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Monday, June 19, 2017

Yogini ekaadasi 2017

Dear members:

Yogini Ekaadasi falls on June 20, 2017 this year; it is to be observed on the same day throughout the world.

Note: Yogini Ekaadasi is the krishna paksha ekaadashi falling in the lunar month of Aashaada (Pournimaadhi lunar month and not the amaavasyaadhi month pattern) . I am using the term Aashaada krishna ekaadashi based on the Pournimaadhi month reckoning because that is the system that has been used in the Brahma Vaivarta Puraana legend that I am going to give to explain the significance of this ekaadashi.

Significance of the Yogini Ekaadashi

Yogini Ekaadashi has the potential to nullify the effects of sinful karmas of the previous incarnations that might be manifesting as diseases or curses in our present incarnation.

In Brahma Vaivarta Puraana, there is the legend of a yaksha Hemamaali that was narrated by Lord Krishna to the King Yudhishtra to explain the glory of Yogini Ekaadashi. (I am giving a liberal translation of the original legend from the purana just to bring out the significance of the yoginii ekaadashi; those who are interested may refer the original text in Brahma Vaivarta Puraana).

Hemamaali was an attendant of the Yaksha-Raaja Kubera who failed to bring flowers to Shiva Pooja of the king at the right moment and instead was frolicking with his beautiful wife. Due to the curse of the Yaksha King Kuberaa for this sin, Hemamaali took birth as a human being and was afflicted with leprosy and suffered innumerable difficulties. But, he was constantly meditating or chanting Lord Shiva's names and due to that effect, he got memories of his previous birth and the sin he had committed then.

Once, he came across the ashram of Sage Maarkandeya in the course of his wanderings. On seeing the radiant and Meritorious sage, Hemamaali prostrated to him from a distance. The sage enquired kindly about his condition; Hemamaali explained the reason for his disease without hiding anything. Sage Maarkandeya appreciated the frankness of Hemamaali and suggested this wonderful fast. Hemamaali observed this fast with all devotion and got relief from his leprosy and also was reinstated back in to the Yaksha world. He went on to live happily as before with his beautiful wife again!

Apart from the above benefit,strict observance of Yogini Ekaadasi (I think strict observance must mean that the fast should be in the nirjalaa form - without drinking even water) will give merit that is equivalent to that accruing out of feeding eighty-eight thousand pious Brahmins!!!! -( end of the version from Brahma vaivarta puraanaa).

It must be noted that Ekaadashi can be even observed as Kaamya vrattam (fast with the aim of getting some punya or achievement) though it is a mandatory vrattam. So, those who wish to have the punya equivalent of feeding 88,000 brahmins can fast fully in the Nirjalaa form. Those who are observing it only as a pure religious duty in Honour of Our Lord have the option of fasting in a relaxed manner (it is another matter that most devotees - including this writer - observe all ekaadashis in the nirjalaa form as far as feasible). Those opting for the relaxed form of the fast can take milk, and fruits. Avoid grains and beans alone apart from the other prohibited food like onions, garlic, etc.

Observance of the Yogini Ekaadasi(even in its relaxed forms) can be a powerful remedy for overcoming all karmic ailments (if astrologers had suggested that your ailments are karmic in nature and if physicians have been unable to cure your ailments, observance of this ekaadasi fast religiously can help).

Elsewhere, it is mentioned that observance of Yogini Ekaadasi will be proper remedy to get freedom from the karma that arises out of cutting an Aswattha tree (Pipal tree). So, if you have had occasion to uproot an aswatta tree due to any reason (like government officials being required to supervise removal of a tree for widening roads) and are worried about the karmic implications of the act done in the course of secular duties/ practical necessities, you may observe this fast as karmic redemption.

As always, please let me reiterate that this fast is not mandatory for those who are ailing and cannot fast due to medical complications, lactating mothers, pregnant women, and those in the ages below 7 or above 70 years. So, those falling in these categories, please avoid straining your physical body - which is the Temple of God who resides in His amsa as your own soul - unnecessarily.  The real meaning of "Upa Vaasa" is to "live near God" - which is an allegorical way of saying "be in remembrance of God."  So, if your physical situation does not permit you to fast on ekaadasi day, just spend the day in Lord Hari's Remembrance and the Ocean of Mercy will credit you with punya phala due for an upavaasaa.

Blessed be.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Vaikaasi Visakham - 2017

Dear Members:

The auspicious Vaikaasi Visakham festival is celebrated on June 7, 2017. This is the birthday of Shri Subramanya (also known as Skanda, Kaartikeya, Muruga, etc.). He had His Genesis from the Third Eye of Lord Shivaa (as many of you might be aware, the Third Eye is the symbol of Wisdom and Divine Knowledge/ Powers). Thus Skanda is the perfect Gnaana Moorthi - as He had His Genesis from the flames of the Third Eye of Lord Shiva Himself. He manifested to destroy the evil forces headed by Soorapadman and his brothers who had a boon that he can be destroyed only by a son of Lord Shiva. Worshipping Lord Skanda on this auspicious day will help us to destroy the demons of our mind and personality - like anger, lust, and delusion (In fact mystic experts opine that the demons Soorapadman and his brothers signify Aanavam, Kanmam, and Maayai - and Lord Skanda signifies Absolute Knowledge and Wisdom which can vanquish those evils).

Reciting Skanda Sahasranaamam, Subramanya Bhujangam (By Shri Aadi Shankarar), Kandar Anubhooti (By Shri Arunagirinaathar), Tirumurugaarrupadai (by Nakeerar), Tirupugazh (By Arunagirinaathar), Kanda Shashti kavacham (Shri Baala Devaraayar swaamigal), and such other devotional works on Lord Skandaa on Vaikaasi Visaakham day will be auspicious.

Those who can't recite the elaborate scriptures mentioned above may benefit by chanting simple names such as
1) Om Skandaaya namah (to improve physical strength).
2) Om Kumaaraya namah (for progenic happiness)
3) Om Valliimanavaalaaya namah (for success in romantic matters and good luck in marital life)
4) Om DevasEnaapatayE namah (for overcoming the evil designs of enemies).
5) Om SkandaGuravE namah (for getting Divine Guidance).
6) Om Shakti hastaaya namah (for getting Divine Protection).
7) Om Shiva Gnaana Desikaaya namah/ Om Gnaana Panditaaya namah (mastery over esoteric knowledge)

This is an auspicious day to get deeksha into beeja mantras related to Shri Kartikeya from suitable Gurus(there are shadakshari mantra, Panchadasaakshari mantra, etc. on Lord Skandaa that should be chanted after initiation).

Worship of Lord Skandaa can be a good remedy for Sarpa Dosha and Mars dosha in horoscopes, and can bless a person with peace and prosperous life materialistically, and Divine Wisdom - spiritually.

Special poojas and havans are being conducted on this occasion at our current residence at Bangalore.

Members of paaraayanam group and Pradosham abhishekam group please note that you will be automatically included as honorary beneficiaries in the poojas done on Vaikaasi visakham day and so you need not offer me anything for this pooja. It will be a pleasure and Honour for me to pray for you all with the resources that are already there thanks to your offerings in the recent past.


Astrological and Remedial consultant

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Nirjala Ekaadasi - 2017

This post is regarding Nirjala Ekaadasi on June 4/ June 5, 2017


a) Those living USA, Canada, and other countries of North and South American continents should observe this on June 4, 2017.

b) Those living in rest of the world - including those living in India - must observe this on June 5, 2017.

Significance of the Nirjala Ekaadasi:
Nirjala Ekaadasi is also known as Paandava Nirjalaa Ekaadasi. Sage Vyaasa was extolling the virtues of the Ekaadasi fast and also the sins associated with not keeping the ekaadasi fast. The other Paandava brothers and Draupadi who were observing Ekaadasi vrattam scrupulously were very happy to listen to the exposition on the glories of Ekaadasi; however, the Great Warrior Bheema who was known for his gluttony and who could not fast on Ekaadasis (fasting twice a month was almost unthinkable for him!!!) was worried on hearing the sins associated with not keeping ekaadasi vrattam. So, he requested Sage Vyaasa to tell an alternative instead of fasting on all ekaadasis.

Sage Vyaasa clarified that if the Nirjalaa Ekaadasi fast is observed scrupulously, it will give the result of having observed ekaadasi fast throughout the year, and so Bheema can observe that ekaadasi alone to get the results of all other ekaadasis thus escaping the sins associated with not observing other ekaadasis. This was at least tolerable to Bheemasena (he just needed to fast once a year which was at least okay rather than at least 24 days per year on each ekaadasi the very thought of which was intimidating to him!). Thus, this Nirjala Ekaadasi is also known as "Bheema Ekaadasi" or "Paandava Ekaadasi"

Procedure for observing Nirjalaa Ekaadasi

One should take bath early in the morning and declare that he/ she is undertaking the Ekaadasi fast for escaping all sins - known and unknown and for the Grace of Lord Hari. Meditation should be done upon Lord Naaraayana reclining on His Bed of Seshaa in the midst of the Milk Ocean (Jala Saayi Perumaal). We should also remember Sage Vyaasa's words that observing this single Ekaadasi will give the merits associated with the other ekaadasis of the year also.

Usually ekaadasi fast can be done as per one's wishes and convenience, like - fruit only fast, milk only fast, water-only fast, abstaining from grains but eating other ritual pure items/ vegetables, etc. However, Nirjala ekaadasi - as the name implies - should be a complete fast where the observer of the fast should abstain from even plain water!

Many scrupulous observers of Ekaadasi fast usually keep a complete fast (including abstaining from water) on all ekaadasis. Even those who are not so strict about abstaining from water on normal ekaadasis should abstain from water during the nirjala ekaadasi. Of course, there is exemption applicable for old-aged, the physically infirm, those who are in sick bed, pregnant women, lactating women with very young infants, etc. Others who are physically fit but fail to observe this ekaadasi are missing a very good karmic opportunity because, just observing this one ekaadasi can exempt you from all other ekaadasis (and also gives you the merit that could accrue from observing all other ekaadasis!!!!).

On dwaadasi day (the next day) while breaking the fast, it is auspicious to make some charitable donation to any deserving cause to get the full results of the observance. It is customary to offer umbrellas, sandals, or water pot to pious brahmins on this day. If you are not able to find suitable pious persons who deserve such dhaanaas, you may just contribute what little you can to any charitable cause of your choice or to any temple.

Merits associated with observing nirjala Ekaadasi:

1) The merit accruing out of performing shraadha during solar eclipse.
2) The merit accruing out of observing all other ekaadasis of the year (it does not mean that we should not maintain the other ekaadasi fasts if we observe this; just think....if you observe this in addition to all other ekaadasis, you will be getting twice the benefit is it not? For those who cannot fast on all ekaadasis due to practical considerations, this ekaadasi is a boon; they can observe just this ekaadasi with full devotion and perfection - without water!)

May our members observe this Holy Fast and gain the Grace of Lord Hari.

Blessed be

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Apara Ekaadasi 2017

The Holy Apara Ekadasi for this year is to be observed on May 22, 2017 throughout the world, except for those living in U.S., Canada, and other countries of the American continents and observing smartha traditions - who will observe smaartha Ekaadasi on May 21, 2017 in these places.

Vaishnava ekaadasi for those living in U.S., Canada, and other countries of the American continents must be observed on May 22, 2017.

Significance of this Apara Ekaadasi:
This Ekadasi is specifically recommended for those who are suffering from pangs of anxiety arising out of past short-comings in performing one's rightful duties (out of negligence or other pressing practical circumstances).

 If you have committed some major sins knowingly or unknowingly and are suffering from remorse for those sinful activities, and want to be freed from the psychological pangs now, observance of this Ekadasi will help. This Ekaadasi can free one from sins like Brahmahati (that can cause depressive tendencies and may even lead to more serious psychological disturbances as a consequence of one's sins), Gohatya and other major sins.

Apara Ekaadasi punya is equivalent to all the following meritorious religious activities taken together!....
1) Bathing in the Holy Pushkara thrice a day, everyday throughout the lunar month of Kaarthika;
2) Having Maagha snaana at Holy Prayaag.
3) Performing Seva to Lord Shiva at Vaaranaasi kshetra during shiva Raatri;
4) Gaya shraddam for one's ancestors;
5) Bathing in the Holy Gautami River during Jupiter's transit into Simha rashi;
6) Having Shri Kedaarnaath darshan.
7) Having Badrinaath darshan during the kumba maasa (sun in kumbha raashi)
8) Taking a bath in Kurukshetra during solar eclipse and donating cows, elephants, and gold in charity to worthy Brahmins.
9) Donating a pregnant cow, along with gold and fertile land.

Method of observing Ekaadasi vratham:
Try to limit intake of food slowly starting from the previous day (dasami) itself. Avoid consuming honey, onion, garlic, and such ritually impure items on dasami day (the day before ekaadasi fast) itself and also prepare yourself mentally too by meditating on Lord Hari.

On the day of Ekaadasi fast, you must get up early in the morning, take a bath, and with full intent maintain the fast. Ideally, the fast should be complete - avoiding even drinking water. However, if this is not possible, you may water-down the intensity of the fast like - a fruit-only fast, juice-only fast, milk-only fast, or whatever depending on your health condition. On Ekaadasi day, pulses and grains should be strictly avoided (especially Rice). This Ekaadasi is mandatory for all believers with good health between the ages 7 and 70. (Pregnant women, old aged persons, and ailing persons are exempt these; even women in their monthly periods can fast on ekaadasi and meditate on Lord Hari silently without chanting mantras!)

On the night of Ekaadasi fast, it is recommended to keep a whole night vigil - listening to Lord's wonderful leelaas from various scriptures, or reading Bhagavat Gitaa, or simply chanting Lord's names like Hari, Raam, Krishna, Hare Ramakrishna, etc.

On Dwaadasi - the day after the fast, the fast should be broken within 2 hours 24 mins. after sunrise at your place, at an auspicious time. Those who have maintained a full fast (without even water) can break the fast by just consuming Tulsi teertham (Tulsi-soaked water). Others can break fast by eating fruits.

On Dwaadasi thithi, tamarind and chillies should be avoided while cooking. Lemon can be used instead of Tamarind; pepper can be used instead of chillies to flavour the food-items.
It is good to consume Amla on dwaadasi thithi as this endears one to Lord Krishna.
One who maintains this fast of Apara Ekaadasi will win fame and reknown besides cutting off the roots of all negative karmaas.
May all our members undertake this Holy Fast and relieve themselves of all negative karmaas.
Blessed be.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Mohini ekaadasi 2017

Dear Members:

The auspicious Mohini Ekaadasi falls on May 6, 2017; it is observed on the same day throughout the world.
This is a fast that is believed to give relief from sufferings arising out of our sins of previous births, and give merit that is more than what could be obtained by taking hundreds of theertha snaanams.

May our members observe this fast as per their abilities and become recipients of Divine Grace.

Astrological and Remedial consultant

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Akshaya trithiyai 2017

Akshaya Trithiyai vrattam falls is observed on 28th/ 29th April , 2017 this year.


a) For those living in U.S.A, Canada, and other places of American continents, Akshaya trithiyai and Parasuraama Jayanthi must be observed on April 28th.

b) For those living in African countries, Europe, Gulf Countries, Pakistan, India, Central parts of Russia, China, Bangaladesh, Myanmar, Malaysia, Akshaya trithiyai and Parasuraama Jayanthi must be observed on April 28th.

c) For those living in Indonesia, Singapore, Phillipines, Malacca, Brunei, Japan, Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia, Akshaya trithiyai should be observed on April 29th while Parasuraama Jayanthi must be observed on April 28th.

In short - Parasuraama Jayanthi is observed on April 28th throughout the world.  Akshaya trithiyai for most countries (including India) will be on April 28th - and countries to the East of Malaysia must observe Akshaya trithiyai on April 29th.

This is an auspicious day when Lord Brahma started Creation in the beginning of the Chatur Yugas. Today is Kruta Yugathi. Lord Parasuraama's Jayanthi is also observed in this connection as seen above. Venerating Lord Parasuraama who vanquished the rulers who had forgotten the ethical ways of conducting affairs is auspicious today. May His Grace ensure that a strong leader assumes the leadership of our country, and take it forward.
This is a very important day for spiritual aspirants. This is a day when siddhis (yogic powers) seek out sincere aspirants! Arjuna obtained Pasupatha Astra, Lord Shiva got Biksha from Annapoorani to remove his  Brahmahathi dosha, and various devotees have also got siddhis on this auspicious day.

Kshaya means destruction; akshaya means - that which does not get destroyed or that which is ever increasing. So, any auspicious activity that we indulge in today will have manifold benefits. Those who are performing mantra japas should capitalize on this wonderful day and energize their mantras. Students can consider joining new courses (including summer courses on music, martial arts, swimming, painting, etc.).

This is a day when any activity can be done without regard to usual taboos of vaara, thithi, or nakshatra dosha. Any act of charity or donation done on this day will give manifold results. So, you may consider donating money to charities of your choice (it can be as little as Rs.1/- to a poor beggar on the street! The amount or to whom you donate is not important....but the attitude with which you offer the donations is most important). Now a days, there is an unnecessary business fad promoted by commercial establishments about "purchasing" gold/ silver/ other valuables (I think Platinum ads are also making headway recently in the tube!). Though it is true that purchasing auspicious articles on that day will prove good, it is definitely not correct to do such purchases with "borrowed" money or on debts, just on the belief that purchasing something on that day is good. You can purchase valuables with your own money if you have saved for them. Borrowing money just for purchasing on that day is definitely not recommended because, your "borrowing" might become akshaya is it not???? (Just my logic!!!!)Of course, if you have been planning to purchase some valuables with your savings for sometime now, you may consider purchasing the items on this day. But, mere purchasing valuables on the Akshaya trithiyai day is not going to magically alter your fortunes. I request our members not to fall into that superstitious trap that has gained currency now-a-days.This day is more about learning, acquiring wisom, performing acts of merit and such other Higher Purposes rather than mere acquisition of valuables. This day is too precious to be spent on standing in long-ques outside jewellery shops! Instead, consider visiting a nearby temple and doing some cleaning work on the premises, volunteering in a hospital, donating blood to a blood-bank, donating old clothes or sweets to Homes for the destitutes/ old persons, or taking blessings from elders in your family or community.

On this note, I also wish to emphasize....please don't fall prey to sensation-mongering of websites or "spiritual businessmen"....while it is true that performing austerities on Akshaya Trithiyai day is auspicious and can give manifold benefits, there is definitely NO OBLIGATION FOR ANYONE to do any ritual on this day (some websites/ magazines have this habit of "sensationalizing" spiritually potent days saying "this is the pooja you MUST do!"  There is no MUST DO vratams on akshaya Trithiyai day).  Vedic religion never insists on any austerity except the karmas that one must do as obligatory duties to one's parents/ children/ wife or siblings (the samskaaraas!).  These special occasions like Akshaya trithiyai fall under "naimittika karma" - where one CAN OPTIONALLY do special rituals if situations permit and one feels inclined to acquire merit.  Don't be threatened or psyched into doing anything by reading some magazine or website.  If you wish to do any austerity, or temple pooja - fine...let God within you inspire you to do it; don't think there is a specific format to the poojas and that is how it must be done and open your purse strings to be manipulated by someone else for their own base needs.

Austerities will be done at our place - for Universal Welfare.

May all our members derive immense spiritual and mundane benefits remembering God or doing simple charities/ austerities per each one's individual capacity and situation and  become recipients of Divine Grace.
Blessed be.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Varuthini ekaadasi 2017

Dear Members:

The auspicious Varuthini Ekaadashi (Chaitra Krishna ekaadashi) falls on April 22/ April 23, 2017.

Schedule of observation of this fast for various regions in the world:

a) Sarva Ekaadasi (common to both Smaarthas and Vaishnavas) for those living in USA, Canada, and other countries of the American continents, those living in Europe, Africa, and for those living in Middle-East (Gulf countries) is to be observed on April 22, 2017.

b) Smaartha Ekaadasi for those living in India, and countries to the east of India like Bangladesh, Myanmar, and South East Asian countries (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc.), Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji is on April 22, 2017.

c) Vaishnava Ekaadasi for those living in these countries (listed in point b) above) is on April 23, 2017.

Glory of the Varuthini ekaadashi

The glory of the Varuthini Ekaadashi has been explained in the Bhavishya uttara puraaana in the form of a discourse between Yudhishtira Maharaaj and Lord Krishna.

On a specific request from Shri Yudhisthira, Lord Krishna explains that whosoever observes a complete fast on this sacred day has his sins completely removed, obtains happiness, and achieves all good fortune. Fasting on Varuthini Ekaadasi makes even an unfortunate woman fortunate (There are some horoscopic combinations in a female chart - like Visha Kanya yoga, vaidavya yoga, vandhya dosha, etc. that can spoil family happiness and bring much ill luck; Lord Krishna's saying that this fast will make even an unfortunate woman fortunate refers to such horoscopes. So, this ekaadasi fast on Varuthini ekaadashi can be suggested as remedy for such horoscopes). Lord Krishna further says that this ekaadashi has the potential of freeing a soul from the miseries of repeated rebirth.

Various kings like King Maandaatta, Dhundhumaaraa, etc. have been benefitted by this. King Mandaattaa obtained liberation; King Dhundhumaara - who suffered from leprosy as a result of curse from Lord Shiva was freed from it.

Whatever merit one obtains by performing austerities and penances for ten thousand years is achieved by a person who observes this Varuthini ekaadashi properly.

The method of observing this ekaadashi

The following things should be given up on the Dashami thithi (the day before the fast) - eating on bell-metal plates, eating any kind of urad-dhal, eating red-lentils, consuming honey, eating in other's houses, conjugal relationships.

On the day of ekaadashi, one should observe fast (complete fast is recommended), and listen to Shri Hari's stories from the mouth of spiritual persons, or engage oneself in Divine Contemplation quietly. One should avoid speaking ill of others (even sinners should not be spoken about badly on this day), keep oneself ritually clean, and spend the day in Divine Worship and contemplation. [My notes: Those who cannot fast completely should at least avoid eating beans and rice/ whole grains on this day, and should just consume fruit juices/ milk without honey].

On the Dwaadashi thithi, again one should avoid eating in bell-metal plates, eating urud-dhal (black-gram), hard exercises, eating more than once, having oil bath, shaving body, face, or head, and eating in other's home. [Eating in other's home refers to eating outside; home of parents, in-laws, daughter/ son, disciple's house/ Guru's house, close friend who is alike oneself in observance of spiritual duties are not considered other's houses as per shastras; so, one can consume food in these places as long as the food has been prepared as per ritual conditions of purity].

One who remains awake on this ekaadashi night and meditates upon/ worships Lord Janaardhana will nullify all sins of previous birth and will attain Supreme Abode of Lord Vishnu.

Lord Krishna says that listening to/ reading the glory of this Varuthini Ekaadashi with devotion is equivalent to the merit obtained by gifting 1000 cows!

May our members observe this holy fast and become more lucky, and also become blessed enough to attain Ultimate Salvation by the Grace of Shri Hari Vishnu.

Subham Bhavantu!

Blessed be.

 Astrological and Remedial consultant

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Kaamaadaa ekaadasi 2017

Dear Members:

Kaamadaa Ekaadashi falls on April 7, 2017 in India; it is to be observed on the same day by all persons living in countries to the East of India too.

Those living in Gulf countries and Eastern European countries must also observe this on April 7, 2017.

Those living in Western parts of Europe, U.K. and countries of the American continent must observe this on April 6, 2017.

Kaamada Ekaadashi is the ekaadashi that falls in the bright half of the month Chaitra (immediately after the Vasantha Navarathri). Kaamadaa - as the Sanskrit name implies is the fast that has the potential to grant us all our legitimate desires:)

The glory of this Ekaadashi was explained by Lord Krishna to King Yudhishtra.

Lord Krishna references a legend narrated by Sage Vasishta to King Dileepa (the great-grandfather of Shri Raama!) about the glory of this kaamadaa ekaadashi.

Once in a city-state called Ratnapura ruled by the Gandharva King Pundariika, there lived a court-musician couple - Lalit and Lalitha. They loved each other intimately and always had each other in thoughts.

Once it so happened that when Lalit had court duty, his mind was dwelling upon his dear wife and so he made some mistakes in the tune of the melody he was singing with other Gandharvas for the king. A  naaga (entity of the snake clan) who was jealous of Lalit brought it to the notice of the king Pundariik who cursed him to become a cannibalistic demon as he had been lustfully thinking of a woman instead of concentrating on his duty towards his king.

Due to the effect of the curse, Lalit - the beautiful Gandharva became a dreaded cannibalistic monster. His faithful wife - besotten by grief continued to follow him with a heavy heart wherever he went; poor Lalit had taken after the attitude of a man-eater and was no longer the gentle Gandharva that he once was!

Once during such wanderings Lalita came across a sage called Shringi. She requested the learned sage to suggest a remedy for redeeming her husband from his terrible form. The learned sage suggested that she should observe the Holy Kaamada Ekaadashi and willingly donate that merit to her husband, and by the efficacy of that fast, her husband will recover his Gandharva life. Lalita duly observed this kaamada Ekaadashi and donated it in honour of her husband, which restored his status as a Gandharva; they returned back to their realms in a Divine Chariot that manifested due to this merit.

Such is the glory of the kaamadaa Ekaadashi; it can bless one with realization of all desires, and effect removal of curses and sins that are as severe as having the potential to cause demoniac incarnations for the soul.

May our members observe this holy fast and enjoy realization of all their legitimate desires in life.

Blessed be.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Paapa Mochani ekaadasi 2017

Dear members:

The auspicious Paapa mOchini ekaadashi  is to be observed on March 23, 2017 by those living in USA, Canada, and other countries of the American continent.

Those living in rest of the world (including India), must observe this on March 24, 2017.

This ekaadashi - as the name implies helps in removing all sins and the sinful vaasanaas (subtle karmic traces that can impel us to behave in the same way again!).

The importnace of this Paapa MOchini ekaadashi was explained to King Yudhistra by Lord Krishna, and this is found in the Bhavishyottara Purana (Lord Krishna actually refers the legend that was originally.conveyed to the King Maandaata by the sage Romasha).

According to this legend, the apsara (apsaras are Divine Damsels) by name Manju Gosha lured a great tapasvi by name Medhaavi (the son of the Great Sage Chyavana) into conjugal life thereby breaking his tapasvic life. After many years of sensual life with him, she wanted to return back to her celestial plane. The sage prevented her from going requesting her to wait at least for one more night, she playfully said just think of the time you have spent with me already. When the sage thought of it he was astonished that he had already spent 57 years 09 months and 3 days with her. He got annoyed that he had been lured into spending such a long period as if in a trance in the company of a seductive demi-goddess, and that he had lost a lot of his yogic power as a result of this life. So, he cursed her to turn into a goblin. When the apsara requested for relief from the curse, the sage suggested observance of Paapa MOchini Ekaadasi.

When the Sage Medhaavi tried to enter into the hermitage of his father Chyavana Maharishi, his father said "Oh Son! By acting unethically due to lust, you have lost your wealth of austeries and penance." When the son requested his father about the remedy for this, Maharishi Chyavana also suggested the Paapa MOchini ekaadashi observance. Thus by observing this, the apsara Manju KOsha got freed from the curse of becoming a goblin, and sage Medhavi regained his lost yogic merit.

Lomasha Maharishi said to the great king Maandhaata that whosoever observes this will get freed from all sins.

Lord Krishna Himself further adds that the power of this ekaadashi has the potency to remove such sins as sin caused by killing of a pious vedic person, that incurred in voluntary abortion (voluntary abortion due to non-medical reasons is a great sin as per shastras; birth-control is okay - but abortion is not!), sin incurred by pious people when they consume intoxicants, and that incurred by immoral activity with respectable ladies.

If this ekaadasi is performed with Full Faith, it will give the merit that can be obtained by donating one thousand cows!

May our members observe this holy Fast and get freed from all negative karma and the guilt associated with such sins.
Blessed be.

Astrological and Remedial consultant

Monday, March 20, 2017

Vasantha Navarathri 2017

There are 6 Navarathris in Honour of Divine Mother each year - one for each Rithu, and the Saaradha Navaraathri falling in sharad Rithu (October - November) is the most important as this is the festival recommended for householders. The next in importance among the 6 Navarathris is the one falling in Vasantha Rithu (March - April) called Vasantha NavarathriThis Vasantha Navarathri occupies the pride of place in the schedule of Devi upaasakaas, and rituals done during this period are for awakening Wisdom and Spiritual Perfection. Thus, as the saaradha Navarathri is for the "Bhogis" (householders and family), the Vasantha Navarathri is for Yogis (those aspiring Spiritual perfection), sadhus, and spiritual minded upaasakaas (who may still be in family but live life as an offering to Divine Mother - balancing mundane and spiritual lives harmoniously). It is traditional to venerate Divine Mother in Her Gnaana Shakti Form during this period. We don't keep kolus or socialize much in this celebration (whereas the saaradha navarathri is as much a social occasion as it is spiritual!). The emphasis is more on spiritual sadhanas and meditation during this period.

This vasantha Navarathri marks the beginning of the lunar calendar based New year (followed by those following Telugu/ Kannada traditions in South India), and it is also associated with Shri Raama Navami which falls during this period. So, during this vasantha navarathri you can also organize Sundara Kaandam recitals at your places praying for family welfare.

Vasantha Navaraathri begins on March 28, 2017.   Beginning of the Vasantha Navarathri is the same day as Ugaadhi. 

Variations in observance of Ugaadhi and Navarathri austerities based on location and various traditions for your guidance:  Those living in countries to the East of India need to observe Ugaadhi on March 29th - since Pratipaat does not begin early in the day for such countries.

Shri Raama Navami is to be celebrated on April 4, 2017 by those living in USA, Canada, and other countries of American continent, European countries, countries in African continent, and middle-east.

In India too, if we observe carefully and choose the day when Navami thithi and Punarvasu nakshatra coincide at noon-time (as it was during Shri Raamachandramoorthi's Avatar kshana), it must be observe on April 4th.  However, since Navami thithi operates during the early morning of April 5th also in India, some almanacs recommend April 5th for Shri Raama Navami, and some temples also observe Shri Raama Navami on April 5th.  Those living in countries to the East of India must observe Shri Raama Navami on April 5th (without exception) - since Navami thithi is prominent during the celebration time for those countries only on April 5th.

I plan to do the Shri Raama navami related austerities on April 4th itself - after the end of the Ashokaashtami austerities on April 4th (since Ashtami thithi is operating in the morning of April 4th, Ashtami austerities must be done on April 4th; since Punarvasu nakshatra operating in conjunction with Chaitra Navami at Noon also happens on the same day, I will do the Shri Raama navami austerities on April 4th).

Mahaa chandi homam will be done on April 5th at our place (since April 6th happens to be a Dhanya day - where Dasami operates only for a short duration after sunrise on that day).

Though many panchaangams indicate April 6, 2017 as Dharmaraaja dasami day, it is more correct to observe this on April 5, 2017 (since Dasami operates for a major part of the day on April 5, 2017, and also the vrata niyamaa of fasting till evening in Honour of Yama Dharmaraaja and breaking it after Yama Pooja when Dasasmi operates is satisfied only for April 5, 2017).

I request all our members to do simple prayers that are possible for them in Honour of Divine Mother during the Vasantha Navaraathri and receive Her Grace. Those who are initiated may recite Lalitha Sahasranaamam and Soundarya Lahiri on these days to become recipients of Divine Grace. Others may simply recite names like "Om Shree MaatrE namah" (Salutations to Thee who Art the Mother), "Om Durgaayai namah", "Om Sadaakshyai namah" (Salutations to Thee with 1000 Eyes = this is for prosperity), "Om siddhi dhaatryai namah" (Salutations to Thee who gives accomplishment), etc.

Those who have Tulsi plant in house may light a lamp in that sannidhi and offer 12 prostrations praying for peace and prosperity in the family and for the whole world. You may consider getting initiated into mantras like "Brindaavani Dasaakshari" (the beeja mantra for Tulsi worship that is very powerful), "Surabhi mantra" (for GOmaataa), etc. during this auspicious period.
You may also read Divine legends related to Mother Goddess which have been identified as powerful ones for prosperity based on authentic classical sources and based on teachings of Sri Vidhya Upaasaka traditions. Many such legends abound in the classic Devi Bhaagavatam. One such legend can be read by clicking the following link:

This legend is particularly beneficial to overcome pestilence and natural calamities. Those of you who happen to recite this legend, please dedicate this for the peace of the souls who perished recently in natural calamities and other disasters.

You can also listen to wonderful Devi sthothras that are available for download from various sites in .mp3 format. There are some wonderful Devi sthothrams available in text format in the site You may visit these sites and use the text of sthothras for recital.

Worship of 9 Forms of Durga Devi on 9 days

There are 9 forms of Durga Devi - "Shaila Putri, Brahmachaarinii, Chandrakantaa, Kooshmaandaa, Skanda Maata, Kaatyaayinii, Kaala Raatrii, Mahaa Gourii, Siddhidaa." You may meditate on each of these names in order from day 1 till day 9 (like on the first day - keep chanting "Om Hreem Shaila Putryai namah" or simply "Hreem Shaila putri namo namah", etc.).
These 9 names by themselves are powerful words with immense Divinity in them. Details about these 9 forms may be available elsewhere in the net; so I am not going too much into details about these. Those who are interested may do a web search on this and get further information, if desired.

Important thing to note when doing navaraathri worship even in simplified forms in Honour of Mother Goddess

Treat all women with dignity and respect during these 9 days (actually women should be treated with respect at all times - but it is more important during these 9 days). Offer auspicious items like sindhoor, kumkum, turmeric paste/ powder/ tubers, small mirrors, bangles, blouse-bits (avoid black colour), small toys for young children, etc. as per your convenience and economic viability. Even unknown women (irrespective of caste, creed, or religion) who visit your houses accidentally during these periods must be treated with respect and courtesy - Mother may visit you in any form!

Special worship at my place during Vasantha Navaraathri

As usual, special worships will be done at my place (currently at Bangalore) during Navarathri. I will pray for the welfare of all our members (and in fact for Universal wellbeing and Harmony). But those who wish to sponsor the poojas are welcome to do so. Especially whoever suspects evil-eye as afflicting their families, or fear black-magic done on their person/ businesses by rivals may benefit by Chandi homams; just as Shri Rudram is celebrated as King of Hymns, Chandi Homam is the Queen of all Fire Worships in removing all doshas. So, those who wish to take part in this are welcome to do so.

The recommended offerings for part-sponsorships during the Vasantha Navarathri days are as follows:

a) Participation in one day's austerities (on any one day of the vasantha Navarathri) - Rs.5000 (rupees five thousand only).  This covers the entire day's austerities beginning from morning Ganapathy homam, Chandi paraayanam, sakala devataa homam, and Laghu chandi homam in the morning, and recital of Devi mantras/ sthothras, and Raamaayana chapters in the evening.

b) Participation as part-sponsor in the Mahaa chandi homam on April 5, 2017- On Dharma Raaja Dasami day - Rs.27000 (rupees twenty seven thousand only).

c) Part sponsorship of paaraayanams done in the evenings and Devi archana - Rs.300 (rupees three hundred only) per day's sponsorship of archana and paaraayanam.

d) Taking part as a sponsor of the austerities for the entire period (9 day's havans, chants, japams, +  Shri Raama Navami austerities + Mahaa chandi homam) - Rs.60000 (rupees sixty thousand only).

e) Part-sponsorship of Shri Raama Navami day austerities including special homam on Shri Raama Navami day, Raamaayana paaraayanam for the day, etc.  - Rs.5000 (rupees five thousand only).

As Paypal has is not working for me any more, you won't be able to remit your payments via paypal as in the previous years.  You may have to do direct money transfer to my ICICI bank account - the details of which I will furnish for those members who wish to sponsor the austerities (members of paarayanam group and pradosham worship groups - those who are aware of the account details may directly make the remittance to the account and keep me informed).

After making the remittance, kindly send an email to giving details of the remittance (the amount remitted, purpose of remittance, remittance reference no. given by bank to you), your name, birth star, rashi, and gothra (if gothra is not known indicate preference of either Shiva/ Vishnu gothra) - for inclusion in the prayers and also specify the date on which you would love to offer the homams/ archana.

 Of course, I will pray for Universal Welfare, peace of the souls who perished in various disasters (both man-made and natural) in the previous year, and for the welfare of our group members at the end of the prayers. So, those who are unable to afford the sponsorship fees or are otherwise unable to sponsor the homams need not feel let down. Please note that those who sponsor the homams/ poojas need to come in person to get the prasad or holy ash of the homam.

 In case you are unable to attend the homam on the specified days, the inclusion of your name, birth star, rashi, and gothra details during the homam/ pooja sankalpam is deemed as "in=absentia" participation from your side. The homam prasad/ Holy Ash will not be sent by post due to ritual purity reasons. May Divine Mother bless us all.

Blessed be. 


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Amalaki Ekaadashi 2017

Dear Members:

The auspicious Aamalaki Ekaadasi is to be observed on March 8, 2017 throughout the world.

This fast is known to eradicate all great sins and bestow great destiny, and hence it is also observed as Paapanaasini Ekaadasi. Puranaas speak of how a hunter who witnessed the performance of this fast and night-long prayers under the Amla tree (Indian gooseberry tree) by a king and his retinue in the forest, was blessed to be born as a king named VasUratha in his next life. Such is the glory of this vrata - the mere witnessing of which confers great merit!

Once that person (the hunter born as King VasUratha in next birth) lost his way in the forest and being exhausted fell asleep under a tree. Tribesmen who were his enemies tried to kill him in that unconscious state; but none of their weapons could harm the sleeping king. Then, a beautiful maiden with Divine Powers manifested from the sleeping king's body and slayed all the tribesmen. On waking up, the King was wondering how this could have happened and who could have saved him thus from his sworn enemies. Then a voice from the sky said 'You ask who helped you. Well, who is that person who alone can help anyone is distress? He is none other than Sri Keshava, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He who saves all who take shelter of Him without any selfish motive.'

Such is the greatness of the Aamalaki Ekaadasi. This was narrated by Sage Vasishta to the Surya vamsa king Maandaatha.

On this day it is customary to worship the avatar Lord Parasuraama and Aamla tree (those who have such trees may perform the worship under the tree; others can just meditate on that tree and Lord Parasuraamaa).

picture of Lord Parasuraama courtesy:
(I - Pt. Dakshinamoorthi - the writer of this article - am not aware of any copyright restrictions with regard to use of this image, but I guess using this for informative purposes and illustrative purposes must be alright).

Prayers to Lord Parashuraama:

'Oh Lord ParashurAma, Oh son of RenukA, Oh all-pleasing one, Oh liberator of the worlds, kindly come beneath this holy Amalakii tree and accept our humble obeisances.'

Prayer to Aamalakii tree: (Aamalakii tree is Indian Goosberry tree)

'Oh Amalakii, Oh offspring of Lord BrahmA, you can destroy all kinds of sinful reactions. Please accept our respectful obeisances and these humble gifts. O Amalakii, you are actually the form of Brahman, and you were once worshiped by Lord RAmachandra Himself. Whoever circumambulates you is therefore immediately freed of all his sins.'

May our members observe this fast and become recipients of Divine Grace.

Best regards,

Blessed be.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Maha Sivaraathri 2017

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Mahaa ShivaRaatri falls on February 24, 2017 this year.

This is a very glorious day for our Lord. This day is believed to be the day in which the Divine Union of Shakti and Shiva took place. It is said that one who keeps awake on this night and worships the Lord will never find himself/ herself in hell. Lord Shiva is Ashutosh (one who is easily pleased)....offering even plain water with devotion will please Him and the bounties that He will offer back can never be counted.Those who can chant Rudram/ chamakam, Shiva Sahasranaamam, Rudrasooktham, or other shaiva upanishads like Kata Rudra Upanishad,Rudra Hrudayham, Dakshinamoorthi Upanishad, etc. may do so to please the Lord. Even if you are unable to do so, you may simply chant "shiva shiva" throughout the day whenever possible and become recipients of His Grace.

Those who have Sakata yoga or such other destabilizing yogas in their charts may benefit by offering either a Rudrabhisheka or performance of Pasupata homam (Paasupata homam is done using the rarely known Pashupataastra mantra with the help of advanced Shiva upaasakas - normal shastris may not be aware of this rare mantra - only those who have studied Dhanurveda portions as part of their upavedic instructions - especially those of Baudhaayana sutra and Aghoris/ Pashupata sects of Shiva upaasakas are usually adept at this Pasupataastra mantra which is very powerful and helps in reducing the impact of lot of doshas. Rudra Abhishekam can be done by any priest as it is widely known and anyone who has had vedic instructions will be definitely thorough with this performance)

The Merit that will accrue out of a proper Shiva pooja done throughout the day and especially in all prahars of the night can never be described adequately. Puranas describe how even an unlettered and rough hunter got Salvation by unwitting observance of the Holy Shiva Rathri and by offering Bilva patra by accident to a Shiva Linga on that night. Do what simple pooja you can with heart-felt Love - to Him Who drank Poison so that the Universe will be saved from its effects and so that other demigods may consume Nectar.

He is the Medha Dakshinamoorthi who kindles our Intellect as JagatGuru....He is the Mrityunjaya who conqured Death.....He is the Neelakanta - with Poison in His Throat which He willingly consumed to save the Universe.......He is the Vaidyanaatha who can Heal all our ailments.....He is the Three-Eyed One - the third Eye of whom is of Agni tatwa that burns all the sins of his devotees......

If He had gifted a thousand heads with 1000 intelligent brains and 1000 proficient tongues....even then they will not be sufficient to describe even a miniscule portion of His Glory.May His Grace Guide us all and may His Blessings Fill our life.

Sarvam shivaarpanamasthu. Shiva shiva shiva.

Blessed be.


Astrological and Remedial consultant

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Vijaya ekadasi, February 22, 2017

The auspicious Vijaya Ekaadashi falls on February 22, 2017. It is to be observed the same day throughout the world.

This ekaadashi - as the name implies - gives success in all ventures. Puranas say that Lord Ramachandra observed this ekaadashi on the instructions of the sage Bagadalbhya, and gained the power to cross the ocean with his army of vanaras, and to defeat the mighty demon Raavana.

(My noteIt is not as if Lord Vishnu manifest in Raama did not possess the Divine Powers to cross the ocean or to defeat Ravana; it is only that He was acting as a normal human being in that Incarnation and hence avoided manifesting His Divine Maaya and Yogic powers; moreover, He - The Maryaada Purusha - Ideal Being, observed the vrattam just as an example to all of us!)

The skanda purana details the manner in which Shri Ramachandra Murthi observed the Vijaya Ekaadashi fast along with His commanders on the specific instructions of Sage Bakadalbhya.....

A kalasha is to be made ready for worship on the day before the ekaadashi. A pot of clay, copper, silver, or gold is to be filled with water; the opening of the pot covered with mango leaves, and above that, in the concave portion, pomogrenate, barley crop, and coconut are to be placed; the kalash is to be placed on a mound of seven grains and decorated with sandalwood paste and garlands. Above this, a golden image of Lord Narayana is to be placed, and duly worshipped all night (on the night before ekaadashi fast). The next day morning, again special prayers are to be offered; night vigil is to be maintained near the kalash on the ekaadashi night also. At dawn-break on Dwaadashi day, the kalash is to be taken to a sea-shore or river bank, and it is to be donated to a vedic expert.

Now-a-days many of those rituals might be difficult for us to observe in modern life (especially maintaining two continuous nights without sleep, and finding a suitable vedic expert in river bank to donate the kalash with the golden idol!). But, nevertheless, observance of this fast with devotion in a manner that is convenient to us will definitely help us to gain victory life.

Lord Krishna says that observance of this ekaadashi can give merit that is equivalent to merit obtained by performance of Aswamedha sacrifice!

A suggested austerity on this day:  Since Lord Ramachandra observed this vratam per Skanda Puranam and gained the means/ strategy to cross the ocean, it would be auspicious to recite Sundara Kaandam or other chapters of Shrimad Ramayana or do a Raama Parivaara homam - if possible on this day if you are surrounded by obstacles and are seeking Divine Intervention to solve your issues that seem insurmountable by human effort.

If by God's Grace your life situation is smooth enough, still recital of Sundara Kaandam or Samkshepa Raamaayanam or Raama Pattabhishekam can help in crossing the Samsaara Saagara (Ocean of mundane existence) and attain Salvation.  Afterall our worldly life here is only in preparation for our Grand Union with the Universal Being, and for that crossing the ocean of Maaya that is keeping us away from our real Inner Potential is to be transcended, and worship of Shri Raama by reciting Raamayana chapters is one of the recommended ways for that process!

May our members observe this to the best of their abilities and become recipients of Divine Grace.

Blessed be.

Astrological and Remedial consultant

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Guru-Pushya yoga and Thai Poosam 2017

Dear all:

Thai Poosam is celebrated on Feb 09/ Feb 10, 2017 this year.

Since Pushya nakshatra operates for some hours after sunrise on February 10, 2017 and Pournami also begins only on Feb 10, 2017 for those in India, it would be more appropriate to observe Thai-Poosam on February 10th in India and other countries to the east of India. (However, due to observance of Vaakya panchang by most Tamil Nadu temples, they are observing it on February 9th itself which is also okay since Poosam nakshatram operates for major part of the day on February 9th itself).

Those living in Middle-East, European countries, countries in African continent, and US, Canada, and other countries of the American continents may observe this on February 9, 2017 without any variation in the observance.

Those living in countries to the East of India like Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Isles, etc. may observe this on February 10, 2017 which will be more appropriate.

It is a festival dedicated in Honour of Lord Skanda - the Son of Lord Shiva. It is believed that Lord Skanda put an end to the atrocities of the demon Taarakaasura on this day with the Blessings of His Divine Parents - Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti.

Float-festival is observed in Madurai Meenaakshi -SundarEshwarar temple on this day; all major Muruga temples celebrate this festival in a grand manner.

Recital of mantras like Kanda Shashti kavacham, Kandar Anubhooti, Kandar Kali Vennbaa, Tirumurugaarruppadai, etc. will be very auspicious on this day. Even if you do not know any of these (these are all powerful Tamil Hymns and obviously persons who don't have Tamil as Mother Tongue may not be comfortable with these), you can recite "Om Skanda GuravE namah" "Om kumaaraaya namah" "Om DhandapaanayE namah" "Om satrusamhaaraaya namah" "Om shakti hastaaya namah" etc. that are His powerful names.

If you have inimical activity in your life and are feeling anxious and insecure, you may try worshipping Lord Skanda (lord Muruga) today. Even Saatwik persons may pray for overcoming enemies.....afterall, our greatest enemies are within ourselves - Fear, Pride, Arrogance, Lust, Illusion, etc.

For everyone - around the world, GURU PUSHYA yoga operates for a major part of the day today.  Guru-Pushya yoga is an auspicious period for new beginnings, learning advanced mantraic procedures, and trying to get siddhi of mantras for prayogas.  Advanced students/ aspirants of spirituality should not let go of this wonderful day.  Try invoking the mantras/ slokhas you know well and get command over them (which is when you would be able to invoke their power with great intensity and see tangible results).  If you have yantras or Divine Idols consecrated in your house, this is a great day to re-energize them by appropriate poojas; ;this is also an auspicious day for consecrating new yantras and learning new mantras.

May our members utilize these spiritually significant days for Divine Contemplation and become recipients of Divine Grace which is our Real Wealth and which will NEVER suffer recessionary trends!

Blessed be.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Jaya Ekaadasi/ Bhishma ekaadasi 2017

Dear Members:
The ekaadasi that falls in the bright half of the lunar month Maagha is called Jaya ekaadashi; it is also called as Bheeshma Ekaadasi.

It is to be observed on February 7, 2017 by those living in all parts of the world except those living in USA, Canada, and other countries of the American continents.  Those living in USA, Canada, and other countries of the American continents should have observed this on Feb 6, 2017 itself.

Glory of this ekaadasi:

Once in the celestial kingdom of Lord Indra, Maalyavaan the son of Lord Indra's Chief Musician - was enarmoured by the beauty of another celestial damsel Pushpavati, and in their infatuation for each other, they could not give their best while performing in His court. Lord Indra divined the reason and cursed both of them to wander as Pisachas for a long time in the Himalayan snows. They lost all their celestial powers and even basic discrimination of sense, touch, smell, and taste that is applicable to beings like us, and wandered without sleep, and food, in those fierce altitudes suffering indescribably from cold and fatigue. As luck would have it, they happened to pass a night in a cave sleeplessly on the Holy day of Jaya Ekaadashi. In their misery, they had ignored consuming even the little fruits/ vegetation available in those snowy heights and had thus inadvertently observed the Jaya Ekaadashi. When dawn broke, they were restored back to the Kingdom of Amaravati (of Lord Indra) who was astonished that they had overcome the effect of his powerful curse so soon! They explained that it was the power of Jaya Ekaadashi which they had observed inadvertently by the Grace of Lord Kesava in His Mercy that has restored them their former glory and celestial status.

Such is the glory of this Jaya Ekaadashi. This Jaya Ekaadashi helps us to overcome all "Paapa vaasanaas " (latent psychological complexes in our sub conscious which have taken root deep inside us due to the karma of evils we have done previously in our lives). These vaasanaas / psychological complexes are responsible for tempting us and leading us to further sins; those who can win over these paapa vaasanaas will be redeemed from the clutch of those complexes. Those complexes are at the root of all our sufferings, anxiety, and restlessness (we see evidence of much anxiety in the society now-a-days mainly because collectively we have more of persons with negative complexes, or paapa vaasanaas in the world today; there is much negative reinforcement - the negative complexes leading us to sin which further creates more "advanced" negative complexes. The Grace of Our Merciful Lord is the ONLY succour for our troubled souls suffering from the effects of kali. If we are free from the influence of our negative complexes (ghostly they are!), we are sure to lead happy and contented lives - no matter what events actually transpire in our mundane lives.
This Jaya Ekaadasi observance is the first step in overcoming those paapa vaasanaas!

Observance of this ekaadashi is believed to give merits equivalent to performance of Agnishtoma yagna, and a bath in all Holy Teerthas! [There are times when prashna charts indicate that performance of Agnishtoma will be good for a person's life; not all can perform AgnishtOma these days; but if such a person observes this Holy Jaya Ekaadashi fast with full faith in Lord Krishna's words as expounded to Yudhishtra where He has declared this merit, they will gain the punya equivalent to performance of AgnishtOmaa! Please remember that it is the mind that is the processor of punya and paapa; Faith creates miracles that are hard to prove! Those who have Faith are Blessed! Those who observe this Ekaadashi, please note....if someone asks you whether you have done AgnishtOmaa, say boldly "YES WE HAVE DONE IT!" You have the Blessed Lord Himself as your guarantor for this!]

This ekaadashi is also known as Bheeshma Ekaadasi in Honour of the Grand Sire of the Kuru Dynasty - Shri Bhiishmaachaarya who shed his mortal coil on Bheeshmaashtami day, and as this ekaadasi falls in the same paksha (fortnight) of His shedding the Mortal Coil by Iccha Mrityu (voluntary shedding of human body with full intent - a rare feat that is possible for Mahaa Yogis), this ekaadasi has been named on Him after the Mahaabharata period. There are some who erraneously think that the Grand Sire actually died on this day - which is wrong. Mahabharata clearly mentions that He voluntary gave up His physical body on Bheeshmaashtami day - i.e. 3 lunar phases earlier!

Another interesting observance in this connection is Varaaha Dwaadasi - observed on the day after this Ekaadasi - the day of appearance of Our Lord in His Form of Wild Boar (Varaaha) to rescue the Earth from the clutches of the demon Hiranyaaksha who had Earth submerged in the Cosmic Ocean. It is for this reason that this ekaadasi is also known as Bhoumi ekaadasi. (Please note that Varaaha Jayanthi - the Genesis of Varaha Form was earlier, but Varaaha Dwaadasi is the day when He rescued Earth).  So, it will be a good idea to meditate on Lord Varaaha when we fast on this ekaadasi day. Worship of Lord Varaaha gives good luck in land transactions - and also for unmarried persons, it can remove the obstacles to settlement of marriage. Visit to Nithya Kalyaana Perumaal at Tiruvidanthai - near Mahabalipuram on East Coast Road could be a good austerity that can be done either on this Ekaadasi or the next day of Varaaha Dwaadasi, for those who wish to offer special prayers to ensure speedy settlement of marriage with a suitable spouse.

May our members observe this fast to the best of their abilities and become recipients of Divine Grace.
Blessed be.


Astrological and Remedial consultant

Friday, February 3, 2017

Ratha Saptami 2017

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Dear Members:

Ratha Saptami - the auspicious day to worship Sun God falls on February 3, 2017.

This is believed to be the day when Sun God incarnated as son of Sage Kashyapa and his wife Adithi (hence his name Aadityaa!). According to puraanaas, it is believed that is on this day of Ratha Saptami that Lord Surya's chariot turns its actual northward movement towards North-east bringing much auspiciousness to all living beings. The chariot is said to have just one wheel (personification of the Wheel of Time!) drawn by 7 horses (indicating 7 days of the week; 7 rays of the Sun that stand for each colour of the spectrum, etc.). Thus this worship is in essence the worship of the Principle of Time that is controlled with perfection by Paramaatman (signified by Sun).

Worshipping Lord Sun on this day is very auspicious. As you might be aware, worship of Sun blesses one with health ("AarOgyam pra daatu Dinakarah" is the verse related to that). Sun God is a "Namaskaara Priyaha" , so offering Surya namaskaar in His Honour reciting His 12 names will be auspicious today.

The 12 names are "Mitra, Ravi, Soorya, Bhaanu, Kagha, Pooshna, Hiranyagarbha, Mariichi, Aaditya, savitaa, Arka, Bhaaskaraa".

Those who are initiated into Surya Ashtaakshari (8-syllable mantra) can recite that 108 times and offer arghya (oblation with pure water).

A special ritual unique to this day...

It is traditional to take bath with 7 Arka leaves (called Erukku in tamil, JillEdu in Telugu, Ekka in Kannada, and Bowstring hemp in English) on the body. The placement is 1 leaf on the head, two on the shoulders (one on each shoulder), two on the knees, and two on the feet, and then pouring water on oneself. You should keep some akshada (raw rice grains mixed with turmeric) on the leaves while placing them on your body and then take the bath.

The mantra to be recited is this:

"Om Yadyadjanma krutham paapam mayaa saptaasu janmasu

ThanmE RhOgancha SOkancha maakari hantu Saptamii"

YEtatjanmakrutham paapam yathaa janmaantaraarjitam

ManO Vaak kaayajam yaccha gnaathaaghnaathancha yath punah"

Iti saptavidham paapam snaanam ME saptha SapthakE

Saptavyaadhi samaayuktham hara maakari Sapthami"
(This is basically a prayer that declares how sins accrue to us and follow us over births, and request the Saptami thithi Deity (Sun God and the thithi Nithya Devi who is subtly invoked in this mantra) to absolve us of all the sins, and hence the karmic effects of those like diseases and sorrow in life). Those who are unable to follow the transliteration of this mantra may just pray for removal of sins asking for pardon for all sins committed knowingly/ unknowingly, and hence relief from all troubles in life.

At the end of this ritual bath, we should offer "Arghyam" to Sun God and Saptami DEvi with the following mantra:

"Saptha Sapthi vaha preetha Saptha LOkha pradeepana

Sapthamii sahitO Deva gruhaanaarghyam Diwaakara"
 (offer pure water three times facing the Sun in the morning saying this mantra).

Those who can - might recite mantras like Surya Sahasranaamam, Surya Atharva seersha upanishad, Aaditya Hrudayam, Suryaashtakam, etc. and get additional benefits.

Charities that can be done on this day

1) Donating to hospitals catering to sick patients.

2) Gupta Kooshmanda daanaa is a powerful dhaana that can be done today (gemstones - especially Ruby, gold, and silver are concealed inside a pumpkin and donated to a vedic Brahmin.....You should not reveal what/ how much is concealed inside the pumpkin to them. That is why it is called Gupta Dhaana! It is difficult to get a good Brahmin to accept this dhaanaa because this is a powerful remedy that involves "transfer of karma from the giver to the receiver"; no amount of money in the world will impel a vedic brahmin to accept this! On the other hand, gifting it to a person who is just a brahmin by birth but without vedic knowledge or ritual purity, is useless; so, if you are suffering from great troubles, request an elderly or mature vedantic brahmin to accept the charity to alleviate your pains...they may consent to this out of piety, and then use that amount for charitable purposes like yagnas, temple renovation, feeding poor, etc.). There are other dhaanas like saaligraama dhaana, vastra dhaana (gifting traditional Panchakaccha dhoti), etc. that can be done today which will be easily accepted by any priest. You can offer these at vedic patashalas near your place or to a respected Pandit who is explaining Puranic truths/ spiritual precepts to a lot of people from an altruistic point of view.

Even if you can't offer the special dhaanas as mentioned above, make it a point to donate at least a small amount of money in charity (may be just a dime to a beggar outside a temple; or purchasing a piece of sweet to a poor child in your neighbourhood). No man is so poor that they can't donate anything, and there is always someone poorer than you! Please remember is not how much you donate but with what attitude you donate that is important in absolving you of your karmic liabilities. Once your karma is reduced even by small amounts, you will be amazed at how things begin to take a positive turn in life.

May our members worship Sun God who is the Manifest Form of Absolute Divine and absolve themselves of all sins and the resultant problems in life.

Blessed be

Astrological and Remedial consultant

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sani Peyarchi - January 26, 2017


Saturn – the planet of karma and life-lessons shifts into Dhanus rashi (sidereal Sagittarius) on January 26, 2017. From January 26, 2017 to June 21, 2017, Saturn will be in Dhanus rashi – where it will turn retrograde from April 6, 2017.  On June 21, 2017, Saturn shifts back to Vrischika rashi temporarily – and will be there till October 26, 2017 when it shifts back to Dhanus rashi in forward motion and remains there till January 2020.

Let us see the basic impact of the Saturn transit for various signs below.  Please note that these transit influences can be moderated to some extent by the placement of planets in your natal chart, the ashtaka varga consideratons unique to each chart, dasa-bhukti cycles, etc – these should be judged on an individual basis by an expert astrologer whose advice you regularly seek for guidance. The indications given below will still be valid to a great extent and given for remedial guidance (since Moon influences the mind, these transit influences from Moon sign will show the impact of the transit on your psyche and what you can or should do to make the best out of the influences). Hope our readers will make a judicial and intelligent use of this write-up and get benefitted.
Mesha rashi – (MOON SIGN – Aries) – Vedic stars of Ashwini, Bharani, and Krittika – 1st quarter

Saturn’s tough ashtama-sani period ends by this transit of Saturn in to Dhanus rashi.  While this – by itself – can be a great relief, the transit of Saturn through 9th house cannot be said to be a great transit influence either.  There could still be tension/ uncertainty at work that could trouble you. In the period from Jan 26, 2017 to June 21, 2017, Jupiter and Saturn in transit will jointly trigger the 6th house from your natal Moon sign which could manifest as minor health issues or liquidity problems.  Avoid raising major amounts as debt during this period.  Health of father or elderly relatives could cause concern for many of you.  Between 21st June 2017 and 26th October 2017, Saturn retraces its path and gives ashtama-sani influences again (by shifting back to Vrischika rashi).  Your patience could be tested again during this phase.  On the positive side, this period could give you chance to set right things that went wrong earlier and for which you can make karmic amends.  From 26th October 2017, Saturn again resumes it journey through your lunar 9th house (9th house from rashi) giving you relief from the ashtama sani influences.  However, you must remember that patience and maturity are needed in your domestic interactions and interaction with neighbours/ associates to avoid unnecessary controversies.
Remedy: Offer Tila Deepam (sesame seed lamp) to Sani temples/ sanniddhis on Saturdays regularly.  If possible, try to offer an “Akhanda Jyothi Naaraayana” samaaradhana (lighting a prayer lamp in the evening of an auspicious day invoking Lord Vishnu/ Lord venkatesha in that lamp, and offering night long scriptural chanting/ bhajans in the Prayer Lamp’s Presence, ending it with a ritual pooja on Sunday morning with qualified priests/ bhagavataas, and feeding devotees.
Another powerful remedy – to ensure domestic harmony and well-being of elder relatives in the family is to offer service to a black cow (called “kaaraam pashu” in Tamil); you can offer greens/ sprouts to a black cow on Saturdays, or dwaadasi days praying for family welfare.  This should be done on a regular basis.
Rishabha rashi (Taurus – Moon sign) Vedic stars of Krittika (2, 3, 4), Rohini, Mrigasira (1, 2)

Saturn shifts to the 8th house from your Moon sign on January 26, 2017 heralding the notoriously tough “ashtama sani” period.  You need to keep a check on your words, your spending habits, and on your family interaction dynamics.  Any carelessness or rudeness on your part could sour relationship with others.  There is the risk that others may misunderstand your motives baselessly too…so, exercise extra-care in the tone of your speech with others – even if you mean well, inappropriate/ harsh tones may give the wrong impression that you are trying to undermine others and may invoke their enmity.  Do not brush off any warning signs of ill-health under the carpet as there is the risk of letting the ailments develop into chronic ones if you are careless in health management during this period.

The good transit of Jupiter till Sep 12, 2017 can keep these influences under moderate check.  Between June 21, 2017 and October 26, 2017, Saturn will shift back into the 7th house from your rashi giving you a chance to resolve domestic issues.  Try liaising with others having similar ideas and establish supporting mechanisms which can fortify your situation in the period after October 26, 2017 when the ashtama sani influences may manifest in full fury.  Some of you may encounter unforeseen jerks in the rhythm of things –like being forcefully displaced at work, or encountering unforeseen challenges.  Patience and systematic approach will help reduce the negative outcomes to a great extent.
Remedy: Offer paadukaa pooja to the sandals of reputed Saints (or family Gurus) with Faith and accept the aarti shown to those paadukaas with the visualization that Divine Light from Guru permeates your aura and clears your troubles.  Offer sandalwood paste alankaaram (anointing a consecrated idol with sandalwood paste) to Lord Ganesha whenever possible to reduce the impact of ashtama sani for your chart.  If there are ailments afflicting self or paternal relatives, offer vennai-kaappu (anointing butter) and Tulasi garland to Lord Hanumaan on Saturdays praying for relief.
Mithuna rashi – (Vedic Moon sign – Gemini) Vedic stars – Mrigasira (3, 4), Arudra, Punarvasu (1, 2, 3).
Planet Saturn transits the 7th house from your natal Moon sign from January 26, 2017 which is a mixed influence – in your case, it is a tougher transit compared to the influence you enjoyed when Saturn activated the 6th house from your rashi.  Interaction with spouse should be diplomatic, and if there are legal issues that you face, those must be handled with alacrity.  Many of you could endure some sort of relocation influence or reorientation requirements due to force of circumstances. 
In the period between June 21, 2017 and October 26, 2017 Saturn will temporarily shift back to the 6th house from your Moon sign which would be good, and give you a breather.  If you have had any false-start in the initial phase of Saturn’s transit this year, the middle of the year will give you opportunity to effect course-correction.  However, if you let things drift, things could be tougher after October 26, 2017.  Avoid risky financial dealings between Jan 2017 and June 2017, and in the period after October 26, 2017.
Be patient while handling life-issues, and avoid explosive/ egoistic arguments with spouse or relatives from spouse’s family during this Saturn transit period.  Health of spouse should also be carefully monitored to nip any potential problem in the bud.  Try to handle irritable situations with a calm mind, and you will do okay.

The positive transit of Jupiter can give you partial relief from the tough aspects of this transit between Sep 2017 and October 2018, and in the last quarter of 2019.
Remedies: Try to organize a recital of Vishnu Apaamaarjana sthothram or Naaraayaneeyam if there are any health issues to close family members due to the influence of the transit.
Donate a wind-pipe instrument to any temple (like flute or naadaswaram), or organize special performance of such instruments during temple festivals (honouring the performers with offerings and requesting them to play melodies in classical notes in front of Deities) for domestic harmony.  Alternatively, you may organize recital of Shrimad Sundara Kaandam of Vaalmiiki Raamayanam for domestic harmony.
Kataka rashi (Vedic Moon sign in Cancer) Vedic stars – Punarvasu (4), Pushya, Aslesha
Saturn moves into the 6th house from your Moon sign on January 26, 2017.  This is considered to be a good transit influence.  Things that have been holding you back and not allowing you to enjoy the full extent of success as deserved by you will get resolved positively.  You will be able to brush off opposition and obstacles with ease if you keep working on your goals with a positive mindset.  This transit influence will give you opportunity to resolve pending issues, legal matters, and health issues in the family positively.
In the period between June 21, 2017 and October 26, 2017, Saturn will shift back into the 5th house from your Moon sign.  Prospects of children must be carefully tended to during this period.  Ladies of this sign and are in the family way must undergo regular check ups and avoid unnecessary exposure to dangers (like attending crowded festivals/ fairs, night-travel in cars over long distances, etc.) durin this period.
Saturn’s shift back into Dhanus rashi on October 26, 2017 makes things okay again.
This Saturn transit gives you scope to establish more close and equitable dynamic with siblings, for resolving disputes, for amicable settlement of ancestral property matters, and spiritually – for getting initiated into new spiritual routines and benefitting out of such practices.  Make the best use of this influence.
Remedy:  Since Saturn’s transit is generally auspicious for you, there won’t be need for intense remedies for your sign.  However, you may try these remedies for specific issues as below…
Feeding grains to birds for enhancing harmonious interactions with family members.  If there are any health-issues to children in the family in the middle of the year 2017, light a prayer lamp in Honour of Lord AnjanEya and recite the mantra “Om Pavana Nandanaaya hum” 108 times on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Simha rashi – (Vedic Moon sign – Leo) – Magha, Poorvaphalguni, Uttaraphalguni (1)
Saturn shifts into the 5th house from your natal Moon sign on January 26, 2017. Some of you may be shifted to unfavourable locations at work causing disruption in family life (like staying away from spouse in a different location).  Those in love may find that things are not as smooth as they may expect them to be when it comes to formalization of the relationship.  Hurdles to union with loved ones must handled with diplomacy and without losing temper as impulsive decisions could complicate matters further.  Those having adolescent children in the family must handle them with maturity and patience – acknowledging that the child is turning into an adult gradually and granting the freedom to go with it while at the same time maintaining a healthy vigil over the child’s activities to ensure that the child does not indulge in wasteful or harmful distractions. Those who are invested in share markets must keep a close watch on their portfolio and take remedial steps with alacrity in consultation with competent advisors.  Risky speculative activities are a strict no.
Between June 21, 2017 and October 26, 2017, Saturn will shift back in to the 4th house from your natal Moon sign.  This could trigger relocation influences for many natives.  Health of mother/ mother-like relatives (like aunts, mother-in-law, etc.) can cause concern to some of you.  Avoid unnecessary arguments with mother/ maternal relatives as there is danger of spoiling family bonds due to angry outbursts.
Remedies: Light a mustard oil lamp in Bhairava sannidhi on ashtami thithis, or beneath Peepal tree on Thursdays/ Amavasya days for family welfare and for reducing financial issues.  Recite Kaala Bhairava Ashtakam or such other Bhairava mantras regularly. If possible organize special homams on Bhairava Ashtami day every year till Saturn is in Dhanus rashi (or you may take part in homams organized by others as a part-sponsor of the austerities on such days).  Offer 5 ghee lamps in your family Deity’s temple (or in your pooja room itself if you can’t pay a visit to the family Deity’s kshetra) on the birthstars of your children to ensure their good progress and well-being.
Kanya rashi – (Vedic Moon sign -  Virgo) – Vedic stars Uttaraphalguni (2, 3, 4), Hasta, Chitra (1, 2)
Saturn moves into the 4th house from your Moon sign – known as Ardha Ashtama sani influence – a somewhat challenging aspect.  Some of you may consider relocation from your current place, or maybe shifted to far off places at work.  It may be difficult to keep in close touch with your family members to the extent desired.  Peace of mind could be hampered due to situations beyond your conscious control.  Avoid complicating things by losing your temper or by getting involved in issues which could have been side-stepped.  Health of mother or maternal relatives could cause concern for some of you.  Students of this sign must work harder to get good results.  Stick to the straight-forward path in all matters – even if you see others around you bending rules or taking liberties with regulations since your time is sensitive. Analyze house-related documents carefully, and if you have been lax in securing the documentation pertaining to your residence, do so without further procrastination to avoid unnecessary complications later. 
In the period between June 21, 2017 and October 26, 2017, Saturn shifts temporarily into the 3rd house from your Moon sign which can be a good period to take a breather, and resolve issues that you have left as pending in the beginning of the year. 
In the period between Sep 2017 and October 2018, Jupiter’s positive transit shields your prospects to some extent from the tough Saturn transit influences.  Try to invoke the Grace of family Deity/ Saints during this positive phase to have a relatively trouble-free ride during Saturn’s current transit.
Remedies suggested:  If you find yourself being implicated in any unnecessary issue (without any justification on the part of others to do so), light a ghee lamp in a Hanumaan temple and recite Hanumaan Langoola Astram mantra 3 times on a Thursday or Saturday.
Arrange for vennai kaappu (anointment with butter) to Lord Hanumaan’s Idol and recite the mantra “Vaidya Veera AnjanEyaaya namah” 108 times in the temple praying for good health (if there are health issues in the family).  Recite the mantra “Shreem Raamam Sitha priya naayakam saranam mama” whenever time permits for peace of mind and family welfare.
Tula rashi – (vedic Moon sign – Libra) – Vedic stars Chitra (3, 4), Swaathi, Vishakam (1, 2, 3)
Saturn shifts into the 3rd house from your Moon sign on January 26, 2017.  This gives you relief from the tough sade-sathi influences you have been enduring so long in the past.  You will find that the restrictive patterns and hopeless situations that have been tormenting you will gradually recede to the background allowing you to plan with optimism for the future.  Relationship with associates at work and siblings at home can improve.  Minor obstacles could be experienced by siblings in their lives which you can help with (and this would strengthen the familial bonds and also give you merit that can translate in to good luck in your own life).  Your self-confidence would improve and clarity would emerge in situations that were nebulous prior to this period.  Those who have endured obstacles to their higher education would find things improving gradually.  Journeys would be profitable and if you had been having issues regarding smooth settlement abroad, there is hope of resolution in your favour in the near future.
In the period between 21st June 2017 and 26th October 2017, when Saturn shifts back in to your lunar 2nd house, there could be some trace relapse of issues – similar to the ones you might have endured during sade-sathi period.  However, as long as you don’t lose your cool and do anything impulsive, this will be a fading influence.  Positively, this period can be used to resolve issues that had their genesis during sade-sathi and have been left unresolved.  Be careful in financial dealings and avoid lending/ borrowing major sums of money, or giving your promise to anyone regarding any major thing in haste during this phase till 26th October 2017.
The transit influences are by and large good for you, but the real positive impact of this transit is more likely to kick in after October 2018 till January 2020.
Remedies: The transit influence of Saturn is generally positive for you – and no intense remedy is needed.  However, if health of father or paternal relatives causes concern, or you have some minor issues of understanding with father or mentor figures, or experience some challenges or inexplicable delays regarding visa or such other formalities pertaining to foreign stay/ travel, recital of 36th Chapter of Sundara Kaandam (or organizing such recital through priests) would offer relief in that regard.
If there are problems pertaining to promotion at work or improving turn over in business activities, donating a prayer bell to a Hanumaan temple, and offering laddoos to monkeys would help.
Vrischika rashi – (vedic Moon sign – Scorpio) Vedic stars – Visakha (4), Anuradha , Jyeshta
You continue to be under the grip of Sade-sathi even after this transit.  You are entering the last phase of sade-sathi from January 26, 2017.  Arguments with close relatives could spoil peace of mind.  Do not let any misunderstanding linger on – but rather try to discuss peacefully and reconcile with close people so that the bitterness does not engulf your life unnecessarily.  You should be careful about your diet and sedentary habits; don’t ignore these due to other preoccupations because unless your health is secured, you cannot stand up to the challenges that life throws at you, and above all – we work to sustain life and add value to life – and not the other way round!
Be extra-careful regarding financial matters and documentation pertaining to your assets.  Do not ignore any notice from government authorities – even if you are not in the wrong in any way.  Respond promptly and in a timely manner establishing your position firmly to safeguard your interest and to prevent unnecessary harassment that may happen if you let things take their own drift without positive intervention from your side.
Avoid risky financial dealings and trusting anyone on face value.  Be conservative in your decisions as far as feasible.
Remedies: Be judicious in your use of water (unnecessary wastage of water may indirectly cause wastage of financial resources – by the inexplicable subtle link between our use of natural resources and their impact on other aspects of our life). Offering water/ buttermilk to devotees engaged in strenuous religious treks will bring you religious merit and general good luck.  Regular performance of pradosham worship will help you handle the challenges of Sade-sathis positively.
Meditate on Lord Hanumaan and offer dhaanam of prayer lamp to any temple or learned vedic priest before long journeys (if you are travelling abroad for long-term settlement or on major assignments).
Regular lighting of ghee lamp in the house and venerating ascetic Deities like Medha Dakshinamoorthi, Dattatreya, or venerating Saints who have attained Jeeva samaadhi (like Raghavendra, Sadashiva BrahmEndra, etc.) will help you to get Divine Guidance during critical times in life.
Dhanus rashi – (Vedic Moon sign – Sagittarius) Vedic stars – Moolam, Poorvaashaada, Uttaraashaada (1)

You are entering the second phase of Sade-sathi from January 26, 2017.  Here Saturn in sade-sathi triggers your natal Moon sign.  This is known to be a very tricky period causing lot of challenges.  Peace of mind could be the primary victim of the influences.  Do not treat any health symptom lightly as lax attitude to health can cause deterioration that would take longer to heal.  Try to understand the real motives of those around you – as there is the danger that you may misinterpret the motives of those who actually try to help you while you may trust those who are actually exploitative.  Try to look at things from a larger perspective instead of having a limited vision.  Hard work is needed to get good results during this period.  Avoid deputing important tasks to others unless such deputation of assignments is a part of the work protocol (i.e. never avoid responsibilities due to laziness).  Stick to laid down procedures and rules, and you will do fine.  In family relationships, try to have a karma yogic perspective – of doing duty as per one’s role perfectly and not being attached to the outcomes.  Surprisingly, if you develop such an attitude, you will find that results comes smoothly! This – in essence – could be your most powerful remedy – that of doing your best and leaving the rest to Divine Providence.

Avoid judging others harshly without proper justification because that would increase the risk of your being misjudged or treated harshly in turn! Sade-sathi is about karmic balance; this is a time when you are paying your karmic balance of the past; if you add to the past bad karma by present-time indiscretions, the troubles would increase manifold.  So be patient, calm, and objective in your approach to life.
Luckily for you, the good transit of Jupiter will shield you to a great extent from the sade-sathi influences in the period between Sep 2017 and October 2018.

Remedies: Offering seva (physical service in some form) to any place of worship. Serving elders in the family with affection and respect (treating them as if they are God-Incarnate and are the channels through which you can serve God).  If situations in the family seem too tough, and you are unable to take decisions regarding some crucial issue (where every choice seems to have its share of challenges), try to arrange a homam in Honour of Shri Raama Parivaaar on Punarvasu days, or in Honour of Lord DattatrEyaa on Mrigasira star days.

Makara rashi – (Vedic Moon sign – Capricorn) Vedic Moon stars – Uttaraashaada (2, 3, 4), Sravana, Dhanishta (1, 2)
Saturn – which was transiting the auspicious 11th house from your Moon sign, shifts into your 12th house – heralding the beginning of sade-sathi influence for you.  There could be increase in expenses, disturbance to sleep pattern in some way, and subconscious anxiety due to this influence. Hospitalization of self or close relatives is a possibility for many of you. So don’t be lax in health matters in any way. Single natives of this sign must avoid unnecessary mental hang-ups or over-expectations from potential partners as this could unnecessarily delay settling in domestic life.  On the positive side, if you have been planning for a trip abroad and have not been able to do so, this period would give you such opportunities.  Avoid spending money on unnecessary channels as that could eat into the contingency funds you maintain for emergencies, and then you would be left defenseless when tackling sensitive financial situations.  Those involved in service professions will do better than others.  Since Saturn is the ruler of your Moon sign, Sade-sathi is likely to be relatively mild for you, and if you develop the right attitude, this transit of Saturn can even bring you life-changing insights and positive karmic resolutions.
The things to guard against during this transit are –
a)     over-spending (especially ego-spending or emotional-spending – where you spend to feel good – but without any actual practical purpose being served)….instead divert your spending along altruistic channels as an alibi.
b)     Unhealthy sleep patterns. To prevent this, try to pace your work activities intelligently so that you don’t end up staying late handling sensitive subjects that will keep your brain triggered and won’t let you rest in peace.  Try to finishing tackling of crucial issues at least 2 hours prior to the time you intend to go to sleep, and avoid taking issues with you to the bed!
c)     Behind-the-screen or unethical moves – these could backfire big way!
In the period between June 21, 2017 and October 26, 2017, Saturn will temporarily shift back to your 11th house allowing you to make provisions for tacking the tougher sade-sathi period.  See how things go in the beginning of the year, evaluate your potential for growth and the challenges, and do what must be done to ensure your progress in the middle of the year 2017 so that you would have insured against downturns of sade-sathi.
The positive transit of Jupiter between October 2018 and November 2019 would be a shield for you against planetary difficulties of sade-sathi during that period.

Remedies: If there are health issues that trouble you without being resolved by conventional medical treatments, recite Hanumaan chaalisaa 11 times on a Thursday and offer 11 unhusked coconuts to any Hanumaan temple.
Meditate on Lord Krishna in Reclining Pose and recite “Ksheeraabhdhi saayii Bhagawaan Yoganidra Paraaya namah” within the mind 12 times before going to sleep to ensure peaceful sleep.
Offer sandalwood paste to tail of Lord Hanumaan (in a picture at home in your pooja place, or in a temple where they may permit touching of idols) praying “Lankaa Dahanaa kaarakaaya Raama Dhootaaya sarva graha dOshaani nivaaraya” 108t times on a Thursday/ Saturday.
Avoid over-expectations in job and domestic front – we all think we deserve more than we get, BUT, we don’t know!  So, take opportunities as they come instead of letting them slip by in the hope that something better will turn up if we wait!  As long as what you are offered is in the ball-park of what one can expect per one’s caliber/ professional situation (considering the macro factors and trends also into account), we must go with what life offers us – and should wait only if there is a huge and irrational mismatch between what is offered and what is deserved.

Kumbha rashi – (Vedic Moon sign – Aquarius) Vedic stars (Dhanishta 3, 4, Satabisha, Poorvabhadra 1, 2, 3)

Saturn shifts into the 11th house from your Moon sign. This is a very positive transit influence suggesting better progress, comforts, and recognition in life.  Friends/ relatives who have been out of touch for a while may come back with increased affection and bonding towards you.  You will manage to identify new ways of boosting your financial situation, and if you are engaged in business activities, you will enjoy better visibility and enjoy greater profits.  Dreams that you have been nurturing for a long time in the past will come closer to realization. Ailments that might have been troubling you for a long time in the past will get healed.  Romance-related luck will be great for single natives of this sign.  For those in established relationships, there will be chance to rekindle the joys of love, and to develop harmonious dynamic with loved ones.  Those involved in yogic/ spiritual practices will have better chance of attaining perfection and siddhis if they persist hard enough along those lines.
Between June 21, 2017 and October 26, 2017, Saturn will temporarily shift back to the 10th house from your Moon sign which may sometimes lead to heavy work, or necessity to handle some sensitive situation at work; however, if you remain steady and do what is practically needed without losing your calm, things will be overall very much under control.
 Remedies: No intense remedies needed for your sign.  However, you can enjoy the benefits of this positive transit even better if you indulge in service or charitable activities of your choice.  There will be chance to mix service with pleasure (like deriving joy by visiting spiritually potent places, serving genuine spiritual persons and enjoying the Nectar of spiritual suggestions from them, and enjoying the company of high-minded persons whom you may meet while involving yourself in volunteering activities for welfare of society).

Meena rashi – (Vedic Moon sign – Pisces)
Saturn shifts into the 10th house from your natal Moon sign on January 26, 2017.  This is a somewhat sensitive transit – where more than normal hard efforts will be needed to maintain good tempo of progress at work.  Some of you may even be faced with stalemates at work – due to difficult attitude of superiors.  Handle such situations patiently; if someone is purposely irritating you, the best way to handle them is to act as if you are not irritated and going about doing your allocated duties with a smile!  This can be a spiritually beneficial exercise for you too – converting a potentially difficult situation into a penance; Universe does not leave penances unanswered. Good results will come later to you if you keep doing your duties patiently and without losing temper.  Health of elderly relatives may cause concern to many of you.  Expenses may mount uncontrollably – so prioritize your resources intelligently.  Those in family life must pace their activities wisely so that time can be allotted for spending quality moments with loved ones.  Work hard for your progress and for family’s welfare, but do not ignore the emotional needs of close family members in the process!  Success will be lonely and emotionally unfulfilling if you don’t have your loved ones around you to share your joy.  So, treat family commitments as something as important as your social and professional commitments. On the positive side, those looking for emigration to lucrative places abroad will find planetary energies supporting them in the venture.
In the period between June 21, 2017 and October 26, 2017, Saturn will temporarily shift back to your 9th house; health of father or elderly paternal relatives could cause concern for some of you.  You must be most careful in interactions with authority figures/ superiors at work also during that period.  Those travelling abroad during this phase must ensure that the travel papers are in order, and also all visa-related formalities/ NOCs are taken care of without any loose ends.
Be extra-careful in all activities between Sep 2017 and October 2018, when transit of Jupiter is also tough.  Things will be manageable and, if you handle them right, even turn successful during October 2018 to November 2019 period due to good transit of Jupiter.
Remedies:  Visit rivers or natural springs reputed for their spiritual potency and take Holy Bath.
Offer rose-water/ coconuts for abhishekam to temples at least once a month praying for family-welfare.
Organize grand showering of flowers to any Deity of your choice on a Thursday once a year (preferably around your birthstar every year).
Recite the mantra “DattaatrEyam Mahaa Yogin mama chitham sthirii kuru” (meaning “Lord DattaatrEya – the Great Yogi – please help me in having a stable and firm mindset) 12 times daily and 108 times on Thursdays after lighting a prayer lamp at home; this will help you to approach any challenge with the right attitude and determination which can help in successful negotiation of matters.

Special austerities planned on Sani-Peyarchi day at my residence:

Special austerities are planned in connection with Saturn transit on January 26, 2017.
We plan to perform Mahaa Mrityunjaya homam, Rudra Trisathi homam, Pasupatha Astra homam, Raama Parivaara homam, Venkateshwara Homam, and Sani Gayathri and Moola mantra homam.
Those born in Mesha, Rishabha, Mithuna, Simha, Kanni, Vrischika, Dhanus, Makara, and Meena rashis  are under challenging Saturn transit influences as may be seen above, and can benefit by remedial homams done on that day. Those who wish to take part in these as part-sponsors may please write to my email-id: with the subject line “Sani peyarchi remedial request”.  Will suggest the modalities of participation as reply mail.  Regular clients/ disciples who have been participating in various austerities in the past can directly remit  Rs.1000 (rupees one thousand only) or equivalent in US Dollars in favour of my icici bank account the details of which you may have with you, and send me the intended the beneficiary’s name, gothra, star and rashi details to my email-id.
Please note that we won’t be shipping Prasad or Holy Ash through mail and taking sankalpa in your name during the performance will be deemed to be in-absentia participation and the karmic benefits would accrue to you due to vedic procedures involved in the austerity.
Those who wish to participate in person to our residence in India may send mail and come in person after prior intimation (so that we can organize distribution of Prasad to your suitably).
Best regards,
Blessed be.

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