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Grand Conjunction and Gulikan

There was a grand conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the night sky on December 21, 2020. During such conjunctions, Jupiter and Saturn align on the same side of the Sun. Saturn and Jupiter are two of the largest massed planets in the solar system. Secondly, their combined gravitational pull impacts the location of the Sun. The combined gravitational pull of all planets impacts the Sun. Gulikan in the Vedic tradition is an abstract energy which can weigh against the combined force of the Sun, the Moon and the planets. What is Gulikan? Scientists have known for sometime that the gravitational center of the Solar system is not really at the center of the Sun. The gravitation center of the Solar system is the Barycenter. The Sun itself wobbles around this Barycenter. During Saturn-Jupiter conjunctions, the Sun moves the farthest from the Barycenter. Earlier in 2020, Scientists discovered a super-accurate way to determine the precise center of our solar system.

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Matrika Symbolism

Consonants are an important aspect of human speech. Certainly, we can not imagine a human language without consonants. The ancient Rishis revered the power of consonants through the symbolism of Matrikas. There are seven Matrikas one for each group of consonants. In summary, a consonant appears in a group according to the position of the tip of the tongue during pronunciation. There are five groups of five consonants and two groups of four consonants. Brahmi is the Matrika for the first group. She carries the energy of Brahma, the creator. The first consonant in the group is “Ka”. This alphabet belongs to Brahma per Vedic texts. In addition, the five alphabets in this group each represent a Bhuta or a gross element. Maheshwari rules the second group which starts with the Sanskrit alphabet “Cha”. The five letters in this group each represent the subtler counterparts of the gross elements. Matrika and Ego The Matrika for the group containing which “Ta”

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The Other Bose and Poisons

Indians consider Subash Chandra Bose to be Hero whose actions brought India its independence. However, they think that his sudden disappearance was not an accident. Besides they believe that vested interests conspired to take him out of the lime light. Another Bose who lived decades earlier may also have met a similar fate. Sadly, far fewer people remember this other Bose. Jagadeesh Chandra Bose was a brilliant scientist. He was the first to invent a wireless communication equipment. Marconi used his inventions a few years later and got a Nobel prize for it. Even less recognized is JC Bose’s pioneering work in the field of Poisons. Jagadeesh Chandra Bose was the first to quantitatively demonstrate the impact of poison on living cells and also on metals. He showed that metals can experience a shock when poison touches them.  Generally, metals are good conductors of electricity. Besides, during the time of JC Bose, measuring techniques were available to understand the conductivity

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Temple for an Alphabet

In Indian languages, there are long and a short sounding versions of vowels. Therefore the vowel “A” also has two versions. The alphabet “A”, in its short form, represents Shiva, per Siddhar texts. Indeed, Shiva is the universal being. Therefore, the long sounding equivalent of “a”, namely, “aa” represents the glory of the universal being. The short way to refer to “Atma” (the individual being) is by using the long sounding “a”. Interestingly, a unique temple for Shiva celebrates his role as a conglomerate of individual beings. This is the Avudaiyar temple. There are only two temples without an idol within the Sanctum Sanctorum, the central chamber. Visitors to the Avudaiyar temple get a chance to contemplate on the nature of Atma which can not be seen or perceived by the senses.   The Aavudaiyaar temple, was built by the chief minister of the King of Madurai. Secondly, this temple was build some four hundred years ago. This minister was

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Agastya’s Herb Hill

Locating a particular herb in the wilderness is a challenge, even to an expert. Many herbs of Siddhar practitioners grow on steep rocky hillsides in Southern India. This adds to the challenge. Siddhar Agasthiyar asserts in his works that locating herbs is an easy task. However, he recommends a state of heightened awareness for locating herbs. Further, he refers to a Rishi who lived atop a Great hill of herbs. This Rishi trained Agasthiyar on the way to locate herbs in a state of altered awareness. Most hills which Agasthiyar mentions in his texts exists even today in Tamil Nadu, in India. Is there also a “Great hill of herbs”. Was there once a Rishi on this hill? A possibility is the Marundhu-Vaaz-Malai (மருந்துவாழ் மலை) hill. This hill overlooks the Indian ocean from the Southern tip of India. Its name means “The Hill where Herbs reside”. In addition a small cave with an altar for Agasthiyar on the way to the

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Mechanics of Action

Sri Sri Ravishankar “The dynamics of how events happen is a big mystery. Only one who is 100% in doing can recognise the happening. The healthiest way to apply this knowledge is to see the whole past as happening and the present as doing. If you see the past as doing, then ego and regret come along. And when you see the present as happening, laziness and unawareness set in. Let the happening be for the past and the doing for the present. And the future is a mix of both. The wise will see the doing in happening and the happening in doing simultaneously. One who does a lot of work will never say he did a lot. If someone says he did a lot of work, it that means he can do more. He has not done enough. Work does not tire you as much as the “doership” does. All actions happen through consciousness. The world moves because

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One Creator or Two?

New York University Press (SUNY) published a translation of the Yoga Vasistha text in the eighties because of the unique nature of the text. It is a text for psychology students. Per this text, creation began as a mental construct. Vedic literature calls the cosmic mind as Brahma, the creator. A strong intention arose in the cosmic mind for the universe to come into existence. We can liken this to the way an architect envisions the design for a building. Building blocks come together, after that, under the able supervision of engineers and manager. Of course, workers play a big role in giving a concrete shape to a building. Brahma is like an architect, then who is the supervisor? Prajapati is the creator at the next level. The word Pra-ja-pati refers to a paternal figure who has a closer affinity at the physical plane to created beings. There is a single cosmic mind which implies that there is only one

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Jet lag of a departed Soul

The idea of reincarnation has gained more acceptance in main stream America today.  Per this idea, a Jiva or a departed Soul rests in a different realm until the right conditions arise for its next birth. However, time moves differently for a Soul in the other domain than in the material domain. This is not much different from the fact that the length of day is different on different planets. For example, the length of the day on Venus is 116 days and on Jupiter only 10 hours.   A Jiva or a departed soul perceives the length of a day in the higher domain to be also 365 days long. However, an year in the earth plane is equivalent to only one day in the realm of ancestors. Vedic texts say that the psyche takes some time to adjust to the new length of the day in the other realm. This adjusting happens over twelve lunar months. This is

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Spider’s web and Entanglement

A spider is known for its visual acuity. Spiders have a unique pair of eyes, one among several pairs of eyes. This pair can act like telescopes. Nature has endowed a spider with another amazing faculty in the form of its web. The web acts like a field of vibration. It enables a spider to “sense” the location of its prey with precision. It grants a spider sovereignty over its own web. In the same way, a human being relies on two types of perceptions, one from the level of senses and another from the level of feelings. A spider web can also teach us about the connection between cosmic rules and human entanglement.   Nature reminds us about the nature of consciousness through the example of the telescopic eye of a spider. Human consciousness too has two facets, namely, (a) perception which is anchored to the five senses and (b) the ability to sense with the help of feelings.

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The origin of Pitrus

Brahma, the cosmic mind, is the creator of the universe. Devas are a part of this collective mind and are therefore Brahma’s helpers. Being a part of the collective mind, Devas are not different from any other being. Their only distinction is they maintain their self-awareness at all times. On the other hand, humans must make an effort to steadily maintain self awareness. There is an interesting story related to the Devas losing their self knowledge. Long ago, Devas had offspring. In their excessive attachment to their offspring, Devas once became lax in their primary responsibility. Certainly, their primary role is to help Brahma. Brahma excused this laxity. However, he noticed this lax attitude more frequently. Brahma wanted to teach Devas a lesson. Therefore, he created a veil which hid self knowledge from the Devas. Devas immediately realized their loss. They prayed for self knowledge. Brahma asked the Devas to seek it from their own offspring. His Veil had not

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