What is Ayurveda?

What is Ayurveda?Origin

Ayurveda is an intricate system of healing that originated in India thousands of years ago. Historical evidence of Ayurveda can be found in the ancient books of wisdom known as the Vedas. Ayurveda is the fifth veda and is more than just a medical system. It is a ‘Science of Life’. We are all part and parcel of nature.

Just as animals and plants live in harmony with nature and utilize the Laws of Nature to create health and balance within their beings, we, too, adhere to these very same principles. Therefore, it is fair to say that Ayurveda is a system that helps maintain health in a person by using the inherent principles of nature to bring the individual back into equilibrium with their true self. In essence, Ayurveda has been in existence since the beginning of time because we have always been governed by nature’s law.
Holistic Approach

Ayurveda is made up of two Sanskrit word: ‘Ayu’ which means life and ‘Veda’ which means the knowledge of. Only Ayurved has perceived truth that the human body is nothing but an intense concentration of vibrational energy. The Ayurved system of medicine aims at completely eradicating any disease or disorder from its root. According to Ayurved, the universe is nothing but a combination of five different energies or elements. These are the Air, Earth, Ether, Fire and Water.

Out of these, Ether is the most subtle energy and has the highest vibrational frequency. This energy forms the soul and its still higher vibrations form the divine energies! When there is a balance between these five energies, the person remains healthy. But, when there is some disturbance, mental or physical, the first to be affected is the soul. Suppose, a person is very tense due to some financial worries, the soul shall at once catch the subtle vibrations of disturbance, thus its energy balance shall get disturbed. And finally, when this equilibrium becomes very much disrupted, physical problems like nausea, fever, headache, very high or low blood pressure, etc. shall start appearing. In the primary treatment, the physicians, nowadays, try to remove the physical disorders by giving some medicines. Although this treatment may provide relief for some time, but the basic energy system remains impaired for a long time to come. On the other hand, the Ayurved therapy consists of first bringing the energy flow back to normal. This can also be achieved by developing a strong willpower and a faith that the body shall remove the ailment itself! If the disease is produced within then the remedy too, lies inside.

Principles and Science

In Ayurveda, we view a person as a unique individual made up of five primary elements. The elements are ether (space), air, fire, water and earth which are also present in the universe and they, in turn, have an influence on us. These five elements, in turn, combine with each other to give rise to three bio-physical forces – Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth).

Vata governs the principle of movement and therefore can be seen as the force which directs nerve impulses, circulation, respiration and elimination.
Pitta is the process of transformation or metabolism of foods into nutrients that our bodies can assimilate as just an example of its function. It is also responsible for metabolism in the organ and tissue systems as well as cellular metabolism.
Kapha is the mucosal lining of the stomach protecting the tissues.
Every individual has in him or her all three bio-physical forces, but it is the dominance of any one or two or all three that makes up a person’s individual constitution.

Here at the International Siddhashram Shakti Centre, we are giving some important Ayurvedic ‘prayog’ which can make one healthy and beautiful as gold.

In this age, we cannot find natural beauty of a person but we see people use many external substances and make-up tricks to make themselves attractive and beautiful. We do not find natural glitter, freshness, innocence and tenderness on the face and body of so-called beautiful person as we can only find artificial beauty everywhere.

Ayurveda is nature itself. Natural beauty and health are related to each other like two sides of a coin. Ayurveda makes body clean, strong and healthy as such a body is really beautiful. Such beauty is the source of pleasure which is only possible through Ayurveda. The effect from the application of cosmetics made from chemicals give results only for some hours where as beauty achieved by Ayurvedic prayog is long lasting for years. Thousands of people have experienced the effect of Ayurvedic beauty and health prayog. Some Ayurvedic prayog are as follows:

Peepal (Fig Tree)
For clean, clear and fresh face; In spring season, new leaves on Peepal tree purify blood and remove unwanted heat from the body. If a person eats a tender peepal leaf everyday for fifteen days, that person will suffer from pimples during that year and blood would be purified.

If a woman is suffering from irregular menses every month, the bark of peepal tree should be boiled and that mixture should be drunk. Her trouble will disappear and this prayog is also useful to cure stomach aches.
Amala
To stop hair fall and to stop hair getting white; Sometimes full hair become white all of a sudden. So put Amala in a glass full of water and the following morning filter the water and drink it. This should be done for fifteen days. The hair will stop falling and will start getting black from the roots. Hair will be strong and long. Even by spending thousands of pounds, one cannot benefit so much from other medicines.
Honey
For bright eyes; Many people have complaints about weak eyes, dim eyes, dull eyes, yellowish eyes and so forth. If one takes one spoonful of honey every morning for some days, his eyes will be bright and attractive. But when one takes honey, one should not eat anything one hour before and one hour after.
Vad (Banyan Tree)
The beauty of a woman is on her face. If face is beautiful and bright, only then she is called beautiful. Sometimes many women lose their beauty by applying chemically prepared cosmetics and after long use their face becomes ugly. At such time, Banyan tree can help them regain their lost beauty and attractive face. Take fresh milk of this tree and rub gently on the face. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then wash the face with warm water. Do so for a few days and surprisingly your face will become bright, beautiful and attractive.
Clove
To keep teeth clean and strong; If the face is beautiful, then teeth also should be white and bright like pearls. Otherwise, yellow and dull teeth will spoil the beauty. Every young person should chew 2 to 4 cloves everyday or mix cloves with tea and drink. After cleaning or brushing teeth, clove oil should be smeared on or inside of teeth for 2 to 4 minutes. Then, rinsed mouth with clean water as this will make teeth white, bright and disease free. This prayog also cures payoria disease and removes bad smell from the mouth.
Chokar (Left over of sieved wheat flour)
To make skin clean and clear; Due to some reasons, skin becomes dry, dull, thick and rough. The skin of a woman, in particular, should be soft and bright like velvet. When wheat flour is sieved, some thick and rough flour stay unsieved. The left over is a valuable gift of nature. Take 100 gm of unsieved wheat flour and mix it with one and a half glass of water. The following morning mix it and smear it on the skin. After some time, wash the skin. Do so for some days and you will find a miraculous difference.
Carrot
To reduce weight; Many women get fat after giving birth to a child. Take a glass full of pure carrot juice without adding salt to it at noon regularly. The fat will disappear within a few days. The whole body will be attractive and slim. Another prayog from the unsieved wheat flour is here as follows: 15 grams of unsieved wheat flour should be swallowed in the morning with hot water. The fat around the stomach will be gone within a few days.
Tomato
To bring brightness and freshness on the face; Daily eat 250 grams of tomatoes. Black pepper and salt can be sprayed over them. This will purify blood and will bring natural beauty on the face.
Chana (Chick Peas)
To be fresh and active; Too thin or too fat is an enemy of beauty. A well-balanced body looks beautiful. In order to get a well-balanced body, one should do this experiment. Take some Chana and put it in a glass full of water at night. Next morning, remove the Chana and drink the water. Within a few days, you will feel power and freshness. If ever you feel weakness, then chew some Chana and drink that water. Your face will be bright and weakness will go away.
Neem Leaves
To make waist thin and to remove obesity; Too fat waist destroys beauty of the body and one’s movement become dull and slow. It is hard work to remove fat through exercise. In the morning, take 5 small tender Neem leaves and grind them with 5 leaves of Tulsi plant. Drink this mixture with water. Do so everyday for 15 days or for a month. By this prayog, unwanted extra fat of the waist is removed and the waist gets a nice thin shape.
Papaya
Papaya is a blessing to mankind especially for elderly people. Stomach and kidney diseases are removed by eating papaya. Papaya is most useful in curing problems related to stomach. The skin of this fruit is grren when raw, yellow when ripe, the pulp is yellow and it has black seeds. The substance called papeyan is obtained from the milk of raw papaya which is the best medicine for indigestion. Papaya is the best fruit for our health according to Ayurved.
Constipation is cured by eating raw papaya when stomach is empty. If ripe papaya is eaten and raw papaya along with hot milk in the morning, constipation is also cured.
The stones from the body is removed in urine if the powder of the trunk of papaya tree is eaten with water.
One gets relief from the pain of scorpion’s bite if the milk or juice of raw papaya is used on that area.
Worms in the stomach die by eating powder of 10 to 12 seeds of papaya with water.
The quantity of milk produced by a breast feeding woman increases by eating vegetable of raw papaya.
The blood circulation is balanced by eating papaya in an empty stomach in the morning. Do not eat anything for two hours.
Skin disease is cured by applying papaya’s milk on it.
The rubbing of a piece of ripe papaya on the face for five minutes proves to be very good facial and colour of skin is improved.
The rubbing of a piece of ripe papaya on the neck removes all dirt and colour of skin is improved.
Diabetic is cured by eating boiled raw papaya.
Papaya is available anytime which is a great tonic, cures stomach problems, eyes problem, kidney problem, indigestion, asthma and the man remains healthy and young for a long time.
Ginger
Ginger is useful for throat and heart. It is a good medicine for gas and acidity problems. Health is maintained by consuming ginger on a regular basis. The functioning of liver is improved. Some of the medicinal purpose of ginger is as follows.
To cure indigestion problem, just drink the juice made from fresh lemon juice, ginger juice and salt twice in day and drink fresh water. It is beneficial indigestion and it increases hunger.
By taking the mixture of dry ginger powder with some crushed asafoetida with hot water, stomach illness will be cured.
In order to cure dehydration, take half a cup of hot water and add one teaspoon of ginger juice and continue to consume it after each hour until cured.
If you suffer from light or normal fever then take crushed dry ginger powder and boil it in hot water. If there is high fever, lick honey and ginger juice mixed in same proportion.
If there is any disorder in the digestive system, then take some fresh pieces of ginger, sprinkle salt on the and consume them for some days before meal. The digestion will be cured and hunger will blossom. The gas and constipation will be cured. It will also improve the taste of mouth.
By gargling hot water mixed with ginger juice will keep the mouth free from bad smell.
If one is suffering from hiccups, then one should eat lot of small pieces of ginger.
If one feels burn during excretory system, then some dry powdered ginger mixed with milk and some sugar should be taken.
The powder of dry ginger should be taken with water twice or thrice a day or fresh small pieces of ginger sprinkled with salt should be kept in between the teeth to provide relief from pain in gums or any type of swellings in it.
If one suffers from cold, then one should take dry powder ginger and jaggery boiled in water till ¼th part remains and consume it, which would be beneficial.
By consuming the medicine made out of 10 grams of powdered dry ginger and 250 ml of water, which is slowly boiled and then cool down and filled in a bottle gives relief from disease of stomach.
By taking on a teaspoon fresh of ginger juice along with half a teaspoon of pure ghee will give relief from diseases arising from gastric trouble.
Take 25 grams of dry ginger, crush it and boil it in a litre of water. Drink slowly and it will cure the pain in the bones around the lungs.
If any part of the body feel deafness, then powdered ginger and garlic in equal proportion should be crushed together. Use this paste and this deafness will be cured.

Black Magic

Black MagicMany times in our life we are not able to get the fruit of our efforts and in the same proportion we work hard but the result is not satisfactory. Besides no one wants tension, but at times there is continues tension around you.
Many people obtain the wealth and health without working hard enough, thus living peaceful and a happy life. There sure must be some reason for this.

Effects of Black Magic

Continues health problems for your mind, body and spirit where all treatments fail
Family problems resulting in constant worries, depression, suicidal tendencies, also the desire to move away from family, friends and society.
Weakness in controlling your temper and continuous arguments within the family and friend circles
Being unproductive without any physical deficiency or any medial reasons
Frequent miscarriages and loss of family members resulting from unnatural death
Construction problems in terms of land property and business
Difficulty in finding a job
Too much hard labour and shortness of money
Loss of peacefulness due to the fear of enemies and their evil powers
Nikhileshwar Raksha Kawach

Today’s society is full of enmity, jealousy and prejudice. When people use Black Magic against others, the victim tends to remain disturbed, depressed and also faces disastrous situations. For e.g. Loss of wealth and health.

Generally if such a situation arises in life that a problem persists in spite of ones best remedial efforts, then one can conclude that it is some evil force of some base ritual is working against one. Such rituals are not easy to master but these days some so-called Tantriks apply such system to harm others, which can destroy one’s life completely.

However one does not need to be spiritually accomplished to use specific rituals, but to remove the effects, a person needs to have a certain spiritual level, which they can gain from a Guru. The best way of removing the evil effect is via Sudershan Chakra Diksha, which is similar in getting an initiation.

Similarly you can protect yourself by wearing Nikhileshwar Raksha Kawach, which is created by special Vedic Mantras by Saints. If you wish to have protection by wearing the Kawach or obtaining initiation, do not hesitate to contact us.

Methods of Daily Prayer

Methods of Daily PrayerSaddhak and Saddhika should primarily worship five lords namely Sun (Soorya), Ganesha, Durga, Shiva and Vishnu. Other Gods can be put on the altar and worshiped. In this worship one must use multiple icon of these lords. Please note that there should not be more than one icon of any lord at the worship place. For example – two Shivalingas, two Shankaras, three Ganesha icons or two Shalogramas.

This means that there should be only one icon of each lord which is to be worshiped.
The Lord icons to be used in the worship should be made of wood, stone, gold, silver, paraad (mercury) or any other metal as these are considered to be auspicious. The icons which are established at the worship place in your house are known as moving icons whereas the icons established in a temple are known as static icons. In daily prayer vidhi, Gods and Goddesses are worshipped in a particular manner called Shodashopchaar vidhi which is as follows:

Awaahan (Welcome) – When you perform daily prayer, you must remember your Istha Dev or God which you are worshiping by your heart and pay your salutations. Take some rice grains in your left hand and put one or two grains in your right hand on the icon of the Lord.
Aasan (Spiritual Seat) – For the seat of lords, a seat of Doorwa or Kushaa and flowers is used.
Paadya (Washing the feet – Padhuka) – For Paadya, take some water, Doorwa and sandal in a pot and wash the feet of the Lord or Guru.
Arghya (Water) – Take some sandal, flower, rice, betel nut in a pot with water and put this water in the holy feet of the Lord.
Aachman (Drinking Water) – For this purpose, use Ganga water.
Snaan (Bath) – Use the same water for this purpose also.
Wastra (Clothes) – Please use clean and new clothes for this purpose as it is considered to be the best.
Yagyaopaweet (A sacred thread) – For this purpose, use Janeyoo or cotton thread.
Gandha (Incense) – Take a paste of sandal and saffron in a pot.
Pushpa (Flower) – Please use fresh flowers, if flowers are not available, you can use flower petals.
Dhoop (Scented herbals) – You can use ready made dhoop because it is very much difficult to prepare with the ingredients.
Deep (Lamp) – Put a deshee Ghee lamp in the right side of the lord.
Naivadya (Food) – For different Gods and Goddesses naivadya is also different. For example for Lord Ganesh, it is Laddoo; for Lord Vishnu, it is Kheer made of cow milk and for Godesses, it is Mohan Bhog. For each God and Goddess use Khand and Bataasha in the form of Naivadya.
Tambool (Paan leaves) – Please use Paan leaves with cloves for this purpose.
Pradakshinaa (Walking round a finished ritual) – Put your Lord on the right hand side and take a round of the icon.
Pushpanjali (Homage with flowers) – Use fresh flowers with the pronunciation of Shlokaas/Mantras in the holy feet of God or Goddess.
Please note that if you are not able to perform prayers in this manner, then you can do it with Dashpchaar (Ten steps) or Panchopchaar (Five steps). Panchopchaar includes the following:

Sandal Wood Powder (Gandha)
Flower (Pushpa)
Incense (Dhoop)
Oil or Ghee Lamp (Deep)
Any Sweet Food (Naivadya)
If ever Panchopchaar too is not possible, then you can use water and flowers daily prayers.

Sandhyaa Vidhi

According to the Hindu scriptures that people who perform daily Sandhyaa, all their sins are forgiven and they directly find a place in Bramha Lok (the Regime of God). If you perform Sandhyaa regularly, you will definitely result in positive. Rishies had defined the Sandhyaa when there is merger of Sun and Moon light i.e. day and night. Sandhyaa before the Sun rise is considered as the best time. If the evening prayer in the second half is performed before the Sun set, it is considered better. In morning the prayer must be performed facing East direction and evening, it must be performed facing the West direction.

Utensils for Sandhyaa are as follows: Lota or Jal Paatra (a pot for water), Ghantee (Bell), Thalee (Plate), Sandal, Flowers, Asan (Spiritual Seat), Aachamanee (Drinking Water), Panchpaatra (copper pot and spoon) and Arghaa (offer water to God on hand).

Sandhyaa Upaasana Vidhi – After taking a bath one should sit facing towards East or North direction and wear a mala of Rudraksha. While reciting the Gayatri (Mother of Vedas) Mantra, one should mark a Tilak on one’s forehead. Then one should recite the following mantras:
Om Keshavaya Namah, Om Narayanaya Namah, Om Madhvaya Namah

By reciting these mantras, one should drink the holy water thrice and by reciting Om Rishikeshaya Namah, one should wash one’s hands.

People who do not have enough time for performing Sandhyaa as well as cannot remember the mantras, should at least recite Gayatri Mantra after aachaman and offer water to the Sun by Gayatri Mantra on the fingers ten times. They can also perform Pranayam with the following Pranayam Mantra:

“Om Bhuh Om Bhuvah Om Svaha Om Maha Om Jana Om Tapha Om Satyam Om Tatsaviturvarenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayat Om Apo Jyoti Raswoamritam Brahma Bhoorbhuvah Svarom”.

Procedure for Pranayam (Pranayam Vidhi)

There are three types and they are as follows:

Purak Pranayam – By pressing the right nostril with right hand thumb, breathe in slowly with the help of the left nostril. While doing this exercise concentrate on Lord Vishnu.
Kumbak Pranayam – After exercising the above step, close the left nostril with the help of the ring finger and little finger, then recite the mantras in the devotion of Lord Brahma.
Rechak Prayanam – Remove the right thumb from the right nostril and breathe out slowly. While exercising Rechak Prayanam, recite mantras related with Lord Shiva.
After performing Pranayam in the morning, read out Viniyoga along with Aachman. Then take some water in the left hand and Kusha in the right hand and recite the following mantras. After reciting the first seven mantras, sprinkle some water on your body, after eighth one on the ground and after the nineth on your forehead.

Om Apo Hishthamaya Bhuvaha
Om Ta na Urje Dadhatana
Om Maheranaya Chakshase
Om Yo vaha Shivatamo Rasahan
Om Tasya Bhajayate Ha Naha
Om Ushteriva Mataraha
Om Tasmarangamam Vaha
Om Yasya Kshayaya Jinvatha
Om Apo Janyatha Cha Naha
Prarthana (Prayer)

Lord Ganesh

Om Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakotisamprabha Nirvighnam Kuru May Dev, Sarvakaryeshu Sarvada

Guru

Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Guru Devo Maheshwara Guru Sakshat Par Brahma Tasmei Shri Guruvei Namah

Goddess Lakshmi

Om Namasteastu Mahamaye, Shreepeethe Surpujite, Shankh-Chakra-Ghada-Haste Mahalakshmi Namostu Te

Lord Vishnu

Om Sashankhachakram, Sakiritkundalam Sapeetavastram, Saraseeruhekshanam Saharavakshasthala Kowsthuba Shriyam Namami Vishnum, Shirasa Chaturbhujam

Surya

Om Adidev Namastubhyam, Prasid Mama Bhaskara, Diwakar Namastubhayam, Prabhakar Namastu Te

Lord Krishna

Om Krishnaya Vasudevaya, Dewakeenandanaya Cha Nandgopkumaraya, Shri Krishnaya Namoh Namah

Lord Shiva

Om Tasmai Namah Param Karan Karanaya, Deepojjwal Jwalita Pingallochanaya, Nagendraharkrit Kundal Bhushanaya, Brahmendra Vishnu Varadaya Namah Shivaya

Goddess Durga

Om Namodevyai Mahadevyai Shivayai Satatam Namah Namah Prakrityai Bhadrayai, Niyataha Pranatasmatam

Goddess Radha

Om ShriKrishnacharanambhoj, Dvirepham Vrishabhanujam Bhavabhed Bhramod Badham, Radhamaradhayamyaham

Goddess Saraswati

Om Swet Padmasanam Devim, Shwet Pushpopashobhinim Shwetambradharam Nityam, Shwetgandhanulepanam

Nandi

Om Mahakayam Mahaviryam Shivavahanmuttamam Gananam Prathamam Vande Nandishwaram Mahabalam

Annapurna

Om Annapurne Sadapurne, Shankarapranavallabhe Gyam Vairagya Sdhyartham, Bhiksham Dehi Cha Parvati

Tulsi

Om Yenmoole Sarve Tirthanee, Yanmadhye Sarvadevatah Yadagre Sarvavedascha, Tulsi Tvam Namamyaham

Pipal

Om Mule Brahma Twayee Vishnuh Shakhayam Shambhurewa Cha Patre Patre Sarva Deva Vasudevaya Te Namah

Deepak

Om Shubham Karotu Kayanam Arogyam Pustivardhanam Atmatatva Prabodhaya Deepajyotire Namastu Te

Mala

Om Avighnam Kuru Maletvam Grihnami Dakshine Kare Jappa Kale Cha Sidhyartham, Prasida mama Sidhyaye

Lord Ram

Om Ramakyam Jagadishwarm Surgurum Maya Manushyam Harim Vandeham Karunakaram Raghuvaram Bhupal Chudamanim

Lakshman

Om Ramasya Dayitam Shraddha Bhakti Shel Samanvitam Chhayanusarinam Viram Somitram Tannamamyaham

Lord Hanuman

Om Anjaniandanam Viram Janki ShoKanashanam Kapishamakshahantaram, Vande lanka-Bhayamkaram

Goddess Kali

Om Kali Kali Mahakali, Kalike Parameshwari Sarvanandkare Devi, Narayani Namostu Te

Gayatri

Om Namaste Devi Gayatri, Savitri Tripadakshare Ajare Amare mata, Trahimam Bhavsagarat

Goddess Sita

Om Udbhavasthiti Samharakarineem Kleshaharjneem Sarvashreyaskarim Sitam Natoham Ramvallabhaam

Gemmology – The Blessed Gems

Gemmology – The Blessed GemsGemology is a science of use of Gems and stones for medical and astrological purpose. Bhasma (powder extract) is extensively used in ayurveda for preparing medicine without any negative side effects for astrological purpose, the gem is imbedded in a ring or pendant in such a way that the bottom is open allowing the gem stone to touch the body (diamond being the exceptional).
The general qualities of all excellent gems are smoothness, fine shape, lustre with rays, purity, sparkle, heaviness, brilliance within and bright. Stones are defective if they are impure, of dull lustre, full of scratches, mixed with mineral substances, broken, not attractive and mixed with gravel.

There are two theories on gemstone for astrological purpose, which are as follows;

The first is based on the principle of enhancing a particle ray or colour effect in which the gemstone acts like an amplifier. This has the section of Rig Veda where we are advised to use the seven gems to catch (visible spectrum) rays of the sun. This is the foundation of colour therapy.

The second theory is that the gemstone acts like a cosmic filter preventing the ray of all particular vibration from affecting the user. Diseases are caused in the body due to deficiencies and the use of certain gemstone is to enhance or supplement the deficiency results in the improvement of health, mood and life force.

The gemstones can be used for the entire life (called life/fortune stones) all four are temporary period for elevating certain deficiencies.

Indian Gemmology

Actually the gem stones found at present are innumerable, but according to the specialists of Indian Gemmology, there are 84 gem stones. Amongst them nine – Ruby, Pearl, Coral, Emerald, Yellow or White Sapphire (Pukhraj), Diamond, Blue Sapphire, Gomedha (Zircon) and Cat’s Eye occupy the prestigious category of Navratnas. Five of them namely Ruby, Pearl, Diamond, Emerald and Blue Sapphire have been given the distinction of being termed as Maha Ratnas (superior most class of Gems). These are also precious stones and the rest are classed as semi-precious stones. But actually, there are several semi-precious stones which by their brilliance and lustre do not look inferior to some of the above mentioned Nav-Ratnas (nine Gems). In hardness, durability, scarcity, lustre and transparency, they do not lag behind the Nav-Ratnas like Emerald, Gomedha, Cat’s Eye and Sapphire.

Amongst all the 84 gem stones, not all are related to planets. The main gem stones suitable for use for remedial purpose for planetary affliction are the nine viz. Ruby, Pearl, Coral, Emerald, Yellow Sapphire, Diamond, Blue Sapphire, Gomedha and Cat’s Eye. The following stones that can be used for planetary afflictions because of colour, durability, hardness, lustre and the beliefs about them are as follows: Spinel, Turquoise, Peridot, Opal, Tourmaline, Topaz, Amethyst, Rock Crystal, Moonstone, Pyrope Garnet, Neeli, Aquamarine, Jade, Blood Stone, Lapis-Lazuli and Agate.

Pancha Tatva (Five elements and gems)

The five elementary forms of existence of all substances called Tatva are used to define the five Maharatna

PANCHA TATVA (FIVE GEMS)

Element Gemstone Maharatna
Fire/Agni Ruby Manikya
Water/Jal Pearl Moti
Vay/Air Diamond Heera
Akash/Ether Blue Sapphire Indra Neel
Prithvi/Earth Emerald Panna

 

Navaratna (Nine gems)

Nine gemstones come under the classification of Maharatna. These are based on the nine Graha (planets that affect human life) from Sun to Ketu.

NAVARATNA (NINE GEMS)

Graha Gemstone Maharatna
Sun Ruby Manik or Padmaraga
Moon Pearl Moti
Mars Coral Moongha
Mercury Emerald Panna
Jupiter Yellow Sapphire Pokhraj
Venus Diamond Heera
Saturn Blue Sapphire Neelam
Rahu Hessonite Gomedha (Zircon)
Ketu Cat’s Eye Lahasunya

SUN-SIGN GEMS

Sun-Sign Gemstone Symbol
Aries Blood Stone Courage
Taurus Diamond Innocence
Gemini Emerald Love Success
Cancer Pearl, Moonstone Health, Longevity
Leo Ruby Contentment
Virgo Sardonyx, Peridot Marital Bless
Libra Blue Sapphire Clarity in thought, Spirituality
Scorpio Opal, Tourmaline, Topaz Hope
Sagittarius Yellow Sapphire Fidelity
Capricorn Turquoise, Zircon Prosperity
Aquarius Garnet Constancy
Pisces Amethyst Sincerity

Gems, benefits and afflictions to the wearer

Ruby is a precious stone that comes as a red transparent variety of the mineral corundum. It is a symbolic of excellent health, vigour, love and passion, an aid to firm friendship and believed to ensure beauty. It strengthens the heart and blood circulation.

One who wears a Ruby which is unblemished, that is which is smooth in touch, clean, of good colour and water, has lustre, brilliance and radiance, is blessed with children; acquires wealth and property; becomes prosperous and accumulates precious gems. He is protected from fear, afflictions, sorrow and disasters. He becomes fully virile and his will-power and spirit are strengthened. He becomes fortunate and occupies a high and respected position in the society.

A blemished and defective Ruby brings many troubles for the wearer. If the stone is dull, the wearer’s brother gets into in distress. The milky stone destroys the cattle. Double coloured stone causes distress to the native and father. The stone with red sign causes quarrels and disputes. Smoky stone attracts the attack of lightening. The stone with four spots or signs creates fear from wounds and weapons. If it is dusty colour, it is the cause of stomach disorders and childlessness. If there are white, black or honey coloured sprinklings on the stone, the wearer is defamed and there is less of longevity, wealth and comforts. If there is depression on the stone, the wearer suffers from ill health and loses vitality and stamina. If the stone is full of flaws of many kinds, it may bring death.

It is also believed that if the stone loses its colour, the wearer is about to become victim of some distress or disaster. It regains its colour when the trouble is averted or over. It is also said that Ruby fades in colour by being put close to any poisonous substance.
Pearl are obtained from elephants, serpents, pearl oysters, conch shells, clouds as hail stones, bamboos, whales and hogs; but the best Pearls are those that come out from pearl oysters. Very valuable and lustrous like the Moon is a Pearl born of the root of elephant’s tusks. The Pearl obtained from whales resembled like a fish’s eye is large, pure and of great value. A Pearl obtained from the serpents is believed to prove invaluable. The Pearl from bamboo resemble as Camphor or Crystal and is flat and uneven. The Pearl from conch shells is round, lustrous, beautiful and moonlike.

Evil influences come to an end and good fortune smiles to the wearer of a Pearl. Amongst Hindus, it is common custom for the brides to wear a nose ring of Pearls at the time of marriage ceremony. This is believed to ensure happy conjugal life and protection from widowhood.

Anybody who wears an unblemished Pearl is blessed by goddess Lakshmi (He becomes very rich). He lives a long life and all his sins are washed out. He gets vitality, becomes intelligent and achieves a high position in life, name and fame. Pearl with yellow lustre brings wealth. Red coloured Pearl makes one intelligent, white Pearl bestows fame and the Pearl with blue hue is the giver of good fortune.

The wearing of defective Pearl brings troubles. The Pearl in which there is spot without lustre like a hole is likely to cause leprosy to the wearer. If in any Pearl there is a spot or sign looking like the eye of a fish, the wearer suffers loss of children. The Pearl which is devoid of lustre is said to shorten life. A coral shape Pearl brings poverty to the wearer, a flat Pearl brings bad name, a long shaped Pearl (instead of being round) makes the wearer foolish and an idiot. The Pearl in which there is protrusion of three corners causes misfortune to the wearer. If a side of a pearl is broken, the wearer of such stones suffers the lost of his livelihood. If any part of the Pearl, instead of being round, takes the shape of a bird, the wearer of this stone loses all his wealth and earnings.
Corals are generally found in red colours. White corals are also available. The wearing of Red Coral makes the person courageous and his enemies are vanquished. It also protects women from widowhood. It is believed that the genuine Red Coral warns the wearer of coming ill health by changing its colour. The Red Coral provides freedom from bad dreams and nightmares. It also protects the wearer from secrecy and evil spirits.
Emerald is the most costly of gem stones and is the beautiful velvety green variety of beryl, a silicate of aluminium and beryllium. An Emerald of good quality and without blemishes gives good health and a strong body to its wearer. It makes him wise and intelligent. It enhances wealth and property and blesses the wearer with good children. It affords protection from snake bites, evil spirits and bad influences of evil eye. It cures and affords protection from epilepsy and insanity. It is good for eye sight and cures bad dreams. If Emerald is worn by pregnant woman, it ensures safe and painless delivery.
Yellow Sapphire (Pukhraj) which assigned to and ruled by Jupiter is of yellow colour and whatever class it belongs to, it is used for getting the benevolent blessings of Jupiter. An unblemished Yellow Sapphire (which is often called Topaz) gives the wearer good health, wisdom, property, longevity, name, honours and fame. The wearer is blessed with children and grand children. It affords protection from evil spirits. It is believed that if there are obstructions in getting a suitable match for a girl, she gets married early by wearing a Yellow Sapphire.

Blemish gem stones are the cause of many troubles. A stone with cracks invites threats of theft. One without lustre and transparency creates enemies and causes disharmony in the family. Milky stone invites injuries to the body. The one with a web causes stomach disorders. The stone with black and white colours is harmful is harmful for the cattle of the wearer. The one with red dots on it destroys wealth. The stone with a depression causes anxiety and disturbs peace of mind.
Diamond come from three different sources, viz. rivers, mines and other places where gems are found. The Diamond with red or yellow hue is said to be very beneficial for political leaders and administrators holding high positions. The Diamond with white (colourless) hue is suitable for those engaged in religious, social and spiritual work. The Diamond of yellow colour bestows success and prosperity to industrialists, businessmen, financiers, etc. The one with the black hue is suitable for those who are engaged in inferior kind of jobs or profession.

Diamond makes a person fearless, gives him patience, purity and good manners. The wearer of a Brahmin Diamond (white – colourless Diamond but without any blemish) is born again as a Brahmin up to seven births. He becomes proficient in religious scriptures and earns great respect and regards from others. The owner of Kshatriya Diamond (white diamond with a slight hue of red) becomes a brave warrior, able diplomat, political leader or administrator and achieves great success in his career of sphere. The businessman who wears a Vaishya Diamond (Diamond with a yellow hue) becomes wealthy and respected and also enjoys all luxuries of life. The wearer of Shudra Diamond (Diamond with a black hue) becomes wise, successful, wealthy and is helpful to others.

A defective or blemished Diamond causes great harm to its wearer. The Diamond with the shape of island (Yava), is white, destroys wealth and happiness. The one with red island like impression, destroys the cattle belonging to the wearer and the one with a black Yava destroys wealth. Other defects disturb mental peace and bring disasters and diseases. If there are dots like claws of a crow, the Diamond is very inauspicious and is said to bring death to its wearer.
Blue Sapphire, the best blue Sapphire is found in Kashmir (India). It is called “Mayur Neelam”. Most important feature of the Kashmir Sapphire is that it does not change its colour in electric light while those coming from other sources exhibit a navy colour before the electric light. The good qualities of an auspicious Blue Sapphire are as follows:
It should reflect no colour other than its own,
It should have brilliance or radiance,
It should be smooth,
It should be transparent,
It should be solid,
It should be soft in touch and
It should spread out rays from inside.

Sapphire should always be worn after giving it a trial. If the Sapphire (which is unblemished) suits the wearer, it removes poverty and gives the wearer almost everything a man could desire, namely health, wealth, longevity, happiness, prosperity, name and fame. It also restores lost wealth and property.

A blemished Sapphire is the cause of many troubles. If the Sapphire has white lines on it, it is bad for the eyes. The milky stone brings poverty. Accidents may happen if a stone with cracks is used. The doubled coloured stone causes enemy trouble. The one with depression becomes the cause of boils and ulcers in the body. The one which is dull and non-transparent causes distress to the near relations.
Gomedha (Zircon) is a very attractive stone and occurs in nearly every colour. Chemically, it is a silicate of Zirconium and Crystals commonly occur either as four sided prisms terminated by four sided pyramids or as water born pebbles. There is a considerable range of colours as red, green, blue, yellow, orange, brown and other shades are often seen. The colourless stones look like Diamonds. The stone which is of the colour of honey or cow urine should be called Gomedha.

Wearing of an unblemished Gomedha ensures the wearer safety and protection from deadliest of the enemies. Gomedha bestows health, wealth and prosperity to its owner. It acts as a protective armour while hunting wild animals. It is a very helpful stone for warriors in the battlefield. It is believed that by keeping Gomedha in the mouth stops bleeding.

A blemished gem stone proves very harmful to the wearer. The one of red colour is injurious to health and that with the mixture of mica destroys wealth.
Cat’s Eye belongs to the Chrysoberyl family and is an aluminate of beryllium. Dark green stones are called Alexandarites and pale yellow to greenish yellow stones are often Chrysolites. Other specimens of a cloudy yellow to a brownish green colour which show a chatoyant effect (glowing with varying colours and lustre) are known as Cymophane or oriental Cat’s Eye. There is a gem stone Cat’s eye in the Quartz family also but that is a much inferior stone.

Wearing of a Cat’s Eye gives happiness in the matter of children and makes the wearer wealthy. It restores lost wealth. Poverty and diseases are vanished. It ensures conquest over enemies and affords protection from enemies.

Cat’s Eye is a quick acting gem stone and should always be worn after a trial.

A blemished stone proves harmful. The stone with spots causes trouble from enemies and that with depression creates stomach disorders. The dull or opaque stone is bad for health. Cracked stone invites injuries and that vicious lustre is bad for children. The one with a web may send the wearer to prison. The stone with a black dot or spot is likely to prove fatal to the wearer.
Planetary Afflictions of Semi-Precious Stones

Turquoise: It is believed that this stones warns the wearer of coming disaster by changing its colour. It is also said that it cures eye troubles by its touching the eyes. It saves the wearer from bad influences of evil eye. If the colour of the stone fades immediately after it is worn, it should be taken off at once.
Aquamarine: It provides safety to sailors.
Rock Crystal: Its wearing ensures undisturbed sleep. It saves from secrecy. If poison is put in a cup o0f Rock Crystal, its colour becomes smoky. A rosary made of Rock Crystal pieces is good for concentration.
Lapis-Lazuli: If the beads of this stone are worn around the neck of children in gold string, they are ensured good health, steady growth and are protected from the bad influences of evil eye.
Opal: This gives a spiritual and religious bent of mind and establishes faith in God.
Moonstone: this makes the wearer optimistic. It provides safety to sailors and fishermen. It becomes more effective during the bright half of the lunar month and has lesser effect in the dark half.
Pyrope Garnet: This stone is said to warn its wearer of coming of bad times by changing its colour. If it is given as a gift to a friend, it cements friendship.
Bloodstone: this stone protects the wearer from drowning. It is said to enhance business prospects and help to conquer enemies.
Agate: It makes the wearer an eloquent speaker. It is good for prosperity and longevity.
Citrine: The wearer looses his fear at night and gets undisturbed sleep.
Amethyst: It changes colour when the wearer becomes ill. Its radiance is increased if it is kept close to any poisonous substance.
Peridot: The wearer of this stone gets good health, wealth, children and family happiness. It cures epilepsy. It is also believed that the breasts of the women who wear this stone remain firm. It protects and heals bites by poisonous insects. The old age is believed to be delayed if wine is drunk from a goblet made of this stone.
Tourmaline: It improves capacity to gain knowledge and enhances intelligence.
Topaz: The yellow coloured Topaz looks like Yellow Sapphire and is a good substitute to the latter.
Jade: Because of its lustrous dark colour is used as a substitute for Emerald.
Neeli: This is soft stone resembling Blue Sapphire and is used as a substitute of the latter.
Please note that no gemstones or semi-gemstones should be worn without the authority of a competent Guru!

Sat-Guru

Sat-Guru”Twamev Mata
Cha Pita Twamev,
Twamev Bandhu
Cha Sakha Twamev,
Twamev Vidya
Cha Dravinam Twamev,
Twamev Sarva Mam Dev Dev”

O Gurudev! You are my mother and my father. You are my friend and brother. You are my wealth and wisdom. You are the soul essence of my existence!

Guropnishad states that without a Guru totality in life is next to impossible. And most auspicious and blessed is one who has a Guru in his life, whose each cell of the body resonates with the name of the Guru and who through mind, body, heart and soul is completely devoted to him.

This simple word ‘Guru’ is a Sanskrit derivative. Literally it means a ‘heavy one’. This is very clearly illustrated in its use in science describing a phenomenon – called Gravitation – the attraction of smaller bodies to the big one! GURUWAKARSHAN as it is called. What does it mean in our context? It means someone who has the power to attract! Now – this is not enough – we add another prefix – SAT – and we get SAT-GURU – Sat means eternal. So adding up a Sat-Guru is a being who leads us from ASAT to SAT – from unreal to real!

A Sat-Guru is pouring his grace on his devotees like a shower. In order to benefit from this divine shower, you need a container and this is your sincere heart full of love and faith (SHRADHA & VISHWAS). That is all you require. Lord Buddha was once asked by one king who became his disciple, if he could give anything in return. ‘Yes’ the reply was prompted. Explaining his requirement, Lord Buddha said, ‘I need only your smile’!

This is how a real Guru is envisaged in our culture. But at this age of ‘KALIYUGA’ not all Gurus are truthful, that’s where you come in. You can test a Guru. A Guru who does not practice what he preaches is a pseudo-Guru – not a genuine Guru.

A Guru will always take note of the difficulties and feelings of his devotees and he would not like to see them in that state – that’s where he is a mother. He can advise control and object to anything and there he becomes a father. He may give you a ‘Mantra’ or ‘Yantra’ as he deems fit to help you as a spiritual master. All Mantras and Yantras are the keys to release the potential energy for your spiritual progress and there is no limit to it.

Guruji’s Divine Picture

Guruji’s Divine PictureBoth a Sadhak(ika) and a disciple need a Guru quite as a human needs food. Guru is the power that is present in the heart, mind and body of the disciple and that helps him to carry out all his tasks successfully. The image of a Guru ever remains in the eyes of the disciple and he worships his Guru as a deity and protector.
There is no other deity as powerful and capable as the Guru. The Guru vibration is present in the whole universe and each particle of nature. However, until a disciple does not form a permanent link with him as elucidated by the Upanishad verse Poornnamadah Poornnamidam, he has to keep a picture of the Guru before himself in order to make his spiritual progress possible. The picture should be large, divine and overflowing with blessings and affection of the Guru. It should find place in the worship place so that daily you could bathe it, offer incense, lamp and sweets, and speak out your wishes, prayers to Him.A beautiful and divine picture always proves to be a source of inspiration, besides making the family atmosphere congenial and constantly filling one with a feeling that Gurudev is ever showering His Grace on me and keeping a watchful eye on all my actions. Such a feeling shall keep you away from sinful action and motivate you towards good and honourable actions. The atmosphere of the family and the society in which you live in are very poisonous and harmful to spiritual inclinations. In such circumstances, one needs a picture of the Guru that could keep giving a boost to one’s spiritual endeavours and help one in the awakening of the Kundalini.The ancient texts state that a Guru is not a physical being. Rather he is a power that gives spiritual inspiration and encouragement. When the Sun of Fortune of disciples rises, the Guru’s power appears in human form on earth to free them of the effect of past Karmas and to remove the darkness of ignorance from their minds. It is very difficult for a disciple or a human being to realise and comprehend the Guru in His divine form. Some very conscious disciples can but not the majority of them. This is why the Guru manifests in a simple form on the earth for the good and welfare of the humankind.The omnipotent and omnipresent power that thus manifests can, at any point of time in the life of a disciple, appear to lead him on the right path. This is why wise seekers keep searching for the right and competent Guru. Just as the mother takes care of her child by constantly looking after him/her, similarly the Guru ever keeps a watch on the disciple and does not allow him to go wayward.

To keep this feeling ever alive that one is always being protected and taken care of; one needs a picture in one’s room or worship place. A divine picture of the Guru should especially grace the worship place.

Healthy Living through Complete and Natural Breathing (Pranayam)

Healthy Living through Complete and Natural Breathing (Pranayam)A powerful tool that is often overlooked in our quest to live healthier, more conscious lives is our breathing. The quality of our breathing, of our exhalation and inhalation, reveals a great deal about our self-image, or basic stance toward life. By observing or sensing our breathing in the midst of action, we can greatly increase our knowledge and awareness of ourselves.
As we observe our breathing in the various conditions of our lives, we may notice, for example, how the extent and comfort of our inhalation reflects the degree of our readiness and ability to embrace life at that moment. We may also notice how the extent and comfort of our exhalation reflects the degree of our readiness and ability to let go, to trust something other than the accoutrements of our self-image. We may notice how during fear or other strong negative emotions, we restrict the flow and duration of our breathing by contracting various parts of our body in order to reduce the energy available for feeling. Moreover, we may notice how during more pleasant emotions, we increase the flow and duration of our breathing to take in more energy and thus to feel more. Our Breathing Is Influenced by Our Emotions Through awareness of our breathing, through a deep work of self-sensing, we not only learn about the subtle, constantly changing needs of our bodies, but we also begin to learn about the ways in which our emotions and our breathing influence each other, our health and well-being. By listening to the sensations of our body, especially our breathing, not only when we are in quiet circumstances, but also when we are in the middle of the difficult situations of our lives, we become aware of connections between parts of ourselves that ordinarily escape our attention. By sensing the way our breathing changes in relation to changing circumstances, as well as by sensing the attitudes, tensions, postures, and emotions that arise in these same conditions, we begin to learn, with exacting detail, about the intimate relationship of our breathing to our overall sense of ourselves. This new, direct knowledge of ourselves in action gives our brain and nervous system the knowledge and perspective it needs to help free us from our habitual psychophysical patterns of action and reaction. Self-sensing helps create new connections between existing neurons in the brain and nervous system. These new connections help increase our overall consciousness, and promote greater sensitivity and flexibility in our perceptions and behaviour. The Emotional Science of Our Breath As our ability to sense ourselves grows, we will begin to receive many precise impressions of the interrelationships of our emotions and breath, and their impact on our overall sensation of ourselves. We may see, for example, how anger is associated with shallow inhalations, strong exhalations, and tension throughout the body – especially in the neck, jaw, chest and hands. We may see how fear is associated with rapid, shallow, and irregular breaths and the sensation of a tight knot in the lower abdomen. We may see how grief or sorrow is associated with a kind of spasmodic, sobbing, superficial breath, and a hollow, empty feeling in the belly. We may see how impatience is associated with short, jerky, uncoordinated breaths, and tension in the front of the chest, as though our hearts were leaping ahead of us. We may see how guilt or self-judgment is associated with a restricted, suffocating breath, and an overall sensation of being weighed down. And we may see how boredom is associated with a shallow, lifeless breath, and little sensation anywhere in ourselves. We may also notice how feelings such as love, compassion, kindness, and wonder are associated with deep, comfortable breathing, and an open, energized, receptive feeling throughout the entire body. Each of us, of course, will discover variations in her or his own physical and emotional science. Restricted Breathing and Self-Image As we receive more impressions of ourselves through self-sensing, we will see that in general our breathing, like our self-image, is very restricted. Most of us are shallow breathers – that is, our breath is confined mainly to the top of the chest. If we are to live healthy, conscious lives, however, we need to rediscover the inner mental, emotional and physical conditions necessary for Pranayam (complete breathing) which involves not only the various spaces of our chest, but also the spaces of our belly, back, spine and solar plexus. Pranayam (Complete Breathing) can have an enormous beneficial impact on our health and well-being, as well as on our spiritual development. For Pranayam – complete and natural breathing to become the norm rather than the exception in our lives, however, we need to learn how to sense ourselves from the inside and to release the unnecessary tensions associated with our self-image – tensions that are reflected clearly in our breathing. These tensions are closely linked to our habitual patterns of thinking and feeling, patterns that often consume our energy and undermine our health and well-being. It is through the work of free, natural breathing that we can begin to get in touch with the energy locked into these tensions, and free up this energy for our health and inner growth.

Please read the related Pranayam article for an in-depth knowledge of the practice!

Kundalini Shakti

Kundalini ShaktiThe Supreme or the Brahm has combined and brought together all the forces that exist in and as the Universe into a single lump (mass) called the human body. But human being is not aware of it, for in common condition the triangular mouth of Sushuma (spine) nerve lies clogged at the middle of groin region. Beginning from here, it traverses the spinal cord and rises upward to reach the skull (Sahastrar). But because of the clogging of its triangular mouth, its powers remain undeveloped, and breathing (Prana Shakti) keeps on flowing in the body through Ida (the Moon) and Pingla (the Sun) nerves.

These Ida and Pingla nerves also rise from the triangular base region. In this triangular groin region itself lies asleep a smaller nerve in spiral fashion with extreme charge and divine power. Taking three and a half twists and with its tail in the mouth, this nerve lies asleep in a conch shape. The Kundalini Shakti is also called Serpent Power because it has a snakelike winding motion. It moves in circular fashion in the body of the performer with increasing speed. It is fiery but latent-electric power. It is said to have a speed of 345,000 miles per second while the speed of light is only 185,000 miles per second.
True Divine Energy

Several God-men and so called saints claim that divine energy is present outside and it can be instilled into the human body and thus the mind can be cured. All this is false and not true. They are misleading and are deceiving, not only the ignorant, innocent people, but their own selves too!

The true divine energy is present in the body in the form of soul which is vibrating with tremendous frequency. This great energy has infinite capabilities but, unfortunately man has forgotten how to tap it as it remains like a vestigial part of the body. The day this potential energy is realised and used, the human race shall rise to great heights of spiritual and mental attainments.

The realisation as we call it, does not mean visualizing it with some instrument, for it is not a physical process. It means to activate the subtle energy and to increase the field of vibrational force present in the body. This high vibrational energy is called “Kundalini Power”. The Kundalini has been interpreted quite wrongly to be in the form of a coiled up snake. Neither is it concentrated in one point, the “Muladhar” as believed by most. It is rather concentrated in six centres of high energy condensation. Kundalini is neither the name of a serpent power nor a nerve. Kundalini is a high level concentration of very high frequency energy in six centres of the body. The kundalini acts as a solenoid and around it, there is an intense electromagnetic field. This electromagnetic field flows in the form of five energy currents on each side of the body. These five energy current represents the five basic energy of Ayurved, i.e. Air, Earth, Ether, Fire and Water. These five energy currents are generated from the central solenoid or the Kundalini, which in turn is formed by the subtle centres of energy along the spinal column.

But how are these subtle centres formed?

Actually, there are two wave like energy forms which flow from the base of the spine to the brain. These wave like energies overlap each other like two alternate waves. The points of overlapping of these two energy waves, form the concentrated revolving spheres of energy called “Chakras”. The two energy waves which we call “IDA” and “PINGLA” overlap each other six times thus forming the six Chakras and above them is the ultimate or the “Sahastrar”. By making the highly concentrated energy in the Chakras, to rise up together to the Third eye and the brain, all negative thoughts can be eliminated from the mind and positive thinking can be reduced.

When this energy in the body is raised to the “Sahastrar” or the brain, one learns how to utilize it properly to create a balance between the ‘Physical State’ and the nature. The mind then becomes concentrated and then, without the help of the physical powers, one can accomplish even the impossible task.

Moreover, on the activation of the Kundalini, the energy of the soul becomes homogeneous with the limitless energy present in the universe. It has been proved that a human uses only a part of his brain as the rest of it remains latent. On activation of all the cerebral lobes, the extraneous influence of the passions are removed and the person is able to concentrate his mind in doing something creative. Such a person can even influence the mind of others and can also activate their individual energy sources.

Many of us fear that by activating the Kundalini, a person can acquire tremendous powers and then he can even use them by harming others. But, this is not so, because on the activation of the kundalini, all evil thoughts will disappear and a person starts to think of the welfare of the society and the world. In fact, only such a person can lead others to true unity.

Generally, in a human, the Kundalini or the vibrational energy tends to flow downward. As the feet remain in contact with the ground, they act as conductors and thus due to the gravitational pull of the earth, this energy flows into the ground and this vital energy is lost. But, when the energy in the “Chakras” is made to rise into the brain, then it gets concentrated there. This high concentration of energy neutralises the effects of the gravitational pull and thus the energy flowing through the body is not conducted into the earth.

What happens on activation of the Kundalini

In fact, as one ascends, the vibrational frequency, the energy in a “Chakra” is higher than the preceding one. The first “Chakra” which is represented by the element Earth has a low vibrational frequency, second is Water which has energy at a higher frequency, third is Fire; fourth is Air and fifth is Ether. As mentioned before, Ether is an energy with very high vibrational energy. Hence, it is higher up in the echelons of the Kundalini Chakras. Above this is the sixth Chakra which is an even more intense concentration of high frequency energy. The sixth Chakra or the Third Eye is the actual seat of pure divine energy in the body and generally the energy from it keeps flowing downwards. But on the activation of the Chakras, this energy combined with total energy from the other five Chakras, rises and activates the entire brain. Thus all consciousness gets enlivened, all passions are exterminated and an aura appears around one’s body. This aura is nothing but the divine energy field, which has expanded on the activation of the Kundalini and its magnetic effects can be felt by every person.

The Importance of Kundalini Awakening

The purpose of the science is to perform everything with ease to save time which could then be utilised in the upliftment of the self. To waken the Kundalini Shakti, control of the mind is the first and foremost part. Its awakening is a process of elevating one’s life to the level of totality and completeness. One who awakens his kundalini realises the Supreme and gets tuned into the eternal sound of the cosmos. He enters into a permanent meditative state and can then visualise any event occurring anywhere in the world. The ultimate aim of every human being is to realise the Brahm or the Supreme, for then he can easily strike a perfect balance between the spiritual and material aspects of life and enjoy life to the full. When kundalini awakens, its effect begins to appear on the whole body, making the performer much more powerful. When one awakens it, nothing remains impossible from him. Whatever is in the universe is in the body and one can perform many sorts of miracles by awakening the kundalini.

With the awakening of the kundalini, one can achieve ASHTA SIDDHIS (eight perfections) viz:

Anima: making the body extremely light
Mahima: Increasing body or improving the personality
Laghima: Lightening the body and fighting the disease
Garima: Glorious personality
Vashitva: Enchanting every body
Ishitwa: Attrcting and alluring everybody
Prapti: Getting the ungettable things
Prakamya: To get honour
Benefits of Activating the Kundalini

Inside the vertebral column, there are seven lotuses located on the Brahma Nadi. These are known as Chakras (spiral centres). Each lotus possesses different number of petals and also distinct colour. Amazing powers devolve on a human on activation of the kundalini and each chakra has its own attainments.

Sahastrar Chakra
Aghya Chakra
Vishudda Chakra
Anahata Chakra
Manipur Chakra
Swadhishtan Chakra
Muladhar Chakra
There are lot of ways of awakening the Kundalini, but the best way is through a competent Guru!

GURU is a Must for Kundalini Awakening

The practice of awakening Kundalini Shakti must be done only under the guidance of a competent Guru. Sometimes if the aspirant practices such exercises only after reading some books, he can endanger his own life and there are chances of him becoming insane.

Really fortunate is the person who attains his divine Guru. That person is fortunate who strives for awakening of the Kundalini Shakti and only that person gets the totality of life.

The best way of activating Kundalini Shakti is through Mantra Sadhana for it is the most safe and can be tried by anyone willing to. When Kundalini is activated, there is a huge gush of energy which can cause great harm if not properly channelised through the body. The Mantra Sadhana process which is a slow and steady method, totally free of such risk, is done under the guidance of an accomplished Guru who can fully control the Kundalini. The Mantra Sadhana process consists of six chakra activation, one at a time and there are seven stages throughout.

A competent Guru is a must for during the process as the divine powers in the body come to life, they attack the aspirant’s weaknesses like greed, infatuation, anger, false ego and other negative traits. Sometimes the struggle between these positive (kundalini) and negative energies can be so extreme that a person may loose balance of mind or his to wrong ways in life. But if there is a Guru guiding each step of the process, the negative energies can never come out on the top in this struggle. That is why the Guru also suggests Guru Mantra Sadhana, for the power of the Guru is so strong that it can terminate all evil traits of the person.

Remember that this is a slow and steady process, and sometimes one becomes aware of the activation of the concerned chakra after some months. Sometimes two or three chakras have been seen to be activated all of a sudden at one go and hence one should continue with Sadhana of other Chakras even if no immediate results become visible.

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Mantra

Mantras are not just words which are to be mechanically repeated over and over again. Mantras are sound vibrations, or another form of the cosmic energy obtained from the realms of the universe. All extraneous thoughts are removed and the full powers of the mind and soul can be activated by chanting mantras. Yogis, by linking their subtle energies to those present in the universe, have caught these divine frequencies and have gifted them to mankind for the benefit of one and all. These mantras, when chanted properly with full concentration, produce a resonance in each cell of the body thus generating a great explosive power.

Some important mantras

Ganapati Mantra (Lord Ganesh Mantra)
“ Gan” means Crowd of Gods and “Pati” means Leader. So he is the leader of Gods and this authority is given by Lord Shiva. Hence, this is the reason why one should worship Lord Ganesh first in every prayers, ceremonies and rituals.

‘ Om Gam Ganapatiye Namah’ – Removal of all obstacles
Guru Mantra
Guru mantra is different from God’s mantras. Once diksha is taken, then one will be provided with the appropriate Guru Mantra from the Guru himself.
Gayatri Mantra
Gayatri means Mother of Vedas

‘ Om Bhur Bhuvah Swah
Tatsavitur Varenyam Bhargo For Spiritual Development
Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yona Prachodayaat’
Maha Mritunjay Mantra
Mahamritunjay is the power of Lord Shiva dispersing negativity from health.

‘ Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushthi Varbhanam
Urva Rukmiva Bandhnaath Mrityor Mukshiya Mamritaat’
Saraswati Mantra
Saraswati is the Shakti of Lord Brahma

‘ Om Aeim Saraswatiyei Namah’ – For memory, wisdom and knowledge
Maha Laxmi Mantra
Laxmi is the Shakti of Lord Vishnu

‘ Om Shreem Maha Laxmi Namah’ – For Wealth
Maha Kali Mantra
Kali is the Shakti of Lord Shiva and she is also the controller of time (Kal).

‘ Om Kreem Kalike Kreem Phat’ – For complete success in life and Protection from enemies
Please note that any mantras cannot be chanted without the authority of the Guru! For more information, contact us.

Tantra

Some people may not have the required mental makeup to use Mantra, so the Guru may prescribe Tantra – i.e. to use his physical body.‘ Tan’ means body and ‘Tra’ which protects. The common example is Yoga where one is taught to control one’s breath and make special body postures called Mudra. The purpose again is to raise his conscious level to overcome problems.

The use of Mantra, Tantra and Yantra requires specialist guidance from a Guru. In order to obtain the benefits of these mystical tools, one needs a Guru’s support. For more information, contact us.

Yantra

Yantra is an external object that one can see and the radiation it gives helps to control the problem. The famous David’s star is one good example. These mystical prescriptions are used to benefit all, which have the approval of all scriptures. However, there are also people who misuse these ‘tools’ to destroy or harm others. Those who are on the wrong side are called ‘Vam Margi’ and are a curse to humanity. Those who are on the right side of the spiritual law are always rewarded in their present and after life.

The use of Mantra, Tantra and Yantra requires specialist guidance from a Guru. In order to obtain the benefits of these mystical tools, one needs a Guru’s support. For more information, contact us.

Amulet

QUITE SUDDENLY YOUR SMOOTH LIFE BECOMES TURBULENT AND…
YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO SOLVE EVEN THE SIMPLE PROBLEM OF LIFE…
WHEN SOMEONE HAS CARRIED OUT TANTRA PRAYOG ON YOU AND…
You find yourself constantly in debt
Enemies and other dangers keep threatening your life
Your wife is not able to conceive
Possible marriage ties keep breaking off
You are not able to construct your own house
Strange ailments which even doctors are not able to diagnose, start inflicting you
You or any of your family member always remain ill and weak
You keep facing problems in your job like frequent transfers or conflict with senior officers
Or time again you get involved in unnecessary fights, problems or litigation, then the cause of all this may be a tantra carried out against you.

TANTRA HAS SEVERAL METHODS AND WHICHEVER METHOD HAS BEEN ADOPTED AGAINST YOU.
TO VANQUISH ITS ILL EFFECTS HERE’S

An effort to make available mantra-ised protection amulets which have been energised and sanctified by able priests under the instructions of the sholars of mantra Shakti.

The use of Mantra, Tantra and Yantra requires specialist guidance from a Guru. In order to obtain the benefits of these mystical tools, one needs a Guru’s support. For more information, contact us.

Meditation

MeditationMeditation is the process of filling the life with peace, divinity and a vigorous flow thereof. It is a state of high potential energy that helps the thinking to become increasingly clear. It is just like seeing one’s own reflection in still, calm and clear water. It is a process where all the turbulence and turmoil due to anxieties and tensions of one’s soul can be overcome and pacified. For meditation one does not have to sit in a difficult posture, for in a difficult posture one will not be able to concentrate one’s mind.

The method is quite simple. Sit on a comfortable seat on the ground in a relaxed manner, keeping the back as straight as possible. Close your eyes, withdraw your entire consciousness behind the eyes and concentrate upon the image of your Guru or any other God you prefer. The underlying idea behind this practice is to detach the mind from worldly objects, and detachment is achieved only by concentrating the mind on something else.
In the beginning, you may not be able to concentrate and your mind may be flooded with various thoughts and problems of personal life. But you should not give up and should practice regularly. Gradually, you will be able to go deep into meditation to an extent that even the loudest scream will not be able to disturb you. The basic purpose of meditation is to generate power for spiritual purposes, for knowledge, for intuitiveness and for the opening up of mind to a higher consciousness and to link the soul with God.

When one goes into deeper meditation, a stage comes when the mind gets rid of all thoughts. This state of emptiness is considered to be the state of generation of divine energy. Thus stripped of random thoughts, bodily and nervous tensions, scattered thinking, irrelevant influences, ideas and dreams, the mind becomes manifolds more receptive to imbibe whatever knowledge one is dealing with. It is also necessary to understand that meditation is an intense mental activity. Simply closing the eyes and keeping quiet is not meditation. It is only a relaxed state of mind – a state which most normal people can produce, if they simply lie down and close their eyes. This state of mind is simply a preparation or readiness for meditation. Emptying and stilling the mind, to lay it open for the cosmic energy is the end purpose of meditation.

Besides acquiring spiritual attainments, meditation is very useful for the well-being of mankind especially in this chaos and confusion of the present age. I would say, it is rather necessary. In this age of fast life, a person’s mind is subjected to the onslaughts of thoughts of present, past and plans for future. Due to this, the nerves of the brain experience so much pressure that they become numb and stop receiving further information. In such a state, one’s personality cannot develop and this leads to a lack of confidence. Today, every person tries to analyse everything in the scales of logic. Thus his outer conscience remains influenced by the brain, while his inner conscience or soul remains in a state of neglect and lifelessness. Hence, when the person is faced by some adverse situation in his life, his inner conscience being weak does not support him and this leads to a nervous breakdown.

In order to save himself from such situations, a person should try meditation to achieve the state of a thoughtless mind as a regular practice. He should analyse all the problems being faced by him with a cool mind and should try to find their solutions. It is useless to worry about the past or to be anxious about the future, because this will lead to the wastage of the precious moments of the present. If one has committed something wrong intentionally or unintentionally, one should pray to God to forgive and promise never again to repeat such actions. After this, one should not worry and should try to lead a tension-free and peaceful life.

Sometimes we remain in tension due to the wrong deeds of someone else. In that case, if we just forgive his actions, we can devote our time to achieve peace and happiness. Forgiveness is considered to be one of the greatest virtues which is based upon the foundation of Vedism. Even otherwise, it is the most practical solution for such a situation, and to wipe out the tension.

Thus meditation and contemplation are very much helpful for elevation in both the spheres of life – spiritual and material.

To overcome the hindrances of mind and body, Yoga gives us an eight-fold method consisting of Abstention (Yama), Observance (Niyama), Posture (Asana), Regulation of breath (Pranayam), Withdrawal of the senses (Pratyahara), Deep concentration (Dhyan), Contemplation (Dharna) and Eternal trance (Samadhi). The Yoga asks us to control the body and not to subject it to over exertion. The Yoga lays down the course by which man can free himself from the fetters of Chitta or the mind and thus helps to overcome the pain and affliction of the present in this world. It proposes the methods for the purification of the body, mind and soul and prepares them for pure vision.

Though Yoga keeps us healthy and young, yet it is not at all simply about exercises or about the physical relief of physical ailments. It is, above all, about the attainment of deep peace – an inner calm. It is the ‘Dyana’ to discover ‘self’. It is about the achievement of a state of mind – Supreme Consciousness. In Yoga, we can learn how to control our mind through the technique of meditation. In the beginning, the person should try to overcome the desires for hunger, thirst, sleep and sex. This is because the desires drag the person downwards – to the path of destruction. So our mind, after desires, should not wander aimlessly. Thus the practice of meditation is a state of stability and peace of mind. Those who learn the art of controlling the mind, can win over the world.

While sitting in meditation, we must try to close our nine gates – eyes, ears, nostrils, mouth, anus and the reproductive organ. But you always remember that the key to the technique of meditation lies in keeping the brain as ‘a passive observer’.

In ‘An Autobiography of a Yogi’, Yoganandaji says, “Patanjli speaks of God as the actual cosmic sound of Aum heard in meditation. Aum is the creative word, the sound of the vibratory motor. Even the Yoga-beginner soon inwardly hears the wondrous sound of Aum. Receiving this blissful spiritual encouragement, the devotee becomes assured that he is in actual touch with divine realms.”

The author of ‘Light on Pranayama’ says, “Years of discipline and long uninterrupted practice of the moral and ethical principles of ‘Yama’ as ‘Niyama’, training of the body by ‘Asanas’ and ‘Pranayama’, restraint of the senses by ‘Pratyahara’ and ‘Dharna’, ensure the growth of the mind and of inner awareness – ‘Dhyana’ and ‘Samadhi’.”

Important Points to follow on meditation

One must be free from all the natural calls.
It is better if the person takes a bath before sitting in meditation.
The place must be neat and clean, free from air and sound pollution.
Next is to clear away all the worries and tension of life.
The whole body must be in full relaxation.
One should not try to retain breath during meditation, rhythm of breath should be normal.
Try to detach yourself from your family, friends, work or problems, etc.
Don’t try to hear any sound or message or telephone call, etc. when you are sitting in meditation.
You may fix up any time for meditation according to your convenient choice of time, but its is better if you do it in the early morning or in evening or at any time after three hours of your meal.
You may sit in meditation before a photo of your Guru or a sacred book or a burning candle. The main feature is only to develop within the power of inner visualization. Therefore, we must keep in mind the following:
Sit comfortably with the spine erect in ‘the Lotus posture’ – lotus being a symbolic of meditation. (You may also sit in any comfortable posture – though Padamasana is ideal) but keep the head parallel to the ceiling.
Please Note:
If you bend your head downward, you will start brooding on the past – keeping your mind in dullness.
If you bend your head even slightly backward, you will start wandering in future.
If you keep your head in level or parallel to the ceiling, you will feel yourself in the present – keeping your mind in a state of Dhyana.
Place the photo of your Guru or the Sacred book or a burning candle at your eye level, but an arm’s length away.
Keep your eyes open. Constantly look at the object. Concentrate on the top of the object. Absorb within its shape colour and image.
Please note, Sufferers of hypertension should not do this:
Gently close your eyes. Visualise and recall every feature of the object of your mind. If the mind wanders, use the same technique again.
Visualise as you are a conqueror of all obstacles and a builder or an architect of your own fate.
Your kingdom is within you. Your peace of mind is within you. Your happiness is within you. Your strength and youth are within you. Your Guru and God are within you. Try to concentrate and get the results positively.
Results of Meditation

The person becomes dynamic.
His mind becomes crystal clear – free from prejudices and delusions.
One is illuminated with the knowledge of ‘truth’.
One attains divine light within oneself.
One attains the state of ‘Jivana-mukti’ – as described in the Bhagavad Gita: “He has left behind him vanity, violence and arrogance. He has gone beyond lust, anger and greed. He has become selfless and tranquil – he is fit to be one with the Eternal. He who dwells with the Eternal is tranquil in spirit, neither grieves nor desires. His love is the same for all creation. He has supreme love for the Lord.”

Mercury or Paarad – The Divine Metal

Mercury or Paarad – The Divine Metal“Mercury is a divine element which can fly and if Samskarised, it can transform even old age into eternal youth….” — Rigved

Mercury is called Paaraa in Hindi and when this liquid mercury is consecrated and solidified, it is called Paarad. Ancient texts call it the essence of Lord Shiva. Mercury is liquid and it cannot be held in the hand. If poured on the floor it spreads out into hundreds of balls. It is a white, rare metal that is very valuable and useful.

The Mercurial Science or Paarad Vigyan is a secret science where mercury is consecrated and refined with the help of special herbs and special chemical processes it can be solidified and given a desired shape, and its main purpose is to enlighten the whole of human life. It is the best and unique among all the sciences existing in the world. Moreover, the reason for this is that this subject is the basis of life itself, through which a person can bring an end to his poverty, can fight and subdue hunger and can overcome weakness and fragility, thus attaining vigour and youth. In real sense one can completely rejuvenate the body and attain a life filled with happiness, prosperity and comfort, all of which are the real basis of a true human life and all this is possible only through this science.

Through Paraad Vigyan or Mercurial Science, malignant and incurable diseases can be cured, old age can be transformed into eternal youth. Extraordinary beauty can be gained and in fact, the whole body can be completely transformed into a perfect healthy, disease-free and a well-moulded physique. And, all this can be achieved, the need is but to learn and master this science that can be mastered only under the proper guidance of a competent Guru.

Once the famous Indian Sage and Seer Jagadguru Bhagwatpaad Shankaracharya said: “Only if I have three or four fully devoted disciples, then through Paraad Vigyan, I can vanquish poverty from the whole world.”

Other Forms of Mercury

According to the “Ayurved Samhita”, there are four types of Paarad or Mercury and it is considered that the Silver/White coloured mercury is of Brahmin class, Red coloured mercury of Kshatriya class, Yellow coloured mercury of Vaishya class and Black coloured mercury of Shruda class.

Silver/White mercury helps in sanctifying the body and making it strong, Red mercury is capable of transforming copper into gold, Yellow coloured mercury removes all diseases and endows one with good health and Black coloured mercury is used in other processes or Khechar Prayogs, like flying in the sky.

The boon of Darshan of Paarad

It has been said in “Ras Chintamanni” that just the Darshan or a glimpse of Paarad (sanctified-mercury) can acquire all the piousness acquired by seeing all the Shivalings and Shiva temples in the world.

Kedaradinilingani Prithivyam Yani Kani Chit.
Tani Drishtva Cha Yatpunayam Rasdarshanat.

The boon of touching Paarad

“Ras Chintamanni” expounds the boons obtained on touching Paarad (Samskarised mercury).

Chandanaguru Karpoorkumkumantragato Rasah
Murchhitah Shivapooja Sa Shivsannidhyasiddhye.

Means: The blessings and rewards obtained on worshipping Lord Shiva are obtained on merely touching Paarad. And if one touches Paarad (pure mercury) daily, then one surely achieves the realisation of Lord Shiva.

The boon of consuming Paarad

“Rasraaj Samuchhay” says that eating the samskarised and sanctified mercury is beneficial for a person’s life in all respects.

Bhakshannatparmeshani Hanti Paptrayam Rasah
Durlabham Brahmavishnavaayeih Prapayate Paramam Padam.

Means: If mercury is consecrated and purified through Samskars and consumed, then that person becomes mentally strong. Whatever he says happens and his body becomes free from all diseases. If water offered on such Paarad is consumed, then all the sins of that person are cleansed and such a person becomes famous and God-like among all humans.

The boon of meditating on Paarad

The text “Rasendrasaaar Sangrah” says about meditating on Paraad Shivaling or just Paarad.

Hridyog Karnnikantahstham Rsendram Parmeshwari
Smaran Vimuchayate Papeih Sadhyo Janmantrarjiteih.

Means: If a person has a glimpse of Paraad Shivaling (an epithet of Lord Shiva) or just meditates on it with devotion, then his sins of several births are conquered and he becomes virtuous.

The boons of worshipping Paarad

Several hundred scriptures have spoken about the worship of Paarad Shivaling which stated that the person who keeps a Paarad Shivaling in his house and worships it daily, obtains all the boons acquired by worshipping all the Shivalings in this world –
Swayam Bhulingasahastreiryatfalam Samyag Archanat
Tatfalam Kotigunnitam Raslingarchanadbhavet

It has been said about Paarad Shivaling (Shivaling of mercury) in “Ras Ratnakar” that viewing this Shivaling means attaining fulfilment and by it, the sins of killing even a Brahmin are freed from blame. By touching this Shivaling, the sins of killing a cow are pardoned and if a person drinks the water offered on this Shivaling, then all his worries, diseases are vanquished. He also gains completeness in life.

Health through Paarad Therapy

Paarad has a special significance in Ayurveda and it is also very useful in controlling various diseases like High Blood Pressure and Asthma.

Paarad Amrit Cups are prepared by Ayurvedic methods as written in ancient scriptures and is 99% pure mercury and mixed with rare herbs. Drinking milk in Paarad Amrit Cups purifies the human body. Amrit cups makes a person free from diseases such as diabetes, prevention of diseases, control of asthma and increase in Sex Power. It not only increases the energy levels but also improves the vitality.

Paarad Beads are also very powerful cure of diabetes, blood pressure and heart diseases. The bead or rosary of Paarad beads should be worn around the neck or waist.

Solid Mercury ball (Paarad ball[s]) should be threaded and be worn around the neck in the form of locket in order to get protection from evil spirits. It is the most effective methods to keep evil spirits away. It is recommended that every house should keep a Paaradeshwar figurine to keep all evil eyes away from them. Paarad balls make the physical body powerful, agile and lustrous.

Solid Mercury ball (Paarad ball) should be dipped 4 times only in 200ml of raw milk and it should be taken at night before sleeping. In order to get rid of all diseases, the aforementioned milk should be continuously taken for a minimum of 41 days and a maximum of 3 months without break.

If one has continuous pain on the surface of the body, the Paarad balls should be fixed with an adhesive plaster on that part of the body in order for the affected skin to touch the Paarad balls at night while sleeping or during daytime. The Paarad balls should be kept on the body-skin until the pain is completely cured. The Paarad balls should be kept in pure Ghee or oil for 24 hours and it should be massaged on any part of the body for the cure of pain. The Ghee or oil must be cool.

For any digestive problems, constipation, gas in stomach, headache, etc., the Paraad balls should be kept at the naval point for 15-20 minutes daily for recovery.

Other Benefits of Paarad

Awakening of Kundalini
Cure of all diseases
Cure from Evil Spirits
Increase in Will Power
Marriage Problems
Nightmares
Removal of Tantric Dosh Nivaran
Removal of Vaastu Dosh Nirvara

Paaradeshwar

PaaradeshwarClick on the Picture below to read about
Paaradeshwar Lord Ganapati or GoddessLaxmi

Paaradeshwar Lord Ganpati
Paarad or Mercury is a divine metal and its importance is obvious from the following line taken from the ancient text Ras Ratna Samuchchya: Siddharase Karishye Nidraaridrya Magadam Jagat. This means if mercury is consecrated then it becomes capable of banishing poverty and diseases.

It is further stated in the text –

“No medicine or herb or metal is capable of keeping a human body totally free of diseases for all metals get wet by water, can be burnt in fire and dried with heat, but Paarad is a unique element that remains unaffected by these influences. Mercury is subjected to special chemical reactions and it is made solid. Thus it becomes elixir like and through such Paarad even the most impossible can be achieved.”

When an idol of Lord Ganpati is made from such Paarad and it is worshipped the Sadhak is bestowed with knowledge, intelligence and all divine powers. This is because Lord Ganpati is the Lord of all powers and he is the first to be worshipped among all deities on any auspicious occasion or ceremony.

No ceremony among Hindus starts without first offering prayers to Lord Ganpati. Not just this before starting any Sadhana or worship of any deity, Lord Ganpati is worshipped with an aim to seek His blessings for success in the ritual. No other deity is given so much respect and love as Lord Ganpati. Moreover, he is a unique deity in the Indian pantheon of Gods and Goddesses.

Lord Ganesh or Ganpati means Lord of Ganns or the divine attendants of Lord Shiva. Every human has five physical senses, five mental senses and four spiritual senses. The energy that runs through all these senses is the energy of the fourteen deities whose Lord is Ganesh.

The divine form of the Lord is very handsome and benign. He has one tusk and four hands in which He wields a lasso, Veena (astringed instrument) and a corncob. The fourth hand is raised in blessing. He has a red complexion and a huge belly. He has large fan like ears and wears red robes. His body is smeared with red sandalwood paste. He is worshipped with red flowers.

If propitiated with full faith He manifests in a physical form to help his devotee. He has a divine form that has manifested not by the natural process of procreation and He is dedicated to the fulfilment of the wishes of his Sadhaks.

Paarad is capable of banishing ailments, poverty and old age. It can transform old age into eternal youth. It can also bestow upon a person all the eight Siddhis or powers. Paarad has originated from the body of Lord Shiva and hence it is the best among all elements.

Lord Ganpati is a deity who becomes pleased with a Sadhak even if he just chants His name and He removes all problems from one’s life and propels one onto the path that leads to success. If one performs Sadhana or worship of such a kind deity on a Paarad Ganpati then the result would be stupendous. Through his Sadhana, worship and chanting of his name there is a rise on intelligence of the Sadhak, all wishes are fulfilled and all problems and obstacles are removed thus making life easy and smooth.

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Paaradeshwar Goddess Lakshmi
Through the idol of Goddess Lakshmi made from Paarad, life could be made prosperous. Sometimes a person tries very hard and makes supreme effort yet he fails to succeed in life. In such a situation a Mantra, energised and consecrated Paarad Goddess Lakshmi should surely be placed at home and worshipped.

It is clearly stated in Yajurved that if Goddess Lakshmi is propitiated and an idol of Lakshmi made from Paarad is placed in the South East direction and it is worshipped daily then wealth virtually rains in that house.

In Yajurved, Goddess Lakshmi is propitiated in three forms – Shree, Swarnaawati and Paaradeshwari. It has been clearly mentioned in this text that among all the 108 forms of the Goddess the Sadhana of Paardeshwari Lakshmi is the most divine, fruitful and wealth bestowing.

In a verse that appears in Saamved it is said – Just as Kalp Vriksh (Wish Tree) can fulfil all wishes, similarly Goddess Paaradeshwari can fulfil all one’s desires.

The text Dhananjya Sanchay states that the person who wishes to gain wealth, prosperity and comforts in life should through his Guru establish a Paarad shivaling in the North East and a Paaradeshwari Lakshmi in the South East direction in his place of worship.

Paarad Vigyan or Mercurial Science, the science of consecrating mercury is the most beautiful science for through it one can banish even poverty from one’s life and fill it with prosperity and riches.

Through the Sadhana of Paaradeshwari, all financial problems are removed and one has monetary gains. Also all problems at job are removed and one gains name and fame in the society.

Pranayam (Regulation of breath)

Pranayam (Regulation of breath)We can live long, healthy and young if we learn how to practise Pranayam (Regulation of breath); how to learn the art and technique of complete breathing. The regular practice of Pranayam improves our quality of respiration.

Pranayam is the scientific way of complete breathing or regulation of breath, i.e. absorption of oxygen and excretion of carbon dioxide. The word ‘Prana’ means vital energy and it is the sum total of all energy that is manifested in the Universe. It is the vital force – ‘Sukshma’.

Prana is one but it has so many functions, such as Prana, Apana, Samana, Udana and Vyana relating to different regions – chest, anus, nasal, throat and the entire body respectively. Prana is a vital force in the body.

Man can survive for a long time without food for a week or so, without water also, but he cannot live without oxygen. Thus, we can say breath is life. Each qand every activity of life is deeply and intimately connected with the process of breathing. So we must give supreme importance to our proper breathing.

It is said that we breathe about 23 thousand times during a day and the average volume of air is taken in a single breath is half to one litre. Yuvacharya Mahaprajna mentions in his book ‘Preksha Dhyana’ – Perception of Breathing, that the breath rate per minute for different functions are as follows:

Functions Number of Breath per minute
Sexual excitement/Act 60-70
On being emotional such as anger, fear, etc. 40-60
Sleep 25-30
Speech 20-25
Walking 18-20
Resting 15-17
Normal deep breathing 8-10
Deep breathing after some practice 4-6
After long and regular practice 1-3

 

Those who breathe at the higher rate due to any reason will have to struggle with all the problems and ailments around the world.

Breath is very precious. You can live without eyesight. You can live without the capacity to hear, without legs, arms, etc., but you cannot live without breath. Our first and foremost desire should be to learn the process of – how to breathe and how to take Prana inside the body? The process by which the Prana is controlled by regulation of breath is termed as Pranayam.

Prana is a supreme strength and we should not breathe haphazardly or unconsciously. We must learn how to breathe consciously and with full concentration of mind and thought. The first and the most important rule for right breathing is to breathe through the nose and not through the mouth. Nature has equipped nose with all necessary defence devices in such a way that neither impurities nor cold air, nor any kind of poisonous gas nor dust particles and nor tiny insects can enter the body.

On the other hand, there is no such device in the mouth which may block dust, tiny insects, etc. A person who breathes through the mouth for a long period of time is bound to suffer from all infectious diseases. The basic requirement for the longevity of life, for preserving best health and for staying ever young is to inhale Prana – breathe oxygen through the nose. The secret of supplying vital energy into the tiniest part of the body is in your hands. Recognise it.

According to great Rishis and Munis, there are about 50 kinds of Pranayam, but the following are generally practised: Agnisaar, Nadi Shodhan (alternate breathing), Kapalbhati, Bhastrika, Shitli, Shitkari, Ujjayi, Bharamiri, Surya Bhedi, Chandra Bhedi, Murchha and Plavini.

It is not necessary to practice of all kinds of the above mentioned Pranayam daily, but the most important thing is to do perfect breathing. One must be very careful to the ratio of inhalation, retention and exhalation. Some Yogis recommend the ratio 1:4:2 while others say that it should be 1:2:2. In fact, breathing for a normal man or a man who wants to do Bhakti (meditation) or a man who wants to fulfil his desires with the blessings of God, should inhale and exhale breath in the same ratio. Such people do not need to retain breath. Experience and practice makes a man perfect.

However, you can do the following Pranayam with deep concentration and attention.

Agnisaar
Sit in Padmasana or Sukhasana or Vajrasana posture. Exhale breath through your nose – both nostrils. Retain (neither to inhale nor to exhale now), move forward and inward your abdomen 3 – 5 times. You may keep your right or left hand on the upper part of the abdomen, so that its movements could be left, inhale very slowly. Never try to retain too much. But it is very important to concentrate on your Abdomen. Don’t do more than 2 – 3 rounds. It improves digestion, removes all gastric troubles and it decreases obesity.
Nadi Shodhan (Alternate Breathing)
Sit in Padmasana or Siddhasana or Sukhasana posture. Keep your breath in normal condition. Close the right nostril with your right thumb. Inhale through the left nostril till you count 3 AUMs. The most important thing is to remember and imagine that you are inhaling ‘Prana’ along with air. Then close the left nostril also with the help of little and ring fingers of your right hand. Try to retain breath till you can count 12 AUMs. Counting must be done in mind. Remove the right thumb and exhale through the right nostril till you count 6 AUMs. This becomes the ratio 1:4:2. Do it again but in opposite direction in the same manner. Now inhale through right nostril, Retain and Exhale through the left nostril. To start with, do it for a full round 5 – 6 times in the morning and you can increase it gradually to 20 times. It improves concentration and digestion. It also removes problems relating to hands and legs. Please Note: Persons suffering from Blood Pressure should not retain Breath (They can do breathing Chandra Nari instead to control the Blood Pressure).
Kapalbhati (Cleansing Breath)
There is a little difference between Kapalbhati and Bhastrika. So, we should be very careful. Sit in Padmasana or Siddhasana posture. Exhale with sharp expulsion. Do not inhale immediately. Continue such exhalations for 15 – 20 times until the lungs are empty, then inhale deeply. Never hold the breath between inhalation and exhalation. Never hold the breath between inhalation and exhalation. You can increase the times of expulsions. It removes tension.
Bhastrika (Bellows Breathing)
Sit in Padmasana or Siddhasana or Sukhasana or Vajrasana posture. Close the mouth. Inhale and Exhale quickly 10 – 20 times with a hissing sound. Rest a while, Inhale deeply, Retain for some time and Exhale slowly. This is one round of Bhastrika. You can do such round(s) 1 – 20 times in the morning. It is good if a person concentrates on the performance of this exercise of Pranayam rather than timings.
The other way of doing Bhastrika is as follows:
Sit in any comfortable posture. Keep your spinal chord erect. Close your left nostril with middle and ring fingers of right hand. Now inhale and exhale quickly through right nostril from 10 – 20 times. After that, breathe deeply through right nostril. Then Close the right nostril with the right thumb. Retain it as long as you can. After that exhale slowly through left nostril. Now, close your right nostril with your right thumb. Inhale and Exhale quickly through the left nostril from 10 – 20 times. After that, inhale deeply through left nostril, Close the left nostril with the middle and ring fingers of right hand. Retain it as long as you can. After that, slowly exhale through right nostril. This is one round. It brings stability in Prana and it controls the mind. It eradicates Asthma. It is the most effective of all Pranayam exercises.
Shitli
Sit in Padmasana posture. Keep your breath normal. Take out your tongue as long as you can. Try to turn it or fold it in such a way so that it may look like a ‘Pipe’. Inhale deeply through this tongue pipe. Retain breath and slowly exhale through both the nostrils. Do it 3 – 5 times. Please Note that it should only be done in Summer. It controls High Blood Pressure. It purifies blood. It calms down anger. And eradicates unnecessary thirst.
You may do one kind of Pranayam or all kinds of Pranayam. You may inhale deeply through both the nostrils and Retain some time. Exhale slowly then inhale and retain the breath, you will get a steady and calm mind.
Some Important Points
Get up early in the morning for doing Pranayam.
Before doing Pranayam, you must be free from all natural calls.
You must clean the nostrils either with Jal Nethi or Sutra Nethi
Don’t do Pranayam immediately after doing exercises
Never expect benefits after doing 1 – 2 minutes Pranayam a day.
Do not practise Shitli and Shitkari Pranayam during winter and rainy season.
Do not do Bhastrika and Surya Bhedi Pranayam during summer.
Remember those who practise Pranayam properly and regularly for the duration of 10 – 15 minutes daily early in the morning will surely get rid of all maladies and will hold youth till they are alive.

Please Note:

It is advised that you may do rest of Pranayam under the proper guidance of a Yogi at the Ashram. For more information on Pranayam exercises combined with Meditation classes, please contact the Ashram.

Mercury (Paarad) Swastika and Mercury (Paarad) Pyramid

Mercury (Paarad) Swastika and Mercury (Paarad) PyramidBoth Paarad Swastika and Paarad Pyramid are considered very sacred structures if energised accordingly and are believed to give 100 time more benefits than normal prayers in correction of Vaastu Dosh. These Paarad structures emit positive energy that neutralise the negative energy caused within any premises due to incorrect Vaastu. Both Paarad structures generate energy that contributes to the healing process.
If you have been advised to implement the changes in your home or office or factory by demolishing the particular area of your house or office, then we would strongly recommend you to keep either a Paarad Swastika or a Paarad Pyramid in your house and the Vaastu Dosh would end. This is tested experiment. If you are feeling some negativity in your house, then these two Paarad structures are the right and the best solution to your problems.“Vaastu Dosh” corrections can be performed by neutralising this negative energy by strong positive energy radiating devices like the energised Paarad Swastika and Paarad Pyramid. The Paarad Pyramid represents the Energy Nucleus that is so powerful that it cannot be changed by any Energy interaction. That is how the Pyramids of Egypt can keep dead body cells free from decay for thousands of years, whereas it is common knowledge that human body and all life forms begin to decay within a few hours of death. “Vaastu Shastra” is the ancient science of architecture that teaches how to live in harmony with nature and how to influence nature so that it works for your benefit. ‘Vaastu’ means dwelling and ‘Shastra’ means scientific treatise—the science of designing and building homes according to the eternal laws of nature. Vaastu means nature—living in harmony with the great five elements. Each of the elements has a proper position on our property and in our home. When the elements are correctly positioned, they become balanced and create the perfect vibrations. Then the positive effects of the elements will flow. Nature automatically cooperates with your soul and your life. In order to live a happy and successful life, you have to take protection in God’s elements, the roots of the tree of Vaastu, the pancha pranas, the five life forces of Vaastu. Vaastu combines the earth’s magnetic fields, the influence of the planets and other celestial bodies along with cosmic rays and plays a vital role in bringing happiness to family life and prosperity in business.Both Paarad Swastika and Paarad Pyramid balance and harmonise the aura around us and remove the negative energy surrounding us. Therefore, when we place either one of these energised Paarad structures in our home or office, the place is purified by the power of mercury and the Vaastu defects are rectified.

The Relationship Between A Guru and A Disciple

The Relationship Between A Guru and A DiscipleOne has to rise high in life and if one does not, then life is useless. It is very difficult to climb a high stair. It is much easier to slide down. It will take you hardly a second to get down ten steps. But to climb ten steps, it will take at least twenty seconds. You will have to climb each step with great effort. Similar is the path of spiritualism. At each step, you will have to analyse whether or not you are a true disciple.

You will have to look inside and decide whether you are developing good virtues or evil is on the rise within you. You will have to analyse the sort of life you are leading and to be able to do so is the greatness of human life. Only that person can do this who is a true disciple and who can live with the Guru. Shankaracharya says only such persons who can devote themselves fully in the holy feet of the Guru can flower into fragrant roses.
According to Shankaracharya, the most beautiful word is Shishya or disciple. A disciple is one who is ever ready to face death. There are two types of people – one kind is mines of virtues while others know nothing but how to hatch evil plots. They keep finding new ways of deceiving others. They keep lying. They keep trying to create differences among others. They keep trying to make others fight and they go on doing evil just to satisfy their selfish interests.

But there is no effect of these negative traits on the mind of a true disciple. He knows what to do. A real disciple who is a mine of virtues, easily detects evil and shuns it. Those who live among fragrant roses are easily able to detect even the slightest bad odour. They might not discover the source, but they are able to tell that there is something bad smelling nearby and they immediately withdraw from the place. A true disciple too distances himself from evil and loses himself in goodness of high virtues. He never chooses to lead an ordinary life as he prefers a fragrant short life to an evil long life. He remains eager to obey his Guru, to protect his Guru and to dedicate his life for a good cause. This is what differentiates a good life from a bad life.

If we cannot devote our lives in the service of the Guru, then our living is futile. A Guru is like a fragrant delicate flower. There can be only very few, say three or four such flowers in the world and if these, too, disappear, then there would remain nothing but thorns. All this world has to offer you is thorns. You have to destroy these thorns if you wish to keep these flowers from getting destroyed and you will have to remove these thorns. When the thorns will disappear, new flowers will bloom. It is only when weeds disappear that flowering plants will grow.

What is important, is to think whether we have given birth to thorns or to flowers, whether we spent our time in saving thorns or in protecting the flowers. It is important to ponder how much time we devote to the Guru, how much time we spend with him, how we try to protect him and how we serve him. Devotion to the Guru is the greatest achievement of life. This stage in a person’s life is called disciplehood. It is from the word Shishya that the word Sewa or service has been formed. Where there is disciplehood, there is selfless service. Service to the Guru, means helping him grow more flowers. For this, one has to become like a protective shield for the flowers, against the harsh winds and storms. If the flowers disappear, then only bad odour will prevail, and only disease and evil will be the result. If ever this happens, then our lives will be useless and meaningless.

A Guru has lead many different lives and has lived with the household of disciples as well as with ascetic disciples. Among the ascetic disciples, there were some who were just ordinary and there were others who were unique. The Guru still remember their names as the names are etched deep in his heart and he still is in direct contact with them.

When an arrow hit Lord Krishna, even he was wounded and blood oozed from the wound. When Lord Ram fought Ravan, he too was wounded many times. The mortal body is the same. Godhood is within. The power of the Guru is within. The virtues of the true disciple is within.

What is important is how you have spent your life and how the Guru has spent his life. Has the Guru always been helpful to you? Did the Guru always address you lovingly? Did the Guru ever abuse you? Did the Guru ever plot against you? If he did not, then you too do not have any right to plot against him, to lie to him, to allow storms to enter his life.

It is our duty that the Guru should be always in peace. Shankaracharya says whether one is in a job, in business or in any field, one is a disciple because each moment, one is learning something new. Till the very last breath one is a Shishya or a disciple. Shishya means continuously learning. One should analyse what one is doing, whether one is doing for oneself or for others. What is more important is what one has done for others.

If you do not know to sacrifice yourself, you are not a disciple. May be one day, the Guru will not be with you, but his fragrance will always be there. You will feel satisfied that you spent a few moments with a person who had true knowledge and who was enlightened. But you will also regret that you pushed him into storms. In a storm, even the most healthy and strong rose would die as even a great warrior like Lord Ram would fall to arrows and even a great Yogi like Lord Krishna would succumb to an arrow. But it is said – that Neinam Chhindanti Shastraanni, i.e. the soul never die.

Shankaracharya said in a verse that one who has love in his heart can never commit a mistake. And one can love only one person. Love cannot be with ten people. One can have pity or compassion on many people, one can be acquainted to many people but one cannot be in love with all. One can only love one – be it God or the Guru or someone else. And one remains ready to sacrifice life for the person one loves. A true lover devotes himself fully.

You can either love thorns or roses. You cannot love both. It then depends on you whether you choose to love thorns or roses. But Shankaracharya says that in order to reach the highest pinnacle in life, you will have to change right this moment. You can either rise in life or you can stoop low. It is up to you to become fragrant like a rose or sharp and painful like a thorn. To choose evil is deluding oneself. It is like deceiving God. If there is a fragrance in you, if there is love in your heart, then you sure are on a higher plane. Love means sacrificing the self. It means giving up everything one has. If this is the spirit you have, then, and only then is your life valuable.

If you waste your life, the future will never forgive you. What then will be worth of your life? How then will you become a disciple? Just getting Diksha does not make you a disciple. The entire life process is disciplehood. To decide whether one is rising or falling in life is disciplehood. To decide whether one is boldly facing storms or one is silently succumbing to them is disciplehood. Whether you are trying to save temple or you are destroying it, will decide whether or not you are a disciple.

A Guru can be recognised only with the eyes of the heart. If there is no love in your heart, then you have not yet realised your Guru. You should realise him fast so that the seed of love soon germinates in your heart. You do have love in your heart, but you have never allowed it to come to the fore. It never came to the fore because it is covered with hatred, jealousy and sorrows. You have allowed these negative forces to influence you and you have never let the love surface. But no sooner will these be removed than the seed of love will germinate. Then a beautiful smile will adorn your lips, a fragrant will emanate from your form, a sparkle will appear in your eyes and your heart beat will become fast. But for that love to germinate, you will have to protect the seed by sacrificing a lot and by being unselfish.

What you do in life is up to you. The Guru’s blessing is as the following:

May the seed of love germinate in your heart.

May you be able to protect the tender sapling of your heart.

May you become free from jealousy, hatred and fear.

May you become totally fearless. Only a fearless person is truly live. If you are afraid, then you are as good as dead. When you will be free of fear, you will overflow with love. So be fearless and let the rose inside your heart bloom into full magnificence.

May you succeed in keeping the true knowledge alive.

May you be able to keep the lamp of enlightenment burning for ever.

May you fulfil it.

May you be successful.

JAI GURUDEV

Rudraksh

Rudraksh – The Divine SeedShastras (Holy Hindu Scriptures) such as Rudraksha Jabalopanishad, Shiva Purana, Devi Purana and Padma Purana praise the Rudraksha seeds highly. The Rudraksha tree belongs to the Elaeocarpaceae family and is as huge as the Banyan tree, taking between 15 to 18 years to attain maturity. Rudraksha is a fruit of that tree which has a seed covered with pulp and an outer skin. After drying, the skin turns black and grooves appear on the surface running from apex to the bottom, thereby defining clear areas called ‘Mukhi’ or faces. The Rudraksha are classified based on the number of faces which can range from one to twenty-one.
Although according to the holy scriptures, there are four colours – Red, Yellow, Black and White, and it is next to impossible to differentiate after the seed has dried. Authentic and high quality beads of Rudraksha (Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb) is available in Indonesia and Nepal. Other beads of Elaeocarpus family look similar to Rudraksha such as Ganitrus Roxb but are not as effective.
Rudraksha is formed by association of two words, ‘Rudra’ which means the name of Lord Shiva and ‘Aksha’ means ‘tear’. According to the Vedic scriptures, Rudraksh can nullify the effects of malefic planets to a great extent. Shastras say that Rudraksh of any ‘mukhis’ can never do any harm to the wearer unlike Navratnas which has to be carefully chosen. No other mala or bead is so auspicious and powerful as Rudraksh. The seed of Rudraksh has been given a very special place and it is credited with mystical and divine properties. It is said that the seed of Rudraksh contains the secrets of entire evolution of the cosmos within it.The Rudraksh beads are worn for their specific benefits. These are much more powerful and can help achieve wonders, if energised and empowered the right way. Rudraksh of different ‘mukhis’ pleases the corresponding planets. It may be sufficient to go in for only those ‘mukhis’ whose ruling planets cause malefic effects. Before wearing the Rudraksh, it is better to cleanse and purify it with milk, ghee, oil, etc. and do ‘Pran Prathista’ (give life to the Rudraksh). When the mantras corresponding to the ‘mukhis’ are chanted, the Rudraksh gets activated.It is believed and proved that Rudraksh beads have certain Electromagnetic and Inductive properties and when they are worn over the heart, they send out corresponding signals differing for different mukhis to the brain, activating or controlling certain brain chemicals and neurotransmitters thereby inducing states of mind as described in ancient scriptures. Medically, it has been proved that Rudraksh has very powerful Anti Ageing properties because of the Dynamic Polarity of the Rudraksha bead thus the healing powers of Rudraksha are far superior that of Magnets.

There are various tests that one can do to verify the authenticity of the Rudraksha beads and some of them are as follows:

Flotation Test: When the Rudraksha bead is placed in water, it should sink. If it is a wooden imitation or fake one, it will float.
Copper Test: The Rudraksha bead is very hot and has an electro-magnetic interaction with copper. If the beads are held with a string over a copper coin, they tend to show a gradual rotation movement. If this is clockwise, they are considered to be auspicious.
Milk Test: By leaving the Rudraksha bead in a cup of milk for a day and if the milk is not spoilt, then the bead is auspicious.
Instructions before and after wearing the Rudraksh:

One should not interchange the Rudraksha mala with anyone.
Some Rudraksha should be worn preferably in a metal, be it silver or gold or copper as it has electrical and magnetic properties which are enhanced when worn with metal.
Rudraksh improves the concentration level as well as improve the memory of the wearer.
One can wear any combination of Rudraksh beads.
One can wear a mala of 27, 54 or 108 beads with different ‘mukhis’ or faces in consonance with their requirement or birth chart.
Rudraksh never gives negative energies and therefore they do not have ill effects.
Rudraksha should not be worn inside the bathroom and during sexual intercourse.
Anyone can wear a Rudraksh without any discrimination of sex, cast or creed.
One can feel the changes in himself and his attitude towards life after 40 days of wearing the Rudraksh.
Rudraksh should be kept well oiled and clean all the time.
Rudraksha can be kept in ones house or Puja room in order to get positive energy flow in the house.
One-Faced (Ek Mukhi) RudrakshaThis is the best among all other divine Rudraksha seed. This is the mother of all other forms of Rudraksha. These gives all the worldly pleasures and then helps one attain perfection in after life. It is said that where one faced Rudraksha is worshipped, that place is always full of riches and Goddess Lakshmi has special grace on such places. This is the symbol of Lord Rudra and he bestows all prosperity on the devotees. Such a Rudraksha is obtained by the grace of Lord Rudra only.Two-Faced (Do Mukhi) RudrakshaTwo-faced Rudraksha signifies Lord Rudra and his consort Parvati. The wearer of this Rudraksha gets all his desires fulfilled and he also attains the peace of mind. This also helps in meditation and attainment of spiritual merit becomes much easier if one wears it. It his said that if worn by pregnant women, it ensures painless delivery without complications. Patients suffering from sleeplessness and nightmares also get relief by putting the divine bead of this two faced Rudraksha under their pillow. Such a person also remain free from the harmful influences of evil spirits. Three-Faced (Teen Mukhi) RudrakshaThree-faced Rudraksha symbolises Lord Agni – the Fire God. This destroys ill luck if it is worn regularly. It bestows health, wealth and knowledge too. One obtains health, becomes free from diseases, killing of Brahman, woman and other grace sins are destroyed by wearing a rosary of three-faced Rudraksha. All the merits obtained from the worship of Lord Agni are attained by just wearing a rosary of three-faced Rudraksha. His enemies are vanquished and he does not suffer any loss from fire. He is also protected from arms and weapons.Four-Faced (Char Mukhi) RudrakshaThis symbolises Lord Brahma. If the Rudraksha is boiled in milk and that milk is taken for twenty days, it gives knowledge and clarity of mind. It is said that by just wearing it, the ill evil thoughts arising in one’s mind are destroyed. This divine four-faced Rudraksha is especially important for the students and scholars. All types of learning become easier to the wearer of this Rudraksha. Such a person gains deep insight and perceives the secrets of religion easily. Lord Rudra is very much pleased with its wearer.Five-Faced (Panch Mukhi) RudrakshaAll five Brahmas are pleased with the devotee who wears this Rudraksh. Lord Rudra also give success in all the efforts made by such a devotee. Diseases do not come near the wearer of five-faced Rudraksha and the wearer obtains all kind of riches and prosperity. Persons suffering from high blood pressure get relief from selected five faced Rudraksha and it also helps in diseases pertaining to lungs, heart and blood.Six-Faced (Chhe Mukhi) RudrakshaThis is regarded as the symbol of Kartikeya, eldest son of Lord Rudra and of mother Sharada. This six-faced Rudraksha confers knowledge of the very highest kind and it also helps women in diseases like hysteria and other mental illness. Those who are interested in tantra also benefits by wearing it. It also helps students and businessmen.Seven-Faced (Saat Mukhi) RudrakshaThe seven-faced Rudraksh is symbolic of the seven Rishis or Sages who pray for the well-being of the world. They want the world to be full and over flowing with virtue and wealth. Lakshmi the Goddess of wealth can be pleased with the seven-faced Rudraksh. The wearer of this Rudraksha rises to great heights of success in business, gains wealth, travels far and wide and leads a luxurious life. It also helps in bringing peace and prosperity to the wearer and to his family.Eight-Faced (Aath Mukhi) RudrakshaThe eight-faced Rudraksh is symbolic of the eight-armed Goddess and Lord Ganesh who are the first deities to be worshipped in any Pooja (religious prayer). Shri Ganesh blesses all rituals and no Pooja is considered successful without first invoking the blessing of Lord Ganesh. The wearer of the eight-faced Rudraksh is bestowed with and has all his wishes fulfilled. Just as the eight-armed Goddess destroys demons, the eight-faced Rudraksh is said to overcome enemies and make friends out of opponents. The one who adorns this Rudraksh achieves success in every spheres of life. The person is known to become more thoughtful and self-searching. Those facing endless hardships and obstructions and seek change and upliftment in life are pleasantly surprised by its results.Nine-Faced (Nau Mukhi) RudrakshaThe nine-faced Rudraksha is the symbolic of the primordial Mother Mahamaya Jagdamba and being the representative symbol of the nine forms of Goddess Durga as she is very fruitful and peace giving. The devotees of Shakti must definitely wear it and it also makes the nine-day fast during the Navratas (nine nights for worshipping Goddess Durga) even more fruitful. All the weaknesses are said to disappear through the body. This Rudraksha also provides protection from the ill effects of the nine planets. Being a form of Mother, this is excessively beneficial for women since it has nine qualities. This divine nine-faced bead increases will power, keeps the body healthy, build concentration, cures diseases especially related to the heart and the lungs, increases patience, bravery, dutifulness, alertness, decisiveness and popularity in society.Ten-Faced (Das Mukhi) RudrakshaThe ten-faced Rudraksh is symbolic of Lord Vishnu and the blessings of ten Avtars (Incarnations) of Lord Vishnu can be invoked by its wearing. The ten sense organs in the human body are the residences of desires. All the sins of the sense organs are destroyed but the wearer must bear in mind not to sin after wearing this Rudraksh. Only then his past sins are washed away. On the wearing of this Rudraksh, the social circle of a prosperous man begins to expand and an unknown person becomes friendly and popular. It helps people in administrative work to gain recognition far and wide. It also strengthens the body and the mind and improves memory while adding efficiency. This Rudraksh is also known to increase patience and forbearance.Eleven-Faced (Gyarah Mukhi) Rudraksha The eleven-faced is symbolic of Rudra destruction and it also stands for Mahavir Bajrangbali (another name for Shri Hanuman). The very mention of his name drives away ghosts and evil spirits. He is full of knowledge of arts and wisdom. All these qualities are bestowed upon the wearer. This Rudraksh also strengthens the body and mind and helps cure several diseases. It is also especially beneficial for those who regularly face hardships, become impatient, feel insulted and unhappy and wrong decisions. It also increases intuitiveness and helps you feel joyous and happy. Twelve-Faced (Barah Mukhi) RudrakshaThis Rudraksh symbolises Lord Bhaskar (the Sun God). The life-giving qualities of the Sun are born in the wearer of this glorious Rudraksh. The wearer becomes very radiant, spreading knowledge and enlightenment in all directions and he is well respected and honoured by everybody. Whatever jobs he undertakes, he performs them successfully. There is a radiant glow on the face of the person wearing this Rudraksh and he is able to charm his way through crowds. Those not satisfied with small achievements, gain power and ability to rise higher and higher. The wearer develops patience and courage to turn opponents into his favour. It is helpful in marrage relations, begetting offspring, driving away enmity and developing kindred relationships. It helps make life happier in every spheres of life.Thirteen-Faced (Terah Mukhi) RudrakshaThe thirteen-faced Rudraksha symbolises the knight of heaven – Lord Indra. This Rudraksh is worn to please Lord Indra who blesses his devotee with glory, wealth, honour, strong praise and unparalleled success. The wearer becomes pure, kind, has no mental obstacles, no cheating and out-doing others, no deception and earns the respect of other family members. Those looking for success in a new venture should wear this Rudraksh.Fourteen-Faced (Chauda Mukhi) RudrakshaThe fourteen-faced symbolises Lord Shiva and the Rudraksh is considered to be the superior most bead, thus it is very valuable. It grows in miniscule numbers and its demand is always more than its availability. This Rudraksh is said to infuse energy in life and gives peace of mind, strengthens the heart and controls the blood pressure. It helps cure several diseases, improves concentration and leads one on the religious path. Fifteen to Twenty-One Faced Rudrakshas are available at the Ashram, please contact US. Choice of RudrakshaThe Rudraksha represents the yoga (union) of Shiva/Rudra (Sun) and Gouri/Durga (Moon) which results in the creation of all beings. Thus, the ideal prescription should be on the basis on Janma Tithi, like one-faced (ek mukhi) for Pratipad (Birth in 1st Tithi), or five-faced Rudraksha for Panchmi (Birth in fifth Tithi). However for birth in Poornima and Amavasya fifteen-faced Rudraksha is not used instead of five-faced can be used.

The choice of a Rudraksha can also be made, based on the deity of the ruling planet.

Rudraksha for Planetary

Planet Deity Rudraksha
Sun Surya, Param Shiva, Agni Twelve, one and three-faced
Moon Gouri Two-faced
Mars Kartikeya, Hanuman Six & eleven-faced
Mercury Vishnu Ten-faced
Jupiter Sadashiva, Indra Five and thirteen-faced
Venus Mahalakshmi Seven-faced
Saturn Brahma Four-faced
Rahu Durga Nine-faced
Ketu Ganesha, Moksha Eight and fourteen-faced

Shaktipaat

Shaktipaat“Shaktipaat is not possible through neither Sadhanas nor Siddhis. If this had been so then the ‘Ultimate Power’ would not have to appear on this earth in human form. In order to make the human realise their soul , the ‘divine powers’have to take birth as Gurus.”
In Sanskrit ‘Shakti’ means ‘power’ or ‘energy’ and ‘paat’ means ‘transfer’. This transfer of energy creates a subtle bond between the Guru and the disciple that allows the Guru to boost the disciple’s Kundalini when needed and to guide its path, eliminating obstructions that may arise from time to time. Shaktipaat or the transfer of divine energy from the body of the Guru into that of disciple is indeed the greatest boon which one can obtain. And it is in fact an apparent form of benediction which the Guru bestows upon his disciples.

When, as a result of considerable accretion of good deeds of several births of a disciple, he becomes eligible to be initiated into spiritual world, then the ‘Ultimate Power’ appears on earth in human form and takes the disciple to higher spiritual planes. A disciple is ignorant like a baby in arms and is unaware of which path he should choose or what his goal in life is.

In the text ‘Vivek Choodaamanni’, Lord Shankaracharya has said: ‘Having started life as a small organism, finally through evolution, one is born as a human. And after one has been born as a human, one has to evolve into a Purush (complete man). And then, one has to gain virtue of Brahman (realised soul). It is then that one gains true knowledge of Mantra, Tantra and spiritualism. Only such life is total.’

Therefore the highest goal of human life is realisation of the self and attainment of totality. Till a human does not succeed in realisation of the Supreme, he has to take birth again and again. And in each life, he has to experience sorrows, pain, tensions and problems.

When a soul becomes free and liberated, it starts to become one with the Supreme. But for this, the body should first be free of all poisons and weaknesses. When all negative traits of the physical form are banished, the mind becomes pure and one overflows with divine power. As a result, one feels peaceful and pure and one has a glimpse of the Supreme Soul.

Through Shaktipaat a disciple can gain amazing divine powers and totality. Shaktipaat is the easiest means available for those who wish for mental peace, progress in life and totality in this age. Shaktipaat is a method adopted by the Guru, (for only a Guru can perform Shaktipaat), to instil into the disciple a capability to understand and move forward on the Sadhanas. Pleased by selfless service, devotion and faith of the disciple, the Guru induces a flow of his penance-powers into the soul of the disciple thus giving his personality a new bright form.

When the Guru performs Shaktipaat, all his divinity becomes activated, his eyes start glowing with radiance and his powers become concentrated into his two hands and the spot between the two eyes. When he places his two thumbs on the forehead of the disciple, then Shiv Shakti or Guru Shakti flows out through his hands and his eyes into the body and soul of the disciple, thus immersing him in a state of heavenly bliss. The joy and enthusiasm then experienced by the disciple is beyond all words.

A guru can transfer his powers into a disciple not only by physical or visual contact, but can also do so to a disciple sitting thousands of miles away. In fact, a Guru has such unboundable and unfathomable capabilities, that the methods of Shaktipaat resorted to by him cannot be limited to the precincts of a tight circle. No wonder the ancient texts and the Gods have explained that ‘one must never miss a chance to touch the feet of the Guru.’

Saint Tukaram, in a verse, says: ‘Without the Sadguru, one cannot find the right path. Hence, the first and foremost thing to do in life is to leave all work and bow in his feet. He can, in an instant, make the disciple like himself. He can do this in a moment.’

Therefore, Shaktipaat is a method evolved to reveal to the disciple all the secrets of Sadhanas and to enliven the recumbent powers of a disciple’s soul. Through it all sins, vices of a disciple are vanquished and he starts moving towards his goal with amazing eagerness. Shaktipaat is a boon for the family man. When energy in the body is once activated, it leads the disciple to the highest pinnacle of spiritual achievement. Hence, if one meets such an enlightened Sadguru in one’s life, one should try to gain the maximum from him.

GURU
Guru is not the physical body. Rather the knowledge that is present within is the Guru. For gaining this knowledge, he performed Tapa (Sadhanas) and sacrificed a lot. Hence we bow to Him. Through his knowledge, he is ‘Divine’ and we welcome this divinity in our lives.
We have not seen God, but we sure have seen the Guru who is the manifestation of the Supreme. He guides us, warns us about dangers, instils patience into us to face challenges in life, gives us the power to bear pain and makes us capable of purifying our forms and fusing them into the ‘Divine’. This is our real goal in life.

This is why the Guru is said to be above all Gods and Goddesses. He is worshipped first. The texts state that even before offering prayers to the Lord, one should offer prayers to the Guru.

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Totality through Initiation

Totality through Initiation’Diksha’ or Initiation forms a subtle bond between a disciple and a Guru. This confluence of the kindness of the Guru and the devotion of a disciple is known as Diksha. Diksha is a combination of two Hindi words – ‘Daan’ which means to give and ‘Shep’ which means to destroy. And through Diksha, the Guru gives his divine powers to the disciple and with it destroys all his short comings. What happens to us when we receive Diksha probably cannot be understood by the human mind, but it can best be described as a neuro-biological shift in the brain.We become detached or de-clutched from our mind. We are still able to feel feelings and have old thoughts, but there is no charge there anymore, and we start to experience permanent peace and joy. It is not about becoming mindless, but rather ‘mindful’ and being totally present with reality as it is.

In all ancient traditions and especially in the Schools of Knowledge – Guru Sishya Sampradhaya (lineages where knowledge is given from Guru to Disciple – direct revelation), the Diksha ceremony has been part of their secret rituals.

The word Diksha in Sanskrit means “Initiation” which basically consists of a gift of “Cosmic Energy” which cannot be achieved by any spiritual practice or through some intellectual insight or understanding. It’s only the benediction of having found the Master or Guru (to whom one is karmically bonded) and his will which allows the disciple to receive such gift of divine grace allowing him to flow to the direct revelations of Ishwara (God in his personal aspect), Brahma (experience of the existence of this universe) or Atma (human mind or self).

This is a gift that the Guru gives to his disciple in the moment and he estimates that only this benediction/gift will take the disciple to his next step of evolution in his spiritual experience. When the Guru evokes the “Divine Energy without form and attributes” to the realm of forms, the energy will take the form and quality in the disciple that he requires for his next quantum step.

This new energy in this new system (the body of the disciple), will become one with the body, keeping though the essential quality of being, the “Supreme Intelligence”, working and producing in this way the biological and energetic mutation in the parameters of the need of the disciple, guided by the intention of the Guru in the moment of Diksha.

Diksha is a culture that helps to get rid of illiteracy, sin, pain and poverty. This culture helps in making our life full of joy, pleasure, worldly luxuries and religious happiness. It has been said in our epics that a person is able to enjoy this human life after taking rebirths 84 millions times. But if he does not make the optimum utilization of this opportunity, he will have to take births again and again. In order to come out of this circular chain, he will have to find a Guru who will show him the way to attain moksha.

Finding a Guru and attaining spiritual knowledge is important for each human being to reach the stage of moksha that had been achieved by great men like Krishna, Ram, Buddha, Mahavir and all the rest to whom we pray. The fathers and forefathers of the aforementioned great men are not remembered as they were unable to reach this stage.

Due to this Diksha, the religious and spiritual life is obtained. Diksha is the junction of two pious emotions like the blessings of Guru and faith of disciple in Guru. Guru performs Atmadan to make the disciple’s life complete of all virtues and for this, Guru surrenders himself to his disciple.

There are different kinds of Dikshas (108 in total) with different purposes depending on the disciple and the qualities that flood on the Guru. The followings are examples of some Dikshas which the disciples or sadhaks need to make life free from obstacles and prosperous:

Guru Diksha: Diksha for spiritual development.
Jeev Chaitanya Diksha: Guru to show the religious path for dhaan and establish him in soul.
Lalitamba Diksha: Diksha is utmost essential for Sadhak who are interested in Shakti Sadhanas.
Mahalakshmi Diksha: Capable of making life wealthy and luxurious.
Anang Rati Kamdev Diksha: Unbelievable solution for making our body attractive, handsome and healthy.
Pardeshwari Diksha: This diksha is capable to change human being’s life and make it shine like Paraad.
Nav Graha Dosh Nivaran Diksha: Diksha that removes the negativities of the planetary effect.
Tantra Dosh Nivaran Beivro Diksha: Diksha that removes the Black Magic effect.
The Guru has given different Dikshas to his different disciples and sadhaks (spiritual aspirants) through the years. The purpose has been to remove obstacles in the psychological sphere, allowing in the disciple or sadhak a full satisfaction in his relationships, healing all aspects of self-esteem and financial aspects.

What is Vaastu Shastra?

What is Vaastu Shastra?“It is better to live under a tree than to live in a bad Vaastu house….” – Bipin Gangaram
Vaastu Shastra is the ancient science of architecture that teaches how to live in harmony with nature and how to influence nature so that it works for your benefit. It is part of a vast body of Vedic knowledge written over 5,000 years ago. ‘Vaastu’ means dwelling and ‘Shastra’ means scientific treatise—the science of designing and building homes according to the eternal laws of nature. There is a natural order and structure to Creation and Vaastu sets forth its principles. Although the same nature exists everywhere, every location is different. Vaastu shows us which places and homes are best to live in.

Whether you live in a simple thatched hut or a substantial estate, if it has been built according to the rules of Vaastu, you will have a heaven—a refuge from the chaos and confusion of the outer world. Nature’s bounty will flow in your life and its severity will be subdued. By living and working in such an environment, nature will support you and your life will progress in a smooth and beautiful way. The science of Vaastu is a very practical, effective way to solve many of life’s problems. “Good Vaastu creates the main things we need in life—peace, prosperity, power and happiness. If you follow the principles of Vaastu, your life will be successful. Vaastu can and will change any person’s life. You can fix your life by using Vaastu. Seriously, it will change your life. In buildings where the secret force of the elements supports you, positive vibrations will flow strongly into your life. I cannot say you will be a huge billionaire, but your life will be so happy. You will be living in bliss. When your land, its surrounding walls, the house and its interiors are built according to Vaastu, it brings a lot of peace prosperity, power and happiness. What else do you need? These are the major issues in human life. Eighty percent of your problems can be solved through Vaastu. Your life will become very happy and blissful.”

Your home’s Vaastu impacts every aspect of your life. It affects you whether you believe in Vaastu or not. Good Vaastu in the places where you live and work brings good fortune, while bad Vaastu creates unnecessary suffering. By following the principles of Vaastu, you can transform the quality of life. You can transform anyone’s life. You can change your experience and alter your destiny. With good Vaastu, health, happiness and success come much more easily. While with bad Vaastu, obstacles, problems and hardships will come, seemingly without reason.

Vaastu — Living in Harmony with the Five Elements
This ancient science of architecture teaches not only how to live in harmony with nature but also how to induce the forces of nature to work for your benefit. “Following Vaastu means following nature—living in harmony with the great five elements. Each of the elements has a proper position on our property and in our home. When the elements are correctly positioned, they become balanced and create the perfect vibrations. Then the positive effects of the elements will flow. Nature automatically cooperates with your soul and your life. In order to live a happy and successful life, you have to take protection in God’s elements, the roots of the tree of Vaastu, the pancha pranas, the five life forces of Vaastu. “Each of the five elements behaves in two ways: they have a positive effect and a negative effect. If they are used properly, they give good results. If not, they give negative results. It is necessary to make use of them in the right way. If the elements are not cooperating with us, if we are not accessing their vibrations perfectly, we will receive terrible sicknesses, unnecessarily create enemies, and without our notice, lose a lot of money. You cannot make spiritual progress or receive enlightenment that easily.” Vaastu is a revealed science. It was discovered by the ancient maharishis through their meditations and direct observation of nature. In the same manner, Guruji Rajeshji has observed, tested and adapted Vaastu to suit the unique needs of modern times. Because of this, the principles of Siddhashram Vaastu are unique. Times change and knowledge also needs to be adapted in order to suit the times. In Guruji’s view, people in this age are too burdened with financial constraints to be able to focus on the really important things in life. Many of their problems could be solved if they simply had greater prosperity. In this material age, prosperity is needed to function well in the world and to create positive change. Guruji considers the knowledge of Vaastu to be an essential tool to help relieve the suffering of the world. It is his commitment to bring this ancient system of knowledge to the public so everyone can make use of it.In an effort to make Vaastu accessible to the world. The essentials of Vaastu are laid out systematically so that the underlying principles behind the rules of Vaastu can be understood. The principles are given in an easy-to-understand, straightforward manner so that everyone may benefit from this extraordinary knowledge.The Essentials of VaastuThe following is a brief introduction to a few important principles of Vaastu. This unique information is based on the deep knowledge, experience and understanding of Vaastu. It gives an idea of the effects of Vaastu and how the elements (earth, fire, water, sky and air) are influencing the experiences in our lives. To do a proper Vaastu analysis of your home and property, we recommend you to contact us.

The power of Guruji’s Paarad Vaastu structures have to be experienced directly in order to be believed and understood, so we encourage you to prove this information for yourself. Look at these examples and compare them with your own life experiences. In this section, we have included some basics of Vaastu including four principles plus some important points about fire and water placement, water flow, bedroom and bathroom placement, and the direction you should face while cooking and sleeping.Vaastu is based on the interaction of the five elements—earth, fire, water, sky and air— and the four directions—north, east, west and south (news). The interplay of nature acting through the elements and directions is the basis that forms the underlying principles of Vaastu. There are four main principles of Vaastu, namely auspicious and inauspicious directions, height and weight, downward slope and open space.These four principles were formulated to make best use of the elements and directions to support your life. With proper understanding and use, you can determine the Vaastu of almost any situation and balance the elements on your property and in your home. These principles are some of the basics of Vaastu. They are, however, just the beginning of a vast and ancient science that I have compiled and updated for modern life and its challenges. Principle One: Auspicious & Inauspicious Directions

The four directions—north, east, west and south (news)—are divided into sub-directions. These sub-directions are considered to be either positive or negative. Vaastu shows how to emphasise or diminish a sub-direction’s influence by indicating what should be placed in that area of your home or property.

Auspicious & Inauspicious Directions

This diagram illustrates the positive and negative directions and the locations where the elements have their greatest influence on your property. This chart is used to determine the positions of streets, gates, driveways, entrances, property extensions, cuts, doors and windows. The green area indicates where to favourably locate these features; the red areas indicate where it is detrimental for them to be placed. Principle Two: Height & WeightThe Principle of Height and Weight shows the correct distribution of height and weight on a property or in a home. Height and weight decreases the influence of a direction. The most height and weight should be in the south, west and especially southwest because height and weight suppresses the negative vibrations of these directions. The least height and weight should be in the north, east and northeast because of the positive vibrations that reside there. The Principle of Height and Weight applies to surrounding land, property, buildings and even interior rooms. Height and weight refers to features such as mountains, hills, trees, buildings and furniture. Height & Weight in the Southwest
Benefits: Very Auspicious. When located inside or outside of the property, it brings happiness, peace and prosperity. Creates soul commanding ability. If any problem comes, you can solve it. Your name and fame will grow. The world will recognize who you are and what you can do. You will not be able to sit idly in your house because the height and weight will naturally inspire you to work. Height & Weight in the South
Benefits: Very Auspicious. Whether inside or outside a property, prosperity has to come and stand with you. Creates happiness, peace and soul commanding ability for both material and spiritual endeavours. People with hills or mountains in their south will experience a lot of happiness.Height & Weight in the West
Benefits: Very Auspicious. Whether located inside or outside of a property, it inspires you to work and be industrious. Brings progress, financial stability, willpower and social standing. The world will recognize you and your capabilities. Height & Weight in the Northeast
Results: Very Dangerous. Whether inside or outside of a property, it is the worst placement. To be avoided at all costs. It blocks the beneficial influences of this holy direction. It will ruin your life. There will be financial losses, relationship problems and illnesses for children. Whatever work you try to do, it will take a hundred times more effort. Without your notice, enemies will come into your life and want to stab you in the back. Height & Weight in the North
Results: Very Dangerous. Whether located inside or outside of a property, avoid at all costs. You will go broke! There will be no financial success and all types of headaches will come, illness, relationship problems and defamation of character. Even if someone gives you a billion-pound cheque and the property as a gift, do not take it! You will have a miserable life.Height & Weight in the East
Results: Very Dangerous. Whether inside or outside of a property, to be avoided at all costs. Do not stay. It will ruin your life. It causes great irritation and stress. You will not have any success. Big financial problems will come. Even if you make money, you will go into debt. Health will deteriorate. It is a life risk, especially for men. Principle Three: Downward SlopeThe Principle of Downward Slope reveals the correct placement of slopes and lower elevations on a property. A downward slope amplifies the energy of the direction towards which the slope flows. Downward slopes should be to the north, east and especially northeast. The northeast should always be the lowest point on a property and the southwest, the highest. No matter what, the northeast should never be higher than any other part of the property. If the land is completely flat, it is acceptable. Slope applies to the property, land surrounding the property, roofs, and floor levels within a building and a room. Generally, the slopes that influence the Vaastu of a property the most are the slopes of the surrounding land and the property itself. Note: The arrows always point in the direction of downward slope. Downward Slope to the Northeast
Benefits: Very Auspicious. A property or its surrounding land with a slope down to the northeast is one of the most beneficial features in Vaastu. A northeast slope brings wealth, peace, name, fame, and success in both material and spiritual endeavours Downward Slope to the North
Benefits: Very Auspicious. This is the second most powerful downward slope. A slope down to the north brings tremendous prosperity, material success, peace, name, fame and the ability to solve problems. Downward Slope to the East
Benefits: Very Auspicious. The influences of an east slope are those associated with the benefits of the morning sun. An east slope brings noble qualities, peace, clarity, wisdom, inspiration, name and fame. Downward Slope to the Southwest
Results: Very Dangerous. It is a life risk. To be avoided at all cost. Never stay—simply get out. Brings unnatural deaths, accidents, suicide, murder, financial ruin, illness, fighting, jealousy, enemies, mistrust, worry and depression. It negatively affects character, leading to immoral behaviour Downward Slope to the South
Results: Very Dangerous. It is a life risk. Brings accidents, terrible financial loss, confusion, depression, chronic illness, heartbreak, enemies and addictions. Downward Slope to the West
Results: Very Dangerous. It is a life risk. Brings failure, enemies, addictions, illness, heartbreak, relationship problems, depression, confusion and doubt. You will not be able to make money. Crazy things will start in your life. You will want to run away but you cannot because it is hard to escape this negative influence. Principle Four: Open SpaceThe Principle of Open Space recommends that more open space should exist in the north, east or northeast than in the south, west or southwest. Even if it is only greater by a few feet or inches, it is still acceptable. The Principle of Open Space is related to the Principle of Height and Weight. Both of these principles protect the divine energy of the northeast. For a property, open space refers to the distance between the house (or main buildings) and the property boundary. More open space in one direction will increase the influences of that direction. Following are two examples of open space created by the building placement on the property. Northeast, North & East Open Space
Benefits: Very Auspicious. A building placed in the southwest quadrant of a property creates height and weight in the southwest and more open space in the north, east and northeast. Brings success, prosperity, commanding ability, happiness and good fortune. South, West & Southwest Open Space
Results: Very Dangerous. A building located in the northeast quadrant of a property creates height and weight in the northeast and more open space to the south, west and southwest. It is a life risk. Brings accidents, illnesses, perpetual money struggles, business failure, depression and no spiritual success. Your life will be miserable. Important Points About Water PlacementWater has a very powerful influence on Vaastu because it acts as a huge energy generator. Any water feature on a property will bring either strong positive or strong negative results to the inhabitants, so it is crucial to determine the Vaastu of any water features. However, accurately understanding how water is affecting a property requires considerable experience and knowledge of Vaastu. If your home is near an ocean or has a lake, pond, river, pool, fountain or well, we recommend that you contact us to more deeply understand the influence of water. here are two aspects that determine the Vaastu of water: 1) Placement and 2) Direction of Flow. Water on or near a property should be located in the north, east or northeast. There are, however, a few exceptions. The surface level of water located in auspicious directions should always be below the ground level of the rest of the property. Water in the Northeast
Benefits: Very Auspicious. One of the most beneficial features in Vaastu. Brings the greatest divine blessings and success to every aspect of life. Creates material and spiritual prosperity, success, name and fame, health, happiness, harmonious relationships, peace and good fortune. Water in the North
Benefits: Very Auspicious. Having water in the north is another top feature in Vaastu. Brings great material prosperity, success, peace, willpower, happiness and good fortune. Water in the East
Benefits: Very Auspicious. Water in the east increases the effects of the morning sun and is highly beneficial. Brings brilliant thoughts, name and fame, knowledge, wisdom and peace. Improves social status and increases noble qualities. Water in the Southwest
Results: Very Dangerous. One of the worst features in Vaastu. It is a life risk. Creates fear and disaster. You cannot survive on such a property. Brings unnatural death by accidents or chronic and fatal disease; also divorce, immoral behaviour, defamation of character, fighting, enemies and financial ruin. You cannot live peacefully here. You will want to leave but you will not find it easy to do so. It is responsible for every kind of destructive occurrence, except fire. Water in the South
Results: Very Dangerous. It is a life risk. Brings accidental deaths, illnesses, financial loss, mental stress and depression. Affects women most strongly. Water in the West
Results: Very Dangerous. It is a life risk to men. Brings unnatural death through chronic diseases, financial ruin, and defamation of character, undesirable relationships, unbalanced mentality and strange, immoral behaviour.Important Points About Water FlowThe direction of flowing water has an incredibly strong impact on the Vaastu of a property. Rivers, streams and creeks must flow to the north, east or northeast when they are on or near a property. Determining the Vaastu of flowing water requires great skill as it is a very powerful feature—either very positive or very negative. Water Flow to the Northeast
Results: Very Auspicious. One of the most beneficial features in all of Vaastu. Brings tremendous prosperity, material and spiritual success, name, fame, happiness and all angles of great fortune. Water Flow to the North
Benefits: Very Auspicious. This river has both auspicious placement and direction of flow. Brings tremendous prosperity, success, name, fame, happiness and all angles of good fortune. Water Flow to the East
Benefits: Very Auspicious. This river has both auspicious placement and direction of flow. Brings enormous prosperity, success, brilliant thoughts, peace, happiness and good fortune. Water Flow to the South
Results: Dangerous. Although the river is located in a positive direction, it flows south and, therefore, is unacceptable. Water in the east will bring some benefits but the south flow will cause depression, anxiety, illness, financial problems and accidents. Water Flow to the West
Results: Very Dangerous. The river has both negative placement and flow. Causes unnatural deaths from accidents, chronic illnesses and suicides. Enemies, financial loss, depression, defamation and relationship problems will occur. Important Points About Fire PlacementThe fire element has the capacity to transform––such as when you use fire to cook food or to heat and light your home. However, great care must be taken with the placement of the fire element within your home. Fire transforms, but is also can turn everything to ash. An unbalanced fire element creates disturbance in relationships, health problems and unnatural fear. Stoves, fireplaces and to a lesser degree boilers, furnaces, water heaters and electrical fuse boxes all constitute fire element features in a home. Fire in the Southeast or Northwest
The southeast is the home of the fire element and the northwest is the home of the air element. Because of the interconnectedness of these two elements, fire features should only be placed in the southeast or northwest of any room, building or property. This includes kitchens, stoves, fireplaces, open flames and outdoor cooking features. Fire in the Northeast or Southwest
A fire feature should not be situated in the southwest or northeast quadrant of a property, building or room. A kitchen or fireplace, for example, in the southwest brings conflicts and arguments. A kitchen or fireplace in the northeast will cause whatever money you make to ‘burn up’ and go away. It also brings health problems, conflicts and arguments. Important Points About Room PlacementActivities in your home should take place where they will be in harmony with the five elements. Therefore, room placement is very important. Correct placement of the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms is crucial. It is easy to determine where the activities in the house should take place. Just keep in mind the placement of the five elements: water in the northeast, fire in the southeast, earth in the southwest and air in the northwest. The natural placement for the kitchen, therefore, is in the southeast––the home of the fire element. This placement brings physical health and harmony in the family’s relationships. By coordinating your actions with the elements your activities will go smoothly. Bedroom Placement
Bedrooms can be placed anywhere except the northeast quadrant, as this brings chronic health problems. Whenever possible, the master bedroom should always be in the southwest—the place of ‘commanding’. Heads of the household should sleep in the southwest so that the household runs smoothly. If children are in the southwest, they will dominate the family and be overburdened with responsibilities inappropriate to their age. The master bedroom may also be placed in the southeast if the southwest is used as an office. Important Points About Bathroom Placement Bathroom Placement
Bathrooms with toilets may be placed anywhere except the northeast quadrant. Toilets in the northeast bring serious health problems, especially cancers. Important Points About Sleeping Position The direction, your head faces while sleeping, has a strong effect on your physical and mental well-being. Head placement refers to the direction the top of your head points when lying down. Head to South
Benefits: Auspicious. The best position for sleeping is with the top of your head pointing to the south and feet pointing north. Brings health, industriousness and increased longevity. Head to North
Results: Dangerous. Never sleep with the top of your head pointing to the north and feet pointing to the south. Brings terrible dreams and disturbed sleep. You will feel miserable. Irritability, frustration and emotional instability will develop. It sucks your positive vibrations while you sleep. You will lose 50% of your willpower and your soul power will not increase while you sleep. Your physical and mental health will suffer. Important Points About Direction to Face While Cooking The direction you face while cooking has a strong effect on the vibrations of the household and the health and happiness of the family.

Cook Facing East or North
Cooking should only take place facing the east or north, with the east as the first preference. Never cook facing the south or west—you will ‘cook’ the entire household! Arguments, misunderstandings and conflicts will arise.

Vaastu at a Glance
Downward Slope

Property should slope downward from the south to north and/or from west to east. (This applies to the property, surrounding land, floor levels within the house and the roof.)

Height & Weight

Must be in the southwest, south or west. (This applies to the property, surrounding land, buildings and rooms.)

Bodies of Water

Must be located in the north, east or northeast of the property. Water should flow to the north, east or northeast.

Give Priority to the Northeast

Pay close attention to the northeast quadrant and give it top priority whenever possible. Extend it or place water features there. Never cut it off! Never put height and weight, kitchens, staircases, toilets, sewage tanks or garbage in the northeast.

Extensions

Top preference should be given to the northeast. After this, it can be given to any auspicious direction. This applies to both the property and buildings.

Streets

Streets must hit your property at auspicious directions. Top preference is given to roads in the north and east.

Compound Walls & Fences

It is essential to have a wall or fence to create boundaries around a property. They should be built before any other construction begins.

Morning Sun

Should shine into as many rooms as possible from the east.

Open Land

Must be more open land to the north and east than to the south and west.

Auspicious Shapes

The best is a square or rectangle with the northeast extended, even if only by a few inches.

Auspicious Movements

Movements should be auspicious and bring you to the northeast.

Entrances

Top preference is given to the northeast quadrant. After this, any auspicious direction is acceptable.

Room Orientation

Rooms should be located in the correct locations of the house. (Master bedroom in the southwest; kitchen in the southeast or northwest, toilets anywhere except the northeast; and no bedrooms in the northeast.)

Staircases

Staircases should never be located in the northeast or create negative extensions. When landing, you should face north or east.

Roofs

Roofs should be highest in the south, west or southwest; extend or slope more to the north, east or northeast. Rainwater should flow to the north or east.

Cooking

Cook food facing only east or north.

Sleep

Never sleep with your head to the north. Priority is given to the south, next is west and, finally, the east.

What is Mala?

What is Mala?Mala is a string of 108 beads, usually available in Tulsi (basil), Sandal (Chandan), Rudraksha or Crystal. It is a one best tool used in meditation and Jappa. Each type of material has its certain properties which affect which affect the subconscious mind of the practitioner. These mala beads are moved in rhythm with the breath and the mantra that one chants. The mala is traditionally held in the right hand and mala should be hanging on the middle finger, so that thumb is used to rotate the mala – one bead at a time.

Index finger should never be used to touch the mala. Malas are energised and worn around the neck. It protects the wearer from all type of problems and diseases. Malas also have curative effect. The Jappa – Mala can have 27, 54 or 108 beads for counting and large bead at the junction/knot. The Rudraksh Mala is a blessing of all gods. Rudraksha beads can be used either with gold beads or crystal beads. The neck – Mala should be removed before sleeping and can be placed under the pillow. The Jappa – Mala at the Pooja room. Care should be taken for not chanting Surya/Vishnu mantra with Rudraksha Jappa – Mala or Shiva/Rudra mantra with the Tulsi Jappa Mala. For example, a person desirous of worshipping Sri Ram will require two Jappa Malas – one Rudraksha Mala for worshipping Sri Hanuman (Rudra – Avatar) and a Tulsi Mala for Sri Ram.
The Importance of Mala

By doing Jappa using a Mala, one’s knowledge is enriched.
Since the beads of the Mala are made from holy beads, the person using it is purified.
The Cosmic energy generated by the contact of the thumb and the middle finger with the beads has a direct influence on the heart. Thus the mind is easily brought under control to enable it to concentrate. That is why the Mala is so useful in Jappa.
Meaning of Jappa
Reciting a mantra repeatedly is called Jappa. Jappa keeps the mind under control. It gives eternal power. The beads of the mala are successively counted by using the thumb and the middle finger. The vein of the middle finger is linked directly to the heart. Therefore Jappa favourably influences the functioning of the heart which is the abode of the Lord and Guru. Thus one way of reaching the Lord and Guru is through the practice of Jappa.

Why there are 108 beads on a mala?
Regardless of the meaning of 108, it is important that if a mala is used to count mantras, the mantra be remembered with sincerity, devotion, feeling and full attention.

There are 27 constellations each of which is divided into 4 units. Therefore 27 x 4 = 108
The Moon has 27 Nakshatras and there are 4 directions (NEWS – North, East, West and South). Therefore 27 x 4 = 108
In Sanskrit alphabet, there are 54 letters. Each has masculine (Shiva) and feminine (Shakti). Therefore 52 x 2 = 108
In astrology, there are 12 constellations and 9 arc segments called namshas or chandrakalas. Chandra is moon and kalas are the divisions within a whole. Therefore 12 x 9 = 108
River Ganga, the sacred river spans a longitude of 12 degrees (79 to 91) and a latitude of 9 degrees (22 to 31). Therefore 12 x 9 = 108
In astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. Therefore 12 x 9 = 108
The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.
Deity Tatwa Types of Rosaries
Surya Agni Red coral, gold
Dev Jala Sphatik (rock crystal), Sandalwood, silver
Shiva Vayu Rudraksha, Turmeric, Copper
Ganesha Prithvi Bhadraksh, Steel
Vishnu Akash Tulsi
Rudraksha Mala – For Jaap

A rosary of Rudraksha is considered to be the best for Siddhis and Japs. Any type of Jap can be performed with a Rudraksha rosary. It is useful for children and elders alike. A rosary of pure beads of Rudraksha is very useful and keeps the blood pressure of the person who wears it normal and makes him/her virile. It is also useful in the development of one’s intellectual faculty. It renders mental peace to the person and benefits in business and trade.

Crystal Mala (Diamond Cut) – For Spiritual upliftment

It should be worn to achieve detachment from the material world and at the same time to control it. People who want to acquire a higher status in life and develop influence on the people they get in touch with, should wear it.

Crystal Rudraksha Mixed Mala – For Spiritual upliftment

It renders prosperity to the family of the person who wears it and is able to destroy his enemy. The person who is suffering with prolonged illness such as cough, fever, uncontrolled anger, insomnia, eye problems should wear this mala.

Tulsi Mala – Those who worship Lord Vishnu should wear this mala

Those who worship Lord Vishnu should wear this mala. It helps in concentration. The stem of the Tulsi plant is used for preparing these malas. Thus, its regular use improves the bodily health.

Kamal Gatta Mala – It symbolises Goddess Lakshmi

Kamal ghatti ki mala is made from a lotus stem. It symbolises Goddess Lakshmi. A person desirous of much wealth should perform Jaap of Goddess Lakshmi with a rosary of Kamal Gatta of 108 beads. It is said that it renders plenty of wealth to the person.

Moti Mala – Moti Shankh is considered to be auspicious

Moti Shankh is considered to be auspicious. It gives the ominous effect of the Moon and renders a person peace of mind, free from nervous disorders and enhancers wealth and prosperity.

Navratna Mala – It makes a person remain cool under stress

The Navratna Mala comprises of all gems which belong to various planets. If worn it makes a person remain cool under stress. This gem awakens the healing powers and gives extra sensory powers to the wearer.

What are Mantras?

What are Mantras?Mantras are not just words which are to be mechanically repeated over and over again. Mantras are sound vibrations, or another form of the cosmic energy obtained from the realms of the universe. All extraneous thoughts are removed and the full powers of the mind and soul can be activated by chanting mantras. Yogis, by linking their subtle energies to those present in the universe, have caught these divine frequencies and have gifted them to mankind for the benefit of one and all. These mantras, when chanted properly with full concentration, produce a resonance in each cell of the body thus generating a great explosive power.
Some important mantras

Ganapati Mantra (Lord Ganesh Mantra)
“ Gan” means Crowd of Gods and “Pati” means Leader. So he is the leader of Gods and this authority is given by Lord Shiva. Hence, this is the reason why one should worship Lord Ganesh first in every prayers, ceremonies and rituals.

‘ Om Gam Ganapatiye Namah’ – Removal of all obstacles
Guru Mantra
Guru mantra is different from God’s mantras. Once diksha is taken, then one will be provided with the appropriate Guru Mantra from the Guru himself.
Gayatri Mantra
Gayatri means Mother of Vedas

‘ Om Bhur Bhuvah Swah
Tatsavitur Varenyam Bhargo For Spiritual Development
Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yona Prachodayaat’
Maha Mritunjay Mantra
Mahamritunjay is the power of Lord Shiva dispersing negativity from health.

‘ Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushthi Varbhanam
Urva Rukmiva Bandhnaath Mrityor Mukshiya Mamritaat’
Saraswati Mantra
Saraswati is the Shakti of Lord Brahma

‘ Om Aeim Saraswatiyei Namah’ – For memory, wisdom and knowledge
Maha Laxmi Mantra
Laxmi is the Shakti of Lord Vishnu

‘ Om Shreem Maha Laxmi Namah’ – For Wealth
Maha Kali Mantra
Kali is the Shakti of Lord Shiva and she is also the controller of time (Kal).

‘ Om Kreem Kalike Kreem Phat’ – For complete success in life and Protection from enemies
Please note that any mantras cannot be chanted without the guidence of the Guru!