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Mantra and its three focal points

Subtle world of energies orchestrates events in human societies. The complexity of the subtle world matches the diversity seen in the physical world. Devas are energy configurations in the subtle world. They can be controlled by Mantras which are vibrations in human speech. People in the past researched this topic thoroughly and wrote about them. They listed a few rudimentary principles to explain how mantras can be used for the purpose of changing energy patterns in the subtle world. The Rig Veda, the oldest collection of cognized knowledge, contains 10552 mantras or verses which have been grouped into 1024 Suktams. A few of these Suktams continue to be popular even today. Many people memorize them with proper intonations.  However, only a handful of people study the way to harness the full power in them. A famous verse in the Gita text says that  Devas are under the spell of Mantras and Mantras are under the spell of the one who

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Grand Conjunction and Gulikan

There is 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. Their combined gravitational pull impacts the location of the Sun. The combined gravitational pull of all planets impacts the Sun. Scientists have known from sometimes that the gravitational center of the Solar system is not really at the center of the Sun. They called the gravitation center of the Solar system as the Barycenter. The Sun itself wobbles around this Barycenter. During the upcoming Saturn-Jupiter conjunction, the Sun will move its farthest from the Barycenter. Earlier this year, Scientists discovered a super-accurate way to determine the precise center of our solar system. There is a story in the Puranas about the combined influence of all planets which they attributed to a pseudo planet called Gulikan.

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Matrika Symbolism

Consonants are an important aspect of human speech. 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. Consonants are grouped based on the position of the tip of the tongue as they are pronounced. 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” which is also the alphabet associated with Brahma per Vedic texts. 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. The Matrika for the group containing which “Ta” is Kaumari. Kaumari carries the energy

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The Other Bose and Poisons

Most folk in India are drawn to Subash Chandra Bose and the conspiracy theories behind his disappearance. Only a few people remember Jagadeesh Chandra Bose who lived decades earlier. He was the first scientists to invent a wireless communication equipment. Marconi used his inventions a few years later and got a Nobel prize for it. JC Bose was also a pioneer in the field of Poisons. He 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.   Siddhas of South India were way ahead of anyone else in documenting the effect of poisons on metal alloys. They created powerful alloys which would not corrode by using different poisons while creating an alloy.  

Temple for an Alphabet

In Indian languages, there are long and a short sounding versions of vowels including the vowel “A”. The alphabet “A” represents Shiva, per Siddhar texts. Shiva is the universal being. Its long sounding equivalent, namely, “aa” represents the glory of the universal being. The vowel “aa” is the shortened form of the word “Atma”, the individual being. There is a unique temple for Shiva who is the conglomerate of individual beings. This is one of the only two temples without an idol within the Sanctum Sanctorum, the central chamber. This is a reminder to the fact that the Atma can not be seen or perceived by our senses. The Aavudaiyaar temple, was built by the chief minister of the King of Madurai, some four hundred years ago. This minister in his previous birth was a Siddhar. Siddhars made use of herbal and mineral formulations to advance quickly in their Yoga practice.  Our Siddhar too used a Kuligai, a magical tablet

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Agastya’s Herb Hill

Locating a particular herb in the wilderness can be a daunting task even to an expert. Many of the herbs which the Siddhar practitioners have documented are known to grow on steep rocky hillsides in Southern India. Siddhar Agasthiyar says that locating herbs is an easier task from a state of heightened awareness. He says in his text that a Rishi who lived atop the Great hill of herbs trained him on this. Hills which Agasthiyar mentions in his texts are found today in Tamil Nadu, in India. Is there also a “Great hill of herbs” which is associated with a Rishi? A possibility is the Marundhu-Vaaz-Malai (மருந்துவாழ் மலை) hill which overlooks the Indian ocean from the Southern tip of India. The name of this hill means “The Hill where Herbs reside”. There is a small cave with an altar for Agasthiyar along the path to this hilltop. Reputed spiritual masters who meditated here in the recent past confirm the fact

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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?

Per the text Yoga Vasishta, which is published by New York University press (SUNY), 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 Brahma in this universe. However, several Prajapatis are involved in the subsequent step of creation. They make this creation to

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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 Soul rests in a different realm until the right conditions arise for its next birth in the material realm. Time moves differently for a Soul in the higher 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 perceives the length of a day in the higher domain to be 365 days long. A year in the earth plane is equivalent to one day in the realm of ancestors per Vedic texts. Vedic texts also say that the psyche takes some time to adjust to the new length of the day in the higher realm. The transition happens over twelve lunar months. This is like our

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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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