Assurance of Moksh 18-66 Bhagvat Gita Part-2

This is a continued post from part 1 here.

This shlok is from the 18th chapter of the Bhagvat Gita, the 66th verse. These verses from 63 to 72 are the gist of the entire Gita. The Sanskrit Bhagvat Gita is a sutra. Each line needs a thousand more to make its meaning somewhat clear. (Compare what I have written in my earlier post and translations like these available on-line “abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear”.)

  • सर्वधर्मान्परित्यज्य मामेकं शरणं व्रज |
  • अहं त्वां सर्वपापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुच: ||
  • Sarva-dharmaan parityajya maam ekam sharanam vraja
  • Aham tvaam sarva-paapebhyo mokṣhayiṣhyaami maa shuchah

(To know what a Sutra means in the philosophical sense, this is a link to a ok English translation of the Adi-Shankaracharya’s Sanskrit commentary of Badarayan’s Brahma Sutra. If it makes sense to you, do buy it, a paper copy is necessary for learning anything well.)

Advaita 18-66 Bhagvat Gita Part-2

I was born in a family which had a Sat-guru by tradition. He taught Dhyan with the Soham mantra, gave discourses and also told us to read books. The Dasbodh (Marathi), The Jyaneshwari (Marathi), Yog-Vashishth (Sanskrit), various Upanishads (Sanskrit), the Mahabharat (Sanskrit), Bhagvat Gita is a part of the Mahabharat, Ramayan (Sanskrit) etc. So the practice of the Pran and the practice of the Mind both was simultaneously on. Both together are essential for progress. Doing just one of the two will not give its full results. (I would recommend these books published by Gita Press as they are very affordable, adequately translated into other languages and easily available.)

A personal incident. Once the Devi told me to perform an Anushthan (a count) of the Nav-avaran mantra. My Sat-guru allowed it for some reason. This I did alongside my Dhyan. Then exactly one year later to the day, while doing Dhyan, I clearly heard the first half of this Bhagvat Gita shlok 18-66 ‘Sarva-dharmaan parityajya maam ekam sharanam vraja’, repeated three times.

I pulled out the commentaries on the Gita, thought deeply on it, dissected the words, pored over its intention. It was a clear cut direction. I had repaid my energy debts to everyone including the Devi. (Will write a post sometime on the real nature of the ‘gods’ and ‘deities’ of Sanatan Dharma). That day I stopped doing all other forms of puja/ mantra jaap and focussed just on ‘Soham’. My Dhyan had expanded, beyond the formal asan, Soham was on at every waking/ sleeping/ dreaming breath. This 18-66 verse which my Sat-guru had specifically pointed out brought everything into perfect focus. I was to get rid of the binding that I had put on my practice. Now it was to progress beyond the 3 times a day Dhyan and go beyond the Asan. Now onwards every breath had to be Soham with awareness, 24 hrs a day as a continuous process.

Advaita 18-66 Bhagvat Gita Part-2

Spiritual practice is like school. You complete one grade, toss out the old text books and learn new ones. From your playschool till your Ph.D. you learn deeper things. Every activity/ mantra can take you upto a certain level. Once you cross this level, it changes its form ie you stop doing that specific activity and do something else more intense. You will get clear signals when you pass the grade, so the transition is quite natural.

If you continue doing the old mantra/ activity out of habit or obstinacy or your failure to understand or your fear to change. Or your obsession with the illusion called creation. If you do not change and adapt to your new energy levels, you will harm yourself.

  • Eg you begin going to a Sat-sang where like-minded people sit together, sing bhajans, listen to discourses, a group activity. You do this once a week or so.
  • Next step, you set up a personal puja-ghar/ altar and do moorthi-puja, put flowers etc and focus on this moorthi. Now your group activities reduce, eventually stop, you enjoy your personal pujas more.
  • Then you start a formal mantra jaap eg Gayatri, Navavarna or any other mantra given to you, generally three times a day in sets of 108 repeats.
  • Or if you are directly given your Dhyan-mantra, the mantra is now Soham. (Some people use OM or Hamsa. I have no personal experience with either of these, my Guru taught me Soham, but these too are said to be powerful).
  • Then you start doing Dhyan, focus on your third eye, start internalising. You sit for 2-3 times a day on your Asan. Your Dhyan-mantra generates more power.
  • When Soham gains power, all the outer pujas, mantras, even Gayatri or the Navavarna mantra-jaap etc eventually stop.
  • And finally Soham is on 24hours in all your waking/ dreaming/ sleeping states.
  • Then the Bhagvat Gita shlok 18-66 starts operating.

Soham-Dhyan might seem insignificant to begin with but it has immense power as it is linked to your very breath, it is an ajapa-mantra. The Ajapa-mantra (Soham or Hamsa) are the only way to realise the Eternal. You want to realise yourself as you naturally are. You desire to experience your basic natural condition. And the most natural thing you do is to breathe, but you are actually unaware of your breath. Your breathing is not natural as it is linked to your emotional states, ie your mind. If you are upset, happy, angry, tense, etc your breathing changes its pattern. Ever wondered how it would be if your mind were plain, calm, still and immersed in its Own Self? The mantra linked to your breath are always on whether you are aware or not, the Ajapa-mantra. And the Breath is nothing but Pran. If you destroy the effect of the Mind on the movement of your Breath/Pran or if you bring your Mind to its perfect pristine state, you can experience your basic natural state. So the Ajapa-mantra, Pran, Mind and Breathing are all interlinked. Focus on one of these, control one of these consciously and you control them all. So it is logical that these Ajapa mantras are the only ones powerful to take you to your essential natural state.

Advaita 18-66 Bhagvat Gita Part-2

The verse 18-66 is in two parts.

‘Sarva-dharmaan parityajya maam ekam sharanam vraja’.

  • This is what the spiritual aspirant is directed to do. “Leave all concepts of your limited self, your limited understanding, duality, illusion of creation, artificial conditions you have imposed on yourself, needless complications arising out of the artificial bindings you have created on yourself. Experience the Eternal within yourself, hold on to this realization that you yourself are the Advaita.”
  • This the spiritual aspirant has to do. And the Gita’s teachings as a Yog-shastra for controlling the Pran and the Tatva-jnyan for taming the Mind will be used.
  • This is an order from the Advaita to the aspirant. If the aspirant succeeds in doing this, only then does the second part of the shlok come into operation.
  • This half verse 18.66 was a clear order from my Sat-guru. “To now search for the Eternal within. To follow only what he had taught ie Soham. To use only the Soham with all my strength, this one single route.

“Aham tvaam sarva-paapebhyo mokṣhayiṣhyaami maa shuchah”.

  • The Nirvishesh Brahma assures you, the spiritual aspirant, that It will bless you with the highest liberation. But you cannot claim Moksh unless you actually do what you have been directed in the first part.
  • If you keep desiring a husband/wife, children, money, etc stuff linked to the material and not intensely focus on your single route on your single Sat-Guru on your single mantra, you will not reach that non-dual Truth. Your very existence should burn with this deepest intention of seeing Yourself. This is the deepest Illumination you are asking for, your very soul wants to light up with the intensity of a million Sun’s! 
  • The instant your intelligence casts away all forms of duality, all connection with the illusion of creation is severed by the conscious awareness. All material desires are extinguished, you see your pristine self, this is Moksh.
  • There is no coming or going anywhere, just the magnificence of Existence.
  • The Advaita gives this blessing but only if you perform your part first.

On the practical side, this means that the pattern of breath in and breath out also changes. ie Kumbhak increases, expands. This stillness in between finally leads to the state of Avaitya. This is the exact thing which Bhairav repeatedly says in his Vignyan Bhairav Tantra. Whichever book you read, they all say the same thing.

This verse also means that ultimately there can be only one Sat-Guru. If you are following 5 different religious leaders/ spiritual teachings, discard all but the one who really inspires your confidence. There can be only one spiritual practice, especially so when you are so near your goal. So if you are observing 10 different types of practices, discard all but the one which gives you the maximum intensity. If at this point you refuse to obey the clear directions coming from your higher self/ Sat-guru, and still continue with your several activities or listen to several Guru-s, you will harm yourself.

If you are at the initial experimental stages of your practice you can definitely try out several systems, or listen to several Guru-s discourses, but when you are in the last 100m lap, this cannot be. You will focus on one mantra, follow one Sat-guru and reach the Advaita. You are now committed to your destination. No desires linked to the material will be entertained by your higher self even if superficial desires pop up once in a while they will be quashed. You will discard the material by its very roots, rid yourself of the very foundations of duality and focus on the Maam Ekam. And the very clear assurance of the Nirvishesh Brahma powers you.

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The point being that to finally Realise, you have to give up every vestige of the manifested creation. You cannot have both at the same time.

Eg A story of Ramkrishna Parmahans. He was a devotee of Devi Kali and she would appear before him in his spiritual practice. His Guru Totapuri, a Naga Sadhu, was a realised Soul. He would get angry when Ramkrishna would talk about the Devi Kali in his visions. He would tell him to take a sword and cut her down only then would he Realise the Self. This Ramkrishna was unable to do. So, Totapuri made Ramkrishna sit in front of him and told him to meditate. As Devi Kali appeared in his vision, Totapuri took a piece of glass and made an actual cut on Ramkrishna’s forehead. This action of the Guru removed Ramkrishna’s last link to the creation ie Devi Kali and triggered his Self-realisation, at that instant he became a ‘Paramhans’.

Now finally, the real beauty of this shlok. This is the only one in the entire Gita, where the Advaita uses the word ‘mokshayishyaami’. This is a very rare word (I have written about its grammar in the previous post). It is used only once in the entire Gita and in this one shlok. The intention of the Advaita, the assurance! This shlok is the most unique, the most special one in the entire Gita as It is giving you Its blessing! What more does the jiv-atma/ individual soul need?

I could write an entire book on this one shlok, it is so profound, both for the practice part and also the philosophy part. This is the gist of the entire Gita. The highest Intelligence is specifically telling you what to do, there is no ambiguity at all, no baffle with fluff. And if you do it, then It is guaranteeing you that It will grant you the highest illumination! You will realise Your own Self as the Nirvishesh Brahma.

 

Advaita 18-66 Bhagvat Gita Part-2

(This is my last post on deep spiritual practice. Nothing needs to be said more on this topic after this 18:66 Bhagvat Gita. I will not write more on this unless there is a specific question from my readers)

Assurance of Moksh 18-66 Bhagvat Gita Part-1

I got very positive feedback on my previous posts on the Bhagvat Gita shloks. Some of my Dad’s friends told him that I write well, which made him happy. And my husband gave me one of his rare compliments.

So today here is the beautiful 18-66 shlok, possibly the most beautiful shlok of the entire Gita.

  • सर्वधर्मान्परित्यज्य मामेकं शरणं व्रज |
  • अहं त्वां सर्वपापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुच: ||
  • Sarva-dharmaan parityajya maam ekam sharanam vraja
  • Aham tvaam sarva-paapebhyo mokṣhayiṣhyaami maa shuchah

Let’s see how basic Sanskrit grammar and meanings work with this verse. These words have deep philosophical meanings. But I will stick to the basic word meanings. I love Devbhasha Samskrutam, so in this post have added some grammar related stuff to bring out its subtlety (If someone gets inspired to learn it, it would be truly wonderful).

  • Sarva – many, entire, various, whole, together, complete, manifold, different, water, all, each, universe, every (Sarvadharmaan is a compound word)
  • Dharmaan – (masculine accusative plural noun) ‘to’ right, devotion, character, law, observance, essence, established, firm, thing, religion, mark, decree, rule, practice, morality, character, foundation etc.
  • Parityajya – (imperative mood, second person singular verb) abandon, omit, give up, renounce, give away, distribute, forsake, disown, disregard, leave behind, get rid of, go beyond, come out of, abandon.
  • Maam – (neuter, accusative singular, noun) ‘to’ ego, individual soul, I,
  • Ekam – (neuter, accusative singular noun) single, one, exclusive, alone, excellent, sincere, truth, chief, unity
  • Sharanam – (neuter, nominative and accusative singular noun) protection, succour, guard, asylum, help, defense, home, water, shelter, refuge, rest or ‘to protect etc’.
  • Vraja – (imperative mood, second person singular verb) If used as a noun, cow-shed, cloud, fold, movement, several, road. But as verb it means ‘to go’
  • Aham – (neuter nominative singular noun) singular, ‘I’
  • Twam – (neuter accusative singular noun) singular ‘you’
  • Sarva – meaning as above. (Sarvapapebhyo is a compound word)
  • Papebhyo – (neuter dative and ablative plural noun) ‘Paap’ means wretched, vicious, evil, villain, crime, ill-luck, vice, inauspicious, low, harm, trouble, guilt, misfortune.
  • Moksha-yishami – This is a very rare form in Sanskrit grammar. The verb is first person, singular, benedictive mood. The verb is a ‘naam-dhatu’, ie a denominative, made by using a noun as a verb. Moksh, a noun, is used as a verb. It is an assurance or a blessing, it literally means ‘I (noun) Moksh (verb)’ something like ‘I dance!’
  • Moksh – freedom, liberation, solution, emancipation, release
  • Ma – negation of the highest order
  • Suchah – (masculine nominative singular noun) pure

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Krishna is the Advaita Nirvishesh Brahma. Maam, Ekam, indicate the non-dual intelligence which cannot be described in the language of the universe. ‘Krishna’ word is often translated as ‘black’, but it really means something which has such attributes which cannot be seen by the senses of this creation but only experienced by the soul.

Interesting fact, when you are in space, you cannot see the Sun or the Stars shining in the sky. The pretty colored images of galaxies and stuff from NASA are rendered using filters. The self-luminous bodies are ‘black’. You can sense the radiation emitted by them, but your eyes cannot see them. We see the self-luminous Suns/Stars from the earth because the all-enveloping atmosphere acts as a filter and gives them that white-gold color. In outer space, the only things visible to the eyes are the planets and the satellites which reflect light from these self-luminous Suns. So if you were in space would you say the Sun is ‘black’ in color?

We believe ‘Krishna’ to be a man driving a chariot or the supreme ‘god’. But that is because of our filters of perceptions surrounding us. If we ever cross this conditioning, this karma bindings, the layers of unintelligence around us, the all-enveloping ignorance, we would experience Krishna as the Nirvishesh Brahma, his true ‘black’ nature. But to come out of those filtering layers we need to generate energy to propel us out. And the only way we can generate the energy is to do our Dhyan, focus on our Dhyan-mantra. Till then, in our ignorance, we will strongly argue that the Sun is gold-white in color and Krishna was either a man or a god!

Arjun is the brilliant streak of lightning, the conscious intelligence of the individual soul. It is the awareness of the mental processes of the spiritual aspirant. The lightening momentarily flashes from the dark skies and is submerged back in the darkness. So does the individual soul flash briefly and is again absorbed in the darkness that is Krishna.

The very last chapter of the Bhagvat Gita is very subtle. Especially the verses from 63 to 72 where Krishna concludes his teaching. These shloks contain the gist of these 18 chapters and must be mediated upon again and again to get their depth.

Advaita 18-66 Bhagvat Gita Part-1

So basically, Krishna speaks to Arjun,

“There are several types of foundations which you use as a support in this universe. So many concepts bind you to this illusion called creation. The entire set of preconceived notions which you follow eg your religious and moral codes. The various practices and ideas that you have bound yourself in. All the things which you think are necessary for yourself. Your thought patterns, emotions, philosophies, ideas, mind-set, everything. The body, the body processes, the mental patterns, the spiritual activities, the things you feel necessary for your body/mind. All the stuff of the material world. The plurality of things. The differences in everything. The various reasons you act and react. All your desires which make up your sense of self. Even the very act of your breathing!” (Sarvadharmaan)

Krishna continues and orders Arjun,

“All this as above is to be discarded. Get rid of the illusion that is ‘duality’. Come out of your idea that you need support to exist. Get rid of all the notions in which you have bound your intelligence in. Remove all pre-conceived notions regarding your own sense of self. Give away completely, the very concept of duality. Let go of all the reasons for your actions, stop creating new karmic bindings. Utterly release all desires linked to this creation. You are not connected in any way to these illusionary things, release them from your consciousness. You are not bound to the illusion called the universe, release this idea of creation. To disregard the differences between the various aspects of creation is the real step to true understanding. Understand that what you really are, does not require any sort of support from the creation.” (Sarvadharmaan parityajya) 

Then Krishna continues,

“There is only Advaita, the non-dual consciousness. The most exclusive, singular, unique, intelligence, not dependant on anything, highest, purest, truth, source etc. There is no polarity, no movement, no change, no duality, no illusions, no difference, no conflict.” (Maam ekam)

Now the Sharanam part can be understood in two ways, it is the nominative as well as the accusative singular noun form.

  • The nominative way. ‘Maam ekam sharanam’ (subject) vraja (verb)
  • Krishna orders Arjun, “The One Singular Protection should be approached by you. You should go to the Singular Intelligence. Seek its experience. Be in its shelter. Understand that the Advaita is the only refuge. You come from the non-dual Intelligence and are absorbed again in it. Realise the Non-Dual. The outward duality of forms is irrelevant as the source of all is the Only Non dual.”
  • The accusative case is this. Maam ekam (subject) vraja (verb) Sharanam (object).
  • Krishna orders Arjun thus, “The One Singular Protection should be approached by you, to shelter in yourself. Realise that the Advaitya is actually inside yourself. After you realise this, you should to hold on to this realization. Rather than going here and there in search of the Advaita, you should know that it is inside you. Recognise that you are not separate from the Eternal. There is no duality in this, you are the Eternal and the Eternal is you. Experience this Unity between you and the Eternal. And remain ever in this realization. The Advaita is your refuge, your home, your real position, and it is right within you.”

My note –

Pari-tyajya is used to make the act of removing or giving away very intense, right from the roots. Some people actually leave the material world, become an ascetic, a Sanyasi. They forsake the foundation of human society, cut off all possibilities of any desire of the material ie take Sanyas and do their further Sadhana in complete singular isolation. They seek the Advaita and this is their driving intention, deepest desire, the only possible desire. This happens only if the horoscope allows it. And for most aspirants who reach this level, there is always some type of an isolation provided even if they live on in the society.

Advaita 18-66 Bhagvat Gita Part-1

The Nirvishesh Brahma, Krishna then continues,

“I will give to you the solution for your misery, ill-luck, inauspiciousness, low energy, etc. As well as liberate you from the wretchedness, trouble, harm etc that you are under. Not knowing oneself is the biggest evil, I will release you from this. You are ignorant of your own reality, I assure you that I will remove this misfortune and ill-luck from you. I will give to you the Realization of Advaita. This is my assurance and my blessing. (Aham tvaam sarvapapebhyo moshayishyami)

As per the grammar used, Krishna addresses Arjun as Shuchah ‘pure one’. The correct way of looking at these words, ‘Maa Shuchah’ would be, “Pure one, No!” Arjun is the bright and pure lightening flash of intellect. The Maa is the negation of Arjun’s behaviour till now ie his obsession with duality and him being unable to realise the overarching Advaita. Maa is also Prakruti which hides Arjun’s true nature. Krishna calls him the ‘Pure one’ and admonishes his past behaviour with the highest negation ‘No!’.

My notes –

I have seen ‘Ma Shuchah’ being translated as ‘do not grieve’. But Shuchah शुच: is a nominative masculine gender word, it means ‘Pure one’ as the subject. The imperative verb form for ‘do not grieve’ would be ‘Ma Shoch/ शोच’.  It cannot be understood as the ‘Grieving one’ either, as the noun which means grief or sorrow is शुचा, it is a feminine noun, its nominative singular would be शुचा shuchaa.

Sanskrit has one specialty, the word sequence in a sentence is not relevant at all. The declination cases of the nouns and the moods of the verbs are important. The intention of the speaker and the context of the situation, the gravity of the words and the ability of the listener to understand gives the meaning relevant to him.

The energy of the word ‘Maa‘ is negation, and it negates our true nature. The simple negation would be just ‘na’. Maa is a particle in grammar so fitting it in the sentence requires a background of philosophy of the Gita. “Maa’ in itself is also a name of the Prakruti. So when Krishna uses Maa here, it is an independent word with a wealth of meaning, something like “No!” more like an admonishment.

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Sanskrit is a very subtle language, that is why I love it so much, layers of meanings. A small example, let’s look at this part again in a different way, Aham tvaam sarva-paapebhyo mokṣhayiṣhyaami. 

  • Why is Aham tvaam used like this? These words seems incongruous in a verse dedicated to Advaita. But see, Aham tvaam, I-you is the basic duality! When I believe I am different from you, does duality start. The root of creation is duality, this ‘I-you’.
  • Aham tvaam is followed by sarva-paapebhyo. ‘I-you’ is the very foundation of duality. And this actually is ‘all of the misfortune’. So here Aham tvaam does not refer to Krishna – Arjun as I – you. The Advaita is referring to the concept of duality embodied by ‘I-you’. This concept is the source of all inauspiciousness. This illusion of separation is the reason we cannot Know our own Reality, an evil thing indeed.
  • It says further, mokṣhayiṣhyaami. This can be understood as ‘I be Moksh’, I act Moksh, I cause Moksh, I regard Moksh, I play the part of Moksh, I make Moksh, I use Moksh, I apply Moksh, I wish Moksh, I desire Moksh, I assure Moksh. I Moksh.
  • The very presence of Advaita in itself is all this assurance.
  • It Itself is Its own blessing to Itself! A mindbender isn’t it?

The Bhagvat Gita is a practical manual Yog-Shastra and a philosophy Tatva-Jnyan designed perfectly to attain the state of the Advaitya. For a spiritual aspirant both practice – Dhyan and philosophy are needed together to bring the Pran and the Mind into control. Doing just one without the other does not work well.

It is only when the conscious-intellect of the individual crosses all concepts linked to the material universe and illusions of its superficial separation from the Eternal, that it really begins to understand itself. It was wallowing in its sense of individuality, its own tiny ego, in its individual soul. The entire purpose of the Bhagvat Gita is to turn the direction of conscious-awareness to the highest possible, the Advaita, the Nirvishesh Brahma. It is involution of the highest degree, a pure flash of the highest intelligence is generated by the spiritual aspirant himself which illuminates his own Reality!

(have continued this in my next post)

 

 

Evolution of the Soul and the horoscope

These days anyone who wants to get into the divinatory professions calls himself an ‘old soul’. Btw, all our souls are the exact same age, we were all created at the instant this Universe was created. Some of these souls, at the moment of creation, vibrated with a higher intensity and some at a lower level. Starting point of every soul’s energy and consciousness was different. Thus some were born as humans and some as stones. Some souls have had to wait for eons before they could be born as stones! And some human souls were so evolved that they were well on the path of spiritual realisation while we were still living it out as plants!

When you see very many horoscopes, you start seeing patterns of ‘soul evolution’. The maturity of the soul is always reflected in the horoscope. Here is how you evolve in the astrological way.

If you get a plain and simple horoscope, with no outstanding feature, this would be a person who has just started on his human development. The horoscope is not bad but not exceptional either. A routine life. People who live a generic neutral and not a very happening life. The life events are not very intense and neither are the emotions. No shock therapy here. It’s like going to a fun-fair and not being sure which ride to try out, so you walk around seeing everything first. Here the person is trying out options, gingerly testing the waters. Learning and then developing himself. There are opportunities available to him, the planets in the bright half may be stronger giving him more options and more freedom to choose his path. The planets in the dark half would be more supportive in nature. Whatever he chooses will have its impact on his future lives. He is creating karma for himself. He has just started playing the Game consciously as a human. If you counsel him, do not talk about spiritual stuff, he will go blank. He is interested in the material stuff now, he wants to explore Creation in this phase.

The next type of horoscope would be where just one planetary force has more power than the rest. Now this person has chosen a path. One aspect of Creation has appealed to him and he is trying it out. This planet is the major force in his life. He is going to experience stuff related to this planet for this life. He might now get extreme experiences, happiness or shocks, from this planet’s keywords. The rest of the horoscope is still plain and easy, not much happening elsewhere.

Then you will get horoscopes where there will be a mix of planets, some powerful, some without power. Some giving benefits, some giving inauspicious results. This would be the experimental phase in the soul evolution. The person has experimented with single planets and their fruits in the previous step. Now he is being bolder. The person is obviously resolving karma as he does this. But is trying out different energies, different high/ lows in a ‘mix and match’ manner. Seeing what works best for him. There will be some minor but distinct patterns emerging in the chart now if you observe it carefully.

Till now the planets being ‘activated’ would be the Tara-graha, the 5, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, these are linked to the lower 5 chakras. They are in-charge of the tangible manifestation process itself. Till now the client would be interested only in knowing when he will get a job, not the karmic reasoning or the energy dynamics behind it. The life would be quite materialistic, food, shelter, basic enjoyments, rest etc. The higher faculties would not be accessible during this phase.

Evolution of the Soul and the horoscope

Then there will be some charts where there are distinct patterns, some exalted planets in the horoscope, not in their full power but definitely there. There is power but the Will to use it has not evolved yet. But now the Moon will also get involved in these patterns in some way. If you see the Moon in some crucial house or being influenced by heavy planetary influences then this chart is different. Now the person has reached a stage where he wants to involve the higher spiritualising energies in his inner evolution. The Moon is linked to the Ajnya chakra. He will start reflecting the power from the individual soul into the chart. This is an important event in evolution as now the person starts to realise that he is not just the tangible person but something very different. The lower consciousness now realises that it is more, dimly, but yes that first hint is here. The Mind is being ‘activated’.

In the next stages of evolution, the Mind is to be trained and the Moon will do it. The Moon will first work to pull the Mind more towards the higher self by reflecting to him the qualities of the individual soul. And he will cause a slow separation of the Mind from materialistic tendencies. The Mind will be trained by every way possible to remove the materialistic desires. It will be forced or enticed to dive deep into itself and search for its own deepest desire. You will see planetary combinations, Yog, involving the Moon in such horoscopes which cause powerful effects in the chart. There are several yog linked to the Moon, you will see at least 2-3 powerful yog-s in such charts. (Sunapha, Anapha, Adhi, Gaja-kesari, Dhurudhara, etc). Even if you do not know the names of these yog, the power of the Moon and the interconnected patterns he makes in the chart will be quite evident. Most important is an association of the Moon with Jupiter eg conjunction/ aspect/ Gajakesari, it does not let the Mind fall from the position it has attained, it strengthens it so as to better sustain the onslaught of the material desires. You might find Mind’s fickleness controlled by Saturn by his influence on the Moon. And conversely the Shakata yog too. ‘Negative’ Moon yogs are as important as the ‘positive’ yogs. They teach the Mind about the transient. These give him pain first and then the deepest disillusionment which detaches the Mind from the material world.

If you get such clients then they require different counselling. They will want to know when they will have their baby, but also why they were denied a child till now. And if you give an energy related remedy they will do it with some level of understanding.

Evolution of the Soul and the horoscope

Next Rahu and Ketu will come in focus, they are the actual Kings of Karma, the reason for separation from the Eternal and the reason why we all will again regain the Non-Dual. Important yog-s involving Rahu/ Ketu, Guru-chandal yog or Kaal-sarpa can be seen now. Or if there is a single powerful Rahu or Ketu in pivotal houses. These ‘negative’ yog test the soul, the soul has requested these tests and it is tested in full. And if it passes, it gets the prize of increased awareness. These yog-s will not be present in the very ordinary charts. Karma, its reason, its existence, its negation etc will be taught to the soul in the deepest way. Every force in your chart will try to destroy the materialistic tendencies and pull the soul towards the spiritual. And the Mind’s materialistic tendencies will fight them, there will be deep unrest within. This turmoil will ultimately resolve all the doubts of the Mind, and make it constant and steady. Unless Rahu/ Ketu give their blessings the soul cannot progress. (I know someone who was doing intense Sadhana of Rahu/ Ketu. When he finished, they appeared before him, joined together as One Singular being and blessed him. An extraordinary event.)

Another important indicator of the soul’s evolution is the power of the ascendant lord. (Cancer ascendant and Leo ascendant people have a short cut here) In highly evolved charts, the ascendant lord will always show typical patterns, eg exalted, combust, vargottam, conjunct Sun/ Moon/ Rahu/ Ketu, in some astrological yog or conjunct a powerful Jupiter-Venus combination etc.

Finally at the very climax of the evolutionary process, the Sun takes the field. He is the light of the individual soul, the most powerful force of the chart. The very light of the divine. He will push the evolutionary process by illuminating the path from the individual soul to the Eternal. A powerful Sun is a pre-requisite for the soul’s evolution. The deciding factor. You will find yogs connected to the Sun in such horoscopes (vesi, vasi, ubhayachari, budh-aditya etc). The patterns which feed this Sun energy will be very clear in the horoscope.

These two luminaries and the two astral forces now take a firm hold on the lower 5 Tara-graha and their energies. And in the appropriate dasha/ transit combination propel the soul into the waiting arms of the Highest Consciousness, the Nirvishesh Brahma itself.

Now the individual soul has stopped existing, ie it has gone beyond the very concept of existence/ non-existence. What Is, Is the Nirvishesh Brahma. After this Self-realization, if the Singular Soul is required to, it in its infinite mercy and kindness, can become a Sat-guru to guide others towards Itself.

This is how the Soul evolves from a very ordinary plain human life to an extraordinary Realisation of its Self and how it can be sensed through Jyotish.

 

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(Someone close to me has a truly unique chart. Shakata Yog, a partial Kaal-sarpa with Moon outside the axis, Guru-chandal yog, vargottam ascendant sign, vargottam ascendant lord, vargottam Venus, vargottam Jupiter, dark half of the chart dominant, Venus-Jupiter mutually aspecting on the exact degree, Rahu/Ketu in 5/11 axis, Moon aspected by Saturn and more typical combinations all at once. This person is definitely going to remain my life-long study subject!) 

Spiritual practice, Marathons and Wins

A parable. Suppose.

You know you are a marathon runner, your life entire purpose is to run this 120km marathon. You train relentlessly for ages. You read books on perfect practice and learn from the experiences of the other runners who won. You eat proper diet, you work-out, build your mind, body and soul, practice the strictest austerities. Stick to your schedule, deny yourself the temptations and desires which make you weak or use up your energy. You set your soul on fire, again and again choosing this same path for several lives, making your intention stronger deeper.

You search for the perfect coach. You meet pretenders who try to steal your energy or use your strength for their selfish purposes or try to misguide you. After several such episodes, you finally find the one single perfect trainer. He is the only One. He has run the 120km marathon himself and won spectacularly. The power of his Win is shining in his aura. He tests your resolve and preparation before taking you on as his student. Then he gives you his perfect secret coaching and oversees every aspect of your practice. You practice under his guidance, you know in your inner most heart that this coach and this method is the only way you crack the race.

The big day is here, today is the marathon. The big Win can possibly be in your hands before it is evening. You are aware of the surrounding stands, the track and the final winning line 120km away. You know why you are running, you have trained for this for so many lives, you know the philosophy, you have done the practice. The intention to Win fires your soul. You will keep this Sankalp-intention burning fiercely in your soul as you run. This Sankalp is the only thing that drives you, you burn inside desirous of the Win.

Spiritual practice, Marathons and Wins

(The track is the spiritual route running within this material creation, it is your way out. At the finish line is the Nirvishesh Brahma. You are the individual soul, the Jiv-atma, the coach is the Sat-guru, the Realised Teacher.)

You start off. Now you are focussed only on your route and your pace. The Win is still 120km away, it feels like it is on the other edge of the Universe. Your muscles start burning, your very pran/ vital energies are burning, you are consuming your potential, converting it to action. You run. Every step is powered by the constant intention, the purity of the Sankalp. You are convinced that this run is the right thing to do.

Your coach is at your side, always available, guiding you as you make your attempt, encouraging you, exhorting you to continue. Pointing out the typical features of the terrain, pointing out the possible pitfalls, helping you avoid them, reminding you of your strengths. So you run and run, doing your rigorous Sadhana. You have now run 119kms, you have burnt your resources in the process. As you run, you emptying yourself.

Now you are in the final 1km. The final moment of this illusion called life, the edge of the manifested Universe. You have trained for this for so very many lives, so much time, so much pain, so much effort, such discipline, it is all going to be worth it now, very soon. You can almost taste the victory. (Does this make you over-confident and careless or even more focussed and alert?, the choice is yours).

This is the most difficult and treacherous section of the course. There are hidden subtle obstacles. A stumble here can prove deadly, your soul is very vulnerable here, your body/ mind have reached the last reserves of your strength. Your coach at your side is very alert. The win is in sight, beckoning you, but you are not there yet. If you fail here, all this effort would be useless. The coach pushes you, encourages you to increase your efforts, to pull out every single drop of energy from your body/ mind/ soul. To focus on the prize but still to be extra alert.

Spiritual practice, Marathons and Wins

But remember your coach is Shukra-acharya, Venus, the most perfect teacher with the most cryptic tests. This marathon Win is not for the undeserving, it is only for the select few who have consistently proven themselves on every level, every single time. Your coach has run it himself, and he knows its value. In this last section he also will test you, test your soul deeply yet subtly to finally check if you are worthy of the win. He still has to give you his final most secret tip. Do you really have what it takes to receive this highest tip?

A pretty girl waves at you from the stands at the stands in the side-lines. Your attention from your spiritual route is diverted. You look at her, smile back, stumble and fall. Your attention caught by the material world again. You see your parents, your nephews/nieces, your buddies. You see a vision of you getting married, having children, being a big businessman, doing everything necessary for the family. You stop running and walk out of the race track, transfixed by the waving girl. You have made your choice.

Your coach has a cryptic look on his face, inscrutable. He vanishes. The finish line fades away and the race track gets obscured.

It is ‘game over’ for the spiritual route now. You lost your focus, you lost the test of Intention. Sankalp-shudhi, the clarity and purity of purpose was lacking internally. You got diverted by the materialistic desire outside the spiritual track, you failed the most subtle test, you lost and lost spectacularly. You have created karma and that too at the very end of the race!

(If you get caught in the material net, when you are very high up in your spiritual practice, you get more subtly and deeply entangled. The seed of this new karma, this loss of intention, when you have advanced so deeply into yourself, gets linked very deeply in your causal and astral bodies (post here). The deeper you travel within, you are required to be all the more alert, intense, focussed, steady, hold on tightly to your deepest Desire to know yourself)

This is a solo race, no one else can help you, but can only divert you. Did you think that girl would help you run your race? No she cannot, no one can. Your coach can guide but you have to run yourself. The girl in the sidelines stole your attention ie your energy and you lost, at the very last lap, so high up in the spiritual path! Running well for the initial 119kms is of no use, a waste, if you fail at the very last step and cannot win at the 120km finishing line.

But you are oblivious to all these repercussions. You go with the girl, create even more karma. Then you work through all those further inevitable results of that karma too. And so many lives pass in oblivion. (But internally the soul of the marathon runner is in deep torment. Self-castigation. It is praying for a chance to run again.)

Till one day you read a book on the Marathon and the Win. You realise that you are a marathon runner. Your soul is hopeful again. You want to run again, the desire to Win is lit within. You now have to re-start from point zero. You have burnt out all your accumulated resources remember? You have to gather everything again. Start from scratch, prepare yourself, convince your coach to take you on again, rebuild your body, mind and soul. Again several lives are used up in this process.

So much time, so very many lives have passed since your past ill-fated attempt. Now you are finally ready for your second attempt. This time you have specially trained your mind to maintain the purity of purpose, Sankalp-shuddhi. The day arrives, you start your run. You know what had happened in the past attempt, so this time you are solidly focussed. You run well, your coach guides you well, you intently listen to all his spiritual guidance. You are alert, you are in full control of your mind. Everything that will help you run well registers in your mind and you absorb it, use it. You reach the crucial last lap. Your last reserves are now being burnt.

Venus, your coach will now pose his final cryptic test. So this time he himself points out the girl in the side-line stands waving at you. But now you are so focussed on the spiritual track and the finish line that you do not hear his these words which are linked to the material realms. You have attained Sankalp-shuddhi, the purity and clarity of intention. Nothing in the material world in whatsoever form holds any attraction whatsoever for you. Not even the words uttered by your coach which are linked to the material. You do not allow anything from the material to touch you in any way whatsoever. You pass the final test. The illusions of the material have stopped existing for you. You are committed to the spiritual route and your intention is unshakeable. Shukra-acharya now smiles, you have satisfied him, passed his final test. He now gives you his highest secret tip and his highest blessings. This you listen and act on. You touch the final line and cross over into the Nirvishesh Brahma.

Spiritual practice, Marathons and Wins

You can never be ‘satisfied’ with your spiritual practice. If you say you are satisfied, it is stagnation, it is a dead end. Once you start running, you cannot be satisfied with the way you are running. You have to remain alert, not complacent. The objective is to reach the final finish line. Till then anything can happen which can make you stumble and lose. Only when you have the Win in your hands, you have the solid permanent happiness and satisfaction, Param-anand and Param-trupti. If you are satisfied with your running style for the 119.9km, get complacent at the sight of the finish line, lose your single-point focus in the last 100m, trip, fall and break your ankle, would you be satisfied with your performance? Have you gained your objective?

It is all or nothing here in this solo marathon. Once you start running and until you Win your Realisation, you cannot be Satisfied. If you utter the word ‘satisfaction’ in between do re-check on what your Sankalp is really, how deep is your intention?

No Sat-Guru will ever tell you that that he is content with your practice. My Sat-guru would always tell us to practice even more Dhyan, to increase the Dhyan, to focus more and deeply on ‘Soham‘. Even he himself, till he finally achieved Moksh, ie Sadyo-mukti and became a Jivan-mukt, would sit in Dhyan day/night. Spiritual practice by itself is not a source of satisfaction, it can never be. There is only one Eternal source of Satisfaction. And the soul who has started running towards this Source cannot ever stop till it finally reaches it, Moksh.

 

Leo ascendant Integration

Karma action fruits of action, Bhagwat Gita style

I use this one word repeatedly in my several posts, ‘karma’. Today let’s see what this word really means.

  • कर्म – karma – Action, work, activation, operation, labour, product, special duty, inevitable consequence of past acts, fate, effect, obligation, healing, medical treatment, motion, past acts, spiritual activity, position, calculations, object, result, performance, occupation, organs of sense/action, etc.

Then there is this very famous Shlok (47-2) from the Bhagwat Gita, I am sure all of you must have heard of it,

  • कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन
  • मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भुर्मा ते संगोऽस्त्वकर्मणि
  • Karmani-eva-adhikarh-tey ma phaleshu kadachana,
  • Ma karmaphala-hetuh-bhuh ma tey sangah-astu-akarmani

I saw this being translated in such an incorrect fashion that, finally I had to write this post. (classic example of a half-baked translation, “You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty”) (eye-roll!)

Karma action fruits of action, Bhagwat Gita style

Let’s first break down the words for easier understanding, Sanskrit is a palimpsest, one word has several hundreds of meanings, so

  • Karmani – ‘connected/together with karma’ ‘in karma’. Karma meaning as above.
  • Eva – really, moving, fast, going, exactly so, same, immediate, only, still, even, already, just so, merely, reason, habit, world, earth, usage, conduct, etc.
  • Adhikarh – position, passage, authority, office, influence, topic, ownership, to perform spiritual practices for merit-punya, power, property, right, claim, privilege.
  • Tey – addressing ’all of you’, a plural noun
  • Ma – negation of the highest degree
  • Phaleshu – ‘in the plural Phal’ – phal means consequence, fruit, profit, end of an action, effect, donation, interest on capital, result of a calculation, corrective action, gaming board, creation, point, seed
  • Kadachana – at any time, ever
  • Ma – negation of the highest degree
  • Karma-phala – the phala of the karma. Meanings as above.
  • Hetuh – argument, reason for inference, purpose, means, primary cause, impulse, mode, logic, motive, condition, cost, that which causes the bondage of the soul, external world and senses,
  • Bhuh – being, existing, becoming, springing, object, space, matter, universe, the conscious fire which causes motion/evolution, fundamental geometry, foundation
  • Ma – negation of the highest degree
  • Tey – addressing ’all of you’, a plural noun
  • Sangah – join, union, contact, merge, conflict, devotion, addiction, war, attach, wish, relationship, desire, clinging, attachments to the worldly things, etc
  • Astu – “may it be so”, This is a benediction, an ashirwad, the intention of this shlok.
  • Akarmani – negation of ‘Karmani’. karmani meaning as above.

Now let’s put all this together. There are very many meanings, you can put it together in the best way it makes sense to you. But here is what it means to me,

This shlok is addressed to everyone,

“All of you,” (Tey)

“Spiritual movement is the only reason for which all this creation was created. There is only one possible direction of spiritual movement, ie to attain the Nirvishesh Brahma).” (Eva)

“All this following is available to all of you – You have the power to perform spiritual practices for merit-punya. This is your privilege due to your position as the individual soul. You have a claim to move onward from the manifested world towards the Nirvishesh Brahma, this is because of your authority as a spiritual aspirant. You have a valid claim for experiencing the Highest Consciousness because you are passing through this created universe.” (Adhikarh)

“But all this above is available to you only when you are in the following situations and you perform as follows – While you are still obliged to accept the inevitable consequence of past acts/ fate. While you are doing your precise duty of performing the necessary healing of yourself (ie to bring your consciousness to the Highest.) While you are doing spiritual activity using your available organs of sense/action. While you are hard at work, moving your energies with intention. While you are result-oriented, working for your this very precise result, attainment of Nirvishesh Brahma.” (Karmani)

(My note – In simpler words, All this Adhikarh is not available to you in any circumstance ma kadachana, if you do not in your karma-created situations. ie As long as you are bound by karma you have these adhikar. ie once you are free of the karma these adhikar become meaningless to you.)

“Whenever you come to a conclusion of the situations described above. When you have ended your above actions on the ‘gaming board’ ie manifested creation. When you have with you the result of your corrective actions. When you, in your spiritual practice, reach the seed of creation. When the final culmination of your actions is touching the final Single Bindu-point. (Karma-phala)”

Then,

“The effect of your spiritual practice can never be a reason for binding your soul to this created universe. Your right action and its result cannot allow the external world to exist. Your special objective and its fructification cannot be the impulse for the space/matter to exist. The end of your obligatory action will not allow ‘motion’ of any type to exist. (ie you will achieve the state of the constant Nirvishesh Brahma). (Ma hetu bhu)

(My note: Your karma-phala can never be the hetu for bhu. If you perform as above, the bindings on your soul which tie you to this illusionary creation will stop existing. ie you will attain Your Realization.)

“May you all merge completely and in all possible ways into the state of Nirvishesh Brahma, Advaita where there is no concept of imbalance, no action, no fate, no effect, no object, no spiritual activity, no performance, no healing, no obligation. (Sangah astu akarmani)

(My note – The Advaita cannot be described in the language of this world thus is always described in negations.)

More on Eclipses and their astrological results

This is the true grandeur of this grossly misinterpreted Shlok. While doing anything with the Bhagwat Gita, always remember that is a Yog-shastra as well as a Tatva-gnyan. ie it gives the step-wise route to self realization and also the deepest philosophical foundation. Both are essential on your journey. The first commentary on this classic Gita was written by Adi Shankaracharya, it is a route to the Advaita, Nirvishesh Brahma, the highest Moksh.

If I do some Karma, I also need to be aware why I did it in the first place. What was my objective behind this action? What do I intend by this action? These are all the deepest philosophical questions which are essential and should be pondered upon. Eg. I earn a lot of material money, gold, jewels and then spiritual merit, auspicious benefits from my actions. Now it is all lying around in my house and in my energy bank. It is useless unless I know why I was gathering it in the first place and also how am I going to use it. My intention is paramount. My intention will ignite my spiritual merit and this fire will make my deepest Desire stronger. It is a self-feeding cyclic loop. The deepest Desire in my soul is to go back Home, to See my real face, to be truly Myself. Unless I have this intention burning inside me, igniting my very soul, all this spiritual activity is essentially useless just lying around.

Shri Krishna never told Arjun to randomly do his Karma/ Dharma without understanding and without intention on just ‘faith’. Sanatan Dharma/ Hinduism does not have anything called ‘blind faith’. If you take up some action do it only when you are clear about your objective, you are fiercely desirous of attaining it and are convinced that this very action will take you there. (And there is only one objective Eva)

The first attribute of a spiritual aspirant is ‘Vivek’, this is the wisdom to choose the correct option from several, the judiciousness of hoarding energy, the prudence of keeping away from harmful desires, the appropriate discretion, the right judgement,  and the intelligence to see the correct path when it comes before you and the courage to walk on it.

We all desire happiness-Anand, everything we do is essentially for happiness. My Sat-Guru would say, ‘do your actions but always be aware as to why you are doing them’. It is only when you ignite your soul with the desire, the intention and feed it with the fuel of your karma, do you reach that position of everlasting Happiness, Param-anand, the Nirvishesh Brahma.

 

More on Eclipses and their astrological results

(The worst sin-paap that the Britishers did, when they destroyed India, was to suppress the use of Sanskrit language, Devbhasha Samskrutam. Now the entire world is suffering as a consequence. The deepest tatva-jnyan, the essential knowledge and wisdom is in and only in Sanskrit. Sanskrit cannot be translated. Just doing spiritual practice is of no use unless you also understand the tatva-jnyan behind all of it.)

Leo ascendant Integration

I have always considered Cancer ascendant to be the most challenging of the lot, written about it here. This post is a study on Leo ascendant, a bit less challenging than Cancer, but it too has its moments.

If your ascendant is either Cancer or Leo do read both these posts. These two ascendants are somewhat similar. Leo never changes his behaviour. Cancer ascendant too cannot change. They cannot adjust themselves as they are most directly connected to the individual soul (existence itself) and the power of creation (distribution of pran). They are ruled by the luminaries of the zodiac, the highest spiritualising agents, the Sun and the Moon.

Leo ascendant Integration

Leo is the natural 5th sign of the zodiac, a Kona/angle sign. Here your personal connection to the divine spark (Sahasrara chakra), your individual soul, your self-ego, confidence, self-creativity, genius, final knowledge (anand-mai-kosh), love affairs, children, etc are seen.

  • Sun is considered to be a friend by Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Ketu.
  • An enemy by Venus, Saturn and Rahu. So these 3 planets cannot be expected to give very good results outrightly, they need to be examined.
  • Jupiter and Moon own the 8th and 12th signs, but these are not their Mool-trikon signs which makes them not so bad, but they cannot be relied upon, do examine their roles.
  • But Sun considers, Moon, Mars, Jupiter as friends. And Saturn, Venus and Rahu as enemies. And Mercury and Ketu as neutrals. (So evaluate Mercury and Ketu too carefully.)

So there is sheer power vibrating about him, he exudes royal vitality and energy. The essence of the personality is ultra radiant, he has a lot of energy at his disposal and his environment is also enabling. Body is well built, he looks and feels huge. Health is generally good, but there is a propensity for heat related disease, pitta unbalances, blood diseases, fevers, piles, etc. Analytical process, communication skills, ability to think logically, mental stability is high, observant, alert. Can be egoistic, selfish, self-centred, has secrets, likes company, spends time with his friend circle. Does not like getting linked to one person much. Affairs and long term girlfriends/ boyfriends are less, as is not emotional by nature. Moon rules Cancer the 12th house so passion, emotion and mentality will not come on the surface nor interfere overtly with his decisions. Even after marriage, will not be seen much with the spouse, he will maintain his own separate circle. As a parent he can get possessive (if damaged Sun then this can get very unhealthy), generally takes pride in his child’s accomplishments. He aspires to higher things, will maintain useful contacts, connect with people who are higher placed than him. Likes using luxury items, generally materialistic by nature, sometimes interested in spiritual stuff and likes a comfortable life. His attitude, perceptions and outlook are stable, individualistic but regal, capable of appreciating the higher things. He may be materially well-off but wants more, information, knowledge, intelligence. He is not a gossip but will have information on others.

Leo is a fiery sign, very intense. Whatever he takes up he does so with full focus and commitment. He is completely involved in whatever has his attention at the moment, he will ignore the other aspects of life. And finally he is unpredictable, (a Leo guy once told me, ‘even I don’t know what I will be doing next!’), he can abandon his interest as suddenly as he took it up. He can be a loyal ally but can abruptly abandon his friends mid-stream and not look back. This behaviour can be viewed as ingratitude by others but is inherent, natural to him. His convenience is paramount to him. He has an unyielding nature, brusque, abrupt, not deeply involved in others including his own family. Highly self-involved. All one-one relationships are a source of dissatisfaction to him. They do not match his personality. He does not have the endurance or interest in maintaining any sort of one-one relationships for long. Spiritual practices cannot be sustained for long, he loses interest. Karmic bindings chafe. Saturn is the worst malefic for Leo ascendant. He is the owner of the 6th and 7th houses. So the demands for service/suffering increase after marriage/ partnerships. The desires for experience, Rahu, which pull him are antithetical to his basic nature, give him discomfort and he does not get deep satisfaction from anything he does.

If Leo is occupied, then this planet will exert its influence on the personality. Sun here is an excellent position, guaranteed victory everywhere. Moon here is not so good, there is deep internal loneliness, may waste energy as projects fail. Mercury alone here is not so good, body is weak, mental processes can get extreme, immaturity exists. Venus here will give him material gain from females, but can also make him selfish. Mars is very good here, can give all power and position if he can control his aggression. Jupiter here is mixed, can grant health and knowledge but also sudden disruptive changes. Saturn here is not good, grants hardship and ill health. Rahu/ Ketu axis here can grant spiritual gifts on the material planes they cause suffering physical, mental both.

Similarly if there are planets conjoint/ aspecting the birth Sun they will also exert significant effect on the entire personality. Sun will combust planets and become a composite Sun+Planet energy. In this case analyse this other planet too in depth. If the Sun is in the 3rd 6th 8th or 12th the houses of turmoil be careful.

Leo ascendant Integration

Now the Bhavat bhavam concept. The 1st house is the bhavat bhavam for the 7th house and only for the 7th. The 1st is ‘partnership of partnership’. The potential attributes of the 7th will be given scope and actualised by the power of the 1st. eg If you want to make your marriage work, you have to give your own personal time, physical strength, mental energy, spiritual strength etc. And since the energy of a house is limited, if you use lots of your resource on your spouse, you will neglect your business commitments or spiritual practices or the other things linked to the 7th. This is a general concept applicable across ascendants. (Similarly if you want to secure your 4th and 10th houses, your 7th house has to contribute its energy.)

The 1st and 7th houses are the rising and setting degree, ‘dawn and dusk’? Half in the dark half in the light. The 1st, morning dawn, things are coming out in the light, more optimistic. The 7th house is evening dusk, twilight, things are being obscured. Here malefic influences will be more powerful than benefic influences.

So analyse the 1st/ 7th axis to know about the entire personality. The 7th is the shadow part of the 1st. Choose your life/ business partners, spiritual practices and one-one relationships with due diligence. They have a very direct effect on your own personal energy. Always remember that the goal of all life and living is to rebalance karma and attain self-realization. This is the over-riding permanent goal, self-illumination, Moksh. The other desires are the waves of the mind (mano-vritta-asur), which are dissonant from this main goal.

The 1st house (Dharma trikon) and the 7th are opposite each other, together yet diametrically opposite. There is a subtle conflict always, the 7th (Kaam trikon) has the power to distract the soul from his true goal. (Desire can upset Foundation) If you give your 1st house energy to the 7th house to function then naturally the energy of the 1st house will be consumed. If you get involved with other humans, spouse or business, you are sending your personal energy out to others. It is ‘wasted’. If you use this personal energy to power your own spiritual practice (again a topic controlled by the 7th), you are sending your 1st house energy into your higher self, it is not being wasted on others but used for your deepest growth. 

  • If the horoscope is overall highly materialistic, the person has chosen to ‘enjoy’ sex, companionship, luxury etc in this life then it is natural to use the 1st house to power marriage/ business. You have chosen to break your spiritual journey in this life. You pay for these enjoyments with the essence of your own self. There is no disconnect, you have chosen this option at the time of your birth.
  • But if the horoscope is highly spiritual in its orientation, you have chosen the spiritual path at birth, then this ‘waste’ of energy will be highly uncomfortable, the soul will strongly rebel against this waste, this is a deviation from the right path, destruction of personal power and the resources hoarded through so many lives. ‘Trying it out’ on the material here will have its repercussion on the spiritual.

Malefics in the 7th house or a badly placed 7th house owner will grant material pain, it is guaranteed. Death of husband/wife, divorces, abandonment, being cheated by partner, emotionally absent spouse etc are the deepest sorrows. These turn the soul more intensely into the spiritual if the horoscope grants the strength to bear this anguish. If not, then the life becomes miserable, a torment. Some might commit suicide or take morally wrong paths or self destructive paths like alcohol/drugs to drown the pain. More karmic imbalances to navigate through. Malefic effects gain the easiest entry into the personality via the 7th house, the house of twilight, where things are going into the night, being obscured. So one has to be very alert in the matters of the 7th. (This is more intense for Cancer than Leo.)

The supreme possibility of self-realisation is active for Cancer and Leo ascendants, a very big advantage. Saturn the 7th lord is malefic, Venus the agent of desire is a malefic. Jupiter the benevolent benefic cannot be counted upon, Mercury shows his immature analytic processes. Rahu/Ketu are dowsy. But Yogkarak Mars supports, so personal courage, determination to conquer, pioneering spirit, to fight, power to control pran, wake the kundalini, attain Moksh etc all is possible. If the rest of the horoscope supports, that is. And if the person chooses to.

Now the weirdest. Sun is not good for Cancer ascendant he rules the 2nd house. And Moon is not good for Leo ascendant as he rules its 12th house. This has implications on the material/ emotional/ vitality parts. But becomes more crucial for the spiritual. Cancer ascendant has the resource but not the interest in self-realisation, would prefer wasting the resource in the material treasure gathering activities. Leo ascendant does want to bask in his own radiance, but his unknown resources are lying in the 12th house! These two ascendants suffer from very deep internal conflicts. If they can surrender to the fact that spiritual growth is the only possible goal and instead of ‘trying out the material and the subsequent anguish’, it would be overall better.

So Cancer and Leo ascendants, do some deep self-introspection on this. Try to know what is your purpose in this life. You have chosen the highest luminaries as your ascendant owners, why did you do this? Meditate on this and arrive at your own conclusions. Only you can help yourself, this post is just to get you thinking.

Leo ascendant Integration

And back to the Leo ascendant. His challenges are all the one-one relationships in the family/ friends, profession/ business, spiritual practice etc. The logic is this,

  1. The ascendant lord Sun covers one sign in every month, the ascendant return is once a year. Whenever the ascendant covers one complete movement around the zodiac the personality also completes one cycle and noticeably changes. Thus the rate of change (personality/environment) is rather high.
  2. Sun represents the self-ego, luminary, the King of the zodiac, presiding over the highest chakra, Sahasrara. He is different from the rest of the graha.

The 7th Aquarius is owned by Saturn. Saturn considers both Sun and Moon as his enemy. Slowest, he goes round the zodiac in 30yrs. So the partner does not change his basic personality for 30 long years and dislikes sudden changes. Coupled with point (1), this will give disagreement in partnerships of marriage or business.

Saturn is linked to the lowest Mooladhar chakra. He is earthy, bound by karma, hard-working, dour, resistant to change, servant class, very serious, the divine spark is dimmed to the lowest denominator here. This and point (2) ensures that ‘love’ in the marriage becomes irrelevant and only duty remains. He and the spouse, both are uncomfortable, often frustrated and alone. This affects the children if any. On the outer levels they may continue in a marriage of convenience or divorce.

Aquarius is the Mool trikon sign for Saturn and he is more comfortable here, ie the energies represented by Saturn are more easily expressed in Aquarius. And the Sun’s Mooltrikon is Leo itself. So there is discomfort, but not as traumatic as what is faced by the Cancer ascendant. (Mooltrikon is an important concept when interpreting planets and their own signs.)

Partnerships, the 7th house, Aquarius. Spouse likes social groups, mixes with them anonymously, Leo wants to be the center of attention, with yet apart. Spouse is hard working, dour, not ‘shining’, dull, methodical. Also alert about spending money, calculative, self-centred, individualistic (somewhat like Leo but with a Saturnine streak) this leads to clashes. Leo will then start keeping his secrets, hide crucial aspects of his life. He does not trust anyone in any case. He is not made for equal one-one partnerships. But Leo ascendent is generally not unfaithful, sex is not very attractive to him, so he won’t have affairs outside marriage. (Cancer ascendant on the other hand can be unfaithful). There is incompatibility between the two at all levels. Leo basically wants a ‘servant-spouse’ (Similar to Cancer, it is more intense for Cancer as emotions as well as personality/ environment are affected). 

If you have Leo ascendants around you and their marriage seems to work, observe. Note these things, the spouse will take care of the house, the children, all domestic stuff everything, he/she will be over-worked, physically ill, often a chronic long term disease, emotionally suppressed, sexually dissatisfied. His/her dress sense will be like a servant, shabby, drab, personal grooming is not on a priority etc. Will not have many friends, no enjoyment in life. The Leo will not pay attention to the spouse, no movies, no dinner out, no intimacy. The spouse is does not openly resent the superior attitude that the Leo shows towards him/her. The minute he/she protests, the cracks in the marriage become evident. If the spouse stops being subservient, the marriage collapses. Both are unhappy and the children too suffer. (This spouse thingie is very true for Cancer ascendant’s spouses too and more intensely. The examples I have seen are unbelievable!, some in my own family)

Now the inter-linked karma. When you marry someone you take on the attributes of his/ her 7th house. Marriage means that you really take on more karma. If you observe people married to Leo ascendants, they become all this as above after the marriage. Saturn and Aquarius change both him and his spouse after marriage. I have seen young women who looked like film stars before marriage turning into the shabby servant-spouse after marriage with a Cancer or Leo ascendant. And of course the Leo (or Cancer’s) internal misery also increases with marriage, as it chafes on the internal levels.

Leo ascendant Integration

The 7th house covers business partnerships and spiritual practices too so these are also affected. The 7th is the bhavat bhavam for the 4th and 10th houses so this effect spills over on the family/ friends and profession/ social image matters too. (I have observed Leo ascendants, some in my own family. Families can be a great life-time study samples. Observing our relatives closely and their charts through the years.)

I am emphasising the 7th house when I am supposed to be analysing the ascendant sign. But you cannot separate the axis. What you do with the essence of yourself? How will free will operate? How will you choose? What will make you choose? There are some inbuilt factors in the chart but in the 7th house, your mind wants to decide, to choose, to create new karma! You want to use up the energy given to you. How do you use it? This is the most important question.

Eg. you may have 100% energy but you choose to use it on a doomed marriage. Then the wife dies and leaves you with a small differently-abled child. Your free will, your choice and your own repercussions. You have not only used up the hoarded precious resource, but also created new karma. If Parabrahma now appears before you and tells you that you were going to be a Guru in this life, but you have lost the opportunity, now you will need more lives, as many as the leaves on this tree! How do you react? 

And equally important is what will feed you energy? Which of your free will choices are going to boost you? This is again the domain of the 7th. The most important boost is spiritual practice, thus the 7th house governs spiritual practice and your relationship with your higher self. If you are aware that your chart is spiritually oriented and you choose to immerse yourself in Dhyan, you are feeding yourself more power.

For Cancer and Leo ascendants especially, these philosophical questions are important. For the other ascendants, all this might sound crazy. (But when you study charts, you learn to appreciate different mindsets and each very typical.)

If Aquarius is occupied, then the person will generally get married with its typical issues. Sun here makes the Leo very dominating, ill-health/ death of spouse is possible. Moon here makes the Leo unfaithful in marriage. Mercury is better here, the spouse may suffer ill-health but is adaptable and efficiently manages the household. Venus gives very bad results here, as both are manipulative towards each other. Mars can give both extremes, a good marriage or divorce. Jupiter if here gives ill-health to the spouse, this spouse otherwise is generally good. Saturn is not good here, after marriage there is depression, disillusionment and sorrow.

On the marriage front, I have seen that several Leo ascendants do not marry, they are happy in their own royal solitude. If Aquarius is vacant, then there is a real possibility that marriage will not occur. A distant marriage. Or a marriage of convenience, both doing their own thing, not unfaithful per se. Divorce or death of spouse is also possible if there are other combinations. Leo ascendants do not enjoy a happy married life as internally there is no affection no mutual respect no compatibility nor companionship nor empathy nor shared interests between the two.

On the business/ profession front, I have seen he generally does better in service, possibly government service or politics. If he starts his own business, he should choose a partner whom he can dominate in some way with the power of his charisma, his knowledge of secrets etc.

On the spiritual front, he is always lonely and hides his loneliness well. The Royal is always alone. Very private, he will not show his emotions to others, alone in his private joy and grief. The route to the one-one relationship with the Higher Self is invisible in the radiant glare of the Individual Self. If he wants real happiness, he will have to stop his pre-occupation with his individuality. Only then will the route be visible. Sun looks outwards from himself, not really within himself. There is a saying ‘darkness beneath the lamp’ which completely applies here. 

Leo ascendant Integration

At present, Saturn has returned to his own Capricorn after 30yrs, will next move to his Aquarius. These total 5 years are going to be very crucial for Cancer and Leo ascendants. If the person is more than 36yrs of age then this will not be so difficult as maturity has set in. But if the Saturn is still immature, should be careful. Whatever path he commits to now, cannot be revisited in future as it will be powered by the irreversible Saturn+Capricorn power. This will have deep implications for his remaining and next lives.

  • For Cancer, the lord of the 7th and 8th, now himself in the 7th house (later will shift to the 8th house). Unfavourable for one-one partnerships of every type. Deep catastrophic changes in the personality/ environment as the very psyche will change. Body, mind and soul all will be affected. This time period has to be navigated with care. Choose your actions, you might end up creating more karma and internal sorrow for yourself. Sudden decisions or life-time decisions will not give favourable results.
  • For Leo, the 6th and 7th lord, himself in the 6th house (later in the 7th house). It will have a favourable effect on his karmic requirements of service/suffering. But as the lord of the 7th in the 6th house will mean that the one-one partnerships which he will choose will have karmic repercussions. He can create new karma or choose to dissolve the root of karma itself. 

Cancer ascendant is deeply disinterested in the game of Creation. Leo ascendent internally knows that he will Integrate his flame into the infinite fires of Reality. So will this happen in this life or not? This is your own choice and free will.

 

(Only Cancer and Leo ascendants have these deep spiritual implications. For the other ascendants, my posts will not be so philosophical nor lengthy.)

Leo ascendant Integration

Siddhis occult powers and True Realization

Perhaps I am writing more on spiritual topics these days. But the influence of the planets is on me too. Sagittarius has his own ruler Jupiter back in it with Ketu. Saturn has come back to his own Capricorn and at present his father, the Sun is also with him. Mystic influences everywhere!

There was a question on occult powers and true realisation. It became too long an answer so posting it as full post and in very simple language.

When you do your spiritual practices, you access your own sub-conscious mind. These influences ‘activate’ your astral body and the inner most causal body. So the extra senses associated with them also become active. So you can do things with your mind and intention. I have written about clairvoyance, bio-energy, aura and stuff earlier. These all are not ‘super-natural powers’. These are very much natural and a part of yourself.

  • Eg suppose someone was blind from birth and with modern medical procedures he was made to see, ie his eyes were activated and now he can use them to see the world. For him, this eye-sight would be very magical, he can see colors and shapes etc. But for us this is not magic or super-natural it is just a regular sensory thing of the physical body. Similarly occult powers, ie ‘siddhi’ are all a natural part of your bodies. They will come naturally as you progress.

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All spiritual aspirants eventually are able to do ’super-natural’ things. (I have written about this in my post on experiences in Dhyan.) And most of them get caught in the wonder of these things that they forget that there is more. This is a very real danger. As you do things with the power of your practice you may also use yourself up. If you act with intention, this can create new karmic knots for yourself ‘higher up’!

  • Eg, you break someone’s leg, this is on the purely physical levels, so the karmic balance will demand that your leg too gets broken. Ok, so it got broken, you went to a doctor who set it back. You wore a plaster and karma is done. Or you got a painful limp but the karma was done in one life.
  • Another example, you astrally attack someone and destroy his Anahata chakra. ie you extinguish the green light in the center of his heart chakra. This person will have heart problems and his ability to ‘give’ will suffer later in this life or the next. He will feel discomfort when he is asked to ‘give’ emotions, things etc. For the heart problems he will go to a doctor (if he has the means) but for the problems at the energy levels he won’t find a solution so easily, it will take a few lifetimes for him to recover. So when this karma comes knocking at your door, you too will face the same problems a few lives down the line. See, in this life you had access to the astral so you hit out, but it is possible that in that life you won’t be able to manipulate the astral. You won’t know what has happened or how to rectify it. This in itself, now can become a focal point for creation of several new karma!

So the ‘higher up’ you create karma, the worse is the entanglement. Spiritual aspirants should be very careful about acting with intention or with emotion as they progress higher. So all spiritual practices insist on taming the erratic mind first and foremost. The seeds of desire in the mind (Mano-vritta-asur) have to be faced by the mind/ individual soul (Indra) itself and annihilated. Else they will pop up in even higher levels in the spiritual route and take even more lives to rebalance.

There are some teachers who teach occult practices and how to develop siddhi. I would advise you to stay away from these teachers. These abilities are not a route to true realisation. They are the side-by, on the way type of things.

  • Eg you are on the way to a beautiful hill station (Moksh). On the route you see scenic views, lakes, etc (Siddhi) all very alluring. But do you abandon your goal of going to the hill-station and stop your journey at the lake? You might get a local guide who will try to entangle you in the beauty of the lake view, try to slow down or stop your journey but would you?

Siddhis occult powers and True Realization

I have written about Jupiter and Venus the Guru-s of the zodiac. Jupiter helps you gather your resources and expand them. Venus consumes these resources to power your jump towards your ‘desire’. This desire can be physical, intellectual/mental or spiritual, ie broadly three categories, depending on the soul’s personal evolution. Material desires require less resources and spiritual desires require the highest amount.

Just remember that the resources are limited by the power of your Jupiter. If you use all your resources to power your material desires, you may not have enough to power your intellectual etc higher desires. Or on the other hand if you hoard the resources till you get a huge amount, then you can use it all in one go to satisfy your higher ‘desires’.

  • Eg. Someone gets into physical affairs with several people. The satisfaction level naturally goes down with each successive encounter. He is using up all the resource in the material level itself. Such people cannot appreciate the higher intellectual/mental or the spiritual aspects of life.
  • Eg. Someone practices the piano the earliest years, rigorously. Denies himself rest or any other pursuits and dedicates himself solely to the piano, he becomes a Mozart! Creates great art!
  • Eg. Someone rejects the material life, becomes a Sanyasi. He hoards the resources to attain Moksh, he becomes a Jivan-mukt.

The ‘desire’ component is determined by Venus, where do you use the resources, how you use them and how far do you ‘jump’. This is the most deadly of the tests, as Venus presides over all sorts of one-one relationships from sexual partner, spouse, business, family, child, art, creative instinct, higher-Self etc. So many ‘desires’ then, which one do you choose? As always if you choose one category then you may not have resources for other categories.

  • Eg. someone is in a marriage and the spouse is unsuitable, perhaps the horoscopes do not match. But once married, esp. in traditional societies you cannot back out so easily. So he uses all his energy resource to sustain the marriage. The resources are used up maintaining the spouse. Nothing left over for other one-one relationships. This spills over into his business/ profession, into his relationships with his family/ friends and also affects his relationship with his children. He does not have the energy to appreciate the mental/ intellectual or spiritual facets of life. (Even if divorce is possible, pain does remain). Ultimately all this will result in self-castigation, regrets affecting his relationship with his own Self. Real tragedy.

So you need to choose the direction of your ‘desires’ very carefully. If you want the material, then do it with the intention that you are completely satisfied. Don’t mix things and expect higher satisfaction in a series of affairs. If you want to create great art, do so, focus, so that you are finally content with what you create. (Most superlative artists die early, as they are internally satisfied, the 2nd and 7th Marak houses show their effect). Great artists are ‘married to their art’, it is not just a phrase it is actually a marriage! If you desire to know your self spiritually do so with all your heart so that you can achieve it. Desires are meant to be satisfied, so go on satisfy your deepest desires.

But once you put yourself in a path, remember turning back or changing tracks may not be so easy. It all depends on the quantum of the resource/ Jupiter and the power of desire/ Venus and their axis in your chart.

And for the higher paths, the mental or spiritual path, you have to show your dedication by choosing that same again and again through several lives, only then do you get your desire very many lives later.

Siddhis occult powers and True Realization

I have written about Nija-Guru and Anya-Guru earlier.

Nija-guru is one single person or energy, you cannot have two or more Nija-guru. He is the Sat-Guru who directs you towards final Moksh in the most direct way possible. And Anya-Guru, who inspire and motivate you, help you gather your resources, but you know at your innermost levels that you cannot reach Moksh on their teachings, ie their teaching though may be very great, is not apt for you personally. So you are still in search for a Sat-Guru.

We should read stories of Guru-s from earlier times, it is instructive. A few examples, some of you might know these Guru-s,

  • Eg – Mata Anandmayi from Hardwar – Her Sat-guru was exclusively on the astral planes. She had no physically visible person as a Sat-Guru.
  • Eg – Shri Jnyaneshwar, author of the Jnyaneshwari a commentary on the Bhagwat Gita. He was a teenager when he wrote it. His younger sister was Mukta-devi, a small girl. One Chang-dev, a very high level siddha-yogi, challenged his authority. But it was Mukta-devi, who answered every question posed by Chang-dev, satisfied his soul. He fell at her feet and she accepted him as her disciple. He attained Moksh by her grace/ Guru-krupa.
  • Eg – Shri Raghunathpriya Maharaj was a high level siddha-yogi who would debate on spiritual matters (Shastra-arth) with others, the others would accept defeat. He challenged Shri Guruling-jangam Maharaj and lost. Then he accepted him as a Sat-guru and then by his Guru-krupa attained Moksh.
  • Eg – My own Sat-Guru was formally adopted at the age of 17yrs by the 25th pontiff of the Siddha-giri Math, Shri Virupaksh Kadsiddheshwar. He was taught all the highest and most secret levels of yog and sadhana and then made the 26th pontiff. But he did not achieve Moksh till the age of 29yrs, till he met his own Sat-guru Shri Siddharameshwar Maharaj. He too had gone to challenge his authority to speak on spiritual topics, but when he went there, he Saw and fell at his Sat-guru’s feet and achieved True realisation, Moksh at that very instant.

So meeting an Anya-Guru is one thing, he is like the Jupiter who will help you build your resources. Worthy of respect. But beyond, unless you get the spark (Venus) that a Sat-guru grants, you cannot attain Moksh. Some have been fortunate to have the most direct Sat-Guru at the very start itself and some have had to struggle to find that energy, eg above.

But the common theme is that your spiritual knowledge or siddhi, or yog, or sadhna or mantra-jaap etc are like firewood, stored and ready for use, the potential. To convert this stored potential into the infinite flames of true realization, you need the grace/guru-krupa of a Sat-Guru, the Nirvishesh Brahma itself.

 

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