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Monday, February 22, 2016

Mahaa Magam festival today

Dear All:

Today is Mahaa Magam - an auspicious event that comes once in 12 years.

Taking a holy dip in the Mahaa Magam tank at Kumbakonam during this day - especially during Rishabha lagnam time is highly auspicious as all theerthaas are believed to be in attendance at that tank during this time.

Those who are unable to visit Kumbakonam Mahaa Magam tank may invoke Theertha devataas in their own home and take holy bath praying to Lord KumbhEshwara (Lord Shiva) praying for removal of all sins and make a resolution to live as stain-free a live as is possible in today's world.

Just as daily bath removes external impurities, prayerful theertha snaanams (taking bath with Holy Intent - preferably in Holy Kshetras during specific times that are indicated by shastras, or alternatively mentally invoking the Grace of those theerthas with Faith and taking Holy Bath at home) and performing austerities during such auspicious occasions can cleanse our karmic impurities and leave our soul free to reach its real Divine Potential.

We are offering special austerities on this occasion and will pray for Universal Welfare on this occasion.  We have also organized charities at KumbakOnam (for welfare of pilgrims who swarm that Holy Place).

May our readers also observe this Holy day and do simple prayers per their capacity/ convenience and become recipients of Divine Grace.

Best regards,

Blessed be.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Bheeshma Ekaadasi 2016

Dear Members:

Bheeshma Ekaadasi falls on February 18, 2016 this year.

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

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

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Ratha Saptami today - February 14, 2016

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Dear Members:

Ratha Saptami - the auspicious day to worship Sun God falls on February 14, 2016

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 

Friday, February 12, 2016

vasantha panchami 2016

Dear All:

Today is auspicious day called Vasantha Panchami (Vasantha Panchami is to be observed on Feb 12, 2016 throughout the world except in Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji where it is to be observed on Feb 13th.

This is an auspicious day for propitiating the Goddess of Learning -Saraswathi.

Special prayers  and homam were done at our residence today in this connection. Readers of this blog may also do what little austerity they can in this connection and become recipients of Divine Grace that is Manifest as Learning (Saraswathy).

Blessed be.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

MahOdaya Punya kaalam - 2016

Dear All:

A very rare and auspicious spiritual moment - termed MahOdayam Punya kaalam operates on February 8, 2016. It operates for the entire day till 8-10 p.m.

Pushya/ Maaga month, Amavasya, falling on a Monday when ruling star is one of Ashwini, Sravanam, Dhanishta, Arudra, or Aslesha) – a very rare occurrence and of merit equivalent to 2 crore Surya Grahana punya kaalam (spiritual brethen reading this blog might be aware of the fact that grahana punya kaalam is a karmic multiplier where the effects of the karma is multiplied manifold times; so you can imagine if that multiplying factor is multiplied 2 crore times what you could get by way of karmic balance when you do austerities during MahOdhaya punya kaalam).  It is auspicious for any austerity (just like Grahana punya kaalam), and also for offering tarpanam to pitrus.  In fact, for Thai Amavasya (Pushya Amavasya) tarpanam on Feb 8th, you should take sankalpam as "MahOdaya punya kaalE" (because this gains precedence over the Amavasya - though the rules regarding tarpanam remain the same).

The same combination happening on a Sunday is called ArdhOdaya punya kaalam.  So, on February 7, 2016 - from around Noon time, ArdhOdhayam Punya kaalam operates for those living in American continents.  MahOdaya punya kaalam operates for a short while in the morning of Feb 8th for those living in the East coast of USA, and Canada.  For those living in other regions of USA, Canada, MahOdaya Punya kaalam does not operate - so, you should prefer the afternoon/ evening hours of Feb 7th for austerities to get the benefit of ArdOdhaya punya kaalam (half of MahOdayam!).

For those living in U.K., and other European countries, the MahOdaya punya kaalam may be observed till Noon of February 8th.

Those living in Middle-east countries (Gulf) may observe this till about 1 hour before sunset at their place (ideally prefer the time around Noon for tarpanam, or other austerities for ancestors, and use the rest of the day for chants/ japams, or other Divine Austerities).

Those living in countries to the east of India may observe MahOdaya punya kaalam austerities on February 8th - just as in India.

It is a dharma shastraic maxim that Kshetra is also an important factor in performance of austerities (which is why even celestials visit certain kshetras in Bharatavarsha for karmic performances) - BUT - in light of the fact that many spiritual persons live in distant lands due to practical situations including career aspirations, I have outlined the way in which they may observe these punya kaalams.

Those of you living abroad, if you have trustworthy priests/ spiritual advisors/ mentors in India, please try to have some dhaanam or austerity done on your behalf in India on February 8th - so that you can get the benefit of "kshetra" also:) [i.e. benefit of having done an austerity of major karmic importance in suitable Kshetra auspicious for the austerity].

Some of the austerities that can be done that way are:

a) Gayathri homam.
b) Ramaayanam chapters recital.
c) Bhagavat Gita recital.
d) Donation to philanthropic activities or religious activities (dhaanams like gift of sacred books, sponsoring spread of religious works, theertha paatra for those who perform austerities, gift of ghee to those who do yagnyas, and dharmams like - offering donations to institutions catering to aged, poor, and destitute).
e) Those who are initiated into mantras (or wish to attempt major siddhi activities by power of mantras) will find this time to be of immense value (for doing things like purascharana - gaining siddhi over a mantra).

Of course, the best thing you can do is - to meditate and try to connect yourself to the Divine Energy that regulates all life in all planes of existence.  You may be surprised at the outcome, as it will be easier to be "one with the Universe" during such spiritually intense period.

We are planning on visit to Shrisailam and performance of austerities there at the Holy Kshetra.  Will pray for all our readers (and especially my disciples and Pradosham group members who have been a source of immense support to me in performance of many austerities all these years).  Will be leaving for Shrisailam on Feb 6th - after Pradosham poojas, spend Feb 7th preparing for the austerities and visiting places of religious importance in that kshetra, and do my austerities there on Feb 8th  - God Willing!

May our readers get themselves involved in some austerity/ charitable activity to get the maximum benefit out of this rare auspicious and spiritually potent period.

Blessed be.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Shat-tila ekaadasi 2016

Dear Members:

Shat-Tila ekaadashi falls on February 4th this year.  It is to be observed on the same day throughout the world except those living in New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji.  Those living in New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji must observe this on February 5th.

Shat-Tila literally means "six sesame seeds." The fast is understaken on this day after consuming a glass of water in which six sesame seeds have been soaked. You have to mix six sesame seeds in water and then take a bath with it first. Then drink a glass of water in which 6 sesame seeds have been soaked, offer oblations to pitrus (deceased ancestors/ rishis of the past) with water mixed with sesame, and then fast on this day. Observing this will help you in winning the six major internal enemies for the soul (Raagha, DwEsha, LObham, Moham, Madam, Maacharyam), and thus ensure your spiritual progress.

Observance of this fast will ensure removal of all sins and help to keep your karmic balance sheet healthy, allowing you to progress through spiritual levels with least of obstacles.

May our members observe this holy fast and enjoy Divine Grace. [Please note that those who are forbidden to fast due to medical indications may observe this fast on a token-basis instead of undertaking a full fast; like - you may consume only fruits, or avoid only rice items, etc. But, please try to observe the fast in some form consistent with your physical condition and environmental conveniences as this is one of the more strongly recommended ekaadashi fasts].

Astrological and Remedial consultant

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