रविवार, 15 फ़रवरी 2009

Dasa Periods and the Cycles of Karma

The dasa shows how our karma unfolds in Astrology. There are many dasa systems in Vedic Astrology that allow us to see karma unfolding here on Earth. The most prominent is the Vimshottari dasa system. It is a system that uses a 120 year cycle where each planet rules a certain number of years, which is also broken down into sub periods from there. The sub periods (called bhuktis) are in the same order and divided relative to the dasa length below. For instance Ketu dasa starts with Ketu / Ketu, then Ketu / Venus, then Ketu / Sun, etc. Very accurate results are possible using this dasa system to predict what karmas will unfold at what time.
The planetary dasas in the Vimshottari dasa system unfold in this order. 1. Ketu 7 years2. Venus 20 years3. Sun 6 years4. Moon 10 years5. Mars 7 years6. Rahu 18 years7. Jupiter 16 years8. Saturn 19 years9. Mercury 17 yearsThere is much speculation about why they are in this order. I have heard many theories and I like them all. There is a strange harmony to this dasa order that seems to work. It is relevant to view the dasa system as a microcosm of the human life.
The dasa system starts with Ketu, as it is the planet where we are closest to God, where the soul is not yet rooted in the body as we often observe in very young children. Ketu is the dasa where we become aware of all that we do not need. Just as the infant only needs breath and minimal sustenance, beyond that he is more essence than substance. Relative human age 0-1 years
Venus dasa is when this baby is nurtured and cared for by Venus, the nurturer. Venus is the dasa that feeds the fat baby. Hers is the longest dasa as on Earth as we come here to learn to care for each other, in a body first. So this body needs care and courtesy while it is learning. This is the most important time in our lives, when our mind and perceptions about the world are forming. Relative human age 1 -3 years
Sun dasa shows the emergence of our individual identity, ready to shine from his light, no longer feeling the need to be supported by others. This necessary ego-centricity allows a healthy sense of self to emerge, a healthy ego is one where we feel positively empowered, not allowing others to run over our boundaries or us to over run theirs. Relative human age 4-12 years
Moon dasa is the need to connect this individual experience with others in a meaningful way. It is no longer enough to just feel ourselves shine; we must learn to see ourselves as a reflection through the eyes and experiences of others and reflected back to us in society. We become sensitive like the awkward teenager in the Moon dasa. Relative human age 13 - 19 years
Mars dasa is when we learn to compete with others in the world and learn to make allies instead of enemies out of our competitors; through courage and disciplined action we test our principles in a world of consequence through the gregarious and raucous energy of Mars. Relative human age 20 - 27 years
Rahu shows our worldly life and our material existence. With the exuberance of youth behind us we are in the world, enmeshed in Maya and accumulation. Marriage, Children, career, and all the trappings of adult worldly life and its ability to veil our higher intelligence is the soul in Rahu dasa. Relative human age 28 - 40
Jupiter dasa is where we can reclaim our inherent wisdom after Rahu runs us crazy! It is a time when we feel our load has been lightened or at least we feel back in control of our mind. Jupiter comes to provide insight, maturity and life lessons, as he is also Guru, teacher, so we can share some of our wisdom with others. Relative human age 40-55
Saturn dasa is when we will become aware of our limitations and learn to be practical about them. After the enthusiasm of Jupiter, Saturn will bring us back to Earth and make us face reality. Reality is not the optimism of Jupiter it is the cold hard facts of Saturn. Those facts are the death of our body and the temporal nature of all material life. Saturn will give us the time to work through our karma in isolation. Relative human age 55 – 65
Mercury dasa is when we can become like a child again, playful and non-judgmental, but through knowledge and clear thinking, not through ignorance. After the practical heaviness of Saturn our mind is clear and open and capable of discrimination, jnana yoga. Relative human age 65 - ?
Transition Periods Between Dasas
When these dasas change, major shifts in energy occur. This is why people seem to change overnight, the dasa are what change. To prepare us for these radical shifts the preceding bhukti period is always a preparatory time, whose energy is similar to the next dasa period.

The Moon in the Dasa Scheme.
The start of the first planetary dasa cycle is reckoned from placement of the Moon at birth. The Lord of the Nakshatra (corresponding star in the Moon sign) will determine the 1st dasa period. The percentage of the amount of distance traversed by the Moon through that Nakshatra is deducted from the balance of the mean dasa length to determine the first dasa length. Example - if the Moon had traveled ¼ through the Nakshatra of Bharani, ruled by Venus, then ¼ of the length of Venus dasa would be deducted from it's mean length of 20 years. Thus the first dasa would be Venus for 16 years.The Vimshottari dasa is shown from the Moon because it is from the Moon that everything grows, first in our consciousness then later in the world. The Moon is the consciousness; it is the mind that has been with us for time immemorial. It is where our deep mental impressions (called samsaras) reside. When a planetary dasa runs, first we get the samsaras from that planet, based on our past karma with it, and then we act upon those samsaras, creating new karma. If we have misused that planet's energy in past lives or this one, we get those difficult samsaras when the dasa runs, thus attracting the experiences we must in order to experience our mistakes and learn from them. If we have used that planet well, we get those samsaras also. It is important to note that assessing dasa periods in a general way can be dicey. There are as many possibilities with dasas as there are charts. Venus for instance is a first rate benefic, yet as a dusthana lord or debilitated, her periods can seem like hell. This is because of what is mentioned above. A debilitated planet will show the difficult karma associated with it. In that case the themes stated below will be the areas of loss and suffering experienced. As an example if Venus is harmed we will especially feel pain in relationships, wealth, happiness, etc, when her dasa runs, because those are the things she rules. The planets have an innate quality and energy and when their period runs we will feel that energy for good or ill. When referring to these dasa periods we are also referring to their sub periods.
Ketu - 7 years. First and foremost the Ketu's job is help us complete the karmas we are finishing in this life. His job is to give us only what we need and take everything we do not need in order for our soul to develop. Ketu only hurts us if we are too attached to things that are unnecessary. Ketu supports esoteric and healing careers like Astrology, Yoga or other sacred healing practices. Mostly though, his dasa is hot and fast and can make life seem out of control. People should always avoid making long-term commitments at the end of Ketu dasa, as life is about to change drastically. If we are too attached to a meaningless life of materiality, Ketu can hurt us deeply. Ketu is a malefic planet and a cruel one so his energy will feel harsh, even when he is giving good things.
Medical indications: Ketu can give Mars type of accidents and diseases as well as mysterious illnesses, muscular or nervous system disorders. Psychologically he gives self-doubt as well as a hyper criticism of all he is associating with.
Venus - 20 years. Venus is a time when we will mainly seek worldly happiness and a loving partnership. Coming after Ketu dasa, Marriage is often a theme in Venus dasas or a marriage that has more loving qualities of Venus. Wealth is also an important theme as are Women, children and other people in general. Venus as a benefic will want to give things to us and we must be careful not to fall into the worldly quality of her charms and sensual pleasures. Although Venus is Mother Lakshmi, the Goddess of beauty and wealth, Venus is also the great caretaker and her dasa will make us take better care of people or ourselves or make us aware that we are not doing a good job in that area of life or that we are not being treated with the courtesy and respect that we deserve. Even when we suffer during her dasa there are lessons to learn and it is as gentle as possible.
Medical indications: Illnesses related to internal organs, mainly of the reproductive system, STD's, as well as the kidneys, diabetes.
Sun - 6 years. The Sun dasa shows the time when the Souls energy burns deeply into the life. We would like to purify and hone our expression down to only that which serves to take us to the heights we have imagined. It is the time when we are finding our true selves. We may experience a crisis of confidence, which spurs the need to seek inner truth. Education, spirituality, politics, business, affecting the world in a big way, can also be themes of the Sun dasa. If the Sun in weak, we will feel hurt by the inability to project the confidence we need to blaze a path to truth and light that we have envisioned. The Sun is the planet of confidence and charisma, and also the planet with the most inherent strength as he lights up the entire chart. His strength and forbearance will likely have us sacrifice something, especially after the excess and hedonism of Venus dasa. The nature of the Sun as a cruel Graha is that he will separate us from those things extraneous and in the way. Power is the theme of the Sun dasa, the power to shine as truth and to express our unique Soul nature. But we may also suffer, as the Sun will burn the impurities we have gathered along the way and separate us from those who do not support or comprehend our new and unique path.
Medical Indications: The Sun rules the basic vitality and energy in the body, so if he is weak in the chart his dasa period may show an overall decline in vitality. Also he rules the heart and can give heart attacks in his dasa period.
Moon - 10 years. The Moon dasa is a time when we seek connection. Marriage, family and Motherhood (especially for women) will be themes. But also activities involving us with the public and other people will be themes. Starting a business, buying a home, staking a claim in the tangible world will be important. A strong or well-supported Moon can make its dasa the best time of our lives. A weak Moon can make us feel that everyone else has that "normal life" that we don't. If the connections to family and children and home are absent, there could be much suffering in Moon dasa. It is also a time when memories of our own childhood can become major themes as the Moon rules our memories. If indicated we may experience some deep mental crises at this time as the Moon is the main planet of mental illness and insanity. The Moon is a gentle Graha, so even if we are suffering there is no cruelty to her energy. Yet she is fickle and lovesick, needy and totally impressionable. Just as the Moon itself is the most sensitive part of who we are, so too the Moon dasa can be the most vulnerable part of our life.
Medical Indications: The Moon shows the overall constitution and water in the body, the water that maintains our tissues. If the Moon is weak we will have excess vata, which makes for nervousness and anxiety in her dasa period. The Moon also rules the breasts and can show breast cancer or tumors when harmed.
Mars - 7 years The Mars dasa is another hot and fast dasa. It is a time when we will be involved in pursuing our goals with energy and passion. There will likely be a sense of excitement and energy . Sports, competition and other interests will be important at this time. Mars is the planet that makes us want to improve our life through disciplined action. His dasa will either bring us closer to that improvement, or when Mars is compromised, we will suffer, noticing our lack of strength, courage and inability improve. This will either bring complacency, or bring us into conflict with others through arguments, fighting and power struggles. It is the nature of Mars to fight for what is right, but we will be overtaken by our enemies, suffering due to our perceived powerlessness if he is weak. Associates, allies and those that we do battle with will also be themes in Mars dasa, as well as siblings and business relationships and entanglements of all sorts with them. Mars also rules landed property so buying a home may be important. Mars is a malefic planet so even when he gives things, there is a harsh quality to it. Medical Indications: He brings stress, hypertension and overexertion, so health problems like heart attacks and other stress related ailments might appear during his dasa. Also problems with the blood, like leukemia are possible as Mars rules the marrow.
Rahu - 18 years. Rahu dasa is a time when our material life can spin out of control. Rahu is the planet of our material attachment. Rahu is associated by sign, house and planetary conjunction and aspect with the qualities we are most in need of developing in this lifetime. As his energy eclipses our mind on a subconscious level, his dasa period can feel like things we do not understand are compelling us. Mysterious scenarios will unfold and put us in places we would have never imagined. Then unexpectedly, everything changes and we are doing something totally different. His energy is similar to Ketu, (the other half of the Node) but with Rahu it is our subconscious obsessions that are controlling us, compelling us to develop those parts of ourselves that are in need of developing. Yet Rahu can bring enormous success during his dasa period as he will be focused and determined to explode the worldly quality of whatever he is associating with. In general, during his dasa periods we are likely to feel out of control as we accumulate or experience without wisdom or maturity.
Medical Indications: Rahu creates mysterious illnesses, often time of the nervous system like weird allergies, toxic poisonings and environmental diseases. Physical ailments that occur during Rahu periods are especially hard to cure because of the obscuring nature of this node. Many times a person will not become cured until Jupiter dasa, when suddenly something changes and they are better.
Jupiter - 16 years. After 18 years of Rahu we get the dasa of the great benefic Jupiter. As guru, Jupiter will always teach us something and give us something. His dasa periods bring children, marriage, wealth as well as titles and honors. Jupiter is the planet of hope, faith and optimism that allows us to keep going because we believe our best days are yet to come. He can make us religious, put us in touch with our Guru, and give the right moral conduct and the awareness to do the good rather than the bad. When Jupiter is weak his dasa may make us unrealistic, overly optimistic or have a sense of self-entitlement or a haughty view. He may bring bad teachers or problems with them. Also when weak, Jupiter will deprive health, wealth, children and many other things, forcing the native to find a deeper fulfillment without them. However, Jupiter is a gentle Graha and though we may suffer, he will give usually give knowledge and right understanding of the problem. He has a way of putting us into situations that increase our understanding of life and our problems.
Medical indications: As a planet of expansion and a kapha planet, Jupiter can create obesity. Also he has to do with allergies and excess phlegm. As ruling tissue he can be the excess mass that is shown by the body producing cancer cells.
Saturn - 19 years. The expansive nature of Jupiter gives way to the practical persevering quality of Saturn dasa. Saturn dasa is a time when we will face our limitations. The inescapable truth is that our limited body and mind will perish one day. Saturn makes us aware of this through the aches and pains in our body; the death of our loved ones, chronic illness and the resulting fear of these things getting worse. The more attached we are to worldly gain and pleasures; the more Saturn dasa may hurt us. However great success is also possible, as Saturn is a planet of practical efforts and perseverance leading us toward our goals. He gives a very responsible nature and high levels of ambition. However, much of this external focus is an avoidance of the inner work that must be done in order for the mind and heart to settle. In such cases, Saturn may bury us beneath a mountain of responsibility until we relent or break down physically and emotionally. His dasa can place us in hospitals; make us deal with old people, death, legacies and inheritance. Insurance, wills, banks, things attached to legacies and family history are relevant. Saturn is the planet of pressure, internal and external. He is the great karmic taskmaster who rules with an iron grip, bringing suffering commensurate to our avoidance of truth. As such, a Saturn dasa is also a time when enormous spiritual growth and progress is possible through perseverance and facing the truth alone, which is the only possibility. He teaches us to thrive in isolation rather than crave worldly distractions. He teaches us to get by with less and simplify our lives. And, he teaches us humility and sensitivity to others. Because when we suffer we develop compassion for others who suffer.
Medical: Saturn is the indicator of chronic illness. He is a vata planet that brings pain to the joints and drying to the body. Arthritis, paralysis, constipation, cancer as well as problems with the knees, teeth and bones are possible in Saturn dasa. Psychologically, he brings depression, anxiety, fear, cynicism, bitterness and depression.
Mercury - 17 years. The limitations and restrictions that define Saturn dasa give way to the playful and curious energy of Mercury dasa. Mercury dasa is a time of learning, experimentation, curiosity, mental stimulation and pursuing our interests. But he can also be a time of excessive stimulation and unfocused action. The neutral quality of Mercury is always a potential problem. He does not judge he builds. It is his job to find the right details necessary to succeed and build our life. Saying the right things, making the right decisions, talking to the right people, are what allow us to succeed, or not succeed as well as show how we will go about it. Whatever is influencing Mercury will show how we go about things and how they will manifest in the world. Thus Mercury dasa is a time when our career and worldly life could skyrocket or plummet. We can either ascend to the heights by devising an effective plan or become overwhelmed by the many tasks and details of life, which can spiral into mental escapism, lethargy and fantasy. He is the lightning fast quality of the mind. That speed is necessary for the equanimity that he brings. The capacity to see all possibilities at once and prioritize and assess them accurately is what makes Mercury the God of discrimination. More than any other planet, Mercury gives us detachment from our emotions, which is truly discrimination in action
Medical: Lungs, allergies, skin problems, Speech defects, Mercury is a planet of the mind, like the Moon, serious afflictions to him can manifest as mental illness.

शनिवार, 14 फ़रवरी 2009


Numerology is the study of the symbolism of numbers. It is used to determine a person’s personality, strengths and talents, obstacles to be overcome, inner needs, emotional reactions and ways of dealing with others.
The roots of numerology can be traced back some 10,000 years or more to Egypt and Babylonia. Pythagoras, who developed many of the basic theorems that form the foundation of modern mathematics (including the right triangle theorem taught in math classes today) is credited with formally organizing the field about 2600 years ago in ancient Greece. At the turn of the twentieth century, an American woman, L. Dow Balliet, and several of her contemporaries published a few books and started the modern phase of numerology. The field grew slowly through several decades. Now, in the last half of the century, increased research and publishing along with a marked resurgence of interest in numerology is taking place.
The entire science of Numerology revolves around the influence of 9 basic numbers (1 to 9 ) on human life. Each letter has a numeric value that provides a related cosmic vibration. The sum of the numbers in your birth date and the sum of value derived from the letters in the name provide an interrelation of vibrations. These numbers show a great deal about character, purpose in life, what motivates, and where talents may lie. Numbers can be used to determine the best time for major moves and activities in life. Numerology is used to decide when to invest, when to marry, when to travel, when to change jobs, or relocate.
The day of the month on which the you were born - regardless of which month or year it is - is an important numerological indicator, providing an excellent "thumbnail sketch" of standout traits. It strongly influences the most productive period of your life , but are primarily reflective of the types of events that can be expected during specific periods of your life. The Life Path is calculated by adding together the digits of the date of birth, then reducing them by again adding the sum together until the result is a number between 1 and 9. This gives an overall "tone" for the course of your life.

Everything in the universe vibrates at its own particular frequency. By finding the vibration rate of any object, you can establish the qualities and energies associated with it. By applying the principles of numerology—and using only the name and birth date as the basic data—you can determine the major frequencies of different people. A numerological analysis of the calculated frequencies provides significant information on these people’s personalities and character.
The stress and strain of modern-day life leave one wondering how best to turn the hidden world of destiny to ones advantage. We exist in a universe of vibrations and every person in this world has a vibration characteristic to him or her that is distinct from others. This effects a person in his or her birth. The history of the person’s life is written in the name and date of birth. The science of numbers helps one in determining the lucky colours and lucky days. If a person’s date of birth is not in harmony with the name then there will always be muddle in his or her affairs. As one cannot change the birth number the only thing left to bring life into harmony is Name number. This can be done by adding an alphabet or removing an alphabet. In this way one can bring the date number and name number into harmonious vibration together leading to success and happiness. Understanding favouarble number can help in choosing the most favourable days for making a change or carrying out any important plan.
Politicians, movie stars, celebrities and millions of people the world over have changed their names as per name numerology. In Name Numerology, every alphabet of English language has been assigned a mystical number. It is the experience of many that a change in their name brought good fortune to them.
The Name Numerology can be of greatest practical utility to every man or woman who wishes to take its aid in the hard struggle for existence.
It is true that numbers influence our life but they are not the decisive factor of our fate. There are many other things (known and unknown), which also influence our life to a great deal along with numbers. Therefore, a complete dependency on numbers, while deciding the future course of action, is neither necessary nor recommended.


रविवार, 8 फ़रवरी 2009

Significance of Days of Week

Each day of the week has a particular deity and significance. A proper understanding of it would make anyone more successful than what they would be without this understanding. Given below is day wise details :-
Sunday is the day of the Sun and is ruled by Surya the Sun God. The influence of the Sun on Sunday is naturally very high; the ruling star of the day, therefore, lends its benevolent support for all activities related to celebrations and community efforts. It is the day to offer prayers of gratitude to Mother Earth and a day for women to celebrate their womanhood. An excellent day to undertake journeys, Sunday is also an extremely conducive day on which to resolve old disputes. Sunday, being a day for celebration, is the most suitable day to feed and entertain friends and family.
Pink and maroon colours are best suited for this day. Keeping maroon and pink flowers at home on Sundays will yield good results. If one wears pink or maroon clothes on Sundays one can make friends easily and will enhance one's personality. It is the day which is most suitable to initiate discussions and negotiations about new projects with government officials.
Commercial activities, such as selling products, however, are strongly advised against on Sundays. Sunday is also not considered a favourable day for entering a new house. All earning-related activities too should be eschewed on Sundays.
Lord Shiva rules on Mondays. The cosmic teacher of wisdom and destroyer of all evils in the universe showers his benign blessings on activities undertaken on Monday – the day on which his influence is at its peak. The day is favourable for beginning a new career, agricultural planting, gardening and for initiating any kind of finance-related activities.
Considered as the most invigorating of all the days in the week, negative possibilities and influences are easily thwarted. Monday, therefore, is an ideal day to enter new houses, make marital arrangements, and for betting and sport-related activities. Monday is also a suitable day for seeking medical help and suggestions. In fact, there are barely any activities which are disallowed on Mondays.
White is the colour for Mondays and therefore wearing white dresses and keeping white flowers at home are recommended on Mondays. It is a good day for men seeking favours from women and for making new friends.
The planet Mars and Kartikeya, the warrior son of Goddess Durga, rule supreme on Tuesdays, showering Mangala, the universal divine blessing for success in any domain of human activity. Armed with divine blessings for success, human beings may fearlessly take steps to defeat enemies on Tuesdays. Tuesday is an auspicious day to undertake animal husbandry related activities, especially cows and bulls, and to wage a crusade against evil. Activities involving the use of weapons and fire are, however, prohibited on Tuesdays.
Red being the most suitable colour for Tuesdays, wearing red clothes and keeping red flowers at home on the day may prove to be good. Men shall be courageous on the day and Tuesdays are the most suitable days to settle long-standing issues with the police and army. Direct discussions and meetings with police and army personnel on Tuesdays can be fruitful. Administrative and hard laborious work should be undertaken on Tuesdays. All impediments will melt if grilled black bringals and potatoes are eaten on Tuesdays.
Rulers, politicians, artists and intellectuals can expect an excellent day on Wednesday. Ruled by Mercury, the day is most suitable for activities involving cerebral faculties, banking, finance, crop and grain trading and the acquisition of wealth. Wednesday is ideal for romance. All activities requiring cerebral input and intellectual faculties are recommended on Wednesdays, as the influences of Budh, the planet that ensures buddhi (intelligence) and Lord Vishnu, the ruling deity of Wednesday, are very perceptible on the day. Quarrelling at the place of work, beginning new ventures and sexual cohabitation without the intention of conception are some of the major activities that are strongly prohibited on Wednesday as the day is charged with natural volatility.
Short journeys, if undertaken in the early morning on Wednesdays, would ensure success. The day is ideal for planting trees, as green is the colour of the day. Keeping green plants at home, wearing green clothes on Wednesday would ensure good effects.
Though travelling is virtually a taboo on Thursdays, efforts to retrieve lost wealth and articles are expected to succeed if undertaken on Thursdays. Thursday is the day when the benign blessings of Goddess Lakshmi rain down on earth. The day is ruled by Jupiter, which is considered as the Guru (preceptor) of the Gods. It is the best day in the week to begin any educational efforts and ventures, being the ideal day to show reverence and offer gratitude and compensation to our teachers and all those from whom we learn or gain knowledge in some way or the other.
Thursday is an excellent day to join any educational institute or to begin any academic pursuits; such activities should, however, be undertaken in the first half of the day. It is a day to visit temples and receiving blessings from our elders. Wearing yellow or off-white clothes, keeping yellow or off-white flowers at home on Thursdays may bring in good results.
Shukra (Venus) and Bhubaneshwari Devi rule Friday and promise success, especially to women. Happiness permeates the day. Friendship blossoms and effortless gains are natural events of the day. Most suitable for the purchase of new vehicles, Friday is also a good day for medical treatments of serious illness, as the healing energies are most active on the day. Also a suitable day to begin any kind of charitable work, Friday augurs well for anyone travelling.
It is a day for purchasing jewellery, precious stones, ornaments and new houses. Very light blue or white are the colours of the day.
If you are besieged by nagging interminable legal problems, launch an all out effort to resolve the problem on Saturdays. Chances are that the problem will get resolved once and for all. Contrary to the popular belief, Saturday, ruled by Shani or Saturn, is a spiritual day when people should fast, undertake pious activities and shun all kinds of luxuries. The day also supports financial gains and career advancements. Goddess Dakshina Kali being the ruling deity of the day, Saturday is a good day to combat negative forces.
There are many instances of big successes achieved on Saturdays. Any work initiated in the first half on Saturday carries a high possibility of success. Shani, the ruling deity of Saturday, is considered an extremely pious figure; anyone keeping purple flowers at home and wearing black clothes, is likely to receive success and blessings of Shani or Saturn.


Given below are list of important omen , if one keeps these in mind and practices good fortune can be assured.

Bed.-If the head of a bed is placed towards the north it foretells a short life, towards the south a long life, the east riches, the west travel.
Bush.-To have one's garments caught up by a bush or briar when out walking is a promise of good luck, involving monetary gain.
Coal.-To pick up a piece of coal that has fallen in your path is generally regarded as a sure promise of success and good luck.
Door.-If a front door does not face the street, ill luck will attend the house. You should always close a front door with your face towards it.
Fish.-When eating a fish, you should begin at the tail and work towards the head.
Glass.-To break un coloured glass in any form but that of a mirror or a bottle is a fortunate omen; but if the glass is red, future trouble and anxiety are implied. If green glass is broken, bitter disappointment will be your lot.
Hair.-To attract good fortune one's hair should be cut at the new moon.
Hand.-If you knock your hand accidentally against a piece of wood or a wooden article, it is an indication that you are about to have a love affair. If you knock your hand against iron, however, it must be taken as a warning against treachery.
Horseshoe.-Finding a horseshoe is an assurance of good luck, but if you give it away or throw it away, your luck will leave you.
House.-If after leaving your house, you turn back to fetch something, you must sit down when you get indoors and count backwards from seven, in order to avoid ill luck. It is unlucky to move into a new house during the months of April, July, and November.
Knife.-Crossing two table-knives by accident portends bad luck. The dropping of a knife foretells the visit of a man friend in the near future. If someone lends you a pocket-knife, return it in the way in which it was given; that is, with the blade open or shut, pointing away from you or towards you. It is unlucky to make a present of a knife or any other sharp instrument unless you receive something in exchange.
Ladder.-Ill luck will attend those who walk under a ladder, unless they cross their fingers while doing so.
Lease.-It brings ill fortune if a lease or any contract is signed in the months of April, July, or November.
Lucky Days.-The days of the week on which it is considered most lucky for women to make any important decision or to undertake any great tasks are Tuesday and Friday. For men the fortunate days are Monday and Thursday.
Meeting.-It is very lucky if, by chance, you meet the same person twice when you are out on business. It is even luckier if you encounter him once when you are setting out and again when you are returning.
Mirror.-Breaking a mirror portends seven years of bad luck. It is also extremely unlucky to receive a mirror as a present.
Nail-cutting.-There is an old rhyme concerning nail-cutting which goes as follows: Cut your nails on Monday, cut them for news; Cut them on Tuesday, a pair of new shoes; Cut them on Wednesday, cut them for health; Cut them on Thursday, cut them for wealth; Cut them on Friday, a sweetheart to know; Cut them on Saturday, a journey to go; Cut them on Sunday, you cut them for evil, For all the next week you'll be ruled by the devil.
New Moon.-It is unlucky to see the new moon for the first time through glass. Upon seeing the new moon you should turn whatever silver you have in your pockets or handbag, and thus ensure prosperity for a month. New enterprises will be fortunate if begun at the time of the new moon.
Picture.-If a picture should fall from the wall upon which it is hung, the death of a relation or friend, illness, or a sudden stroke of bad fortune to an inmate of the house who is about to go upon a journey is foreshadowed. If the glass is broken in the fall, the force of the omen is intensified.
Plate.-Breaking a plate is an omen of misfortune, especially if it had not already been cracked.
Purse.-If you give anyone an empty purse he will never be blessed with riches. Place a coin inside it for luck.
Salt.-It is universally considered unlucky to spill salt; if both salt and pepper are spilt at the same time, the force of this ill omen is doubled. If you help a person to salt, you will help him to sorrow.
Shoe.-It is unlucky to put on the left shoe before the right, and it is worse still to put the right shoe on the left foot, or vice versa. This belief dates from classical days, and it is related that the emperor Augustus nearly lost his life at the hands of assassins after putting his sandals on the wrong feet. New shoes should never be left on a table, or ill luck will descend upon the house. If you do not present a new pair of shoes to a poor person at least once during your life, you will go barefoot in the next world.
Sneezing.-To sneeze to the right is a promise of money, but sneezing to the left foreshadows a disappointment. Other divinatory meanings connected with sneezing are contained in the following old rhyme, which is traditional in some parts of the country: Sneeze on a Monday, sneeze for danger; Sneeze on a Tuesday, kiss a stranger; Sneeze on a Wednesday, sneeze for a letter; Sneeze on a Thursday for something better; Sneeze on a Friday, sneeze for woe; Sneeze on a Saturday, a journey to go; Sneeze on a Sunday, see your lover to-morrow.
Stairs.-It is unlucky to pass anyone on the staircase.
Stumbling.-A very unfortunate omen. If a person stumbles when leaving his house at the beginning of a journey, or trips or stumbles more than once during the course of the journey, it is advisable to postpone it.
Table.-It is unlucky to sit on a table unless one foot is touching the ground.
Umbrella.-It is unlucky to open an umbrella in the house.
Water.-Never pour water into a tumbler which already holds some, for it is an invitation to evil spirits to visit you.
Whistling.-Women should not whistle, for it encourages evil spirits to visit them. Remember that a whistling maid and a crowing hen are neither fit for God nor men.
Wine.-Spilling wine is an auspicious omen, if it is done accidentally; while to drop a glass of wine and break the glass is a token of a happy marriage and enduring affection.
Wood.-If you should be congratulating yourself upon avoiding some form of ill fortune, you should always touch wood when you do so, lest the averted evil should come to pass at some future date.
Words.-When you are talking to someone, and if you should both happen to say the same word or sentence at the same time, you must each clasp the other's little finger and wish. Then, if you do not disclose your wish, it will be fulfilled.

शनिवार, 7 फ़रवरी 2009

The 12 Jyotirlingas

The Dwadasa Jyotirlinga shrines or the 12 shrines enshrining Shiva in the form of a Jyotirlingam, have been held in reverence since time immemorial in the Indian system of beliefs.These temples are closely linked with legends from the puranas and are rich in history and tradition and are the holiest places of pilgrimage .

The names and the locations of the 12 Jyotirlingas are mentioned in the Shiva Purana . These shrines are:
Somnath, destroyed and re-built six times, is held in reverence throughout India and is rich in legend, tradition, and history. It is located at Prabhas Patan in Saurashtra in Gujarat.
2. Mallikārjuna, also called
Śrīśaila, is the name of the pillar located on a mountain on the river Krishna.Srisailam, near Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh enshrines Mallikarjuna in an ancient temple that is architecturally and sculpturally rich. Adi Shankara composed his Sivananda Lahiri here.
Mahakal, Ujjain (or Avanti) in Madhya Pradesh is home to the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple. The Lingam at Mahakal is believed to be Swayambhu, the only one of the 12 Jyotirlingams to be so. It is also the only one facing south.
Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh on an island in the Narmada river is home to a Jyotirlinga shrine and the Amareshwar temple.
Kedarnath in Uttarakhand is the northernmost of the Jyotirlingas. Kedarnath, nestled in the snow-clad Himalayas, is an ancient shrine, rich in legend and tradition. It is accessible only by foot, and only for six months a year.
Bhimashankar, in the Sahyadri range of Maharashtra, contains a Jyotirlinga shrine associated with Shiva destroying the demon Tripurasura. There is also a Bhimashankara temple at Kashipur near Nainital, which was referred to as Daakini country in ancient days. It is believed that Bhima the Pandava prince was married to Hidamba, a Daakini here. Mahashivaratri is celebrated in great splendour here too. This temple also has shrines to Bhairavanath and Devi, and a temple tank by name Shivaganga.
Varanasi (Benares) in Uttar Pradesh is home to the Vishwanath Jyotirling temple.
Trimbakeshwar, near Nasik in Maharashtra, has a Jyotirlinga shrine associated with the origin of the Godavari river.
Baidyanathdham in Deoghar, Jharkhand Vaidyanath Temple, also called Vaijnath Temple and Baidyanth Temple is located at Deogarh in the Santal Parganas region of Jharkhand in the south west of Keeul Station.
Nageshwar Temple, Dwarka in Gujarat is home to the Nageshwar temple. However, the term "daruka vane" in the shloka (religious verse) for Nageshwar has also been interpreted for Jageshwar, situated in the Uttarakhand Himalaya. Daruka vane means deodar forest.
Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu is home to the vast Ramalingeswarar Jyotirlinga temple and is revered as the southernmost of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of India. It enshrines the Rameśvara ("Lord of Rama") pillar.
Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga shrine, in Aurangabad Maharashtra, is located near the rock-cut temples of Ellora.

One who recites these 12 names regularly in the morning and evening washes all the sins committed in the previous 7 births and attains all the powers and Siddhis.


Om Namah Shivay

शुक्रवार, 6 फ़रवरी 2009

Krishna – Absolute Joy

Joy is the sole search of every being, of every soul.

Wherever one searches, whatever one searches for, one is looking for joy. Whether it is spiritual or material, whether it’s in movies or bars, whether it’s in churches or temples, whether it’s money, fame or power- the search is simply for joy.

The Divine is all joy. The Divine is existence, consciousness and bliss (or joy)
Bliss is nothing but “qualified” joy. While love comes along with pain, joy that is devoid of feverishness, suffering and pain is called bliss.

Silence is a little serious, but joy is mischievous! You can’t have mischief if there is no joy- and Krishna is all mischief!
Krishna is absolute joy, absolute bliss. Nothing whatsoever could take away joy from Krishna!
However, if you just look at Krishna’s life- it was miserable throughout!

To begin with, he was born in a prison.
An astrologer had told his uncle, who was a king “Your sister’s eight son is going to kill you and rue the entire nation. You are only running a small province- what is so great?”

Krishna was the eight child and the news of his birth brought so much suffering to his parents. When he was born, his father spirited him away from jail and took him to another village. There, he quietly exchanged Krishna for another child, whom he brought to prison.
He did all this, following the instructions of a voice- an ethereal voice – which he had heard.
The female child, he had replaced Krishna with, was a divine child. In time, she was brought before the king, and just as he was about to chop off her head, the child flew up into the air!
The child was the spirit- the Holy Spirit, the mother divine. She took off up into the air, and started laughing as she said,” See! You can’t capture me”

Kansa- Krishna’s uncle – is a symbol of ego.
Ego is far away from joy. It is the ego that tries to kill the joy in us.
Children are so full of joy because they have no ego.
The moment ego comes, separation and division come, and we destroy that bliss, that beauty, that innocent joy.
Mischief is the outcome of joy, the outcome of bliss. Children are very mischievous- but as parents, we shun their mischief. We tell them “I don’t do this, so neither should you!?

Stop this! It is very normal for children to be mischievous. You should let them be so! It might sometimes bring parents trouble, but its fun – and what’s life without fun?

In the presence of pure bliss and joy, all complaints vanish. Life appears like a play, a game. Life is not to be taken too seriously. We are only here for a few days, a few years. So it doesn’t matter much.

Taking every trouble in life, as a challenge, is a good way of looking at life. The other way is to brood over these troubles “Oh this is not alright, that is not alright” Complaining, crying and wailing are all foreign to joy.
Joy creates mistakes, joy creates problems, and that is mischief- isn’t it?
Mischief is creating problems, creating challenges.

Krishna would create many such challenges around him. If you look at Krishna’s life, you will see that there was always some fight or some war where he went. Any town he went to, there would be some trouble-but he would stand there, in the midst of all the trouble, smiling and laughing at one and all.

From one angle, this sounds very cruel. However is you look at it from another angle- i.e., if you look from the angle of truth- then it’s just a game. It’s very much like watching macho men fight- watching today’s muscle men or boxers fight: one can see ten thousand people sitting around, yelling, shouting and enjoying themselves as they watch these men fight. It’s a standard practice isn’t it?
Life is somewhat similar to this. Everything is a play. Everything is a game. That’s why; Krishna calls it “ Leela”- a game...

Another name for Krishna is Nanda. Nanda nandana. Nanda means joy, ananda means bliss, how can joy or bliss be another name for Krishna? - well simply because he is hollow and empty.

You know, what you have in your hand indicates what you are inside.
If you have a gun in your hands, it indicates that you have fear inside and you are violent.
If you have a flower in your hands, it indicates that you are like a flower.
If you have a flute in your hands, it indicates that you are like a flute- hollow and empty.

There is fullness in Krishna, there is totality in Krishna. Krishna is the symbol of all possibilities. He is the total blossoming of all aspects of the human or divine.
It’s very difficult to really understand Krishna’s personality. The rishis (sages) call him the full embodiment of the Divine because all that a human (a man or a being) can be totally – it’s all in Krishna.

One of his close aides once told him,” Oh! Krishna! I can’t understand you! I have been with you for the past fifty years, but you confuse me more and more with every passing day. At one point I see you as such a courageous person – one who can fight a war alone against so many people. At other times you are so timid; you go and hide yourself in a closet.”

This is Krishna! At one time he is a servant, and at another time, he’s the king of the whole province, taking such good care of his subjects.
What role has Krishna not played? There is no role Krishna has not played: he has played all roles!
Krishna was such a good teacher because he taught as a friend. He said, “ Arjuna, you are my friend, and so I am telling you this for your own good- you have to fight this war.”

In the battlefield, where there was chaos all around, if someone could sustain that depth of awareness, that clarity of mind, and give the highest knowledge to his friend, then that was Krishna.

He also became Arjuna’s charioteer- this is something wonderful, something unimaginable.
Every aspect of Krishna leaves you in awe. Uddhava himself says, “Krishna, I fail to understand you, and yet, I have not seen another reflection like you.”
Krishna is the embodiment of total joy.

In Krishna’s field of energy, even recluses and saints would fall in love! Even people, who had renounced everything, would become interested again, the dispassionate ones would be drawn in too.

The word “Krishna”, itself, means that is all attractive, that which draws everything in.
Symbolically too, it’s so beautiful:
“Devaki” means the body and “Vasudeva” means the prana or breath.
Devaki and Vasudeva- the body and the breath- together , brought forth ”Anandananda”- the joy within, the bliss within.
“Radha” is longing and “Krishna” is the symbol of love.

The very core of your Being is such. The bliss of the Self, the joy of the Self, is like this- it just draws everything in.

- Sri Sri Ravishankar