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DEITy ADorNINg CovEr PAgE Sri. Durga or Maa Durga (Mother Durga) is explained as “Durga dhukkaaarthi naasini” that means “one who can redeem in situations of utmost distress”. Durga is a form of Devi, the supremely radiant goddess, depicted in many names as, Jaya Durga, vana Durga, Mahishamardini Durga and so on, but maintaining a meditative smile, and practicing mudras, or symbolic hand gestures in all the forms. vana Durga is one of the numerous forms of goddess Durga. As the name indicates, she resides in forests. vana Durga is very powerful in blessing her devotees and destroying the evils, disturbing the normal life of her devotees. In this posture, she is having a bright smiling face. She is having eight hands. She carries seven different weapons. Her first right hand is having the mudra named “Abhaya Mudra”. She is standing near her mount lion. This pose is one of the most blessing poses of Sri. Durga Maa.
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uring the past issues I explained a lot about Vedic Astrology. In this issue I wish to explain the nature of the planets in different houses. In the past issue, I explained about the positions of Sun, Moon and Mercury in the twelve houses of an individual’s horoscope. In this issue I wish to explain about the planets Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Raaghu, and Kethu. These are all only hints. The strength of the planet will vary from person to person or horoscope to horoscope. To know more and more about the planets’ position of an individual horoscope, the problems created by these planet and the spiritual salvation of the problems, call me at USA Toll Free 1-888-808- 1418 or email to me email@example.com Mars in Twelve Houses. The house that Mars resides in represents an area of the life that you’ll express actions and desires. Your energies and initiative will be spent focusing on the affairs of this sector of the chart. Mars is assertive, sometimes causing conflict. First House: People here are likely to appear very strong, muscular as well as actually being very strong. They tend to be very assertive, dominant and very self confident. Second House: The people with Mars in the second house are strongly driven by wealth and earning, yet, they also have a strong passion for spending money. They are not afraid to take risks with their money if they see any possible money making ideas. This can lead to gambling
and being conned into the fraud get rich quick schemes. Third House: Mars in the third house denotes quick thinkers, although they tend to jump to conclusions. They are direct yet sharp speakers and tend to get into a lot of arguments especially with family members. They tend to rush life; they even drive fast and are impatient for things such as traffic. They are very good in arguments and debates if the debate teams are small but if it’s very large debate teams then they tend to hide behind their own wall of shyness. Fourth House: They tend to do things themselves rather then getting people to do things for them. They are very strong people and the strength stays with them even through old age. Fifth House: These people are athletic and impulsive. They tend to have an active and somewhat aggressive sex drive. Although, they love competition and to compete they tend to be bad losers. They seek adventure, take risks and are active in sports. Sixth House: These are hard and energetic workers with no tolerance for laziness. They tend to have an aggressive side to others in the work place that doesn’t do their share, this can lead to problems and dislike from co-workers. They are perfectionists. Seventh House: They are likely to marry at a young age or too soon into a relationship with no thinking about
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it; this can lead to problems. They tend to be very aggressive and intimate in relationships and like to gain popularity. Eighth House: Here people tend to be good at investigating things; they tend to be suited to jobs in law, medicine and finance. They have a very active sex drive. Ninth House: The Mars ninth house placement in your chart shows an active interest in travel, outdoor sports and religious or philosophical causes. Tenth House: People with Mars in the tenth house have a strong need for status. They like to be in full power and have great leadership potential. Eleventh House: These people have a very independent attitude but are very hard workers in groups. Friendships are
highly influence their life. They will gain good fortune in later life. Fifth House: These people tend to have a lot of good fortune in their lives. They strongly enjoy life and have a strong drive for personal expression. They are likely to have a large number of children. Sixth House: Jupiter in the sixth house means that you are someone that can heavily be relied upon. These people are good at raising morale, good at resolving issues and friendly. Seventh House: These people are very open and have a strong sense of justice. They are very kind and caring to others. Eighth House: These are people who know how to handle money and are very good at investing. They have a gift for bringing lost causes to life and jobs that seem to be near their end to a new start. Ninth House: These people are very intelligent and are likely to study for as much of their life as possible. They are also likely to do a lot of traveling. Tenth House: These people tend to plan things a long way into the future. Laws and ethical principles are very important to them. They are very likely to join the army or police force. very important here but the argumentative fiery side of mars can result in arguments and break-ups of friends. Twelth House: They let their subconscious mind govern their desires, dreams and actions. They are very secretive about their work and like to work alone or in seclusion. They have a great ability for using their imagination and creative side. On occasion they can be gloomy, changeable and indecisive. Jupiter in twelve houses. Jupiter is the planet of expansion and abundance. The house placement of Jupiter shows the area in which you are likely to think positively and optimistically. In a general sense, things work well for you in the house that Jupiter occupies. First House: These are very broadminded and optimistic people who focus on the brighter side of life. They are very trustworthy, honest and popular. Second House: People with Jupiter in the second house tend to focus around money and material possessions. They tend to spend what they earn. Third House: People here are likely to be very optimistic, philosophic and spiritualistic; this strongly shapes just about everything in their life and the way they live it. Fourth House: These people will highly rely on the assistance and help from their parents even in later life. Their parents also
Eleventh House: These people have a strong power for gaining strong friendships with others. They are natural planners and organizers and tend to draw everything to a plan including lots of detail; they probably live to a heavy scheduled life. Twelth House: These are people that aim to please. They usually do more then what is required from then and try to do things to please others. This does mean that they sometimes do things for others that they don’t want to be done. venus in twelve houses. The house placement of Venus shows how you express yourself socially, romantically, and artistically, in the different areas of the life circle. Venus brings a sense of harmony, refinement, and aesthetic taste to the house it occupies. First House: These people are normally pleasing and very friendly to others; they are very socially outgoing and have a happy outlook on life. They easily make friends and are artistic through art, music and the way they dress. Second House: People here have a love of money and what it can buy. They are interested in making a lot of money, even if it might be just for the social status that it provides. They are likely to marry someone very rich who can provide for the material goods which they desire. If they have an artistic hobby then there is a good chance that they’ll make money via this.
Third House: These are people who had easy early years; they usually have talents for art or music. They don’t like to argue which means they get on with people; especially their family. In order to get their own way instead of using pressure they use persuasion and compromising techniques which come naturally to them. Fourth House: These people are centered strongly on their house; they enjoy seeing their surroundings artistically decorated to the best extent that they can afford. Fifth House: Venus here suggests that this person is popular, with a very appealing romantic nature. This position of Venus shows a deep love of children and people with the planet in this house would make excellent parents or child careers. These people are also very creative and love to show off and be under the spotlight of attention. Sixth House: Most of their romantic and social life evolves around the work place. They are generally well liked and respected people; although they can sometimes be somewhat critical and don’t like mistakes from other people. Seventh House: Marriage and friends are held as being very important here they usually get prosperity through their marriage. Their general and emotional well being is dependant on their relationships and friendships. Eighth House: These people are likely to get money through other people from things such as marriage, relationships, relations and friends. Sometimes they have a very possessive and jealous nature. Ninth House: People with this placement tend to like to study subjects such as philosophy, religion, and art. They tend to appreciate the finer things in life and very well understanding that money doesn’t bring happiness. Tenth House: They are likely to marry for status and recognition and like to grab the attention of others. They are often into fashion, beauty, art and entertainment. Eleventh House: These people tend to gain success from friends and social contacts. They tend to have friends who have creative or artistic talents. Twelth House: People here tend to have a life of secretiveness and solitude. Although they tend to live very secluded lives they tend not to miss a thing of other people and usually have the answers of questions that others find near impossible to find the answers to. As they are very shy and secluded this tends to lead to loneliness and romantic frustration. Saturn in twelve houses. Saturn’s place in the chart highlights the area in which you are likely to shoulder heavy responsibilities and encounter obstacles. Saturn is the planet of restrictions and limitations,
and its position marks the spot where difficult challenges will be met. First House: These people are often very serious which means that it is hard for them to relax and have a good time. They are usually prone to depression. They are very highly self disciplined and set strong rules for themselves. They usually also suffer from a shyness or inferiority complex that they try to hide. Second House: Saturn positioned in the second house places importance in financial and material affairs and denotes a good deal of ambition and hard work associated with accumulating material security. Third House: These people tend to be prone to depression. Their speech is usually well considered and deliberate. They more then likely experienced trouble or difficulties in their education, were slow or late learners and probably bullied by others. They have a strong sense between right and wrong. Fourth House: They have a strong dislike for change. Relationships become very serious and last for a long time; yet once these people are in a relationship if the partner does any changes then they will find it extremely hard to accept the changes and this can lead to problems in relationships. These people must learn that change is important. They strongly cling on to the past and their roots but would greatly benefit from leaving their childhood home and family. Fifth House: These people although they often have the time to relax they find it hard to do so. Romance is taken very seriously and can end up causing more pain then pleasure to them. Their romantic partners are likely to be older then them. They are likely to not want any children in their life or find a lot of problems with bringing up children. Sixth House: People here take their work very seriously. They are often expected to handle the largest of responsibilities at work; yet promotions are rare. Health matters may be of constant concern. Seventh House: People with Saturn in the seventh house are very cautious about relationships and marriage; they are likely to delay a marriage for as long as possible. Although they may feel very restricted in relationships they can accept all situations for better or for worse. Eighth House: Finances are likely to be heavily weighed upon these people. They are likely to have to help others with their finances and probably have a partner with bad financial dispositions on which they will have to take on the financial problems themselves. Ninth House: People here are likely to be able to accept concepts such as astrology. They are usually high followers of religion strong in education and business.
Tenth House: People here have a strong quest for both responsibility and power. They have a managerial quality to them and could easily be strong leaders if they wished to. Eleventh House: People with Saturn in the eleventh house often let find it hard to fulfill their goals, hopes dreams and wishes due to their friends, families and associates. Although they have a large circle of friends they are not very intimate or close to any of them. Most of their friends will be older and heavily demand on them. Twelth House: Their work tends to be under recognized and their subconscious doubts are likely to strongly affect their self confidence. They usually have a subconscious need for solitude and retreat. raaghu in twelve houses. Raaghu shows that area of the life in which strong urges for individuality and freedom of expression are shown. In this house you should expect sudden and unexpected changes to occur during your life. Raaghu brings radical behavior caused by your actions, the action of others, or by circumstances over which you have no control. First House: These people often have very erratic behavior. Usually they stand out from a crowd due to their personality and outgoing behavior. They are very strong natured individuals. Others may view them as somewhat eccentric, unusual or advanced. Common sense is often not used in their actions, due to their impulsiveness, yet they are good at inventing. Second House: This is where there will be a lot of ups and downs in finances. No matter what is done it is very unlikely
that someone in this category will ever gain a stable income. Third House: These people often have a willful and rebellious nature. They are very spontaneous and usually involved with new age thinking. They don’t plan trips or travels, they just tend to pack up and go. Fourth House: These people need freedom and are likely to break away from the family home at a young age. Sudden upsets or changes are likely to occur for these people. Fifth House: People here are often highly inventive and creative. They have strong urges to be free and independent. Romances are usually sudden and unexplained and so are break ups. Sixth House: They usually learn the hard way that they have to do what they are told. They can get highly worked up and easily work themselves into a nervous condition. These people tend to be strongly interested in diets and health fads; this can lead to various eating problems. Seventh House: Marriage is likely to be a spur of the moment thing. Relationships can be hard as these people tend to be very independent. Eighth House: People here tend to be very intuitive. Both finances and business relationships are subject to sudden ups and downs. Ninth House: Here people tend to be into law, philosophy, religion and travel. They are very independent, adventurous and love to travel to exotic places.
Fourth House: These people have a need for personal security and are often very close to their mother. They are often drawn to living near water, and as they grow older they may become somewhat withdrawn. Heir family is a very important aspect of their life. Fifth House: Kethu, in the fifth house has a heavy influence on relationships, they are very romantic individuals but experiences in relationships can be chaotic and sometimes confusing. They normally have a creative talent for acting or role playing and are usually into cinemas, theatres or other performances. Sixth House: These people are very strongly associated to their work, and feel a need to help others. They often have difficulty concentrating on repetitive jobs and in obtaining details. Sometimes they are extremely sensitive to medications, drugs and alcohol and normally are the ones to receive side effects or problems from medications due to this. Seventh House: The people here often have idealistic views on relationships and partnerships rather then realistic views. They are strongly aware of other people yet find it hard to bond with the right people. They are likely to have older friends. Eighth House: Here it is suggested that these people have strong interest in the money of others. They are likely to be people who work in banks or help others with marketing. Ninth House: These people are likely to study or teach art or drama. People may find it hard to understand you especially relatives; they think they understand you when they don’t. This can lead to problems. Tenth House: How these people portray themselves to others is not normally how they are as a person or on the inside; you could say that they hide behind a mask. They often set high goals which are usually much higher then they can get. Eleventh House: These people are likely to be schemers and plotters. They are good at predicting things and often base their dreams and goals on things that are attainable. Twelth House: A twelth house Kethu usually suffers from depression. They often have fears and that are linked to problems and events in the past. They often have a great compassion for those who are outcasts of life or who have physical or mental problems. In the next issue we will discuss about some more interesting subjects of vedic Astrology. I pray Lord Shiva and vanadurga matha to shower their entire blessings on all of us to have a comfortable living. om Shanthi om Shanthi om Shanthi.
Tenth House: These people tend to take matters into their own hand. They are not afraid to make decisions and usually clash with their boss and tend to be their own boss. Eleventh House: They often have difficulty with decisions and making up their mind. They make friends easily but keep a distance with their friends. Twelth House: These people often feel trapped, they often have a strong need to be alone and independent; yet may feel like a loner. Kethu in twelve houses. Kethu’s spot in the horoscope may show that area of the life where sacrifices are likely to be necessary. Kethu has to do with the psychic. Its influences are vague, mystical and dreamlike in nature. The house that Kethu occupies shows where the higher spiritual forces may make their presence felt, and where you are unrealistic sometimes. First House: These people are highly susceptible to suggestions and recommendations by others rather then living and obtaining the goals and life that they wish to live. People here are usually more psychic then others and what they believe they are; yet they have low self esteem about their image and appearance. Second House: There are more then likely to be a few misplacements or careless mistakes with money made by these people which can lead to money problems. Third House: People here are very intuitive and have a great ability to communicate with higher being spirits. They often tend to “live in a world of their own” and are subject to drifting, wondering and daydreaming.
Asparagus Pachai poriyal (Asparagus stir Fry)
Ginger garlic paste- 2 teaspoons Chili powder-1 table spoon Coriander powder-2 to 3 table spoons Lemon juice-2 teaspoons For Marination Curd-2 table spoons
The most easiest and tastiest is this Asparagus fry. We usually call a fry Pachai, if no chili powder is used and is cooked little less. Asparagus is a nutrient-dense food which in high in Folic Acid and is a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin. Asparagus has No Fat, contains No Cholesterol and is low in Sodium. Ingredients Asparagus-2 bunches Big onion-1(minced) Pepper powder-1 teaspoon Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon Lemon juice-1 teaspoon Procedure Take off the bottom and top 1 inch portion from the asparagus. Cut it in to pieces of 1 inch length. Mix the lemon juice, pepper powder, turmeric powder and the salt needed and keep aside for 10 minutes. Keep the kadai in the stove. Season the fry with a teaspoon of cumin seed and saute the onion for few minutes. Now add the asparagus and mix well. Don’t add any water. Cook just for 5 minutes (till the water in the fry is gone). Chettinad Chicken Kuzhambu (Authentic Chettinad Chicken Gravy) Ingredients Chicken-1/2 kg Small onion-30 or big onion-2 Tomatoes-2 (small size) Garlic-20 pods
Turmeric powder-1 teaspoon Chili powder-2 teaspoons Salt-2 teaspoons Ginger garlic paste-1 teaspoon For seasoning Cardomom-2 Cinnamon-2 small pieces Clove-2 Birinji leaf-small piece Star anise-a small piece Mint leaf-little Curry leaf little Fennel seed-1 teaspoon For grinding Cocunut-2 table spoons Cashewnut-5 Fennel seeds-1 teaspoon Method Wash the chicken pieces nicely. Marinate with the items given in “for marination”. Let it stay for 1 hour. Mince the onion, garlic and tomatoes. Grind the items in “for grinding” to a smooth paste. Keep the cooker in the stove. In 1 table spoon of oil season the kuzhambu with the items in for seasoning”. Sauté the onion, garlic, ginger garlic paste and tomatoes one by one nicely. Add the marinated chicken and sauté nicely for 3 minutes. Add the chili and coriander powder. Add 2 to 3 cups of water (if gravy is thick water can be added latter also). Put the salt needed (Remember 2 teaspoons of salt was added while marinating). Mix everything well. Close the cooker and
put the weight. Once the steam starts coming reduce the flame to medium. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Wait for the pressure to get released. Open the cooker and add the grinded paste. Let the gravy boil for 5 minutes. Now if the gravy is very thick than the consistency you need, water can be added. Check for the salt and hot taste and if any correction has to be made it can be done now. If you find the gravy too watery even after 5 to 8 minutes of boiling, little coriander powder can be added. Once everything is well mixed and the gravy looks perfect switch off the stove. Add the lemon juice and mix well (Note that lemon juice should be added after switching off the stove else the gravy will turn little bitter). Your chettinad chicken gravy is ready. Garnish with coriander leaves while serving. Chettinad Milagu Kozhi varuval (Authentic Chettinad Pepper chicken) Ingredients Chicken- 1lb Big onion (nicely chopped)-2 Tomatoes (chopped)-2 Ginger garlic paste-2 teaspoons Chili powder-1 table spoon Coriander powder-1 table spoon Crushed pepper corns-2 table spoons Lemon juice-1 table spoon For seasoning Cinnamon-3 sticks Cardamom-3 Clove-3 Bay leaf-little Fennel seeds-1 teaspoon Curry leaf-little Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes with 1 table spoon chili powder mentioned in the ingredients, 1 teaspoon turmeric powder and half the ginger garlic paste. Add half the quantity of salt required also during marinating.
Procedure It is always better to cook this curry in a kadai than in pressure cooker as the ingredients are added in different stages of cooking. Pour 2 table spoon of cooking oil and add the items given in ‘for seasoning’ one by one in the order given. First add the nicely minced onion and sauté till oil separates. Then add the ginger garlic paste and turmeric powder. Stir well so that the paste doesn’t get burnt. Now add the tomato pieces and try to smash it using the ladle. The smaller the pieces, it will be easier to get smashed fast. Now add the coriander powder and mix well. Add ¼ cup of water into the masala. Reduce the flame to medium. Close the kadai and let the masala get cooked for 5 minutes. Now you can see cooked masala with oil on top. In this stage add the marinated chicken pieces. Sauté nicely till the moisture in the chicken comes out. Now there will be enough water in the chicken to get cooked. Add the remaining salt needed. Close the kadai now and in medium flame cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Check that the chicken pieces are cooked well, if not cook for some more time. Once the pieces are cooked add the crushed pepper corns on top and mix well. Add the lemon juice after switching off the stove. Garnish with coriander leaves. Puliyodarai (Tamarind rice) Ingredients for the mix Coriander seeds-2 table spoons Channa dhal-1 table spoon Fenugreek seeds-1/2 teaspoon Red chillies-8 In a kadai dry roast all the items in low fire for 5 to 6 minutes and grind it. Ingredients for the Rice Raw rice-2 cups Tamarind-size of a small lemon Curry leaf-little Turmeric powder-1 teaspoon Asafotida-1/2 teaspoon Ground nut-2 tablespoons
To season Mustard seeds-1 teaspoon Channa dhal-1 teaspoon Curry leaf-little Red chillies-2 (If the mix is not used use 6 more chilies) Method Keep the kadai in the stove. Pour four table spoons of gingili oil. Season with items given in “To season”. Add the groundnut also and roast for 2 minutes. Dissolve the tamarind in ½ cup of water. Add this water into the kadai. Add the grinded mix. Add little turmeric powder, asafetida powder and required salt (2 to 3 table spoons, Remember salt is needed for the rice too). Keep the stove in sim and cook till oil separates. Now The Puliyodarai mix is ready. Cook the rice with little less water than usual in such a way that they do not stick to each other. Transfer the rice into a flat bottom vessel. Add 1 tablespoon oil, mix well and allow it to cool. Once the rice cools, little by little add the Puliyodarai mix into the rice and mix well. If there is extra mix, it can be stored for future use. It can be even kept outside. It will not get spoiled for 10 days .If refrigerated the mix will stay fresh for a longer time. Sambar Sadam (Bisibelabath) Ingredients Rice-1 ¼ cups Thoor dhal-3/4 cup Tamarind-qty equal to the size of a gooseberry vegetables Carrot-1 Drumstick-1 Potato-1 Beans-8 Green Peas or chickpeas-1 handful Small onion -20 to 30 Tomato-1 Curry leaf-little Coriander leaves-little (If one of the vegetable is not there you can substitute with some other one you like.) To season Mustard seeds-1 teaspoon Urudh dhal-1 teaspoon Red chillies-2 Coriander leaves-little Asafetida-a pinch
To grind Red chillies-4 Coriander seeds-3 tablespoons Pepper-1 teaspoon Bengal gram-1 tablespoon Curry leaf-little Cinnamon-2 pieces Clove-2 Fenugreek seeds-1/2 teaspoon Asafetida-a small piece (if powder is used add while seasoning) Dry roast all the items .Add fenugreek at last as it will get roasted fast. Powder the roasted items. Procedure This rice can be prepared either in rice cooker or in pressure cooker. I feel it is easy in Rice cooker. But those who are used to cooking rice in pressure cooker can opt for that. Cook rice with little extra water. Cook the thoor dhal in the pressure cooker separately. Season the vegetables in little oil with mustard seeds and cook them nicely in microwave or in the stove. Dissolve the tamarind in one cup of water. If you are using rice cooker, when the rice gets cooked add the vegetables, cooked thoor dhal the grinded masala powder and the salt required into the rice cooker and mix well. Add the tamarind water also into the rice cooker. The rice should be little watery. As time goes on it will become thick. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes more. Those who are using pressure cooker can cook rice, vegetables and dhal separately. Then keep a flat bottomed vessel in the stove. Add the rice, dhal, cooked vegetables, grinded masala and the salt needed into it and mix well. Add the tamarind water also into the mix. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes more. Finally season with the items given in ‘To season’. Some cashews can also be roasted in ghee and added for extra taste. While serving garnish with coriander leaves and little ghee. Serve along with papad.
uNITED WE STAND; DIvIDED WE FALL Once upon a time three sons were engaged in merchantile business under the supervision of their father. They were very rich. Each son was proficient in his own department. If one was good in sales, the other one was competent in purchases and similarly the third one in finance. Unluckily, one day the father got bed ridden and the sons decided to divide the business under the fallacy that each of them were experts in their own way and can handle their individual business solely. The father was glum and grumpy with their decision but was helpless and unfortunately the separation took place. As a result three of them became each other’s competitors. With the passage of time, they started having huge losses in their respective businesses. They tried all possible ways to succeed but the situation became worse. Then they came to their father for a piece of advice. The father said when you all were doing the business jointly, the business ran successfully. But it was not any one of you responsible for the success of the business rather traits of all three of you put together made the business successful. The sons realized their mistake & got reunited. So we conclude that disunity always ruins.
LooK BEForE you LEAP Once a fox was roaming around in the dark. Unfortunately, he fell into a well. He tried his level best to come out but all in vain. So, he had no other alternative but to remain there till the next morning. The next day, a goat came that way. She peeped into the well and saw the fox there. The goat asked what you are doing there, Mr. Fox. The sly fox replied, I came here to drink water. It is the best I have ever tasted. Come and see for yourself. Without thinking even for a while, the goat jumped into the well, quenched her thirst and looked for a way to get out. But just like the fox, she also found herself helpless to come out. Then the fox said, I have an idea. You stand on your hind legs. I’ll climb on your head and get out. Then I shall help you come out too. The goat was innocent enough to understand the shrewdness of the fox and did as the fox said and help him get out of the well. While walking away, the fox said, had you been intelligent enough, you would never have got in without seeing how to get out. That’s why the elders say, look before you leap. WICKEDNESS ruINS Once a wolf was roaming around in a forest in search of a prey. He came near a village that was located at the edge of the forest. There he saw a flock of sheep grazing in a pasture. While he was planning to kill a sheep, he found a sheep-skin lying by the foot-path. Seeing the sheep-skin, a wicked idea clicked him. He thought of wearing it and slipping into the flock because then, it would be easy to get a prey. When the wolf got into the flock, the shepherd drove it to the village. Reaching there he enclosed it in the pen and shut the door immediately. Just then his wife came there and said today I have nothing to cook for dinner. So, kill one sheep for me. The shepherd went into
the pen and looked for a meaty sheep. Mistaking the disguised wolf for a sheep, he killed him with an axe. The wickedness is its own punishment. The wolf wanted a sheep as his prey but himself became the food of the shepherd. uNWISE STArT LEADS To A SAD END Once, there was a mouse that had his hole near a pool in a thick forest. A frog often came out for basking in the sun. Within no time, they became buddies. But the friendship of a frog and mouse is highly undesirable because the frog’s home is in water and the mouse on land. One day the frog said to the mouse, let’s bind ourselves together with a string so that we may never get separated. The mouse agreed. So, both tied themselves together leg-to-leg. Though on land, it went quite well, but in the pool, it was tragic for the mouse. The frog swam about delightfully in the pool dragging the mouse with him. Soon, the mouse drowned and his body floated on the surface of the pool. A kite hovering in the sky saw the dead mouse it swooped down to carry it off. Up went the frog as well and became the kite’s meal. SAy THE TruTH BuT DoN’T HurT ANyoNE’S FEELINgS The chief of gods was getting married. He decided to celebrate the event by hosting a reception. He invited all the animals living on land and in water to attend the banquet. All the animals came to attend the feast but the tortoise didn’t come. Jupiter was surprised at his absence. After few days, Jupiter came across the tortoise and asked him, why didn’t you attend the banquet held in honor of my marriage? Were you all right? The tortoise retorted, I am a stay-at-home type of an animal and never care to attend petty affairs. Why should I trouble myself when there is no place like home? Though, the tortoise said something very true, but the way he said it was very hurting. The chief of gods felt pinched and cursed the tortoise, now; you will always carry your home on your back and never be able to unload it. Till today, every tortoise carries his home with him.
his is the story of a long-gone era. In the country of India, nearly five thousand years back, lived a boy named Eklavya, the son of a tribal chief in the forests of the kingdom- Hastinapura. Eklavya was a brave, handsome boy. He was loved by all. But he was not happy. His father saw that something troubled Eklavya. More than once he found his son lost deep in thought when other boys enjoyed the pleasures of hunting and playing. One day the father asked his son, why are you so unhappy, Eklavya? Why don’t you join your friends? Why are you not interested in hunting? Father, I want to be an archer, replied Eklavya, I want to become a disciple of the great Dronacharya, the great tutor of Archery in Hastinapura. His Gurukul is a magical place where ordinary boys are turned into mighty warriors. Eklavya saw his father was silent. He continued, Father, I know that we belong to the hunting tribe, but I want to be a warrior, father, not a mere hunter. So please allow me to leave home and become the disciple of Dronacharya. Eklavya’s father was troubled, for he knew that his son’s ambition was not an easy one. But the chief was a loving father and he did not want to refuse his only son’s wish. So the kind man gave his blessings and sent his son on his way to Dronacharya’s Gurukul. Eklavya set on his way. Soon he reached the part of the forest where Dronacharya taught the princes of Hastinapur. In those days, there was no such system as a school, college, university or hostel. The only place where one could get some education was a Gurukul. A Gurukul (Guru refers to “teacher” or “master”; Kul refers to his domain, from the Sanskrit word kula, meaning extended family.) is a type of ancient Hindu school in India that is residential in nature with the sishyas or students and the guru or teacher living in proximity, many a time within the same house. The Gurukul is the place where the students resided together as equals, irrespective of their social standing. The students learned from the guru and also helped the guru in his day-to-day life, including the carrying out of mundane chores such as washing clothes, cooking, etc. The education imparted thus, was a wholesome one. Karma 15
Having said this much, let us now return to Eklavya. When the boy reached Dronacharya’s Gurukul, he saw that it consisted of a group of huts, surrounded by trees and an archery yard. The disciples were practicing to shoot arrows with their bows and arrows in the yard. It was an engaging sight. But Eklavya’s eyes searched Dronacharya. Where was he? Will he be able to see the man? Without Dronacharya, all his purpose of coming here would be meaningless. But all his worries soon subsided. He didn’t have to wait for long. There was the man standing near a tree busy instructing a boy, who was none else than the third Pandava prince Arjuna, as Eklavya came to know later. Though Eklavya had never seen Dronacharya before, he put his guess at work. He went near Dronacharya and bowed. The sage was surprised to see a strange boy addressing him. Who are you? he asked. “Dronacharya, I am Eklavya, son of the Tribal Chief in the western part of the forests of Hastinapura.” Eklavya replied. “Please accept me as your disciple and teach me the wonderful art of Archery.” Dronacharya sighed. “Eklavya...” said he,”... if you are a tribal hunter, you must be a Shudra, the lowest social community according to the Vedic Caste System. I am a Brahmin, the highest caste in the kingdom. I cannot teach a Shudra boy.” “And he’s also a Royal teacher,” interrupted Prince Arjuna. “Our Guru has been appointed by the King to train us, the princes and the highborn. How dare you come inside the Gurukul and seek him? Leave! Now!” he spat out, looking enraged that Eklavya had disturbed his practice. Eklavya was stunned at Arjuna’s behavior. He himself was the son of the chief of his clan, but he never insulted anyone below him in such a way. He looked at Dronacharya for some kind of support, but the sage remained silent. The message was loud and clear. Dronacharya also wanted him to leave. He refused to teach him. The innocent tribal boy was deeply hurt by Dronacharya’s refusal to teach him. “It’s not fair!” he thought miserably. “God has given knowledge to all, but man alone differentiates his kind.” He left the place with a broken heart and a bitter taste in his mouth. But it could not shatter his ambition to learn Archery. He was still as determined to learn Archery. “I may be a Shudra but does it make any difference?” thought he. “I am as strong and zealous as Dronacharya’s princes and disciples. If I practice the art everyday, I can surely become an archer.” Eklavya reached his own forests and took some mud from a nearby river. He made a statue of Dronacharya and selected a secluded clearing in the forests to place it. Eklavya did this because he faithfully believed that if he practiced before his Guru, he would become an able archer. Thus, though his Guru shunned him, he still held him in high esteem and thought of him as his Guru. Day after day, he took his bow and arrow, worshipped the statue of Dronacharya and started practice. In time faith, courage and perseverance transformed Eklavya the mere tribal hunter into Eklavya the extraordinary archer.
Eklavya became an archer of exceptional prowess, superior even to Dronacharya’s best pupil, Arjuna. One day while Eklavya is practicing, he heard a dog barking. At first the boy ignored the dog, but continuous disturbance in his practice angered him. He stopped his practice and went towards the place where the dog was barking. Before the dog could shut up or get out of the way, Eklavya fired seven arrows in rapid succession to fill the dog’s mouth without injuring it. As a result it roamed the forests with its mouth opened. But Eklavya was not alone in his practice. He was unaware of the fact that just some distance away, the Pandava princes were also present in that area of the forest. As fate would have it, that day, they had come with their teacher, Dronacharya, who was instructing them about some finer points of archery by making them learn in the real-life condition of the open jungle. As they were busy practicing, they suddenly chanced upon the “stuffed” dog, and wonder who could have pulled off such a feat of archery. Dronacharya was amazed too. “Such an excellent aim can only come from a mighty archer.” he exclaimed. He told the Pandavas that if somebody was such a good archer then he surely needed to be met. The practice was stopped and together they began searching the forest for the one behind such amazing feat. They found a dark-skinned man dressed all in black, his body besmeared with filth and his hair in matted locks. It was Eklavya. Dronacharya went up to him. “Your aim is truly remarkable!” Dronacharya praised Eklavya,
and asked “From whom did you learn Archery?” Eklavya was thrilled to hear Dronacharya’s praises. How surprised he will be if he told Dronacharya that he, in fact was his Guru! “From you my Master. You are my Guru,” Eklavya replied humbly. “Your Guru? How can I be your Guru? I have never seen you before!” Dronacharya exclaimed in surprise. But all of a sudden he remembered something. He remembered about an eager boy who had visited his Gurukul several months ago. “Now I remember,” said he. “Are you not the same hunter boy whom I refused admission in my Gurukul some months back?” “Yes, Dronacharya”, replied the boy. “After I left your Gurukul, I came home and made a statue like you and worshipped it every day. I practiced before your image. You refused to teach me, but your statue did not. Thanks to it, I have become a good archer.” Hearing this, Arjuna became angry. “But you promised me that you’d make me the best archer in the world!” he accused Dronacharya. “Now how can that be? Now a common hunter has become better than me!” The other princes remembered their master
frequently praising Arjuna that he had immense talent and will be the greatest archer in the kingdom. They waited with bated breath. What will their teacher do now? Unable to answer Arjuna’s question, Dronacharya remained silent. The sage too was upset that his promise to Prince Arjuna was not going to be fulfilled. He was also angry with Eklavya for disobeying him. So the sage planned to punish Eklavya. “Where is your guru dakhsina? You have to give me a gift for your training,” the sage demanded. He had finally found a way to make Eklavya suffer for his disobedience. Eklavya was overjoyed. A guru dakshina was the voluntary fee or gift offered by a disciple to his guru at the end of his training. The guru-shishya parampara, i.e. the teacher-student tradition, was a hallowed tradition in Hinduism. At the end of a shishya’s study, the guru asks for a “guru dakshina,” since a guru does not take fees. A guru dakshina is the final offering from a student to the guru before leaving the ashram. The teacher may ask for something or nothing at all. “Dronacharya, I’ll be the happiest person on earth to serve you. Ask me anything and I will offer it to you as my guru dhakshina “he said. “I might ask something you don’t like to give me. What if you refuse the dhakshina I want?” Dronacharya asked cunningly.
Eklavya was shocked. It was considered a grave insult and a great sin if a guru’s dakshina was refused. “No! How can I, teacher? I am not that ungrateful. I’ll never refuse anything you ask, Dronacharya,” promised the unsuspecting boy. Dronacharya did not wait anymore. “Eklavya, I seek to have your right-hand thumb as my guru dhakshina” he declared. Silence befell on everyone. Everyone was shocked, even Arjuna. He looked at his teacher in horror and disbelief. How could their teacher make such a cruel demand? That too, from a mere boy? For a moment Eklavya stood silent. Without his thumb he could never shoot arrows again. But the teacher must be satisfied. “Ok Gurudev, as you wish.” said he. Then, without the slightest hesitation, Eklavya drew out his knife and cut his thumb! The princes gasped at Eklavya’s act of bravery. But the tribal boy betrayed no signs of pain, and held out his severed thumb to Dronacharya. “Here is my guru dakshina, Dronacharya”, Ekalavya said. “I am happy that you have made me your disciple, even if I’m a mere Shudra hunter.” The sage was humbled. He blessed the young archer for his courage. “Eklavya, even with out your thumb, you’ll be known as a great archer. I bless you that you will be remembered forever for your loyalty to your guru,” Dronacharya declared and left the forests. He was moved and grieved at his own action. But he was content that his promise to Arjuna was not broken. The Gods blessed Eklavya from above. But despite his handicap, Eklavya continued to practice archery. How could he do so? When one is dedicated, one can make even mountains bow. With practice, Eklavya could shoot arrows with his index and middle finger and he became a greater archer than he was ever before. His renown spread far and wide. When Dronacharya came to know this, he blessed the boy silently and begged for divine forgiveness. True to Dronacharya’s blessing, Eklavya is still praised as the most loyal and brave student in the epic of Mahabharata.
Ms. Divya Mathur Born, brought-up and educated in Delhi, Divya Mathur worked as Medical Secretary for nearly 15 years at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, where she committed herself to help the blind. She is Executive Director of a charity in London, which helps the blind to be self-reliant. A master’s degree holder in English, she has diplomas in Journalism from Delhi and Glasgow. She devised shorthand for Ophthalmology in 1972 to facilitate her work at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences. Recently honored with the NRI Literary Award (Aksharam), Divya has won the Arts Achiever of the Year2003 Award, for outstanding contribution and innovation in the field of Arts. She was given the Experience Corps Certificate of Recognition & Merit to mark her contribution in the community. She was also invited to receive the Lifting Up the World with a Oneness-Heart Award (Honoring individuals of Inspiration and Dedication) by The Peace Meditation Mission of the United Nations. She has also won an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the International Library of Poetry.
A nominated Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Divya aims at addressing the cultural aspirations of the Indian community and promoting Indo-British dialogue at the level of thoughts and shared experience. In 1992, she joined hands with the team chosen by Minister and Director of Culture, Mr. Gopal Gandhi, to establish The Nehru Centre in London, where she continues to enjoy working as its Senior Program Officer. She has helped to organize thousands of programs in the last thirteen years. The magnitude of her organizational skills can be seen from the number of programs she has helped to organize. It is over six hundred programs, only in the last three years, with an average of 200 programs per year. Ms. Zena Sorabjee She is the Chairman of the Baha’i House of Worship. She is also the Chairman of the Lotus Charitable Trust and Lotus Hospitals Trust. She has represented the Indian Baha’i community at the UN Millennium Conference for World Religious Leaders and the Baha’i International Community at various UN seminars. Traveling throughout India, Zena has assisted in the establishment of primary schools, the education of girls, and the transfer of technology to rural India. For her social work, Zena has been named Best Social Worker by Nehru Bal Samiti. ruth Manorama ( Social Activist) Ruth Manorama is India’s most effective organizer of and advocate for the women belonging to the ‘scheduled castes’ and also called ‘untouchables’. Ruth Manorama is a woman
from the same community. Born at Madras in 1952, her parents escaped the worst consequences of being Dalits by becoming Christians. In 1975 Manorama took a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Madras and has trained in both the community organization methods of Saul D’ Alinsky and the conscientisation methods of Paolo Freire. In 2001 Manorama was granted an honorary doctorate “for the distinguished contribution made to church and society” by the Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administration. Manorama has been consistently associated with a range of issues – the rights of slum dwellers, domestic workers, unorganized labor and Dalits, and the empowerment of marginalized women. She stresses the interconnectedness between these issues, and the common cause that marginalized people share the world over. Her work crosses the borders between grassroots movements, mass mobilization, and international movements. Manorama’s working life has been spent on organization building, mobilization of people and advocacy on behalf of Dalit women through a large number of organizations. She is: - General Secretary of Women’s Voice founded in 1985, to work with women in slums, struggling for land, shelter and survival rights of the urban poor. President of the National Alliance of Women, set up following the Fourth World Conference of Women in Beijing in 1995 to monitor government performance on its various commitments to women and lobby for change. Joint Secretary of the Christian Dalit Liberation Movement, formed in the 1980s to mobilize Christian Dalits for affirmative action. Secretary of the Karnataka State Slum Dwellers Federation. Secretary for organization building of the National Centre for Labor, an apex organization of unorganized labor in India. -President of the National Federation of Dalit Women (NFDW), set up in 1995. In addition, she has a number of regional and international roles (Asian Women’s Human Rights Council, International Women’s Rights Action Watch – Asia – Pacific, Sisters’ Network). She has also been a member of the Karnataka State Planning Board, the State Commission for Women, the Task
Force on Women’s Empowerment of the Government of India and a number of other state and national bodies. Ruth Manorama was chosen to be included in “1,000 women for Nobel Peace Prize 2005”. Ashminder Kaur Dhadialla, A Sikh lawyer, born in Nairobi, Kenya on 17 November 1974. She left Kenya as a teenager and first studied science in Canada before rounding off her law degrees with a Masters at Oxford University in England. Ashminder participated in the 1995 World Debating Championships and was Secretary of the Oxford University Women’s Blues Squash Team. Following graduation from Oxford, Ashminder worked for leading international law firms and companies, including Clifford Chance LLP in London, however, her key interest remained in undertaking pro bono human rights work and in preserving Sikh culture, history and theology. Away from corporate finance legal work, Ashminder spends a minimum of ten hours a week on unpaid pro bono work which ranges from assisting in domestic violence disputes to working with international human rights groups on complex and politically sensitive cases of alleged genocide or crimes against humanity. Ashminder also takes a keen interest in legal issues affecting women in her native country, Kenya and the structure of the Kenyan legal system, and prepares restructuring proposals in this regard. In 2002, to counter Sikh underrepresentation at leading Universities,
Ashminder founded “The Sikh Scholarship Foundation”, a charity that provides grants and scholarships to leading Universities, such as Oxford, for Sikhs. The aim is to extend this program to other under-represented stateless nations with distinct cultures, such as the Bushmen of South Africa and the Aboriginals of Australia by 2009. All Scholars undergo a parallel program of study to learn about their own culture, history and theology and to ensure they are equipped and capable of competently addressing the various social and relevant issues facing their communities. Piu Sarkar (Artist) If the eyes say it all, then Piu Sarkar’s creations with their large almond-shaped eyes, speak volumes. Her canvases have lovely women with arresting features, quite absorbed in their own world. It is almost as thought they have no cares or worries. “That’s quite right,” says the self-taught artist, Piu. “I paint women who are enigmatic and sensual; women who have a mind of their own.” Piu herself seems like an extension of her canvases. She is a lovely person, well read and absolutely passionate about her work. The latter evolves around stree Shakti, which is the liberation of women that were embodied in mythology and folklore. “The series is also a story of my journey as a woman. It is not a voice against the man’s world but her existence and evolution from pages of epics to entertainment,” she states. One of her paintings was inspired by a scene from ‘Pather Panchali’, a Bengali classic. Charulata or Shakuntala are influenced by old Bengali classics of Bibhuti Bhushan Bandhopadhyaya, Tagore and Kalidas. “All the women that I paint deal with a similar undercurrent of pressure and need strength to sustain them. It is here that the Shakti comes in,” she explains. Piu admits that images of women icons of Indian mythology have been her real inspiration as they reflect the social and political strategy of a woman’s status from the past to the society in today’s times. “The series of my creations have been influenced by eyes and motifs of Ajanta Frescoes, Pala Art of Bengal, Mewar Miniatures and Mathura/ Gandhara Patterns, etc. I have depicted the flavor of Indian Culture and Classics in an individualistic language and presented it in a contemporary palette of Indian Pop Art,” she adds.
The striking depiction of these women icons have already won Piu admiration from eminent artist Jogen Choudhury and actress Sushmita Sen. “I did not know that Sushmita had bought my paintings until much later. She then called me up to tell me that the image had ‘strength’ in its eyes,” she says. For the artist says it’s going to be women power that will occupy her canvas for some time. After which she will see what else catches her fancy. Piu Sarkar has been awarded the ‘Woman achiever of Calcutta’. Aruna roy, (Magsaysay award winner) Aruna Roy, born to Tamil parents and brought up in a totally secular tradition, is one of those who did. Six years (19681975) in the IAS were enough to convince her that reality laid elsewhere. In her words: “Frankly speaking, I was not happy with bureaucratic functioning.... There are times when one knows that the decisions being taken by higher-ups are blatantly wrong, but nothing can be challenged.” Aruna left the IAS to join her husband Bunker Roy’s Social Work and Research Centre in Tilonia in Rajasthan: “I had my schooling in grassroots work in Tilonia. Before that, I did not even know what a village was!” In 1990, she moved away from Tilonia to join the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), an organization of poor farmers, both men and women. The MKSS fought for fair wages to workers, and also became centrally involved in the campaign for the Right to Information (RTI). As Aruna describes it, the RTI campaign—later to blossom into a full-fledged movement—was born from an agitation for minimum wages by MKSS in the late ‘80s. Sixty per cent of the members of MKSS are women. It is these women and men who provide the breadth of vision that characterizes MKSS. For them, as for Aruna, the RTI is not just a campaign for the right to information. It is a campaign that links together all the natural rights of citizenship—to food, to wages, to work, to dignity, and to a life free of violence. The presence of women is essential for, according to Aruna, women instinctively understand what it is to be marginalized, and, over time, men in the movement have begun to understand the importance of involving women. In 2000, when Aruna Roy was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay award, she dedicated it to the ‘ordinary’ people—both women and men—she works with. Perhaps the most fitting tribute to this intrepid and remarkable activist came from the women of Devdungri, where she has made her home, when her mother, herself a remarkable woman, passed away. The bier was carried by women of all castes, religions, backgrounds. Her pyre was lit—in an important deviation from the Hindu ceremony where only males have this privilege—by all the women in her family, giving Aruna, and her mother, a sense of peace. In the next issue we will discuss about some more Indian Women Celebrities.
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1. yerramnaidu, Fairfax, vA Swamiji, I learnt about your good self and the temple through the wonderful magazine Karma. I approached you to fix the marriage problem of my daughter. You scrutinized her horoscope and found that the planets’ positions in her horoscope are not in favor for her marriage. You personally performed the Atharva Vedic Thantric rituals for fixing that problem. My daughter’s marriage is fixed now after a long time only by your blessings. I wish to donate a sum of $25,000 for the new Vana Durga Temple to be built. 2. vamsi Mohan, Colchester, CT I wish to have your esteemed blessings for the third business I have started. My first two businesses are running good only because of your blessings. Daily I chant your holy name “SRI SIDDHAR SWAMIYE NAMAHA” for 108 times before starting my daily affairs. Thanks a lot for the great magazine “Karma.” 3.Arvind Shah, Schamburg, IL I had many problems in my family, particularly with my in laws. I contacted His holiness Swamiji Siddhar to solve the problems. He solved all the problems
the problems and now my daughter is married. Now, I am the happiest man in this world. I pray that the Almighty bless me to be your devotee always. 9. Ketar Prabhu, American Fork, uT Thank you very much and Namaskars Swamiji. You have made our failing business turn around. Our entire lives are dedicated at your golden feet. Om Namashivaya. 10. Selvi Inbarasa, Huntington, IN Swamiji Sri Siddhar Ayyya Vanakkam! After learning about you through your magazine I approached you to solve my son’s education problems. By the great mantra power, my son is doing well in his studies now. Nanri and Vanakkam for making me happy. 11. Amrita Kaur, Durham, NH Swamiji, I wish to recall the holy days of your spiritual tour to my home town a few months back. I met you in person and requested your blessings to solve my marriage problems. Only because of your blessings and prayers my marriage is settled. My Namaskars to you. Thanks for publishing the Karma USA. 12. Zafir Ahmed Ajmeri, Englewood, CO Thanks a lot, Swamiji, for your wonderful contribution of the Karma magazine for enlightenment of the entire human race. Even though I am an Ajmeri, I respect you as an equal to the leader of my religion. 13. Senthilkumar Chandrasekaran, Huntsville, TX Siddharji, you have done a great miracle with my son who had a very quarrelsome nature. I came and met you in person after reading the magazine Karma. After your rituals, he is much nicer to be around. Once again, thanks Swamiji! 14. Pravin Balubai Patel, york, NE Swamiji, I had too many problems in my life. I was not able to find a spiritual solution for those problems. When I had been to another Hindu Temple, I got the magazine, the Karma. Immediately, I called you to give me a spiritual salvation for my problems. You checked my Horoscope and gave me the Raksha Kavacha. By the power of the Raksha Kavacha and your blessings, I am getting out of my problems. Thanks a lot for such a wonderful spiritual healing. 15. Brinda Henry, Holbrook, AZ Swamiji, I am very happy to be your devotee. Even though I am a Christian, I have a deep respect for Hinduism and all the world’s religions. Only after talking to you and reading the Karma, I have a clear idea about my future. Your astrological predictions were so accurate and your mantras are so powerful. Thanks for accepting me as your devotee. 16.ravi Sundaranayagam, Claymont, DE Basically I am a Sri Lankan Tamilian. I had a good business, but all of a sudden the business started to go down. I got the magazine Karma and contacted you to bless me.You blessed me
whole heartedly. My downtrodden life is being brought up only because of your holiest blessings. Thanks and namaskarams to you and your magazine. 17.ramchandra Durramraju, richmond, vA Thank you very much Swamiji for bringing out an ego free temple. I came to know the news from the magazine, Karma. Even though I wish to contribute a lot to the Temple and the magazine, I am not able to do so because of my poor earnings. Please kindly accept my small contribution of $501.00 for the magazine. Next month I will donate to the Temple. 18. Chandrika Karan Sinha, Dubois, Wy Swamiji, I had no peace of mind. Only after your consultations, and the rituals, I am having peace of mind. I wish to donate $1,001.00 every month for the magazine Karma for giving me peace of mind by introducing your good self to me. Please be kind enough to accept this donation. Please bless me and my family with the same continued peace of mind. Namaskars. 19. ram Narayan, Somerset, MA Swamiji, Namaskarams. In my age and experience, I haven’t seen anybody with such great knowledge and wisdom. Please bless me and my family. Please bless me with the opportunity to be a contributing writer for your wonderful magazine, the Karma. 20.rangadorai ramasamy, Evansville, IN Siddhar Maharaj, Suddenly, I had some sort of evil spirits’ attack and due to that effect I was not even able to concentrate on work. One of my friends told me to contact you. On hearing of my bad condition you personally came to my house and performed the Atharva Vedic Thantric Rituals. With your blessings now I am getting out of the evil spirits’ attack and I am doing well now. As a devotee, I humbly do my Pranams; and I pray that you to have a long and devoted life in order to make the entire human race happy and peaceful. Thanks to you and your Karma Magazine!
(The Atharva Veda technique by Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar.)
In today’s speedy world the stress plays a vital role in spoiling the health condition right from a school going kid to the most elderly people. What is the reason for this? First is the work and life style and second is the planets. According to the Atharva Vedic Astrology, if the Ascendant or Lagna is occupied by the planets Sun, Mars and Saturn it is sure that the individual will have lot of stress even if he/she is not doing any
critical or difficult works. Those people will make their mind and life style as a stressful one. It may seem that there’s nothing one can do about the stress level. The bills aren’t going to stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day for all the errands, and the career or family responsibilities will always be demanding. But one has a lot more control than he/she might think. In fact, the simple realization that an individual is in control of the individual’s life is the foundation of stress management. When one is under high levels of stress, rational thinking and decision making go out the window. Runaway stress overwhelms the mind and body, getting in the way of our ability to accurately “read” a situation, hear what someone else is saying, be aware of our own feelings and needs, and communicate clearly. The stress management consultants prescribe the following ways to come out of stress. “Think clearly and creatively.Communicate clearly. Accurately “read” other people. Hear what someone is really saying. Trust others. Attend to your own needs”. Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of thoughts, emotions, schedule, environment, and the way one deals with problems. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time
for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun – plus the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on. Even though one lives according to the aforesaid ways and if the planetary positions are not good in the horoscope it is sure that the concerned person will be affected with heavy mental stress. Atharva Veda has told many ways to make the planets happy and make an individual’s mind very clear and free from stress. The rituals to the Atharva Veda Yaksha/Yakshini devathas is the best way to control the mind and make the life a stress free one. The best way to select the exact Atharva Veda Yaksha/Yakshini devathas is to consult Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar. He is a great scholar of Atharva Veda and Atharva Vedic Astrology. He scrutinizes the horoscopes very well and and gives spiritual solution and salvation for all sorts of the problems. One can have a wonderful spiritual solution for all sorts of problems. To know more and more about individual horoscope and to solve your problems contact Dr. Commander Selvam (Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar) @ USA toll free 1-888-818-1418 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
he word “Darshan” comes from Sanskrit and means sight, looking, showing, and teaching. It is mostly used to describe the instance of seeing a holy person. Darshan also refers to the spiritual vision or awareness in which you experience the Divinity inside your heart and soul. It is a group meditation and a group healing. Many people using the names as Sri Sri, Gurji, and Guru Maharaj, give darshan to many people in this country. But it is a fact that none of them practically knows how the energy works? None of them are practicing Atharva Veda or Atharva Vedic astrology. Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar is the only Swamiji, who practices Atharva Veda in the entire western countries. None of these people will say to the devotees that they will give the spiritual salvation for the troubles of the devotees or followers. Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar is the only Guruji, who says as “I will get spiritual salvation for the problems from the Atharva Veda Yaksha/ Yakshini devathas through the rituals”. In Tamil there is an old saying “Siddha Darshanam Shiva Darshanam”. Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar’s Darshan is designed to bring back the feelings into life. He wants to give training for the mind not to control the feelings too much. He gives an introduction on how to come from head to heart so that blockages in the heart chakra can be dissolved. These blockages were created by suppressing feelings and emotions. For dissolving these blockages and the resulting problems Swamiji wants to invite to a Darshan. You can thus start expressing the true self without shyness and with full honesty. Swamiji will guide into the meditation in which everyone will make a journey to his or her own heart. He will then come close to each person and hold their hands and look in their eyes. In this time he will be reciting Mantras, which are holy prayers, to activate the energy of the individual Chakras and to send healing energy into them. His touch and the Mantras give the needed energy to finally open the heart chakra and to feel
what is inside. Swamiji always points out that it is important to let everything flow that is inside. In this way one gets wonderful energy during a Darshan. When people open their hearts, some of them are laughing, others dancing, others are crying because their pain is finally released. People sense a calm and loving energy, which leads to inner peace. The blockages are dissolved and the physical problems eased. Anyone can come to Darshan with Swamiji to raise the energy levels in their chakras and to open their hearts. Darshan is also suitable for those who have had an individual treatment with him and wish to maintain the resulting energies for a longer period of time. Swamiji makes this gift available to everyone. Donations for the Ashram and his charitable projects are welcome. Everybody who has already felt the amazing “Darshan Energy” with Swamiji is most welcome to share his or her experience with us. To know more and more about darshan or any other related subjects and to solve your problems in the best spiritual manner contact the office of Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar @ USA Toll free 1-888-8181418 or email to email@example.com
ertain works in the world needs only physical strength. For example lifting a weight. Certain works need only mental strength only. For example working with a computer. It needs only mental power and there is no need for physical strength. But sex is the only work, which needs mental and physical strength. A lot of people suffer due to this and they go to a sexologist for their health check up. They undergo a lot of medication but the result will be nothing. As according to Atharva Veda, the planet Venus, which is called as Sukran, is the in charge of enjoyments. The planet Venus, if he is in his own house individually in an individual’s horoscope it is very sure that the person will have a satisfied sexual life. If the plant Venus is in his full power (uccham) it is very sure that the person will wander for more and more sex. If the planet Venus is powerless in a male’s horoscope, he will have the problem of premature ejaculation. If the planet Venus is powerless in a female’s horoscope she will wander for having sex with more than one man. If the planet Venus is seated along with the Planet Moon in a female’s horoscope, it is very sure that she will have more than one partner for sex. If the planet Venus is seated with the planet Mars in a male’s horoscope it is very sure that he will be a homosexual personality. If the planet Jupiter is seated with the planet Venus, in one’s horoscope, he/she will have no interest towards sex. The aforesaid are only examples. There are a lot of things to analyze regarding one’s sexual life and how much enjoyment one will have in the life. The transit of major planets like Jupiter, Saturn, Raaghu and Kethu also play a role in deciding the capacities of an individual. The planets are the only authorities to decide on the life of an individual. There is a vast
different between the regular astrology and Vedic astrology. According to the regular astrology only the planetary position of an individual is analyzed. But in Vedic astrology the Karma, is also being analyzed. Each and every house of the horoscope is to be scrutinized in twelve different angles. In total, the entire horoscope is to be scrutinized for 144 different angles. Especially Atharva Veda deals a lot in all of these aspects. Our ancestors were intellectual giants. They have foreseen what will happen in future and how to come out of those troubles. It will be the best to consult an Atharva Veda scholar before taking any important decisions. Only by taking the consultation and adopting the procedures advised by the Vedic scholar anybody can come out of their problems very easily. The procedures may be tough at times to adopt but having in mind to get out of the problems one should adopt the procedures as prescribed by the Vedic scholar. We all consult the doctor to come out of our physical ailments and we take the medications as per the advice of the doctor. Like that we should undergo the prescribed procedures prescribed by the Vedic scholar to have a beautiful life. Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar is the only living Siddhar in the entire western countries and he is the only Atharva Veda Swamiji of the entire North America. To contact Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar and to have the best spiritual salvation for your problems call USA Toll Free 1-888-808-1418 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
here are many branches in law. It is not that everybody in this world is getting into the heavy clutches of law. Somebody, those who have not committed any mistakes in life get into the worst legal problems and somebody whose only affair is to do the illegal things will not get into the clutches of law. What are the reasons for all these problems? The planets and their positions in the horoscope of an individual are the reasons for these kinds of complications. First we will see the problems related to contract issues and the spiritual salvations for those issues. The contract is a legally written document with the consent of both the parties. The contract is made between two or more persons. The contract may be for a wedding or constructing a building and for any other reasons. According to the law and according to the Vedas the contract should not be broken. Breaking some points of contract or the whole contact is called as a breach of contract. Breach of contract is a legal concept in which a binding agreement or bargainedfor exchange is not honored by one or more of the parties to the contract by non-performance or interference with the other party’s performance. This does not happen to one and all entering into the contracts. It happens to somebody those whose horoscopes are not matching. The next reason is the position of the planets in the horoscopes of the persons who are signing the contract. So it is a must to consult an Atharva Veda scholar and get his opinion before signing the contract. In today’s speed world there is no time for all these things. At least after signing the contract one should spiritually prevent from the breach or break of contract. The misplacement of the planets is to be corrected only by the Atharva Veda Yaksha/ Yakshini Devathas. One can easily get the blessings of Atharva Veda Yaksha/Yakshini Devathas only by performing the proper Atharva Veda Thantric rituals. This can be done only by Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar. He is the only living Siddhar in the entire western Countries. To solve your problems contact Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar @ USA toll free 1-888-808-1418 email@example.com. The next problem is receiving a citation from a court of law. Citation is usually given for smaller offences. The person who receives a citation should appear before the court of law and explain the reasons for such minor offences. If the court of law is not satisfied, or if the person who neglects to attend the court on the scheduled day, the court will order the police to arrest the concerned person. What is the reason for this? The sixth place in an individual’s horoscope is the place meant for punishments by court or imprisonment. Even the imprisonment is for a small while the imprisonment is imprisonment. Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar’s prayer to the god is “none should get
imprisonment or punishments from the court and there should be no crimes or wars anywhere in the world”. He is the only Atharva Vedic Swamiji in the entire country. The problems caused by the planet positions or some kind of evil spirit can be removed only by the Atharva Vedic Thantric rituals. Before starting any kind of ritual, the horoscope is to be prepared according the specifications and norms of Atharva Veda. To know more and more about your and to solve your problems contact Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar @ USA toll free 1-888848-1418 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org The next is felony. A felony is a serious crime in the entire world. Felonies were originally crimes which involved the confiscation of a convicted person’s land and goods; other crimes were called misdemeanors. The Federal government defines a felony as a crime which involves a potential punishment of one year or longer in prison. Crimes commonly considered to be felonies include, aggravated assault and/or battery, arson, burglary, illegal drug abuse/sales, embezzlement, grand theft, tax evasion, treason, espionage, racketeering, robbery, murder, rape, kidnapping and fraud. Broadly, felonies can be categorized as either violent or non-violent (property, drug, white-collar) offenses. Some offenses, though similar in nature, may be felonies or misdemeanors depending on the circumstances. For example, the illegal manufacture, distribution or possession of controlled substances may be a felony, although possession of small amounts may be only a misdemeanor. Possession of a deadly weapon may be generally legal, but carrying the same weapon into a restricted area such as a school may be viewed as a serious offense, regardless of whether or not there is intent to use the weapon. It is not that each and every one doing any or all of the aforesaid are caught by the police and taken in front of the law. Only a few are caught. Even only a few out of the caught are punished. What is the reason for this? According to the sayings of Atharva Veda nobody in this earth are born as criminals. But they are made as criminals by the environment and the planetary positions. How they are affected by the environment? If the planets are weak in the horoscope, they become the worst criminals. If the planet Sun’s position is weak it is definite that the person will be imprisoned at least for a few months. At the same time if the planet Sun joins with
the planet Saturn he becomes powerless. The powerless Sun always puts the individual in troubles and makes the person to do illegal affairs more and more. The individual will be going to jail often. If the planet Sun is debilitated and sits along with Raaghu, the individual will be put into jail for false complaints and allegations on him. There are more and more aspects to be calculated according to Atharva Veda. The Atharva Veda tells more and more Yaksha/Yakshini devathas to be worshipped through the rituals. To know more and more about the individual horoscope from Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar and to solve your problems contact Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar @ USA toll free 1-888-848-1418 email to email@example.com The next is Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is the act of operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol or using drugs. It is a criminal offense. The various versions of “driving under the influence” generally constitute a misdemeanor (punishable by up to one year in jail). However, the offense may be elevated to a felony (punishable by a longer term in state prison) if the incident caused serious injury (felony DUI), death (vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide), or extensive property damage or if the defendant has a designated number of prior DUI convictions
within a given time period. Each and everyone are driving cars and motor vehicles. Not all of them are drinking alcohol. Only a few of them use alcohol or drugs while driving. Even only a few among these alcohol and drug users are arrested by the police. What is the reason for this? According to Atharva Veda the planets play a major role in changing the mind of a person. Out of the nine planets the planet Mercury controls the brain and mind of an individual. If the planet Mercury is in his own house, the individual will have a clear thinking. That individual won’t do any harm or any kind of unlawful activities. If the same planet Mercury sits along with the planet Mars, that concerned individual will be ready even to inject poison in his blood and will be ready even to do the most unlawful things. How to avoid these sorts of evil planets’ position? To consult Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar and to perform Atharva Vedic Thantric rituals as per his divine instructions is the only way to come out of the problems. To solve your problems contact Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar @ USA toll free 1-888-848-1418 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org Disclaimer: The above published article is only a spiritual guideline and in no way it can be considered as an advice from a legal professional.
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Once, a poor lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food. The grocer scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store at once. Visualizing the family needs, she said: ‘Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can.’ The grocer told her he could not give her credit, since she did not have a charge account at his store. Standing beside the counter, was a customer who overheard the conversation between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family. The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, ‘Do you have a grocery list?’ The lady replied, ‘Yes sir.’ ‘O.K’ he said, ‘put your grocer y list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries.’ The lady hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed. The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement when
the scales went down and stayed down. The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, ‘I can’t believe it.’ The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales. The scale did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more. The grocer stood there in utter disgust. Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement. It was not a grocery list, but it was a prayer, which said: “Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands.” The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence. The lady thanked him and left the store... The other customer handed a fifty-dollar bill to the grocer and said; “It was worth every penny of it. Only God Knows how much a prayer weighs.” So dear heart, trust God to heal the sick, provide food for the hungry, clothes and shelter for those that don’t have as we do. Prayer is one of the best free gifts we send and receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards.
am not upset by that. Let the world wave rise or vanish of its own nature in the infinite ocean of myself. There is no increase or diminution to me from it. It is in the infinite ocean of me that the imagination called the world takes place. I am supremely peaceful and formless, and as such I remain. My true nature is not contained in objects, nor does any object exist in it, for it is infinite and spotless. So it is unattached, desire less and at peace, and as such I remain. Truly I am but pure consciousness, and the world is like a conjuror’s show, so how could I imagine there is anything there to take up or reject? For this long question the master Ashtavakra replies as follows. “Bondage is when the mind longs for something, grieves about something, rejects something, holds on to something, and is pleased about something or displeased about something. Liberation is when the mind does not long for anything, grieves about anything, rejects anything, or holds on to anything, and is not pleased about anything or displeased about anything. Bondage is when the mind is tangled in one of the senses, and liberation is when the mind is not tangled in any of the senses. When there is no ‘me’, that is liberation, and when there is ‘me’, there is bondage. Considering this earnestly, do not hold on and do not reject. Knowing when the dualism of things done and undone has been put to rest, or the person for whom they occur has, then you can here and now go beyond renunciation and obligations by indifference to such things. The great master continues his explanation further. “Rare indeed, my son. The lucky man whose observation of the world’s behavior has led to the extinction of his thirst for living, thirst for pleasure and thirst for knowledge. All this is impermanent and spoilt by the three sorts of pain. Recognizing it to be insubstantial, contemptible and only fit for rejection, and one attains peace. When was that age or time of life when the dualism of extremes did not exist for men? Abandoning them, a person who is happy to take whatever comes attains perfection. Who does not end up with indifference to such things and attain peace when he has seen the differences of opinions among the great sages, saints and yogis? Is he not a guru who, endowed with dispassion and equanimity, achieves full knowledge of the nature of consciousness, and leads others out of samsara? If you would just see the transformations of the elements as nothing more than the elements, then you would immediately be freed from all bonds and established in your own nature. One’s inclinations are samsara. Knowing this, abandon them. The renunciation of them is the renunciation of it. Now you can remain as you are. Abandoning desire, the enemy, along with gain, itself so full of loss, and the good deeds which are the cause of the other two - practice indifference to everything. Look on such things as friends, land, money,
y the gracious blessings of the Almighty and Swamiji, we discussed the spirituality of Ashtavakra Geetha in the last issue. As it is a very great work, I wish to discuss the same in this issue also. There is no use in simply reading all these things. But we should at least try to practice a little bit of the spirituality taught by the great scholars. By practicing the spiritual life we can have a comfortable living. We can develop wonderful humanitarian relationships. Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar often used to say “you will live according to your thoughts”. If our thoughts are high, we can live a higher life style. After hearing the explanations of the great saint Ashtavakra, the great student Janaka asks a long question to the master. The question is, “It is in the infinite ocean of myself that the world bark wanders here and there, driven by its own inner wind. I
to the last clump of grass’, one becomes free from uncertainty, pure, at peace and unconcerned about what has been attained or not. Realizing that this entire varied and wonderful world is nothing, one becomes pure receptivity, free from inclinations, and as if nothing existed, one finds peace”. Only after learning all these things thoroughly, Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar got enlightened. Not only by the learning but by the continuous practicing he has attained such a higher place. After understanding the long answer from the greatest master, the humblest but greatest student Janaka starts his talks. Devoted Guruji, First of all I was averse to physical activity, then to lengthy speech, and finally to thinking itself, which is why I am now established. In the absence of delight in sound and the other senses, and by the fact that, I am myself and not an object of the senses. My mind is focused and free from distraction - which is why I am now established. Owing to the distraction of such things as wrong identification, one is driven to strive for mental stillness. Recognizing this pattern I am now established. By relinquishing the sense of rejection and acceptance, and with pleasure and disappointment ceasing today, I am now established. Life in a community, then going beyond such a state, meditation and the elimination of mindmade objects - by means of these I have seen my error, and I am now established. Just as the performance of actions is due to ignorance, so their abandonment is too. By fully recognising this truth, I am now established. Trying to think the unthinkable, is doing something unnatural to thought. Abandoning such a practice therefore, I am now established. He who has achieved this has achieved the goal of life. He who is of such a nature has done what has to be done. The inner freedom of having nothing is hard to achieve, even with just a loin-cloth, but I live as I please abandoning both renunciation and acquisition. Sometimes one experiences distress because of one’s body, sometimes because of one’s tongue, and sometimes because of one’s mind. Abandoning all of these, I live as I please in the goal of human existence. Recognizing that in reality no action is ever committed, I live as I please, just doing what presents itself to be done. Yogis who identify themselves with their bodies are insistent on fulfilling and avoiding certain actions, but I live as I please abandoning attachment and rejection. No benefit or loss comes to me by standing, walking or lying down, so consequently I live as I please whether standing, walking or sleeping. I lose nothing by sleeping and gain nothing by effort, so consequently I live as I please, abandoning loss and success. Frequently observing the drawbacks of such things as pleasant objects, I live as I please, abandon the pleasant and unpleasant. He who by nature is empty minded, and who thinks of things only unintentionally, is freed from deliberate remembering like one awakened from a dream. When my desire has been eliminated, I have no wealth, friends, robber senses, scriptures or knowledge? Realizing my supreme self-nature in the Person of the Witness, the Lord, and the state of desirelessness in bondage or liberation, I feel no inclination for liberation. The various states of one who is empty of uncertainty within, and who outwardly wanders about as he pleases like a madman, can only be known by someone in the same condition”. While
property, wife, and bequests as nothing but a dream or a three or five-day conjuror’s show. Wherever a desire occurs, see samsara in it. Establishing yourself in firm dispassion, be free of passion and happy. The essential nature of bondage is nothing other than desire, and its elimination is known as liberation. It is simply by not being attached to changing things that the everlasting joy of attainment is reached. You are one, conscious and pure, while all this is just inert non-being. Ignorance itself is nothing, so what need have you of desire to understand? Kingdoms, children, wives, bodies, pleasures these have all been lost to you life after life, attached to them though you were. Even though you have enough of wealth, sensuality and good deeds, in the forest of samsara the mind has never found satisfaction in these. How many births have you not done hard and painful labor with body, mind and speech? Now at last stop! Unmoved and undistracted, realizing that being, non-being and transformation are of the very nature of things, one easily finds peace. At peace, having shed all desires within, and realizing that nothing exists here but the Lord, the Creator of all things, one is no longer attached to anything. Realizing that misfortune and fortune come in their turn from fate, one is contented, one’s senses under control, and does not like or dislike. Realizing that pleasure and pain, birth and death are from fate, and that one’s desires cannot be achieved, one remains inactive, and even when acting does not get attached. Realizing that suffering arises from nothing other than thinking, dropping all desires one rids oneself of it, and is happy and at peace everywhere. Realizing, ‘I am not the body, nor is the body mine. I am awareness’, one attains the supreme state and no longer remembers things done or undone. Realizing, ‘It is just me, from Brahma down
a man of pure intelligence may achieve the goal by the most casual of instruction, another may seek knowledge all his life and still remain bewildered. On hearing these words from the disciple the Guru starts telling his ideas on liberation and how to live happily. Liberation is distaste for the objects of the senses. Bondage is love of the senses. This is knowledge. Now do as you please. This awareness of the truth makes an eloquent, clever and energetic man dumb, stupid and lazy, so it is avoided by those whose aim is enjoyment. You are not the body, nor is the body yours, nor are you the doer of actions or the reaper of their consequences. You are eternally pure consciousness the witness, in need of nothing - so live happily. Desire and anger are objects of the mind, but the mind is not yours, nor ever has been. You are choice less, awareness itself and unchanging - so live happily. Recognizing oneself in all beings, and all beings in oneself, be happy, free from the sense of responsibility and free from preoccupation with ‘me’. Your nature is the consciousness, in which the whole world wells up, like waves in the sea. That is what you are, without any doubt, so be free of disturbance. Have faith, my son, have faith. Don’t let yourself be deluded in this. You yourself are the Lord, whose property is knowledge, and are beyond natural causation. The body invested with the senses stands still, and comes and goes. You yourself neither come nor go, so why bother about them? Let the body last to the end of the Age, or let it come to an end right now. What have you gained or lost, who consist of pure consciousness? Let the world wave rise or subside according to its own nature in you, the great ocean. It is no gain or loss to you. My son, you consist of pure consciousness, and the world is not separate from you. So who is to accept or reject it, and how, and why? How can there be birth, karma or responsibility in that one unchanging, peaceful, unblemished and infinite consciousness which is you? Whatever you see, it is you alone manifest in it. How could bracelets, armlets and anklets be different from the gold? Giving up such distinctions as ‘This is what I am’, and ‘I am not that’, recognize that ‘Everything is myself’, and be without distinction and happy. It is through your ignorance that all this exists. In reality you alone exist. Apart from you there is no one within or beyond samsara. Knowing that all this is an illusion, one becomes free from desire, pure receptivity and at peace, as if nothing existed. Only one thing has existed, exists and will exist in the ocean of being. You have no bondage or liberation. Live happily and fulfilled. Being pure consciousness, do not disturb your mind with thoughts of for and against. Be at peace and remain happily in yourself, the essence of joy. Give up the practice of concentration completely and hold nothing in your mind. You are free in your very nature, so what will you achieve by working your brain? The Guru further continues telling his ideas on being happy and living a comfortable life.
My son, you may recite or listen to countless scriptures, but you will not be established within until you can forget everything. You may, as a learned man, indulge in wealth, activity and meditation, but your mind will still long for that which is the cessation of desire, and beyond all goals. It is because of effort that everyone is in pain, but no-one realizes it. By just this simple instruction, the lucky one attains tranquility. Happiness belongs to no-one but that supremely lazy man for whom even opening and closing his eyes is a bother. When the mind is freed from such pairs of opposites as, ‘I have done this’, and ‘I have not done that’, it becomes indifferent to merit, wealth, sensuality and liberation. One man is abstemious and averse to the senses, another is greedy and attached to them, but he who is free from both taking and rejecting is neither abstemious nor greedy. So long as desire, which is the state of lack of discrimination, remains, the sense of revulsion and attraction will remain, which is the root and branch of samsara. Desire springs from usage, and aversion from abstention, but the wise man is free from the pairs of opposites like a child, and becomes established. The passionate man wants to be rid of samsara so as to avoid pain, but the dispassionate man is without pain and feels no distress even in it. He who is proud about even liberation or his own body, and feels them his own, is neither a seer nor a yogi. He is still just a sufferer. If even Shiva, Vishnu or the lotus-born Brahma were your instructor, until you have forgotten everything you cannot be established within. He who is content, with purified senses, and always enjoys solitude, has gained the fruit of knowledge and the fruit of the practice of yoga too. The knower of truth is never distressed in this world, for the whole round world is full of him alone. None of these senses please a man who has found satisfaction within; just as Nimbi leaves do not please the elephant that
has a taste for Sallaki leaves. Not attached to the things he has enjoyed, and not hankering after the things he has not enjoyed, such a man is hard to find. Those who desire pleasure and those who desire liberation are both found in samsara, but the great souled man who desires neither pleasure nor liberation is rare indeed. It is only the noble minded who is free from attraction or repulsion to religion, wealth, sensuality, and life and death too. He feels no desire for the elimination of all this, nor anger at its continuing, so the lucky man lives happily with whatever means of sustenance presents itself. Thus fulfilled through this knowledge, contented and with the thinking mind emptied, he lives happily just seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling and tasting. In him for whom the ocean of samsara has dried up, there is neither attachment nor aversion. His gaze is vacant, his behavior purposeless, and his senses inactive. Surely the supreme state is everywhere for the liberated mind. He is neither awake nor asleep, and neither opens or closes his eyes. The liberated man is resplendent everywhere, free from all desires. Everywhere he appears self-possessed and pure of heart. Seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, tasting, speaking and walking about, the great souled man who is freed from trying to achieve or avoid anything is free indeed. The liberated man is free from desires everywhere. He does not blame, does not praise, does not rejoice, is not disappointed, and neither gives nor takes. When a great souled one is equally unperturbed in mind and self-possessed at the sight of a woman full of desire and at approaching death, he is truly liberated. There is no distinction between pleasure and pain, man and woman, success and failure for the wise man that looks on everything as equal. There is no aggression or compassion, no pride or humility, no wonder or confusion for the man whose days of running about are over. The liberated man is not averse to the senses and nor is he attached to them. He enjoys himself continually with an unattached mind in both achievement and non-achievement. One established in the Absolute state with an empty mind does not know the alternatives of inner stillness and lack of stillness, and of good and evil. Free of ‘me’ and ‘mine’ and of a sense of responsibility, aware that ‘Nothing exists’, with all desires extinguished within, a man does not act even in acting. He whose thinking mind is dissolved achieves the indescribable state and is free from the mental display of delusion, dream and ignorance. Today many people are envying Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar. They say that he is living in a very big mansion house; he drives expensive and luxurious cars and so on etc. My only answer to all of them is, even though he has everything, he is not attached to anything. He is a practical example for all. Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar often used to say, “I work for my great boss Lord Shiva. He has given me all kinds of commodities for a happy and comfortable living. I should work hard to keep up the position given by my boss”. Everybody can become as Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar. It needs faith, liberation and spiritual life. I thank Almighty and Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar for giving me an opportunity to share my thoughts on Spirituality. In the next issue also we will meet with the ideas of Spirituality of different sages or rishis.
The Trouble Tree The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. When opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss. Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier. “Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied.” I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing for sure, troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning I pick them up again.” He paused. “Funny thing is,” he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick them up, there are not nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”
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t is very hard for one to become great in life. One can come up only according to the planets’ position and very hard works. But it is very easy to become bankrupt overnight. The planets decide our fate in all aspects. According to the Atharva Veda the 2nd place, that is called as “dhana sthaanam” for money, the 11th place that is called as “laabha sthaanam” and the 12th place, “viraya sthaanam” for the losses are to be scrutinized to decide an individual’s financial position. The planets, which are the owners of the aforesaid houses, are also to be analyzed for one’s well being in the field of finance. If the planet, which is the owner of the 2nd place is very strong one will earn a good lot of money out of his hard work. If the planet, which is the owner of the 11th place is very strong in one’s horoscope it is very sure that he or she will earn a lot in lotto or speculations. If the planet, which is the owner of 2nd place or 11th place is in his enemy’s house, the result will be entirely different. This will result in the sudden down fall of a person. The transit of the major planets Jupiter, Saturn, Raaghu and Kethu also play a major role in deciding one’s monetary and economical strength. The king of the planets is Sun. If he is the owner of the 2nd house of an individual’s horoscope and he is in his full power, it is very sure that the person will earn a good lot of money from the government sources such as contracts. If the planet Sun is in his enemy’s house or focused by the vision of an enemy planet, it is very sure that the person will be put in jail for money related problems. If the planet Sun, being the owner of the 2nd house, is seated in the 12th house, the particular individual will lose money by government sources. The aforesaid is just an example. As such all the nine planets play their role in deciding one’s financial conditions. By the vision
of good planets like Jupiter, Venus and Mercury to the ascendant or the 2nd place one can maintain a standard financial position. By the vision of medium planets like Moon and the Mars, to ascendant or 2nd place one will have a fluctuating financial position. By the vision of evil planets like Saturn, Raaghu and Kethu to the ascendant or the 2nd place the financial position will be worst. The main reason for the bankruptcy is the position of planets. The variation in the dasa bhukthis and the transit of the major planets like Jupiter will also decide one’s financial condition. Only an Atharva Veda scholar can calculate this. Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar is the only Atharva Vedic Swamiji in the entire North America. To know more and more about Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar, Atharva Veda Yaksha/Yakshini devathas and to solve your problems contact Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar@ USA Toll free 1-888-848-1418 or email to avtemple@ aol.com
ll religions have all along their history cherished and held peace, which is the most valuable treasure for mankind. All the schools of thought, all the saints and seers, all the visionaries and poets have advocated the cause of peace. Indeed, all the religions of the world and all prophets have sung the praises of peace; and whatever may be the doctrinal or other differences between religions and sects, there is perfect unanimity in their appeal for peace as the most honored possession of man. Naturally, one may wonder why in spite of such unanimous advocacy of peace, mankind has been witnessing wars and conflicts without a break all through history. There is not a single country in the world, which has not suffered by the breach of peace to a smaller or to a greater extent. Great saints and prophets have come and gone. They have all preached peace eloquently and honestly, but their influence has not been considerable in preventing dissensions and conflicts. The doctrine of Atharva Veda says that ‘na hi kadachid anidrasam jagat’ (The world was never any different from what it is now) implies that the affairs of the world do not alter with the passage of time and that human nature remains identical whatever the affairs of the world. History, in a sense, truly repeats itself. Wars have always been fought; and violence, deceit, ambition, envy, hatred, fear, suspicion, anger, pride, revenge, passion and prejudice have dogged man all through his career on the globe. The course of mankind has not changed despite prophets and messiahs, sages and seers.
But this is no justification for pessimism or cynicism. It is the nature of all phenomena that when things go wrong, corrections are promptly applied and the original state is sought to be restored. Wars are fought and peace is sought thereafter. Periods of agitation and turmoil are always followed by spells of calm and comfort. Depravity soon gives place to good sense. But is a significant detail to note that such corrections do not occur spontaneously or mechanically. There are always at the back of all these changes. And such individuals are divinely inspired and operate as emissaries of Destiny. Whenever evil prevails and the good suffers, God manifests Himself to put down the evil and support the cause of the good. The Vedic seer visualized a state of composure and contentment in which not only all the living beings but also the natural forces settle down amicably for mutual benefit and betterment. He did not distinguish between human beings and animals or between animate beings and inanimate things. They were all alike eligible for peace and happiness. The Veda treats all aspects of existence equally as sources of comfort or distress for man depending on how he approaches them. To have a comfortable and peaceful living, follow the wonderful commandments of Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar. To have more and more holy, spiritual commandments form this great spiritual commander contact USA Toll Free 1-888-8081418 or email to email@example.com
There are many problems in a human’s life. Out of all those problems anger is the worst. If one gets angry everything will be spoiled. That’s why Swamiji Selvam Siddhar always used to tell “Shanti”. As a Swamiji and scholar of Atharva Veda he always loves peace. He has helped and he is helping lot of people to come out of anger. According to Atharva Veda and Atharva Vedic Astrology the planets are the only reason for anger and anger related problems. Before going deep into the subject let us see what anger is and what are all the side effects of anger. Anger is a normal and basic human emotion. Anger problems are likely causing difficulty in family, social and/or occupational settings. Depending on how it is managed and expressed, anger can have positive or negative consequences. Awareness of angry feelings can be helpful as it can signal when one’s rights are being violated or one’s needs are being ignored by others. Anger can also help to energize and motivate us to work to address problems with another person or to change the life situation. However, there are potential negative consequences of anger when it is not managed or expressed appropriately or effectively. Some people are chronically angry at others, or at themselves. Often, angry people were criticized or abused themselves earlier in life, and react to others in the same manner they were treated. Prolonged or intense anger and frustration contributes to physical conditions such as headaches, digestive problems, high blood pressure and heart disease. Problems dealing with angry feelings may be linked to psychological disorders such as anxiety or depression. Angry outbursts can be a way of trying to cope with unhappiness, or depressed feelings. Chronic anger creates problems getting along with others, and can lead to involvement in physically or emotionally abusive relationships. Having “a short fuse” is often a factor in other problematic behaviors such as “road rage,” accidents, and getting into verbal or physical fights. While some people openly rage, others have difficulty acknowledging their anger and hold their feelings inside as they avoid the issue that angers them. They may express anger in a “passive-aggressive” way that can take the form of baiting others, or frustrating them. People who express anger in a passive-aggressive manner may fear hurting others or being “a bad person” if they openly express negative feelings. However, they usually end up damaging the relationship because other people usually sense their anger on some level and begin to build resentment toward them. People who are unable to acknowledge anger in them often feel hurt by others’ hostility, abusive behavior, or withdrawal from them. Anger is frequently a result of frustration, or of feeling blocked or thwarted from something we feel to be important. Anger
can also be a defensive response to underlying fear or feelings of vulnerability or powerlessness. Many people with anger problems are out of touch with signs that anger is building. Our body gives us important clues to when we are angry, sometimes before we are consciously aware of it. When anger builds, we react as we do to stress. We may feel tension or stress in our body as adrenaline is released, our breathing may quicken, or our heart may start to beat faster. The following are some possible signs of difficulty coping with anger: One feels (or fears) being out of control when he/she is angry. One often feels tense, irritable or frustrated. One finds himself/herself frequently gossiping or complaining about others rather than speaking to them directly about what is bothering him/her. One frequently feels hurt or resentful that others treat him/her unfairly. One hurts others, especially those they care about, by demeaning or putting them down, cursing at them, or being verbally abusive. He/she ends up regretting something he/she said or did when angry. One takes out the anger on someone or something else rather than the person or situation that is bothering him/her. One has physically lashed out when angry (e.g. destroyed property, hit someone, etc.). One has lost or is in danger of losing a relationship, job, or something else important because of his/her anger. One has been arrested or has legal difficulties because of his/ her anger. One uses alcohol or drugs to calm his/her emotions. Others (e.g. friends, family, professors, academic administrators, and bosses) have expressed concern about his/her anger. All these things happen only because of the planets’ position in one’s horoscope. Sometimes the black magic on one will also make the person to get angry even for small and meager things and happenings. In that condition the horoscope of the effected person is to be scrutinized by Swamiji Selvam Siddhar as per the standards of Atharva Veda. Then the proper Atharva Veda Thantric rituals are to be performed. By doing this one can have the Atharva Vedic spiritual salvation for the anger problem. To know more and more about individual horoscope and to have spiritual salvation for all your problems contact Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar @ USA toll free 1-888-808-1418 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org Karma 39
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Water, the vital Component: Water is the most abundant element in our body. 73% of our body is made of water. This means a 200 pound (100 kg) person really has 146 pounds (73 kg) of water. Like the Earth which is three-quarters surrounded by water, the human body consist three- quarters water. So, quite literally, all the cells in our body are floating in an ocean of water. The water in our body, like the ocean is salty, contains different types of salts. We do not even realize the fact that this earth is identical to our bodies in this respect. All the five elements of Earth are present in the body. Like marine animals and land animals cells are present in the blood and in the organs. It is fascinating to relate different aspects of the Earth to the body. Like the geochemical processes that occur on Earth, where the oceans regulate land temperature of different landscapes, water in our body distributes heat in the body. It is the vital medium in which all chemical reactions of the body occur. All the processes of our body occur due to enzymatic reactions. The zillions of reactions that occur in our body every second are promoted by water. Most of the reactions of the body either involve taking in or giving out of water. Just like the ocean is the medium for bulk transportation, water, in the form of blood circulates nutrients and hormones both within and between body cells. Earth is the only planet we know which has life and that is because of water. Similarly we can live without food for many weeks but without water we cannot exist beyond a few days. Keeping this in mind, we will discuss the purpose of water for the detoxification of the body and mind. Generally, people have the idea that drinking plenty of fluids is sufficient to replenish water in the body. The water that is taken along with the fluids is adequate for maintenance of the body. But we are concerned about cleansing the body for health. There are two types of toxins that are produced in our bodies or that enter our bodies through the environment. The two types of toxins are water soluble and water insoluble toxins. The job of getting rid of these two types of toxins is assigned to two major organs of the body. One is the liver and other the kidneys. Kidneys flush out water soluble toxins with the help of water and the liver flushes out water insoluble toxins through the help of bile. The byproducts of hormonal breakdowns and other metabolic products are water insoluble toxins that are thrown out by the liver. We will first discuss the kidneys and then, later, the liver. Kidneys, the garbage Cleaners There are two million nephrons, the micro-chips of kidneys. These nephrons filter about 2000 liters of blood every day. Working with the kidneys, water helps to flush out toxic substances and waste materials from the body. It also helps the kidneys to produce sufficient urine to keep the body’s inner chemistry in balance. If the chemistry is disturbed, the
reactions are hampered and this manifests as disease. Hence, for the body to be healthy, water should be abundant. This is the key to this therapy. Every day zillions of chemicals reach the kidneys to be flushed out through urine. These include metabolic waste like urea, uric acids, breakdown products of hormones, vitamins, salts. These are all natural which the kidneys are accustomed to for thousands of years. Modern man’s kidneys, however, are challenged with zillions of manmade toxic chemicals that enter the body through a variety of ways. The sources include food (coloring agents, flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, hormonal substances and antibiotics from diary products), cosmetics (tooth paste, shaving creams, sprays, dyes, lipstick, eye lashes, nail polishes and removers), environmental pollutants both indoors, and outdoors. Thus the body is choked with chemicals and the burden goes to the liver and kidneys. The liver converts the fat soluble toxic chemicals into water soluble chemicals and thereby helps the kidneys to flush the toxins through urine. However, with limited water supply, the kidneys cannot completely flush out metabolic and foreign waste. Therefore, metabolic wastes accumulate and cause diseases like cancers, allergies, hypertension, Parkinson’s, kidney stones, gall stones, kidney failures etc. Accumulation of foreign chemicals accelerates the cause of the above diseases and also triggers other ailments. Water alone can help the body to get rid of these wastes. All therapies, especially alternative healing are directed towards cleansing toxic chemicals out of the body. They might use herbs to achieve detoxification. But they cannot be done every day. Since water is the most abundant component of the body and is also the safest, most economical and natural cleansing agent, it works very well. The nature of human mind is that it believes in complex things but not in simple, natural ways. The very nature of man’s mind is to go for complex ways to solve simple problems. In health issues too, we use very complicated drugs and procedures. We are not against modern medicines or practices. Instead, they can be used in emergency cases. The truth is that they may never be needed at all if one maintains good health. Water, the Safest Supplement It is an irony that we think of the tiniest chemicals that are needed for our body. Hence, we give much importance to vitamins, minerals, enzymes, hormones etc. We calculate calories of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. However, we forget water is the major ingredient of our body. It is this ignorance that causes many diseases. Water is the safest supplement one can take everyday to cure and prevent diseases. If this water supplement is taken regularly, perfect health can be achieved. The only caution is to use good quality water. Make sure the water that runs through your tap is good quality water free from chemicals and other toxins. There are many choices available like reverse osmosis water, distilled water, de-ionized water, filtered water
etc. Each has its own advantage and disadvantages. We leave you to decide which the best is for you. “Usha Kaala Chikitsa” is the Sanskrit coinage for water therapy. According to this ancient system, 1.5 liters of water should be drunk without even brushing the teeth. It is very essential to note that no drinks (like tea, coffee, and milk) or any form of solid food should be taken within half an hour to one hour before and after drinking 1.5 liters of water. Using any form of alcoholic drink the previous night is strictly prohibited. The following are the frequently asked questions. When should I brush my teeth while doing water therapy? The previous night before going to bed, if you clean your teeth and gums (gums with hand) and next morning if your mouth is not smelling bad then you may rinse your mouth with water and gently brush with your hands and do water therapy almost immediately. If your mouth has a foul smell and if you are not comfortable with the above approach, brush your teeth and then do water therapy after 5 minutes. Should it be drunk all at once? Why not split the water and drink throughout the day? To clean the body one has to take a shower. One cannot keep pouring little water throughout the day to clean the body. Similarly one cannot argue that water can do its cleaning action by drinking several cups of water throughout the day. To clean the internal body you have to shower the internal body with 1.5 liters of water in the morning. Drinking water throughout the day is for thirst. Water therapy is not for thirst but for flushing all the toxins out of body and to regain good health. Should I measure and drink water? The stomach is a muscular sac that can hold about 1.5 liters (1.6 quarts) of fluid. The stomach can expand to hold up to 4 L (4.2 qts.) of food, more than 50 times its empty volume. A great medical doctor of USA says, “The mechanisms we have identified are important to the normal workings of the stomach - a hollow organ which actively relaxes to help accommodate the size of your meal. The human stomach has a ‘resting’ internal volume of 75 milliliters but, by relaxing its muscular wall, can expand to an internal volume of two liters or more - a 25-fold increase in the volume it can accept. This expansion is controlled by nerves inside the stomach wall and these nerves release molecules that stimulate the receptor proteins embedded in muscle cells in the gut wall”. By adopting the water therapy, one can maintain a good health. Disclaimer: This is not intended to be and should not be used as, medical advice. For accurate and reliable medical advice you should consult the physician of your choice where all of the variables involved in diagnosis and treatment can be explored, such as age, other medical problems, current therapies (including medications), etc. This article is intended to provide background information of general interest only.
Pranayama: A new Lifestyle
Practitioners develop sensitivity to the respiratory process and retrain the muscles of the pulmonary cavity, enhancing their vital capacity and preparing them for pranayama. Rhythmic, deep and slow respiration stimulates and is stimulated by calm content states of mind. Irregular breathing disrupts the rhythms of the brain and leads to physical emotional and mental blocks. These, in turn, lead to inner conflict, imbalanced personality, disordered lifestyle and disease. Although breathing is mainly an unconscious process, conscious control of it may be taken at any time. Consequently, it forms a bridge between the conscious and unconscious areas of the mind. Through the practice of pranayama, the energy trapped in neurotic, unconscious mental patterns may be released for use in more creative and joyful activity. Breathing and life span In addition to influencing the quality of life, the length or quantity of life is also dictated by the rhythm of the respiration. The ancient yogis and rishis studied nature in great detail. They noticed that animals with a slow breath rate such as pythons, elephants and tortoise have long life spans, whereas those with a fast breathing rate, such as birds, dogs and rabbits, live for only a few years. From this observation they realized the importance of slow breathing for increasing the human lifespan. A slow breathing rate keeps the heart stronger and better nourished and contributes to a longer life. Deep breathing also increases the absorption of energy by the pranamaya kosha, enhancing dynamism, vitality and general well-being. Pranayama: The spiritual way The spiritual seeker, however, also requires tranquility of mind as an essential prelude to spiritual practice. To this end, many pranayama techniques utilize kumbhaka, breath retention, to establish control over the flow of prana, calming the mind and controlling the thought process. Once the mind has been stilled and prana flows freely in the nadis and charkas, the doorway to the evolution of consciousness opens, leading the aspirant into higher dimensions of spiritual experience. However, for those who seriously wish to take up the advanced practices of pranayama, the guidance of a guru or experienced teacher is essential. Here are some basic tips. 1. Breathing: Always breathe through the nose and not the mouth unless specifically instructed otherwise. The nose should be cleaned regularly by jala neti prior to the practice session. Jala Neti is nothing but cleaning the nostrils with pure water. 2. Time of practice: The best time to practice pranayama is during the early morning when the body is fresh and the mind has very few impressions. If this is not possible, another good time is just after sunset. Try to practice regularly at the same time and place each day.
hy are you running to pay money with some so called Gurujis and Sri Sris who claim that they know some breathing exercises to heal you? Just read the following article and practice by yourself. No more Sri Sris or any hanky panky. All the best. Sage Agasthiya is the first of all the rishis and monks to teach pranayama. What is Pranayama? Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning “restraint of the prana or breath”. The word is composed of two Sanskrit words, “Prana”, life force, or vital energy, particularly, the breath, and “ayama”, to suspend or restrain. It is often translated as control of the life force (prana). When used as a technical term in yoga, it is often translated more specifically as “breathe control”. Literal translations include “suspension of breath” and “regulation of breath”. Being the Guru, Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar explains Pranayama in a simplified manner.
Prana and lifestyle: Lifestyle has a profound impact on the pranamaya kosa and its pranas. Physical activities such as exercise, work, sleep, intake of food and sexual relations, all affect the distribution and flow of prana in the body. Faculties of the mind such as emotion, thought and imagination affect the pranic body even more. Irregularities in lifestyle, dietary indiscretions and stress, deplete and obstruct the pranic flow. Depletion of energy in a particular prana leads to the devitalisation of the organs and limbs it governs and ultimately to disease or metabolic dysfunction. The techniques of pranayama reverse this process, energizing and balancing the different pranas within the pranamaya kosha. The human body consists of five natural gases and they are called as “Pancha pranas” in Sanskrit. The breath is the most vital process of the body. It influences the activities of each and every cell and, most importantly, is intimately linked with the performance of the brain. Most people breathe incorrectly, using only a small part of their lung capacity. The breathing is then generally shallow, depriving the body of oxygen and prana essential to its good health. Karma 44
a bath for at least half an hour after the practice to allow the body temperature to normalize. 8. Empty stomach: Wait at least three to four hours after meals before starting pranayama. 9. Diet: A balanced diet or protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals is suitable for most pranayama practices. A combination or grains, pulses, fresh fruit and vegetables, with a little milk product if necessary, is recommended. 10. Avoid strain: With all pranayama practices it is important to remember that the instruction not to strain, not to try to increase your capacity too fast, applies, just as it does to asana practice. Breath retention should only be practiced for as long as is comfortable. 11. Contra-indications: Pranayama should not be practiced during illness, although simple techniques such as breath awareness and abdominal breathing in Shavasana may be performed. Simply by knowing these simple techniques some people are minting money. So to say they are looting money from the public. The ignorance of the public is much used by some people using the name as Guruji and Sri Sri. To know more and more about yoga or any other related subjects and to solve your problems in the wonderful spiritual manner contact Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar @ USA toll free 1-888808-1418 or email to email@example.com
3. Place of practice: Practice in a quiet, clean and pleasant room, which is well ventilated but not draughty. Generally, avoid practicing in direct sunlight. As the body will become over heated, except at dawn when the soft rays of the early morning sun are beneficial. 4. Sitting position: A comfortable, sustainable meditation posture is necessary to enable efficient breathing and body steadiness during the practice. Sit on a folded blanket or cloth of natural fiber to ensure the maximum conduction energy during the practice. 5. Sequence: Pranayama should be performed after asanas and before meditation practice. After practicing pranayama one may lie down in Shavasana for a few minutes. But there is no connection between Pranayama and asanas. 6. Clothes: Loose, comfortable clothing made of natural fibers should be worn during the practice. 7. Bathing: Take a bath or shower before commencing the practice, or at least wash the hands, face and feet. Do not take
pirituality involves the recognition and acceptance of a God beyond our own intelligence and with whom we can have a relationship. This God can provide an experience of inspiration, joy, security, peace of mind, and guidance that goes beyond what is possible in the absence of the conviction that such a power exists. Spiritual healing is when energy is transmitted to the person who needs it. The treatment works on the body, mind, soul and spirit, which are seen as one unit that must harmonize for good health. If a separate spiritual healer is involved, the spiritual healer will place the hand on the person being treated to channel the energy from the higher Source. The spiritual healing can help mental and emotional problems and physical conditions. What is spiritual healing? The channeling of healing energy from its spiritual source to someone who needs it is called spiritual healing. The channel is usually a person, whom we call a healer, and the healing energy is usually transferred to the patient through
develop a basic trust and faith that is unshakable. Scientists call this intrinsic belief. Many have experienced major turnarounds in their condition as a result of cultivating their spirituality. They feel that developing a relationship with their God provided the moral support, courage, hope, and faith for them to follow through with their personal recovery program. It provided them with a sense that they are not alone in the universe, and that there is a source of guidance and support that is available at times of confusion and discouragement. Peace of Mind Peace of mind is the result of feeling a deep, abiding sense of security and safety. The more reliance and trust you develop in God, the easier it becomes to deal without fear or worry with the inevitable challenges life brings. It is not that you give up your self or your will to such a power; rather you simply learn that you can “let go” and turn to God when you feel stuck with a problem in living and don’t know how to proceed. Learning how to let go when solutions to problems aren’t immediately apparent can go a long way toward reducing worry and anxiety in your life. Peace of mind is what develops in the absence of such anxiety. Self-Confidence As you develop a relationship with God, you come to realize that he has created you and hence he has found something good in you. You are part of the universe. You’re good, lovable, and worthy of respect just by virtue of the fact that you’re God’s creation. This realization can improve the way you look at yourself and will help you to improve your ego and what you think of yourself. You are still inherently good and worthwhile. Your own judgments of yourself, however negative, do not ultimately count if you are a creation of the universe as much as everything else. As one person put it: “God doesn’t make junk.” The capacity to give and receive unconditional love The most fundamental characteristic of God is that it offers you an experience of unconditional love. This is a kind of love which differs from romantic love or even ordinary friendship. It entails an absolute caring for the welfare of another without any preconditions. That is, no matter how another person appears or acts, you have compassion and care for them without judgment. As you develop a deeper connection with God, you come to experience greater degrees of unconditional love in your life. You feel your heart opening more easily to people and their concerns. You feel freer of judgment toward them or of making comparisons among them. Unconditional love shows up both in your increased capacity to give love to others and to experience more of it coming into your life. You begin to experience less fear and more joy in your life and help to inspire others to experience their own capacity for unconditional love. This kind of love also manifests itself through the experience of having everything you need in your life to get on with what you want to do.
the healer’s hands. The healing does not come from the healer, but through him. On the other hand, you don’t need a healer to take advantage of spiritual healing. The word “spiritual” refers to the divine nature of the energy, which healers agree that the energy comes from one external, invisible intelligent source. The healing energy from this source is available to all. Spiritual Healers see the body, mind,spirit and soul as one interdependent unit and believe all these four must work in harmony to maintain positive health. Any problem - be it a broken leg or depression needs the power of healing to restore the balance of the whole person. It is felt that sickness often starts in the mind, or at the deeper level of the spirit, and it is often here that healing begins. Spirituality vs. religion Spirituality can be seen as being distinct from religion. Different world religions have proposed various doctrines and belief systems about the nature of a God and humanity’s relationship with it. Spirituality, on the other hand, refers to the common experience behind these various points of view. It is an experience involving an awareness of and relationship with something that transcends your personal self as well as the human order of things. This “something” has been given various names (“God” being the most popular in Western Society) and defined in ways that are too numerous to count. We call it simply as the God. You can choose to define what that means for yourself in whatever way feels most appropriate. Your own sense of a God can be as abstract as “cosmic consciousness” or as down-to-earth as the beauty of the ocean or mountains. Even if you regard yourself an agnostic or atheist, you may get a sense of inspiration from taking a walk in the forest or contemplating a beautiful sunset. Or a small child’s smile may give you a special sense of joy. There is much healing and benefit to be obtained by cultivating your spiritual life. A personal spiritual commitment is the most important ingredient. Spiritual awareness and growth can effect a transformation in your whole being. It can help you to
guidance Developing a relationship with God will provide you with guidance for making decisions and solving problems. God has a universal wisdom that goes beyond what you can accomplish through your own intellect. In traditional religions this has been referred to as the “divine intelligence.” Through connecting with God, you can draw upon this greater wisdom to help you resolve all kinds of difficulties. By learning to ask God for guidance, you’ll be surprised to find that every sincere request sooner or later is answered. And the quality of that answer generally exceeds what you could have figured out through your own conscious intellect or will. Here, God is like your co-pilot. God is always available in the instant of need to those who have made a habit of waiting quietly before Him for insight and guidance. Follow these guidelines for an effective relationship with god: 1. Be quiet, patient, and open before God or Guruji. 2. Be confident that he will communicate his wishes and help you execute them. 3. Do not tempt God or make terms with Him. Gandhi said, “Not until we have reduced ourselves to nothingness, can we conquer the evil in us. God demands nothing less than complete self-surrender as the price for the only real freedom that is worth having. And when a man thus loses himself, he immediately finds himself in the service of all that lives. It becomes his delight and his recreation.” 4. Be willing to accept what God provides. He knows best. “Thy will, not mine, be done.” Have full trust in the wisdom of God. 5. Ask for God’s help. Do not instruct him on what to do. 6. Let God speak to you through his Word. Read spiritual and religious books such as the Bible and learn about the rules of victorious living. These are some of the characteristics that define a close relationship with God. All of them can significantly contribute to your personal healing process. The extent and sincerity of your commitment will determine the degree of personal healing you experience. outside Help: Healing Practitioners, Intercessory Prayers, etc. Healers: Healers believe that everyone has a healing mechanism that flows as an energy force around the body, mind and spirit to keep them in perfect order. Unfortunately, stress, an inadequate diet, a negative attitude and other adverse factors can block our healing mechanism so that it cannot function correctly and we get ill. Spiritual healing provides the energy needed to crank
our own healing mechanism back into action. When a healer lays his hand on you, he acts as a conductor or channel for the healing energy which he believes has the “intelligence” to go where it is needed. Healers say that all of us have the power to heal, if we choose to develop it. However, some do seem to have a healing gift. Healing does not always work at a physical level; the illness may remain but the ability to cope with it improves. Sometimes it does not work at all. This may be because the sick person “blocks” the healing forces - some people subconsciously prefer to be ill. It may also be because we “need” to remain ill. Healing is not just about living well, but also dying well. People healed when they are dying may die more peacefully. Typically, to begin the treatment the healer will attune with the healing energy. Then he may scan your body, with his hands hovering just above you. This scanning is to take a reading of your body’s energy levels and to locate areas of low or blocked energy where healing is needed. How long the healer spends on each area is determined by your body’s needs. Generally, the session lasts about an hour. All healers work in this way, but some employ additional healing tools such as visualization, past lives therapy, aura healing or they may concentrate on using the “chakras” the seven main energy centers of the body. During the treatment you may feel heat coming from the healer’s hands, although some people feel a draught, a tingling sensation, pins and needles, or a feeling of fight-headedness. Afterwards, most people say they feel relaxed and peaceful, although you might feel thirsty or sleepy. Leave a few days or a week between sessions to give the healing time to work. Intercessory Prayers: Many Hindus ask saints and others to intercede on their behalf. People pray for others. Your chance of healing can be improved substantially if you can get others to pray for you. The scientific evidence for the efficacy of such prayers is described elsewhere. Which problems can Spiritual Healing help? Spiritual healing can help with any problem, mental, physical or emotional. Swamiji His Holiness Sri Selvam Siddhar has helped and is helping millions of people to come out of their different problems. For scheduling an appointment for spiritual healing with Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar call @ USA Toll free 1-888808-1418 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Atharva Veda “Kaiyelthu Sastra” also Known as “ Graphology”
To understand the basis of graphology, we should know about human brain which has centers connected to our feelings and fingers. For example, ‘amygdala’ which is located in temporal lobe of brain, controls social and sexual behavior and other emotions. According to Atharva veda, the ‘basal ganglia’ within the cerebellum coordinates the movements of the finger tips. So, the brain responds to the feelings like anxiety or happiness which in turn affects the movements of fingers and hence our handwriting reflects our feelings. Hence the handwriting of a person who is under heavy stress will be different from the handwriting of a peaceful person. Similarly, the handwriting of healthy person will vary from the handwriting of a person who is suffering from ill health. There are three zones in handwriting to analyze the characteristics of an individual. They are upper, middle and lower zones. The upper zone is called ‘intellectual zone’ which represents the intelligence, spiritualism and imagination of the person. So, more letters thrusting into upper zone represents an intellectual who uses his mind more. The middle zone is called ‘social zone’ which represents the self-confidence of the person and his social relations. When there are more letters in middle zone we have a person for whom social relations are important. He is action oriented and does not waste his time in thinking. The lower zone is called ‘baser zone’ and represents the material wants and sexual desires of the person. Letters dropping more into this zone represent a person who craves for satisfying material desires. Letters with sharp bottoms in this zone indicate criminal tendencies. The next is Slant. We can divide the slant of writing into 5 categories. If the letters are perfectly vertical, they represent a person who lives in the present. This person is disciplined with good judgment. We find judges, business and political people in this type. If the letters are slightly slanting towards right, we have a person who lives for future. He is quick to take decisions and implementing them practically. Top level executives and administrators will come into this category. If the letters are extremely slanting towards right, the person jumps into action without adequate thinking. Hence, their actions will
The modern world is vast. It gives the ancient things in a new form and shape for the easy usage of all. Atharva veda is the most ancient of all the veda. It deals with all kinds spiritual healings. It has a lot of diagnosing methods of various problems. The diagnosing methods are vedic Astrology, Kairegai Sasthram or palmistry, Kaiezhuthu Sastram or graphology, Enn ganitham or numerology and so on. Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar (Dr. Commander Selvam) as a master of Atharva veda has brought out lot of secret factors of Atharva veda to this modern world. In this issue we will see about the “Kaiyelthu Sastra” also Known as “ graphology”. graphology is a science of determining the personality, character traits and destiny of a person from his or her own handwriting. over 7000 years ago, Atharva veda noticed the correlation between handwriting and personality. In 17th century, Saint Samarth ramdas Swami from India who is a guru of Chatrapathi Shivaji, brought out the factors of Atharva veda and wrote in detail about how the traits of a person can be read from the handwriting and how in turn the bad handwriting affects the mindset of the person. He also prepared sample scripts of ideal handwriting. He made many references to graphology in his work ‘Dasabodha’.
be often erroneous. If the slant is slightly towards left, it represents a person who is highly imaginative and an introvert. His advice will be very useful to others. Political advisors, artists and cine people will come into this category. If there is extreme slant towards left, then we have a person who lives in the past. He is a day-dreamer and can not carry any task practically. He tries to avoid the society and keeps himself alone. The next factor is Spacing. When words are set too far apart from each other, it represents loneliness and unwillingness to interact with others. When words are too close to each other, the person cannot keep distance from others. He does not care for privacy and always close to someone. This also represents insecurity and low confidence. Writers who leave a wide space between each line are endowed with good analytical thinking and management ability. Teachers and executives hand writing will reveal this. Writers who do not leave enough space between lines cannot take proper decisions because they could not survey the facts. They are weak-willed. The next factor is the directions of lines. Lines which ascend or go up express a strong wish and optimism to improve life. Lines which descend or go down towards the end represent pessimism, sadness and lack of courage. A wavy line which rises and comes down represents a person whose thoughts fluctuate, hence he is not dependable. The next factor is connective forms. Connective forms represent the way letters in a word are connected. There are 4 connective forms: garland, Arcade, Angular and Thread. garland connectivity represents smooth curve at base line. These people are ready to mix with others and are easy going. Arcade type represents rounded top like an umbrella. It is a sign of keeping aloof from others. He/she is secretive, reserved and proud. Sometimes it represents an artist also. The Angular connectivity is identified by sharp angles at the top and base. This person is stubborn and drags others towards his goals. He is tense and sometimes violent. If the Angular type is combined with leftward slant of writing, it is a sign of antisocial tendencies. The Thread connectivity occurs when the letters appear like interlaced threads. This form indicates a person who is impatient, hesitant and insecure and who makes hasty judgments. The next factor is the size of letters.
A person who uses large letters craves for distinction from others. He thinks that others should consider him as eminent. on the other hand, a person who uses small letters never bothers about others. He is an intelligent person with good concentration. round letters are indicative of a soft and friendly person who does not encourage quarrels. Narrow letters represent narrow mindedness of the person. He is calculative and miserly. The next factor is the margins. A wide left margin represents self respect and sensitiveness of the person. A wide right margin represents that the person wants to remain aloof and guards his privacy. If a person leaves wide margins both at left and right sides of the writing, he is avoiding the world because it fails to meet his expectations. on the other hand if a person is not leaving any margins then he is unconcerned about his fellow men. The next is pressure. Heavy pressure in handwriting represents strong will, strong body, and love of eating and strong sexual drive. Light pressure represents that the person is weak, timid and has less sexual desire. All the aforesaid are just hints. They coincide with the planetary positions of an individual and give good or bad results. For more help, please call Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar @ uSA Toll Free 1-888-808-1418 or email to email@example.com
n the past issues we discussed about various sports. In this issue we will discuss about the famous sport “Kickboxing”. Kickboxing refers to the sport of kicking and punching. Kickboxing is a standing sport and does not allow continuation of the fight once a combatant has reached the ground, although certain styles of Muay Thai make exceptions to this rule. Kickboxing is often practiced for self-defense, general fitness, or as a full-contact sport. In the full-contact sport the male boxers are bare-chested wearing shorts and protective gear including: mouth-guard, hand-wraps, 10-oz. boxing gloves, groin-guard, shin-pads, kick-boots, and optional protective helmet (usually for those under 16). The female boxers will wear a tank top and chest protection in addition to the male clothing/protective gear. In European kickboxing, where kicks to the thigh are allowed using special low-kick rules, use of boxing shorts instead of long trousers is possible. In addition, amateur rules often allow less experienced competitors to use light or semi-contact rules, where the intention is to score points by executing successful strikes past the opponent’s guard, and use of force is regulated. The equipment for semi-contact is similar to full-contact matches, usually with addition of head gear. Competitors usually dress in a t-shirt for semi-contact matches, to separate them from the bare-chested full-contact participants. Kickboxing is often confused with Muay Thai, also known as Thai Boxing. The two sports are similar; however, in Thai Boxing, kicks below the belt are allowed, as are strikes with knees and elbows. There are many arts labeled kickboxing including Japanese kickboxing, American kickboxing, Indian boxing, Burmese boxing, as well as French boxing. The term kickboxing is disputed and has become more associated with the Japanese and American variants. Many of the other styles do not consider themselves to be ‘kickboxing’, although the public often uses the term generically to refer to all these martial arts.
The term kickboxing was created by the Japanese boxing promoter Osamu Noguchi for a variant of Muay Thai and Karate that he created in the 1950s. The term was later used by the American variant. When used by the practitioners of those two styles, it usually refers to those styles specifically. Kickboxing boomed and became popular in Japan as it began to be broadcast on TV. By 1970, kickboxing was telecast in Japan on three different channels three times weekly. Tadashi Sawamura was an especially popular early kickboxer. In 1971 the All Japan Kickboxing Association (AJKA) was established and it registered approximately 700 kickboxers. The first AJKA Commissioner was Shintaro Ishihara, the long time Governor of Tokyo. Champions were in each weight division from fly to middle. Long time kickboxer Noboru Osawa won the AJKA bantam weight title, which he held for years. Raymond Edler, an American university student studying at Sophia University in Tokyo, took up kickboxing and won the AJKC middleweight title in 1972. He defended the title several times and abandoned it. Other popular champions were Toshio Fujiwara and Shima. However, by the late 1970s due to poor ratings and then infrequent television coverage the boom was suddenly finished. Kickboxing had not been seen on TV until K-1 was founded in 1993. In 1993, as Kazuyoshi Ishii (founder of Seidokan karate) produced K-1 under special kickboxing rules (No elbow and neck wrestling) in 1993, kickboxing became famous again. The sport has spread through Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. The Count Dante, Ray Scarica and Maung Gyi were the pioneers of American Kickboxing. They held tournaments as early as 1962. Between 1970 and 1973 a handful of kickboxing promotions were staged across the USA. In the early days the rules were never clear, one of the first tournaments had no weight divisions and all the competitors fought off until one was left. A very young Benny Urquidez reached the final. Unfortunately at world level there was no infrastructure, no set format of rules, the elements of danger were still included in the combat forms. As the martial arts disciplines grew in popularity mans urge to meet his/her peers on the competition floor
demanded conformity, a universal rules system, and a method that would ensure the practitioners safety whilst competing at sporting level. Various groups came forward in an attempt to unite all these Eastern martial disciplines under one set of rules that would cover the many and various forms of combat all under one umbrella. After many failures, petty squabbles and political in fighting, an organization was formed and termed the World Kickboxing Association (WKA). The impetus of the WKA on world martial arts as a whole was revolutionary. They were the first organized body of martial arts on a global scale to sanction fights, create ranking systems, and institute a development program. Whereby at grass roots level, children of all ages under a strict code of ethics and safety could learn via satellite WKA clubs in every City, Town, and village, a martial arts discipline thus ensuring for future years the growth of the sport. Today, the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) is the most active kickboxing sanctioning body in North America and one of the top 3 worldwide organizations. The IKF also hosts the Largest All Amateur - Full Contact & Muay Thai - Kickboxing Tournament in the World, the IKF World Classic. Europe, Australia and South America Jan Plas, the Dutch kickboxer, founded Mejiro Gym with some Muay Thai pioneers in the Netherlands in 1978, after he learned kickboxing from Kenji Kurosaki in Japan. Plas also founded NKBB (The Dutch Kickboxing Association), which was the first kickboxing organization in Netherlands, in 1978. The sport took off in the U.S. with the popularity and success of Kev Kelsey in the 1970s. In South America the kickboxing was introduced by martial artist and kickboxing champion, Hector Echavarria, who brought the famous Joe Corley’s Professional Karate Association, the International Sports Karate Association, and the United States Karate Association to Latin America. Kick Boxing in India and China. Adithada refers to the preliminary empty hand techniques of southern kalari payat practiced in southern Kerala, Kanyakumari and northern Sri Lanka. The word adi means hitting and thada means to block. It is similar to kickboxing, Muay Thai, and karate. Adithada incorporates both grappling and striking concepts, and a detailed study of pressure points. Practitioners are trained in using bare knuckles, feet, knees, elbows and forehead as preparation for weapons training which the basis of southern kalari payat is. Lethwei was based on a combination of boxing arts from India and China, known respectively as musti-yuddha and shoupo. Matches were held for entertainment and were popular with every strata of society. Participation was open to any male, whether king or common public. At the time, matches took place in sandpits instead of rings. Boxers fought without protective equipment, only wrapping their hands in hemp or gauze. There were no draws and no point system, the fight went on until one of the participants was knocked out or could no longer continue.
Sanshou or Sanda is a Chinese hand-to-hand self-defense system and combat sport. Not seen as a style itself, rather it is considered as just one of the two components of Chinese martial arts training and is often taught alongside with taolu (forms) training. However, as part of the development of sport wushu by the Chinese government, a standard curriculum for sanshou was developed. It is to this standard curriculum that the term “Sanshou” is usually applied. This curriculum was developed by experimenting with the Chinese military experiences in close range and hand to hand combat with reference to traditional Chinese martial arts. This general Sanshou curriculum varies in its different forms, as the Chinese government developed a version for civilians for selfdefense and as a sport. Kick Boxing in Myanmar. Kyar Ba Nyein, who participated in boxing at the 1952 Summer Olympics, pioneered modern lethwei by setting in place modern rules and regulations. He traveled around Myanmar, especially the Mon and Karen states where lots of villagers were still actively practicing lethwei. Kyar Ba Nein brought them back to Mandalay and Rangoon and, after training with them, encouraged them to compete in the matches he organized. The Myanmar government has made some organizational changes to make Burmese boxing more marketable internationally. There are a number of Burmese boxers who do compete in Thailand professionally with varying degrees of success. The first lethwei championship tournament was held in 2000. In ordinary matches there is no scoring system, but it was adopted then. The official title matches haven’t been held since the championship so those who knocked out the tournament winners are considered the unofficial champions. It should be noted that although only two or three official events are held by the government each year, unofficial matches take place at festivals around the country every month. In government-sponsored fights, both competitors are given belts as commemorative gifts. The winners are given black-colored belts, and the losers are given white-colored belts.
Kick Boxing in Combodia. Pradal serey or bradahl serei is an unarmed martial art from Cambodia. It is a sibling of Muay Lao from Laos, Muay Thai from Thailand, tomoi from Malaysia and a similar style called lethwei from Myanmar. In Khmer the word pradal means fighting or boxing and serey means free. Originally used for warfare, pradal serey is now one of Cambodia’s national sports. Its moves have been slightly altered to comply with the modern rules. Pradal serey is mostly the same as unarmed kbachkun boraan except it does not include mae (core techniques), tvear (door system that emphasizes footwork). Instead, it focuses more on winning a bout. While most well-known for its kicking technique, which generates power from hip rotation rather than snapping the leg, pradal serey consists of four types of strikes: punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes. The clinch is also used to wear down the opponent. Compared to other forms of Southeast Asian kickboxing, pradal serey emphasizes more elusive and shifty fighting stances. The Cambodian style also tends to utilize more elbows than that of other regions. More victories come by way of an elbow technique than any other strikes. Kick Boxing in Korea. Kun Gek Do, Kyuk Too Ki or Gwon-gyokdo is a combination of the traditional Korean martial arts styles and Muay Thai; it is sometimes referred to as the Korean version of kickboxing. The national Kun Gek Do headquarters are located in Busan, Korea. It was founded by Jung Do-Mo after seeing a Taekwondo martial artist defeated by a Muay Thai practitioner. Jung DoMo decided that the combination of Taekwondo and Muay Thai could create a martial art stronger than Muay Thai or Taekwondo alone. Kun Gek Do uses no open-hand movements. It is thought by its practitioners that when a person blocks or strikes with full power, an open hand can result in broken or dislocated fingers. Its foot techniques is a combination of Taekwondo and kickboxing movements, using kicks from both martial arts but utilizing Tae Kwon Do footwork. In addition to this, Kun Gek Do also utilizes throws and chokes. Kick Boxing in Thailand. Muay Thai is a hard martial art from Thailand. It is similar to other Indochinese styles of kickboxing, namely pradal serey from Cambodia, tomoi from Malaysia, lethwei from Myanmar and Muay Lao from Laos. Descended from muay boran, Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport. The word muay derives from the Sanskrit mavya and Thai comes from the word Tai. Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science Of Eight Limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”, as opposed to “two points”
(fists) in Western boxing and “four points” (hands and feet) used in sport-oriented martial arts. A practitioner of Muay Thai is known as a nak muay. Western practitioners are sometimes called nak muay farang, meaning foreign boxer. Kick Boxing in Japan. Japanese Kickboxing is combat sport created by the Japanese boxing promoter Osamu Noguchi and Tatsuo Yamada (Karate practitioner). It was the first combat sport that adopted the name of “Kickboxing” in 1966. The sport is now known as Japanese Kickboxing and most recently K1 Rules to differ from other combat sports that also adopted the name of “Kickboxing”. The original rules were very similar to Muay Thai, but with some differences between them. American Kickboxing (which is similar to American FullContact Karate) is a combat sport and a style of Kickboxing in which two opponents of similar weight fight each other using full contact strikes with their fists and feet to attack the opponent, while keeping similar rules of Western Boxing. FullContact Kickboxing competitions are generally distinguished because of the dress of the fighters, mandatory wearing long pants and foot-pads (unlike other kickboxing styles where fighters wear shorts and fight bare-footed). Although the term “Full-Contact Karate” has been used to refer this sport, it should not be confused with the generic term Full contact Karate, which refers to any traditional karate school with the use of full contact sparring, like Kyokushinkai. Kick Boxing in France. Savate, also known as boxe française, French boxing, French Kickboxing or French Footfighting, is a French martial art which uses the hands and feet as weapons combining elements of western boxing with graceful kicking techniques. Only foot kicks are allowed unlike some systems such as Muay Thai and Silat which allow the use of the knees or shins. “Savate” is a French word for “old shoe”. Savate is perhaps the only style of kickboxing in which the fighters habitually wear shoes. A male practitioner of Savate is called a Savateur while a female is called a Savateuse. Kick Boxing in Philippines. Yaw-Yan, also called Sayaw ng Kamatayan or “Dance of Death” is a Filipino martial art developed by Napoleon Fernandez. It is a form of kickboxing and resembles Muay Thai but differs in the hip-torquing motion as well as the downward-cutting nature of its kicks; Yaw-yan also differs from Muay Thai because its practitioners can deliver their attacks from long range. Yaw-yan practitioners participate in various Filipino mixed-martial arts tournaments such as the Universal Reality Combat Championship and Fearless Fighting. In the next issue we will discuss about some other interesting Sports.
Problems in getting married and salvation of the problems through the Atharva veda.
There are many problems in getting married. Nowadays getting married in the prescribed age has become very rare. There are a lot of reasons for this. The major problem is called as “Mars Dosha” or “Manglik”. There is nothing wrong in being a Manglik. Mangliks are normal people. Most importantly, Mangliks should realize that being a Manglik is not a matter to be afraid of; it is not the end of the world for them. Matters pertaining to the intensity of the Manglik Dosha and its cancellation play major roles and these are to be studied deeply. Atharva Veda has mentioned a lot about the Manglik Dosha and the remedies for overcoming the Manglik Dosha. One of the biggest misconceptions and fears in the Hindu society with respect to marriage is the presence of Mars Dosha or Kuja Dosha in the horoscope. Mars Dosha occurs, when Mars is placed in the ascendant, 4th, 7th, 8th or 12th house of the natal chart. However, the Atharva Veda includes the 2nd house also in the Mangal Dosha list. People in whose natal chart Mars is placed in the above positions are called Mangliks. Now let us see who is Mars or Mangal or Kuja. Planet Mars in vedic Astrology Planet Mars is considered to be a commander-in-chief among all the other planets. It symbolizes immense courage, aggression, vitality, confidence and warrior qualities. It drives the fire of independent spirit and sense of purpose among individuals. Mars is also known as Angaraka and Kuja, meaning the burning coal and the fair one respectively. He rules over the two sidereal signs of Aries and Scorpio. He is exalted in Capricorn and fallen in the sign Cancer. Mars is identified with Lord Karthikeya, the god of war. He is the son of Lord Shiva. Karthikeya was born with six heads and he killed the invincible demon Taraka, releasing the Devas from Taraka’s oppression. The above depict the valor, strength, courage and the protective quality of Mars. Thus, Mars is known as the protector of dharma and the purpose in life. Misconceptions about Manglik Dosha Now days a lot of fake astrologers have entered in the field. They are not so well learned scholars of astrology. They have done a lot of misconceptions in all aspects of astrology. That too particularly, they have done a lot of misconceptions about mars. They have done a lot of misconceptions in married life and getting marriage. They have taken their shelter in Magal or Kuja or mars. Some of the most common misconceptions about the planet Mars is that if a person is born on a Tuesday, then he is said to be a Manglik or Mars-dominated native. But it is not true. Another misconception is “double Manglik Dosha”, which is a term being used by many astrologers. There is no such term as “Double Manglik Dosha”, which refers to Mars being in any of the above mentioned houses and also in its own sign or in exaltation. Atharva Veda, be On the contrary, Mars in
own house or exaltation will considerably reduce the ill effects of the Manglik Dosha. The most famous misconception about being a Manglik is that if he/she is married to a non-Manglik, then the spouse is bound to die. The above can be seen in a few cases, where Mars is severely afflicted; overall strength of the horoscope also needs to be checked according to the Atharva Veda techniques. Marriage and Manglik Dosha Manglik Dosha is primarily considered at the time of marriage. Many people consider Manglik Dosha as a bad yoga and are reluctant to marry the persons, who have the Dosha, even if the Dosha is cancelled in the birth chart. The nature of the troubles in marriage absolutely depends on the nature of Mars in the natal Chart and the Navamsa Chart. Also the birth chart’s overall strength should be assessed, especially regarding aspects from any benefic planets on the 7th house and 7th lord. Another factor influencing the Manglik Dosha is the age of the person at the time of marriage. Mars is said to have a maturity age of 28. For a Manglik person, the malefic effects of Mars reduce after the age of 28. Common effects attributed to Mars with respect to its position in the natal chart: Mars in the first house: - quarrelsome on even minor issues; combative and dominating in relationship. Mars in the 2nd house: - harsh speech, lack of money and understanding in the family. Mars in the 4th house :- aggressive emotional nature, which may effect the career-front, with frequent changes in profession. Mars in the 7th house: - a lot of energy; difference of opinion with family members, that too particularly with the spouse. Mars in the 8th house: - early death of the mate. Mars in the 12th house: - financial losses, many enemies and repressed anger. All the aforesaid are only hints and basics. To know more and more about individual horoscope and to solve your problems contact Dr. Commander Selvam (Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar) @ USA Toll Free 1-888-808-1418 or email to avtemple@aol. com
THE LITTLE MATCH – SELLER
It was terribly cold and nearly dark on the last evening of the old year, and the snow was falling fast. In the cold and the darkness, a poor little girl, with bare head and naked feet, was roaming through the streets. It is sure she had on a pair of slippers when she left home, but they were not of much use. They were very large and indeed, they belonged to her mother, and the poor little creature had lost them in running across the street to avoid two carriages that made colloiding at a terrible rate. One of the slippers she could not find and a boy seized upon the other and ran away with it, saying that he could use it as a cradle, when he had children of his own. So the little girl went on with her little naked feet, which were quite red and blue with the cold. In an old apron she carried a number of match sticks, and had a bundle of them in her hands. No one had bought anything of her the whole day nor had any one given her even a penny. Shivering with cold and hunger she crept along. Poor little child, she looked the pitiature of misery. The snowflakes fell on her long, fair hair, which hung in curls on her shoulders by with straw and rags. Her little hands were almost frozen with the cold Ah! Perhaps a bushings match might be some good if she could draw it from the bundle and strike it against the wall, just to warm her fingers. She drew one out scratch, how it sputter and it burnt! gave a warm, bright light, like a little candle, as she held her hand over it. It was really a wonderful light. It seemed to the little girl that she was sitting by large iron stone, with polished brass feet and a brass ornament. How the fire burned and seemed so beautifully warm that the child – stretched, out her feet as if to warm them, when, to the flame of the match went out, the stone Vanished and she had only the remains of the half – burnt match in her hand. She rubbed another match on the wall. It burst into a flame and where its light fell upon the wall. The wall became as transparent as a well and she could see into the room. The table was covered with a snowy white table cloth, on which stood a splendid dinner. Service and a steaming roast goose, stuffed with apples and chill plums. And what was still more wonderful, the goose jumped down the dish and woddled across the floor, with a knife and fork in its breast, to the little girl. Then the match went out, and there remained nothing but the thick, dramp cold wall before her. She lighted another and she found herself sitting under a beautiful Christmas tree. It was a larger and more beautiful decorated that the one which she had seen through the glass door at the rich merchants. Thousands of traped were burning upon the green branches, and colored pitiatres. She had seen like these only in the show – windows, looked down upon it all. The little one stretched out her hand towards them, and the match went out.
The Christmas lights rose higher, till they looked to her like the stars in the sky. Then she saw a star fall, leaving behind it a bright streak of fine. “Some one is dying”, thought the little girl, for her old grand mother, the one who had ever loved her, and when a star falls, lauings behind it a bright streak of fire. Some one is dying, “thought the little girl for heal old grand mother, the only one who had ever loved her, and who was now dead, had told her that when a star falls, a soul was going up to God. She again rubbed a match. On the wall, and the light shone round her, in the brightness stood her old grand mother, clear and shining, yet mild and loving in her appenance. Grand mother, cried the little one, “O take me with you, I know you will go away when the matchs burns out; you will Vanish like the warm stove, the roast gore and large, glorious Christmas tree and she made haste to light the whole bundle of matches gloved with a light that was brighter than the noon day and her grand mother had never appeared so large or so beautiful. She took the little girl in her arms, and they both flew upwards in brightness and joy for above the earth, where there is neither hunger nor pain, for they were with god. In the dawn of morning there laid the poor little one, with pale cheeks and smiling mouth, leaning against the wall shone upon a little copse. The child still sat, in the stuffiness of death, holding the matches in her hand, bundle of which was burnt. “She tested to warm herself” said someone. No one imagined what beautiful things she had seen nor into what glory she had entered with her grandmother, on New Year day.
By Sri Selvam “Siddhar”
Kind Attention: Zodiac Connection is based upon Moon signs and not upon Sun signs
This month will be a supportive one. The pending affairs are to be settled. The planets are providing you a suitable occasion. You have to make use of it. The self confidences will be less but the timely occurance will pave a smooth way for solution of problems. Women and children at home: They can feel an easy way with proper helps. Their fear and confusions will vanish. The desired events are likely to become true. Children will be happy and do well in their jobs. Students and their education: Their preparations and plan for further studies are with bright chance. Their confusion in taking decision will be there but they will be provided properly for their future career. Business people, professionals and employees: The look of lord mars to their 10th House will be a helping one. Even if they fail to propose certain matters the time will drag for betterment. Lovers and their trend: The time is with progressive trend. Their mind and noble thoughts will provide them suitably. Lord Venus is all alone at his own sign Rishaba. That is a good signal. Married persons and spouses: Circumstances with their companion will be pleasing their freedom and nature of thoughts will be going happiness with their mate. The financial and the health position are all in a required way only. Cautious dates to avoid losses: The days with disappointment are 17th, 18th of June and 7th of July.
rishaba: Your sign Lord is well accommodated. You can find your abilities to prove good progress. The usual income and some enhancement in the profits are also possible. This month will be a good one for you. Women and children at home: In side the home, their activities and moments will be very pleasant. All the members of family will feel better and behave with good nature. Children will be playing well and attend their work properly. Students and their education: Moderate trend prevails in education. Some thing which was decided by them will have alteration. A sense of delay they can feel. They have to proceed with strong mind to achieve the target. Business people, professionals and employees: The traders will have a scene of argument. The real matter which they expected will not be good enough to conclude. More efforts and new process will bring them an amicable settlement. The job goers and professionals will feel a normal way of living.
Lovers and their trend: The part of the counter part is little bit weak now. Strong determination and bold efforts are still lacking. The slow way of deal and a dull scene of activities will irritate them. Married persons and spouses: Some problems are not getting concluded till to this day. A good word from their spouse will not be coming out easily. So many attempts maybe needed. Any way, the matter is getting delayed, even in domestic decisions, they are in the half way only. Financial affairs too will not be free and easy. This month will be a normal one. Cautious dates to avoid losses: June 30, and July 3rd are complicated.
The occupant of your sign is Lord Kethu and Lords Saturn, Raaghu and Jupiter are in the squares. This is a complicated month for you. You have to manage many things in order. Some challenges will also come. You have to observe the scenes and act brilliantly. Women and children at home: There will be the need of more funds and things for the domestic needs. All are to be arranged only by themselves. New problems will also arise. Think twice before taking any decisions. The children will be with confusion. On their routine they may suffer by minor accidents like slipping down. They have to look after that. Students and their education: Moderate study will not serve the purpose. They have to spend more time in reading and understanding the lessons. Their expected routes and decision may have many alterations. Take decisions slowly and steadily with the guidance of the elders. Business people, professionals and employees: The professionals will be facing some unwanted changes. The higher authorities will be giving pressure on some extra jobs and works. The merchant category will be in a position to find unexpected turn in their program. Lovers and their trend: An important meet or talk will be giving a scope of future planning. It will not reach all of a sudden. Once or twice the topic could not be formatted with good grounds. But it is crucial time for correct decision. Married persons and spouses: Almost the burdens of home will be the main topic. From the side of their companion, lot of matters will rise. They are also having so many plannings. There will be delay in finding the execution route. The anger and unexpected words will cross in their way. Cautious dates to avoid losses: June 3rd and 4th are the dates to be dealt with more caution. Mithunam:
Women and children at home: Some of their proposals are like to get good shapes. Lord Sun is with full diguity and will show grace for their attempts. Comparing to the last month, children and their moments will be better. Lord Venus keeps them good and smart. Students and their education: Their program for further studies will have the proper way and decisions. There is a time after July, which will keep them in a comfortable position with good future. Business people, professionals and employees: They will be very busy from the end of the month June. Now connections and acquaintance will give better results in trade and profession. Lord Jupiter shows his grace for a stronger route for success. A temporary position of Lord Jupiter makes opposition of Lord Saturn. This is good for them to create a comfort in living. Lovers and their trend: So far the occupation of Lord Mars in their sign, the trend in Love will not be clear and positive. The time will change after 3 weeks. Married persons and spouses: For externally it is bright to look at. But, there is few matters which will be worrying them. Ill health or difference in opinion with spouse may happen. Family, finance and other essential matters are going on well at this moment. Being summer it is better to go to some cool stations or pilgrimage and it will give them good atmosphere for their expectation. Cautious dates to avoid losses: 7th and 8th of June are to be dealt cautiously.
The 3rd and 10th sign Lord is Venus. He is occupying his own sign. One way it is commitment and in other way an assessment. Lord Saturn is in Kanya, and he controls the finance matters. Timely arrangements and disbursing will be the position. Since Lord Jupiter has entered your 8th sign, you have to deal every thing with precaution. Women and children at home: Management and taking care of the family as usual it will go. But, you will find in a certain occasion as difficulty. Children are doing well. Nothing a type of speed and faster way they should be allowed. Students and their education: Being summer vacation, the speed of education is light. Their decision will have to be referred with seniors. They should not do any thing at their own accord. Some drift is likely to occur. Business people, professionals and employees: Merchants should have a strong decision to carry with their usual and agreeable profit giving trade. It they aim for something Simmam:
A new proposal or chance you will feel at this juncture. The grace of Lord Jupiter from Meenam, will guide you for progressive days. From February, the grim situation prevailed. Now you are going to get a release. Transactions and the incomes will be moderate.
multiple profits, then they will have to face trouble. The professionals must be very steady in their customary work. If any short out method is applied there will be failure. Lovers and their trend: All their expectations are reaching a good shape. To an extent it will be like most favorable. That situation will turn to give more tortures. Take decisions slowly and carry on the affairs with justful manner. Married persons and spouses: The seventh sign is looked by Lord Mars. The occupant of the second house is Lord Saturn. This position will give an unexpected defective turn. Prayers for Lords Mars and Saturn are must. By those prayers the health and happiness should not be disturbed. Any abrupt or sudden travel they should not engage. Cautious dates to avoid losses: June 10th and 11th are to be dealt cautiously.
Cautious dates to avoid losses: June 12th and 13th are to be dealt carefully.
Even though the finance is not enough, your regular works were on its way and the past two months were spent well of course. Lord Mars will be departing to Simmam and at the same time Lord Jupiter will be gracing the house Kadagam. That is good and your routine will be continued with out disturbance. Women and children at home: Lord Venus is supporting them for cheerful way of family maintenance. Even though the financial matters are not fully satisfactory, they can manage every thing. House of finance and family is looked by Lords Jupiter and Venus in a gracious way and that is the specialty of this month. Students and their education: All those who are planning for the further studies, they are blessed by Lord of Benefits and they can get a good career also. Business people, professionals and employees: As far as the business is concerned, the growth and improvements are sure to fetch good income. The professionals will be provided suitable salary and increments. Lovers and their trend: The position of Lord Mars and the Lord Sun shows the matters of love to be a weaker and in uncertain ways. Some how the consolation is made by the Lord Jupiter. It will have a pickup after 4 weeks. Married persons and spouses: Their companion is very busy and fully engaged with pending affairs. Suitable time to give importance to the privacy has not come. The progress in family affairs and house keeping will be in a good way. The health of the spouse will be going down in this summer. Eating green vegetables and drinking butter milk will be good. Their expectation will come to a correct route after 4 weeks. Cautious dates to avoid losses: The dates of disappointment are on June 6th and 7th.
Lord Jupiter has come on urgently to sanction some things to you. He looked your sufferings and has decided to help at this jmcture. Improvement will be there. Some settlement or allotment will be there for execution. Women and children at home: Their strength is rising. For the matters they feared a lot will have a reasonable way of solution. Lord Mars is still giving his usual trouble to stop the progress. They have to wait for two more weeks. He will pass on to next sign. Students and their education: Their Lord of education is Lord Venus and he is nicely accommodated in the 9th trine. Favorable moments and progress are reaching now. Yet their opinions and formula will differ. Take the advice of elders and carry on. Business people, professionals and employees: The trader category will be engaged in new expansion and development. The trade is likely to get a good improvement. Professionals will also get benefit by increase in their income. Lovers and their trend: Recently, the Lord Jupiter’s retogaration process permitted to enjoy some benefits. At the same time it is indictated as temporary. So, the happenings of their love matters can not be steady one. The condition will be same for another eight weeks. Married persons and spouses: They feel little happiness and it is vanishing with in short time. So are the affairs in domestic and as well as with their spouse. This will be like a suffering but it is for good. The days will be good after 8weeks. Asset or property will be facing a clear verdict. They have to claim in a proper manner to get it.
viruchigam: Past two months were the period of testing. Nothing was able to conclude and complete. Now the grace rays from Lord Jupiter has come to console you. The accumulation of funds could not be in a satisfactory way. The same condition prevails but the half burden is getting reduced.
Women and children at home: With all their ability and some how or other, they were managing cleverly. The days like full moon and New Moon would have given benefits. With service mind and duty consciousness, they will be managing this month also. Students and their education: Study programs will be a good way of progress. They can find the suitable ways for their plan of career. Lord Jupiter is in powerful place of Meenam and assures to support a lot. Business people, professionals and employees: For the business people, the trend will be good and after two weeks they can find a change which will lead them to gain good profit. The professionals will be doing well and the scheme they prepare now will guide for easy execution of the jobs. The higher level persons will find their importance and support suitably. Lovers and their trend: This is time they will find their lover as so charming. Their thoughts will be always circling upon their partner. Really speaking, their health is now little weak. They have to care their health and develop the physic. Married persons and spouses: This month is not as usual, there are some new events and actions ahead. There will be a system of familiarity with in the relations of husband and wife. Lord Venus is accommodating the seventh sign and sanctions such pleasures. The other aspects like family prestige, travel times and visit to the temples will follow this month. The grace of Lords Venus and Jupiter arrives at this juncture. Cautious dates to avoid losses: June 26th and 27th are not favorable.
Business people, professionals and employees: Merchant community will feel easy and do more business. Some important settlements are likely to be finalized. More competitions will come but they can manage. The professionals will be gaining good standard and the executions will be in order of satisfaction. Lovers and their trend: Still a clear picture is not seen. How to decide and what to decide are the questions. Lord Venus is all alone in ‘Rishaba’ and agrees their proposals. But the actual scope and benefit is not seen. The month will pass through only like this. Married persons and spouses: The married people wander here and there and do all the routines. Any thing systematic is not found. Any expectation is not becoming true in nature. There is no privacy at all. This month is passing only in such a manner. Domestic responsibilities are carried out automatically. Cautious dates to avoid losses: June 19th and 20th are not better.
Magaram: Some good foundations are made. New development in their career is likely to commence. This week some acquaintances will also come through. You have to follow and the benefit will be reaching shortly. Women and children at home: Their position is some what under check. The freedom is less. The control will be more. Regarding their moments and links, they will be in better way. The women have to stop unwanted talks. Lord Jupiter helps to keep their position in good way. The children will be with curiosity to know much about science, the parents have to provide them the matters and books. Students and their education: Their status in study is lacking behind. They have to start new efforts and plans for the development. Carelessness to be thrown away. Business people, professionals and employees: Merchant category will be with good feedings of ideas. Surely new ways to increase their profits will come. The professionals will be busy. They will be given warm welcome in their smart activities. Lovers and their trend: The atmosphere is not at all favorable. All their attempts are getting irritations. No good word and signal they can find now. Lord Mars is blocking the trend to a worst way. Patience will be needed. Married persons and spouses: This is the month they will need a system to control themselves. The circumstances with their spouse will be in contrast ways. To
Dhanur: All at a time to rise their demands and to whom you could answer first? Will be the position for the people of Dhanur. So many problems are claiming for solution. Your intelligence and smartness will be appreciated at this juncture. Women and children at home: Domestic burden is likely to be decreased and the finance situation will also improve step by step. It is a time to influence such strict situations. Lord Jupiter has the sanctioning grace upon Lord Saturn. This is the reason for the change in situation. Children will be doing well. But they should not be allowed to attend any rough surface of concrete or iron. Students and their education: Students are feeling much and worrying for the program. Since the summer is in force, let the decison be postponed to next month.
an extent it is not with their expectation. The health as well the time factors, keep this disturbed situation. They have to pass this month with patience. Cautious dates to avoid losses: June 21st and 22nd are to be dealt carefully.
Many of your deals are facing settlement against the rights and some are with logic issue. This is the time to finalize your feelings will be lining with philosophy. Your activities will be brisk to fetch good result. Women and children at home: Since the Lord Sun is with full power, it will help them to show their capacities in successfully meeting the expenditure and commitments. They are keeping a big budget for family matters and step by step they will be in a position to clear the things. The children are claiming so many wants. Yes it is being summer; they have to be provided properly with their needed things and kept properly. Students and their education: They are at the juncture to decide the factors of studies. So many opinions may cross. But, they are suitable in career and future. They have to access their capacity and choose the subject and the proper line for further studies. Business people, professionals and employees: Something new will be reaching them in time. The profession and trade whatever it may they are at a crucial stage to make a clear cut decision. The total result will be for development. Lovers and their trend: Lord Mercury is close to Lord Sun. The seventh sign is occupied by Lord Saturn. This creates a scene of final word. In what way it is affecting them is understandable only by them. Any way it is the time to clear their doubts and way. Married persons and spouses: Health matters will improve. The moral and matters with mind will be in the table of argument. Yes they can think and decide the querry now. Any clearance and decision may come at any time. Keep well their position and the statuesque to be mainted with out damage. Cautious dates to avoid losses: June 26th and 27th are to dealt cautiously.
Your sign Lord is graciously looked by Lord Jupiter. Some reaction will be on your favor. You have to impose the exact justice and come to a clearance. The usual ways of income will be supporting with progress. Since Lord Mars looks your sign, your health or travel will be getting a set back. Women and children at home: The beginning of the month will keep them in a puzzled manner. Some unexpected affairs will create little misunderstanding in the family affairs. By that a release or term will be determined. Not so serious but with sufferings and minor ailments, the children should be cared more. They should not be permitted to do any thing with freedom. Students and their education: The situation is little bad. Some how the time supports for an accommodation. They have to plan well and confine their studies. Their hard work will bring good result. Business people, professionals and employees: There will be more supporters for all their efforts. They guide them for a progress path. The traders will be developing their trade well. The profits will be more. This month is a positive month. Lovers and their trend: It seems to be much comparative and higher grade, occupy their lover. Any how the relation will be with better terms. The planetary supports are good for their Love. They can have a suitable opportunity to discuss further about the future life. Married persons and spouses: This month they and their partner will have good time to discuss so many deals. All their plans are going in a smoother trend. The health and other circumstances are clear. Temple visit, travel with family will give them good cheer. Lords Venus and Jupiter are occupying their own signs. That is good. The month June will bring them good news also. Their privacy will be with real happiness. Cautious dates to avoid losses: Dates 23rd, 24th, and 25th of June are to be dealt very cautiously.
started my spiritual practices at an early age and have been a Thantra practitioner for many years. By way of introducing the subject, let me say that “Thantra” is a very general term, and that in Shakta (Goddess-focused) Thantra alone there are many distinct subsects, some of them largely unknown except by their own initiates. In the Agasthya tradition initiation by a guru is the very core, because the Guru passes on the powers and traditions to the sishya at the moment she/he places his foot on the Shishya’s head. They then remain dormant; and as you practice sincerely and properly, the knowledge opens up like a flower and you have the whole knowledge of the lineage (the parampara) to be taken and used. It just flows out like a stream. Thantra is a subject that evokes awe, confusion and at times opposition and distaste in the uninitiated. It is a branch of human endeavor that has its beginnings in the dim past. The methods it employs have many things in common with other similar practices in many other ancient cultures. Today, however, the Thantric system alone maintains a complete, unbroken initiatory system that is even now being practiced by many persons in India.
But for a practitioner, it is unnecessary to gauge the antiquity of the system. The very basis of the practice is unsullied belief. That is why Parasurama says “Vishwaasabhooyishtam Pramaanyam” “The belief is the authority”. A practitioner should, first and foremost, practice the system and reap its benefits. And so I do not propose to go into the history of Thantra except very briefly. Those who want to know full details, if they approach me as a guru, I am ready to teach them on the subject that elaborate on specific areas of practice. The basic concept of Thantra is attributed to Parasurama, the 6th Incarnation of Vishnu. His work Parasurama Kalpasoothra (The Aphorisms of Parasurama), is the basic Bible of Thantrics. There are Shakta, Shaiva, Vaishnava, Ganapathya and Saura Thantras to name just a few schools. In every school, the main Deity is treated as supreme and all other deities as lower. This is so as to instill complete devotion on the practitioner in the initial stages. Thereafter as one progresses the Sadhaka realizes that “All is one” and still later that “Thou art That”. If you have full grace of the Guru, this realization comes fast. In Shakta tradition, there are ten great Devathas or, as stated in Sanskrit “Dasa MahaaVidyaas” [i.e., “Ten Mahavidyas”]. Practicing the rituals associated with some of them is really difficult. There are various systems in Indian spiritual practices that have granted benefits to practitioners. They can easily be categorized broadly as: The vaidic System: (i.e., the system based on the Vedas). This approach deals with detailed Rituals, requiring strict discipline over long periods; various materials (some of which are now not available, even in India); and strict training under well versed Vedic scholars. It is a rather difficult thing for those who are not willing to spend long periods of ascetic life. The yogic System: (based on Pathanjali’s Yoga Sutras). Again, this approach requires long and arduous discipline under highly qualified teachers. To the best of my knowledge the West has few such teachers. But many unqualified persons are creating great physical, mental and spiritual damage to those who study under them. Like the Vaidic system, Yoga requires a certain amount of renunciation and is intended for ultimate realization of Godhead. The Thantric System: The Thantric practices are slightly different in content and quality from ordinary spiritual practices, in which a great emphasis is laid on renunciation, restraint, etc. It is said that, by Thantric practices, one attains both the
without specific testing as to suitableness. Vaidikas - the followers of Veda - on many occasions derided the Thantra path. But there are also references in Puranas extolling virtues of Thantra. People in the West have not seen or been made familiar with all the Thantric practices -- even by those who have opened parts of it to the West. Thus, the West was mistakenly led to believe that Thantra is nothing but “glorified sex”. This misperception has led many astray, and has kept many really deserving persons away from the practices. It has also brought many sexually unsatisfied persons to what they think is “Thantra”. It has helped many people to cash in on the “fad” and the “need”. But let me clarify once and for all that THANTRA IS NOT ALL ABOUT SEX. Real sexual practices may play some role in the first stages -- and at certain much, much higher stages -- but it is not the be-all and end-all of Thantra. Because, you must understand, sex in Thantra simply plays the same role as in ordinary life. We have sex in our life but sex is not what we live for. It has its role in the psychological and procreative spheres. In the same way does sex has some role in Thantra. But it is not an essential thing. worldly pleasures and ultimate realization without any form of renunciation. In fact renunciation is frowned upon in this system (though a certain amount of discipline is called for). The Thantric Practices were and are still shrouded in great secrecy from its very nature. The injunction given to the initiate is: “Give up your Kingdom (i.e. all your worldly possessions), give your life, but do not give the main Mantra to anyone.” Now, because of passage of time, there has been a blurring of the lines of distinction between Vaidic and Thantric practices. Vaidic practices have indeed taken some parts from Thantra and vice versa. But I personally feel that keeping the two streams separate is a great necessity to gain maximum advantage. Misconceptions about Thantra Thantra has always been a secret path. At all times there were opponents. That is why we are taught never to give away our mantra: It is a specific injunction that a person shall not be initiated into Thantra In Thantra there are three sub-divisions: 1. The Dakshinachra. The Right-Hand Path, which is closely linked to Vaidic practices; 2. The Vamachara. The Left-Hand Path, which partakes all that is good from all systems and is essentially Kundalini Yoga. Here, all differentiation between good and evil are destroyed. It is also called the Kaula Path. 3. The Samayachara. This is a purely mental process. The Vamachara system has gained great notoriety because of its use of various items like Meat, Alcohol and sex in the practices. Actually, this is a misplaced notoriety. These items are only given the same amount of usage they receive in ordinary life!! If anybody uses these items in excess in ordinary life, it is not a good thing. And the same principle applies to Thantra as well. Furthermore, the interpreters have indicated time and again that these can be replaced with
symbolic items. The greatest danger of the path is that powers come to you easily and fast along this path; but any misuse leads to eternal damnation. The first and last systems have no physically sexual content. The system that is chosen by a practitioner will depend on his or her mental attitudes and spiritual development as assessed by the teacher. But before starting the practices, a student must assess his or her own fitness for the system. He/She must ask: Am I capable of unconditional love? Am I willing to spend the time and energy to lead a life that -- from daybreak to nightfall -- will be governed by secret co-relation with Thantric practices and attitudes? The greatest beauty of Thantra is that once the student becomes a full fledged practitioner, she/he will no longer be governed by the normal rules of Karma. Outwardly she/he will be leading a normal existence -- but inwardly she/he will be leading a very balanced life, so that all actions are properly identified and hence she/he will not be bound by the Karmic link and she/he will always be free from the Karma of all his actions, because she/he has the right attitude. The Karmic bond is snapped once for all once the student becomes a real Thantric. She/ he is no longer bound by the mundane differentiations of good and bad. The dualities in life cease to have any role!! Beginning a Thantric Practice It is said in Thantra that for a person to be initiated properly into Thantra one must verily be SHIVA himself, or that it must be his last incarnation on earth. What usually happens is that sometimes persons who are not fully evolved also get initiated because of some past good fortune. They will keep on doing the practices without any substantial benefits. But suddenly, at some stage, the realization dawns on them out in a further life -- and they get a fullfledged initiation and realize the ultimate truth.For a Thantric practitioner, every day is a new birth, bereft of the Karma of the past day. He will have no baggage to carry around! But there are certain injunctions that must be remembered always: Karma 61
•Do not let a non-initiate know you are a Thantric Practitioner, as there is chance of derision, and this will affect the aural body of the practitioner. (But this injunction has little force now as the practices are now coming out of the secret places where they used to be practiced.) •Practice daily and regularly. •Never misuse the powers that you MAY gain for harming others, because with that, all effects of the practice will cease. (Some people think that because they destroy the karmic bonds, they can do ANYTHING bad. This is wrong and will be visited with grave consequences.) •Always ask the mind why a certain urge is coming; whether it is pure and whether it will hurt ANYBODY. ANYTHING that will hurt ANYBODY shall not be done. But practices that need to be done for spiritual progress can be done, so long as you keep it from the knowledge of anybody who will be hurt by the knowledge. •The basic position is that we must realise that WE ARE GOD and all GOD’s powers are available to us. The only difficulty is that we do not recognise that; and once we do that, then WE ARE GOD. One must always strive to find the Guru -- and when you find him/her, you will have completed 90 percent of the Journey. Lalitha Parameswari is the goal at the end of the Journey. To find whether you are fit to become a Thantric feel free to contact me @ uSA Toll Free 1-888-808-1414 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
gifts From The Heart According to legend, a young man while roaming the desert came across a spring of delicious crystal-clear water. The water was so sweet he filled his leather canteen so he could bring some back to a tribal elder who had been his teacher. After a four-day journey he presented the water to the old man who took a deep drink, smiled warmly and thanked his student lavishly for the sweet water. The young man returned to his village with a happy heart. Later, the teacher let another student taste the water. He spat it out, saying it was awful. It apparently had become stale because of the old leather container. The student challenged his teacher: “Master, the water was foul. Why did you pretend to like it?” The teacher replied, “You only tasted the water. I tasted the gift. The water was simply the container for an act of loving-kindness and nothing could be sweeter.” I think we understand this lesson best when we receive innocent gifts of love from young children. Whether it’s a ceramic tray or a macaroni bracelet, the natural and proper response is appreciation and expressed thankfulness because we love the idea within the gift. Gratitude doesn’t always come naturally. Karma 62
Unfortunately, most children and many adults value only the thing given rather than the feeling embodied in it. We should remind ourselves and teach our children about the beauty and purity of feelings and expressions of gratitude. After all, gifts from the heart are really gifts of the heart. That Is Enough A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, “Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.” Very quietly, the doctor said, “I don’t know.” “You don’t know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?” The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room with his tail wagging and an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, “Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside... He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing. I know my Master is there and that is enough.”