Dec 11, 2010

Prana Dasha in Sukshma Dasha ( Sub Sub Intermediate planetary periods in Sub Intermediate Planetary periods.

Aum Shri Gurave NamaH!
1. If we multiply the Sukshma Dasha spans by the Dasha years of each Grah and divide the product by 120, we will get the Prana Dasha.

(2) Sūrya-Sūrya (Sun in Sun). Interest in unnatural sexual intercourse, danger from thieves, fire and the king, physical distress.

3. …-Candra (Moon). Enjoyments, availability of good food, development of intelligence, opulence and glory, like that of a king, by the beneficence of generous people.

4. …-Mangal (Mars). Antagonism with the king with the connivance of others, dangers and great losses.

5. …-Rahu. Hunger, danger from poison, loss of wealth, as a result of punishment by the king.

6. …-Guru (Jupiter). Success in many educational spheres, gain of wealth, success in ventures, as a result of the exchange of visits with the king and Brahmins.

7. …-Śani (Saturn). Imprisonment, death, excitement, obstacles and losses in ventures.

8. …-Budh (Mercury). Feeding from the kings kitchen, acquisition of Chatr and Chamar with royal symbols, attainment of the position of a high dignitary in government.

9. …-Ketu. Loss of wealth, due to quarrels with the preceptor (elders), wife and kinsmen.

10. …-Śukra (Venus). Recognition, or reverence from the king, increase in wealth, happiness from wife and children, enjoyments from eating and drinking.

11. Candra-Candra (Moon in Moon). Happiness from wife and children, gain of wealth and clothes, Yog Sidhi.

12. …-Mangal. Consumption, leprosy, destruction of kinsmen, bleeding, creation of turbulence by friends and goblins.

13. …-Rahu. Danger from snakes, creation of turbulance by evil spirits, weakness of eyesight, confusion of mind.

14. …-Guru. Growth of religious-mindedness, forgiveness, devotion towards deities and Brahmins, good fortune, meeting with near and dear ones.

15. …-Śani. Unexpected and sudden physical distress, creation of troubles by enemies, weakness of eyesight, gain of wealth.

16. …-Budh. Gift of Chamar and Chatr by the king, acquisition of a kingdom, even-mindedness in people.

17. …-Ketu. Danger from weapons, from fire, from an enemy and from poison, stomach troubles, separation from wife and children.

18. …-Śukr. Acquisition of friends and wife, gain of wealth from foreign lands, all kinds of enjoyments.

19. …-Sūrya. Brutality, increase in anger, fear of death, agony, going away from the homeland, dangers.

20. Mangal-Mangal (Mars in Mars). Quarrels with the enemy, imprisonment, bilious and blood pollution troubles.

21. …-Rahu. Separation from wife and children, distress, as a result of oppression by kinsmen, fear of death, poison.

22. …-Guru. Devotion towards deities, gain of wealth, competence in Mantra rituals.

23. …-Śani. Danger from fire, death, loss of wealth, loss of position, but good relations with kinsmen.

24. …-Budh. Gains of splendid garments, ornaments, marriage.

25. …-Ketu. Fear of falling down from a high place, eye troubles, danger from snakes, loss of reputation.

26. …-Śukr. Gain of wealth, reverence amongst people, enjoyment of many kinds of luxuries.

27. …-Sūrya. Fevers, lunacy, loss of wealth, wrath of the king, poverty.

28. …-Candr. Comforts of good food and garments, distress from heat and cold.

29. Rahu-Rahu. Loss of taste in eating, danger from poison, loss of wealth through rashness.

30. …-Guru. Physical well-being, fearlessness, gain of conveyance and quarrels with menials.

31. …-Śani. Danger from fire, diseases, loss of wealth through menials, imprisonment.

32. …-Budh. Devotion towards the preceptor and increase of wealth through his beneficence, good qualities and well cultured.

33. …-Ketu. Antagonism with wife and children, going away from home, loss of wealth through rashness.

34. …-Śukr. Acquisition of Chatr, Chamar, conveyances etc., success in all ventures, worship of Lord Shiva, construction of a house.

35. …-Sūrya. Affliction with piles, wrath of the king, loss of cattle.

36. …-Candr. Development of mental powers and intelligence, popularity, visits of preceptors, danger of committing sins.

37. …-Mangal. Dangers from menials and fire, loss of position, disaster, filthiness and meanness.

38. Guru-Guru (Jupiter in Jupiter). Happiness, increase in wealth, performance of Havan, worship of Lord Shiva, acquisition of Chatr and conveyances.

39. …-Śani. Failure in fasting, unhappiness, going away to foreign lands, loss of wealth, antagonism with kinsmen.

40. …-Budh. Progress in education, increase in intelligence, happiness to wife and children, popularity, gain of wealth.

41. …-Ketu. Opulence and glory, learnedness, gain of knowledge of Shastras, worship of Lord Shiva, performance of Havan, devotion towards preceptor.

42. …-Śukr. Freedom from diseases, enjoyments, increase in wealth, happiness from wife and children.

43. …-Sūrya. Disorders of wind, bile and phlegm, pains, due to disorders of juices in the body.

44. …-Candr. Acquisition of Chatr with royal symbol, opulence and glory, increase in children, eye and stomach troubles.

45. …-Mangal. Danger of administration of poison by wife, imprisonment, foreign journeys, confusion of mind.

46. …-Rahu. Distress from diseases, troubles from thieves, danger from snakes, scorpions etc.

47. Śani-Śani (Saturn in Saturn): Loss of luster, due to fevers, leprosy, stomach troubles, danger of death from fire.

48. …-Budh. Gain of wealth and grains, profits in business, reverence, devotion towards deities and Brahmins.

49. …-Ketu. Death-like distress, creation of turbulence by evil spirits, insult from a woman, other than one’s wife.

50. …-Śukr. Enjoyments through wealth, son and beneficence of the king, performance of Havanas, marriage etc.

51. …-Sūrya. Troubles in the eyes and forehead, danger from snakes and enemies, loss of wealth, distress.

52. …-Candr. Sound health, birth of a son, relief, thriving strength, devotion towards deities and Brahmins.

53. …-Mangal. Affliction with Gulma, danger from enemy, danger of death during hunting, danger from snakes, from fire and from poison.

54. …-Rahu. Going away from the homeland, danger from the king, bewitchment, taking of poison, troubles from wind and bile.

55. …-Guru. Attainment of the position of a Commander in the Army, gain of land, association with ascetics, reverence from the king.

56. Budh-Budh (Mercury in Mercury). Increase in enjoyments, wealth and religious-mindedness, even-mindedness in all living beings.

57. …-Ketu. Danger from thieves, from fire and from poison, death-like suffering.

58. …-Śukr. Supremacy over others, increase in wealth, reputation and religious-mindedness, devotion to Lord Shiva, happiness from son.

59. …-Sūrya. Agony, fevers, lunacy, affectionate relations with wife and kinsmen, receipt of stolen property.

60. …-Candr. Happiness from wife, birth of a daughter, gain of wealth and enjoyments all-round.

61. …-Mangal. Tendency to indulge in nefarious activities, pain in eyes, teeth and stomach, piles, danger from death.

62. …-Rahu. Gain of clothes, ornaments and wealth, separation from one’s own people, antagonism with Brahmins, delirium.

63. …-Guru. Sublimately, progress in education, increase in wealth and good qualities, profits in business.

64. …-Śani. Danger of death from thieves, poverty, beggary.

65. Ketu-Ketu. Danger of fall from a conveyance, quarrels with the enemy, committing a murder inadvertently.

66. …-Śukr. Gain of land and conveyance, happiness, destruction of enemy, increase in cattle wealth.

67. …-Sūrya. Danger from fire and enemy, loss of wealth, mental agony, death-like suffering.

68. …-Candr. Devotion towards deities and Brahmin, journeys to distant places, gain of wealth and happiness, eye and ear troubles.

69. …-Mangal. Bilious troubles, enlargement of veins, delirium, antagonism with kinsmen.

70. …-Rahu. Antagonism with son and wife, going away from home, loss in ventures, due to rashness.

71. …-Guru. Injuries from weapons, wounds, heart disease, separation from wife and children.

72. …-Śani. Confusion of mind, tendencies towards nefarious deeds, imprisonment on account of addictions (in drugs etc.), distress.

73. …-Budh. Enjoyments of bed, perfumery, ornaments and sandal, good food and availability of all kinds of comforts.

74. Śukra-Śukra (Venus in Venus). Learning, devotion to deities, satisfaction, gain of wealth, increase in the number of children.

75. …-Sūrya. Good reputation in public, loss of happiness in respect of children, heat troubles.

76. …-Candr. Devotion towards deities, competence, relief by the application of Mantras, increase in wealth and fortune.

77. …-Mangal. Fevers, wounds, ringworms, itches, devotion towards deities and Brahmins.

78. …-Rahu. Distress from an enemy, eye and stomach troubles, antagonism with friends.

79. …-Guru. Good longevity, sound health, happiness from wealth, wife and children, acquisition of Chatr and conveyances.

80. …-Śani. Danger from the king, loss of happiness, critical disease, controversy with menials.

81. …-Budh. Satisfaction, reverence from the king, gains of land and wealth from many directions, increase in enthusiasm.

82. …-Ketu. Loss of life, wealth and reputation, only some money is left for charities and sustenance.

Vimsottari Dasa:

Sat MD: 2000-02-05 (8:35:35 am) - 2019-02-05 (5:25:39 am)
Sun AD: 2010-01-27 (1:24:11 am) - 2011-01-09 (3:10:51 pm)
Ven PD: 2010-11-14 (11:46:58 am) - 2011-01-09 (3:10:51 pm)
Rah SD: 2010-12-04 (4:48:26 pm) - 2010-12-13 (2:47:58 am)
Sun PAD: 2010-12-11 (12:06:40 pm) - 2010-12-11 (10:12:17 pm)

Deha-antardasas in this PAD:

Sun: 2010-12-11 (12:06:40 pm) - 2010-12-11 (12:36:57 pm)
Moon: 2010-12-11 (12:36:57 pm) - 2010-12-11 (1:27:25 pm)
Mars: 2010-12-11 (1:27:25 pm) - 2010-12-11 (2:02:45 pm)
Rah: 2010-12-11 (2:02:45 pm) - 2010-12-11 (3:33:35 pm)
Jup: 2010-12-11 (3:33:35 pm) - 2010-12-11 (4:54:20 pm)
Sat: 2010-12-11 (4:54:20 pm) - 2010-12-11 (6:30:14 pm)
Merc: 2010-12-11 (6:30:14 pm) - 2010-12-11 (7:56:01 pm)
Ket: 2010-12-11 (7:56:01 pm) - 2010-12-11 (8:31:21 pm)
Ven: 2010-12-11 (8:31:21 pm) - 2010-12-11 (10:12:17 pm)

This ends the dasha periods and their description.

Aum NamaH Shivaya!

Sianala, Montreal Dec 2010

Oct 1, 2010

Bhaja Govindam- Shankaracharya

Aum Shri Gurave NamaH!

Adi Shankaracharya scripted this wonderful (one would know after reading them how wonderful they are) lines in Sanskrit, some 1400 years back.

and Subhalakshmi added life to them with her divine voice, as I am listening to this song almost everyday at least once, and with me few people also listen to this divine song everyday, I am sure they do not understand what exactly these lines mean, so I thought I should post them here with meaning in English. (Please bear with my transliteration,)

भज गोविन्दं भज गोविन्दं,
गोविन्दं भज मूढ़मते।
संप्राप्ते सन्निहिते काले,
न हि न हि रक्षति डुकृञ् करणे ॥१॥

Bhaja govindam bhaja govindam
Govindam bhaja müdhamate,
Samprápte sannihite kále
Na hi na hi rakshati dukrin karane.

(1)O deluded minded friend, chant Govinda (Govinda is none but one oand only one God), worship Govinda, love Govinda as memorizing the rules of grammar cannot save one at the time of death. ॥1॥. ( Save you from what?, death, no, something more superior then death)
मूढ़ जहीहि धनागमतृष्णाम्,
कुरु सद्बुद्धिमं मनसि वितृष्णाम्।
यल्लभसे निजकर्मोपात्तम्,
वित्तं तेन विनोदय चित्तं ॥२॥

Mudha jahini dhanágama trishnam
Kuru sadbuddhim manasi vitrishnam
Yallabhase nijakarmopáttam
Vittam tena vinodaya chittam.

2) O deluded minded ! Give up your lust to amass wealth. Give up such desires from your mind and take up the path of righteousness. Keep your mind happy with the money which comes as the result of your hard work.

दृष्ट्वा मागा मोहावेशम्।
मनसि विचिन्तय वारं वारम् ॥३॥
Nári stanabharaná bhèdesham
Dushatava má gá mohávesham,
Manasi vicintaya váram váaram.

(3)Do not get attracted on seeing the parts of woman's anatomy under the influence of delusion, as these are made up of skin, flesh and similar substances. Deliberate on this again and again in your mind. ॥3॥.
विद्धि व्याध्यभिमानग्रस्तं,
लोक शोकहतं च समस्तम् ॥४॥

Nalinidalagatajalam atitaralam
Tadvaj-jèvitam atishayachapalam,
Viddhi vyádhy-abhimána-grastam
Loka shokahatam ch samastam.

(4)Life is as ephemeral as water drops on a lotus leaf . Be aware that the whole world is troubled by disease, ego and grief. ॥4॥

तावन्निजपरिवारो रक्तः।
पश्चाज्जीवति जर्जरदेहे,
वार्तां कोऽपि न पृच्छति गेहे ॥५॥
Yávad-vittopárjana-sakta h
Távan-nija-pariváro rakta
Pashaváj-jivati jarjara-dehe
Vártam kopi na pricchati gehe.

(5)As long as a man is fit and capable to earn money, everyone in the family show affection towards him. But after wards, when the body becomes weak no one enquires about him even during the talks. ॥5॥
यावत्पवनो निवसति देहे,
तावत् पृच्छति कुशलं गेहे।
गतवति वायौ देहापाये,
भार्या बिभ्यति तस्मिन्काये ॥६॥
Yávat-pavano nivasati dehe
Távat-pricchati kushalam gehe,
Gatavati váyau dehápáye
Bháryá bibhyati tasmin káye.

(6)Till one is alive, family members enquire kindly about his welfare . But when the vital air (Prana) departs from the body, even the wife fears from the corpse. ॥6॥

बालस्तावत् क्रीडासक्तः,
तरुणस्तावत् तरुणीसक्तः।
परे ब्रह्मणि कोऽपि न सक्तः ॥७॥

Bálastávat kriãásakta h
Tarunastávat tarunièsakta h
Vriddhastávac-cintásakta h
Pare brahamni ko'pi na sakta h

(7) In childhood we are attached to sports, in youth, we are attached to woman . Old age goes in worrying over every thing . But there is no one who wants to be engrossed in Govind, the parabrahman at any stage. ॥7॥

का ते कांता कस्ते पुत्रः,
संसारोऽयमतीव विचित्रः।
कस्य त्वं वा कुत अयातः,
तत्त्वं चिन्तय तदिह भ्रातः ॥८॥
Ká te kánta kaste putra h
Samsáro'yamatiiva vichitra h
Kasya tvam vaa krita áyáta h
Tattvam chintaya tadiha, bhráta h.

(8)Who is your wife ? Who is your son? Indeed, strange is this world. O dear, think again and again who are you and from where have you come. ॥8॥

सत्संगत्वे निस्संगत्वं,
निस्संगत्वे निर्मोहत्वं।
निर्मोहत्वे निश्चलतत्त्वं
निश्चलतत्त्वे जीवन्मुक्तिः ॥९॥
Satsañgatve nissañgatvam
Nissañgatve nèrmohatvam
Nirmohatve nishachalitatvam
Nishachalitatve jèvanmukti h.

(9) Association with saints brings non-attachment, non-attachment leads to right knowledge, right knowledge leads us to permanent awareness, to which liberation follows. ॥9॥

वयसि गते कः कामविकारः,
शुष्के नीरे कः कासारः।
क्षीणे वित्ते कः परिवारः,
ज्ञाते तत्त्वे कः संसारः ॥१०॥
Vayasi gate ka H kámavikára h
Shushke niire Ka h Kasaara h
Kshine vitte ka h pariváara h
Gyate tattve ka h samsáara h

(10)As youth with out lust, lake with out water, the relatives with out wealth are meaningless, similarly this world ceases to exist, when the Truth is revealed? ॥10॥

मा कुरु धनजनयौवनगर्वं,
हरति निमेषात्कालः सर्वं।
मायामयमिदमखिलम् हित्वा,
ब्रह्मपदम् त्वं प्रविश विदित्वा ॥११॥
Má kuru dhanajanayauvanagarvam
Harati nimeshaat kala h sarva
Máyámayam idam akhilam hitvá,
Brahmapadam tvam pravishaa viditvá.

(11)Do not boast of wealth, friends (power), and youth, these can be taken away in a flash by Time . Knowing this whole world to be under the illusion of Maya, you try to attain the Absolute. ॥11॥

दिनयामिन्यौ सायं प्रातः,
शिशिरवसन्तौ पुनरायातः।
कालः क्रीडति गच्छत्यायुस्तदपि
न मुन्च्त्याशावायुः ॥१२॥
Dinayáminyau sáyam práta h
Shishiravasantau punaraayaata h
kála h kridhati gacchaty-áyus-tadapi
Na munchtya-áshaaváayu h

(12)Day and night, dusk and dawn, winter and spring come and go. In this sport of Time entire life goes away, but the storm of desire never departs or diminishes. ॥12॥

कथितो वैयाकरणस्यैषः।
श्रीमच्छंकरभगवच्चरणैः ॥१२अ॥
Dvadashamanjarikaabhirashesha h
Kathito vayaakarannasyuesha h
Upadesho abhudivdhaanipunnua h
Shrimachcchmkarabhagavacchrannua h
(12A)This bouquet of twelve verses was imparted to a grammarian by the all-knowing, god-like Sri Shankara. ॥12A॥

काते कान्ता धन गतचिन्ता,
वातुल किं तव नास्ति नियन्ता।
त्रिजगति सज्जनसं गतिरैका,
भवति भवार्णवतरणे नौका ॥१३॥
Kate Kanta Dhana gatachintaa
Vaatula kim tvam naasti niyantaa
Trijagaati sajjanasam jaatiraikaa
Bhavati bhavaarnnavataranne nuakaa
(13).Oh deluded man ! Why do you worry about your wealth and wife? Is there no one to take care of them? Only the company of saints can act as a boat in three worlds to take you out from this ocean of rebirths. ॥13॥
जटिलो मुण्डी लुञ्छितकेशः, क
पश्यन्नपि च न पश्यति मूढः,
उदरनिमित्तं बहुकृतवेषः ॥१४॥

Jatilo mundhi lunchitakesha h ká
oashayámbarabahu kritavesha h
pashayannapi cha na pashayati müdha h
Udaranimittam bahukritavesha h.

(14) Matted and untidy hair, shaven heads, orange or variously colored cloths are all a way to earn livelihood . O deluded man why don't you understand it even after seeing.॥14॥

अङ्गं गलितं पलितं मुण्डं,
दशनविहीनं जतं तुण्डम्।
वृद्धो याति गृहीत्वा दण्डं,
तदपि न मुञ्चत्याशापिण्डम् ॥१५॥
Adamgam gallitam palitam munndam
Dashanavihinam jatam tundam
Vridho yaáti grihitvá dandam
Tadapi na munchatya-áshapindam.

(15) Even an old man of weak limbs, hairless head, toothless mouth, who walks with a stick, cannot leave his desires. ॥15॥
अग्रे वह्निः पृष्ठेभानुः,
रात्रौ चुबुकसमर्पितजानुः।
तदपि न मुञ्चत्याशापाशः ॥१६॥
Agre vanhi h prishatebhanu h
Rátrau chubukasamarpitajaanu h
Karatalabhikshastarutalavása h
Aapadi na munchatyaashaapaasha h
(16)One who warms his body by fire after sunset, curls his body to his knees to avoid cold; eats the begged food and sleeps beneath the tree, he is also bound by desires, even in these difficult situations . ॥16॥
कुरुते गङ्गासागरगमनं,
व्रतपरिपालनमथवा दानम्।
ज्ञानविहिनः सर्वमतेन,
मुक्तिं न भजति जन्मशतेन ॥१७॥
Kurute gañgáságaragamanam
Vrataparipálnam athava dánam,
Gyanavihèna h sarvamatena
Muktim na bhajati janmashatena.

(17) According to all religions, without knowledge one cannot get liberated in hundred births though he might visit Gangasagar (This place is in west bengal province of India) or observe fasts or do charity. ॥17॥.¸
सुर मंदिर तरु मूल निवासः,
शय्या भूतल मजिनं वासः।
सर्व परिग्रह भोग त्यागः,
कस्य सुखं न करोति विरागः ॥१८॥
Sura mandira taru müla nivása h
Shayyá bhütalam ajinam vása h
Sarva parigraha bhoga tyága h
Kasya sukham na karoti virága h

(18)Reside in a temple or below a tree, sleep on mother earth as your bed, stay alone, leave all the belongings and comforts, such renunciation can give all the pleasures to anybody. ॥18॥

योगरतो वाभोगरतोवा,
सङ्गरतो वा सङ्गवीहिनः।
यस्य ब्रह्मणि रमते चित्तं,
नन्दति नन्दति नन्दत्येव ॥१९॥
Yogarato vábhogarato vá
Sañgarato va sañgavihèna h
Yasya brahmanni ramate chittam
Nandati nandati nandaty-eva.

(19)One may like meditative practice or worldly pleasures , may be attached or detached. But only the one fixing his mind on God lovingly enjoys bliss, enjoys bliss, enjoys bliss. ॥19॥

भगवद् गीता किञ्चिदधीता,
गङ्गा जललव कणिकापीता।
सकृदपि येन मुरारि समर्चा,
क्रियते तस्य यमेन न चर्चा ॥२०॥
Bhagavad gètá kinchidadhita
Gañgá jalalava kannikaapitaa,
Sakridapi yena muraari samarcha
Kriyate tasya yamena na charcha.

(20)Those who studied even little of Gita (Sacred book of Hindu's), drank just a drop of water from the holy Ganga, worship Lord Krishna with love even once, Yama, the God of death will not discuss about them ॥20॥

पुनरपि जननं पुनरपि मरणं,
पुनरपि जननी जठरे शयनम्।
इह संसारे बहुदुस्तारे,
कृपयाऽपारे पाहि मुरारे ॥२१॥

Punarapi jananam punarapi maranam

Punarapi janani-jathare shayanam,

Iha samsáre bahu-dustáre

Kripaya' páre páhi muráre.

(21)Born again, die again, lay again in the mother's womb, it is indeed difficult to cross this world. O Murari ! (Krishna) please help me to cross this illusion through your mercy. ॥21॥
रथ्या चर्पट विरचित कन्थः,
पुण्यापुण्य विवर्जित पन्थः।
योगी योगनियोजित चित्तो,
रमते बालोन्मत्तवदेव ॥२२॥
Rathyá-charpata-virachita-kantha h

Punnyaapunnya vivarjita-pantha h,

Yogi yoga-niyojita-chitto

Ramate bálonmattavadeva.

(22) One who wears cloths ragged due to chariots, move on the path free from virtue and sin, keeps his mind controlled through constant practice, enjoys like a carefree exuberant child. ॥22॥

कस्त्वं कोऽहं कुत आयातः,
का मे जननी को मे तातः।
इति परिभावय सर्वमसारम्,
विश्वं त्यक्त्वा स्वप्न विचारम् ॥२३॥
kastvam ko'ham krita áyáta h
ká me janani ko me táta h,
iti paribhávaya sarvam asáram
vishavam tyaktvá svapna vicháram.

(23)Who are you ? Who am I ? From where I have come ? Who is my mother, who is my father ? Ponder over these and after understanding, this world to be meaningless like a dream,relinquish it. ॥23॥

त्वयि मयि चान्यत्रैको विष्णुः,
व्यर्थं कुप्यसि मय्यसहिष्णुः।
भव समचित्तः सर्वत्र त्वं,
वाञ्छस्यचिराद्यदि विष्णुत्वम् ॥२४॥
Tvayi mayi cányatraiko vishanu h
Vyartham kupyasi mayyasahishanu h,
Bhava samaachita sarvatra tavam
Vancchasyachiraadhadi vishnnutvam

(24)Lord Vishnu resides in me, in you and in everything else, so your anger is meaningless . If you wish to attain the eternal status of Vishnu, practice equanimity all the time, in all the things. ॥24॥
शत्रौ मित्रे पुत्रे बन्धौ,
मा कुरु यत्नं विग्रहसन्धौ।
सर्वस्मिन्नपि पश्यात्मानं,
सर्वत्रोत्सृज भेदाज्ञानम् ॥२५॥
Shatrau mitre putre bandhau
Má kuru yatnam vigrahasandhau,

Sarva saminappi pashaytmanam
Sarvatratsrija bhedagyanam

(25)Try not to win the love of your friends, brothers, relatives and son(s) or to fight with your enemies. See yourself in everyone and give up ignorance of duality everywhere.॥25॥
कामं क्रोधं लोभं मोहं,
त्यक्त्वाऽत्मानं भावय कोऽहम्।
आत्मज्ञान विहीना मूढाः,
ते पच्यन्ते नरकनिगूढाः ॥२६॥
Kámam krodham lobham moham
Tyaktvá'tmánam bhávaya ko'ham
Atmgyana vihèná mudha h
Te pachyante narakanigüdha h

(26)Give up desires, anger, greed and delusion. Ponder over your real nature . Those devoid of the knowledge of self come in this world, which is a endless hidden hell. ॥26॥

गेयं गीता नाम सहस्रं,
ध्येयं श्रीपति रूपमजस्रम्।
नेयं सज्जन सङ्गे चित्तं,
देयं दीनजनाय च वित्तम् ॥२७॥
Geyam gètá náma sahasram
Dhyeyam shri pati rupam ajasram
Neyam sajjana-sañge chittam
Deyam dènajanaáya ch vittam

(27)Sing thousand glories of Lord Vishnu (Vishnu Shasranama), constantly remembering his form in your heart. Enjoy the company of noble people and do charity for the poor and the needy. ॥27॥

सुखतः क्रियते रामाभोगः,
पश्चाद्धन्त शरीरे रोगः।
यद्यपि लोके मरणं शरणं,
तदपि न मुञ्चति पापाचरणम् ॥२८॥

Sukhata h kriyate rámábhoga h
Pashacháddhanta shaarère roga h
Yadyapi loke marannam sharannam
Tapapi na munchti pápácharannam

(28)People use this body for pleasure which gets diseased in the end. Though in this world everything ends in death, man does not give up the sinful conduct. ॥28॥

अर्थंमनर्थम् भावय नित्यं,
नास्ति ततः सुखलेशः सत्यम्।
पुत्रादपि धनभजाम् भीतिः,
सर्वत्रैषा विहिता रीतिः ॥२९॥

Artham anartham bhávaya nityam

násti tata h sukhalesha h satyam

putrádapi dhanabhájam bhiti

sarva traisha vihitá riti hi.

(29)Keep on thinking that money is cause of all troubles, it cannot give even a bit of happiness. A rich man fears even his own son . This is the law of riches everywhere. ॥29॥
प्राणायामं प्रत्याहारं,
नित्यानित्य विवेकविचारम्।
जाप्यसमेत समाधिविधानं,
कुर्ववधानं महदवधानम् ॥३०॥
Pránnaayaam pratyáháram
Nityánitya vivekavicharam,
Jápyasameta samádhividhánam
kurvavadhánam mahadavadhánam.

(30)Do pranayama, the regulation of life forces, take proper food, constantly distinguish the permanent from the fleeting, Chant the holy names of God with love and meditate,with attention, with utmost attention. ॥30॥
गुरुचरणाम्बुज निर्भर भक्तः,
संसारादचिराद्भव मुक्तः।
सेन्द्रियमानस नियमादेवं,
द्रक्ष्यसि निज हृदयस्थं देवम् ॥३१॥
Gurucharannambuja nirbhara bhakta h
Samsárád-achirád-bhava mukta h
Drakshayasi nija hridayastham devam.

(31)Be dependent only on the lotus feet of your Guru (Spritual) and get salvation from this world. Through disciplined senses and mind, you can see the indwelling Lord of your heart !॥31॥

मूढः कश्चन वैयाकरणो,
डुकृञ्करणाध्ययन धुरिणः।
श्रीमच्छम्कर भगवच्छिष्यै,
बोधित आसिच्छोधितकरणः ॥३२॥
Mudha Kashchana Vyakarnnau
Dukrinkarnnaadhyayana dhurinna h
Shri mchcchamkara bhagavachchishye
Bodhita aasichchodhitakaranna h
(32)Thus through a deluded grammarian lost in memorizing rules of the grammar, the all knowing Sri Shankara motivated his disciples for enlightenment. ॥32॥
भजगोविन्दं भजगोविन्दं,
गोविन्दं भजमूढमते।
नहि पश्यामो भवतरणे ॥३३॥
Bhajagovindam bhajagovindam
Govindam bhaja mudha mate
Naama smaranna danyamupaayam
Nahi pashyaamo bhavatarnne
(33) O deluded minded friend, chant Govinda, worship Govinda, love Govinda as there is no other way to cross the life's ocean except lovingly remembering the holy names of God. ॥33॥
So this is no romance novel, it is just a hammer to break off all the illusions of this material world and a short cut to avoid taking rebirths in this world.
Now after reading this, women might ask, what they are supposed to do, scriptures say women should follow their one husband who is their lord, by following their one husband women get supernatural powers, even if they think about anyone else apart from their husbands they loose those supernatural powers and suffer.
Unmarried girls are very powerful if they activate their inner strength, but it is very difficult for women to do so compared to men. Nature's rule or nature has given the tools to man but not women.
Aum NamaH Shivaya!
Sianala, Montreal Oct 01 2010

Sep 26, 2010


Aum Shri Gurave NamaH!
1. By multiplying the years etc. of the Antar Dasha (Intermediate periods) of the Grahas (Planets) separately by the Dasha years of each Grah and by dividing the product by the total span of the Vimshottari Dasha, namely 120 years, we will arrive at the Pratyantar Dasha of each Grah.
2. Sūrya-Sūrya (Pratyantar Dasha of Sūrya in the Antar Dasha of Sūrya). Argument with other persons, loss of wealth, distress to wife, headache etc. The above are general effects. Such inauspicious effects will not be produced, if Sūrya is in a Trikon etc., if Sūrya is the Lord of an auspicious Bhava, or is in a auspicious Bhava and in a benefic Varg. All other Pratyanta effects should be judged in this manner.
3. …-Candr (Moon). Excitement, quarrels, loss of wealth, mental agony etc.
4. …-Mangal (Mars). Danger from the king and from weapons, imprisonment and distress from enemies and fire.
5. …-Rahu. Disorder of phlegm, danger from weapons, loss of wealth, destruction of a kingdom and mental agony.
6. …-Guru (Jupiter). Victory, increase in wealth, gains of gold, garments, conveyances etc.
(7) …-Śani (Saturn). Loss of wealth, distress to cattle, excitement, diseases etc.
8. …-Budh (Mercury). Affectionate relations with kinsmen, availability of good food, gains of wealth, religious-mindedness, reverence from the king.
9. …-Ketu. Danger to life, loss of wealth, danger from the king, trouble with enemies.
10. …-Śukr (Venus). Moderate effects, or some gains of wealth may be expected.
11. Candr-Candr. Acquisition of land, wealth and property, reverence from the king and availability of sweetish preparations.
12. …-Mangal. Wisdom and discretion, reverence from the people, increase in wealth, enjoyments to kinsmen, but there will be danger from an enemy.
13. …-Rahu. Well-being, gain of wealth from the king and danger of death, if Rahu is yuti with a malefic.
14. …-Guru. Enjoyments, increase in dignity and glory, gain of knowledge through the preceptor, acquisition of a kingdom and acquisition of gems etc.
15. …-Śani. Bilious troubles, loss of wealth and name and fame.
16. …-Budh. Birth of a son, acquisition of a horse and other conveyances, success in education, progress, gain of white garments and grains.
17. …-Ketu. Quarrels with Brahmins, fear of premature death, loss of happiness and distress all-round.
18. …-Śukr. Gain of wealth, enjoyments, birth of a daughter, availability of sweet preparations and cordial relations with all.
19. …-Sūrya. Gain of happiness, grains and garments, victories everywhere.
20. Mangal-Mangal. Danger from enemies, quarrels and fear of premature death on account of blood diseases.
21. …-Rahu. Destruction of wealth and kingdom (fall of government), unpalatable food and quarrels with the enemy.
22. …-Guru. Loss of intelligence, distress, sorrows to children, fear of premature death, negligence, quarrels and no fulfillment of any ambition.
23. …-Śani. Destruction of the employer, distress, loss of wealth, danger from enemies, anxiety, quarrels and sorrows.
24. …-Budh. Loss of intelligence, loss of wealth, fevers and loss of grains, garments and friends.
25. …-Ketu. Distress from diseases, lethargy, premature death, danger from the king and weapons.
26. …-Śukr. Distress from Chandal, sorrows, danger from the king and from weapons, dysentery and vomiting.
27. …-Sūrya. Increase in landed property and wealth, satisfaction, visits of friends, happiness all-round.
28. …-Candr. Gains of white garments etc. from the southern direction, success in all ventures.
29. Rahu-Rahu. Imprisonment, disease, danger of injuries from weapons.
30. …-Guru. Reverence everywhere, acquisition of conveyances, like elephants etc., gain of wealth.
31. …-Śani. Rigorous imprisonment, loss of enjoyments, danger from enemies, affliction with rheumatism.
32. …-Budh. Gain in all ventures, abnormal gain through wife.
33. …-Ketu. Loss of intelligence, danger from enemies, obstacles, loss of wealth, quarrels, excitement.
34. …-Śukr. Danger from a Yogini, danger from the king, loss of conveyances, availability of unpalatable food, loss of a wife, sorrow in the family.
35. …-Sūrya. Danger from enemies, fevers, distress to children, fear of premature death, negligence.
36. …-Candr. Excitement, quarrels, worries, loss of reputation, fear, distress to father.
37. …-Mangal. Septic boil in the anus (Bhagandhar), distress, due to a bite and pollution of blood, loss of wealth, excitement.
38. Guru-Guru. Acquisition of gold, increase in wealth etc.
39. …-Śani. Increase in lands, conveyances and grains.
40. …-Budh. Success in the educational sphere, acquisition of clothes and gems, like pearls etc., visits of friends.
41. …-Ketu. Danger from water and thieves.
42. …-Śukr. Several kinds of learning, gain of gold, clothes, ornaments, well-being and satisfaction.
43. …-Sūrya. Gain from the king, friends and parents, reverence everywhere.
44. …-Candr. No distress, gain of wealth and conveyances, success in ventures.
45. …-Mangal. Danger from weapons, pain in anus, burning in the stomach, indigestion, distress from enemies.
46. …-Rahu. Antagonism with menials (Chandaldhi) and loss of wealth and distress through them.
47. Śani-Śani. Physical distress, quarrels, danger from menials.
48. …-Budh. Loss of intelligence, quarrels, dangers, anxiety about availability of food, loss of wealth, danger from enemy.
49. …-Ketu. Imprisonment in the camp of the enemy, loss of luster, hunger, anxiety and agony.
50. …-Śukr. Fulfillment of ambitions, well-being in the family, success in ventures and gains therefrom.
51. …-Sūrya. Conferment of authority by the king, quarrels in the family, fevers.
52. …-Candr. Development of intelligence, inauguration of big a venture, loss of luster, extravagant expenditure, association with many women.
53. …-Mangal. Loss of valour, distress to son, danger from fire and enemy, distress from bile and wind.
54. …-Rahu. Loss of wealth, clothes, land, going away to foreign lands, fear of death.
55. …-Guru. Inability to prevent losses, caused by women, quarrels, excitement.
56. Budh-Budh. Gain of intelligence, education, wealth, clothes etc.
57. …-Ketu. Coarse food, stomach troubles, eye troubles, distress from bilious and blood disorders.
58. …-Śukr. Gains from a northern direction, loss of cattle, acquisition of authority from government.
59. …-Sūrya. Loss of splendour and distress through diseases, distress in the heart.
60. …-Candr. Marriage, gain of wealth and property, birth of a daughter, enjoyments all-round.
61. …-Mangal. Religious-mindedness, increase in wealth, danger from fire and enemies, gain of red clothes, injury from a weapon.
62. …-Rahu. Quarrels, danger from wife, or some other woman, danger from the king.
63. …-Guru. Acquisition of a kingdom, conferment of authority by the king, reverence from the king, education, intelligence.
64. …-Śani. Bilious and windy troubles, injuries to the body, loss of wealth.
65. Ketu-Ketu. Sudden disaster, going away to foreign lands, loss of wealth.
66. …-Śukr. Loss of wealth through a non-Hindu king, eye troubles, headache, loss of cattle.
67. …-Sūrya. Antagonism with friends, premature death, defeat, exchange of arguments.
68. …-Candr. Loss of grains, physical distress, misunderstanding, dysentery.
69. …-Mangal. Injury from weapons, distress from fire, danger from menials and enemies.
70. …-Rahu. Danger from women and enemies, distress, caused by menials.
71. …-Guru. Loss of friends, wealth and garments, opprobrium in the house, troubles from everywhere.
72. …-Śani. Death of cattle and friends, physical distress, very meagre gain of wealth.
73. …-Budh. Loss of understanding, excitement, failure in education, dangers, failure in all ventures.
74. Śukr-Śukr. Gains of white clothes, conveyances, gems, like pearls etc., association with beautiful damsel.
75. …-Sūrya. Rheumatic fever, headache, danger from the king and enemies and meagre gain of wealth.
76. …-Candr. Birth of a daughter, gain of clothes etc. from the king, acquisition of authority.
77. …-Mangal. Blood and bile troubles, quarrels, many kinds of distresses.
78. …-Rahu. Quarrels with wife, danger, distress from the king and enemies.
79. …-Guru. Acquisition of kingdom, wealth, garments, gems, ornaments and conveyance, like elephants etc.
80. …-Śani. Acquisition of donkey, camel, goat, iron, grains, sesame seeds, physical pains.
81. …-Budh. Gains of wealth, knowledge, authority from the king, gain of money, distributed by others.
82. …-Ketu. Premature death, going away from homeland, gains of wealth at times.

Aum NamaH Shivaya!
Sianala, Montreal, Sep 2010

Sep 9, 2010

Puja Vidhanamu or Method of doing Puja (Sanatana Dharma)

Aum Shri Gurave NamaH!
"Puja Vidhanamu", meaning the method of performing puja or worship, as per sanatana dharma, above all no worship in sanatana dharma begins without worshipping Lord Ganesha, so he is the first and foremost to be worshipped or activated, though there is only one GOD, he has countless forms and names, I am using "He" to refer, but it is a combination of both musculine and feminine energies.

Sanatana Dharma is the oldest religion of the world, I am corrected by the Lord and as per him, "Sanatana Dharma is the cradle of all religions", this religion came into being with the creation of earth, so were vedas, which were given to four saints, so this religion is as old as earth itself, and this religion thrived in Indian subcontinent, and it thrives even today followed by some 800 million people, all the Mantras which are used in temples all over the world even today were given by one and only one GOD, and these were given at the same time when earth was created. This is not for any discussion, in fact most of the scriptures suggest "Not to discuss these valuable and sacred things with fools who do not understand".
So the time calculations were done in India by looking at the sky even before any other civilization even started to sprout.
Even before any civilization was heard of Sanatana Dharmi (Person who is born as Sanatana) in India were conducting these elaborate pujas and Yagnas.

Before one begins the puja, one need to check the name of the Kalpa, Manvantara, Year, Month, Season, Tithi, Paksha (Waning moon or waxing moon), Solstice, Star of that day for that place, name of the day like Saturday, this is to register your prayer on that particular space and time point.
It is like sending a request which gets registered and is answered.

without this the request or prayer might be lost in the huge cosmic thought currents.

Because thought is like electricity or current with positive or negative charge, it could be very small and weak and it can be very strong and huge, this depends on the mental capacity of an individual.

Anyway that is a different aspect, here I am trying to introduce to general readers how a puja as per sanatana dharma should be conducted or performed.
Time calculations:

Second Kalpa,
1 Kalpa contains around 14 Manvantaras, Current Kalpa is named Shweta Varaha,
1 Manvantara contains around 71 Mahayugas, current manvantara is Vyvasvata.
(Each Manvantara is named after the Manu who rules it, Manu is none but Noah as per Bible.)
1 Mahayugas contain four yugas, Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dwapar Yuga and Kali yuga,
Kali yuga (Current Yuga)
Names of year, current year is Vikrita, there are some 60 names of the years which cycle, which are
called Samvatsaras, which started at the first year (at elapsed years zero) and runs continuously:
1. Prabhava
2. Vibhava
3. Shukla
4. Pramoda
5. Prajāpati
6. Āngirasa
7. Shrīmukha
8. Bhāva
9. Yuva
10. Dhātri
11. Īshvara
12. Bahudhānya
13. Pramādhi
14. Vikrama (2000-2001)
15. Vrisha (2001-02)
16. Chitrabhānu (2002-03)
17. Svabhānu (2003-04)
18. Tārana (2004-05)
19. Pārthiva (2005-06)
20. Vyaya (2006-2007)
21. Sarvajeeth (2007-08)
22. Sarvadhāri (2008-09)
23. Virodhi (2009-10)
24. Vikrita (2010-11)
25. Khara (2011-12)
26. Nandana (2012-13)
27. Vijaya
28. Jaya
29. Manmadha
30. Durmukhi
31. Hevilambi
32. Vilambi
33. Vikāri
34. Shārvari
35. Plava
36. Shubhakruti
37. Sobhakruthi
38. Krodhi
39. Vishvāvasu
40. Parābhava
41. Plavanga
42. Kīlaka
43. Saumya
44. Sādhārana
45. Virodhikruthi
46. Paridhāvi
47. Pramādicha
48. Ānanda
49. Rākshasa
50. Anala
51. Pingala
52. Kālayukthi
53. Siddhārthi
54. Raudra
55. Durmathi
56. Dundubhi
57. Rudhirodgāri
58. Raktākshi
59. Krodhana
60. Akshaya

Names of the Months, current one is Bhaadrapada ( 23 Aug till 22 Sep)
Names of other lunar months are:
Chaitra (March 22--April 20)
Vaishākh (April 21 --May 20)
Jyaishtha (May 21 --June 22)
Āshādha (June 23--July 22)
Shrāvana ( June 23-- Aug 22)
Bhaadra or, Bhādrapad (Aug 23 --Sep22)
Āshwin (Sep23--Oct 22)
Kārtik (Oct 23--21 Nov)
Agrahayana or, Mārgashīrsha ( Nov 22--Dec 21)
Paush (Dec 22--20)
Māgh (Jan 21--Feb 19)
Phālgun (Feb 20--Mar 21)

Then the position of the Sun, Solstice, North (Uttarayana) or South (Dakshinayana), Uttarayana is auspicious.
Tithi, which is Moon's position, it is either wanning (Krishna Paksha) or waxing ( Shukla Paksha), Shukla paksha is auspicious.

Nakshatra or Star in which Moon is posited, the best details are given in this site:

Names of the day: Vaasara.
Ravi Vaasara: Sunday (Sun)
Soma Vaasara: Monday (Moon)
Mangala Vaasara: Tuesday (Mars)
Budha Vaasara: Wednesday (Mercury)
Bruhaspati Vaasara: Thursday (Jupiter)
Shukra Vaasra: Friday (Venus)
Shani Vaasara: Saturday (Saturn)
The names of the day coincide with names of the planets in Sanskrit but those which we use in English, only three Sunday, Monday and Saturday coincide, others don't in French,
we have Lundi for Lune, Mardi for Mars, Mercredi for mercury, Jeudi for Jupiter, Vendredi for Venus, Samdi for Saturn and Dimache for Sunday, so again Dimanche appears like the guy got tired on Sunday so he Demanche. :-))) just kidding.
Then you can add: your name, family name, etc.
Then comes Sankalpam, meaning determination, "that I will complete this puja no matter what".
In this we narrate the place, position, and purpose of puja and what all we are going to do in that puja. every puja has a purpose, there is no puja without a purpose or aim.
e.g. It could be simple like "Shiva Ratri Vratam Karishye", Lord Shiva 's Birthday is being celebrated.
Then we close all directions to our heart, (Dig Bandha) so that we can concentrate on our Lord, and in the end we open those directions or ways to our heart by performing Dig Vimoksha.
Now we are ready with Sankalpam, in front we have our diety's idol, we need something to focus on, beginners need soemting to focus and 99.9% humans are beginners.
Bell is rung repeatedly to initiate, Bell, Fire, Conche, Peeta, Dwara, Directions, Place, Home, City, Family, Water, Earth, Wind, all are worshipped at the same time, Bell when ever consciously or unconsciously it is rung it is supposed to call the gods and send the demons out of our heart and home or place etc.
hence a bell is used with a Mantra.
"Agamarthamntu Deva Nam, Gamanamarthamntu Rakshasham,
Kurve Ghanta ravam tatra devata vahana lankshanam
Agyanato Gyanato vapi kansya ghantna navadyeta
Rakshashanam Pishchanam ta deshe vastirbhaveta
Tasmatha sarvapratenena ghanta nadham prakaryeta"
Ghanta devatabhyo NamaH! "
I know it is very difficult for people who have no education in Sanskrit or Devanagari to say even one word from that mantra, but it is not impossible.
basically we are laying rules and conditions for each and every power in this world to follow them when ever you pray.
First is Ganesha Puja, which includes Kriya and Bhavana.
Kriya is you act and Bhavana is you feel it with 100% faith, if your puja lacks bhavana there is no use you repeat the Kriya million of times, but with Bhavana alone still one can cross this material world into the spiritual or mental world.
But Kriya has its own importance, the puja is structured in such a way it apperas you are requesting the deity to visit your home, and then it is up to you how you are going to treat your guest.

one might stick to just Namaskara or Salut.
or one might perform 100's of things to appease the Guest.
So we request Lord Ganesha to visit your home and the focus is his idol.

So we request Ganesha of Material/Mental/Spiritual world to visit us, these are considered three worlds and there are 7 worlds, and 14 worlds.

We request him to be seated,
We request him to allow us to wash his hands,
We request him to allow us to wash his feet,
We request him to allow us to offer him water to drink,
We request him to allow us to give him a shower,
We request him to allow us to offer him clothes,
We request him to allow us to offer him Yagnopavitham, thread.
We request him to allow us to offer him water to drink,
We request him to allow us to offer him Gandham (Sandal wood powder or paste, it keeps body cool)
We request him to allow us to offer him scented water,
We request him to allow us to offer him Fruits,
We request him to allow us to offer flowers, or Axatas ( Rice mixed with little turmeric powder, Kumkum and a drop of water)
We offer him Dhoopam ( By lighting Incense sticks)
We offer him Light ( By lighting lamps)
We offer him Naivejyam (Sweats, preparations with rich food items, dry fruits, clarified butter, Milk, Honey, Coconut water, Sugar, water mixed with Sandalwood powder)

Then we also offer him our five minds.

We request him to accept it with water and axatas,
In India people after taking food like to have Tambulam, which is also called Pan, so we offer him pan made of rich ingredients, if not available we just offer him Axatas.

"It seems one of sages asked GOD, what should I offer you,
God said, what you have, Sage says I have nothing,
God said just offer me Axatas, Sage said I don't even have Axatas,
God said, then offer me water, Sage said I don't even have water.
God said, Offer me your inner self "

Then we offer him Dakshina, Prarthana
Then we offer Mantra Pushpam,
Then we offer him Pradakshina (circumbulations), Since God is present in the temple of our heart, we circumbulate ourselfs.
Then we offer Namaskara, it can be just by folding hands, or Shastanga ( By touching 8 corners of our body to the floor)
Then we offer him Umbrella, Music, Songs, Horse ride, Elephant ride, we treat him like a KING.
At this moment the Deity is present and waiting for your further activities.

Sing Artis, Poems, Songs, anything to praise and appease him.
here you can ask for his blessings........
Now it is time to send our guest back to his abode...Visarjana Puja
We repeat the whole acts again, and then ask for an apology, If there was any thing short, and we request the deity to return back to his abode with respect.
Then Atma Samarpana, We offer or surrender our soul to him.
Then we ask for apology.

Then we open our heart Dig Vimoksha, and this culminates the puja with some 21 upacharas.

this can be turned into a full or complete puja with more then 50 upacharas, depends on your capacity.

Same way Lord Shiva's puja is carried out but the mantras differ and Purusha Sukta is used mostly with each upachara (act).

The puja can be elaborated for e.g. one of the upachara is offering flowers, one can just offer one flower, or you can collect thousand types of flowers and offer them one by one chanting pursha sukta mantras. (Purusha Sukta is available with meaning under Mantra Yantra and Tantra.)

There is no end to this, like there is no end to the way you treat your guest.
one can read or listento the 1000 names of the deity

Depending on your capacity you can keep it simple or you can make very elaborate arrangements.
So this the simple way of carrying out a puja as per sanatana dharma.
Water is the main offering, followed by Axatas. offer the offerings Tirtha (Water mixed with camphor, etc.) and Prasadam (Sweats and other preparations)
Well few might say, this is for beginners, accepted, like every beginners need a focal point, idols are used for that purpose, this puja can be done by shouting the mantras in a loudspeaker, which is considered very low, or can be done by murmuring, which is OK, but the top level is if you can do this puja in the temple of your heart where your deity can be seen as you see a person, which is also called "Darshan", then Mantra, and then Yantra puja.

Yantra is a design on a copper plate which is distinct for each deity and deities reside in them, so it is a short cut to reach them.

To read about Yantras visit

Kalsha Puja is another way to get blessings of "Poorna Khumbam", the place where all gods reside.

Apart from this, there is Surya Puja (Sun God), Navgraha puja (9 planets puja).

Again Kriya is a way to satisfy yourself that you have done a good job by treating your deity well, but bhavana or feeling with faith for that deity matters the most.

Someone said, the love for GOD should be like a women who surrenders herself to the wish and whim of her husband, one should surrender oneself to the deity.

Bottom line " What can you offer that GOD who is the creator of even five elements", so the top most thing one can offer is oneself.

Please note I have not created or manipulated any of these, these have been in practise in India since the earth was created, because Sanatana Dharma is as old as this earth, there is no prophet or middle man who asked people to follow this religion or killed them or forced themto follow this religion.

This religion came into being in a very natural way like the human being came on this earth in a very natural way, humans were created by god in his own shadow, they never came out of monkeys or orangutans and humans have been on this earth since the earth was created.

Aum NamaH Shivaya!
Sianala, Montreal , Sep 2010.

Sep 6, 2010

Lord Krishna

Aum Shri Gurave NamaH!

Krishna Janmashtami
Sri Swami Sivananda

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya!
This is the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth Divine Incarnation. It falls on the 8th day of the dark half of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September). This is one of the greatest of all Hindu festivals. Lord Krishna was born at midnight. A twenty-four hour fast is observed on this day, which is broken at midnight.
Temples are decorated for the occasion. Kirtans are sung, bells are rung, the conch is blown, and Sanskrit hymns are recited in praise of Lord Krishna. At Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, special spiritual gatherings are organised at this time. Pilgrims from all over India attend these festive gatherings.
The Lord appeared when the moon entered the house of Vrishabha at the constellation of the star Rohini, on Wednesday, the 8th day of the second fortnight of the month of Sravana, which corresponds to the month of Bhadrapada Krishnapaksha according to the Barhaspatyamana, in the year of Visvavasu, 5,172 years ago (from 1945), which means 3227 B.C.
Study the Bhagavatam and the Pancharatras, which are equal to the Upanishads. You will know all about the glory of Lord Krishna, His Lilas and superhuman deeds. The eighth Avatara, Krishna, who has become the Beloved of India and the world at large, had a threefold objective: to destroy the wicked demons, to play the leading role in the great war fought on the battlefield of Kurukshetra (where he delivered His wonderful message of the Gita) and to become the centre of a marvellous development of the Bhakti schools of India.
There is no true science except devotion to Lord Krishna. That man is wealthy indeed who loves Radha and Krishna. There is no sorrow other than lack of devotion to Krishna. He is the foremost of the emancipated who loves Krishna. There is no right course, except the society of Sri Krishna's devotees. The Name, virtues and Lilas (divine pastimes) of Krishna are the chief things to be remembered. The Lotus Feet of Radha and Krishna are the chief objects of meditation.
Sri Krishna is the ocean of bliss. His soul-stirring Lilas, which are the wonder of wonders, are its waves. The honeyed music of His flute attracts the minds of His devotees from all three regions. His unequalled and unsurpassed wealth of beauty amazes the animate and the inanimate beings. He adorns His friends with His incomparable love.
His palms bear the signs of a lotus and discus, the right sole of His feet of a flag, lotus, thunderbolt, an iron goad, barley seed, and the Swastika. His left sole has the rainbow, triangle, water-pot, crescent, sky, fish, and a cow's footprint. His Form is composed of condensed universal consciousness and bliss. His Body pervades the entire cosmos.
Devotion is the only means of attaining Lord Krishna. Bhakti kindles love for the Lord. When love is directed towards Krishna, man is freed from the bondage of the world.
Though Lord Krishna appeared in a human body, He had a divine body not composed of the five elements. He did not take any birth here in the usual sense of the term. He did not die. He appeared and disappeared through His Yoga Maya as He has declared in the Gita. This is a secret, known only to His devotees, Yogis and sages.
His enchanting form with flute in hand is worshipped in myriads of homes in India. It is a form to which is poured out devotion and supreme love from the hearts of countless devotees not only in India but also in the West. Millions of spiritual seekers worship Him and repeat His Mantra, Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya.
Lord Krishna was great in knowledge, great in emotion, great in action, all at once. The scriptures have not recorded any life more full, more intense, more sublime and grander than the life of Sri Krishna.
Krishna has played various roles during His stay in the world. He was Arjuna's charioteer. He was an excellent statesman. He was a master musician; he gave lessons even to Narada in the art of playing the veena. The music of His flute thrilled the hearts of the Gopis and everyone else. He was a cowherd in Brindavan and Gokul. He exhibited miraculous powers even as a child. He killed many demons. He revealed His Cosmic Form to His mother, Yasoda. He performed the Rasa Lila, the secret of which can only be understood by devotees like Narada, Gauranga, Radha and the Gopis. He taught the supreme Truth of Yoga, Bhakti and Vedanta to Arjuna and Uddhava. He had mastered every one of the sixty-four fine arts. For all these reasons He is regarded as a full and complete manifestation of God.
Incarnations of God appear for special reasons under special circumstances. Whenever there is much unrighteousness, whenever confusion and disorder set in on account of unrighteousness and baffle the well-ordered progress of mankind, whenever the balance of human society is upset by selfish, ruthless and cruel beings, whenever irreligion and unrighteousness prevail, whenever the foundations of social organisations are undermined, the great Incarnation of God appears in order to re-establish righteousness and to restore peace.
An Incarnation is the descent of God for the ascent of man. A ray from the Cosmic Being in His potential state of manifestation descends on earth with mighty powers to keep up the harmony of the universe. The work done by the Incarnation of God and His teachings produce a benign influence on human beings and help them in their upward divine unfoldment and Self-realisation.
The Incarnation comes to reveal the divine nature of man and makes him rise above the petty materialistic life of passion and egoism.
The greatest manifestations are called Incarnations proper. Rishis, Munis, prophets, sons of God and messengers of God are minor manifestations.
The Incarnations usually come with their particular or favourite groups or companions. Lord Rama came with Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna. Lord Krishna came with Balarama, Devas and Rishis. Sanaka came with Sanandana, Sanatkumara and Sanatsujata. Some, like Sri Shankara and Ramanuja, come as teachers and spiritual leaders. Some, like Chaitanya, are born to instill devotion in the hearts of people and turn their minds towards God. The Incarnations proper, like Krishna, come only when there is widespread catastrophe in the world.
On the holy Krishna Janmashtami, the ladies in South India decorate their houses beautifully, ready to welcome the Lord. They prepare various sweetmeats and offer them to the Lord. Butter was Krishna's favourite, and this is also offered. From the doorway to the inner meditation room of the house the floor is marked with a child's footprints, using some flour mixed with water. This creates the feeling in them that the Lord's own Feet have made the mark. They treat the day as one of very great rejoicing. There is recitation of the Bhagavatam, singing and praying everywhere.
The Janmashtami is celebrated at the Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, with the following programme of intense spiritual activity:
1. During the preceding eight days, Japa of Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya is done intensely.
2. Those who can, will recite the Bhagavatam during this period. Others will listen to it being recited.
3. On the birthday itself everyone fasts and spends the whole day in holy communion.
4. Everyone greets others with the holy Mantra, Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya.
5. A grand havan is performed on that day.
6. There is continuous Satsang from 4a.m. early in the morning till night. Yogis, Sannyasins and learned men discourse upon the glorious life and teachings of the Lord.
7. From sunset people assemble in the elaborately decorated temple and sing the Lord's Names and glories.
8. Many hymns and portions of the Bhagavatam, especially the Gopika Geetam, are recited.
9. Towards midnight, there is a grand worship of Lord Krishna. The Lord is bathed with milk while His Name is chanted 108 times.
10. This worship concludes with offerings of flowers, waving of lights (Arati), and reading of that portion of the Bhagavatam which deals with the birth of Krishna. This synchronises with midnight, the hour of the Lord's birth, at which time the murti of the Lord is rocked in a beautifully decorated cradle. After this item, all the assembled devotees partake of the holy prasad or sacrament, and then retire, filled with the Grace and blessings of Lord Krishna.
If you cannot read the whole of the Srimad Bhagavatam during these days, at least you should recite the following four most important verses from the book. The leading two verses and the closing verse are the prologue and the epilogue respectively:
"Hear from Me the most secret knowledge coupled with the essential experience and its component parts.
"May you realise by My Grace, the knowledge of Myself and what form, qualities and actions I am endowed with.
1. "Before creation I alone existed. There was nothing, neither existence nor non-existence. I am that which remains after dissolution.
2. "Understand that to be Maya or illusion which is devoid of any purpose, which is not to be found in the Self and which is unreal like light and darkness.
3. "As the primary elements are amalgamated, with one another and also separate from one another at the same time, so I pervade the whole universe and am also separate from it.
4. "The aspirant should, by the method of positive and negative, know that thing which exists always and everywhere.
"Experience this truth through the highest superconscious state so that you will not be disturbed even by illusory objects".
There is another beautiful verse in the Bhagavatam which you can recite daily: "In days of yore, the Lord, born of Devaki, brought up in the house of Yasoda, killed the wicked Putana of illusive form and lifted the Govardhana hill, killed Kamsa and the sons of the Kuru race, and protected the sons of Kunti. Thus is recited the essence of the ancient Bhagavat Purana consisting of the nectarine stories of the deeds of Lord Krishna".
May the blessings of Lord Krishna be upon you all!
Aum NamaH Shivaya!
Sianala, Montreal Sep 2010