumultuous. You receive help from others and blockages vanish before they actually manifest.

  • If a planet has negative value then obviously this planet will create obstacles, the higher this value is the more intense the effect. Whenever this planet tries to do something, he will be hindered. If you have several planets with negative Drig Bala, then you will face blockages in the aspects of life linked to these several planets.
  • And on the other hand if several planets have positive Drig Bala, then all the aspects of life represented by these planets are going to be easier. These planets help and support you. 

Now, if in your chart, natural malefics ie the Sun, Mars, Saturn have positive values and higher Drig Bala as compared to the natural benefics ie Moon, Jupiter, Venus then you might feel at ease performing harsh actions rather than kind actions. You might hurt others with your words/ actions and be unaware of it. This naturally will lead to negative karma, so be careful. Evaluate your actions/ words as cruel planets are sometimes concerned with unethical or immoral actions. But, and here is the positive side, they are also connected to dangerous or risky actions which are often necessary, eg waging war to protect the nation from attackers is essential. So if you think, you can actually utilise this cruel energy for the benefit of others in a positive way. But not all of us are going to wage war so a simpler way of looking at this is, if you genuinely try to perform harsh things for the greater good, you will get help in your endeavours. A good option for such people would be to take up a profession where you are sometimes required to be harsh, or work in harsh environments, eg army, police, law, courts, hospitals, etc.

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Another way of using your Drig Bala values is, if you ever have to choose between two options, always choose the thing connected with the planet with the higher positive Drig Bala. This will give you assured success. Events and situations connected to planets with a positive Drig Bala go more smoothly and with less stress and obstacles. You get help from unexpected sources. If you choose options associated with a severely negative Drig Bala planet you will face frustrations and failures. These events create more adversity. So concentrate on the positive Drig Bala planets to live a happier life. This is applicable to Dasha-s also, eg your life will be happier in the dasa of a positive Drig Bala graha. In the Dasha-s of highly negative Drig Bala graha-s you will face hinderances from several sources.

Now a quick run-though graha-wise, what you can expect. No one wants to know why positive things happen, but if negative things happen they want get to the root of things! So writing about the negatives. This post is to trigger your own thought process so open your study samples and try to analyse how Drig bala works in real charts.

Negative Drig Bala planets creates obstacles. Positive Drig Bala graha open opportunities in the aspects of life that they control. Naturally this will have to be taken in context of the individual horoscope. The functional roles of the graha should always be taken into account when applying any theory to personal charts.

If the Sun’s Drig value is highly negative then activities connected to your personal ego, personal creativity, etc will give you a headache. Leaderships roles can land you in trouble. This can cause loss of confidence, so career etc may not be satisfying, reaching the top level in management may be difficult. You might create more enemies on your way. Your children can create turmoil in your life etc. But this will vary as per the functional role of the Sun in your chart.

  • A detailed example.
  • If you have a Libra ascendent then Leo would be your 11th house, so in this case expect your friends, older siblings and extended like-minded groups to make you unhappy or create obstacles in life.
  • If this Sun has highly negative Drig Bala then you might not even have older siblings, nil friends, be isolated in society etc.
  • In this, suppose the Sun is in the 4th house. You will be dissatisfied with your mother/home culture. Nurture might be denied, home comforts will fail to give you security/stability. Your mother might behave with you in an adversarial manner. You may gain success in life only after you leave your hometown and settle elsewhere.
  • Drig Bala is linked to the quality of the experience which the graha provides. You might get a good house, good mother etc, depending on the other combinations in the chart but the negative Drig Bala Sun will create obstacles in the experience in some way or the other.

The Moon with negative Drig Bala is a challenge. You are more sensitive to the negative influences around you. Others will be cruel to you and you will suffer from lack of ‘necessary’ things like nutrition, rest, comforts, security and love. Your needs and feelings will generate obstacles in your life. The emotional and mental outlook generally suffers as Moon is the lens of your perception. You tend to see your life to be a lot worse than it actually is. You feel bad about receiving anything  because your ‘receptivity’ is more tuned to the negative. Changes occur in life generally but for you any ‘change is a source of stress. Astral body may give cause for concern.

  • A detailed example.
  • Suppose you have Cancer ascendant, so Moon owns the 1st house and in charge of your personal body, the surrounding environment and how these two interact with each other. Also his regular functions related to mind, emotions, nature and nurture etc.
  • If he has high negative Drig Bala then everything physical in life will create obstacles for you. Personal health and surrounding environment will be adversarial.
  • Moon is also the astral body, so subtle negativity on this plane too. Hauntings and unknown ailments can be triggered. 
  • Suppose in this, the Moon occupies the 3rd 6th 8th or 12th houses then it can get worse. If he is in a Kendra/ Kona/ exalted/ influenced by functional benefics then somewhat better results can be predicted.
  • However mental satisfaction will be less and there may be physical illness/ emotional suffering, in cyclic patterns.

Mars with a negative Drig Bala in your chart indicates that you get stressed out when you are required to take up challenges. The decisions you take often cause you stress. Asserting your will power, finding innovative solutions can get discouraging. This can create obstacles in your career as your ‘passion’ is affected. You might suffer from health issues related to blood pressure or Nadi/ Pran movement may be faulty. There may be actual blocks here. If he is highly negative then do have a yearly medical check-up after middle age.

Mercury with a negative Drig Bala means that your logical mind, the options available before you and the option you choose will cause interference in life. Or whenever you try to exercise your these abilities you will be prevented in some way or the other. You might think about something but when the times comes to actively perform it you are blocked. Communicating becomes difficult. Your speech may be harsh or you use inappropriate words or others are harsh to you. You face opposition when you try to communicate. Skills are affected, if you work in trade, or with your team-mates, your ability to actually do things is blocked.

 

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Jupiter is the foundational philosophy, luck, the help we get in life, deep knowledge, happiness in marriage/children etc. He indicates your Dharma, ie the inclination to perform auspicious deeds, the wish to be involved in pious activities, perform charity, help others, offer respect to teachers /elders /deities, perform rituals to help the ancestors etc. He is all the support and kindness you receive in life. When Jupiter has a negative Drig Bala, then he does not allow these things with ease. Even if you get these things in life he creates blockages. People are unkind to you and even if someone tries to be kind, you do not appreciate his help/ kindness, it hurts you instead.

If Venus has a negative Drig Bala, then you are going to face obstacles in partnerships and in wealth creation. ‘Enjoyment’ is affected. Family life and spouse will stress you out. Be careful while signing contracts and business deals as there may be negativity hidden in them. Broken marriages and lawsuits are seen with this Venus. On the spiritual level, you are disinclined to do your personal spiritual practice which will naturally amplify the stresses. If he is very highly negative then he can completely deny these things. And even if the other planets in the chart grant these things, he will create obstacles.

Saturn is the schedule which you have follow to rebalance your outstanding karma. The stoic capacity to weather storms in life, to endure in adversity. You do not have an option on this, these tasks are what you have chosen for yourself in this life. He naturally indicates the sufferings and adversities in your life. So if you think that a negative Drig Bala Saturn is going to be helpful, you would be wrong. If he is highly negative then you will tend to fight against your destined sufferings/ tasks/ karmic requirements. This makes things worse. Railing against fate never makes things better. In matters connected with Saturn, often the best thing is calm acceptance of the situation. Often being pragmatic is necessary. If you have a negative Drig Bala Saturn, you fight your karma, you question why this is happening to you, you cannot accept the fact that this karmic task is unavoidable and thus you increase your stress. 

In case you have a graha with severely negative Drik bala values then you can take up simple remedies related to that planet which will help you. Some of them can be as simple as wearing clothes of his colors, eating the foods linked to him or wearing perfumes he likes. Or you can do a mantra jaap of that planet on the day of week connected to him. Or give away simple items in his honor so that his energies remain balanced. I have written on all of these do use the index page to locate the posts you wish to read.

Daily pujas

A short post.

Someone asked me what daily pujas should a follower of the Sanatan Dharma aka Hinduism perform. This can become a complex answer depending on individual inclinations and family traditions etc. Sanatan Dharma allows all sorts of variations, the only requirement being that your inner self, Conscience, Antaratma should be satisfied. But because there was a question, here is a simple routine which you can consider adopting/ adapting.

Lunar eclipse midnight 5th - 6th  June 2020

In the morning,

  • First is to wake up before sunrise, freshen up, have a bath etc. Put a tilak (post here) on yourself.
  • Exact sunrise is for the morning Agnihotra Homa, compulsory for householders. (This post) You require desi cow’s cowdung cakes and ghee made from the desi cow milk, earlier these items were easily available but the so-called white revolution has made the desi-cow, ie cows with a prominent hump very rare. This is an irreparable loss (post here). If you do not have these items from a desi cow you cannot do the Agnihotra Homa.
  • Next is to give Argya to the Sun. (This post) 
  • Then do pujas of your household deities. The simplest procedure is something like this. Light a Deepak (post here) and incense. Wash the deities moorti-s with clean water, dry them, put kumkum, saffron, sandalwood, bhasma, flowers as per availability. Offer some naivedya/ food to the deities. Do an Arti with camphor (post here) etc. (There are specific arti/shlok/stotra etc to be recited while doing this but you can keep it simple and say a prayer in the language you are comfortable in.)
  • Then recite the Gayatri mantra (post here), ideally 108 times. “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 You can use a mala (post here) to count or use your fingers (post here). Reciting it mentally is ideal.
  • After all this do your Dhyan with your Soham mantra. (post here).

Then comes midday.

  • The Gayatri mantra is to be recited again, ideally 108 times and mentally. Most of us are in office at this time, so if you can take a 10 mins break, you can do this sitting at your office desk itself.

Then is the sun-set.

  • Before the actual sun-set, light a Deepak/ incense before the household deities.
  • In Hindu houses, there will be a Tulsi plant (post here) in the house, so keep a deepak in front of this plant.
  • Again Arghya is to be offered to the setting Sun at the west horizon.
  • The exact moment of sun-set is the evening Agnihotra Homa.
  • Then 108 times Gayatri mantra jaap.
  • Followed by your evening time Dhyan.

If you are in office at the sunset time then obviously you cannot do all this. But try to do the Gayatri mantra jaap at least. Take a 10mins break and do it sitting at your desk.

Night time, before going to bed. Listen to the Ratri sukta (post here) or, if you can, recite it. It will protect you as you sleep, reduce nightmares, sleep paralysis, astral attacks etc so that you can actually rest.

For women specifically, they are exempted from all this for the 5 days of the monthly cycle. During this period, the chakras are moving anti-clockwise, the movement of the pran is affected, there is destruction going on in the body and you should rest it out.

For children below 6yrs there is no compulsion to do anything. Doing namaskar to the family deities and to the parents/grandparents should be taught and they can observe their parents do the daily routine. When the child becomes 6yrs old, he/she should be taught the Gayatri mantra. And now onwards he/she can also give Arghya to the Sun, do pujas etc. Gayatri mantra is most important. Initially the child can recite it 3/27/54 times as 108 times might be difficult to begin with. (In Hindu families who follow the Sanskar-s, boys will wear the Yadnopaveet sutra now onwards.) For Dhyan, it can be started after 6yrs if the child can understand how to do it. Initially he/she can do it for 3/27/54 counts as 108 times may be too tedious to begin with. (I started with my Dhyan-mantra when I was 2yrs old.)

This is the very basic minimum that a person following the Sanatan Dharma aka Hinduism should do daily. Obviously you must add other things as per your personal/ family traditions. And is also possible that you might not be able to do even this much… Follow your conscience always and in all ways.

Judge a true Ascetic from the horoscope

Then is some confusion regarding which deity to worship.

Every family has its own family deity, so you should have his/ her moorti in your puja-ghar. This is necessary. Unfortunately some people do not know who their family deities are. So first try to find out, ask your paternal grandparents or anyone from your father’s family if they know. Or trace your ancestral village if someone there knows. Married women worship the family deities of the husband’s family.

If you cannot trace your family deity, then as a second option you can worship a deity you feel drawn to. Devi Sarasvati, Devi Laxmi, Devi Parvati, Bhagwan Shiv or Bhagwan Vishnu or their Saumya-roop/ gentle forms are better. Avoid their Ugra-roop/ terrible forms, unless you are sure that you can assimilate their fierce energies. Eg Saumya roop for Bhagwan Vishnu would be Shri Krishna, Shri Ram, and Ugra-roop would be Shri Narasimha, Shri Varaha etc. Get small silver moorti-s (post here)  of the deities you wish to worship, about 2 inches in size is best. (If you have any specific family tradition regarding moorti-s then follow that.)

In Sanatan Dharma, all married women worship Shri Ganapati, Devi Annapurna and Shri Baal-Krishna (Baal is his child form). This reduces hardships, ensures prosperity in the family and most importantly increases auspiciousness from the children.

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There is some misunderstanding about the pujas of Brahmadev. Popularly people believe that Brahmadev was cursed! But the actual reason is that we humans are so degraded in this Kali-yug that we are incapable of performing his pujas. So generally Brahmadev is not worshipped in households. Brahmadev is the potential energy, the stability of Raja-gun. His wife, Devi Sarasvati is worshipped in the form of the Gayatri Mantra.  (However in special anushthans, eg Yadnopaveet sanskar, he is worshipped in a typical form created using Darbha grass. It looks like this.)

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As the Kali-yug deepens, humans will become even more damaged and the simplest pujas will also stop being available. What we are seeing now is just a prelude. The genuine Tantra has already vanished. The yantra-s are on the verge of being forgotten. Most of the mantras are gone. The fundamental Pranav Mantra Om itself has been corrupted, people have converted it to meaningless sounds. When we stop our daily mantras, we actively destroy ourselves. Even the DNA gets damaged. Mantras in Sanskrit are the only way of protecting our DNA. It is essential for everyone above the age of 6yrs to recite the Gayatri mantra daily. It is especially imperative for the boys who have the more delicate Y-chromosome in them.

And if this was not enough, we have accelerated the damage to ourselves. Various pollutants in our food/ water/ air. The electro-magnetic pollution of radio-waves, discordant sound, negative thought patterns and the rest of it is creating a vicious cycle which will drag the human race even lower. Injecting unknown animal proteins/ DNA into our bodies. (If you are from an immunology background, am sure you can comprehend the dangers of contaminated cell-lines, latent retroviruses from the DNA of animals used in cell lines, the possible danger of the future m-RNA based vaccines.) DNA damage is irreversible, there is no solution for genetic damage in modern science.

The only way of protecting our DNA, body, mind and emotions and also repairing them is Mantra. So adopt a simple puja routine daily if you can. It will help you live a more healthier and happier life. (Despite writing all this, I am sure that only those who have a strong 9th house will actually be able to do any of this.)

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Retrograde and combust Mercury 2020

Mercury will be going retrograde from 14th Oct to 3rd Nov 2020 in Libra, he will transit Swati and Chitra nakshatra during this period. And in the present time it is a bit complicated. Mercury goes retrograde for about 3 weeks, thrice a year. Mars goes retrograde once in about 2yrs. Now Mars is already retrograde and has entered Pisces retrograde on 4th Oct, he will go forward on 14th Nov 2020. So these two are in the 6/8 axis, going backwards together. And Mercury is combust from 16th Oct to 2nd Nov. Plus the Sun is debilitated in Libra.

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Mars is the energy of passion, desire to live, take risks, transform, compete and win. Mercury is the thinking process within your mind and the choice of action in your hands. The energy of a retrograde planet cannot be expressed outwards as it has turned inwards into the subconscious self, so often gets bottled up. Both these Mars and Mercury energies going retrograde together are going to create typical psychological issues. Suffocated emotions, internalised stress, frustration, internal rage, inability to express, loneliness, depression, taking unacceptable risks, illogical thought patterns, senseless risky actions. Some of us will face significant failures in life as the passion to Live and the analytical Mind do not cooperate. A tendency for exceptionally risky behaviour or self-harm or suicides can be triggered.

Communication of all sorts is linked to Mercury, so misunderstandings are possible. Tact and understanding are both lost. And inner bitterness and outer arguments afterwards are going to be fuelled by the retrograde Mars which would be intense. The choices available to you may not be appropriate and create more problems. You might take rash decisions and then hasty actions. Think before you speak, always. Spoken and written words both will be confused. This can manifest as mis-reading the question in your exam paper to making serious mistakes in filing your income tax returns. Those appearing for competitive exams must be careful. Your mental processes, logic, analytical skills, understanding will be affected.

Sense of trade can mislead, ie the risks that you take in your business may cause more losses than profits, so businessmen should take due precautions. There is often unexpected expenditure in such retrogrades. In office, you might get into arguments with your co-workers, team-mates as mis-communication coupled with short tempers will disrupt things. Finance related figures should be double checked. Read and understand important communications carefully. Papers or messages might get lost/ misplaced. Your electronic items like mobile, laptop, hard disks etc can get damaged.

At home, mutual trust between siblings, friends, extended family will be low. You might face unpleasant issues caused by them as relationships will show strain. Bitter, illogical arguments are possible so avoid talking about controversial issues or politics. Do not overdo things or react without thinking first, try to be patient. The power to think and the power to act both are affected for everyone. Then traveling will be tiring. Now is not the time to take a vacation or go on a tour. But fit you need to travel, know that there will be delays. Also keep a small first aid kit of medicines with you.  On the health front specifically digestion can get affected. Those suffering from migraines can see an increase. Skin and nervous complaints can get aggravated. If you feel unwell, take proper medical treatment do not postpone going to the doctor.

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Confusions in taking decisions. If possible, always try to finish all major work one week before Mercury goes retrograde. eg shifting house, signing new contracts, new job or appointing new staff, important meetings etc. During a Mercury retrograde, try to stick to the projects which you had started before. There will be issues popping up in these projects, but rather than ditching them try to resolve these issues or wait it out. And this applies to relationships too. If you are in a long-term relationship and feel upset during this retrograde, do not break it off till he resumes his forward movement. Remain patient and try to adjust. In case you meet a potential new partner, romantic or business, during Mercury retrograde, better wait till he goes forward again before committing yourself. Starting any new projects during this period is not good. He will make you re-do them after he goes direct again. At least this time he is retrograde in only one sign Libra. If in case, a planet crosses into another sign while retrograde then all his negative results are intensified. (There are 8 types of planetary movements which I have listed out in this post here.)

If you have your birth Mercury or Mars or Moon in an inauspicious position or your current Dasha/ transits are not favourable, you must take efforts to keep your mood light and happy. Listen to uplifting and relaxing music, Sanskrit shlokas, stotras of your favourite deity, nature sounds etc. Wear clothes of light and bright colors. Keep yourself active but do not overdo it. Do not let your mind get stuck in a rut, if you feel that thoughts are looping in your mind then do something that will break the pattern, avoid over-thinking. Go out for a walk, sit in the fresh air. Try to keep a regular schedule, eat, sleep, work on time. Read light-hearted books or see happy romantic movies if you feel like it. The best way of utilising the energy of the retrograde is to complete any long pending tasks. eg Sorting out old clothes is a good way of utilising Mercury’s organisational skills.

I had written in a recent post that the COVID 19 health issue has stopped its active phase with Rahu/Ketu moving into Taurus/Scorpio. But Mars going retrograde in Aries-Pisces will cause deaths due to misdiagnosis, late diagnosis, carelessness, wrong medicines (intentional or accidental) coupled with human greed and corruption (post here). Intentional misinformation cannot be ruled out in this period. This should get resolved when Mars clearly enters Aries and moves onwards, from Jan 2021. Whenever a planet in retrograde motion enters the earlier sign it causes even more disruptions. So Mars’s current retrograde is rather significant. In this, Mercury too going retrograde will overall worsen the situation. Mercury, if afflicted in any way, always causes problems in medical diagnosis. Mercury being combust by a debilitated Sun means that the people in authority will behave in a high-handed and egoistic manner and might often be wrong. eg If you have your yearly medical check-up coming up, avoid it when Mercury is retrograde or combust. And if you have to get a medical procedure done in this period, opt for a second opinion if possible. In emergencies there is no option, but at least you or your family should recite a small prayer to Mercury before the medical procedure starts.

Now briefly about the Nakshatra, Chitra and Swati. Both are represented by bright single stars in the skies, currently seen on the western horizon after sun-set.

Swati is connected to Rahu and ruled by Vayu. Swati with the retrograde/ combust Mercury will give results somewhat like this. Loss of equilibrium in all ways. The smooth sailing of life will get temporarily turbulent. Medical problems related to the Vaat tendency can be aggravated. Increase in unrealistic materialistic desires and lots of thoughts/ thinking. Mind might desire addictive substances. Increase in aggression which will be primarily directed inwards. Lack of flexibility and compromise in all interactions as selfishness and ruthlessness predominate. Expected achievements will not occur. Losses in financial activities due to unreasonable risks. High degree of restlessness indicated. Avoid blindly following popular trends and mass movements.

Chitra is linked to Mars and its ruler is Tvashta. Chitra with the retrograde/combust Mercury will give these type of results. The systems, laws and the underlying structure within everything will be subject to misinterpretations. More illusions than reality will influence you causing internal frustration. Technical skills will be affected, you might feel like taking short-cuts. Creativity will be stifled. You might feel physically drawn to someone during this period, but this in itself will not be a good foundation for a new long-term relationship. Medicines may cause side-effects. Not a good time for home decoration or buying art/craft. Tact and diplomacy will not be there as imbalance and disharmony exists. If you know some confidential/secret stuff, now is not the time to tell it to anyone. Avoid manipulating others and self-centric behaviour.

Currently Jupiter and Saturn both in transit are in their own houses, so are capable of powerful results. Saturn is beneficial for birth Moon Pisces, Scorpio, Leo till he remains in Capricorn so will help them in several ways. Jupiter in Sagittarius is hemmed by malefics, Saturn and Ketu so is a bit hampered, but still will be of some help. Saturn is aspecting Mercury during this period (23rd Sep to 27th Nov), so lack of confidence while speaking, scattered thoughts, stammering etc will be seen. The act of ‘communication’ will require more effort. You might not want to talk to anyone. Or shut yourself down in personal isolation. Not go out of the house or shut out your loved ones. Saturn is aspecting the retrograde Mars too in this period, adding more negativity to any actions you might take. The power of Passion to Live is retrograde to begin with and also constricted by the nature of Saturn. Getting out of negativity can get difficult. So if you start feeling that it would be good to cut yourself from everything, do reconsider.

Overall this Mercury retrograde/ combust period will be reasonably good for the birth Moon signs Pisces, Leo and Scorpio. The birth Moon signs Aries, Libra, Taurus, Virgo and Gemini need to take care. There might be physical exhaustion and mental stress type of things. The rest of the Birth Moon signs will have an average time. The three Nakshatra, Asleysha, Jeyshtha and Revati are also linked to Mercury’s energies so if your birth Moon is in these you must take adequate care.