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The nation’s largest full color monthly spiritual
and metaphysical magazine. Submission &
Disclaimers: Weacceptart...
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During the past issues we discussed a lot about Vedic Astrology.
In this issue I wish to explain about Indian Astr...
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heavenly bodies was attributed to the sun. The term Guru-tva-
akarshan can be interpreted to mean, ‘to the attract...
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Dreams and the
meanings of dreams(Swapna saasthram.)
By Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar (Dr. Commander Selvam)
The Atha...
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bring definite success in the action or job. Seeing like having
the intestine of a human being around us means the...
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Back to Square One
As usual a lot of people were present in Akbar’s durbar. A
famous astrologer had come from a fa...
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Hyena followed him. The spider, knowing that it would be a
long time before the dog got back, stretched out on his...
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give you a brewery!” “And you, sir?” he said, turning to the
fourth man. “What will you have?” “Grant me a fortnig...
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During the past issues, by the gracious
blessings of the Almighty and Swamiji, we
discussed about the Spiritualit...
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This knowledge has been handed down from teacher to pupil by
word of mouth, enriched and confirmed by experience; ...
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that consciousness away from the objective world, contact with
whichcontaminatesthemind.Now,traintheinnerconsciou...
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Foods Of ChettinaduBy Visalakshi Ramanathan
Chettinad is famous for its rich cultural heritage,art and
architectu...
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2.Add chopped Onion, Cabbage, grated Carrot, Ginger garlic
paste, Chili powder and Salt to it. Mix well with the ...
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Praying to Lord Hanuman with Hanuman Chalisa and other
Hanuman Mantras, and prayers to Lord Kartikeya protect
the...
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Skin Cleanser
Found in your own kitchen is a simple, chemical free
cleanser – good oil’ unboiled milk. All you ne...
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By Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar
Before the beginning, the Brahman (absolute reality) was one
and non-dual. It thoug...
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of your body should powerfully vibrate with these ideas. This
feeling should be kept up all day long. Practice re...
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By Jyotish Samrat His Holiness
Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar
Marriage is an important event in our life. It brings a...
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Mantras for Delayed Marriage
With the blessings of Goddess Atharva Soolini Ma, and with the proper “soolini Yantr...
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- Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar
Vaastu for Kitchen
• Kitchen/fire-place should be preferably in the South-East
direc...
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Yogini Dasha is very popular in northern india.Yogini dasha is also Nakshatra based
dasha like Vimshottari dasha ...
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below the mount of Jupiter and above the mount of lower
mars. Contrary to popular misconception, the length of th...
The Monkey and the Crocodile
Once upon a time, a clever monkey lived in a tree that bore juicy,
red rose apples. He was ve...
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Q.1. Square plots bring health and wealth to the inhabitants.
Ans. Square shaped plots are considered the sign of...
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of greater height so as to acquire all the five great elements of
Panchmahabhootas which are very necessary for s...
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  1. 1. Karma 1 The nation’s largest full color monthly spiritual and metaphysical magazine. Submission & Disclaimers: Weacceptarticles,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. Post Masters: Send address changes to Karma, Suite No E, 2222, Olive Road, Dayton, Ohio. 45426. 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 : jk@parutower.com Editor : jk@parutower.com Advertising & Marketing : avtemple@aol.com Subscription & Postage : parutower@gmail.com Telephone : 1-888-808-1418 web : www.karmamagazine.org Vedic Astrology 2 Kids Story 6 Spirituality 10 Mangal Dosh Parikar 16 Herbs and Health 18 Vasthu 24 Daily pooja Sloka 35 Kriya yoga 37 Letter to Swamiji 52 Zodiac Sign 55 Content......... Karma Special Sections Editor & Vice President Ilavarasan Editor Pundit Madhu Manikandan Reporter & Art Director C.T.Kumar Contributing Writers Legal Advisors Creative Art Director & Graphic Designer Pundit Jeyakumar Nirmala Sujatha Reddy Deepika Raina Sheetal Suganya Prathap Jesse W. Hill, Esq John J. Scaccia, Esq Quentin C. Jones, Esq A.P. Jayachandran, Esq Empowering Self & Community
  2. 2. Karma 2 During the past issues we discussed a lot about Vedic Astrology. In this issue I wish to explain about Indian Astronomy and Vedic Astrology. So to say the Indian Astronomy is the oldest and even without having a telescope, the ancient rishis, sages and monks have predicted a lot about the planets and stars. The modern day scientists have scientifically proved that all these ancient factors are the greatest truths. In India the first references to astronomy are to be found in the Atharva Veda which is dated around 2000 B.C. Vedic Aryans in fact deified the Sun, Stars and Comets. Astronomy was then interwoven with astrology and since ancient times Indians have involved the planets (called Graham) with the determination of human fortunes. Out of the nine planets some of the planets are considered inauspicious. In the working out of horoscopes (called Janma kundali/Janma patra/horoscope/Vedic astrological chart), the position of the Navagrahas, seven planets plus Raaghu and Kethu (mythical demons, evil forces) was considered. The Janmakundali was a complex mixture of science and system of belief. But the concept was born out of astronomical observations and perception based on astronomical phenomenon. In ancient times personalities like Aryabhatta and Varahamihira were associated with Indian astronomy. It would be surprising for us to know today that this science had advanced to such an extent in ancient India that ancient Indian astronomers had recognized that stars are same as the sun, that the sun is center of the universe (solar system) and that the circumference of the earth is 5000 Yojanas. One Yojana being 7.2 kms. The ancient Indian estimates came close to the actual figure. In Indian languages, the science of Astronomy is today called Khagola-shastra. The word Khagola perhaps is derived from the famous astronomical observatory at the University of Nalanda which was called Khagola. It was at Khagola that the famous 5th century Indian Astronomer Aryabhatta studied and extended the subject. Aryabhatta is said to have been born in 476 A.D. at a town called Ashmaka in today’s Indian state of Kerala. When he was still a young boy he had been sent to the University of Nalanda to study astronomy. He made significant contributions to the field of astronomy. He also propounded the heliocentric theory of gravitation, thus predating Copernicus by almost one thousand years. Aryabhatta’s Magnum Opus, the Aryabhattiya was translated into Latin in the 13th century. Through this translation, European mathematicians got to know methods for calculating the areas of triangles, volumes of spheres as well as square and cube root. Aryabhatta’s ideas about eclipses and the sun being the source of moonlight may not have caused much of an impression on European astronomers as by then they had come to know of these facts through the observations of Copernicus and Galileo. But considering thatAryabhatta discovered these facts 1500 years ago, and 1000 years before Copernicus and Galileo makes him a pioneer in this area too. Aryabhatta’s methods of astronomical calculations expounded in hisAryabhatta-siddhanta were reliable for practical purposes of fixing the Panchanga (Hindu calendar). Thus in ancient India, eclipses were also forecast and their true nature was perceived at least by the astronomers. The lack of a telescope hindered further advancement of ancient Indian astronomy. Though it should be admitted that with their unaided observations with crude instruments, the astronomers in ancient India were able to arrive at near perfect measurement of astronomical movements and predicteclipses. Indian astronomers also propounded the theory that the earth was a sphere.Aryabhatta was the first one to have propounded this theory in the 5th century. Another Indian astronomer, Brahmagupta estimated in the 7th century that the circumference of the earth was 5000 yojanas. A yojana is around 7.2 kms. Calculating on this basis we see that the estimate of 36,000 kms as the earth’s circumference comes quite close to the actual circumference known today. There is an old Sanskrit Sloka (couplet) which is as follows: “Sarva Dishanaam, Surya, Surya, Suryaha.” This couplet means that there are suns in all directions. This couplet which describes the night sky as full of suns indicates that in ancient times Indian astronomers had arrived at the important discovery that the stars visible at night are similar to the Sun visible during day time. In other words, it was recognized that the sun is also a star, though the nearest one. This understanding is demonstrated in another sloka which says that when one sun sinks below the horizon, a thousand suns take its place. It was also recognized that this force is a tractive force. The Sanskrit term for gravity is Gurutvakarshan which is an amalgam of Guru-tva-akarshan. Akarshan means to be attracted. Thus the fact that the character of this force was of attraction was also recognized. This apart, it seems that the function of attracting Swamiji Sri Selvam “Siddhar”
  3. 3. Karma 3 heavenly bodies was attributed to the sun. The term Guru-tva- akarshan can be interpreted to mean, ‘to the attracted by the Master”. The sun was recognized by all ancient people to be the source of light and warmth. Among the Aryans the sun was highly honored. The sun (Surya) was one of the chief deities in the Vedas. He was recognized as the source of light (Dinkara), source of warmth (Bhaskara). In the Vedas he is also referred to as the source of all life, the centre of creation and the centre of the spheres. The last statement is suggestive of the sun being recognized as the centre of the universe (solar system). The idea is that the sun was looked upon as the power that attracts heavenly bodies. He is supported by the virile terms like Raghupati and Aditya used in referring to the sun. While the male gender is applied to refer to the sun, the earth (Prithivi, Bhoomi, etc.,) is generally referred to as a female. The literal meaning of the term Gurutvakarshan also supports the recognition of the heliocentric theory, as the term Guru corresponds with the male gender, hence it could not have referred to the earth which was always referred to as a female. Many ancient Indian astronomers have also referred to the concept of heliocentrism. Aryabhatta has suggested it in his treatise Aryabhattiya. Bhaskaracharya has also made references to it in his Magnum Opus Siddhanta-Shiromani. All these were based only on Atharva Veda. But it has to be conceded that the heliocentric theory of gravitation was also developed in ancient times (i.e. around 500 B.C.) by Greek astronomers. What supports the contention that it could have existed in India before the Greek astronomers developed it, is that in Vedic literature the Sun is referred to as the ‘centre of spheres’ along with the term Guru-tva-akarshan which seemingly refers to the sun. The Vedas are dated around 3000 B.C. to 1000 B.C. Thus the heliocentric idea could have existed in a rudimentary form in the days of the Atharva Veda and was refined further by astronomers of a later age. lndian Astronomers like Aryabhatta and Varahamihira who lived between 476 and 587 A.D. made close approaches to the concept of Helicentrism. In the Surya-Siddhanta, an astronomical text dated around 400 A.D., the following appellations have been given to the sun. “He is denominated the golden wombed (Hiranyagarbha), the blessed; as being the generator”. He is also referred to as “The supreme source of light (Jyoti) upon the border of darkness - he revolves. Being the creator of creatures He is bringing out the beings from darkness to light. The Surya-Siddhanta also says that “Bestowing upon him the scriptures (Vedas) as gifts and establishing him within the egg as grandfather of all worlds, he himself then revolves causing existence”. The next ancient science is Indian Vedic Astrology. Indian Vedic Astrology is considered to be one of the oldest, most accurate and consistent form of astrology all over the world. It is a natural cosmic science based on real astronomy. In India, where Astrology is taken very seriously, it is one of the most important gifts to the Indian culture. Indian Vedic Astrology is generally regarded to be very predictive in nature and hence, it helps an individual to face the future in a better way, evading any misfortunes or obstacles that might be laid down in the path to success. The ancient Vedas which are said to be the oldest religious literature available has references to this science. “Jyothisha or Astrology” is one of the limbs of the “Vedas” which date back to 1500 B.C. Hindus were the original masters who had the thorough knowledge of astronomy and many rituals and religious rites were related to the position of planets and their motions. Long before Kepler, Copernicus, Brahe, Galileo and other galaxy of astronomers were born, the Hindu sages had already gained much knowledge on the stellar or planetary universe. Indian Astrology has three main branches of study. They are Siddanta, Samhita and Hora. Siddantas are those who devote to astronomical study of celestial bodies Samhitas deal with mundane astrology, earth quakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, rainfall, weather conditions economic conditions and effects of sunspots. The next and the very important branch is the Phalitha Jyothisha or Hora, which concentrates on the system of predictions. This branch has six sub-divisions, namely, Jathaka, Gola, Prasna, Nimitta, Muhurta and Ganitha. I wish to give you a briefing about Indian Vedic Astrology in a nut-shell. Then anybody can easily understand what Vedic Astrology is. The Indian astrology study consists of 27 constellations, in 12 lunar mansions. The movements of two luminaries Sun and Moon, five major planets (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mercury) and the two nodal points of the Moon i.e., Raaghu and Kethu are considered and their positions are marked. The extra Saturnine planets like Pluto, Neptune and Uranus are not recognized by the Indian Astrology Above all, Moon is taken as very important planet for predictions though it is satellite of earth. The Moon, at the time of birth is found in a particular position or in a particular star and it will be taken as the star of the person born. This star will be used for finding out the major and sub-periods of the person in his life. Now let me tell the utilities and benefits of Indian Vedic Astrology. 1. To predict the future events. 2. To match the birth-charts of the couple at the time of marriage for a successful married life. 3. To provide a Life reading containing issues of a person’s personal life. 4. To find out the Muhurath (best time) to start any auspicious ceremony. 5. To determine which stars are affecting one’s life. 6. To provide a remedy for your problems. All the aforesaid things are just hints. The planetorial position will change according to the Individual horoscopes. To know more and more about individual horoscope and to solve your problems anybody can contact me @ USA toll free 1-888-808- 1418 or email to me avtemple@aol.com I pray Lord Shiva, Goddess Vanadurga and the other Atharva Veda Yaksha/Yakshini devathas to shower their entire blessings on all of us to have a clear future and comfortable living. I pray them to make us meet in the next issue, with some more different ideas of Vedic Astrology.
  4. 4. Karma 4 Dreams and the meanings of dreams(Swapna saasthram.) By Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar (Dr. Commander Selvam) The Atharva Vedic astrology has a lot of sub clauses in it. One of those clauses is dealing with the dreams. In Sanskrit it is called as “Swapna Saastram”. The dreams have many meanings. I have explained a lot about dreams on the basis of Atharva Veda. Let us read about this wonderful science. The “Maha Rishi Kabala Muni”, one of the authors of Atharva Veda is one of the main disciples of the great sage Sri.Agasthiyar. He has written a wonderful Saastra/ theme about the dreams and their meanings, and the same is still in the old palm scripts and not yet published anywhere in the world. The palm scripts came to me from my “Maha guru Sri Chinnappa Siddhar” and being the Guru Parampara and the next successor of the Ashram, I had an opportunity to read and utilize the same for the benefits of the mankind. I like to give some important features about the Dreams exclusively for the readers, which I hope, are the most useful for all human beings. The dreams are so much connected to our future, or some times, it would be a warning for the expected problems. The dreams are divided in to 4 different segments of Dreams. One is at the time, which happens, immediately, as soon as we sleep. The second one happens at the mid night or called as rendaam jaamam. The 3 rd one occurs in the early morning. The 4th one occurs in the afternoon or evening times. . We need not worry about any kinds of dreams come to us after the sun light and before the sun set. . The Dreams occur in the night always are related to our past life or to the last incarnation. The mid night dreams have got connection with our present life. The early morning dreams, lot of time related to our present life and lot of times, could be the warning for the forthcoming issues. Rishi Sri Kabala Muni has divided the dreams in to 74 parts, and even to my experience with my followers and devotees, all of their different kinds of dreams are falling within these 74 segments. I would be able to give only crispy ideas here. Temple related dreams; If we see, a large temple, implies that, we are going to get miracles or excellent Gods’ grace very soon. If we see the closed temple, or no body in the temple and we are the only people, implies that, we would be getting lot of hurdles and bad luck in our different issues, and the same could be settled by proper advice and rituals through an Atharva Vedic scholar. If we are getting a dream like opening the Pooja room or the door of any spiritual place, implies that, we are going to get in to some new business or job. If we see lot of temple ceremony crowds, implies a business/ job opportunity and if we see that we are standing in the crowds implies that, somebody is going to come to us to give great help. If we hear a big bell sound either from the temple or from any other sources imply that, all of our problems and stress in the life is going to be settled very soon, and also it implies that, again we should not get in to the problems or causing stress to somebody. Green trees or tree avenues; seeing some kinds of avenues with lot of trees or green leaves implies that, we are going to have excellent new baby in our life. Chances to get some huge money from the unexpected channels, winning lotto, getting money from the Politicians are the possibilities. Seeing in the dreams about King or Raja (government people), elephant, horse, cow, bull, and or gold would give dhana laabam (excellent wealth), lucky children, and traveling to the holy places. Dreams like you are riding or happened to climb bull, elephant, mountains, tree and dreaming like garbage or split of other person fall on our body, seeing blood, dead body, and prostitute would yield a special benefit or quick luck, betterment of the health, or would absorb new cloths. Seeing a very low cadre people (in India we call them as scheduled caste people) or the cleaning persons come with dangerous instruments to fight with us, it shows that soon we would get lot of health related problems. . Feeling like, we clean the home with cow dung and praying, would yield unnecessary feeling about robbers and bad people. .If we happened to see an unmarried pundit comes to the home; chances are to get fire problems or accidents. Climbing on a tree with lot of flowers and fruits gives siddhi- definite success in our endeavors. Snake climbing on the right shoulder is the symbol for definite success to get gold/ money, or getting new children. Eating on the walls or crossing the border of sea in any means of transportation, gives an unexpected promotion or the increment in the job. Seeing snake or cancer means getting money or success. Seeing like eating the sweet on the lotus leaf, the person will be a Millionaire soon. Seeing like catching the birds, would yield to enjoyment with a new girl or lady and all the material blessings. Seeing like drinking or making liquor, seeing as getting or giving blood would yield excellent education or wealth. Seeing dheepam (dhiya), bird, umbrella, chaamaram and prostitute will
  5. 5. Karma 5 bring definite success in the action or job. Seeing like having the intestine of a human being around us means the concerned person will become the leader for the place, town, country, or nation. Seeing like traveling in the carts driven by donkey, camel, or buffalo means death is soon. Seeing thaamboolam, (marriage Plate), Sandal wood or Sandal wood paste, curd (Yogurt), pearls, flowers will bring excellent growth of wealth. Fruit tress/ forest Dreams; if we happened to see trees or fruits, which we are using in our day to day life reflects that, we are going to have sudden “Kubera Sampatthu” (great wealth) and all kinds of material wealth very soon. Seeing an accountant or a writing person; these kinds of dreams reflects that, any kind of court cases will end to our favor. The persons with some kinds of arts back ground would be getting awards and lot of money too. If we happened to see any police station/ police/ legal buildings reflects that, soon we are going to get in to some kinds of court cases, or litigations. We should be very careful in all kinds of financial transactions, property related, and business related deals. Otherwise, we would be put in to lot of hard ships. If we happened to see flowers means, lot of happiness is going to be started. If we happened to see that a small girl is presenting flowers means, success in love affairs, seeing a girl putting flowers on the head of other girls/ ladies reflects happy understanding between the couples is going to happen. Beautiful girl; seeing a beautiful girl in the dreams reflects the happiness in the life. If we happened to see a girl entering our home with good / subha things such as fruits, turmeric, kumkum on her hands reflects that, some kinds of happy ceremony in the house is will happen very soon. If you see the marriage or attaining puberty of a girl, it resembles getting a property. Girl with lot of Jewelleries; if we happened to see a girl entering our home with lot of jewellery reveals that we are going to get huge assets from some of our relatives or from the ancestors. It also reflects some kinds of will deeds too. Beggar; if we happened to see that we are begging on the roads, reflects that chances to get in to Bankruptcy, or somebody could cheat us. For the Business people it reflects that loosing of business and for the Job people loosing our job or de promotion etc., For an Industrialist, chances to get either labor strike or big labor court cases. House birds; if we have a dream related to the usual house pets/ birds means, we are just wasting our excellent smartness. Aggressive Birds; seeing some kind of aggressive birds like Eagle etc; reflects that soon we are going to get into heavy troubles by our own surroundings or by the close circle of friends. It also reflects that, we will not be in a position to understand who is initiating, the concerned negative ness or black magic around us. Hunting the birds; having a dream like hunting or shooting birds or animals reflects that we are unnecessarily disturbing and bothering somebody and the same should be avoided. Birds’/ Animals’ escape; if we see like some kinds of birds or animals are escaped from our possession reflects that we are going to have lot of relief from the long-standing issues and problems. Sandal wood paste; if we happened to see that or if we dream that we are pasting a good sandal wood powder or paste on our body reflects that we are going to get excellent name and fame very soon in our carrier and lot of chances to get awards from the Government or the Employer. If we dream like we are putting sandal wood paste on somebody’s body means, we are going to get into the clutches of the opposite sex and the opposite person is going to use us for all their sexual pleasures. Umbrella; if we happened to see an umbrella related dreams reflects that we are going to get a permanent and stable life immediately or chances to get back our loans, which are uncollected for a long time. There will be chances to get away from financial burdens too. Meeting a stranger; this dream elects that we are going to get an excellent status in our life very soon. Even our enemies will become as closest friends soon and there are also chances to get somebody to solve the sufferings in our life. Injury related Dreams; if we dream like we had some kinds of hurt in the body and the injury is only inside, reflects that sooner or latter we are going to have lot of problems from the secret enemies. There are a lot of chances to get in to highest mental stress. If a business person happens to dream the same, it is In the business to get in to Bankruptcy or to get in to legal litigations etc., if we happened to see an accident for us or lot of blood from our Body reflects that, we are going to have excellent name and income from some source. Money would flow like waterfalls. Seeing a dream like getting a bandage for the injury reflects that, we are going to get cheated by somebody very soon. Carpet’; Seeing a Carpet reflects that some one who is very close to us, is going to die and at the same time, the same person is going to give some kinds of good wealth to us. It is something like somebody is getting huge funds from somebody, and the person who gave loan die suddenly without informing to his people that, the concerned loan or some kinds of payments made to us. These are just hints to tell about the Atharva Vedic Swapna Saastram or dream science. The bad effects of the bad dreams can be converted as good effects. Having the bad dreams are also eradicated by the Atharva Veda Thantric rituals. To know more and more about dreams and the results of the dreams, contact Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar (Dr. Commander Selvam) @ USA toll free 1-888-808-1418 or email to avtemple@aol.com
  6. 6. Karma 6 Back to Square One As usual a lot of people were present in Akbar’s durbar. A famous astrologer had come from a far away country. He was talking about the Solar System and the Earth’s shape. At one point Akbar said, “If the earth is round, and if one travel strait towards one direction, he will come back to the same spot from where he has started the journey.” “Theoretically it is correct”, said the astrologer. “Why not in real life?” asked the king. “One has to cross oceans, mountains and forests to keep the path straight.” the astrologer said. “Sail through the oceans, make tunnels in the mountains and use elephants to cross the forests.” Akbar found the solution. “Still it is impossible” said the astrologer. “Why?” Asked Akbar. “It may take years to complete the whole journey” said the astrologer. “Years? How many?” asked Akbar. “I don’t know. May be a hundred years or more” said the astrologer “Don’t worry I will ask my ministers. They have an answer for everything” Akbar looked at the ministers. “Impossible to calculate.” “Around 25 years” “Fifty years or less” “80 days” “Why Birbal, you haven’t uttered a word” the king showed his surprise at Birbal’s silence. “I was just calculating the time required to go round the earth” explained Birbal. “And did you get the answer?” asked the king. “Sure.” Said Birbal. “It will take just one day.” “Just one day! Birbal it is impossible! Even it will take more than one day to cross our country.” Said Akbar. “It is possible. Provided you travel at the speed of the Sun” said Birbal with a smile. Uncle Spider The spider is the hero of many West African tales. Nobody knows why a spider, of all creatures, should be so honored. Some say the spider represents a legendary warrior of ancient times, a man renowned for his cunning as well as for his velour; others say the spider is a solar symbol, perhaps because its legs radiate out from a central orb, like the rays of the sun. Here is a spider tale from northern Nigeria. When Mother Hyena was away, Anansis, the spider, went to her den and informed her cubs that he was their uncle, “For- you-all”. “Wake me up when your mother brings food,” he said and curling up in a corner, went to sleep. Presently Mother Hyena came with meat which she gave to her cubs, saying: “This is for you all.” The cubs woke up the spider and gave him the meat which he devoured. Mother hyena brought meat twice more, on each occasion saying, “This is for you all,” while handing over the food to her cubs. Each time, the cubs dutifully woke up Anansis and gave him the meat. In the evening when Mother Hyena came home the cubs started crying for food. “Still hungry after all the meat I gave you?” she asked, surprised. “Uncle ate it all!” they wailed. The spider, realizing that it was time to run, darted out of the cave and sprinted away. “That’s Uncle For-you- all!” shouted the cubs. “Is he!” said their mother, grimly, and bounded after the spider. Anansis rushed into Dog’s house and sat beside him. “I’ve just finished eating,” said the dog. “I’ve nothing to offer you.” “That’s all right,” said the spider, “I’ve already eaten. That’s why I’m here.” The Hyena came in just then. “Which of you was the rascal I was chasing!” she demanded. The spider pointed to the dog. “He has been running,” he said. “See how he’s panting with his tongue hanging out.” The hyena pounced on the dog that twisted away and jumped out of the window. The kids stories
  7. 7. Karma 7 Hyena followed him. The spider, knowing that it would be a long time before the dog got back, stretched out on his bed for a short snooze. The Best Artist A despotic sultan who was blind in one eye invited three artists to paint his picture. “If you do a bad portrait, I will punish you,” he warned, “but if you do a good one I will reward you. Now start!” The first artist produced a picture that showed the sultan as he was: blind in one eye. The sultan had him executed for showing disrespect to his monarch. The second artist showed him with both eyes intact. The sultan had him flogged for trying to flatter him. The third artist drew him in profile, showing only his good eye. The sultan, pleased, rewarded him with gold and honors. Sleepless Night There was an Old Iranian who was intensely proud of two things – his long, white beard that reached down to his chest, and his ability to sleep the moment his head touched the pillow. One day, his 3-year-old grandson asked him how he arranged his beard when he slept: did it go under the blanket or did it remain above it? The old man had never paid attention to this detail, and he confessed he didn’t remember whether his beard remained above or went under the blanket. He promised to find out. It was very cold that night. The old man got into bed and pulled the blanket over himself. Then he suddenly remembered his grandson’s question. He became acutely conscious that his beard was under the blanket. He lifted it from under the blanket, and placed it above it. This made him feel that something was not quite right. So he tucked the beard under the blanket again. But he soon felt it would be better if it were out. In and out went the beard; first under the blanket, then above it, then under once again. The old man spent a sleepless night. The next morning the first thing he did was cut his beard to chin level, to the great joy of his daughter who, for several months, had been urging him to do just that. Change of Mind There was a sickly young girl who always seemed to be at death’s door. Her neighbor was a widow, bent with age. Whenever she caught sight of the girl she would shake her head sadly and say: “Oh God, why do you torment that poor child...if you want a life take this old woman!” One evening a bull in the village, put its head into a large black pot to get at some grain at the bottom, and then couldn’t get its head out. Frightened and confused, it ran hither and thither, unable to see where it was going because its eyes were covered by the pot. Meanwhile, the old woman we mentioned, was visiting her neighbor. She came out and as usual began shaking her head and saying that if God wanted a life he should take hers. Suddenly she became aware that a powerfully-built beast, apparently headless, was rushing at her. “Yama has come for me!” she thought and was filled with terror. “Mercy, my Lord, mercy!” she screeched, falling to her knees in front of the advancing bull. “Spare me. There’s a sickly girl next door. Take her instead!” The Wise Men of Chelm The residents of the Jewish town of Chelm, one day, decided that there was no point in all of them worrying about their various problems. “Let us appoint a Worry Man, somebody who will worry for all of us,” said the mayor. Everybody hailed it as a great idea and when one of the elders suggested that Yossel, the cobbler, who seemed to have a lot of time on his hands, should be given the job. The man was at once sent for. “How much will I be paid,” asked Yossel, suspiciously, after the nature of the job was explained to him. “Er… one kopek a week,” said the mayor. “It won’t work.” “Why not?” “Because if you give me one kopek a week,” explained the cobbler, “I’ll have nothing to worry about.” Wish List His troops, led by four of his finest commanders won a great battle for him, and Napoleon Bonaparte was in a generous mood. “Ask for anything and I’ll give it to you,” he said to the four officers who had distinguished themselves. “I’ve always wanted a house in Paris,” said one of the men, a German. “Done!” said Napoleon. “You’ll get a mansion in thecity.”“I’vealwaysdesiredtoownahotel,”saidthesecond officer, a Frenchman. “Done!” said the emperor. “I’ll order a hotel to be given to you.” “I’ve always wanted a brewery,” said the third man, a Pole. “Done!” said the emperor. “I will
  8. 8. Karma 8 give you a brewery!” “And you, sir?” he said, turning to the fourth man. “What will you have?” “Grant me a fortnight’s leave,” said the man. “Done!” said the emperor. “Your leave begins from tomorrow!” Now the fourth man happened to be a Jew, and in those days at least, Jews were supposed to be shrewd and possess great business acumen. So his colleagues were surprised that he had asked for so little. They felt he had missed a rare opportunity to become rich, and were elated that they themselves had kept their wits about them and asked for worthwhile things. They asked him about it when they ran into him later that day. “Why did you ask for so little?” they taunted him. “Did courage fail you?” “You asked for a lot,” replied the Jew. “But you must remember that the emperor is a busy man. He will order his secretary to fulfill his promises. His secretary too is a busy man. He will pass on the order to his assistant who too is a busy man. So the emperor’s order will go down from subordinate to subordinate and finally in the course of a few months…it’ll get lost!” “We’ll appeal to the emperor!” shouted the Frenchman. “The emperor will not know what you’re talking about,” said the Jew. “By then our great victory will have become a dim memory. You should have asked for something that the emperor could give immediately – like I did. Now, if you’ll excuse me gentlemen, I have work to do.” And leaving the three officers gaping, the Jew went off to arrange for his holiday. Chintu and The Crocodile “Beware of the crocodile while passing by the river,” Tina Monkey warned her son Chintu Monkey while helping him put the schoolbag on his back. “Crocodile? What’s that?” asked Chintu. “Haven’t you learnt about the crocodile in school?” asked Tina. “You mean ghost? I am not afraid of ghosts!” said Chintu. “It’s not a ghost. It’s a reptile with a thick skin, a strong tail, a huge mouth and beady eyes. It can walk on land and swim in water,” explained Tina. “But that’s an elephant and not a croco.. er..what did you call it, Mom?” “Crocodile. A big crocodile has come to the river. I heard that it killed a goat that had gone to the river to drink water. I want you to be careful when you pass by the river.” “All right, Mom, I’ll be careful,” said Chintu, waving goodbye to his mother. As he walked to school, he thought about the strange creature called the crocodile that had made its home in the river. “I’m not scared of that crocodile. If it comes near me, I will break its head with my water bottle!” he told himself. “And I’ll kick his face with my shoe and poke his eyes out with my umbrella!” When he reached the riverside, curiosity got the better of him and he climbed up a tree to catch a glimpse of the crocodile. He looked all along the length of the river but couldn’t see the crocodile. “Mom must have cooked up this story just to keep me from the river,” sighed Chintu as he climbed down from the tree. “There is no creature called crocodile in this world.” “What did you say?” asked a voice from behind. “If there are no crocodiles in the world, pray, who am I?” Turning back, Chintu asked, “Who said that?” “I said it!” said the crocodile, and whipping a log with his tail, he cut it into two. “Who are you?” shouted Chintu frightened. “I am a CROCODILE!!” said the crocodile, opening its mouth wide. “It must be the creature that mom had warned me about!” thought Chintu. “Okay, I believe you. There are crocodiles in this world. Let me go or I will be late for school,” saying that Chintu started moving backwards. “Don’t move! I am going to eat you up right now” said the crocodile and started moving towards him slowly. Chintu thought fast of a way to escape. He quickly emptied his schoolbag in front of the crocodile. Why did he do that? What was his plan to escape? Did he succeed? Complete the story making Chintu the real Hero of the Day! SEND YOUR STORY ENDING to karmakidscorner@ gmail.com
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  10. 10. Karma 10 During the past issues, by the gracious blessings of the Almighty and Swamiji, we discussed about the Spirituality described in Vedas, other great epics and sayings of great sages and monks. In this issue we will discuss a little bit about the spirituality explained in the great Upanishad named Mundaka Upanishad. Man is endowed with the special instrument of discrimination, of judgment, of analysis and synthesis, which among all animals, he alone possesses. He has to develop this and utilize it to the best purpose. Through this instrument, he can realize the Immanent Divinity. Instead, man pesters himself and others with the question: Where does God reside? If He is real, why is He not seen? Hearing such queries, one feels like pitying the poor questioners. For, they are announcing their own foolishness. They are like the dullards who aspire for university degrees without taking pains even to learn the alphabet. They aspire to realize God without putting themselves to the trouble of practicing the Sadhana required. People who have no moral strength and purity talk of God and His existence and decry efforts to see Him. Such people have no right to be heard. Spiritual Sadhana is based on the holy Sastras. They cannot be mastered in a trice. They cannot be followed through talk. Their message is summed up in the Upanishads; hence, they are revered as authoritative. They are not the products of human intelligence; they are the whisperings of God to man. They are parts of the eternal Vedas. The Vedas shine gloriously through all their parts. The Upanishads are authentic and authoritative, as they share the glory of the Vedas. They are 1180 in number, but, through the centuries, many of them disappeared from human memory and only 108 have now survived. Of these, 13 have attained great popularity, as a result of the depth and value of their contents. The sage Vyasa classified the Upanishads and allotted them among the four Vedas; The Rig-Veda has 21 branches and each branch has one Upanishad allotted to it. The Yajur Veda has 109 branches and 109 Upanishads. The Atharva Veda has 50 branches and 50 Upanishads were its share. The Sama Veda has a thousand branches and the balance, namely, 1000 Upanishads were its share. Thus, the 1180 Upanishads were assigned by Vyasa to the Four Vedas. Sankaracharya raised the status of ten among the Upanishads by selecting them for writing his commentaries and so they became especially important. Humanitystandstogainorfallbytheseten.All who are seeking human welfare and progress through spirituality are now apprehending whether even these ten will be forgotten, for, neglecting them will usher in moral and spiritual disaster. There is no reason, however, for such fears.TheVedas can never be harmed. Pundits and those with faith should resolve to present before humanity these ten Upanishads at least. They are Isa, Kena, Katha, Prasna, Mundaka, Mandukya, Thaithiriya, Aithareya, Chandogya and Brihadaranyaka. In this issue we well discuss the spirituality explained in Mundaka Upanishad, which is considered as the head of all Upanishads. This is the main Upanishad of Atharva Veda. The Upanishads have also inspired other works on Geography, Astronomy, Astrology, Economics and Political Theory. The Vedas and the Upanishads are the very foundation for Sanathana Dharma and spirituality. There is one interesting feature to be noted. The Hindu religion has no one Founder as the others have. That invisible unknown founder is God, the source of all wisdom. He is the Prophet of this Sanathana Dharma. He is the Founder; His Grace and His Inspiration manifested through the pure Sages and they became the spokesmen of this Dharma. When the moral purity of the human beings degenerates, God takes form as grace and inspiration in sages and teachers. He has also given through the Upanishads the Sathya-Jnana, the Wisdom concerning the Reality. This Mundaka Upanishad begins with an Invocation, praying that eye may see auspicious things, the ear may hear auspicious sounds, and that life may be spent in the contemplation of the Lord. The teaching of this Upanishad is referred to as Brahmavidya, either because it describes first the message of Hiranyagarbha, the casual Brahma, or because the message relates the glory of Brahmam. This Upanishad speaks of Brahmavidya as the mystery which only those with shaven heads and those who go through a rite of having Fire on the shaven head can understand. So, it is called Mundaka, or shaven Head. Apart from this, this Upanishad is honored as the crest of all, since it expounds the very essence of Brahma Jnana.
  11. 11. Karma11 This knowledge has been handed down from teacher to pupil by word of mouth, enriched and confirmed by experience; it is also called Paravidya, the knowledge of the Other when it deals with the attribute less Principle; when it deals with the attribute-full, the Saguna, the materialized principle, it is called A-paravidya, the knowledge of the Immanent, not the Transcendent aspect. These are the two that are found in this Upanishad. They were taught by Sage Saunaka to Sage Angirasa; that is what the text announces. The Vedas and the Vedangas deal with Aparavidya. The Upanishads deal specially with Para-vidya. But, the interesting thing is: the Apara-vidya leads on to the Para, the knowledge of Brahmam, which is the goal. The spider evolves out of itself the magnificent manifestation of the web; so too, this moving, changing world is manifested from the causative Brahmam. The changing world is the product of creator-creation complex. It is true and factual and useful, so long as one is unaware of the Reality. The utmost that one can gain by activity, that is to say, holy or sacred activity is Heaven or Swarga, which has a longer lease of life, but, which has an end in spite of it. So, the seeker loses all yearning for Heaven; he/she approaches an elderly teacher full of compassion, who instructs him/her in the discipline for realizing the Brahmam. All beings are Brahmam and no other. They all do emanate from Brahmam.As sparks emanate from fire, as hair grows on the skin but is different from it, so too beings originate from Brahmam. Brahmam causes the sun, moon, stars and planets to revolve in space; Brahmam grants the consequence of all the acts of beings. The Individual and the Universal are two birds sitting on the same tree i.e., the human body. The Jivi (individual) acts, and suffers the consequences of those acts. The Iswara (universal) sits quiet, as a witness of the other bird. When the Jivi looks at the Iswara and realizes that it is nothing but an image, it escapes from grief and pain. When the mind is drawn by yearning to know the Iswara, all other low desires diminishes and disappears. Then, knowledge of Atma is attained. The last mantra of this Upanishad declares that its aim is to make man attain that Jnana. Munda means head; this Upanishad is the Head of all Upanishads, we can say. It has three sections, with two chapters in each. In the first section, the Aparavidya, and in the second, the Paravidya and the means of mastering them are dealt with. In the third, the nature of the Reality and of the release from bondage is defined. The Karma that helps attain the Brahmam is denoted in the mantras. That is why this Upanishad is respected as very sacred. The spider, as already indicated, spins out the web from itself without any extraneous agency; it also takes in the web it has spun. So too, Creation was effected without an agent and the Universe emanated. Heaven is the highest attainable stage through Karma. Of such Karmas or rites, the worship of Fire called Agnihotra is the chief. The performance of such rites contributes to the cleansing of the mind. Such cleansing is a necessary preliminary to Paravidya. The flames that rise high from the sacrificial altar of fire appear to the performer as if they are hailing him on to realize the Reality or Brahmam. He who does the rite with full awareness of the significance of the mantra is able to reach the Solar Splendor, through the offerings made; they take him to the region of Indra, the Lord of the Gods. Only on this basis, Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar does a lot of fire worship and he recommends fire worship named “Mahayajna” to his devotees, who need more and more powers. The Upanishad recommends two types of obligatory Karmas: Ishta and Poortha. The rite of Agnihotra, adherence to Truth, Thapas or Asceticism, Veda-adhyayanam or study of the Vedas, the service offered to guests in one’s home - these are Ishta; construction of temples, caravan-series, rest-houses, tanks, planting of avenue trees - such acts are Poortha. These give consequences that are beneficial but, all such cause-effect chains are transient, they are fundamentally defective. The entire Creation is bound up with name and form and so unreal. It can be described in words and so, limited and circumscribed by the intellect and the mind. The Paramapurusha, the Supreme Person alone is eternal, real, and pure. He is the prompter of activity and the dispenser of consequence. But, He is beyond the eye, beyond the intellect. Like the spokes of a wheel that radiate from the hub, that lead from all directions to the centre, all creation radiates from Him. To reach the central hub and know that all spokes radiate from it, the mind is the instrument. Brahmam the target is to be reached by the arrow-mind. Have your mind fixed on the target and using the Upanishadic teaching as the bow, shoot straight and hard, to hit the Brahmam and master. That is to say, the Pranava or the OM is the arrow; Brahmam is the target. As aforesaid the mind and thoughts are the base for an individual’s development. That’s why Swamiji Sri.Selvam Siddhar often says as “you will live according to your thoughts”. The Brahmam illumines the Jivi by getting reflected in the inner consciousness or Anthah-karana. One has only to turn
  12. 12. Karma 12 that consciousness away from the objective world, contact with whichcontaminatesthemind.Now,traintheinnerconsciousness to meditate on the OM, with single-pointed attention. Meditate on the Atma as unaffected by the Jivi, though in him and with him and activating him. Meditate on Him in the heart, from which radiate countless nadis, subtle nerves, in all directions. If this process is followed, one can attain Jnana or Wisdom. The Universe is an instrument to reveal the majesty of God. The inner firmament in the heart of man is also equally a revelation of His Glory. He is the Breath of one’s breath. Since He has no specific form, He cannot be indicated by words. Nor can His mystery be penetrated by the other senses. He is beyond the reach of asceticism, beyond the bounds of Vedic rituals. He can be known only by an intellect that has been cleansed of all trace of attachment and hatred, of egoism and the sense of possession. Jnana alone can grant self-realization. Dhyana can confer concentration of the faculties; through that concentration, Jnana can be won, even while in the body. The Brahmam activates the body through the five vital airs or Pranas. It condescends to reveal itself in that same body as soon as the inner consciousness attains the requisite purity. For the Atma is immanent in the senses, inner and outer, as heat in fuel and as butter in milk. Now, the consciousness is like damp fuel, soaked in the foulness of sensory desires and disappointments. When the pool in the heart becomes clear of the slimy overgrowth, the Atma shines in its pristine splendor. He who acquires the knowledge of this Atman is to be revered. For, he is liberated. He has become Brahmam that which he strove to know and be. Man is essentially divine. However, he believes himself to be an individual, limited and temporary, because he is entangled in the characteristics of the Five Elements, namely, Sound, Touch, Form, Taste and Smell. This error brings about joy and grief, good and bad, birth and death. To escape from this association with the Elements, to rid oneself of the pulls of their characteristics, is the sign of Liberation, called in Sanskrit as Kaivalya, Moksha or Mukthi. Names may change; but the achievement is the same. WhileentangledintheFiveElements,manisattracted,distracted or disappointed by them; all this causes distress. Wealth, possessions - vehicles, buildings - all these re transmutations of the elements. Man craves for them; when he loses them or fails to get them, he spurns them. Let us take the Five Elements, one by one. The living being has the first one, the Earth, as its base. Water, the second, is the basis for the earth. Water is produced from Fire, the third element, Fire itself emanating from Wind, the fourth. Wind or Vayu arises from Ether, or Akasa. Akasa emerges from the Primal Nature and the Primal Nature is but the manifestation of one aspect of the majesty of God, or the Supreme Sovereign Atma, the Paramatma. Seeking to reach that Paramatma, the source and core of the Universe, the Individual or Jivi, who has entangled himself in the elements, has to overcome, by discrimination and steady practice of detachment, the bonds one by one; such a person is a Sadhaka; he who wins in this struggle is the Jivan-muktha, ‘Liberated even while alive.’ For the exercise of such discrimination and for the visualization of one’s innate reality, one has to study the Upanishads. They are collectively called Vedanta. They form the Jnana kanda of the Vedas, the section that deals with the Higher Wisdom. Liberation from the consequences of Ignorance can be secured only by Knowledge or Jnana. The Upanishads themselves declare, “Jnaanaad eva thu kaivalyam”: “By Knowledge alone can freedom be won.” The term Upanishad denotes the study and practice of the innate truth: the term, Brahmavidya, denotes the supremacy of spiritual contemplation; the term, Yogasastra denotes the mental churning that brings success. What is the fundamental activity which is required of man? What is the basic thing to be known? It is only one’s basic reality. The Upanishads describe the various stages and the various modes of this search for realizing this. The name is full of significance. ‘Upa’ means the process of studying with ‘Nishta’ or steadfastness; ‘shad’ means the attainment of the Ultimate Reality. The name Upa- ni-shad arose for these reasons. The Upanishads teach not only the principles of Atmavidya; they indicate also the practical means of realization. They point out not only the duties and obligations one has to bear, but also the actions to be done and those to be avoided. So, whether it is the Gita or the Upanishads or any holy and spiritual teachings, the teaching is Non-duality, not Duality, or qualified Monism. The human eye cannot delve into the minute or the magnitudinous. It cannot read the mystery of the virus or the atom or the stellar universe. Therefore, scientists supplement the eye with the telescope and the microscope. Similarly, sages are able to experience Divinity through the eye of knowledge, gained by following the Dharma of moral conduct and spiritual discipline. When the human eye stands in need of an extraneous instrument to observe even the insignificant worm and virus, how can one refuse to go through the process of mantra if he desires to see the omnipresent transcendent Principle? It is very hard to acquire the eye of wisdom. Concentration is essential for this. And, for concentration to develop and stabilize itself, three things are very important: purity of consciousness, moral awareness and spiritual discrimination. These qualifications are difficult of attainment by ordinary folk. We should read at least the basic teachings of the Upanishads and try to practice the spirituality taught in those Holy Scriptures. By practicing the spirituality we all can lead a comfortable life. There is no caste, creed, region and religion for practicing spirituality. I thank Almighty and Swamiji for blessing me with an opportunity to share my thoughts one spirituality. I pray the Almighty and Swamiji to bless me with more and more opportunities like this to share my thoughts on spirituality.
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  14. 14. Karma 14 Foods Of ChettinaduBy Visalakshi Ramanathan Chettinad is famous for its rich cultural heritage,art and architecture,huge mansions etc etc.But more recently it is becoming well known world over for its mouth watering culinary delicacies.Chettinad restaurants are being opened in almost all big cities and towns world over Chettinad food is famous for its spicy aroma.Most of the food items are easily digestible,less in caloric value compared to other south indian food items since items like cheese butter and cashews rarely find its way in chettinad recipe.Cocunut which is feared by all for its high cholesterol content is also used in very small quantities. Chettinad (Karaikudi) History Karaikudi is the biggest City in Sivaganga district. Known as the capital of Chettinad, because of the predominance of the “Nattu Kottai Chettiars” who have from here have ventured far and wide to set up their businesses even at the turn of the 20th century. Karaikudi is also home of two famous Institutions, Alagappa University and CECRI (Central Electro Chemical Research Institute). Karaikudi is known as an ancestral home of Chettiyars. It is 80 kilometers away from Madurai. It is famous for its Chettinad Mansion, CECRI (Central Electro Chemical Research Institute), Temples, Old buildings, Gopura karai saris and Chettinad delicious tasty dishes. Nowadays it is termed as a shooting spot for Tamil and Telugu film industries and as well as a tourist center. Tourists come in large numbers to have to have a view on history of Chettinad buildings. One of the well known country’s magazines recently came out with surprising news wherein it was mentioned that Chettinad was one among the top 5 fast growing vacation spots in India. Hence, Karaikudi will provide relaxing and enjoyable time to tourists who will cherish the memories for long. Karaikudi and 74 other villages comprise Chettinad, the homeland of the Nattukottai Chettiars. The Chettiars were a prosperous banking community who ventured overseas to do business in South and Southeast Asia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Our Holiness swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar is also from , a small village called as Kilasevalpatti which is just 20 miles from Karaikudi. Swamiji is a Nagarathar and the 1st Nagarathar in the whole Nagarathar History who became the 1st Nagarathar Swamiji with millions of followers. Swamiji also standing as the 1st richest Nagarathar in the USA and in the entire western courtiers with a net worth of more than a Billion US dollar. He is the 1st Nagarthar who has donated millions of US dollars for various social causes all around the world.He has donated money so far to 3,846 marriages, donated money for 6,321 various health surgeries, and has also donated money for 26,290 students education so far . Swamiji is considered to be the living God to his followers and there is no wonder why all his followers are calling Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar as a “ LIVING GOD!! Reach Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar in USA @ 1-4008 829 7780 or E mail to Swamiji is ‘ avtemple@aol.com ” “Om Selvam Siddhar Guruve Namaha!! -Ramu Visalakshi, Karaikudi, India Chettinad Kitchen-By Vishal Kalyani Bread Pakoda Ingredients: Bread (white or wheat, any) - 8 to 10 slices :Cabbage (chopped) - 2 cups Carrot (grated) - 2 cups:Onion (chopped) - 1 cup:Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 spoon:Chili powder - 1/2 spoon:Salt - to taste:Oil - to deep fry Method: 1.Dip the Bread slices in water and squeeze out the water. Take this in a mixing bowl.
  15. 15. Karma 15 2.Add chopped Onion, Cabbage, grated Carrot, Ginger garlic paste, Chili powder and Salt to it. Mix well with the Bread pieces. 3.Make small dumplings of this mix or vadas (Take small portion of the mix and flatten that between your palms). 4.Heat oil in a pan. Deep fry these dumplings or vadas till it turns into golden brown color. Chettinadu Appam Ingredients: Raw rice-2 cups:Boiled rice -3/4 cup:Grated coconut-3/4 cup: For grinding: Soak both the rice for 2 hours. After soaking grind it in the mixie or grinder. Do not add too much water while grinding. If you are using fresh coconut then that coconuts water can be used for grinding. Add the grated coconut after 5 minutes of grinding. This itself will make the dough little loose. Grind it to a fine paste. After taking out the dough from the grinder or mixie wash it with 1 cup of good water and keep aside. Method : 1.Take 3 spoons of grinded dough and mix it in the water kept aside. Add 2 more cups of water into it. Now keep this mixture in the stove and go on stirring it. It will start to become thick. When it becomes little thicker (consistency of corn flour added soups) remove it from stove. Allow the Kanji to cool.Add little salt and the kanji to the dough and mix well. Make it to the consistency of idly batter. 2. Allow the batter to ferment for 6 hours. After fermenting, if little thick, coconut milk can be added or water can also be added to bring it to the correct consistency. It should be in the consistency of dosa batter.In medium fire make appams. 3.It can be made with ease in non stick appa tawa.If it is going to be served along with coconut milk soak them in the coconut milk a few minutes before serving. Chettinadu Kozhukattai Ingredients: Par boiled rice (idly rice) - 1 ½ cup:Red chillie-6:Curry leaf:Urud dhal-1teaspoon Mustard seed-1 teaspoon:Bengal gram-1 teaspoon:Oil-2 table spoons Grated coconut-2 tablespoons Method: 1.Soak the rice for 1 hour. Put it in the mixie with the salt needed and grind for 2 minutes. 2.Add 1 cup of water to the grinded batter.Keep the kadai in the stove. pour the oil ,when it gets heated add the mustard seed and allow it to crack then add the urudh dhal, curry leaf and Bengal gram . 3.When the dhal gets roasted add the grated cocunut stir for a minute, then pour the batter into the kadai and go on stirring. 4. Switch off the stove when it becomes thick to the consistency that you can make balls out of it. Allow the batter to cool for 2 or 3 minutes. Then make kozhukattai’s of the desired shape .Steam the kozhukattai’s in the idly pot for 5 minutes. 5.This kozhukattai can be eaten without any side dish. But if you can find time then you can prepare Tomato chutney or coconut chutney. It will taste yummy in that combination.
  16. 16. Karma 16 Praying to Lord Hanuman with Hanuman Chalisa and other Hanuman Mantras, and prayers to Lord Kartikeya protect the native from the evil of planet Mars. Angaraka Astottara Shata Namavali can also be suggested. Many remedial measures are prescribed for Manglik Girls especially of Ashtam Mangal. These are Kumbh Vivah, Savitri and Mangal Gauri Vats etc. These should be performed under the proper guidance of an Atharva Vedic Swamiji only. Before Marriage: • Kumbha Vivah, Vishnu Vivah and Ashwatha Vivah are the most popular remedies for Mangal Dosha. • Ashwatha vivaha means the marriage with peepal or banana tree and cutting the tree after that. • Kumbha (Ghata) Vivah, means marriage with a pot and breaking it after that. After Marriage: • Worship Lord Hanuman by reciting Hanuman Chaalisa daily • Keep Orange coloured idol of Lord Ganesha in worship room and worship daily. • Chanting of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra • Worship banyan tree with milk mixed with something sweet • Feed birds with sweets • Keep ivory (Haathi Daant) at home Mangal Dosha Shanti Mantra: Dharani Garbha Sambhutam Vidyut Kanti Samaprabha Kumaram Shakti Hastamca Mangalam Pranamamy Aham Meaning: I offer my obeisance to Shri Mangal, the god of the planet Mars, who was born from the womb of the earth goddess. His brilliant is like that of lightning, and he appears as a youth carrying a spear in his hand. Important Note: However, it has to be remembered that each horoscope is unique so no remedy can be suggested to all of them. The best way is to get your chart consulted by a knowledgeable Athrva Vedic Swamiji like our Swamiji Selvam Siddhar and NOT a usual Jyotish or a Pundit at all to know what remedy you would need to overcome this problem. Mangal Dosh Parikar
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  18. 18. Karma 18 Skin Cleanser Found in your own kitchen is a simple, chemical free cleanser – good oil’ unboiled milk. All you need to do is dip a piece of cotton wool in milk and wipe your face with it. It also cleans unseen dirt and goes down into your pores. Another fine cleanser is almond oil, especially effective in protecting the delicate skin under the eyes. Skin Moisturizer For normal skin care, you can take 1 cup of yogurt, 1 tablespoon orange juice and 1 tablespoon lemon juice and mix it into a paste. Apply it on your face as a mask and keep it on for 15 minutes. Then clean it off with a wet tissue watch your complexion glow. For dry skin, you could use a mixture of cooked oatmeal and honey; it will not only help moisturize the skin but also acts as a good cleansing agent. Skin Nourishment and Bleach For nourishing your face try a protein mask. You can prepare this mask by first soaking 1 tablespoon urad dal and 4 almonds in water overnight and then grinding them into a paste. You can then apply this protein mask to your face and wash it off after half an hour. This exceptional protein mask will not only nourish the skin but also bleach it. Wrinkle Prevention and Softer Skin To prevent wrinkles and soften your skin, you could try pure castor oil; it is known to slow down the aging process of the skin. Skin Conditioner:Another simple and excellent skin conditioner that can be made out of 1 tbsp. honey blended with 2 tbsp. cream (of milk). Leave it on for a few minutes and wash it off. It works like magic. Skin Blemishes For skin blemishes, you can try rubbing a raw potato on your face. Sun-Protection Lotion It’s summer time. Time to cool off. So let’s wind up with a good home-made sun-protection lotion. Take cucumber juice and equal amounts of glycerin and rose water and make a concoction. This should be refrigerated. Try it, it’s really cool. Herbs & Health
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  20. 20. Karma 20 By Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar Before the beginning, the Brahman (absolute reality) was one and non-dual. It thought, “I am only one -- may I become many.” This caused a vibration which eventually became sound, and this sound was Om. Creation itself was set in motion by the vibration of Om. The closest approach to Brahman is that first sound, Om. Thus, this sacred symbol has become emblematic of Brahman just as images are emblematic of material objects. The vibration produced by chanting Om in the physical universe corresponds to the original vibration that first arose at the time of creation. The sound of Om is also called Pranava, meaning that it sustains life and runs through Prana or breath. Om also represents the four states of the Supreme Being. The three sounds in Om (AUM) represent the waking, dream and deep sleep states and the silence which surrounds Om represents the “Turiya” state. Because the first of the three states of consciousness is the waking state, it is represented by the sound “A” pronounced like “A” in accounting. Because the dream state of consciousness lies between the waking and the deep sleep states, it is represented by the letter “U” which lies between the “A” and “M”. This “U” is pronounced like the “U” in would. The last state of consciousness is the deep sleep state and is represented by “M” pronounced as in “sum.” This closes the pronunciation of Om just as deep sleep is the final stage of the mind at rest. Whenever Om is recited in succession there is an inevitable period of silence between two successive Oms. This silence represents the “fourth state” known as “Turiya” which is the state of perfect bliss when the individual self recognizes his identity with the supreme. The Symbol Om Just as the sound of Om represents the four states of Brahman, the symbol Om written in Sanskrit also represents everything. The material world of the waking state is symbolized by the large lower curve. The deep sleep state is represented by the upper left curve. The dream state, lying between the waking state below and the deep sleep state above, emanates from the confluence of the two. The point and semicircle are separate from the rest and rule the whole. The point represents the turiya state of absolute consciousness. The open semicircle is symbolic of the infinite and the fact that the meaning of the point can not be grasped if one limits oneself to finite thinking. The Power of Chanting Om 1. The chanting of Om drives away all worldly thoughts and removes distraction and infuses new vigour in the body. 2. When you feel depressed, chant Om fifty times and you will be filled with new vigour and strength. The chanting of Om is a powerful tonic. When you chant Om, you feel you are the pure, all pervading light and consciousness. 3. Those who chant Om will have a powerful, sweet voice. Whenever you take a stroll, you can chant Om. You can also sing Om in a beautiful way. The rythmic pronunciation of Om makes the mind serene and pointed, and infuses the spiritual qualifications which ensure self-realization. 4. Those who do meditation of Om daily will get tremendous power. They will have lustre in their eyes and faces. Meditation on Om Retire to a quite place, sit down, close your eyes and completely relax your muscles and nerves. Concentrate on the space between your eyebrows and quieten and silence the conscious mind. Begin to repeat “Om” mentally while associating the ideas of infinity, eternity, immortality, etc. You must repeat Om with the feeling that you are the infinite and all-pervading. Mere repetition of Om will not bring the desired result. Keep the meaning of Om always at heart. Feal Om. Feel that you are the pure, perfect, all-knowing, eternal, free, Brahman. Feel that you are absolute consciousness and the infinite, unchanging existance. Every part Om
  21. 21. Karma 21 of your body should powerfully vibrate with these ideas. This feeling should be kept up all day long. Practice regularly and steadily with sincerity, faith, perseverance and enthusiasm in the morning, midday and evening. Mantras There are many mantras used in worship. The first is always the Moola Manthirum. This mantra forms the foundation which supports all the others. It was not written by a person but was given to us directly from Amma Herself in Her oracle. This mantra has enormous power. Some of the benefits conferred by reciting the Moola Mantra are: 1. The Divine energy freely flows from the feet of Amma to the different systems of the body. The holy vibrations penetrate all the cells and revitalize the entire system. 2. Eradication of one’s Karma. 3. Gives you what you rightfully deserve. 4. Helps solve ailments and genuine problems. 5. Confers blessings leading to prosperity and a happy life. 6. Helps one to reach the highest spiritual pedestal (Mukti). 7. Prevents fatal accidents. Each type of pooja or velvi has specific mantras which are recited at a certain time during the ritual. The long mantras have either 108 or 1008 lines and are concluded with a short mantra of three lines and three om’s. The mantras recited during mandram pooja in America are shown below. Amma has given us permission to omit the 1008 line mantra which is normally recited because She says we are so busy and have little time. All mandrams in India, however, recite the 1008 as is normally required. The number 108 has been considered sacred for thousands of years in India. The origin of this number probably lies in astronomy. The average distance from the sun and moon to the earth is 108 times each of their respective diameters. This is true to an accuracy of 0.5% for the Sun and 2% for the Moon. The thought that this was known so long ago is amazing. Like all tantric mantras each line is preceded by om and concluded with om. These characteristics give the mantras great potency
  22. 22. Karma 22 By Jyotish Samrat His Holiness Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar Marriage is an important event in our life. It brings along with it a sense of maturity, responsibility and completeness. It contributes towards the enhancement of social status of a person after marriage. Before deciding when the native will get married, so many factors have to be taken into consideration. The most important factor deciding the time of marriage is Venus apart from Jupiter. To predict the time of marriage, one should have to consider the period of marriage i.e., early, average or late, the Dasha, Antardasha etc., and the transit of planets favorable for marriage. If jupiter is placed natally between the Libra and Pisces rashis, generally marriage will take place only after 30 years. As far as female natives are concerned, the 8th house, or its Lord and the planet located in the 8thhouse play a vital role in marriage aspect. During marriage jup usually transits over or aspects the house 1st ,2nd ,5th , 7th , 9th and 10th from Moon or Lagna, crosses the natal jup, venus or the present Dasa lord in Rashi. Early marriage will take place according to various texts under the following conditions: 1. Ven is placed in Karkataka Rasi, Sagitt. or Pisces Rashi. 2. Ven positioned in an angle, while the lord of the Lagna is placed in 7th house. 3. Ven in an angle in opposition to Saturn 4. Strong Ven in lagna, 2nd , 7th or 11th house. 5. Ven in own or exalted sign but associated with the lord of the 7th house. 6. Ven is placed in the Lagna, 2nd , 7th or 11th house. 7. A strong moon is placed in 5th or 7th. 8. Ven is placed in between Aries Rashi to Virgo Rashi. 9. Ven combined with the lord of the 7th in an angle while aspected by jup in 7th . Timing of Marriage Operative Dasha Parameters: 1. Connection of Vimshottari Mahadasha, Antardasha Lords with Lagna or 7th House or Lagna Lord. 2. Lagna Lord and 7th Lord making connection in Navamsha chart. 3. Chara Antardasha Making a connection with Darakaraka in Jaimini System. 4. Dasha of 7th Lord/ Lagna Lord or Dasha of 7th lord from Venus. 5. Dasha of planet posted in 7th house, aspecting 7th house or Lord. 6. Transits of Jupiter on Vivah Saham (sensitive marriage point in the horoscope). 7. Navamsa lords of the 1st, 2nd or 7th houses. 8. Jupiter activating natal Venus in male charts. 9. Planets positioned in 7th from Venus. 10. Lagna Lord transiting in/near 7th house. 11. Dasha of Rahu/Venus, natural significator 12. Dispositor of 7th Lord. 13. Saturn and Jupiter activating Lagna/Lagna Lord. 14. In the natal horoscope, planets associated with the lord of 2nd, 7th ,10th or Ven. 15. Sun and or most planets around lagna or 7th house. Parameters for Transit of Planets: 1. Saturn and Jupiter will influence two conditions out of four mentioned below : i. 7th House ii. 7th Lord iii. Lagna iv. Lagna Lord 2. The Sun may indicate month of marriage by influencing one of four conditions mentioned above by positioning or aspect. 3. The Moon may indicate date of marriage by influencing one of four conditions mentioned above by positioning or aspect. Regarding the marriage of the female natives, 8th house, its lord and the planet located in the 8th house, plays an important role for marriage. Important Tips: Predicting time of marriage is a very tricky question, which worries the parents about their son/daughter. In such cases the Astrologer should check yogas that confer marriage, planetary conditions at birth and in transit, dasha and antra dasha etc. The following points should also be considered. Good Time For Your Marriage or Remarriage
  23. 23. Karma 23 Mantras for Delayed Marriage With the blessings of Goddess Atharva Soolini Ma, and with the proper “soolini Yantra”, these Mantras should be recited with utmost devotion and faith to get their wish fulfilled. ( there is only one Temple for Soolini Ma in the North America @ Dayton, OH) Gatyayani Mantra: ‘Katyaayani Mahaamayey Mahaa Yoginiya Dheeshwari Nand Gopasutam Devi Pati Mey Kuru Tey Namaha’ This Mantra should be recited 108 times by unmarried girls everyday after getting an initiation through an Atharva Vedic Swamiji in USA. Meaning: “O Katyaayani! Mahaa Mayey (names of Mother Goddess), Supreme Lord of all great Yoginis, Make Shree Krishna, my husband. I prostrate before you.” Parbati Swayamvar Mantra: “Ballarkayutsatprabhaam Kartale Lolbru Malakulam Malamsanddahatim Manohartanum Mandsmitadhomukheem Mandam Mandmupesushee Bariyitum Shambhum Jaganmohimim Vanditpadamishtarthadaam Parvateem” This sloka should be recited every Friday evening regularly with utmost devotion by the girls to get desired husband, after getting initiation by an Athava Vedic Swamiji 1. If Ascendant rashi of a Navamsha chart falls in 7th house of birth chart and 7th lord is in 12th from Ascendant, marriage will take place between 16 and 20 years of age. 2. When 2nd house is occupied by Venus and 7th lord is in 11th house, marriage is between 23 and 28 years of age. 3. When 2nd lord is in 11th and Lagna lord is in 10th house, marriage may occur between 17 and 20 years of age. 4. When Venus is in Kendra houses and 7th lord is posited in any house owned by Saturn, aspected by a benefic, marriage age is 23 to 28 years. 5. If 2nd lord is posited in 11th house and 11th lord in 2nd house, marriage will be between 16 and 25 years of age. 6. When 7th house is occupied by Venus, Moon and Saturn, the marriage will not be possible before 30 years of age. It may be the 35th year. 7. If Sun is in 7th, and 7th lord cojoins Venus in Kendra, marriage is possible within 23 to 25 years of age. If 7th lord or Venus is afflicted in birth chart or Navamsha chart, marriage may occur between 30 and 33 years of age
  24. 24. Karma 24 - Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar Vaastu for Kitchen • Kitchen/fire-place should be preferably in the South-East direction. It may be in East/North-West direction. Avoid North and South directions while cooking as facing North increases unwanted expenses and facing South is detrimental to lady’s health which causes pain in the shoulders or even cervical pain. Facing East or West while cooking is a must. • If your wife is facing cervical problems, pain in leg and backache, this can be due to her back facing the entrance gate of the kitchen. Install a convex mirror in front of her so that she can see what is going on in her backside through the mirror. Frequent turning around is avoided.Kitchen is the second best place after North-East for performing Pooja. Choose North-East corner of the Kitchen for putting an idol of deity. • Remove medicines from kitchen and shift it to living room, preferably at Pooja place.Avoid water and fire in one line from the kitchen for better harmony. Having water & fire in one Line or opposite to one another, adds to difference of opinion amongst the family members. Rearranging the gadgets or putting a minimum 2’ high partition of any material between fire/water will be very helpful. Vaastu for Bed Room • Bedroom for head of the family should be in South-West/South direction. North and East directions are best suitable for small children. Children pursuing research or some serious study should occupy West sector of the house. If you want your grown up child to leave the home for career building, put his bedroom in the North-West direction of the home. • To maintain health and happiness, the color of the bedroom walls should be same on all four walls, while the ceiling should always be white/sky blue. Improper position of the bedroom/ bed/ dressing table brings unhappiness in the married life and causes disturbed sleep.Never keep your head towards North while sleeping. Keeping it towards South or East gives peaceful/restful sleep and a healthy life. West facing head is also acceptable. • Never put a mirror in front of the bed or attached with the bed. Cover it while sleeping to avoid bad dreams and ensuring a healthy sleep. A properly placed round mirror and soothing paintings etc. in the bedroom can enhance the relationship. • Wooden beds without box (for storage) are the best for sleeping. Avoid metal beds (wrought Iron) etc. as it may lead to health problems related to heart and brain.For better harmony & ever lasting personal relationship always prefer a double bed with single mattress, since the normally used double mattresses creates a symbolic separation which might become real. • Place Heavy furniture such as wardrobe, floor to ceiling bookcase on South or West side of the Bedroom. Dressing table along with any jewellery and bangle boxes should be located against the North or East wall.A wall poster having mountains/ snow-clad peaks of mountains (without water) etc. on South- West wall of the bedroom can add immense strength and stability in the life. • Avoid or minimize the use of T.V or computer in bedroom as the energy level of the room will get destroyed by the radiations emitted; causing disharmony which may lead even to separation. Avoid sleeping in a room located at the end of a long corridor, or where the door opens directly to a staircase. The strong flow of bad soul may bring illness to the occupants. • To improve marriage prospects, Hang several crystal balls and light a chandelier in South-West corner. Keep Rose Quartz precious stone along with a pair of Mandarian ducks in South- West of your bedroom will enhance harmony. Immerse a fresh sweet and juicy orange to a moving stream of water on any full moon day for an early, happy and durable marriage. Keeping a picture of any flower, double happiness symbols and a picture / idols of Goddesses Atharva Soolini helps in getting a suitable life partner.
  25. 25. Karma 25 Yogini Dasha is very popular in northern india.Yogini dasha is also Nakshatra based dasha like Vimshottari dasha and it is based on the constellation of the Moon, commonly referred to as Rashi Nakshatra or Janam Nakshatra. On this basis accurate predictions can be given. There are 8 types of Yogini which are in the following order. Their total operative period is 36 years. As per classical texts the planets known as following names: No. of Planet Name of Yogini No. of years in Dasha 1. Moon Mangala One year 2. Sun Pingala Two years 3. Jupiter Dhanya Three years 4. Mars Bharamari Four years 5. Mercury Bhadrika Five years 6. Saturn Ulka Six years 7. Venus Siddha Seven years 8. Rahu Sankataa Eight years The mahadasha of each Yogini starts with itself and follows in a regular order as above. In the major period of each Yogini, sub period of all Yoginis operate according to their proportional periods in the natural order starting from its own sub period. It is like same way as in Vimshottari Dasha. How to Calculate the Yogini Dasha: Note down the Nakshatra no. of the Moon, taking Ashwini as Nakshatra no 1. Add (3) Three into it. Divide by eight. The remainder represents the Yogini dasha operative at the time of birth.:- Yogini dasha at birth = Nak. no. of Moon + 3 ÷ 8 = Remainder will be Yogini dasha. Yogini D asha Astrology By Swamiji Selvam Siddhar The lines in our palms act as registers, recording events and suggesting the possible outcomes of our actions and decisions. However our lines keep on changing according to our karmas we do providing a chart of the progress and development we make through our lines. There are 4 major palm reading lines in most hands. The major lines in our hand are the Life Line, the Head Line, the Heart Line and the Fate Line. These major lines give basic information about you, like how you function physically, emotionally, and intellectually. These major lines of palmistry are only one source of information and other parts of the hand can tell you much about each of these major lines. Life Line: (Line of Vitality/Jeevan Rekha/Pitr Rekha) It starts from the base of the palm from above the first bracket, circles half around the mount of Venus and ends
  26. 26. Karma 26 below the mount of Jupiter and above the mount of lower mars. Contrary to popular misconception, the length of the Life Line does not determine how long you will live. In palm reading, the Life Line shows Health, Prosperity, Quality of life, Vitality, Sexuality and general energy level. The stronger the life line, the more robust and vigorous is the constitution. The life line when read with the heart line indicates the longevity. If the life line appears more prominent than the other major lines in the hand. Physical activities will take precedence over intellectual pursuits. The life line may start from an island or fork, which indicates an unfortunate childhood. The life line ending with a fork is both bad and good, depending on the position of the forked line. If one line of the fork goes into the Jupiter, it is good or if one line of the fork ends in a grill diseases like paralysis, loss of memory etc. are likely, as per the supportive indications of the palm. Subsidiary lines arising from the life line towards the mounts of Mercury, Sun, Saturn or Jupiter are called the secondary lines, which indicate the rises in life in the field indicated by the mount towards which these rising lines travel. A parallel line to the line of life on the side of the mount of venus is called “Mars line” or “the sister life line” which augments the life line. In palmistry, a double Life Line is often seen. This line echoes the Life Line, but can be even less than half as long, held along the curve of the Life Line. This is called an Angel Line. It signifies that angels or other supreme powers are watching over and protecting you. It increases the power of health and vitality in a person. Head Line: (Line of Mentality/Mind Line) The Head line begins on the thumb side of the hand and sweeps out towards the percussion edge. It starts from the base of the mount of Jupiter and above the lower Mars, extends towards the mount of Moon. It could be curved towards the mount of Moon, end at the base of mount of Moon or at its middle. It reflects your mind and brain and from the study of the head line it is possible to determine the quality and quantity of brain power. The Head Line shows things like Memory, Concentration, Level of intelligence, Type of intelligence. From this line we can make out the mentality, the power of mental concentration and the ability to exert self-control. A strong head line is associated with dynamic thinker. The stronger and clearer the line, the greater the clarity of thought. Mental processes are sharp, facts are assimilated logically. People with strong head lines possess excellent powers of comprehension and ability to concentrate for longer periods of time. In the normal course, the head line goes straight across the palm or slopes slightly downwards. If it goes upward towards the heart line, it is not considered good. It indicates that the person allows his feelings to overcome his better judgment. He loses self-control and is over come by emotions and passions. The bad effects get aggravated if the head line goes towards the mount of Saturn. It causes sudden death. If there is a cross, dot, or star at the end of such head line, on the mount of Saturn, sudden end of life is certain. A cut indicates head injury, break indicates brain disorder, cross or star indicates head injury or danger to head. A chain like line makes the person idiotic. An island or a dot at the end of the head line indicates mental disturbances. The severity of the affliction will depend upon the size of the island or dot. The bigger the island or dot the more serious the affliction. This however, be confirmed by other indications on the palm. Rarely in palmistry a double Head Line is seen. Doubling a line usually strengthens its energy. If the double Head Lines go in different directions or seem far apart, it can indicate more of a double-personality. This often indicates a lot of talent and an instinct for business. They will tend to do well in life. Heart Line: (Line of Emotions/Line of Love) It starts from the percussion at the base of the mount of Mercury and from the top of the mount of Mars positive and extends
  27. 27. The Monkey and the Crocodile Once upon a time, a clever monkey lived in a tree that bore juicy, red rose apples. He was very happy. One fine day, a crocodile swam up to that tree and told the monkey that he had traveled a long distance and was in search of food as he was very hungry. The kind monkey offered him a few rose apples. The crocodile enjoyed them very much and asked the monkey whether he could come again for some more fruit. The generous monkey happily agreed. The crocodile returned the next day. And the next. And the next one after that. Soon the two became very good friends. They discussed their lives, their friends and family, like all friends do. The crocodile told the monkey that he had a wife and that they lived on the other side of the river. So the kind monkey offered him some extra rose apples to take home to his wife. The crocodile’s wife loved the rose apples and made her husband promise to get her some every day. Meanwhile, the friendship between the monkey and the crocodile deepened as they spent more and more time together. The crocodile’s wife started getting jealous. She wanted to put an end to this friendship. So she pretended that she could not believe that her husband could be friends with a monkey. Her husband tried to convince her that he and the monkey shared a true friendship. The crocodile’s wife thought to herself that if the monkey lived on a diet of rose monkeys, his flesh would be very sweet. So she asked the crocodile to invite the monkey to their house. The crocodile was not happy about this. He tried to make the excuse that it would be difficult to get the monkey across the river. But his wife was determined to eat the monkey’s flesh. So she thought of a plan. One day, she pretended to be very ill and told the crocodile that the doctor said that she would only recover if she ate a monkey’s heart. If her husband wanted to save her life, he must bring her his friend’s heart. The crocodile was aghast. He was in a dilemma. On the one hand, he loved his friend. On the other, he could not possibly let his wife die. The crocodile’s wife threatened him saying that if he did not get her the monkey’s heart, she would surely die. So the crocodile went to the rose apple tree and invited the monkey to come home to meet his wife. He told the monkey that he could ride across the river on the crocodile’s back. The monkey happily agreed. As they reached the middle of the river, the crocodile began to sink. The frightened monkey asked him why he was doing that. The crocodile explained that he would have to kill the monkey to save his wife’s life. The clever monkey told him that he would gladly give up his heart to save the life of the crocodile’s wife, but he had left his heart behind in the rose apple tree. He asked the crocodile to make haste and turn back so that the monkey could go get his heart from the apple tree. The silly crocodile quickly swam back to the rose apple tree. The monkey scampered up the tree to safety. He told the crocodile to tell his wicked wife that she had married the biggest fool in the world. The Stork and the Crab Once upon a time, there was a stork that caught the fish in a particular tank. The stork always had a full meal. As the years went by, the stork grew older and weaker. His ability to catch fish diminished. At times he would even starve. He knew he had to do something to survive. One day he stood by the side of the tank with a very forlorn look on his face. The frogs, fish and crabs wondered why he was not trying to catch any food. A big crab asked him what the matter was. The stork answered that he was sad because all the fish in the tank were going to die and he would have to starve. He said that he had heard that people were going to fill the tank with mud and grow crops over it. The fish were very worried and asked the stork to help them. The stork offered to take all of them to a bigger tank some distance away. But he said that he needed to rest between trips because of his age. He would only be able to carry a few fish at a time. The stork took a beakful of fish on his first trip. He flew to a big rock and had a good meal. He rested awhile, and when he was hungry again, he took a second trip. In this manner, he took a trip each time that he was hungry. The big crab in the tank also wanted to save himself and he Karma 27 across the palm to the base of mount of Jupiter. This line may end below Sun, Saturn or Jupiter independently or merging with the line of head by bending towards it. It reflects your heart, on both physical and emotional levels. It shows Ability to love and accept love, Emotionality, Emotional maturity, Passion and sensuality, Manner of relationships The Heart line also predicts your fate in a love affair. If the heart line is clear and deep, it reveals someone who is confident of his or her sexuality and is warm and generous towards others. People with a dominant heart line tend to act impulsively without thought for the consequences. It also indicates the dominance of emotions over mind (mind line) and physical energy (life line).The holder of a short heart line is a cool and rational being, in full control of his emotions and less likely to be swayed by the ups and downs of the heart. A sharply curved heart line is the sign of a passionate and highly emotional being. When the heart line terminates in between the index and middle fingers, it shows that the person devote himself to loved ones, and for a woman it is the mark of a good wife and mother. This gentle person is capable of enduring love and devotion. Aline of heart which is having a chain formation gives poor health, a fork gives immorality, health problems etc. depending on the nature of fork of the way each forked line runs. A descending line is bad, crosses, cuts, stars, breaks on the line of heart are danger signs. Fate Line: (Luck Line /Dhan Rekha/ Karma Rekha) The Fate Line in palmistry is sometimes considered a minor line, rather than a major line. It doesn’t show up in every hand. Yet it is a dominant line, compared to the other minor lines. This line arises from the base of the palm, ascending towards the mount of Saturn. It is in the middle of the palm under ordinary conditions. But there could be many variations to it. It may merge with the life line at its starting place to some distance. The Fate Line shows Success, Career path, Possible types of Career, Pre- destined vocation. The fate line is a barometer of the degree of satisfaction one has with his abilities and actual accomplishments. The fate line tells us the year of marriage as well as the appearance of a lover and a strong supporter. Fate lines that originate from the lower part of the life line is sign of determination, the person who creates his own fortune through willpower and perseverance. The fate line is also known as Popularity Line and belongs to the fortunate individual who will always enjoy popularity and benevolence from others. A strong, well-constructed fate line is associated with a self motivated individual, someone with plenty of drive and direction in life. Trustworthiness, qualities of leadership and seriousness are the characteristics of this individual. A line starting from inside the arc of the life line and merging with the fate line indicates an assistance from a family member. A faint fate line consisting of many short lines is the mark of indecisiveness and vagueness. Individuals who do not define their life goals and allow others to make decisions exhibit a poorly developed fate line. If the line has trident or a dident (three divergent lines or split into two lines), crosses, chain formation, islands, cuts, stars on it, then these are the indications of misfortunes. In the absence of a good life line or defective life line not supplemented by a Mars line, the fate line acts or supplementary of the life line, thus enhancing its strength to give fortune. There can be no fortune without life. Living itself against odds is a fortune.
  28. 28. Karma 28 Q.1. Square plots bring health and wealth to the inhabitants. Ans. Square shaped plots are considered the sign of stability and economy. These plots are considered highly auspicious by all the classical proponents of Vaastu as well as modern Vaastu experts. There is more area and fewer perimeters in case of square plots as compared to rectangular plots which has slightly more perimeter and less area. Square and rectangular shaped plots and buildings require lesser amount of masonry on its periphery. Thus, we see that the perimeter of a given area in a rectangular shaped building is nearly equal to the square but it increases rapidly when its length is more than twice of width. Hence, a square or rectangular building whose length is nearly one and a half times of the width is ideal. Moreover, more space can be utilized in a square shaped plot as compared to other shaped plots. Our body also fits in square/rectangular shape easily. All the above brings health and wealth to the inhabitants in square shaped plot. Q.2. Any excavation in the middle of the plot brings disintegration of family. Ans. The middle part of a plot is known as Brahma Sthan. It should always be left blank as per Ideal Vaastu. It has ±0% load. Therefore, no excavation should be done here. If we do excavation in the middle of plot, there exists communication gap in the family members and there is no easily accessibility to general things. No meeting point exists here if excavation is done .The best example can be given from the epics of Mahabharat where Kaurvas had excavated in the middle part in the form of a lake due to which all the Kaurvas were totally ruined. Moreover, there should not be any height/beam in this area which also gives the same effects in the family as of excavation. Therefore, we can say that any excavation in the middle of plot brings disintegration in the family. Q.3. Main Road ending (Veethi Shoola) on the entrance brings sudden misfortune. Ans. Main roads that thrust into a site or a road which terminates as dead end to a plot causes Shoola or fast approaching arrow like effects. This is also called Veethi Shoola. Veethi means a small road or passage. These are naturally or man-made and every dust ends there which brings sudden misfortune for the inhabitants of the plot. The results of Veethi Shoola are different depending upon the direction of approaching road. To some extent it gives auspicious results for the plot, if road is approaching in the North or East of Northeast, West of Northwest and/or South of Southeast. It leads to difficulties and hardship of all kinds. The house owner will always feel insecure. Vehicles approaching from the opposite direction cause imbalance of energies for the people living in the plot which brings sudden misfortune. Q.4. Lesser height of rooms may cause Preta Badha. Ans. Preta Badha means shrinking of a man and the atma of a man does not expand. If the rooms are of lesser height, may be less than 10 feet, the volume of the rooms will be less and there will be less quantity of air in the rooms as it could be as in a greater height room. Moreover, it has less space element. All the Panchmahabhootas i.e. fire, earth, air, water, space will have dearth in these rooms. There will be no necessary elements for survival. The man living in these rooms becomes narrow minded. He does not rise in his life due to his less mental growth. The other family members also suffer due to this, which may get health problems in them. The rooms should always be By Swamiji Sri Selvam “Siddhar”
  29. 29. Karma 29 of greater height so as to acquire all the five great elements of Panchmahabhootas which are very necessary for survival. Thus, it is said that lesser height of rooms causes Preta Badha for the people living in these rooms. Q.5. North or East of Ishaan is best for an underground water tank/well/bowli. Ans.WaterisoneofthefivegreatelementsofPanchmahabhootas and is inevitable for a human life.Asite selection for the residence is done keeping in view the availability of water. It can be ensured in the form of a well, boring, hand pump, underground water storage tank. In Vaastu, Northeast sector is best for underground water tank/well/bowli as water governs the Northeast sector. It is a cool place and cold water can be obtained from here. It is also a Sattvik zone. Its lord is Jup and Dikpal is Lord Shiv. Positive rays are obtained from this direction only which purify naturally the underground water. When we dug earth from here, it gets less weight and the Northeast corner becomes of less load as per Ideal Vaastu which is best. Ishaan or Northeast corner is also of Dev sthan and it should be given greater importance. A well in the east of Northeast gives good finances and education. Water source placed here leads to increased wealth, prosperity, knowledge and family. The Borewell/Bowli should not be in exact of North or East. It should not be constructed in the shadow area of Northeast. The well or water should be towards the right or left of these two axis. The well should be in the North or East of Northeast and not towards Northeast of Southeast. A boring/well in the East leads to prosperity, in the North it leads to increase in wealth, in the West it invites difficulties and hardships and in the South, it leads to untimely death, deformities, frequent accidents, attempted suicides and bad ways. A well in the Brahmasthan is never recommended. Therefore, we can say that North or East of Ishaan is best for underground water tank/well/bowli. Q.6. Staircase should turn clockwise while going upwards with odd number of steps. Ans. One of the strongest recommendations in Vaastu Shastra about Staircase is that it should always be clockwise or right- handed. Because human wants to apply shortest route and covers less distance in right hand direction. The rule of right hand or clockwise movement is based on strong scientific grounds. Today, nearly 90% of the world´s population is right handed. The left hand is passive and subjective, showing early-inherited traits and attitudes. The right hand is active and objective, showing years of maturity, developed self and present & future health. The right hand movement of a Staircase helps to take advantage of the dominance of right hand rule in a lucid manner. If the staircase is clockwise with right railing and open well in the right hand side, the better grip of right hand will facilitate the safe and quick ascending. Moreover, centre of gravity is in the upward direction, while ascending. If a person starts from right, it should end at right which is Shubh. Therefore, odd numbers of steps are taken. Q.7. Servants, Pets and Vehicles should be in the Northwest, separate from the main building. Ans. The planet Moon rules over the Northwest sector. Its directional lord is Vaayu, the God of Winds. Being the meeting point of cold and hot zones,thissectorbecomestheidealplaceforwind´s entry. Servants, pets and vehicles are not a part of the house, they should be kept in the background. In this sector they are active. Northwest is the limit of extension of Master´s feet sleeping in the Southwest. The servant, staying in the Northwest remains youthful and vigilant to obey his master´s orders. The air has swift movement which will keep the livestock kept in the Northwest, active. Animals used for transportation such as horse or camel are kept here in Northwest, wind energy of Northwest will make them to run faster. Garage or vehicles are also best in this direction because of their quick movements, to and from the house for person´s personal use. Q.8. Place for Weeping should be in the West of North-West. Ans: The planet Moon rules North-West sector and Sat rules over West sector. In between these sectors,place for weeping (Rodan Sthan) is taken because it is the dark place and active disha exists here. The cold nature of both of Moon and night make the air soothing for our body and weeping gets activated here in a fresh way. After weeping, the person is relieved of his tensions and feels light

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