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Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
Dr commander selvam siddhar  is the publisher of the highest circulated indian print media in usa swamiji
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  • 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.........Gist of “Kriya Yoga” 3 A small idea about Atharva veda 10 Wonderful Siddhars 11 Vasthu 12 Sports Page 14 Story of Necklace 20 Vasikaranam 23 Vedic Astrology 26 Spirituality 34 Kala Jadoo 38 Love problem 41 Kid’s Corner 48 Zodiac Sign 55 Seetha Devi 60 Karma The Holy Scripture Bhagavad-Gita is one of the most important Hindu Scriptures. It is revered as a sacred scripture of Hinduism and considered as one of the most important philosophical classics of the world. The Bhagavad-Gita comprises 700 verses and is a part of Mahabharata. The teacher of the Bhagavad- Gita is Lord Krishna, who is revered by Hindus as a manifestation of the Lord himself and is referred to within Bhagawan, the divine one. The content of the Gita is the conversation between Krishna and Arjuna taking place on the battlefield before the start of the Kurukshetra war. Responding to Arjuna’s confusion and morel dilemma, Krishna explains to Arjuna his duties as a warrior, and a prince and elaborates on different Yogic and Vedantic philosophies with examples and analogies. The Holy Scripture contains 18 chapters and these chapters are divided into Yogas. Among these yogas, Karma Yoga is essentially acting or doing one’s duties in life as per his/her dharma, or duty, without concern of results - a sort of constant sacrifice of action to the Supreme. It is action done without thought of gain. In a more modern interpretation, it can be viewed as duty bound deeds done without letting the nature of the result affecting one’s actions. This wonderful magazine Karma is brought to the readers without expecting anything. As Lord Krishna answers Arjuna and clarifies all the doubts, Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar answers to the devotees’questions and clarifies all the doubts of the devotees. Read Karma and find spiritual salvations for the problems through Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar.
  • 2. Karma 3 His Holiness Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar Kriya Yoga was first introduced by Lord Shiva. The word “Kriya” means “action” and the word “Yoga” means to “enjoin” or “connect”. Lord Shiva introduced this to his wife Umadevi. From Lord Shiva couple, the Kriya Yoga was passed on to the Brahma couple and Vishnu Couple. They all passed these Kriya Yoga techniques to the sages and Rishis. The great Sage Agasthya brought it to this earth and spread it. Due to some reasons nobody after Sage Agasthya tried this great thing. The sageAgasthya says about Kriya Yoga as follows, “The Sanskrit root of Kriya is kri, to do, to act and react; the same root is found in the word Karma, the natural principle of cause and effect. Kriya Yoga is thus “union (yoga) with the Infinite through a certain action or rite.” A yogi who faithfully follows its technique is gradually freed from Karma or the universal chain of causation. “Kriya yoga has found a place in some people who are looking for a deeper, more spiritual relationship with their lives. It is a kundalini oriented yoga and meditation technique that also teaches certain spiritual and esoteric principles. Unfortunately, like many similar “spiritual” power structures, it teaches you that essentially your power lies outside of yourself - that is, that you need a ‘Guru’, or ‘master’ to access your own innate spirituality. Kriya yoga has some aims which sound both appealing and promising. They aim to eliminate “obstructions” and “obstacles” from the mind and body. Point of view is a very interesting thing here, however. Because what is an obstacle or obstruction to one person, may not be to another. This assumes a very interesting light in reference to power structures and belief systems, and highlights why it is important to maintain your own self sovereignty in mind and action. Kriya yoga is the Self-Realization Fellowship as a ‘total yoga’ system that tried to address spiritual as well as physical aspects of self. Kriya yoga is derived mainly from three other yoga techniques - Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Jnana yoga. Karma yoga focuses on the movement of the soul both inside and outside of the mind. Jnana yoga focuses on wisdom, allowing the mind freedom. Bhakti yoga focuses on love, as it allows you to come to terms with everything around you. The aim in combining them was to “purify” the mind and soul, and proponents of Kriya yoga believe that they can achieve self realization more quickly this way than following the other disciplines. Kriya Preparation The first step in Kriya is to ‘prepare’ one’s body, and that is done in one of a couple of ways. For many, Hatha yoga is the perfect preparation exercise. For others, though, who may not be as flexible, alternatives are provided. Next in Kriya, the mind is prepared. General conduct is studied as part of the mental process in this discipline. This is done to ensure that the mind is correctly focused and it is essential. Additionally, the Kriya yoga technique pushes one to study overall wellness, cleanliness, purity, and even metaphysical principles. Together, though, they help to ‘prepare’ the mind for later techniques, which use the body’s life force currents ostensibly to “refine” the brain and nervous system. Mantras are also taught in Kriya yoga techniques. They are believed to deepen the meditative experience. This sound technology undoubtedly tunes the body, like a tuning fork, as will any sound that is repeated and focused on. The question is, of course, to what frequency is the body being tuned? If self realization is a journey, whose journey are we undertaking? Ours or someone else’s? Kriya yoga undoubtedly resonates with some people. The secret behind the success of the above title in reorienting its readers’outlook and lifestyle in general is nothing. Kriya Yoga is a novel science comprising of all the best techniques available in different traditional oriental systems of yoga for control of the innate breathing Gist of “Kriya Yoga”
  • 3. Karma 4 exercise or Pranayama. Yoga, in its totality prepares the mind as well as the body for the ultimate goal of life. This is the association and assimilation of the individual consciousness with the Supreme Consciousness. The path described for such a marvelous journey is same, simple and secret in every religion. This is the control of the senses and concentration of the mental faculty through control over the respiratory process. Kriya Yoga is mentioned in the ancient renowned philosophy of the great sage Patanjali, as a mean for communication with the Absolute by way of certain significant practices and it is intensely secret. My Guruji revived that sacred tradition and presented to us as the most advanced, up-to-date way of spiritual practice, which is suitable for both the family men and renunciants, for any human soul beyond any barrier of religion, caste, age, sex or nationality. As in every art, practice of Kriya Yoga too has to be performed under the supervision of an able Master, a self- realized Guru ‘in living’, who himself has crossed all the stages of yogic sublimity. He is the sole origin and medium of transfer of spiritual energy to an obliged and obeisant disciple. Only He holds the key to self-realization for the disciple. The insurmountable restlessness of human mind has to be focused in the way taught and tutored by the Guru. Any attempt to sail alone in spiritual practice is totally prohibited. Some scholar have commented Kriya Yoga as the most essential to satiate one’s inquisitiveness, it is for an insight into the knowledge necessary to allay all misgivings and also to help one to appreciate his journey through newer stages of spiritual upliftment during sadhana. The first one is Pranayama. PRANAYAMA AND ITS NECESSITY Pranayama does not merely mean some breathing exercise. When the prana rests at the sushumna (central channel), the chittha leaves unrest and becomes tranced and destituted of the sense of timing. The physical degeneration of a yogi is also kept suspended. His lifetime, as a rule, increases accordingly. By the practice of Kriya Yoga a yogi can keep up his physical existence or can give it up according to his sweet will. Thus the sushumna makes a yogi conqueror of time. “Following the advice of Sri Guruji and by practicing pranayama the chittha attains placidity in the sushumna and as such shuns all other facts and attains Samadhi. At that time it becomes oblivious of any sense of timing, be it day or night or anything else. One may visualize his inner self whenever the prana is unmoved. The prana destituted of restlessness is none other than the Absolute. The mind is an inseparable part of the prana. It is no different than the restless state of life force. Rendezvous of the mind and life force by maneuvering the breathing is called Kriya yoga.” Another famous yogi comments as “If you want to see the Gods, enter into the interior of beholden breath, the practitioner who keeps himself absorbed in the supramental sky by transcendental meditation, can transform himself into God and meets God face to face. To meet God face to face, Kriya Yoga is the best”. YOGA AND ITS NECESSITY “Yoga practice brings in concentration from which germinate the serene knowledge of divinity. Knowledge of ‘self’ comes out of this wisdom which ultimately conveys the blessings of salvation. By the yoga practice the truest and effulgent features of the Absolute which is the bright and brilliant aroma of ecstasy is manifested to become conspicuous to us. Gradually it comes to the direct and supreme aspect of wisdom that the Ultimate Reality is omniscient, existing absolutely with every atom of the cosmos. The individual gets itself lost in the Absolute. This is the identification with the Supreme Being, the mingling of life’s little existence into the ocean of unmixed pleasure. This is Kriya yoga, the zenith of perfection of sadhana.”
  • 4. Karma 5 KRIYA YOGA AND GENERAL CLASSIFICATION OF YOGA Kriya Yoga is a combined creation of raja yoga and other branches of yoga. The great sage Agasthya has given directions on the easiest ways of yoga practice in the name of Kriya Yoga. The yoga is of four types: hatha, raja, mantra and laya. Raja yoga fails to attain perfection without hatha yoga. Hatha yoga also vacillates without raja yoga. It may be said that each of the four types of yoga are complementary to each other. They are never contradictory. Truly speaking, only a few have succeeded perfectly in the four yogas. THE CONCEPT OF COMMUNICATIVE TRIBUTARIES. (NADIS) The human body comprises of three hundred and fifty thousands of communicative channels (nadis or meridians). Amongst them fourteen are of chief importance. They are named as Sushumna, Ida, Pingala, Gandhari, Hastijihva, Sarasvati, Pusha, Sankhini, Payasvini, Varuni, Alamvusha, Visvodari and Yasasvini. Sushumna is the supreme and essential for yoga practices. It is this path which is famous as the divine avenue. It affords immense pleasure and immortality. The yogi escapes all possible vices by transcendental meditation on sushumna. THE ENTITY OF SERPENT POWER (KUNDALINI) The opening through which one has to travel the orifice of the Absolute is covered by the dormant serpent power, the Goddess of “kulakundalini.” The great power kundalini in the shape of a serpent is nothing other than the prana. She is spread in the whole body in the shape of air-like prana etc. When this prana wakes up and creeps into sahasrara (crown chakra), its own abode, piercing sushumna, many exquisitely melodious sounds are heard. All the powers of Prana, as if converging into the serpent power is lying latent above the anal area. This kundalini pushes the life force or the upward air (pranavayu) vertically and immerses the basal air (apanavayu) downwards and thus it exerts respiration moving like a snake. Perfect habituation in pranayama awakens the serpent power of our life force, which is lying latent in the first plexus. Kundalini, flowing through sushumna reaches its destination in sahasrara where the Lord of the Absolute is enthroned. The practitioner then attains supreme and absolute wisdom. The second base of Kriya Yoga is the purification of the Shatchakra (six base chakras of the human body). These are called as six mystical nerve plexuses. SHATCHAKRA AKriya yogi admits the concept that there lies a potential power at the spino-cerebral axis, extending from the coccygeal level to the topmost center, the brain. The extinction of individuality and absorption into the Supreme Spirit is possible only by the knowledge of the Highest Reality or the Absolute and it is to be obtained by the direct control of the mind by various mystical methods along the line of this spino-cerebral axis. Finally, there is sahasrara, the lotus situated at the summit of sushumna. The yogi, who can uplift kundalini to this lotus after awakening it from muladhara and penetrates all the six nerve centers, becomes always overwhelmed with eternal bliss. He drinks the nectar dripping from the center of this chakra. The practice of Kriya yoga has another important part. That part is called as “Mudra”. Even though there are thousands of Mudras refered to in the Vedas, only a few are considered as the most important of all the Mudras. Now let us see about these important Mudras. MAHAMUDRA One who practices this Mudra properly, attains perfection in spite of miserable fortune. All the channels of the body are enlivened by the practice as such. The serpent power (kundalini), being awakened, and moves towards the final goal. All the physical maladies are ameliorated, the appetite increases as also the lifespan. The mahamudra of Sri.Agasthya requires the Kechari mudra at the very outset. By means of this exercise the breathing air is held through pranayama. In this context it is to be remembered that according to the precepts of revered Sri.Agasthya, kumbhaka does not necessarily mean holding of respiratory air by puraka. However, in this way the finer aspect of prana lodged in the spinal canal is extolled to the cephalic area following the external respiration. At such a stage the expiration of prana ceases spontaneously. It is also to be remembered that the tranquility of mahamudra and that of the avian exercise (Kechari) are identical by nature. The difference lies only in the definite state emanated out of yoga practice. The Kechari mudra presents the flow of pleasure where as mahamudra represents more of spirit. The goal of mahamudra is up to the tranquility of spirit. The next is Sambhavi Mudra. SAMBHAVI MUDRA Owing to personal experience of Kriya Yoga, this much I can say that, by sambhavi mudra, or by riveting fixed attention on the glabellas, the Supreme Self can be gazed at and with half-closed eyes one can stay in that state. Following the procedures advised by Sri Guruji
  • 5. Karma 6 every day, after practicing pranayama and Yoni mudra for two hours while envisaging the haloed being at the kutastha, the attention concentrates there at that time. In this way one can approach the gunatita state. The individuality of the sadhaka then transforms into Godliness. YONI MUDRA The motto of Yonimudra is to envisage that Supreme Consciousness from which emanates out to this world of ours. The Absolute Consciousness is called the light of divine light. This divine light is exposing everything created. One can experience that divine light by means of practicing this mudra. The method of revered Sri.Agasthya needs the involvement of Kechari mudra in unabridged execution of this Yoni mudra. By means of the Kechari mudra the sadhaka will draw the finer and subtle prana methodically in the sixth plexus (ajna chakra). Then by the method of Yoni mudra as per the dictates of scriptures, the divine light of the Absolute is to be perceived. According to the great scholars, the anatomy of this mudra comprises of Kechari mudra, pranayama and observation of the divine light. By means of Yoni mudra the sadhaka observes in the kutastha an exquisite circle of blue light bristling within an aroma of brilliant yellow or white color. This is considered as the dual image of the Supreme Self, and his force and energy, the personified will of the Supreme Self. This is the third stage of the practice of divine light. At that time the sadhaka enters into a kingdom where there is no darkness in spite of conspicuous absence of any light. It is an inexplicable state. What appeared earlier as dark is now transformed, as it was into as serene tranquility? When the sadhaka identifies his soul with this tranquility, his ultimate goal is attained. The next is a kind of spiritual Bandage. MULABANDHA The dormant kundalini seared by that heat awakens, straightens and entering into the sushumna moves through the channel of the Absolute. These feelings one can experience in the first Kriya of revered Sri.Agasthya. The next is the visuals. ATMADARSANA AND NADASRAVANA With all austerity, when the yoga practitioner goes on practicing sadhanaslowlyandsteadily,hestartslisteningtoexquisitewords and sounds hitherto unheard of. This words and sounds well up from the depths of his heart. The Vedic scriptures say that these sounds are identical with the Absolute. Listening to the sound OM one’s intellectual faculty will cease wayward movement and reside permanently in the serene tranquility of the Supreme Reality. The achievement of yoga will then be complete. This resonance of OM is spontaneous. This resonance in the form of OM is the Absolute and the state beyond this resonance is the supreme state of ecstasy. When the prana reaches the sahasrara at the vertex after crossing the ajna chakra the sadhaka loses his identity. At that time the real non-dual state steps into being. For no subject or object denoting the name or the named one remains there. The name and the named object lose difference at that time. The knowledge, the knower, and the knowledgeable melts into Oneness. My Guruji used to say “Omkara is here in the corporeal abode. To know Him is to know everything. The yoga practice (kriya) is Gayatri. The post-practising state of placidity (paravastha) is allied to the state of salvation.” The resonance of Omkara is audible by Omkara Kriya (the second Phase of Kriya yoga). It is audible after concentration in the spinal process. Flash of transcendental light comes after this resonance. After this light when the mind gets lost into it, the Supreme Reality ascends. The individual self rests in the area covered by the twelve petalled lotus in the chest.
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  • 7. Karma 8 THE BASE OF KRIYA The first Kriya is also known as the bhutasuddhi Kriya or the practice of corporeal purification or the practice for meditation. At this stage there should be an effort to prepare the tongue for Kechari mudra. One cannot deserve higher grades of Kriya until the tongue is prepared for Kechari mudra. It may be perceived that if a sadhaka performs ‘perfectly’ only twelve Kriya pranayama as mentioned above, his mind enters into the interior world leaving the external attractions. This inward feeling is called pratyahara. The sadhaka, after performing pranayama 12 x 12 or 144 in number ‘perfectly’ arrives at the state of dharana. At this stage the inward mind can be steadfast in the interior plexuses (chakras) of divine lights. The sadhaka attains the state of dhyana after performing ‘perfectly’ 144 x 12 or 1728 number of pranayama. At this stage only the mental faculty of the sadhaka goes on flowing in the shape of sublime egoism (asmita). To be more precise, deep thinking of the inner soul of the Supreme Self ceaselessly by the mental faculty is known as dhyana. In the aforesaid method 1728 x 12 or 20736 number of pranayama when performed ‘perfectly’, the sadhaka attains that Consciousness. The perfect union between the Individual Self and the Supreme Self is called as Samadhi. In other words when the individual self rests completely in the absolute, such a state is called Samadhi. At this state the external air is retained in the nostrils, the eyes are tethered to the glabella, the pranavayu and apana vayu is unmoved, the samanavayu does not come out of the nostrils. The state of Samadhi can be achieved as such, but it is next to impossible for anyone. To solve this problem Sri.Agasthya prescribes an easy way. In this method the state coming out of pranayama is given more attention than the number of pranayama. He has classified the course of pranayama into four divisions. The four types of Kriyas narrated above include all the states of pranayama resulting from the performances of 20736 number of first Kriya pranayama. Now let us see the second phase of Kriya. THE SECOND PHASE OF KRIYA According to revered Sri.Agasthya, the second Phase of pranayama is often named as Omkara Kriya. This practice helps one to perceive the Omkara (the ineffable primordial resonance which stands for the Absolute). A course of 144 numbers of pranayama as said in the first Phase or resting in the paramount state in the aftermath of twelve pranayama, a performance of Omkara Kriya numbering twelve will lead one to the same pulpit (i.e. 144 first Kriya is equal to 12 second Kriya). The Omkara Kriya makes the spontaneous resonance (pranava) far more conspicuous. A practice of attachment to the paramount state in the aftermath (paravastha) dissolves into the Absolute. THE THIRD PHASE OF KRIYA Venerable Sri.Agasthya has named the third Kriya as ‘thokkarer Kriya’ (pecking i.e. the device of striking repeatedly). This Kriya should also be performed along with Sambhavi Mudra and Kechari mudra. In the anahata chakra this Kriya renders repeated thrust of respiratory air along with mystic syllables. In this Kriya tranquility manifests all the more as compared to the earlier two pranayams. It is the characteristic of the Kriya of thokkar (pecking) as the Kriya of dharana. If twelve number of such Kriya of dharana is performed, it will be equal to 1728 number of bhutasuddhi Kriya and the state of meditation will emerge in the mind. Staying in this meditation if twelve number of pranayama is performed, the state of Samadhi will ensue. THE FOURTH PHASE OF KRIYA Revered Sri.Agasthya has described this fourth pranayama as the practice of meditation also. If only twelve number of pranayama (fourth Kriya) is performed with a steady mind, then the small cover which veils the supreme state of tranquility is removed. Then only the Absolute, the great unchangeable one is realized. The other phases Fifth to Twelfth Phases are to be learnt personally from a Guru only. To learn the exact Kriya Yoga and to lead a happy and trouble free life, please call His Holiness Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar in USA Toll Free 1-888- 808-1418 or E mail to: svtemple@aol. com
  • 8. Karma 9 Help any one without Expectation: “Learn a lesson from the birds. They feed those who cannot fly far. The bird relieves the itch of the buffalo by scratching it with its beak; they help and serve each other with no thought of reward.” Misery and Ignorance: “A person should refrain from all those things that take him towards fallacy, misery, ignorance and degradation.” Jealous on some one’s happiness: “Everybody should try to free himself from the negative qualities like hatred, jealousy and wickedness. Stop moving with all those who are lustful, angry, greedy, enticed, proud and jealous.” Love and Happiness: “You win one’s love in full measure. Love is the highest Miracle. Love can make you gather the affection of all mankind. Love will not tolerate any selfish aim or approach. Love is God. Live in Love. Then all is right; all can be well.” “The blossom of Love will make the air fragrant; the river of Love will murmur along the valleys; and every bird, beast and child will sing the song of Love.” The Child and Money: “If the child learns to worship money and the things which money can buy; he admires cruelty and cunning, rather than sympathy and love. So, the Home, the School and the Society have to rise and take up this challenge posed to the future of this great world.” Fallen Man: “The person, who causes the downfall of a noble woman... who causes loss to his friend...who despite of his superiority is ignorant; is called a fallen man.” Leader: “One who earns leadership of the masses by working ceaselessly for people’s welfare finally realizes that he has been rewarded with many added advantage.” The Eternity “The men of learning have determined ‘7 types of conduct’ and man sins even if one of them is breached. He, who builds the castle of his life based on these ‘seven pillars’, attains to that ‘supreme- place’(heaven) where all the ‘paths’(religion) converge ultimately and exists for eternity.” Money: “In pursuit of money, man descends to the level of the beast. Money is of the nature of manure. Piled up in one place, it pollutes the air. Spread it wide; scatter it over fields; it rewards you with a bumper harvest.” Time and Good Luck: “It takes time for a fruit to mature and acquire sweetness and become eatable; time is a prime factor for most good fortunes.” Knowledge: “One, who acquires knowledge and then pass it on to others gets all his wishes fulfilled and achieves success, happiness and prosperity in his life.” Meditation: “Contemplating and meditating on the ‘real-self’ accelerates this process of self-development and makes liberation possible.” Wealth: “Money and mansions are not the only wealth. Hoard the wealth of the Spirit. Character is wealth; good conduct is wealth; and spiritual wisdom is wealth.” Anxiety: “Anxiety is removed by faith in the Lord; the faith that tells you that whatever happens is for the best and that the Lord’s will be done.” Health: “Everybody should work hard to achieve success, growth and prosperity. .But this can be possible only when our health is good.” Bad Thoughts: “Do not entertain bad thoughts and do not do bad deeds. Life is holy and sacred. Go through it with joy and happiness. Do not carry gloomy, unhappy faces. Happiness is union with God. This period of your life is sacred. If you can not derive happiness and live in Bliss at this age, can you be blissful when you grow old? Now, you have only two legs to carry; you can jump about freely. But when you marry and rear up a family, you will move like a caterpillar with many legs!” Inner Vision: “Develop the inner vision and the habit of listening to the inner Voice; and you are assured of unshakable Peace and infinite Joy.” Things to do by Yourself: “Things that I could get done, I do not entrust to others; I do them myself, so that they may learn self-reliance and get experience thereby.” Knowledge: “Knowledge helps dormant intelligence to awake and become conscious which automatically brings so many additional advantages. The Human Life: The river of human life meanders along, through many a valley, leaps over many a cliff, loses itself in many a marsh and seeks to empty itself in the ocean of Divine Grace; though, what happens is that it falls into the undrinkable expanse of salt.
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  • 10. Karma11 I wish to quote about a few of ancient Siddhars. There were eighteen Siddhars. They all have written many books about spirituality and about the benefits of leading a spiritual life. Even though they are said to be Hindus, they adopted no religions. The verses recited by them are of highly spiritual. They are the most heart rending ones to the readers. They attained all their powers through continuous meditation and vast readings of their ancestors. They taught everybody to attain the best in their life. In English, they are called as “Mystics”. They are beyond all the religions. They taught many yoga practices also. They attained all kinds of powers and they had their longevity of their life for more than thousands of years. They had a pure heart and mind. By that pure heart and mind, they are considered as purest souls. They had a very good control over their living style. They adopted purity in all aspects of life. They never entered deep into gossips, egos and politics. In fact and as a Siddha purusha, our Swamiji Sri Siddhar is preparing to build a temple, where there are no gossips, egos and politics. That is why many people follow them. Since they had the purest thoughts in their mind, they lived for a longer period. Today, as according to our Swamiji, some of us are unhappy because others are happy. We have to avoid that unhappiness. By avoiding that unhappiness, we all can lead a happy life. I wish to quote the short life history of a great mystic Sivavakkiyar. He is mostly intended into a spiritual path of life. However, he was a strong devotee of Lord Shiva. He loved Lord Shiva more than his life. According to Hindu beliefs, the words that come from his mouth are considered as if it comes from the mouth of Lord Shiva. That is why he is named as Sivavaakkiyar. Even though he is a strong follower of Lord Shiva, He stood in opposition of image worship. He tells a lot about spirituality and calm life of a human being. His verses are divided into various portions. Among those, The Gnana (knowledge/wisdom) and Yoga plays a vital role in explaining the spirituality. In the verses describing “Gnana” he says, “There is nothing to say as me or you. What is there between you and me? Who is the king and who is the teacher? What is construction and what is destruction? Everything is done only by the super human power. This is the only thing which unites all of us.” In the first verse of explaining the Yoga, he says, “At the end of our life the knowledge we gained will never help us when we have hurdles in our life. Only the super human power will come and help us. One should not have unnecessary sexual hunger. One needs sex as a food. It is to be taken to the limit. If it exceeds the limit, it will result in dangerous position of the Aathma inside us. It will also spoil the spiritual life. He further says that there is no use in simply worshipping the images without adopting the humanitarian needs and requirements. In another verse, he says that there is no place called as Temple. There is no place called as Holy River. All theses are found inside the human being, who adopts a spiritual life. There is no caste, creed or religion. There is only one religion, which is called as humanity. We should adopt only that religion. All the things are common to all the human being. The blood is red color in all the bodies. Only the color of the skin varies. Other than that, all are one. Therefore, there is no variation between the human being. Then one question arises here. Why we separate ourselves into various religions, caste and creed? It is only because of the misunderstanding of the teachings of our ancestors. They taught us only to adopt good humanitarian understandings between us. However, due to the work of some evil natured persons we have lost all the humanitarian understandings between us. That is why we face many problems in our life. We can lead a life of higher quality only if we feel happy when others are happy and if we were sad when others are sad. According to our Siddhar Swamiji, if we lead a humanitarian life, even though we do not lead a luxurious life we will lead a comfortable life.
  • 11. Karma 12 (Ancient Indian Guide to Architecture and solutions remedies for our various problems) Vaasthu is the most authoritative and detailed counterpart of FENG SHUI. The Feng Shui does not deal with the western countries and it is a common view. But Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar has analyzed and researched the Vaasthu of Atharva Veda and he has made the Vaasthu according to the landscape and living condition of the western countries. Normally the Jyothish/Punditjis will tell the Indian Vaasthu for USA or any other western countries, Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar is the only person who tells Atharva Veda Vaasthu for the USA or any other western countries. Before entering into the subject of Vaasthu, Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar scrutinizes the horoscope of the owner of that particular place and then only he enters into the subject of Vaasthu. This branch of astrology does not do any predictive work but helps you to harness the nature’s energy by letting the air, sunlight, water, fire and earth into your life from the Right Direction and in the Right Quantity. According to Vaasthu Shastra (The study of architecture) every kind of building / apartment has different directions which are favorable / unfavorable. Buildings / Apartments with good Vaasthu have healthy, happy and prosperous owners. Whereas places with negative Vaasthu energy will have losses, ill health, ill repute, hurdles etc. There are prescribed directions / placements for all kind of settings in a built up structure. Some of the examples are:- 1. Direction for the Main Door (AIR) 2. Direction for the Portico. (AIR) 3. Placement for the Kitchen (FIRE) 4. Placement for Storage Water / Bathroom (WATER) 5. Placement of Place of Worship (LIGHT) 6. Placement of owners Bedroom / Office (EARTH) 7. Storage Area / Dark Area (EARTH) 8. Garden & Plants (EARTH) Same principles are worked out in case of Factories, Offices, Institutions, etc. The science of Vaasthu does not only tell the CORRECT placement but also the ways to Rectify the Property with ill Influences of Vaasthu. For example a South Facing house is not recommended for the purpose of living but if we make an Entrance on the eastern end of the south portion the ill effect will vanish. Your most important physical tool is a MAGNETIC COMPASS which will tell you the basic directions of all the places in your property. The other most important spiritual tool is the horoscope casted by Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar as per the specifications of Atharva Veda. You can use the help of Vaasthu Shastra in the following circumstances:- 1. In case of purchases of new property / renting of new property whether personal or commercial. 2. In case you are facing problems / hurdles round about the time you moved into the new place. 3. Find out your potential if you make your old house Vaasthu compliant with minimum changes. 4. In case there is lack of harmony at home / work in spite of all other factors being favorable. To consult us please call Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar @ USA Toll Free 1-888-808 1418: ATHARVA VEDIC VAASTHU
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  • 13. Karma 14 Sports Page During the past issues, we read about many different sports. In this issue we will read about one of the Japanese Martial Art called Sumo Wrestling. Sumo is a competitive contact sport where a wrestler attempts to force another wrestler out of a circular ring or to touch the ground with anything other than the soles of the feet. The sport originated in Japan, the only country where it is practiced professionally. The Japanese consider sumo a modern Japanese martial art, though the sport has a history spanning many centuries. The sumo tradition is very ancient and even today the sport includes many ritual elements, such as the use of salt purification. These rituals are performed right from the days when sumo was used in the Shinto religion. Life as a sumo wrestler is highly regimented, with rules laid down by the Sumo Association. Professional sumo wrestlers are required to live in communal “sumo training stables” known in Japanese as heya where all aspects of their daily lives from meals to their manner of dress are dictated by strict tradition. In addition to its use as a trial of strength in combat, sumo has also been associated with Shinto ritual, and even certain shrines carry out forms of ritual dance where a human is said to wrestle with a Shinto divine spirit named Kami. It was an important ritual at the imperial court. Representatives of each province were ordered to attend the contest at the court and fight. They were required to pay for their travels themselves. The contest was known as “sumai no sechie”, or “sumai party.” It is also believed that a ring, defined as something other than simply the area given to the wrestlers by spectators, came into being in the 16th century as a result of a tournament organized by the then principal warlord in Japan, Oda Nobunaga. At this point wrestlers would wear loose loincloths, rather than the much stiffer mawashi of today. During the Edo period, wrestlers would wear a fringed kesho-mawashi during the bout, whereas today these are worn only during pre-tournament rituals. Most of the rest of the current forms within the sport developed in the early Edo period. Professional sumo can trace its roots back to the Edo Period in Japan as a form of sporting entertainment. The original wrestlers were probably samurai, often ronin, who needed to find an alternative form of income. Nations adjacent to Japan, sharing many cultural traditions, also feature styles of traditional wrestling that bear resemblance to sumo. Notable examples include Mongolian wrestling, Chinese Shuai jiao, and Korean Ssireum. Winning a sumo bout The winner of a sumo bout is either the first wrestler to force his opponent to step out of the ring or the first wrestler to force his opponent to touch the ground with any part of his body other than the bottom of his feet. On rare occasions the referee or judges may award the win to the wrestler who touched the ground first; this happens if both wrestlers touch the ground at nearly the same time and it is decided that the wrestler who touched the ground second had no chance of winning as, due to the superior sumo of his opponent, he was already in an irrecoverable position. The losing wrestler is referred to as being shini-tai (“dead body”) in this case. There are also a number of other rarely used rules that can be used to determine the winner. For example a wrestler using an illegal technique automatically loses, as does one whose mawashi (or belt) becomes completely undone. A wrestler failing to turn up for his bout also automatically loses. After the winner is declared, an off-stage referee determines the winning technique used in the bout, which is then announced to the audience. Matches often last only a few seconds, as usually one wrestler is quickly ousted from the circle or thrown to the ground. However, they can occasionally last for several minutes. Each match is preceded by an elaborate ceremonial ritual. The wrestlers themselves are renowned for their great girth, as body mass is often a winning factor in sumo, though with skill, smaller wrestlers can topple far larger opponents. Sumo Wrestling
  • 14. Karma 15 Professional sumo Sumo wrestlers gather in a circle around the Referee in the ring- entering ceremony. Professional sumo is organized by the Japan Sumo Association. The members of the association, called oyakata, are all former wrestlers, and are the only people entitled to train new wrestlers. All practicing wrestlers are members of a training stable run by one of the oyakata, who is the stable master for the wrestlers under him. Currently there are 54 training stables for about 700 wrestlers. All sumo wrestlers take wrestling names called shikona, which may or may not be related to their real names. Often wrestlers have little choice in their name, which is given to them by their trainer (or stable master), or by a supporter or family member who encouraged them into the sport. This is particularly true of foreign-born wrestlers. A wrestler may change his wrestling name several times during his sumo career. The current trend is for more wrestlers, particularly native Japanese, to keep their own name rather than change it. Sumo wrestling is a strict hierarchy based on sporting merit. The wrestlers are ranked according to a system that dates back hundreds of years. Wrestlers are promoted or demoted according to their previous performance, and a carefully prepared banzuke listing, the full hierarchy is published two weeks prior to each sumo tournament. Sumo divisions There are six divisions in sumo: makuuchi (maximum 42 wrestlers), juryo (fixed at 28 wrestlers), makushita (fixed at 120 wrestlers), sandanme (fixed at 200 wrestlers), jonidan (approximately 230 wrestlers), and jonokuchi (approximately 80 wrestlers). Wrestlers enter sumo in the lowest jonokuchi division and, ability permitting, work their way up to the top division. Wrestlers in the top two divisions are known as sekitori, while lower division wrestlers are generally referred to by the generic term for wrestlers, rikishi. The topmost makuuchi division receives the most attention from fans and has the most complex hierarchy. The majority of wrestlers is maegashira and is numbered from one (at the top) down to about sixteen or seventeen. Above the maegashira are the three champion or titleholder ranks, called the sanyaku. These are, in ascending order, komusubi, sekiwake, and ozeki. At the pinnacle of the ranking system is the rank of yokozuna. Yokozuna, or grand champions, are generally expected to compete for and to win the top division tournament title on a regular basis. Hence the promotion criteria for yokozuna are very strict. In general, an ozeki must win the championship for two consecutive tournaments or an “equivalent performance” to be considered for promotion to yokozuna. More than one wrestler can hold the rank of yokozuna at the same time. Exhibition competitions are held at regular intervals every year in Japan, and approximately once every two years the top ranked wrestlers visit a foreign country for such exhibitions. None of these displays is taken into account in determining a wrestler’s future rank. Rank is determined only by performance in Grand Sumo Tournaments (or honbasho), which are described in more detail below. Professional sumo tournaments There are six Grand Sumo tournaments each year: three at The Sumo Hall in Tokyo (January, May, and September), and one each in Osaka (March), Nagoya (July) and Fukuoka (November). Each tournament begins on a Sunday and runs for 15 days, ending also on a Sunday. Each wrestler in the top two divisions (sekitori) has one match per day, while the lower ranked rikishi compete in seven bouts, approximately one every two days. Each day is structured so the highest-ranked contestants compete at the end of the day. Thus, wrestling will start in the morning with the jonokuchi wrestlers and end at around six o’clock in the evening with bouts involving the yokozuna, or the ozeki in the case of the yokozuna’s absence. The wrestler who wins the most matches over the fifteen days wins the tournament championship (yusho). If two wrestlers are tied for the top, they wrestle each other and the winner takes the title. Three-way ties for the top position are rare, at least in the top division. In these cases the three wrestle each other in pairs with the first to win two in a row taking the tournament. More complex systems for championship playoffs involving four or more wrestlers also exist, but these are usually seen only in determining the winner of one of the lower divisions. The match ups for each day of the tournament are announced a day in advance. They are determined by oyakata (or sumo elders) who are members of the judging division of the Sumo Association. As there are many more wrestlers in each division than match ups during the tournament each wrestler will only compete against a selection of opponents, mostly from the same division. With the exception of the sanyaku ranked wrestlers the first bouts tend to be between wrestlers who are within a couple of ranks of each other.Afterwards the selection of opponents takes into account a wrestler’s prior performance. For example in the lower divisions the last match ups often involve undefeated wrestlers competing against each other, even if they are from opposite ends of the division. In the top division in the last few days wrestlers with exceptional records will often have matches against much more highly ranked opponents, including sanyaku wrestlers, especially if they are still in the running for
  • 15. Karma 16 the top division championship. Similarly more highly ranked wrestlers with very poor records may find themselves fighting wrestlers much further down the division. For the yokozuna and ozeki, the first week and a half of the tournament tends to be taken up with bouts against the top maegashira, the komusubi and sekiwake, with the bouts between them being concentrated into the last five days or so of the tournament (depending on the number of top ranked wrestlers competing). It is traditional that on the final day, the last three bouts of the tournament are between the top six ranked wrestlers, with the top two competing in the very final match up, unless injuries during the tournament prevent this. There are certain match-ups that are prohibited in regular tournament play. Wrestlers who are from the same training stable cannot compete against each other, nor can wrestlers who are brothers, even if they join different stables. The one exception to this rule being that training stable partners and brothers can face each other in a championship deciding playoff match. Bout preparation A top division wrestler will arrive at the stadium in the afternoon and enter the changing room. There are ‘East’ and ‘West’ rooms so competing wrestlers do not meet their opponents of the day prior to the match. The wrestler will change first into his kesho-mawashi, an ornate, embroidered silk ‘apron’, which he will wear during the ring entering ceremony. There are four ceremonies on each day, two for juryo and two for makuuchi division wrestlers. In each case there is a procession of those in the east changing room and one for those in the west. During the ceremony the wrestlers are introduced to the crowd one by one in ascending rank order and form a circle around the ring facing outwards. Once the highest ranked wrestler is introduced they turn inwards and perform a brief ritual before filing off and returning to their changing rooms. Once in the changing room the wrestlers change into their fighting mawashi and await their bouts. The wrestlers reenter the arena two bouts prior to their own and sit down at the side of the ring. There are no weight divisions in sumo, and considering the range of body weights in sumo, an individual wrestler can sometimes face an opponent twice his own weight. When it is their turn they will be called into the ring by an announcer and they will mount the stage or dohyo. Kitazakura throws salt before the bout. On mounting the dohyo the wrestler performs a number of rituals derived from Shinto practice. Facing the audience, he claps his hands and then performs the leg-stomping shiko exercise to drive evil spirits from the dohyo as the referee, who will coordinate the bout announces the wrestlers’ names once more. Stepping out of the ring into their corners, each wrestler is given a ladleful of water, with which he rinses out his mouth; and a paper tissue, to dry his lips. Then both step back into the ring, squat facing each other, clap their hands, then spread them wide (traditionally to show they have no weapons). Returning to their corners, they each pick up a handful of salt which they toss onto the ring to purify it. Finally the wrestlers crouch down at the starting lines, each trying to stare the other down. When both wrestlers place both fists on the ground on or behind the starting lines, they spring from their crouch for the initial charge. In the upper divisions, they almost never charge on the first occasion. Instead, after staring they return to their corners for more mental preparation. More salt is thrown whenever they step back into the ring. This can happen a number of times (about three, or even more in the case of the highest ranks) until on the last occasion the referee informs them they must start the bout. The total length of time for this preparation is around four minutes for the top division wrestlers, but in the lower divisions they are expected to start more or less immediately. The last day of the tournament is called senshuraku, which literally means the pleasure of a thousand autumns. This colorful name for the culmination of the tournament echoes the words of the playwright Zeami to represent the excitement of the decisive
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  • 17. Karma 18 bouts and the celebration of the victor. The Emperor’s Cup is presented to the wrestler who wins the top division (makuuchi) championship. Numerous other (mostly sponsored) prizes are also awarded to him. These prizes are often rather elaborate, ornate gifts, such as giant cups, decorative plates, and statuettes. Others are obviously commercial, such as one trophy shaped like a giant Coca-Cola bottle. Promotion and relegation are determined by a wrestler’s score over the 15 days. In the top division, the term kachikoshi means a score of 8–7 or better, as opposed to makekoshi which indicates a score of 7–8 or worse. A wrestler who achieves kachikoshi will almost always be promoted further up the ladder, the level of promotion being higher for better scores. A top division wrestler who is not an ozeki or yokozuna and who finishes the tournament with kachikoshi is also eligible to be considered for one of the three sansho prizes awarded for “technique” (ginosho), “fighting spirit” (kantosho), and for defeating the most yokozuna and ozeki (shukunsho), sometimes referred to as “outstanding performance”. Life as a professional sumo wrestler Young low-ranking sumo wrestlers at the Tomozuma Stable in Tokyo end their daily workout routine with a ritualized dance that emphasizes teamwork. A sumo wrestler leads a highly regimented way of life. The Sumo Association prescribes the behavior of its wrestlers in some detail. For example, in the wake of a serious car accident involving a wrestler the Association banned wrestlers from driving their own cars. Breaking the rules can result in fines and/or suspension, not only for the offending wrestler, but also for his stable master. On entering sumo, they are expected to grow their hair long to form a topknot, similar to the samurai hairstyles. Furthermore they are expected to wear the traditional Japanese dress when in public. Consequently, sumo wrestlers can be identified immediately when in public. The type and quality of the dress depends on the wrestler’s rank. Rikishi in jonidan and below are allowed to wear only a thin cotton robe called a yukata, even in winter. Furthermore, when outside they must wear a form of wooden sandals called geta that make a clip-clop sound as one walks in them. Wrestlers in the makushita and sandanme divisions can wear a form of traditional short overcoat over their yukata and are allowed to wear straw sandals, called zori. The sekitori can wear silk robes of their own choice and the quality of the garb is significantly improved. They also are expected to wear a more elaborate form of topknot called an oicho on formal occasions. Similar distinctions are made in stable life. The junior rikishi must get up earliest, around 5 a.m., for training whereas the sekitori may start around 7 a.m. When the sekitori are training the junior rikishi may have chores to do, such as assisting in cooking the lunch, cleaning and preparing the bath, or holding a sekitori’s towel. The ranking hierarchy is preserved for the order of precedence in bathing after training, and in eating lunch. Rikishi are not normally allowed to eat breakfast and are expected to have a form of siesta after a large lunch. The most common type of lunch served is the traditional “sumo meal” of chankonabe which consists of a simmering stew cooked at table which contains various fish, meat, and vegetables. It is usually eaten with rice and washed down with beer. This regimen of no breakfast and a large lunch followed by a sleep helps rikishi put on weight so as to compete more effectively. In the afternoon the junior rikishi will again usually have cleaning or other chores to do, while their sekitori counterparts may relax, or deal with work issues related to their fan clubs. Younger rikishi will also attend classes, although their education differs from the typical curriculum of their non-sumo peers. In the evening sekitori may go out with their sponsors while juniors stay at home in the stable, unless they are to accompany the stable master or a sekitori as his manservant when he is out (this is normally a more privileged role given to a rikishi who may be nearing sekitori status himself). Becoming a personal assistant for a senior member of the stable is a typical chore. A sekitori will have many manservant, with the most junior responsible for cleaning and other mundane tasks. Only the most senior manservant will accompany the sekitori when he goes out. The sekitori also are given their own room in the stable or, may live in their own apartments. In contrast, the junior rikishi sleep in communal dormitories. Thus the world of the sumo wrestler is split broadly between the junior rikishi, who serve, and the sekitori, who are served. Life is especially harsh for new recruits, to whom the worst jobs tend to be allocated, and there is a high dropout rate at this stage. The negative effects of the sumo lifestyle become dangerously apparent later in life. Sumo wrestlers have a life expectancy of between 60 and 65, more than 10 years shorter than the average Japanese male. They often develop diabetes, high blood pressure, and are prone to heart attacks. The excessive intake of alcohol can lead to liver problems and the stress on their joints can cause arthritis. Recently, the standards of weight gain are becoming less strict, in an effort to improve the overall health of the wrestlers. The sumo wrestling is one of the most ancient arts of Japan. In the next issue we will meet with some other interesting sports.
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  • 19. Karma 20 She was one of those pretty, charming young ladies, born as if through an error of destiny, into a family of clerks. She had no dowry, no hopes, no means of becoming known, appreciated, loved, and married by a man of becoming known, appreciated, loved, and married by a man either rich or distinguished and she allowed herself to marry a petty clerk in the office of the Board of Education. She was simple, not being able to adorn herself; but she was unhappy as one out of class; for women belong to no caste, no race their grace, their beauty, and their charm serving them in the place of birth and family. Their inborn finesse, their instinctive elegance, their suppleness of wit are their only aristocracy, making some daughters of the people to the equal of great ladies. She suffered incessantly, feeling herself born for all delicacies and luxuries she suffered incessantly, feeling herself born for all delicacies and luxuries. She suffered from the poverty of her apartment the shabby walls, the worm chairs, and the faded stuffs. All these things, which another woman of her station, would not have noticed, tortured and angered her the sight of the little Breton, who made this humble home awoke in her sad regrets and desperate dreams. She thought of Quiet anti chambers, with their oriental hangings, lighted by high bronze torches and of the two great footmen in short trousers who sleep in the large armchairs, made sleepy by the heavy air from the heating apparatus. She thought of large drawing rooms hung in old silks, of graceful pieces of furniture carrying a brick – a – brac of inestimatable value, and of the little perfumed conquesttish apartments, made for five o’clock chats with most intimate friends, men known and sought after, whose attention all women envied and desired. When she seated herself for dinner, in the round table where the tablecloth had been used three days, apposite her husband who incovered the tureen with a delighted air, saying; oh! Good potpie! I know nothing netter than that – she would think of the elegant dinners, of the shinning silver, of the tapestries peopling the walls with ancient personages and rare birds in the midst of fairy forests. She thought of the exquisite food served on marvelous dishes, of the whispered gallantries, listened to with the smile of the sphinx, while eating the pink colored flesh of the trout or a chicken’s wing. She had neither frocks nor jewels, nothing. She loved only those things. She felt that she was made for them. She had such a desire to please, to be sought after, to be clever, and courted. She had a rich friend,
  • 20. Karma 21 a schoolmate at the convent, whom she did not like to visit. She suffered so much when she returned. She wept for whole days from chagrin, from despair, and disappointment. One evening her husband returned elated bearing in his hand a large envelope. “Here” he said, “Here is something for you” she Quickly tore open the wrapper and drew out a printed card on which were inscribed these words. “The minister public instruction and Madame George Ramponean Monday evening January 18” an invitation. Instead of being delighted, as her husband had hoped, she threw the invitation spitefully upon the table murmuring”. “What do you suppose I want with that?” She denied to accompany him for the reason of good dress. He was silent, stupefied in dismay, at the sight of his wife weeping. He was grieved. “Let us see Matilda (Loisel) and her husband. How much would a suitable costume cost, some thing that would serve for other occasions, something very simple?” She said in hesitating voice. “I can not tell exactly, but it seems to me that four hundred francs aught to cover it”. He turned a little pale for he had saved just this sum to buy a hunting gun. He said, “very well I will give you four hundred francs. But try to buy a pretty dress“. Her dress was ready. But still she seemed to be vexed for a jewel. He said you can wear some natural flowers. For ten francs you can have two or three magnificence roses. She was not convinced because it would be humiliating to her. Then her husband cried out. “How stupid we are! Go and find your friend Forestier and ask her to lend you her jewels. You are well enough acquainted with her to do this. She said “It is true”. “I had thought of that”. The next day she took herself to her friend’s house and related her story of distress. Mme Forestier went to her closet with the glass doors, took out a large jewel – case, brought it, opened it and said; “Choose, anything my dear”. She saw all the jewels, pearls, of admirable workmanship. She asked “Have you nothing more”? “Why yes, Look for yourself. I do not know, what will please you. Suddenly she discovered, in a black satin box, a superb necklace of diamonds. Her heart beat fast with an immoderate desire. Then she asked with anxiety; “Could you lend me this” only this”. “Why, yes certainly” she full upon the neck of her friend, embraced her with passion then went away with her treasure. The day of function came. Hoisel was the great attraction. He danced with enthusiasm with passion. Matilda went home by four o’clock in the morning. Seeing her husband she felt uncomfortable. She went for a walk in streets and came back suddenly she uttered a cry. Her necklace was not around her neck. He arose in dismay; what! How is that? It is not possible. “They searched every where in their room for the necklace but not found. Finally Hoisel dressed himself again. He said, “I am going! Over the track where we went on foot, to see if I can find it”, and he went. She remained in her evening gown, not having the force to go to bed, stretched upon a chair, without ambition of thoughts. Towards seven o’clock, her husband returned but did not find anything. Then they went from jeweler to jeweler seeking a necklace tike the other one, consulting their mernories, and all, both of them, with chagrin and anxiety, one merchant said “It is not I madam said he, “Who sold this necklace? I only furnished the casket (box)”. Then they went from one merchant to another and begged the jeweler not to sell one ditto necklace for the three coming days.
  • 21. Karma 22 Hoisel possessed eighteen thousand francs which his father had left him. He barrowed the rest. He barrowed it, asking for a thousand francs, of one more, five hundred of another, five Louis of this one, and three Louis of that one. He gave notes, made ruinous promises, took money of usurers and the whole race of lenders. He compromised his whole existence, in fact risked his signature, without even knowing whether he could make it good or out, and harassed by anxiety for the future, by the black misery which surrounded him, and by the prospect of all physical privations and mortal torture, he went to get the new necklace depositing on the merchant’s counter thirty six thousand francs. When Matilda Loisel took back the jewels to Mme. Forestier, the latter said to her in a frigid tone: “You should have returned them to me sooner, for I might have needed them” It was necessary to pay this frightful debt. She would pay it. They sent away the maid they changed their lodgings, they rented some rooms under a mansard roof. She learned the heavy cares of a household the odious work of a kitchen. She washed the dishes using her rosy nails upon the greasy pots and the bottoms of the stew pans. She washed the soiled linen, the chemises and dishcloths, which she hung on the line to dry; she took down the refuse to the street, each morning and brought up the water, stopping at each landing to breathe and, clothed like a women of the people, she went to grocers, the butcher’s and the fritterer’s, with her basket on her arm, shopping haggling to the last sum of her miserable money. Every month it was necessary to renew some notes, this obtaining time and to pay others. The husband worked evenings, putting the books of some merchants in order, and nights he often did copying at sour a page. This life lasted for ten years. At the end of ten years, they had restored all, with interest of the usurer, and accumulated interest besides. Matilda and Hoisel seemed very old now. Some times when her husband was at the office, she would seat herself before the window and think of that evening of former times of that ball (stage) where she was so beautiful and so flattered. (Fame about herself). Then Matilda Hoisel met Mme Forestier, her friend. She was still young due to hard work. Mme Forestier asked “The cost of the diamond Necklace!”, Matilda told “fifty thousand Francs”. Mme Forestier replied “The diamond Necklace were not worth of over five hundred Francs”. It is the story of cheating merchants and miserable friends.
  • 22. Karma 23 Introduction to Vashikaran In the early ages occult knowledge was imparted openly, as the sciences are taught in our colleges now. But in the course of time many allowed their selfishness to rule and so abused their power that it became necessary to withhold such knowledge from the unworthy. Centuries ago, men understood and controlled forces of unbelievable power. Today little is known about the uses of such dark enchantments. In fact, most of what survives, such as Astrology, Crystals, and Thantra are so watered-down as to be practically meaningless. The true origins of most the rituals are unknown to most modern-day practitioners, lost over the centuries as such wisdom became more and more shrouded in secrecy. Those with the knowledge and power weren’t willing to share it. Now, in this speed and modern world Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar opens all the hidden things and he introduces the secret of the occult sciences. One of those occult science is “Vashikaran”. The Attraction towards the subject of Occult Sciences is not just restricted to knowing about the future of one’s life (like Astrology, Tarot, Numerology etc) but, there are many other hidden aspects to it. Since last several years, Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar actively involved and dedicated his life to master such forbidden arts. He aims to offer a very rare insider’s peek at the world of an ancient tradition of yogis, sages and thantrics, with a highly esoteric knowledge that is not available to all. Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar aims to offer the insights into the Mystical realms of Thantra and attempts to uncover the esoteric rituals which were shrouded under secrecy. What is Vashikaran? Vashikaran is a Sanskrit expression composed of two Words Vashi and Karan. Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar explains the term Syllable by Syllable. “Vashi” means to Attract, Influence, Allure, and Excite or Entice the Desired Person. In other words it refers to bringing a particular person under one’s Complete Control. The term “Karan” indicates The Method or Technique of performing it as laid down in Ancient Scriptures. Vashikaran is an Occult Science of Attraction which drives up immense powers with the combination on Mantra and Yantra. It is a Science which is used to Control the Minds, Thoughts, Feelings, Speech, Action and Behavior of an individual. Vashikaran is a Mystical gift bestowed by the Rishis and Sages. It was devised with one Aim i.e. “To attract the one you Desire or to bring your beloved under your control”. This Mystical Eastern Art is been used since ages. Our Ancient Scriptures prove that these esoteric enchantments were used by the Kings and Imperial, Rich and Royal and anyone who desired someone at sometime in their life. In the quest to learn more, Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar found that this occult science was not only restricted to the East, but it also had concrete usage in the West as well. What makes the Science of Vashikaran Complex? Elementary principles of these mysterious sciences, which seem to be prevailing universally, but the laws that are associated with these sciences, are so elusive that an ordinary mind is unable to interpret or understand them without the right Guidance. Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar unveils this Forbidden Science not only from the viewpoint of traditional and scriptural formulations, but also from depth psychological perspectives to make the subject relevant to this days’ modern times. This groundbreaking insight will open the door to the hidden and forbidden, providing a glimpse into the rich mystic practices that has empowered millions of human beings for centuries. Keep in mind it is never too late to change a person’s mind. Sometimes one has to look deeper than their superficial words and expressions. What lies beneath the surface is all important. If there is a shine of hope, if there is still a spark of interest deep within their soul, one has reason to pursue the love. Vashikaran is particularly suited for one if: He/she is struggling to gain attention of that “Particular Person” but just can’t seem to impress. If the love of one’s life seems disinterested in him/her. No matter what one says or does, one can’t change their attitude towards others. One is afraid as time is running out.
  • 23. Karma 24 One knows if he/she can only soften their heart for a moment or two, one can achieve the breakthrough that he/ she has been seeking. One is determined to give one last try. Before entering into the Vashikaran subject the horoscope of those particular individuals are to be scrutinized by Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar as per the norms of Atharva Veda. The Atharva Vedic Astrology gives many planetorial combinations for these Vashikaran. Normally the regular Jyothish or Astrologers will say for Instance – “If Planet Saturn is malefic in your Birth Chart then, you can use Vashikaran together with Nava Graha Yantra to maximize the benefit. Similarly Vashikaran Yantra and Vashikaran Mantra can also be used to attract prosperity and success in your life. It brings the energy of your Mind Waves to influence the Woman or Man of your dreams towards you. The more intense your desire, the faster the results. If your love is true you will see the result instantly”. But these words are not true. The Atharva Veda Vashikaran needs lot of Thantric Rituals to be performed. Then only the Vashikaran will work. It can also be used for bringing a beloved person under control for good or beneficial intentions such as promoting harmony and synergy in Relationships. This type of ritual is termed as “Positive Vashikaran”. These rituals should not be used for negative purposes or ill intentions. It can be appliedinvariouswayssuchasgainingcordialprofessional and personal relationships between superiors, colleagues, friends and others. It can also help obtain favors from others especially in matters relating to one’s profession. At the same time, it helps to enhance a good impression of yourself on others to win affection and friendship in their hearts and minds. Vashikaran also causes others to be drawn towards you favorably. It should be noted that Vashikaran will work only if there is a karmic propensity between the two people. Love can only be encouraged to happen, never forced. There are several unfortunate cases where a spouse or a girl is hypnotized or her original thoughts are changed or suppressed by any illegal or immoral method including negative vashikran (To make a person slave of certain thoughts) or by black magic. If any of your close relative is undergoing such a mental torture or agony, and you feel that such a grave injustice has been done to him or her, you may contact us to seek proper help in getting the temporary negative influence reduce or diminish from his or her head, no matter where the person is. This Vashikaran is not at all mentioned by Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar. Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar always prescribes only Atharva Veda Vashikaran, which is also known as “Positive Vashikaran”. So to say Swamiji is against the “negative Vashikaran”. Positive Vashikaran Positive Vashikaran is undertaken by Atharva Vedic Astrology to help wash the brain of the person concerned as a distant or local remedy. It is accepted only in rare cases where Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar is convinced that some grave injustice has been done to some innocent person or spouse. It is further ensured that the other side is definitely abusing the relationship under the influence of some negative vashikaran method of hypnotism, tele- transfer thoughts or negative influence of a ghost or spirit thrust upon by the opponent side to jam his/her brain to their advantage. Distance is no problem either for you or the affected persons on both sides. The management of Atharva Vedic Astrology does not undertake any guarantee of accepting the case, the acceptance of each case depends on the merit and genuineness and availability of time limit required for the treatment. To know more and more about Atharva Veda Vashikaran, and about your personal horoscope, contact Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar @ USA Toll Free 1-888-808-1414/1- 888-808-1428 or email to avtemple@aol.com
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  • 25. Karma 26 During the past issues, I explained many intricate points of Vedic Astrology. In this issue also I wish to explain about the planets in details. Only by knowingthepoweroftheplanetsinanindividual’s horoscope, one can get a clear conclusion about the individual. The Atharva Veda gives great ideas about the planets, even long back before the telescopes were invented. The Astronomy tells about the planets Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. But the Vedic Astrology speaks about all the planets other than Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. In the place of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, the Atharva Veda tells about the planets Raaghu, Kethu and Maandhi. Maandhi is considered as the son of Saturn. The latest day astrologers have completely forgotten about that planet Maandhi. As the son of Saturn and the grandson of Sun, Maandhi has got special and enormous powers in the Horoscope or Vedic Astrology Chart. The Sun The Sun is a very important point in an astrological chart. Sun is the center of all the planets and he is considered as the King of all the planets. Socially, the Sun is symbolic of the father, authority, and benevolent leadership. Self-worth, self-esteem, and ego-strength are symbolized by the Sun. The Sun in a birth chart also symbolizes the amount of energy available to the person. A strong Sun, as shown by its sign, house, and aspects, or its position close to the horizon or meridian, indicates both physical and ego-strength and a tendency to dominate the en- vironment in a direct way. The Sun, associated with vitality and integrity, symbolizes the heart which keeps the body alive, and the spine, which gives it form. Without the Sun, life could not exist. Planet Sun’s psychological aspects are the need for attention, ego-strength, self-esteem, primary motivations, self- integration. His Social aspects are, the hero, the authority, the father, leaders, rulers, male energies in general. The position of the planet Sun in one’s horoscope tells about the managerial capacities of an individual, government postings, government helps and all about father. The Moon According to the Atharva Vedic Astrology, Moon is the first female planet. This planet is considered as the Reactor of all the planets. People with an emphasized Moon are typically sensitive, nurturing, and protective. The Moon is also a femi- nine symbol, specifically prime nurturer, and appears to be a dominant influence during the first two years of life. The Moon is a point in the chart that symbolizes subconscious functions, representing the preverbal mind which is inaccessible to rea- son. It is symbolic of the brain’s right hemisphere, the half of the brain that thinks holistically and intuitively. The Moon is thus an important factor in understanding non-rational habits and behaviors. The position of the Moon in a birth chart shows a person’s natural interests and their “instinctive” response to something. Some people respond to a stimulus dramatically, some tend to suppress their feelings, and others might respond in a crea- tive and balanced manner. The psychological aspects of the planet Moon on the human beings are Moods and feelings, the subconscious mind, the right brain, instinctive responses and habits, interests, protective urges, the need to nurture or be nurtured. The social aspects are Family, relations based on feelings, parenting, mother figures, herd (or hive) conscious- ness, the general public, female energies in general. The Mars Mars is not only the planet of survival, assertiveness, domi- nance, and territoriality, but also war and combat. This plan- et is a very speed planet and he is considered as the Warrior among the planets. He is the main in charge planet for the Sol- diers, boxers, and firefighters. All those who are in the previ- ously mentioned fields will have an emphasized Mars. Mars is the planet of the hunter, self-interest and the striving for per- sonal power. Mars is a masculine planet symbolic of the male Swmiji Sri Selvam Siddhar
  • 26. Karma 27 as warrior. The Dasa Period of the Mars is for seven years. Those who have powerful Mars in their Vedic Astrological chart will during this period learn to control their muscles and to assert their power, during this period. This planet’s psychological impacts on human beings are initiative, self- assertion, aggression, personal power, establishment of do- main, self-preservation, impulse, rage, passion. The social impacts are Activity, construction, competition, conflict, war. The Mercury Mercury, a female planet is considered as the Thinker and Communicator of all the planets. Traditionally symbolic of mental activity and the use of language, Mercury is the plan- et of thinking and communication. It is linked to the brain’s left hemisphere, which is logical, analytical, and literal. The Mercury part of the mind is concerned with knowledge and rational problem-solving, both of which require the ability to use symbols and to manipulate ideas and things. Ancient traditions often associated the planet Mercury with teachers and bringers of knowledge. From this perspective, Mercury is the planet that symbolizes the movement of information from one place to another. This movement can also be ex- pressed in other ways. Those with Mercury emphasized in the birth chart tend to be talkers, readers, writers, and think- ers and often become associated with some form of transpor- tation, either as a career or an interest. Socially, Mercury is symbolic of those who connect others: lawyers, secretaries, messengers, drivers, etc. mental activity, mind, rationaliza- tions, relativism, coordination, adaptability, expression. The Jupiter Among all the planets, Jupiter is considered as the Deva Guru (Guru for the Divine powers) and he is the Growth Provoker. Jupiter is the planet oZf growth, but also of proper timing and regulation. It is associated with acquisition, whether this be intellectual, material, or physical. People with an emphasized Jupiter are often intellectual seekers, informa- tion collectors, moneymakers, or they may simply be physi- cally large. Jupiter is also traditionally the planet of luck, which is essentially a matter of timing, being in the right place at the right time. The ancients considered Jupiter the most beneficial planet of all. However, too much of some- thing can be as detrimental as too little. The psychological impacts of this planet on the human beings are, Confidence, positive, optimism, humor, generosity, risk-taking, liberal, broad-minded, tolerant. The social impacts of this planet on the human beings are, Growth and increase, overpopulation, exaggeration, volume, abundance, wealth. The Venus Among the nine planets Venus is considered as “Asura Guru” (Guru of the Demons) and his is considered as the Psychological Love Creator. He is in charge of the spouse. Love, courtship, mating, socialization and relationship are found in Venus. It symbolizes desire and attraction, inter- actions with others, and the need to get along with them. A person with an emphasized Venus is likely to be very inter- ested in love and partnering, and will probably make key life decisions around such issues. Venus also signifies the need for harmony and balance in nature, art, and relationships. Re- finement, social harmony, social stability, a sense of equality, and a sense of civilization and culture are all linked to Venus. Venus is traditionally a feminine symbol. While the Moon is the mother, Venus depicts the beautiful and sexually desira- ble aspect of femininity. Between age 12 and 16, Venus is the dominant influence and we confront our sexuality and learn important social lessons. The psychological lessons taught by the planet Venus are Attractions, love, romance, court- ship, mating, relationship skills, cooperation with others. The Social impacts of this planet are Art, beauty, artistic taste, culture, evaluation, balance, peace, negotiations, agreements, marriage, consultants, counselors. Venus is at the core of all romances and relationships. The Saturn The Saturn is one of the slowest of planets. According to the Atharva Veda, he is considered as the in charge for Dharma and Punya. He is considered as The Limiter of all the plan- ets. The planet of limits, boundaries, and barriers, Saturn also symbolizes laws, rules and regulations, and the need to es- tablish and conform to realistic perspectives. Whereas Jupiter represents an outgoing energy, Saturn represents a force that contracts. People with an emphasized Saturn are often seri- ous, hardworking, goal-driven, and motivated by established standards. Status and reputation are important to the Saturn type. As the planet of responsibility, it can often weigh heav- ily on a person, leading to feelings of duty and obligation. The psychological impacts of this planet are, self-control, re- straint, discipline, endurance, patience, persistence, organiza-
  • 27. Karma 28 tion, realism, frugality. The social impacts of this planet on the human beings are Rules and regulations, structure and form, permanence, authority figures, restriction, contraction, separation, obstacles, delays. The Raaghu Among the nine planets, there are two snake planets. One is Raaghu and the other is Kethu. Even though both of these planets are snake planets, their nature is entirely different from one another. The planet Raaghu is considered as the Deviator among the planets. Raaghu is primarily associated with discovery, technology, instability, and change. It often acts suddenly and unpredictably, disturbing the normal flow of events. Raaghu is often described as a higher octave of Mercury because it appears to operate on an extremely men- tal level such as advanced technology, invention, ingenuity, deviation, and experiment. Psychologically, Raaghu repre- sents the will, the focused intent of a person. People with an emphasized Raaghu are often stubborn, rigid, and original characters who may not harmonize with others due to their strong sense of independence. Socially, Raaghu represents individualists, reformers, rebels, inventors, and people with an interest in socially transforming technology and electron- ics. The Kethu Among the two snake planets, Kethu is considered as the Idealist. Strange coincidences, disinformation, and chaos are some of Kethu’s astrological properties. Like Raaghu, Kethu has something to do with vision and movement toward the future, but it operates on the level of the feelings and in- stincts. While Raaghu is super-mental and willful, Kethu is the spiritual and artistic high, a state of mind where distinc- tions do not exist. Unlike Raaghu which makes for sharp distinctions: black and white, positive and negative, Kethu represents a dissolving force, where everything blends into everything else, and this can produce chaos. People with an emphasized Kethu are typically idealistic, artistic, poetic, dreamy, psychic, and imaginative. They usually base cru- cial life decisions entirely on their feelings and they often sacrifice their lives to another person, or to an ideal. Their philosophical or religious beliefs rule their lives and drive them to do what they can to bring the ideal into reality. With Kethu there is an instinct to lose one’s ego, to sacrifice for the greater good, to become selfless, or seek a unified state of consciousness. These people may be complex, but they are the ones who move humanity towards the future. The psychological impacts of this planet on the human beings are Dreams, psychic experiences, altered states of conscious- ness, emotions, hypersensitivity, anxiety. The Social impacts of this planet on human beings are, Idealism, socialism, re- finement, sensitivity, confusion, lack of distinctions, dreams, drugs, myths, the spiritual. The Maandhi This Planet is considered as the sun of the planet Sun and the grandson of the planet Saturn. He is the Transformer among the ten planets of Vedic Astrology. Maandhi marks the outer- most limit of the known solar system. Maandhi is physically small and slow-moving, but can be an astrological wrecking ball. Simply put, Maandhi rules survival itself and the cri- ses of death and regeneration. It symbolizes the power of in- evitable transformations, beginnings and endings, birth and death. It rules sex and reproduction, the means by which life regenerates itself and “survives” beyond death. In matters related to Maandhu, the needs of the species outweigh the needs of the individual. Death makes room for birth and the community lives on. Maandhi is also associated with hidden things, secrets, and the dark. Like Mars, it symbolizes the power urge, but Maandhi’s power is more subtle. Whereas Mars rules hand-to-hand combat, Maandhi rules psychologi- cal warfare, espionage, and nuclear power. A negative Maan- dhi type can be obsessive, jealous, possessive, demanding, domineering, and overwhelming,. Because it is the power and survival of the group that is at issue under Maandhi, this planet works best for people who have learned to trust and share. Socially, Maandhi is symbolic of people involved with networking, the corporate world, taxation, insurance, and banking. Psychic disturbances, territorialism, sexual urges, compulsions, intensity, the need to change oneself are the psychological portfolios of this planet. His social portfo- lios are Power, domination, transformation, crisis, renewal, elimination, purification, death and rebirth, regeneration. In the next issue, I will meet you all with some more inter- esting points of Atharva Vedic Astrology. I pray Lord Shiva and Vanadurga to shower their entire blessings on all of us to have a trouble free and comfortable life. Om Shanthi Om Shanthi Om Shanthi. RAAGHU KETHULAG
  • 28. Karma 29 This is perhaps the aspect which leads the charts in Indian as- trology. When it comes to misconceptions in different sections of astrology, these Yogas take 2nd place in getting the miscon- ceptions. Most of the people interested in astrology as well as many astrologers themselves are deceived in predicting the for- mation of a good or bad yoga in a horoscope. Many people and astrologers think that the presence of a particular planet in a house or the combination of two or more planets by placement or aspect is the only thing required to predict the presence of Yoga in a horoscope. For example, a Manglik Dosh is consid- ered to be present in a horoscope by most of the people as well as many astrologers, just by the placement of Mars in the hous- es 1,2,4,7,8 and 12 of a horoscope counted from the Ascendant and it is considered that the people having such placements of Mars in their horoscopes are all having a Manglik Dosh in their horoscopes and are going to suffer with delayed and dis- turbed marriage which may even lead to a divorce or death of the spouse. In the same way many astrologers think that if all the seven planets namely Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Mercury and Saturn are placed between Raaghu-Kethu Axis in a horoscope, Kaala Sarpa Dosh is formed in that horoscope which is capable of doing serious damage to the person having Kaala Sarpa Dosh in his/her horoscope in all spheres of his/her life which may include career, marriage, producing children and many other aspects of life. The above mentioned defects namely Manglik Dosh and Kaala Sarpa Dosh are indeed ca- pable of doing serious damages to the person suffering from them. But the important thing to consider is that the placement of Mars in the above mentioned houses in a horoscope is just the primary condition for the formation of Manglik Dosh in a horoscope and it is not the final confirmation. In the same way, the placement of all the seven planets between Raaghu-Kethu axis is the primary condition for the formation of Kaala Sarpa Dosh in a horoscope and not the final confirmation. Once the primary condition for the formation of a defect is present, it is further checked for the confirmations. And if the confirmations are all present in a horoscope for the formation of a defect, only then the defect is formed and then its strength, field of impact and timing of impact is calculated to predict the results. The Atharva Veda and some ancient scholars of Astrology say this Kaala Sarpa Dosha as Kaala Sarpa Yoga. Moving on to some of the Yogas which are considered the best in Vedic astrology, the same thing is true for predicting a good yoga also. For example one of the most famous and auspicious yogas in Vedic astrology is Gaja Kesari Yoga which is consid- ered to be formed if Jupiter is placed in 1, 4, 7 or 10th house counted from the house where Moon is placed in a horoscope. To simplify, if Moon is placed inAries, and the Jupiter is placed either in Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn in a horoscope, the native is said to be having a Gaja Kesari Yoga in his horoscope In the same way a Budha Aditya Yoga is said to be formed in a horoscope if the Sun and Mercury are present together in any house of a horoscope. The meaning of Budha is Mercury and that of Aditya is the Sun, so it is a Yoga formed by the Sun and Mercury in simple language. The native having this yoga present in his horoscope is considered to be blessed with
  • 29. Karma 30 great intelligence and benefit particularly from the house of government. However it is important to note that in both of the above mentioned Yogas, the conditions described above are just the primary conditions for the formation of these Yo- gas and they do not mean the confirma- tion of these Yogas in a horoscope. And seen scientifically, the primary condition for the formation of Gaja Kesari Yoga in a horoscope is met in every third horo- scope on an average, as it is formed due to presence of Jupiter in one of the 4 houses among the 12 houses of a horo- scope which becomes one third. Gaja ke- sariYoga is a very powerfulYoga and it is capable of blessing the native with great wealth and fame which is obviously not seen in case of every third individual. In the same way, the Sun and Mercury are placed in the same sign in almost every second horoscope as the Sun and Mercu- ry move usually very close to each other. This would mean that every second per- son in this world is very intelligent and getting good benefits from the house of government, which is again not seen in actual practice. It would again lead us to the fact that a particular combination of planets in a horoscope for the formation of Yoga is only the primary condition and not the confirmation for predicting the Yoga in that horoscope. Most of the peo- ple told to be having Gaja Kesari Yoga in their horoscopes are not rich at all and on the other hand many of them are suf- fering from poverty or belong to the mid- dle class and are far away from fame. In the same way, most of the people told to be having a Budha Aditya Yoga in their horoscope are far away from being very intelligent and are not getting any major benefits from the house of government. The same is the case with all other good and bad yogas. This is all because of the fact that the functional nature of the planets involved in Yoga is the foremost thing to be seen for the confirmation of Yoga. If any of the planets involved in the formation of a good yoga is working negatively in that horoscope, the posi- tive yoga is not formed at all and on the other hand the yoga becomes negative in which case the significances ruled by the positive planet would suffer due to the bad effect of the negative planet. For ex- ample, suppose a combination of the Sun and Mercury is present in a sign in a hor- oscope satisfying the primary condition for the formation of Budha Aditya Yoga. The first test done for the confirmation is to check whether both the Sun and Mer- cury are working positively in that horo- scope or one of them is negative. If one of them is working negatively in the hor- oscope, the positive yoga is not formed and instead a negative yoga is formed. For instance if Mercury is negative and the Sun is positive in a horoscope, then the result of the combination of the Sun and Mercury in a sign is the formation of a negative Yoga in which the significan- ces ruled by the Sun are affected nega- tively by the negative effects of Mercury. In the same way the significances ruled by positive Mercury are affected nega- tively if the Sun is working negatively in a horoscope and the Sun-Mercury com- bination is found in that horoscope. In the worst case, if both of them are work- ing negative in a horoscope, the results of this combination would be disastrous and quite the opposite to the positive ef- fects mentioned for Budha Aditya Yoga. Anative having a combination of the Sun and Mercury in his horoscope, where both of them are working negatively, is likely to be having no intelligence at all or little intelligence and is likely to suffer from defame or people mocking him in general. Now we can see that the combinations look all the same in all the cases, but the functional nature of the planets involved in those combinations can completely change or reverse the resultant effects of the Yogas formed. Therefore Yoga should not be predicted by only looking at a certain combination of planets which is the primary condition for the forma- tion of that yoga, as the results may be totally opposite to the predicted ones if both the planets involved in the combi- nation are negative. And even if a good yoga is confirmed in a horoscope, it is checked for strength, the field of impact and timing of impact before predicting the results for that yoga. Same is the case with the confirmation of negative yogas. For example, a positive Mars placed in the above mentioned houses of a horo- scope does not form Manglik Dosh and instead a Manglik Yoga is formed which gives very positive results and the na- tive having this yoga in his horoscope is blessed with a very good married life with all around happiness. To have the most accurate ideas and predictions of the horoscopes, contact Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar @ USAToll Free 1-888- 808-1418/1-888-808-1428 or email to avtemple@aol.com
  • 30. Karma 31 His Holiness Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar gives wonderful Spiritual solutions for your problems related to Profession, Love Affairs, Match Making, Marriage, Child Related Problems, Diseases, Legal Disputes, Setbacks, Losses and so many other things through Atharva Vedic Astrology. Also he gives wonderful spiritual remedies for Kaala Sarpa Dosha, Manglik Dosha, Pitru Dosha or any other Doshas in your horoscope with “Atharva Vedic Astrology”. Please note that Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar is the only Atharva Vedic Scholar in the entire western countries. First let us see the spiritual salvation for medical problems. Medical Problems: Most of the people who believe in astrology and go to the astrologers usually ask the first question about their carrier or income related issues, then probably about their love life or marriage, then about the scope of a child or about the future of the child and some other things like this. But I have seen very few people going to an astrologer and asking about their health unless they are suffering from a really serious disease. For example a person who is constantly suffering from problems in his stomach or a person suffering from migraine on a regular basis would usually ask about other things and not raise these issues at all. And while it was said long back that Health is Wealth, it looks like that Wealth is Health has become the quote of the day. Why do people going to the astrologers for finding solutions to many problems in other spheres of their lives not ask a question about their health or a disease. And at the same time this very aspect is usually ignored by many astrologers also. In many cases, even the astrologers don’t take interest in telling their clients about the diseases they might be suffering from already and the diseases they are very likely to get in the coming future. Is astrology, which is expected to predict every rise and fall, every success and failure, every good and bad, every may be and may not be in the life of a person, not capable of predicting the diseases. Well, for the people who don’t know, let me tell a secret. The horoscope of a person is like an X-ray report for his entire life and diseases are usually very easy to pick from this report. Many diseases can be predicted at the birth of a child after analyzing the child’s Horoscope which would otherwise be known only when the symptoms would appear and the doctor would examine and confirm them. These diseases may include upset stomach scientifically known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome in which a person suffers either from Constipation or from Diarrhea. Extreme weakness in the body, Piles, Skin Diseases, Back pains, Heart Troubles, Mental Diseases, Serious Migraines, in some females Irregularities with the Menstrual Periods and excessive bleeding, some defects in the Ovaries and Uterus which may cause problems in conception and so on. On the other hand sometimes a disease may not be very much visible even to an expert Astrologer. But in any case, an expert Astrologer would tell you about some of your diseases or most of them after analyzing your Horoscope. And regarding the non prediction of some of the diseases you may have, Astrology is a very vast and deep science, and there are always so many permutations and combinations which simply mean that there are so many good and bad Yogas in a Horoscope. Some of them are instantly visible to an Astrologer while some of them may need a very detailed analysis of the Horoscope, which would mean that the Astrologer would have to devote a great deal of time to one Horoscope to find out some problem or disease which is otherwise not very much visible from the standard analysis of the Horoscope. But once you tell him about your disease or problem, it is comparatively very easy to find the reason or the Yoga causing that disease as most of the astrologers know which diseases are caused due to which Yogas. And once the problem has been detected, then only the treatment or remedy is to be discussed. Coming to the remedies part, the question arises whether the diseases can be treated or prevented with the help of spiritual remedies or not. Well, in my personal opinion and experience, so many of the diseases can be treated much faster with the help of spiritual remedies than by using medicines for them. For example people suffering from extreme weakness and fatigues for many years who have been taking supplements and medicines for so many years, have recovered in a matter of days and gained better strength. In the same way people suffering from chronic gastric trouble and constipation have recovered in a matter of days and weeks and the results obtained with the help of spiritual remedies have sustained almost permanently. What are these spiritual remedies? The Atharva Veda has the best spiritual remedies for all the problems. The spiritual remedy is to be prescribed by Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar only after scrutinizing the horoscope as per the specifications of Atharva Veda. The application of the spiritual remedies includes the application of food as medicine, performing Atharva Vedic Thantric Rituals and application of Gemstones. These spiritual remedies have given magical results in treating most of the diseases mentioned above. People have benefited a lot with the help of Gemstones and many of them have started witnessing the benefits in a matter of days only or in some cases in a matter of hours also. The science of Gemstones is at its very best in treating diseases provided you are prescribed the right Gemstone with right weight and right ways to wear it. So next time you consult your astrologer, do remember to ask about your health problems because no matter how fast the life may become and however important the money and success may become, Health would still be preferred to Wealth in my opinion, as no pleasure of this world can be enjoyed in its true sense if you are not healthy. To know more and more about the horoscope through the Atharva Vedic Astrology, contact Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar @ USA toll free 1-888- 808-1418/1-888-808-1428 or email to avtemple@aol.com Spiritual Solutions / Remedies for solving Medical problems in our life with the blessings of Guru Maharaj His Holiness “Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar”
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  • 33. Karma 34 By the gracious blessings of the Almighty and Swamiji, we discussed about the Spirituality taught by various scholars, through the past issues. In this issue also, by their blessings I wish to discuss about the Spirituality taught by the ancient saints in the ancient epic Bhagavatha Purana. The Bhagavata Purana is one of the Maha Puranic texts of Hindu literature, with its primary focus on bhakti (devotion) to the incarnations of Vishnu. The various styles of Bhakthi are explained in this great epic. How one can attain Godliness through the dedicated devotion is explained in this explained in this great epic. The Sanskrit text comprises twelve skandas (cantos or books) and 13,216 verses by one count. The Bhagavata includes many stories well known in Hindu tradition, including the various avatars of Vishnu and the life of Krishna. Assigning a date for any Purana is problematical, since they are often developed by generations of storytellers. The Bhagavata itself, along with Hindu tradition, gives ancient origins for the story, with authorship credited to Veda Vyasa. The intense and personal bhakti described in the Bhagavata is directed toward Krishna as God in human form. The tenth book, which is dedicated to Krishna, takes up about one quarter of the entire Bhagavata. It includes the most comprehensive collection of stories about the life of Krishna, showing him in all the stages and conditions of human life. It also includes instruction in the practice of bhakti, an analysis of bhakti, and descriptions of the different types of bhakti. The Bhagavata takes the form of a story recounting Vyasa’s work being recited for the first time by his son Suka to the dying King Parikshit, who owes his life to Krishna. Longing to hear of Krishna before he dies, Suka recites the Bhagavata to Parikshit over the course of seven days. The Bhagavata is widely recognized as the most well known and influential of the Puranas, and is sometimes referred to as the “Fifth Veda”. It is unique in Indian religious literature for its emphasis on the practice of bhakti, compared to the more theoretical bhakti of the Bhagavad Gita; for its redefining of dharma; and for the extent of its description of God in a human form. It is also the source for many of the popular stories of Krishna’s childhood told for centuries in the Indian subcontinent. This wonderful text is not only the compilation of the popular childhood stories of Lord Krishna, but the epic tells about the spirituality and spiritual connection between the deity and the devotee. The Bhagavata, along with the Bhagavad Gita, are the main sources of scriptural authority. An oft-quoted verse from the Bhagavata is used as a representational statement by Krishna sects to show that Krishna is “Bhagavan Svayam”, or God himself: “These [other incarnations] are amsha, or kala, partial incarnations, but “Krishnastu bhagavan svayam”, which means ‘Krishna is Bhagavan, God himself.’Even though the Bhagavata is primarily a bhakti text, with an emphasis on achieving moksha through cultivating a personal relationship with Vishnu in the form of Krishna. The philosophy and teachings of the Bhagavata include several traditions, and an absence of a “narrow, sectarian spirit”. While Bhakti Yoga is the prominent teaching, various passages show a synthesis that also includes Samkhya, Yoga, Vedanta, and Advaita Vedanta. All these various paths take a human to the best spiritual life. The spirituality in this wonderful epic is noted as “Bhakthi”. The dedication and devotion will make an ordinary human being into a divine personality. The Gopikas, the cowherd women are the example for going near to the god, by the dedicated devotion. The Bhagavata is among the most important texts on bhakti, presenting a fully developed teaching on bhakti that originated with the Bhagavad Gita. Bhakti is presented as a path of yoga, or “union with the divine”. Many of the bhakti teachings in the Bhagavata are presented as yogic activities—meditating on the lila of Krishna; hearing and singing about Vishnu/Krishna; remembering, serving, and worshiping him; dedicating all of one’s actions to him—all are among nine activities of Bhakti
  • 34. Karma 35 Yoga taught in the Bhagavata. While classical yoga attempts to shut down the mind and senses, the BhaktiYoga in the Bhagavata teaches that the focus of the mind is transformed by filling the mind with thoughts of Krishna. There are many didactic philosophical passages, but the lengthy narrative stories are also a teaching; the book describes one of the activities that lead to liberation (moksha) as listening to and reflecting on the stories of Bhagavan, the Almighty. Even Kapila, the Samkhya philosopher, teaches his mother that in order to reach liberation, she must have bhakti, jnana (wisdom), and vairagya (dispassion), with bhakti being the most important. These are the basics of spirituality. The dedicated devotion gives a great wisdom and dispassion. By the dedicated devotion with wisdom and dispassion one can attain the great spiritual life. The spiritual life leads one to the divine quality. The Bhagavata also teaches that bhakti is more important than caste, stating that even a person from the lowest community, who has deep faith and devotion is dearer to God than a person from the highest community without faith. While not completely dismissing the caste system, it does reject the superiority of the Brahmin based solely on birth. In the Bhagavata, devotees of Krishna include those from lower castes: Prahlad, considered the greatest of devotees, is the son of a demon king and of ‘low birth; the gopis are uneducated wives of herdsman, yet are very close to Krishna. Bhagavata tells the great truth that the Lord never cares for the caste, creed, region and religion. The God only sees the purity, dedication and devotion. Only through the purity, dedication and devotion, one human can be the nearest person to the God. The Bhagavata held out the possibility of salvation through devotion (bhakti) regardless of caste or social status. In one passage, Krishna says to his wife Rukmini, “We are poor and we are always the favorites of poor persons. Many Swamijis and Scholars have described the theistic Samhkhya taught by Kapila in the Bhagavata as the dominant philosophy in the text. In the Bhagavata, Kapila is described as an avatar of Maha Vishnu, born into the house of Kardama in order to share the knowledge of self-realization and liberation. Kapila’s Samkhya is taught by him to his mother Devahuti in Book Three, and by Krishna to Uddhava in Book Eleven. Samkhya in the Bhagavata is presented somewhat differently than in other classical Samkhya texts. It describes Brahmam, or Bhagavan, as creating all beings within his Self in latent form— then, on its own initiative, bringing itself into Maya and falling “under the influence of its own power”. This is in contrast to classical Samkhya, where the impulse for creation is “inherent in primal nature”, or prakriti. The treatment of Samkhya in the Bhagavata is changed by the text’s emphasis on devotion. In Chapter Eleven, Krishna describes the world as an illusion, and the individual as dreaming, even while in the waking state. He gives Samhkhya and Yoga as the way of overcoming the dream, with the goal of Samhkhya as Bhagavan himself in the aspect of Krishna. The Bhagavata frequently discusses the merging of the individual soul with the Absolute Brahman, or “the return of Brahman into His own true nature”, a distinctly advaitic or non-dualistic philosophy.Inthesamepassages,theBhagavatastillrecommends Bhagavan as the object of concentration for reaching that goal. Scholars describe this philosophy as “Advaitic Theism”, which combines the seemingly contradictory beliefs of a personal God that can be worshiped with a God that is imminent in creation and in one’s own self. Scholars and Swamijis describe Advaitic Theism as a “both/and” solution for the question of whether God is transcendent or immanent in relation to creation, and credits the Bhagavata with a “truly creative religious moment” for introducing this philosophy. Bhagavata extends the concept of dharma that had previously been regarded either as the duty to follow Vedic injunctions, as a moral code that emphasizes ahimsa (non-injury), satya (truthfulness) etc., or as the idea of self-realization through bhakti yoga (dedicated devotion). Breaking with these senses of the term, Bhagavata considers dharma to consist of sincere worship and devotion towards God without any ulterior motive. Such worship is said to cleanse the spirit of all impurities, motives, jealousies, pretensions, etc., and reveal man’s nature as part of the absolute, leading to supreme bliss. Conversely, Bhagavata teaches that simply following Vedic injunctions that do not produce devotion towards God are of transitory benefit and are fruitless labor. The spirituality is the only path to reach the God. The path of spirituality through the dedicated devotion takes a human being to the nearest of the God. A classical approach to yoga is taught in the beginning of the second chapter, when the great sage Suka tells the king Parikshit to prepare for death by making an asana (place to sit) in a solitary
  • 35. Karma 36 place and meditating on Om, without regard for the distractions caused by the lower qualities of raja and tamo gunas. Sage Suka also describes different meditations on the gross and subtle aspects of Bhagavan, or God, in a way that is similar to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Several passages describe the merging of the individual soul with the Absolute Brahman. The Bhagavata, in explaining the method of reaching that goal, recommends the object of concentration as Bhagavan, with an emphasis on yoga as a form of bhakti. Siddhis, or spiritual powers developed through yoga practice, are described in many passages in ways that echo the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The tenth chapter of the eleventh skanda teaches that the yogi who has controlled his senses and concentrated his mind on Bhagavan develops these siddhis. Patanjali describes siddhis as obstacles to reaching the ultimate goal of yoga (union)—the Bhagavata describes them as blessings that are present in Bhagavan in infinite form, and given to the yogi in varying degrees depending on the yogi’s devotion. The Bhagavata is a recounting of events by the storyteller Ugrasrava Sauti to Saunaka and other sages assembled in the Naimisha Forest. As Suta explains, Veda Vyasa was feeling unsatisfied, even after he made divine knowledge available to humans by writing the Vedas and the Mahabharata. The sage Narada, in his role as intermediary between gods and men, visited Vyasa to inform him that his unease was because he had not yet described the highest goal of knowledge that is bhakti, or devotion to God. Before entering in the Spirituality of the great epic, let us see the story in a brief. Suta recounts the first recital of Vyasa’s work, given by Vyasa’s son Suka to King Parikshit, the grandson of Arjuna. Parikshit, who owed his life to Krishna, had angered a rishi’s son for being disrespectful to the rishi’s father. He was cursed to be bitten by a poisonous snake and had only seven days to live. Fasting by the banks of the Ganges River, and with Krishna no longer alive, Parikshit longed to hear of him. The Bhagavata introduces the life of Parikshit as background, thus bringing Krishna into the story, and is presented as part of Suka’s recital over the course of seven days. It concludes with Suka asking Parikshit the standard, “What more do you want?” Completely satisfied with what he has heard and his purpose in life fulfilled, Parikshit dies. The great epic is divided into 12 books. Now let us see the short form of each book. The first book introduces the Bhagavata, with Saunaka gathering the sages in Naimisha Forest to hear Suta praise bhakti to Krishna and describe the ten avatars of Vishnu. Suta tells the story of the life of Parikshit, son ofAbhimanyu, beginning while still in his mother’s womb, where Krishna protected him from the Brahmastra weapon of Ashwatthama. The conclusion of Parikshit’s life introduces the main storyline of the Bhagavata; a curse is placed on Parikshit that will cause him to die within seven days. Parikshit retires to the bank of the Ganges to fast until his death, with several sages gathered around him, including Suka, son of Vyasa. Parikshit asks Suka what he should do to prepare for death. Suka’s response constitutes the main part of the Bhagavata. In the second book, Suka tells Parikshit that when one is about to die, they should become free of the fear of death and let go of all attachments to pleasure, home, and family. They should control the breath and mind and concentrate on the sacred Aum. The development of yoga and bhakti, different types of dharana, the nature of Bhagavan, and the liberation of a yogi upon his death are also explained by Suka. In response to Parikshit’s questions, Suka describes creation and the avatars of Vishnu, concluding with a description of the ten characteristics of a Purana. So to say the second book is the gist of Spirituality of Bhagavata. The third book explains Vidura’s pilgrimage to various holy places provides the backdrop for the stories and spiritual teachings in the third book. Near theYamuna River Vidura meets Uddhava, who gives him the news of the Kurukshetra War and the death of Krishna. Next he meets the sage Maitreya, who gives instruction on the creation of the world, the divisions of time, and other subjects. The story of the birth of Hiranyakasipu and Hiranyaksa is told, including the latter’s death at the hands of Varaha, the boar avatar of Vishnu. An important story is the tale of Devahuti and her son Kapila. Kapila’s Samkhya teachings help lead her to final liberation. The teachings of Kapila lead all the readers to the “Moksha” or liberation. The fourth book, the story of Daksha and his sacrifice is told, in which he mocks Shiva in front of Dakshayani, his own daughter and Shiva’s consort, resulting in Dakshayani’s self-immolation, which later came to be known by one of her names, Sati. The legend of Dhruva’s penance and devotion to Vishnu is also recounted, along with the related story of king Prithu. The book ends with the recounting of the renunciation and liberation of the Pracetas brothers. The fourth book tells about the University of Lord Shiva and Lord Maha Vishnu. The fifth book is the shortest of all the twelve books of this epic. The story of Manu’s sons and their children leads eventually to Bharat and a description of the world, the sun and its course, the moon and the planets, the regions below the earth, and the twenty-eight hells (naraka).
  • 36. Karma 37 Book six includes the story of Ajamila, who reached heaven as a reward for uttering the syllables “Narayana” on his deathbed, even though he was only intending to call his son. The story of the son of the Praceta brothers is also recounted, along with the victory of Indra over Viswaroopa. This book ends with the birth of the Maruts. The book seven is very great. This book explains the dedicated devotion of the demon-prince Prahalada. The lion-man incarnation ofVishnu, Narasimhakills demon Hiranyakasipu. The main portion of the seventh book is dedicated to the well known story of Hiranyakasipu, his son Prahlada, and the death of Hiranyakasipu at the hands of Narasimha, an avatar of Vishnu. This version expands on the story of Prahlada as told in the Vishnu Purana, and is the form that is most commonly told in Hinduism. Prahalada is considered a great devotee of Vishnu, and describes the process of bhakti toward Bhagavan. Book seven also includes a discussion of the dharma involved with the different varnas and with the four ashramas (stages) of life. The eighth book explains the description of the six past Manvantaras (ages or time periods of Manu) and the seven future ages of Manu include several stories, many involving the avatars of Vishnu. Nine chapters are dedicated to the oft told story of Vishnu’s Vamana (dwarf) avatar and his defeat of Bali. The story of the churning of the ocean of milk is also recounted, which is done with the help of the Kurma avatar of Lord Maha Vishnu. This book also explains the Pradosha vratha, one of the most important vratas of Lord Shiva. The ninth book explains the current age of Manu is described at length, including the traditional history of the Solar Dynasty founded by Ikshvaku and the Lunar Dynasty of Pururavas. A long history of dynasties is described. The dynasties are Panchala, Magadha, Kuru,Anu, Druhyus, Turvasu, and othersleading up to the Yadu dynasty and the birth of Krishna to his parents Vasudeva and Devaki. The tenth book is widely famous as “Dhasama Skandha” and is dedicated only to Lord Krishna, who is responsible for the widespread popularity of the Bhagavata Puraṇa. Book Ten includes the most enduring images and stories of Krishna: the mischievous child who steals butter; the godlike child who holds the entire universe within himself; the boy who can slay demons and move an entire mountain with one finger; the cowherd who is the love of all the gopis, making them leave all their duties to follow him. This is lengthiest of all the books, taking up almost one quarter of the entire Bhagavata. While the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita show Krishna in various roles as teacher and diplomat, Book Ten shows Krishna simply engaging in lila, or divine and intimate play with his devotees. It presents this intimate relationship with God as the highest goal of human existence. This book explains how one common human can attain the divinity, through the dedicated devotion towards the divine power. The eleventh book explains about the destruction of the Yadava dynasty, including Krishna and all his kinsmen, is caused by the curse of a Brahmin, instigated by Krishna himself. The Yadavas kill each other in a drunken fight and Krishna dies as a result of the same curse, the result of a metal-tipped arrow striking his foot. The last chapter describes Krishna’s ascent toVaikuntha. Book eleven also includes the so-called Uddhava Gita, the last discourse of Krishna which he addresses to his dear friend Uddhava. The twelfth book is the last of all the books of Bhagavata. This book tells about the Maha Vishnu’s devotees and the future rulers of Magadha are predicted, along with the evils of Kali Yuga and the future destruction of the world (pralaya). The main story ends with the death of King Parikshit, cursed to die from snakebite, and the thwarted snake sacrifice of his son Janamejaya. The text finally concludes with a second description of the ten characteristics of a purana, the life of Markandeya, a summary of the Bhagavata, and the assurance that it is the greatest among puranas. There is no use in simply going through the books. One should at least try to practice the smallest dharmas explained in these books. By adopting the Dharmas explained in the Vedas or epics, on can lead a spiritual life. By leading a spiritual life one can have the most comfortable life. I pray the Almighty and Swamiji to shower their entire blessings on all of us to have a comfortable spiritual living. In the next issue, by the blessings of Almighty and Swamiji, we will meet with some more spiritual thoughts.
  • 37. Karma 38 (Kala Jadoo- Black Magic Problems- Evil Problems- Sleepless nights- Sudden downfall in the business or life.) Black magic is the negative use of energies and power by jealous and malicious human beings of Kaliyuga, whose main objective is to harm or deprive others from something, or influence them to do something wrong or negative. It is the evil side of the celestial cycle or negative energies. Black Magic is used to harm or hurt another person by performing certain acts even at a faraway place. The effect of this technique can be experienced thousands of miles away. With increase of jealousy, frustration, greed, selfishness, negativity and inability to accept other’s happiness & growth, the use of Black magic has become the most common way to take out one’s vindictiveness and get an evil kind of satisfaction from the turmoil of others. This problem has intensified a lot in the last few years, and many are suffering all over the world, totally unaware of the attacks made by no other than their closest friends, acquaintances and relatives. Many prosperous and happy families are ruined by Black magic. Symptoms of Black Magic Black magic puts a block on a person’s wisdom, intelligence and all efforts to solve the problem goes fruitless. One feels a mental block, gets disturbed sleep with bad dreams, and negative thoughts. There is heaviness and weight on the heart and constriction in the throat. At times, there could suddenly be blue marks on thighs without getting hurt, or faster & erratic heartbeat and breathing without any physical exertion. There will be quarrels in the family without any reason. One might feel the presence of somebody in the house. One feels that, one is not getting one’s due and can achieve much more, feels suffocated & restless in all circumstances, never at peace, remains depressed, with lack of enthusiasm or desire to live & rise in life. Effects of Black Magic Black Magic can really play havoc with the life of the target person by destroying any aspect of life may it be career/business, wealth/prosperity, creating family problems or unnecessary tensions/phobias, adversely affecting children & family, creating chronic health problems, destroying mental peace, intelligence & happiness, cause inner turmoil, unrest & uncharacteristic/abnormal behavior and even cause unnatural deaths in extreme circumstances. Black Magic not only affects the circumstances and future prospects of a person, but also deprives him materially of everything he was destined for, but also affects the psyche of the victim in such a way that one looses the will-power & mental energy to get out of the sinister situation one is in, and has no desire to live or rise in life. The effects of Black Magic become more chronic, dangerous and fatal with time, if untreated, like a horrible disease. It starts spreading like a contagious disease, affecting the person’s mind, brain, body, relationships, attitudes, work, money, marriage, career and everything in life. Breaking or reversing Black Magic Spell Putting a Black magic spell on someone is very easy for those knowing even a little bit of Thantrik siddhis/ voodoo. But to remove the spell and eliminate its sinister effects needs lot of expertise, continuous & rigorous rituals and a combination Siddhis & Sadhna. Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar curses those doing Black Magic on innocent people and destroying their lives and happiness for years to come. Before entering into the spiritual healing let us see what black magic is. Black Magic is a mystic art of rituals or using supernatural powers to influence or control events, people and ‘nature’ with techniques like voodoo, witchcraft. It can be also called a sort of hypnotism, though its methods are different. It involves use of positive or negative forces that derive its energy from either God’s universal energy for good work or wicked powers to cause damage to other persons, places or things (Directly or indirectly by its misuse). This term is also used with ‘K’ such as Magick and is also called ‘Dark Magic’ for its dependency on the dark forces. Those who use this mystic art of rituals for giving benefits to others practice White Magic. White Magic and Black Magic derive their forces from Positive Energy and Negative energy respectively. They can both benefit a common man, place or thing temporarily or can cause damage to any of them. However, it is hard to influence someone with a stronger will-power and powerful personality or who may have a ‘spiritual’ personality or a friendly ‘horoscope’. History of Black Magic The word ‘magic’ is oldest of the oldest; it has been in existence from the time immemorial. The Indian Vedas, the Atharvaveda, in particular, gave descriptions of magic which the Brahmins learnt, practiced and possessed all skills of magical feats through this super power. This supernatural power has also a strong mention in the Egyptian literature apart from several religions. Some historians of these days have found that it has come from Old Persian Magus, one of the Zoroastrian astrologer
  • 38. Karma 39 priests of the Medes and later on it picked up serious attention in the late 14th century from the Old French Magique. Sorcery also appeared more or less in the same period but it picked up popularity in 1526. Magic, Black Magic or Hypnotism, Telepathy, all are the branches of the main base of supernatural powers of magic within man. There is a vast difference between the troubles of the ghost and the troubles of the black magic. In case of ghost effect, the type of ghost or its shadow or its material that causes the damage is thoroughly studied. Then after diagnosing the type of ghost, his/her modus operandi is worked out and accordingly he or she is captured through positive thantric rituals, and normally it is tried that the ghost or spirit gets liberated from their roaming ghostly life. The tantric ritual is a serious divine effort to put these wandering and aimless spirits/ghosts in the service of God so that they could ultimately be liberated from their ghost ship. The ghosts of lesser severity are called spirits and they are normally used by negative Thantric and do black magic through their devilish powers to do evil acts such as to disintegrate the marriages, to destroy the businesses, to cause unnecessary innocent deaths, to damage the innocent and add to their agonies, and do the vasikaran for undesired elements to attract the women by freezing their brains and thinking and to get wrong gains of such types to the negative persons, which are normally banned and disapproved by almost all the religions of the world. Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar spiritually treats the ghosts at regular intervals, and they generally respond to the continuous spiritual treatment of Atharva Veda. Lastly, they show keenness to get liberation and promise to leave the black magic shadow over the innocent victim who is represented through the thantric rituals.After rituals an amulet is given to the victim and he/she is generally relieved of the problem completely within the specified number of days according to the severity of the problems. In those specified number of days, this is the normal course of departure of the ghost or spirit. Liberation is the ultimate aim of the ghosts/spirits, which they always desperately search for and cannot get unless they come into contact with right and religious minded positive tantric through divine rituals. This clause is not applicable to those who worship the devil during their lifetime. They are tackled differently with more divine positive power forcing them to surrender. After complete surrender, they leave the region of their operation. These categories of ghosts are generally more powerful than that of other groups. Now let us see the forces behind Black magic. Forces behind Black Magic The black magic works on the following principles: The black magic is based on natural and supernatural forces, which exist along with other four basic forces and these are numbered as fifth and sixth energy. The scientific basic forces are: Weak and Strong Gravities, Electromagnetism, Natural Command and Supernatural Forces. Due to jealousy, heart burning or some base cause, the Thantrics use cheap tactics to overcome the adversaries, which ruins one’s life. We must have peace and happiness in life, and to achieve the same we work hard. But we do not get in return to the proportions of our labor. We get very little even after the best of our efforts, we toil to get success in our business but the profits are too little. We do not want any discontentment or discord in our family life, but in spite of our best efforts, the peace and tranquility of our family is disturbed. On the other hand people work very little, but get too much in return. Businessmen have ample wealth just by putting in little efforts, but some others are disappointed even after continuous efforts. It leads us to conclude, that there are some evil forces which make our strategies unsuccessful. The next worst force used to ruin the other’s peaceful life is Thantra Prayog. Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar is the greatestAtharva Veda Swamiji and the only living Siddhar of the entire western countries. He does the “Mantra Vaadham” (argument through mantras) in the court of Atharva Veda Yaksha /Yakshini Devathas and gets the wonderful spiritual healing from those angels for all sorts of sufferings in the human life. He recommends any or all of the following for getting the best spiritual remedy. The first is the “Atharva Veda Raksha Kavach. This is one of the best for protection and cure of black magic. Now let us see what Thantra Prayog is. Whenever one faces such situations, it is sure that someone has used Black Magic and, as a result of which all the efforts become ineffective. To decide whether the problems are due to black magic or Thantra Prayog, or any other evil ghosts, the horoscope/ Vedic Astrological chart of the concerned person should be scrutinized by Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar as per the norms of Atharva Veda. The Thantra Prayog is not easy, but some cheap Thantrics expertise in it and torture innocent souls at the behest of selfish and greedy people. Such Thantrics have made Black Magic their profession, and use it on others indiscriminately at the behest of their adversaries, to mint money. Thus the happy life of the people is spoiled. Such so-called Black-Magicians, no doubt can harm others, but they do not possess the powers to counter such Thantric moves. As a result the victim keeps on suffering and sometimes it leads to the death of the victim. It is in fact very easy to cause harm through Thantra, but very difficult to amend the damage done. In order to learn the art of saving, one has to undergo Sadhna and Siddhi, and only a Thantric or Swamiji of high caliber can do so.
  • 39. Karma 40 The following are the worst effects of the Thantric Prayog. 1. Continuous illness. All treatments fail. 2. Constant worries, suicidal tendencies, or a desire to move away from home and family. 3. Continuous illness of any member of the family. 4. Too much weakness associated with obesity and being short tempered. 5. Sterility, without any physical deficiency or without any medical reason. 6. Repeated miscarriages or death of the children. 7. Sudden unnatural deaths in the family. 8. Problems in the construction of house, factory or any other building. 9. Shortness of money, in spite of hard labor. 10. No desire to live. Feels suffocated. Life seems useless. No desire to rise in life. 11. Sudden quarrels between brothers or the members of the family, without any reason. 12. Achievement of objectives seems impossible. 13. Loss in the business of property. 14. Ill-health and under-development of children. 15. Loss of peace due to the fear of enemies and their evil designs. 16. Discord between spouses or the family. 17. Greatest efforts resulting in a failure. 18. Lack of Govt. favors promotions and the desired transfers. 19. Poverty, in spite of hard work. These are some effects which prove that you are under the spell of Black Magic. Though intelligent, one will fail to find solution to such problems. It is due to the Thantric Prayog that all the wisdom, strategies and all the intelligence fails. ‘Raksha Kavach’ for Protection & Cure of Black Magic ‘Raksha’ is ‘Protection’ and ‘Kavach’ is ‘Shield’. ‘Raksha Kavach’ is the most powerful Talisman for protection and cure of Black magic. ‘Raksha Kavach’ eradicates all ill-effects of Black magic, Evil spells, Curses, Ghosts and Spirits. It cures the evil effects of past attacks and protects one from all future attacks. The effect of ‘Raksha Kavach’ never gets reduced. Its protection is life-long, and lasts for as long as it is worn. The moment it is worn, the negative effects start receding and its protection starts, freeing the wearer from all evil influences which can ruin & destroy one’s present and future life. ‘Raksha Kavach’ is blessed with so much extraordinary energy and power that it can guard and protect an individual against the strongest super-natural forces, negative powers and reverse/ break any kind of spell. The wearer of ‘Raksha Kavach’ always remains immune from any Black magic attacks. Raksha Prayog In order to overcome all these troubles, Raksha Prayog is indispensable, to make such Black Magic ineffective. As already told, such art is known only to those Thantric scholars or Swamijis, who have performed Sadhna and attained Siddhi. Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar guides one and all in this respect. His aim is to make everybody’s life happy, to make one’s life trouble free, so that you can move forward continuously. Special Atharva Soolini Raksha Kavach Our society is ridden with enmity, jealousy, and prejudices. Hence people use Black-Magic against each other, as a result of which, the victim remains disturbed, depressed and ultimately he meets his disaster. Business is ruined, health deteriorates, loss and mental ailment result in untimely death. We receive hundreds of such letters, with such problems. Therefore, the kind-hearted Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar has made “Atharva Soolini Raksha Kavach” available, which is energized, consecrated and sanctified and is very effective. As soon as one wears it, all the troubles start decreasing. A different Yantra is energized specially for every individual. No Thantra Prayog is effective on its user. Rather the Black Magic boomerangs back at the Thantric practicing it. Even if one is under the spell of Black Magic, its use will cure the same within a short span of time. The user of such “Atharva Soolini Raksha Kavach” will always be immune to Thantric Prayogs throughout his life. Atharva Soolini Raksha Prayog This is more powerful than the Atharva Soolini Raksha Kavach. This is performed only by Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar in order to overcome all the troubles of black magic/Kala Jadoo. As already told, such art is known only to those Thantric scholars or Swamijis, who have performed Sadhna and attained Siddhi. Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar will guide the sufferers in this respect. His only aim is to make one’s life happy, to make one’s life trouble free, so that one can move forward continuously. The user of such a Kavach will always be immune to Thantra Prayogs throughout his life. For more spiritual help to come out of black magic call Shiva Vishnu Temple of Georgia, the only Hindu Temple in USA which is specialized in removing black magic @ Toll Free 1-888-808 1418/ 1-888-808 1428 or email to avtemple@aol.com “OM SHANTHI”
  • 40. Karma 41 Atharva Vedic Spiritual Solutions for Venus is the first planet which is checked in a horoscope by most of the astrologers when it comes to love affairs. Whether it is Love at first sight or Love after 3 months, the role of Venus is very important in deciding the beginning, nature and longevity of a love affair. There are many types of love affairs including the ones that start with physical attraction and end up very soon with the end of the attraction or with the start of a new physical attraction. Then there are “Made for each other” kind of love affairs which may start at first sight or may take their time to develop, but once established, they continue to grow stronger and stronger.Then there are some attractions which are one sided and always remain that way. Even though one of the two persons involved in this situation may actually start liking or loving the other person very much, but there may be no response from the other end or a cold response or at the most “We can be good friends” kind of response. Similarly there are many other kinds of examples, but there is only one thing common in all of them, and that is none other than the influence of Venus. The role of Venus is of utmost importance in deciding the beginning, middle and the end of a relationship. But does it have anything to do with the past lives of the persons involved in a love affair. Can most of the long lasting love relationships be called Karmic Relationships which are based on the Karmas of past lives? Does the desire to want or love someone so badly have anything to do with the past lives? Let’s try to find the answers to these questions by digging deep into this Atharva Vedic theory of Karmic Relations. Taking the first case, suppose a person liked another person in his past life and the second person also liked the first person very much. But due to some circumstances the two of them were not able to have a relationship. The strong feelings shared by them for each other would leave a strong impression on their souls. And even after their death, these impressions stay imprinted on their souls very strongly as it was a strong and incomplete wish and it would definitely bring them back to earth giving them a chance to fulfill this wish. There are mainly three reasons due to which a soul comes down to earth again and again. These three reasons are: One or more strong wishes and desires possessed by a person in any of his/her previous lives which were not accomplished but the person wanted to accomplish them so bad that they left deep impressions on the soul of this person, which bring him/her back to earth again and again till the wishes are fulfilled and the impressions are removed from his soul. A person is Karmically indebted to someone or many people due to something good done by them to this person or something bad done by this person to them leaving the impressions on his/her soul, which would make it necessary for this person to come down to earth again and clear those Karmic debts before proceeding towards the final journey of his soul. Similarly a person seeking revenge or repayment of Karmic debts which are due on some people because of some Karmas done in his/her previous lives would make that person come back on earth. To claim the rewards of good Karmas which a person had done in previous lives with a strong feeling that those good Karmas would bringhimgoodresults,whichmeansthatthoseKarmaswereresults oriented and thus they marked their impressions on his soul and he has to come back to get those rewards before proceeding towards the final journey. But if a person does good Karmas with no feeling for rewards or results, those Karmas do not mark their impressions on his soul and he is free to go. Coming back to the topic, as both of the persons liked each other very much, it becomes a binding on the system of nature to bring them back and fulfill their wish in some other life. And in this case, both of them would take birth only when the planetary combinations are such that would lead to an interaction and a strong relationship between the two of them which would start at a predestined time and place. Planet Venus has a major role to play in the entire episode. As the two of them meet each other, they are attracted to each other very easily due to the influence of Planet Venus which is working positively for this relationship and as they start the relationship, their souls recognize each other and an understanding starts building very quickly. But this affair is very likely to be a physically passionate affair as both
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  • 43. Karma 44 of the persons involved wanted to consummate this relationship for a very long time and now when they have got the time, nothing can stop them and one can expect a very steamy love affair. After a time when the impressions marked on their souls for physical interaction are removed, the relationship may or may not continue depending upon the desires of the persons involved. Typically this relationship may or may not be made for each other type of relationship as the physical aspect was the first thing driving this relationship. Considering the second case, suppose the relationship was completed in the previous life and both the persons lived a very happy life loving each other till the end of their lives. And as both of them left this world one by one, they had a strong feeling that this relationship was the best thing that happened to them in their entire lifetime and both of them wished that they had spent more time in this relationship. This would again mark the impressions on their souls and the same thing will happen again in some other life. Only this time, the relationship will be more towards understanding each other and enjoying the company of each other rather than discovering the physical aspects as both of the persons involved had already consummated the relationship in the previous life and it was mainly the company of the other person that was desired by both of them. This is a perfect case of “Made for each other” as both of the persons involved in this relationship understood each other very well in the previous life and were very happy with each other, which marked the impressions on their souls. Such relationships are likely to continue from one birth to another till one or both of the partners involved in the relationship desires to move towards the spiritual journey. The persons involved in such relationships can be called “Soul Mates” in true sense as they keep on meeting and loving each other from one life to another. In the third case, suppose it is only one person who liked someone but there was no response from the second person. If the first person had a very strong feeling for this someone, it would leave its imprints on the soul of this person. This person will come across the second person in one of his next lives and would try to fulfill his incomplete desire or wish, which is to get the attention of the second person. But the second person may or may not pay attention to the first person even in this life as there was no interest shown by this person even in the previous life, so there are no impressions on the soul of the second person and it is only the soul of the first person which is carrying the impressions for an incomplete desire. In such cases the first person will keep on facing the second person in the coming lives again and again until either the second person shows some response and a relationship starts or the first person gets tired of the second person and decides to go another way which would simply erase the impressions marked on the soul of first person and he is free of this bond. While on the other hand if this one sided attraction continues for some lives and still there are no signs of interest from the second person, extreme cases like an attempt for a suicide by the first person or use of force by the first person on the second person to fulfill his/her physical desires and get rid of his/her frustration which has been building for so many lives, can be witnessed depending upon the general nature and progress of the soul of the first person. These are just a few cases and there can be many other types of cases which are possible. But the influence of Venus is a foremost factor in all these relationships as the execution of impressions marked on a soul for the purpose of physical attraction or long lasting relationship is the field which mainly belongs to Venus in astrology. There are thirty two match making factors according to Atharva Veda. The 7th and 8th factors play the major most part in deciding the factors of a couple’s married life. These are called as Nadi and Bhakut and they carry maximum points 8 and 7 respectively in the point chart of traditional Match Making Atharva Vedic Astrology. If any of these two shows 0 points in match making point chart, a defect is formed. For example if Nadi is showing 0 points, a Nadi Dosh is formed and if Bhakut is showing 0 points, a Bhakut Dosh is formed. But what are these defects called Nadi Dosh and Bhakut Dosh and what are the bases for assigning 0 points for Nadi or Bhakut which indicates the presence of Nadi Dosh or Bhakut Dosh in match making? Let’s try to find the theory behind these defects and also know the remedies to rectify these defects. Starting with Nadi Dosh, let’s first find out what is a Nadi Dosh and how is it formed. Horoscope of every person shows his/her Nadi depending upon the placement of Moon in different Constellations or Nakshatras at the time of his/her birth. Depending upon these placements, following are the three kinds of Nadis. If Moon is placed in any of these 9 constellations named Ashwini, Ardra, Punarvasu, Uttara Phalguni, Hasta, Jyeshtha, Moola, Shatabhisha or Poorvabhadrapada in natal horoscope, the native is said to have Aadi Nadi. If Moon is placed in any of these 9 constellations named Bharani, Mrigashira, Pushya, Poorvaphalguni, Chitra, Anuradha, Poorvashada, Dhanishtha or Uttarabhadrapada in natal horoscope, the native is said to have Madhya Nadi. If Moon is placed in any of these constellations named Kritika, Rohini,
  • 44. Karma 45 Ashlesha, Magha, Swati, Vishakha, Uttarashada, Shravana or Revati in natal horoscope, the native is said to have Antya Nadi. If both Male and Female have Nadis which are different from each other, a score of 8 is added to the point chart and if both of them are having same Nadis, a score of 0 is added and Nadi Dosh is said to be formed. For example if the Male is born in Hasta Nakshatra and the Female is born in Ardra Nakshatra, both of them are having Aadi Nadi which is same and hence Nadi Dosh is said to be formed. Nadi Dosh is generally said to cause a divorce or separation if both Male and Female are having Aadi Nadi. Nadi Dosh is said to cause death of either one or both of the partners if both Male and Female are having either Madhya or Antya Nadis. This is why a Male and a Female having same Nadi are advised not to marry each other. However there are some aspects which are said to cancel the effects of Nadi Dosh. Nadi Dosh is said to be nullified if any of these conditions is met: If both male and female are born in the same Nakshatra but the Charana or Pada of Nakshatra is different, Nadi Dosh is said to be nullified despite both of them having the same Nadi. If both Male and Female have same Moon Sign but the birth Nakshatras are different and both of them have same Nadi, Nadi Dosh is said to be nullified. If both Male and Female have same birth Nakshatra but the Moon Signs are different, Nadi Dosh is said to be nullified in spite of both of them having same Nadi. Moving on to Bhakut Dosh, if Moon Signs in the natal horoscopes of Male and Female are making a combination of 6-8, 9-5 or 12-2 with each other, Bhakut Dosh is said to be formed. For example, if Moon sign of the Male is Aries and that of the Female is Virgo, then Bhakut Dosh of 6-8 is said to be formed as the Moon Sign of Female is sixth counted from Moon Sign of Male and the Moon sign of Male is eighth counted from Moon sign of Female. Similarly Bhakut dosh is considered for 9-5 and 12-2 placements of Moon signs. It is said that the Bhakut Dosh of 6-8 can cause death to either of the partners, Bhakut dosh of 9-5 can cause delay, denial or loss of progeny and Bhakut Dosh of 12-2 can cause poverty. However, Bhakut Dosh is said to be nullified if any of the following conditions is observed: If the Lord of Moon Signs is the same, Bhakut dosh is said to be nullified. For example 6-8 Bhakut dosh is said to be nullified in case of Aries-Scorpio and Taurus-Libra and 12-2 Bhakut dosh is said to be nullified in case of Capricorn-Aquarius. If the Lord of Moon Signs is friendly with each other, Bhakut Dosh is said to be nullified. For example, Pisces-Aries and Aries-Sagittarius. If Nadi Dosh is not present in the horoscopes, the effect of Bhakut Dosh is said to be reduced depending upon some other factors. The actual damage caused by Nadi Dosh and Bhakut Dosh usually does not match with the bad effects mentioned above. If we analyze these two defects scientifically, we come to know that Nadi Dosh is found in 33% cases of Match Making as there are only 3 Nadis and every third couple is supposed to have same Nadi. In the same way Bhakut Dosh is found in about 50% cases of Match Making because each Moon Sign is not compatible with 6 Moon Signs out of a total of 12 Moon Signs, which shows that 50% of the couples have Bhakut Dosh. Taking the nullifying effects into consideration, Bhakut Dosh is still effective in about 35% to 40% cases of Match Making. Summing up both of these defects, it can be calculated that at least 50% cases of Match Making are having either Nadi Dosh or Bhakut Dosh or both of them. As the bad effects of Nadi Dosh and Bhakut Dosh are said to be very serious, so it is obvious that the theory of Nadi Dosh and Bhakut Dosh does not hold good in actual practice because 50% of the couples are not facing divorces, death and other issues in actual practice which shows that Nadi Dosh and Bhakut Dosh alone are not capable of causing the damages associated to them, and the other important factors should also be seen and considered in the horoscopes of the couples, to predict accurate results. Now that we know about Nadi Dosh and Bhakut Dosh, let’s look at the remedies for these defects. The best remedy for both Nadi Dosh and Bhakut Dosh is not the performance of Maha Mrityunjaya Pooja. The Atharva Veda refers a lot of Yaksha/ Yakshini Devathas to give the best remedy for the Nadi Dosh or Bhakut Dosh. Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar scrutinizes the horoscope as per the norms prescribed by Atharva Veda. The poojas performed to these Atharva Veda Yaksha/Yakshini Devathas are called as Rituals. Both of these defects can be reduced to a great extent by getting this rituals performed. There are some other remedies for Nadi Dosh and Bhakut Dosh, but they differ from horoscope to horoscope and require thorough study of horoscopes. For more help about your problems call Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar immediately. Do not sit with your problems and do not live with the problems, when someone like Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar is ready to help you to come out of your difficulties. Call Swamiji directly in the USA Toll free @ 1-888- 808 1418 or 1-888-808 1428 or E mail to: avtemple@ aol.com.
  • 45. The Fox without Tail A fox was once caught in a trap. It was only after a tough struggle that she could get free. But, to her sorrow, her beautiful tail had been cut off and left in the trap. “How ugly I shall look!” moaned the fox, “won’t the other foxes laugh at me?” Thinking hard, the fox hit upon a plan to save herself from being laughed at. She called a meeting of his friends and said, “Brothers! Have you ever wondered why after all, we carry these long tails?” Let us cut them off and be free from their nuisance.” But the other foxes had noticed her cut-off tail. They laughed aloud and replied, “You used to say that tails looked very fine when your own was all right. Now that you have lost yours, you want us to lose ours too.” MORAL: Dirty tricks seldom work. The Wolf And The Goat Once a wolf saw a goat atop a hill and said, “Come down here, Miss Goat! The grass here is greener and longer.””Thank You,” answered the goat, “the grass down there may be much better. But, if I come down you will get a good meal. So, I prefer to stay here - where you can’t reach. At least I am quite safe.” MORAL: Let not others exploit your gentleness. The Oak Tree & the Reeds The Oak tree always thought that he was far stronger then the reeds. He said to himself, “I stand upright in a storm. I don’t bend my head in fear every time the wind blows. But these reeds are really so weak.” That very night blew a storm and the mighty oak tree was uprooted. “Good God!” sighed the reeds, “our way is better. We bend but we don’t break.” MORAL: Pride hath a fall The Wind and The Sun Once the Wind and the Sun came to have a quarrel. Either of them claimed to be a stronger. At last they agreed to have a trial of strength. “Here comes a traveler. Let us see who can strip him of his clock,” said the Sun. The Wind agreed and chose to have the first turn. He blew in the hardest possible way. As a result, the traveler wrapped his cloak even more tightly around him. Then it was the turn of the Sun. At first he shone very gently. So, the traveler loosened his cloak from his neck. The sun went on shining brighter and brighter. The traveler felt hot. Before long he took off his cloak and put it in his bag. The Wind had to accept his defeat. MORAL: Fury or force cuts no ice where gentleness does the job. The Dreamy Milk-Maid A milk-maid had been to the meadow to milk her cows. Now she was returning home with a pail of milk on her head. She thought, “I will make cream and butter out of this milk. Then selling them, I will buy eggs. And when they hatch, I shall have a Karma 46 Stories for Children & Kids Page
  • 46. good poultry farm.” She further thought, “I shall sell some of my fowls and buy a fine dress. Seeing it on my body at the fair, all the boys will admire me. But I will turn them away just tossing my head at them.” Lost in day dreams, she forgot about the pail on her head. She tossed her head with a jerk and the pail of milk came tumbling down. It was broken and all the milk got spilt. “Dear O dear!” she cried, “I have lost my all.” MORAL: Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched. The Cock and The Jewel One day a peacock met a crane and said, “So sorry for you. You have so dull feathers. Look at the fine colors of my feathers.””Well!” replied the crane, “your look is brighter than mine. But whereas I can fly high up into the sky, all you can do is to strut about on the ground.” MORAL: Never find fault with others. The Pig and the Sheep A farmer’s boy went into his field. There were some sheep and a pig there. He picked up the pig that squealed aloud. “Why are you making a fuss? When he catches us, we never cry.” said a sheep. “Shut up, cried the pig, “the shepherd wants only wool from you. But this boy is taking me away for my meat.” MORAL: Life is dear to everyone. A Fisherman and A Sprat A fisherman had been fishing for a long time but without luck. At last he tugged at his net and saw a small fish caught in it. “Please let me go,” begged the fish, “I will grow bigger in a few days and then you can catch me again.” The fisherman said, “Now that I have caught you I won’t let you go. If I leave you, I may never see you again.” MORAL: A bird in hand is worth two in bush. The Town-Mouse and the Country- Mouse A town-mouse paid a visit to his friend who lived in the countryside. The country- mouse was happy to see his friend. So he prepared a fine feast for him. The town- mouse looked at the fruit and the car of corn with hatred. “Is this how you live ?” he asked, “life in the country does not offer much.” He persuaded the country-mouse to accompany him to the town and see all the good things there. So, the country- mouse packed all his belongings and off they went to the city. The country-mouse was really surprised to see the things there. But as soon as they settled down to enjoy a fine meal of cheese and fruit, a big cat leapt in through the window. Seeing the cat, both the mice ran into their hole to save themselves, so the cat ate up all the cheese and fruit. When the cat had gone away, the mice came out of their hole. “I am going,” cried the country-mouse, “I like my simple fare in safety than this grand feast in such a danger.” MORAL: Safety is the first importance. The Boar and The Foxes Two foxes watched a wild boar sharpening his tusks on a tree-trunk. “Why do you do that?” asked one of them, “the huntsmen are not out today.””Let that be so,” answered the boar, “but whenever my life is in danger, I shall need my tusks and there will be no time to sharpen them.” MORAL: Lost time cannot be recalled. The Lark In The Corn-Field Once a Lark made her nest in a corn-field. Soon she laid eggs in it. After a few days small babies hatched out of them. One day the baby-larks overheard the farmer say, “I will call my neighbors to reap this field.” The Baby-larks got alarmed to hear this and told their mother about it. “Don’t worry,” said the mother. Some days later, the farmer came again and said, I will call my relatives to reap this field.” The baby- larks afraid again. “Fear not,” said their mother. But the next day the farmer came there with his little son and said, “I will reap this field tomorrow.” “Now is the time to go. When a man says he will do the work himself, he will certainly do it,” said the mother-lark. MORAL: Don’t fear hollow threats You Can’t Please Everyone Karma 47
  • 47. 1. A Friend in need... Once upon a time there lived four friends in a forest. They were very different from each other; yet, they were best friends and always came to each other’s aid when required. The friends were: a mouse, a crow, a deer, and a tortoise. This is a story of how these friends, who ordinarily would have been natural enemies helped each other against their biggest enemy - Man, who was a hunter. One-day, the mouse, crow, and deer were gossiping under a tree. They suddenly heard a scream. It was their friend, the tortoise! He was trapped in a hunter’s net. “Uh oh!” exclaimed the deer fearfully, “what do we do now?” “Do not despair” said the mouse, “I have a plan” and the tree friends huddled together and decided on their plan of action. The deer ran towards the hunter who was close to the tortoise caught in the net. He reached their without the knowledge of the hunter, and lay down in his path as though dead. The crow flew towards the deer and acted as though he were pecking at the deer. The hunter picked up the net and started walking home, when he suddenly laid eyes on the wondrous sight of a dead deer. “Hey, here is a deer, all ready for me” He thought and put down his net and walked towards the deer. The crow continued circling the deer, and flapping his wings furiously whenever the hunter tried to push him away. In the meantime, the mouse hopped to the tortoise and started chewing the threads of the net. As the crow kept the hunter at bay, the mouse freed the hunter. As soon as the crow saw that the tortoise was free, he let out a loud caw and flew away. The deer suddenly got up and ran! The hunter stood stunned and decided to go back to the tortoise, only to see that his net was torn, and the tortoise had escaped. “If only I hadn’t been so greedy” he thought. The four friends met again under the tree, and could not stop laughing at the trick that they had played on the hunter. Oh! What good friends they were, always their for each other! 2. A wealthy Man A very wealthy old man, imagining that he was on the point of death, sent for his sons and divided his property among them. However, he did not die for several years afterwards; and miserable years many of them were. Besides the weariness of old age, the old fellow had to bear with much abuse and cruelty from his sons. Wretched, selfish ingrates! Previously they vied with one another in trying to please their father, hoping thus to receive more money, but now they had received their patrimony, they cared not how soon he left them--nay, the sooner the better, because he was only a needless trouble and expense. And they let the poor old man know what they felt. One day he met a friend and related to him all his troubles. The friend sympathized very much with him, and promised to think over the matter, and call in a little while and tell him what to do. He did so; in a few days he visited the old man and put down four bags full of stones and gravel before him. “Look here, friend,” said he. “Your sons will get to know of my coming here today, and will inquire about it. You must pretend that I came to discharge a long-standing debt with you, and that you are several thousands of rupees richer than you thought you were. Keep these bags in your own hands, and on no account let your sons get to them as long as you are alive. You will soon find them change their conduct towards you. Salaam. I will come again soon to see how you are getting on.” When the young men got to hear of this further increase of wealth they began to be more attentive and pleasing to their father than ever before. And thus they continued to the day of the old man’s demise, when the bags were greedily opened, and found to contain only stones and gravel! 3. The Seven Weavers’ Seven weavers once started on a moonlight journey. They had not gone very far from their home when they lost the road. After trying to find their way, they came to a field of flax, which they took to be a river, as the field was in flower, and they fancied the blue color of the flower to be that of water. They stripped themselves and began swimming. After hard labor, they got across. To make certain that no one was drowned, they took the precaution of counting themselves before resuming Karma 48
  • 48. Karma 49 their journey; but they discovered that one of them was missing, as each forgot to count himself. Grieved at the loss of one of their company, they had not the heart to pursue their journey, but returned home. 4. The Donkey & Washerman A story is told of an over-credulous washer man who was childless. This preyed upon his mind very much and was a permanent cause of unhappiness. One day, in the course of his work, he went to the house of the town kazi (or magistrate). He heard the kazi reproaching one of his pupils in this wise: “Not long ago you were a jackass; I made a man of you,” etc. The washer-man did not wait to hear the rest. He hastened home with all speed and told his wife that he had made a discovery, which they were to lose no time in utilizing. “The kazi, my dear,” said the washer man, “can make a man of a donkey. Why should we fret any longer for a child? Let us take our donkey to him and beg of him to transform him.” The washer man and his wife, with their donkey, were shortly after this conversation on their way to the kazi. Their mission being explained with many supplications, the kazi, quick-sighted, and with an eye to business, accepted the charge, and promised to effect the metamorphosis in a year. The washer man on his part promised to give his services free for that period. A year passed in waiting and in happy hopes. On the appointed day the washer man and his companion presented themselves before the kazi. The kazi took them aside and pointed out a strong young man among his pupils. “There,” he whispered to the washer man, “is your donkey. You see the change: now persuade him and take him home.” The washer man and his wife flew to their newly created son, and with many endearing terms prepared to embrace him and made other affectionate advances. Amazed at this unaccountable conduct of these low people, the lad resisted at first, but as they persisted, he grew furious. After receiving many a cuff from the lad, a happy idea struck the washer man’s wife: turning to her husband she said, “Go you and fetch his peg, rope, and grain-bag; perhaps they may remind him of what he was once.” The washer man in hot haste went home and fetched them. But it seemed to make matters worse. The washer man held up each of these articles to the young man’s view, and said, in the most persuasive tone he could command, “Come home, my son. Do you forget the day you were my donkey? This was the peg to which I would tether you, this your tether rope, and this your food-bag; come to your home!” By this time a jeering crowd had gathered round the young man, and this so infuriated him that he turned to and gave the washer man the soundest thrashing he had ever received in his life. The poor dupe of a washer man--- the story says - went home thoroughly convinced that what fate had ordained it was useless to fight against, looking upon his punishment as a just return for his presumption. 5. The Tortoise and India’s National Bird Peacock Once upon a time a peacock and a tortoise became great friends. The peacock lived on a tree on the banks of the stream in which the tortoise had his home; and daily the peacock after he had a drink of water danced near the stream and displayed his gay plumage for the amusement of his friend. One unfortunate day, a bird-catcher who was on the prowl caught the peacock and was about taking him away to the market. The unhappy bird begged of his captor to allow him to bid his friend the tortoise good-bye, as it would be the last time he would see him. The bird-catcher allowed him his prayer and took him to the tortoise, who was greatly moved to see his friend a captive. The tortoise asked the bird-catcher to let the peacock go; but he laughed at the request, saying that was his means of livelihood. The tortoise then said, “If I make you a handsome present, will you let my friend go?” “Certainly,” answered the bird- catcher, that is all I want.” Whereupon the tortoise dived into the water and in a few seconds came up with a handsome pearl, which, to the great astonishment of the bird-catcher, he handed to him. This was beyond his expectations, and he let the peacock go immediately. A short time after, the avaricious man came back and told the tortoise that he thought he had not paid enough for the release of his friend, and threatened that, unless a match to that pearl was obtained for him, he would again catch the peacock. The tortoise, who had already advised his friend to betake himself to a distant jungle on being set free, was greatly enraged at the greed of this man. “Well,” said the tortoise, “if you insist on having another pearl like it, give it to me and I will fish you out an exact match for it.” The stupidity of the bird-catcher prevented his reasoning that “one in the hand was equal to two in the bed of the stream,” and he speedily gave the pearl to the wily tortoise, who swam out with it saying, “I am no fool to take one and give two!” and forthwith disappeared, leaving the bird-catcher to be sorry ever after for his covetousness.
  • 49. Karma 50 Stay With All Alone we don’t growDivided we don’t grow Together we grow and Together we flourish. So never be aloneStay with all. What’s More in Life ? Let love with you Be love with all, Let love with all Be love with you ; For aim of life True love to all, When love is same What’s more in life. A newly wedded wife Speaks to her husbandDon’t walk ahead of me, I can’t reach you.Don’t walk behind of me, I can’t see you.Always walk with me side by sideas a friend of mine,so that you can lead me all the way, all the day. Dhiraj Shah Age 89, Houston, TX
  • 50. Karma 51 Tamil speaking Indian American in Atlanta Georgia arrested for Sexual Battery. The Indian Americans in USA has achieved a lot of good things in their life, proved their ability, as a great community, and also as one of the well mannered immigrants in this nation. However, sometimes we come across some Indian Americans commit some crimes which made us ashamed because of their illegal activities. However, to the best of our knowledge its the 1st time in the Atlanta Indian American community, a local Tamil speaking Indian American has sexually battered and assaulted the wife of a Holy Priest. The accused goes by the name Valmikinathan P.Raghunathan (Aged around 52 years), who became very famous now because of his great achievement in the local Metro Atlanta Indian American community. “Yes” ...he was arrested by the Fulton County Law and Enforcement for SEXUAL BATTERY The assault and battery was against one of the Indian woman that is the wife of a local innocent Priest. We treat the Pundits / Priests as messengers of the God. We fall on their feet and take their blessings. However, in a mind boggling way this sexual battery and assault was committed against a Priest’s wife, that too in a public place ,which is the Federal Court building in Atlanta Georgia! As reported that, the accused kept following the Priest’s wife with sexual desire whenever she comes to the court for some court proceedings. He was following, circling and Sitting next to her and calling her for sex, asking how much she needs for a shot, showing all kinds of sexual signs and abusing her with all kinds of sexual comments and tortured her. Its understood from the victim that lot of these things was even happened inside the Court itself. Now the local Indian American are wondering whether the accused is a psycho or over sexually activated? The accused has a wife by the name Radhika Raghunathan and believed to have a teen age daughter too. The Indian American community in Metro Atlanta is wondering about the role of his wife Radhika Raghunathan in lot of his questionable activities, since his wife is also facing two criminal cases with serious charges in the Indian Court. She is also badly needed by the Indian law and enforcement now. For The Former Trustee of Atlanta Tamil Sangam ( GATS- Greater Atlanta Tamil Sangam) Valmikinathan P. Raghunathan Blueshift India Private Limited
  • 51. The accused Valmikinathan Raghunathan goes by the name “Valmiki” in the ‘Greater Atlanta Tamil sangam’, also known as “GATS”. Under belief, he was a former Trustee of the same for some time. The reliable sources revealed that, he has also brought a lady by the name Professor Prema Pandurng for some of her Gita lectures. One of the local temples had lot of issues when he started with his terrorist threats against some priests of the Temple. Presently the accused has a pending arrest warrant petition from an another magistrate court for a battery (beating) on a Temple priest, which soon will be heardbyaMagistrateintheGwinnettCountyGA.Oneof the local resident told our reporter that, “I have watched this Valmiki guy so many times in the public places that, he is always interested in ladies, running around them, that too ladies who are married or some times aged over 60 years and sometimes girls below 13 years. He has a very dirty and cheap sexual desire......... I appreciate the victim for coming over boldly to prosecute him.” Valmikinathan P. Raghunathan was accused of Sexual Battery and Assault in the Federal building, also known as Northern District Federal courts. Earlier the report was filed by the victim to the Chief of the Federal building and in turn to the Federal Marshal and also to theAtlanta Police Department. The probable cause hearing lasted During early February of this year, one of the Judicial authority wings of Indian HIGH COURT- Chennai chapter has ordered the “CBCID” (Crime Branch Civil Investigation Department), which is the most powerful wing of the State Police Criminal Investigation Division to investigate the high profile crimes by the friends and under belief the business associates of “Valmiki” for Cheating, Fraud, Cyber Crime, Forgery, Criminal conspiracy etc. In the year 2008 a big scam started by this group headed by Sanson D’ Silva, MuthuKrishnan Veeriah, and four more accused claiming that, they are running their Temple and Ashram in Nevada and Georgia by the name ‘Gayathri Ashram’. Although they have simply incorporated a Corporation in the state of Nevada and showed a Mail box address as their Temple and Ashram Address where which they are doing marvelous community services, and also made the public to believe that they are running great Ashram and Temples in USA , UK and India . This gang collected in millions of dollars from tons of Indian American Residents. This international fraud and money laundering scam finally brought to the police knowledge, and now the Chennai (India)High Court which has the power in a state level ordered the “CBCID” to investigate and to prosecute all the accused. In the latter part of 2009, the Indian police have also registered a Crime Report (FIR) as per the order of the local judicial magistrate in Coimbatore -India about the same incident as per the victims who were cheated by this scam. Karma 52 Dr. Hymavati Mikkilineni President, Hindu Temple of Atlanta Mr. Muthukrishnan Veeriah He and his wife charged with numerous criminal charges
  • 52. Karma 53 around an hour and the Judge found probable cause for his arrest and he was arrested immediately in the court. As said, he has some pending arrest warrants and some serious ongoing criminal cases in the Indian courts which are active now. “Valmiki” is believed to be the owner of a corporation called as “Blueshift inc,” in Alpharetta GA,(www. blueshift.com) and we do not have any idea still the business is active or not. Earlier In the court proceedings he has pleaded to the judge that, he is a “millionaire”!! , however our reporters could not find any evidence to prove that he is a millionaire. He has a brother by the name Sundaram Raghunathan living in Bankside Way in Norcross, GA aged around 61 years also facing criminal charges. His wife Vijaya Sundaram has criminal cases and he has pending arrest warrant in India. These couple is also needed badly by the Indian Police now. The Indian Community in the metro Atlanta is very sad and condemned these kinds of continuing actions by Valmiki. A few members of the community reported that, Valmiki is having a habit of using offensive sexual words and signs in front of lot of Indian women often. He has repeatedly used a Tamil Word XXXXXX- against the Victim so many times (a very offensive word against a Tamil speaking Indian women and the same represents the genitalia of a female). He has used the same word with and other defencive language at the time of the assault. Also he has placed his hands on the Victim’s shoulders, and then proceeded to thrust his genitals area and hips in a sexual manner towards her buttocks and made contact with the same. This criminal case has been handed over to the Fulton County Solicitor’s office for further prosecution and for possible conviction. Mr. Krishnamurthy, a local Indian American told that “once this guy is convicted, the same would definitely stop the harassment and conspiracy and would be a good lesson for him ........., not to assault or batter any Indian women any more”. Some of the other local Indian folks reported to our “Karma” reporter that, a quick conviction for Valmikinathan as soon as possible would remove the bad name he brought to the Indian American community so far in the recent times. Mr. Mahabir from Conyers, Georgia reported that, “I know this guy’s sexual and illegal activities and conspiracy for a long time and I really felt ashamed by these kinds of Sexual Battery and assault which has brought a bad name to our Community. If the Law and enforcement wishes, I would give some good information about him and his past illegal things.” He has also reported that, Valmiki assaulted the same victim few times at 2008 Indian Festival in Georgia and he was a witness’. Anil Kumar a Kannada Priest working for a Hindu Temple reported that, justice was rendered properly for the Victim and congratulated the Fulton County Judge and the judicial system. Another local Tamil speaking Indian American reported our Karma reporter that, the ladies and girls needs to be very careful whenever they come to Atlanta Tamil sangam meetings, and to the local Temples, if they happend to see ‘Valmiki” to avoid any possible sexual battery for our Indian American girls again. Also he kept saying that he would make it as an issue in the next Tamil Sangam meeting. Dr. Sankaran Raghunathan Blueshift India Private Limited Sundaram Raghunathan Dr. Ravi Sarma Former President, Hindu Temple of Atlanta
  • 53. Karma 54 Alocal IndianAmerican who knew him very well raised a question that “ if this guy is able to commit a sexual crime that too, in a Federal Court, then he can do any kinds of crimes any where in this country. Who gave this much strength to him to sexually batter and assault a priest’s wife? I would say that the FBI should look in to this matter to dig who is behind these kinds of illegal activities. A priest by the name Kumar who was in the federal building and an eye witness at the time of the sexual Battery and Assault told our reporter that “I am very concerned and suspicious about some persons who are associated with him and using him to steal some one’s wealth by these kinds of illegal activities and he kept saying that, the FBI should use this as a starting thread to reveal the big conspiracy against a local Temple’ and lot of shocking information will come out”. According to his opinion the Department of Justice should consider this as a RICO violation (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations), since these kinds of illegal activities by “Valmiki” is not the first time against the Temple priests and its an ongoing subject for the last 4 years. He and an another Tamil speaking Indian American person who does not have a proper job for so many years, who is always looking something for free and take his eating plate wherever he gets free food like the poor pandarams in Tamilnadu goes to every Temples, should also be noted in the criminal activities. All these three people has a series of pending criminal charges, civil Lawsuits, pending arrest warrants, good behavior bonds etc., Mr. Mahabir a local Hindu again commented that, he has a strong thought that some more people behind him are activating all kinds of illegal things & conspiracy and if the GBI or FBI investigate the same, lot of criminal things will come out. He assured that if the Law and Enforcement wishes he would cooperate with the Department of Justice to prosecute them. Criminal Charges for Few of the ‘‘Famous” Board Members of Hindu Temple of Atlanta , Georgia The present President Dr Hymavathy Mikkilineni and the former President Dr Ravi Sharma of Hindu Temple of Atlanta with some of their board members are still fighting on their criminal in India cases where they are all accused as criminals in the court now. An Interesting news is that Valmiki, & his wife Radhika Raghunathan, his brothers Sundaram Raghunathan & his wife Vijaya Sundaram living in Norcross, GA and Dr. Sankaran Raghunathan a former US college professor are also defendants in those Indian Criminal cases.As commented by Mr. Lal Mahabir a local Hindu, “ It is a million Dollar question here for lot of our local Indian community is that, who is behind who, in all these criminal activities.? Is it Valmiki brothers or the Board members of Hindu Temple of Atlanta in all these kinds of conspiracy? Another eye witness in this sexual Battery and Assault is Atlanta’s famous litigation senior Counsel Mr. Jesse W Hill. It was also reported to us that the victim is also going to file a Civil Lawsuit through her Attorney Mr. James Eidson for the intentional tort and emotional inflictions created by Valmiki. The sources revealed that he is the first Tamil sangam Trustee in the entire country with numerous Criminal and Civil Lawsuits and especially a sexual Battery charge against him. One of the local Tamil speaking Indian American told our reporter that “I would caution the local Indian Bala Vihar and any places the small girls and ladies assemble in any Indian American meetings……………, need to be very careful about this Valmiki guy. The local Indian ladies should protect themselves from him”. The ladies assaulted and sexually battered by him from the local Atlanta Tamil sangam so far, should come out with a courage to file charges against him……… .To me it is insane”. “Karma” magazine does not endorse or take any kinds of stand or side in this mind boggling Criminal issues. Being the First & the ONLY highest circulated Indian Spiritual magazine in this country, it is our duty to report what’s happening, and also the local folks concerns about the crime. Formoreupdateaboutthiscriminalcaseandproceedings, please look for the April- May edition of “Karma”. If you like to give your voice/ opinion on this, please write to karmapublisher@gmail.com Santhanam Bhajagovindam Freelance Writer.
  • 54. Zodiac Connection By Sri Selvam “Siddhar” Kind Attention: Zodiac Connection is based upon Moon signs and not upon Sun signs Rasi Reding, Karma 55 Aries Taurus Gemini Mesham: This month, Lords Sun Mercury and Jupiter are lining up in the star Sadhabisha. This is a good symbol of luck with progress. Lord Venus is also in Kumbam. Your sign Lord is in debilitation. The result will be sadness and weak in health. You can cover the strength and braveness after two weeks. Women and children at home: This month their plans are very slowly moving. Good hope is there but the easy flow of money will not be there. Children will be disturbed with their plays and studies. But the end of last week of this month will surprise them with luck. Students: Their education will be very poor. They have to show much attention and gain good marks. Business people, professionals and employees: The Planet will provide with good facilities and convenient positions in all their attempts. This month will be good enough to give them the benefits. Lovers: Very critical and troublesome situations will come. They have to be careful to adjust any circumstances. Better be reserved. Married Persons and Spouses: Unnecessary quarrels and unwanted estimations will cross their way. They have to be very calculative and clever to avoid bitterness. Lord Jupiter looks the 7th house, i.e. the place for spouse and grants peace. 7th and 8th of March are unfavorable. Rishabam: At the house of profession the combination of Lords Sun, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter will give you some alterations for good future. Financially you will face insufficiency. Even in family the uneasiness will prevail. Women and children at home: A kind of fear and sorrow will come to maintain the domestic affairs. The materials they need may not reach in time. Children also will behave with unsatisfactory trend. The season and the atmosphere condition too will not be suitable. Students: Lord Kethu in the 2nd quarter of the star Punarvasu will create troubles and their time will be wasted. They have to take much attention in lessons. Business people, professionals and employees: Their way will be very busy and their proposals are getting good shapes. Much attention in investment should be given for new trades. The professionals will be expanding their schemes for a better future. Lovers: Lord Mars in the star Pushyam and the combination of Lords Venus and Jupiter will be disturbing their and the happenings to be in the side of controversial. During the last week of March, there will be a way of solution. Married Persons and Spouses: Their attention upon their spouse should be more. There will be a scene of difficult situation to manage. their anticipation will be only a normalcy that they can witness. March 9th and 10th are unfavorable. Mithunam: You are very smart and active. You are having so many plans with you. Lord Mercury combine with Lords Venus Sun and Jupiter. This will keep you in an entangled situation. Most attention and deep thinking should be employed. Women and children at home: Lord Mars in debilitation at the sign “Cancer” will not help for a peaceful atmosphere. They have to control themselves. They are advised to keep the slow and steady way in their attempts. Students: Group of friends or their interest in entertainments will spoil the education. They have to give full time attention to the education. Business people, professionals and employees: Lords of sign and 10th house combine and create a wrong calculation. They have to postpone their plans. Other wise they will get into unnecessary troubles.
  • 55. Karma 56 Cancer Leo Lovers: The clubbing of Lords Venus and Jupiter will not be a good omen. They have to visit to the temple and make prayers for peace and comfort. Their counter part will be much confused in all the proposals. Married Persons and Spouses: The month of March will not be helpful to pass the happy times. Some hurdles will rise. They have to wait further. If they press the affair for immediate clearance. There will be a break. March 11th and 12th are unfavorable. Specific Note for persons born in the star Arudra i.e.Thiruvadirai star; They have to take all possible care in all sort of dealings. Kadagam: Lords Sun, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury are hiding in 8th House. This will give a mixed result of good and bad. For investors, the trend will lead to confusion. Better wait for the next month. The others will be facing the fifty percent of success. Women and children at home: Their needs will not reach in time. Repeated attempts will cause them sorrow. Better move with sense of adjustability. Students: Good improvement, understandings of lessons, their remembrance and activities will be in order. Supports and guidance will be there. Business people, professionals and employees: Their activities even though smart, the result will not be satisfactory. Lord of the 10th house is in debilitation in their sign. It seems there is a change or total rejection. Move the affairs with intelligences. Lovers: As for as the Lord Mars stays in their sign, the love affair will not be with green signal. There will be oppositions and objections. This month is not favorable. Lord Venus is combining with Lords Jupiter, Sun and Mercury. Married Persons and Spouses: In the family, a consolidated program will come and they will participate it with full prominence. The health of the spouse and the temperament will be affected a little. They have lot of works to clear. They have to worship to the Navagraha Lords for peace and happiness. March13th, 14th and 15th are unfavorable. Simmam: This month commences in the auspicious day of Poornima. You will be facing lot of expenses. Your financial status is very dull and the expected funds are coming very lately. The trading will be with lot of hurdles. Women and children at home: To manage the family affairs, they are sacrificing so much. With kind words and smiling trend the critical situations are adjusted. The whole month will pass only in this manner. Children will have a good and competitive circle of friends. New experience will be helpful to them. Students: Students are feeling much lazy. They will have some doubts which will lead to complication. They have to spend more time for their studies. Business people, professionals and employees: Lord Venus is struck up with Lords Sun, Mercury and Jupiter. This planetary position will confuse the business people to claim the awaited clearance. Professionals will also feel such complications in their ways. Lovers: Lords Saturn and Mercury occupy the houses in an interchange manner. This will propose a new or additional change in their proposal of program. Now it is framed in a scattered manner. Married Persons and Spouses: They will find a slow process in their commitment unexpected changes will cross in program. Little confusions prevail in plans. The privacy is also disturbed in this month. They will find their conuter part with too much of burdens dumped upon him/ her. March16th and 17th are unfavorable dates. Kanya: It is a stand still atmosphere you are influencing. Of course the troubles and litigations are in control. A time of relaxation is ahead. Your confidence and the strength are in below the normal condition. The gains and incomes will be normal to adjust your budget. Women and children at home: Four planets are hiding in the 6th house. They are helping some thing but the realization is far away. The active brain is covered with slow process. All that face late only. Children will also behave differently with unsatisfactory mood. Students: Their preparations for exam are well. Yet the questions expected will be less in number and disappoint them. They are advised to study thoroughly from the beginning. Business people, professionals and employees: The usual and routine work will be there. The profits will be little more than last month. A kind of luck for good reaching will be there. It will have more options. they have to check and decide the good one. Lovers: Lord Venus is to reach the sign Meenam during the first week itself. So, the awaited and planned meetings will take place. They can have favorable times. Married persons and spouses: It will be delight and exciting in the first week. The happy times with their spouse will be possible. This trend will continue for another two weeks. When Sun enters ‘Meenam’ on 14th March, their load of burden will divert them to domestic importance. March 19th and 20th are to be dealt with caution. Virgo
  • 56. Libra Karma 57 Scorpio Thulam: In your sign Thulam, the star Swati is there. For those persons born in Swati, the full benefit of improvements will reach. It is good omen since the planets stay in Sathabisha in 5th trine.Aprogress will be certain to enjoy. For the stars Chitra and Vishaka, will get 60%of benefit. Women and children at home: A scene of clumsy atmosphere they will be witnessing. It will be for two weeks. Then the expectation will come true and they can enjoy it. Children will be playing well and moving safety with one and all. Students: Lord Jupiter helps them for their good progress. They can hope a good development in their studies. Business people, professionals and employees: Good turn and the gains expected are to be realized. Time is suitable for their further planning. They have to pass the first week of Mach only with slow speed. Then it will pickup gradually for success. Professionals are busy, active and with gains. Lovers: Since the Lord Venus is going to maintain individuality in Meenam, their hopes and expectation will be for good settlement. Married persons and spouses: The mood and health of their spouse will be little bit with uneasiness. This is for the first weeks. Then the time will change for betterment Travel, tour, festivals will be entertaining their way. Lord of their sign will be in exalted position and add the happiness. March 21st, 22nd and 23rd are to be dealt with caution. Viruchigam: Lord of your sign, Lord Mars is in debilitation. The result will be affecting you with weakness and voblling in decisions. One way the litigations and disputes will be controlled. The health will also improve gradually. The transactions will be expanded and the out put will be with profits. Women and children at home: With all their efforts, the past months were managed and this month is also such but the relief is likely to come. The care of children and medical facilities will be automatically adjusted. A free trend and trouble free time will be only during the next month. The children will be doing good and will be managing to gain the health. Students: In the middle of this month, they will be benefited from professors and new program in lesson will be there to give them good scope in exams. Business people, professionals and employees: Since the 10th House is aspected by Lords Venus, Jupiter, Mercury and Sun some thing good and new plans will come to give a notable progress. Await and avail the opportunity. The professionals will be doing good and gain good experience. Lovers: They were looking for good opportunity. It is likely to come now. they will have nice times and take suitable decisions. Married persons and spouses: The couple and the married life will be smooth and pass with happiness. The privacy will be with happiness. Financially a small set back will rise but it will be managed. March 24th, 26th, and 27th are the unfavorable days. Dhanur: This month will begin with controversial activities and arbitrations. You have to pass very calmly with all incidences. Your brilliancy will forecast every thing. There should be no adamancy. Regards trade and profession that will be going on to your expectations. Women and children at home: During this month, their attention to family will be in challenging condition with overload. Some times the inability will rise. They have to follow a process of slow and steady status. Children will be smart and some times they can face small injuries. Keep them with calm and polite way. Students: Disturbance and carelessness will enter in their way to spoil the studies. Care should be taken for a next execution and proper studies. Business people, professionals and employees: Even though the business line seems to be with good income a time will come and spoil their calculation. Have good attention to avoid it. Professionals will be doing with smart execution. They should check their jobs done once again. Lovers: A knot that has come on their way still they are not able to untie it. Any way Lord Jupiter compromise the account for a better way. Married persons and spouses: The health of the counter part should return the exact strength. Lord Jupiter will grace them to their expectation. The happiness in privacy is still unfulfilled. It will be only up to a limit for further 3 months. March 24th and 25th are the unfavorable dates. Magaram: Lord Saturn is the Ruler of Magaram. The opposition of Lords Venus and Saturn will give you an energetic improvement this month. In the House of Sagittarius Capricorn
  • 57. Karma 58 Aquarius Pisces finance four planets combine to create more responsibilities burdens and beneficial programs. A formation of Luck to follow. Women and children at home: The cash flow will be good and they will see the entire money will be dispersed for so many activities. Finally they can find shortages. Children will be doing good and have good companions. Students: Students will be lining up with portions for exam. Some of them will get confuse. They should give priority for their favorite lessons and score good marks. They should prepare the difficult lessons as per model questions suggested by teachers. Business people, professionals and employees: Their profession will be with much activities and some of them will fetch them good results. Traders will be given chance to score good profits. Lovers: The situation is still confused. No program gets succeeded. By 3rd week of this month the opportunities will come. For Married persons and spouses: Through guests, there is no support but nuisance will reach. The placement of Lords Venus and Jupiter sit in the 2nd House is the reason for arguments and confusions. Go with slow moments. Their counter part will behave with little bit difference which they can not bear. This month will be with little hurdles. March 28th, 29th are to be dealt with care. Kumbam: Four Lords in your sign make you as a celebrity. Your activities, exhibits and attempts are more. Lord of your sign is in 8th house and that creates a scene of disappointment. Your plans will be good and astonishing. From the second week of this month you can find development. Women and children at home: Your house is lightened up by Lord Venus this month. Lord Saturn too supports you for a happy trend. The grace will come step by step to keep you with cheer and peace. Children will do good. Students: Students could find a progressive trend and get comfortable positions. They will maintain lead in the institutions. Business people, professionals and employees: The business people will find a ladder of success. They have to concentrate their attempts. Job goers are given good opportunities. They should utilize it for progress. Lovers: The past 15 days were with uneasiness and fear. This will vanish now. Suitable time to plan further will reach. But again they will be kept in dilemma. Plan the future program wisely. Married Persons and Spouses: From the beginning of this month they will feel a good trend with happy mood. Their counter part will be free to give good company with them. But the late arrival, they can bear. They have to adjust with smile. Domestic and other management will be to their expectation. Lords Saturn and Venus will be in 180° of angle and will support them to be happy. March 30th and 31st are the unfavorable dates. Meenam: A gloomy scene of fear and the experiences of failures will create a helpless situation. From the beginning of this month Lord Venus will reach your sign and do good for your astonishment. It will be with positive improvement. Women and children at home: Since the Lord Saturn is watching their sign steadily, they find the delays and debacles. After 2 weeks the trend will improve and they can feel satisfaction in their attempts. Children will also be with good cheer and spirit. Students: Lord Jupiter will support their career of studies. they can gain good name. their efforts will be rewarded. Most attention for study Hours will be needed. Business people, professionals and employees: This moth Lords Mars and Jupiter will be in an angle of 180° and create a formation of fortune and progress. Await the oppurtunities and use it with good ideas. Job goers too get good position and power for their expected progress. Lovers: All the engagements and programs they are getting will have restrictions and delays. The 7th sign occupant is Lord Saturn. The things will be in such way only. Any how Lord Venus will reach their sign with in a week and give a comfort of good meeting and exchange of thoughts. Married Persons and Spouses: A change but new experience they will feel with their spouse. This is from second week of this month. The trend will continue. The domestic management and education at home will be reaching to a satisfactory trend. their sign Lord Jupiter is on his way to their sign. He will guide with grace to their happiness, health and age. March 4th , 5th and 6th are the unfavorable dates.
  • 58. Karma 59 1. Chandrakrishan Advait, Colchester , VT. Respected Swamiji , Many thanks for the accurate character analysis of my son and for the rituals you performed to correct his character. The rituals work well and now he is doing well in all his aspects. Once again thanks a lot Swamiji. 2. Rangabashyam Chinnada, Smithfield, RI Dear Swamiji , I recently made a huge money in day trading after your Atharva Veda Thantric Rituals and I followed your advice about the period when I should trade and when I shouldn’t. Your Spiritual Advice and your mantra powers are saving me and my family. Namaskars Swamiji. Please continue the same on me and my family. 3. Anuradha Sharma, Portland, OR Revered Swamiji, I would like to thank you for such a special reading. I have been reading it each day since I received it. Thank you for your direction and the difference it has made in my life. 4. Raman Vyas, Adelphie, MD My most sincere appreciation for the reading! It is very insightful and it definitely helps me a lot. I’m really thankful for being fortunate to have found you. May God’s love and blessings be always with you. As an elderly person I wish you a grand success in the field you have chosen and your service to this entire human race is simply superb. 5. Cindy Carry, Daytona Beach, FL I’m eternally grateful to you and the Atharva Vedic Thantric Ritual you performed for the betterment of my drug addicted son. Your Atharva Vedic Remedies and Solutions that you give in ‘Problem Solving’ are really result-oriented. We are benefited a lot. Before I used your services, I didn’t have much belief in Astrology. For me and my family, you are a blessing in disguise 6. Moorthy Rao, Fayetteville, AK Swamiji, your Vedic Astrology Reading impressed me with how accurately it described me, my career, my family, specific phases/events that had already happened in my life and, astonishingly, even my current home, possessions and activities. It seems I have already arrived at some ‘ideal’ milestones. The Vedic Astrological readings really helped me understand myself and why I function the way I do as well as how and why my life journey has arrived at this point. Beyond the past and present, the reading clarified lessons I should learn or gave tips on the best solutions for problems sitting in my subconscious. I feel quite comfortable, reassured and even a little excited! It is enlightening to know the areas I should concentrate on to improve my progress in this life, make peace and get in touch with who I am. Thank you very much for the great predictions. 7. Badrinathan Ramakrishnan, Miami, FL Dear Swamiji- What an awesome, excellent reading and rituals to solve the problems after the readings. Everything is exactly right! Your reading, your books and the Atharva Vedic Thantric Rituals performed as per your directions have renewed my entire life. These have increased the faith and interest in astrology. I will be returning to you in the future for horoscopes for my family and the entire welfare of them. 8. Rumi Agarwal, Atlanta, GA Namaste,Respected Swamiji, your reading was deep, to the point, honest, powerful, helpful and insightful. More than anything it gives me a feeling of ‘safety’ that I have good coming to me. Your interpretation of the Vedic Astrological Chart and the way you approach to solve the problems in a spiritual way are simply superb. Your blessings are the greatest in the entire universe. Thank you very much for the blessings to me and my family. 9. Charles Sundaram, Wichita, KS. Respected Guruji, I am a converted Christian from Chennai, India. I speak the same language Tamil as you speak. On knowing about the great Temple of Lord Shiva with 108 different images of Lord Shiva and I have a great feeling that I am living in the ancient historical period of Kings and Emperors. I humbly request you to bless me with an opportunity to take part in the holy cause you are doing now. 10. Krishna Chandra Arora, Gettysburg, PA. Siddharji, my life has totally changed for the better. I now have a great inner peace that I am experiencing from the first day I spoke with you. All my family members are very happy on seeing the changes on me. The Vedic Astrological reading and the Atharva Vedic Thantric Ritual by your good self have helped me much to come out of the mental depressions in a spiritual manner. 11. Vasnani Suresh, Buffalo, NY Swamiji, when I met you for the first time in the Temple at Norcross,Iwasstunnedatthehospitalityshowntome.Youwere like the most affectionate mother. When I had the consultations on Vedic Astrological chart, I felt your intellectualness. When I took part in the Atharva Vedic Thantric Ritual performed by you, I had the greatest spiritual vibrations. In total you are the entire universe to me. Thank you very much for the new world you have created. 12. Sholani Patel, Bullhead city, AZ Guru Maharaj, It is a fantastic and wonderful part of my life to be the first and only Masters Degree holder of my family. It is only because of your blessings and the Atharva Vedic Thantric Rituals performed by you. I am completely indebted to you and to your wonderful magazine “Karma”. Letters to Swamiji.
  • 59. Karma 60 13. Rajesh Solanki, Grand Island, DE Blessed His Holiness Siddhar, I have no words to explain the power of your Mantra, Thantra and Yantra. You cleared the Black Magic effects on my family in the best spiritual manner. Because of the evilness of the black magic, my entire activities were blocked. Now I feel the relief and I can feel the great energy. Thanks a lot for you and you magazine “Karma”. 14. Ellen S, Cambridge, NE. Dear Gurji, I called you to have a spiritual healing from you to solve the problems in my family life. You gave the wonderful spiritual salvations in the best manner and the vibrations created by you were the most powerful of its kinds. I greatly appreciate and thank your wonderful services and I appreciate the magazine “Karma”. 15. Sanasie S. Krishna, Frederick, OK Swamiji, you are like a hurricane, like a strong wind, and you amazed me with your power, honesty & down-to-earth state of being. You immediately recognized and got into the major and most painful contraction that has affected my life. Your healing work was fierce, yet full of gentleness and care in each moment for my well being. Your integrity and power, cut like a sharp yet kind knife into the core of the matter. I surrender myself for your wonderful spiritual healing powers . 16. Parameswaran L. Iyer, Owatonna MN Respected Guru Maharaj, you healed my sister who was not able to conceive. When you scrutinized her horoscope, you found that she is unable to get good kids due to the misplacement and the evil powers of planets. You removed those evil powers through the Atharva Vedic Thantric Rituals. Due to the power of these Thantric Rituals, she has two incredible children and is living a very happy life now. I am forever grateful to you for helping her. 17. Rajarajeswari Annamaya, Vermillion SD. I didn’t know what to expect from the meeting with Swamiji. When I approached him after reading the magazine Karma, and asked him to solve the mind related problems I had, he asked me to relax. Swamiji directed a few key questions to me and proceeded to guide his energies to connect with mine. Many feelings started to surface; relief with acknowledgement, sadness and tears of pain, comfort from his compassion. It was a true holistic experience. When he started the Thantric rituals I felt so much lighter. I came away with renewed energy. Now my mind is free from the troubles. I would absolutely recommend Swamiji to others. 18. Ram Manohar, Ruston, LA My husband and I have been to many, many spiritual healers over the years and Swamiji is in a class of his own. We have both felt tremendous physical and emotional healing from our sessions with him. 19. Baskara Chandrasekarappa, Austin, TX What a wonderful experience it was for me to take the Vedic Astrology Consultation with Swamiji. It was an unique day! I’ve felt noticeable differences after talking and taking part in the Atharva Vedic Thantric Rituals. Life feels clearer and perceptions are heightened. Anyway, with all seemingly tumbling down around friends of mine who are in financial straits, I started linking them with what was given to me by Swamiji Sri. Selvam Siddhar. 20. Raman Panciker, Aquara Hills, CA Swamiji, only your wonderful Mantra powers helped my only son to be the best in his education. He was considered as the dull most of the class. After your specialized Atharva Vedic Thantric Rituals he is becoming as the brightest student of the entire school. Please continue your blessings on me and my family. SEETHA DEVI(Continued from the past issue) “Don’t you think my father would take his son – in – law for a woman in a man’s form? I can not live without you and that is certain”. So saying, she embraced him and began to sob. This ideal and devoted wife had never shed tears until then. Tears began to flow down her cheeks like a stream. Realizing that she was firm in her resoulation, he agreed to take her with him. Seetha Devi was very happy that she would be going to the forest with Sri Rama. Now she began to make bountiful gifts to the poor, deserving and the learned. She made a gift of expensive golden Necklaces, chains inlaid with precious stones, girdles and many other precious jewels to the wife of Suyajna, the son of Vasishta.
  • 60. Karma 61 Sri Rama and Lakshmana got ready to go to the forest dressed in cloths made of fibers of wood. When Kaikeyi gave Seetha Devi such a piece of cloth, she was frightened just as a deer gets. Frightened when it sees a net, she said to Sri Rama. “How do wives of rishis put on such cloths?” She took the pieces of cloth and tied one round her neck. She stood holding the other in her hand as is stunned. Then Sri Rama himself tied that piece round the silk saree she had on. When the loyal saw the spechale, Sri Rama dressed Seetha Devi in those simple clothes they began to cry. “A wife is the reflection or the soul of her husband. She will remain here and rule the land on Rama’s behalf. If Seetha Devi goes to the forest, the entre Ayodhya goes to the forest, and the forest becomes Ayodhya and Ayodhya turns into a forest”, said sage Vasishta. As Seetha Devi decided to go to the forest on her own will, later Vasishta suggested that she could live with Sri Rama in her normal dues. He suggested that a Member of merids and chariots should be sent with her. But Seetha Devi, following her husband, refused all those royal aids and went with him in simple fibre clothes. Dasaratha got dresses and jewellery sufficient for her for founteen years. She put on everything and made everything back. Queen Kausalya embraced Seetha Devi and advised her to follow the path of a devoted wife. “A fickle – minded woman does not bother about the respect of the family she was born or the family she had entered. She does not value education; does not respect marriage and its sanctity. Such a woman behaves in a licentious way. But the devoted ones behave in dignified ways. Respect the truth and spend time listening to discourses by learned scholars. They contract themselves in a delighting way. Upholding the glorious traditions of womanhood sewing their husband is their only concern. They think that it is only through the good deeds of their husbands. That they attain salvation. This is how the two types of women conduct themselves in society. Do not refuse my son just because he was sent to the forest. Whether he is rich or poor, he is your divine model and partner in life” said queen Kausalya. When Seetha understood the hidden meaning of Kausalya’s words, she said: “Mother, I will follow your advice to the very letter. I have learnt those principles of life from my parents as well. A woman with hundered sons can never shine in life if she does not have her husband living with her. Children may give short – lived pleasure, but the happiness she gets from her husband is lasting. The fruit a faithful wife gets in life is “Streenam Bharta Iva daivatham”, which means “The husband is the only god”. I firmly believe in it. So saying, she touched Kausalya’s feet and got her blessings. Lakshmana also made up his mind to follow Sri Rama. Then Seetha, Sri Rama and Lakshmana went round their father and mothers, sought their blessings and left for the forest. Dasharatha, the people in the palace and the citizens of Ayodhya grieved very much. Sumanthra, the chief minister of Dasharatha, accompanied the three up to the banks of the river Ganga, took leave of them and returned to Ayodhya. Guha, the king of Nishadas, had made arrangements for Rama and others to get across the river Ganga. While sitting in the boat, Seetha prayed to Gangamatha thus: “Holy mother Ganga, by your blessings my husband, Sri Rama, is going to live in the forest for fourteen years as desired by his father and he will return to Ayodhya on the completion of fourteen years of forest life. On our return, along with Sri Rama, I will worship you, the benefactor of mankind”. Proceeding from the ashram of sage Bharadwaja, they came to the corifluence of the rivers Ganga and the Yamuna. When they reached the middle of the river, Seetha Prayed “Oh holy mother Yamuna, please bless us. My
  • 61. Karma 62 husband Sri Rama has desired to spend fourteen years in the forest. Bless us so that this stipulated period is over without hurdles. On our return I will worship you. Please bless us”. While they were living in Chitrakoota, she would enjoy the beautiful scenes around and the majestically following the river Mandakini. One day, Seetha was walking with Sri Rama nearby a beautifully formed rock. Sri Rama would speak to her lovingly. Enjoying the beauty himself, he would make her happy. After some time they left Chitrakoota, went to the ashram of sage Atri and received his hospitality. Sage Atri’s wife Anasuya treated Seetha as if she were her own daugater and said. “Forgetting your pleasures you have followed your husband. It is indeed a great good fortune”. Anasuya congratulated Seetha. Then she preached Seetha the duties of a wife in these words. “By renonuching everything and following Sri Rama to the forest, you would attain great religious merit and fame” “Oh holy one, my mother and mother – in – law said to me the same in the form of blessing. I am happy to serve my husband who loves his parents, won over his companions and is considered a paragon among humanbeings. Rohini and Savithri are considered great and worshipped because they served their husbands with great devotion”. Anasuya was very pleased with the words of Seetha. She embraced Seetha and gave her a divine string of beads and precious jewels. On Anasuya’s request, Seetha told her the story of her birth and marriage. On the advice ofAnasuya, Seetha put on the divine dress and jewellery, went to Sri Rama and told him everything. Sri Rama was happy that Anasuya accorded Seetha a welcome which ordinary mortals would never dream of getting. In Dandakaranya, Sri Rama was approached by the disciples of sage Sharabhanga and requested him to save them from the wicked rakshasas. Sri Rama agreed to help them. On that occasion Seetha spoke about some of her doubts. “Aryaputra, you are a great man and righteous too. Sometimes great people make small mistakes. Do you think it right to punish those who haven’t harmed us? Have the rakshasas harmed us in any way? My Lord, I am speking these words as a result of my great love and respect for you. Iam not preaching”. Sri Rama congratulated Seetha for her reasonably sincere words. But he told her that it was the duty of the Kshartriya to protect the sages from the wicked demons. When they went to the ashram of Agastsya, the sages admired Seetha in the following words. “Exquisitely tender Seetha has followed Sri Rama to the forest out of her pure love for him. Therefore Sri Rama has to keep her happy and contented. Normally women follow men when they are rich and prosperous. They reject men in their distress. But Seetha deserves to be respected and placed among the greatest pathivrathas”. Seetha, who was being praised by everyone, had to face troubles. Her difficult days seemed to be approaching as Ravana’s sister, Soorpanaka, chanced to stay into the ashram where Sri Rama was living. She was so taken by Sri Rama’s handsome figure that she made up her mind to marry him. She said. “Thus ugly and weak woman is not a proper match for you. Iam going to make a desering with to you. Please marry me”. When Sri Rama Refused, She tried to kill Seetha. On orders from Sri Rama, Lakshmana served Soorphanakha’s earns and nose. Soorphanakha was in great pain and she ran to Srilanka screaming and reporting to her brother Ravana everything. She sang the unmatched beauty of Seetha and asked him to make her his wife. She also said that his gynaeceum will be dull without full of wicked thoughts. As part of Ravana’s wicked plane, Maricha took the form of a magic deer and began to flirt about Sri Rama’s ashram. Attracted by the golden colour, its grace and beauty, Seetha desired to have it for her. She asked Sri Rama to get it alive. It he could not get it alive, she wanted him to bring it to her dead so that she could have its skin. “Seetha is a princess she has followed me to the forest. She has not desired for anything, so for. Therefore it is my duty to fulfil her desire” – thought Sri Rama. He asked Lakshmana to see that no harm come to her. He began to chase the magic deer. It led him deep into the forest. When he realized that he could not get it alive, he shot an arrow at it. Maricha who was in the forms of the deer screamed. “Hah Seetha! Hah Lakshmana!” in a voice similar to Rama’s when Seetha heard the sceam, she thought that Sri Rama was in danger and that he was calling for help. That is the trick of the rakashas and no one can harm Rama. Further, I cannot go leaving you alone. On hearing these words from Lakshmana Seetha told “You must be in love with me and therefore you do not want to go to help Sri Rama. You have come to the forest pretending to protect me. You wretch and wicked, you seem to take pleasure in Sri Rama’s distress. You are a cheat. I cannot live without Sri Rama. I am going to give up life without Sri Rama. Iam going to give up life right now”. Lakshmana was shocked to hear the unfair asuratios. He said to her sadly. “Devi, why do you look at me with suspicion. You have spoken unfair words about me may god bless you. Let the forest gods protect you”. As he said so, they could experience a number of signs of ill omen. Lakshmana felt sad and doubtful wheather on his return with Sri Rama he would see Seetha Devi in the ashram. (will be continued in next issue)
  • 62. Karma 63 TheAtharva Veda , a compound ofAtharvan, an ancient Rishi, andVeda (meaning “knowledge”) is a sacred text of the four Vedas, often called the “fourth Veda”. According to tradition, the Atharva Veda was mainly composed by two groups of rishis known as the Atharva and the Angirasa, hence its oldest name is Atharvaangirasa. It is clear that the core text of the Atharva Veda is not particularly recent in the Vedic Samhita tradition, and falls within the classical Mantra period of Vedic Sanskrit at the end of 2nd millennium BC - roughly contemporary with the Yajur Veda mantras, the Rig Veda and the Sama Veda. The Atharva Veda is also the first Indic text to mention Iron (as syama ayas, literally “black metal”), so that scholarly consensus dates the bulk of the Atharva Veda hymns to the early Indian Iron Age. During its oral tradition, however, the text has been corrupted considerably more than some other Vedas, and it is only from comparative philology of the two surviving recensions that we may hope to arrive at an approximation of the original reading. TheAtharvaVeda,whileundoubtedlybelonging tothecoreVediccorpus,insomewaysrepresents an independent parallel tradition to that of the Rig Veda and Yajur Veda. It incorporates much of early traditions of healing and magic that are paralleled in other Indo-European literatures. TheAtharva Veda is less predominant than other Vedas as it is little used in Shrauta ritual.Though an early text, its status has been ambiguous, due to its magical character. It was not found in South India during the Middle Ages, and until very recently. The most significant knowledge given by Atharva Veda is that which is needed today. One of the most spectacular expressions of philosophical thought is seen in the hymn XII.I, the Hymn to goddess Earth or the Prithivi Sukta used in the Agrayana rite in which the ‘atoms’ are described forming the stone, the stones agglutinating to form the rocks and the rocks held together to form the Earth. Even the Gayatri mantra used in Atharva Veda is different from other three Vedas. The Atharva Veda state that strict discipline should be followed as per the rules and regulations set by the Atharva Veda. The Atharva Veda is considered to have many layers and secret knowledge, even that pertaining to the spirits, the afterlife and that of warfare. In the Mahabharata, when the Pandavas are exiled to the forests for thirteen years, Bhima, being frustrated, suggests to Yudhisthira that they consult the Atharva Vedic Scholar, and “shrink time, and hereby compress thirteen years to thirteen days or even the smallest term as thirteen seconds”. Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar is the only living Siddhar and the Swamiji practicing Atharva Veda in the entire North America and all over the western countries. If you have any problems in your life and if you like to know the answers and spiritual solutions for your problems, call Swamiji in his Toll free # 1-888-808-1418 immediately. Do not wait. Prevention is better than cure. CALL NOW……………… A small idea about Atharva Veda
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