There were several questions on what happens during the menstrual phase of the monthly cycle in women, what should be avoided during this time etc, thus this post.
Before reading this, I want you to learn how to make a chi ball (post here) or learn to sense your chakras (post here) or learn to see auras (post here). Unless you can sense the movement of the chakras in your body, sense the direction of their movement etc, this post will be incomprehensible. Every theory should be proved by practice, else it is useless. So unless you learn to sense energy, ie pran, this post will remain essentially meaningless words.
Chakras move in a spiralling clockwise direction. By this movement, they power the naadi network ie send Pran through them. They go anticlockwise only in the following cases,
- Women in the menstrual phase of their monthly cycle, ‘periods’. This phase generally lasts for 5 days, sometimes 6 days. (For physical hygiene purposes, you can stretch it to even 7 days.)
- Men, women and children who are suffering diseases where the body is getting terribly damaged very fast. Eg last stages of cancer and similarly fatal diseases, where the disease progresses so rapidly that there is net destruction of body tissues. (saw this several times)
- Black magic intended to severely harm or kill can make your chakras go anticlockwise for several days, causing severe damage till you think that it is better to exit the physical shell. (I have experienced this once)
When the chakras are clockwise, the Pravrutti cycle operates. The body builds itself, the tissues repair themselves, the mind is interested in the world, activities are performed. Some people call this a positive chakra movement. You wish to live on in your body and take steps to ensure that the body/ mind remains heathy and well. The clockwise direction is of evolution, growth, ie basically creation. That is why we draw the Swastik in the clockwise direction always. And the Shri Ganapati we householders worship has his truck to the left. And we blow conches of a typical shape, to increase the energy of Pravrutti around us. Its opposite is the Nivrutti where the energy is destructive in nature, it destroys the manifested. (If you know how, you can use this Nivrutti energy for spiritual purposes ie to create detachment from the material)
In healthy, normal women from the age of avg 12yrs to 51yrs the body follows the reproductive cycle. There are avg 13 cycles in a year. One cycle is for an avg 28days. (28days in a lunar month.) And of these 28days, for avg 5 days the body self-destructs internally. Anticlockwise spinning energy is the direction of destruction of the material. During these 5 days, the body is undergoing internal controlled destruction. The reproduction related tissues are being ripped off, there is loss of blood, the mind is under stress etc. The fertile egg that you had produced is killed and thrown out of the body, with other tissues which were designed to support it in case it were to get fertilized. If this sort of destruction has to occur, the body has to first set the chakras in the anti-clockwise motion. Destruction of this scale cannot happen with the regular clockwise energy. It is a highly precise thing. If you can sense the speeds of the chakras you will observe that the intensity is very high on the 1st 2nd days, slows down on the 3rd 4th days, is very slowly anticlockwise or slowly turning forwards on the 5th day. Then the chakras turn around and assume their regular clockwise motion at the regular speed.
During the ‘period’, the physical body becomes weak, the aura of the lower abdomen becomes very red often with black streaks. There is always pain and trauma in the physical body. Some women suffer backaches, cramps, nausea, stomach upsets, etc. The mind and emotions are affected, ie there is lethargy, disinterest, dissociation as nivrutti operates. Best option during this period is to rest, sleep and relax in whatever way you can.
The astral body shows the effects too, you absorb negative forms of energy more easily from others during this period. So you should not go to places which are haunted. There are entities here which can link into your astral body deeply and cause damage. You can get haunted by spirits if you go to isolated places near rivers or alone in forests, ruined ancient places or places where traumatic events have occurred etc.
During this time you should not go to events related to birth or death. As during this time, the barriers between our Martyalok and the Pitrulok are open. And you do not know what all can latch on to you from the other dimensions causing you harm.
If you do not know how to use this anticlockwise energy you are very highly vulnerable to several things during this time frame.
During this period, you cannot do any sort of practice which manipulates Pran in the Naadi-s. No energy-related work of any kind, ie you cannot even remove evil eye during this period. No Yog-asan, Dhyan, Japa etc as you actually work very hard when you perform these activities. You put in a lot of effort trying to coordinate your breath, mantra, focus, posture etc in a very precise fashion. If you do such activities during your periods, ie when the body is internally self-destructing, you can subtly damage your Naadis. If the naadis get damaged, then their connected body organs will eventually get physically diseased.
During this period you cannot properly absorb clockwise energies around you. The energy generated during regular pujas, Arti, blowing conches, going to temples, etc is the clockwise one. So if you go to some place where such clockwise spinning energies are being generated you will face an energy backlash. Your chakras are going anti-clockwise. These two forms of energies sort of collide within you. If you are sensitive enough, you might feel nauseated, dizzy, feel like throwing up etc on the physical levels. So you should avoid going to temples, pujas etc on these days, ie places with very intense clockwise energies. So if you remain in environments where clockwise spinning energy is amplified by pujas/ worship/ mantras etc you might eventually hurt yourself temporarily or permanently depending on the intensity of the place’s energy.
(Once I had gone to a local temple and a woman in her periods came and stood near me. Her energy was incredibly disturbing, her ‘smell’, ‘taste’ ‘feel’ was so bad, that I had to move away from her. About 6ft away was bearable. The deity was so angry. And this woman had no idea what was happening.)
All Hindu/ Sanatan Dharma followers have the Tulsi plant compulsorily in their homes. Tulsi carries with it the energies of Satva-gun, ie Bhagwan Vishnu and Devi Laxmi and pujas are done every evening twilight to the Tulasi. You should avoid doing these pujas too on these few days.
Earlier and even now, women avoid cooking during the menstrual phase. If you touch food, it will change its energy. Try touching fresh milk (not the liquid sold as ‘milk’ in cities) and see what happens. Or try setting curds with fresh milk. Or set any food for fermentation during this period, it will not set well. The energy of destruction whirring within you changes the energy of the food/ liquids you touch. This energy can become distasteful and actually be damaging to sensitive people or people who perform rigorous pujas.
During pujas, deities are formally invited, requested to sit, accept the offerings of flowers, clothes, saffron, sandalwood, mantras, camphor, arti, food, water, etc naivedya is offered to them. They actually absorb the energies of all this stuff which is offered to them. We do pujas of Saumya-forms of Bhagwan Shankar, Bhagwan Vishnu, Devi Sarasvati, Devi Laxmi, Devi Parvati, Shri Ganpati etc. We wish for prosperity, happiness, positive things in life, constructive things. So these deities are in their Pravrutti forms, clockwise energy. In a puja, the deities actually absorb the essence/ energy of the offering, amplify it and give it back to you as their ashirwad/ blessing when they formally leave at the end of the pujas.
If during the menstrual phase, you touch any item which is to be offered to them, your anti-clockwise energies interfere with this process. When you touch an item, it’s energy goes anti-clockwise and they cannot accept it. In fact, just your presence in the room is sufficient to change the energy of the stuff, especially on days 1-3. Eg you eat only veg food, someone invites you with all respect and serves you only non-veg food. Naturally you are going to be upset and point it out to him. This is the same thing, but here because they are deities, they will curse you, your family and the brahmin who is doing the pujas. They will leave rejecting your offerings and this is an additional negative karma for all.
Now if anyone from your family is doing intense pujas, regular Dhyan etc, you should not sit next to him/her in this period. Or if there is someone in whom deities come. If he/she eats food you prepare it will cause harm to him/her. In the first place he/she will not eat it or sit next to you, but you too should not insist. This causes distress and can result in actual rashes, allergy, indigestion, falling ill etc for him/her. This is negative karma for you, as you have, by your negligence, caused harm to a spiritual aspirant.
If you have taken any Sankalp/ intention to do some pujas/ mantra/ Dhyan every day, then these days are not counted in your practice. You will simply stop on the 1st day. Rest for the 4-5 days or upto 7days if you want to. Then on the day you are to resume your practice, have a full bath, ie put water over your head too. This ensures that the entire aura of the body is refreshed from top to toe. And then resume your practice. You do not have to do double or extra or anything to ‘make up’ for these rest days.
Rebalancing karma is often accelerated in the menstrual phase of the monthly cycle. So I always consider women very lucky as they have this opportunity for 5days every month, but only if they understand and use its energy. This time is considered very auspicious for certain activities. If you worship the Ugra forms of the deities then maybe you might find a Guru who can teach you how to do these typical pujas etc. Earlier women who knew tantra etc could use these energies of destruction to fuel their pujas, manifest their intentions, or move on their spiritual path, but now that knowledge is lost. (The only exception to all this is if you worship the pure Advaita and are very clear in your concepts, then there are no bindings on you regarding anything at all.)
Again, this time is not dirty or unclean or anything like that. No woman should feel ashamed or unhappy during this time. If anyone thinks that a menstruating woman is in some way unclean just because of the blood flow is simply showing his own ignorance. This phase is the very visible reminder of the creative energy and also the destructive energy that specifically only women in the reproductive age group can access. It is a very positive and a healthy thing to happen.
It is just that we live in a time where we do not know the pujas where this anticlockwise energy, the energy of destruction, of Nivrutti can be fruitfully utilised in a safe manner and that is the reason why we women have to wait out for these 5days every month.
Again, you must learn to sense pran, your chakras etc. Unless you learn this, you might not be able to really understand this post.