A Vision unfolding – Establishment of the Academy of Vedic Sciences – South Africa

What is Vedic Astrology

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This article is basically a guide to Vedic Astrology. It will explain in simple terms what Vedic astrology is and what it can do for you.

ASTROWORLD CELEBRATES 40 YEARS

A horoscope in your hands is a map of destiny. The secrets that it contains can be revealed only by a Vedic Astrologer. One can choose to either consult with a teacher or a cheater and it is very difficult to know the difference until and unless one sees the difference in one’s life after carrying out the recommended remedial measures. Astroworld celebrates 40 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Nation. The institution has compiled readings for High Court Judges and lawyers, Heads of the state, Film stars, architect and engineers, doctors and well educated people all over the world. Hundreds of people are now leading happier and better lives by following the guidelines given to them by the renowned and acclaimed Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh. (AIFAS, Gold Medalist – Akhil Bhartiya Saraswati Jyotish Manch – India)

A VISION UNFOLDING

As a joint venture to mark the occasion of the 40th year celebration the All India Federation of Astrologers Society is contemplating to launch the long awaited Academy of Vedic Sciences – South Africa. Any person who has successfully completed grade 12 will qualify to enrol for courses in the three major Vedic Sciences namely Jyotish Astrology, Ayurveda and Vaastu Shastra. After graduating they will be allowed to practise. Moves are well afoot to have these qualifications registered with SAQA. A team of highly qualified lecturers are soon to arrive on the shores of the country.

WHAT IS VEDIC ASTROLOGY

Now you may be wondering “What is Vedic Astrology ?” You probably have heard of astrology – who hasn’t ? Most people know what their Sun sign is in Western Astrology, but very few know about Vedic Astrology, the subject of this report. Even people who have only the slightest smattering of knowledge about astrology want to know what is Vedic Astrology and how it differs from the Western Astrology that they are accustomed to. To answer these questions I would first like to very briefly explain a little about Vedic Astrology and how it is different from its Western cousin.

VEDIC VERSUS WESTERN ASTROLOGY

The Vedas are the oldest scriptures known to exist, being well over 5,000 years old. The vast ocean of Vedic knowledge encompasses both material and spiritual knowledge; it is perfect knowledge that was revealed by Sri Krsna (The Godhead) to the Rishis, the sages of Vedic culture. Astrology is part of the Vedic literature, and has been preserved and handed down in the guru-parampara, the chain of apostolic succession, since time immemorial. Vedic Astrology is the original form of astrology that existed thousands of years ago in what is now known as the Indian subcontinent. It gradually spread by diffusion into other cultures such as the Babylonian, Persian, Greek, Chinese, etc. The major differences between Vedic Astrology and modern Western Astrology are threefold:

First of all, Vedic Astrology is technically termed a sidereal system whereas Western Astrology is tropical. What this essentially means is that up in the sky there are stars which make up the various constellations of the Zodiac such as Virgo, Aquarius, etc. Vedic Astrology is based upon the actual stellar constellations (sidereal), whereas Western Astrology is based on a fictitious zodiac that slowly moves backwards in space as a function of time (“tropic” in Latin means “to turn”). These definitions can be found in any good dictionary. As of this writing (October, 1993), the beginning of the Western imaginary zodiac–their first point of Aries–is at 6.25 degrees of the constellation Pisces. This is called the Age of Pisces in Western Astrology. This first point will move in a retrograde (backward) motion at a rate of about 1 degree per 72 years until it enters into the constellation of Aquarius. That will be the beginning of the famous Age of Aquarius that we have all heard about. At the rate of motion of 72 years/degree X 6.25 degrees, it will take 450 years before the so-called Age of Aquarius takes place. Out of ignorance of astronomy, the New Age community has “jumped the gun” by almost half a millennia in declaring that we are already in the Age of Aquarius.

Secondly, as already mentioned, Vedic Astrology is based on a very old, unbroken tradition since time immemorial whereas Western Astrology has had a very checkered history. Astrology virtually disappeared in the West during the Dark Ages (circa 500-1000AD); it resurfaced during the Renaissance, only to fall out of favour during the so-called Age of Reason. In fact, it totally disappeared from the European continent until the late 19th century. It had been kept barely alive in England during that time. Western Astrology as we know it today (in its modern form) has existed for only about 130 years since it began a resurgence in the late 19th century. The point is that the Vedic tradition is very strong and vibrant, with the heritage of many millennia of accumulated knowledge, whereas Western Astrology does not have the advantage of an unbroken tradition.

Thirdly, Vedic astrology, being an appendix to the Vedas, is thoroughly steeped in Vedic thought and philosophy. This means that the serious practitioner of the science must have earnestly assimilated the Vedic philosophy and lived the life of a Vedic Brahmana, with all its attendant spiritual practices. By contrast, modern Western astrology is a reflection of permissive Western culture, in which “anything goes.” Western astrology has no real or consistent philosophical basis; what passes for a basis is watered down, distorted, third-hand Vedic philosophy. The Western Astrologer has (in comparison to the Vedic Astrologer) no philosophical training, nor does he know what it means to follow a spiritual discipline. The combined effect of genuine philosophical knowledge coupled with an authentic spiritual lifestyle cannot be overestimated when it comes to developing the divine vision and ability that is so necessary for enabling an astrologer to properly guide others.

Most of those who practice so called Vedic astrology without the real know how of the workings of the planets are ignorant of Vedic culture and philosophy and are in the same boat as Western astrologers. This has become so evident in the “so called astrologers” that come from India and set up practises to earn and boost their coffers but are not able to assist people to solve the complicated problems of life. People who consult with them find that they end up with Astroworld and in a jiffy their problems completely disappear because the readings are perfect and the remedial measures are simple and produce the desired results.

I have hardly done justice to the subject of comparing and contrasting Vedic and Western Astrology, but hopefully what I have said will give the reader an inkling of the differences. These are not just technical differences but depend on an entirely different worldview. Now that we have completed our digression, let’s return to the main objective of this post.

The birth-map, or horoscope, is a symbolic representation of the Earth, planets, and stars at the time of one’s birth. It is a divine language, a mystic cryptogram by which God has communicated what a person’s destiny will be, knowing which a wise person will exercise his free will to optimize the result.

FATE FREE WILL AND VEDIC ASTROLOGY

The viewpoint of Vedic Astrology is that life is an interplay of both fate and free will–fate being the reaction to our previous exercise of free will. In our lives we are often faced with choices presented to us by our environmental circumstances. We have the freedom to chose “a” or “b,” but once that decision is made we must accept the reaction to our choice. The reaction may be immediate, or it may be delayed by thousands of lifetimes. In any case, the reaction, pleasant or unpleasant, will come at the appointed time determined by higher authorities. As Canakya Pandita says,

“Just as a calf can find its mother in a herd of 10,000 cows, in the same way your [re]actions will find you.”

The reactions to life’s actions are inescapable by everyone except those who are completely devoted to God (via Bhakti-yoga). When a karmic reaction ripens and fructifies it creates a new situation, a new environment that presents us with more choices upon which to exercise our free will. Thus, life is an interplay of both fate and free will as previously stated.

Let’s consider an example of how this works. Suppose someone is born into a poor family because of his bad karma from a previous lifetime and so is raised in a ghetto beset with crime and poverty. Let us say, hypothetically, that he has two choices. He can blame society for the evils he faces and thus try to victimize society by taking to a life of crime to acquire wealth; or he can take responsibility for his situation and try to better himself by education and honest endeavour. Suppose he chooses the first option of crime and robs several establishments. Eventually he will get caught (if not killed first) and sent to jail, a natural reaction for his criminal behaviour. But even while in jail he still has options, though more limited than those of a free man. He can choose to be a hardened criminal or to be a model prisoner and reform himself. Each choice will have a reaction. Thus we can see that life is an intricate interplay of fate (karma) and free will.

Jyotish allows one to determine the Karma of the previous life and offers a system where one is able to soften the blow of the Karma and lead a better and happier life.

 

Allah / Jehova / Buddha and Krishna are the same

How to understand our Vedas?

We are living in kali yuga. Kali yuga means the age of quarrel and hypocrisy. The reason for these quarrel and problems is man losing his good qualities like mercy, honesty, purity and discipline. If there is no mercy to any living entity, people start eating meat. If there is no discipline or regulation in mind and body, they start taking intoxicants. If there is no truth, gambling is performed or wealth is earned by wrong means. If there is no purity in mind and body, illicit sex is done. These have been described 5000 years ago by the sage Vedavyasa in the Vedic literature. Sanatana Dharma, Buddha dharma and other religions clearly instruct us not to eat non-vegetarian. Science also tells that this gives way a lot of diseases. Television and cinema more often show things breaking the above mentioned 4 regulative principles. Women are being embarrassed in the name of attractiveness. Watching movies and television is wasting money and time. Mind also becomes distracted to a wrong path. For example, If we go out with our parents and see a boy and girl doing intimate activities, we will be very upset in mind. But in TVs and movies they show this in a very bad way. We give money, mind, intelligence, time for this and waste everything.

The principles said before make us free from sin. An intelligent person understands this and follows as per the vedic directions. Less intelligent, people challenging the Vedas and try to live whimsically are compared to animals. In kali yuga, people having a desire to do sinful actions, do not have faith in vedic scriptures and Spiritual masters. Parents try to make their children as a doctor, engineer, lawyer or any rich person. In this, anyone may become true or does not happen. But, one thing is there, present, and can’t be denied happening. That is death. Scriptures tell what the person becomes after death. We try so much for things which may or may not happen. After knowing that death is sure and to know more we have to read scriptures like Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavatam. The one who created this universe can only be one. There are not many Gods. Here, the presence of many religions may cause confusion, but, all speak about the one God only. The only difference between man and animal is that a man can have devotion to God and lead a regulated life. But, nowadays, man is becoming animalistic. In the Bible, Youvan 3.12, Jesus Christ says, “In this stage, you do not believe things which I say according to this world, so if I tell about spiritual matters, will you believe?”

Innumerable spiritual topics are given in Sanatana dharma (Vedic religion). Sanatana Dharma is called Hinduism. Bible, Quran and many scriptures proclaim God to be light and many worship accordingly. But God is complete (without any imperfections) so a formless stage will become an imperfection in God. Bhagavata Purana says God appears in three categories: Brahman, Paramatma and Bhagavan. The bright effulgence coming out from Krsna’s transcendental body is Brahman; this is worshipped by many people in their different religions. Vishnu, paramatma present with each soul inside and outside and in complete as the supreme personality of God as Bhagavan Sri Krsna. Bhagavan indicates Krsna only. This is said in Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavatam and many Vedic scriptures. Krsna himself says that there is one God and He is that God. This is also mentioned in Bible and Quran. The names Krsna, Allah and Buddha all indicate one person only. Sun cannot become different or many by calling it in different names in different parts of the world. In the same way, all scriptures talk only about Krsna.

The Holy Bible contains the scriptures of the Hebrews and the instructions of Jesus Christ. Then God’s instructions to Prophet Mohammed was made as Al Quran. In the Quran, Jesus Christ has been described as the messenger of God in the name of “IshaNabi”. Jesus Christ, Prophet Mohammed and Buddha are all described before in the Mahabhavisyad purana. Prophet Mohammed has been described in two places in Atharva veda. Jesus Christ has told himself to be the son of God. Buddha was mentioned in Padma purana, vishnu purana and Bhagavata puranas. Also, the appearance of great Acharyas like Ramanujacarya, Madhvacarya, Nimbarka and Vishnu swami Who established Krsna alone to be the Supreme God were mentioned in the Padma purana. All scriptures like Bible, Quran declare God to be present in the Spiritual World. Krsna is called the Supreme Personality and Supreme Father in different scriptures. Krsna declares that He is to be known from all Vedas and the origin of everything that exists. He is the seed giving father and the whole material nature is working under His supervision. Bible and Quran also tell the same thing of God.

Some examples are given to prove God is not formless in the Judaist scriptures, Bible, Quran etc.. For example, Supreme Father in the Spiritual World is called Jehovah in the Bible and there are similarities between Jehovah and Lord Vishnu. His form is described as follows: He rides in a bird(Garuda), uses fire to destroy evil(Sudarsanchakra), has a stick and strong thick conch(club and flute), also wears a splendid crown that represents incomprehensible reality. He appears like a blazing fire and His voice will sound like thunder. It is said that the Lord showed Moses his backside and not his front side. God definitely has a form which is not material, but fully spiritual. To see God in material vision, deity worship was established.

This material world was created by God when we souls wanted to live whimsically out of false ego. Brahma Vaivarta purana and Padma purana describe these 14 planetary systems and 84 lakh species of life to be the God’s creation and as a material prison. There are 9 lakh species of living entities in water, 20 lakh species of flora, 11 lakh species of insects, 10 lakh species of birds, 30 lakh species of animals and 4 lakh species of human beings. Here, people who are fond of consuming meat are born as lions, tigers; people who like to be naked are born as trees and people who are lusty are born as dogs and hogs.

We get a birth in the 14 planetary systems according to our pious and sinful activities. For our pious activities, we get a birth in bhur, bhuva, svarga, mahar, Jana, Tapa and Satya lokas or planets. And for sinful activities, we get birth in atala, vitala, sutala, mahatala, rasatala, tasatala and patala lokas which are 7 hellish planets. Above all these 14 planetary systems is Kailash, the abode of Shiva. And above all these are the eternal, blissful spiritual worlds. These spiritual worlds have innumerable forms of Vishnu and therefore there are innumerable vaikuntha planets here. But, above all these is the Supreme Abode of Lord Krsna called Goloka Vrindavana. By attaining these spiritual planets, one does not need to take birth again in these miserable material worlds.

Satya yuga extends for 1728000 years, treta yuga lasts for 1296000 years, dwapara yuga contains 864000 years and kali yuga has 432000 years. Totaling these four yugas, there is 43,20,000 years. By multiplying these years by 1000, we get one day of Brahma. The same duration is his night time. In this way, Brahma lives for 100 years. From Brahma’s point of view, we take birth and die in a second as for us a bacteria appears momentarily, grows up, produces by-products, dwindles and dies. This is same for all living beings. In Kali Yuga, people are searching for happiness and peace but without knowing the right path. Without controlling the mind and senses there is no peace or happiness. To keep these under control, we must chant the holy names of Krsna. If we follow Bhagavad Gita and srimad Bhagavatam, then there is no need for separate Endeavour to escape from the dangers of kali yuga.

Especially, in kali yuga, the Maha Mantra is
“HARE KRSNA HARE KRSNA KRSNA KRSNA HARE HARE;HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE”.
Chant this mantra 108 times daily.

The more we chant this mantra 108 times, the more peace and blissful we will feel. The above given essay may contradict our personal thoughts and ideas because we may have read many books other than bonafide scriptures and that is the major cause of confusion and nothing else.

Hence, by studying only the scriptures written by Srila Veda Vyasa we will soon realize that we are Lord Krsna’s eternal servants in the Sanatana dharma.

Happy Fathers Day

For Your Father

  1. Dad. You have given me the best things in life: Your time, your care, and your love. I am truly grateful to have you in my life. Happy Father’s Day!
  2. Thanks for acting like a kid when I was a kid, acting like a friend when I needed a friend, and acting like a parent when I needed one. You are the best man I know. Happy Father’s Day
  3. Dad. Although time and distance may separate us, your guidance, advice, and love has stuck with me through it all. I would not be who I am today without you. Enjoy your special day.
  4. The older I get the more I realize how important it is to have a dad like you. You have provided stability in my life and the love and acceptance I needed. Happy Father’s Day!
  5. Happy Father’s Day to my hero and role model. Thank you for everything you have done for our family. We love you with all our hearts.

Continue reading Happy Fathers Day

Money – Krishna and us

Sri Sukadeva Goswami said, “Money does not stay in one place. It passes from one hand to another. Ultimately no one can enjoy money, and it remains the property of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.14.24) Money is God’s energy. He created it, He owns it, and He controls it: “Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord.” (Ishopanishad 1). Continue reading Money – Krishna and us

Peanut Curry

PEANUT CURRY

Ingredients: 1-2 cups finely ground, roasted peanuts 2 green chilies tamarind to taste, ghee (clarified butter) 3-4 cups water

For paste: cumin seeds coriander fresh coconut 2 sticks of cinnamon 2 cloves jaggery salt to taste

What you do: Boil water, add ground peanuts and ground paste of cumin seeds, green chilies, cloves, cinnamon, salt and jaggery .Add  tamarind pulp to it according to taste. After the curry is well cooked, garnish with coriander leaves and coconut.

Nrisimha Jayanthi – Friday 20th May

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One of the most awe-inspiring of Lord Krishna’s forms is Sri Nrisimhadeva, His half-man, half-lion incarnation. Lord Nrisimha descended to protect His devotee Sri Prahlada Maharaja from the atheistic king Hiranyakashipu, Prahlada’s father.

Sri Narasimha Jayanti is the appearance day of Lord Narasimha. Hiranyakashipu received a special benediction from Lord Brahma that he could not be killed by any human being, demigod or animal or any other entities; he could not be killed by any kind of weapons, neither during day nor night. So, the Lord appeared in half-man half-lion form and killed him with His nails at twilight, thus satisfying all the conditions.

Narasimhadeva appeared at dusk on the Shukla Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the bright fortnight) in the month of Vaishakha (May). Devotees fast till dusk 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 adharam and to follow the path of dharam. Dharam is to perform correct deeds and not harm anyone either by thoughts, words or deeds.

Rituals of the day

  • Special puja is performed on this day with the deity or picture of Lord Narsimha and Ma 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 Lord as this pleases Him greatly. The puja ceremony should be done with friends and relatives offering items like flowers, sweets, kumkum, kesar and coconut.
  • Fast on this day starts with sunrise and continues until the next day’s sunrise. One can take prashad during 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 clothing and food to the poor on this day.

Fasting on Narsimha Jayanti is said to relieve all problems of devotees. Try to meditate and recite mantras in isolation for better results and chant the maha mantra congregationally.

Sri Nrisimha Pranama namas te narasimhaya prahladahlada-dayine hiranyakasipor vakshahsila- tanka-nakhalaye I offer my obeisances to Lord Narasimha who gives joy to Prahlada Maharaja and whose nails are like chisels on the stone like chest of the demon Hiranyakasipu. ito nrisimhah parato nrisimho yato yato yami tato nrisimhah bahir nrisimho hridaye nrisimho nrisimham adim saranam prapadye Lord Nrisimha is here and also there. Wherever I go Lord Nrisimha is there. He is in the heart and is outside as well. I surrender to Lord Nrisimha, the origin of all things and the supreme refuge. tava kara-kamala-vare nakham adbhuta-sringam dalita-hiranyakasipu-tanu-bhringam kesava dhrita-narahari-rupa jaya jagadisa hare O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of half-man, half-lion! 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 wasplike demon Hiranyakasipu has been ripped apart by the wonderful pointed nails on Your beautiful lotus hands.

The Boy Saint Prahlada

Sri Prahlada Maharaja was a devotee of Lord Krishna from birth, having acquired knowledge of devotional service in the womb. Once, during the absence of Hiranyakashipu, his enemies the demigods, servants of the Supreme Lord responsible for universal management, kidnapped his wife to kill her embryo. They feared that the embryo might later develop into another terrible enemy. Srila Narada Muni rescued the mother and child after convincing the demigods that the boy to be born was an exalted devotee of Lord Krishna.

While still in the womb during his mother’s stay at Narada Muni’s ashram, Prahlada overheard Narada’s transcendental discussions on the glories of the Lord and became fearless, fully surrendered to the infallible shelter of Lord Krishna. Later, though only a child of five years, he had firm faith in the Lord’s protection and invoked this same pure devotion to the Lord in the hearts of his schoolmates at the atheistic school of Sukracharya, the guru of the daityas, or atheistic descendents of Diti. Enraged at his son’s undeviating devotion to his worst enemy—Lord Vishnu, the four-handed form of Lord Krishna—Hiranyakashipu sentenced Prahlada to death. Hiranyakashipu’s henchmen tried everything to kill Prahlada. He was starved, poisoned, cursed by spells, beaten by fiends, stomped by elephants, encaged among virulent pythons, hurled from mountain peaks, and attacked with stones, fires, and blizzards. Despite all of Hiranyakashipu’s attempts, Prahlada remained untouched, and the evil king’s anger grew.

Hiranyakashipu’s Plans to Become God

Hiranyakashipu’s enmity toward Lord Vishnu had begun when the Lord in His form as a giant boar had slain Hiranyakashipu’s twin brother, Hiranyaksha, who had upset the earth’s equilibrium by greedily mining for gold. Upon the death of his brother, Hiranyakashipu had charged Lord Vishnu with partiality toward the demigods: “The Supreme Personality of Godhead has given up His natural tendency of equality toward the demons and demigods. Although He is the Supreme Person, now, influenced by maya [illusion], He has assumed the form of a boar to please His devotees, the demigods, just as a restless child leans toward someone.”

Factually the Lord is never partial to anyone: samo ‘ham sarva-bhuteshu na me dveshyo ‘sti na priyah (Bhagavad-Gita 9.29). He simply reciprocates with every living entity in accordance with the living entities’ desires. Lord Sri Krishna instructs in the Bhagavad-gita (5.11):

ye yatha mam prapadyante tams tathaiva bhajamy aham mama vartmanuvartante manushyam partha sarvashah

“As all surrender unto Me, I reward them accordingly. Everyone follows My path in all respects, O son of Pritha.” Thus the Lord appears as death for the atheist and as the loving savior for His devotee. And He Himself is beyond any material affinity.

To take revenge for his brother’s death, the mighty daitya Hiranyakashipu vowed to satisfy his brother’s soul with Vishnu’s blood. In his quest for immortality and the power to defeat Vishnu, he performed humanly impossible penances through which he acquired boons from Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe. Hiranyakashipu thought he could become God by his own austerity and penance. He foolishly concluded that since Lord Vishnu was favoring the demigods, He must also be an ordinary conditioned living entity (influenced by partiality and hatred) who became God by austerities. This mentality is characteristic of Mayavadi philosophers, who maintain that every soul is God deluded by maya and that once the illusion is dispelled, the soul once again realizes its identity with God. This theory, however, is unacceptable when we consider the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Krishna’s supremacy, as He states in the Bhagavad-gita (9.11):

mayadhyakshena prakritih suyate sa-caracaram hetunanena kaunteya jagad viparivartate

“This material nature, which is one of My energies, is working under My direction, O son of Kunti, producing all moving and nonmoving beings. Under its rule this manifestation is created and annihilated again and again.” The material energy, maya, is one of the many potencies of the Supreme Lord. Since maya is completely submissive to the Lord, there is no possibility of the Supreme Absolute Lord being overpowered by its influence. The living entities, however, being minute parts of the Lord, can be deluded. The Mayavada theory that after liberation the soul merges with God is refuted in the Bhagavad-gita ( 15.7, 2.12), where Krishna declares all jiva souls to be His parts eternally, remaining always distinct individuals.

The Mayavadis also assert that the highest conception of God is of the transcendental, impersonal, and all-pervading nirguna-brahma (Absolute Truth devoid of quality, attribute, or form), which assumes a material conditioned body like ours whenever it descends to this world. Thus for the Mayavadis, Lord Vishnu or Lord Krishna are saguna-brahma, Brahman with attributes and form, which to them means material illusory entanglement, for they just cannot imagine transcendence with qualities and form.

Frustrated with the suffering caused by the material body, the impersonalist philosophers conceive of transcendence and liberation as free from qualities and attributes. The Lord, however, clearly defies this notion:

avyaktam vyaktim apannah manyante mam abuddhayah param bhavam ajananto mamavyayam anuttamam

“Unintelligent men, who do not know Me perfectly, think that I, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, was impersonal before and have now assumed this personality. Due to their small knowledge, they do not know My higher nature, which is imperishable and supreme.” ( Bhagavad-Gita 7.24) Thus from the Bhagavad-gita we learn that Lord Krishna never worked to achieve Godhood. He is eternally the Supreme Absolute Truth, and the individual souls are eternally His parts.

Nrisimhadeva Kills Hiranyakashipu

Just as the Mayavadis maintain the false theory that by enough penance a soul can become God, Hiranyakashipu considered that he could achieve immortal dominance over all and vanquish Lord Vishnu with his own prowess. But Prahlada challenged his power.

The arrogant Hiranyakashipu cursed him and inquired, “Where do you obtain the power to defy my supremacy?”

“The source of my strength is Lord Vishnu,” replied the fearless Prahlada. “He is the source of everyone’s strength, including yours.”

To hear that his strength was the grace of Vishnu, his worst enemy, was the greatest insult for Hiranyakashipu, who challenged Prahlada, “O most unfortunate Prahlada, you have always described an all-pervading supreme controller beyond me. If He is everywhere, then why is He not present before me in this pillar? If he does not appear from this pillar, then today your head will be severed with my sword.”

With these words, Hiranyakashipu struck his fist at the pillar, from which emanated a sound that seemed to crack the covering of the universe.

To prove true the statement of His devotee Prahlada, the Supreme Lord appeared from the pillar in a form never seen before, a form neither man nor lion, the form of Sri Nrisimhadeva.

Though Hiranyakashipu looked like a moth entering a fire when he attacked Lord Nrisimha, he ridiculously thought he would be able to defeat the Lord just as he had conquered all his other enemies. Long before, when his brother had been slain, this same Hiranyakashipu had angrily rushed to the Lord’s residence with a trident. The Lord had then disappeared and entered Hiranyakashipu’s nostril. Unable to find the Him, Hiranyakashipu had considered that God was dead.

Now Hiranyakashipu confronted the Lord, who played with him as a cat plays with a mouse. When the sun began to set, Lord Nrisimha lifted Hiranyakashipu onto His lap and dug His nails into Hiranyakashipu’s torso.

The daitya cried out, “Alas, my chest, which is being ripped open by Nrisimhadeva at this moment, is the same chest that broke the tusks of Airavata, Indra’s elephant. It is the same chest that stayed free of scars despite being struck by Lord Shiva’s ax.” (Nrisimha Purana 44.30)

Nrisimhadeva ripped open the stonelike chest of Hiranyakashipu with His diamondlike nails. The Lord wore the intestines of the king as His victory garland, and to convince the demigods of Hiranyakashipu’s death, the Lord tore out the daitya’s heart. As another aspect of His divine play, the Lord was suddenly surprised to see that Hiranyakashipu’s body had disappeared. When He shook His hands, however, the torn pieces of Hiranyakashipu’s body fell out of His nails onto the ground. (Nrisimha Purana 44.32–35) From this we understand that Hiranyakashipu was an insignificant insect compared to the transcendental lion Lord Nrisimha. As Jayadeva Goswami confirms:

tava kara-kamala-vare nakham adbhuta-shringam dalita-hiranyakashipu-tanu-bhringam keshava dhrita-narahari-rupa jaya jagadisha hare

“O Keshava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of half man, half lion! 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 wasplike demon Hiranyakashipu has been ripped apart by the wonderful pointed nails on Your beautiful lotus hands.”

Lord Nrisimha destroyed Hiranyakashipu without violating the boons granted by Lord Brahma, who had blessed Hiranyakashipu to not be killed:

  • inside or outside any residence (the Lord killed him in the doorway)
  • during the day or night (the Lord killed him at twilight)
  • on the ground or in the sky (the Lord killed him on His own lap)
  • by any human being or animal (Lord Nrisimha is half man, half lion)
  • by any demigod, demon, or great snake (the Lord is beyond any of these categories)
  • by any weapon or any entity, living or nonliving (Lord Nrisimha pierced the daitya with his nails, which are not considered weapons and are neither living nor dead)

Finally, Hiranyakashipu was not be killed by any living being created by Brahma or not created by Brahma. Hiranyakashipu was cautious to ensure that he would also not be killed by Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva, and Lord Vishnu, the three presiding deities of the universe (the only three living entities within the universe not created by Brahma). Lord Nrisimha is a lila-avatara, or pastime incarnation of Lord Krishna, and is not of the category of Brahma, Shiva, or Vishnu, who are the three guna-avataras, or deities in charge of the three modes of material nature.

Hiranyakashipu, the universal tyrant, wished to reverse the system of piety. He wanted the impious to be rewarded and the pious to be punished. Thus upon the death of Hiranyakashipu, all the demigods and inhabitants of various planets offered their prayers to Lord Nrisimha, expressing their gratitude for the Lord’s slaying the daitya, who had usurped all their riches, wives, and shares of sacrificial offerings. Only Prahlada Maharaja, however, could pacify with loving prayers the transcendental wrath of Lord Nrisimha, who is prepared to even appear as half-man, half-lion for the sake of His pure devotees.

Lord Nrisimha was overjoyed upon beholding the firm faith of Prahlada, and He repeatedly requested him to ask for a boon. But the utmost compassionate Prahlada, who was more concerned for the welfare of others, only requested the Lord to liberate his demoniac father. The Supreme Lord guaranteed the liberation of twenty-one generations of Prahlada’s dynasty.

 

Predictions of Kaliyuga – Thieves will become kings and rulers

Ancient Vedic Predictions And Prophecies and the destruction of the earth planet

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Some of these ancient texts actually predicted the conditions which now exist in the Twilight of the Kali Yuga. Remember, these are predictions! The ancients who bothered to write these prophecies down did so because they considered them to be abnormal, unheard-of, and outrageous yet we see them unfolding as the clock ticks forward.   It is for this reason that one should seriously consider getting out of the vicious cycle of birth, old age, disease and repeated death and return back, home back to Godhead or be born again on this planet and experience further suffering as the age of Kaliyuga becomes more degraded.

THE PREDICTIONS 

Thieves will become kings and leaders of the nations, and kings and leaders will be the thieves.

Rulers will confiscate property and use it badly.

They will cease to protect the people.

Base men who have gained a certain amount of learning (without having the virtues necessary for its use) will be esteemed as sages who will attract large followings only for the sake of amassing wealth for personal gain.

The government will promote and grant licences for the promotion of the four vices of meat eating, gambling, alcohol drugs and prostitution yet superficially fight a losing battle of their ill effects upon society. One one hand they will set up departments to speak of the ill effects and consequences and on the other they will promote them.

The Brahaman will act and behave like a Shudra by consuming meat and alcohol while the Shudra will study the holy scriptures, chant the holy names of the Lord and spread this all over the world.

There will be many displaced persons, wandering from one country to another.

Predatory animals will be more violent.

Fetuses will be killed in the wombs of their mothers and consumed as food.

People will prefer to choose false ideas.

No one will be able to trust anyone else.

People will be envious.

There will be many children born whose life expectancy is no more than 16 years.

People suffering from hunger and fear will take refuge in “underground shelters.”

Young girls will do trade in their virginity.

The God of clouds will be inconsistent in the distribution of the rains.

Shopkeepers will run dishonest businesses.

There will be many beggars and unemployed people.

Everyone will use hard and vulgar language. Man will lose his divine qualities of kindness.

Men will devote themselves to earning money; the richest will hold power.

The rich will hold high positions in state and religious institutions but not have the qualities to lead and guide their followers.  The poor will be used for their own benefit.

The state leaders will no longer protect the people but, through taxes, will appropriate all wealth. The rich will become richer and the poor will become poorer.

Water will be lacking.

The sun will eventually become 12 times hotter than it is now.  Monies will be wasted by the state to find solutions of global warming instead of helping those that are in need.

Alcohol and drugs will be more easily available than staple food

Property will be taken away from hard working farmers and become dry and derelict resulting in the non production of grain

Man will live in fear and forget the real mood of happiness

A father will give the hand of his daughter not with his earnings with income that has been earned by herself but by his daughter.

A son will usurp the home of his father and make his parents homeless

Parent will become afraid of their children and not be in a position to guide nor give them instructions

The killing of harmless animals and to consume their flesh will become part of the daily life of persons who call themselves human beings. Man will become totally animalistic in his attributes and consider killing to be normal.

 

The End of the World

From the Sanskrit Puranas and the Mahabharata

The Srimad Bhagvatam comprises of 18 000 verses and is known as the essence of all Vedic Literature. It offers precise information of the creation and the dissolution of the universes. Whatever has been written of the past happenings have already unfolded precisely.

The following is an account of what is to unfold at the end of the next Kalpa.

At the end of each Kalpa

There are three kinds of what we call the “end of the world” (paralaya): the first induced (naimittka); the second natural (prakrita); the third immediate (atyantika). Induced destruction (which concerns all living beings on earth) takes place at the end of each Kalpa [cycle of the Yuga(s)]. It is called either accidental or induced (naimittka).

Natural destruction (prakritka) is that which concerns the whole universe. It takes place when the divine dream which is the end of the world. Matter, space, and time then cease to exist. It takes place at the end of time (parardha). [Vishnu Purana 1.3.1-3]

The third destruction, called immediate (atayantika), refers to the liberation (moksha) of the individual for whom the visible world ceases to exist. Immediate destruction therefore concerns the individual, induced destruction all living species on earth, and natural destruction the end of the universe.

Accidental or induced destruction (Naimittika Pralaya)

To put an end to the disastrous and unplanned increase in the number of living beings.

What is called accidental or provoked destruction (of living species) (naimittika) takes place at the end of…the cycle of Yugas. Therefore it concerns the human species. It takes place when the creator can no longer finds any remedy apart from a total destruction of the world to put an end to the disastrous and unplanned increase in the number of living beings. [Mahabharata 12.248.13-17]

This destruction will start with an underwater explosion called Vadava, the mare, which will take place in the southern ocean.

“It will be proceeded by a hundred year drought during which the people who are not robust will perish. The seas, the rivers, the mountain streams, and the underground streams will be drained.

The sun will continue to become 12 times hotter than it is now and will cause the seas to evaporate. Fed by this water, seven suns will form which will reduce the three worlds to ashes; the earth will become hard like a turtle’s shell. The underground serpent will burn the lower worlds A fire from the mouth of the underground serpent will burn the lower worlds, then the surface of the earth, and will set the atmosphere ablaze. This mass of fire will burn with a great noise. Surrounded by these circles of fire, all animate and inanimate objects will be destroyed.

The destroyer god will breathe enormous clouds, which will make a terrible noise.

A mass of clouds charged with energy, destroyer of all (sarvantaka), will appear in the sky like a herd of elephants. [Vishnu Purana 1.8.18-31]

When the moon is in the constellation of Pushya (Aquarius), invisible clouds called Pushkara (cloud of death) and Avarta (cloud without water, nirjala) will cover the earth. [Shiva Purana 5.1.48-50]

Immense clouds will darken the sky Some of these clouds will be black, others white like jasmine, others bronzed, others grey, others red, others blue like lapis or sapphire, others speckled, orangish, indigo. They will resemble towns or mountains. They will cover all the earth. These immense clouds, making a terrible noise, will darken the sky and will shower the earth in a rain of dust which will extinguish the terrible fire.

Then, by means of an interminable downpour, they will flood the whole earth with water. This torrential rain will swamp the earth for twelve years, and humanity will be destroyed. The whole world will be in darkness. The flood will last seven years and the earth will seem like an immense ocean. [Vishnu Purana 1.7.24-40]

Refuge in the extra planetary world of Mahar

When the dissolution of the world seems immanent, some people abandon the earth during the last days of the Kalpa and take refuge in the world of Mahar [the extraplanetary world] and from there will return to the world of life” (janaloka). [Linga Purana 1.4.39-40]

Seven humanities must again succeed each other on earth, and when the Golden Age reappears, seven sages will emerge to again teach the divine law to the few survivors of the four castes. [Shiva Purana 5.4.40-70]

Those few humans who survive the holocaust will be the progenitors of the future humanity

The world dissolves into the imperceptible The destruction of the world is implied in the very event of the creation and follows the reverse process in the thoughts of the Creator. When the force of expansion (tamas) and that of concentration (sattva) equalize, the tension (rajas), which is the primary cause, the substance (pradhana) of the universe, ceases to exist and the world dissolves into the imperceptible.

All vestiges of creation are destroyed; Pradhana and Purusha become idle. The earth, the atmosphere, the planetary and extraplanetary worlds disappear. Everything that exists is united into one single liquid mass, an ocean of fire in which the world dissolves. It is in this immense cosmic ocean (ekarnava) that the organizing principle, Bramha, sleeps until, at the end of the night, he awakens and, taking the form of a wild boar, raises a new world out of the waves. [Linga Purana 1.4.36-61]

The duration of the universe is expressed by a number having eighteen figures. When the end of time has come, the principle of smell (gandha tanmatra) disappears and, with it, solid matter. Everything becomes liquid.

All that remains is the vibration of space Then the principle of taste (rasa tanmatra) disappears and with it the liquid element. Everything becomes gaseous. Then the principle of touch (sparsha tanmatra) disappears and with it the gaseous element. Everything becomes fire. Then the principle of visibility disappears, all that remains is the vibration of space, which in turn fades.

Like a void of spherical shape All that remains is space like a void of spherical shape where only the vibratory principle exists. This vibration is reabsorbed in the “Principle of the Elements” (bhutadi), that is, the principle of identification or of individuality (ahamkara), which is part of the force of expansion (tamas), which itself dissolves into a great principle (mahat tattva), which is the principle of consciousness (buddhi).

The plan (purusha), indestructible, omnipresent, which is emanation of Being, returns to its origin. [Vishnu Purana 1.8.9]

The game (lila) of the birth and the disappearance of the worlds is an act of power of the Being who is beyond substance (pradhana) and beyond the plan (purusha), beyond the manifest (vyakta) and the unmanifest (avyakta), and beyond time (kala). The time of the Being has neither beginning nor end. That is why the birth, duration, and disappearance of the worlds never stops.

Apart from Being, nothing exists any longer At the time of the destruction neither day nor night, space or earth, darkness or light, nor anything else exists any longer, apart from Being, beyond the perceptions of the senses or thought. [Vishnu Purana 1.1.18-23]

Some of these ancient texts actually predicted the conditions which now exist in the Twilight of the Kali Yuga. Remember, these are predictions! The ancients who bothered to write these prophecies down did so because they considered them to be abnormal, unheard-of, and outrageous.

 

 

Role of Astrology in an Arranged Marriage

Role of Astrology in an Arranged Marriage

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Today not only Hindus believe in astrology but intelligent thinkers from all walks of life spread all over the world. The prospective couple’s horoscopes have to be analyzed and “suitably matched” for the marriage to take place. Hindu astrology, a system that originated in ancient India, was documented by sages in the Vedic scriptures. In fact we are not Hindu as this is an English word that was given to us by the British. The Vedas outlay in detail every aspect of how a man can lead a perfect way of life. The original name of this great culture is Sanathan Vedic Dharma and not Hinduism. The origin of arranged marriages in India and its dignified past hence comes from the amazing specificity of Vedic astrology. This is a scientific process through which one is able to determine the alignment of the various planets and ascertain what effect they have upon the individual. The independent horoscope readings for the prospective partners and the marriage compatibility chart will map out their exact nature and their likes and dislikes in life. Based upon this most perfect information the bona fide astrologer will be able to map out the exact happenings of the relationship.

 

Let us take the following persons for example. The reading is based upon their names, date, place and time of birth. The prediction will provide a precise direction that the couple can take heed of well before a marriage is entered into.

 

Their compatibility will be as follows :

Ismail and Amitha, your Life Path numbers are the most important numbers in your charts, and, as such, their compatibility is very important to the well-being of your relationship. This aspect of the chart reveals a combination that can be solid as a rock for a long time only to crash and burn in the blink of an eye. Stubborn, highly motivated, a self-starter and an unconventional individualist, Amitha is also adventurous and not afraid of trying new, even risky paths. Strongly driven, the number one doesn’t usually give a hoot about other people’s expectations. So, Amitha does whatever Amitha wants to do and will fight anyone and anything trying to get in the way. Ismail is no less gifted in the areas of persistence and ambition. However, the number four stands for everything that is sturdy, reliable, patient, responsible, conventional, detail-oriented and “doing things the way they should be done.” And this is precisely where some possibly dangerous pitfalls for this relationship lie.

 

 

From the aforementioned one can determine the importance of having a marriage compatibility reading done before planning the wedding. In this way the couple can make the necessary adjustments physically or put into place the required astrological remedial measures to avert future difficulties.

2016 Predictions

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2016 Predictions

2016 is one of the most important positions in the chronological vigesimal astrological cycle that started rolling in the year 2000. In the first place, it’s worth mentioning the interaction of Saturn and Jupiter, the two planets that are not particularly bright, but are known as “battle” planets. At this stage, their interaction occurs in a positive way, which, at the very least, excludes large-scale armed clashes. Apart from that, the duo of Saturn and Jupiter strengthens military alliances, and contributes to expanding the influence of humanistically-tuned organizations and alliances. On the individual level, the influence of these planets will, in general, make people a bit more persistent and ambitious, as well as improve their moral standing, all of which are especially important for such a challenging period. On a national level we can expect a lot more turmoil and strikes that can become violent and be self destructive without any benefit to the general populace.

In addition to Saturn in 2016, Jupiter will be closely interconnected with another “sister” planet, Neptune. It needs to be said that the previous time stage (2015) wasn’t perceived to have held many positive interactions between these planets. Indeed, they were in constant confrontation. Now the situation has taken a different turn and Jupiter and Neptune have become allies, which suggests one thing: there won’t be drastic climate changes in 2016, and only the existing trends will intensify their, in most cases slow, development. For every individual, such planetary position predicts that we will become better at mastering our emotions. It also predicts that there will be a significant drop in the number of conflicts caused by emotional tension. No one is excluded from the possibility of a nervous breakdown, but all things being equal, they will occur much less frequently. This is on a personal level when dealing with partnerships and relationships but on a national and political level I wish to reiterate what was mentioned in the former paragraph.

Jupiter and Pluto, whose interaction will reach their apotheosis in the July-August, intensify our senses. In addition, this duo will strengthen the struggle for power, and the people who have developed an egocentric position, will get, let’s say, into the danger zone. At this stage, only genuine altruism can help achieve the desired results with “minimal losses”. Any other mindset would be self-defeating, though it is fair to say that in each case the situation may develop individually, so do not “panic.” By and large, the influence of Jupiter and Pluto does not bring with it any negative trends; roughly speaking, this influence will be a catalyst for “bad” people, but for “good” ones it will be a beacon of light that will point out the need to mobilize their internal resources. Lets pray for the best as our country needs the change.The ruling party will be victories with a very big drop in its support, the DA will once again be the opposition with an increase in its support while the EFF will continue to grow with an increase in its membership from the younger generation of the populace. It will continue to be a thorn in the flesh to the ruling party.

The overriding point is that in 2016, there will be a total solar eclipse, which will take place on March 9th. In connection with this, the onset of the fall phase (roughly from March 1st to April 1st) will be characterized by a sudden drop in activity and labor productivity. You should not dread this phenomenon as it won’t bring about any large-scale consequences. Some might feel a bit under the weather, and some will be a little more irritable while others will feel no changes at all. A partial eclipse of the sun will occur on September 1st, 2016, and at this stage the aforementioned tendencies will hold true, though on a smaller scale. This eclipse will not only affect the date of September 1st, but it will also affect the whole time period from August 25th to September 10th.  This planetary setting does not bring any relief to the water shortage as the country will be gripped with further and longer periods of drought. In 2016 we expect two partial lunar eclipses on March 23rd and September 16th. It’s better not to stay at work late on these days, and at night it is better not be away from home. It doesn’t mean that dangerous events are bound to happen, but the risk of critical situations is much higher during this time. Be more careful and try to avoid conflict situations.

In general, the position of the moon in 2016 will be favourable, with the influence of our satellite being more prominent on full moon days (January 10th, February 8th, March 9th, and so on). On these days your performance levels will be increased, and you will frequently receive interesting news. One can expect deep seated conflict in Iran and Pakistan with great loss of life. Mercury’s retrograde position in 2016 will last from January 5th to January 26th; from April 28th to May 22nd; and from August 30th to September 22nd. It’s a good idea to avoid making large purchases and, in general, you should keep track of your finances.

You should not “invest” in large-scale projects as the odds won’t be in your favor.

But it is worth noting that in 2016 there will not be retrograde Venus periods. This means that the year of the Fire Monkey will be extremely successful in terms of personal relationships. It’s a good time to make new acquaintances, and to move to a new stage in your relationships. Blessed are those who decide to get married this year or have children. It is also worth bearing in mind that there will be a retrograde Mars motion from April 17th to June 30th, which will make this time period conflict-prone.

You need to understand that the conflict is always a motivation, it is an incentive, so to say, to express yourselves. That is why for many of us this period will be highly important, but not necessarily characterized in a negative way. India will continue to rise as the worlds next super power shining above any other country in the world especially in its own development and supplying the world with the much needed brain power.

On the other hand South Africa will continue to fall and import grain and other food supplies that were once in abundance in the country. In general, the astrological situation in 2016 will be characterized by total tranquility. We’ll have nothing in particular to fear. Nothing will hold back our development; the movement to the target. Given the position of the moon and sun and other celestial objects in the solar system, we can easily overcome the most unfavorable stages, if necessary, reducing activity levels or distancing ourselves from conflict situations. Of course, the horoscope will be unique for each sign. In fact, it always makes sense to consider shorter periods of time, the span of a month in particular. But anyway, in 2016 the stars will be in our favour.

Secret Mantra’s and their healing ability

Secrets Mantras and their healing ability

A few tried and tested mantra’s for specific purposes are provided for your benefit. The Vedas provide a complete answer to all problems and diseases under one roof.   Make use of the following guidelines and contact us for further information in this regards and also write to us with your comments and or results. Most people experience health problems as a result of an imbalance of their chakras. Well aligned chakras create a balance between the body, mind and soul. Let us assist you in this regards.

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PROCEDURE TO BE OBSERVED

Chant 20 x 108 of this mantra with utmost faith and devotion while you keep a glass of water in front of you. Drink the water after you have completed the chanting. This should be repeated daily for 30 days. Do contact us to have your chakra’s aligned and this should most certainly produce excellent results.

EYE DISEASE

ओम् अरुन् हएम् फुड् स्वहा //

Aruna mantra : Om Arun Haem phut swaha

You may also follow a procedure by doing Surya Darshan for 15 days. Look directly at the rising sun for 15 seconds on the first day. 14 seconds for the 2nd day, 13 for the next and continue to reduce the time by a second on each of the following days. In this way the sun will aid you to clear all eye infections.

Ear Infections

ओम् द्व्म् दुर्वसीनॊभयम् नमह् //

Om dwam dwarvasi nobhayam namah

This should be chanted 1008 times

Tetanus

ओम् य्म् धनुधरामभयम् नमह् //

Om yam dhanudharimabhayam namah

Throat cancer

ओम् चिम् चित्र्पडाभयम् नमह् //

Om chim chitrapdabhayam swaha //

Mental Illness

ओम् एय्म् उमादेबिभयम् नमह् //

Om um umadevbibhayam namah

Stammering

ओम् शम् सर्वमन्गव्याभयम् नमह् //

Om shum sarvamugvyabhayam namah

Advancement of Learning for children

Every student should have his or her chakra’s aligned immediately as this will allow them to study and absorb the knowledge. They will develop a natural ability to look and see and listen and hear which is lacking in most children in this day and age.

ओम् महेश्वरय् नमह् //

Om maheshvaraya namah