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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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The Ultimate Game-changer! Part 4: Method of Chanting Aditya Hridayam

Secrets of Aditya Hridayam: Part 4

This is the fourth and final part of a series on the powerful stotra: the Aditya Hridayam.

Click here to read the first part.

Click here to read the second part.

Click here to read the third part.

Quick recap

In the prior parts of this series, we explored the background and the introduction to the Aditya Hridayam by Agastya, and the benefits of recitation.

The method to chanting the Aditya Hridayam

Given the practical benefits and the philosophical undertones to the Aditya Hridayam, it is suitable for any dedicated aspirant to chant or hear the stotra daily.

It is auspicious to start chanting from a Sunday.

It is ideal to chant the stotra 3x in one sitting. Once a routine has been developed, one may chant the stotra once on Monday-Saturday, then three times on Sunday.

The reverence placed on the Sun by Agastya Rishi should not be taken lightly. Remember that one should be freshly showered wearing freshly washed clothes before one sits down to commence chanting. It is not be recited absent mindedly on the way to work if at all avoidable.

Use the full focus on your concentration to derive the greatest benefit. As you chant, you will notice your worries disappear, a great confidence will be instilled in your mind and you will gain the admiration and respect of others through decisive action throughout your life.

Text and audio

The text of the stotra is available in basic form here.

Click here to listen to the audio of the stotra.

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The Ultimate Game-changer! Part 3: Benefits of Aditya Hridayam

Secrets of Aditya Hridayam: Part 3

This is the third part of a series on the powerful stotra: the Aditya Hridayam.

Click here to read the first part.

Click here to read the second part.

Quick recap

In the first and second parts of this series, we briefly explored the background and the introduction to the Aditya Hridayam by Agastya.

A stotra of incredible power

As outlined by Agastya Rishi himself in the prelude to the stotra, the Aditya Hridayam has immense power.

Just look at the results – Rama himself used it to not only repel Ravana’s attacks but finally and decisively win the battle over insumountable odds and against a semi-divine opponent (Ravana was partly Gandharva, Deva, Brahmin and Rakshasa).

The stotra not only cleared Rama’s mind of doubt but also drove him to action! This is the power of the stotra.

Listening to Agastya’s reverence for the Sun in his introduction helps us understand why – the Sun is adored as the Parambrahman itself.

Given these points – when the stotra has been tried and tested by Sri Ramachandra himself, what is not possible when one recites the Aditya Hridayam?

Benefits of the Aditya Hridayam

Having extolled the Sun as the very Supreme Being that all aspirants, Devas, Asuras and Rishis strive to know, Maharishi Agastya provides a long list of benefits:

  • Destruction of your sins
  • Victory in battle/destruction of enemies
  • Alleviate worry, anciety and self-doubt
  • Instils determination and confidence
  • Long life
  • Prosperity

The Sun is effectively the universal illuminator. When chanted, the Aditya Hridayam illuminates one’s soul (destroys sins), one’s mind (instils clarity of thought),  one’s heart (determination and confidence), and one’s body (a long disease free life).

In the next part, the method behind the mantra will be discussed.

Coming soon: Part 4

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The Ultimate Game-changer! Part 2: Secrets of Aditya Hridayam

Secrets of Aditya Hridayam: Part 2

This is the second part of a series on the powerful stotra: the Aditya Hridayam.

Click here to read the first part.

Quick recap

In the first part of this series, the circumstances under which the Aditya Hridayam was imparted to Rama were explored.

Rama was confused and depressed as nothing was going his way on the battle front. Ravana remained alive and elusive to his tactics and weapons.

In the midst of this, Maharishi Agastya appears and begins to initiate Rama into the Aditya Hridayam.

More than the Solar Orb

Agastya’s introduction to the AH is key to understanding the stotra’s main themes. He mentions that the Sun is:

  • The Ruler of the worlds and Lord of the universe
  • That which is revered by the Devas and Asuras alike
  • The embodiment of all the Gods
  • The nourisher and energiser
  • The embodiment of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and other key deities

By the end of the description the Sun is effectively extolled as the Parambrahman; there is nothing that the Sun cannot or doesn’t do to regulate the universe.

The point that is conveyed is that when pray to the Sun with the AH, you are in fact praying to the greatest deity.

In the next part we will look at the benefits of chanting the Aditya Hridayam.

Coming soon: Part 3

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The Ultimate Game-changer! Part 1

Secrets of Aditya Hridayam: Part 1

This is the first part of a series on the powerful stotra: the Aditya Hridayam.

You’re on your knees…

There are moments in everyone’s lives where disaster has struck you or your loved ones with such incredible force that nothing is right, your confidence is lost, the odds appear insurmountable and the battle unwinnable.

It is rare to find people who thrive under such conditions. For most of us, the pressure can cause enthusiasm to wane and all hope to fade.

…but all is not lost

One of the most famous incidents in our scripture is the final battle of the Ramayana. Rama had begun the battle with Ravana but after ceaseless combat was unable to even come close to killing him.

At this point, with his physical energy drained, Ramachandra’s thoughts began to wander and the spectre of doubt began to creep into his conscious mind. Doubt is the greatest enemy of any warrior without a second. Once you begin to second-guess your strategies and actions in combat, you are as good as dead.

The Devas noticed. Congregating in the sky above the battle ground they decided to dispatch Maharishi Agastya to his aid – one of the greatest, most pioneering and accomplished of the Saptarishis. The intervention of Agastya was the ‘Game-Changing’ event of the battle.

The light at the end of the tunnel

Rishi Agastya initiated Rama into the profound secrets of Sun worship: he taught Rama the Aditya Hridayam Stotra (the Heart of the Sun Hymn).

In the second part we will further explore the hymn’s secrets and benefits.

Coming soon: Part 2

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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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Thoughts on Mantra: Write your way to Success!

Write mantra to align mind body and soul during prayer!


Mantra writing is one of my favourite methods of sadhana. It is a powerful technology for aligning one’s mind body and soul with one goal.

It is also extremely flexible – one can take up sadhana to write  any mantra (unless of course expressly instructed not to for reasons of secrecy by one’s Guru).

Mantra writing…how many, how quickly?

I am frequently asked how many times one should write a mantra to attain a goal. The answer is identical to how many times they would chant it. Ideally, one should strive to complete a puruscharan over time. Of course it takes longer to write than chant, so aspirants often cut the number down to an anusthan.

The scriptures say that anyone writing a mantra 10 million times (1 crore) will attain anything they are looking for.

Start slow and build up

My personal advice is to begin slowly – write a page or 108x of a short mantra – preferably a bija. Rama is the absolute ideal as it has immense power to overcome all negativity, obstacles, karma and problems in your life.

Then once a routine is set, increase this by a page a day. If enthusiasm takes you, there is no harm in writing more! But try to keep a steady minimum for daily writing.

Motivation is key

Rama is preferred as the mantra is a perfect compromise between the abstract (like Om or Soham, Aham Brahmasmi etc) and the conceivable (picture Lord Rama and all his perfect qualities).

However, if this still plots a path which is beyond your near term requirements, then by all means focus your needs on mantras like Kleem or Shreem for material benefits.

In any case, divinising one’s goals or placing the fruit of your labour at the feet of the Guru will undoubtedly pull you quickly to your destination.

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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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How to Attract Men: The Aim Mantra

 

Attract the power of Saraswathi and male company with AIM

Transliteration

“Aim”

Translation

None. Aim is a Bija mantra.

Note Aim is pronounced as “Eye-im” compressed into one syllable, not ‘aim’ as per the English word.

Benefits

Similar mantras to Kleem exist with converse benefits.

The Aim mantra is the bija or Saraswathi. It improves one’s creativity and mental agility. Speech and prowess in the Arts also follow rapidly with this bija.

It is also able to attract male partners to oneself.

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Kandha Sashti 2011: The 6 Boons of Lord Skanda

Let the Vel protect and guide you! Start your Sashti Sadhana today!

Day 3 of Kandha Sashti

In the prior posts, mantras and potential sadhanas were presented to the reader.

But what are the benefits and attributes of praying to Lord Skanda over the Kandha Sashti period?

There are 6 main boons provided by Skanda:

1. Wisdom and Intelligence. The young Skanda is said to have initiated his own father Shiva into the secrets of the Pranava mantra – Om! You can be blessed with such spiritual wisdom and intelligence when praying to Him.

2. Powers of Attraction. Along with Sri Krishna, Skanda is known as an extremely attractive and charismatic God to His devotees. Praying to him as the all attracting one will allow one to gain the blessings of a magnetic personality.

3. Courage and strength. Skanda is known as the God of War – a fierce warrior ready to do battles against the demons within and without. Pray to Him for courage in your day to day life and help in making big bold decisions.

4. Peace. Peace is a scarce commodity in these days and times. Allow yourself to become a channel of Skanda’s peace.

5. Self-control. One cannot lead without setting an example to your co-workers and subordinates. Master yourself and gain discipline by praying to Skanda for help.

6. Moksha. Skanda is known as a deity with the full authority of Heaven to deliver aspirants to Moksha (release from birth and death). The true spiritual aspirant will have this as the ultimate goal and sole purpose of their prayers.

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