Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sri Suktam- Key to treasure

In Hindu mythology, it is goddess Lakshmi who is the deity of wealth and prosperity. This wealth includes material as well as spiritual happiness . She is not important to humans as well as for gods also. This is evident from the mythological story in which due to curse of sage Durvaasa to Indra , goddess Lakshmi abandoned the swarga loka. This created havoc. Only after great efforts of gods she re-appear as a daughter of Sagar. Similarly, in astrology Venus is considered as natural significator of luxuries. So, Friday, which is ruled by Venus is auspicious day to worship goddess Lakshmi. In our classics there is a mention of set of shlokas in Sanskrit to worship goddess Lakshmi. This is called “Shri-Suktam”. The word “Shri” itself is an indicator auspiciousness and royalty. If one recite this mantras on Friday, then it is believe that goddess Lakshmi showers her blessings to the person. There are many variations of this mantra is available in the market. But the set of 16 mantra is more authentic. For the people whose 5th lord in their horoscope is Venus, this mantra would work as a tonic for the whole life. If a mantra is done under the influence of auspicious muhurat , then its effect multiplies by many folds. On, Diwali night, this mantra is highly recommended . It is very important that the mantra should be pronounced correctly. Even more important is the state of mind at the time of recitation. The role of “Kaal(time)” and “sthaan(place)” is the deciding factor for the outcome of mantra-saadhna.

Pitra Dev

It is often seen in the horoscope that there is a yoga of “Pitra-dosham” which is considered very deadly for the children.It is a clear indication of curse of ancestors. Also, the blessings of our ancestors are very important for the success in life. As per hindu calendar, the Krishna paksh (fortnight) of Ashwin month is very important for remembering our ancesters. During this period rituals performed for the pacification of departed souls is called as “Shradh”. After the death soul travels various planes(levels). It suffers accoding to the its deed performed on the earth. Shradh ceremony is performed to provide the solace to the soul. The last day of shradh is considered as the most important one . It is held on amavasya tithi. The pitras are believed to be the ruler of this tithi(date). Similarly offering water to souls is called “Tarpan” ceremony. As per rule the eldest son of the deceased should perform this ceremony. Otherwise spouse or brother or son-in-law are qualified to perform it. The shradh or tarpan performed on teerath is considered as best. The easiest way is to donate the food liked by the ancestors. It should be donated to Brahmin, crow and cow.Sesame seeds mixed with water is considered very sacred in the offerings. All the auspicious works are prohibited during this period. There are 6 kinds of tarpan
1) Devtarpan
2) Rishitarpan
3) Divyamanavtarpan
4) Divyapitratarpan
5) Yamtarpan
6) Manushyapitratarpan
Mantra to be recited at the time of tarpan is-
Om ye bandhava abandhva va yenya janmani bandhva |
Te sarve triptimayantu maddattenambuna swadha ||
This simple remedy is very important to ward off many hidden evils in horoscope.

The true devotion

The 13th tithi (date) of the Shukla paksha of Jyeshtha month of hindu lunar calendar is very important for a married woman. From this day till poornima(Full moon day), fast is observed for the longevity of husband. The name of the fast is “Vat-Savitri vrat”. The word “Vat” means banyan tree in hindi which is considered very auspicious and “Savitri” was a woman with whom the legend is associated. During the fast there is a ritual of tying thread around banyan tree. It is believe that the banyan tree is symbolic representation of Lord Brahma,Vishnu and Mahesh. The lower part of root is abode of lord Brahma, the stem of tree is abode of Lord Vishnu and the upper part of banyan tree is representation of lord Shiva, all making the tree a sacred one. As per legend , there was a princess Savitri who wanted to marry Satyavan. But sage Narad was against this marriage because as per destiny the Satyavan had only one year of remaining life. But Savitri ignored the warning and married to Satyavan as she truly loved him. After completion of one year, when Satyavan was resting under the banyan tree, Lord Yama, the god of death appeared to take the soul of Satyavan to heaven. At that moment Savitri begged for the life of her husband from the Yama. But all went in vain. But she was determined to follow lord Yama till the end. The way to Yamlok,the abode of lord Yama was too difficult and full of miseries. Lord Yama was impressed by her determination. He granted her 3 boons, except the life of her husband. This was the testing time for Savitri. First she asked for the vision of the blind father in law. Secondly she begged for the lost empire of his family. Lastly she begged for a son. The last wish of Savitri put Lord Yama in great dilemma because it could not be fulfilled without Satyavan. Lord Yama accepted the defeat from the hands a woman who was so dedicated to her husband. He granted all the three boons . It is believed that Satyavan spend his dying moments under a Banyan tree on the full moon day in month of Jyeshtha. During this day parikrama of banyan tree for 108 times tying thread is considered very auspicious for the longevity of husband.

A girl or a boy!

As per hinduism there are 16 series of sanskaar(rituals) has to be performed from the birth till death. They are
16)Antim sanskaar

The first 3 sanskaar are pre-natal sanskaar which are vital for the good health of child..The life begins from the first step of conception. The “Garbhadhaan” sanskaar involving some religious mantras and muhurat ensures the birth of a healthy and virtuous child. It removes all the impurities linked with conception. Child is not only produced from the physical body of parents. This is the reason that in our shaastra there are certain days and auspicious timing of union which ensures birth of a virtuous son. It is scientifically proved that the thoughts prevailing in the minds of mother and father at the time of conception has a huge impact on the child. The lagna,the zodiac sign rising in the east direction at the time of conception gives complete information about the gender and health of child. It is clearly written in our sacred texts, how to calculate the muhurat for the birth of a child of a desired gender.For example, to get the female child ,in muhurat proper taken is care that the Venus or Moon (both female planets) should aspect the lagna. The second sanskaar called “Punsavan” sanskaar is very important for getting a male child and to prevent the abortion and to overcome any defect in feotus.. Generally it is performed in male nakshatras and in masculine days of Sunday,Tuesday or Thursday(condition apply). The 3rd pre-natal sanskaar is “Seemant” sanskaar. The purpose of this ritual is to protect mother from evil forces. A detail calculations are required to select the best muhurat for each ceremony. Some times these calculations are too complex than calculations required to launch a satellite!

Sharad Poornima

The full moon day of Ashwin maas(month) is celebrated as Sharad Poornima. This indicates the onset of Sharad ritu(season).It occur fortnight before diwali.This is the transiting period of summer to winter. Still it is believe that Lord Krishna perform Raas(a kind of dance) with Radha on the night of sharad poornima maiking it auspicious. On this night the moon acquire the special powers called shodash the light emitting from the moon is equivalent to nectar. In astrology , the moon is considered as lord of herbs. This is the reason the moon light on this day has curative properties.It is a ritual to prepare kheer(a dish prepared from milk and rice) and kept under the moonlight. On the next day it is distributed as a prasadam. As per Legend it is believe that on the night of Sharad Poornima goddess Lakshmi wanders on the earth to bless the devotee who awake and perform the pooja. Reciting Shrisukatam on this night is considered highly auspicious to acquire wealth.

The Balalncing Act

“Well begun is half done”.As per rules of astrology, the time of the start of any new or important work is very important.But, the selection of auspicious time is not very easy for an astrologer.He has to combat many factors. Interestingly, these factors are highly conflicting.The real skills of an astrologer depends upon how he balances these factors.The factors which has to be taken into account are

1)Tithi(the lunar date)








I have often seen many astrologers put too much importance to first 3 factors. But in reality, the last 3 factors hold the maximum points. If the last 3 factors are positive ,then the negativity of the first 3 or 4 factors can be ignored. The points to above factors should be given as follows

1) Tithi-1 points

2)Nakshatra-4 points

3)Vaar(weekday)-8 points

4)Karan-16 points

5)Yoga-32 points

6)Tara-64 points

7)Moon-100 points

8)Lagna-1000 points