Sunday, 30 November 2014

Fear of God

Many moralists regard fear of God as good. It's considered that it makes a person holy. I don't consider such holiness very good. I think it's superficial. Saint Tulsidas has written "बिनु भय होई न प्रीत," which means "without fear there is no love," that's love of God comes out of fear of God. Well, such love is very superficial indeed.

Until there is duality there would always be fear. Until you're fully convinced that you alone are and God is not different from you, you're bound to be afraid of God, because no matter how benevolent a God is if he's different from you, you would remain uncertain about him. 

Jean Paul Sartre has written "The other is hell."

Friedrich Nietzsche has written written "If there is a God, how could he be different from me?"

Poet Saint Kabir has said :

अवधू बेगम देश है मेरा,जहाँ ना उपजे मरे न बिनसे,नहीं काल का फेरा!!जहाँ न ईश्वर, जीव न माया,पूजक, पूज्य, न चेरा!कहत कबीर सुनो भाई साधो,नहीं तहाँ द्वैत बखेड़ा ! 

My realm is divine Ayodhya,
where nobody takes birth, nobody dies.
There is no devourer Time.
There is no God, no Maya, no Soul,There is no worshipper or worshipped.Oh good man listen, Kabir says:There is no problems of Duality!!

The  God can never be present in fear or duality. God is present in absolute fearlessness. God is present in love of self. Self is loved. When everything is considered your own self, then the true love is.

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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Supernatural--Season 8

Supernatural is an enduring show. I started with the season 9 because I did not like season 1 much. The season 9 was satisfactory. Now I am watching season 10 as well as season 8. 

Supernatural has many types of episodes. Some of them are just anchors to give writers and producers a little bit of space so that they can think through. You might call them box-episodes. These episodes are often dedicated to audiences as well and they're obviously well liked. In many such episodes there are parallel universes where protagonists Winchesters visit. Then there are episodes which are fresh and contain either characters which are newly introduced in the story or which last only for a single episode. There are episodes which are part of the story which continues from previous seasons. The most intriguing episodes for me are such episodes because they have a powerful story line.

The season 8 has first few episodes which are in line with what happened in the season 7. That's what makes them so very interesting. If you've been following season 10, you would feel to concur that initial episodes were interesting but now they're not that attractive because they're building upon new episodes. It happens in almost every season. The main story line is active for while and then becomes dormant and then it starts becoming active again towards the end. Thus supernatural has a peculiar mix of type of episodes and wide variety of supernatural phenomena to draw upon. Looking at the first few episodes of season 8, it seems more intriguing than both season 9 and 10 to me. I hope that the season 10 would get more and more compelling with the passage of time! The funniest thing about supernatural is--that whoever dies in this show comes back in some point of time!!

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Life is Beautiful(La Vita E Bella)

This is an Italian film. It's one of the best movies I have ever seen. It's a romantic comedy. It's very hilarious in the first half and sentimentally romantic in the second. Roberto Benigni bagged oscar award for his brilliant comical performance and superb direction in this film. The story, like other movies similar to Schindler's List  has a world war Nazi concentration camp theme about it, but unlike most of them this movie is not very emotionally heavy. The protagonist is a brilliant comedian and many chance events help him in his hilarious timing of comical events to impress his beloved. He's one of the most lively characters you've ever seen on big screen. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie and I hope you would enjoy it as well. Many thanks for reading. 

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Lunar transits affected by associations and aspects

Lunar transits are also known as Gochara in Vedic Astrology. These are most easy to understand and observe because Moon takes just 2.25 days to traverse through a sign. Moon represents mind and our moods are very palpably affected by transits of Moon from various houses with reference to our natal Moon. 

I did a brief note covering basics of lunar transits in this very blog. Interested readers might pursue that note here:

Lunar Transit's Impact Varies For Moon Signs

Now let's discuss something related to other planetary aspects affecting lunar transits. I would take an example to explain how other planets affect changes in lunar transits from the standard.

Suppose Moon is transiting through the natal house 1 for a native. In that case, general interpretation says that native would get lucky, feel productive and get favors from the persons of opposite sex. Now let's consider that Mars is transiting through the first house as well and this Mars is hot enough, i. e., it has malefic aspects or it's retrograde. What happens now? Now, Moon would not be able to give good results and deviations would be because cold rays of Moon have become hot enough to cause agitation and disturb in the mind of native. This in turn would make native feel restless and mind cause burning sensation in various body organs and might even cause bloody diseases as Mars represents blood veins too. Thus we see that Moon which was supposed to give a great result was deviated by malefic planetary associations and the same stands for the aspects.

Now let's consider an opposite scenario. The most difficult transit of Moon is considered the eighth house. It causes mood swings and sudden outburst of depression and anger when transiting through the eighth house. It might even cause disputes and break-ups with the loved ones. Now let's consider a case where Jupiter is also transiting through the eighth house devoid of malefic associations and aspects. Now as Moon transits through the eighth, what happens is--it gets associated with greatest benefic Jupiter. Since it receives healing graceful touch of jovial Jupiter it becomes soothing and the native doesn't feel any negative repercussions of this difficult transit. Thus we see that what should have been a difficult transit becomes a most auspicious one.

This was an easy example to take into the consideration the effect of various planetary associations and aspects on transiting Luna. It might be extrapolated to draw a broad understanding of predictive nature of transit Astrology. Many thanks for reading through this article and please free to comment and share.

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Predestination: A thought provoking thriller!

Predestination is a thought provoking science-fiction thriller based on a short story. This story, written by Robert A Heinlein is called All You Zombies. The story has many intriguing elements including Ouroboros and chicken and egg paradox.

There is not a need to spoil the plot of this movie. I read a few reviews after having watched this movie. I found those reviews entertaining, but as happens with all such movies those reviews and discussions are all equally valid. In other words, you're better off if you don't read them at all(Provided you discount the enjoyment you get with the reading; if you get such an enjoyment at all...). My two cents are that the lesser you know about this movie more you enjoy watching it. This is a very entertaining thriller. It has many quite unpredictable twists and turns in the plot. It also has one of the easiest to use time-travel machines I have hitherto seen.

The movie is well paced and keeps you hooked for whole 97 minutes. The performances are good enough but they could have been better and soundtrack is amazing. If you're a science-fiction aficionado you would not regret watching this film. 

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Monday, 24 November 2014

The Easiest Understanding of Karma

Karma has been compared to a boomerang. In the language of origin, Sanskrit, Karma means doing. It's in fact doing, but the concept assimilates much more than that. Karma is also what happens to you. Karma is sum total of all intention vectors in your psyche. 

In general, whatever happens to you is mysteriously related to whatever you do. More accurately, how you feel is related closely to what you do. They're interwoven with each other. As you sow, so you reap, is a famous saying. At one level or another almost everyone has some faith in Karma. In various belief systems there might be various agencies which work for bringing out justice and that justice is known as Karma. In Hinduism, God looks after the Karma and in Buddhism Karma is a self-sufficient law which needs no external agency to look after it. 

I am convinced that Karma's easiest understanding is the one I have. It's not to suggest that it's best or it's better than any other understandings. It's also not my intention to suggest that you cannot do without Karma. It's just that Karma is a valid enough rule in this dream world.

My understanding is that there is just one reality. This reality is not different from me. I am that ultimate reality which is known as Self, God, Superconsciousness, Logos, Existence, Tao and many other names. It goes without saying that I am not any of these: Personality, Body, Mind etc. I am beyond all concepts. I am what everything is. There is nothing else but me. When I am convinced about this--Karma becomes too easy to understand. 

Whatever I give, I give to myself, because there is nobody else.   

Now, it becomes clear that if I am truthful, honest and generous, I am bound to get back Truth, Honesty and Generosity. 

What do I really want? Love and Bliss is my nature. Whatever I do, I do in order to be happy. I do everything out of love for myself. That which I want for myself, should be given out all the times. I must love everyone as much as I think I love myself. There is nobody else, but me; therefore, whatever love and care I give out, I give out only to myself. With such an understanding, it's inevitable that I would get love love and compassion, because it's what I am giving out every moment. 

Moreover, loving others is not possible unless I love myself first. This is true because, I alone am; if I hate myself and think that I can love others, it's just impossible. I am everything; therefore when i love myself fully and unconditionally, that fragrance of love permeates through my being and everyone in my world feels loved.

This is simplest understanding of Karma. You alone are. Give whatever you want to give out, with the steady remembrance that you're giving to yourself and you'll be sure to get that back in plenty.  

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Life of Pi

Life of Pi is a stunning visual masterpiece. There are very few films I have ever seen, which are more visually pleasing than this one. It's also a tale of adventure of a brave boy with a young adult Bengal Tiger. You see so many beautiful animals in this film. Orangutans, meerkats, lizards, zebras and birds--all so beautiful. The first part is shot in Pondicherry, India--which is so beautiful. It just looks like the South of France(narrator says so in the film). I have been to Pondicherry a few times and that place is very beautiful and serene. 

The rest of the film has been shot in sea. I think it's pacific ocean. The special visual effects like thunderstorms and tiger with the kid in the life-boat are as breathtaking as the deluge of flying fishes and dream sequence. The carnivorous island where Pi lands accidentally is so full of meerkats and looks so beautiful. There is a scene in which full Moon appears so beautiful between the clouds from life-boat in the sea. 

This movie is a superb beauty. It's a mix of water-world and cast-away. I think if you're a connoisseur of visual beauty, you can watch this movie again and again, and that's why there is no wonder that Ang Lee won an oscar for directing this movie, in spite of the fact that it was not even an R rated film. I think, the premise of the film is such that there's not much scope for performances, because most of the screen time has been taken by young Pi and Bengal Tiger, but whatever performances are there, they're good enough. I felt that the younger Pi who convinced his classmates that his name was not Pissing, but rather Pi(Piscine)--was more convincing than the one who appears later. The younger Pi is also an explorer into various religions and has a curious mind, but later on he's forced to be an explorer to survive the shipwreck. This is an exceptional tale of a brave young boy. This movie is certainly a very enjoyable one. 

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Friday, 21 November 2014

Relations and Society are merely mirrors!

There was a mad woman. She was convinced that her body was not physical. She was sure that her body was sublime and divine. She used to to say that there was no body as beautiful as her's on earth. One day that woman was brought before a big mirror fixed on a wall. As soon as she looked at her reflection in the mirror she became extremely furious and agitated. She picked up a chair which was near her in the room and vehemently broke the mirror by throwing it. Once the mirror was broken she sighed with relief.

When it was asked why did she break the mirror, she replied " This mirror was making my body physical; it was making my divinity look gross!"

The relations and society are not more than a mirror. You might go on breaking them but change would not happen. They just show your reflection. The work is to be done where it could be done, i. e. upon yourself. It's the center. Society and relations are not bondage. Bondage is your self-image.

There is another story I heard from someone. A dog entered in a place where there were too many mirrors all around. He started to think that he's surrounded by too many dogs and he started barking. The more he tried to suppress the other dogs with his adamant vehement barking more he was forced in return.

When a wise man entered that place he told that dog that it's merely his reflection in the mirrors. There are no other dogs at all, but the dog did not believe him. The wise man said to him--"just stay put for a while and see what happens." The dog became silent and then all other dogs too became silent and then the dog realized his mistake and thanked the wise man.

This is our problem with relations and society. We think that other people are good or bad, whereas truth is, they're simply our reflections. If you want to use other people, they would also want to use you; if you want to help other people, they would also want to help you. If you want to give out love and compassion, that's what you will receive back. As simple as that!

Source: Translated from the book containing Osho's letters to his mother.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

When did dream begin?

Question: You say that I am dreaming...when did this dream begin?

Answer: This dream is beginningless and yet it begins forever in now. The mind, your idea of self(which is illusory,) as well as the world which you consider separate from yourself are one and the same thing. They're beginningless in the sense that they start with the time and space. You might say that an event A started at a particular time and ended at a particular time, because the event takes place inside time and space. But entirety of cosmos--your mind, self(illusory) as well as the universes start with time and space, therefore they have existed as long as time and space have existed---forever. Talking about the beginning and end of something which started with the beginning of Time is as absurd as talking about the beginning and ending of something which is beyond time; however they're not the same things. 

Now, everything including time and space begin and end in now. Why is that so? It's so because any reality which anything has exists only in the present moment and that's because of you. Your being imparts the illusory reality to every present moment. Past and Future are always ideas. The present moment is always real because of you. Every moment universe, illusory self, mind and the dream ends and begins anew. That's how beginningless begins forever. The dream began Now.

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Vicky Donor!

This is an excellent film. Script is original, performances are above par and it's a very hilarious, very enjoyable, very entertaining comedy. 

The first half is mostly comedy, whereas second half of the movie is slightly emotional and very romantic but nevertheless enjoyable.

The story is very original. Vicky Arora is a careless young man who is unemployed. Doctor Chaddha who runs a clinic for infertility finds in Vicky  a super sperm donor and tries hard to convince him to become a regular donor for his clinic. This makes for a great story. The performances are superb. Annu Kapoor is extremely comical. Ayushmaan Khurana who debuted  with this film in both acting and singing is a versatile performer. Dialogues are so funny that you're bound to burst in laughter. 

It's an excellent film in many senses. First is-it's a movie on a  'taboo' subject and yet it's so convincing and funny. It goes on to prove that whenever hard work is put with originality you can produce a superb film which would be well liked by audience as well.

Music is also amazing. I think this is one of the best Bollywood movies ever and definitely one of the best comedies of all times. I enjoyed watching this movie and it made me burst in laughter in the first half and made me shed some cold tears in the second. A great entertainer indeed. I would give it 8.5 out of 10.  

Friday, 14 November 2014

Rohit Sharma's Double Double Centuries!

I used to be an ardent follower of cricket in my childhood days. Cricket like everything else, is changing everyday. I no longer follow Cricket or any other sports for that matter. I just read that Rohit Sharma, the opening batsman for Indian Cricket team in one day internationals has broken record by scoring his second double century!

In my childhood days, I watched Saeed Anwar of Pakistan create record of 193 runs in a one day international. In those days, we used to think that there would not be anyone breaking this record ever! But things have dramatically and totally changed since then--I for one seriously believe that I traverse through myriads of parallel universes everyday. Sachin Tendulkar created the record by scoring first double hundred in a one day international. I really don't know when and how and I am not very interested in knowing either. I just came to know that Rohit Sharma created another double hundred and it captured my imagination for a moment. 

It's not new as far as athletic feats or records are concerned. There was something similar in 400 meter race I read. Up until the record was not broken it was believed deeply that no one can break it and once it was broken everyone was breaking it with in a gap of every few years. Similarly until the psychological barrier of breaking the 200 runs record in one dayes was not broken, it seemed like an impossible task, but after it was broken once---a deep conviction in the collective psyche entered--that the record can be broken and you know the rest.

It is with all human feats. The problem is not just physiological and related to training and practice. It's more psychological in nature. Once a deep conviction gets rooted in the psyche that it can be done--you see miracles after miracles. 

Survival Style 5+

This is a Japanese comedy film. This movie is extremely hilarious and entertaining. There are very few comedies with such intelligent scripts. There are five stories running in parallel and characters from each one of them somehow affect the lives of others. 

I think you will love watching the first story in particular. This story reminds me of Vikram-Betaal sagas from Indian fiction. There was a king named Vikram and there was a spirit called Betaal. Every time Vikram kills the spirit it comes back to him. Similarly, in the first story of this film-there is a woman who beats her husband and his husband somehow manages to kill her and he buries her only to soon find that his wife is waiting to kick him again at his home! This keeps going on and on with manners of execution changing every time and this makes for an extremely hilarious story which has a air of horror mystery as well. Rest of the stories are also intriguing...some more than others and I don't want to spoil them for you. 

I would give this movie 8 out of 10. It's very enjoyable.  

image sources: The husband and the bird
The hitman and the contractor

Thursday, 13 November 2014

गहरी सांस लेने का अभ्यास और लाभ!

           गहरी सांस लेने का अभ्यास

यदि  आपने गहरी सांस लेने का महत्व भली प्रकार से समझ लिया है तो गहरी सांस लेने का अभ्यास करना भी बहुत सरल होगा क्योंकि आप इसके लिए पर्याप्त प्रेरणा पाकर प्रयास करेंगे I केवल कुछ समय तक चैतन्य होकर सजगता पूर्वक अपनी आदत को सुधारते रहने से आपकी स्वांस खूब गहरी हो जाती है और आपका सीना भी मजबूत हो जाता है I बहुत शीघ्र ही आप इन लाभों से अपने जीवन में एक रूपांतरण पावेंगे I

१. यथा संभव झुक कर न तो बैठें और न ही चलें I सीधा  तन कर चलें और सीधा ही बैठें I

२. प्रातः बिस्तर छोड़ने के पहले करीब दस मिनट तक खूब गहरे स्वांस भरें और छोड़ें I स्वांस लेने और छोड़ने में समय बराबर लगावें I प्रारम्भ में यह कुछ कठिन प्रतीत होगा किन्तु शीघ्र ही आप यह बहुत आसानी से कर पायेंगे  I

३. यदि आप दिन भर में कहीं भी पैदल चल कर जाते हैं तो एक बहुत ही उत्तम अभ्यास आप कर सकते हैं जिससे आपकी गहरी सांस लेने की आदत भी पद जायेगी और एक अच्छा व्यायाम भी हो जाएगा :
आप यह गिनें की कितने कदम चलने में आप स्वांस को अन्दर भर सकते हैं: माना की यह ४ कदम है I
आप यह भी गिनें की कितने कदम चलने पर आप स्वांस को छोड़ सकते हैं : माना की यह ६ कदम है I

इस प्रकार से ४ कदम चलने पर स्वांस को पूरा गहरा भरना तथा ६ कदम चलने पर पूरा छोड़ देना--यह क्रम आप निरंतर बनाए रखिये I

४. आप यह देखिये की प्राकृतिक तथा सहज रूप से आप कितने सेकंड में स्वांस को भरते हैं तथा छोड़ते हैं I आप इस मात्र को एक नोटबुक में दर्ज कर लें और नित्यप्रति दिनांक दाल कर इस संख्या को रिकॉर्ड करते रहें: बहुत शीघ्र ही आप पावेंगे की यह संख्या बढती जा रही है और आपकी क्षमताएं भी बढती जा रहीं हैं I बिंदु तीन में बताये हुए अभ्यास को भी आप एक नोटबुक की सहायता से अभिवार्धित कर सकते हैं और परिणामों को कई गुना बढ़ा सकते हैं I

५. यथा संभव नाक से स्वांस लेवें I प्रकृति ने नाक स्वांस लेने के लिए बनायी है न की मुंह I जो विद्यार्थी मुंह से सांस लेते हैं वे बहुत ही जल्द रोगी हो  जाते हैं और उनकी रोग प्रतिरोधक क्षमता भी कम हो  जाती है I नासिका मार्ग न केवल लम्बा होता है अपितु वहाँ कुछ बाल भी होते हैं जिनमे बाह्य वायु की मलिनताएँ फंस जातीं हैं और स्वच्छा वायु ही भीतर प्रविष्ट होती है--मुंह से स्वांस लेने पर यह लाभ नहीं होता I

    गहरी सांस लेने से अनगिनत लाभ

गहरी सांस लेने से अनगिनत लाभ होते हैं I उनमें से कुछ लाभ जो की विद्यार्थियों की क्षमताओं के अभिवर्धन के लिए बहुत ही महत्त्वपूर्ण हैं :

१. गहरी स्वांस लेने से फेंफड़े मजबूत होते हैं I

२. आपके शरीर को अधिक ओषजन मिलती है, फलस्वरूप, आप अधिक स्वस्थ अनुभव करते हैं I 

३.  फेंफडों के मजबूत होने से आपकी कार्यक्षमता अनेक गुना बढ़ जाती है I 

४. आपके शरीर को अधिक ओषजन मिलती है और फलस्वरूप रक्त का शोधन पूर्ण रूप से होता है (रक्त के शोधन हेतु ओषजन का महत्त्व सर्व विदित है ) I 

५. रक्त का शोधन अधिक और ठीक ढंग से होने के फलस्वरूप आपके शरीर  से विजातीय तत्वों का निष्कासन ठीक ढंग से होता है I

६. शरीर से मल तथा विजातीय तत्त्व निकल जाने पर व्याधियां नहीं घेरतीं I

७. व्याधियों के न होने पर न  तो आपको नीम हकीमों के चक्कर लगाने होते हैं और ना ही आपको दवाइयों पर हज़ारों- लाखों रुपये खर्च करने पड़ते हैं I 

७. गहरी सांस लेने से आपके पाचन संस्थान को पर्याप्त ओषजन मिलती है और आपके द्वारा लिए गए भोजन का पाचन बहुत भली भाँती  होता है I 

८. जिन विद्यार्थियों को रक्त के लाल कणों की कमी के कारण तथा हीमोग्लोबिन की कमी के कारण , चक्कर आना, काम करने में मन न लगना, साहस में कमी इत्यादि का सामना करना पड़ता है, उनकी ये सारी परेशानियां गहरी सांस लेने के अभ्यास से, बहुत थोड़े से समय में ही दूर हो जाती हैं I 

९. गहरी सांस लेने से आपकी जीवनी शक्ति बढती है क्योंकि आप प्रत्येक सांस के साथ न केवल अधिक ओषजन ग्रहण करते हैं अपितु अधिकाधिक मात्रा में प्राण ऊर्जा भी अपने शरीर के अवयवों को पहुंचाते हैं I 

१०. जीवनी शक्ति के बढ़ने से आपके चेहरे पर चमक बढती है और आपका साहस भी बढ़ता है I 

११. बहुत थोड़े समय में ही आपको खुल कर भूंक लगने लगेगी और आपकी शारीरिक कमजोरी दूर हो जावेगी I 

१२. मस्तिस्क, हमारे शरीर का सबसे महत्त्व पूर्ण भाग है और इसमें सर्वाधिक ओषजन खपती है ; गहरी सांस लेने से न्यूरोन्स(मस्तिष्क की कोशिकाएं ) न केवल अधिक मात्र में रक्त पाते हैं, बल्कि उस रक्त का स्तर भी अति उत्तम होता है--जिससे न केवल हमारी स्मृति उत्तम होती है बल्कि हमारी धारणा शक्ति भी बढती है  I

१३. यह विदित हो कि हमारे मस्तिस्क में लाखों की संख्या में कोशिकाएं(जिन्हें न्यूरोन्स कहते हैं ) होतीं हैं --इन कोशिकायों में ग्लायल कोशिकाएं , न्यूरोन्स के लिए रक्त ले जाने का काम करती हैं और न्यूरोन्स मुख्य कोशिकाएं होतीं हैं I हमारे न्यूरोन्स बहुत ही कम संख्या में प्रयुक्त होते हैं अतः इनकी सतत मृत्यु  होती रहती  है ; आप शायद आश्चर्य से भर जावें किन्तु यह एक वैज्ञानिक तथ्य है कि जितने समय में आपने यह आलेख पढ़ा है उतने समय में ही आपके मस्तिस्क से लगभग ३०० न्यूरोन्स मर गए हैं, कम हो गए हैं I 
चूंकि हमारे मस्तिस्क में कई लाख कोशिकाएं होतीं हैं और उनमे से बहुत कम प्रयोग में लायीं जातीं है अतः यह हानि हमें नित्य-प्रति विदित नहीं होती किन्तु जब हम तीस वर्षा कि अवस्था पार कर  लेते हैं तो यह हानि बहुत ही गंभीर रूप से हमारे सामने आती है (यदि हम ऐसा कुछ भी अपनी दिनचर्या में नहीं कर रहे होते हैं जो इस कोशिका मृत्यू को रोकने के लिए आवश्यक होता है तो, जैसे कि गहरी सांस लेना !) I  तब मस्तिस्कीय क्षमता में कमियाँ अपने पूरे बल से हम पर आघात करना प्रारंभ कर देतीं हैं और हमारे सीखने कि क्षमता बहुत तेजी से घटने लगती है I

यदि इस बात का विद्यार्थी जीवन में ही पूरा ध्यान रखा जाए और गहरी सांस लेने कि आदत दाल ली जाए(जिसे बमुश्किल पंद्रह से बीस दिन लगेंगे यदि आप लगन से अभ्यास करें तो )--तो आप ऐसी किसी स्थिति का सामना जीवन में नहीं करेंगे और अपने मस्तिस्क का पूरा पूरा उपयोग करने कि दिशा में प्रयास कर सकेंगे I

१४. किसी भी विषय को समझने के लिए ध्यान देना होता है I ध्यान देने के लिए सांस गहरी लेने और रोकने कि जरूरत होती है I मजबूत फेंफडों वाले व्यक्ति ना केवल गहरी सांस ले पाते हैं अपितु सांस को रोक भी सकते हैं अतः वे बड़े ध्यान से किसी भी विषय को समझ सकते हैं I बड़े बड़े वाक्यों को लिखने तथा समझाने; या कि बोलने तथा सुनने के लिए; गहन विषयों को समझने के लिए ; आपको गहरी सांस लेने कि जरूरत होती है I जिन व्यक्तियों का ध्यान बिना पूरा वाक्य पढ़े टूट जाता है, बिना पूरा कथन कहे टूट जाता है या कि बिना पूरा कथन लिखे टूट जाता है, वे कभी भी, अच्छे पाठक, अच्छे वक्ता, अच्छे लेखक नहीं बन सकते I संसार के सर्वाधिक बुद्धिमान व्यक्ति मजबूत फेंफडों वाले व्यक्ति हुए हैं  I गहरी सांस लेकर ही आप एक प्रखर विचारक और किसी विषय के विशेषज्ञ बन सकते हैं I

Monday, 10 November 2014

Rashi: Moon Signs in Vedic Astrology

Rashi, Nakshatra and Zodiac

The Zodiac space of 360 degrees has been divided into 12 equal parts and these parts are called Rashi. Rashi literally means quantity. Solar divisions are called Rashis and Lunar divisions are known as Nakshatras.

 Since you divide a complete 360 degree Zodiac into 12 equal parts, every sign has 30 degrees. These signs are further divided into 9 equals parts and each one of them is known as Navamsa(ninth division of Radix). If you divide 30 degrees into 9 equal parts, every part has 3 degrees 20 minutes. Each one of these parts is known as Amsa(portion). Every Nakshatra has four amsas or portions, which means every Nakshatra has about 13 degrees 20 minutes for it( 4*(3 degrees 20 minutes= 13 degrees 20 minutes)). In total Zodiac has 108 portions, since every zodiac sign has 9 equal portions and there are 12 signs in total. 

 That is why some Nakshatras have greater portions in one sign whereas others have a bit less. For example--Mula Nakshatra has first 13 degrees and 20 minutes portion of Sagittarius and Purvashadha has second 13 degrees 20 minutes, that is--from 13 degrees 20 minutes to 26 degrees 40 minutes, for it. The rest of the portion is for the third constellation Uttarashadha. This was to suggest that since a sign is divided into almost three Nakshatras, not each one of them receives equal share in a single sign.

The twelve signs are divided into four types of elements. Each type of element receives 3 signs in it. The elements are fire, earth, air and water

Why there's no fifth element? 

Why sky is missing?

Elements: Creation and Apocalypse

Vedas have a very distinct story about creation and apocalypse. This story isn't similar to that told by the modern Science. Vedas say that first of all Prakriti(Nature) comes into existence from Absolute(Bramh) . Mahatattva(absolute element) comes into existence from Nature. Mahatattva gives birth to three type of Ahankara--Sattvic, Rajasic and Tamasic. Sattvic Ahamkara gives birth to Devas(demigods) and Mind(Universal Mind). Rajasic Ahamkara gives birth to senses. Tamas Ahamkara gives birth to five elements. First of all Space comes into existence from Tamas Ahamkara. This Space is Zodiacal Space and this gives birth to other four elements, that is why the Rashis fall into four elemental types. Space gives birth to its property Sound. This primordial sound creates Air. Air has property of touch. This property creates the element Fire. Fire has property of Tejas. This property creates the element Water. Water has property of Rasa. This property creates the element Earth. Earth has all the properties of previous elements and it's most complex amongst elements. It's worthy of being noted that all elements coming later in the chain below have their own property as well as properties of all elements coming prior to them.

SPACE----> Air--->Fire--->Water--->Earth

Note: Space has the quality(tanmatra) of sound.

General Nature of Elements

Air borne out of sound has quality of sound as well as an additional quality of touch. That's air can carry sound as well as it can touch your skin.

[ Signs Gemini(Mithuna), Libra(Thula) and Aquarius(Kumbha) are airy signs. They're subtlest of all elements; very difficult to catch. They lack emotions and empathy. Very intellectual and unpredictable. Their conversations could be very subtle and intellectual but lack practicality. They're innovative and great communicators. For example, George Gurdjieff was an Aquarius and he was very intellectual. His teachings were very new and unconventional. You find thousands upon thousands of lines of discourses in his lines with almost all of it being too absurd to understand. There is very little practicality in his teaching.] 

Fire borne out of Air has qualities of sound and touch as well as quality of being seen. It can burn. It can purify. It can inspire.

[ Aries(Mesha), Leo(Simha) and Sagittarius(Dhanu) are fiery signs. They're also independent thinkers but more practical than airy signs and less practical than earth and water elements. They like to innovate and purify. They can inspire others but they lack emotions. They could also be unpredictable. Osho was a mystic with Dhanu Moon sign. He was intellectual and inspirational but he was more practical than Gurdjieff. He was unconventional and original. Both of them were unpredictable in nature! ]

Water is borne out of Fire. It can be seen, touched, can create sound and it could be tasted as well. It's grosser and more complex than former elements.

[ Watery signs are Cancer(Karka), Scorpio(Vrishchika) and Pisces(Meena). They're very emotional. They're sensitive and caring and they need emotional empathy which they cannot receive from Airy and Fiery signs. They are good parents and caretakers. They're more practical than fiery and airy elements. They're slow to change and they're conventional. They mingle well with Earth signs. they're very complex signs. Mahatma Gandhi was a Cancer Moon sign. He was sensitive and caring. He was conventional and practical.]

Earth is borne out of Water. Earth has most complex qualities. It can be heard. It can create sound. It can be tasted. It can be smelled. It can touched. It can be seen. 

[ Earth signs are most grounded and practical signs. They are hard working, persistent and reliable. They are protector of homeland and orthodox religious values. They could be boring and stubborn at times. They have a good time with caring watery signs. They're most practical and slow to change of all signs. Swami Vivekananda was a great spiritual teacher who worked for welfare of his homeland and orthodox religious values. His approach was very practical and persistent. ]

Now let's discuss general characteristics of twelve signs

1. Mesha(Aries) 2. Vrishabha(Taurus) 3. Mithuna(Gemini) 4. Karka(Cancer) 5. Simha(Leo) 6. Kanya(Virgo) 7. Thula(Libra) 8. Vrishchika(Scorpio) 9. Dhanush(Sagittarius) 10. Makar(Capricorn) 11. Kumbha(Aquarius) 12. Meena(Pisces)

These signs are ruled by different planets. They've different energy which is unique and in sync with the planet which governs them. Though there are signs ruled by same planets with peculiar differences of their own. Different planets, when situated in the different signs feel differently. General rule is that the planet feels good in a sign which is its own, exaltation or friendly sign. In this article we're going to focus on Moon signs. That's, we're going to study how Moon feels in various signs.

Moon represents mind. This makes a great part of native's psychological disposition. Though to be more accurate you need to look at the nakshatra or lunar mansion as well. You need to study Moon in navamsa. You need to study influences on lord of Moon. You need to see aspects on Moon and you also need to study Moon's nakshatra lord in order to delineate psychological disposition in a nativity.

1. Mesha(Aries) : 

It's a fiery sign. It's ruled by Mars. It's also known as a barren sign, which means if it falls on the fifth cusp and it's afflicted the native would not have any issues. Moon in the sign Aries suggests a native who needs to compete and wants to stay ahead of others. These persons initiate and try to drive their way towards success. They're inspiring and energetic. They could be violent in physical sense if the chart has other affliction. In chart of Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler, you see combination of Sun and Mars in the sign Aries. Sun gets exalted in Aries and Mars also feels good in its own sign. This is not a coincidence that two of the greatest military generals of last few centuries had this combination in their horoscopes. In case of Hitler, fiery element was too highly pronounced because of Mula Moon and a stellium of four planets in the sign Aries.  

Aries natives become parents who try to make their children compete and excel. Aries people need to lead otherwise they feel very bad. Aries is a sign where Sun feels very good because it's office of Mars and contains type of energy which is very suitable to Sun. Try comparing it with Mars' other sign--Scorpio, which is a watery sign--it's not a favorite of Sun or Mars, because it's a emotional sign. Both Aries and Scorpio are considered violent signs because they contain aggressive energy of Mars, but Aries is violent at physical level whereas Scorpio is violent at emotional level. Aries people have a need to be first, to be a leader.

2. Vrishabha(Taurus) 

It's an earth sign ruled by Venus. These people are most persistent. They don't like many changes. They're most sensual and they like luxury. They like good food, wines, music and creative arts. They are generally prosperous because of the matching energy which calls for abundance. They are protectors of homeland and orthodox values. They don't like to innovate or inspire much. 

They have emotional need to feed their senses. If you find a Taurus person you need to provide them with good luxury and refined music, food and colors, otherwise they would run away to some other place. These people are very tenacious and persistent and they might be stubborn at times. They are very practical in their approach. Moon is exalted in sign of Venus. Venus is sweet pleasure. Mind feels good in comfortable pleasant surroundings. 

The constellation Rohini falls in sign Taurus. Rohini is Moon's favorite adorable wife. Moon feels best in this constellation. This is office of Moon. It suggests stable mind. Taurus natives have pleasant faces and voices in general. They're fond of various pastimes.

3. Mithuna(Gemini) 

Gemini is an airy sign. This is ruled by Mercury. This sign is a sign of intellectuals. They're apt for social gatherings and organizing. They're excellent communicators. They've great aptitude for culinary arts. They're good cooks. They could be good singers. They might be flirtatious at times. They might be chain smokers, which they should avoid because they could be prone to asthma and other breathing ailments.

They're more intellectual than practical. They're not very reliable. They aren't very emotional. These people have an emotional need of communication, therefore, generally they're considered as talkative. They're creative, bright and fond of poetry.

Moon is friendly towards Mercury but Mercury considers Moon as its enemy. These people avoid physical confrontation and generally they're very well liked in their communities because of their ability to persuade. They dislike following routines and doing household chores. 

3. Karka(Cancer)

The Cancer is Moon's own house. Moon feels very good in this sign. Such natives are sensitive, calm and caring in nature. They become good parents. They care for their families, especially for their mothers. Their submissiveness might become a hinderance for realizing their own potential.

Cancer is a watery sign. These people are very practical. They are frugal and they acquire material properties. They might end up settling in foreign lands. Females might have difficulties getting issues. 

These people don't like intellectual philosophizing but they might be good researchers. These people like water and water related activities. They understand emotions of others and care for others but sometimes too many emotions might delay their progress. Their presence is soothing for their friends and family members

4. Simha(Leo)

Leo is a fiery sign. It's a sign ruled by Sun. Since Sun rules heart and life force energy, such natives receive uninhibited life force energy which is apparent from their talking and presence, which is often charismatic. 

Their emotional need is to gain attention. In positive sense they become leaders or actors, whereas in a negative sense they might start doing things which gain attention for negative reasons. Leo is also a sign of brightness and Genius. Such people might exhibit great originality and charisma in fine arts. 

These natives are very responsible, ambitious and proud. They might be bossy in certain cases. They like non-vegetarian food and like travelling hilly and forest terrains. They hold prominent positions and sometimes they might be selfish. Many geniuses have a lot of planets in sign Leo in their horoscopes. They're independent thinkers and like to inspire others. They're intuitive and dutiful.

6. Kanya(Virgo)

Kanya is an earthy sign. This is ruled by Mercury. Mercury considers Moon as his enemy. These people are witty and clever. They're practical. They like to protect their cultural values. They can follow routines and they're methodical in their approach towards work.

These people have good insights and they're good conversationalists. Sometimes they might become too rigid to change and that might cause problems for them.

These people can give good counsel because of their ability to empathize with others but setting very high goals for themselves might sometimes make them depressed. They might get dietary ailments. 

7. Thula(Libra)

Libra is a sign ruled by Venus. Moon is neutral towards Venus but Moon is very near to its debilitation point in Thula, therefore these people might have difficulty in taking decisions in case of certain afflictions. These people have very refined natures. They have an urge to express themselves in artistic forms. They've great respect for learned and holy people.

Being an airy sign, they are intellectuals. They like discussing intellectual ideas but might be reluctant in applying them. They mingle well with people and they're fond of company of opposite sex. The native might have many love affairs. They don't try to hurt others feelings. They have a sense of justice in them and they might be popular public figures. They might have back pain and kidney issues. They like being in good surroundings and are well-off in their lives.

8. Vrischika(Scorpio)

This is a sign ruled by Mars. Mars is friendly towards Moon but it's the deblitation sign of Moon. Moon doesn't like sudden upheaval energy of Mars contained in this sign. These people are sensitive and they have magnetic energy. They are courageous and have leadership capabilities.

They are bold and sometimes too straightforward which might lead them towards trouble. They have difficulty relating with people. They soak negative vibes from environments. They must seek remedies like meditation and gems. 

They are prone to crimes of passion. They might have legal and marital conflicts. They're clever and they can face enemies on their own. They're practical and they don't like too many changes. Their outlook might be orthodox.

9. Dhanu( Sagittarius)

Dhanu is a fiery sign owned by Jupiter. Jupiter is neutral to Moon. This is a good sign in general. The native is likes to take a stand for his belief. He likes to inspire and innovate. The native might posses a deep and inventive intellect. 

The native might be very argumentative at times and over speech might lead him into troubles. The native is optimistic and helpful to people of other sex. The native might be interested in Occult, Philosophy and Astrology. He might be good in fine arts. 

The emotional need of Sagittarius is to teach others the Truth and religion. The native might be wealthy and miser. 

10. Makara(Capricorn)  

Makara is ruled by Saturn. Saturn treats Moon as his enemy, therefore this sign is not a very favorable sign. Native might be very introvert and methodical and might seem selfish to others. Makara is an earth sign, therefore these people like to preserve family traditions. They're tenacious and they might be ready to anything required to succeed.

These people are dependable and they have a group of long time friends. They have a need to be practical and result oriented. Their approach makes them great achievers.

These people don't like much innovation. They don't prefer much socializing or inspiring others. They might get into illicit relations.

11. Kumbha(Aquarius)

Kumbha is ruled by Saturn. Saturn is inimical towards Moon. This sign makes native who are introverts and aloof by nature. They don't really connect with people but they've a need of socializing in market places.

Chandra in Kumbha is in 6th from itself, therefore mother's health is always a concern for such people. They've great ideals and dreams which they want to achieve.

These people are intellectuals by nature but they don't have practical approach to achieve their ideals. They're reserve by nature. They often keep secrets even in close relations. They're self-doubting and their negative thinking might make them very disturbed.

12. Meena(Pisces)

Meena is ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter is neutral to Moon, therefore this is a good sign in general. Meena natives are creative and good in fine arts. They might be good in music. They might be too submissive to opposite sex.

They are generally popular in society and they have an aptitude for mystical creative arts and poetry. They are sensitive might easily cry even in public.

They're practical in nature but sometimes they might not finish what they start. They might need a lot of time to engage in their private dream world. They take good care of children and become good parents.   

1. Milky Way
2. Elements
3. Apocalypse
4. Pralaya
5. Aries
6. Taurus
7. Gemini
8. Cancer
9. Leo
10. Virgo
11. Libra
12. Scorpio
13. Sagittarius
14. Capricorn
15. Aquarius
16.  Pisces





4. B V Raman's How to judge a Horoscope