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How to Bend Destiny with the Navagraha Mantras – 9 – Saturn

Get on the good side of Saturn by praying to Hanuman to enhance your spirituality and character

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

Shani –  Planet of Challenges and Character 

Saturn is the most feared planet of all in the Eastern astrological construct. It is famed for causing long periods of difficulties where people are tested to the limit. Why? I believe it is because God is not interested in where you start or how but how you run the race. The evolution you undergo and the character you build in times of tragedy and difficulty is a key part of life and the true measure of a man or woman.

Saturn has the effect of detachment, spirituality, longevity, foreign travel and also of thieves and robbers. It is the overlord of all spiritual personalities and behaviour.

Effects of Saturn

Shani is the son of the Sun (Surya), mothered by Chaya. Shani is known to be lame (due t0 a prior quarrel with Yama, the God of Death and Afterlife) and the root cause of testing periods in one’s life.

Shani in a positive position within the horoscope gives the aspirant powerful leadership potential,honesty and sense of justice. It also causes spiritual detachment from materiality and wordily behaviours if the aspirant is so inclined.

Boost your spirituality and character!

The Vedic prayer to Saturn is below, followed by the Shani Gayatri.

Vedic prayer to Saturn

Transliteration

Neelaamjana Samaabhaasam Raviputram Yamagrajam

Chchaaya maarthanda samboothm tham namaami Shanishwaram

Meaning

“I bow down to Saturn, the one of a dark-blue complexion like ointment, the slow moving one, the son of Chaya and the brother of Yama.”

Shukra Gayatri

Transliteration

“Om Sanischaraya vidmahe
Suryaputraya dhimahi
tanno manda prachodayaat

Meaning

“We know Shani,
We meditate on the son of the Sun,
May the slow one inspire us” 

Mantras to Hanuman

The Ruling Deity of Shani is Lord Hanuman. We have already covered a number of Hanuman chants, including: the Hanuman Gayatri and the Hanuman Chalisa.

Coming soon: Part 10 – Rahu

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Prior parts of the series

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

Click here for part 6 Mercury + Vishnu

Click here for part 7 Jupiter + Dakshinamurthy

Click here for part 8 Venus + Lakshmi

 

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How to Bend Destiny with the Navagraha Mantras – 8 – Venus

The power of Venus can enrich your life with love, wealth, fame and beauty!

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

Shukra –  Planet of Love, Wealth and Fame 

Venus is a planet centered on materiality: love, wealth and fame fall under his remit. Needless to say, the deity features as a prominent God of physical wealth and comforts within the Hindu Pantheon,along with Lakshmi and Kubera.

Effects of Venus

In Eastern astrology, Venus is known as Shukra or Shukracharya. Whilst Brihaspati is the Guru of all the Devas, Shukracharya is the Guru of all the Rakshasas. Shukra was the son of Bhrigu. Interestingly, it was he that was first to receive the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra from Lord Shiva and perfected its siddhi – to raise the very dead back to life! It is said that to receive it his tapas was extreme: he hung upside down from a tree above a fire while meditating on Shiva.

Venus governs one’s interaction with the sensual and material. Those with strong artist talents, high levels of wealth,beauty and fame are all heavily influenced by the positive qualities of Venus. On an inter-personal level, Venus influences one’s marriage and relationship with lovers.

Boost your material wealth!

The Vedic prayer to Venus is below, followed by the Shukra Gayatri.

Vedic prayer to Venus

Transliteration

“Himakundha Mrinaalabham Daithyaanam Paramam gurum
Sarvashaastra pravatkaaram Bhaargavam pranamaamyaham”

Meaning

“I bow to the descendant of Bhrigu, whose appears white like an icy pond. He is the spiritual master of the rakshasas, and teacher of the scriptures.”

Shukra Gayatri

Transliteration

“Om aswadhwajaaya vidmahe
dhanur hastaaya dhimahi
tanno Shukra prachodayaat

Meaning

“We know the horse-flagged one,
We meditate on the one who carries a bow,
May Venus inspire us” 

Mantras to Lakshmi

The Ruling Deity of Venus is Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth, Fame and Beauty. We have already covered a number of Lakshmi chants, including: Shreem, Kanagadhara Stotra and the Lakshmi Gayatri mantra.

Coming soon: Part 9 – Saturn

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Prior parts of the series

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

Click here for part 6 Mercury + Vishnu

Click here for part 7 Jupiter + Dakshinamurthy

 

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How to Bend Destiny with the Navagraha Mantras – 7 – Jupiter

Let Jupiter drive your thirst for spirituality!

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

Guru –  Planet of Spirituality 

Jupiter is one of the most important planets in the solar system. It governs the spirituality and influence of aspirants.

Effects of Jupiter

In Eastern astrology, Jupiter is known as Guru (literally spiritual teacher) and Brihaspati. Brihaspati is the Guru of all the Devas and the son of Rishi Agirasa.

Jupiter governs personal qualities – such as optimism, gravitas, influence and scholastic aptitude, and also their material gains – such as the generation and preservation of wealth.

A person with a well placed Guru in their birth chart will be of a spiritual nature, charitable and generally benevolent with a full understanding of the concept of karma. They will endeavour to lead positive and meaningful lives.

Boost your spiritual drive!

The Vedic prayer to Jupiter is below, followed by the Brihaspati Gayatri.

Vedic prayer to Mercury

Transliteration

“Devaanaam cha Risheenaam cha Gurum kaanchana Sannibham

Buddhibhootam trilokesham tham namaami Brihaspathim

Meaning

“I pray to the spiritual teacher of the Seers and the Gods who is of a golden colour, the intelligent one and the Lord of the Three Worlds.”

Brihaspati Gayatri

Transliteration

Om Vrishabadhwajaaya Vidmahae
Kruni Hastaaya Dheemahi
Tanno Guru Prachodayaat

Meaning

“We know the bull-flagged one,
We meditate on the one who achieves things,
May Jupiter inspire us” 

Mantras to Shiva as Dakshinamurthy

The Ruling Deity of Jupiter is Shiva in the form of Dakshinamurthy, the Silent Guru, who appeared to the Sanat Kumaras to impart the wisdom of the universe and dispel their doubts.

Transliteration:

“Om Sri Gurubhyo namaha, Harihi Om

Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnuhu
Guru devo Maheshwaraha
Guru saakshaat Parambrahma
Tasmai Sri Gurave namaha.

Gurave sarva lokanaam
Bhishaje Bhavaroginam
Nidhaye sarva vidhyanam
Sri Dakshinamurthaye namaha

Sri Gurubhyo namaha, Harihi Om”

Semi-literal translation

“Prostrations to the Guru and Hari (Vishnu)

The Guru is Brahma
The Guru is Vishnu
The Guru is Mahesh (Shiva)

The Guru is the witness and the Supreme Soul
My prostrations to you, the Guru.

Salutations to the God of the Southern direction
The teacher of all planes of existence
Who is the doctor for all diseases
and the store of all knowledge

Prostrations to the Guru and Hari (Vishnu)”

Say this sloka daily to obtain the blessings of Brihaspati (as Guru) and Dakshinamurthy.

Coming soon: Part 8 – Venus

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Prior parts of the series

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

Click here for part 6 Mercury + Vishnu

 

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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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Thoughts on Mantra: How to Know You’re Making Progress

How do you know…?

Aspirants who have spent a long time practising mantras often ask how one knows that they are making progress.

This is an incredibly difficult question to answer and almost entirely subjective. However, there are some basic common traits for those moving from beginner to intermediate:

  1. When praying, a flower falls from a picture of a guru or deity. This can happen during a puja or yagnya, at home or in a temple. Your prayers or at least your basic wishes will generally be fulfilled.
  2. Dawn dreams. I have written a prior post on interpreting such dreams – see my blog for details.
  3. Siddhis begin to appear. This is particularly true of Ganesha bhaktas (devotees) and mantra sadhaks. Memory improves, one is so in-synch with someone during conversations that you read their mind to complete conversations. Your power of influence over others improves.

Planetary transitions have similar effects

Others feel more confident, empowered, as if everything in life is going their way. Whilst certainly a clear sign of blessings taking effect, such feelings are difficult to distinguish from favourable planetary movements.

 

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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”

Click here for Part 5 – Mars

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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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How to Bend Destiny with the Navagraha Mantras – 2

Take control of your Destiny!

This post continues from the introduction – click here to read it.

The mantras

Below are the Vedic mantras for each of the Navagrahas (9 planets). Subsequent posts will go through each of the planets in turn and provide information on the attributes and specific Gayatri mantras of each.

A word of caution:

Generally, it is unwise to pray to specific planets to strengthen their influence in your horoscope without knowing the repercussions. In certain situations, it may even be beneficial that they remain weak.

I encourage any interested party to contact a reputable astrologer to get an idea of where you may need help.

Remember: The specific advice given to any one person is rarely appropriate for anyone else to follow and there are very few general conditions under which everyone should to pray directly to a planet.

However, there is a far safer method of gaining positive planetary influence on your life – pray to their controlling deity. We will cover these in the posts to come.

Surya – Sun

Japakusuma Samkaasham Kashyapeyam Mahadhyuthim

Tamorim Sarva Paapagnam Pranathosmi Divakaram

Chandra – Moon

Dadhishamkha tusharaabham ksheero daarnava sambhavam

Namami Shashinam Somam Shambor Mukuta Bhooshanam

Mangal/Bauma/Angaraka/Kuja – Mars

Dharaneegarbha Sambootham Vidhyadh Kaanthi Samaprabham

Kumaaram Shakthihastham Cha Mangalam Pranamaamyaham 

Budha – Mercury

Priyam Gukaalikashyamam Rupenaam prathimam Budham

Saumyam Saumya gunor petham tham Budham pranamaamyaham

Brihaspathi/Guru – Jupiter

Devaanaam cha Hrisheenaam cha Gurum kaanchana Sannibham

Buddhibhootam trilokesham tham namaami Brihaspathim

Shukra – Venus

Himakundha Mrinaalabham Daithyaanam Paramam gurum

Sarvashaastra pravatkaaram Bhaargavam pranamaamyaham

Sani – Saturn

Neelaamjana Samaabhaasam Raviputram Yamagrajam

Chchaaya maarthanda samboothm tham namaami Shanishwaram

Rahu – Solar Node

Ardhakaayam mahaveeryam chandradithya vimardhanam

Sinhigaagarbha sambootham tham raahum pranamamyaham

Ketu – Lunar Node

Palashapushpa sankasham taaragagraha masthakam

Raudram raudrathmakamkhoram tham kethum pranamamhyaham

In the next post, we will look at the attributes and mantras to Surya.

Coming Soon: Part 3

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How to Bend Destiny with the Navagraha Mantras – 1

Take control of your Destiny!

The 9 powerful forces in astrology

If you believe in and follow Hindu astrology, the Navagrahas (9 ‘planets’ or celestial bodies) are the primary rulers of your pre-destiny. They are the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Rahu and Ketu).

As a quick word of explanation – the concept of Rahu and Ketu is the stuff of many textbooks in astrology, but in a nutshell, they are nodes of the Sun and Moons’ respective orbits. In mythology, they are respectively considered the head and body of a demon named Rahu, who by his guile ended up consuming the nectar of immortality along with the rest of the Devas.

The essence of Eastern astrology is that the celestial bodies’ positioning at the exact moment of your birth (as arranged on your birth chart) reflect your karma or pre-destiny for this lifetime.

There is Destiny but also free will!

You need not despair that our lives are purely at the mercy of destiny; there is also free will!

You may think this is a strange dichotomy, but once explained, the concept makes perfect sense: the actions of your past lives (karma) drives your pre-destiny – ie the big events and turning points in your life which will inevitably occur; but your  RESPONSE to these events is entirely under your own control, and therein lies your free will. Of course events may be structured so they leave you little choice – but there always is one.

The Window when the Door has closed

There is a saying: “When God closes a door, he also opens a window”. This means that although some difficult events in your life must come to pass, there is usually a silver lining (eg character development through hardship) – or way out of it with some sacrifice (eg sacrifice your dignity, but save your life). This may sound very theoretical, but examples will be given going forward.

So how can mantra yoga help??

Cutting to the chase, there are two ways to try and bend the arrow of fate with mantra yoga.

  • The first, is to dissolve your bad karma through good deeds and prayer.
  • The second is to pray directly to the planets for their favour in future events.

This series will look at each of the planets in turn and highlight the benefits of prayer to them, powerful relevant mantras and auspicious timings.

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