Meditation Technique and Tips

Meditation has been a buzzword for centuries. Several Gurus have come up with various styles, tips and techniques that can be practiced for simple mental peace, or even stretched to awaken your Kundalini Shakti. 

Recently I met someone interesting who did not believe in normal practice of meditation; normal is when you sit quietly in a pleasant surrounding and relax with deep breathing. He believed in total inner awareness, which he explained is being in meditation 'state' - all the time. I argued that all I need is some silence time, to relieve stress; he shushed me that I am 'yet' not at the level, where my "infinite wisdom can embrace the eternal possibility to harness my intentions of pure meditation through perfect silence", or something similar. As I pen it down for you, my "infinite wisdom" is still trying to figure out of what he meant.

Few years back, during my tenure at the Batman city, I bumped into a local celebrity, actually a struggling musician, as he later admitted. Manhattan is the only city I have witnessed to be proud of its craziness; you are considered an outcast if you try to behave normal. Anyways !  This musician, he walked me through his amazing journey of how he managed to get a hold on his anger and violent nature through meditation. He learned it from a local meditation expert, and was extremely fascinated about his new found treasure. He told me of how meditating on this sacred mantra has magically transformed his entire life. While I got busy explaining how 'Diksha' is an extensive practice in India, he mentioned something that completely blew me off. I reconfirmed it again, what seemed almost unbelievable for me - he had paid a ridiculous fee of $2500 to learn that mantra in a 2 day course on 'transcendental meditation'. Initially I thought he was bluffing, only to realize that he got agitated when I told him that these things are 'next to free' and he is unnecessarily defaming our eastern culture.

Initially reluctant to share the technique, he blurts it all out when I called him a liar, for misquoting the fees. It seems they are made to promise not to share the meditation technique, and the MANTRA that was supposedly unique for him. He was convinced that the Mantra will lose its power if he shared it, even with his loved ones. Everyone is destined for their OWN mantra and they have to pay similar amount (sometimes discounted for early birds) to get their custom-made sacred mantra. That really got my undivided attention and though unethical I pushed him hard for the mantra; I even insisted to pay for his coffee, before he gave up and shared it.

A syllable from Durga Saptashati, that was it - The MANTRA. Nothing more, Nothing less. 

Mantras have tremendous power, I agree, just never knew they have a price tag.

Technique is to simply recite the 'mantra' and relax; without trying to suffocate your mind, try to bring it back on the mantra. 20 mins morning, 20 mins evening, and you are blessed for life. Poor guy thought the mantra was designed specifically for him, so I refrained from bursting his bubble, but surely warned him not to try to get a patent on the mantra, as that would be heart-wrenching. I did gave him a sorry hug, and paid for his coffee.Yeah, I know I am generous !

It is for the unique mantra it seems, that they are charge so much. Amazing - isn't it !

Note - A good friend called after reading the post, he believes that it was because of the hefty fee, that Mr. Musician continued with the meditation. If it was free, he would have considered it feeble or powerless, and might not have taken it seriously. Interesting !

The Meditation technique no doubt is simple, easy, time-tested and has been followed from generations. If you sit in silence for 20 min each, morning and evening, imagine the positive vibrations you will have for whole day.

Same is what I suggest - Start with 5 to 10 mins daily and adjust it slowly. You already know the secret of the mantra - pick up any word you like, preferably a soft syllable from Durga Saptashati or even 'Om'. Contact me if you need a mantra to meditate - Its Free for early birds ! Chant it with slow deep breathing and feel the vibrations. Concentrate on subtle vibrations - you will be delighted by the beautiful sensation. Not even a single bit of struggle, let the mantra float on your breath. Initially it's not as easy as it sounds, but eventually its not as difficult as you think.

Great if you can meditate in Asana, if not - start by meditating in any comfortable position. I have personally witnessed even Yoga-Nidra to do wonders for many. It's all about 'letting-go' of everything on your mind, with slow breathing and chanting any pleasant sounding word.

I was told that similar is 'soham', preached by art of living. They are all the same it seems - Sit in silence for 10 mins morning and 10 mins evening, and it works like a wonder drug. 

The technique has been practiced by seers from thousand of years, and the results you will notice in few days. 

The recipe for stress release comes to you - free of cost. 

Live Life Karma Friendly !

Vimshottari Dasha

Predictions in vedic astrology are based on dasha system and transits (Gochar) of planets, out of which dasha is of prime importance. 

Vimshottari dasha is dasha system based on the Nakshatra of the moon. Its 120 year long, which is sum of mahadashas of nine planets. Depending on the nakshatra you are born, you dasha will commence from its ruling planet.  Say your birth nakshatra is ruled by Jupiter, you dashas will start from Jupiter.

The main dasha is Mahadasha, which is sub divided into Antar dasha of each planet. So we have nine mahadasha; each mahadasha has nine antardasha; each antardasha is further sub divided in nine Pratya -antardasha, which further sub divides into sookshma-antardasha, and further into Prana-antardasha, and further into deha-antardasha.

The innermost dasha are extremely helpful in predicting future events with accuracy, but the birth time needs to be precise. For practical purposes, we stick to first three dashas - Maha, Antar and Pratya-antar dashas.

The mahadasha period for each planet in sequence - Ketu - 7 years; Venus - 20 years; Sun - 6 years; Moon - 10 years; Mars - 7 years; Rahu - 18 years; Jupiter - 16years; Saturn - 19 years; Mercury - 17 years. Same sequence is followed for antar dasha under each mahadasha. 

The outcome of the dasha of each planet depends on many factors. 

- Aspects like Badhaka or Mrityu Bhaga 

The dasha and sub dasha planet should not be in 6/8 position as its considered worst relative position for planets. Even 1/12 is undesirable but not as bad as 6/8 position. Any other positions of planets relative to each other is fine. 

One school of thought analyzes particular dasha's outcome taking mahadasha planet position as Lagna and then evaluating antardasha planet and its results counting all factors. 

House in Astrology

Horoscope consists of 12 houses or Bhavas. Each house has its own significances in the birth chart, like First house or Lagna is the house of Birth and childhood, where as 12th is the house of Mokhsa or 'Freedom'. 12th house is also the house of loss, which in fact we just lost, because we were born in Lagna. Get it? 

Suppose your Lagna is Aries, but if you were born 2 hours before then your lagna would have been Pisces, which now is your 12th house, so you lost that house. Similarly second house is the house of resources, wealth, immediate family that will support first house or yourself to grow and prosper. 

Trines - 1, 5 and 9 known as konas, are the most powerful houses in the birth chart.

Angular houses - 1, 4 , 7 and 10 known as Kendras, are foundation pillars for a chart. They are second most powerful house after the Trines or Konas. 

Panaparas - The wealth houses, next in strength after the kendras. 2 - Self accumulated wealth, 5 - Wealth through children, 8 - wealth through inheritance or hidden sources and 11 - Gains.

Upchaya - The growth houses, grants one valor, courage and strength to go out and get it. 3 - Initiative, 6 - Effort, 10 - karma and 11 - Gains of fulfillment of Desires.

Dusthana - The dreaded houses are 6, 8 and 12. 

Based on one's "aim" or purpose of life, known as Purushartha, the houses are grouped into 4 triangles or trikonas. It is believed that "soul" enters physical body when the planets are in specific alignment with the 4 triangles, making a transient stopover in it's journey to Moksha or Freedom. 

Each Triangle has three house, 3 X 4 = 12 house.

First house of the Triangle signifies -  Initiative.

Middle House signifies - Effort and Focus.

Last house signifies - Accomplishments.
Spiritual Triangle - Known as Dharma Trikona, is the triangle between house associated with element 'Fire'. 1 - Self , 5 - intellect and 9 - Dharma or Purpose. 

Material Triangle - known as Artha Trikona, is the triangle between houses associated with element 'Earth'. 2 - Resources, 6 - Effort and 10 - Karma.

Illusion Triangle - Known as Kama Trikona, is the triangle between houses associated with element 'Air'. 3 - Initiative, 7 Desire and 11 - Gain.

Freedom Triangle - Known as Moksha Trikona, is the triangle between houses associated with element 'Water'. 4 - Comfort, 8 - Transformation and 12 - Moksha.


The 12 houses (Bhavas) and their signification -

First House - 'Tanu Bhava' in Sanskrit, the house signifies self, personality, physical constitution and how the person feels about oneself. How others rate or consider the individual is analyzed from Arudha lagna; first house is all about self-image. For analyzing person's mental inclination or likes/dislikes, fifth house also needs to be taken in account.

BPHS - "Physique, appearance, intellect (or the organ of intelligence, i.e. brain), complexion of the body, vigor, weakness, happiness, grief and innate nature are all to be guessed through the ascending Rasi."

It signifies ones strengths and weaknesses, physiology, tolerance and adjusting capabilities. First house and lord's association with different houses has very profound affect on ones life and personality. The associations give a combine effect and signify relation of self and outer world. 

For example - Among other significations, ninth house also represents father, father figures, superiors and bosses. So any benefic association between ninth and Lagna, be it lordship, placement or nakshatra exchange, will get one support from Bosses and father figures. Similarly relation between sixth and Lagna, unless pacified by unafflicted Jupiter, cascades into court cases, diseases, enemies and self destructive mentality.

In Medical Astrology, First house signify Head, brain and forehead, and in Ayurveda it denotes bones and Pitta.

First house also signifies Fame, intelligence, appearance, physical comforts along with one's ability to enjoy life. Any relation to the dreaded houses (Dusthanas) is highly undesirable for a comfortable and fortunate life. Benefic positioned in Lagna grant one a pleasing and influential personality.

Second House - 'Dhana Bhava' in Sanskrit, the house signifies immediate family, parental or accumulated wealth, speech, face, right eye, food habits, source of death, acquisition and mother’s elder siblings.

Third House - 'Sahaja Bhava' in Sanskrit, the house signifies younger siblings, courage, subordinates, neighbors, talents, communication, short distance travel, writing skills, publishing, right ear, right hand, respiratory canal and in-laws.

Forth House - 'Bandhu Bhava' in Sanskrit, the house signifies home, mother, motherland, relatives, domestic comforts, landed property, immovable possessions, vehicles, relatives, mental peace, chest,  lungs and father’s life in general.

Fifth house – 'Putra Bhava' in Sanskrit, the house signifies children, intellect, creativity, education, mental inclination, Poorva punya (past life merits), speculations, power of logic and spouse of elder siblings.

Sixth House  - 'Ari Bhava' in Sanskrit, the house signifies health, illness, diseases, debts, loans, difficulties, disappointments, sorrows, court cases, enemies, oppositions and maternal uncles. Being Upchaya house it also signifies effort and growth.

Seventh House - 'Yuvati Bhava' in Sanskrit, the house signifies partnership, life partner, business partner, marital happiness, reproduction, genitals and related diseases, sex life and death.

Eighth house -  'Randhra Bhava' in Sanskrit, the house is the most dreaded house in Jyotish. The house signifies Longevity, major transformations, catastrophe, death-like experiences, legacies, inheritance, prolonged court cases, unearned wealth, disgrace, degradation, defeat, defame and impediments. 

It is the most important house for becoming an astrologer. The house of mystic and psychic abilities, and though infamous, it signifies research, enlightenment, purification, healing and spiritual liberation. It is considered the house of healers.

Ninth House - 'Dharma Bhava' in Sanskrit, the house signifies fortune, prosperity, father, superiors, bosses, spiritual enlightenment, higher education, long distance and foreign travel, lasting fame, philosophy and grand-children.

Tenth house - 'Karma Bhava' in Sanskrit, the house signifies your deeds, profession, professional achievements, government, public administration bodies, legal jurisdiction, financial institutions, public image, social standing, mass dealings, authority, dignity, public reputation, leadership, responsibility, lively hood, duty and principles.

Eleventh House - 'Labha Bhava' in Sanskrit, the house signifies gains, income, money, fulfillment of desires, elder siblings, friends, social-circle, social-image, entertainment, accomplishments and self-growth.

Twelfth House - 'Vyaya Bhava' in Sanskrit, the house signifies expenditure, extravagance, losses, foreign residence, moksha and forced or dreaded confinements such as hospitals, police lock-ups, asylums and jails.