Aadi Amavasa – 20 July – A day to revere ones parents and ancestors

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh – Rohininandan das

Importance of Aadi Amavasa to deliver our ancestors and remind us of how to serve our parents now and always. Serving our parents is for our own good and it leads to great rewards. Conversely, not caring for them is bad Karma. No prayer, japa or sadhana yields any fruit for the person who does not serve his parents.


The month of Aadi is considered auspicious when the divine forces bless the earth gracefully and answer their prayers. Offering tarpan rituals for their ancestors on Aadi Amavasya Day helps their souls to obtain Moksha (salvation) and also grants them their blessings.

Astrologically, any day of Amavasa, the Sun and the Moon reside in the same sign. The sun signifies your father and your soul; while the moon means your mother and your spirit. Aadi Amavasa assumes greater importance because the Sun and the Moon inhabit the sign of the Moon that is Cancer.

It is believed that in Aadi Amavasa, spirits are more willing to accept their offerings and are satiated when their successors perform tarpan  for them. Also every year in the month of Aadi, the sun moves to the south, which is called ‘Dakshinayanam’. Since this is the first day of the New Moon of the period, it is considered the most powerful day to perform tarpan  to our ancestors.

Bhavavad-gita. 1.41

सङ्करो नरकायैव कुलघ्न‍ानां कुलस्य च ।
पतन्ति पितरो ह्येषां लुप्तपिण्डोदकक्रियाः ॥ ४१ ॥

saṅkaro narakāyaiva
kula-ghnānāṁ kulasya ca
patanti pitaro hy eṣāṁ
lupta-piṇḍodaka-kriyāḥ

Synonyms

saṅkaraḥ — such unwanted children; narakāya — make for hellish life; eva — certainly; kulaghnānām — for those who are killers of the family; kulasya — for the family; ca — also; patanti — fall down; pitaraḥ — forefathers; hi — certainly; eṣām — of them; lupta — stopped; piṇḍa — of offerings of food; udaka — and water; kriyāḥ — performances.

Translation

An increase of unwanted population certainly causes hellish life both for the family and for those who destroy the family tradition. The ancestors of such corrupt families fall down, because the performances for offering them food and water are entirely stopped.

Purport

According to the rules and regulations of fruitive activities, there is a need to offer periodical food and water to the forefathers of the family. This offering is performed by worship of Viṣṇu, because eating the remnants of food offered to Viṣṇu can deliver one from all kinds of sinful reactions. Sometimes the forefathers may be suffering from various types of sinful reactions, and sometimes some of them cannot even acquire a gross material body and are forced to remain in subtle bodies as ghosts. Thus, when remnants of prasādam food are offered to forefathers by descendants, the forefathers are released from ghostly or other kinds of miserable life. Such help rendered to forefathers is a family tradition, and those who are not in devotional life are required to perform such rituals. One who is engaged in the devotional life is not required to perform such actions. Simply by performing devotional service, one can deliver hundreds and thousands of forefathers from all kinds of misery. It is stated in the Bhāgavatam (11.5.41):

devarṣi-bhūtāpta-nṛṇāṁ pitṝṇāṁ
na kiṅkaro nāyam ṛṇī ca rājan
sarvātmanā yaḥ śaraṇaṁ śaraṇyaṁ
gato mukundaṁ parihṛtya kartam

“Anyone who has taken shelter of the lotus feet of Mukunda, the giver of liberation, giving up all kinds of obligation, and has taken to the path in all seriousness, owes neither duties nor obligations to the demigods, sages, general living entities, family members, humankind or forefathers.” Such obligations are automatically fulfilled by performance of devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Parents are the Most Important People in Your Life

Before you get married, your parents should be the most important people in your life. As children, we should obey our parents, grandparents, teachers and other people older to us. We should listen to them. We should serve them and help them. We should make them proud with our good behavior. The scriptures say:

The father, mother, teacher, elder brother and one’s provider- these five are considered as one’s superiors. He who desires prosperity should revere these superiors at all times by all means, even if he loses his life. The son should be devoted to them and make their care his first priority.

In the scripture entitled Taittiriya Upanisad, it is said that when the students are graduating from their college, their teacher gives them the following parting message:

“May you be one for whom his mother is a Deva.

May you be one for whom his father is a Deva.

May you be one for whom a guest is a Deva.

 May you be one for whom his teacher is a Deva.”

The idea is that we should respect, serve and worship our parents, guests as well as our teachers even before we worship Bhagavān. This is a very unique teaching of our tradition. The western religions always place God before parents. Note that in our tradition, the mother is listed first, because she is the most respectable of all, more than even the father.

Why Must we Respect our Parents and Grandparents?

To Repay our Debt to Them

Because they give birth to us, endure great pains to raise us, educate us and get us settled in our lives. It is a lot due to their love and efforts that we become great in our lives. When we have our own children, our parents then play an important role in giving good values to our children as well. Therefore, when our parents are old and cannot take care of themselves, it is our duty to pay back their love, effort and blessings by serving them and honoring them in every way possible, even at the cost of great personal sacrifice.

No Deva can equal the mother and no superior can equal one’s father. Hence, no son can get relieved of the debt he owes to them. No person can repay his parents even in 100 years for all the troubles that they go through to give birth to him and raise him to adulthood. Therefore, always try to do whatever pleases your parents and your teacher, because only then does any religious worship done by you will bear any fruit.

Serving them is a most Pious Act

Serving our parents is for our own good and it leads to great rewards. Conversely, not caring for them is bad Karma. No prayer yields any fruit for the person who does not serve his parents and teachers. In the Mahabharata there is a story of a Brahmaṇa boy who leaves behind his elderly parents to advance spiritually. He acquires several spiritual powers, but discovers that even a butcher who had merely served his aged parents diligently was more advanced than him. The Brahmaṇa boy learned the lesson that serving one’s parents yields a much greater reward than abandoning them and pursuing your own selfish goals. Again, in contrast to our scripture’s teachings, Jesus Christ in the Bible says that one must leave behind his parents and loved ones and not worry about them to demonstrate his love for God.

The lifespan, knowledge, glory and strength of him increase who pays respects to his elders regularly and serves them. He who serves his parents and teachers truly respects all the teachings of the scriptures. And the person who disrespects them will never get the fruit of any worship.

Therefore, as long as they are alive, no one should devote himself to any other religious undertaking. Rather, he should continue to serve them with full diligence and do whatever pleases them and is beneficial to them. In fact, by serving one’s parents and teachers, a person fulfills all his major religious duties. Other religious acts like worshiping are minor, compared to serving these elders.

The son who pleases his parents by his good qualities acquires the fruit of all good virtues. Service to one’s parents is the only essence of Dharma and it leads one to Moksha upon death.

It is the Divine Command to us

Bhagavān wants us to serve our parents, because they are His direct representatives for us on this earth. Bhagavān has taught us that by serving our parents, we actually worship Him.

Bhagavān Vishnu aid to Ṛṣi Mārkandeya- “They who serve their parents, thinking of their father as the Lord of the Universe, and Mother as the holy River Ganga they indeed are My best Bhaktās.”

Bhagavān Himself has set an Example of Devotion to Parents

In his various Avatāras, Bhagavān has Himself set an example for us on how we should respect our teachers and our parents. As Lord Rama, He went to the forest for 14 years, so that his father could keep up a promise given to step-mother. And even though Rama had to undergo 14 years of hardship due to the machinations of his step-mother, he never became angry with her and forgave her always.  

Saints have set an example for us of Devotion to Parents

Our saints have demonstrated their devotion to their parents in the lives.  

How Can we Serve our Parents?

Cultural Norms in Treating our Parents and Grandparents:

There are many rules of etiquette that we follow for honoring and serving our parents:

We never address our parents by their names.

We never shout at them, even when we have an argument with them. We try not to talk back to them.

We never sit with our feet facing them. If we sit on a chair with our legs crossed, the foot on the top should face away from them.

We serve them food before filling our own plate.

When there are insufficient chairs in a room, we give the seat to them and stand ourselves.

We greet them with respect in the morning, and before going to bed.

We try to fulfill their requests and wishes to the best possible extent.

We do not smoke or drink in their presence and better, not even in their absence.

We obey their wishes cheerfully and act on them.

We defer to their opinion because they are wiser and more knowledgeable, if we are not sure of our own judgment and wisdom.

Serving Parents in their Old Age

In traditional homes, elderly parents live with their children and grandchildren (or in their close proximity) till their very end. As a result, they pass their last days happily, playing with their grand-children, and being served lovingly by their children whom they had raised with great effort and pain in their own younger years. In modern times however, many young couples do not want to take care of their old parents.

The excuse of these young couples is that they do not have enough money to take care of their kids as well as their own parents. Sometimes, both the husband and wife are working and therefore they arrange to have their aged parents housed in an old age home where a full-time staff takes care of them. Unfortunately, some people do not want to have their elderly parents around because they do not want to see them or do not want their own little kids to see them suffering of illness of old age.

Story of Aadi Amavasya:
According to the great epic Mahabharata, every human soul is indebted to the Trinity: Lord Brahma, Lord Maha Vishnu and Lord Shiva with three important debts. ‘Pitru Rin’ is one of them that is offered to Lord Brahma and is carried out by children to their ancestors. The first ‘Rin’ or debt is to our ancestors, the second is to one’s spiritual master and the third is to our parents. 

Rituals on Aadi Amavasai:
It is always ideal to perform these rituals on the natural shores (sea, pond, river or lake). If this is not possible it can be done in a dish at home.
Taking a sacred dip in sacred water sources is considered a prerequisite to cleanse you of impurities, before starting the tarpanam ritual. You may do this by taking a shower before the pooja. You can observe a full or partial fast with one meal today to mark your devotion to your ancestors. 

Aadi Amavasa Benefits:

Relieving negative karma
Gift with prosperity and happiness in life
Bless your generation with good health, wealth and prosperity
The execution of tarpanam in Aadi Amavasai can free the souls of your deceased ancestors
According to Garuda Purana, offering your ancestors (sesame seeds) and water in this day pleases them and can ensure you longevity, success, debt relief, destruction of enemies and offspring.

Amavasya denotes the onset of the new Moon, which gradually goes on to evolve into the full Moon. The dark side of the Moon is considered the Pitru Loka (world dedicated to ancestors), and this portion gets exposed to the Sun on the New Moon Days. Performing the Tarpanam ritual on Amavasya day can help us obtain the blessings of the departed souls. It can also drive away curses and other evil effects, which bog us down. According to the Vishnu Dharma Shastra, it is auspicious to perform the ritual to three ancestral generations on this day. This symbolic act of feeding our ancestors on the New Moon Day appeases their appetite, while they, in turn, shower good health and happiness on us.

Unique Traits of Amavasya Tarpan

According to legend, the mentally conceived daughter of Agnishvattas, one of the seven classes of the divine Pitrus, yearned for a mortal father. This weakened her Yogic powers and sent her hurtling down from Heaven. While descending, she passed the Pitru Loka (world dedicated to ancestors) and appealed to them to save her. The Pitrus advised her to be born to King Amavasya. In due course, she regained her powers and conducted a ceremony to the Pitrus to express her gratitude. Thus performing Amavasya Tarpan ritual on the New Moon Day can feed the souls of your departed forefathers, who can, in turn, shower their blessings on you.

Description of Amavasya Tarpanam

Paying obeisance to our ancestors on Amavasya day is said to be highly propitious and can bring about manifold benefits. We express our gratitude by performing the ceremony and seek the blessings of our ancestors for long lives, radiance, superior intellect, wealth, and success in endeavors. Conducting “Poorna Kriya,” which is generally associated with the birth of twins on Amavasyas, can bring peace and contentment in their lives.

Take Jeera water daily and lead a healthier life

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh – Rohininandan das

Jeera Possesses Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Heal yourself the natural way. Anyone can take this mixture on a daily as prevention is better than cure.

Cumin seeds contain nearly 3-4% of the essential oil. Cumin essential oil is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-allergic agent. It has active phytochemicals that bring about these effects.

You can make cumin water by boiling or soaking the seeds.

Method 1: Boiling

Add 1.5 liters of drinking water to a boiling pot.

Add 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds to the water.

Turn the heat on (high flame) and boil the contents for about 20 minutes.

Turn off the heat and keep the pot aside to cool down.

Strain the cumin water into serving cups or bottles.

Your cumin water is ready!

Method 2: Soaking

Add a teaspoon of cumin to a glass of drinking water.

Leave the seeds overnight to soak.

The next morning, discard the seeds and drink the water on an empty stomach.

You can replace bottles of regular water with cumin water. Try adding cinnamon or lime juice to this drink to make it tastier.

Take this most wonderful gift from mother nature  daily and be assured of enjoying a better and healthier life.

Why suicide is condemned in Hinduism

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh – Rohininandan das


Under normal circumstances suicide was and is considered a mortal sin in Hinduism for various reasons. Manusmriti states that libations of water, which are usually offered to the departed souls, should not be offered to those who commit suicide.

Suicide in Sanskrit is called atmahatya meaning murdering the soul or the Self. The very word conveys amply the attitude of Hinduism towards suicide. Suicide is murdering oneself, pure and simple. One can understand why Hinduism views suicide with such negativity as a despicable and sinful act from the following reasons.

1. Disregard for human life. In Hinduism all life is sacred, even the life of insects and animals. Human birth is especially unique and precious, which is attained only at the end of numerous births and deaths. Only humans have the unique opportunity to work for their liberation. Hence wasting away such a great opportunity is very sinful and bad for one’s own karma.

2. Disruption of God’s creation. In God’s creation, each human being has a unique role and responsibility, which none else can fulfill. As a son, daughter, father, mother, brother, sister, friend, benefactor, teacher, etc., each individual participates in the orderly progression of the world and society. Willful act of suicide for selfish reasons interrupts that process and the orderly progression of events, disrupting the family lineage, the birth of progeny, nourishment of gods, and the proper function of society. It is evidently a willful disobedience to God and his laws.

3. Bad karma. Suicide, which is motivated by dark passions, evil intentions, ignorance and delusion, implies the misuse of the autonomy and opportunity given by God to the beings to perform their duties and work for their liberation. Therefore, it is certainly an evil act and a very bad karma.

4. Dereliction of duty. The human birth entails certain duties and obligations towards oneself, others, gods and ancestors. When a person commits suicide such duties remain unattended. This is gross negligence of obligatory duties, which in Hinduism is considered bad karma having consequences not only for the individuals responsible but also for those who may be affected such actions.

5. Disservice to gods. Each living and breathing human body is divine. It houses the individual soul as well as several divinities who depend upon it for their nourishment. If the body is prematurely killed or destroyed, the divinities who reside in it are permanently deprived of their nourishment. They are certainly not pleased when humans deprive them of their food and dwelling through suicide or acts of self-destruction.

Consequences
According to Hindu beliefs if a person commits suicide, he goes neither to hell nor heaven, but remains in the earth plane as a bad spirit and wanders aimlessly until the end of the ordained or expected span of life upon earth in the current birth. Thereafter, he or she goes to hell, where the suffering continues even more severely.

In the end, the lost soul returns to the earth to take birth and start from there afresh to continue its journey in the Samsara (the cycle of births and deaths) and complete its previous karma. In other words, suicide interferes with the destiny and delays the journey of a soul in the mortal world. It reverses the spiritual clock by a few hundred or thousand years and endangers one’s spiritual wellbeing.

Hindu scriptures therefore aptly describe suicide as the murder of the self (atmahatya). Suicide also hampers the stay of one’s ancestors in the ancestral heaven. As the suicide of their descendent deprives them of their nourishment from the sacrifices, their astral bodies wither and lose strength, forcing them to return to the earth rather prematurely.

Finally, as stated before, when a person commits suicide for any reason, that person causes a lot of grief and suffering to his or her family and close relationships, besides disrepute. It is a bad karma in itself, with negative consequences.

Krishna is the original personality of Godhead

Bg. 11.38

त्वमादिदेव: पुरुष: पुराण-
स्त्वमस्य विश्वस्य परं निधानम् ।
वेत्तासि वेद्यं च परं च धाम
त्वया ततं विश्वमनन्तरूप ॥ ३८ ॥tvam ādi-devaḥ puruṣaḥ purāṇas
tvam asya viśvasya paraṁ nidhānam
vettāsi vedyaṁ ca paraṁ ca dhāma
tvayā tataṁ viśvam ananta-rūpa

Synonyms

tvam — You; ādidevaḥ — the original Supreme God; puruṣaḥ — personality; purāṇaḥ — old; tvam — You; asya — of this; viśvasya — universe; param — transcendental; nidhānam — refuge; vettā — the knower; asi — You are; vedyam — the knowable; ca — and; param — transcendental; ca — and; dhāma — refuge; tvayā — by You; tatam — pervaded; viśvam — the universe; anantarūpa — O unlimited form.

Translation

You are the original Personality of Godhead, the oldest, the ultimate sanctuary of this manifested cosmic world. You are the knower of everything, and You are all that is knowable. You are the supreme refuge, above the material modes. O limitless form! This whole cosmic manifestation is pervaded by You!

Purport

Everything is resting on the Supreme Personality of Godhead; therefore He is the ultimate rest. Nidhānam means that everything, even the Brahman effulgence, rests on the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa. He is the knower of everything that is happening in this world, and if knowledge has any end, He is the end of all knowledge; therefore He is the known and the knowable. He is the object of knowledge because He is all-pervading. Because He is the cause in the spiritual world, He is transcendental. He is also the chief personality in the transcendental world.

The Ramayana is not just a story but part of our daily lives

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

The Ramayana is not just a story, but also an educational medium to demonstrate the importance of values such as loving and respecting your family, keeping your promises, protecting the weak and so on. Use the Hindu history, the Ramayana, as a medium to educate yourself and teach your child about values and ethics.

Ramayana does not deal with religion by Dharma (duty) which needs to be followed by everyone on the earth planet without exception.

An individual may claim to be a devotee of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and not have proper charitra cannot make any spiritual progress. Itra (perfume) this lasts for a little while and eventually fades away, mitra (friends) friends may come and go whenever they want to, citra (picture) will be taken and be there for some time and eventually gather dust and be thrown away but Charitra is the most important of all these qualities for spiritual advancement. One’s character, code of conduct and ethics will determine how much of spiritual advancement one can make.  One has to clean the mirror of one’s mind of all unclean habits like anger, greed,  jelousy, hatred, gossiping, speaking ill of others, to qualify to become a pure devotee of the Lord.

Having the garb of a devotee, wearing the tiluk and even following the regulative principles will not enable anyone to make any spiritual progress until he has dispensed with the above mentioned vices. A person possessed of these vices is called Nara-pashu, one who has the body of a human but acts like an animal.  This is one of the reasons that the Supreme Lord appeared as Lord Rama before He appeared as Krishna. Lord Rama is known as Mariyada Purushottma – one who abides by His Dharma and one who is the most exulted personality. He showed and paved the way for mankind to follow so that when He appeared as Krishna to teach man four many important things, namely – who am I, where am I coming from, where am I going to and who is God.

The Ramayana is one of the greatest epics of Hindu Mythology. Written by the Sage Valmiki, the Ramayana is not just a story, but also an educational medium used by the ancient sages to espouse the importance of doing your dharma (duty) in relationships. The Ramayana depicts characters that we should aspire to be like, such as the ideal father, ideal son, ideal brother, ideal leader, ideal wife, etc.

You can teach values and ethics to your child by way of storytelling. The Ramayana and Mahabharata especially, preach a lot of values that we would want our children to imbibe. Not for nothing, as they are the most commonly taught epics since ancient times. Instead of simply commanding your child to respect his elders, you can use examples from his favourite epics to teach him the same.

Learn how you can use one of the greatest gems of Hindu Mythology, namely the Ramayana to teach your children moral values and ethics with the following suggestions.

Ramayana should not only be read during Ramnaumi but read on a daily basis as this will enable and empower every individual to live a pure and clean life with his family, friends, relatives and thereby build a new and happy society.  Ramayana is the code of ethics which can be used by every government of the world and change the world from Ravan Rajye to Ram Rajye.


Sibling Relationships

If your child has any siblings, focus on the love the brothers had for each other. Why did Lakshman, who was used to all the worldly luxuries due to a prince, decide to give all of that up voluntarily to live with his elder brother for 14 years of hardship in a forest? Because he loved his brother and could not bear the thought of having to live 14 years without him.

You can also teach your child the importance of standing up for his siblings with the example of Surpanakha. When Surpanakha was insulted by Lakshman, her brothers Khaara and Dooshan rushed to avenge her not caring of the fact that it could lead to their death. When Rama and Lakshmana did indeed vanquish her brothers, Surpanakha sought her other brother Ravana’s aid, setting the wheels for the grand battle between Rama and Ravan, good and evil, into motion. 

In today’s materialistic world where disputes between siblings are commonplace, stories like these need to be extolled and repeated time and again. Parents need to encourage their children to not only spend time with their siblings, but also stand up for each other and be there for each other when required. Such deep affection can be cultivated only when parents encourage such growth, and keep emphasizing the importance of love amongst siblings.


Differentiating between Right and Wrong

You can teach your child to choose right over wrong even when wrong may feel more right by giving him the example of Bharat, who was awarded the honour of ruling the mighty kingdom of Ayodhya. Bharat could have just accepted the throne and the absolute power and luxury that came with it but his sense of right and wrong would not permit him to do what most others would greedily do. Instead, upon learning that his mother Kaikeyi had unjustly managed to get Rama banished from Ayodhya, he immediately went into the forest to look for Rama and offer him his rightful position as ruler of Ayodhya. So great was his devotion to his brother and so strong was his desire to be fair and just, that when Rama refused to return to Ayodhya before completing his 14 years in exile, Bharat placed Rama’s footwear on the throne and ruled Ayodhya in the name of Rama – as Rama’s emissary until he returned to regain his rightful position. 

This teaches your child that even if something is extremely desirable, he should only accept it if is attained in a just manner without hurting or affecting anyone else in an unfair and unjust manner.


The Value of a Promise

Dashrath had granted Kaikeyi two boons when she had saved his life on the battlefield. The day before Dashrath was to retire and crown his eldest son Rama as king, Kaikeyi demanded that Dashrath grant her the boons she desired as promised. Her first desire was that Rama should be exiled to the forest for fourteen years, and the second, that her son, Bharat, be crowned King in his stead. Dashrath was naturally heartbroken at the prospect of having to send his son into exile for fourteen years, but for this noble hearted clan, honouring one’s word is the highest duty. Even when Dashrath began to falter at the prospect of actually following through on his promises due to his love for his first born and pleaded with Rama not to leave, Rama reminded his father of the value of a promise given and left Ayodhya to keep his father’s word. When Bharat begged Rama to return to Ayodhya, Rama once again reminded Bharat that he could not and would not dishonour his father by breaking the promise he had made to Kaikeyi.

If Rama, a prince who had been brought up in the lap of luxury and who stood to gain a position of absolute power and luxury if he disregarded his father’s promise, willingly chose to live a life of exile and hardship for 14 years in a forest, what does it teach our children? It teaches them not to tarnish the value of their promise for small and unimportant things like eating their veggies or finishing their homework and so on.


Love and Respect for Parents

Rama’s insistence on keeping the promise made by his father also shows the deep love and devotion that he had for his parents. He willingly chose to spend 14 years in exile in a forest to protect his father’s much respected honour. Such was the regard he paid to his father. Dashrath too loved his child so deeply that when Rama left for the forest, Dashrath could not bear the thought of being away from his son for 14 years and breathed his last.

This demonstrates the love and respect Rama had for his parents. He listened to every command his parents made, he honoured their promises and ensured that no one could accuse them of being unfair. He did not go against his parents’ wishes even though being passed over for the throne was unfair to the firstborn son of the ruler of a mighty kingdom. He obeyed his parents and is immortalised for doing so. It also showcases the love parents have for their children. Hopefully, the fact that Dashrath died pining for his son will make them aware of the attachment you have for them and will make them more respectful of and more devoted to you.


Beware of Bad Counsel

Kaikeyi was fundamentally a good natured woman, but was convinced to send Rama into exile and insist on her son Bharat being crowned king by the venomous counsel of her maid servant whom she consider loyal and wise. Manthara’s vicious scheming not only poisoned Kaikeyi’s mind into demanding those two appalling boons, but also ruined her life. She lost her beloved husband to heartbreak and her son Bharat, for whom she asked for those very boons, chastised her for dreadful behaviour.

This is a very important lesson for your children. It teaches them to stay on guard against vicious counsel. It teaches to be vigilant in order to avoid being scammed. It teaches them to be firm of mind and not let their minds get swayed easily by people. It teaches them to question their behaviour and think of the consequences of their actions before making any big or small decisions.


Protecting the Weak

Jatayu, an aged demigod in the form of a vulture, witnessed Ravana kidnapping Sita and taking her forcefully to Lanka. Disregarding his old age, Jatayu tried to save Sita by fighting Ravana valiantly but failed. Rama and Lakshman came across him where he was lying breathing his last. Jatayu informed Rama about Sita’s whereabouts and Ravana’s plans before breathing his last. Moved to tears by the gallantry and courage of the aged Jatayu, Rama gave the bird its last rites as though the bird was his father.

This teaches your child that he must always stand up for the weak. If his friends begin bullying a younger child, your child’s moral code will not allow him to just stand by as a meek spectator. The fact that Jatayu was so old and still tried to take on the powerful Ravana single-handedly, teaches your child to be courageous and be unafraid to take on any challenge that comes his way and accomplish it to the best of his ability.

Therefore, retell the Ramayan to your children not just for its piety, but also because the magnum opus teaches your children to have strong morals and live a life of righteousness. The Ramayana will enrich their lives and help you mould your children to be the leaders of tomorrow with strong cultural and traditional influences.

THE INTERPRETATION OF THE RAMAYANA

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

As a Philosophy of Life.

‘Ra’ means light, ‘Ma’ means within me, in my heart.

Rama means the Light Within Me.

Rama was born to Dasharath & Kousalya.

Dasharath means ‘Ten Chariots’.

The ten chariots symbolize the five sense organs & five organs of action.

Kousalya means ‘Skill’.

The skillful rider of the ten chariots can give birth to Ram.

When the ten chariots are used skillfully,

Radiance is born within.

Rama was born in Ayodhya.

Ayodhya means ‘a place where no war can happen’.

When There Is No Conflict In Our Mind, Then The Radiance Can Dawn.

The Ramayana is not just a story which happened long ago.

It has a philosophical, spiritual significance and a deep truth in it.

It is said that the Ramayana is happening in Your Own Body.

Your Soul is Rama,

Your Mind is Sita,

Your Breath or Life-Force (Prana) is Hanuman,

Your Awareness is Laxmana and

Your Ego is Ravana.

When the Mind (Sita),is stolen by the Ego (Ravana), then the Soul (Rama) gets Restless.

Now the SOUL (Rama) cannot reach the Mind (Sita) on its own.

It has to take the help of the Breath – the Prana (Hanuman) by Being In Awareness (Laxmana)

With the help of the Prana (Hanuman), & Awareness (Laxmana),

The Mind (Sita) got reunited with The Soul (Rama) and The Ego (Ravana) died/ vanished.

In reality Ramayana is an eternal phenomenon happening all the time!

LESSONS FROM THE RAMAYANA

Below lessons are extracted from a talk given by HH Radhanath Swami.

  1. Power of Bad Association: It was a known fact in Ayodhya that Kaikeyi loved Lord Rama more than his own son Bharath, then how could she become so evil. It is by her bad association with Mantara.
  2. Attachment to service & not to the position: Lord Ram was willing to become the king as a service to Maharaj Dasarath and He was also willing to go to the forest as a service to His father.
  3. Mission of Life should be to vanquish the demoniac tendencies in our heart: Lord Ram’s purpose to kill the demons was fulfilled by His banishment to the forest.
  4. Even extreme reversals if taken in the proper spirit will help us fulfill our mission in life: For example, Law of gravity is only in effect in the Earth’s sphere and not beyond. So also Laws of material nature act only in material consciousness not in spiritual consciousness.
  5. Ram or Aaram, A test for every seeker: Citizens of Ayodhya wanted to go with Lord Ram to forest and leave behind all the comforts (Aaram) of the City Ayodhya.
  6. Alertness in Spiritual Life: Lord Ram leaves Ayodhyavasis when they were asleep. If one is inattentive or lazy, one will loose taste in Bhakti.
  7. (Sometimes) Saintly persons might cause pain to others not to hurt them but benefit them: Bharat disowns Kaikeyi, or Prahlad disregards Hiranyakashipu, a Doctor may cause pain (operation) to patient to cure him.
  8. Goal is to please the Lord: For Bharat, he wanted to stay in the forest which was easier than to return and rule the Kingdom but he did it to please Lord Ram.
  9. Lord is the Proprietor: Bhoktaram Yajna tapasam (Bhagavad Gita 5.29). Bharat was ruling the kingdom on Lord Ram’s behalf by keeping the Paduka’s on the Throne. We are only caretakers, He is the real proprietor, He can give and take away. The Caretaker acts according to the will of the owner.
  10. Anybody can make a show of greatness: The reversals test us who we are. When Lakshmana cuts Surpanaka’s nose, gone was the charming form, gone was the facade and then the real ugly form manifested. One’s greatness is tested by one’s ability to tolerate provoking situations.
  11. Bhakti (Sita) cannot be achieved by Deception: Ravana wanted to kidnap Sitadevi by deception, but he gets Maya-Sita at the end. Greed and lust are never satiated, they lead to arrogance and envy.
  12. Attachments can creates traps and make us suffer: Marichi takes up a golden dear form to which Sitadevi developed deep attachment to have it and thus trapped Sitadevi. We should see the substance through the eyes of the scripture. Marichi was all about false promises. For example, spider web is most attractive to the fly but actually it’s a trap.
  13. Maya knows our weaknesses: She can make our strength into weaknesses and take us away from the circle of instructions of great souls. Ravana uses Sitadevi’s attitude to serve great souls to disobey Lakshmana.
  14. Always stand by the Right: Jatayu’s integrity. Real success is to please the Lord. Jatayu lost his life fighting for Lord Ram but achieved the purpose of Life to please the Lord. It is better to lose & win than to win & lose.
  15. Patience, Determination & Enthusiasm: Example of Shabari. Long time ago, Guru had asked her to wait for Lord Ram while all other disciples and Guru himself went back to Godhead. She showed her enthusiasm by working hard everyday to clean the place, plucking flowers &  fruits for the Lord. She had complete faith in the words of Guru and patiently waited with determination. The Lord reveals only when He wants.
  16. Honesty, We can’t put a facade before the Lord: Hanumanji disguises when he went to meet Lord Ram. Lord knows within who we are, we have to be honest to receive the mercy of the Lord. Lord Ram didn’t speak to Hanuman for four months.
  17. Obstacles on the path of Bhakti: The demons who came to stop Hanuman during his jumping across the ocean. Mainaka (Gold Mountain) – temptation to seek comfort before achieving our real purpose. Simhika (Shadow catching demoness) – While striving for Bhakti, people will chastise, criticize and misunderstand us, we should have the willingness to tolerate. Surasa (Serpent): Being envious of people in higher position and try to stop their progress. This is jealousy of the mind. By devotional service, we have to devour Simhika who represents Envy.
  18. Arrogance cannot understand wellwishers: The world is a mirror of our own consciousness. Ravana was thinking Mandodari was envious of Sita, but actually he was envious of Lord Ram. Ravana was thinking Vibhisana was disloyal and taking the side of Lord Ram, but he was disloyal to Kubera, his cousin brother. When we think we know, we are not willing to listen to good counsel. Spiritual progress means simplicity and humility. If they are lacking, we won’t listen thinking that we know better, that was Ravana.
  19. Big or Small, we can swim the ocean of Samsara by chanting Lord Ram’s holy name: Big or Small, all the stones floated by writing Lord Ram’s name.
  20. Pride or Attachment leads to loss of intelligence: dhyayato visayan pumsah (Bhagavad Gita 2.62). Every stage of this sloka was exhibited by Ravana. Loss of intelligence – Even when all his stalwart warriors including Kumbakarna, Indrajit died but he still didn’t give up.
  21. Hearing about the Lord – Revival of dormant love: Lord Ram being Paramatma in the heart of everyone including Ravana could have killed him just by turning off Ravana’s heart. But the Lord and His pleasure potency Sitadevi went through this whole ordeal so that we can hear about the Lord and revive our dormant love.
  22. Righteousness: Vibhishana comes to take shelter of Lord Ram, all the monkeys were against, except Hanumanji. Vibhishana was willing to be misunderstood or even chastised to surrender to the Lord.
  23. Counsel and Advise in battle against Illusion: In battle against Illusion, at every stage association of devotees to put us straight without which we will fall. Lord Ram doesn’t need but takes the counsel of Vibhishana.
  24. Grace of a Sadhu needed to kill demons within: Agastya muni had given a divine arrow to Lord Ram. That arrow was used by Lord Ram to kill Ravan by piercing his heart.
  25. Welcoming the Lord in hearts with lamps: That is Dipavali festival. Lord Ram is welcomed back into Ayodhya with lamps. Dipavali is not just physical fire but lighting the hearts with light of Lord’s grace and process of devotional service. When heart is fully illuminated, then we can experience Lord Ram within ourself. When our love awakens, in that love, compassion for all living beings awakens. Then Ramrajya is awakened within the heart and then without (i.e. out in the world).

ASTROLOGICAL PREDICTIONS – Covid 19 – June

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

Astrology can be a very good guide to a better life provided you are open to its projections rather than just its predictions. Over the years, astrology has evolved in various ways. In order to learn how to navigate, the first step is to understand your horoscope. While the natal positions decree certain situations and possibilities, the transits always bring in new and ever changing predictions as the planets keep to their movement in the Vedic sky.

 Planet Sun will transit into sign Taurus and then into Gemini

Planet Sun will transit in to earthy and fixed sign Taurus till 14th June 2020 and after that it will transit in to airy and dual sign Gemini for the rest of the month. Therefore, during the first half of the month the state heads of different countries may take decision to start business activities for revival of their economy. However, during the second half of the month when Sun will transit with retrograde Mercury, there could be sharp exchange of word among world leaders to fix responsibility for this worldwide health and economy disaster created by Pindaric COVID 19. More on this, again some countries leadership could be forced to take tough measures to downsize the number of cases in their respective countries.

 Planet Mercury will transit into Gemini

Planet Mercury will transit in to own sigs Gemini during this whole month of June 2020 but it will take retrograde motion on 18th June 2020. Hence, there could be situation of uncertainty and instability in to the global market and the same case will be with dialogue and discussions process between nations. However, during the second half of the month, there could be sharp allegations and counter allegation between leaders of powerful nations and world could witness false information and rumors on different media platforms.

 Planet Moon will transit into Virgo and then into Libra.

Moon, the beautiful energy that helps us to connect to the finer things of life starts its quick-footed journey from sign Virgo and will be in the sign Libra at the end of the month.

 Planet Mars will transit into Aquarius and Pisces.

Planet Mars is the energy that helps us to push forward as well as attains our hopes and dreams; will start its journey from sign Aquarius but it will transit in to sign Pisces on 19th June 2020 for the rest of the month. Hence, during this month also the role of state armed forces around the globe could be very important to fight this Pandemic COVID 19 as well as with anti social and anti nation aliments where terror groups might be also active in some parts of the world.

 Planet Venus will transit into sign Taurus.

Venus, the planet that signifies our sense of appreciation for good and beauty in all forms of harmony as well as wealth will transit in to its own sign Taurus during this whole month of June 2020 but it will take direct motion on 25th June 2020. Hence, the last week of the month could prove better for women workforce in different industries and they could shine in respective areas whereas prices of petroleum products may become stable. However, till 3rd week of this month may not prove better for women work force but they may face criticism and allegations, especially those who are associated with entertainment industry.

 Planet Jupiter will be transiting into sign Capricorn.

Planet Jupiter which signifies wealth, peace and prosperity in the society, will be transiting in to its debilitated sign Capricorn during this whole month of June 2020 with retrograde motion. Hence, this month could bring down the number of cases as well as death toll worldwide and financial activity could be started in world, which can be said better for public in general as well as for world economy.

 Planet Saturn has transited into Capricorn.

Planet Saturn has already made major transit of year 2020 when it has transited in to own sign Capricorn on 24th January 2020 and will be remain in same sign during this whole month of June 2020 but with retrograde motion. Hence, this month could not prove better for elderly citizens and health sector where different governments may struggle to bring stability in these sectors but for individuals who are going through Sade Sati OR Dhaiya, may feel relief due to retrogression of Saturn.

 Planet Rahu and Ketu are transiting into sign Gemini and Sagittarius.

The eternally retrograde energies Rahu and Ketu has made major transit of year on 7th May 2019 when Rahu transited in to Gemini and Ketu transited in to Sagittarius for next one and half years. Therefore, due to this transit of Rahu there could be good progress in connectivity and communication in the world where remote areas might also get connected with mainstream places. The transit of Ketu in Sagittarius indicates religious sentiments higher side in the world and certain unpleasant developments due to religious matters. However, these transit of planet Rahu and Ketu could bring lots of positive and negative impacts in the life of common people due to their placements in individual birth charts.

Shani Jayanti – Friday 22 May A day to remove your obstacles

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

Shani Jayanti

This Festival is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the Lord Shani. The son of Lord Surya, Lord Shani also rules the planet Saturn and a day of the week which is Saturday. The festival is also known as Shani Amavasya. With regards to the Hindu calendar, Shani Jayanti falls on the Vaishak Vaidya Chaturdashi Amavasya. One of the temples that the festival of Shani Jayanti is primarily celebrated is at the Shani Shingnapur Shaneshwara Mandir which is located in Maharashtra. Other North Indian temples and devotees also celebrate this festival in large numbers.

Recommended mode of worship on this day

Rise early in the morning

Take a bath and make use of three kinds of oil when bathing.

Prepare the pooja room for prayer.

Commence your day with your daily pooja as you normally do.

Bath the deity of Shani Dev (if you have one) with Ganga Jal, milk, curd, hardi water and oil.

Offer him a garland consisting of lime and flowers.

Offer aarti consisting of camphor, ghee lamp, agarbathi and flowers.

Light a lamp consisting of oil and black seseme seeds. The wick should face towards the deity or picture.

Make an offering of prashad that should consist of sweets made a jaggery (gur) and soaked urud dall.

Perform Agni hotra, homa, hawan by making offers of melted ghee and seseme seeds into the fire.

Chant the mantra of Shani Dev as given hereunder.

Chant the Hanuman Chalisa.

Chant a few rounds of the Maha Mantra.

Maintain a dry fast for the day and break fast at sunset.

Break fast with the prashad that has been offered to the Lord.

THE LEGEND

Legend goes that Lord Surya was married to Daksha’s daughter, Sandhya through which he was a father to 3 children namely, Manu, Yam and Yamuna. All was well until Sandhya felt small in the company of her radiant and powerful husband, where as a solution she created a womanly figure named Chaya from her shadow and gave her the responsibilities of being the wife of Lord Surya who in turn, did not doubt it. Sandhya went on to the forest to do penance in order to increase her powers. Chaya soon gave birth to 3 children namely Manu, Shani and Bhadra. However, when Chaya was pregnant with  Lord Shani in her womb, she was doing severe penance to pacify Lord Shiva under the scorching sun which turned Lord Shani’s complexion to black. When Lord Shani was born, Lord Surya got shocked to see the dark complexion and suspected whether he was his child and vented out his anger on Chaya. Lord Shani as a child, saw that his mother was insulted without reason where he cast a cruel gaze upon his father which burned Lord Surya and turned his complexion as well to black. Lord Surya, unable to understand this went to Lord Shiva for help and was told the reality of the situation and Lord Surya thereby apologized and got his original complexion back. Ever since then, both the father and son shared a close-knit bond with each other.

The festival of Shani Jayanti is celebrated to avoid or fend off all the bad omens and evils from an individual’s life by appeasing Lord Shani. Devotees follow strict rules and regulations so as to keep Lord Shani happy to avoid his furious nature. Regardless of your status, healthy or unhealthy, rich or poor, educated or illiterate, if you have to pay for your sins, Lord Shani will ensure that you do. However, it is not only bad luck or ill omens that happen due to Lord Shani. Conferring blessings to those who work hard and keep trying their best on a continuous basis is also done by Lord Shani.

The festival of Shani Jayanti consists of  rituals such as bathing the deity of Lord Shani in the morning with Ganga jal, panch-amrut, oil and water. Once the bathing is completed, a haar or necklace is placed made of Navratnas, which depicts the navgrahas. A Shani Shanti puja as well as ‘Telabhishekam’ is performed in order to stay guarded from black magic, a ‘homam’ or ‘yagya’ is performed to avoid the influence of witchcraft where people are advised to wear a horse ring or hang it outside their house. Wear an iron ring on the middle finger on the right hand. Feed ants with wheat and jaggery. Chanting of Shani stotra and ‘Om Sham Shaneshchraya Namah’ is done to gain the benefic blessings of Lord Shani.

अपनी राशि पर शनि की साढ़ेसाती के आरंभ होते ही हर प्राणी यह सोचकर भयभीत होने लगता है कि, अब क्या होगा ! किन्तु ये साढ़ेसाती की 2700 दिन की अवधि का कालखंड कष्टकारक ही हो ऐसा नहीं हैं। किसी भी राशि पर जिस पर शनिदेव की साढ़ेसाती आरंभ होने वाली हो उस राशि के किस अंग पर इनका विचरण होता है यदि आप इसे समझ कर उसी के अनुसार निर्णय एवं उपाय करें तो साढ़ेसाती एवं ढैय्या के अशुभ प्रभावों से बचा जा सकता है।

SHANI MANTRA

This mantra should be chanted 23 times

शनि स्तोंत्र
ॐ नीलांजन समाभासं रवि पुत्रं यमाग्रजम |
छायामार्तंड संभूतं तं नमामि शनैश्चरम ||

Shani Stotram
Aum Nilaanjan Samaabhaasam Ravi Putram Yamagrajam |
Chhayamartand Sambhootam Tam Namaami Shanaishcharam |

It is recommended that you should chant the Sri Hanuman Chalisa immediately after the Shani Mantra is chanted.

।। दोहा ।।

श्रीगुरु चरन सरोज रज, निज मनु मुकुरु सुधारि ।
बरनऊँ रघुबर विमल जसु, जो दायक फल चारि ।।
बुद्धिहीन तनु जानिके, सुमिरौं पवन-कुमार ।
बल बुद्धि विद्द्या देहु मोहिं, हरहु कलेस विकार ।।

| | DOHA | |

shreeguru charan saroj raj, nij manu mukuroo sudhaari |
barnaoon raghubar vimal jasu, jo dayak fal chaari | |
buddhiheen tanu jaan ke, sumiron pawan-kumar |
bal buddhi vidhya dehu mohin, harhu kales vikaar | |

श्री हनुमान चालीसा

।। चौपाई ।।

जय हनुमान ज्ञान गुण सागर, जय कपीस तिहुँ लोक उजागर ।। १ ।।
राम दूत अतुलित बल धामा, अंजनी-पुत्र पवनसुत नामा ।। २ ।।
महावीर विक्रम बजरंगी, कुमति निवार सुमति के संगी ।। ३ ।।
कंचन बरन बिराज सुबेसा, कानन कुण्डल कुंचित केसा ।। ४ ।।
हाथ व्रज औ ध्वजा बिराजै, काँधे मूँज जनेउ साजै ॥ ५ ॥
शंकर सुवन केसरीनंदन, तेज प्रताप महा जग बंदन ।। ६ ।।
विद्यावान गुनी अति चातुर, राम काज करिबे को आतुर ।। ७ ।।
प्रभु चरित्र सुनिबे को रसिया, राम लखन सीता मन बसिया ।। ८ ।।

सूक्ष्म रूप धरि सियहिं दिखावा, विकट रूप धरि लंक जरावा ।। ९ ।।
भीम रूप धरि असुर सँहारे, रामचन्द्र के काज सँवारे ।। १० ।।
लाय संजीवन लखन जियाये, श्री रघुबीर हरषि उर लाये ।। ११ ।।
रघुपति कीन्हि बहुत बड़ाई, तुम मम प्रिय भरत सम भाई ।। १२ ।।
सहस बदन तुम्हरो यस गावैं, अस कहि श्रीपति कण्ठ लगावैं ।। १३ ।।
सनकादिक ब्रह्मादि मुनीसा, नारद सारद सहित अहीसा ।। १४ ।।
जम कुबेर दिगपाल जहाँ ते, कबि कोबिद कहि सके कहाँ ते ।। १५ ।।
तुम उपकार सुग्रीवहिं कीन्हा, राम मिलाय राज पद दीन्हा ।। १६ ।।

तुम्हरो मन्त्र विभीषण माना, लंकेश्वर भए सब जग जाना ।। १७ ।।
जुग सहस्र जोजन पर भानु, लील्यो ताहि मधुर फल जानू ।। १८ ।।
प्रभु मुद्रिका मेलि मुख माहीं, जलधि लाँघि गये अचरज नाहीं ।। १९ ।।
दुर्गम काज जगत के जेते, सुगम अनुग्रह तुम्हरे तेते ।। २० ।।
राम दुआरे तुम रखवारे, होत न आज्ञा बिनु पैसारे ।। २१ ।।
सब सुख लहै तुम्हारी सरना, तुम रक्षक काहू को डर ना ।। २२ ।।
आपन तेज सम्हारो आपै, तीनों लोक हाँक तें काँपै ।। २३ ।।
भूत पिशाच निकट नहिं आवै, महावीर जब नाम सुनावै ।। २४ ।।

नासै रोग हरै सब पीरा, जपत निरन्तर हनुमत बीरा ।। २५ ।।
संकट तें हनुमान छुड़ावै, मन क्रम बचन ध्यान जो लावै ।। २६ ।।
सब पर राम तपस्वी राजा, तिन के काज सकल तुम साजा ।। २७ ।।
और मनोरथ जो कोई लावै, सोई अमित जीवन फल पावै ।। २८ ।।
चारों जुग परताप तुम्हारा, है परसिद्ध जगत उजियारा ।। २९ ।।
साधु सन्त के तुम रखवारे, असुर निकंदन राम दुलारे ।। ३० ।।
अष्टसिद्धि नौ निधि के दाता, अस वर दीन जानकी माता ।। ३१ ।।
राम रसायन तुम्हरे पासा, सदा रहो रघुपति के दासा ।। ३२ ।।

तुम्हरे भजन राम को पावै, जनम जनम के दुख बिसरावै ।। ३३ ।।
अन्त काल रघुपति पुर जाई, जहाँ जन्म हरिभक्त कहाई ।। ३४ ।।
और देवता चित्त न धरई, हनुमत सेइ सर्व सुख करई ।। ३५ ।।
संकट कटै मिटै सब पीरा, जो सुमिरै हनुमत बलबीरा ।। ३६ ।।
जय जय जय हनुमान गोसाईं, कृपा करहु गुरुदेव की नाईं ।। ३७ ।।
जो सत बार पाठ कर कोई, छूटहि बंदि महा सुख होई ।। ३८ ।।
जो यह पढ़ै हनुमान चालीसा, होय सिद्धि साखी गौरीसा ।। ३९ ।।
तुलसीदास सदा हरि चेरा, कीजै नाथ हृदय महँ डेरा ।। ४० ।।

Shri Hanuman Chalisa

Chopayi

Jai hanuman gyan gun saagar,
Jai kapees tinhu lok ujaagar | |
Ram doot atoolit bal dhaama,
Anjani-putra pawansut naama | |
Mahaveer vikram bajaranti,
Kumti nivaar sumti ke sangi | |
Kanchan baran biraaj subesaa,
Kaanan kundal kunchit kesa | |
Haath vraj O dhwaja biraaje,
Kaandhe moonj janeu saaje | |
Shankar suvan kesrinandan,
Tej prataap maha jag bandan | |
Vidhyavaan guni ati chaatur,
Raam kaaj karibe ko aatur | |
Prabhu charitra sunibe ko rasiya,
Ram lakhan sita man basiya | |

Sukshm roop dhari siyanhi dikhaava,
Vikat roop dhari lank jaraava | |
Bheem roop dhari asur sanhaare,
Raamchandra ke kaaj sanwaare | |
Laaye sanjeevan lakhan jiyaaye,
Shree raghubeer harshi ur laaye | |
Raghupati kinhi bahut badaayi,
Tum mum priye bharat sam bhaai | |
Sesah badan tumharo yas gaave,
As kahi shreepati kanth lagaave | |
Sankaadik brahamaadi munisaa,
Naarad saarad sahit aheesa | |
Jam kuber digpal jahaan te,
Kabi kobid kahi sake kahaan te | |
Tum upkaar sugrivhin keenha,
Ram milaay raj pad deenha | |

Tumhro mantra vibheeshan maana,
Lankeshwar bhaye sab jag jaana | |
Jug sahsra jojan par bhaanu,
Leelyo taahi madhur phal jaanoo | |
Prabhu mudrika meli mukh maahi,
Jaldhi laanghi gaye acharaj naahi | |
Durgam kaaj jagat ke jete,
Sugam anugarah tumhre tete | |
Ram dulaare tum rakhwaare,
Haut naa aagya binu paisaare | |
Sab sukh lahai tumhaari sarnaa,
Tum rakshak kaahoo ko dar naa | |
Aapan tej samharo aape,
Teeno lok haank te kaanpe | |
Bhoot pishaach nikat nahi aave,
Mahaveer jab naam sunaave | |

Naase rog harai sab peera,
Japat nirantar hanumat beera | |
Sankat te hanuman chhudaave,
Man kram bachan dhyaan jo laave | |
Sab par ram tapasvi raaja,
Tin ke kaaj sakal tum saaja | |
Aur manorath jo koi laave,
Soi amit jeevan phal paave | |
Charo jug partaap tumhara,
Hai parsiddh jagat ujiyaara | |
Sadhu sant ke tum rakhwaare,
Asur nikandan ram dulaare | |
Ashtsiddhi nau nidhi ke daata,
As var deen jaanki mata | |
Ram rasaayan tumhre paasa,
Sada raho raghuati ke daasa | |

Tumhre bhajan ram ko paave,
Janam janam ke dukh bisraave | |
Ant kaal raghupati pur jaayi,
Jahaan janam haribhakt kahaayi | |
Aur devta chitt naa dharayi,
Hanumat sei sarv sukh karayi | |
Sankat katai mitai sab peera,
Jo sumerai hanumat balbeera | |
Jai jai jai hanuman gosaayi,
Kripa karhu gurudev ki naayi | |
Jo sat baar paath kar koi,
Chhootahi bandi maha sukh hoyi | |
Jo yeh pade hanuman chalisa,
Hoy siddhi saakhi gaurisa | |
Tulsidas sada hari chera,
Keejai nath hridya manh deraa | |

।। दोहा ।।

पवनतनय संकट हरन मंगल मूरति रूप ।
राम लखन सीता सहित हृदय बसहु सुर भूप ।।

Doha

Pawantanay Sankat Haran Mangal Moorti Roop |
Ram Lakhan Seeta Sahit Hridya Bashu Sur Bhoop | |


Who is Shani Dev

‘Shani’ or Saturn is a justice-loving and philosophical planet. Sri Shaneeshwara or Lord Shani Dev, the personification of the planet Saturn is worshiped with utmost reverence and devotion by multitudes of people from all over the world.

He is the Lord and an indicator of longevity, misery, sorrow, old age and death, discipline, restriction, responsibility, delays, ambition, leadership and authority, humility, integrity, wisdom born of experience.  Saturn is regarded as a planet of darkness which rules over the dark side of human nature, such as the conscience (awareness of right and wrong).

Why pray to Shani Dev

Saturn is regarded to be both a giver as well as destroyer. Its character of loving justice is like the scales of the Libra, it brings balance in everything. Whenever Shani gives great luck and fortune to a beneficiary, it takes into account all the previous ‘Karma’ into account. If your past Karma is good, it gives you good benefits.

After the age of 35, it lets luck and prosperity smile on you. If the Karma has been bad, it will bring lots of trials and tribulation in your life. Mental stress, trouble in business, loss of parents and many other malefic effects come into play.

If Shani is present in the 1st, 4th, 8th, 12th, 9th House, it is considered inauspicious and gives the person lot of tribulations in life.

Significance of Shani Puja

Worship of Shani is said to mitigate the hardships one will have to face during unfortunate times, especially if it is performed on Shani Jayanti or Shani Amavasya. Offering prayers to Shani Dev every Saturday is also recommended.

Prayers and mantras of Lord Shani are chanted as the most important part of the puja. Pujas to Shani must be accompanied by donations of rice and black sesame seeds. Devotees who prefer to observe a day long fast till the sunset, on the day of such pujas, break their fast by consuming rice mixed with sesame seeds or black urad dal.

Who should perform Shani puja

Shani Puja  is recommended to people who have Sade Satti of Shani, Shani Mahadasha or Shani in an unfavourable position in their horoscope. It is known to nullify, or at least minimise the impact of the malefic effects of Shani in ones horoscope. It is very imporSignificance & Benefits of Pujas to Shani Dev on Shani Amavasya

Narsimha Caturdashi or Narsimha Jayanti – Wednesday 06 May

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh – Rohininandan das

MERCIFUL PROTECTOR

Narasimha Chaturdashi is the Appearance Day of Lord Nrsingadev who is the most merciful protector of His devotees. Although He appears ferocious in His ugra form, He is actually the sweetest of all to those who are surrendered to Him. Nrsingadev restores balance, eliminates all darkness and cleanses and purifies the mind of negativity. The world needs His energy, His grace and His power especially in these troubling times.

The Lord shows His more powerful form and this Ugra (ferocious) form to kill the anger, pride, egoism inside of us, showing that He is above all this.

Lord Narasimha is the half-man/half-lion Avatar of the Supreme Lord, Narayana. Out of love for His devotee, He manifested Himself out of a stone pillar to protect four-year-old Prahalad from his demon king father, Hiranyakashipu. Although His manifestation only lasted only six hours, He took on nine different aspects. You can see them all in the Bhutabhrteshwarnath Mandir in India and in artistic depictions.

Narsimha Jayanti is another important festival among the Hindus and is celebrated on Vaisakh Chaturdashi (14th day) of the Shukla Paksh (Bright Fortnight). Narsimha is the fourth incarnation of it Lord Vishnu where he appeared as a man-lion that is the face was like a lion and the trunk was like a man. He had killed demon Hiranyakashipu on this day. All Lord Vishnu devotees also observe fast on this day.

It is known that Narsimha appeared during the sunset on Chaturdashi and that is why the puja is performed during those hours. The purpose of Narasimha Jayanti is to remove adharm and to follow the path of dharam. Dharam is to perform correct deeds and not harm anyone.

Rituals of the day

Special puja is performed on this day with the deity or picture of Lord Narsimha and Mother Laxmi.

Devotee should wake up early during the Brahma muhurat and take a bath. He or she should wear new and fresh clothes.

Devotees should perform puja and offer gram dal and jaggery to the deity. The puja ceremony should be done with friends and relatives offering items like flowers, sweets, kumkum, kesar and coconut but in these times of National Lockdown you may do this with your family.

Fast on this day starts with sunrise and continues until the next day’s sunrise. One can have one in the day that should be without any kind of cereals or grains.

Narsimha mantra should be recited with rudraksha mala to please and the Lord and attain a more meaningful life.

It is good to donate clothes to the poor.

Watch this most beautiful video of the Maha Abishek of the Lord :

kandiya nrsimha-pade magibo kakhana
nirapade navadvipe jugala-bhajana
bhaya bhaya paya yan’ra darsane se hari
prasanna hoibo kabe more daya kari

Weeping, I will beg at the lotus-feet of Lord Narasimha for the benediction of worshipping Radha and Krsna in Navadvipa, perfectly safe and free from all  difficulties. When will this Lord Hari, Whose terrible form strikes fear into fear itself, ever become pleased and show me His mercy?

Bhakti Vighna Vinashak Narasimha Dev, the destroyer of all obstacles on the path of bhakti, is very merciful to all his devotees and his appearance day, which is celebrated on the chaturdashi tithi of the Vaishakh month, is celebrated by one and all with great enthusiasm, with the desire to please lord Narahari and become fearless on the path of bhakti, so that we may attain the ultimate goal of life, which is the loving service at the feet of the divine couple Shri Shri Radha Shyamsundar.

This material world is nothing but the perverted reflection of the spiritual world, and therefore all the rasas that are experienced here are present in their pure state in the Supreme Lord, and hence when once the Lord desired to taste vira rasa, the mellows of chivalry, the lord’s internal potency, Yogamaya, mada an arrangement that when the four Kumaras, who were exalted devotees of the lord, came to Vaikuntha, to take darshan of Lord Narayan, Jaya and Vijaya, the gate keepers of Vaikuntha, being influenced by Yogaymaya stopped them, and the four Kumaras, displaying transcendental anger at their behavior, cursed them, and told them to choose between taking 7 births as great devotees of the Lord or 3 births as demons, who would be killed by the Lord. Understanding the desire of the Lord and wanting to please him, Jaya and Vijaya chose to become demons, so that the Lord may enjoy vira rasa by fighting with them. There is no one qualified in this entire universe to satisfy the desires of the Lord other than his pure devotees, and therefore this desire of the Lord also had to be fulfilled by the pure devotees of the Lord, and for the pleasure of the Lord his servants descended on this earth as Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu.

After Hiranyaksha was killed by Varahadev, Hiranyakashipu became furious and with a desire to take revenge for his brother’s death and to kill Vishnu, he proceeded to the mountains to perform severe austerities and gain the benediction of immorality so that he may defeat Vishnu. While he was performing severe austerities by not eating or drinking anything and his entire body was eaten by ants, Indra kidnapped Kayadhu, the wife of Hiranyakashipu, with the intention to kill the child within her womb, thinking him to become a threat to the demigods when he would grow up, but Narad muni after convincing indra about how great a devotee the son of hiranyakashipu would be, he took kayadhu to his ashram, where he instructed prahlad, while still in his mother’s womb, about the science of Krishna consciousness. Being thus instructed by Narad, Prahlad maharaj, when sent to school by his father, started preaching to his friends about bhakti and transformed all the demoniac children in to devotees. He gave them the instruction of nava vidha bhakti, which are the nine prominent kinds of bhakti out of the sixty four angas of bhakti mentioned in the shastras.

sri-prahlada uvaca
sravanam kirtanam visnoh
smaranam pada-sevanam
arcanam vandanam dasyam
sakhyam atma-nivedanam

iti pumsarpita visnau
bhaktis cen nava-laksana
kriyeta bhagavaty addha
tan manye ‘dhitam uttamam
(Srimad-Bhagavatam, 7.5.23-24)

[“Hearing and chanting about the transcendental holy name, form, qualities, paraphernalia and pastimes of Lord Visnu, remembering them, serving the lotus feet of the Lord, offering the Lord respectful worship with sixteen types of paraphernalia, offering prayers to the Lord, becoming His servant, considering the Lord one’s best friend, and surrendering everything unto Him (in other words, serving Him with the body, mind and words) – these nine processes are accepted as pure devotional service. One who has dedicated his life to the service of Krsna through these nine methods should be understood to be the most learned person, for he has acquired complete knowledge.”]

When, however, Hiranyakashipu realized the devotion that Prahlad had for the Supreme Personality of Godhead and he was informed that Prahlad was imparting that knowledge and devotion unto other students as well, he was infuriated, and deciding to kill his very own son, he tried to harm Prahalad maharaj in various ways, like throwing him of a mountain cliff, trying to burn him by putting him on the lap of his sister Holika in the midst of a blazing fire, dipping him in boiling hot oil and many more cruel tactics of torture to kill him. Enraged by the fact that none of his endeavors were harming Prahlad in the least, he demanded to know the source of his strength because of which he was being protected, in answer to which Prahlad maharaj started glorifying Lord Vishnu. Upon hearing the glories of Vishnu from his son, Hiranyakashipu asked him about the whereabouts of the Lord and Prahlad told him that the Supreme Personality is omnipresent and is therefore present in every part of this universe. Envious as he was of the Lord, he immediately struck a pillar with his fist after Prahlad had confirmed that the lord would be present there too, and out came Lord Narasimha dev, the lord’s half lion, half man incarnation, which was so ferocious in his appearance that Hiranyakashipu could understand, his death was now certain. Yet he fought with the Lord, and Narasimhadev, without transgressing the benediction that Hiranyakashipu had received from Brahma, tore open his body and killed him, thus giving pleasure to the entire universe, which had been suffering due to the atrocities of the demon.  

After the anger of the Lord had been pacified by the prayers of his dear devotee Prahlad, being desirous to bestow upon Prahlad a boon, he asked him to ask for anything that he may desire. Being a great Vaishnava, Prahlad maharaj prayed to the lord for the welfare of all the conditioned souls, upon which the Lord proclaimed that anyone who would hear the description of the story of Prahlad Narasimha would be quickly liberated and would not have to suffer in this material world. On this auspicious occasion we too implore the Lord to bestow his mercy upon us, so that being freed from all obstacles on the path of bhakti we may make rapid advancement in spiritual life and go back home back to godhead.

In Iskcon Vrindavan, the festival of the appearance day of lord Narasimha dev is observed by all the devotees by keeping a fast for the pleasure of the Lord till dusk. The Deities are offered a new night dress, which the devotees can see in the Mangal arati darshan. In the morning all the devotees engage in glorifying the Lord’s pastimes and in the evening all the devotees assemble for the abhishek ceremony of the lord accompanied by uproarious kirtan. After being bathed, Lord Narasimha dev and all the deities are offered an elaborate offering prepared by the devotees who had been engaging themselves in cooking for the Lord the entire day. After the offering and evening arati, all the devotees honor ekadashi prashad to their full satisfaction.

tava kara-kamala-vare nakham adbhuta-śṛńgaḿ

dalita-hiraṇyakaśipu-tanu-bhṛńgam

keśava dhṛta-narahari-rūpa jaya jagadīśa hare

O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of half-man, half-lionl All glories to You! Just as one can easily crush a wasp between one’s fingernails, so in the same way the body of the wasp like demon Hiranyakasipu has been ripped apart by the wonderful pointed nails on Your beautiful lotus hands.