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Eight Petal Lotus of the Heart Chakra

Eight Petal Lotus of the Heart Chakra

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Eight petal lotus of the Heart Chakra
 Not concerning ourselves with the inanimate world, let us focus on the living beings, andthat too the human being and spirituality. The astadala padma (eight-petal lotus) is thefoundation of Hindu philosophy. It is based on the Kälacakra or the wheel of time, which iscomposed of eight spokes and has the 28 constellations distributed in these spokes. Each of these spokes is in one of the cardinal (kendra) or intermediate (kona) directions and isreckoned starting from the east and moving in the clockwise direction. Based on this wehave the astamangalam kriyä which is the ritual of worshipping the deities and the planetsinside the horoscope before conducting a Prashna (Horary chart) or studying a horoscope.
Determination of deity
The determination of the deity is to be done in two stages. First is to determine the guidingdeities of the native. These are the three of Ishta Devata or the deity guiding the individualsoul towards emancipation, the Pälana Devata or the deity guiding him in the present life toimprove his life and surroundings and the spiritual master or Guru Devata. These threeform the primary tripod of his life and are akin to the Sun (natural significator of soul),Moon (natural significator of mind and the well being in this life) and Jupiter (naturalsignificator of päka lagna and Guru) respectively.Second is to determine the immediate problem and offer a solution. The second would be ashort-term remedy that is really not going to help much in spiritual development, but is vitalto establishing faith in God. All Jyotisha are advised to tread very carefully in this region of remedial measures as in our anxiety to help we should not end up doing bad karma.
Ätma: Ishta & Dharma Devata
Mahärisi Jaimini advises us to examine the ninth & twelfth houses from Kärakamsa todetermine the worship. The ninth house rules dharma whereas the twelfth house rulesmoksa or emancipation. As far as the Ätmakäraka is concerned, its main objective is toattain moksa and the Ishta Devata of a person is seen from the strongest planetary influenceon the twelfth house from Kärakamsa. Similarly, the Dharma Devata is seen from strongest planetary influence on the ninth house from Kärakamsa. Unlike the Ishta devata, theDharma Devata helps a person to attain the ideals and objectives that the soul aspires for inthis life, to achieve the desires of the present incarnation.
Strongest planetary influence
Step 1: Planets placed in the sign: The strongest planetary influence on the twelfth house isseen from the placement of planets in it. If more than one planet is placed therein, then their  placement in Exaltation/own house etc should be considered failing which, their longitude(in the rashi chart ignoring signs) is to be considered and the one with the highest longitudeis to be declared the strongest, which shall determine the ishta devata.Step 2: Planets aspecting the sign: If there are none in the twelfth house, then the planetaryaspects on the second house should be determined. In this case, the aspects of the signsalone are to be used, as the deities do not exist in a “human body”. If more than one-planetaspects, then the strongest amongst them should be considered. It maybe noted that planetary aspects indicate directions to the deity and not the deity itself.Step 3: Lord of the sign: The lord of the house should be considered. If there are two lords,then the stronger of the two shall determine the ishta devata.Footnotes1.The sign occupied by lagna lord2.Jaimini's Upadesha Sutra: 2-1-683.Sign occupied by the Ätmakäraka in the Navamsa
Param padam of Visnu
 Every part of this creation is a Guru, a teacher and the soul is constantly learning new lessonsand refining the knowledge of older lessons in its constant interaction with the other souls or thesuper soul. The Rig veda teaches that the penultimate objective of every jivätma (living being –having a soul) is the param padam of Visnu. The ishta devatä will finally be a Visnu avatäraalthough various deities could be guiding the native during this search for the ultimate truthdepending on the influences in the twelfth (moksa) and ninth house (dharma) from kärakamsa.Visnu means ‘
sarva vyäpakeshvara devatä’ 
or He Who is everywhere, in every being - big & small, animate & inanimate, in every form or manner. He permeates every part of the creationand the creation is a part of Him. This is the essence of the äkäsha tatva that is presenteverywhere and has a tendency to bind or keep things (parts) together. This is of satva guna andis not differentiated. It is this äkäsha tatva that is present in all signs and makes them worktogether in harmony. It keeps the parts of the body together. It is the cause and controller of the
buddhi. Parasara explains that a predominance of this tatva is present in people born in hamsamahäpurusa yoga (Jupiter) and causes them to worship Visnu. Thus, the ishta devatä & dharmadevatä is Visnu.The Ishta devatä mantra given below are based on my present level of understanding of theBhagavatam and others should consult their Diksha Guru for their mantra. The Dharma mantrasshould be learnt from bonafide Diksha Guru’s. I am qualified to give the Gayatri mantra only andnot the Yuga mantras. The latter are the foundation (four legs of Dharma). These mantra areknown as (a) Mahämantra for kali yuga Rasi (b) Gopäla mantra for dvapara yuga rasi (c) Rämatäraka mantra for treta yuga rasi, and (d) Naräyana mantra for satya yuga rasi.
Table 5: Visnu avatära (Paräsara) for Ishta devatä
 Graha Visnu avatära Japa (dvädasäksari) mantraSun Räma om namo bhagavate mahäräjäyaMoon Krisna om namo bhagavate väsudeväyaMars Nrisimha om namo bhagavate narasimhäyaMercuryBuddha om namo bhagavateJupiter Vämana om namo bhagavate trivikramäyaVenus Parashuräma om namo bhagavate risikeshäyaSaturn Kürma om namo bhagavate aküpäräyaRahu Varäha om namo bhagavate shrisükaräyaKetu Matsya om namo bhagavate mahämatsyäyaJaimini adds that if Ketu the moksa käraka is in the ninth or twelfth houses from kärakamsa,then the native aspires for final emancipation. Further, if these signs are Pisces or Cancer (thenatural moksa trines), the indications of spirituality are a strong influence.Thus, the ninth house from the AK is the most vital deity who guides him in achieving theobjectives of his nature - this is the dharma devatä. Yet, the real achievement is to lose the “self” identity of the soul so that in can merge in the consciousness of godhead. This is self-undoing and is seen from the twelfth house. From the Kärakamsa, the deity seen in the twelfthhouse becomes the Ishta devatä as it guides the soul towards the high spiritual ideal. This deityshould be favorable; else, the entire voyage of this life could become meaningless.Footnotes4. Jaimini's Upadesha Sutra shloka: 2-1-695. Jaimini uses the terms "kriyä" and " cäpa" to refer to the signs, which by the katapayädivarga are Pisces and Cancer. Some translators have preferred "Aries" and "Sagittarius" as thedirect translation of the terms instead. (Stanza 2-1-70)
Planets in trines
 “Trikone päpa dvaye mäntrika ” implies that if two malefic planets are in trines to kärakamsa theperson is a mäntrika implying knowledge of mantra shastra and/or powers of invoking thesupernatural by magical formulae.

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