GURU PURNIMA – Tuesday 16 July

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

It is the sacred time of the year in which we give thanks and offer our humble gratitude, love and devotion to our Gurus. What is a Guru? A Guru is one who removes our darkness. In Sanskrit, Gu means “darkness” and ru is”that which removes,” so a Guru is one who removes the darkness in our lives, who shines the light of Truth on the illusions in which we live which cause our agony, our pain, and our grudges. The Guru brings the light of true understanding through which our egos,our insatiable desires, our unfulfilled expectations and our illusions dissipate.

Guru Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Ashadha and marks the beginning of the holy period of Chaturmas. After the long, hot, dry months of summer in which innumerable people, animals and crops have perished, the rains come coinciding typically with the time of Guru Purnima, quenching our thirst and bringing us life. And, in India, when the monsoon come it is not a mere drizzle which lasts for 10 minutes. Rather, the monsoon rains are downpours of heavenly nectar, completely saturating the land which has been parched for months.

Just as the soil must allow the rain to penetrate its depths in order to reap the benefits of this life-giving nectar, so we must become porous vessels into which the divine nectar of the Guru can flow. Guru Purnima is a day of renewing our faith, our shraddha, in He who bestows the light upon our lives. It is a day of re-opening our hearts, our souls and our lives to His divine presence and letting it penetrate and saturate every aspect of our being.

Japa Meditation – The only way to reach Godhead in this degraded age of Kaliyuga

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

Many years ago the brahmana priests could accomplish many kinds of wondrous deeds simply by correctly chanting particular mantras. Many of these mantras still exist, but it is very difficult to find those who can chant them accurately. This is actually a safety measure because if the wish-fulfilling mantras were easily chanted, there would no doubt be many people who would misuse them. But other mantras that are available can easily help purify one’s consciousness, give spiritual enlightenment, and put one in touch with the Supreme.

In Bhagavad-gita (10.25) Sri Krishna explains that He is the transcendental om mantra and that the chanting of japa (chanting a mantra quietly for one’s own meditation) is the purest of His representations and sacrifices. It is understood that by chanting japa and hearing the holy sounds of the mantra, one can come to the platform of spiritual realization. This is the process of mantra-yoga. Even though the mantra is powerful in itself, when the mantra is chanted by a great devotee, it becomes more powerful. This is the effect when a disciple is fortunate enough to take initiation from a spiritually powerful master who gives him a mantra for spiritual purposes. Then the disciple can make rapid progress by utilizing the mantra.

In this age of Kali-yuga the process of chanting japa or mantra meditation is much more effective than practicing other spiritual paths that include meditating on the void or Brahman effulgence, or trying to control the life air within the body as in raja-yoga. Only a very few can become perfect at moving the life air up to the top of the head or raising the kundalini force up through the various chakras. And meditating on the void becomes useless as soon as there is the slightest external distraction, which in this age of Kali is a continuous thing. Therefore, the most effective means of focusing the consciousness is to concentrate on the sound vibration of a mantra.

There are two mantras that are especially recommended in the Vedic literature. One is omkara or the om mantra, and the other is Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, which is known as the maha or great mantra. It is explained that these two mantras can deliver one to the realm beyond material existence.

Omkara (pranava) is considered to be the sound incarnation of the Supreme Personality of God and is identical with the Supreme Lord. It is beginningless, changeless, supreme and free from any external contamination. The Narada-pancharatra states: “When the transcendental sound vibration is practiced by a conditioned soul, the Supreme Lord is present on his tongue.” The Atharva-veda and the Mandukya Upanishad both mention the importance of omkara. Omkara is said to be the beginning, middle, and end, and is eternal, beyond all material restrictions or contaminations. Actually, the chanting of omkara is generally practiced by those engaged in the mystic yoga process. However, anyone who chants Vedic verses will also be chanting om, because om is often included as the bija or seed mantra at the beginning of many such verses or other mantras. By chanting om and controlling the breathing perfectly, which is mostly a mechanical way of steadying the mind, one is eventually able to go into trance or samadhi. Through this system, one gradually changes the tendencies of the materially absorbed mind and makes it spiritualized. But this takes many years to perfect and such a slow process is hardly practical in this age. If one is not initiated into the brahminical way of knowledge, he will find it difficult to understand the depths of omkara and will not likely be able to get the desired results from chanting it. Therefore, it is not advised that people in general chant omkara in this age of Kali-yuga and with the expectation of reaching full spiritual perfection because they are often not qualified or unable to chant it properly to attain the inner depths of spiritual completion.

People frequently confuse concentration with meditation. In concentration, there is a subject and an object. You, the subject, are concentrating on a candle, or an image of God, or the tip of your nose. These are the objects of your concentration. In meditation, the object disappears. The subject disappears. All becomes one. Rather than focusing on a mantra, you and the mantra become one.

In meditation, all borders, boundaries, and separation between ourselves and the universe begin to disappear. We begin to realize the inherent oneness of all beings and all of creation.

Meditation gets us back in touch with our true, divine nature and the deepest core of our being.

There is so much that has been written and taught on meditation and different meditation techniques. But, the important thing is that it is not so important which technique you use. Each of us is different. We all have different temperaments, different sensibilities. Therefore, different techniques will work for different people. There is no right or wrong way to meditate. What is important is that you are becoming more and more One with the Divine, that you are becoming more and more peaceful, more and more blissful, less and less affected by the waves in the ocean of life.

One thing is important to remember about meditation techniques: they are only techniques! A boat is very important to get you across the river to the other bank. But once you reach the other bank, you don’t need the boat any more. he technique is to get us to the state of meditation, but it is not the meditation itself!

Meditation is very much like wiring a house. In the beginning, while the house is being made you have to spend a lot of time and a lot of energy putting down all the electrical wires. But, once it has been properly wired, then if you want to turn on the light you only have to plug it in! You do not have to re-wire the house! The same is true for meditation. Meditation is learning to plug yourself into the Divine Powerhouse, The Divine Energy Source! In the beginning, we need the technique; we are not connected. But once we are connected to the Divine, then we just have to close our eyes and we are there. Or, even with our eyes open, we are there.


HOROSCOPE – Monday 15 July

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

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ARIES

You may be feeling a little more driven than usual today, dear Aries, and you can bring a nice spirit of innovation to business or practical affairs. The balance between responsibilities and home life can be off kilter these days, and demands from both camps continue to be intense, likely to peak tomorrow with the Lunar Eclipse. Today, aim to pace yourself and envision your life direction or career matters in a creative yet structured way. There might also be a great find or business opportunity now. Your mindset is practical but also progressive at the moment — a great combination.

TAURUS

The Moon’s transit of your spirit sector all day stimulates your instincts to explore, venture out and about, discover, and question, dear Taurus. Your more unique qualities stand out pleasantly, and you can be feeling rather inspired. If you need to break free from the past in some way, today is strong for doing so, as you’re especially forward-looking. There is good energy for teaching and sharing, but you are at your best when things are little freeform or when you can be spontaneous today. Harmony between Uranus in your sign and the Moon provides you with a nice jolt of psychic energy. You may very well receive glimpses of the future and where you want to go.

GEMINI

Your desire for emotional excitement is strong and growing today, dear Gemini. This can be a time of self-discovery–you’re making valuable connections and getting to understand your desires and motivations more intimately. It’s a day for digging deep rather than blindly seeking out comfort objects to fill you up. There can be some sweet bonding going on with loved ones or special and comfortable time spent with yourself! The focus seems to be on emotions, close ties, dreams, and your inner world. You’re in a favorable position to synthesize recent experiences into something meaningful. Passions are rising with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse occurring tomorrow.

CANCER

This can be a time of mediating problems or paying particular attention to close relationships, dear Cancer. There is a nice feeling of forward motion, and you can benefit from a sense that friends are supportive and in general agreement. It’s a relationship-oriented day, and it may come naturally for you to ease off a little when it comes to personal agendas and plans so that you can get closer to someone or your feelings on a matter. There is a stronger focus on the balance between independence and togetherness with eclipses in your sign and opposing sign this month. You seem to want both, and this is possible, but it can require some adjustments and creativity. Tomorrow’s Lunar Eclipse will likely help you get in touch with your feelings about someone or a situation.

LEO

The focus these days is on finding a better balance between work and rest, dear Leo, and on this day before a Lunar Eclipse in your work and health sector, today is no exception. However, there’s a nice flow of energy with you for accomplishing your work and filling responsibilities with less effort than usual as the Moon in your solar sixth house harmonizes with Uranus. There can be an opportunity arising that helps you reassess your expectations if they’ve added too much pressure or strain to your life. You are brilliant and creative in your methods, particularly with work, schedules, and daily life today. It can be a good time for seeing new ways of doing things that make your life a little more enjoyable.

VIRGO

Today brings especially forward-looking, positive energy to your life, dear Virgo. You may be putting more than usual effort into your creations or expressing your beliefs and ideas with more faith and enthusiasm. You are feeling generous with your affections as you emerge from a couple of days of keeping to yourself and perhaps some rising tensions. The Moon in your creativity sector in harmony with Uranus today can help lift your spirits, and you may be feeling particularly reinforced by someone who seems to be understanding your ideas, perspective, and beliefs. You can be feeling rejuvenated, even with this week’s tensions and concerns and a Lunar Eclipse occurring tomorrow. Unrest in your social or romantic life these days can motivate you to come to solutions and resolutions in the coming weeks.

LIBRA

The Moon spends the day in your home and family sector, dear Libra, and with a Lunar Eclipse occurring in this same area of your chart tomorrow, it’s a time of paying particular attention to your needs for comfort and familiarity. You’re prioritizing emotional needs and replenishment. New situations and settings are less relevant to you than exploring new feelings and ideas today, and yet there is certainly an emphasis on the “new” when it comes to attitudes, approaches, and methods. Domestic improvements, changes, and renovations can be in focus. Your unique wisdom comes from self-awareness and self-knowledge today as you’re feeling connected with loved ones or your own more profound needs. With your enthusiasm for emotional understanding, people around you may open up as well.

SCORPIO

You’re in good shape for diversifying, connecting, and sharing today, dear Scorpio. Even with Mercury’s current retrograde, it’s a decent time for work on communications projects, learning, and studying. While relationships are in good shape today, you’re also keeping some level of independence or detachment. You could also be very active reviving old projects or interests, and experiencing a creative reawakening of sorts now. Because you’re living in the mind these days, be sure your heart is behind whatever you share or commit to now. While the flow is pleasant now, there can be some growing concerns about your duties with a Lunar Eclipse set to occur tomorrow, and it makes sense to center yourself now. Pay special attention to self-care so that you can bring your best to the opportunities opening up for you.

SAGITTARIUS

There is nice energy with you for your practical affairs today, dear Sagittarius, including money matters, work, and routines–you can be innovative and progressive with these things. There can be some tension building over a financial or ownership issue which can peak tomorrow with a Lunar Eclipse about to occur in your resources sector. For best results, use competitive feelings to your advantage by allowing them to motivate you to up your game, but avoid stressing yourself out in the process–it’s not worth it. Look for opportunities that arise due to your confidence in your talents in the weeks ahead. As you help and share, you naturally draw resources your way. The key will be openness to new methods and approaches.

CAPRICORN

There’s a pleasant splash of creativity or originality in your approach to the world today, dear Capricorn, with the Moon in your sign and harmonizing with Uranus in your sector of joy. Creative efforts and romantic pursuits are favored. It’s a good day for connecting with others in light, happy ways, for finding your voice, and for coming up with new ideas. You see opportunities all around you, and you have charm to spare. The Moon in your sign and tomorrow’s Lunar Eclipse also in Capricorn can undoubtedly pull up all sorts of feelings, and perhaps some tension or even childish feelings. People who don’t know you well may be seeing your best, and those who do may be seeing your worst right now. This is a remarkable few days for connecting with your feelings on an important matter–an eyes-wide-open period for you.

AQUARIUS

With the Moon’s transit of your privacy sector all day, dear Aquarius, you tend to retreat somewhat from the demands of daily life. At least on an emotional level, you may be keeping parts of you to yourself, and you’re not as accessible for the time being. It’s about reorienting yourself. This will change when the Moon moves into your sign on Wednesday, but until then, pacing yourself and treating yourself gently makes sense at the end of this cycle. With a Lunar Eclipse occurring tomorrow, important emotional discoveries are in the works! Your intuition is working powerfully now. There is wisdom to your spiritual ideas, and others might seek out your advice.

PISCES

Today’s energies are strong for self-expression through and with others, dear Pisces, with the Moon in your friendship sector in harmony with Uranus in your communications house. There is a natural, spontaneous, and creative feel to the day, particularly related to networking, group involvements, friendship, and partnership. Especially with a Lunar Eclipse occurring tomorrow, it’s a good time to aim to reach out to others in different or new ways. Today is good for popularity and support, and friends tend to bring good news or advice. There is a natural need to detach yourself temporarily from people and situations that have recently added stress or pressure to your life. Even with Mercury’s retrograde, there can be a nice flow or ease in your interactions.

HOROSCOPE – Friday 12 July

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

ARIES

You are in good shape today for thinking creatively and enjoying different perspectives, dear Aries. There may be a somewhat confusing atmosphere surrounding us in the first half of the day, however, and some details may be hard to notice, especially if your attention is divided. Love matters can leave you wondering, or there is a puzzling interaction that has you feeling unsure. The mixed signals experienced in the morning should iron out as the day progresses. The Moon’s move into your adventure sector shortly before midday can help lift your spirits, too. Sharing a vision, belief, or idea can be rewarding. Taking a detour from the usual routine can be emotionally refreshing now.

TAURUS

In the first half of the day, your mind is likely to wander, and it can be challenging to focus, dear Taurus. Or, confusion surrounds a connection, and it leaves you wondering about your next step. You may very well dream up something that turns out to be quite helpful, but tasks that require clear thinking and concentration may not fare exceptionally well right now. There can be some temporary disconnects, or household tension and restlessness can interfere with a good mood. Something is left up in the air. As the day progresses, you’re far less hung up on problem areas. Emotional cleansing can come via honest conversations about intimate matters now. Even with Mercury retrograde, there can be a healthy flow and understanding with someone special today. Alternatively, your passion can be channeled into a satisfying project.

GEMINI

You may have many ideas, but there is little organization in the first half of the day, dear Gemini. You could find that conversations seem to loop or eventually feel pointless, getting nowhere for the time being. If you’re in the position to do exacting, precise, or monotonous mental work, it can be frustrating or difficult. There may be some second-guessing of plans, as small weaknesses seem to reveal themselves. If something is confusing now, aim to let time tell. As the day advances, however, you’re far less scattered. The Moon moves into your partnership sector and harmonizes with Mercury, your planetary ruler. You could experience a wonderful sense of being “in sync” and supported, or cooperation with others puts you in a fabulous mood. It’s a time for getting what you give and giving what you get. You seem to want company.

CANCER

In the first half of the day, there can be an annoying lack of clarity, dear Cancer, but it’s temporary and manageable. It can be most challenging to see finances and personal boundaries clearly. There might even be some sneaky behavior going on around you. Whether it’s about bluffing or withholding information, it’s best to postpone big decisions or complicated topics, and instead, tune into your more creative, imaginative, or spiritual needs. Overthinking things is better avoided. You’ll find it easier to go with the flow as the day advances. Look for the moments of inspiration, as you’re likely to find them! Solving practical problems and attending to the details of daily life comes naturally and easily. It’s a good week for looking at your finances and work or security matters in a new or different light and coming up with solutions. However, there may be a bit of confusion in these areas to deal with first.

LEO

In the first half of the day, perceptions may be a little fuzzy, perhaps clouded by wishful thinking, dear Leo. You are expressing yourself with more imagination today, but people may not be getting your message very clearly. Resist the temptation to feed into others’ ideals or misconceptions. It may be wise to be more mindful than usual about what you say and how you say it. Body language can also be misinterpreted. It’s important to avoid making too much or too little of a person or situation under this influence. Use this time for imagining possibilities without jumping to conclusions. Let time tell the truth of a matter. As the day advances, good energy is with you for coming to an appreciation of someone’s points of view. The Moon moves into your sector of enjoyment, and you need a change on both mental and emotional levels – something fresh to think about or focus on, or perhaps a learning challenge. Sharing ideas can be stimulating.

VIRGO

In the first half of the day, there may be some mental fog or complicated problems to handle, dear Virgo. A confusing problem from the past might now become more pressing of an issue. There can be some vagueness to deal with, along with an inability to focus and concentrate. Misinformation can be an issue now, so it’s best to use your excellent powers of discrimination to sort out what information coming in is genuinely useful. Let things unfold naturally for the best results. As the day advances, you’re less likely to focus on uncertainties. The Moon moves into your solar fourth house, and you’re in good shape for bonding with loved ones or connecting with your fundamental needs. It’s a good time to get into better touch with your feelings. There is a strong focus on the familiarity of home or comfortable situations and people now.

LIBRA

In the first half of the day, you may prefer to avoid details or problems, dear Libra. You may only want to focus on a dream or vision, whether or not it’s feasible. You are likely to need more time to make decisions just for now, and you’re in no mood for competitive, stressful situations. Interactions with others tend to be vague or possibly confusing. Even so, this can be a good day to take a break from overthinking and analyzing. By midday, the Moon will have entered your communications sector, and you might bridge gaps with others through thoughtful gestures that tell people they are meaningful to you. Your senses are stimulated, and certain ideas and plans can energize you. Even if others are not catching on for the time being, you’re in good shape for sorting things out on your own.

SCORPIO

Aim to move past mental fog before arriving at firm conclusions in the first half of the day, dear Scorpio. Clarity is unlikely, but inventive and imaginative thinking can be very refreshing and relaxing. Things only become sticky when you try to focus a stubbornly-tired mind too hard instead of giving yourself some creative room. Temporarily backing off from a problem can help stimulate new ways of approaching it. By midday, the Moon will have moved out of your sign, and emotional pressures tend to ease up. As well, this Moon transit encourages a focus on practical and sensual needs and can be reliable for really getting things done. It’s easier to redirect creative energy into appropriate channels as the day advances.

SAGITTARIUS

While you’d love to fly through your tasks in the first half of the day, dear Sagittarius, you might be missing important details, so make a point of checking all the facts. Issues now may be forgetfulness or lack of attentiveness, and practical affairs can be tricky as a result. Break out of your usual ways of thinking and entertain possibilities, but don’t bank on them yet. The Moon is in your sign by midday, and this brings you out of your shell. You crave an emotional connection with the world around you, and you want to express yourself more creatively. You’re in the moment, and you may be looking for feedback or reinforcement. Attention is likely to come your way. You can have a strong desire to let out any recent pent-up feelings, and also to find some way to pamper yourself. Today’s Moon-Mercury trine seems to facilitate sharing your feelings, wants, and needs.

CAPRICORN

Energies may be on the confusing side in the first half of the day, dear Capricorn. People seem to back off or shy away from making commitments today. Take a break from thinking and worrying too much if possible now. Entertain possibilities, but it may be better to wait to finalize something. Getting extra time to yourself can be helpful. By midday, the Moon will have entered your privacy sector, encouraging you to make room for more rest and time for reflection, which can be emotionally cleansing. Private and emotional matters are in focus and tend to thrive as the day advances. Your powers of intuition run very high, and you may very well get closer to someone or understand a situation better today. Relax, renew, and recharge with this Moon transit active now and until Sunday.

AQUARIUS

Clarity is unlikely in the first half of the day, dear Aquarius. If you’re looking for definite answers or commitments from someone, it can be a frustrating and confusing time. It’s best not to push for a response since even if you get one, it’s unlikely to be useful. It seems we need some time to process before decisions can be made. Particularly when it comes to relationships, your thinking can be clouded just for now. Take a step back from matters, if only to get perspective. Going with the flow today will help life run more smoothly, as it’s only with pressure or high expectations that things get sketchy at the moment. By midday, the Moon will have moved into your social sector, encouraging more lighthearted connections and conversations. There is something in the way you meet the world that is very appealing and that draws people to you. This time favors reconnecting, and friendships and networking fare well.

PISCES

Energies this morning can bring some level of confusion to your work environment or regular routines, dear Pisces, and interruptions are quite possible now. Thinking might be a little too idealistic to hold weight, or information isn’t yet available to you. You may need more time to make a confident decision, and it’s probably best to take it. Go over facts carefully and pay extra attention to your work, as foggy thinking can be a problem now. By midday, the Moon will have made it to the top of your solar chart, and taking care of business fills a need. You might make some interesting connections as you pursue your goals. It’s also a good day for pleasing energy with a love interest or partner once past a misunderstanding. A feeling that others are either cooperating or letting you do your thing helps you to be especially productive.

THE HINDU WEDDING HARDI LIPAN Article No : 15

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

Hardi Lipan

In recent times the hardi ceremony is carried out a day before the wedding. It is when hardi or turmeric paste is applied on the face, neck, arms, hands and feet of bride and bridegroom in their respective homes.  The word hardi is derived from the Sanskrit word harad and the ceremony itself is called haridra lepana.  This has come down for millions of years and is mentioned in various scriptures.  A mixture of fresh turmeric root, mustard oil, curd and youghat when applied brings a special lusture and glow to the appearance.  Yellow denotes the colour of a  celebrate or brahmachari and is also a very auspicious colour.  It stands for celebracy, chastity and spirituality.  Hardi is also known for its Ayurvedic medicinal properties and used widely in the preparation of herbal products and skin cleansers and superseads all modern cosmetics.  The mustard oil allows a deeper penentration into the pores of the skin thereby rejuvernating the body.

On the day before the wedding after the Manar pooja, Matkor, Harish Stapna and Kalash Stapna is concluded the Punditji conducts a ceremony where special mantras are recited and the hardi paste is first offered to Lakshminarayan who have appeared in the form of the harish and the kalash.  It is then applied on the palms of the bride and groom in their respective homes.  This is followed by the application of the hardi by the mother which is followed by the paternal aunt and thereafter in order of protocol by the rest of the members of the family. 

Generally the application of the hardi is done in a set of seven time and is applied by seven persons in every set. The set consists of the physical application on the face, neck, arms and feet of the bride or the groom. After the application of hardi the seven persons will choomo the couple with rice that is placed in the joint palms of the bride or the groom.  In the palms on the rice is placed a ladoo (a sweet which is made of gram flour), a stick of  raw hardi, a gold ring and a tuft of doob (find running grass).  A pinch of rice is taken from the hands of the joined hands of the bride or groom and touched on both feet of the bride or groom. They would then proceed to touch the knee, shoulder and drop the balance of the rice into the achal of the mother who would be standing at the back of her son or daughter. This will be done seven times by each of the seven persons.

When this is concluded the bride or groom will then stand up and a lota of water will be turned around their entire body three times.  After the third time a little water is droped on one side of the bride or the groom. Each person applying the hardi will do the same one after the other.

The first hardi is applied by the Punditji.  He applies the hari on forehead of the bride or groom and on their palms. 

The next hardi is done by the mother.

This is followed by the third application which is done by seven married ladies.  After they have completed the application of the hardi, concluded the chooman and turned the water. The bride or the groom will then be guided into the home to an area that has been set aside for the offered rice to be placed in a soop or thari.  This area is known as the kohobar. When he or she is being taken into the home water from a lota is sprinked in front of them with the aid of a mango leaf.

They would then return to the Mandab or Maroh to continue with the balance of the four sets of the application of hardi, chooman and turning of water.

The balance of the four sets of applications is done by sets of seven other members of the family.

The area where the hardi is being conducted is sacred as it has been sanctified and nobody is allowed in the maroh with their shoes.  The ceremony is sacred but full of joy and happiness and this mood is heightened by the singing of hardi songs that are sung by the older ladies of the family. The following is a typical hardi song.

Koyireen koyireen

Beti sukumkari ho

Koyireen je hardi oupjaye la

Beti suhageen ho

Kekar sir hardi chadhe la

Chadhe ke suhagan ho

Son eke katoriya mein

Pisal hardiya

Hardi chaadhawe lan baba ji

Hardi chadhawe lan chacha ji

Hardi Songs

1.
Koyireen koyireen
Beti sukumari ho
Koyireenje hardi oupajaye la
Beti suhageen ho
Kekar sir hardi chadhe la
Chadhe ke suhagan ho.

“O farmer’s wife, my daughter is very dear to us. O farmer’s wife who cultivates the turmeric, my daughter is on the point of reaching the marriage status, the hardi will be applied on her body and this will give her the marriage status.”

2.
Sone ke katoriya mein
Pisal hardiya
Hardi chadhawe lan baba ji
Hardi chadhawe lan chacha ji.

 “In the golden katora the paste of pounded turmeric is kept. Father is applying the turmeric, chacha (uncle) is applying the turmeric.”

HOROSCOPE – Thursday 11 July

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

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ARIES

It may be better to avoid risk-taking with your money or making quick decisions in love today, dear Aries, as impulsiveness is the keyword today if you can’t find the root of your restlessness. You might, however, work up the nerve to take an emotional chance with a love interest or a creative risk with a project, but it’s probably better to wait for a less volatile time to express yourself. A Mars-Uranus square can aggravate any uncertainties or frustrations you may be having with income, business, or a money situation. The need to break out of a rut may become evident through the events of the day, although it’s better if you do this mindfully. Explore your feelings and decide what needs changing, and then put these into action on a less emotionally chaotic day. Today is strong, however, for finding resolutions to matters that have been causing you some amount of stress or distress. For best results, be ready to take steps to improve a situation rather than jump to react. You may very well find that others are attracted to your healing, proactive, and naturally confident approach.

TAURUS

With a Mars-Uranus square today, dear Taurus, your more impulsive or reckless traits can surface. Something on the domestic front might get you irritated or could simply displace you. Energy is up and down, but when up, can be harnessed to do something wonderfully creative or productive. You need a change of pace! This is true in a general sense with Uranus in your sign for the long haul, but with Mars challenging Uranus today, you are inclined to jump in or out of something too quickly–something to watch. Aim to be the one in charge of these changes instead of resisting and allowing change to happen to you. In fact, you may be in the perfect position to improve a home or family matter today or to release frustration through a constructive channel.

GEMINI

With a Mars-Uranus square today, dear Gemini, shortcuts can be a temptation, particularly with your work or chores, but instead of saving time, they’re more likely to cost you some. Take a breath and don’t let impatience rule. Center yourself and examine issues that have made you angry and are unresolved, as these may be at the heart of stressed or impatient behavior today. Part of you may be striving to break free from the “old you” or an old identity, and this can lead to rebellious behavior or “acting out.” Speaking prematurely on a matter or blurting out something can be an example. If you can manage to center yourself, however, you’re in great shape for resolving a problem related to communication, learning, or transportation. For best results, be ready to make the most of a situation and willing to take steps to improve your life. Confronting a problem is your best bet now, rather than sidestepping it.

CANCER

Today’s Mars-Uranus square can rile you up and motivate you, dear Cancer, but it can also stimulate restlessness. Impatience can lead to impulsiveness today, especially with money, but it can also get you worked up about a difference in values with someone. You may need to deal with the consequences of poor decisions today, so keep your wits about you. There can also be a tendency to fly off the handle if you don’t feel respected. Holding on too tightly to your things and ideas may be about a fear of changes taking place in your social life. Centering yourself can help, although it can be challenging. If you do, you can take advantage of reliable energy for resolving a business or money problem, or an issue of ownership or respect in a relationship. The desire to put something behind you can lead to a confrontation that works in your favor or a hands-on approach to problem-solving. Being direct and honest can be a little sticky now, but also very relieving and revealing.

LEO

You may be in reaction mode today, especially if someone is trying to tell you what to do, dear Leo. You may very well feel the tension rising. With a Mars-Uranus square occurring now, it’s better to keep your head rather than act impulsively. The need to make a change is evident, but you may not know exactly where to start. You are asserting your independence more often these days, and today you could be pushing the wrong buttons, particularly with a parent or boss. The desire to liberate yourself from a past way of life, an old job, a typecast role, a public image, or a particular reputation can be powerful, but rushing into a change may not be your best bet. Your independence could get you some negative attention today. However, if you can manage to center yourself, you can take affirmative action to make improvements or to heal a problem area. Preferably, you’re acting from your heart rather than reacting to what seems to be an offense.

VIRGO

Today’s Mars-Uranus square can get you all fired up over a past or buried issue, dear Virgo, and outlets for expressing your frustration may appear limited. Differences of opinion can seem like blocks right now, but you’ll be much better off if you find ways to work through frustration before making a stand. Aim to get to the heart of your impatience today for best results. This transit may seem to force an issue in an area where you may have been resisting change. Or, the need to free yourself from the confines of a project or plan can be prominent now. Watch for premature or impulsive actions, and aim for self-understanding. Your need for change is real, but you’d be wise to make changes mindfully. If you can manage to center yourself, you’ll be in a good position of understanding regarding a private, personal, or past matter, and you may have the opportunity to release a burden.

LIBRA

Today’s Mars-Uranus square can shake things up, dear Libra, and interactions with friends can stir something inside you. For some of you, there can be a conflict involving a friend or associate revolving around matters of give-and-take. You may be trying to break free from a particular attachment, and today, while there can be changes of plans or there can be abruptness to the energy of the day, you may very well need to put something behind you. It may be best to aim to keep your cool, even if provoked. Avoid quick reactions. While there can be rising tensions experienced now, you have all the tools available to resolve dilemmas with friends, associates, or long-term goals, or you might come to a better understanding of a situation, and this leads to taking the appropriate actions. Improvement and moving on are in focus.

SCORPIO

Unresolved tension may seem to build or get to a boiling point today, dear Scorpio, and it may be best if you can discover a creative or physical outlet for releasing it. However, you can be intolerant of personal restrictions or of someone in your life that may seem to be draining you of energy. Your ambitions are strong these days, but unreliability or relationship problems can distract you from going after what you want today. The root of any conflicts experienced now is likely to be about equality, but even so, it’s hard to totally put your finger on the source of tension. If you can center yourself, there is a good chance you can resolve issues related to work, career, reputation, or responsibilities that have been difficult to understand. It can be a time for taking steps towards healing or improving and growing. Sharing ideas and experiences with others can be fulfilling. Benefits come from reaching out and pushing yourself a little out of your comfort zone now.

SAGITTARIUS

There can be a lot to do right now, dear Sagittarius, but patience is difficult to come by with Mars and Uranus forming a tense square aspect. You may be tempted to take shortcuts that could end up costing you later. If you can manage it, try to work independently or in a setting in which you can work at your own pace. You’re moving towards a freer, more authentic working or daily life, and events of today may seem to force the issue. A break in the routine or a schedule change can feel uncomfortable at first, but it can also positively redirect you, so aim to keep calm and make the most of the changes happening now. Better yet, seek to identify what needs to change and proactively start your work on making improvements. If you can center yourself, you may arrive at the right path to take that will help you resolve problems and move forward.

CAPRICORN

With a Mars-Uranus square today, dear Capricorn, emotional restlessness can tempt you to take unnecessary risks with money or with people. Haste truly makes waste today, so aim to take it easy. Listen to your heart rather than to others who may not be expressing themselves very well or acting from the heart. Mars may be pushing you to dig deep and seek out hidden truths or a stronger connection to someone or something these days, but its square to Uranus today can stir up all sorts of frustrations. A craving for more emotional space or freedom in your life can be at odds with all of this. Or, others may be giving you space, and this throws you for a loop. Centering yourself can bring rewards. In fact, you might make sense of a tricky situation, and this allows you to move on. Taking action that involves growing and improving, particularly in a relationship, with money matters, and family or home affairs can be satisfying.

AQUARIUS

Crankiness today tends to stem from inner restlessness and a desire to break free from restrictive circumstances, dear Aquarius, with Mars square Uranus. It’s probably best to give everyone the space they need so that moods settle. Be vigilant if dealing with fine print and contracts since the tendency to rush through things can have consequences now. You need to grow and change, and recognizing this puts you in an advantageous position. If you can manage to center yourself, you’ll enjoy opportunities to accept or resolve a relationship matter that may have been causing you some recent stress. Releasing pent-up worries or frustrations can be satisfying, and the more constructive the channel you can find, the better.

PISCES

A Mars-Uranus square today can seem to encourage hasty moves and the taking of shortcuts, dear Pisces, particularly when it comes to work, paperwork, communications, and transportation. However, impatient speech and actions can be regrettable now if they’re not coming from the heart. Underneath it all, you may only be trying to break free from a label or restrictive situation, and if so, try to do this mindfully. Do what you can to work independently today, as you can quickly become frustrated with someone’s pace or mistakes. Despite a real tendency to jump too quickly to conclusions or actions, if you can center yourself, you can find some workable solutions to problems related to work, health, or routines and daily affairs, or you might make adjustments and take steps to improve your situation. You’re in particularly good shape for finding ways to heal on mind and body levels.

THE HINDU WEDDING Kalash Stapna Article No : 14

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

Ordained Pundit / Registered Marriage Officer / Jyotish Astrologer / Ayurvedic Health Care Practitioner / Commissioner of Oaths / Justice of the Peace

Kalash Stapna

The Harish Stapna and Kalash Stapna is regarded as the most important part of the Hardi Ceremony as it is in both these ceremonies that the Lord is welcomed, given a seat and worshipped firstly by the father and 5 other men and theirafter by the mother and 6 other ladies.

In the following account a brief summary is given of the four stages of human life and the seven stages of transformation.  The father places the Harish that has seven nodes on either side of a wooden cut out.  As explained in the above procedure in Harish Stapna the father prays for the Lords blessing upon his son or daughter in the seven stages of their development as human beings. 

The mother prays that her child should be blessed by Lakshminarayana to enable him or her to follow the varnashrama dharma system in the four stages of his or her development.  The following is an elaborate explanation taken from the Srimad Bhagavatam of what is required of any person in passing through these four stages of ones life.

The Kalash is placed in front of the Harees by the mother of the bride and groom in their respective homes. She is accompanied by six married ladies.

The mother of the bride or groom is the embodiment of non other than Mother Durga and the six ladies that accompany her represent the six shakti’s or expansions of Ma Durga. They jointly pray to Laxminarayana Bhagavan to be with and protect their children who are to enter into their next stage of the four ashrams in human life.

In Hinduism, human life is believed to comprise four stages. These are called “ashramas” and every person should ideally go through each of these stages:

  • The First Ashrama: “Brahmacharya” or the Student Stage
  • The Second Ashrama: “Grihastha” or the Householder Stage
  • The Third Ashrama: “Vanaprastha” or the Hermit Stage
  • The Fourth Ashrama: “Sannyasa” or the Wandering Ascetic Stage

A crucial piece of the ashrama lifecycle is its focus on dharma, the Hindu concept of moral rightness. Dharma underlies many themes in Hindu life, and in the four ashramas, dharma is learned, practiced, taught and realized. 

History of Ashramas

This system of ashramas is believed to have been prevalent since the 5th century B.C.E. in Hindu society, and described in the classic Sanskrit texts called the Asrama Upanishad, the Vaikhanasa Dharmasutra, and the later Dharmashastra.

Historians report that these stages of life were always viewed more as ‘ideals’ than as a common practice. According to one scholar, even in its very beginnings, after the first ashrama, a young adult could choose which of the other ashramas he would wish to pursue for the rest of his life. Today, it is not expected that a Hindu should go through the four stages, but the concept still stands as an important “pillar” of Hindu socio-religious tradition.

Brahmacharya: The Celibate Student

Brahmacharya is a period of formal education lasting until around age 25, during which, the student leaves home to stay with a guru and attain both spiritual and practical knowledge. The student has two duties: to learn the skills of his life and to practice unwavering devotion to his teachers. During this period, he is called a Brahmachari as he prepares for his future profession, as well as for his family, and social and religious life ahead. In this day and age one is expected to go to school and later to universities and colleges to acquire sercular education and not much emphases is placed on spirituality as in the ancient times both material and spiritual education were equally important and it is for this reason people grew to know about life, developed skills to maintain their material needs and at the same time balance their life by not forgetting God in whatever they did.

It was for this reason that they led a happy an contented life as they did not try to become happy but were always happy no matter what the had.

Grihastha: The Householder

This Second Ashrama begins at marrige when one must undertake the responsibility for earning a living and supporting a family. At this stage, Hindus first practice dharma, but also pursue wealth or material gratification (artha) as a necessity, and indulge in sexual pleasure (kama), under certain defined social and cosmic norms.

The purpose of having a child is to bring a fallen soul into this world and assist him or her to redevelop one’s lost connection with God and deliver their child back home, back to Godhead.  

As the Age of Kali progresses, all good qualities of men diminish and all impure qualities increase. Atheistic systems of so-called religion become predominant, replacing the codes of Vedic law. The kings become just like highway bandits, the people in general become dedicated to low occupations, and all the social classes become just like śūdras. All cows become like goats, all spiritual hermitages become like materialistic homes, and family ties extend no further than the immediate relationship of marriage.

When the Age of Kali has almost ended, the Supreme Personality of Godhead will incarnate. He will appear in the village Śambhala, in the home of the exalted brāhmaṇa Viṣṇuyaśā, and will take the name Kalki. He will mount His horse Devadatta and, taking His sword in hand, will roam about the earth killing millions of bandits in the guise of kings. Then the signs of the next Satya-yuga will begin to appear. When the moon, sun and the planet Bṛhaspati enter simultaneously into one constellation and conjoin in the lunar mansion Puṣyā, Satya-yuga will begin. In the order of Satya, Tretā, Dvāpara and Kali, the cycle of four ages rotates in the society of living entities in this universe.

We learn of the future dynasties of the sun and moon coming from Vaivasvata Manu in the next Satya-yuga. Even now two saintly kṣatriyas are living who at the end of this Kali-yuga will reinitiate the pious dynasties of the sun-god, Vivasvān, and the moon-god, Candra. One of these kings is Devāpi, a brother of Mahārāja Śantanu, and the other is Maru, a descendant of Ikṣvāku. They are biding their time incognito in a village named Kalāpa.

dūre vāry-ayanaṁ tīrthaṁ
 lāvaṇyaṁ keśa-dhāraṇam
udaraṁ-bharatā svārthaḥ
 satyatve dhārṣṭyam eva hi
dākṣyaṁ kuṭumba-bharaṇaṁ
 yaśo ’rthe dharma-sevanam

SB : 12.2.6

Synonyms: 

dūre — situated far away; vāri — of water; ayanam — a reservoir; tīrtham — holy place; lāvaṇyam — beauty; keśa — hair; dhāraṇam — carrying; udarambharatā — filling the belly; svaarthaḥ — the goal of life; satyatve— in so-called truth; dhārṣṭyam — audacity; eva — simply; hi — indeed; dākṣyam — expertise; kuṭumbabharaṇam — maintaining a family; yaśaḥ — fame; arthe — for the sake of; dharmasevanam — observance of religious principles.

Translation: 

A sacred place will be taken to consist of no more than a reservoir of water located at a distance, and beauty will be thought to depend on one’s hairstyle. Filling the belly will become the goal of life, and one who is audacious will be accepted as truthful. He who can maintain a family will be regarded as an expert man, and the principles of religion will be observed only for the sake of reputation.

Purport: 

In India there are many sacred places through which holy rivers flow. Foolish persons eagerly seek redemption from their sins by bathing in these rivers but do not take instruction from learned devotees of the Lord who reside in such places. One should go to a holy place seeking spiritual enlightenment and not just for ritualistic bathing.

In this age, people tirelessly arrange their hair in different styles, trying to enhance their facial beauty and sexuality. They do not know that actual beauty comes from within the heart, from the soul, and that only a person who is pure is truly attractive. As the difficulties of this age increase, filling one’s belly will be the mark of success, and one who can maintain his own family will be considered brilliant in economic affairs. Religion will be practiced, if at all, only for the sake of reputation and without any essential understanding of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

evaṁ prajābhir duṣṭābhir
 ākīrṇe kṣiti-maṇḍale
brahma-viṭ-kṣatra-śūdrāṇāṁ
 yo balī bhavitā nṛpaḥ

SB : 12.2.7

Synonyms: 

evam — in this way; prajābhiḥ — with populace; duṣṭābhiḥ — corrupted; ākīrṇe — being crowded; kṣitimaṇḍale— the earth globe; brahma — among the brāhmaṇas; viṭ — vaiśyas; kṣatra — kṣatriyas; śūdrāṇām — and śūdras; yaḥ — whoever; balī — the strongest; bhavitā — he will become; nṛpaḥ — the king.

Translation: 

As the earth thus becomes crowded with a corrupt population, whoever among any of the social classes shows himself to be the strongest will gain political power.

prajā hi lubdhai rājanyair
 nirghṛṇair dasyu-dharmabhiḥ
ācchinna-dāra-draviṇā
 yāsyanti giri-kānanam

SB : 12.2.8

Synonyms: 

prajāḥ — the citizens; hi — indeed; lubdhaiḥ — avaricious; rājanyaiḥ — by the royal order; nirghṛṇaiḥ — merciless; dasyu — of ordinary thieves; dharmabhiḥ — acting according to the nature; ācchinna — taken away; dāra — their wives; draviṇāḥ — and property; yāsyanti — they will go; giri — to the mountains; kānanam — and forests.

Translation: 

Losing their wives and properties to such avaricious and merciless rulers, who will behave no better than ordinary thieves, the citizens will flee to the mountains and forests.

śāka-mūlāmiṣa-kṣaudra-
 phala-puṣpāṣṭi-bhojanāḥ
anāvṛṣṭyā vinaṅkṣyanti
 durbhikṣa-kara-pīḍitāḥ

SB : 12.2 9

Synonyms: 

śāka — leaves; mūla — roots; āmiṣa — meat; kṣaudra — wild honey; phala — fruits; puṣpa — flowers; aṣṭi — and seeds; bhojanāḥ — eating; anāvṛṣṭyā — because of drought; vinaṅkṣyanti — they will become ruined; durbhikṣa — by famine; kara — and taxation; pīḍitāḥ — tormented.

Translation: 

Harassed by famine and excessive taxes, people will resort to eating leaves, roots, flesh, wild honey, fruits, flowers and seeds. Struck by drought, they will become completely ruined.

Purport: 

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam authoritatively describes the future of our planet. Just as a leaf disconnected from a plant or tree dries up, withers and disintegrates, when human society is disconnected from the Supreme Lord it withers up and disintegrates in violence and chaos. Despite our computers and rockets, if the Supreme Lord does not send rain we shall all starve.

This ashrama lasts until around the age of 50. According to the Laws of Manu, when a person’s skin wrinkles and his hair turns gray, he should leave his home and go out into the forest. However, most Hindus are so much in love with this second ashrama that the Grihastha stage lasts a lifetime!

śīta-vātātapa-prāvṛḍ-
 himair anyonyataḥ prajāḥ
kṣut-tṛḍbhyāṁ vyādhibhiś caiva
 santapsyante ca cintayā

SB : 12.2.10

Synonyms: 

śīta — by cold; vāta — wind; ātapa — the heat of the sun; prāvṛt — torrential rain; himaiḥ — and snow; anyonyataḥ — by quarrel; prajāḥ — the citizens; kṣut — by hunger; tṛḍbhyām — and thirst; vyādhibhiḥ — by diseases; ca — also; eva — indeed; santapsyante — they will suffer great distress; ca — and; cintayā — by anxiety.

Translation: 

The citizens will suffer greatly from cold, wind, heat, rain and snow. They will be further tormented by quarrels, hunger, thirst, disease and severe anxiety.

triṁśad viṁśati varṣāṇi
 paramāyuḥ kalau nṛṇām

SB : 12.2.11

Synonyms: 

triṁśat — thirty; viṁśati — plus twenty; varṣāṇi — years; paramaāyuḥ — the maximum duration of life; kalau— in Kali-yuga; nṛṇām — of men.

Translation: 

The maximum duration of life for human beings in Kali-yuga will become fifty years.

kṣīyamāṇeṣu deheṣu
 dehināṁ kali-doṣataḥ
varṇāśramavatāṁ dharme
 naṣṭe veda-pathe nṛṇām

pāṣaṇḍa-pracure dharme
 dasyu-prāyeṣu rājasu
cauryānṛta-vṛthā-hiṁsā-
 nānā-vṛttiṣu vai nṛṣu

śūdra-prāyeṣu varṇeṣu
 cchāga-prāyāsu dhenuṣu
gṛha-prāyeṣv āśrameṣu
 yauna-prāyeṣu bandhuṣu

aṇu-prāyāsv oṣadhīṣu
 śamī-prāyeṣu sthāsnuṣu
vidyut-prāyeṣu megheṣu
 śūnya-prāyeṣu sadmasu

itthaṁ kalau gata-prāye
 janeṣu khara-dharmiṣu
dharma-trāṇāya sattvena
 bhagavān avatariṣyati

SB : 12.2.12-16

Synonyms: 

kṣīyamāṇeṣu — having become smaller; deheṣu — the bodies; dehinām — of all living entities; kalidoṣataḥ — by the contamination of the Age of Kali; varṇaāśramavatām — of the members of varṇāśrama society; dharme — when their religious principles; naṣṭe — have been destroyed; vedapathe — the path of the Vedas; nṛṇām — for all men; pāṣaṇḍapracure — mostly atheism; dharme — religion; dasyuprāyeṣu — mostly thieves; rājasu — the kings; caurya — banditry; anṛta — lying; vṛthāhiṁsā — useless slaughter; nānā — various; vṛttiṣu — their occupations; vai — indeed; nṛṣu — when men; śūdraprāyeṣu — mostly low-class śūdras; varṇeṣu — the so-called social orders; chāgaprāyāsu — no better than goats; dhenuṣu — the cows; gṛhaprāyeṣu — just like materialistic homes; āśrameṣu — the spiritual hermitages; yaunaprāyeṣu — extending no further than marriage; bandhuṣu — family ties; aṇuprāyāsu — mostly very small; oṣadhīṣu — plants and herbs; śamīprāyeṣu — just like śamī trees; sthāsnuṣu — all the trees; vidyutprāyeṣu — always manifesting lightning; megheṣu — the clouds; śūnyaprāyeṣu— devoid of religious life; sadmasu — the homes; ittham — thus; kalau — when the Age of Kali; gataprāye — is almost finished; janeṣu — the people; kharadharmiṣu — when they have assumed the characteristics of asses; dharmatrāṇāya — for the deliverance of religion; sattvena — in the pure mode of goodness; bhagavān — the Supreme Personality of Godhead; avatariṣyati — will descend.

Translation: 

By the time the Age of Kali ends, the bodies of all creatures will be greatly reduced in size, and the religious principles of followers of varṇāśrama will be ruined. The path of the Vedas will be completely forgotten in human society, and so-called religion will be mostly atheistic. The kings will mostly be thieves, the occupations of men will be stealing, lying and needless violence, and all the social classes will be reduced to the lowest level of śūdras. Cows will be like goats, spiritual hermitages will be no different from mundane houses, and family ties will extend no further than the immediate bonds of marriage. Most plants and herbs will be tiny, and all trees will appear like dwarf śamī trees. Clouds will be full of lightning, homes will be devoid of piety, and all human beings will have become like asses. At that time, the Supreme Personality of Godhead will appear on the earth. Acting with the power of pure spiritual goodness, He will rescue eternal religion.

Purport: 

Significantly, these verses point out that most so-called religions in this age will be atheistic (pāsaṇḍa-pracure dharme).

In confirmation of the Bhāgavatam’s prediction, the United States Supreme Court has recently ruled that to be considered a religion a system of belief need not recognize a supreme being. Also, many atheistic, voidistic belief systems, often imported from the Orient, have attracted the attention of modern atheistic scientists, who expound on the similarities between Eastern and Western voidism in fashionable, esoteric books.

These verses vividly describe many unsavory symptoms of the Age of Kali. Ultimately, at the end of this age, Lord Kṛṣṇa will descend as Kalki and remove the thoroughly demonic persons from the face of the earth.

Having heard these truths which have been revealed by the Lord Himself the mothers of the bride and groom together with the ladies beg for the mercy of Ma Lakshmi and Lord Nayayana to be with and protect their children from the ill effects of the age of Kaliyuga.  They pray that may their children be and remain devotees of Krsna and thereby be divinely protected in this lifetime from all vices to enable them to be pure, good and kind individuals to serve their parents, their spiritual master, revere their ancestors, serve mankind and to know God and to Love Him.

Vanaprastha: The Hermit in Retreat

The Vanaprastha stage is one of gradual withdrawal. The person’s duty as a householder comes to an end: He has become a grandfather, his children are grown up and have established lives of their own. At this age, he should renounce all physical, material, and sexual pleasures, retire from his social and professional life and leave his home for a forest hut where he can spend his time in prayers.

The hermit is allowed to take his spouse along with him but maintains little contact with the rest of the family. The role of the third ashrama is to be consulted as elders by the community at large, teaching dharma to those who visit. This kind of life is indeed very harsh and cruel for an aged person. No wonder, this third ashrama is now nearly obsolete and not followed by man in the western world.  On the other hand many people choose this path up to this day in India.  This is very evident when one sees throusands of such saints and sadhu’s that come down during the Kumba Mela in India.  To this day it is a mystery as nobody knows where they come from and where they go to after the Kumba Mela.

Sannyasa: The Wandering Recluse

Ashrama 4 is one of renunciation and the realization of dharma. At this stage, a person is supposed to be totally devoted to God. He is a sannyasi, he has no home, no other attachment; he has renounced all desires, fears, hopes, duties, and responsibilities. He is virtually merged with God, all his worldly ties are broken, and his sole concern becomes attaining moksha or release from the circle of birth and death. (Suffice it to say, very few Hindus can go up to this stage of becoming a complete ascetic.) When he dies, the funeral ceremonies (Pretakarma) are performed by his heir.

Appropriate mantras are chanted by the revered Pundit to give Lord Vishnu, the 33 million devi and devata’s, the sadhu and saints from the time of Lord Brahma and the holy scriptures that have taken their personalised forms a seat.   The kalash is filled with the water that they have brought with them when conducting the matkoor pooja.  A lamp that is filled with butter ghee is placed on the top of the kalash on a seat of mango leaves.   The unification of the Kalash and the lamp now represent Lakshmi and Narayana.  The Lord is then worshiped with camphor and inscense.  Flowers and water is offered at the feet of their Lordships.  The harees is decorated with a garland of marigold flowers.   The Kalash and Harees from the bride’s home is taken to the wedding venue infront of whom the couple will take their vows and commit to the Lord.

HOROSCOPE – Wednesday 10 July

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh – accredited with the All India Federation of Astrologers Society and Gold Medalist from Akhil Bhartiya Saraswati Jyotish Manch of India.

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ARIES

A Sun-Neptune aspect influencing today is slow-down energy of the pleasant variety, dear Aries. You’re encouraged to take a pause and notice and appreciate all of the good things about your current situation. Family and your personal life are priorities right now, and it feels good to pour energies into these things. There is a nice de-emphasis of the material world as your attention turns to your spiritual and emotional needs, mainly related to your hearth, inner world, home life, and family. Ideas can come together quite nicely, particularly regarding home and family matters. Do what you can to connect with the part of you that has faith that things will work out well. Support might come from loved ones, and there can be strongly sentimental feelings experienced today.

TAURUS

Your intuitive, compassionate side is drawn to the surface today, dear Taurus, and your more forgiving and kinder look at situations and people in your life can lead you to a pleasant feeling of peace and freedom. People are more inclined to recognize your value as a friend with the Sun’s trine to Neptune. Energies tend to favor slowing down luxuriously if you can manage it. This can be an excellent time for bringing more harmony and acceptance into a friendship or for enjoying conversations that similarly open you up. Your intuitive perceptions are stronger, and you can feel good when you help others. While you may be a little spaced out or you could have difficulties concentrating, this is a good time for giving your brain a break. Group ideas and values help to further your growth. Forgiveness feels excellent today, whether it’s you who is doing the forgiving or someone else who is extending you the benefit of the doubt.

GEMINI

Beautiful energy is with you for using your talents or resources creatively, dear Gemini. It’s an excellent time to let go of any tendencies to over-control things in your life as this seems the path to increased personal power right now. Something seems to be falling into place, and it feels good. There can be wonderful inspiration and imagination today, particularly surrounding business and finances. You might find that plans and insights come together quite beautifully, or you may enjoy a good feeling of confidence and wonderfully creative and compassionate energy in your professional or public dealings. The intangible or spiritual realms are a real part of your daily life right now, and this helps to make you feel more secure and filled. Activities that bolster feelings of inner strength can thrive as you have a stronger faith in your future or path.

CANCER

A Sun-Neptune trine encourages you to explore your creative side today, dear Cancer. It’s a time for answering a call to round out your life even in the smallest ways with colorful, romantic, and spiritual elements that inspire and delight you. You require the good kind of drama now, and you may very well receive extra special attention from an admirer or another such positive boost and lifting of the spirits. Your imagination is active but not in an over-stimulating way, and your vision spans well beyond the ordinary right now. You are in touch with your more spiritual qualities today, and you have a stronger ability to empathize with others. Problems that were challenging in recent days now seem less daunting, perhaps because your faith that things will work out for the best is strengthening. The Moon moves into harmony with your sign today, too, and this is yet another reason you prefer to go with the flow.

LEO

A Sun-Neptune transit influencing today connects the private, emotional sectors of your solar chart, dear Leo, bringing some magic to your personal life. It’s a good time for increased self-understanding or enhanced connections made with a loved one. You may very well enjoy increased faith in your dreams and ideas, and behind-the-scenes matters tend to go very well. This can be a time that you begin to see a grand design behind recent events in your life. You would do well to pay special attention to coincidences and make a note of subtle signs and patterns. Gaining personal power involves letting go of overthinking, controlling, and micromanaging today. Avoid looking for outside appreciation for your efforts and instead, do what makes you feel good from the inside out. The Moon’s move to the bottom of your solar chart is another cue to look within for answers.

VIRGO

A Sun-Neptune aspect influencing today can serve to encourage you to connect with others in compassionate or creative ways, dear Virgo. Inspiration may be found through a special someone or from a relationship. You may be putting more faith in a person, and this can be rewarding as long as you’re not putting that faith in a dream of a person. Alternatively, this transit helps you put aside worries long enough to enjoy yourself, and it may be that a friend helps set your mind at ease. Do what you can on your side to help others build their faith in you, and follow your impulses to help and support others for best results now. Friendships and networks might also inspire or calm you. Others are showing you (or you are choosing to see) their very best side. The Moon moves into your communications sector, stimulating your curiosity.

LIBRA

Taking it easy actually allows you to gain some refreshment that makes catching up more natural, dear Libra, as the Sun and Neptune form a trine. It’s a potentially inspiring time, and you may be moved to be especially generous with your support, skills, or services. You might come to a sense of peace about a matter, and the power of forgiveness is mighty. You can be particularly delighted if a career move or idea comes together. It’s a good time for dreaming up new and very creative ways of furthering your career or broader, long-term goals. Your imagination is vivid, and you’re more tuned in to altruistic purposes in your life even though material affairs can demand your attention more than usual these days. The Moon moves out of your sign and into your solar second house, encouraging you to consider your needs for comfort and security more mindfully.

SCORPIO

The Sun and Neptune form a trine in harmony with your sign today, dear Scorpio, and there can be excellent opportunities to follow a dream or your creative and romantic instincts. You’re tapping into your more creative or spiritual side, and concentrating on the bigger picture can bring much joy today as you let go of a tendency to overthink which may have been dragging you down in recent days. Forgiveness and compassion can be very healing, whether you’re giving or receiving them! This is a time when dreams can come true, or for some, a time when ideas that shape later realities are born. The Moon moves into your sign, bringing more emotional color to your life as well. Your perceptions are especially refined, and your personal appeal gets a pleasant boost.

SAGITTARIUS

A Sun-Neptune aspect influencing today helps relieve you of the burden of overthinking, dear Sagittarius. You can be particularly patient or content along emotional lines. It benefits you to pay attention to your spiritual or romantic needs now, and a gentle approach is appropriate. When you enjoy what you’re doing, the effort you put forth doesn’t seem to wear you out like it may if you’re only going through the motions. There is power in your imagination and dreams, and letting these things flow can be beneficial. Drawing on compassion and understanding comes naturally. Family or loved ones can inspire you, or your dreams relate to improving your intimate and personal life. Good energy is with you for creative visions. Ideas coming together now can be golden. The Moon moving into your privacy sector is another cue for you to look within and slow down.

CAPRICORN

After transits that require you to buckle down, today’s Sun-Neptune influence can be useful for letting go of a tendency to want to control or oversee things, dear Capricorn. Nonverbal communication can speak louder than words, and it’s often what we don’t say but express nevertheless that others take away from our interactions. Today is strong for inspiring a certain level of trust. You are expressing yourself with creative flair, and you could feel inspired. You are tapping into your more spiritual side, and you’re less restrained when it comes to expressing it. Letting tension go or performing a compassionate act can be particularly rewarding now. You’re in great shape for enjoying something you read or sharing your thoughts with others. A partner or special friend may give you just the kind of perspective you need to enjoy yourself more fully. Taking a pause from overdoing and overthinking can be very refreshing now.

AQUARIUS

Today’s energies encourage you to take things easy, dear Aquarius, or they help you let go of something that’s been tensing you up. The result can be great ideas or a new perspective, particularly regarding material affairs, work, or health matters. Your intuition is excellent now. Volunteering your services can be rewarding. You are content being of service to others today, and while recognition would be nice, you are not actively seeking appreciation, and the intrinsic rewards are great. A strong element of compassion and faith can do wonders for a partnership now. There can be an appreciation of the little things in your life or of your daily life that fills you with good feelings. Some aspects of your work, services, or support can lift your spirits. You might enjoy activities that remind you of the beauty of the moment. Look for ways to boost spiritual well-being as the Sun and Neptune harmonize now. With this energy, you gain personal power by choosing not to try to maneuver and control events.

PISCES

A gentle approach to life works wonders today as the Sun and Neptune harmonize, dear Pisces. You’re expressing yourself well, even without saying a word! It makes sense to slow down and enjoy the moment under this easy going influence. Going with the flow is something that tends to come naturally to you, but due to a hectic pace in recent days, you may need a small reminder, and this comes today. People seem more compassionate, interested, and sympathetic to your cause, and you can feel very much in your element, especially with the Moon harmonizing with your sign today as well. You express yourself comfortably and creatively. You might intuitively determine how to get an important plan off the ground, or this can be a time when things settle after a period of tension. You enjoy flowing with, rather than against, what’s going on around you.

Ayurvedic Therapy and Treatment

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh – Ayurvedic Health Care Practitioner

Ayurvedic Therapy and Treatment offered – Call us to set an appointment : 0716300834

HEALING WITH MANTRA

The saying goes in Indian literature and declared boldly by the pioneers and saints to whom this great science was revealed that “everyone is blessed with the power of healing – some use it, some do not use it and some abuse it.”   Ayurveda has been revealed by the Lord Himself to holy and learned saints and sadhu’s millions of years ago.  This goes to show that every form of healing in Ayurveda has to be carried out by the practitioner in a deep sense of surrender to Bhagavan Sri Dhanvantari and beg for His Divine intervention to heal the patient. 

DIVINE AND BLESSED HANDS

South Africa is indeed blessed as the renowned Pundit Roshan Singh has been endowed with the knowledge of the Vedas and his healing is carried out with the chanting of holy mantra’s specific to the bodily condition.  In this way he is able to obtain greater results as the healing is done by the Lord Himself through the blessed hands of our Pujye Punditji.  It is for this reason that he and his centres all over the country are producing such good results.

Ayurvedic Destress Therapy (Shirodhara)

Warm medicated specially prepared oils are poured continuously on the patient’s forehead. This brings great relief to the entire body and heals deep seated problems like insomnia, headaches, stress etc.  The treatment includes a back, feet and head massage.   It is recommended that just as one ensures that one’s motor car is services on time one should in a similar vein take care of one’s body which will enable and empower you to lead a better and happier life.  Do not wait to get sick as it will be very difficult to take away the problem.  If you care for your body, the body will take care of all your needs and produce much more.

Ayurvedic Revitalisation Program

One is able to solve complicated bodily ailments and live a better, balanced and healthier life now and hereafter.  It rejuvenates the one’s body, enlivens the mind and brings about a spiritually balanced individual.  In fact one can say that we are able to dial back the years of our life.  

Ayurvedic Pain relief program

This is one of our most popular and most useful of all programs.  It entails a head, shoulder, hands feet and full body massage with warm medicated specially prepared oils.

Sinus Treatment

This is a 3 day program that encompasses a procedure wherein medicated oil is used in the nasal passage.  It includes a head and shoulder massage. It is amazing to think that with this scientific method you will be able to get rid of your headaches, blocked sinuses and bring relief to your entire being as you will be able to concentrate better and become free from pain and unnecessary ailments.

Body Detox

The body especially the stomach accumulates mal which is toxic waste that remains around its lining resulting in improper digestion which results in various complications because the urine and stool is not properly separated. The blood produced becomes contaminated and this in turn is pumped into the entire body.  The detox program is deep cleansing and brings about a constitution that is good, clean and balanced.  Try it and you will want to repeat this at least twice a year.

Chakra Balancing

Through the process of a guided meditation one will be aided to balance the seven chakra’s or energy points that make the body functional.  An imbalance in any of the chakra’s may cause financial stress, health problems, stain and anxiety to your mind.  A balanced chakra system will bring great relief to your entire being.   This has proven to be very effective for students as it increases the power of the mind and enables the individual to study and remember with greater ease.  The daily life is filled with stress and anxiety.  Chakra Balancing is very effective for the Housewife and a business man.

INVEST IN YOURSELF AND THE BODY WILL CARE FOR YOU

THE HINDU WEDDING Harish Stapna Article No 13

Harees Stapna

The father at each home together with five senior members of the family would be led by the revered Punditji to erect the Harees which would stand as a symbol of strength and tolerance.  Together with the harees a little banana tree and a bamboo shoot is placed in a pot that will be specially chosen for the occasion.  The banana tree is symbolic of prosperty while the bamboo represents firmness, tolerance and strength.  The harees with it’s seven nodes represents the seven stages of human development and the seven chakras that keep body, mind and spirit balanced.  The fathers pray that their children be blessed with strength, tolerance and firmness in their marriage and that they be fully aware that the human form has been acquired after taking 8 400 000 births and deaths and is a priceless instrument to redevelop our relationship with God through the path of unalloyed love, service and surrender to His Lotus feet.  That they will be always firm and tolerant as the bamboo and be blessed with good, caring, intelligent, loving and God conscious offspring that will be an asset to their parents and society at large.

Harish Geet

Dhawa ho nawwa ho
Dhawa ho bariya
Dhayi Ajodhya mein ja
Ohi Ajodhya mein sone ke

Harish wa
Ho sone ke harishwa
Dhayi harish lele awa (2)

Kahe Raja Ramchander
Soonoo Pita Dasruth
Soonoo le ho bachan hamaar
Sone ke harish
Manush kahan paihein
Manush kahan paihein
Bans ke harish dharawa

Dhawa ho naw ho
Dhawa ho bariya
Dhayi Ajodhya mein ja
Ohi Ajodhya mein sone ke

Kalash wa
Ho sone ke kalash wa
Ho sone ke kalash wa
Dhayi kalash lele awa
Dhayi kalash lele awa

Kahe Raja Ramchander
Soonoo leho bachan hamar
Sone ke kalash wa
Manush kahan painhein
Manush kahan painhein
Mati ke kalash dharaawa
Mati ke kalash dharawa

Dhawa ho nawa ho
Dhawa ho bariya
Dhayi Ajodhya mein ja
Ohi Ajodhya mein
Sone ke Deepak wa
Ho sone ke Deepak wa
Dhayi Deepak lele awa
Dhayi Deepak lele awa

Kahe Raja Ramchander
Soonoo Pita Dasruth
Soonoo le ho bachan hamar
Sone Deepak wa
Manush kahan painhein
Manush kahan painhein
Mati ke diyara barawa
Mati ke diyara barawa

Dhawa ho bawa ho
Dhawa ho bariya
Dhayi Ajodhya mein ja
Ohi Ajodhya mein
Sone ke pidhaya
Sone ke pidhaya
Dhayi pidhaya lele awa
Dhayi pidhaya lele awa

Kahe Raja Ramchander
Soonoo Pita Dasruth
Soonoo le ho bachan hamar
Sone ke pidhariya
Manush kahan painhey
Chandan ke pidhayi dharawa
Chandan ke pidhayi leyawa
Dhawa ho badya
Dhayi Ajodhya mein ja
Ohi Ajodhya mein
Sone ke harish wa
Dhayi harish lele awa

Kahe Raja Ramchander
Soonoo Pita Dasruth
Soonoo le ho bachan hamar
Sone ke harish
Manush kahan painhein
Manush kahan painhein
Bans ke harish dharawa
Bans ke harish dharawa