Aries/Libra, The Beginnings, Part 2

Libra/ Tula is the 7th sign of the zodiac, it is thus the natural 7th house of the horoscope and rules over balance, relationships and fair partnerships. This sign is ruled by Venus the esoteric teacher. Libra is the axis on which the zodiac rests. For the physical body too, Libra represents your backbone on which the entire body is balanced.

The zodiac is divisible into two halves psychologically, and with Libra, begins the second half of the zodiac. This is the midpoint between the individual self and the Greater Self, between the material and the spiritual. Here, you withdraw from creation of new karma and focus on giving back and rebalancing your karma. The path of involution begins from Libra. Here you prepare for the long way back home. You begin with a deep understanding of your Karmic balance, a sobering realisation indeed.Aries/Libra, The Beginnings, Part 2If your ascendant is Libra or your Moon sign is Libra or you have a significant number of planets placed in Libra in your chart this is how you will be on the inner deep levels.

You are exceptionally logical and intelligent. You will have lots of opportunities in life. A lot of scope to create relationships of every type. Your exceptional intelligence is essential as you decide the best possible opportunity to go with. You think in terms of bargains, ‘if I give so much how much will I get back’, always! If there are malefics here you will think in the material terms but if there are auspicious influences, you will think in terms of the spiritual and karma. Overthinking should be avoided, as this can lead to stress. Once you make your bargain, reevaluating it over and over again will cause anxiety. Thinking is exhausting. Initially the mind will be tired, later the body will also fall ill.

You want to work but you want clarity and perfection. You cannot exist in environments of doubt and ambiguity. You want clear instructions and if you are the boss, you are very clear about you directions to your juniors. Accuracy, precision, exactness, sincerity and on-time are your watch-words. You will then push yourself so hard to attain perfection that your back will hurt. You are not an original thinker but you always expand on ideas which you get by reading books or by interactions with others. Partnership in everything you do.

You cannot lie, unless malefic influences dominate. You will have sufficient wealth in life, you will rarely be poor. You have business acumen and can profit if you start your own business with a suitable partner. You are artistic and skilled. You like working with your hands or mind. You like geometry, maths, logic, languages. Whatever profession you choose you can excel. You tend to boast which is viewed negatively by others. You come across as a know-it-all, often prejudiced against others whom you think know less than you do. Cultivate the habit of listening to others, it will help as you are often misunderstood. If there are malefic influences here you will also subscribe to conflicting thought processes causing more misunderstandings.

You will perform religious and spiritual practices sincerely. Saturn is exalted in Libra and his father, the Sun is debilitated here. The sign favours systematic disciplined work for re-balancing karma. This allows you to be the sincere professional, sensitive to public opinion, at ease in large gatherings and able to profit in a transparent manner. You do not allow self-ego to rise and take center-stage, you are willing to work with others fairly. You put yourself after your duties, this you suffer. Learn to assert yourself once in a while. Ultimately however you gain divine favour and the deepest understanding of your real self.Aries/Libra, The Beginnings, Part 2The sign 7th from Libra is Aries-Mars, so your partners are aggressive and rather selfish, self-focussed. You too desire aggressive and passionate partners, but you want a fair relationship, this you will never get, thus a sense of disappointment exists, especially in intimate relationships. Libra-Venus rarely indulges in infidelity after getting married, as you are very aware of the social image you project. Before marriage you do indulge in romantic affairs.

The sign is represented by the scales of the balance in perfect alignment. Now these scales represent opposing forces. These have been brought to balance. Understand this, the challenge that you face is to bring to precise balance, two opposing forces. If either one of these two is more/less, the entire personality crashes. Your duty is two-fold, first is to balance out these opposing forces and second is to maintain the balance forever. This requires constant work. If the forces change, you also have to change to compensate and bring the system back to equilibrium. This is extremely difficult to do in actual life. Libra people are always under great stress. The mind is always working, thinking of different ways to balance out things. Highly sensitive to change and often in physical pain. You seem to be in control of yourself. Your emotions, actions, reactions are always controlled. But only you know the price you pay for this outward control. Your entire self is focussed on balancing the changes which the external environment and its forces bears on you.

As a Libra, you are bound to balance always, you have no choice in this. And the environment is bound to change. Change is the only constant. Thus your stress. The entire Libra personality is repressed. (If you ever see a Libra breaking down under pressure you will understand this terrifying strain that he always labours under.)

Libra is between the Virgo and Scorpio. It is influenced most by demands from its neighbouring signs (2/12 axis is not very favourable). Virgo is the place where you serve/suffer and all agreements break down here, imbalances of very sort! Scorpio stings others and also the self, traumatic changes causing complete changes in the personality/environment. Libra sits between these two terrific forces and balances these conflicts. It is a strain. You are outwardly very calm, composed and relaxed but internally you seethe with conflicts and opposing energies which you have to balance.

Now the is another challenge, the drama of constant creation-death-rebirth constantly plays out here. Venus is both the lord of Libra and Taurus, counted eighth from Libra. Venus here modulates the adversarial 6/8 axis and forces the personality/environment into continual change often traumatic. As per the Vimshottari system, the Mahadasha of Venus is the longest at 20yrs. Lots of events occur during these 20yrs. For Libras the Dasha period of its owner planet himself is very stressful as rapid cycles of creation-destruction-recreation occur throughout this time.Aries/Libra, The Beginnings, Part 2.jpgMars is the owner of Scorpio and Aries which are placed 2nd and 7th from Libra, making Mars the Marak, often giving inauspicious results. Jupiter considered to be the biggest benefic planet is the ruler of the houses placed 3rd and 6th from Libra, making him a functional malefic, so he too cant do much good. Jupiter behaves opposite to his normal benefic nature! Saturn is the Yogkarak, the biggest benefic, as the owner of the 4th and 5th houses from Libra. But Saturn here deprives the native of maternal love and comforts of the home, he often lives away from the home-town. Also there is a disconnect from the internal divine intelligence, spiritual practice will give results but these come late in life after Saturn matures. Till then Libra suffers. Adolescent Mercury takes on the role of the peer/ patron as the ruler of the 9th house from Libra. Mercury is practice/skills and 9th represents theory/ philosophy. It is upto you to find the balance between these two opposing ideas! Mercury loses some of his auspiciousness as he also rules over the house 12th from Libra. Moon as the ruler of the 10th house loses his directional strength and searches for emotional support in the profession making him a bit dysfunctional. Sun as the ruler of the house 11th from Libra also makes you balance the opposing ideas of personal genius and self-ego v/s someone who is a part of large like-minded groups.

If you observe the planets, they are required to work against their fundamental nature here. As a Libra you have to balance out these things too, and you are doing it continually internally.

Libra has enormous potential especially the Libra ascendant. But this potential is lost as most Libras are engrossed in the outer, material, social aspect of their lives. They relegate the occult, spiritual, esoteric in the background. Venus is actually the Daityaguru Shukracharya, the teacher of the worst students so his teaching methods are a bit different. But the rare Libra who turns inside and tries to establish a relationship with his inner self is often successful as Shukra is the real Moksh-karak, agent of Illumination. Most Libras, as they grow older/mature, do focus on the inner self and progress spiritually.

Libra is a highly esoteric sign which suffers in the initial period of its life. If Saturn is well-placed it benefits after the age of 36yrs. The enormous potential of this sign can be utilised if it turns inwards and seeks its internal balance.

 

Aries/Libra, The Beginnings, Part 2

The adversarial 6/8 axis 

In the horoscope, certain axis are considered adversarial to the personality. The worst possible mutual placement is the 6/8 axis (Shad-Ashtak), then the 2/12 axis and to some extent the 3/11 axis. This post is about the 6/8 axis. This can manifest in the following ways.

  1. Houses in mutual 6/8 axis
  2. Planets placed in mutual 6/8 axis
  3. Sign and its ruler planets placed in 6/8 axis

The adversarial 6/8 axis Houses in mutual 6/8 axis

The 6th is the karma you have chosen to resolve in this life, it is a burden, but a burden consciously chosen at the moment of birth. But awareness of the burden does not make it any less easier to bear. The 6th is debtors, litigation, all that causes unbalance, servitude, service, suffering, betrayal, distrust, suffocation, broken promises, breached agreements, victimhood, suppression, theft, disease, illicit, conflict etc. You are required to serve people under these conditions or suffer in this way at other’s hands, this is the naked face of karma. Here you are required to give more than you receive, to rebalance the karma from your past lives. 

The sixth counted from every house represents all these adversarial actions with reference to the matters of that house. Will write about this one example, the rest of the houses will be on the same lines.

e.g. the sixth from the 7th house will indicate how you are required to serve/suffer in the marriage contract. Possible problems in your marriage will be seen from the 12th house. Malefic influences in the 12th house indicate that you are required to ‘give’ more of yourself than your spouse in the marriage partnership. You might have to juggle office, work, cooking, housekeeping etc while your spouse is relatively free of all this. You might be forced to work more, give more of your energy in keeping this relationship going. This may cause you emotional or physical stress. Emotionally you might feel that you are being loved ‘less’, the marriage will not give you the support you need. On the physical plane you might not be able to enjoy the comforts of life, good clothing, healthy food or rest. You might be considered to be inferior to your spouse in the social context. Your spouse may be physically exploitative/abusive or you might feel him/her to be so. This exact result will depend on the actual malefic planets connected to the 12th house. It is possible that your spouse does not actively mistreat you, but you will feel his/her behaviour to be exploitative, depending on the malefics influencing your 12th house. If there are benefic influences on the 12th house these results will be minimised.

However Vimshottari periods of the 12th house lord will be tiring for you in the context of your marriage. This may be his Mahadasha/main period or his Antardasha/sub period in the Mahadasha of another planet.

And then the nature of the 12th is also a drain (counted sixth from) for the relationship. 12th is imagination, you visualise/fantasise about your perfect spouse, wasting your precious time/emotions/internal energy doing so. 12th is also sleep, You might not sleep properly after marriage for as simple a reason that your husband snores! But your energy is drained. 12th also signifies the energy expended during physical intimacy which naturally occurs after marriage, this is also an energy drain.

Now the other half of the axis, the eighth from. The 8th house is fundamental changes in the self-identity linked to sudden shocking events. This is a trying traumatic house. But if you can navigate through and accept the change it works for the good.

Lets continue with the 7th house example, the eighth counted from the 7th is the 2nd house. The 7th is the house of negotiations, bargains, equitable sharing, fairness, relationship, legal contracts and marriage. So after you get married immediately, you and your spouse are required to lose your individual identities and merge. You lose your name, house, job, family, familiar relatives, social identity, emotional foundation, entire mind-set, your physical-body, your energy-bodies and all these are transformed. I have seen this happen, a few mantra, the Agni/fire rituals, the Vivah/marriage ceremony and the auras of the two are changed completely. There is no going back. This transformation creates the 2nd house of family, shared resources, lineage, shared history, shared good times, speech, wealth, wealth-generating behaviour, the common ‘face’ you two show to the outer society etc. If there are benefic influences here, you go through this transformation easily and this contributes to your marriage success. Malefic influences on the 2nd houses creates unpalatable changes in marriage like a second spouse. In a marriage it is necessary that the two partners change, if they do not change the marriage itself will end. The adversarial 6/8 axis Planets placed in mutual 6/8 axis

Then the planets placed in such mutual axis are adversarial to each other and tend to give not-so-comfortable results. e.g. Libra ascendant. Mercury in the 5th house and Jupiter in the 9th house. (Mercury is ruler of the 9th and 12th houses. And Jupiter rules the 3rd and 6th houses here.) If you count from Mercury, Jupiter is placed eighth from him. And if you count from Jupiter, Mercury is placed sixth from him. Thus they are in the adversarial 6/8 axis and will not work well together. This means that the agents represented by Jupiter and Mercury will not give comfortable results when taken together. There will be several ways in which this works out. Your spiritual teacher will not teach you the necessary skills. Your university professor will not have time to guide you in your course work. If you fall seriously ill, you will not get the proper medicines in time. You cannot expect genuine feelings from your brothers/cousins/extended family, etc.

As per the Vimhottari system, the 120 yrs of human life is divided into main-periods/mahadasha of the planets. Within these main-period, there are sub-periods/antardasha. If the owner of the Main-period and the owner of the sub-period are in the 6/8 angle their give a bad time. In the above example, two periods will be especially traumatic, first will be the Antardasha of Mercury in the Mahadasha of Jupiter. And the second will be the sub-period of Jupiter in the main-period of Mercury. Be careful during these two typical sub-periods as all the agents of stress will be active.

Sign and its ruler planets placed in 6/8 axis

The 6/8 axis works in a third way. The house and the placement of the house owner in the 6/8 axis gives not-so-favourable results. In the above example, Jupiter (in 11th house) and his sign Pisces (placed in 6th house), are in the 6/8 axis from each other. So you cannot expect Jupiter to give favourable results with respect to the 6th house and neither can you expect Pisces to perform well here. Some expected results, health problems will be created with no easy solutions, you may not afford a doctor, or the medicines, wrong diagnosis will occur. Dream states will drain the energy. You might travel astrally draining your energy. Sleep will be disturbed, deep sleep may not be available. Meditative states may be difficult to achieve. You will not be allowed solitude. Guidance from spirits can actually misguide!

Again in the above example, Mercury (in 4th house) and his sign Gemini (in 9th house), are in the adversarial 6/8 axis from each other. So the things connected to these will also not give good results. Some results which can be expected, you will always be confused about your spiritual/philosophic path. Spiritual teacher may not guide properly. Mother will be argumentative and drain the energy. There might confusions connected to your higher education. Your peers/patrons/seniors will not guide properly, etc.

In a horoscope you will naturally analyse the 6th and the 8th house counted from the ascendant. But you will also need to analyse the 6th and 8th from the birth Moon, this placement will give you an indication on what will cause stress and trauma on the mental/emotional levels.

 

The adversarial 6/8 axis 

Jivan Mukt and Videha Mukt

(Continued post)

Jivan does not just mean ‘life’, it is a Sanskrit word, it means ‘to flow’ and ‘the vitality of the flow’. Life is not a static event, it flows. Every water drop in a river is linked and thus is life interlinked and interconnected on all levels.

‘Mukt’ means the ‘one who has been freed, sent forth, immune, quit, discharged, vanished, relinquished, relaxed etc.

Jivan mukt means ‘one who has been released from the requirement to ‘flow’.

  • The performance of Prakruti has stopped, ‘I have been seen’. The Purush has stopped witnessing, ‘I have seen’.
  • But the Universe/body that Prakruti had created is still available. The Knowledge has put a stop to further performance but the stage has not been yet dismantled.

These two are two separate things and are dependent on separate causes, so can happen simultaneously. The Prakruti has stilled because the link between Her and Him is Known. They together experience their togetherness and one-ness. The veil has been removed.

Knowledge exists and so does the body/Universe. A paradox, you might say. But these two are compatible. Read on.jivan mukt and videha muktPrakruti creates the individual body with its Universe continually spontaneously. Later karma comes into the picture and becomes the framework for manifestation. The body/Universe is created, maintained and dissolved because of karma. Karma is basically of two types.

  • The big storehouse of karma (sanchita, accumulated karma), you have this collection from your several past lives
  • And the karma which was selected for rebalance for the present life (Prarabdha, destined karam). You chose this at your present birth.

Each soul selects this part of karma from its stored karma and the body is designed. This is the point of exercise of free will. On the basis of this destined karma, the body + Universe is created for each individual soul. (Purush + Prakruti combo, your combo is different from mine). You might choose a short intense life with violent energies. Or a smooth sedentary life of ease. A short or long life. Whatever.

This choice of the moment of birth will run its course for the life-time you chose at the moment of birth.

‘You’ here refers to the Jivatma, which is the soul+the influence of the Prakruti. The soul which is under the influence of karma, the soul which cannot enter the Kutasth of its own conscious action, the soul which is still suffering from duality.

This choice of birth is fixed for the life-span of the body. This body and the prarabdha karma you chose is not affected or linked to Knowledge. You might gain Knowledge at the age of 35yrs but if you have exercised the choice of a life-span for 80yrs, your body+Universe will sustain for that much time. However as Knowledge has manifested, more karma will not be created during this life-time (Agaami /future karma becomes nil). And the store of Sanchita karma has been ‘burnt’ in the intense energies of your Dhyan. (Each breath/Soham in your Dhyan is one life-time.)

Moksh means ‘release’, Prakruti is released from her ‘play’, she has released herself. The Purush has stopped witnessing and the Prakruti has stilled. At the age of 35yrs you have become a Jivan-mukt. Your soul has experienced the duality and the Knowledge of duality. The experience has been transcended. You have attained Samadhi (final settlement, agreement, joined with the Eternal, Singularity) so your soul is not affected by anything that occurs in the realm of the Purush or Prakruti. Samadhi occurs in Dhyan. But the choice of birth has to be honored. The performance is over at 35yrs but the stage will be dismantled at the age of 80yrs. Something like when you switch off the fan it continues to move for a few minutes more.

In this phase you will do everything that has been decided as per your Prarabdh karma, your children might get married, your grandchildren will be born, your wife might die etc. But you will be aware of this as a drama. You Know. You are a Guru. The consciousness has experienced and transcended Maya.

Prakruti will not re-energise or re-create, she will just maintain till you turn 80yrs and then annihilate. Prarabdha karma will then complete its course and the soul will separate from the body+Universe. After this last manifested body/Universe, no more will be created for this particular Purush + Prakruti combo. At this point She and Her Purush will merge into each other and this will merge into the Eternal Singularity. This is Moksh as the duality imposed is released and the individual soul merges into the Ultimate.

Now there is one danger to the society here. All this is an internal process so anyone can claim to be a Jivan mukt and become a ‘Guru’, gather a following and use them to live a life of ease. So here to such wanna-be ‘Guru’s, Sanatan Dharm has a warning too. If someone claims to be so, after his physical death his heirs/disciples will not offer the body to the Agni/fire. Anteyshti will not be performed and the body will be buried above ground. (ancient dolmens are such muniyars or Samadhi-sthal erected over the bodies of ancient Mukta souls). For the liberated soul the body is of no relevance anymore but for the cheat, this will ensure that the soul remains trapped on earth with no scope for further rebirth.jivan mukt and videha muktThe other choice is of being a Videha mukt.

Videha – (Vigatah dehah yasmat sah), ‘the one whose body has gone away from him’. ‘Deha’ is a Sanskrit word which means shape, appearance, manifestation, form, person, individuality etc.

This is Moksh linked to the annihilation of the body/Universe.

In this you would choose a life span of 35yrs. So as the Knowledge manifests at 35yrs, Prakruti will stop, Purush-Prakriti will merge and everything will go back to Singularity. The individual body will die and the individual Universe will be annihilated. Kundalini will burst through, the Brahmanadi of the body will fuse, ie the bifurcated ends of the Brahmanadi (within the Sushumna) will fuse and complete the circuit at the Brahmarandhra. You will merge with the Parabrahma at the Kutasth and this Consciousness will exit through the Brahmarandhra.

You have attained Videha-mukti. The body has physically died with this event. If your heirs have understood what has happened, they are required to bury the body above ground and erect a stone Samadhi-sthal over it. But generally they don’t realise and the usual Anteysthi is performed. Of course, this doesn’t matter as the soul has realised Itself and all this from Its point of view has become irrelevant. But the soul who has attained Moksh was still someone’s father/ mother/ Guru etc. so this would be the karma of the heirs to dispose of the manifested body.

Thus the Soul created out of Parabrahma, goes through a longish process to go back to the Singularity, the two options being Jivan-mukti and Videha-mukti.

jivan mukt and videha mukt(I would recommend a study of the Samkhya for more in-depth discussion on this topic. Also a study of the Nasadiya Sukta for the creation part. And of course the Brahma Sutra. This topic is a bit obtuse, but there was a question and I did try to write it in as simple words as possible)

 

 

Binding and Release of the Soul

The origin is a Singular Eternal Reality.

No one can really can describe this Eternal Reality in the words of this manifested reality /’Maya’.

Maya is taken to mean illusion, which is incorrect. Maya is a Sanskrit word which means ‘not this’. Thus the ‘manifested reality’ called Maya cannot be conclusively proved to be real nor can it be conclusively proved to be un-real. Thus you, your body and the Universe around you is neither illusion nor reality.

The Singular Reality /Parabrahma first gives rise to duality. The first step is the creation of ‘still unmoving energy’ called Purush and the ‘energy in movement’ called Prakruti. Simply put, still energies are called ‘masculine’ and moving energies are called ‘feminine’ (they do not have a gender, there is nothing sexist about all this). creation preservation and dissolution.jpegWhy does the Singularity differentiate?

What is this first impulse? The first impulse or the origin of this first impulse also cannot be completely described in the words of this Maya. The Nasadiya Sukta (10th mandala 129th sukta of the Rg Ved) gives a background to what this Singularity is like (the first 2 verses) and why did it differentiate (verse 3). There is concept from Sankhya which states that everything that manifests, first exists in seed form before it can be manifested. (e.g. A human does not have horns because he does not have the potential to form horns. But he has the potential to form a hand thus hands are formed. However the human is much more than just the hand. Similarly the One). The Sukta in this first three shloks says that the One has the potential to form several things, and that its Entirety cannot be fathomed.

And the Sukta frames these concepts as questions. It does not want you to blindly follow whatever it says. You are expected to think over it and come to your own conclusions. You may agree or disagree or have no opinion, it is upto you. You are prime. Follow whatever you feel convinced about, remember your Conscience is your only guide. This is the characteristic of only Sanatan Dharm/Hinduism. It is not a religion, you are not expected to follow something because it is written somewhere. Questions are to be asked in the true spirit and answers sought. This is Dharma, the foundation.

Back to Creation. The Light Source emits the Ray. Both are connected, one cannot exist without the other. Though both are the same light, there is a subtle difference between these two. Similarly are the Purush and the Prakruti, these two are in eternal conjunction, same, yet subtly different.

The Purush is the Witness. He observes what is being done by the Prakruti. He is ‘being’, the Still Intelligence. He is the subject. The Purush is not attached to anything nor does he change. Neither does he get involved in or entangled in or moved by whatever is being performed by the Prakruti, he is completely indifferent. He witnesses just because there is ‘something’ to be witnessed. He is not compelled to observe it.

The Prakruti is the object, Spontaneous Motion (she is ‘Sahaj’, ‘Sahaj’ is a very important  concept, might write a full post on this later.) She called the ‘Devi‘/ ray of light. She is ‘becoming’ and goes about ‘becoming’ further creation. She plays the Game, Lila, she is called ‘Lalita’, the ‘one who plays’. She does all this out of spontaneity, no other reason. And as she is the Light of the Purush, so, she plays and the Purush observes. There is no requirement for her to perform for the Purush. It just Is. He IS and She IS, because duality exists, no other reason. He is Stillness, She is Spontaneity. This just Is.dance of prakruti for the purushShe does not observe, she experiences and evolves. She plays with her energy in whichever way possible. There is no judgement, no reason, only energy, actions and further linked actions, all sorts of permutations and combinations. She spontaneously creates the entire experience. There is a fire burning, you see the sparks moving from it spontaneously, ‘playing’. In the micro and the macro levels, i.e. the following are all her energy,

  • The body which will experience – the physical body composed of the Sapta-dhatu, the Panch-pran, the panch-kosh etc.
  • the organs which will be used to experience – (these are 11, the 5 organs of senses, the five organs of actions and the Aham-kaar, the sense of ‘I’ individuality.)
  • The objects of experience (also the subtle seeds of the experience- tanmatra)
  • Bhava, the ‘essences’, ‘feelings’ which are necessary to add value to the experience
  • And finally the Discriminating Knowledge – this is the one who puts a stop to the experience. The limit of experience. This is spontaneously manifested in Her then she is done ‘playing’.

Thus she creates the individual body and the individual Universe, maintains it and then dissolves it. (Your body and Universe is different from my body and Universe. Every individual soul is linked to an individual Purush-Prakruti combo. The Singularity creates every soul separately.)

Prakruti is not Intelligence. There is only one objective in all her actions, i.e. to spontaneously create the experience which because of their link, the Purush will witness. The Purush is not compelled to witness it. She does just this, nothing else. The Prakruti binds her energies with herself. She is bound in her own manifested creation by the seven forms (Roop) of virtue, vice, dispassion, passion, power, weakness and ignorance. These seven forms are also created by herself.

(These leads to the creation of Karma. She modifies herself and creates new experiences to resolve this karma and then creates even more karma, in a cycle. The karma is then the framework for ‘play’.)

She performs the entire dance of creation, preservation and dissolution. She stops when the Knowledge of Singularity (Ek-Roop) is manifested within herself. She manifests this too. Under the influence of this Knowledge, her outgoing/kinetic energy stops. Now the seven forms of her own bindings over her vanish as if they have never existed. The Purush has witnessed and her performance has ceased. She, the artist, stands still on the stage as He, the spectator, stands unmoving in the viewing gallery. They are still duality, now there is no motive for creation, as there is the Knowledge of Singularity in her.

Now, the perfect Knowledge has been attained, the perfect performance delivered and the witness has experienced it perfectly. The reason why duality was manifested in the first place has been satisfied. But the body and the Universe incarnated by her remains manifested. It is just like a fan, when you switch it off, it still moves for a few minutes before stopping completely. This stage of existence is called Jivan-Mukt. The individual soul remains in the manifested body/Universe but the binding of karma does not exist.

 

prakruti creating for the purush(These are very deep philosophies which are actual experiences. All of us will go through this. I will continue on the same theme in my next post.)

Soul in the dream state

There are four states of existence, Awake – Jagruti, Swapna -Dream, Deep sleep – Sushupti and Turiya – the fourth state e.g. in deep Dhyan.

The dream state is an intermediate one between the awake (Jagrut) and the deep sleep (Shushupti) states. This is a joint (Sandhya) between these two states and is by itself a ‘state of existence’. The joint between two energies is always very important as the energies here are different and allow you to explore things which would not be possible in the two states themselves. The energy of the joint /Sandhya is called the Devi, ray of Light. All the texts insist on focussing on the Sandhya for spiritual progress and eventual Moksh.

The Dream state is called ‘Mayavat’, ‘similar to Maya’. Maya Maya is a Sanskrit word which is taken to mean ‘illusion’, which is incorrect. Maya means ‘not this’. Thus the dream state cannot be conclusively proved to be real nor can it be conclusively proved to be un-real.

The Kuthastha purush/ the individual soul has powered down the body-robot and has all possible energies at his disposal. The individual soul is the Creator of the Swapna state, ie you exercise the powers of creation in the dream state. Normally people get fantastic dreams where impossible things are seen and experienced. And for the dreamer, these things are very much real.

There have always been incidents where dreams have foretold the future. People see omens in dreams or some things from the past are made clear in the dreams. One of my clients would get dreams where he would be killed in a war with an arrow through his neck, he would feel the pain and wake up. The same dream repeating again and again. He went through a guided mediation session after which he remembered one past life as a Mongol warrior and came to terms with it. After this the dreams stopped.soul in the dream stateIn Sanatan dharm/Hinduism, the Seers/Rishi have often been given Mantra in their dreams. The Ramraksha stotra was given by Shiv to Rishi Vishvamitra in his dream state. This is one of the most powerful stotras and is often used to protect children in India.

Often your ancestor spirits will come in your dreams to indicate things and communicate with you. If you see some ancestor in your dreams frequently you should offer a chapati with some jaggery to a desi cow (cows with a hump on the back). This simple act sends energy to the said ancestor and the repetitive dream will stop.

The soul rebalances karma in dreams, as the experiences seen in the dreams are sometimes karma being experienced. You might see your child dying in your dreams, you feel the intense pain and the grief. And when you wake up you realise that you are not even married yet! But you have completed a significant karma of experiencing the death of your child in the dream state. Often astral travel happens and is one of the commonest methods of rebalancing karma while in the Swapna-awastha. But if you are astrally travelling too much take care of your physical body, do some spiritual practice to energise yourself, else you will fall ill.

Especially things related to ‘black magic‘, are seen more clearly in dreams. People who have ill-wishing put on them using black magic suffer these effects in their dreams too. If you get dreams of being buried alive and perhaps some ritual connected to you being performed in a cemetery (smashan), be alert. In your waking state take sufficient precautions to protect yourself on the energy levels.

And if you are strong enough you can remove the effects of ‘black magic/ ill-wishing’ more easily if you are aware and work in your dream state. You can recite mantras or even do rituals in your dreams. These are then not random dreams, you decide on the activities you are going to do. The more you progress spiritually the more you can control and use the dream state for energy work.

Now the astrological connections. People who have their 12th house, Pisces sign or ascendant sign/lord, or Moon associated with Rahu or Ketu can control their dream states easily. If this Rahu or Ketu is influenced /conjunct / aspected by Venus or Jupiter it becomes even more easier you will have access to the knowledge. Mars especially can help you remain unafraid and pro-active. Mercury will help in the technical stuff related to dream-control and activities. Saturn will make you work so hard in your dream state that your physical body will suffer. And a Sun influencing them will also help in giving self-confidence and more control over the creativity linked to the dream actions.

If you have nightmares, the simple Mantra ‘Govind’ will stop the nightmare immediately. ‘Govind’ is specifically for destroying nightmares, ‘Duhswapne smarh Govindam‘, from the Vishnu Shodash-nama stotra. Do this. Cup your right hand on the back of your head where your neck meets the head. There is a hollow at the base of the skull here (point where Sushumna bifurcates). And the left hand at the third eye/ Ajnya chakra. Intend very strongly that you will remember the Mantra ‘Govind’ in your dreams. Push this thought strongly into your palms and into your head. This will register in your subconscious. So the next time you are uncomfortable in a dream, your subconscious will remind you within the dream to recite ‘Govind’. It takes just this one word to stop the nightmare.

Another way of making use of your dreams is you keep a dream diary. Most of us remember the dreams as we wake up for a couple of minutes, then we forget. So keep a diary at your bedside and the first thing as you wake up write a few keywords from your dream in it. So even if you forget it, you will be able to remember it from the diary. So you can then make use of whatever your subconscious has shown you during the dream state/ Swapna awastha.

 

Soul in the dream state

To Experience and Transcend

We are all here for the Experience… or it it something else?

In Jyotish, this ‘experience’ is the function of Venus/Shukra and the 2nd and 7th houses of the horoscope. When the experience is fulfilled, you leave the body, physical death. Thus Venus is the natural Marak and the house owners of the 2nd and 7th houses are the functional Marak for your chart, they decide the moment of your physical death. But most people are quite scared of physical death. (A secret, the length of your life is counted in breaths. If you continuously engage in activities which require fast breathing, you use up the number of breaths allotted to you faster. Your life span will be completed in lesser number of years. If you engage in activities where you slow or stop your breath, e.g. Dhyan, you will live for more years.)

Karma clothes the individual soul/Jiva with the body’. The Anna-mai-kosh layer of the five layered body is created from the karma you have decided to experience in this present life-time. This is described in the birth chart ie. the first divisional chart and the Science of Illumination/ Jyotish is used to analyse this.Experience and transcendThis manifested Universe contains only karma, nothing else.

The room you are sitting in, is your Karma. Even the table, the bed, the husband, the food on the dining table is there because it is your karma to experience them. Your Universe is your Karma and your Karma is your Universe around you. (Each one’s Universe is thus different!)

So how would you describe yourself? Amit? Priya? A doctor, someone’s daughter, someone’s husband, a farmer, a resident of some place, so many years old, sweet, happy etc. But, you are describing yourself in terms of your Karma! You are describing your karma of being a doctor, your karma of being a wife, of being happy, hardworking, etc your are using your karma is defining you. But You are not your karma. Think deeply then, who are you? How do you go about finding you own self. And if the entire manifested, words, names, emotions, experiences etc is Karma, from where would you get the real words to describe Yourself?

Spiritual practice is how you break the definitions which your own actions have laid on you. This is how it works.

Initially when you start your spiritual practice, you will have a favourite deity, the Aradhya (the one who is worshipped), e.g. the Devi Mahamaya, the Gayatri Mantra, Shri Vishnu, the Shri Yantra, the Bhagwat Gita etc. You consider this Aradhya to be separate from yourself. There is duality, the Aradhya is different from the worshipper, you. You read, worship, do puja, sing the hymns/shloks, listen to its stotras, do rituals in its honor, adore and respect it. You request it to bless you, to give you boons.  The desire for experience starts building up here. Even Jyotish is a form of worship (Aradhana). I adore the graha, I do homa in their honor, I wear their gemstones, I charge myself with their beej mantras, I desire their blessings in making my life easier. (Most of us are at this level)

The second stage starts when you start experiencing whatever your Aradhya stands for. e.g. You feel the universal maternal love of the Devi. The inner meanings of the Bhagwat Gita as a Yog Shastra start becoming clear to you. Now your practice changes subtly, it internalises. You feel yourself to be a part of your Aradhya. And you start feeling your Aradhya in your soul. When you look at the sky you feel Shri Vishnu looking at you. You feel His love and gentle encouragement. As you do your Tratak with the Shri Chakra you sense your own internal chakra geometry buzzing. These signs are important as they indicate that you are on the right path. The karmic bindings are loosening, allowing you the merest glimpse of what lies beyond. (Some of us will pick on these subtle signals and act further, some of us won’t.)

As these gentle experiences become more frequent and intense, you too desire them more and more. Ultimately you start working with your pran, the practice internalises completely. The depth of the experience increases. And remember you are experiencing the Creative Aspect of Your Immense Self. So this experience will be very extensive and can be theoretically infinite. You will also gain some visible Siddhi and abilities, ie. visions, clairvoyance, clairaudience, ability to move things with thoughts etc. (Some of us will get fascinated by these and get side-tracked, some will ignore them and progress further.)Experience and transcendThen comes the test.

Like eating chocolate. You go to a shop and from the array of sweets you choose one. You read the contents, are curious and desire the experience. You buy it, open the wrapper and take a bite. It is a pleasant taste and you take several more bites. The chocolate pervades your senses. You see it, smell it, taste it, feel its texture, you become one with the chocolate and the chocolate becomes one with you, you feel the bliss. You eat and eat some more, till….

There is a limit to the experience.

How much? You cannot go on experiencing for ever. You do get satisfied (trupt तृप्त) and then stop eating the chocolate. You transcend the chocolate and its experience!

Spiritual practice is also the same.

A clue from Jyotish. Everything follows the same pattern. The 2nd and the 7th houses decide how much is going to give you satisfaction (trupti तृप्ति). Depending on the placements here, you can be satisfied with one chocolate or you will need to eat a thousand chocolates to be satisfied. Once you are satisfied you leave the shop. Or in other words you leave this physical body/manifestation. (Venus is the real Moksh-karak, agent of Moksh.)

By now your spiritual practice will have stabilized on the internal levels. You rarely do the external pujas or ritualistic activities now. The world seems curiously flat and one-dimensional. You do Dhyan and actively manipulate the pran later kundalini within your energy body. You are continuously experiencing every aspect of your Aradhya. Then there will come a point when you realise and experience Yourself as the Devi. (Only the rare few of us will experience this.)

But your Aradhya and your spiritual practice are still a part of the manifested Universe. The Aradhya is the Ray which has to be followed back to the Source. Depending on your horoscope, the path you have charted out for you in this life, you will either stop here or move even onward. As you experience your Aradhya, you will desire to follow it back to the Source. This ‘Desire’ would still be a part of the manifested, as you know that there is more to be experienced. The Ray (Prakruti) and the Light (Purush) are inseparable, one is the cause of the other. But they are still duality on the deepest level. One emits the Other and the Other is emitted by the One. But yet together they are a Whole. At this deepest part of your Dhyan, you, the Prakruti, the Purush all merge into something which is Advaita अद्वैत Asang असङ्ग etc. (unique, singular, non-attached, non-connected, un-created etc.)

Ultimately you are neither the Aham, nor your favourite deity/ Aradhya, nor the Dhyan/ the practice, nor the Prakruti, nor the Purush, because you cannot be defined by these limited words.

Can you speak/ explain in Hindi to someone who understands only Chinese? No, you can’t! Thus the Ultimate Reality cannot be cannot be described in this language of this manifested world.

If you are satisfied with the experiences of the manifested, you will want to transcend them till you reach Yourself. Only then you would be completely free of the karma bindings and the manifested world will vanish as if it were never there. This would happen in the deepest Dhyan. This would be the Moksh in the spiritual sense.

 

Experience and transcend

Enchanted Rice Anyone?

Hey there everyone this is Sameer Brijwasi and I am excited about writing this post for my sister’s blog. Thanks love for giving me this opportunity to write something for your blog. You are awesome girl.

Magic is all around us and the sooner we learn this, the better it would be. The rituals of Sanatan Dharma (also known as Hinduism to many) asks us to use common ingredients abundantly available around us. Right from different spices which are used to invoke specific energy to help manipulate the flow of energy to one’s will (strictly not recommended always, KARMA), to grains used for preparing different offerings for god/goddess to thank them.

Rice among all other grains hold a very special place in ritual work, unbroken rice grains are believed to be the finest offering a devotee can offer to god/goddess. The reason being that the rice grains are capable of holding tremendous amounts of energy in them. That’s the reason we see them in every type of ritual no matter Vedic or Tantric, we always find a bowl full of faithful rice grains in the list of ingredients necessary for the ritual.

There’s a whole different way to use rice for energy work. I learned this method of using rice for energy work from the Himalayan shamans long back and since then it stayed with me. Now without wasting time lets jump right into it and see how to use rice for removing obstacles from ones path. 

1. Preparing the space : If you have a puja room or have setup, an altar or some sort of sacred space to perform your energy work. Start by purifying the space, light an incense of your choice or smudge your space with sage. 

2. Rice: Now take a clean copper bowl/plate and put in 3 loose fistfuls of white raw rice. (remember to use unbroken rice). Pause between each fist for few seconds so that rice grains absorb your personal energy. 

3. Light a diya or a candle in front of the god/goddess. And meditate for few minutes to relax and centre yourself. Think deeply about why you want to do this and what are your intentions. Try to be very specific, this ensures better results.

  Now we are going to embed the rice with a mantra. This is also known as mantra putan or infusing the rice with a mantra. 

4. Decide on which mantra you want to infuse your rice with, don’t rush this decision or you will regret it later for making a bad choice. (That’s where being specific with the intention helps).

I personally love to use one of the mantra from the shaptashloki durga from Durga Shaptasati/Devi mahatmaya. These seven shlokas cover different intensions quite well. 

5. Once you have decided on the mantra, recite it for 108 times. And now take 3 big pinches of rice from the bowl and place them in the palm of your right hand.

6. Blow 3 times on the rice, now shift the rice to your left palm and with your right hand start mixing the rice slowly and gently as if mixing the energy from the mantra into the rice. 

This activates the rice with your breath and touch, transferring the complete energy of mantra into the rice. 

Step seven onwards is to be done at night. After dinner when all the tasks which could compel one to leave his/her house after the ritual are done.  

7. Once the rice are ready keep the mantra putit rice in a piece of clean paper. (Use them within 3 days). To use them, remove them from the paper and take them in your right hand, fist closed.

8. Circle the fist with the rice anti-clockwise 3 times around your head (or the head of the person you intend to help).

9. And then immediately go out of the house to the nearest crossroad, face towards your house and throw the rice in the 4 different directions. 

10. Once done, immediately come back to your house, remember not to turn back. Wash your hands with running water and done.

Now for example: Let’s assume I have someone who is sick and having difficulty recovering from a disease. 

After a bit of contemplation, I decide to use 6th shloka of saptashloki durga.

रोगानशेषानपहंसि तुष्टा रुष्टा तु कामान् सकलानभीष्टान् ।

त्वामाश्रितानां न विपन्नराणां त्वामाश्रिता ह्याश्रयतां प्रयान्ति ॥

Rogaan-Ashessaan-Apahamsi Tussttaa Russttaa Tu Kaamaan Sakalaan-Abhiissttaan |

Tvaam-Aashritaanaam Na Vipan-Naraannaam Tvaam-Aashritaa Hyi-Aashraya-Taam Prayaanti||

Meaning: O Source of Divine Illumination! When you are pleased, you destroy all diseases and maladies. But when you are displeased, you destroy all the desires desired by the mind. You protect those who have surrendered to you, you do not allow any misfortune to befall them. Those who are blessed by your protection are indeed the protectors of others who require shelter.

After enchanting the rice I follow step 7 to 10 and done! 

So that’s how you enchant rice for your occult work. Go ahead grab some rice and do as you please. But remember karma is watching.