Bach flower remedies

“Wonderful as it may seem, relieve your patient of the mood or moods such as are given in this system of healing, and your patient is better”

– Dr Edward Bach, 1936

Bach flower remedies are one of the best ways to cure deep seated problems on all levels. Am sure you must have heard of them, but if not, you must really try them out. Dr.Edward Bach, a century ago, had experimented with the healing properties of flowers and came up with this set of 38 Bach Flower remedies.

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The basic concept is behind every manifested illness there exists an imbalance on the inner self. Anxieties, fears, depression, tension, trauma, dislikes, avoidance, greed, apathy and other negative emotions over a period of time result in illness of the body. Most doctors will treat the outer symptoms of your body but will not cure the inner real inner problem. Modern doctors won’t even think on these deeper lines of thought! Thus over time the illness will repeat itself or the same imbalance will manifest as a different illness.

This same theory is behind curing issues caused by planetary imbalances using the perfumes, colors and food tastes associated with them. But planetary remedies may not be so easily accepted by most people who still think astrology to be hogwash! But Bach flower remedies are ‘mainstream’, your homeopathic physician may also be prescribing these. In India, I bought the entire set of 38 bottles for around Rs 4000/- from a wholesale supplier of homeopathic medicines. As I use the liquid, I keep topping it up with more medicinal brandy. So if you can buy a set it is a life time investment.

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The beauty of these remedies is that they have Zero side-effects and they actually work. Then there are lots of questionnaires online where you can find out which emotional issues you need to address. You can combine upto 4 flower remedies at one time. A quick list of the remedies, with their keywords of the mental conditions that they address.

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Agrimony – outwardly cheerful, internally unhappy, anxious, mentally tormented.

  1. Agrimony – remedy for someone who is secretly addicted to substances, anxious and deeply unhappy behind a cheerful face.
  2. Aspen – for people who have vague fears of unknown things, worried, unable to tell others, terrified, and very haunted by worry.
  3. Beech – a remedy for intolerance, for re-balancing critical and non-compassionate people who are hard on others and also on themselves.
  4. Centaury – for those who are unable to say ‘no’, weak willed, bullied by others, tired, timid, passive and a doormat.
  5. Cerato – if you do not trust your own self, always seek advice from others, unable to decide for yourself, cannot judge situation/people properly, this remedy is for you.
  6. Cherry Plum – if you fear losing control over the mind, get emotional breakdowns, temper tantrums, explode with uncontrolled rage and can be abusive in this mood, use this remedy.
  7. Chestnut Bud – if one cannot learn from experience and makes the same mistakes again and again, this flower can help.
  8. Chicory – for those who are selfish, possessive lovers. Over-protective, suffocating with a nagging nature. Are easily offended, manipulate loved ones and are self-centred and demanding.
  9. Clematis – The ones who like daydreaming, are vaguely dreamy all the time, disinterested, withdrawn, lack of concentration, lackadaisical and dream of happy things in the future but do not work in the present.
  10. Crab Apple – For OCD, self-hatred, sense of being unclean, low self esteem, (this is a cleansing remedy).
    • sweet-chestnut walnut
  11. Elm – If someone is depressed, overwhelmed by responsibility, exhausted, despondent at the thought of working.
  12. Gentian – If you are easily depressed and discouraged in the face of difficulties, and even tiny setbacks tend to dishearten.
  13. Gorse – The remedy for heavy hopelessness and despair coupled with intense pessimism.
  14. Heather – For those who demand attention, are talkative, talk only about themselves, are self-centred and dislike being left alone and are internally lonely.
  15. Holly – For hatred, envy, insecurity, suspiciousness, jealousy. And for aggressive behaviour triggered by this negativity.
  16. Honeysuckle – For curing nostalgia, living in the past, missing someone and always thinking of the good times they had together, living in the past, over-attached to past memories.
  17. Hornbeam – If someones is mentally weary, even bored, tired at the thought of doing things, overworked, needs strength and is lethargic.
  18. Impatiens – A cure for impatience, nervous irritation, frustration. For those who are accident prone, fidgety and always in haste.
  19. Larch – To redress lack of confidence, discouragement, and for people who tend to avoid situations where may have to perform.
  20. Mimulus – To set right problems caused by fear of known things, also stammering, timidness, over-sensitivity and overall lack of courage
    • white-chestnut chestnutbud
  21. Mustard – If someone is always depressed or gloomy for no reason, always under a dark cloud.
  22. Oak – For those who keep going past the point of exhaustion, exhausted, but still will not tell if they are unwell, over-achievers, overworked, workaholic people.
  23. Olive – For curing the exhaustion following mental or physical effort. If someone needs energy for recovery and convalescence e.g. when all reserves of energy exhausted after a long illness/activity.
  24. Pine – A solution for self-guilt, if someone is ashamed for no reason, feels heavy self reproach, feels unworthy and undeserving.
  25. Red Chestnut – For those who are overly concerned and worried for the welfare of loved ones (thus always ignoring themselves).
  26. Rock Rose – If you are frozen with terror and fright, is used an emergency remedy.
  27. Rock Water (is basically pure natural water, I have seen Ganga water also works equally well) – To sure problems caused by self-denial, rigidity and self-repression and tendency for self-perfection. These people are also self-sacrificing but highly opinionated.
  28. Scleranthus – To cure the inability to choose, for indecision, being dizzy and uncertain. To redress issues arising from imbalance
  29. Star of Bethlehem – To be used in extreme stress, severe shock and extreme trauma, is an emergency remedy.
  30. Sweet Chestnut – To help someone in extreme mental anguish, hopeless despair, intense sorrow, if someone is is hopeless, feels that all options are over now.
    • elm larch
  31. Vervain – To set right over-enthusiasm, fanaticism and hyper-activity. For those highly strung individuals who always want to be involved in everything. 
  32. Vine – To balance out domineering, inflexible, gifted, very capable, but bullying and thus aggressive people. They hurt others by putting them down always.
  33. Walnut – This flower grants protection from change and unwanted influences, allows to let go and helps adjust to major changes.
  34. Water Violet – is helpful for those quietly self-reliant people who are isolated, anti-social, disdainful, very private, proud and aloof.
  35. White Chestnut – is used to silence cluttered unwanted thoughts and mental arguments, it stops the unrest in the mind.
  36. Wild Oat – can help in making life changing decisions correctly when at major cross roads in life. Helps when there is uncertainty about the direction in life and lack of clarity.
  37. Wild Rose – When someone is drifting, resigned, apathetic  with lack of ambition and motivation, feels resigned to an unpleasant situation.
  38. Willow – To cure self-pity, resentment, bitterness, and for those want to regain a sense of proportion in life.
    • pine impatiens

 

Go through this list of meanings or take a self test to find out what are the negative thought processes and emotional behaviour holding you back. Then use the flowers. If you have bought the set, put 2 drops of the remedy in a glass of water and drink it, 3 times a day, or put them in your water bottle. When you no longer need to take it, you will actually forget to take it! 

Now the fun part. I have used these remedies for years and found a few shortcuts which also work equally well. These shortcuts are especially useful if you cannot find the set in your local market or cannot afford to buy them. 

  1. I live in the Himalayas where some of these plants are naturally found. So if you live in such a place yourself, you can gather the fresh flowers and keep them in a glass bowl with clean water in the direct sunlight for 3-4 hours. Then store that water in a clean bottle. If you intend to preserve it for a longer time you can add a few drops of medicinal brandy to it.
    • Drink it whenever you feel the need.
    • It works beautifully for small children and infants, you can even put a few drops on their forehead.
    • Put it in spray bottle and spray it in your room or use it to wipe the floors of your house.
    • Wash your clothes in it ,put a few drops of the remedy in your washing machine water.
    • You can spray it on your pet if it is unwell.
  2. A even simpler way would be keep the flower itself with you, maybe wear it in your hair, or keep it in a small vase on your table.
  3. Or download a nice photo of the flower and keep it as your phone/laptop wallpaper.
  4. Simply recite its name a few times (11 or 27 or more if you wish) in your mind, visualising the flower.
  5. Recite its name under your breath and blow on a glass of water and drink it.
  6. Write its name a few times on a piece of paper.
  7. Draw 2 concentric circles, in the inner one write your name and within the outer one write the name of the flower remedy you have chosen for yourself. Keep this paper under your pillow or in your pocket.
  8. You can combine Bach flowers with Reiki or other healing techniques, they work beautifully.

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These pretty flowers work always. So do use the Bach flower remedies if you feel inclined. 

 

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I recommend reading ‘The Twelve Healers and other remedies”, and other books written by Dr. Edward Bach, they are super for self-healing and they are available on the internet. I found them on archive.org.

Use your Mercury

Mercury rules two signs thus subtly influences the 3rd and 6th house of the chart too. He is the impressionable adolescent of the chart. So while evaluating him, you have to analyse the other planets influencing/aspecting/conjunct him. Check out the position of the planetary ruler of the house he is placed in. Also, if he is behaving abnormally by being combust, debilitated or retrograde. A general observation is that he can perform well if placed in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and the 7th houses, if he gets guidance from benefic influences then it would be better. He behaves like an irresponsible adolescent in the 3rd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th more so if he has no benefic influences to guide him.mercury(Look for one exceptional combust event called caizmi, it is when the planet is less than 1deg from the Sun. Here the Sun consumes the planet and takes on his powers completely. The planet is sitting on the lap of the king Sun. So here his powers are more radiant, completely directed inwards and very good for spiritual growth. Mercury tells you how to go about it, so after the maturity age of Mercury, your Sun+Mercury will drive your spiritual growth’s engine.)

Mercury is often with the Sun as he is never 30deg away from him in the sky, he is quite friendly with the Sun, Venus and Rahu. He dislikes the Moon and Jupiter and is neutral to Mars, Saturn and Ketu.

Mercury is pure intellect coupled with communication and the courage when you know that you are correct. Technical knowledge, ‘how to do’ gives him power. Reasoning, intellect, discrimination, analysis, expression and objective, to the point stuff is his forte. So if he misbehaves a lot can go wrong in your life on the physical and psychological levels. Mantras are Sanskrit, this language ‘defines Light’ (Dev Bhasha) in the most perfect way (Sams-krutam). Thus they are the domain of Mercury. The seed of power intentionally put to use. I always suggest beej mantra because they are the easiest to remember and pronounce. Especially with so few people actually learning/knowing Sanskrit, if I tell them to recite/jaap long stotras/suktas they will just not do it. But beej mantras are the easiest and the most potent, so perfect.

The fastest remedy thus would be reciting the beej mantra of Mercury once, thrice or 108 times on a Wednesday. ‘Om braang breeng broung sah Budhaya namah’ Om.

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But there are so many tiny things you can do to increase or regulate and balance Mercury’s energies in your life. Some of which I have written in my previous post on boldnessHere are few more such tiny things.

  1. Be aware of your mouth, teeth and tongue, Mercury is communication, your mouth and throat. So best is brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day. It may sound silly but it works.
  2. Breathe. Do some breathing exercises like pranayam for a few minutes everyday.
  3. Wear a bit of jewellery made from copper, silver or gold.
  4. Mercury likes analysis, so if you feel drawn to it, solve puzzles. There are so many apps which offer innovative puzzles. Do a puzzle a day.
  5. Read about the colors, smells/fragrances and food tastes linked to the planets in these posts. If you feel inclined, try to them in your life

Mercury is often ignored, but he is in a way, the other face of the Moon. The Moon gives him the data from his unfathomable depths and he uses this data meaningfully to gain insights and learn. Mercury tells you how to use the things you have.

 

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Using oil for massage and other remedies

Oil of any kind is primarily linked to Saturn, and specifically sesame/til oil is the heathiest one for your body is and the specific ‘item’ of Shani. Now let’s check out some more in the remedies, very simple ones, more acceptable for the general public, So no mantra, yantra, tantra based stuff for now. Check out in your horoscope which planets are placed as follows

  1. Benefic planets if placed in the dushamsthan 6th, 8th or  12th house
  2. Malefic planets in the Kendra 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th houses or the Kona 5th or 9th houses.

If you have any planets like this it is possible that they are adversely affecting your life, so let’s balance out these energies by charity and intention. Giving away items associated with their energies may prove beneficial. The concept is that you owe a debt from your past life which you are paying off now. Do it with a clear heart and intention of karma balance.bowl being poured with yellow liquidThe Sun – If your Sun is under stress or the 5th house of your chart is damaged, this means some inauspicious acts in your past life have put your personality/self-ego under stress. You may have violated ancient traditions that ruined your self-respect. This can manifest as struggles, legal problems, court cases, being accused for no reason etc. One solution is to perform any religious ritual prescribed by your faith. (Hindus can do a Satyanaryan puja). If you can get your close relatives to participate in this ritual it would be even better. Items associated with the Sun, which you can give away are saffron/kesar, wheat, copper, brown colored sugar or jaggery, red cloth, red flowers, red sandalwood.

Moon – If the Moon is badly placed or if the 4th house of your chart is under malefic influences, especially Ketu’s influence. In some past life you may have hurt your mother, perhaps thrown her out of your house. This may manifest as financial losses, diseases and debts with disproportionate mental stress. One solution is to put a silver coin in running water or the sea. If you can get your close relatives to touch this coin before you toss it, it will be even better. Items linked to the moon are white sandalwood, rice, milk, silver, sugar specifically misri/khadisakkar, white cloth, white flowers, camphor which can be donated.

Mars – If your Mars is afflicted or your 1st house or 8th house is under the influence of malefics, especially Ketu, you owe your relatives something. You may have harmed your relatives in some way in your past lives. You may face unexplainable trouble and losses around your 28th year. If this is so the best solution would be to collect money from your family members, maybe an equal contribution from your close relatives and donate this money for a mutually agreed good cause. Items you can donate to balance Mars’ energies are copper, masoor grains (red lentil, Lens culinaris), wheat, sauf/badisheb/fennel seeds, red cloth, red flowers, red sandalwood.

Mercury – If in your chart, the Mercury or your 3rd house or 6th house is under stress you have done some wrong to a sister or girl in your past life. So in this life you tend to have a lot of problems, losses in money, psychiatric issues, and no help forthcoming. The best solution is rather typical, take a few sea shells (yellow colored are best), burn them and put the ash in flowing water. If you can get your close relatives to touch the shells before you do this, it will give better results. Items resonating with his energies are green cloth, green gram/Moong grains (Vigna radiata), camphor, turpentine oil which can be donated.grainsJupiter – If the Jupiter in your chart or the 9th or 12th house is afflicted with malefics, especially Rahu, it is considered as a debt owed to the father. This may manifest as loss of saved money in the old age. The solution is to plant a peepal (Ficus religiosa) tree and take care of it so that it survives or do some seva/help out at your local temple. Jupiter linked items for donation are turmeric, jaggery or brown colored sugar, yellow flowers, yellow cloth, yellow sweets.

Venus – If the Venus or the 2nd or 7th house in your chart is under stress, it indicates a debt owed to a wife from a past life, maybe you tortured her. In this life this may manifest as grief and obstacles in performing religious and auspicious rituals. The easiest solution is to feed a white colored cow. Venus linked items are ghee, camphor, curd, rice, white cloth, white flowers which you can give away.

Saturn – If your Saturn is giving bad results or if the 10th or 11th house of the chart is damaged this indicates that you cheated someone or tortured a helpless person in some life. The best option is to offer food to a few people who work as labourers. Items linked to Saturn which can be given away are black gram/urad grains, black cloth, (feeding a chapati/bread to ravens also works nicely).

Rahu – If the 12th house is under stress this also indicates a type of ancestral debt where maybe a baby was aborted before birth. Imprisonment, betrayal, physical injury etc can be the results. Things which can be given away are yellow mustard grains, mustard oil, mixed seven types of grains, lead, blanket. Another option is to get a coconut, get every one in your close family to touch it and put it in flowing water/sea.

Ketu – If the 6th house is under stress this indicates that you have gone against your Dharma conscience, against ‘God’ in some terrible way. In this life this manifests as being childless, diseased, haunted, losses in every way. You can feed a multicolored dog or donate sesame/til grains, blanket, lead, saffron/kesar, any seven types of grains mixed together.

You might find this a bit strange, but these very simple remedies work. A fistful of grain or a few drops of oil or a piece of cloth! The planets are linked some way to these things. So if you have a Navgraha temple near where you live you can offer any of these items to the planet moorthi installed there. The second option is to offer the item in flowing water/river or the sea. Donating them to poor people or brahmins who were genuinely in need is also possible, but you may not find anyone who really deserves charity and these are rather typical items. So the best option is a temple or flowing water/sea. If you are facing exceptional problems and the planet is giving severely bad results then these items can be buried in the ground, but make sure that you do it in some lonely place.fIn Sanatan Dharm/Hinduism, everyone owes 3 types of debts. First is to the parents/ancestors, because they give us birth and take care of us. Next is to the society because it shelters us and offers us opportunities to live a fuller life. And finally to the Guru because he shows us the path to liberation and helps us find our real self. And these have to be repaid. The first one is repaid when we do our Dharma of taking care of our parents as per our conscience and by having good children to carry on the family. The second one is when we contribute positively to the society by helping others either by doing charity (if you can afford it), and being kind/helpful to others around you. And the third one is very cryptic, you don’t have to pay anything here. You repay the debt you owe your Guru when you practice what he has shown you and you finally gain your objective.

 

 

Saturn’s energies and you

Am sure you would wonder why would anyone want to increase the energies of Saturn in their life. Well, we are not increasing/decreasing anything, we are just trying to balance it and make effective use of it.

Wherever Saturn is placed, he puts restrictions and constrictions on the keywords of that house. If badly placed, then he can cause quite a lot of problems, from physical aging, to problems in social identity, profession, money flow, problems in the residence, nameless fears, no comforts, pessimistic attitude, emotional restrictions, no rest, no sleep etc.  He is exalted in Libra and debilitated in Aries (the exact opposite for his father the Sun). However after he matures at the age of 36yrs, his actions become more understandable. Sun, Moon  and Mars are his enemies, MercuryVenus, Rahu are friends with him and Jupiter and Ketu are sort of neutral to him. He is a natural malefic and has the ability to strike fear.

  • Saturn can perform generally well in houses 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th, but this is a very generic statement. You will need to check what aspects he is under and what houses he owns too. E.g. Saturn in the 8th house will give a long life, i.e. he restricts death, but if there are other influences he might make it difficult to leave the aged body! More malefics influence him, more problems will he cause.
  • Saturn in the 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th houses generally gives troubling results unless balanced out by some benefic influences. (One exception here is Libra ascendant, if Saturn is in Libra, as yogkarak and exalted, he can even grant Moksh if other planets support.)
  • If you have Saturn aspecting/conjoint the Sun or the Moon take special care of your eyes.

The Saturn beej mantra is, ‘Om praang preeng prowng sah Shanischarya namah’, which can be recited once, thrice or 108 times on Saturdays. saturn 2.jpgThere are a few things that you can do to regulate and balance Saturn’s energies.

  1. You can add the colors, smells/fragrances and food tastes linked to Saturn in your life. Don’t overwhelm yourself, just a touch here and there.
  2. Take care of your teeth, brush with astringent toothpastes.
  3. Also take care of your bones, take your calcium and eat a healthy diet.
  4. If you drink milk, do not drink buffalo milk, stick to cow milk.
  5. Try to get an oil based massage once in a while. If it is not possible do a self-massage, apply your favourite massage oil to your feet, hands and head etc wherever you can easily and then shower.
  6. Avoid non vegetarian food and alcohol. It may be impossible but then if you can try to limit yourself to just fish for the protein and limit alcohol intake for only at social events.
  7. Feed ravens once in a while, give them chapati or bread something made of grains. (If ravens are not available near where you live then next option is crows)
  8. Do not lie and do not cheat. Such an important lesson, our teachers taught us when we were children. Also avoid taking up professions where you are required to lie all the time! e.g. lawyers? (If you are already a lawyer, help a genuine poor, blind or aged client free of charge once in a while).

And the kindest things that you can do are these acts of charity. These will help your own soul as well as bring real happiness to those who are forgotten by society. Do this with a genuine intention of being of service with love and respect.

  1. Call up your aged parents or grandparents once a week, or run some errands for them if you get the time.
  2. If you can afford it, maybe once a year, give a treat, sweets or fruits to an old age home. If it is not possible then take your own aged parents or grandparents for a special treat once in a while. Be compassionate.
  3. Specifically try to help out blind people or aged people. It can be as simple as helping them on the street or giving up your seat in the bus.

Saturn is the energy of Karma, you have to pay-back and rebalance, there is no option sometimes. So some pain will be involved. Interpreting Saturn’s role in your horoscope is very typical. You do not like the lessons that he teaches, he can be quite harsh. So try to bring into yourself the qualities of responsibility, silence, self-discipline, detachment and objectivity, in short ‘grow up’. Know that you have to give back, if you can give it back gracefully, karma will be more easily satisfied.

 

Saturn and its northern auroras (composite image)

Use the Moon’s energy

Tiny behavioural shifts leading to the change you desire. And there was a request for more of this sort of stuff. Your behaviour is linked to the planetary configuration you chose at birth. You get a few assets and a few challenges. So where are your assets in the chart?

  1. First and foremost your mind, the Moon, how you perceive events. A well placed Moon will keep you happy internally. If you get caught in a bad situation you will bounce back sooner because your mind supports you.
  2. Second the ascendant sign. This is your entire personality and your environment. If this sign is strong with benefics placed here it gives an advantage in life.
  3. And then the ascendant lord, the owner of the ascendant sign. His placement is important because this determines how your personality and environment interact. How comfortable you are in your body. If this planet is placed badly you will always be in conflict, either because of the body related issues or the stress that your environment will put on you.

If these 3 are well placed, your life becomes relatively more comfortable and manageable. About 50% of your personality is created by these 3 forces, if you engage in activities which are as per their keywords you will feel more at ease. But then there are a few challenges which we have been born with.moonNow let’s see how we can channelise the energies of the moon in our life. The Mantra of the Moon is ‘Om Shraang shreeng shrowng sah chandraya namah’, you can recite this once, thrice or 108 times weekly on Mondays or monthly on full-moon days.

  1. On every full moon night, take a cup full of milk and leave it under the light of the full moon for 5 minutes then drink it. If you don’t like milk, use water.
  2. Do Tratak /staring at the full moon. This is to be done very briefly, not more than  1 minute.
  3. If you keep track of the phases of the moon, the second day after the no-moon day/amavasya is especially potent. If you can sight the crescent moon, it will be visible just after sunset on the western horizon. Fold your hands in a Namaskar and recite the beej mantra of the moon, ‘OM shraang shreeng shroung sah chandraya namah 3 times. Or just ‘Om chandraya namah’ 3 times. Feel his energy entering you.
  4. The full moon (Kojagiri pournima) in the month of Ashwin, (generally October), when the moon is in Pisces and Sun is in Libra, is the night when the moon is at his maximum power. On this night we stay out in the moonlight for the whole night, keep milk under the moonlight and drink it. This is once a year.
  5. Or if not any things else, the easiest thing is, on full moon nights express your gratitude to him, standing in his light for a few minutes.

Now for some fun things that you can do without getting involved with mantra, tantra yantra! Simple things done with a sense of gratitude and love.

  1. On Mondays, start your day with one spoon of curd mixed with a little sugar. This is one of the best ways to balance the moon energies.
  2. If you feel inclined you can add the colors, smells/fragrances and food tastes linked to the Moon in your life. Just a bit here and there, don’t overwhelm yourself.
  3. Wear silver jewellery, maybe a bracelet or a kada?
  4. If you live in a particularly hot location, you can try putting a clean silver coin in your water bottle and drink the water throughout the day.
  5. Women should wear silver toe rings (second toe of both feet) and if possible silver anklets too, these will keep your monthly cycle regular.
  6. Whenever you cross a river (flowing water not a lake) or the sea, toss a coin in it with a sense of gratitude.
  7. And finally if you can afford it once a year, give a treat to a small girl (less than 10yrs of age). If you have a small daughter, or a niece or some small girl in your neighbourhood. Either lunch or sweets or if you can donate some fruits or something to small girls in an orphanage. Give this treat with the intention that you are offering it to the Divine Goddess herself and request Her blessing.

The Moon is a natural benefic in the horoscope and sees no other planet as his enemy. However MercurySaturn, Venus, Rahu and Ketu tend to make him uncomfortable. Moon aspected/conjoint with Saturn induces fear, with Mercury can lead to psychological problems, with Venus can make one lose his moral compass, with Rahu he is insatiable desiring and ultimately falling on his face, and Ketu with his trademark detachment can have devastating effects on the mind. The Moon is then is quite friendly with the SunJupiter and Mars. He is exalted in Taurus and debilitated in Scorpio. Wherever he is placed, he desires comfort, security, nourishment, care and maternal ‘needy’ love from the keywords of that house.

  • Moon placed in the dushamsthana (6th, 8th, 12th) is never comfortable as he never gets his brand of emotional love from these houses of turmoil.
  • Another typical position is the 3rd house. This is ordinarily ok, but if aspected by malefics this person will try to dominate others by attacking their emotions!
  • The Moon performs quite well in the other houses, unless aspected/conjoint with malefics.

You can increase the energy of the Moon by mediation on a feminine aspect of the Divine, Devi, the Shri yantra or any other feminine deity from your family, faith etc whom you believe in. ‘God’ is actually ‘energy’, so gender related words are rather meaningless, feminine here means to cultivate an attitude of being receptive, introspective, contemplative, peaceful, nurturing etc and actively work for it.

 

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(Do you ever wonder at our Vedic deities all depicted with the gold crowns with the disc of gold. Well, if you have ever seen the aura of a real enlightened Guru, his head chakras shine like that, the rest of the body may be white, pearly, gold-silver, but the head is covered with a gold colored aura which projects in shimmery rays! Even you, if you have been doing your spiritual practice regularly, and have had a particularly satisfying Dhyan session, your head’s aura shines just as if you have put on a gold crown.)

Use the Sun’s energy

The two luminaries, the Sun and the Moon are our eyes, we ‘see’ because of them, in more ways than one. Their energies resonate with the Creator and the Creation. And there is a very easy way of ensuring that you have an adequate supply of their energies in your life.

The Sun is considered a natural malefic in Vedic astrology. He represents the ‘ego‘. He is friendly with Moon, Jupiter and Mars. And is enemies with Saturn, Venus, Rahu and Ketu. He is exalted in Aries and debilitated in Libra. Which ever house he is placed in, he tends to increase the ego, selfishness and self-referential behaviour related to its keywords. Often there are undercurrents and ego-clashes in your interactions with the environment and agents represented by this house.

  • Sun in houses 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 11th is ok. There will be some issues but unless the Sun is under even more malefic conditions, this will be ultimately ok.
  • In 7th he can cause serious ego clashes with husband/wife/business partners which can cause irreparable losses in personal life and businesses.
  • Sun in 10th house is considered to be a rather bad placement too, 10th house is natural father, Sun is also the father, but Sun in 10th can give ego-clashes with the father/boss which can cause problems in your life/social position/profession etc.
  • Sun in 6th, 8th and 12th can function well if he is aspected by benefics. He will create problems in these houses of turmoil, dushamsthana, but he will also give the energy to successfully deal with them.
  • Generally Sun conjunct Mercury is quite common, this is a good combination and the Sun enhances the powers of Mercury. Even if the Mercury is combust or caizmi or retrograde which is also quite frequent it remains a good combination.

If you can delink the Sun-self ego/lower self connect, and reestablish the Sun-Higher self/Ultimate connect, the Sun’s energies will turn into a true blessing.green grass on sand overlooking body of waterNow let’s use his energies proactively. First with the Mantra and the intentions. The early morning rays of the Sun are considered beneficial from the medical point of view but they have spiritual implications also. You can use the energy from the Sun, when he is rising, still saffron-orange-red in color. Here are a few ways you can channelise it,

  1. Do Suryanamaskar, the Yogasan, in the light of the rising Sun. Start with 3 repeats and increase one repeat per week. You can go upto maximum 108 repeats.
  2. Doing Suryanamaskar requires you to have the basic body fitness to begin with. If you are not reasonably fit, then do some simple stretching or warm-up type of exercises in this early morning sun-light.
  3. Do Tratak /staring at the rising disc of the Sun. This is to be done for maximum  1 minute, not more than that, when the Sun is just rising at the horizon. Not when it has fully risen else you can damage your physical eyes.
  4. Give Surya Arghya/water with mantras. Take a copper pot/kalash, fill it with water. If you have any of these these items, a bit of red saffron/ kumkum/ vermillion/ sandalwood powder, a red flower, a few grains of raw white rice, you should add it to the water. Now stand in front of the rising Sun, face him, raise your arms and let the water flow out in a thin stream. Look at the sunlight reflected in the water. While offering the water, you can recite the Surya arghya mantra once (0.20 secs onwards in this video), or the Surya Beej mantra ‘Om hraang hreeng hroung sah Suryaya namah’, or just ‘Om Suryaya namah’ 3 times.
  5. If you cannot recite Sanskrit mantras for any reason, it is ok. Just stand in the light of the rising Sun, fold your hands express your gratitude to his energy for all that he gives. Be conscious of the divine.

If you cannot do anything at all, just sit in the sun, or have your morning tea in the light of the rising sun. If you cannot go out in the early morning sunlight every day, that is also ok. Do it at least on every Sunday then.

Now let’s consciously add some Sun-energy behaviour in our life. Sun ultimately represents the Divinity within you so try to bring a bit of the spiritual in your life. Some small spiritual practice, or some activity that your faith or your conscience tells you to do? But do it regularly. Also he represents Creativity, so we will need to find some creative outlets too. Here are some ideas.

  • Exercise for 15 mins at least, at least every alternate day, start with simple stretches, warm-up exercisess, on-the spot jogging, simple dance steps, enjoy it! Nothing too intensive, just as a reminder that you love your body and want to feel it move.
  • Eat a small piece of jaggery in the morning before you leave the house for the day.
  • Read about the colors, smells/fragrances and food tastes linked to the planets in these posts. If you feel inclined, try to use some of these energies of the Sun, even a tiny bit will be helpful.
  • Avoid taking donations or charity from anyone. If you have to accept some stuff of this sort then offer the energy back in the form of blessings.
  • Play with your kids. Set up a time for them, maybe 3 times a week? These kids are expressions of your creativity, acknowledge them in some way, give some time to them.
  • Write something, just two sentences every day. This ‘secret diary’ is an all-purpose solution because it allows you to express yourself creatively everyday. Write about something that you saw, felt, heard, said, read. Just 2 lines in your words.
  • Theatre is a natural outlet for the Sun, but not all of us can get involved in acting/drama. But you can try your hand in acting/singing/karaoke/mimicry etc in small get-togethers and parties. Practice a bit in front of the mirror before you perform in public.

And if you cannot do any of these things, then this is the simplest way. Everyday whenever you first see the Sun in the sky, morning/afternoon/evening whenever you see him, stop for a second, acknowledge his energy in your life, feel his warmth on your body and soul and be Grateful.

 

woman stands on mountain over field under cloudy sky at sunrise(Here is a link to the Aditya Hrudaya stotra, the ‘Gita’ of the Ramayan. This is narrated to Shri Ram by Rishi Agastya. It describes the magnificence of the Internal Sun!)

Dhanvantari

Any post on Medicine is incomplete if we don’t recognise the God of Ayurved, Dhanvantari. He arose from the Samudra Manthan, as one of the 14 gems/Ratna from the Sea of Ksheer (ksheer means milk/ water/ a nourishing liquid/ actually means pran). The story of Samudra manthan is a beautiful way of describing what really happens when you do dhyan. The inward breath/pran and outward apan are the dev and danav, the mount meru is your own geometry which is being churned on the support of the hexagonal kurma based of the granthi of the muladhar. (will write a separate post on this, this post is only about Dhanvantari!) But the point is that Dhanvantari is your own internal energy if you can access and activate it.dhanvi.jpgThe preserver of the manifested Universe is the energy known as Vishnu. His energies are manifested in different forms which manage different aspects of this creation. Dhanvantari can be loosely understood as the guide/ferry-man/boat who helps cross the wasteland/desert. He is the form of Vishnu who is equipped with 4 things, Sudarshana chakra, Panchajanya conch, the kalash of Amrut/nectar and a Leech/Jaluka and has given us the knowledge of Ayurved. Shankh when blown is the sound of Om, sudarshan chakra is the cycle of Time, the kalash is immortality i.e. the knowledge of your reality and the Leech is the tool which removes impurities. There are several Dhanvantari Dhyan mantras, here is a beautiful one recited by Uma Mohan. He is worshipped specifically by Ayurvedic Vaidyaraj-s (doctors) and followers of Sanatan Dharm on the 13th day of the dark half of the Ashwin month, on Dhanatrayodashi. If you can do any sincere mantra, jaap, homa of Dhanvantari on this day you will be blesssed with good health. I have seen some families worshipping Devi Laxmi on this day, its not correct, as She is worshipped on Diwali Kartik Amavasya, 2 days after Dhanatrayodashi.

Dhanvantari Mantras also have the same efficacy when it comes to health related things. Now the homa for Dhanvantari will work for anything and everything related to health. The preparatory phase and concluding phase remains the same (this post), for the mantra phase, the mantra you will use is this,

“Om namo Bhagawate Dhanvantaraye, Amrutkalasha hastaya, sarva aamaya vinashanaya, Trilokyanathaya, Shri Mahavishnave Swaha”

One might wonder why remedies are useful. Suppose you have some muddy water in a tank, you add clear water to it, so its muddiness will reduce. If you add even more clear water and also try to remove the muddiness, eventually your tank will be full of clear pure water. This is the same principle. You are the tank of muddy water, your karmas have turned it muddy. You add clear water by doing your spiritual practice. You remove the mud by experiencing the karmic payback related things. The intensity of the karmic payback depends on the muddiness. More mud, more intense. If you dilute the mud by adding lots of clear water, the karma you will experience will be lighter too. Eventually you will be full of only clear water. So do some spiritual activity regularly, it may be for just 2 mins, but just do it mindfully with full intention.

 

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