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The nation’s largest full color monthly spiritual and metaphysical
magazine. Submission & Disclaimers : We accept ...
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First, let me explain who Vasthu is. Vasthu Purusha is the god
for construction of structures and buildings. Once ...
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for proper lighting and cross ventilation. As a part of Vasthu
remedies for bathroom, it is suggested that the gey...
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In past issues I have shared many of my thoughts on spirituality.
First, I humbly submit my Pranams to the Almight...
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other than this. Since you have been bitten by the black snake of
the self-opinion that “I am the doer,” drink the...
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and an ornament into gold. How wonderful I am! Glory is to me,
for whom there is no destruction, remaining even be...
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Chundakkai Pachadi or Sundakkai pachadi
(Turkey Berry hot and sour gravy)
Ingredients
Sundakkai-1 cup(tender ones)...
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Red chilli-5
Pottukadalai-1 table spoon
Cashwes-4(optional)
Fennel seeds-1 teaspoon
To season
Cinamon-2 small piec...
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Procedure
Peel off the skin of the cooked kizhangu. Cut into small round
pieces. If your kizhangu is over cooked ...
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because this is his Karma’s matured fruit.
But a Mahatma, a Satguru can help the
person, making him fall on some ...
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teacher/Guru whose formula for life is:
Eat only while you are fasting, speak
only when are in silence, act only ...
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(2). Yes, it is true that our present life has to face the result
of past lives’ deeds-good or bad in the shape o...
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During the past issues I explained a lot about Vedic
Astrology. In this issue I wish to explain the nature
of the...
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Ninth House: These people are often dreamers who try and
make their life ideal rather then what is practically po...
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Eleventh house: They are often very popular with a wide
circle of friends, especially women. They have a very wid...
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There are many problems in getting married. Nowadays
getting married in the prescribed age has become very
rare. ...
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The human race begins only from a child or kid. The Atharva
Veda tells a lot about kids or children. Swamiji Sri ...
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1. Kishin Manohar & Komal Manohar. Georgetown, DE
Jai Swamiji Maharaj. Only because of your best prayers,
we got ...
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11. Ramlakhan Singh Phoenix, AZ
Siddharji, namasthe. I got the magazine Karma form the
Hindu Temple here. I am re...
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(A small portion of discourse/ satsang
held on 2010 Maha Shivaratri day)
Devotee: The scripture speaks of our
dre...
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anything, nor are you moving from place to place. Nothing
is happening, really speaking. It is in the dream world...
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whole universe is consciousness. Do you catch the point?
Devotee: Yes.When the scriptures say that sound is trans...
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Universal, the Universal looks like an outside. But if you
are actually an organic part of the Universal, where i...
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Swamiji: It will be fulfilled, and you will never see the universe
afterwards.
Dr.R: Not the universe, maybe…
Swa...
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Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
Commander selvam is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa   temple texas
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  1. 1. Karma 1 The nation’s largest full color monthly spiritual and metaphysical magazine. Submission & Disclaimers : We accept articles, photography, and art work that is in keeping with our mission. We do not endorse any particular opinion, program, or advertisement. We reserve the right to edit or reject any material we receive. We will do our best to honor the integrity of our readership. It is merely our sincere hope that we help our readers to achieve success in their lives. The Karma is published by Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar for Hindu Temple and Community center of High Desert PO Box No.58 Norcross, GA 30091., 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit corporation, (USPS 687). Periodical postage paid at Norcross, GA. Post Masters: Send address changes to Karma, PO Box No.58 Norcross, GA 30091. Note: Karma does not accept any responsibility for products or services advertised. The publisher has the right to deny any advertising at its sole discretion. Contact Information Publisher : karmapublisher@gmail.com Editor : karmaeditor@gmail.com Advertising & Marketing : karmaadvt@gmail.com Production : karmaproduce@gmail.com Subscription & Postage : karmasubscribe@gmail.com Telephone : 1-888-808-1418 web : www.sriselvamsiddhar.org Content.........Atherva vedic Vasthu 3 Spirituality 5 Achi’s Carner 9 Vedic Astrology 18 Lord Shiva-Shivarathri 34 Sakthi and its yoga 44 Sports Page 52 Zodiac Sign 55 Wonderful Siddhars 60 Karma In Hinduism, Lord Mahavishnu is an aspect of Vishnu, the Absolute which is beyond human comprehension and is beyond all attributes. In Vaishnavite theology, the term is similar to Brahman and Almighty God. It is also often used interchangeably with Vishnu to indicate reverence,astheprefix“Maha”exaltsthe noun to which it is attached. Mahavishnu is said to lie in the causal ocean or the Ocean of milk, in the bed of a great serpenthavingfiveheads.Thefiveheaded serpent is known as Adhiseshan and he is the bed, throne, umbrella and shoes of Lord Mahavishnu. It is a rare pose to see Lord Mahavishnu sitting in the serpent throne with his consort Mahalakshmi. In this pose Lord Mahavishnu is known as Lakshminarayana. All the natural elements like sky, fire, water, air and ether are created and also along with that are created mind, intelligence and false ego. After, this Mahavishnu enters each of the many universes so created (seeds emerging from the pores of his skin). It can be understood that Mahavishnu is the collective of all souls in all of the universes. The wonderful pose of Lakshminarayana adorns thecover page of this issue. The Lakshminarayana is the incharge of all the wealth and fortunes. By praying this wonderful pose the devotees are blessed with fortune and wealth.
  2. 2. Karma 3 First, let me explain who Vasthu is. Vasthu Purusha is the god for construction of structures and buildings. Once upon a time, an unknown person came into existence and he obstructed the earth and the sky with his huge body. The Devatas suddenly caught the person and threw him below with his face down, and different Devatas held whichever part of the body of the person, the Devatas became presiding deities of that part of the body. The creator, Brahma, had made the person as “god of the house” - ‘Vasthu Purusha.’ There is another interesting story of Vasthu Purusha in Matsya Purana. It narrates the birth of Vasthu Purusha. In an encounter with a Rakshasa called Andhakasura, Lord Shiva became tired and exhausted, and he began to sweat profusely. A man was born out of the drops of Lord Shiva’s sweat. He looked very cruel. He was very hungry and began to make penance to appease Lord Shiva and to get a boon from him. Lord Shiva was pleased with his penance and appeared before him. The devotee prayed to Lord Shiva, “Oh Lord! Please permit me to eat away all the three worlds.” Lord Shiva granted his prayer. He got possession of all the three worlds and was about to eat the terrestrial world. The celestial beings, Brahma, Vishnu, the deities and the demons were terrified and they caught hold of the devotee and encircled him. Forty-five deities caught hold of the devotee and pressed him down. This Devotee has been in that position ever since that time. Lord Brahma blessed him and said that he would be the deity of all the plots and constructions, and offerings would be made to him. In return, Vasthu Purusha is said to be taking care of the inmates of the building. Let me narrate the Vedic verse here. “Vasthu Varcho Maha Kaayo Krishnango Rakta Lochanaha. Aisaanyaam Masthakam Dhruthwa Nanairuthyaangathamaarabheth. Aakunchitha Kavacham Vasthum Utthaanamasutraakruthim”. The variations of the measurements of the rooms in house will result in the following problems. If the master bedroom is improper in measurements, it will create unnecessary problems between the husband and wife. Health related problems would also occur. If the children’s room varies from the measurement the education, physical and mental health of the children will be spoiled. Atharva Veda tells about many yantras for solving these kinds of problems. For example, Amruta Sanjeevini Yantra is to be worshipped for solving the health related problems. The Yantra should be fortified with certain number of “Rasaayanams”, and then only the Yantra should be worshipped. The term “rasaayanam” used in Atharva Veda is entirely different from the word’s usage in Ayurveda. In Ayurveda, the word “rasaayana” means “combination of different chemicals”. However, in Atharva Veda it should be split as rasam+ayanam. Rasam means “juice” and ayanam means “route”. The juice of the specified mantras is to be extracted and the Yantra should be fortified. The mantras will vary according to the severity of the problem. For education, “Vidya Sanjivini” Yantra should be worshipped. Before doing alterations according to Vasthu, the consultation from a learned scholar is a must. Now let me give some tips regarding Vasthu for the different rooms in the house. Vasthu tips for children’s room: The apt direction for constructing children’s room is west. North or East directions can also be used for constructing kids room. Vasthu for children room suggests that a married couple should not use East direction bedroom. There is no problem if an unmarried child uses that room. Bed can be placed in the southwest corner. As a part of Vasthu guidelines for children room, it is recommended to avoid placing the mirror just on the opposite side of the bed. Do not place the furniture sticking to the wall, as it obstructs the flow of positive energy. The study desk should be placed in such a manner that the child faces eastern, northern or northeastern corner while studying. East is the most appropriate direction, as it paves way for enhanced concentration. Avoid placing the electronic gadgets like TV and Computer in the kids’ bedroom. Still if you wish to install one, then for computer, the right place is Southeast corner and for TV, Northwest corner would be fine. Vasthu tips for bathroom: For bathroom construction, the most appropriate location lies in the eastern portion of the house. There must be a provision
  3. 3. Karma 4 for proper lighting and cross ventilation. As a part of Vasthu remedies for bathroom, it is suggested that the geyser should be placed in the Southeast corner. Drainage system should be in the northeast direction. Therefore, it is advised that the taps and showers should be fixed on the northern side. As per Vasthu for bathroom, the door should not be in the southwest direction of the bathroom. For keeping the washing machine, the suitable directions are southeast and northwest. Bathtub can be placed on the west side. Vasthu tips for bedroom: For ensuring peace in the house, the main bedroom should be constructed in the South direction.While sleeping, make sure that everyone sleeps with his or her head pointing towards the South corner. North direction should be completely avoided, as it acts as a source of nightmares and disturbed sleep. Avoid placing the divine idols in the bedroom. As a part of Vasthu guidelines for bedroom, if you want to have a bookshelf in your bedroom, then west or southwest corner is apt for this purpose. For constructing the master bedroom, southwest direction is just perfect. Other bedrooms can be constructed on the eastern or northern side of the master bedroom. Square and rectangle shape bedrooms are just perfect for ensuring peace and prosperity. Vasthu for dining room makes sure that the food you are eating will have positive effects on you and your family. There are plenty of things that are to be considered, while giving the right Vasthu remedies for dining room like the proper location of dining room, proper placement of dining table, position of electronic gadgets, the direction you are facing while eating food etc. Vasthu tips for dining room: The ideal location for the construction of dining room is the West portion of the house. Construction should be done in such a manner that the dining room and kitchen both are on the same floor, lying adjacent to each other. Square or rectangle shape dining table is just perfect for the room. Dining table should not be sticking to the wall. The most suitable wall colors for the room are the shades of pink and orange. If you want to place a fridge in the dining room, then southeast direction would be just apt. If you want to make provision for the fitting of washbasin in your dining room, then the right place would be either eastern or northern corner. Vasthu tips for drawing room: The north direction is ideal for the construction of drawing room. As per Vasthu for drawing room, it is advisable to keep square or rectangle shape furniture. Southern and western corners of the room are perfect for placing the furniture. As per the Vasthu advice for drawing rooms, there should more of open space in the northern and eastern corners. The perfect place for placing sofa lies in northwest. TV can be kept in the southeast direction and showcase cum almirah in the southwest corner. Seating arrangement for the guests should be done in such a manner that the guests face southern or western direction. Center table can be in the shape of square, rectangle or even round. Avoid placing L shape sofa in your drawing room. Vasthu tips for kitchen: Vasthu for kitchen takes into consideration various things, which when properly placed, pave way for safety in the kitchen. Some of the essential determinants considered are proper location of the kitchen, direction and placement of doors and windows, placement of cooking gas, gas cylinder, sink, refrigerator and other electronic gadgets etc. The ideal place for the location of kitchen is the southeast corner. An alternative can be the northwest corner of the house. As per the Vasthu remedies for kitchen, certain directions, which are a total no for the construction of the kitchen, are: Northeast, mid-north, mid-west, southwest mid-south or the center. Make sure that the cooking platform does not touch eastern or northern sidewall. The best direction for cooking is facing east, as this direction is considered auspicious. No shelf should be placed above the cooking platform. Refrigerator can be placed on the northwest corner in the kitchen. While constructing the kitchen, make adequate provision for cross ventilation. To know more and more about the Vasthu especially for the western countries, contact Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar @ USA Toll Free No. 1-888-808-1418 or email to avtemple@aol. com
  4. 4. Karma 5 In past issues I have shared many of my thoughts on spirituality. First, I humbly submit my Pranams to the Almighty and thanks to Swamiji for blessing me with the opportunity to do so. In this issue I wish to talk about the spirituality taught to King Janaka by one of the great saints, Ashtavakra. The reason for his name is that he had eight misplacements in his physical body. Even though he had the misplacements his knowledge is great. Even though he lived and died thousands of years ago, his thoughts on humanity and spirituality are suitable even for today’s hectic world. The Ashtavakra Gita, or The Song of Ashtavakra (also known as the Ashtavakra Samhita), is an Advaita Vedanta scripture which documents a dialogue between the Perfect Master Ashtavakra and the student Janaka, the King of Mithila. The Ashtavakra Gita comprises of a total of 20 chapters. Ashtavakra Gita presents the traditional teachings of Advaita Vedanta with a clarity and power very rarely matched. In the first chapter, the teacher Ashtavakra imparts the highest knowledge to King Janaka. In the 2nd chapter, King Janaka asserts that he has figured it out (as to what true knowledge is). In the third chapter, Guru Ashtavakra tests if King Janaka really got this knowledge, and starts explaining in more detail the nature of this “Brahma Jnana,” or “Knowledge of Brahman.” This continues through the 6th chapter, and then Janaka speaks again in the 7th chapter. Ashtavakra further instructs Janaka in chapters 8 to11. In chapters 12, 13, and 14, Janaka speaks, giving a rare glimpse into the mind of a true seeker, who surely but steadily shows the signs of “Jeevan-Muktah,” or liberated-while-living. The Ashtavakra Gita states that there is nothing as existence or non existence, right or wrong, or moral or immoral. In the eyes of the Ashtavakra, one’s true identity can be found by simply recognizing oneself as Pure Existence and that as individuals we are the Awareness of all things. The Ashtavakra Gita teaches that one is already free when one realizes that he or she is free. In the first chapter the student Janaka asks only one question, and for that one question the master gives a very big answer. The question of the student Janaka is essentially, “How is knowledge to be acquired? How is liberation to be attained? And how is dispassion to be reached?” For this question the master’s long reply is as follows. If you are seeking liberation, turn away from the objects of the senses like poison. Practice tolerance, sincerity, compassion, contentment, and truthfulness like nectar. You are neither earth, water, fire, air, nor even ether. For liberation, know yourself as consisting of consciousness, the witness of these. Only if you remain resting in consciousness, seeing yourself as distinct from the body, then even now you will become happy, peaceful, and free from bonds. You do not belong to any caste, you are not at any stage, nor are you anything that the eye can see. You are unattached and formless, the witness of everything. Only by being a witness of the world and worldly actions can one be happy. Righteousness and unrighteousness, pleasure and pain are purely of the mind and are no concern of yours.You are neither the doer, nor the reaper of consequences, so you are always free. You are the one witness of everything, and are always totally free. The cause of your bondage is that you see the witness as something
  5. 5. Karma 6 other than this. Since you have been bitten by the black snake of the self-opinion that “I am the doer,” drink the nectar of faith in the fact that “I am not the doer,” and be happy. Burn down the forest of ignorance with the fire of the understanding that “I am the one pure awareness,” and be happy and free from distress. That in which all this appears - imagined like the snake in a rope - that joy, supreme joy and awareness is what you are; so be happy. If one thinks of oneself as free, one is free; and if one thinks of oneself as bound, one is bound. Here this saying is true, “Thinking makes it so.” - On following the great sayings of this wonderful scholar saint Ashtavakra, our Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar always says, “You will live according to your thoughts.” Your real nature is as the one perfect, free, and action-less consciousness, the all-pervading witness. You are unattached to anything, desire-less and at peace. It is from illusion that you seem to be involved in Samsara. Meditate on yourself as motionless awareness. Be free from any dualism, giving up the mistaken idea that you are just a derivative consciousness, or anything external or internal. You have long been trapped in the snare of identification with the body. Sever it with the knife of knowledge that “I am awareness,” and be happy. You are really unbound and action-less, self-illuminating and spotless already. The cause of your bondage is that you are still resorting to stilling the mind. All of this is really filled by you and strung out in you, for what you consist of is pure awareness. So, don’t be narrow-minded. Keep your mind broad and wide. You are unconditioned and changeless, formless and immovable, unfathomable awareness and imperturbable, so hold to nothing but consciousness. Recognize that the apparent is unreal, while the un-manifest is abiding. Through this initiation into truth you will escape falling into unreality again. Just as a mirror exists everywhere, both within and apart from its reflected images, so the Supreme Lord exists everywhere, within and apart from this body. Just as one and the same all-pervading space exists within and without a jar, so the eternal, everlasting God exists in the totality of things. This long answer given by the master teaches the highest spirituality. If everybody were to adopt this point of view there would be no ego and jealousy. The entire world would be very peaceful. After hearing the longer answer, the great student Janaka asks for a longer explanation from the great master by narrating his experience as well. This makes the second chapter of this wonderful work. Truly I am spotless and at peace, the awareness beyond natural causality. All this time I have been afflicted by delusion. As I alone give light to this body, so I do to the world. As a result, the whole world is mine, or alternatively, nothing is. So now, abandoning the body and everything else, by some good fortune or other, my true self becomes apparent. Just as waves, foam, and bubbles are not different from water, so all this which has emanated from oneself, is no other than oneself. In the same way that cloth is found to be just thread when analyzed, so when all this is analyzed, it is found to be no other than oneself. Just as the sugar produced from the juice of the sugarcane is permeated with the same taste, so all this, produced out of me, is completely permeated with me. From ignorance of oneself, the world appears, and by knowledge of oneself, it appears no longer. From ignorance of the rope, a snake appears; and by knowledge of it, it appears no longer. Shining is my essential nature, and I am nothing over and beyond that. When the world shines forth, it is simply me that is shining forth. All this appears in me imagined due to ignorance, just as a snake appears in the rope, the mirage of water in the sunlight, and silver in mother of pearl. All this, which has originated out of me, is resolved back into me too, like a jug back into clay, a wave into water,
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  7. 7. Karma 8 and an ornament into gold. How wonderful I am! Glory is to me, for whom there is no destruction, remaining even beyond the destruction of the world, from Brahma down to the last clump of grass. How wonderful I am! Glory is to me, solitary even though with a body, neither going nor coming anywhere, I who abide forever, filling all that is. How wonderful I am! Glory is to me! There is no one as clever as me! I who have borne all that am forever, without even touching it with my body! How wonderful I am! Glory is to me! I who possess nothing at all or alternatively possess everything that speech and mind can refer to. Knowledge, what is to be known, and the knower, these three do not exist in reality. I am the spotless reality in which they appear because of ignorance. Truly dualism is the root of suffering. There is no other remedy for it than the realization that all this that we see is unreal, and that I am the one stainless reality, consistingofconsciousness.Iampureawareness,thoughthrough ignorance I have imagined myself to have additional attributes. By continually reflecting like this, my dwelling place is in the unimagined. For me there is neither bondage nor liberation. The illusion has lost its basis and ceased. Truly all this exists in me, though ultimately it does not even exist in me. I have recognized that all this and my body is nothing, while my true self is nothing but pure consciousness, so what can the imagination work on now? The body, heaven and hell, bondage and liberation, and fear too, all these are pure imagination. What is there left to do for me whose very nature is consciousness? Truly, I do not see dualism, even in a crowd of people. What pleasure should I have when it has turned into a wilderness? I am not the body, nor is the body mine. I am not a living being. I am consciousness. It was my thirst for living and that was my bondage. Truly it is in the limitless ocean of me, that stimulated by the colorful waves of the worlds, everything suddenly arises in the wind of consciousness. It is in the limitless ocean of me that the wind of thought subsides, and the trader-like living beings’ world bark is wrecked by lack of goods. How wonderful it is that in the limitless ocean of me the waves of living beings arise, collide, play, and disappear, according to their natures. After hearing the longer explanation of experiences by the student Janaka, the Master speaks more. Knowing yourself as truly one and indestructible, how could a wise man possessing self-knowledge like you feel any pleasure in acquiring wealth? Truly, when one does not know oneself, takes pleasure in the objects of mistaken perception. It is just as greed arises for the mistaken silver in one who does not know mother of pearl for what it is. All this wells up like waves in the sea. Recognizing, “I am that”, why run around like someone in need? After hearing of oneself as pure consciousness and the supremely beautiful, is one to go on lusting after sordid sexual objects? When the sage has realized that he himself is in all beings, and all beings are in him, it is astonishing that the sense of individuality should be able to continue. It is astonishing that a man who has reached the supreme non-dual state and is intent on the benefits of liberation should still be subject to lust and held back by sexual activity. It is astonishing that one already very debilitated, and knowing very well that its arousal is the enemy of knowledge should still hanker after sensuality, even when approaching his last days. It is astonishing that one who is unattached to the things of this world or the next, who discriminates between the permanent and the impermanent, and who longs for liberation, should still feel fear for liberation. Whether feted or tormented, the wise man is always aware of his supreme self-nature and is neither pleased nor disappointed. The great souled person sees even his own body in action as if it were some-one else’s, so how should he be disturbed by praise or blame? Seeing this world as pure illusion, and devoid of any interest in it, how should the strong- minded person feel fear, even at the approach of death? Who is to be compared to the great souled person whose mind is free of desire, even in disappointment, and who has found satisfaction in self-knowledge? How should a strong-minded person, who knows that what he sees is by its very nature nothing, consider one thing to be grasped and another to be rejected? For someone who has eliminated attachment, and who is free from dualism and from desire, an object of enjoyment that comes of itself is neither painful nor pleasurable. This country is great and the world is the greatest. We are all living an uncomfortable life, even though we have all the earthly comforts needed for a comfortable living. What is the reason for it? We all forget the spirituality taught by our ancestors! By adopting this spiritual life, one can have a peaceful and comfortable life. I whole heartedly thank the Almighty and Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar for blessing me with the chance to share my thoughts on Spirituality. I pray that they bless me with ever more opportunities such as this. In our next issue we will continue to discuss this same subject. Om Nama Shivaya.
  8. 8. Karma 9 Chundakkai Pachadi or Sundakkai pachadi (Turkey Berry hot and sour gravy) Ingredients Sundakkai-1 cup(tender ones) Small onion chopped-20 Tomato-1 Sambar powder-1 teaspoon Turmeric powder-1 teaspoon Tamarind paste-1 teaspoon Cooked Thoor dhal-1/4 cup To season Musrad seed-1 teaspoon Small jeera-1 teaspoon Curry leaf-little Corriander leaves to season Procedure Select tender sundakkai while cutting. Split into 4 and put into water. Mince onion and tomatoes. Cook thoor dhal one whistle less than you cook for sambar. Keep the kadai in the stove. Season the pachadi with the items given in to season in 1 table spoon of oil.Add the onion and tomatoes and saute for 3 minutes. Now add the cut sundakkai and saute in medium fire for 5 minutes. If sauted nicely,there will be no bitter taste in the curry. After sauting add the water that is there on top of the cooked dhal. (If there is not much water in your cooked dhal, add a cup of water into it, mix it lightly and take out that water.).Add turmeric powder. Half close the kadai and cook for 6 to 7 minutes in medium fire till the Sundakkai cooks soft. Now add little more dhal water and sambar powder.cook for 3 minutes. Add the salt needed and the tamarind paste now. When the curry boils add the cooked thoor dhal left and cook for 5 more minutes. You should not cook long after adding dhal as the curry will turn very thick. Garnish with coriander leaves. This gravy will be semi solid .This can be mixed with rice as well as used as a side dish for curd rice. Chenai Kizhangu Meen Masala Varuval (Yam fish masala fry) Ingredients Yam-1/4 kg (Cut like finger chips pieces) Oil-2 table spoons Ingredients for the masal Garlic-7 to 8 pods Fennel seeds-1 teaspoon Pepper-1 teaspoon Chili powder- 1 table spoon Turmeric powder-1 teaspoon Salt-1 table spoon Procedure Cook the Yam pieces in a kadai for 5 to 6 minutes (till they are 3/4th cooked) Drain the water and keep it to cool. Mean time grind the ingredients given for masal in the small jar with just enough water. Marinate the yam pieces with the masal for 5 minutes. Keep the kadai in the stove and in 2 tablespoons of oil season the fry with a teaspoon of mustard seed and fennel seed and little curry leaf. Add the yam pieces and fry nicely without stirring much. Too much of stirring will make the pieces break. (Be sure that the pieces are not cooked too much in the beginning).When the pieces get roasted oil will separate Remove the pieces alone and discard the excess oil. This fry will be yummy with Rasam rice as well as curd rice. Palakkai Pirattal (Baby Jack Fruit Masala) Ingredients Baby jack fruit Potato-1 Big onion-1 Tomato-1 To Grind Coconut grated-3 table spoons Aachi’s Corner
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  10. 10. Karma11 Red chilli-5 Pottukadalai-1 table spoon Cashwes-4(optional) Fennel seeds-1 teaspoon To season Cinamon-2 small pieces Cloves-2 Cardomom-2 Fennel seeds-1 teaspoon Procedure Peel off the skin from the baby jack fruit and cut as shown. Cut the potato also in the same size. Chop the onion and tomatoes also. In a small cooker or pressure pan cook the cut jack fruit and potatoes for 1 whistle in high flame. This will get cooked fast and will get smashed if over cooked. So if you are not sure when to switch off then cook it in microwave or in a kadai in such a way that the pieces are just correctly cooked. Grind the items given in ‘To grind’ to a smooth paste. Now keep the kadai in the stove.In two tablespoons of oil season the curry with the items given in’To season’. Add the onions and tomatoes and sauté nicely till oil separates. Now add the grinded masal and salt needed also and sauté till it gets cooked well and oil separates in medium fire. Add ¼ cup of water to this and put the cooked baby jack fruit and potato pieces. Mix everything nicely in such a way that you don’t smash the pieces and cook in medium fire for 5 to 7 minutes till oil separates. Muttai Kose Muttai Poriyal ( Cabbage Egg Fry ) Ingredients Grated cabbage-2 cups Minced big onion-1 Green chillies chopped-4 or (1 teaspoon of chili powder) Egg-1 or 2 Procedure Keep the kadai in the stove. Season the fry with a teaspoon of mustard, curry leaf and broken urudh dhal. Add the minced onion and chilies and sauté for a minute. Now add the cabbage and sauté for a while. Sprinkle little water. Half close the kadai and cook in medium fire for 3 minutes. Open the lid and add the salt needed and cook till the cabbage is rightly cooked. sprinkle water in between till it gets cooked. Make sure that there is not much water content in the vegetable. Now break the egg and pour it on top the vegetable and mix well till the egg gets cooked. Chilli powder instead of green chilies will taste little different. I like that taste more. so try both ways and find out which taste you like. Karunai Kizhangu Kuzhambu Ingredients Karunai kizhangu-5 to 6 (pressure cook for 6 minutes) Small onion-20 Garlic-20 Tomato-1 Sambar powder-2 teaspoon Coriander powder-2 teaspoon Tamarind-little more than you use for sambar (a small gooseberry size) For seasoning Mustard seed-1 teaspoon Fennel seeds-1 teaspoon Curry leaf-little Oil-2 table spoon Fenugreek seed-1/2 teaspoon
  11. 11. Karma 12 Procedure Peel off the skin of the cooked kizhangu. Cut into small round pieces. If your kizhangu is over cooked or undercooked adjust the cooking time next time. This time if it is over cooked add the kizhangu to the gravy by the end. Cut the onion, garlic and the tomatoes too.Keep the kadai in the stove. Season the gravy with the items given in ‘for seasoning’. Add the onion, garlic and tomato pieces one by one after sauting each for some time. Soak the tamarind and the salt needed in 3 cups of water. Squeeze out the tamarind pieces and add the sambar powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder to this water. Add this water to the kadai and cook in high flame for 5 minutes.Add the kizhangu now. Reduce the flame and in slow medium fire cook for another 10 minutes. When the gravy is almost half or little less than half in quantity, switch off the stove. I usually wait for the oil to separate but for those who are new to cooking this method wont work. Kathirikkai Masal (Brinjal Masal) Ingredients Brinjal-1/4 kg Onion (big)-1 Garlic-10 pods Tomato-1 Sambar powder-1 table spoon Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon Fresh coriander leaves-little Curry leaf-little Salt-to taste Oil-1 table spoon (be little liberal in using oil for this fry) Procedure Cut the brinjals into pieces of two inches length (approximately). Mince onion, garlic and tomatoes. Keep the kadai in the stove. Season the fry with a teaspoon of mustard, fennel seed and curry leaves. Add the onion and garlic pieces first and sauté for a while. Then add the tomatoes and sauté for a minute .Now add the brinjal and sauté nicely in medium fire for 5 minutes. Now it will be half done .In this stage add the turmeric powder, sambar powder and the salt. Mix everything well. Pour half a cup of water into the kadai now so that the brinjal pieces get cooked softly. Reduce the fire, close the kadai and cook for 5 more minutes or till the water gets absorbed and oil separates .Make sure that the brinjal pieces are softly cooked and get blended with the masal else add little more water and cook for a while. Garnish with coriander leaves. Corriander leaves along with brinjal will be excellent. (The ancient Prasnotthara malika was written by the great saint Adhi shankara. Prasnam means questions and uttharam means answers to those questions. The ancient prasnotthara malika was written in Sanskrit By Sri.Adhi shankara, with questions of his disciples and his answers. The Naveena prasnotthara malika is written in English By Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar. In this, he answers the questions of his disciples/followers/ sishyas) Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar’s Satsang- Questions from his followers / Sishyas and Answers from His Holiness:- ( If you have any kinds of problems in your life, do not hesitate to call “Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar” immediately. Do not live with stress, fear and anxiety. Toll Free@ 1-888-808-1418 or email to avtemple@aol.com .) 1. Who is a Guru/ Swamiji? Who ever teaches Brahma Gyan (Knowledge to reach God - The Supreme power) is a Guru/ Swamiji or Spiritual Master. A Spiritual Guru is the external manifestation of God. He is the personification of Vedas. He is empowered by the Lord to deliver the conditional Souls. Sometimes the Lord Himself becomes the Spiritual Master like Sri.Dhakshinamoorthy, who taught every thing in silence to his disciples Sanaka, Sananta, Sanathana and Sanathkumara or like Sri.Krishna, who showed Arjuna his original form. 2. Are Guru/ Swamiji and Parmatma one? Guru/ Swamiji is the form of Parmatma. 3. Do you talk with God? How can we know? Those who have attained such a state can know. Just as I have not learnt English and so cannot understand if someone speaks in English. Similarly those who know the language of God can only understand. 4. What should be relationship between a true Guru and disciple? That cannot be explained through language. It can be only expressed though feelings of heart. 5. Dear Mahatma, Lord Krishna says in Gita - “Everyone has to hear the fruits of his Karmas.” Can Guru save his disciple from punishment of his irreligious acts? One cannot escape from Karma-Phal. Karma or Destiny can not be changed. That is a universal law. Nature never changes its rules. But a Brahma Gyani, Brahma Nista Guru can help his devotee, if his faith and devotion on to Guru is unshakeable. Suppose a person has to fall from the 7th floor of a building due to his previous Karmas. No one can save him from falling,
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  13. 13. Karma 14 because this is his Karma’s matured fruit. But a Mahatma, a Satguru can help the person, making him fall on some truck full of Dunlop or cart carrying cotton. The person is to fall this is his Karma’s punishment. But he will be saved from hurt or injury by any means. This is Guru’s help. 6. Dear Holiness Sri Selvam Siddhar, what is difference between Atma and Parmatma? Atma and Parmatma are one and the same. The whole modern civilization is operating on the misunderstanding that body is the self, but this is the mentality of animals as they are not having Buddhi for self-realization. 7. Swamiji, by surrendering to Guru, what does one get? By taking the shelter of a bonafied Spiritual Master and obeying his instructions with firm faith and devotion, one gets knowledge, detachment and ultimately Liberation (Moksha). 8. Satguruji, Our Vedanta declares, “Destiny is irrevocable and unavoidable.” Then why one should unnecessarily bother and labor hard? It is indeed true that one would get only what is destined for him. However it behaves one to make a clear and proper distinction, between where it is appropriate to be resigned to one’s fate and where it is appropriate to exert personal effort. Securing a job is a matter of destiny, but having secured one, to sustain it with sincerity is a matter of personal efforts. To acquire or come into wealth is dictated by destiny, but how to use that wealth for a good purpose is a matter of personal choice and efforts. Whatever one is given by destiny, what one gets is his destiny; but how one uses it is his freedom of choice and efforts. This is called as Purushartha or New Karmas. 9. Swamiji, is it true that Heaven and Hell are only on this Earth? Heaven and Hell on this earth are only samples. As per our Holy Scriptures, there are eighteen varieties of Heavens and Hells. Among them one type of each is here on this earth. They are like samples. When a trader, like a cloth merchant, comes to you to fetch order, he only brings his samples to show you. Again a grain merchant will only show samples of grains. He does not carry his godown with him. Likewise nature has created only one sample of Heaven and Hell here on earth. 10. How do I figure out what is my life’s purpose? Look into your life and find your aim in life. Do not make a choice on the basis of your current emotion, but on the sum total of the inclinations in your life. Arrive at a conclusion. Try to project yourself to the end of your life and in the last minute of your life, what would you like to feel about yourself? Aim all your choice and actions on that basis. If after you’ve made a thorough search you have not found the answer and feel the need for spiritual guidance, then find a guide and ask. 11. Why am I so indecisive? Why do I not have will power? When one is indecisive or when one lacks will power, one has an emotional need which is not yet fulfilled. Examine that and discover the need which is not fulfilled and one will stop being indecisive. 12. How do I reconcile spiritual life and family/worldly life? I want to spend my time meditating and giving service. However, there are family and work demands. How do I create a balance? Love and service begin at home. If you have not learned to serve the people in your immediate circle unselfishly, any service given outside that circle also will be polluted by the elements of ego. There is no sadhana greater than that of a householder. The art of life consists of resilience, which one has to learn to practice in family life. The family becomes your crucible and your touchstone. I always test people’s spiritual progress by observing the state of their relationships. If their relationships have become sweeter, more unselfish, resilient, less demanding, then I conclude that one is making progress in meditation. Otherwise there is something missing both in meditation and in service. Then there is another dimension. Common people use only a fraction of the surface of their minds for all their activities, which is like the waves in the shallows at the beach. At greater depths, the mediator discovers layers of the mind ocean which are ever in silence. One who has learned the art of karma yoga, the practice of yoga while performing actions, remains in touch with the silent depths while still acting in the world. But this is an art that can only be learned by close association with an advanced
  14. 14. Karma 15 teacher/Guru whose formula for life is: Eat only while you are fasting, speak only when are in silence, act only while you are still. 13. Swamiji, How does one balance common sense and faith when making a decision? In other words, when should common sense prevail and when should faith prevail? Look within. When there is no doubt in your mind, common sense and faith has merged into one. Analyze your doubts. Or as Lord Rama said, “Doubt your doubts” and you may arrive at faith. Actually there is no definite answer to this question. One should learn to listen to one’s inner self but first learn to distinguish between inner self and psychological conditioning. This distinction is most important. Unfortunately, almost all students I have met call their psychological conditioning their inner self. That is not the path from conditioning to the unconditioned self. Have faith only in the unconditioned self. 14. Pranams Swamiji. It is stated that we have two alive matters in our body, soul & God. So our energy, movement etc. in the body is due to power of God or independent power of soul? If it is power/energy of soul then what is the effect of God residing in our body? God resides in our body first, His nature being omnipresent. second, if God will not reside in body then neither soul nor body will function, so, the main source to make not only human body but entire universe to function the almighty God, but, no doubt, all souls living in human body are free to do good or bad deeds at their own. 15. Revered Swamiji, Bless me and my family and help us to do the right things needed by God for us to do. My blessings to you, dear Kid. I, first of all, appreciate your pious desire, I heartily bless you and your family for long, happy life and get success at step of life while doing pious deeds. 16. I am not well. I am unmarried and want to keep a fast for Lord Shiva on special days. Should I keep the fast or not? I would advice you not to keep fast. You must always take care of your health. In Vedas it is said as “Sareeram Aadhyam kalu dharma saadhanam”(the physical body is the base for doing or adopting the proper dharma in the proper way). 17. Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar Ji ,I need a powerful prayer or mantra or sloka or any chant to get succeeded in my love with friend and to make my present love life to turn as a successful love marriage life. First of all, I would like to advise you that the sign of best lover is that he would never touch the opposite sex before marriage, if you also maintain your purity and then you marry with your lover then sure your married life would be happy. I bless you, for the same. 18. Pranam, Swamiji. We humbly request you to guide us for the below mentioned subjects. (1) We sometimes read/hear that very young child chants Sanskrit slokas or verses/shashtras etc. by heart. It is said that due to previous births’ knowledge that child remembers that. Whether it is possible? Since it is explained by you only yogi who has realized God can know his previous births. (2) It is stated that our present life is prarabadh based on past life’s deeds and we should discharge our duties as stated in Vedas which will destroy our sanchit karmas. So Swamiji, whether our life or age is fixed from our birth? If it was fixed on birth or before then whether by discharging moral duties as per Vedas (listening Vedas from learned acharya, doing Gayatri havan daily both times, doing ashtang yoga etc.) The age of our present life gets increased and better? Or whether after such deeds also our present life is fixed and result of such deed will be given in next life only? We request to please clear this doubt. Pranam. My blessings to you………., (1). No, please. It is not possible for a child to talk or recite Sanskrit slokas without learning the same from a learned acharya of Vedas in present life. First of all generally public does not know about the Vedas and therefore public is not able to decide whether the child is reciting Veda mantras or any other Sanskrit slokas. Secondly, if Veda mantras due to the pious result of the deeds of the previous life are chanted by an ordinary boy or girl who has not learnt Vedas from present alive learned acharya of Vedas then the boy/girl etc., will also experience the divine pleasure of realizing God and in the said condition/ situation, the boy or girl will never chant the Veda mantras publicly. They will enjoy within themselves only.
  15. 15. Karma 16 (2). Yes, it is true that our present life has to face the result of past lives’ deeds-good or bad in the shape of pleasure and sorrows respectively. Now, you see there are three types of karmas. In present life, we are also free to do kriyamann karmas either good or bad. So, human-life is especially meant for worshipping the God as per Vedas’philosophy. To know and do pious deeds only by which the effect of bad deeds as well as sorrows is wiped away and a person gets long and happy life. Yes, if a devotee follows the eternal Vedas’ philosophy which emanates direct from God at the beginning of the earth then by listening Vedas from learned Acharya, doing Havan/Yajna both times, daily name jaap of God, hard practice of Ashtang Yoga philosophy which also emanates from Vedas, while discharging all his mortal duties towards family, society, nation etc., then automatically his life will become happy and long. 19. What should I do to earn money? First of all we should know that the lord of universe isAlmighty God. He is only empowered to give us assets etc. Therefore, we must first worship Him daily according to Vedas and after seeking His blessings, a person should do hard-working with full concentration. God sure will fulfill the desire. 20. I have tried hard for Army but I have not succeeded. I want to earn money. I am pursuing MBA . So, guide me what is better for me. To listen the voice of heart which says go and join army at any cost or listen to mind which always follow the path of money. If you are desirous of service then only go to army. If you are desirous of earning money, then MBA study will be more beneficial for you. 21. Pranam Swamiji. My question is what should I take after science or commerce? What will I become in life? My blessings to you. Although, the study is based on the interest of a student, so take that subject which is of your interest. Otherwise, you may do higher studies and can either be a lecturer or a professor or a certified public accountant. 22. Namaste Guruji Maharaj, from all of us. Guruji, The body of a normal human is cremated once the soul leaves the body, but in some literatures it is said that the body of yogi is to be buried. Why so? Please explain Guruji. My blessings to you all, my kids. In fact, the body of yogi should also be burnt. Yajur Veda mantra 40-15 of the fifth Kanda clearly states to burn all the human-bodies. 23. Respected Swamiji, Namasthe. Thank you answering my previous two questions submitted to you. I read your questions & answers section regularly. I have three questions today. 1) According to jyothish shastra, Sun, Moon, Raaghu, Kethu are treated as planets. But in Science Sun is light & energy provider for Planets. Moon is a satellite of earth. Raaghu/ Kethu are not in Science. Should we believe jyotish shastra or science? Will Raaghu/Kethu affect our life? 2) I was told that Shani dasa runs for 19 years in a person’s life time. The person will have most difficult times during that period and Shani dev would ruin the life of the person during that period. is it true? 3) Planet Saturn and Mars are far away from Earth and they don’t have power as per scientific research. But in Vedic astrology Saturn (Shani) and Mars (Kuja/Mangal) are harmful to human beings. What is your opinion on it? Please reply. Thanking you. My blessings to you. You are most welcome. The following are the answers for your questions. (i) Yes, in science also there are nine planets in solar system including Raaghu and Kethu but their names are being recited in English. God has created the universe and every matter has been made for the benefit of human-beings. Naturally, all the planets are of use for all living beings. There is not even the most minute matter of the universe which is useless. So, we must believe in science which also emanates from Vedas. Raaghu and Kethu being non-alive cannot give bad effect on our lives but a person’s deeds (good or bad) affects his life accordingly. (ii) No, please. It does not seem to be true that Shani dev runs for 19 years in a person’s life creating difficulties in his life and ruining it. You know, like earth, all planets are non-alive and can never be harmful for living beings, on their own. (iii) I‘ve told you that every planet has been created by God for the benefit of human-beings. However, Sun gives us life and energy because without sun-rays crops can’t grow/ripen. On the other hand, several people die due to sunstroke. Reason behind that God tells all human-beings in Vedas to perform Yajna/hawan daily to get timely rains. Sama Veda states that pious smoke of hawan reaches the outer layers of atmosphere up till Sun and then the sun-rays prove beneficial to everyone and do not cause any harm.Nowadays, the problem is that people do not listen to Vedas and do not get to know about the real worship and the eternal path of the Vedas like Yajna/hawan nama jaap of God etc., which gives innumerable benefits to the living ( If you have any kinds of problems in your life, do not hesitate to call “Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar” immediately. Do not live with stress, fear, anxiety. CALL NOW in USA @ 408-829 -7780)
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  17. 17. Karma 18 During the past issues I explained a lot about Vedic Astrology. In this issue I wish to explain the nature of the planets in different houses. In this issue, I will explain about the positions of Sun, Moon and Mercury in the twelve houses of an individual’s horoscope. These are all only hints. The strength of the planet will vary from person to person or horoscope to horoscope. The first is the planet Sun. Planet Sun is considered as the leader of all the planets. He is the king among all the planets. First House: People with the Sun in their first house care a lot about their self image and physical appearance. They tend to be very brave, competitive and determined. This gives them very strong natural leadership qualities. They tend to have their own views very clear so it is near impossible for them to get swayed by others opinions. Second House: The Sun within the second house orientates around energies that focus on money and wealth. Not only is wealth important to second house sun people, but also material possessions. Third House: People with the Sun in the third house have a great compassion to learn and broaden their knowledge. They are likely to try to broaden their education for many years to adult hood or throughout their entire life. Along with study, travel is also considered important. People with the sun in their third house usually become writers or teachers. These are very optimistic people even in the hardest of times. Fourth House: People with sun in the fourth house have a great need for domestic security. Their life is aimed mainly towards family matters and also to the home environment. These are family people who are normally very proud of whom they are, their heritage and their origins. Fifth House: These are very creative people, generally actors, performers and writers. They choose to express themselves by creative means and want to be noticed and appreciated. These people are sometimes a bit of a show off – very self confident. They have a great passion for children. They are often very daring and adventurous and tend to take a lot of risks. Sixth House: These are normally very determined workers but can be very demanding. Seventh House: Their lives tend to be strongly influenced by people close to them such as business partners and family members. They are excellent at greeting and meeting new faces as they can cooperate well and know how to deal with others. This means that careers where they will have to talk to strangers such as sales and promotional jobs are well suited to them. Eighth House: The energies here tend to be in looking after others’ possessions for them. Things such as house sitting, banking, pensions and stock marketing would be a well suited job. There could possibly also be a strong interest in philosophy, metaphysical and occult subjects. Swmiji Sri Selvam Siddhar
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  19. 19. Karma 20 Ninth House: These people are often dreamers who try and make their life ideal rather then what is practically possible for them. This can lead to problems. There is very likely to be great interest in spiritual and religious practices; also in law and philosophy. If you are convinced that you have answers to questions that people ask and you are convinced you are right, you are likely to try everything in your power to get everyone to hear. There is a strong desire to travel to foreign countries for these people. Tenth House: There is a need for these people to be noticed whether it is through fame and fortune, power, politics, authority or responsibility. Eleventh House: To reach your goals will heavily rely on those around you such as friends, family and colleagues. Twelfth house: People here will have a need for self- perfection. Yet they will normally feel somewhat estranged from others like they are an outsider even if other parts of their chart say so otherwise. They are often introverted, shy and like a peaceful life and time on their own.They shouldn’t be concerned by feelings of not belonging and failures to mix well with others. They may feel that not many life them but they have a lot of people who respect them strongly that they are not aware of. Work in the community such as in churches, hospitals, learning institutions or professions such as art, literature and psychology are well suited. These people normally have at least one major psychological, physiological or social crisis that they have to overcome in their life. The Moon is the planet most connected to our feelings and emotions linked to other people in their lives. The way you have been brought up will mostly be reflected here and this is also where unconscious decisions are made. First house: People with the Moon in the first house are usually hyper sensitive. Although they are very restless, easily changed and easily hurt, they are quick and easy at making new adjustments when needed. Their feelings constantly change which means that it is hard for them to make lasting plans. They need a partner who can respect them, be loyal and cope with the frequent mood swings. They care a lot about physical appearance and appearing healthy. Second house: People with the Moon placed in the second house get a lot of emotional security from their money and material possessions. Emotional insecurity occurs when there are problems with finances. Third house: People with the Moon in the third house are very good at remembering things in excellent detail. They are not very well suited for repetitive or routine job as they have to keep their mind focused. They are frequently in their own world, daydreaming or living in a world of fantasy. Fourth house: They have a great love for Mother Nature and outdoors. Their life is full with strong influence from parents and domestic influences. Fifth house: People that have the moon in the fifth house will often try to keep their children as home for as long as possible and be slow on letting them go out on their own and to become independent. These people can often find themselves becoming impulsive gamblers. Sixth house: The Moon in the sixth house often makes people very restless in nature. They can be strongly depended upon by others. These people tend to worry a lot and are very sensitive; this means that they are easily hurt by things. Seventh house: These people are characterized by a flexibility to fit in anywhere and possess a strong desire for social acceptance. They don’t like being alone, this may cause them to marry early; their partner is likely to be very moody and overly sensitive. Eighth house:These people feel that they have a strong sense of duty and obligation to others. They are very sensitive to social demands. Ninth house: These people have an innovative mind and are dreamers. They hold strong beliefs. They usually have one subject that they become deeply involved with and spend a lot of time studying; they enjoy sharing knowledge on this subject to others. They are usually interested in philosophy and the search for metaphysical truths. Practical knowledge is often obtained through dreams or meditation. Tenth house: They have a strong desire for recognition and for a good reputation. Their feelings are often dominated by a desire for achievement.
  20. 20. Karma 21 Eleventh house: They are often very popular with a wide circle of friends, especially women. They have a very wide range on interests that sometimes they may appear to others as being superficial. Their emotional security is strongly tied to their circle of friends and relationships. Twelfth house: Being in the twelfth house, a house of closed doors, these people often feel emotionally isolated from others. They are subject to emotional chaos and have difficulty to freely express their emotions. They are sensitive and tend to get easily hurt due to having fragile feelings. Others may view them as emotionally withdrawn or lonely. Mercury governs the way that you communicate with those around you. First House: The first house being the strongest of all houses means that people with mercury in the first house can easily communicate their thoughts to others and are very talkative. They can easily and quickly adapt to new situations and always seek new and useful information. Second House: These people are full of money making ideas. They know the true value of things and are very value conscious. Third House: People with mercury in the third house tend to be very witty and clever, especially in the use of words. They are not necessarily deep thinkers, but are very alert and adaptable. They express their ideas fluently and have a wide variety of talents. Fourth House: These people have been brought up in a home surrounded by mental and educational activities. Their parents place an unusually high priority upon learning. These people tend to be high-strung and easily irritated and they often find it hard to relax. They usually have a home based career. Fifth House: They usually have very clear legible writing and a very clear speaking ability and usually have some form of artistic and creative interests. They have a deep need of mental pleasure and intellectual stimulation and are likely to have very intellectual friends and partners. Sixth House: They tend to worry if things aren’t the way they are supposed to be. When it comes to careers they are in jobs that involve work requiring specialized mental or physical skills, such as working with computers or electronic devices. They are usually perfectionists and very precise in everything that they do. Seventh House: People with mercury in the seventh house are usually friends with clever and articulate people. They are good at expressing their thoughts and ideas in an intelligent manner. Eighth House: They try to get to the bottom of problems and resolve issues themselves. They are interested in human behavior and usually study subjects like psychology. They also hold an interest in scientific, metaphysical and occult subjects; instead of gathering all of their knowledge though books they tend to gather information through their own intuition and experiences. Ninth House: These people like to travel especially in foreign lands. They are interested in how other cultures live their lives. They are also interested in philosophy and like to study to the highest of their abilities. Tenth House: People that have Mercury positioned in the tenth house are very good at communication through both speech and writing. They are well suited to political, managerial, and executive and government related jobs. Eleventh House: These people can easily communicate and exchange their ideas with anyone. They have a good memory for things in good detail and have strong minds capable of hard work. Twelfth House: They tend to be secretive about their thoughts and ideas. Others may think that they are shy as they tend to be quiet and hesitate to speak their ideas, especially in public settings. Sometimes they have learning difficulties such as dyslexia. They often lack confidence but hide this very well. In the next issue we will discuss about more planets. I pray Lord Shiva and Vanadurga matha to shower their entire blessings on all of us. Om Shanthi Om Shanthi OmShanthi
  21. 21. Karma 22 There are many problems in getting married. Nowadays getting married in the prescribed age has become very rare. There are a lot of reasons for this. The major problem is called as “Mars Dosha” or “Manglik”. There is nothing wrong in being a Manglik. Mangliks are normal people. Most importantly, Mangliks should realize that being a Manglik is not a matter to be afraid of; it is not the end of the world for them. Matters pertaining to the intensity of the Manglik Dosha and its cancellation play major roles and these are to be studied deeply. Atharva Veda has mentioned a lot about the Manglik Dosha and the remedies for overcoming the Manglik Dosha. One of the biggest misconceptions and fears in the Hindu society with respect to marriage is the presence of Mars Dosha or Kuja Dosha in the horoscope. Mars Dosha occurs, when Mars is placed in the ascendant, 4th, 7th, 8th or 12th house of the natal chart. However, the Atharva Veda includes the 2nd house also in the Mangal Dosha list. People in whose natal chart Mars is placed in the above positions are called Mangliks. Now let us see who is Mars or Mangal or Kuja. Planet Mars in Vedic Astrology Planet Mars is considered to be a commander-in-chief among all the other planets. It symbolizes immense courage, aggression, vitality, confidence and warrior qualities. It drives the fire of independent spirit and sense of purpose among individuals. Mars is also known as Angaraka and Kuja, meaning the burning coal and the fair one respectively. He rules over the two sidereal signs of Aries and Scorpio. He is exalted in Capricorn and fallen in the sign Cancer. Mars is identified with Lord Karthikeya, the god of war. He is the son of Lord Shiva. Karthikeya was born with six heads and he killed the invincible demon Taraka, releasing the Devas from Taraka’s oppression. The above depict the valor, strength, courage and the protective quality of Mars. Thus, Mars is known as the protector of dharma and the purpose in life. Misconceptions about Manglik Dosha Now days a lot of fake astrologers have entered in the field. They are not so well learned scholars of astrology. They have done a lot of misconceptions in all aspects of astrology. That too particularly, they have done a lot of misconceptions about mars. They have done a lot of misconceptions in married life and getting marriage. They have taken their shelter in Magal or Kuja or mars. Some of the most common misconceptions about the planet Mars is that if a person is born on a Tuesday, then he is said to be a Manglik or Mars-dominated native. But it is not true. Another misconception is “double Manglik Dosha”, which is a term being used by many astrologers. There is no such term as “Double Manglik Dosha”, which refers to Mars being in any of the above mentioned houses and also in its own sign or in exaltation. Atharva Veda, be On the contrary, Mars in own house or exaltation will considerably reduce the ill effects of the Manglik Dosha. The most famous misconception about being a Manglik is that if he/she is married to a non-Manglik, then the spouse is bound to die. The above can be seen in a few cases, where Mars is severely afflicted; overall strength of the horoscope also needs to be checked according to the Atharva Veda techniques. Marriage and Manglik Dosha Manglik Dosha is primarily considered at the time of marriage. Many people consider Manglik Dosha as a bad yoga and are reluctant to marry the persons, who have the Dosha, even if the Dosha is cancelled in the birth chart. The nature of the troubles in marriage absolutely depends on the nature of Mars in the natal Chart and the Navamsa Chart. Also the birth chart’s overall strength should be assessed, especially regarding aspects from any benefic planets on the 7th house and 7th lord. Another factor influencing the Manglik Dosha is the age of the person at the time of marriage. Mars is said to have a maturity age of 28. For a Manglik person, the malefic effects of Mars reduce after the age of 28. Common effects attributed to Mars with respect to its position in the natal chart: Mars in the first house: - quarrelsome on even minor issues; combative and dominating in relationship. Mars in the 2nd house: - harsh speech, lack of money and understanding in the family. Mars in the 4th house :- aggressive emotional nature, which may effect the career-front, with frequent changes in profession. Mars in the 7th house: - a lot of energy; difference of opinion with family members, that too particularly with the spouse. Mars in the 8th house: - early death of the mate. Mars in the 12th house: - financial losses, many enemies and repressed anger. All the aforesaid are only hints and basics. This will vary from person to person and horoscope to horoscope. To know more and more about individual horoscope and to solve your problems contact Dr. Commander Selvam (Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar) @ USA toll free 1-888-808-1418 or 1-888- 808-1428 or email to avtemple@aol.com Problems in getting married and salvation of the problems through the Atharva Veda
  22. 22. Karma 23 The human race begins only from a child or kid. The Atharva Veda tells a lot about kids or children. Swamiji Sri Siddhar has conducted many researches according to Vedic scriptures to analyze the problems in getting good kids. There are too many problems. Even though there are too many problems the problems have been clarified into two major parts. One is getting a kid and the other is bringing up the kid. The Atharva Vedic astrology deals a lot into this subject. Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar has brought out all these factors to the modern world. The Atharva Veda has also classified the kids in various manners. They are sisu, balaka or balaki, tharuna/tharuni. Balaka is masculine gender and Balaki is feminine gender. Tharuna is masculine gender and Tharuni is feminine gender. The term sisu has the similar meaning of a neonatal and an infant. The sisu is up to the age of pre schooling. Balaka/balaki is up to the teen age. The teenagers are called as tharuna/tharuni. Childbirth is the process in which the baby is born. It is considered as the beginning of a person’s life, where age is defined relative to this event in most cultures. There are many problems in getting good kids. The problem starts from the parent’s fertility. The problems are to be analyzed right from the beginning. The problems begin right from the stage of fertilization. The Atharva Veda has also classified the kids in various manners. They are sisu, balaka or balaki, tharuna/tharuni. Balaka is masculine gender and Balaki is feminine gender. Tharuna is masculine gender and Tharuni is feminine gender. The term sisu has the similar meaning of a neonatal and an infant. The sisu is up to the age of pre schooling. Balaka/balaki is up to the teen age. The teenagers are called as tharuna/tharuni. Childbirthistheprocessinwhichthebabyisborn.Itisconsidered as the beginning of a person’s life, where age is defined relative to this event in most cultures. There are many problems in getting good kids. The problem starts from the parent’s fertility. The problems are to be analyzed right from the beginning. The problems begin right from the stage of fertilization. As per the Atharva Vedic scriptures the children up to the age of seven are considered as divine images and they are considered as next to God. Children from the age of seven were considered responsible for their actions. Child development refers to the biological and psychological changes that occur in human beings between birth and the end of adolescence, as the individual progresses from dependency to increasing autonomy. According to Atharva Veda and Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar (Dr. Commander Selvam) these developmental changes may be strongly influenced by genetic factors and events during prenatal life, genetics and prenatal development are usually included as part of the study of child development. Developmental change may occur as a result of genetically-controlled processes known as maturation, or as a result of environmental factors and learning, but most commonly involves an interaction between the two. Above all these factors there is another invisible factor that decides the nature of a kid. That is astrology. According to Vedic Astrology the Ascendant or lagna is the most important factor to decide the life of a common individual. There is another ascendant too. It is called as “Aadhana Lagnam”. By calculating that Aadhana lagnam one can ascertain the time of the concievement of the particular kid. Atharva Veda has put a rule to the Vedic Astrologers. It is “Learn the process of preparing the Aadhana Lagnam. Unless otherwise it is considered as the most important don’t use it”. There are a lot of factors that decide the various aspects of a kid. The various aspects are obedience, knowledge, adherence to the elders, thirst towards education and strong physic and strong mind. The factors that decide all the things are the position of the planets in one kid’s birth chart or horoscope. By properly analyzing the position of the planets one can easily have the spiritual salvation of the problems faced by a kid. The horoscope is to be prepared according to the Atharva Veda techniques and to be read in the Atharva Veda standard. The rituals are to be performed according to the guidance of a learned Atharva Veda scholar. By doing so one kid can have a wonderful spiritual salvation for the problems. The optimal development of children is considered vital to society and so it is important to understand the social, cognitive, emotional, and educational development of children. In addition there are also some theories that seek to describe a sequence of states that comprise child development. Attachment theory, originating in the work of Atharva Veda, is a psychological, evolutionary and ethological theory that provides a descriptive and explanatory framework for understanding interpersonal relationships between human beings. Attachment theorists consider children to have a need for a secure relationship with adult caregivers, without which normal social and emotional development will not occur. There are a lot of problems concerned with kids. It starts from getting the kids and it goes up to the marriage of the kids. Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar has done a vast research of Atharva Veda and he has many wonderful spiritual ways to solve the problems. To solve your problems contact Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar @ USA toll free 1-888-808-1418 or 1-888-808-1428 or email to avtemple@aol.com Problems in getting good kids and spiritual salvation of the problems through the Atharva Veda
  23. 23. Karma 24 1. Kishin Manohar & Komal Manohar. Georgetown, DE Jai Swamiji Maharaj. Only because of your best prayers, we got our kid now. We married 17 years back. We both are hale and healthy. But we were unable to get good kids. Only after your consultation and Thantric rituals we are blessed with a kid. Our life is dedicated to your golden feet. As it has shown me a good way, we wish to donate $501.00 to Karma every month. Once again Namaskars and Thanks Maharaj. 2. Rohini Singhadia, Ormond, FL. Swamiji, I approached you after reading your article in the magazine Karma to bring out my son from his drug addiction. You performed wonderful Thantric rituals for him. Now he is very well in all aspects of life. Thanks and Pranams Swamiji. 3. Xavier Bongibo, Crystal Bay, NV I am a Christian fromAfrica. I was cheated by a lot or Peers. So I developed an aversion towards the Peers or Swamijis. When I met you and told my problems to you, you just placed your right hand on me. I realized the energy with you and from that moment all the aversions went out of me. You solved all my family problems in a miraculous way. First my thanks to the magazine Karma and my salutations and thanks to you Swamiji. Please don’t forget this poor man. 4. Sudha Krishnamurthy - Danville AK I am a regular reader of Karma. After reading the magazine, I am able to understand what Astrology is and how to solve the problems. I can even challenge any Astrologers in the world. Thanks and namaskars to Swamiji Siddhar for the wonderful article “Vedic Astrology”. 5. Purushotham Agnihothri, Winslow, AZ I belong to the best family of Agnihothris from India. Even though I came from a higher family, I had no faith towards God or any kind of super human powers. I was having some kind of mental stress. I came to know about you through the wonderful magazine Karma. I called you through telephone. On hearing your voice itself I had a great courage. Within a short period I am able to come out of the stress. Thank you very much Swamiji for bringing my life back. My life is dedicated to you. Your blessing is the only reason for getting back my life. 6. Ranganatha Mahopadhyay, Dallas TX Namaste Swamiji. I am a Sanskrit Scholar and pundit. I retired from an esteemed university in India. I feel very proud of you. In this very young age you have learnt a lot of things. I pray Amba maa to bless you with a long and happy life for the benefit of the entire human race. 7. Karthik Ganesh Iyer, Garden city, ID VanakkamSwamiji.Irealizedyouasa“Mahapurush”.When I met you to solve the problems in my life you considered me as your family member and solved the problems in a wonderful spiritual way. My humble salutations for your great knowledge and wisdom. 8. Chandra Motilal, Creedmoor, NC. Swamiji, my life has become wonderful after praying Sri Atharva Soolini. Only because of you and your magazine I understood the powers of Sri Atharva Soolini Durga. I wish to contribute a sum of $2501.00 for Sri Atharva Soolini and $1001.00 for the magazine. Please accept this donation. Namaskars Swamiji. 9. Ramarathnam Guruswamy- East Hampton, CT I have a son of seven years old. All of a sudden, he became very dull in his studies. After reading the magazine, I requested Swamiji Siddhar to solve the problems. As a Thantric Expert, he performed Thantric rituals for the betterment of my son. Now he is doing very well in his studies. Thanks and pranams to Swamiji for making my son well. Thanks for bringing out such a wonderful magazine also. 10. Balesh K Moti, Tullahoma - TN I had a kind of mental trouble. After reading the magazine Karma, I asked Swamiji for remedy. He gave me wonderful spiritual treatment by two ways. Now I am getting out of my problems slowly. Thanks and pranams to Swamiji for helping me to come out of my problems.
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  25. 25. Karma 26 11. Ramlakhan Singh Phoenix, AZ Siddharji, namasthe. I got the magazine Karma form the Hindu Temple here. I am really very happy to know about you. Immediately I called you to rescue me from my sufferings. You explained me well about my horoscope and performed the rituals to clear off my sufferings. You are the one and only person to rescue people from their sufferings. I recommend all the suffering people to come to you for solving the problems. I am a practical example for your powers. Thanks and Namaskars Siddhar Swamiji. 12. An Ardent Devotee, Johnstown - PA I had many problems in my family, particularly with my in laws. I contacted His holiness Swamiji Siddhar to solve the problems. He solved all the problems through the wonderful Atharva Veda Thantric rituals. Now I have a wonderful relationship with all my in laws. Namaskars to Swamiji and his divine magazine Karma. 13. Sasi Chandrika, Imperial beach, CA Swamiji I cannot forget the first day I met you in California Ashram, four years back. I came to you for having a spiritual solution of my marriage problems. You checked my horoscope and solved the problems in my marriage life. Now I am married and I am having a kid boy. I humbly request you to make the horoscope for my kid and bless all of us. Thanks and Namaskars Swamiji. 14. Baskara Kethumala, Redding, CT Om Namashivaya. I have a great pleasure in writing my opinion on the wonderful Siddhapurush. Only because of the magazine Karma, it was possible for me to contact Guru Maharaj. His wonderful blessings and rituals only made me to come out of all my troubles. Thanks a lot for Guru Maharaj and the wonderful magazine. 15. Fredric De Souza, Barbers point, HI When I went for shopping, I picked up the magazine Karma. I thought that it will be an ordinary magazine but after reading it completely I understood that it is a special one and not the usual magazines. From that day onwards, I became a regular reader of the magazine. Thanks a lot and pranams to Swamiji Sri Siddhar for bringing out such a wonderful magazine. 16. Rajendra Grewal, Montgomery, AL Om Namashivaya Guruji. I came to know about you and your wonderful services to the humanity through the magazine Karma. I am amazed at your knowledge.We were undergoing the worst troublesome period. Only after your consultations and rituals we are doing well now. Please shower your blessings on me and my family to have a peaceful life. 17. Krishna Chaudri, Harrington, DE I feel very proud to be in the community of Swamiji Siddhar. Even though I cannot donate a big amount of money as Swamiji, I offered 1/10th of my monthly salary to the holy and noble cause. I humbly requested Swamiji Siddhar to take money from me but he blessed me and refused to take money from me. This noble work moved my heart. I am ready to volunteer myself for the building works of the temple. Thanks to Swamiji for giving this opportunity. 18. Rama Jahan Alamosa, CO Pranams Siddhar Swamiji. I came to know about you through the magazine Karma. I requested you to solve the problems in my son’s education. You blessed him and performed special rituals for him. Now he is doing very well in his studies. Thanks for making my son great. 19. Walton K Richmond, Orange City, IA I am a professor. I am much interested to know and learn a lot about the religions. On going through the websites, I had a chance to read the magazine Karma. The writings of Swamiji Sri Siddhar covered me. His Vedic Astrology is the best and shows his vast knowledge in astrology and Vedas. Thanks to him. I pray the Almighty to shower his entire blessings on Swamiji Siddhar and his family for doing more and more good works like this. 20. Mita D. Sai, Smithfield, UT Swamiji, it is my great pleasure to write a small note of you and your magazine Karma. As a family we are always thankful to you for the wonderful healing we are receiving. I have enclosed a check for $251.00 as a note of thanks to the holy magazine Karma. Once again thank you for all the services given to us.
  26. 26. Karma 27 (A small portion of discourse/ satsang held on 2010 Maha Shivaratri day) Devotee: The scripture speaks of our dream state and our awakening state; but, at the same time, it says that everything is illusion. Swamiji: It is not illusion. As long as you believe that it is there, you can see it. It is illusion only for the person who cannot see it, and will not see it. When you are seeing it with your eyes and you believe that it is there, then why do you call it illusion? Who told you that it is illusion? Devotee: No one. Swamiji; Does your feeling say that it is illusion? Devotee: No I don’t think that it is… Swamiji: Then what is the good of saying it is illusion? Somebody is saying something, and you are quoting it. Your heart should say that it is illusion; then, you are free from it. You will not cling to an illusion. Who clings to an illusion? It is an illusion only when you transcend it. When you are experiencing it, why do you call it an illusion? It has a relative reality. It may not be absolutely real, but it is relatively real. It has a workable reality - a tentative reality. What binds you is your feeling that something is real. What the scripture says has no meaning; it has no relevance to you. The scripture cannot bind you, and it cannot liberate you. Your feelings will bind you and liberate you. Do you believe that the world is real? Then you are bound, even if the scripture says another thing. But if you say the world does not exist for some reason - “I have got some conviction that for some reason it does not exist” - then it cannot bind you. But your heart should be convinced that it does not exist, and you must also have a reason why it does not exist. What is the reason you say it does not exist? What are the proofs? Bring the proofs. If the proofs are there, the world will vanish. But you if have no proof to say that the world is not existing, it will be clinging. Merely saying something is not the answer. You must have an argument and a proof and a conviction in the heart that, “For these reasons I can really feel that it is not Ultimate Reality. Therefore, I cannot cling to it.” But if your heart says it is very nice, then why do you call it illusion? It is illusion to a person who is convinced that it does not exist. But if you are not convinced, then why do you call it illusion? Swamiji: To the extent it exists, is a binding factor. You cannot be free from it. But you must find out the way. Ask any other Swamiji, “Why do you call it illusion?” You could not find a better time to ask than now? Than one minute before going? You simply throw the world out and go out from here? Devotee: No, I asked him for examples. He said as an example the bangle and the gold - that everything is gold… Swamiji: Are you convinced that it is gold and not the bangle? The whole world is only gold and not the bangle? Devotee: I can understand that it is gold… Swamiji: You understand? Devotee: The intellect can understand that I am… Swamiji: Why do you say it is all gold and not bangle? What is the argument behind it? Visitor: Well, he explained to us that ‘bangle’ is a name that we give to the objects and the subject. Swamiji: We have to deeply meditate on this great truth that all these objects of the world are only variations, formations of a single substance, and, therefore, these variations and forms and diversities are not true. Gold has never become the bangles; it is still gold only, looking a little round. Similarly, the one substance looks like the world because of the shape it has taken through space and time. You are also included in the various shapes that it has taken. Therefore, neither you exist nor the various forms exist. It is one substance that exists. You should not unnecessarily going on clinging to the form of Mr. So-and-so and the form of something else. It is like clinging to a chain and a ring or a particular ornament, forgetting that it is gold. It requires deep meditation. Whatever you see with your eyes, including your own self, actually is a form of the one Universal Substance. Therefore, when you think, actually the Universal Substance is thinking. You are not thinking; you are not doing
  27. 27. Karma 28 anything, nor are you moving from place to place. Nothing is happening, really speaking. It is in the dream world of the Cosmic Consciousness and, therefore, it is one thought that is operating. The Universal Thought is thinking the whole cosmos - which means to say, you are not thinking. The idea that you are thinking must go away from your mind, because you are included in that universal thought; therefore, you are not thinking it. Rather, it is thinking you. Instead of you thinking it, it is thinking you - the other way round. So, all your thoughts should be melted down into one single universal thought, and you should think nothing else but that. Then you will find that what Brahmananda Swamiji said is correct. The world will vanish; it won’t be there afterwards. But, deep meditation along these lines should be carried on day and night. Devotee: Thank you, Guru Maharaj. Other Devotee: According to the Panchadasi, avidya is the cause of aviveka. What is the difference between the two of them? Swamiji: The unconsciousness of the existence of a Universal Reality is called avidya, and the incapacity to distinguish between the Universal Reality and the appearance of the world is aviveka. You understand me? The unconsciousness of the existence of the Universal Reality is avidya; the incapacity to distinguish between the Universal Reality and the appearance of the world is aviveka. Do you catch the point? Do you understand what I say? Other Devotee: Is avidya connected with avarana? Swamiji: Yes, you can say that. It is something like that. Devotee: What is the technical difference between Ishvara and Saguna Brahman? Swamiji: Ishvara is same as Saguna Brahman. There are three stages of the manifestation of the SupremeAbsolute, Brahman: Ishvara, Hiranyagarbha and Virat. All these three stages - Ishvara, Hiranyagarbha and Virat - are also called Ishvara only, in one way. The total concept of the inclusiveness of Ishvara, Hiranyagarbha and Virat is also called Ishvara, and it is the same as Saguna Brahman. Qualified Absolute - it means Qualified Absolute. Other Devotee: From an absolute point of view there is no creation, but from a relative point of view there is creation. Do these theories of creation describe a temporal process; or rather do they describe the logical structure of the degrees of Reality? Swamiji: It looks like a temporal process to the human mind which thinks in terms of temporal process. Here you have your great friend Immanuel Kant coming to your aid, who said that the mind of the human being cannot think except in terms of space and time and, therefore, every event is interpreted by the human mind in terms of space and time, which means the temporal process. Though that process might not be temporal, the mind thinks it is temporal. God has not created a temporal process, because God does not exist in time. Do you understand? Therefore, you cannot say that God has created the world as a temporal process. It is not a historical movement that God has initiated. There is no history for God, because that is in time and He is above time. It is a logical process rather than a temporal historical process. Devotee: How can you prove that perception is the movement of the mind towards the object? How do you prove this movement - that perception is the movement of the mind towards the object? Swamiji: I gave you that little book - you never read that book - that Yoga, Meditation and Japa Sadhana book, which I give to all people. The first part of it is only that - and you have not read it. What I meant is, unless your consciousness contacts the object, it cannot become aware of the object. And if the object is different from consciousness in quality, consciousness cannot know that there is an object. Therefore, the object of consciousness cannot be totally outside consciousness. If it is not outside consciousness, it should be within consciousness and, therefore, it is a part of consciousness only. This is the answer. Do you understand the point? Otherwise, you can’t be aware that there is an object, if it is totally outside it. How will you contact the object when it is totally different? What is the link between object and consciousness? Therefore, consciousness must have an inherent, implicit presence in the object itself, which is another way of saying that the object itself is a potential consciousness - concluding thereby that the
  28. 28. Karma 29 whole universe is consciousness. Do you catch the point? Devotee: Yes.When the scriptures say that sound is transmitted by ether and not by the air, how can we make it compatible with the normal physical theory that sound travels through the air? Swamiji: Sound cannot travel without air. When the scriptures say that sound travels through ether, they mean it travels through air, which is in ether. That is the idea. Where air is absent, sound cannot travel. That is the point. Devotee: About the theory of karma. I think we cannot prove that the things which happen to me in some particular moment are due only to my own previous actions, because it is possible that they are due to the other processes which are external to me. Swamiji: What are the other processes? Devotee: For example, weather, or somebody comes here… Swamiji: You see, again you are bringing in weather and all that. Weather, etc., are objects of consciousness. And I told you, you cannot have any connection with objects unless your consciousness is implicit in them. So, we should not say some external causes are troubling you. There are no external causes. They are connected with your consciousness. Therefore, they seem to be troubling you. So, there is no external cause. The external cause, so called, is also implicit in your consciousness. Otherwise, you won’t be affected by that. If there is no connection at all between you and the weather, it won’t affect you at all. It has connection with you, because it is also an object, and every object is implicitly consciousness - which means to say, it is connected with your consciousness also and, therefore, there is action and reaction between subject and object. That action and reaction between subject and object is called karma. That is all. It is like the law of gravitation. The whole universe is conditioning you because of your consciousness being connected to everything in the world. Every cell of the brain of a person is connected to every atom in the cosmos; this is the modern theory of physics. Every cell in your brain is connected to every part of the cosmos. And so there is nothing with which you are not connected. Hence, you are a cosmic man basically, wrongly thinking that you are an individual person, and so this action and reaction taking place between your wrong notion of the individuality and the actual Absolute is the cause of this gravitational force, which is morally or ethically called karma. It is like the law of gravitation, which is operative between the individual and the Absolute on account of the wrong notion of the individual that it is separate from the Absolute.Karma will not act if you are identical with the Absolute. Karma acts as long as you are outside it. Do you understand? So, there is no karma for the Absolute. And you also will not have any karma, provided you are merged in the Absolute consciousness in your deep meditation. All karmas will be destroyed in one minute. But if you persist in thinking that “I am Mr. Francis and some separate individual from the cosmos”, it will react upon you. That reaction is called karma. That is the point. Devotee: Yes, I understand. Swamiji: What I am telling you just now is explained in a little more detail in my book, The Philosophy of Religion, under a section called The Theory of Karma. Devotee: I am not convinced about the proofs of the theory of rebirth Swamiji: From where do you come - from New Jersey? Devotee: This individual, this body of mine - what you call ‘I’. Swamiji: Are you Dr. XXXXXXX? Devotee: Yes. I am Dr. XXXXXXX? Swamiji: From where have you come? Devotee; As far as I know, there was a combination between my father and mother - some biological thing. Swamiji: Who compiled the biological elements into the form of this human? Dr.R: I don’t know - the biological laws. Swamiji: Who created these laws? Why are the laws so bad that they are creating human? They could have created some angel. [laughter] Why are the laws operating so badly? You would have certainly liked to be an angel and a god man instead of a poor little suffering fellow. Why are the laws so bad? Why they are operating in that way? Tell me. Who is initiating it from behind? Without a cause, an effect cannot follow. So you could not have come unless a cause operated. Who is this cause? You cannot say laws, because who made these laws? F…: I think that this question may be… It is not possible to ask this question… Swamiji: I want to know who created these laws. Because you want to know the cause of a thing, we are going to probe into the cause. How did the effect follow from the cause, unless the cause has some intention behind it? Dr R: We can speak of causality inside the world. Swamiji: Inside the world? There is no inside the world. Again you are bringing the inside/outside business. In the world there is no inside/outside; it is a total organism. In a total organism, there is no inside/outside. The idea of inside/ outside arises because you have separated yourself from the Universal. The moment you separate yourself from the
  29. 29. Karma 30 Universal, the Universal looks like an outside. But if you are actually an organic part of the Universal, where is the question of inside/outside? It is a total action taking place - a total action. Actually, rebirth or birth, whatever you call it, is only your desire. You want to be reborn; that is all. If you don’t want to be reborn, you will not be reborn. If you say, “I don’t want to be reborn. Why should I be reborn? I have no business to be reborn. I have no desire for rebirth” - you would entertain no desire at all for anything whatsoever; then, why should you be reborn? The rebirth stops in one second. But you want to be reborn. Your consciousness concentrates itself in a particular fashion according to the laws, as you are saying, and projects itself into that location. Consciousness condensing itself, solidifying itself and becoming a form for the purpose of fulfilling the existing desires is called rebirth. Dr.R: But I still need proof… Swamiji: How can I prove that you have got desires? What is the proof? Dr. R: I have desires, yes. Swamiji: What is that proof that you have got desires? You yourself are the proof. And you have to fulfill the desire. And you cannot fulfill the desires in this birth, because they are so many in numbers. Dr R: But then maybe I will never… Swamiji: You will never fulfill them? You will certainly fulfill them. The law of the cosmos is such that every desire has to be fulfilled. Dr R: But if we have faith in… or we have faith in a possibility... Swamiji: It has nothing to do with faith. It is a scientific law. It is a scientific law of action and reaction. Even if you have no faith that if you go to the top of a tree you will fall down, you will certainly fall even if you have no faith. Why you want faith? There is no question of faith here; it is an action between you and the Universal. These problems will not arise if you don’t persist in thinking that you are an individual outside the Universal. You have created the problem unnecessarily by thinking that you are outside, and then going on arguing against the Universal. Dr R: I think this state of consciousness of non-duality … Swamiji: If there is not duality, where is rebirth? The question doesn’t arise. Dr R: I think this question of rebirth is of vyavaharika… Swamiji: It is vyavaharika only. It is perfectly right. The rebirth is vyavaharika and your existence as Mr. XXXX is also a vyavaharika existence. Absolutely, you do not exist. Absolutely, you exist as nothing. So, you have not been born. Therefore, you will need not to be reborn. This is an illusion, as this gentleman was talking about. But it is an illusion only when you identify yourself with the Absolute. Otherwise, if you are yourself convinced that you are outside it, all the laws that operate in the universe will act against you because you have contravened the law of the universal whole. That is all. It is the law of evolution. Something evolved from matter to plant, plant to animal, animal to human being. How can one thing become another thing unless the previous stage has ceased and the second stage has started? The starting of the second stage is the rebirth of the first stage. What you call evolution as the process in biological law is same as rebirth. How can the higher form come unless the lower form has gone? The lower form dies. That is, there is a mutation taking place. And the mutation of the lower transforms itself into the new form which is the higher form. That new form is what you call the rebirth. What you call rebirth is nothing but the law of evolution taking place, and evolution will not take place if your consciousness is identical with the Absolute. The whole evolution will cease in one second. Dr.R; So then, there is some progress. Swamiji: It is the progress of the Absolute. Dr.R: Is there any purpose? Swamiji: It is the cosmic purpose. Dr.R: There will be some moment when this purpose is fulfilled.
  30. 30. Karma 31 Swamiji: It will be fulfilled, and you will never see the universe afterwards. Dr.R: Not the universe, maybe… Swamiji: You will never see the universe. Dr.R: That happens in a new life? Swamiji: The individual will not be there at that time. Then why are you again saying individual? Again you are bringing the individual. Devotee:DuringthenightofBrahman,itistimeless.Therefore, it must exist in one moment, and there can be no temporal gap between one day of Brahman and the next one. Swamiji: There is no gap. Dr.R: There is no gap between one day and the next one? Swamiji: Where is the gap between day and night? Dr.R: I mean between one day and the next day. Swamiji: Where is the gap? We are also passing through one day and the next day. Where is the gap? There is continuity. No gap. Dr. R: Is not deep sleep a temporal state also? So there is no separation between my previous… SWAMIJI: They are continuous. If they are separated one from the other, then you cannot know that you are one continuous person. The sleeping person, the dreaming person and the waking person are one person; and if each state is different from the other, there would be discontinuity of self- identity. Inasmuch as self-identity is maintained in all the three states, it shows that all the three states are continuous and are not cut off one from the other. Otherwise, the sleeping man would be different, the dreaming man will be another man, and the waking man a third person. It does not happen. It is one continuity. Dr. R: The right eye is more active than the left one during the day. SWAMIJI: That’s what they say. As they say, the right hand is more active than the left hand. This is a kind of usual traditional belief. Perhaps it has some connection with the two nadis operating, the solar and the lunar, the solar being more powerful than the lunar, and maybe the right side is influenced by the solar side, which is more powerful than the lunar side, the left one. Dr. R: About the idea of rebirth. I will give two arguments - not against the idea but against its importance for spiritual life. The idea of rebirth is not essential in spiritual life because there have been many saints who did not believe in it. Swamiji: Rebirth? If they don’t believe, you need not bother about it. Why are you worried about them? Dr. R: There are saints who attained this spiritual state, who have different beliefs. So it is not essential. Swamiji:Aperson who has reached the highest state will know everything that is taking place in the cosmos. And rebirth is one of the things that is taking place. Otherwise, he will not be omniscient. Omniscience includes everything, and you cannot say you don’t know something. You must know everything. Otherwise, what is omniscience? Dr. R: I think jivanmuktas are omniscient. Swamiji: Jivanmukta also is a very lesser condition. There is something higher than that - Cosmic-consciousness. It is Universal-consciousness, even above jivanmukta. And they must know everything - every atom - so there is nothing that they cannot understand. They should not say they don’t know something. That is not possible. They will know everything. They can count how many hairs are there on the heads of all the people in the world, such consciousness is there. They can know how many leaves are there in all the forests in the world, by direct perception. Dr. R: If rebirth is true… Swamiji: What is rebirth? It is a kind of transformation taking place in the cosmos. Why are you using that word ‘rebirth’? It is a transmutation taking place in everything in the cosmos. Everybody has to undergo that transmutation. And nobody could have become jivanmukta unless he has undergone this transformation. Otherwise, he would be a pig or a buffalo always. How would the buffalo become a jivanmukta without undergoing transformation? That is called rebirth, which I mentioned to you earlier. The mutation of species for the purpose of a higher state of consciousness is called rebirth. Otherwise, how would you reach God? You would be the same person forever, unless the mutation takes place. It has to take place. I bless you all for a long and happy comfortable life. To clarify your doubts on any subject matter like this, to solve all your problems in a spiritual manner as per the standards and specifications of Atharva Veda, contact me @ USA Toll free 1-888-808- 1418/1-888-808-1428 or email me avtemple@aol.com
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