Of a yogi and a tantrik..

These two words have become a fashion statement these days, Every aspirant on a spiritual path calls himself or herself a yogi or a yogini. And a student of the “black magic” calls himself a tantric, because it seems like a cool thing to do! So who is a Yogi and who is a Tantrik? Do you do not have to leave your house or indulge in weird stuff or dress up crazy? No, both these terms in their essence are a way of thinking. Read on.

Our soul carries with it a huge chunk of karmic load which needs to be worked through and balanced out. This is a weight on our soul and prevents us from knowing our real self truly. So we work our way through it slowly but surely in every life we take. The trick is to not create new stuff for us to carry while we are on it.

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When we were born all of us decided on how much of this karmic load we are going to deal with in this life. Now there are 2 ways of dealing with this load, either you go through the actual process of repayment or you burn the “I owe you” slips. Eg. If you have hurt a lot of people physically in your past lives, you may have to become a doctor in this life to treat and heal them as patients and balance the energy. But as always, you have a choice, you can do this actually or return their energies by doing deep pujas/dhyan/spiritual activities targeted for the greater good. Both these ways are acceptable.

Now a tantrik is the one who does everything, but with awareness, immersing himself in the experience with complete awareness. Seeing everything that can be seen, but all through being very aware of what is the reality of the event, how is the experience affecting him, his mind and his consciousness. And once he has reached the maximum depth of the experience he recognises that he has seen everything that can be shown to him and now it hold no attraction of him. He will never ever be drawn to it again. This is a tremendous intellectual process where intention, awareness, intelligence, analytical ability, and conscience all play a role. Self control is also of the highest degree. The consciousness is so highly aware that it allows the mind to experience but also control the mind so effectively that after the experience is complete it does not allow the mind to again seek that same as a repeat performance. The path of the tantrik is called the left handed path or Vamachara in Sanatan Dharm.

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A yogi follows the right handed path, Dakshinchara. He refuses to even taste of the experiences available, thus avoiding getting caught in the net of temptations. He withdraws from the society, becomes a Sanyasi. He does intense puja, yagnyas, mantra sadhana, ultimately Dhyan. He prefers to burn out the karmic “I owe yous” with the intense fire of his sadhana/tapa. This path of the yogi is also very difficult path. It is a complete  test of intention, intelligence, Shraddha/faith, awareness and firmness. The yogi has to control his mind and body so intensely that he does not get even the slightest attracted to the desires of the world. You can see such Yogis often bind themselves with very severe rules. They follow the basic rules of a Sanyasi, but do more, not allow anyone to touch them, cover themselves with the Vibhutis of their yagnyas, wear minimal clothes, matted hair, be very particular about the food they eat, speak very less or remain silent always etc. These rules represent their cut off from the realm of the Mahamaya, the world of desires.

For me, I think I am trying the tantrik way! I got married, had a child and have my professional work, take care of my home and do my work counselling my clients. Immersing myself in being a wife, daughter, mother, professional everything, experiencing the joy and the hurts completely. But I try, in all this to remain aware of my real purpose that is to experience my true self. These experiences are just stepping stones on that path.

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One of my clients was insistent on taking Sanyas. He is from a very rich family and the family was not willing to let him go like this as the life of a Sanyasi is very difficult. When you leave the society like this, it is possible that you may fall in the hands of rouges who might kill you for your organs or fake gurus who may tap you for your spiritual energy. And looking at the young man’s horoscope I wanted to help him but also keep him safe. My client’s brother was married and had a son himself so the next generation had also arrived. My client was thus free. So his parents agreed with my counsel. They added one new storey to their house for him, and built him a completely new home with a dedicated puja room. He now lives there separately and does his sadhana, last I heard he was doing Dhyan for over 4 hours daily. He is on his way to being a Yogi.

A small astrology tidbit. If you have your ascendent in Cancer/Karka, you have the potential to be great in spirituality or waste your life energies in worldly activities. Ascendent in Karka is one of the most challenging positions as worldly satisfaction is almost non-existent for them. But if by chance, these persons can bring their minds in control of their consciousness, they can achieve greatness in the spiritual realm.

My client, the young man, after going through his struggles and tapa will eventually be a Guru, a Satguru. I felt the pressure of this disciples both born and as yet unborn waiting for him. And I too look forward to seeing him in that form soon. Reading horoscopes sometimes brings very deep joy.

Kesh or Hair..

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I have always found the cossack hairstyle fascinating, the hair retained are at the same point as the shikha which an Indian brahmin wears. The Cossack pulls the tuft upwards and the Indian ties it at the back of the head. The shikha hairstyle is for boys and is kept from the thread ceremony/yadnyopavit at the age of 6yrs onwards for the entire lifetime. This shikha indicates that the young boy has now entered society and is sort of a half-man. Now after his education, he has 2 options, either he will marry and enter Gruhasta life, life of a house holder. Or he will cut off this remaining hair and completely shave his head and enter Sanyas, renunciate this society and leave as a Sanyasi.

I decided to write a post on “Hair”.  Not on styling it, but on its importance in spiritual matters. Hair is just not something you style, it is your spiritual antenna. Hair is linked to your intuition and emotional memory.

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Women generally keep long hair, and this is linked to their feminity, sixth sense and emotional nature. A woman who keeps long hair is perceived as being more feminine and she actually is. Men with their short cropped hairstyles are perceived as being more direct, decisive and manly. Men who want to show off their artistic sides generally keep long hair.

One of my clients, a young woman, was unable to find a husband, she had had several proposals through matrimonials but nothing ultimately though her horoscope was good. She had her hair in a severe short “boy-cut” and thus exuded a typical male hardness. No wonder prospective young men rejected her. I requested her to grow out her hair and within 6 months of a “short step cut” she had her husband.

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The US army had a research when during the Vietnam war they recruited American Indians as jungle trackers but when they were put in uniform in a military style hair cut they strangely lost their tracking skills. American Indian men traditionally keep very long hair. Long hair kept unbound can be used to sense the presence of other energies. Some Indian sadhus too keep long hair. I keep my hair unbound and open when I do my Dhyan and other stuff. Keeping hair unbound and open also helps in better reading of horoscopes and cards. There are people who are mediums for the spirits, they keep their hair unbound during pujas and never cut them, keep them coiled on their heads otherwise.

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One of my clients was suffering from tremendous ill-will from her parents, I checked her horoscope and also with my Thoth tarot before giving her a solution. And she was married so my conscience also was ok with this. On a saturday/tuesday evening, I told her to sit in front of her puja ghar, face east/north, cut one strand of her hair herself and clip one nail, place both on a small piece of paper, burn everything completely and then carefully take the ashes out in a open space and release them in the wind. The intention was that the link of DNA between her and her parents should be sealed and their ill wishing should not reach her anymore. It was a sad thing to do but was essential for both her and her parents welfare.

A baby’s hair are never cut, but complete removal of the hair or tonsure is done before the first birthday or the third birthday. The hair which was present on the head represents the linked karmas from the life dependent on the mother. So these are shaved off completely. This is done for both baby boys and baby girls too. This is the only time in the entire life that a female’s head is shaved off completely.

For males there are 2 more occasions where the head is shaved off completely, during the funeral rites of the father and the mother. For a male the funeral rites are very intense mantras and intentions. The death of a father or a mother represents a very big break for him and now he has to take on the responsibilities of the house. So he needs to get rid of even the emotional memories of the past linked karmas with the dead parent.

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So hair is extremely important and cutting hair or shaving the head is not just a styling thing but has a spiritual component too. If you are feeling a sense of negativity in your life or want to forget an incident which had an emotional impact on you, get your hair cut. In fact on the next Amavasya, cut off a few strands with your own hands with the intention that you are cutting off that emotional hurt. Throw those few cut strands in the winds not the trashbin. You will recover remarkably quickly after this small “surgery”. A very easy and effective solution this is.

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Speak out!

We are always under so much pressure to conform, our parents, our teachers, our friends, the husband/wife, the children, the boss everyone has expectations from you. So you are the good little boy, a quiet student, the best buddy, the ideal man, the perfect worker, the best dad.. thats is a lot of work you have put in. But then in all this, who are you really? All these definitions are words stuck on you by others, thus hiding your own identity.

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Another problem with others expectations is that, though you may feel overwhelmed but still you labour on because you are scared to hurt their feelings. Or in some self sadist way you think, “I will ruin my health doing work for him, then he will understand how much I have given up for him”. Else you feel that you are stronger and can afford to overwork yourself for those others. And the others keep on taking advantage of you.

Also it may be possible that the others may care about you really, but do not realise how tired you are working non stop. Just because you are so perfect at hiding yourself. You never speak out, never say that you are tired, just work like a robot. This is a problem then. You have to learn to speak up.

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One of my clients is a woman, a PhD, a highly paid professional she works 6 days a week but also cooks food, takes care of her children and the parents. Is a dedicated wife and does her pujas etc too regularly. Even as a child she was an obedient child, good at studies and also arts/crafts. An ideal personality on the outside, but on the inside she was stressed out to the point of breaking but unable to express herself. Her horoscope analysis showed, ascendent libra, with saturn, mars, jupiter retrograde, mercury caizimi (within 1 degree of the sun) and true nodes in direct motion. Added to all this her ascendent venus was conjunct with ketu in the 5th house.

  1. Libra ascendent is a very typical person. Outwardly very balanced, likes beauty, polite, very good company, fair just etc but internally in a free fall and the back aches almost continually. They provide support to almost everyone they are in contact with, are extremely understanding and sensible. Thus when they are in need of support themselves, no one really believes them. Thus they do not get the support they desperately need so the physical support of the body, the back, aches.
  2. Retrograde planets, everyone has 1-2 planets retrograde, 3 is a bit rare but added to it the true node direct (they are usually retrograde) made for some very interesting observations.
  3. Saturn retrograde will make the person work and work and work, despite being very well off she was doing office and house work both.
  4. Retrograde Jupiter may make a person religious but will not give the results of the pujas, will be directionless spiritually or a follower of off-beat philosophies. Her pujas were certainly not being very fruitful.
  5. Mars retrograde is the saddest possible combination, as the expression of the will is nil, such a person cannot say “no”, is the silent worker without recognition.
  6. Mercury kaizmi, the powers of mercury were completely burnt out as it was less than 1degree from the sun. She could not communicate especially when talking about herself. Would develop a slight stammer and not find the words. It was painful to see someone like that.
  7. True nodes in direct motion. Her subconscious energies were of very high potential but blocked by heavy karmic factors.
  8. And the worst for the last, Venus ascendent with ketu. Internally disengaged from all relationships. Zero understanding of her own self and her emotional and physical hurts. Ketu is a “pretender” able to take up the personality the “other” wants. Anyone expecting something from her would get it. The Ketu would change her personality to suit what was being demanded of her. So she was superficially the ideal mother, student, wife etc but she was unaware of her own self. She had no “self identity”.

It was a long process of counselling her and her husband too and doing a series of mantras for ketu, mercury, sun and then finally saturn. She did deep healing with Vishnu Sahastranama and Srisukta. In this process she also learnt reiki and to do cards, Lenormand and Thoth. She was guided and helped but she did her self healing herself and used the tools given to her. And today at least she can speak up for herself and express what she feels and what she wants. She does a bit less housework and gives herself time. Her back aches less.

So speak up, express what ever is in your hearts. Do not wait till the emotional stress reaches such a point that the physical body starts getting damaged. If you are unaware of what you want, or cannot express it in words (it happens, I know) put this simple intention in the universe, “I will receive what I need to live my life health and happy on all levels”. Repeat this affirmation once a day for 21 days at least.

You have to take care of yourself first. Keep yourself mentally, emotionally and physically healthy so that you can move on and focus on to your spiritual health.

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Guru Sakshat Parabrahma..

Guruh Brahma Guruh Vishnu Guruh Devo Maheshwarah Guru Sakshata Parabrahmah Tasmai Shri Guruve namah.

This is the sanskrit shloka on the foundation of which the business of the “modern gurus” is conducted. This year I saw this shlok being circulated on whatsapp on 5th sept celebrated as (school/college) Teacher’s day. The commonly circulated translation is “The Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv. The Guru is the All observing Parabrahma. And thus I bow down to that Guru”. So our School teachers and modern age gurus chant this and elevate themselves to the levels of Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh and the Parabrahma. Such ego! Its unbelievable.

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What is a “guru” in Sanskrit? Lets see, venerable, extended, heavy, serious, difficult, high, valueable, momentous, dense, attract etc. Remember this is a sanskrit word used in the context of spiritual studies, so intention and layers and layers of meanings.

A school/college teacher is more properly an “adhyapak” in sanskrit. A school or college teacher should not be called a guru, it is an insult to the real Guru.

Second these modern age “spiritual gurus” who are only interested in establishing “centers”, businesses, brand names and products. They cannot live without AC, wear really expensive clothes, use expensive vehicles and just talk. Use complicated words to baffle and awe their followers. This is just bad karma that they are creating for themselves. Its is the greatest sin to purposely deceive an aspirant who has a genuine interest in spirituality.

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So who is the Guru? He is the Satguru. The one who shows you, brings you, attracts you to the Sat/Eternal Truth. And the real Sat is your own self. That which you have been searching for so long is Yourself. And thus the only force who can bring you to youself is …. Your Own Self.

Next this shlok, remember Sanskrit, layers of meanings, So this shlok more properly means this, “Brahmadev is the Guru, Vishnu is the Guru, Maheshwar is the Guru, the ‘witness to all’ Parabrahma is the Guru. And thus I bow down to such Guru.” Brahmadev, Vishnu, Maheshwar and the Parabrahma are the energies which bring you to the Truth/Sat. Thus it makes sense.

The difference between these 2 meanings is like heaven and earth.

And my personal belief is that I really do not need someone in a physical body to be my Guru. I believe that there is a higher self within me. I am a tiny bit of the Parabrahma myself and this tiny bit is my conscience/Antaratma. If I let my conscience be my Guru, it will take me to Myself. But living in this world of so many external influences, pushes and pulls, I have stopped hearing the voice of my conscience. So how do I hear Myself again? Only when I cut off these external voices and sit still.

So please start your spiritual practice, and practice sitting still. Your conscience will speak to you again and a day will come when you will start following your conscience. That is the power of Sat, your own.

Now listen to this Guru stotra by Uma Mohan which defines in even more details what a Guru actually is!

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Amrit Sukta..

The body is electromagnetic, the energy cores of the body are 7 chakras, vertices which power the system through the naadis (electrical wires!) and the electricity is called “prana”. There are 49 types of pranic energies of which 5 and then of them 2 are the most important etc etc. In an average human the naadi grid system, the chakra powerstations and the prana electricity itself is in a very sorry state of affairs. The primary reason for this is that we do not breathe properly. Surprised? Two reasons,

  1. Our breathing has become dependant on our emotional state, and just look at the range of emotions we go through in an average day. So breathing is highly compromised
  2. We are not aware of our breathing. It has become so mechanical that we really do not pay attention to our breathing.
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Breathing is just not the physical act of taking in air and then pushing out that air. Breathing is actually the action of 2 types of electricities, Prana which enters the body with energies from the universe and apan which sends out energies which are not needed from the body. If you ever learn to “see” your naadis and the prana energy moving through them you can observe the energy from the universe, first enters the body with the indrawn breath at the ajnya chakra, third eye. The seat of consciousness of at the ajnya chakra. After this the prana gets distributed throughout the body.

This brings me to my favourite sukta, Amrit Sukta from the Rig veda. This is also recited as Rudra Laghu Nyasa. Uma Mohan has recited the Rudra Laghu nyasa and Rattan Mohan Sharma has chanted just the Amrit sukta. Both renditions are exceptionally beautiful, do listen to them sometime, it touches your soul. I have listened to them both for hours and hours on a loop. It does induce a trance, a light meditative state, it is very enjoyable.

अ॒ग्निर्मे॑ वा॒चि श्रि॒तः । वाग्धृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

वा॒युर्मे॓ प्रा॒णे श्रि॒तः । प्रा॒णो हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

सूर्यो॑ मे॒ चक्षुषि श्रि॒तः । चक्षु॒र्-हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

च॒ंद्रमा॑ मे॒ मन॑सि श्रि॒तः । मनो॒ हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

दिशो॑ मे॒ श्रोत्रे॓ श्रि॒ताः । श्रोत्र॒ग्॒ं॒ हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

आपोमे॒ रेतसि श्रि॒ताः । रेतो हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

पृ॒थि॒वी मे॒ शरी॑रे श्रि॒ताः । शरी॑र॒ग्॒ं॒ हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

ओ॒ष॒धि॒ व॒न॒स्पतयो॑ मे॒ लोम॑सु श्रि॒ताः । लोमा॑नि॒ हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

इंद्रो॑ मे॒ बले॓ श्रि॒तः । बल॒ग्॒ं॒ हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

प॒र्जन्यो॑ मे॒ मू॒र्द्नि श्रि॒तः । मू॒र्धा हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

ईशा॑नो मे॒ म॒न्यौ श्रि॒तः । म॒न्युर्-हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

आ॒त्मा म॑ आ॒त्मनि॑ श्रि॒तः । आ॒त्मा हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

पुन॑र्म आ॒त्मा पुन॒रायु॒ रागा॓त् ।

पुनः॑ प्रा॒णः पुन॒राकू॑त॒मागा॓त् ।

वै॒श्वा॒न॒रो र॒श्मिभि॑र्-वावृधा॒नः ।

अ॒ंतस्ति॑ष्ठ॒त्वमृत॑स्य गो॒पाः ॥

May Agni (fire) move into Vaach (sound), Vaach move into the Hrudaya (true divine knowledge/center/veda/soul/ajnya chakra), the Aham (Ego/I) move into Amrita (Non-death/beloved), Non-death move into the Brahma (divine)

May Vayu( (vital air) move into Prana (life/power/spirit), Prana move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May Surya(energy of sun) move into the Chakshu (eye/sight), Chakshu move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May the Chandrama (lunar energies) move into the Mann (visualization/belief), Mann move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May the Disha (direction/region) move into the Shrotra (ear/hearing/knowledge of vedas), Shrotra move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May the Aap (fluidity/flow) move into the Reta (seed/current/progeny), the Reta move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May the Prithvi (earth element) move into the Sharir (solidity/strength), Sharir move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May Aushadhi (remedy/herb) vanaspati move into the Loam (fine hair), the Loam move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May Indra (excellent/chief/night/human soul) move into Bal (force/power/stamina), Bal move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May Parjanya (rain/rain cloud) move into Murgha (top of head/summit/point), Murgha move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May Ishan (wealthy/master/splendour) move into Manyu (passion/high spirit/zeal/sacrifice), Manyu move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May Atma (self/soul) move into the Atma, Atma move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May again the soul again be in harmony with the Higher Life (Ayu)

May the (prana) life force move towards the Intention (Aakut)

May the Universal energies increase the strings/vibrations/rays (Rashmi)

And remain within the guardian (Gopa) of the Non-death (Amrit)

This is a very inadequate translation. Devbhasha Samskritam cannot be translated into other languages, because there are no corresponding words and the real meaning of sanskrit words involves intention too. I do not translate sanskrit mantras/suktas ever, because they can never understood intellectually. These have to be felt and experienced. Still because this is the sukta which describes the movement of the energies necessary if we are to realise moksha, raise the kundalini/attain perfect knowledge, I tried to translate it.

(I use the website spokensanskrit.org for the meanings because it gives multiple meanings for the sanskrit words)

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And this movement of energy happens only when you are the Dhyan state when all the pran has been withdrawn from all the other naadis of the bodies and now moves only inside the shushumna naadi.

In this state of deep dhyan the breathing movement of the body stops, no air is exchanged. The prana directly enter the ajnya chakra/hrudaya. The ajnya chakra does not allocate this vital life force for bodily functions and organs of sense and action etc. The body may seem dead physically. This state is when samadhi can occur.

It is also interesting that when we are sleeping, the ajnya chakra sends the prana energy to the top of the head, the dashangula sthana. Sleep is a highly mysterious state which our scientists are trying to map with brainwaves and stuff. If they learn to see the prana flowing along the naadis all their research will be complete.

And you can also learn to observe this high energy drama going on inside your own bodies, start by learning to see aura first, then try to observe the movements of the chakras in the palms, then the 7 chakras and the naadis. It requires regular practice that is all.

There are so many mysteries inside your own self, so much to know and experience.

I really wonder how we humans can waste our time seeking temporary stuff on the outside when the inner world is so enormous, so extraordinary..

 

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Mother devils, astrologically possible?

In our Sanatan dharma traditionally the parents are considered to be on par with the divine itself, Matrudevata and Pitrudevata. And they are! they give us birth, take care of us, love us then help us financially, enjoy our marriages and then help in taking care of their grandchildren too. Most parents are like this, some may even more dedicated and go through severe personal hardships to take care of their children.astrologically negligent mothersBut unfortunately as every thing has an other side, this “parent” thing also has its own black side. In my practice I have seen extraordinary parents who were so good, divine even, but I have seen such parents who were indifferent, actively disliked their children and some who were actually evil. Children of such parents grow up to be highly conflicted and complex personalities. Imagine how it would be like for a young child, where everyone around them says that parents are always good, and they know in their innocent minds that their parents are not like that. But because they are so young they feel it is their fault or something and then their mental trauma begins.

Astrologically the moon and the lord of the 4th house represent the mother. If either or both of these 2 grahas are placed in the 6th, 8th, 12th houses or under malefic aspects the love of the mother is denied.

  1. In the 6th, the mother may behave like a enemy and a cause of (psychological or physical) disease, debt and ruin.
  2. In the 8th, the mother may be physically violent, cause injury, she may actually die or live separately.
  3. In the 12th the mother will be absent, either physically dead or insane or indifferent.

If the mother is abusive to the child or even indifferent the child has emotional issues. Women as a group do not get along with him and neither does he get along with them. He will always have a mental block about receiving stuff. May be unable to accept kindness even. Outwardly a very strong and stable personality, but is crumbling inside emotionally. Can get depressive, addicted to alcohol etc easily. Cannot let down their guard or confide, have difficulty trusting. Cannot express their feelings because they do not understand what it is that they are feeling.

On a physical level, such a mother often comes with the following combinations. The house that the child lives in is not happy and is full of restricted suppressed energies. The vehicles, landed properties if owned become a source of irritation. Maternal side of the family, aunts and uncles can impose. The mother herself may be acutely or chronically ill, or working overtime, may be suppressed herself.

One of my clients had his moon in pisces in the 6th house and aspected by Saturn from the 12th house. He had a very committed hardworking professional mother who took care of everything around the house, helped other people too, outwardly the ideal mother. But there was not one drop of love in her interactions with her son, only a sense of duty. As per his horoscope around the age of 4yrs something so traumatic happened that he developed a personality split. It did not really affect his daily life so it was just that he was perceived to be a quiet boy who loved reading books. I met him when he was 38 years old. I drew his chart and also used some personal energy to look into his subconsciousness, where I felt that he was still a small child. His personal image of himself was also of a small boy wearing typical half-shorts and half-shirts. His mother then died and with that the restrictions on his emotional self started getting loose. He was also doing his sadhana very sincerely and within a month from her death somehow he realised that he had grown up, he was more hopeful. And now his personal image was that of a 16 year old young man. Not fully grown up yet but getting there. This man now understands the negative influence his mother has had on him, but by the grace of the Parameshwar, does not blame her after her death, rather is grateful to her for doing whatever she did as her duty.

Perspective, it all comes to that. And perspective comes only with maturity and empathy.

So now, check out your personal birth horoscope and the position of the moon and the lord of the 4th house. Try to critically analyze your relationship with your mom.

In the example above, the mother did not love because she herself was not loved by her mother, and was kept in a hostel away from her parents. But again that does not mean that her actions were justified. If she knew how it was to be not loved, she should have tried and learnt. That was her life lesson which she did not learn. She will be given the same set of circumstances in her next lives till she learns. But my client has learnt, he has a son himself and with his small boy he has tried to live his childhood again, trying to give him the love which he never received from his mother.

All the times, what a child really needs the most is being hugged and cuddled and being told by his parent that he is the most precious person in the universe. And remember children can see auras better so can always make out when a grown up is lying.astrologically negligent mothersJust remember this, start working with energy only when you feel you have developed enough maturity and empathy to be able to view things dispassionately. We are not working with energy to settle scores, it is not a weapon against others.

The whole purpose of understanding all this is to disengage from the outer influences and to look inside our own selves. But you cannot disengage without first understanding them. So astrology teaches you to observe, understand and learn.

In my next post i will discuss negligent fathers.

 

 

Devguru Bruhaspati, conventional wisdom

Now lets discuss Jupiter/Bruhaspati for a bit, the biggest planet in the solar system and in the horoscope too it is quite the heavy weight. A really important planet and his placement can bring up the quality of the horoscope. A nicely placed Jupiter in the 1st, 5th, 7th, 9th houses covers the other important houses with its 5th, 7th and 9th aspects thus can balance your horoscope beautifully.five assorted balloonsJupiter just expands. If placed in the 2st house, you may belong to a large and well off family. In the 5th he will expand love affairs, formal education, children and expressions of creativity. If in the 6th house he will expand your enemies/debts/diseases. And if let loose, unsupervised in the 7th he will expand your partnerships and may even give you several husbands/wives. “Expansion” is his trait and this is modified by presence and aspects of other planets which interact with him in the horoscope. His second important trait is that he does not actively stop harm, but is quite good at “kissing and making an injury better”, and reduces the recovery time after you have got hurt. If he is quite well placed in your horoscope he might just mildly point out that there is a danger ahead but that is about it. But at bandaging and dressing up your hurts he is the best.pexels-photo-433635.jpegSo if you want to be able to hear his mild warnings clearly or you you want to shorten your recovery times after the accident do light a desi cow milk ghee lamp on thursdays with the mantra,ॐ  देवानां च ऋषीणां च गुरुं काञ्जनसंनिभं बुद्धिभूतं त्रीलोकेशं तं नमामि बृहस्पतिं ॐ . If you so feel inspired you can chant the bruhaspati beej mantra ॐ ग्रां ग्रीं ग्रौं सः गुरूवे नमः 108 times, If you are chanting for yourselves it is pronounced as Om grang gring graung sah gurave namah. If you are chanting it for you loved one it is to be pronounced as Om gram grim graum sah gurave namah. If you are even more inspired you can do a homam using this same beej mantra replacing the namah by a swaha.

The stone which resonates with jupiter’s energy is yellow sapphire. In India, this stone is quite popular as Jupiter is supposed to be quite benign and wearing his stone is considered safe.But again compared to gemstones the mantras are more effective as the mantras represent your personal effort, repeated weekly mindfully and with intention. And I repeat, intention and repeated sincere efforts is everything.

One interesting observation is when you have your Jupiter return. Meaning when Jupiter makes one full round of the zodiac and comes back to the same position as in your birth horoscope. As Jupiter takes 12 years to complete one cycle he returns every 12 years. So if you are 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84 etc yrs old this one year of Jupiter return will increase your maturity levels in unexpected ways. This year will actually make you older and wiser. So watch out and mindfully make use of this opportunity. Jupiter is ultimately a wise teacher so teaches responsibility and maturity in a relatively gentler manner.

On the other hand a Jupiter transit over your 1st house/ascendent can expand your body, you might actually get fatter, but also your role in society. And his transit over your birth moon sign can help you grow emotionally wiser and understanding.

Jupiter, Venus and Ketu/South node are the major planets in determining spirituality and the progress on this road to moksha. If they are all together or in beneficial mutual aspects then the native can achieve a lot if he takes up some spiritual practice.

And now, you might feel all this to be rather silly, I mean really what can a large gaseous planet actually do?

So lets do this to understand. We all live in cities and what with the light pollution and the smog we really have forgotten how the night sky looks like. And it is such a loss! So in the night today go out and look out of the window and remember how the smoggy skies look like. Then for your next vacation choose a location where “star gazing” is an activity. Then during your vacation, lie down under the night sky and look at the stars and the planets. If your mind is still enough you might sense the energy that this starry night has. Even if you cant sense the energy, I am sure you will feel refreshed on a very deep level.

This is the energy from the stars that we try to map out on a horoscope and every star and planet is different.

 

scenic view of night sky