If you have ever bought a house, chances are that you must have bought it in accordance with the vaastu of that place. Even if you haven’t, you might have surely heard about referring a vaastu expert before buying a new place. But why do you need to refer to someone before buying a new house? Is it all that necessary? Read on to find out.
Vaastu Shastra, one of the most ancient doctrines of Indian civilization, deals with the science of architecture and designing. It gives an insight about how a building should be planned and designed, in order to channelize positive energy in our lives. Mostly, this science deals with the orientation of the buildings and its appropriate design. It’s said that a home that is in adherence with vaastu directions makes for a comfortable living. Such a house gives good health, prosperity and wealth to the occupants. According to the scriptures each direction has a deity associated with it. There are eight directions in totality. Our shastra says that if we worship, idolize and honour the Lords of these eight directions, people yield eternal blessings in the form of success, health and prosperity.
These directions can be better understood as follows:
North: This direction is governed by Kuber, the god of wealth. It is therefore said to be the best direction for business people who are interested in applying some Vaastu in their lives. The following steps need to be taken in order to take advantage of this direction:
o Have the office in the north part of the house or the building to climb up the ladder of success.
o If designing for your home, keep your vault in the north direction in order to ensure a healthy flux of wealth.
o Keep construction in the north to the minimum, so as to maintain a high efficiency. Constructions in the north can adversely affect the prospects of wealth.
o Do not have any toilets or garbage bins in the north.
o Do not put any staircases in the north, for it can promote financial loss in one’s life. East: This direction is governed by lord Indra, the king of Gods, a symbol of a new beginning. East stands for sunrise, or new beginnings. It is an auspicious direction for people who are trying to end something bad and getting started with something new. It is the direction of prosperity. Here are the things in the house that can be in the eastern part of the house or face the eastern direction:
o The entrances to the house, living room, study and the place of worship should face the east.
o Treasure boxes, lockers etc. should open towards the east to promote prosperity.
o No kitchen or toilet should be in the east.
West: This direction is directed by Lord Varun, the lord of rains.
West, is probably the most pitiable direction. Out of all the Vaastu directions, this is the one that has more instructions for ‘don’ts’ than ‘dos’. People who live in the western part of the house do not lead a happy life. Following are the things that one needs to be aware about the western direction:
o It is better to have a staircase or a tank in the west than anything else.
o Store the garbage bins or build the garage in the western direction of the house.
o The bathroom should be situated in this direction.
South: This direction is of Yama, the god of death. As a result, there is a fear amongst the people following vaastu shastra, regarding this direction. This is because one can never be sure about the consequences of this direction. Hence its advised that this direction should be used in cycles. Some tips to make the most of this direction are as follows:
o Try keeping a tank or an overhead tank in the south portion.
o Put the staircase to the house in the southern part.
o Do not put a basement in the south direction.
o The kitchen and dining room should not be in this direction.
North East: This place is a supervised by lord Eeshaan, and is a source of wealth, health and success. North-east is the direction of god. It is the most auspicious direction and it is known to promote positive aspects in men and women. When taking care of the northern corner or side of the structure, remember the following details to take advantage of Vaastu:
o Having open spaces in the north-eastern direction is a good idea.
o Having a slope in the north-eastern area would be a smart step.
North West: This place is directed by lord Vaayu and he brings on us good health, strength and long life. The north-west is the direction that handles interpersonal relationships. The kind of relationships people have with the other members of the family certainly depends on this direction. Here are a few things that you would certainly have to keep in mind:
o There should be no underground water tank in the north- west part of the house.
o The kitchen, the dining room and the master bedroom should certainly not be in this direction.
o No extensions should be made from this direction.
o Avoid having a basement in the north-western part of your house.
South East: This direction is governed by lord of fire- Agni. South-east is thought to be the direction of the logical reasoning. Here are some of the important things you need to know about this direction:
o It is very beneficial to have the kitchen in this direction.
o Any electrical instruments, like TVs, motors, batteries, inverters, home theatre, etc. should be placed on the south- eastern side of the room.
o Do not have a toilet or a tank in this direction.
South West: This direction is directed by Niruti, the god who protects us from evil foes.
This is the direction of the demons, the opposite of north-east. As a result of this, it can command the business field and the decisions made in that field. Here are some important things for you to keep in mind:
o Rent out the place in the south-west part of your house.
o Do not have any overhead tanks or basements in the south west for it promotes discord.
o It is wise to keep your valuables in this direction.
So the next time you think of buying a new property, do not forget to look into its vaastu to enjoy a happy and a prosperous life!
Contributed By Mihir Ajgaonkar
Lord Shani the God of Justice, is the Chief Justice in the Human Life Court. He always provides the justice according to our deeds or karmas. Treated as “Rudra Avtar” of Lord Shiva, he is caring, loving and firmly believes in giving instant results but only on the basis of karma!
Kalyug or the modern times are filled with sins. And in this unchaste era, people are chasing the amenities like computers and technology in pursuit of happiness breathlessly. Happiness and peace are going away from man. In this melee, people say that God Shani is troubling us. Do they think that God has nothing better to do? Has he enmity with everybody? Is God Shani our enemy? No!
Shani is concerned about all beings in the world with a thinking of no friendship & no enmity.
People are more scared of God Shani than the punishment he gives. Today in the whole world people are having different opinions, myths and many false statements about Lord Shani. Most of the people resemble Lord Shani as cruel, full of anger and a God who never benefits the humans. People worship Lord Shani only when they are surrounded by Sade Sati (7.5 years) or Shani Dhaiya (2.5 years), unfavorable shani mahadasha and pains.
Not many of us know that among the nine planets, the planet Saturn has an important significance in life of every individual. Lord Shani gives peace, prosperity and justice to everyone.
He is more easily pleased than people believe. The devotion of God Shani solves all the problems pertaining to the body, family, society, mind, finances and occupation. People have taken the name of Lord Shani to scare others, but very little has been done to dispel that fear.
Make Lord Shani happy without any tantra-mantra. Know what actually make him happy :
Renunciation of anger – Saturn’s nature is said to be cruel, for its work is to punish the evil. So to avoid the wrath and anger of Lord Shani. One should be calm, composed and stay away from anger.
Tolerance – Shani is substantial in nature. This is because a harsh or bitter substance such as mustard oil is dear to him. A person should keep his tolerance level high he should never use abusive words and behave nicely with all.
Respect– Recognize that Shani is the lord of aging, so one should always respect their parents, elders and even teachers in order to keep Lord Shani happy. Making your elders sad or suffer will lead you to a miserable life.
Charity (Daan)– In Shani Puja, lays the importance of charity. Charity to the needy frees your ego and hence makes Lord Shani happy.
Compassion – Compassion for others is the most important part of the religion. Helping the poor or weaker sections of the society by giving the necessities for the survival always makes Shani shower blessings on you.
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If you have always been weak with numbers and wondered why it is so, wait a minute! There might be something more to blame than just your lack of practice. You can easily pass on the blame on your horoscope! You think I am joking?
According to Indian Astrology, Mercury, also known as Budha, is the planet of intelligence and the IQ of a person depends on the strength of Mercury in the horoscope. Budha, a son of Chandra and Tara, is the god of merchandise and protector of Merchants. He is represented holding a scimitar, a club and a shield, riding atop a winged lion. He has a greenish complexion and thought of to be mild and eloquent by nature.
The planet of Mercury epitomizes logic, calculation and mathematics as far as astrological terminology is concerned. He is in charge of all artistic pursuits. That is the reason why Mercury rules education, writers, lecturers, traders, teachers, artists and businessmen. Your style of communication as well as your speaking patterns depends on the position of Mercury in your Horoscope. But the planet is as good as its associates. If associated with benefic planets, mercury gives honest ideas of increasing wealth. On the other hand if associated with malefic planets, it leads to wealth generation through wrong means such as stealing or cheating. A badly placed Mercury can cause several health problems like psychic diseases, insomnia, nervous breakdown and many communication related problems among others.
Mercury has two faces, giving it a double nature and makes one detached and independent as well as an extremist at the same time. It loves the company of learned and is said to be the lord of the north direction.
So the next time you are being rounded up for poor maths grades, you can safely put it on your horoscope!
Contributed By Mihir Ajgaonkar
Rahu and Ketu are referred to as the demons who consumed nectar and became immortal.
In almost all books of astrology of India they are referred to but have rarely been praised. It may be because of their mystic nature and a lot of mysterious stories associated with both these planets.
According to the vedic sages the point where the moon’s north node cuts the earth’s axis in the zodiac and thus makes a shadow on the zodiac is called Rahu and the South node of the moon is called Ketu. Ironically Rahu, the North Node which is looking towards earth signifies Materialism and Ketu which is in to the Darkness, as it is reversely pointed looks like tail Or symbolically an inward look in to the sub consciousness Or signifies Spirituality as Opposed to Rahu and both nodes are always 180¾ apart in the 360¾ 12-House divided Zodiac.
By the advancement in research, a lot of predictions have come out with lots of interesting aspects and significance of Rahu and Ketu in one’s horoscope. Rahu as such depending on its placement and strength etc. factors can some times give a tremendous and sudden mystical developments and great Raja Yoga karaka facilitator.
Based on the sacred Hindu mythological literature of India it was unraveled that long ago there were constant wars between Devatas and Asuras.The asuras always won with the guidance of their guru Shuckracharya’s majestic Mritha Sanjivi power, which the guru had obtained as a fruit of his penance, propitiating Lord Shiva. The power of this Mritha Sanjivini is, it can resurrect the dead, back to life. In this way, each Asura who was killed in the war by the Devas, was brought back to life by this manthra. Thus, this ensured constant defeat for the Devas and the Asuras continued to rule the heavens.
Once there was a great war between the Asuras (demons) and Devatas (gods). The Devatas were routed in the war and they went to Lord Brahma to seek his help. Brahma told them to churn the ocean.As a result they would be able to obtain Amrit (nectar) which would make them immortal and all powerful and after consuming it they would be able to defeat the Asuras. Churning the ocean was a very big job and so the Devatas sought the help of the Asuras. Lord Indra, went to heavens, and, sought for peace, and, said that henceforth, the Devas and Asuras should never wage war against each other, and, told them the need for churning the milk ocean and the power of consuming the Amrith. The Asuras, agreed, and inside their evil minds, they thought, once the churning is over and the Amrith is obtained, we will steal the Amrith.
The king of the serpents Vasuki was to become the rope, while a hill named Mandrachal offered to become the pivot. Lord Vishnu, in the form of a tortoise, became the base and the churning process began.
The Devatas held the tail of Vasuki and the Asuras held the head. Various things came out, during this churning of the milk ocean(Kshir sagar). There was a pot of Vish (poison) which created havoc in all the three worlds. Lord Shiva drank the poison to save the world, but he did not let the poison go beyond his neck which became blue in color. That is why Lord Shiva is also called ‘NeelKant’ (“one with a blue neck”).
At last Dhanvantari came out with a pot of Amrit and immediately there was a mad scramble for it among the Devatas and Asuras. Seeing this, Lord Vishnu took the form of Mohini (a beautiful dancer) and offered her services in distributing the Amrit equally to both the Asuras and Devatas. She made both of them sit in two different rows but she gave the Amrit to the Devatas only.
Towards the end, one of the Asuras saw through her trick. He went and sat among the Devatas and drank the Amrit. The moment Chandra (Moon) and Surya (Sun), who were sitting besides him saw that he was a Asura, they informed Mohini. Lord Vishnu came in his real form and let out the Sudarshan Chakra (wheel) at the Asura. The Asura’s neck was separated from the body, but he did not die as he had drunk the Amrit, Lord Brahma made SvarBhanu’sson of Viparchit) head
and body join with a snake, thus, the head joined a snake’s body, came to be known as RAHU and the snake’s head joined with SvarBhanu’s body, came to be known as KETU. Lord Brahma, granted RAHU and KETU a boon for accepting this new form, a place amidst the planets, the Navagrahas. RAHU and KETU, even to this day, hold the grudge against surya and chandra, and cause solar and lunar eclipse to affect them.
RAHU and KETU’s power increases between sunset to sunrise, their power of vengeance is so strong that they cause an astrological moment called the RAHU KAALAM, that stays every day during the day for 1 hr and 30 minutes. This time is considered to be highly inauspicious for undertaking any good deeds and is only good for propitiating the divine mother.
Also there is another esoteric serpent symbolism associated with Rahu and Ketu to Kundalini Shakthi (Energy). The Head being Rahu (Signifying the different cosmic head petals of the Cosmic Snake Sahsrara Chakra or Awakening) and the tail being Ketu (Muladhara Chakra – Ganesha – or the beginning).
And yet another version is that, the Skanda Purana story of Rahu is a repetition of the same with one difference. Gods and Demons had decided to churn the ocean to extract nectar. The emphasis is that demons were as much a part of the effort to churn the ocean as gods. When nectar was got, Lord Vishnu decided to give nectar only to gods, not to demons. Rahu came to know of this decision. He assumed the shape of a god and entered the group of gods to drink nectar. Lord Vishnu cut off the head of Rahu.
Contributed By Chandana Veera Reddy
Every time you switch on the news channel, you can see clippings of a theft or a murder that took place somewhere in the world. You might even end up seeing some riots or the news about a girl who fell victim to the atrocities of some sick minded people of our society. What’s your first reaction like? “What can we do? It’s kalyug!”, you’d probably say. Really? You might even add how good it would be to have lived during the satyayug when people lived together in peace and harmony and cared for each other. Let me ask you one thing. Is it fair to blame the time or the age we are living in for the innumerous crimes that take place every day in our society? For us to understand this, we first need to realize what we mean by a yug or an era.
According to the ancient texts and scriptures, Yuga in Hindu philosophy is the name of an epoch or era within a four age cycle. The cycles are said to repeat like the seasons. Each yug involves stages or gradual changes which the earth and the consciousness of mankind goes through as a whole. The cycle starts from the satyayug and goes on till kalyug until starting all over again.
It’s believed that the satyayug also known as the “Era of truth” was a time when mankind was governed by gods. During this age, there was no divide between the rich and the poor as there was no need to work. This is because all that people required was obtained by the power of will. The chief virtue of this era was the abandonment of all worldly desires. As a result there was no hatred or sorrow. The people would follow all the rules and regulations sincerely and conduct their dealings in a just and honest manner. Hence this was known as the “Golden Age”.
As of now, we are believed to be living in kalyug or the age of the vice. This is the last of the four ages described in the Hindu scriptures. Lord Krishna foretold that Kali Yuga will be full of extreme hardships for people with ideals and values. Isn’t it true to our world? We realize that the more a person tries to stay close to his ideals the more miserable the life he has to live whereas people who lie and cheat lead a comfortable life, enjoying all the materialistic pleasures the world has to offer.
Hindus believe that human civilization degenerates spiritually during the Kali Yuga, which is referred to as the Dark Age because in it people are as far away as possible from God. It seems true looking at number of crimes in the society and the sorry state of the society in general. The Mahabharata prophesized some events in the kalyug which bear striking resemblances in today’s world. It said that in the kalyug, rulers will become unreasonable and will no longer protect their subjects becoming a danger to the world. They will no longer see it as their duty to promote spirituality. Moreover, lies, greed and wrath will become common. Humans will openly display animosity towards each other. Sins will increase exponentially, whilst virtue will fade and cease to flourish. People will take vows and break them soon after. Gurus will no longer be respected and their teachings will be insulted.
Sounds familiar? This is exactly what’s happening in our world. I don’t know if you believe in the concept of yugs or not. I don’t know if you believe in spiruality or not. But I do know one thing. You cannot and should not blame the time for the poor state of our society. If you want to see a change in our society make it happen. If you say that it’s not possible for a single person to make a change, its true. But as is evident, every achievement that seems big today began with the dream of a single man. Do your bit and see how it sets off a domino effect. Let’s do our bit to make this world a better place to live in. Your tiny contribution counts too!
Contribution By Mihir Ajgaonkar
A man wearing fourteen mukhi Rudraksha becomes highly auspicious, like Lord Shiva. Anyone who wears even one Rudraksha seed is always admired like saintly men and deities and can even attain liberation”.
Origin and Significance
Considered a part of Lord Shiva, Rudraksha is a natural seed of the blue fruit of the evergreen tree Elaeocarpus ganitrus, also simply known as the Rudraksha tree. It has its origin in the Sanskrit words, ‘Rudra’ and ‘Aksha’. ‘Rudra’ is another name for Lord Shiva, and ‘aksha’ means teardrop.
Mythological tales have it that the Rudraksha plant was born out of Lord Shiva’s tear drops. The unique properties and divine powers of Rudraksha have been described in the authentic shastras like the Rudraksha Jabala Upanishad, Padma Purana, Shiva Purana, Devi Purana and Bhagavat Purana. For thousands of years, they have adorned the bodies of sages and saints leading a fearless life in far-flung frontiers seeking enlightenment and liberation.
The wearer of Rudraksha not only makes Lord Shiva happy but also pleases Lord Vishnu, Brahma, Ganesha, Indra, Durga and the ruling deities of the nine planets. Especially during worshiping Lord Shiva, Devotees should wear Rudraksha beads as it is much dear to him. These “holy beads” give peace, power and protection. Traditionally, Rudraksha are worn as necklaces, bracelets, and pendants and used for meditation.
Rudraksha has the power to influence, evolve and protect your life on the deepest level- The Soul.
They amend the karma of the wearer, leading a person naturally to the correct path of truth and purpose, making the pace along the path quicker and progress easier.
“The desire for wearing Rudraksha is the result of attaining the perfection of knowledge and Blessings of God during previous births.”
Rudraksha – Its benefits and working
How will Rudraksha benefit you?
• Effective in controlling stress, thus help in eradicates worries and blesses the wearer with greater peace of mind.
• Brings clarity, sharpen the mind, and increase the power of intuition.
• Build powerful shield circles from negativity and eliminate obstacles along the path to your success.
• Charge the soul with shakti (spiritual power), increasing the soul’s own radiance and its ability to more fully express its divine power & wisdom in the material world.
• Create an intimate connection with the positive forces in nature and the universe, help to heal the vital energies and bring them into pleasant balance.
• Widely used in Ayurveda to cure several diseases.
• Combat the effects of stress (including hypertension, depression, and high blood pressure without the harmful and often addictive side-effects of tranquilizers, anti-depressants, and beta-blockers)
• Improve concentration, enhance relaxation and exhibit anti-ageing properties.
How do the Rudraksha beads work?
The holy beads work on the different chakras of human body as well on different planets and invite blessings from God. They work best when worn on body, touching skin is not necessary but the method and time of wearing it is important.