Thursday, 23 July 2015

Should you be scared of Shani ?

Shani - the minute the astrologer says this word it seems to spell bad times as well as hard and difficult times. And on this day of Shani
temples all over are thronged by crowds of people who are trying to appease Lord Shani and get respite. It seems Shani is One of the most feared as well as revered planets. The mighty Shani, has been given a very important place in Astrology. This slow moving task-master, the strict disciplinarian i.e. Shani Bhagwan or the Lord Shani is considered to be the greatest obstacle creator. He has the power to move the mountains, and He has the power to make the toughest of the people cringe and cower under his disciplinarian ways.

Astrologically and methodologically, Shani has been associated with the day of Saturday. In fact, in English Saturday derives its name from Saturn, the devil.

As per both popular systems of Astrology, the planet of Shani represents discipline, stability, delay, obstruction, limitation, consolidation, justice, responsibility, maturity, amongst various other aspects. He is the ruler of the tenth and eleventh Zodiac signs- Capricorn and Aquarius respectively.

As per the principles of Vedic Astrology  ill-placed Shani in one’s Horoscope, especially when in a difficult aspect with another planet, can wreak havoc in one’s life. It leads to never-ending struggles and obstacles in one’s life.

Another problem period is Sade Sati . As the name says Sade that is half and Sati that is seven thus it is a period of seven and half years of Shani—a planetary movement of great importance as per the Vedic system of Astrology.

People are quite scared of this phenomenon called Shani Sade Sati. It is considered to be a period of roadblocks and extreme life lessons. It takes place when the transiting Shani begins to move through a Sign before one’s Moon Sign, in the Horoscope (created as per the Vedic system of Astrology). Shani typically takes 2.5 years to complete its journey through one Sign. So, while Shani transits through the Signs adjoining (before and after) one’s Moon Sign and the Moon Sign (in between) itself, it spends 2.5 years in each Sign—hence the total of 7.5 years. One of the best living example of person facing Sade Sati is Dr. Man Mohan Singh, ex-prime minister of India. He faced so many political problems as well as character assassination.

Shani also poses problems on a general level, while it continues its transits through various Zodiac Signs, and especially so if it happens to be in an enemy Sign or the enemy house.

As of 29th May 2015, the transiting Shani is moving in a retrograde motion, which it shall continue to be in till August 2, 2015. Shani is currently transiting through the Zodiac Sign Scorpio, which is ruled by the planet Mars. Astrologically, Shani and Mars are not friendly with each other, and hence, Shani is known to be uncomfortable in this transit.

Currently, owing to this transit and Shani also being in a retrograde motion—things may seem very difficult and exhausting on a broader level. Feelings of frustration, sorrow, depression may be experienced by the people all across, in general. There may be a plenty of obstructions and delays in various projects, tasks etc. People suffering from some health issues and illnesses will need to be very cautious and should pay immediate medical attention, if things deteriorate. Things cannot be taken lightly, during such a transit.

However, does this imply that Shani only represents negative things? Should we always be only scared of him?

Certainly No! If a person works hard, follows a disciplined lifestyle, does good Karma, behaves responsibly and shows compassion to the poor or the less-fortunate, he/she surely is bound to attain the magnificent blessings of Shani! Remember, Shani gives long-lasting and permanent results, but they come at a price—of hard work, sincere efforts and a true heart. His task is to make you more refined and well-rounded in personality. He is the Cosmic teacher, who imparts the important lessons about life. Even during a Shani Sade Sati (7.5 years), if a person stays sincerely onto the path of true service and discipline, the person is known to gain vastly in terms of wisdom, prudence, power and position.

There are some simple task that one can do to appease the tough taskmaster Shani, in general –

1) Worship Lord Hanuman, and recite the Hanuman Chalisa, at least on Saturdays, if not possible to do it every day.
2) Donate some food items or clothes to the poor and needy.
3) Be kind and helpful to old people and the elderly.
4) Be compassionate towards people of lower ranks in the society, including your servants.
4) Offer mustard oil and black sesame seeds (til) or black lentil seeds (urad) in a nearby Hanuman temple or Shani temple.
5)Avoid sleeping on the floor
6)Do not shave on Saturday

May Lord Shani bless us with kindness and compassion.
Please feel free to ask if you have any doubts or problems.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

You can benefit from the dark night--Amavasya

Amavasya is the darkest night and is usually associated with evil, spirits and Ghosts. There are so many superstitions about this night. It is believed that all black magic takes place on Amavasya and that the black magic is more effective when performed on Amavasya . People are so afraid of this night and the Indian cinema has strengthened all these beliefs.
Why should this be so evil when it is actually the night of new moon? Just because there is no moon the night becomes evil. Darkness and evil seem to be synonymous. Perhaps the reason is that the moon effects are the most emotionally and psychologically. The tide effects caused by the moon are well known as well as the mood swings of people with the rising and waning of the moon.
But it does not end here. It is believed that Amavasya or new Moon day is very favorable to conduct Pitra Shanti Puja, if one has Pitra Dosha in their Kundli. The Pitra Shanti Puja is done to satisfy the souls of the dead ancestors. Death again is associated with negativity, as it is loss of some one. It is also said that one who observes fast on Amavasya, overcomes all the worldly fears and gets relief from all the sins committed.
Yet the most important Hindu festival Diwali is celebrated on Amavasya. In addition to celebration of Diwali there are many legends and beliefs about Amavasya in different months. It is interesting to note that all these indicate benefits and good happenings during the Amavasya.
Amavasya Puja & Vrat
To begin with the Puja and other rituals people clean their house and decorate it with colorful Rangoli and Diyas (earthen lamps). After doing all these activities, Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped for wealth and fortune. It is believed that making donations on new Moon day is very fruitful.
It is believed that observing Amavasya Vrat pacifies the soul of dead ancestors. Single meal is taken throughout the day and that too only after the sunset. Negative or wrong thoughts are strictly avoided.
Amavasya Payovrata
This Vrat is observed for Lord Vishnu and has to be kept for one year, if started. This Amavasya Vrat helps in overcoming mental stress and improves the financial condition of the person
Importance Of Amavasya Vrat
Observing Amavasya Vrat is important. This way we can please our ancestors and satisfy their dead souls. As the day is dedicated to all the dead ancestors of the family, keeping Amavasya fast is helpful in appeasing all of them and getting their eternal blessings. If you are depressed due to lack of prosperity & harmony in your family, observing Amavasya Vrat, it will definitely help.
Amavasya Pitra Shanti Puja
The day of Amavasya is considered very auspicious to perform Pitra Shanti Puja. Conducting this Puja helps in pacifying the dead souls of one’s ancestors. As per beliefs, people with Pitra Dosha in their Kundli should offer Kheer (sweet rice porridge) to their ancestors. Observing Amavasya Vrat helps in reducing the influence of Pitra Dosha and bestows the observer with health, wealth, and good luck.
We hope that with this article, all fears about Amavasya would end and you can perhaps welcome goodness & bliss in your life while observing Amavasya.
Let’s take a look at the dates of Amavasya during 2015.
Name of Amavasya
Magha Amavasya
Phalguna Amavasya
Chaitra Amavasya
Vaishakha Amavasya
Jyestha Amavasya
Ashadha Amavasya
Aashadha Amavasya
Shravana Amavasya
Ashwin Amavasya
Kartik Amavasya
Margashirsha Amavasya
Given below are the various Amavasya that are celebrated all around our country with great enthusiasm and devotion:
Magha/Mauni Amavasya
According to the Hindu calendar , Magha Amavasya falls in Magha Masa and as per the Gregorian calendar, it is observed around the month of February. The importance of Mauni Amavasya comes from the fact that performing Shraddh of the forefathers on this day, yields fruitful results. As per the rituals, on new Moon day, people offer Pinda Daan and perform Pitru Tarpan. Devotees from all around the country visit Prayag Sangam (Allahabad) to perform the Shraddh rituals. Another important aspect of this day is observance of Maun Vrat (silent fast), which is kept to fetch blessings of the gods. According to the legends, on new Moon day, Lord Brahma created queen Shatarupa and Maharaja Manu. The auspiciousness of this day increases if it falls on a Monday.
Bheemana Amavasya
On Bheemana Amavasya, women and girls pray for the well being and happiness of their husbands and brothers. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are the deities of this day.
Hariyali Amavasya
Hariyali Amavasya is celebrated in North India in the month of Shravan. Lord Shiva is worshiped on this day for prosperity and wealth. Devotees thank the deity for a good and prosperous agricultural season, as well. People of Udaipur celebrate this day with zeal and energy for a continuous period of three days.
Bhado Amavasya
Bhado Amavasya is dedicated to Narayani Bai who became Sati on this day. To honor her, devotees visit Rani Sati Dadi Temple on this day and seek her blessings. On the day of Bhado Amavasya, a big fair is held in Rajasthan to honor Rani Sati Dadi.
Legend Associated With Bhado Amavasya
According to the legend, when Abhimanyu got killed in the battle of Mahabharata, his wife also wished for death. But, as she was expecting Abhimanyu's child, Lord Krishna stopped her from sacrificing her life. He granted her the boon that in her next birth, she will again become Abhimanyu's wife. As a result, she was born as Narayani Devi in her next birth and Abhimanyu was born as Tandhan Das. As per the boon given, they both married. However, soon after, Tandhan Das passed away. After this incident, Narayani Bai got Sati and came to be recognized as Rani Sati Dadi Ji. Since then, every year rituals are carried out on the day of Bhado Amavasya.
Aati Amavasya  
Aati Amavasya is celebrated in South India. According to beliefs, offerings made on this day reach directly to the forefathers and in return they shower their blessings.
Somvati Amavasya
Somvati Amavasya 2015 dates are May 18 and October 12. Somvati Amavasya is observed by the married women. It is said that keeping fast on this day, safeguards them from the danger of widowhood. Also, the fast blesses them with a child.
Legend Associated With Somvati Amavasya
As per the legends of Somvati Amavasya, once there was a money lender. He had seven sons and one daughter. All his sons got married happily, but his daughter remained unmarried. Even after trying hard, the money lender was not able to find a suitable groom for his daughter. The money lender had a very good friend who was a Pandit. He used to visit the money lender everyday and bless his daughter-in-laws. This used to worry the daughter of the money lender, as the Pandit never blessed her. She told about this to her mother, who then asked the Pandit for the reason behind the act. On being questioned, he politely replied that her daughter has a bad fortune and may even become a widow. To help the girl, the Pandit told her to meet a washerwoman who used to live on an island named, Singhal. He further said that her bad luck would transform in good luck, if that washerwoman puts Sindoor (vermilion) on her forehead. With a hope of changing her fate, the girl went to meet the washerwoman. Her service and loyalty impressed the lady and she happily applied Sindoor on her forehead. As a result, her fate changed and she got married to a suitable boy.

I hope this clears the negativity that surrounds the Amavasya and be not afraid of the new moon night.