Learn Devbhasha Samskrutam aka Sanskrit

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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


And this is a link to the only daily newspaper in Sanskrit. Do subscribe to it, it is a single page daily and reading current news in Sanskrit makes it very easy to comprehend.


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

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

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

Learn Devbhasha Samskrutam aka Sanskrit

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn Devbhasha Samskrutam aka Sanskrit

Siddhakunjika Mantra

I have written a bit about the Devi Mahatmya/Durga Saptashati earlier. This post is specifically about the Siddhakunjika Mantra which is used to bring the Navavarna mantra to its full powers. This 9 lettered mantra is the secret, the key. Only when the Navavarna mantra is active the mantras written in the Devi Mahatmya can be used in the real sense. There are no shortcuts sometimes. If you want to use the mantras from the Devi Mahatmya in the real sense, the Navavarana mantra has to be active for you. That means 9 lakh repetitions of this mantra first. But why would someone do 9 lakh repetitions of this mantra, ‘Om Aing Hreeng Kleeng Chamundayae Vicche’. Simply because it is a way out of the Maze that She has Created. It can be used for anything and everything.

Siddhakunjika Mantra

I love the Siddhakunjika because of its utter clean simplicity. There is no need to recite any additional mantras or anything, Nyas is not needed, nor any rituals. You can just sit and start. Good to go type of all-powerful mantra. Only one thing is essential, you must respect it. It is not a joke and not a plaything. If you make mistakes in its pronunciation or your intention is not pure you will suffer deeply. She never judges, your own conscience will do it. The Parabrahma has directed Her to hide this mantra from her Created beings. So if you are even reading about it, know you have some accumulated merit, thus She has allowed you this much. What you make of this opportunity is your decision.

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

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

aing = ai + ang = Abundance/richness + Bindu

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

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

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

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

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

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

hung = endless one + eternity + Bindu

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

jung = victory + luck + prosperity + Bindu

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

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

sang = accomplishment + success + Bindu

lang = Beauty + Bindu

kshang = forgiveness + release + power of creation + Bindu

phat = splitting + warmth + endurance + confidence + fruition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Immortality, existence, creation, darkness, emptiness, Time, conjunction of forces of nature, destruction of ego, Illumination, direction, fruition, reaping, unity, flowing, depth of darkness, determination, independence, action, perfection, Transcendence, auspiciousness, Moksh, skill, self-restraint, fortune, endless, primal, abundance, balance”

….and more. All these intentions are linked to Bindu/OM and the seeds of these energies are used to burn and bring to light Illumination. The Ultimate Intelligence (Dhi) is repeatedly requested to Rise, to destroy, to burn, and thus to Illuminate. You are insisting for this to happen as this line ends with ‘Swaha’.

The Mantra continues further,

“You are the foundation of determination and the power of intention. You are complete/ full/ entire/ content/rich/abundant Illumination. You are the force which separates, you are the one who moves in Eternity. You control directions, you are also separate from space/time/directions. You are knowledge, success and accomplishment. You are the Light of the Saptashati. Make this Mantra Siddha for me.”

This was a very rudimentary meaning of the Siddhakunjika Mantra.

Siddhakunjika Mantra

This is the Mantra, the Essential Key which will unlock the Navavarna Mantra which will in turn open the secrets of the Devi Mahatmya for you. This is extremely high energy as it has been given by Bhagwan Shiv himself to the Devi and must be treated with due respect. It is not for beginners.

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

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

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

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

Siddhakunjika Mantra

So you are a Manglik?

I have seen so many young men and women traumatized by the bogey of this “Mangal dosha” so I had to put this post. If your Mars at birth is the 1st, 4th, 7th, 8th and 12th houses counted from your ascendent or even your birth lunar horoscope the “astrologer next door” will declare you to be Manglik.  And once labeled, getting a good arranged match will be so utterly difficult. So just see this, in your horoscope, birth Mars in 5 out of 12 houses is considered Manglik and if you escape this then the astrologers will count these 5 houses from your birth moon sign also. If still your Mars is clear he may even open your 9th divisional chart/ navamsha chart to further check. So now everyone will turn out to be a Manglik!

So you are a Manglik?

At the outset, the Manglik tag for a woman is more severe than for a man. For a man, Mangal Dosha is not really a dosha. It in fact is an advantage if you can direct the energies. But there are some important things which must be highlighted. If you are such a “Manglik” man remember,

  1. You are a highly masculine man, and your energies of high competitiveness, vitality and drive should be directed away from your marriage and house. Go to the gym, train for marathons, learn physical contact games, football, boxing/karate etc. On your spare evenings go driving or any other physical activity to take the edge off your aggression. Create opportunities in your life outside the house where you can be aggressive and channelize your competitive spirit responsibly not rashly.
  2. Take vacations like trekking and camping outdoorsy vigorous things.
  3. Marry a feminine woman. You wont think of her as a competitor rather you will want to protect her. Preferably one who is a homemaker, likes dressing up and girly things and would prefer having lots children and take care of them too. Give her total freedom in the house and let her be creative about it. Let her make your house beautiful and harmonious. The house is her domain, do not compete with her here.
  4. Or if you marry the same Manglik type of woman then both of you should remember that you are not competitors against each other, but are a united One against everyone else. Your aggressive energies will at least be directed outside your home and your marriage.
  5. You cannot take out your aggression on your wife/children or family members.
  6. Avoid alcohol. Substitute for lemon sodas and grape juice but avoid alcohol and other addictions.
  7. Take up some spiritual practice or meditative exercise for just 5 mins a day.

Mars, the Red Planet, is the Expression of your Ego. How you express your internal energies, your boldness, dynamism, competitiveness, vitality is the domain of Mars. He grants us the energy, independence, will and self-confidence to carry out our endeavours. He is the active brave warrior who can be noble and dynamic but also rash and ruthless. A low Mars energy will mean a droopy frail person with little energy, no real interest, passion or motivation. If unchecked, a wild Mars can lead to accidents, aggression, domination, violence, injury, unnecessary risky behaviour and untimely death. As too much or too less of anything causes problems, similarly too much or too little Mars energy will be a problem. A correct balance of Mars is quite rare. Mars does not share, he competes and wins. In a partnership his ideal partner is Venus whose karmic responsibility is to teach him to harmony, beauty and to share fairly. I have written a post on the deep motivations and inner psychology of Mars and the signs he rules, Aries and Scorpio here.

Mars influences 4 aspects of your life, 4 houses of the horosope directly. The house he is in, the house 4th from it, the house 7th from it and the house 8th from it. Eg, If your Mars is in Aries, it will influence Aries, Cancer, Libra and Scorpio directly.

Mars is exalted in Capricorn. Saturn teaches Mars discipline and restricts his energies to just the what is required and useable. He also provides him a goal of working for the general welfare and society. And Mars is debilitated in Cancer. Moon drowns the vitality and fire of Mars in dreaminess, vagueness, emotions and confusion.

The traditional mind-set in India is still that the bride must not be aggressive, not work professionally, stay at home, not break up the house etc. A manglik woman finds it more difficult in the marriage arena rather than a manglik man. But in today’s life the man himself wants a wife who works outside and the houses are so small that the parents themselves buy a separate flat for their son after his marriage. So while checking out the horoscope matching do keep the realities of today’s lifestyle in perspective.

So you are a Manglik?

If you are such a Manglik woman remember the following.

  1. Work professionally in a regular job, or start a home business or try to find a job where some physical activity is indicated. Or a job like a lawyer maybe where you can be aggressive. You need to find a channel for your aggression. Go to a gym if you have the time.
  2. Take vacations like trekking and camping outdoorsy vigorous things.
  3. Try to get on with your father/mother or mother/father-in-law. Request them to live near you, maybe a flat in the same building and help look after the children. This is something you have to do, no options.
  4. In India at least your marriage options will be limited to similar Manglik men. Then both of you should remember that you are not competitors against each other, but are a united One against everyone else. Your aggressive energies will at least be directed outside your home and your marriage.
  5. Do not take your aggression out on your family members, husband and children.
  6. Take up some spiritual practice or meditative exercise for just 5 mins a day.

Lets briefly see how Mars’s Mangal dosha in the 5 houses will perform in real life. These descriptions are the extreme cases, the aspects of benefic planets will make it better and the aspects of malefic planets will make it worse. So if you or your prospective partner has such combinations take remedial action.

1st house/Ascendent – Mars will influence, 1st, 4th, 7th and 8th houses. Mars is the natural owner of the first house as his rashi Mesha is the natural 1st sign. If Mars himself occupies the first house, you are highly active, energetic, super-competitive individual and your anger is of a typical animal nature. You must always be on the move and need targets to achieve, cant sit still. You might expect friction and competition with your maternal relatives, mother, concerning landed properties, partnerships, wife/husband and occasional accidents.

4th house – Mars will influence 4th, 7th, 10th, 11th houses. You might expect friction and competition with your maternal relatives, mother, father, profession, concerning landed properties, partnerships, wife/husband, in social situations and sources of income. Mars aspects the 10th house, thus you might be better off directing your energies in your career.

7th house – Mars will influence the 7th, 10th, 1st, and 2nd houses. You might expect friction and competition with your partnerships, husband/wife, father, profession, family assets, lineage, concerning personal ego and role in society. Mars aspects the 10th house, thus you might be better off directing your energies in your career.

8th house – Mars influences the 8th, 11th, 2nd and 3rd houses. Mars is the natural owner of the 8th house. His scorpio is the natural 8th rashi. If in the 8th house himself, he may be an agent of major surgery, deep therapeutic healing, emergence from catastrophic change, tantrik magic, accidents and death too. You might expect friction and competition in social situations, networks, sources of income, family assets, lineage, extended family, brothers/cousins, neighbours. Reproductive organs may be weak or the diseases you may suffer will have hidden beginnings and then suddenly flare up.

12th house – He will influence 12th, 3rd, 6th and 7th houses. His energies will be directed to the subconscious, astral, spirit worlds. Essentially drowned fire. May manifest as over-stimulation of imagination, disturbance to emotions and intuition and even insanity in presence of malefic aspects. You might expect friction and competition in family assets, lineage, extended family, brothers/cousins, neighbours, your partnerships, husband/wife, may suffer from poisoning type of diseases eg food poisoning, septicemia. Overly anxious personality may develop and express as verbal criticism and resentment.

And most importantly do not marry unless you have matched the horoscope properly. Matching horoscopes is a rather longish process (post here). If you marry someone with matching energies both of you will live a happier life together. Manglik is considered a serious impediment to marriage, so I have seen people hiding their charts or giving wrong birth data to the prospective match. This is sheer cheating and is bad karma.

And at the last the remedy,  to keep your Mars energies positive, every Tuesday morning, light a small copper lamp with sesame oil and cotton wick with this mantra, “Om kraang kreeng kraung sah mangalaya namah, om”, repeat it once, thrice or 108 times as you wish. Request for help from your Mars and intend that you will live a happy healthy life with your wife/husband, children and family.



So you are a Manglik?

The tantra of the Sriyantra and Meru

I had to write this today. There are just too many pujaris and pandits who love keeping power in their own hands and scaring people.

This is again related to the Kundalini. As we all know the 7 energy vertices of the body are actually points within the main energy channel/naadi named sushumna, but the energy of each vertex can be geometrically represented as a diagram in 2 dimensions. The energy diagrams are called “yantra”.

Then the energy of each vertex corresponds to a sound and this sound is called a “beej mantra“. Eg the sound “Rang” is the beej mantra of the manipur chakra. Try this if you are feeling cold. Repeatedly chant “rang” either verbally or in your mind, if you do it for too long you will feel so hot that you will actually start sweating. There is nothing mystic about it! It is all about resonance, simple physics.

The seven chakras have their individual yantra geometric diagrams and the entire set of 7 when viewed from the top takes the shape of the fundamental geometry Sriyantra.

Now if the Sri yantra is pulled into 3D we get a Mahameru. As your consciousness expands you will be able to visialize this geometry in 4, 5, 6 and even more dimensions. This happens in a state of deep Dhyan when you actually mindfully look inside yourself.

Pranayam, the basic 3 methods

Now this is the geometry of your own personal energies. It is not something outside of you. This is how a perfectly balanced human energy should look like. Right now we average humans have energies out of kilter and topsy turvy and out of balance. This out of balance energy leads to all sorts of emotional and physical problems.

The objective of a human life is to perfectly balance our internal energies.

So these individual Chakra yantras, Sriyantra  and the Mahameru are a visual reminder of how the perfectly balanced energy should look like and the beej mantras are an auditory reminder of how the energies should sound like. By looking at these geometries or by uttering these beej mantras we are trying to resonate our unbalanced chakras with the perfect Srichakra. We are trying to induce resonance, something we learnt in school physics, remember the tuning fork experiments?

So I want you all to get yourself a Sriyantra drawn perfectly, or a Mahameru carved perfectly and gaze into the center Bindu of the geometry. Do this exercise for 3 minutes everyday and see how things start getting balanced on deep levels internally.

But our priests and pujaris are so clueless that they cloak everything in rituals and what nots and scare people. One of my clients was so scared to keep this tool in his house because his family pujari told him that it requires heavy duty puja else the Goddess Laxmi will be cross with him.

You can safely keep the Yantra in your house, even use it as a paperweight if you desire, it looks quite pretty! But as it is an object of energy it will be of more use as a Tool rather than as a paperweight.

And yes, if you do a small puja with your Sriyantra/Mahameru everyday the resonance will definitely be better. Yantra is the tool / geometry, Mantra is the sanskrit words used to trigger it and Tantra is knowing how to do it!

So learn how to resonate your energies with the Perfect Geometry.

Just one precondition, your Intention should be clear, You are doing this for balancing your own energies, it is your own private affair, it a moment of joy, and it is not a meaningless ritual. If you are not clear about your own Intention please do not do it. Intention is everything.

Place your yantra in a clean place. (I keep my Clear Quartz, 2 kg weight, Mahameru in a silver plate, filled with unbroken raw rice grains and the grains then covered with a yellow cotton cloth.) Sit in front of it on your asan, face east or north. Clean the yantra daily with clean water and wipe with a cotton cloth. You can use either or both one after the other, the following 2 mantras to activate your yantra as you wish.

  1. Srisukata – the first 16 shlokas/stanzas are to be recited – While reciting look at the central point/ Bindu of your yantra. Take one strand of wet kesar/saffron and apply it to the bindu with the ring finger of your right hand after you finish.
  2. Devi Khadgamala stotra – When you start take 3 grains of unbroken uncooked perfect rice grains and hold then with your right hand thumb, middle finger and ring finger. After you finish put these 3 rice grains on the central Bindu. I could not find an error free text but found an error free recital.
  3. Or if you find these 2 difficult to start with recite the devi gayatri, “Om devyaii Brahmandyaii vidmahe, Mahatshaktyaii cha dhimahi, tanno Devi prachodayat Om” and apply one wet strand of kesar/saffron on the Bindu.
  4. Easiest would be a simple “Om”, recited for 3 times

The Yantra is a representation of Perfection and Perfection is Shri  /Laxmi/  Devi /Mahamaya. So do treat it with the basic amount of respect. Shri will resonate with your intentions and amplify them. So if you get scared, it will amplify those feelings. If you are happy, it will amplify that too. See She is very kind, She does what you ask of Her. So be very clear, about your Intentions, the Yantra will give you back exactly what you want. And your Intentions are your own Free Will.

This is the only warning necessary.

Who is a Guru?

Remedy for weak planets, Homa

In my several posts I have suggested that you yourself do a small homam (sacred fire ritual) at home. Now some will shout out that it is not possible and neither advisable for you to do a homam without experts/pandits, also women should not do it and only married men can do it etc. So many rules, may be meaningful to some, but make no sense to me.

Fire/Agni is called Jaataveda/the one who knows everything. The fire we see with our eyes represents the internal fire and the light of Parabrahma. So naturally he knows everything and is the Jaataveda. In all Sanatan dharma rituals fire/agni is the witness. Even when you get married there are 2 conditions there should be a sun in the sky (daytime) and a fire lit in the homam kund who will be the witness to the marriage ceremony.

So if you are interested in doing a sacred fire ritual at home you will need 2 things, a clear heart and pure intention. There is nothing right and nothing wrong. When you are doing a homam you are invoking with the means of the fire that portion of the energies inside your own self. Divinity is not outside, it is right inside you, always remember this.

So the physical things you will need are, a copper kumbh/a pot, a copper pyramidal homa kund, a copper cup and copper spoon in the shape as per the pictures. You will burn cowdung cakes made from Desi cows dung and ghee made of desi cow milk. (Desi cows are those Indian cattle breeds who have a prominent hump). Balance the homa kund on a couple of bricks so that the heat does not spoil the flooring. You will also need an asan to sit on. An asan at the very basic should be a layer of pure wool and a layer of pure silk on it.

pyramidal copper homa kund

desi humped cow-dung cakes

Remedy for weak planets, Homa

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The simplest homam that you can do yourself at home is of course the Agnihotra. But Agnihotra is very time specific and you are required to say the mantras and offer the rice and ghee exactly at the moment of sunrise and sunset (post here)

What I prescribe as a simple astrological remedy to do at home yourself is this very simple process with the sequence of mantras. You can do it anytime of the day, preferably in the morning or evening twilight. Men can do it anytime, women should not do it on the days of the monthly cycle. (The body is undergoing physical destruction internally and needs rest.)

  1. Dress, wear something of natural fibre, eg silk/ cotton which you wind around you. a dhoti, or a cloth wrapped around your waist. Women can wear a sari or if its too much trouble you can wear a cotton nightie like garment which does not pinch and you can cross your legs comfortably. Do not use it like a nightie then, keep it separate.
  2. Set up the asan facing north or east. In this have written on how to sit crosslegged or in a asan like siddhasan, sukahsan, padmasan etc.
  3. Set the homa kund carefully. Place 3-4 small pieces of cowdung dipped in ghee inside it. Keep the cup filled with ghee and spoon at your right hand. In the other kumbh/ pot keep clean water at your left hand.
  4. Set alight a separate small piece of cowdung and use it to light your homam fire. While you are doing so say the Agni Gayatri, “Om Saptajihvaaya vidhmahe havyabhadraaya dhimahi tanno Agnih prachodayaat Om”. Then add a few drops of ghee with the spoon and let the fire get lit properly.
  5. Now take the pot of water in your left hand and pour a few drops in the palm of the right. Focus on the water and put in all your intention into that water. Express yourself in the language you are comfortable in. Your intention can be any one of the following, “I want to be happy, healthy, rich, heal myself or anyone else, get a wife, get children, be protected, increase my —- planets energy, just enjoy the homam, express my love to my god, express my love to myself, etc”. Just remember your heart should be clear and your intention should be intense and pure. Now let the water drops fall to the ground from your right hand.
  6. Fold your palms and recite “OM”, three times and feel your body relax.
  7. Then recite the Ganapati Gayatri, “Om Ekadantaya Vidhmahe, Vakratundaya Dhimahi, Tanno Dantih Prachodayaat Om” for invoking the energies of Ganapati.
  8. Then this mantra is for invoking the Gods, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and the Nine grahas/ planets, recite, “Om Brahma Murari Tripurantakari Bhanuh Shashih Bhumi Suto Budhah cha Guruh cha Shukrah Shani Rahu Ketavah Sarve Graha Shantikara bhavantu Om”.
  9. Then remember the Goddess Earth with love and gratitude, recite. “Om Samudra Vasane Devi, Parvatah Stana Mandale Vishnupatni Namastubhyam Paada Sparsham Kshamasva May Om”.
  10. Finally “Om Guruh Brahma Guruh Vishnu Guruh Devo Maheshwara Guruh Saakshat Para Brahma Tasmai Shree Gurave Namaha Om”. In this mantra you are acknowledging the Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and the pure Parabrahma as your Guru. None other. And bowing to that Supreme consciousness, the Universal energy. Here you are asking for divine inspiration and acknowledging that Parabrahma itself is your Guru. Always remember this, your Ultimate Guru is the Parabrahma none other. And this exists within you not outside anywhere.

Thus you have finished the preparatory phase. Now for the mantra phase where you will actually be invoking the energies of the mantra. This will vary as per the mantra you are using.

  1. Example. Homam for Surya, on a Sunday after the above mantras recite the Surya gayatri once, “Om Bhaskaraya Vidhmahe Divakaraya Dheemahi Tanno Suryah Prachodayat Om”.
  2. Then recite the surya beej mantra 108 times, “Om hraang hreeng hraung sah suryaya swaha”. At the swaha, use the spoon to drop a drop of ghee into the fire. To count to 108, use beads which you will count with the left hand.

This was the mantra-ahuti phase where you have given 108 drops of ghee to the conscious energy of the fire. You have repeated the mantra with ‘swaha’ at its end 108 times. Now you will conclude the Homa like this.

  1. After you finish the 108 repetitions, recite “Om” once.
  2. Recite “Om Shri Paradevata arpanmastu Om” or “Om Shri Satguru arpanmastu”
  3. Then sit in an attitude of contemplation, breathe slowly, relax, in front of the fire till it extinguishes naturally. Focus on the fire and draw its energies inside you. With these mantras you have generated a huge amount of energy, now pull it inside you and absorb it.
  4. After the fire extinguishes and the embers cool, put a pinch of that ash/Vibhuti on your forehead and top of head. Eat a pinch too.
  5. After it cools down to room temperature you can store it in a covered glass bowl and use it whenever you want to. It is Vibhuti now, and you yourself have made it. It is your personal energy infused with mantras and the power of the fire. You should use it in your energy work. Its energy will last for about 15 days on an average.

For the other grahas the process is same with the following mantras for the second part.

Moon – Monday – Om Padmadhwajaya Vidmahe Haemaroopaya Dheemahi Tanno Somah Prachodayat is the invocation Gayatri and the mantra to recite 108 times is Om” – “Om shraang shreeng shroung sah chandraya swaha”

Mars – Tuesday – Om Veeradhwajaya Vidmahe Vighnahasthaya Dheemahi Tanno Bhaumah Prachodayat Om” is the invocation Gayatri and the mantra to recite 108 times is  “Om kraang kreeng kraung sah mangalaya swaha”

Rahu – Tuesday – “Om Nagadhwajaya Vidmahe Padma Hastaya Dheemahi Tanno Rahuh Prachodayat Om” is the invocation Gayatri and the mantra to recite 108 times is  – “Om bhraang bhreeng bhraoung sah Rahave swaha”

Mercury – Wednesday – Om Gajadhwajaya Vidmahe Shuka Hastaya Dheemahi Tanno Budha Prachodayat Om” is the invocation Gayatri and the mantra to recite 108 times is – “O braang, breeng broung sah budhayah swaha”

Jupiter – thursday – Om Vrishabhadhwajaya Vidmahe Ghrini Hastaya Dheemahi Tanno Guru Prachodayat Om” is the invocation Gayatri and the mantra to recite 108 times is  – “Om graang greeng groung sah gurave swaha”

Venus – Om Ashwadhwajaya Vidmahe Dhanur Hastaya Dheemahi Tanno Shukrah Prachodayat Om” is the invocation Gayatri and the mantra to recite 108 times is – Om draang dreeng droung sah shukraya swaha”

Saturn – Saturday – “Om Kakahdhwajaya Vidmahe Khadga Hastaya Dheemahi Tanno Mandah Prachodayat Om” is the invocation Gayatri and the mantra to recite 108 times is Om praang preeng proung sah Shanisharaya swaha”

Ketu – Saturday – Om Ashwadhwajaya Vidmahe Shoola Hastaya Dheemahi Tanno Ketuh Prachodayat Om” is the invocation Gayatri and the mantra to recite 108 times is  – “Om sraang sreeng sroung sah ketave swaha”

This was a rather technical post, but well worth my and your time too if you ever decide to do it.

Vivah Sanskar as per Vedic Astrology Part 1