Rituals in Sanathana Dharma

Kanakadhara Shothram

kanakadhara shothram chanting is believed to shower gold or wealth in one's life. Many times the belief does out to be disappointing because the results come in different degrees to the devotees. Why this sloka chanting does not give equally prosperity to all?.

Wealth is energy and energy cannot be created from nothing, it can only be transformed from another energy form. Sacrifice is a form to transform energy from one form to another. Practically doing sacrifice is known as "Thyaga" and when done technologically it is known as "Yagyna".

To understand this one has to analyze logically the history behind the creation of this sloka by Adi Sankara. When he was young he took alms from different houses for daily meal. To give alms (Dhaana) is considered meritorious  because through giving donation (food  or money forms of energy), one can transform it into luck-prosperity or SAL Energy.

One day Sankara reached the house of a poor lady for Biksha (Alms). She was very poor and short of clothing and food. She had no food left to give to Sankara but only had one pickled gooseberry in her kitchen.   Sankara saw the highest  sacrificial act  and felt that the highest Dhaana or sacrifice is not in "giving what one has, but in giving whatever one has". 

He saw that she has transformed her compassion filled sacrificial act into eight form of SAL Energy or Ashta-Lakshmi's.  He sang the Kanakadhara sloka immediately praising the Energy (Lakshmi) and her husband Vishnu (Consciousness). The romantic love between them is the symbolic  connection of God Consciousness and functional Energy.

To this Sankara’s song, Goddess Lakshmi poured golden amalaka fruits into the poor lady's courtyard. Important point:  To not all people who gave alms, Sankara chanted Kanakdhara and rained gold in their house. Only to this lady who did a sacrifice, the luck-energy manifested as wealth.  

It is a superstition (violation of natural law) to think that without doing any action, one can generate any Energy (luck, prosperity, wealth etc) in life.

The message for us is that this song when chanted will create that awareness and compassion in us to do sacrificial acts and create luck, prosperity in life.

If one does only chanting, then the small amount of "Time-Energy" and mind focusing energy is transformed to equivalent luck energy.

If one does a lot of charity work, donations to create more awareness in the society, then one transforms more luck energy in life.

We have to understand that not all could be totally selfless like the poor-lady, and so will get only accordingly the merits of our actions.

Sloka line 17 says "Seva Kasya Sakala Artha Sampathaha". 

This means only through Seva (Selfless work), we can attain propserity (Sampathaha)  to fulfill all (Sakala) artha (desires). 

To chant the Kanakadhara sloka click this  Angam hare pulaka .

The implied meaning of the sloka.

Anggam  Hari, Pulaka  Bhooshanam   Aashrayantee

Bhringa  Angana  eva,  Mukula  aabharanam Tamaalam  

Anggee  Krita  Akhila,  Vibhootir  apaanga  Leela

Maangalya  Daa  Astu, Mama Mangala  Devataayaha

To the Consciousness (Vishnu- Hari) who shelters (Aashrayam) unconditional happiness (Pulakam),
you are the very decorative (Bhooshanam) Goddess Maha-Lakshmi (Mangala Devata or Devata of eight forms of Energy), the dark-core (bringa) soul  (mukula) of him. 

OH Mother, who move around (Angana) playfully (Leela) and create the whole (Akila) universe with the abundance (vibhutir) of your own Self-body (Angee), Wont you also then grant  (Astu)  that Prosperity-SAL Energy (Maangalaya) to me too (Mama)?

 

PDF version -Kanakadhara sthothram.

Kanakadhara Sthothram

AUM Sath Gurubhyo Namaha   

AUM Hari Shri Ganapathiye Namaha

AUM Jagat Guru Aadi Sankara Acharya Namaha

AUM Naaraayanaaya Vidmahe, Vaasudevaaya-dhee-mahi

Tanno Vishnu Prachodayaath

Aum Mahaa lakshmi Vidmahe,

Vishnu pathne cha Dheemahi,

Tanno Lakshmi Prachodayaath

 

Anggam  Hari, Pulaka  Bhooshanam   Aashrayantee

Bhringa  Angana  eva,  Mukula  aabharanam Tamaalam  

Anggee  Krita  Akhila,  Vibhootir  apaanga  Leela

Maangalya  Daa  Astu, Mama Mangala  Devataayaha   1

 

Mugdhaa  Muhur  Vida-dhatee,  Vadane  Muraare

Prema  Trapaa,  Prani hitaani  Gata gataani  

Maalaa Drishor  Madhu-kareeva, Mahot-pale Yaa

Saa  Me Shriyam, Dishatu Saagara  Sambhav aayaaha    2

 

Aameelita  Aksham,  Adhigamya Mudaa Mukundam

Aananda  Kandam,  Animesham  Ananga  Tantram  

Aakekara  Sthita  Kanee, nika  Pakshma  Netram

Bhootyai  Bhaven  Mama, Bhujanga  Shaya  Anga-naayaha    3

 

Baahu  Antare, Madhu  Jitah Shrita  Kaustubhe Yaa

Haara-valeeva, Hari-neela-mayee Vibhaati  

Kaama  Prada, Bhagavato  Api Kataaksha  Maalaa

Kalyaanam  Aavahatu Me, Kamala  aalayaayaha    4

 

Kaala  ambu  daali,  Lalitor asi Kaitabhaarer

Dhaara-dhare Sphurati  Yaa, tadith  Angan  aiva  

Maatuh  Samasta  Jagataam,  Mahaneeya  Moortir

Bhadraani   Me  Dishatu,  Bhaargava  Nandanaayaha     5

 

Praaptam  Padam Prathama ta,  Kalu Yat  Prabhaavaan

Maangalya  Bhaaji  Madhu  Maathini,  Manmathena   

Mayyaa  Pate  Tath-iha, Mantharam  eekshan  aardham

Mand  aalasam  Cha,  Makaraalaya  Kanyakaayaha      6

 

Vishva  Amare  Indra  Pada,  Vibhrama  Daana  Daksham

Aananda  Hetu(r)  Adhikam,  Mura  Vidvisho  Api 

Eeshan  Nisheedatu  Mayi, Kshanam  eekshan  aardham 

Indee-varo  dara,  Sahodaram   Indiraayaha   7

 

Ishtaa Vishishta Mata Yo  Api, Yayaa Dayaa  aardra

Drishtyaa Trivish-tapa,  Padam Sulabham Labhante 

Drishti Praharshta  Kamalo  dara,  Deepti  Rishtaam

Pushtim Krisheeshta Mama, Pushkara Vishtaraayaha   8

 

Dadyaad  Daya  Anupavano,  Dravina  Ambu  Dhaaraam

Asmin  Akin  chana , Vihanga  Shishau Vishanne

Dushkarma  garmam  Apaneeya, Chiraaya Dooram

Naaraayana  Pranayinee,  Nayana  Ambu  Vaaha   9

 

Geer  Devata  iti, Garuda  Dhvaja  Sundaree   iti

Shaakambharee   iti, Shashi  Shekhara Vallabhe  iti 

Srishti  Sthiti  Pralaya  Kelishu, Samsthi-taayai

Tasmai  Namas  Tri  Bhuvanai,  Eka guros  Tarunyai   10

 

Shrutyai Namo  Astu, Shuba  Karma  Phala  Prasootyai

Ratyai Namo  Astu,  Ramaneeya  Guna  Arnavaayai  

Shaktyai Namo  Astu, Shata Patra  Niketanaayai

Pushtyai Namo  Astu, Purushotama Vallabhaayai   11

 

Namo  Astu, Naaleeka Nibha aana-naayai

Namo  Astu, Dugdho dadhi  Janma  Bhoomyai 

Namo  Astu, Soma  Amrita  Sodaraayai

Namo  Astu, Naaraayana Vallabhaayai   12

 

Namo Astu,  hemaam buja peeti kaayai

Namo Astu,  bhoo mandala naayi-kaayai

Namo Astu,  devaadi dayaa paraayai

Namo Astu,  shaarang aayudha vallabha yai   13

 

Namo Astu,  devyai bhrigu nandana yai

Namo Astu,  visnour asthi shithi-taayai

Namo Astu,  laksmyai kamala alayaayai

Namo Astu,  daamodara vallabha yai    14

 

Namo Astu,  kaantyai kamalekshana yai

Namo Astu,  bhootyai bhuvana prasoot yai

Namo Astu,  devadi bhirar-chita yai

Namo Astu,  nanda atmaja vallabha yai    15

 

Sampat  Karaani Sakala, indriya  Nandanaani

Saamraajya  Daana,  Vibhavaani  Saroru(h)  aakssi  

Tvad  Vandanaani Duritaa,  Harano udya-taani

Maam  Eva Maatar,  Anisham Kalayantu Maanye  16

 

Yat  Kataaksha,  Sam-upaasanaa  Vidhi

Sevakasya  Sakala,  Artha  Sampadaha

Samtanoti  Vachana,  Anga  Maanasai(h)

Tvaam  Muraari,  Hridaye  ishvareem Bhaje  17

 

Sarasija  Nilaye, Saroja  Haste

Dhavalata ma  Amshuka,  gandha  Maalya  Shobhe 

Bhagavati  Hari , Vallabhe Manognye

Tri Bhuvana  Bhooti  Kari, Praseeda Mahyam  18

 

Digh-hastibhi Kanaka,  Kumbha  Mukha  Ava srishta

Svara  Vaahinee, Vimala  Chaaru  Jala  Pluta  Angeem 

Praatar  Namaami,  Jagataam Jananeem  Ashesha

Loka  Aadhi-naatha,  Grahineem  Amrita  abdhi Putreem   19

 

Kamale, Kamala  aaksha Vallabhe Tvam

Karuna  Poora, Tarang-gitair  Apaangai  

Avalokaya  Maam,  Akin  chanaanaam

Prathamam Paatram,  Akrtrimam Dayaayaaha   20

 

Stuvanti Ye Stutibhi(r),  Amoobhi(r)-Anvaham

Trayeemayeem, Tri  Bhuvana  Maataram Ramaam 

Guna  Adhikaa, Guruthara  Bhaagya  Bhaagino

Bhavanti Te Bhuvi, Budha  Bhaavitaa  Shayaaha    21

 

Suvarna dhaara sthothram
Shankara acharya nirmitam
Trisandhyam yah pateth

nityam Cha kubera sam-bhaveth

http://greenmesg.org/mantras_slokas/devi_lakshmi-kanakadhara_stotram.php

PDF version -Kanakadhara sthothram.

 http://www.epurohith.com/viewtopics.php?page=5&cat_id=22

http://sanskritdocuments.org/doc_devii/kanaka-tr.pdf

Above pictures are taken from the below link

 Other Sources

 

Sathya Narayana Pooja and Katha

Very good explanation of the ritual.

Symbolism of the Story: There are five aspects in this picture. These connect to the five desires of man to achieve in life.

sathyanarayanapoojaOne aspires physical pleasures (represented by the king on the left corner). Little finger

Next is the emotional children aspiring couple (lower left). Ring finger

Intelligence aspiring Narada (upper right). Middle finger

Awareness aspiring  Rishi (lower right). Index finger

Consciousness is Vishnu in the center. Thumb finger.

 Aspiration seeked in prayers:

Usually in all prayers these four are soughted

 Vidyarthi labhadhe vidhyam,

Danarthi labhathe danam,

 Puthrarthi labhathe puthran,

 Moksharthi labhathe gatheem.

 One who pursues education will get knowledge,

 One who wants to earn money will get money,

 One who wishes for a son , will get a son,

 And one who wants salvation will get salvation.

 

  How to get one of the four is the theme of Sathyanarayana pooja (worship).

 

 Through the Pooja the awareness of merits that help in fulfilling desires is highlighted. unfortunately everyone thinks just by doing the ritual of Sakthya narayana Pooja one gets the merit. The Pooja and the paat (Stroies) increases the awareness that every human should perform is highlighted as symbolically. Click to read about Pancha Yagnya.

 

     Navarathri

Here is the Uni5 Navarathri Book for chantings

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ 2012 Talk on Navarathri

We are so busy living a life doing things to make ourselves our mind happy. The mind however is in a restless state and so does not really appreciate our success in life more than a few moments. Mind constantly is anxious of the future or brooding or ruminating over the past events that occurred in life. It is never at the present moment enjoying the state of Awareness, the source of happiness and "Bliss".  without Awareness.

Our state of  identity of Awareness. Awareness is our existence. Not knowing Awareness is not knowing ourselves. It is a pity to live life to know all sciences and not knowing about own own Self. Vedic tradition gives the route map to know about our own Self. Through festivals we are given time to be aware of our own Self.

Navarathri or Nine nights in a year we spend time tracing our roots of origin, the Self.  Observing the festival by understanding the purpose boost our inner evolution. We will discuss here the symbolism of the festival and how it connects to our inner evolution. We all have the doubts about where do we start and how to start this inner evolution. Deep inside some where we all have this inner quest, unfortunately it is clouded when we identify ourselves with our common problems in life. We live and die without catering to the desire of inner quest. Seldom do we understand that we are born to continue our inner quest. But we become so caught up in dealing only with the life problems and forget to accomplish our life purpose.

Navarathri is a great festival giving  us the opportunity to dedicate just nine nights in a year to do small steps in our inner quest. There is no special efforts to be taken except just be aware of the importance of the festival and self reflecting that in our activities till the next years Navarathri and so we gradually progress every year.

Celebrating Navarathri and doing the rituals make only a Infinitesimally  smaller progress in our inner journey. We try our best to help you here to understand the the true meaning in celebrating Navarathri by doing the rituals. Observing the festival rituals lights up the steps that we should undertake in knowing our Self.

It is very important to understand the few terms to deeply understand about Navarathri. If we understand the core theme about the nature of the mind, the role of intellect and about Awareness, we can appreciate the deep symbolic significance of celebrating Navarathri.

The symbolic behind all rituals in Vedic festivals are always external and internal, which means that it helps both the external and our internal lives. All actions that we do externally should be reflected internally bringing harmony and integrity of our Self. We will discuss each and every ritual and then in a different colored font will explain the internal referencing meaning. This is the core of doing the ritual.

Cleansing:

The festival begins with ritualistic  procedure of cleansing all  the materials that one uses in life (at home and at work). The house is cleaned by discarding all unused broken items, and  usable material are re-shelved or reorganized. Usually the house is also repainted just before the festival. The unused things or broken ones are usually burned in fire. The house and at work gets a fresh look and a start.

The external cleansing is a symbolic of internal cleansing that we should do before commencing the Journey of Inner Quest. There are several junk and broken thoughts and unusable useless thoughts that we carry in our mind. Those should be discarded or burned in the fire of knowledge. This means we have to understand that it is of no use. That deep understanding is fire that helps us to give away that habit. There are useable thoughts that we need for our daily interactions in life and that has to be re-organized and prioritized. Our whole frame work and attitude should be given new colors. This gives  a freshness and joy to the mind.

First three nights (1st , second & third nights).

Even to accomplish a simple cleansing process we need to overcome first laziness (Thamas) in us.  Otherwise we procrastinate. We should first develop the habit of avoiding procrastination of things that will bring good to us. All of us have that inner energy to overthrow this nature. Being Aware of that inner energy is the basis of worshipping that in the form of Goddess Durga or Parvathi on the first three nights.  The laziness or the inertia is a demonic force which means attachment to the physical body. We have to harness "Energy" to fight this laziness which is depicted as "Durga" or "Parvathi" fighting against the demon.  In Ashtanga Yogathese are the first two steps of Yama and Niyama and Asana. This represent at the body level.

Second three nights ( fourth, fifth & Sixth nights)

Once the physical laziness is overcome we have to accomplish inner beauty. We have to fight emotional demons like anger. This is depicted as Lakshmi fighting the demons. Only by creating Awareness of these negative emotions they can be removed. the powerful weapons to achieve these are through Pranayama and Pratyahara (inward withdrawal of senses).

Last three nights ( seventh, eighth & ninth).  Then we have to overcome other mental blocks which can be removed by clear understanding or Knowledge. This is represented by Saraswathi. In Yoga this is the Dharana and Dyana. This is the intellect aspect.

Tenth Night : The day of Victory: This represents the awareness state, the Samadhi state. All the three forms of energy has to be there to accomplish tasks in life. Then life is victorious. At the minor levels we might see materialistic accomplishment. Bu the major accomplishment is the spiritual accomplishment of bringing inner evolution.

Devi Bhagavatham: This gives details of the different demons that the three Devi's fight and so it is important to read the story of the fight during Navarathri nights. The Durga sapthasloki, the seven stanza gives the essence of the whole Devi Bhaghavatham.  We will see the details of this in the Devi Bhaghavatham page.

Navarathri also brings awareness about classical the arts and literature. Because they also helps in transcendence the very objective of Navarathri.  In different parts of India Navarathri is celebrated slightly different. The golu done in South Indian represents the creation theory.

Golu or Bommai Kolu
 

golu 1Golu is the display of various dolls and figurines in odd (usually 7, 9, or 11) numbered tiers ("padis").Also Kolu, or Bommai Kolu. Everyone are invited to see this exhibit and are offered prasad (the sacred offering) along with kukkum ("Tilak".) and some gifts to girls and married women.

In the evenings, the oil Lamp ("kuthuvilakku" ) is lit in the middle of a decorated "kolam" (Rangoli), traditional the srichakra (Yantra) before the Golu and devotional hymns and shlokas are chanted. After performing the puja, the food items that have been prepared, are offered to the Goddesses.

The oil lamp represents the inner light that we have to be aware of and the Yantra with the triangles represents the male (Consciousness) and female (matter) involved in the manifestation of all forms in this universe.

Golu is adorned with dolls - predominantly with that of the Gods and Goddesses depicting the creation of this Universe.

Nine steps representing the Navagrahas or the nine modes of expression of the universe is done. It is the pure Consciousness, the One, that manifest as this universe. Hence in the first step , the pure Consciousness is symbolically represented as Kalasa is kept. A kalasa is done by placing a coconut on a round vessel. The Kalasa is symbolic of a human who has the faculty to realize the Pure Consciousness. The three eyes of the coconut is the symbolism of the two physical eyes of man and the third of inner vision. The vessel represents the human body and the water in it represents the vital fluid of the body. The thread worn around the body represents the clothes over the body. The kalasa is placed on a red cloth to symbolize para-sakthi, the manifesting aspect of the Brahman.

In the next step, the Trimurthy Gods and Goddesses are kept to represent the manifestation of Energy in the form creation, maintenance, and dissolution.

In the third step, objects representing the Pancha bhootas are kept.

 In the fourth to seventh steps, dolls representing other worldly objects are kept. It is very interesting that several caricature dolls even politician dolls, movie stars,  sportsmen, are also kept indicating everyone are the manifestation of the Pure Consciousness.

   In the eighth step, it is a traditional practice to have wooden dolls of  a man and women. This is to represent the spirit (Man) and matter (female). The doll that is used are wooden (Mara-pacchi), which has two meanings, one is the literal meaning wood and the other is hereditary. Usually, the man and lady dolls are passed on to generation after generation representing the ancestors. The mother in law gives the  dolls to the daughter in law after marriage to symbolize the passing of the tradition and family values.

    Children perform doll-marriage  to the Man and the lady. In this fun event children are imparted the cultural knowledge and importance of marriage. They are shown the importance of family and society through this dolls. Usually the dolls-wedding is done on the first day of Navarathri representing family life as the means to Spiritual life.

    In the ninth step, Lord Ganesha is kept. He represent the high "Energy" state (Mooladhaara) of all beings that potentially transcends to the Consciousness state. This is why he is first worshipped in all rituals.

Click here more about Navarathri festival.

Golu or Bommai Kolu
 

Navarathri starts after the new moon day in September October months. That New moon day is good for doing "Ancestral" worship). The same day the Golu (kolu) steps are arranged with wooden planks or packing boxes. Make Nine steps.

The next day Ganesha is worshipped with the Awareness that the whole festival is helps to raise the Awareness. Then the dolls are arranged in a specific way to begin the festival.

Children take an active participation in Golu because that gives them the opportunity to display their creative talents. They make miniature parks, zoos, houses, cities , name any forms in Golu. Every evening children and adult sings traditional Vedic songs, chant mantras. It is a period of fun along with sweets and nine different types of legumes are sprouted and or cooked are offered to everyone as prasad. Health awareness is also imparted in Navarathri. In summary Navarathri is a Universal learning and display of Science and Arts along with Spirituality.

On the 9th day (Saraswati Puja), special pujas are offered to Goddess Saraswathi - the creative aspect of the mind. Books and musical instruments are placed in the puja and worshipped as a source of knowledge. Also all tools used in one's professional life are placed in the pooja - as part of "Ayudha Pooja". Even vehicles are washed and decorated, and puja performed for them. The understanding behind this is that it is that "One"  Consciousness that has manifested as the plethora of forms in this Universe.

In the Vedic tradition every object is worshipped (Acknowledged) as the manifestation of pure Consciousness. This is why all objects of action (Aayudha)  is worshipped in Navarathri. No object is spared in this ritual. All objects are adorned with Tilak  as a mark of Awareness of the pure Consciousness.  

The 10th day, "Vijayadasami" - is the most auspicious day of all. It was the day on which evil was finally destroyed by good. As we have discussed earlier , Good and evil are the expression of Awareness verses Ego. It is the triumph of Awareness over Ego.  It marks a new and prosperous beginning. Hence new ventures started on this day are believed to flourish and bring prosperity. Kids often start tutoring on this day to have a head start in their education. It is not uncommon to initiate new business ventures , fresh tasks etc. The logic is simple that the Awareness is sharpened through these festivals.

In the evening of "Vijayadasami", all the dolls from the "Golu" are put to sleep and the Kalasam is moved a bit towards North to mark the end of that year's Navaratri Golu.

Why are the dolls put to sleep?

In Vedic tradition, Golu represents the creation of this universe, created by Lord Brahma. He sleeps in his end of the day which cause the dissolution of the Universe. His timing is different than the human years and are of high mathematical figures (click here to know about Brahma's years in creation cycle). To symbolically express this dissolution the Golu dolls are put to sleep.

Why Kalasha moved to North?. We have discussed earlier that North is direction of none or "Brahman" or pure Consciousness. It is neutral.

East - Awareness -gods
West- Mind- Guru
South- Ego-body-Ancestors
North - Intellect-Brahman

One transcends to the Awareness state and finally to the pure Consciousness state.

Prayers are offered to thank God for the successful completion of that year's Golu and with a hope of a successful one the next year! Then the Golu is dismantled and packed up for the next year.

Golu or Bommai Kolu
 

Navarathri starts after the new moon day in September October months. That New moon day is good for doing "Ancestral" worship). The same day the Golu (kolu) steps are arranged with wooden planks or packing boxes. Make Nine steps.

The next day Ganesha is worshipped with the Awareness that the whole festival is helps to raise the Awareness. Then the dolls are arranged in a specific way to begin the festival.

Children take an active participation in Golu because that gives them the opportunity to display their creative talents. They make miniature parks, zoos, houses, cities , name any forms in Golu. Every evening children and adult sings traditional Vedic songs, chant mantras. It is a period of fun along with sweets and nine different types of legumes are sprouted and or cooked are offered to everyone as prasad. Health awareness is also imparted in Navarathri. In summary Navarathri is a Universal learning and display of Science and Arts along with Spirituality.

On the 9th day (Saraswati Puja), special pujas are offered to Goddess Saraswathi - the creative aspect of the mind. Books and musical instruments are placed in the puja and worshipped as a source of knowledge. Also all tools used in one's professional life are placed in the pooja - as part of "Ayudha Pooja". Even vehicles are washed and decorated, and puja performed for them. The understanding behind this is that it is that "One"  Consciousness that has manifested as the plethora of forms in this Universe.

In the Vedic tradition every object is worshipped (Acknowledged) as the manifestation of pure Consciousness. This is why all objects of action (Aayudha)  is worshipped in Navarathri. No object is spared in this ritual. All objects are adorned with Tilak  as a mark of Awareness of the pure Consciousness.  

The 10th day, "Vijayadasami" - is the most auspicious day of all. It was the day on which evil was finally destroyed by good. As we have discussed earlier , Good and evil are the expression of Awareness verses Ego. It is the triumph of Awareness over Ego.  It marks a new and prosperous beginning. Hence new ventures started on this day are believed to flourish and bring prosperity. Kids often start tutoring on this day to have a head start in their education. It is not uncommon to initiate new business ventures , fresh tasks etc. The logic is simple that the Awareness is sharpened through these festivals.

In the evening of "Vijayadasami", all the dolls from the "Golu" are put to sleep and the Kalasam is moved a bit towards North to mark the end of that year's Navaratri Golu.

Why are the dolls put to sleep?

In Vedic tradition, Golu represents the creation of this universe, created by Lord Brahma. He sleeps in his end of the day which cause the dissolution of the Universe. His timing is different than the human years and are of high mathematical figures (click here to know about Brahma's years in creation cycle). To symbolically express this dissolution the Golu dolls are put to sleep.

Why Kalasha moved to North?. We have discussed earlier that North is direction of none or "Brahman" or pure Consciousness. It is neutral.

East - Awareness -gods
West- Mind- Guru
South- Ego-body-Ancestors
North - Intellect-Brahman

One transcends to the Awareness state and finally to the pure Consciousness state.

Prayers are offered to thank God for the successful completion of that year's Golu and with a hope of a successful one the next year! Then the Golu is dismantled and packed up for the next year.

Excellent Devi Mahatmayam in malayalam

Other References

Moon Phases

http://shaktisadhana.50megs.com/Newhomepage/sadhana/PDFfiles/Navarathridiscourse.pdf

 

MAAHAALAYA PAKSHAM

We all have studied in history that from ancient stone age period man has respected death and dead people.They are his ancistors.Many civilizations have followed the cult of worshipping souls.Egyptians have reached a very different trend in this ,that they started mummifying the dead bodies.

In all relegions,this cult is insisted.But today one can see in Hinduism ,this cult isrespected  and considered to be very very important.Vedhas say that every man must offer rituals to the souls who lived with him,especially grand children to thier dead grand parents.

Every Hindu is expected to do the rituals to make the souls to attain peace.It is in belief that the souls of deadones resides in a world called ''pithur lokam''.Every newmoon day is meant for them .They are expected to come to earth for the rituals.

Every Thithe--- means the phase of the moon.All our life actions falls on these phases.The thethe on which a person died has to be recorded,and on all that thethe every month we need to offer the poojas.If we cant then 3 newmoon days are allorted for that.

AADI newmoon day[June -July]

Puratasi months [most important one [sepember -oct]\

Thai month[January-Feb]

If we cant give the rituals on all these 3 days ,Puratasi month ritual alone is enough,but it is a must.

From the fullmoon day which is arriving this month,starts the Maahaalaya paksham till next newmoon day.These days are meant for the rituals .Every day the husband needs to offer sesame seeds with tulsi water thinking of all souls ,to SreeKrishna's feet. 

Offerings to poor people,Bhramins and orphans are also insisted.

Onions,garlic and drumstick are not to be taken in diet .

Plantin's unripe fruit,snakeguard are the vegetables meant for pitrus.

                   Spiritual  Rituals

            Life Solving Ancient Technologies

Objective: The objective of this section is to understand how to get life desires fulfilled. We live to fulfill our desires and be happy. But always this does not happen.

Guruji (Shri.Jayachandraraj), hence recommends to light a lamp and then  chant Mantras (positive statements expressing desires). These new positive information fed in our IIF will have a dramatic influence on our thought process influencing our health and choice making behavior in life , finally changing the course of it.

Doing meditation in front of oil lamp enhances the quality of meditation.

Light is the the revealing principle. Even material objects are seen by the eyes that are reflected by objects. We are unable to see in dark, because eyes do not get the reflected light from objects. So light is that reveals objects. However even in the absence of external light, in our mind things are revealed through the light of Awareness. This "Inner" light (Awareness)  is symbolically represented by the "light" in Vedic traditions and in all other religious traditions.

Bringing Awareness as the first activity of the day helps to keep the inner awareness throughout the day.  Hence it is good to light the lamp after a shower. In Vedic tradition oil lamp is lit with cotton wicks in  particular direction.

In the morning wicks facing, West, North-East,  South-East, North-west and South-West are lighted.

In the evening two wicks, one facing East and another West is used.

Please click here for the Video demonstrations on  lighting lamp.

Click here for printable instructions on  lighting lamp.

Click here to listen or read  Chanting Mantras. (freely downloadable)

 

How to start the five wicks:  Start lighting the lamp form the wick in North-East direction, then East, then south East , then South west, then west and finally North-west.  Use this sequence. also to lay the wicks in lamp and also to put off the fire, in all the same sequience of direction. 

Why in particular direction:

Lighting lamp with wicks in particular direction is like turning electronic devises like cell phone, television to a direction to get better range of transmission signal. Here we are turning towards the source of Cosmic Energy to accomplish 100% desired results in life. Our "Ego-Mind (Selfishness)", blocks our connection to the Cosmic Energy.   Everyone can access to this Cosmic Source only if we have  "Selfless" attitude.

Who or what Governs the results of actions in life?.  Everything in this Universe is Sakthi or Energy. Hope you have read the previous sections about the relationship between Consciousness and Energy. The Energy when manifest as forms in this universe, self creates it own rules, which are five in number called as Pancha Bhootas. These Cosmic laws are expressed in nine attributes called  (Navagrahas)  or the Nine planets. In Layman language these Cosmic laws are symbolized as Gods in spiritual Traditions.

The five wicks that are lighted in five directions are directed to the five Cosmic Energy Laws, the Pancha Bhootas.  Lighting the lamp everyday brings Cosmic energy into our life "Energy". All the five Pancha Bhootas that govern the whole Cosmos also govern not only each and every human being but also each and every atom in the Universe.

Lighting lamp enlivens all the areas of the nine expressions of  the Cosmic Energy that governs the fate and destiny of our life. When water flows over a dry area, water is absorbed quickly and  fills shallow areas first and then deep pits. In the same way, after lighting the lamp , one experiences Awareness in aspects that require immediate changes and then slowly in radical changes.

Light and Sound:   Scientific studies shows that Sound influence  energy transfer in light. So Mantra chanting (Sound) in presence of light has a significant influence on influencing the information field around us. .

 The Mantras chanted are the technological 'subtle energy' vibrations that  bring out the desired results quickly with high efficiency. When Mantras are chanted before a lighted lamp with the five wicks, they make sure that the vibrations reach the Cosmic Source with 100% efficiency. It is very interesting that there are Mantras for all type of desires and are used in a highly technological manner, called Tantra.

What is the difference between Mantra, Tantra and Prayer?

Mantras are also words Tantric rituals, all the five forms of Pancha Bhootas in the form of Sound (space), Touch (Air), Sight (Fire), Taste (Water), Smell (Earth), are used to ensure that the subtlest vibrations can re-program the effects and create more Awareness as well. This is why prayers with rituals (Pooja / Puja) tend to bring enhanced results. 

 However more than merely being ritualistic, if it done with full Awareness it brings the desired result quickly and with 100% efficiency.

Instructions for lighting Lamp: Everyday clean the lamp and the plate  with soap and water. Dry with a cloth and then use Sesame oil to the lamp for minimum of 10 to 15 minutes  to a maximum of couple of hours.  Never allow the lamp to drain away of oil and the wicks get charred without oil. So if you are allowing to burn for a longer period then keep adding oil for the duration you need. (Click here for Video demonstration of lighting of lamp).

Start lighting the lamp from the Southeast direction and similarly put off the lamp before oil gets exhausted by gently touching the wicks using a flower.

Use every time fresh cotton wicks. But you can save unused sesame oil in a container and next day add few drops of new oil and pour the old oil in the lamp.

Keep the lamp insulated from Earth, best is to keep on a wooden Table. If keeping on the floor use a washable rexin like material to insulate, then that also has to be washed with water everyday.

Doing an auspicious act with a clean body gives best results. Therefore take a shower before lighting the lamp.

If you eat meat , then brush teeth, drink little water and take a shower before lighting lamp

Women during periods should not light lamp instead some one else in the family could light the lamp.

Sun’s energy is trapped by plants which store that in form of oil in seeds. That sun’s energy is released by burning oil in a lamp. The released energy of the sun should be insulated from going to the earth. So an insulating washable spread is kept underneath the lamp. Light from Lamp depicts the “Sun” in our home which brightens our intellect like light in the dark. It dissipates ignorance, fear, depression, and all other negative energy and brings light of positive energy.

All the planets (Navagrahas) revolve around the Sun. Therefore bringing the Sun’s energy in the form of Oil-lamp light in home, symbolically will bring all the positive vibrations of planets in our home and bring peace and happiness , good health and fortune to us.

Fundamental of light:  Scientifically, we are fundamentally made up of only Energy which appear as particles like electrons (leptons), quarks and Bosons.there are technologies to increase inner-strength to face challenges in life and also means to exercise right choices in life. Among this the most powerful one is the lighting of the lamp - the Photon technology and chanting mantras - the Sound technology. 

Quantum physics proves that at nano level all energy vibrations operate as possibilities level. Ancient seers have understood this secret  knowledge of  Energy (Sakthi) and developed various technologies for the benefit not only for Indians but for all the beings in the Universe.

The basic light ritual using oil lamp.  Modern Physics says that fundamental of everything thing in this universe including our body is only "light". Light is  nothing but an Electro-Magnetic field called as "photons." For this reason, a photon carries information about the physical world because it interacts with what it hits. Photon  is electromagnetic in nature and has no mass. It cannot decay on its own, although the energy of the photon can transfer (or be created) upon interaction with other particles at long distances.

Einstein made a revolution with his famous E=MC2which means that Energy can be converted into matter and vice versa, while the only thing that is constant is the speed of light. When you burn a camphor, the mass of camphor is converted to heat and also light.

Light the highest technology to bring changes at the material world and in our Awareness:

What this indirectly means is that, everything in this Universe is converted to Energy and matter and one that is not changing is the Light. Light is the fastest moving phenomenon as far as we know. Our senses act at the lightening speed (Vajra of Indra).  So we can could change our thoughts and influence the body and life through use of light. 

The intelligence field can be corrected by doing rituals.

 

 

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