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How to Bend Destiny with the Navagraha Mantras – 6 – Mercury

Mercury symbolises the power of a sharp intellect, communication and language

This post continues the ongoing series on How to Bend Destiny.

Click here for part 1  – Introduction

Click here for part 2 List of Mantras to Planets

Click here for part 3 The Sun + Shiva

Click here for part 4 The Moon + Parvati

Click here for part 5 Mars + Skanda/Hanuman

Budha-  Planet of Mind and Intelligence

Mercury is known as the planet overseeing the intelligence of humans.

Effects of the Moon

In Eastern astrology, Mercury is known as Budha (literally intellect).

Mercury is in charge of a person’s mental reflexes, cunning and communication skills.

In broader terms, Mercury influences your independence or extremism toward a given cause. It also influences enthusiasm and speech.

Boost your energy and power!

The Vedic prayer to Mercury is below, followed by the Budha Gayatri.

Vedic prayer to Mercury

Transliteration

Priyam Gukaalikashyamam Rupenaam prathimam Budham |
Saumyam Saumya gunor petham tham Budham pranamamyaham ||

Meaning

“I pray to auspicious Mercury, who’s form is like a dark, black tulip, the son of the Moon who has gentle qualities.”

Budha Gayatri

Transliteration

“Om Gajadhwajaaya vidmahe
Sukha Hastaaya Dheemahi
Tanno Budha Prachodayaat

Meaning

“We know the warrior-flagged one,
We meditate on the bestower of happiness,
May Mercury inspire us” 

Mantras to Vishnu

The Ruling Deity of Mercury is Vishnu, the God of Preservation and one of the hindu trinity.

A simple and powerful mantra to Vishnu is: Om Namo Narayanaya. This is known as the Ashtakshari mantra (8-syllable mantra). Alternatively, one can chant the Narayana Gayatri Mantra (click here to see).

Coming soon: Part 7 – Jupiter

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Kandha Sashti 2011: Put theory into practice

Energise yourself by praying to Skanda on the final day of Kandha Sashti 2011!

Day 6 of Kandha Sashti

Today is the final day of Kandha Sashti, when Skanda succeeded in finally defeating Padmasura, allowing the return of peace across the universe.

Hopefully, you have used the time productively and pro-actively to kick start any new ventures or as a period of intense introspection and meditation to neutralise your own inner ‘demons’.

The Subramanya/Shanmugha Gayatri Mantra

You can continue to worship Skanda even after Kandha Sashti using the following Gayatri Mantra.

Transliteration:

“Om Tat Purushaya vidmahe,
Mahasenaya dhimahi,
Tanno Shanmugha prachodayat”

Semi-literal translation:

“We know that being (man)
We meditate on the Supreme Commander
May the Six-faced one  inspire us.”

Benefits:

  • Powerful leadership qualities
  • Relief from a malefic Mars in horoscope (Mangal dosha)
  • Enthusiasm, energy, drive and ambition
  • Devotion to Skanda
  • Hastens marriage
  • Hastens conception of a baby
Today is Tuesday – the day auspicious to Lord Skanda. Any such Gayatri or other mantra sadhana to this deity should be started from today.

How to Bend Destiny with the Navagraha Mantras – 5 – Mars

Pray to Mars for energy, power and a swift marriage!

This post continues the ongoing series on How to Bend Destiny.

Click here for part 1 Introduction

Click here for part 2 List of Mantras to Planets

Click here for part 3 The Sun + Shiva

Click here for part 4 The Moon + Parvati

Mars –  Planet of War and Activity

Mars is the Red Planet. It has been associated with War, Aggression and Activity since ancient times. Its reputation within the Eastern astrological system is similar.

Mars is the closest planet to the Earth and has significant influence over human activities.

Effects of the Moon

In Eastern astrology, Mars is represented by Angarakan. Mars is also known as Mangal (auspicious), Bauma (the son of the Earth) and Kuja (the burning one).

Mars is closely tied to marriage and relationships. A malefic positioning within the horoscope may significant delay or disrupt marriages. On a personal level, Mars is a factor in the guiding passive/aggressive qualities in a person, their energy levels and offspring.

In broader terms, Mars influences your forcefulness, self-confidence, courage and strength.

Boost your energy and power!

The Vedic prayer to Mars is below, followed by the Mangal Gayatri.

Vedic prayer to Mars

Transliteration

Dharani garbha Sambootham Vidhyadh Kaanthi Samaprabham
Kumaaram Shakthihastham Cha Mangalam Pranamaamyaham

Meaning

“I pray to Mangal, born of Dharani, the young man who carries a spear, who shines with the brilliance of  lightning.”

Mangal Gayatri

Transliteration

“Om veeradhwajaaya vidmahae
Vighna hastaaya dhimahi
Tanno Bauma prachodayaat”

Meaning

“We know the warrior-flagged one,
We meditate on the obstacle remover,
May the Son of the Earth inspire us” 

Mantras to Skanda/Hanuman

The Ruling Deity of Mars is Skanda (Muruga, Karthik etc), the God of War and son of Shiva and Parvati.

Click here to see the Saravanabhava mantra.

Another important deity to suppress the malefic effects of Mars is Hanuman. Why? There is Puranic lore surrounding Hanuman’s defeat of Mangal in battle, but the essence is that Hanuman is such a powerful entity that he is beyond the influence  of the planets; such is the greatness of Hanuman!

Click here to see the Hanuman Gayatri and here to see the Bhudir Balam mantra. Alternatively, the Hanuman Chalisa is also a powerful stotra. Click here to read my ongoing series on the Secrets of the Hanuman Chalisa.


Coming soon: Part 6 – Mercury

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How to Bend Destiny with the Navagraha Mantras – 4 – The Moon

Bend Destiny using the Navagraha Mantras!

This post continues the ongoing series on How to Bend Destiny.

Click here for part 1 Introduction

Click here for part 2 List of Mantras to Planets

Click here for part 3 The Sun + Shiva

The Moon – Queen of the Solar System

If the Sun is the King of the Solar System, the Moon is considered the Queen. Its proximity to Earth makes it a key influence on human life.

The Moon drives the cycle of tides on Earth and since ancient times, people have thought that the presence of a full moon has significant effects on our mental state; hence the term ‘lunatic’.

Effects of the Moon

In Eastern astrology, the Moon is represented by Chandra, the God of the Moon and Soma – an ancient plant which was used to make a powerful concoction which helped the Rishis to meditate on deep truths.

The Moon’s position in the horoscope effectively tells you your ‘sign’. The Moon’s is a factor in the guiding clarity of thought, emotions and maternal influences in one’s life.

In broader terms, it influences your mental peace, travel (over water) and your ability for social cohesion.

Boost your lunar power!

The Vedic prayer to the Moon is below, followed by the Chandra Gayatri.

Vedic prayer to the Moon

Transliteration

Dadhishamkha tusharaabham ksheero daarnava sambhavam
Namami Shashinam Somam Shambor Mukuta Bhooshanam

Meaning

“I pray to the Moon (Chandra) who shines coolly like curds or a white shell, who arose from the ocean of milk, who has a hare on him, Soma, who is the ornament of Shiva’s hair.”

Chandra Gayatri

Transliteration

“Om Padmadwajaya Vidmahe
Hema roopaya dhimahi
Tanno Soma Prachodayath

Meaning

“We know the Lotus-flagged one,
We meditate on the golden form,
May Soma inspire us” 

Mantras to Shakti

The Ruling Deity of the Moon is Shakti, or Parvati (the spouse of Shiva). One of the most powerful (and well-known) mantras is:

Transliteration:

“Sarva Mangala Maangalye, Shive Saravartha saadike,
Sharanye Triyambake Gauri, Narayani Namosthuthe.”

(Semi-literal) translation:

“I prostrate before the auspicious of all auspiciousness, she who is auspicious, the fair, three-eyed one, she who resides in every person”

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Thoughts on Mantra: How to Speed Up Mantra Siddhi

Speed up Siddhi with the Gayatri!

One of the key pre-requisites of preparation to chant a mantra in which you want Siddhi is the Gayatri Maha Mantra.

The foundation of all

The Gayatri is an incredibly flexible and unbelievably powerful mantra.

One can build a tremendous amount of spiritual power through diligently reciting the Gayatri, then ‘spend’ this power through other mantras to focus on improving that particular part of your life. This will allow you to gain faster siddhi of any mantra and more spectacular results from your sadhana.

Typically, one should either recite the Gayatri at least 1008x daily in addition to any mantra, or finish an anusthan beforehand.

Read my prior post on supercharging your prayers with the Gayatri by clicking here.

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How to Bend Destiny with the Navagraha Mantras – 3 – The Sun

Gain grace and authority by channeling the power of the Sun!

This post continues the ongoing series on How to Bend Destiny.

Click here for part 1 and here for part 2.

The Sun – King of the Solar System

In the Solar System, the Sun occupies the most important position. It holds all the planets and moons around it by the force of its gravity, warms each planet with its heat and lights the way for us to go about our daily lives here on Earth. It is a planet of principal importance.

Needless to say, the Sun occupies a similar position in Eastern astrology. It is a powerful planet.

Effects of the Sun

Its position in the horoscope influences your relationships with authority and male figures in your life.

It reflects the enthusiasm and idealism of a person, the vitality, dignity and grace with which they carry themselves and their ambition in life.

Boost your solar power!

The Vedic prayer to the Sun is below, followed by the Surya Gayatri and the Gayatri Maha Mantra.

Vedic prayer to the sun

Transliteration

“Japakusuma Samkaasham Kashyapeyam Mahadhyuthim,
Tamorim Sarva Paapagnam Pranathosmi Divakaram”

Meaning

“I pray to the Sun, the one who creates day, destroys
all sin, the enemy of darkness, who is supremely brilliant, the descendent of Kaashyapa (Rishi), the one who
shines like the prayer-flower (hibiscus).”

Surya Gayatri

Transliteration

“Om Bhaskaraya Vidmahe
Divakaraya Dhimahi
Tanno Suryah Prachodayat”

Meaning

“We know the brilliant one,
We meditate on the shining one,
May Surya inspire us.” 

There is more than one Gayatri mantra for Surya – see the link here for a list of the others: http://srisuryadevalayam.org/suryamantras.html.

But WAIT…don’t be too hasty! There’s a better way…

As mentioned in the second post in this series (click here to read it), as one  cannot know whether strengthening the Sun’s influence in a horoscope through mantras will be beneficial unless a specialist is consulted, the far simpler path is to pray to the Ruling Deity of each of the planets.

This is a far safer and more desireable method than using a direct mantra as the deity will not only ensure a beneficial influence from the planet, but also bless you themselves. It’s almost like a 2 for 1 deal at the supermarket!

Mantras to Shiva

The Ruling Deity of the Sun is Shiva – mantras which can be used are Om Nama Shivaya (known as the Panchakshari mantra), or Rudra Gayatri (click on the bold to see more about each) or the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra.

The Maha Mrityunjaya mantra is certainly the first choice out of the three, but would ideally require Guru initiation to fully appreciate its beauty. In the absence of this, the simplest is the Panchakshari mantra – which anyone can chant freely.

Coming soon: Part 4 – The Moon

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Rudra Gayatri Mantra

Let the grace of Shiva destroy your sins and empower you!

Transliteration:

“Om Tatpurusaya vidmahe,
Mahadevaya dhimahi,
Tanno Rudrah pracodayaat”

(Semi-literal) Translation:

We know that being,
We meditate on the Supreme God,
May Lord Rudra enlighten us.

Purpose:

  • Removes your bad karma
  • Removes fear of death, humiliation, loss of reputation and other losses
  • Helps protect and improve your health; Shiva is known as the great healer
  • Curbs the malefic effects of the Sun (Surya) – Shiva is the Ruling Deity

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How to Attract Women: Part 2 – The Kamadeva Gayatri Mantra

Kick start your love life - get Divine aid from Kamadeva!

Divine intervention in Love

A natural extension of using the Kleem mantra, for those who feel more comfortable with envisioning a more tangible form of the Divine, is to invoke Kamadeva, the God of Love.

See my prior post on How to Attract Women – Part 1: The Kleem Mantra here  for more information. 

Kamadeva = Cupid

Kamadeva is the God of Love mentioned in the Vedas and a son of Brahma, the Divine Creator. He is the husband of Rati, the Goddess of Love. He is most akin to Cupid, of Western mythologies.

Kamadeva is most famously associated with Shiva. In Puranic lore, he was burned to ashes when he disturbed Shiva during meditation. See Wiki link here for more details.

The mantra

This is the most powerful mantra to invoke Kamadeva:

Transliteration:

“Om Kaamadevaaya vidmahe
Pushpabaanaaya dhimahi
Tanno Ananga prachodayaat”

Translation:

We see the God of Desire
We meditate on the flower-arrowed
May the non-corporeal one inspire us.” 

Benefits:

  • Spiritual help in attracting a soul mate or life partner
  • Greater sensitivity and awareness of others’ emotional needs, appreciation of one’s partner
  • A greater awareness of one’s own attractiveness and appearance

Footnotes:

 
 

Get Ahead: Mantras for Investment Banking Professionals

A difficult time

Bankers face a difficult time at the moment. The global economy is under pressure and world is against them!

Banking, in the public’s eyes, has grown into a culture of distrustful, deceitful behaviour based around a never-ending thirst for greed and power. Yet it has also been the backbone of global trade and attracted the best and brightest individuals to strive to better themselves and test their limits. In short we need bankers! But not the negative associations.

This post is not intended to be party to playing the blame game, but will attempt to be part of the solution: to encourage the simultaneous development of character along with ability.

So how can we derive the positive benefits without the negatives?

The solution is surprisingly simple! Pray to Maha Lakshmi!

But isnt Lakshmi the Goddess of Wealth? Surely, bankers are all already rich!

The downturn has undoubtedly highlighted that a culture of excess is prevalent in banking. But wealth should not be equated to just money and greed. The abundance one attracts through the Divine is much greater than just the material kind: Lakshmi is also the Goddess of Virtue and wealth of Character!

More than Money

There are 16 kinds of wealth one can attract through praising the Divine. They are enumerated in a prior post (click here to see it), but they include: Courage and Strength, Morality and Ethics and Higher thinking.

The mantras

The wisdom locked in ancient mantras is relevant even in today’s complex world. Here are a set of mantras that may prove  helpful to banking professionals at a time of great uncertainty and difficulty:

  1. Ganesha Gayatri – click here. For foresight to aid us in understanding the longer term repercussions of our actions than the short term effects.
  2. Lakshmi Gayatri – click here, or simply Shreem. Invoke Lakshmi to grant you the character required to acquire and sustain wealth.
  3. Narayana Gayatri, or simply: Rama. Why praise Vishnu as Narayana or Rama too? In the opening verses of the Vishnu Sahasranama, Vishnu is extolled as the King of Dharma (righteous conduct and behaviour). Such valour and knowledge of what’s right and wrong is a natural complement and pre-requisite to wealth accumulation. In his incarnation as Rama, he established a powerful precedent of how the ideal King (or any person of significant responsibility) should behave – in virtually every test. Understanding this by meditating on the name of Rama is therefore also an excellent method of character development.
This post is the beginning of an ongoing series on Mantras for Professionals. Feel free to contact my team at: swamitwitter@gmail.com or through Twitter to make a request for a specific profession. 

Purity is Power; Step into the Shower!

Tap into the Power of Water to bring Subconscious thought to the surface!

Struggling to make time for prayer?

Here’s an interesting tip – pray in the shower. Prayer and particularly mantra chanting while immersed in water is known to be a powerful way to boost its effects.

The ancient people understood that doing tapas (or intense austerity and mantra chanting) standing in water is one of the ways to see faster benefits and realise the divine.

 

An adaptation to today’s fast-paced lifetstyle

Why? There are many reasons: it start their day in a focused manner with thoughts of god; its when you’re naturally relaxed by the warmth of the water to allow the mind to meditate; you tend to close your eyes automatically;  you’re probably the cleanest you’ll be during the day – and cleanliness is godliness!

 

Bringing crystal clarity to the workings of the subconscious mind

A period of concentration, reflection and introspection in the morning can also bring about fantastic clarity to your thought. It also allows you to align yourself with the energy of Varuna, the God of Water and one of the Vedic trinity.

 

Varuna – the Lord of Universal Justice

In Vedic lore, prior to the establishment of the ‘modern’ Hindu trinity – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, the core deities of the Vedic pantheon were Indra, Varuna and Agni.

Varuna is popularly known to be in charge of Universal Law and Justice in the Veda. As part of this, he is the knower of all thoughts in the minds of all mankind – both good and importantly, negative and scheming. He is the universal witness and judge.

 

So how is this relevant to us?

Sometimes in life we are so caught up in our routines and regiment that we lose sight of our goals and don’t fully track our actions – for ourselves and toward others.

Invoking Varuna allows one to introspect to bring subconscious thought patterns to the surface. This will not only help us to better understand ourselves and what we want, but also to closely monitor our past actions and ensure we have not unknowingly wronged another person. Varuna is,  in effect, the God of the Conscience.

So combine emotional resolution with your morning routine to focus before a hard day and stay in touch with your goals.

 

The mantra: Varuna Gayatri

Transliteration

“Om JalbimbAye VidmahE
NIla PurushAye DhimahI
Tanno Varuna Prachodayaat”

Semi-literal Translation

“We know the reflection of water,
We meditate on the Blue Man
May Varuna inspire us.” 

 

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