I am an Indian and I follow the Sanatan Dharm (some call it Hinduism).
- Sanatan means eternal, perpetual, unending, permanent, etc.
- Dharm means nature, attribute, manner, essential, characteristic, rightness, to become, just, practice, ethics, morals, merit, good work, virtue, law, observe, foundation, established, firm, duty, devotion, mark, character, steadfast, etc.
There are only 2 requirements in this Sanatan Dharma/Hinduism.
- Follow your Dharm, do the action that you are supposed to do. And do it to your best possible capacity. There will naturally be constraints and limitations but if your conscience/Antaratma is satisfied that you have done your action, its all ok. You answer to your conscience, No One Else. Your conscience is your judge, your verdict and your prison or merit.
- You were born and as a result become a full-time resident of this living world/Martyalok. You are bound to your body. When you die, unless your body is completely dissolved into the fire (conscious energy of fire i.e. Agni) and the remaining ashes dissolved into the conscious energy of flowing water (Aap), you will still be stuck with it. So the 16th Sanskar (appropriate action), is cremation/Anteyshti (last desirable action) of the discarded body. This cleanly separates the soul from the old life and it can move forward into its next life.
Now I am a Jyotishi and come from a family of astrologers, I have seen my both grandmothers and then my Dad too in their counselling with clients and also doing their spiritual practices. India has several types of peoples who follow different faiths, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Parsis, Christians, Buddhists, Jews, Lingayat, tribal/nature Gods, etc. I have friends/clients from each of these faiths and some atheists too who believe in their own self. Frankly from the Jyotish point of view and even from the spiritual point of view all this is immaterial, of no consequence at all. You can believe in whatever you want to, that is your personal choice. If your conscience is ok with what you are doing its good. If not then you have created new karma and it will be resolved in the future or in your next lives. Each is responsible for his/her own actions and own self.
I have observed that there is a trend in which aggressive people belonging to religious groups, faiths, cults etc are brain-washing/forcing others to follow their group’s philosophies. This is not correct as no one can force others in this aspect. This is not Dharma. And they are creating negative karma for themselves. This is a very severe deep wrong on the moral level. Cheating another on spiritual matters is the worst crime which a soul can commit. And will manifest as a pitr dosh in their families/descendants and also will follow them wherever they take birth in their future lives. That is the result of their morally wrong choice of coercing others. They will have to rebalance this karma later.
Now if in this life if you are a follower of whatever faith, do follow it as per your conscience. We all need crutches to help us on our way. Take inspiration from the enlightened masters your family/religion follows. Do read the books of your faith if you feel they are correct. But do not let anything you read stop your sense of inquiry. You have to ask, you have to question, you have to find your answers for yourself. Each one is different, with different thought processes and perceptions. You have to find the answer which makes sense to you. But what is the Question?
One of the attributes/names of Mahamaya/Creative force of the Parabrahma/Ultimate Consciousness is ‘Kaa’. All Ved, Upanishad, etc ask this question ‘Kaa?’, ‘Who?’. So this is the question you have to ask yourself, Who am I?. Only when you ask this question will you know the answer. First ask! So read everything that your faith has to offer, listen to the discourses, do the rituals but keep on asking ‘Who?’ ‘Kaa?’. Desire that experience of Yourself with all your intensity and focus.
(‘Kaa’ = Ka + Aa, is a Sanskrit word. Every Sanskrit sound has 2 aspects, the inward moving/Nivrutti and the outward moving/Pravrutti. One confers knowledge/experience of the self and the other of the manifested externals. There are 54 sounds in Sanskrit, each with their 2 meanings gives 108, the ‘magic number’.
- ‘Kaa’ means the unfathomable unknowable depth, time, the tremendous energy which is hidden, the unknown behind the Illumination/light. Also removal of misery and sorrow.
- and also the manifested forces of nature which combine to create the Universes. The magic and enchantment created by Mahamaya
- The associated Mantra is Om Kaayai namah.)
You have to focus intensely, single pointedly on Who? Kaa?. You have to focus on You. This you is the central Bindu of the Shriyantra geometry. This in your physical body is inside your head at the middle of your eyebrows. So how can you increase your focus? How do you silence your mind for long enough that you can experience the real you? Your mind is like a whirlwind, ripples on water, unstable, fast, changeable! Are you your mind? Are you your body? No you are not. You are something else altogether Who? Kaa?
There is only one way you will progress in your spiritual path, do your Dhyan. Sit on your Asan, silence your mind. Focus on yourself/Center of eyebrows. Breathe 108 times with your Mantra Om/Soham/Hamsa. Faith is one thing and spirituality is another. Spirituality is not reading and talking about wow! esoteric stuff, that would be just faking it. The day your Conscience tells you that the right action is to practice, you listen and start doing it. Spirituality is practice.
Each one of us will ultimately do Dhyan, some might be doing it already, some will do it in this life, some a few lives later. But there is no other way. We all will open the locks on our kundalini, walk through the highest high tension energy channel Brahmanadi towards our Reality.
There was a comment with a lot of personal details. “I never thought that I would happen to read all these articles you have posted. I am 43……………….May God bless you”
Thank you for the compliment. However I do not do full-fledged horoscope readings anymore, but you are an astrologer yourself so pointing out a few combinations which to me are significant for spiritual growth. In the physical world you are well off, respected in society, comfortable in life.
- D- 1 – physical level – Sagittarius asc – with Jupiter/asc lord and Ketu/moksh karak in 5th – internal dissociation from physical identity/environment. You do everything but internally detached. Creativity/divine intelligence unlimited. No ego. At 48yrs of age, Ketu/Jupiter will both mature, so many many channels of divine inspiration will open, use them wisely. Venus in 3rd/internal confidence, you question your family’s faith because you somehow know differently. Saturn sadesati is on. Saturn transit in Sagi, Capr, Aqua will cause emotional upheaval focussed around family/resources. Use your time well to consolidate. Saturn is with Ketu in Sagi till Jan 2020, take care of your bones, etc parts ruled by Saturn and overall. Transit Jupiter/Saturn will speed up healing later.
- D-9 – in the subconscious – Jup 9th house/Taurus, you know the real philosophy which you should live by, trust your internal self. Ketu 2nd house/Libra detached from the ‘fruits’ of your existence. Rahu 8th/Aries gives capacity to manipulate vital energy/pran, if you do something like Dhyan it will help in bringing it to the physical level. Debilitated Sun with Ketu, cut off from personal ego. Practice seeing auras or spiritual practice etc with your eyes closed and in the dark.
- You like travelling (Asc lord and Moon in Moveable signs) so may wish to live in the Himalayas etc, but you have the ocean near you, an equally powerful source of energy, if you can regularly visit the sea shore, it has tremendous pran available, Close your eyes, breathe in gold/silver milky shimmery energy breathe out brown/black negativity.
- Wishing you all the best in your studies and in Life!