|Bhagavatam||Durgasaptashti||Valmiki Ramayan||Tulasi Ramayan||Manu Sutras|
|Karma Sutras||Adi Shankara||Mangala Dosha||Sadesati||Kalasarpa Dosha|
Panchang is ancient Vedic astrology that helps you synchronise with your best days and times – ahead of time. More accurate than conventional horoscopes, it has many practical uses like: love, travel, money, work and much more!
ephemeris is a set of data that provides the assigned places of a celestial body (including a manmade satellite) for regular intervals. In the context of Landsat 7, ephemeris data shows the position and velocity of the spacecraft at the time imagery is collected. Definitive ephemeris has been refined to show the position and velocity of Landsat 7 in one-minute intervals.
Our physical, emotional,intellectual and intuitive levels do not not remain constant. They vary, even from week to week. This is because of the effects of the constant biological fluctuations in our body because of the motion of the planets. The bio rhythm chart is a unique way of measuring these changes. Scientific research shows that our health, finances and emotions undergo a cyclic pattern of ups and downs. The cycle is of 23 days for health, 33 days for intellect, 28 days for emotions and 38 days for the intuition cycle. This is known as Bio Rhythm Cycle.
Sarvartha is one of the prominent books of astrology belonging to ancient India. It was written by a revered person named Venkatesh Sharma during the 13th century.
Sarvartha deals mostly with the effects of each house in the natal chart. The major part of the book, nearly half, is devoted to these effects. The remaining sections contain the descriptions about the planets and their effect of the lifespan and prosperity.
According to this text, the sun and the moon never retrograde. The author further adds that there is a clear line of distinction between the malefic and benefic forces, although it may show contrarily in the natal charts.
There are eighteen main Puranas and an equal number of subsidiary Puranas or Upa-Puranas.
The 18 main Puranas are: Vishnu Purana, Narada Purana, Srimad Bhagavata Purana, Garuda (Suparna) Purana, Padma Purana, Varaha Purana, Brahma Purana, Brahmanda Purana, Brahma Vaivarta Purana, Markandeya Purana, Bhavishya Purana, Vamana Purana, Matsya Purana, Kurma Purana, Linga Purana, Siva Purana, Skanda Purana (Kartika Purana) and Agni Purana.
The number of verses in each Purana is listed in other verses of the Srimad-Bhagavatam (12.13.4-9): The Brahma Purana consists of ten thousand verses, the Padma Purana of fifty-five thousand, Sri Visnu Purana of twenty-three thousand, the Siva Purana of twenty-four thousand and Srimad-Bhagavatam of eighteen thousand. The Narada Purana has twenty-five thousand verses, the Markandeya Purana nine thousand, the Agni purana fifteen thousand four hundred, the Bhavisya Purana fourteen thousand five hundred, the Brahma-vaivarta Purana eighteen thousand and the Linga Purana eleven thousand .
The Varaha Purana contains twenty-four thousand verses, the Skanda Puranas eight-one thousand one hundred, the Vamana Purana fourteen thousand, the Garuda Purana nineteen thousand and the Brahmanda Purana twelve thousand. Thus the total number of verses in all the Puranas is four hundred thousand. Eighteen thousand of these, once again, belong to the beautiful Bhagavatam.
The 18 Upa-Puranas are: Sanatkumara, Narasimha, Brihannaradiya, Sivarahasya, Durvasa, Kapila, Vamana, Bhargava, Varuna, Kalika, Samba, Nandi, Surya, Parasara, Vasishtha, Devi Bhagavatam, Ganesa and Hamsa.
Apart from these there are a few other other puranas.
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We are fortunate people who have assess to these ancient scriptures. For millions of blind people these great Vedic scriptures are not available.
After compiling the Vedic literature, Puranas, etc., Vyasadeva still had a feeling of unfulfillment and dissatisfaction. Narada Muni then went to Vyasadeva and instructed him to write Srimad Bhagavatam. It is considered the most important Purana of the Vedic literature as it describes the various incarnations of Lord Vishnu and gives a very detailed account of Lord Krishna’s life. It is divided into twelve chapters and has 18,000 verses.
After writing the Bhagavatam, also known as Bhagavata Purana, Vysa imparted the knowledge of Bhagvatam to his son Suka Bramha rishi. Sukabrahma rishi subsequently recited the entire Bhagavatam to Maharaja Parikshit in an assembly of learned saints. Maharaja Parikshit was the emperor of the world and was a great saintly king. He received the curse that he would die within a week. Hence he renounced his kingdom and retired to the bank of the Ganges to fast unto death and to receive spiritual enlightenment.
The Bhagavatam starts with Emperor parikshit’s asking Sukabrahma rishi to give him the knowledge of perfection, the right path and liberation. Sukabrahma rishi, in response narrated the Bhagavatam for the seven days – till the king’s death. Several learned saints were present when it was narrated.
The sage Suta who was present in the assembly, later narrated the Bhagavatam to a gathering of sages of Sounagathi in the forest of Naimisaranya. Those sages then spread the wisdom of Bhagavatam to the rest.
According to Skanda Purana, Prabhasa Khanda (184.108.40.206-42), “Whoever makes a copy of the Bhagavatam and donates it, on a golden lion throne, on the full moon day in the month of Bhadra, will attain the supreme destination”.
The Devi Mahatmyam is a collection of 700 Slokas on Sri Durga from Markandeya Purana Navaratri is celebrated four times a year. They are Ashada Navaratri, the Sharada Navaratri, the Maha Navaratri and the Vasantha Navaratri. Of these, the Sharada Navaratri of the month of Puratashi and the Vasantha Navaratri of the Vasantha kala are very important. If you refer to the agni purana, then it is said that the Puratashi and Panguni (in Tamil months) i.e. Asvin and Chaitra are like the two jaws of Lord Yama.
If one wants to escape the mouth of Yama, then one should celebrate Navaratri on these two occasions. A similar analogy is presented in the devi bhagavatam. Devi bhagavatam also talks in detail on how one should observe fasts, and how one should meditate/work on these days. According to legend, Durga sat on the tip of a needle for nine days, doing a severe penance to destroy the evil Asura Mahisha. On the first three days, she meditated as Herself, the next three days as Mahalakshmi and the last three days as Sarasvati.
This signifies progression from tamsik, to rajasik to satvik and eventually obtaining liberation. The tenth day during Sharada Navaratri is called vijayadashami to signify the victory on the day of dashami. It is, however, a long tradition that one reads the devi-bhagavatam or the devi mahatmyam (Durga saptashati, 700 verses on Durga) during this period. Devi bhagavatam notes that Rama meditated and fasted for nine days after Sita was kidnapped by Ravana.
The original Ramayana was written in Sanskrit by Rishi Valmiki, though several others have also written it.
Ramayana is the story of Lord Ramachandra – the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to the Vedic Time calculations Ramayana period was about 1700000 years ago. The oceanographers also date the Adams bridge between India and Sri Lanka approximately to this date. Traditionally in India, reciting the Bala Kanda is considered a very good remedy related to children and reciting the Sundara Kanda is considered an excellent remedy for Saturn related problems. The Vibhishana Gita( In Yuddha Kanda) and Rama Gita ( In Uttara Kanda) are part of it. The famous Aditya Hridayam stotra of Sun is also found in Ramayana ( Yuddha Kanda).
The original Ramayana was written in Sanskrit by Rishi Valmiki. Several other great saints and poets also wrote the Ramayana in the various Indian languages. The most popular one in northern India is the Ramacharita Manas by Goswami Tulasidas. It is considered auspicious to recite it at home. Reciting of several chapters is recommended as a remedy for various malefic influences and to get various benefits. For example reciting of Sundara kanda is recommended for better health and also to ward off the negative effects of Saturn and for getting children the Bala kanda is recited.
Tulasidas was born in the year 1532 in a Brahmin family in the town of Rajapur near Varanasi. He lost his parents at an early age and was neglected by his relatives. He lived in a Hanuman temple, in Varanasi and ate whatever was given to him. Naraharidas, his guru, spotted him and instilled in Tulasi the love for Sri Rama. Tulasi grew up and became a scholar in Vedas and Upanishads.
Tulasidas married Ratnavali, who was a very intelligent and pious lady. Tulasi loved his wife, and could never stand even a moment’s separation from her. Once he crossed a flooded river to see his wife, who was visiting her parents. Ratnavali got angry and said “What do you get by loving this mortal body? If you were to love Lord Sri Rama like this, you would get mukti.”
These words rekindled his love for Sri Rama, he renounced family life and started traveling across north India, preaching Sri Rama’s life. In Chitrakoot, he wrote the masterpiece Rama Charita Manas. He wrote in one of the Hindi dialects known as Avadhi spoken around Ayodhya region. Tulasidas employed “doha”, “chowpayee”, “swaratae” and other meters in his poem. The entire story is given as narrated by Siva to Parvati. His other works are other works Gitavali (1571), Kavitavali (1612), Barvairamayana (1612) and Vinaya Patrika (request to Rama). He authored 22 different works.
Once king Jahangir offered him money to the performance some miracles. Tulasi retorted ‘Who needs money when one has the love of Rama and of what use are the miracles before his glory ?’
In Kashi, he became the head of the monastery in Lolarka Kunda and was designated the title ‘Gosain.’ or “Goswami”. Tulasidas passed away on the third day of the dark fortnight in the month of Shravana in 1623.
The ancient scripture, Manu sutras, is also called Manu Smriti and Manu Sashtra. The universe was created by Lord Brahma. His son is the Sun God and his son is Manu, who is the ruler of our world. It is considered the first Hindu treatise which laid down the principles of the Hindu religion, the cast division, social conduct and laws etc.
It must be remembered that these religious doctrines were preached several thousands of years ago and the socio-economic and religious conditions were vastly different in those days. The laws were strict and so was the punishment. Unfortunately without understanding this most important factor, a lot of self styled intellectuals criticize them.
It is difficult to fix the period of Vatsyayana and Kama Sutras. However he was definitely before the Mahabharata period because Lord Krishna mentions Vatsyayana in the Bhagavad Gita.
Unfortunately a lot of modern youngsters regard it as a book of various methods of sex and even more unfortunately a lot of old fashioned people regard it as a taboo. The truth is that it is a scripture which teaches us about the proper union of a man and a woman at spiritual, emotional and physical levels.
Strangely, the one country where people badly need to study this scripture is India! The average Indian woman regards a husband as a social security and a means of income. On the other hand, the average Indian man regards a wife as a means of dowry and a free house keeper. So much so for the union of Shiva with Shakti! As per the physical fitness part, physically we Indians are the most misfit people. more than 95% Indians don’t do any physical exercise – neither the Gym variety nor the sports variety.
The average Indian gets a job at 25; gets married and starts becoming fat immediately; by 30 they have a pot belly; by 35 they have BP & Spondylitis trouble and start huffing after climbing 2 floors! As a practicing astrologer I find that a dissatisfied married life is the reason for half our problems in today’s so called modern life, where we have neither the understanding of the partners feelings nor the physical fitness to give and take happiness. I hope this scripture saves a few marriages and improves a few more.
Shri Adi Shankaracharya; (meaning ‘the first Shankara’ in his lineage), reverentially called Bhagavatpada Acharya (the teacher at the feet of Lord) was the most famous Advaita philosopher, who had a profound influence on the growth of Hinduism through his non-dualistic philosophy. He advocated the greatness and importance of the important Hindu scriptures, the Vedas (most particularly on the Upanishads, also known as Vedanta), spoke to a spirituality founded on reason and without dogma or ritualism, and gave new life to Hinduism at a time when Buddhism and Jainism were gaining popularity.
Shankara was born in Kalady, a small village in Kerala, India, to a Nambuthiri brahmin couple, Shivaguru and Aryamba. The traditional sources of accounts of his life are from the Shankara Vijayams, which are essentially hagiographies. The most important among them are the MadhavIya Shankaravijaya, the AnandagirIya Shankaravijaya, cidvilAsIya Shankaravijaya, and keralIya Shankaravijaya. What follows is the standard story of Shankara’s life; much of it is clearly mythical in nature, but some may be historical.
Shankara’s parents had no child for a long time, and prayed at Vadakkumnathan (vRashAcala) temple in Thrissur, Kerala. Legend has it that the Lord Shiva appeared before the devout couple and offered them a choice: a mediocre son who would live a long life, or an extraordinary son who would not live long. The couple chose the latter. The son was named Shankara, in honour of the Lord Shiva.
Shivaguru died while Shankara was very young. The child showed remarkable scholarship, and is said to have mastered the four Vedas by the age of eight. Following the common practice, Shankara stayed at a teacher’s house. On one occasion, while begging for alms, he came upon a woman with nothing but one dried amlaka fruit, which she offered to him with devotion. Moved by her piety, he composed the Kanaka Dhara Stotram. On completion of the stotram, golden amlaka fruits were showered upon the woman by the goddess Lakshmi. On another occasion, Shankara was bathing in the river, when a crocodile caught him. He asked for his mother’s permission to adopt sannyasa (the ascetic life), and when his mother agreed, the crocodile released him.
Shankara then left Kerala and travelled thoroughout India. When he reached the banks of the river Narmada, he met Govinda Bhagavatpada, the disciple of the Advaitin Gaudapada. As his disciple, Shankara was initiated. Shankara travelled extensively, while writing commentaries on the Upanishads, Vishnu sahasranama, and the Bhagavad Gita. He engaged in a series of debates with Buddhist scholars, and with scholars of the Purva Mimamsa school, which helped in cementing his spiritual ascendancy. One of the most famous of these debates was with Mandana Mishra.
His most famous encounter was not with the famed ritualist Mandana Mishra, however, but with an untouchable. On his way to the Vishwanath temple in Kashi, he came upon an untouchable and his dog. When asked to move aside by Shankara’s disciples, the untouchable asked: “Do you wish that I move my soul, the atman and ever lasting, or this body made of clay?” Seeing the untouchable as none other than the Lord Shiva, Shankara prostrated before Ishwara, composing five shlokas (Manisha Panchakam).
Shankara is believed to have attained the Sarvajnapitha in Kashmir. After a while, he withdrew to Kedarnath and attained samadhi at the age of thirty-two. The Kamakshi Amman temple at Kanchipuram also has a vrindavanam where he is believed to have attained siddhi. (A variant tradition expounded by keralIya Shankaravijaya places his place of death as Vadakkumnathan temple in Thrissur, Kerala.)
Modern scholarship is agreed on dates in the 8th century C.E., though it has proved impossible to reach agreement on Shankara’s precise dates of birth or death. Some religious groups, however, ascribe B.C.E. dates to him. If these dates were true, then much of what is claimed about his activities, especially his debates with Buddhists and Jains, is thrown into doubt.
Of the major Shankara Mathams active today, the Kanchi, Dwaraka, and Puri ascribe the dates 509–477 B.C.E. to Shankara. The Sringeri Peetham, on the other hand, accepts the 788–820 C.E. dates.
Philosophy and religious thought At the time of Shankara’s life, Hinduism had lost some of its appeal because of the influence of Buddhism and Jainism. Shankara stressed the importance of the Vedas, and his work helped Hinduism regain strength and popularity. Although he did not live long, he had travelled on foot to various parts of India to restore the study of the Vedas.
Shankara’s theology maintains that spiritual ignorance (avidya) is caused by seeing the self (atman) where self is not. Discrimination needs to be developed in order to distinguish true from false and knowledge (jnana) from ignorance (avidya).
Shankara proposed that, while the phenomenal universe, our consciousness and bodily being, are certainly experienced, they are not true reality. He did not mean to negate it, but considered that the ultimate truth was Brahman, the single divine foundation, which is beyond time, space, and causation. Brahman is immanent and transcendent, but not merely a pantheistic concept. Indeed, while Brahman is the efficient and material cause for the cosmos, Brahman itself is not limited by its self-projection, and transcends all binary opposites or dualities, especially such individuated aspects as form and being, since it is incomprehensible by the human mind. We must pierce through a hazy perspectival lens to understand our true being and nature, which is not perennial change and mortality, but unmitigated bliss for eternity. If we are to understand the true motive force behind our actions and thoughts, we must become aware of the fundamental unity of being. How, he asks, can a limited mind comprehend the limitless Self? It cannot, he argues, and therefore we must transcend even the mind and become one with Soul-consciousness.
Shankara denounced caste and meaningless ritual as foolish, and in his own charismatic manner exhorted the true devotee to meditate on god’s love and to apprehend truth. His treatises on the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and Vedanta Sutras are testaments to a keen and intuitive mind that did not want to admit dogma but advocated reason. His greatest lesson was that reason and abstract philosophising alone would not lead to moksha (liberation). It was only through selflessness and love governed by viveka (discrimination) that a devotee would realise his inner self. Charges that his philosophical views were influenced by Buddhism are unfounded, since Shankara vehemently opposed negation of being (shunyata), and believed that the unmanifest Brahman manifested itself as Ishwara, the loving, perfect being on high who is seen by many as being Vishnu or Shiva or whatever their hearts dictate. Shankara is said to have travelled throughout India, from the south to Kashmir, preaching to the local populaces and debating philosophy (apparently successfully, though no documentation exists) with Buddhist scholars and monks along the way.
His beliefs form the basis of the Smarta tradition, or Smartism.
Even though he lived for only thirty-two years, his impact on India and on Hinduism cannot be stressed enough, as he countered the increasing sacerdotalism (the belief that priests can mediate between humans and god) of the masses, and reintroduced a purer form of Vedic thought. He presented a face of Hinduism that could reasonably contend with Buddhist ideas and spread it, as well as reformist measures, across the land, travelling from as far up as Kashmir from areas in the South of India. His Hindu revival movement paved the way for the strict theistic movements of Ramanuja and Madhva, and helped lead to the decline of Buddhism in much of India.
One of the biggest misconceptions and fears in the Hindu society with respect to marriage is the presence of Mangala Dosha or Kuja Dosha in the chart of a boy or a girl. I have seen a countless number of good matches being rejected by people just because the boy or the girl has Mangala Dosha present in the chart.
One of the most terrible periods, according to the believers in astrology, is the dreaded 7-1/2 years of Saturn transit called “Sadesati” in North India and “Elinatishani” in South India. When the transiting Saturn transits the 12th, 1st and 2nd houses from one’s Rasi, i.e., where one’s Moon is placed in the birth chart, it is called Sadesati. ( Saturn takes 30 years to make one round of the zodiac hence 2-1/2 years in each sign multiplied by 3 = 7-1/2 years).
While it is true that during this 7-1/2 years Saturn transit period people do experience some tensions and troubles, it is nothing to be scared about. On an average every man has to go through at least 2 sadesatis during his life time. The results of the sadesati transit vary considerably from person to person depending on the planetary configurations in one’s birth chart. Even while giving some troubles and tensions, it does not deny you success. For example when Mrs. Indira Gandhi became a Cabinet Minister for Information and Broadcasting in 1964, she was going through her Sadesati! In January 1966 when she became Prime Minister she was still going through her Sadesati!!
There are thousands of people who not only got away scot-free during sadesati, but actually prospered during it.
All kinds of dreadful results are forecast by the astrologers to scare the people and apart from living under fear, people spend a lot of money quite unnecessarily on all kinds of remedies. Actually the pundits love Saturn, Mangal, Rahu and Ketu, the fearsome four names in Indian astrology, as they have given more money to them by way of remedies than the benefic like jupiter or sun!
There are plenty of remedies for sadesati, the most effective being the daily reciting of Hanuman Chalisa or the Dasaratha Shani stotra.
Saturn, which according to Hindu mythology is the son of Sun God, is an excellent planet. No other planet can give what Saturn can. In fact having a well placed saturn in ones chart is one of the best things to hope for! When Mrs. Indira Gandhi re-elected PM, she was going through the mahadasa of Saturn. When Amitab Bacchan was at his peak, he was also going through Saturn mahadasa. Unfortunately people and the pundits ignore the positive side of Saturn and project it only as an evil planet.
This is another highly feared combination. You will be surprised to know that the ancient classics of astrology have not even mentioned it! Yet it has become one of the most feared doshas, because Kal means death and Sarpa means snake. When all planets are to one side of Rahu and Ketu Kalasarpa Dosha is supposed to be caused. This is considered a very bad yoga which gives rise to misfortunes and is supposed to be a major obstruction to ones progress. This dosha is said to be severe when all planets are within the arc from Rahu to Ketu in their natural motion direction.
There are supposed to be 12 types of Kalasarpa doshas, based on the placement of rahu from the lagna to the 12th house. These 12 have been named after 12 fearful sounding snakes: Anant, Kulik, Vasuki, Shankhapal, Padma, Mahapadma, Takshak, Karkataka, Shankhanaad, Patak, Vishakata and Sheshanag. It is not known who cooked up this nonsense, but rest assured that it is none of the Rishis from Parashara to Varahamihira. Obviously some new 20th century “Rishis” of Delhi and U.P!!
The latest astro-stunt by the “Pundits” is the introduction of “partial kalasarpa dosha”. The basics parameters of this are undefined, so anyone may have it!! A lot of unscrupulous astrologers are scaring people about this dosha and extracting money for the so called remedies. The remedy of course depends and varies according to the financial status of the innocent man!
From practical point of view this is not found to be a hindrance to progress. I have the horoscopes of a lot of people who have this so called dosha and are doing quite well in life. One of the most notable exceptions is the horoscope of Jawaharlal Nehru, the late prime minister of India. If someone can rise to that level with kalasarpa yoga, then its not a bad one really.