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  2. 2. Karma 3 Special Sections Editor & Vice President Ilavarasan Editor Pundit Madhu Manikandan Reporter & Art Director Priest Kumar Contributing Writers Legal Advisors Nirmala Sujatha Reddy Deepika Raina Sheetal Pooja Sushma pattel Shama z A.P. Jayachandran, Esq The nation’s largest full color monthly spiritual and metaphysical magazine. Submission & Disclaimers : We accept articles, photography, and art work that is in keeping with our mission. We do not endorse any particular opinion, program, or advertisement. We reserve the right to edit or reject any material we receive. We will do our best to honor the integrity of our readership. It is merely our sincere hope that we help our readers to achieve success in their lives. Post Masters: Send address changes to Shiva Vishnu Temple of Texas P.O. Box 2602, Baytown, TX - 77522 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 Editor Advertising & Marketing Subscription& Postage Telephone 1-888-808-1418 web Atharva Vedic Astrology With relates Girls / Ladies 2 Stillness & Body Prayer 22 Surya Namaskaara 24 Pranayama 30 Atharva Vedic Astrology– Some Islamic Views 62 Miracles Of Lights And Colors 66 Letter to our Swamiji 70 Content......... Karma Empowering Self & Community
  3. 3. Karma 4 Param Pujya His Holiness “Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar” UNDERSTAND YOUR WIFE- YOUR GIRL FRIEND- YOUR MOTHER IN LAW- YOUR SISTER IN LAW- YOUR GIRL FRIEND- YOUR NEIGHBOR’S WIFE? The following article is based on “ Lagna” - Raising Ascendant and not on Moon sign or sun signs. Please do not confuse your western sun sign also sign based on Surya/ Sun and our Hindu Moon sign also known as Raasi with the “ sign names” in this following article. I have discussed about the signs and relationship in “ general’ to any females and that too based on Lagna only . For more clarification, please call me @ 408 829 7780( USA cell phone number) A girl born under a particular ascendant will carry the effect of that planet Moon, Mars and Venus and are of great importance for a woman. Innate nature, personal beauty, luck and various other things can be judged from one’s ascendant. Marriage and married life, love and influence of opposite sex, children and richness, besides education, profession and husband all can be detailed through the ascendant of a woman. Girls born in Aries as Ascendant Girls born in Aries as Ascendant are lean and of muscular body, middle stature, ruddy complexion but have normally redness on their face. Long face and neck ,broad head at temples and narrow ar chin. Other features are, bushy eye brows, brown eyes grey to grayish Atherva Vedic Astrology With Relates Girls / Ladies
  4. 4. Karma 5 brown and are of wiry hair varying in color from dark to sandy. Mental Tendencies:- Ambitious , dominating, active, courageous and lover of independence. Impulsive and a good guide. They are rash and aggressive. Personality :- Such girls are truthful, quarrelsome, energetic, fond of relation with opposite sex and of independent views. She always speaks high of his family. Her outstanding weakness is jealousy and pride. She expects to be praised by her husband or friend but cannot tolerate that her husband or friend should praise any other lady in her presence.Aggressive, very romantic, of phlegmatic nature, and loves the person to whom she can admire. Such girls are brave, venturesome, generous, diplomatic, in their opinion, o quick actions and have progressive tendencies. They marry early and in hurry. Legal proceedings may follow her during the life. There can be possibility of residence in foreign land under forced circumstances. Somewhat fiery or quick tempered. Such girls do not shirk taking responsibility, quick actions and decisions. it is said that when one is in love with Arian girls , he is to be congratulated or sympathized. Aries girls is determined to take the load, to be the first to move to action, and that includes the action of making first advance in romance. She wants to be leader in love affair. A man who resists her impact always intrigues her. Your mate should not neglect your talent and abilities. She will demand a lot from you and will return in double measure. After and before marriage Arian girls want complete freedom. She seldom loves two men simultaneously and before going to other man, the Damsel will say “Good Bye” to the former and not leave him in lurch or guessing. If you are a career girl, you pretty girls cannot be succumbed to the charms of a man , not seduced by an idealist. Treats love on a equal sharing basis. To dampen or injure your pride will almost break your heart. A good house wife also. Arians rarely fall ill or feel fatigue, but when they feel so, they need full and whole time attention of her partner and rest. Health :- Generally Arian girls enjoy good health , and have power of resistance to the disease. But surely they are prone to injuries and accidents particularly to the head. They are liable to suffer from phlegmatic, headaches, burns, brain affections, irregular disorders, pimples etc. Cautious :- Arian girls should take plenty of rest and sleep. Green vegetables and good food is must for them. Avoid worry, excitements and anger, also avoid stimulates and non vegetarian food specially during the period when they are on family way. Finances :- Subject to horoscope planetary position, Arians are not meant for amassing the wealth in spite of your strong desires. Extravagant, she will lose money through impulsive actions and rash investments. in case there are malefic planets in Ascendant, her budget will remain unbalanced and she will start in a flash and end in a crash. So she should think calmly and seriously before taking any action specially regarding finances and investment etc.
  5. 5. Karma 6 Romance And Marriage:- They are extremely frank and enthusiastic in love, their good nature and charm attract the opposite sex, so they marry early and in a haste. Of practical views, lasting affection, freedom and adventure in love these are their basic traits. She generally has the instinct to over ride and over power her husband and friends, aggressive and is very romantic. She have a fiery nature and as such can be controlled with tact and patience. A difficult guy to deal with, sexy and passionate in nature. Ideal Match :- Leo, Libra and Sagittarius persons with their Ascendants are fit to marry her. Both are advised to be peaceful, avoid lavish spending and have saving disposition. Domestic Environments :- In order to have happy home and domestic life, she must avoid rash temperament, criticism of each other , being sarcastic and not to be more impulsive and impatient, otherwise she has to face bickering as already hinted under personality, legal proceedings. So be warned, otherwise she loves her home much, keeps it neat and clean, is excellent host and has good friends. Good company, good home and to be cheerful is her basic traits. Lucky Days, Numbers And Colors :-Lucky days for her are Tuesday, Saturday and Friday. Fair days are Monday and Sunday. (Test them and then use them) for important works. Other days are expensive and undesirable. Day of fast is Tuesday.9 and 1 are lucky numbers for her, which vibrate. Attractive numbers are 4 and 8 whereas 2,3,5 are passive. 6 and 7 are disagreeable. Red , yellow, copper and golden are favorable Colors. Avoid Black Girls born in Taurus Ascendant Physical Appearance :-Such girls are short to middle stature, of broad forehead, plumpy, bright eyes, thick and stout neck, dark hair, clear complexion, and well developed body. Mental Tendencies :- Preserving, constant, conservative, determined, obstinate, and ambitious of power. Social, affectionate and loving but can also be very unreasonable, prejudiced, when angry will not stop at anything . Slow but good steady worker. Personality :-This being an Earthy and fixed sign, ladies born under this Ascendant are practical, solid and substantial. Having a great amount of physical, energy, they become very furious and violent when severely angered. Though secretive and reserved they make faithful friends. They are excellentcompanionstothosepossessing ideas and as coworkers. They are reliable, trustworthy and sincere. Such ladies are agreeable in nature, obedient to her husband, straight forward and one can depend on their opinion. Skilled in arts and fond o relations. A good host and expects the same in return. Keep the house tidy and up-to-date within their means. Faithful in love , maintains
  6. 6. Karma 7 harmony in domestic life, affectionate, warm and ever loving. Divorce with such ladies is rare. Good wife and mother too. Reserved and calm. You may doubt the character of your husband but keep no secret of their love. Anxious for a harmonious wedded life. Your gender and basic honesty are undiluted with normal feminine tricks and self control on the average. If you like someone you will be loyal to him through all his ups and downs, and Intellectual guy. They are strictly a physical creature and of refined tastes, fond of music and art. A good cook, her kitchen is generally said a real man`s trap. She has good sense of touch. Not so much demanding except love and loyalty. She cannot be pleased if criticized in public, likes to do things slowly. If man rushes her, she will becomes violent. A good mother ,more of a friend to her children than a mother. She dislikes weakness in any form, you never expect to be supported without contributing your share. A soul of hospitability, she will expect from your husband care for you in all directions. A dependable, predictable girl and a good cook too. Health :- She is less sensitive to pains and normally enjoys robust and super human health. If she falls ill, will suffer for a long time due to non satisfactory of her recuperative power, so recovery is slow. Affliction of throat, tonsils, diphtheria, neck, pyorrhea and apoplexy are the diseases to which you are prone for affliction. She has unbounded appetite and try to lead temperate life. Cautious :- She should not be obstinate, not slow in action, not be selfish and vindictive. She should not retain anger for long time. Avoid doubting others. Finances:- She is of saving disposition and will accumulate money but never squander unnecessarily. Of materialistic mind, will get money from others. Practical and rise gradually. In money matters, you do not take chances. Not extravagant and know the value of money. Romance And Marriage :- This sign indicates love affairs, taste in music, art, cinema and drama etc. Opposition and upsetting conditions may not deter her from sincerity, love and to be loyal to a man whom she likes once from the core of her heart. Impulsive in love and take a long time to select a mate. She does not like quarrels and hate confusion. In married life, she will set well and devoted to husband. Divorce is rare with her. She will bear and suffer the untold miseries and never desert her partner but instead will look after him well, and care him and protect him under any circumstances. Fond of giving parties, sumptuous food to others and hope to be treated in similar way. Ideal Match :- The best suited people for a taurean girl are those who have Virgo, Capricorn, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces as their birth Ascendants. This denotes good partners, contributing to peace, maintain happy married life and harmony. Domestic Environments :- Good , prosperous, harmonious and happy domestic life, devoted husband and she will have comforts, rest and peace at home. An orderly, good maintained, decorated and tidy house. Five “P” pleasure, property, popularity and position means much to her.
  7. 7. Karma 8 Lucky Days, Numbers And Colors :- Vibrated numbers are 2,8, attractive are 7 and 9, passive are 1,3,4 and 6 where disagree number is 5.Friday, Wednesday, Saturday and Monday are favorable days. Thursday indicates gain through partner, Tuesday expenditure. Sunday for rest at home. Friday is day of Fast. Best suited Colors’ are pink , Green and White. Avoid red color. Girls born in Gemini as Ascendant Physical Appearance :- Airy and Mutable sign. Gemini born girls are tall, upright, slender, quick and has moderate complexion. Legs are thin with visible veins, long arms, face, nose and chin. Hazel or Grey eyes, look sharp and active. Mental Tendencies:- She is very difficult to understand due to her dualistic or vacillating nature but is very reliable in emergency. Form intellectual ranks and so geminis are witty, intelligent , lovely, somewhat shy or retiring, humane, but nervous and restless. Admirer of music, dance, painting, travels and inventions. Science subjects will suit you best. Personality :- Geminian ladies are very intelligent, and want mental companionship, do not want to be mere house keeper. After marriage even they will not give up their outside activities. They cannot tolerate any resentment and restrictions by the partner against their wish. They should be more tactful for happy life. No one can better do the things than she can and in graceful way But she lacks concentration and quick decision. She is ambitious, aspiring, argumentative (which should be avoided) and fond of mental recreations. Gemini girls are restless, anxious, highly strung, diffusive, mentally timid, indecisive and excitable. Love ,change and diversity in all walks of life. She is a good adviser and can be relied upon in case of emergency. She is subject to lot of changes in your life. Enjoy the life to the maximum and may suffer continuously the misfortune. She cannot be easily imposed upon, for it she may like to severer may neglect her husband or if she wants to be house wife. may leave her career. So be wise and take the decision calmly and not in a haste because she loves her home, husband and children. She is or will under the influence of opposite sex, capable of making friendship very quickly but such relation die to her fault finding nature. More the romance, more happy she will be. In case one marries a Gemini girl, one is to be guaranteed that he has at least two different wives. Her age will be important clue. Till she matures, romance is only a game to her. She can be fickle, unpredictable to an incredible degree. First she will be ecstatically carried away by your smile and voice. Then she will reverse her ecstasy and criticism for all your actions and even dress. So you are getting at least two in one and that is indisputably bargain. Not heartless, romance is easiest way for them to express as other woman. She needs pity and not anger. She is a lovely and gay companion and enjoys all
  8. 8. the sentimental gestures of romance and appealing charm. Truly in love, a very good mother too, Being of a changeable nature if she is far from you for some time, she may change mate without warning you. Please be careful men folks! Health :- Worry and anxiety may spoil her health, she should avoid it. Her health will remain normally good. Geminis should avoid mental strain, over work . Cautious:-- On the other hand she should take rest, plenty of exercise, fresh air breathing, eat conservatively and cultivate physical and mental poise. Finances :- There will be lot of changes in her life. She will enjoy the life with a good fortune and suffer continuous misfortune experiencing both privation and plenty. Family disputes and disagreement with them. She will bring her downfall herself. Her secret love affairs if any will bring loss and difficulties. Some of them may have progeny through such connections which will be perennial source of trouble and headache. Romance And Marriage:- Gemini being a dual sign, she always feel that variety is spice of life. She makes quick friendship and find fault quickly and often lose them. So she cannot find a friend of her satisfaction even though she long for it. She cannot be understood easily because of duality in nature but more romance for her is the source of more happiness for her. Geminis are of calculative nature and cynical in love. She is of flirtation nature if horoscope indicates. Excuse me for this ! In case her partner is equally intelligent, she will enjoy the married life otherwise bickering and separation may follow. Short journeys in life are indicated. Ideal Match :- Geminis are best suited for Libra, Aquarius. Aries and Leo born people with their birth Ascendants. The combination can lead to happy and favorable life as these men can understand her better and will control her. Domestic Environments:- She feels delighted in entertaining friends and relations. She is a bit extravagant. Often change residence. Keep the home in a medium way. Cannot remain idle mentally or physically of adjusting nature. Fond of children but less parental care and need careful handling. Lucky Days, Numbers And Colors:- Monday, Thursday, Wednesday and Friday are favorable days Tuesday and Saturday will be of worries, difficulties and loss. Sunday for short journeys and routine work. The vibrated numbers are 7 and 3, attracted 5,6 and 9. Passive numbers are 1and 2 whereas disagree numbers are 5 and 8.Lucky and favorable Colors’ are yellow, purple, blue, green and pink. Avoid red and black. Day of fast Full Monday or pooranmashi Girls born in Cancer as Ascendant Physical Appearance:- Cancer is watery and movable sign. Its Lord is Moon. Karma 9
  9. 9. Karma 10 Girls born under this Ascendant have round face, full cheeks, short nose but prominent, sometimes at the tipe. Black or light blue eyes or even grey. Pale complexion ,wide breast, small hands and feet. Mental Tendencies :- Cancerian damsels are fond of change, novelty and travelling. Attached to relations and home. Inclined to public life, sympathetic, changeful and impatient. Emotional, sentimental and over sensitive.Anger comes and goes quickly. Diplomat, discreet and conventional. Personality :- They are sincere, loyal, affectionate, dutiful and devoted to your husband. A good mother for children. Moody but adoptable with family atmosphere. When they are neglected, overlooked or ignored then they become stubborn and determined, they will not yield. Cancerians become changeable in nature, will not give up unless the partner do something drastic to which they cannot tolerate. Being secretive , they hide much from others. Sensitive and retiring, romantic and imaginative. Easily influenced and will adjust to circumstances. Of emotional nature, of true hospitability, deep feeling of loyalty and responsibility. They are interested to get small money from many sources then a big amount from one source. Impressionable and magnetic. Accumulation of wealth through hard works and efforts. Their tenacity and honor be kept in mind by all who are in close contact with them. They do not overwhelm their friend with their vivacity and sparkling flattery but impress them with their charm. They keep emotions in safe for persons closest to them. Any unintentional remark can wound them harshly as they are sensitive and tender. She can be quite touchy. She is not so much jealous but possessive. When things go wrong she will only shed tears and wait for thing to become right because patience is one of her loveliest virtue. Health :- She will have fragile health in youth but as age advances, she will pick up the health. Nervous and worried . Digestive system and throat to be taken care of. Have a reasonable diet. Guard against weak digestion, rheumatism and sciatica. Also affections of Lungs, throat, flu, cough, pleurisy, dyspepsia, flatulence, gall stone and boils on the chest are the diseases to be safe guarded. Cautious:- In spite of all the above good points, she should be patient, endured and avoid sensitiveness. Indolence and changeability which are her weak points to be corrected. She should avoid inferiority complex and do not be over anxious, lazy and passive. She should not be vindictive and should control her passions. She should overcome her timid nature. Finances :- Cancerian ladies are very careful for the money, being honest to themselves, she cannot tolerate any dishonesty and are not extravagant. She will accumulate wealth subject to her horoscope, through her own hard work. Fortunate in finances. Romance And Marriage:- It is brutally unfair to toy with the heart of this girl, because she will love, honor, obey and nag you a little with sincere devotion. There is nothing shallow or superficial about the sentiments of a Cancer
  10. 10. Karma 11 women. For cancerian Damsels life is monotonous without romance. They are loyal, sincere and affectionate in love but she lack in expressing her love, loyalty and sincerity to her partner. They are honest and very true. Cancerians are fickle minded and changeable yet stubborn and determined. Her home and family are important and she enjoys a settled family life. A good homely bird but of romantic and passionate nature. Good parents for children as she will sacrifice her own need for them to provide them education and all comforts. A calm and good married life. Ideal Match:- She should preferably marry Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces born persons. Domestic Environments :- Cancerians are devoted to their family and children. Love the home and derive pleasure from them. A good family atmosphere. Her desire is to keep friendship of long standing. A good host for friends will give her satisfaction. She will do heroic sacrifice for her partner, family , children and those who help to maintain peace. A good companion in odd times, she is possessive but never aggressive. She will remove worries of her loved one through jokes, sensible advice, rich humor and intelligence. In case her man sees her in fire or moon light and asks himself all over again, “Is she really a Moon maiden from some misty garden or a lovable loony bird.” But the answer will not be so astonishing because it will be she and she only Cancerian Damsel. Lucky Days, Numbers And Colors :- Sunday and Fridays are favorable, Monday success in efforts along with Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesday for journey and investment. Saturday is unfavorable. White, Cream, red and yellow Colors are favorable. Green be avoided. 4 and 6 are most vibrated numbers, 8and I are attractive, Passive numbers are 2,7 and 9 whereas 3 and 5are disagreeable and be avoided. Day of Fast is Monday. Physical Appearance :- It is Fiery and fixed sign of the Zodiac. Leos are introverts. You Leos are energetically gregarious and beautifully indolent. Blush on your face, broad forehead, walk straight and proudly with a hidden, quivering intensity. Commanding air and stately bearing personality. Blue eyes but generally Leos have dark brown eyes that are first soft, and gentle, then snap and crackle with fire, often round in shape and slightly tilted at the corner. Hair is dark and reddish blonde and usually wavy, worn in wild, careless style that upsweeps, stands out fully on top and ruddy or florid complexion. Leos have broad shoulders, large bones and muscles, tall, upright body better formed than lower. Thin waste, prominent knees, round and full size head. Majestic appearance, imposing, commanding and dignifies. Catching and large staring eyes. In short a royal disposition. Mental Tendencies :- Ambitious, generous, honorable, frank, warm hearted, self confident, fearless, impulsive, determined, of independent views. Preserving and conscientious. Fond of power and distinction in every walk of life. Linking for art, cheerful, optimistic disposition. Magnanimous and generous. Large hearted and noble but of rash temperament and sarcastic. Personality :- Very independent views, have excellent organizing powers, she
  11. 11. Karma 12 is constructive, inventive, magnanimous and ingenious. She will be ridiculously popular. Leader of her group, born to rule and dictate styles, customs and manners. A man who expects Leo girl to worship at his feet is living in fool`s paradise. Such a man must pay his thanks to her and consider himself lucky if she meets you halfway, respects you, is willing to be your partner and allows wants you to possess her emotionally. She is a Lioness. Girls born in Leo as Ascendant Leo ladies are ambitious and ideal, manages her home ideally, successful social worker and make favorable impression on all, you will command social and prominent position, she is a self sacrificing and have everlasting love. Leo born girl need not doubt for her Leo born husband for being popular with opposite sex, not selfish and does not expect return from others. She need one to keep her under control, prosperous and of peaceful life. She is very passionate and requires self control, lest you go beyond control and limits, of fixed views, dogmatic ideas and you expect that your partner should treat her word a law in the home. Her demands, the home is then heaven and more compatibility prevails otherwise it will become a Hell. The Leo girls accept gifts smilingly, vulgarity and snag both leave her ice cold. She can exist without flattery, she admires your masculinity, she will not love you if you are not strong. Leo girls are athletes and fond of sports. she can be arrogant. Truthful, intelligent, witty, strong and capable yet deliciously feminine at the same time. Confinement within four walls of house can soon rob her of her of her sparkle. She is a free bird. Health:- Generally Leos keeps good health. In case of illness, she will recover speedily. Heart disease, palpitation of heart, spinal, meningitis, Sun stroke, giddiness. rheumatic fever etc. When in horoscope Capricorn and Aquarius signs are posted or afflicted with malefic planets will cause swelling of ankles followed by heart disease. Jupiter in Leo or aspecting Leo lagna will protect you from heart disease and surgical operation but aspect of Mars on Leo lagna indicates surgical operation. So to avoid above diseases, Leos should take balanced diet, avoid drinks, simulates and hot beverages etc. Simple diet is best for them. Cautious:-Leo damsels are determined and of dogmatic views but this does not mean that before deciding anything she should not take other`s views, ideas and advice. She is extrovert, roar like a lion and trap yourself in trouble , such temperament be controlled and avoided. Arguments, altercations and actions annoying others be avoided, do not be hasty and get irritated. Leos must avoid forcing your view points, desires and opinions on others, never be arrogant, restrict your wants, behave in a attractive manner, be economical for old age. Avoid rash temperament and impulsiveness. Be patient careful, do not be carried away by other`s flattery. She must remain detached from feelings and control your
  12. 12. Karma 13 passionate nature. Avoid bossing over others. Finances :- She is fortunate and have sufficient resources. She is spend thrift, as age advances her bank balance may deteriorate. Tempted for gambling and speculation, luckily rewarded but avoid it. Romance And Marriage:- Leo damsels are `A` class romantic, passionate, an ideal lovers, fiery in passions but sincere and faithful. She will not show any demonstration of love in public as she considers it below your dignity. She has great affection to the opposite sex. Fond of dress, scents and cosmetics, spend much in beauty parlors. She is center of attention of admiring males, but her husband should not be jealous of this. She may encourage the male compliments and indulge in light, innocent, flirtation, because her deep need for applause and adulation but in spite of all she loves her husband most. She cannot tolerate praising or admiring other Indies in her presence. She maintains harmony in domestic life. Love for children is must and feel proud of them. She must rely on her children otherwise they may lose her confidence and vice versa. Ideal Match :- Leo is a fiery sign and best sutted forAries, Sagittarius, Gemini, Libra and Aquarius born persons. Domestic Environments :- Leos are born to rule, so try to be leader in the house and expect others at home to be submissive, cooperative, obedient and grateful to her. She likes the family members to be magnanimous and noble. She will try to keep peace, harmony and happiness at all cost in the home. She will keep home tidy, decorative and attractive. Careful and choosy for dress, furniture and curtains etc. She is very choosy for friends. Will not hesitate to spend for her prestige and honor. She will lead aristocratic life and your home will be an impressive one. Lucky Days, Numbers And Colors:- Sundays, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are favorable days Monday and Saturday be avoided for any important and new works. 1,4,5,6 and 9 are lucky numbers, avoid 2,7,8, her passive number is 3. Orange, Red , Green and White are her lucky colors. She should avoid Blue and Black. To reduce the evils, keep fast on full Moon days throughout her life regularly. For More Help call our Guru Maharaj Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar #@ 408 829 7780 in USA . Or email him to avtemple@ and do not forget to read or take our volume 71 for other lagnas/ Ascendants
  13. 13. Karma 14 Param Pujya His Holiness “Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar” Meditation is not for a few but is necessaryforallhumanbeings.Theinner self of a person touches the Higher Self (the Param-Tattwa) during deep sleep daily. This unknown touch recharges the battery of man. So, when he gets up from his sleep, he feels that he is refreshed, full of strength and relaxed. This is a natural process for all persons alike. If one could not sleep properly, he feels disturbed and is in a sort of weariness. It is the experience of every man, whether he is rich or a beggar, a literate or an illiterate, an executive or a laborer, a farmer or a business man, a housewife or a huckster. So, every man needs peace, strength, ability to discharge his/ her duties and for tranquility of mind. So, a wonderful discovery of man is to keep his inner self in touch with the SOURCE in a wakeful state for longer periods continuously through specific type of systematic practices. This is called the art of meditation. And such a person is said to be a YOGI without any discretion/distinction of caste, creed, color and country. Dhyanam nirvishayam manah That state of the mind, wherein there are no Vishayas or sensory thoughts, is meditation. Whether oriental or occidental, Hinduism or Mohammedanism, Buddhism or Jainism, Christianity or Judaism, Shinto-ism or any other ‘ism’, the spiritual purpose and meaning is to lead an individual soul to the ecstatic communion with the Universal Divinity or ONE TRUTH, the SOURCE. A continuous flow of perception of thought is Dhyana Tatra pratyayaikatanata dhyanam. It is the flow of continuous thought of one object or God or Atman or Supreme Source Tailadharavat. According to Raja Yoga, meditation is the seventh rung or step in the ladder of Yoga. One cannot attain this state unless he knows the art of Concentration . What is concentration? Desa bandhas- chittasya dharana. Concentration is fixing the mind on an external object or an internal point continuously, without interruption or break for twelve seconds. So, an aspirant has to develop himself in concentration, which itself is changed into meditation, if his state of keeping the mind focused at one object/point/ subject continuously and spontaneously for 12x12=144 seconds. It is termed as ‘Dhyana’ in Sanskrit scriptures, which comes from the root ‘Dhi’. In English we generally call it ‘intellect’ which is the basic root with different derivations in different practices. However, ‘Buddhi’ (reasoning faculty) is said to be directly based on this root term; yet
  14. 14. this term is used liberally by all systems of Yoga, which is central theme of all mystic techniques leading one to higher levels of spiritual consciousness with profound depths of spiritual expansion and takes one to God-realisation or Self- realisation. Meditation may be objective, or on qualities or purely subjective or one’s own breath. In objective meditation the Sadhaka meditates upon an idol or picture of his Ishta devata may be Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Rama, Krishna, Christ, Buddha or any other god or goddess. For him, the idol is something alive, vibrating with supreme reality, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent. He may meditate upon the beautitude, the qualities, the activities of his Ishta- devata. Or he may meditate upon the all-pervading pulsating Supreme Energy which is within him and without, permeating everywhere. This is subjective meditation. Similarly on his breath while inhaling and exhaling with MINIMAL SILENCE. All meditations are good; what counts is the intensity and unbroken continuity of meditation. An aspirant has to rest his soul on the bosom of the Lord, to bathe in the bliss of Divine ecstasy, to drown his ego in the ocean of eternity, to draw sustenance and strength from the SOURCE to attain whatever he is capable of achieving. A Sadhaka should meditate regularly, chew and digest what he has learnt, to transform what he has learnt into wisdom, to apply that wisdom to solve the problems that cross his path daily. Says F.W. Robertson: It is not the number of books you read, nor the variety of sermons you hear, nor the amount of religious conversation in which you mix, but it is the frequency and earnestness with which you meditate on these things till the truth in them becomes your own and part of your being, that ensures your growth. A sincere spiritual seeker meditates to realize the Ultimate Reality to unravel the mystery of life and death, to understand in the bottom of his heart, what is Truth. Once he knows Truth, he knows the Ultimate Reality, he becomes That, and there is nothing more to know. A person who has realized Brahman, becomes Brahman, and lives in Brahman. Knowing is being. That is the highest state.India has been fortunate to have produced many saints and seers who had realised the Truth and for more or less time lived in a state of Divine Ecstasy. Even during the past hundred years people have witnessed such saints like Paramahamsa Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Ramatirtha, Sri Aurobindo, Ramana Maharshi, Swami Ramdas, Swami Sivananda and several others of world fame. Ramakrishna would while talking relapse into Karma 15
  15. 15. Karma 16 Samadhi and often prayed to his Divine Mother not to draw him frequently into Her Bosom so that he can converse with his disciple, particularly his darling Naren later known to the world as Swami Vivekananda so that he could prepare a band of workers to spread his message, the holy message of India. Swami Ramatirtha was often seen in a state of ecstasy during last seven years of life in India and United States. Swami Sivananda was another who would often sing and dance or be just be quiet in divine ecstasy. There have been more in India and quite a few messengers of God in other parts of the world. Meditation and concentration are often treated as synonymous. However, I have drawn earlier a distinct line between concentration and meditation. In further explanation when one brings to bear all his thought waves on a single point or spot like a laser beam where the scattered rays of light are concentrated, it is concentration. Everybody needs concentration to understand, assimilate and apply any information, any knowledge. When the concentration is prolonged for 144 seconds, it is called meditation and when extended to 144 multiplied by 144 i.e. 20736 seconds = 345.6 minutes, it is said to reach the state of Samadhi. According to Ashtanga Yoga comprising two main parts of Hatha Yoga Yama, Niyama, Asana and Pranayama covers the first one, whereas Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi, is the second part. There is no equivalent word in English language for Samadhi. Concentration is the sixth, Meditation the seventh and Samadhi the eighth and last stage of Yoga when the Sadhaka is united with the Supreme Being. It shows that concentration leads to Meditation, similarly prolonged constant meditation leads to Samadhi. In other Yogas Manana, Nididhyasana, Upasana, Chintana, Dhyana these terms are used in different Yogas with subtle differences in their techniques. Manana is a sort of reflection. It is just to chew the cud slowly and nicely. It is done through into intense practice of Manana. Chintana is also a sort of reflection and meditation to assimilate the thoughts in consciousness for proper and significant impression with profound understanding. Intense meditation on the Self or Brahman or ANY SPIRITUAL ILLUMINEDPERSONALITYistermed as ‘Nididhyasana’. As Saint Francis of Assisi did. ‘Upasana’ stands for devout meditation which is being used in both i.e., Jnana Yoga Sadhana and Bhakti Yoga. Upasana means ‘sitting nearby’. In Jnana Yoga Sadhana the seeker has to sit near the Self or Brahman; whereas in Bhakti Yoga a devotee has to sit by the side of God. A keen and true regular practitioner (Sadhaka) will attain quick and sure results, when he proceeds properly stage by stage under the guidance of his GURU or master. The first four parts are meant to purify the mind and keep the body strong and fit to receive and retain the power of the DIVINE. Many moderns, however, equate Yoga with the practice of few asanas and pranayamas.
  16. 16. Karma 17 This is not sufficient for spiritual uplift. Yet, it is better to practice asanas and pranayamas for health’s sake than not to do anything at all. But Yoga is really first to withdraw one’s mind from the objects of senses (pratyahara), practice concentration, prolong the period of concentration under proper guidance to reach the stage of meditation and finally become one, unite (Yoga to join to unite) with the Supreme Reality, the TRUTH. Thus meditation is not meant merely for the recluse, the ascetic, the renouncer. It is of utmost important in man’s day-to- daylife.Itisofimmensehelptoastudent, a youth, an old man. A man who can meditate will become a better manager, a better businessman, a better executive and, above all, a better man. Conversely, if a person cannot meditate, he will lack composition, courage and confidence to achieve his goal. Nowadays, several medical doctors and psychologists advise to their patients suffering from nervousness, unusual irritation, disordered mind, fear and inferiority complex and lack of self-confidence to meditate in a specific manner along with the medical treatment. So, the meditation is very necessary these days when man leads a life of tension and complexity.Every morning and evening, preferably at dawn and dusk, sit down in a comfortable posture with your backbone straight, relax each and every limb of your body, and then your mind, and sit unmoved, in the same pose, as long as you can. It is always better to invoke your Guru (master) and Ishta Devata first, when you sit for meditation for their blessings and guidance and gratefully thank them again when you finish the meditation. Gradually, increase the time of your meditation. It is easier to relax your limbs of the body but not so easy to relax your mind. This process of relaxation, stillness and body awareness will automatically reduce the speed of your breathing, which, in turn, will help in meditation. So many thoughts will cross your mind now and then. They may even disturb you. Do not be afraid. Try to remain calm and watch them with equanimity. Let them come, let them go. Do not fight to free your mind from thought waves. Try to be indifferent to them. But do not observe these thoughts with equanimous mind. Gradually, automatically the flitting of thoughts across the canvas of your mind will diminish. After sometime— sooner than later you will be absorbed in your Ishta-Devata if your meditation is objective, or in your Being, if your meditation is subjective. Once, you get the taste of it, believe me, you will like to taste it more and more and more. For More help and to come out of any of your problems in your life please call His Holiness Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar for more help. Swamiji is the only Atharva Vedic Scholar in the entire USA. Pleas reach the Toll Free # @ 1-888-808-1418 or email swamiji to
  17. 17. Param Pujya His Holiness “Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar” One must become aware of certain body sensations of which one is explicitly not aware. To go around by yourself to become conscious of your toes, your feet, your legs, your knees, your thighs, your buttocks, your waist, your stomach, your chest, your shoulders, your fingers (starting from the tips), your forearms, your elbow, your arms, your full back, then again your shoulders, your neck, your chin, your lips, your nose, your cheeks, your ears, your eyes, your forehead, your head, upper side of your head and backside of your head. Do not dwell for more than two or three seconds on each part of your body. REPEAT it again and again for five minutes. This act of yours brings a sense of relaxedness. BIGGEST ENEMIES: Nervous tension, living too much in head i.e., to remain conscious of the thinking and imagination and to remain conscious far too little of the activities of the senses. It is a must to remain in the PRESENT and not in past and future. One must master this technique of sense awareness. One must learn to get out of the area of thinking and imagination and move into the area from Head to Heart i.e., feeling, sensing, loving and intuiting where contemplation takes birth, prayer becomes transforming power and a source of delight and peace. A few of you may feel an increase in Tension. Note what part of your body is tense and see exactly what the tension feels like. Become aware of the fact you are tensing and note exactly how you are doing this. Note means not to reflect but to feel and sense. You pick up no sensation. Why? Your sensibility has been dead from so much living in head. Our skin is covered with trillions (3 Powers of a million) of bio-chemical reactions that we call sensations and you are finding it hard to pick up even a few of them? You have hardened yourself not to feel may be due to some emotional hurt or conflict that you have long since forgotten. And your perception, your awareness, power of concentration and attention are still gross and underdeveloped. It is as a means for attaining relaxation and stillness. GET IN TOUCH WITH SENSATIONS AGAIN AND AGAIN without naming limbs and organs as you sense. If you notice an urge to move or to shift your posture or position—do not give into it. Do continue this exercise for a few minutes. You will gradually feel a certain stillness in your body. Go on with your AWARENESS exercise and leave taking care of stillness. If you are distracted, get back to awareness of body sensations, moving from one to another, until your body becomes still once again, your mind quietens, you are able to sense again stillness that brings peace and a foretaste of contemplation and of God. HOWEVER, DO NOT explicitly rest in the stillness. Because resting in it can be relaxing and even delightful. BUT in it there is DANGER of mild trance or mental blankness which is not good for contemplation. It is like a sort of self- hypnosis that has nothing to do either with the sharpening of awareness or Karma 18
  18. 18. with contemplation. IMPORTANT: DO NOT DELIBERATELY seek stillness or silence within you and not EXPLICITLY REST in it when it occurs. BUT SEEK SHARPENING OF AWARENESS. In moments, stillness becomes so powerful that all exercise and all your efforts become impossible. Then it is no longer you who go in quest of stillness. But stillness takes possession of you. THEN you may safely, and profitably, let go of all effort and surrender to this overpowering stillness within you Deepening Exercise Body Sensations The body sensations exercise is so simple, in fact, as to prove disillusioning. To advance in it, you have to preserve in simplicity. Resist temptation to seek novelty, but try to seek DEPTH. You have to practise second exercise over a long period of time. You may ask for benefits. Don’t ask. Do what you are asked to and you will discover yourself. TRUTH is found less in words and explanations than in action and experience. So get to work, with faith and perseverance. Close your eyes. Repeat previous exercise of body sensations for five to ten minutes. NOW CHOOSE JUST ONE SMALL AREAOFYOURFACE,PICKUPEVERY SENSATION. At the beginning you may not feel. Continue previous exercise, then enter in this area. Be aware of the type of sensations that emerge; itching, pricking, burning, pulling, vibrating, throbbing, numbness....... If your mind wanders, bring it patiently back to exercise. Breathing Sensations (Become aware of sensations in various parts of your body) Become aware of the air as it comes in and goes out through your nostrils. Do not concentrate on the air as it enters in lungs, but limit awareness to nostrils breath. Do not control your breathing. Don’t attempt to deepen it. It is not breathing exercise, but breathing awareness. Whenever you are distracted, return with vigour to your task to enable you to make you aware of each breath. Continue this exercise for ten to fifteen minutes. This exercise may be difficult for some of you in comparison to previous exercises; but it is most rewarding in sharpening awareness, bringing calmness and relaxation. HOWEVER, in attempting breathing awareness DO NOT tense your muscles. Determination must not be confounded with nervous tension. You may be distracted at the beginning but you must keep returning again and again to the awareness of your breathing the mere effort involved in doing this will bring beneficial effects that you will gradually notice. After developing some proficiency in this exercise move on to somewhat difficult and more effective variant: a) Become aware of the sensation of the air passing through your nostrils. Feel its touch in which part of the nostrils you feel the touch of the air while inhaling .... and Karma 20
  19. 19. in what part of the nostrils you feel the touch of the air while exhaling ....... b) Become aware of the warmth or coldness of the air .... its coldness when it comes in, and its warmth when it goes out. c) Also be aware of quantity of air that passes through one nostril is greater than the amount that passes through other ..... d) Be sensitive and alert to the slightest, lightest touch while inhaling and exhaling .... STAY with this awareness for ten to fifteen minutes. In case you put in more time, you will get better results. But DO NOT stay on breathing awareness alone for many hours over a period of more than two or three days. Although this exercise brings you great peace and a sense of depth and fullness that delights you but prolonged concentration on on breathing is likely to produce hallucinations or to draw out material from the unconscious that you may not be able to control. For More help and to come out of any of your problems in your life please call His Holiness Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar for more help. Swamiji is the only Atharva Vedic Scholar in the entire USA. Pleas reach the Toll Free # @ 1-888-808-1418 or email swamiji to Karma 21 1. Scripture as the revelation of God. 2. Discover the revelation that silence brings. 3. Silence offers, one must attain silence. It is NOT EASY. Comfortable Posture. Close eyes for 10 minutes. Observe total silence of Heart and Mind. Describe ‘Silence’ in terms of your attempts.Experiencemayinfinitelybevaried. You have to still the constant wandering of your mind. To quiet and emotional turmoil. On approaching frontiers of silence there may be PANIC and WITHDRAWAL. You may have frightening experience. NO REASON TO BE DISCOURAGED. Wandering thoughts are a great revelation. Take time to EXPERIENCE this wandering mind and TYPE of wandering it indulges. SOMETHING ENCOURAGING awareness of mental wandering, inner turmoil and inability to be still shows that you have small degree of silence within you. AGAIN close your eyes, become aware of wandering mind for two minutes. Now sense the silence that makes it possible to be aware of wanderings of your mind. MINIMAL SILENCE as it grows, it reveals more and more rather it reveals yourself to you. You will have ATTAINMENTS like WISDOM, SERENITY, BLISS, GOD, PRECAUTION: you shall have no talk and no discussion. Inhale and exhale deep and slow breathing throughout. Again close your eyes for five minutes. SEEK SILENCE. Now see your success whether more or less. Don’t seek ANYTHING SENSATIONAL. In fact, do not seek at all. Limit yourself to observing. Take in everything that comes to your awareness whether big, small, trite or ordinary. CONTENT of awareness is less important than the quality of awareness. As quality improves, so silence deepens, you will experience. You will discover, to your delight, that revelation is not knowledge. It is power: a mysterious power that brings transformation. For More help and to come out of any of your problems in your life please call His Holiness Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar for more help. Swamiji is the only Atharva Vedic Scholar in the entire USA. Pleas reach the Toll Free # @ 1-888-808-1418 or email swamiji to
  20. 20. Param Pujya, His Holiness “Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar” Stillness Modern man is unfortunately plagued by a nervous tension that makes it almost impossible for him to be quiet. If he actually wants to learn to pray he must first learn to be still, to quieting himself. In fact, this very quietness and stillness frequently becomes prayer when God manifests Himself in the form of STILLNESS. Repeat the exercise of becoming aware of sensations in your body whole body. This time start with the top of your head and end it with the tips of your toes, omitting no part of the body. Beware of every sensation in each part.... You may find some parts of your body completely devoid of sensation.... Dwell on these for a few seconds—if no sensation emerges, move on...... As you become more proficient in this exercise you will, hopefully, sharpen your awareness to the extent that there will be no part of your body in which you do not feel several sensations.... For the time being you must be content to dwell briefly on the blanks and move on to the parts where you feel more sensations Move slowly from head to foot.... then once again, from head to foot..... and so on for some fifteen minutes. As your awareness sharpens you will pick up sensations that you hadn’t noticed before.... you may also pick up sensations that are extremely subtle, too subtle to be perceived by any but a man of deep as a whole. Feel the whole of your body as one mass of concentration and deep peace. Now become aware of yours body as a whole. Feel the whole of your body as one mass of various types of sensations.... Stay with this for a while, then return to the awareness by parts, moving from head to foot.... then, once again, rest in the awareness of your body as a whole...... Notice now the deep stillness that has come over you. Notice the complete stillness of your body.... Do Not, however, rest in the stillness to the extent of losing awareness of your body.... If you are getting distracted, give yourself the occupation of moving once again from head to foot, becoming aware of sensations in each part of your body. Then, once again, notice the stillness in your body. If you are practising this in a group, then at occasions, notice the stillness in the whole room.It is very important that you do NOT move any part of your body while doing this Sadhana. This will be difficult at first, but each time feel the urge to move, or scratch, or fidget, become aware of this as sharply as you can.... Don’t give in to it.... It will gradually go away and you will become still once more........ It is extremely painful for most people to stay still. Even physically painful and you become physically tense, spend all the time you need becoming aware of the tension.... where you feel it, what it feels like.... and stay with it till the tension disappears. You may feel physical pain, rather severe pain. No matter how comfortable the position or posture you have adopted, your body is likely to protest against the stillness by developing aches and pains in various parts. When this happens, a serious Sadhaka MUST RESIST the temptation to move limbs or read just posture so as to ease the pain. Just become keenly aware of the pain. Your awareness may wholly be absorbed by the acute pain. You may start sweating, may be profusely. Karma 22
  21. 21. Your mind may think that you are going to faint with pain; at such moment firmly decide Not to fight it, Not to run away from it, Not to desire to alleviate it, but to become aware of it, to identify with it. Then you may see that the pain sensation is broken into its component parts and you may be surprised to discover that it is composed of many sensations viz., intense burning sensation a pulling and tugging, a sharp, shooting sensation which may merge every now and then.... and a point which may keep moving from one place to another.... This point you may identify as pain.... As you will keep up this exercise, you shall find that you are bearing the pain quite well i.e., pain without suffering. Every Sadhaka has to experience some types of pains, as indicated above, until his body becomes accustomed to remaining perfectly still. Deal with the pain through awareness. When your body finally does become still, you will have a rich reward in the QUIET BLISS that this stillness will bring you. The temptation to scratch is another frequent temptation with beginners. This is because, as their awareness of their body sensations sharpens, they become aware of itching and pricking sensations that were there all along but were hidden to awareness because of the psycho-physical hardening that most of us submit our bodies to and because of the grossness of their awareness.ASadhaka must resist such temptations during awareness Sadhana. Body Prayer (A devotional variant of the body sensation) First quieten yourself through the awareness of sensations in various parts of your body.... Sharpen your awareness by picking up even the subtlest sensations, Not just the gross and evident ones.... Keep your hands on knees. Now very gently move your hands and fingers so that your hands come to rest on your lap, palms facing upwards, fingers joined together.... The movement must be very, very slow.... like the opening of the petals of a flower.... And while the movement is going on BE AWARE OF each part of it.Once your hands are resting on your lap, palms facing upwards, become aware of the sensations in palms.... Then become aware of the gesture itself, this is a gesture of prayer to God.... What meaning does this gesture have for you? What are you saying to God through it ? Say without words, merely identifying with the gesture... It may give you some taste of the kind of prayer you can make with your body.... When you pray with your body you give power and body to your prayer. People fail to attend to their body in prayer; they fail to take their bodies along with them into the holy temple of God. When they themselves visit temples or places of worship, they stand or sit in the presence of God, but they are carelessly slouched in their seat or standing in a very slovenly fashion.... They are still not gripped by the living presence of the Lord. Therefore, a devotee of the Lord should try to understand the meaning and purpose of ‘Body Prayer’. The ‘gestures’ suggested are merely samples. A ‘devotee’ may invent his own gestures to express his ‘Love’, ‘Praise’, ‘Adoration’, ‘Surrender’, ‘Gratitude’.... Close your eyes. Quieting yourself through one of your awareness exercises. FEEL you are in the presence of God in a very devout way, hands devoutly joined in front of you, slowly raise your face upwards towards God.... Let your eyes continue to be closed.... What are you saying to God through your upturned face? Stay with that sentiment or communication for a few moments.... Then become as fully aware as possible of the position of your face.... of the sensations on your face.... After a few moments ask yourself once again what you are expressing to God through your upturned face and stay with that for a while.... For More help and to come out of any of your problems in your life please call His Holiness Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar for more help. Swamiji is the only Atharva Vedic Scholar in the entire USA. Pleas reach the Toll Free # @ 1-888-808-1418 or email swamiji to Karma 23
  22. 22. Param Pujya, His Holiness “Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar” The term Surya Namaskaara means ‘salutation to Sun’. Surya Namaskaara is an exercise sequence, which has both the physical and the spiritual aspects. On the physical side, it involves a series of aasanas or yogic postures, which provide the body with a most complete exercise. Virtually all the parts of the body, including the thoracic and abdominal organs, are exercised and rejuvenated with vitality. Spiritually, the Surya Namaskaara is method of propitiating the Sun-god and enjoying his blessings. These include faster progress in meditation, a sharp intellect, a sound health, and acquisition of spiritual wisdom.Surya Namaskaara consists of three important elements each of which needs to be carefully attended to for maximum possible benefits. If proper attention is not given to detail, the results may not be attained in full. 1. Aasanas or bodily postures: Surya Namaskaara is an exercise sequence involving twelve different body postures, as if to signify the twelve signs of the zodiac through which passage of the Sun results in the formation of twelve months of a year. This exercise involves six postures, which proceed in one direction, and another six, which mark the return to the original position. It is virtually equivalent to the Sun traversing six signs of the zodiac to give rise to one ‘ayana’ of six months and returning through another six signs to give rise to another ayana, thus constituting the Uttaraayana (the northerly course ) and the Dakshinaayana ( the southerly course). The completion of a cycle of Uttaraayana and Dakshinaayana brings the Sun back to its original position from where the next solar cycle starts. Even as the apparent movement of the Sun through the zodiac is of importance to astrologers, so also is the practice of the Surya Namaskaara to them. 2. Breathing: Yogic practices lay great stress on regulation of breathing which helps the yogi to gain control over the life force within the body as well as outside. Synchronisation of breathing with physical postures is thus an important constituent of the practice of Hatha yoga. In Surya Namaskaara the different postures when correctly practised appear rhythmical, one naturally leading to the other. The sequence of breathing, consisting of inhalation, exhalation or retension, has also been advocated as it would most naturally be during the various postures. It requires some extra attention in the beginning to be able to synchronise the breathing with the physical posture. With practice, the sequence of posture and breathing would get integrated and appear natural. Obviously, the best results from the practice of Surya Namaskaara can only be expected when the posture and the breath proceed in harmony. Karma 24
  23. 23. 3. Incantations or Mantras : Surya Namaskaara is not undertaken merely as a physical exercise though it is eminently qualified to be levelled as the most effective bodily exercise. It is practised with a religio-spiritual intent as well. The propitiation of the Sun is one intent, and the consequent spiritual benefit accuring from a benevolent Sun the other. Each of the twelve postures of this exercise sequence is associated with a mantra or potentiated incantation. A specific mantra has to be chanted as a specific posture in the sequence is attained. it is thus a synchronisation of posture, breath and mantra, all together proceeding in a sequence. Each of the mantras literally is an affirmation salutation to the Sun. But those who know about the mantras are also aware that the literal meaning of a mantra is of little consequence. It is the energy hidden in the structure of the mantra that is of significance. It produces a tremendous impact, often in a highly subtle manner, when uttered in the prescribed manner and sequence. Since the mantras here involve a form of worship of the Sun, the element of devotion becomes important. The Surya Namaskaara is thus a physical exercise (body postures) integrated with praanaayaama (controlled breathing) and devotioned worship (chanting of mantra). The Sequence of Postures It is appropriate now to describe the various postures that constitute the different steps of the Surya Namaskaara. Karma 25
  24. 24. Fig. 1 Namaskaaraasana (the prayer) Stand erect facing east, feet together. The feet, buttocks, back, neck and head should lie in the same vertical plane. Fold the two hands together in front of the chest, eyes closed and body relaxed. Breathe naturally. Fig. 2 Oordhva Namaskaaraasana ( the prayer with raised arms ) Raise both arms above the head, hands folded together. Carry the arms as far back as possible, extending the spine at the same time. Inhale the breath while raising the arms. Fig. 3 Hastapaadaasana ( the forward bending ) Bend forwards, withdraw the stomach and place the palms of both hands on the ground on either side of the of the feet. Keep the legs straight at the knees. This posture should be attained gently without exerting too much. It may not be possible in the beginning to attain the final position as described here. Exhale while bending forward. Fig. 4 Ashwa Sanchaalanaasana (the horse) Retaining the hands where they are ( on the ground on either side of feet), stretch the right leg backwards as far as it goes, bending the left leg at the same time, without altering the position of the left foot Inhale deeply while this posture is being attained. Karma 26
  25. 25. Fig. 5 Parvataasana (the mountain) Move the right foot forward and the left foot backwards so that the two feet lie side by side. Lower the head, left the buttocks as high up as possible. The legs and arms must be straight and the soles of the two feet must be on the ground, the heels also touching the ground. Exhale deeply as this posture is attained. Fig. 6 Ashtanga Namaskaaraasana ( salutation with eight points) This posture is so called because eight body points ( two hands, two knees, two feet, chest and forehead) are made to touch the ground. Lower the body and let the feet and the knees touch the ground. Pull the abdomen in while lowering the chest and the forehead to the ground even as the hands remain on the ground close to the chest. The hips and the abdomen have to be pulled up to keep them off the ground. Hold the breath outside. Fig. 7 Sarpaasana ( the cobra ) Straighten the arms while arching the head and the spine backwards. Lower the hips. Only the hands and feet should touch the ground while the rest of the body remains of the ground. Inhale deeply, filling the chest with air. Fig. 8 Parvataasana ( the mountain ) Regain the position as shown in fig. 5 Exhale while attaining this position. Karma 27
  26. 26. Fig. 9 Ashwa Sanchaalanaasana ( the horse ) Attain the position shown in fig. 4. The right leg must be extended backwards and the left leg brought forwards. Inhale deeply. Fig. 10 Hastapaadaasana ( the forward bending ) Come back to the position shown in fig. 3. Exhale deeply. Fig. 11 Oordhva Namaskaaraasana ( the prayer with raised arms ) Attain the position shown in Fig. 2. Inhale while the body and the arms are lifted up. Fig. 12 Namaskaaraasana ( the Prayer ) Return to the same position as Fig. 1. Breathe normally. This brings us to the original position wherefrom the next cycle of Surya Namaskaara can be commenced. In fact, a complete cycle of Surya Namaskaara would consist of two cycles of twelve postures each, a total of twenty-four positions. In the second set of twelve postures, instead of stretching the right leg backwards in the Ashwa Sanchaalanaasana ( Fig. 4), it is the left leg which is extended backwards. Similarly, in step 9 ( Fig. 9 ) in the Ashwa Sanchaalanaasana, it is the left leg that remains stretched while the right leg is brought forwards. The cycle of twenty-four steps thus makes the whole sequence properly balanced. Karma 28
  27. 27. Param Pujya, His Holiness “Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar” What is Pranayama Tasmin sati svasaprasvasayor- gativicchedah pranayamah Regulation of breath or the control of Prana is the stoppage of inhalation and exhalation, which follows after securing that steadiness of posture or seat. This is the definition of Pranayama in the Yoga-sutras of Patanjali. ‘Svasa’ means inspiratory breath. ‘Prasvasa’ means expiratory breath. You can take up the practice of Pranayama after you have gained steadiness in your Asana (seat). If you can sit for 3 hour in one Asana, continuously at one stretch, you have gained mastery over the Asana. If you are able to sit from half to one hour even, you can take up the practice of Pranayama. You can hardly make any spiritual progress without the practice of Pranayama. Prana is Vyashti, when the individual is concerned. The sum total of the cosmic energy or cosmic Prana is Hiranyagarbha who is known as the floating ‘Golden- Egg’. Hiranyagarbha is Samashti Prana. One match stick is Vyashti (single). The whole match box is Samashti. A single mango-tree is Vyashti. The whole mango grove is Samashti. The energy in the body is Prana. By controlling the motion of the lungs or respiratory organs, we can control the Prana that is vibrating inside. By control of Prana, the mind can be easily controlled, because the mind is fastened to the Prana, like the bird to the string. Just as the bird that is tied to a post by a string, after flying here and there, finds its resting place in the post, so also this mind-bird after running hither and thither, in various sensual objects, finds its resting place during deep sleep in the Prana. Pranayama (According to the Gita) Apane juhvati pranam pranepanam tathapare; Pranapanagatee ruddhva pranayamaparayanah (Gita, Ch. IV- 29.). Others offer Prana (outgoing breath) in Apana (incoming breath) and Apana in Prana, restraining the passage of Prana and Apana, absorbed in Pranayama. Pranayama is a precious Yajna (sacrifice). Some practise the kind of Pranayama called Puraka (filling in). Some practise the kind of Pranayama called Rechaka (emptying). Some are engaged in the practice of Pranayama called Kumbhaka, by impeding the outward passage of air, through the nostrils and the mouth, and by impeding the inward passage of the air, in the opposite direction. Pranayama (According To Sri Sankaracharya) Pranayama is the control of all life-forces by realizing naught but Brahman in all things as the mind, etc. The negation of the Universe is the outgoing breath. The Karma 30
  28. 28. thought: ‘I am Brahman’ itself is called the incoming breath. The permanence of that thought thereafter is the restrained breath. This is the Pranayama of the wise, while the pressing of the nose is only for the unknowing. (Aparokshanubhuti, 118-120). Pranayama (According to Yogi Bhusunda) Bhusunda says to Sri Vasishtha: In the cool lotus of the heart within this visible tenement of flesh composed of the five elements, there are two Vayus, viz., Prana and Apana, commingled in it. For those who tread smoothly and without any or the slightest efforts, the path of these two Vayus, will become the sun and the moon themselves in the heart Akasa, and will rove in theAkasa and yet be animating and carrying their fleshy- tabernacle. These Vayus will go up and down to higher and lower states. They are of the same nature in the waking, dreaming and dreamless sleeping state, and permeate all throughout. I am moving in the direction of those two Vayus and have rendered nil all my Vasanas in the waking state lit unto those of the dreamless sleeping state. Divide a filament of the lotus-stalk into a thousand times and you will find these Vayus more subtle than that. Hence it is difficult for me to treat about the nature of these Vayus and their vibrations. Of these, Prana does ceaselessly vibrate in this body, with an upward motion, both externally and internally, while Apana having the same fluctuating tendency, vibrates both external and internal to the body having a downward motion. It will be beneficial if the Prana exhaled to the extent of 16 digits, is inhaled to the same extent. Only 12 digits are inhaled ordinarily. Those who have brought to experience viz., the equalization of Prana in exhalation and inhalation will enjoy infinite bliss. Now hear about the characteristics of Prana. The inhalation to the length of 12 digits of the Prana which has been exhaled, is called (the internal) Puraka (inhalation). This also is called the internal (Puraka), when Apana Vayu re-enters the body from outside without any effort. When Apana Vayu ceases to manifest itself and Prana gets absorbed in the heart, then the time occupied in such a state is (internal) Kumbha. Yogins are able to experience all these. When the Prana in theAkasa of the heart manifests itself externally (to the heart within) in diverse aspects without any affliction to the mind then it is called (the external) Rechaka (exhalation). When the externally fluctuating Prana enters the nose and stops there at its tip, then it is called the external Puraka. But when it is passing from the tip of the nose it goes down 12 digits. Then also it is called the external Puraka. When Prana goes arrested without and Apana within, then it is called the external Kumbhaka. When the shining Apana Vayu takes an upward bent within, then it is styled the external Rechaka. All these practices lead to Moksha. Therefore they should ever be meditated upon. Those who have understood and practised well all Karma 31
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  31. 31. the external and internal Kumbhakas and others, will never be reborn. All the eight courses, I have given out before, are capable of yielding Moksha. They should be practiced both day and night. Those who are associated with these practices smoothly and control their minds by not letting them run in other directions, will in course of time attain Nirvana. Such practitioners will never thirst after material pleasures. They will ever be in their uniform practice, whether walking, standing, waking, dreaming or sleeping. Prana, having flown out, will again be absorbed in the heart having run back 12 digits. Similarly will Apana be absorbed in the heart, having issued out of the heart and running back 12 digits to it. Apana being the moon, will cool the whole body in its passage. But Prana being the sun, will generate heat in the system and cook or digest everything in it. Will pains arise in one who has reached that supreme state, where the Kalas (rays) of Apana the moon, are drowned by Prana the sun? Will rebirth arise in one who has reached that powerful seat, when the Kalas of Prana, the sun, are devoured by Apana the moon? These will arrest at once the seven births of those who reach that neutral state where they find Apana Vayu consumed by Prana and vice versa. I eulogise that Chidatma, who is in that intermediate state, where Prana and Apana are absorbed in one another. I meditate ceaselessly upon that Chidatma, who is in the Akasa, directly in front, at the end of my nose, where Prana and Apana both become extinct. Thus it is through this path of Prana’s control, that I attained the supreme and immaculate Tattva, devoid of pains. Control of Breath The first important step is to master the Asana of posture or to control the body. The next exercise is Pranayama. Correct posture is indispensably requisite for the successful practice of Pranayama. An easy comfortable posture is Asana. That pose is the best which continues to be comfortable for the greatest length of time. Chest, neck, and head must be in one vertical line. You should not bend the body either forwards or laterally, i.e., either on the right or left side.You should not sit crooked. You should not allow the body to collapse. You must not bend the body either forwards or backwards. By regular practice the mastery over the pose will come by itself. Fatty people will find it difficult to practise the Padma Asana or the Lotus Pose. They can sit on the Sukha Asana (comfortable pose) or Siddha Asana (perfected pose). You need not wait for practicing Pranayama till you get full mastery over the Asana. Practise Asana and side by side you can practise Pranayama also. In course of time, you will acquire perfection in both. Pranayama can also be practised by sitting in the chair erect. In Bhagavad-Gita, the Immortal Song of Lord Krishna, you will find a beautiful description of seat and pose: In a pure secret place by himself established in a fixed seat of his own, neither too high nor too low, with cloth, black antelope- skin and Kusa grass one over the other, there, making the mind one-pointed, with thought and the functions of the senses controlled, steady on his seat, he should practise Yoga for the purification of the Self, holding the body, head and neck erect, firm, gazing steadily at the tip of the nose without looking around (Ch. VI10,11, & 12). Karma 34
  32. 32. Pranayama is the control of the Prana and the vital forces of the body. It is regulation of the breath. This is the most important step. The aim of Pranayama is the control of Prana. Pranayama begins with the regulation of the breath for having control over the life-currents or inner vital force. In other words, Pranayama is the perfect control of the life-currents through control of breath. Breath is external manifestation of the gross Prana. A correct habit of breathing must be established by the regular practice of Pranayama. In ordinary worldly persons the breathing is irregular. If you can control the Prana you can completely control all the forces of the Universe, mental and physical. The Yogi can also control the Omnipresent manifesting power out of which all energies take their origin, whether concerning magnetism, electricity, gravitation, cohesion, nerve-currents, vital forces or thought-vibrations, in fact the total forces of the Universe, physical and mental. If one controls the breath or Prana, the mind also is controlled. He who has controlled his mind has also controlled his breath. If one is suspended, the other is also suspended. If the mind and Prana are both controlled one gets liberation from the round of births and deaths and attains immortality. There is intimate connection between the mind, Prana and semen. If one controls the seminal energy, the mind and Prana are also controlled. He who has controlled his seminal energy has also controlled his Prana and mind. He who practices Pranayama will have good appetite, cheerfulness, handsome figure, good strength, courage, enthusiasm, a high standard of health, vigour and vitality and good concentration of mind. Pranayama is quite suitable for the Westerners also. A Yogi measures the span of his life not by the number of years but by the number of his breaths. You can take in a certain amount of energy or Prana from the atmospheric air along with each breath. Vital capacity is the capacity shown by the largest quantity of air a man can inhale after the deepest possible exhalation. A man takes fifteen breaths in a minute. The total number of breaths comes to 21,600 times per day. Varieties of Pranayama Bahya-abhyantar-stambha-vritti-desaa-kala Sankhyabhih patidtishto deergha-sukshmah. Yoga Sutras Chap. II, Sa. 50 Pranayama is regarded lengthy or subtle according to its three components, the external, the internal and the steady; the retention processes are modified by the regulations of space, time and num When the breath is expired it is Rechaka, the first kind of Pranayama. When the breath is drawn in, it is the second, termed Puraka. When it is suspended, it is the third kind, called Kumbhaka. Kumbhaka is retention of breath. Kumbhaka increases the period of life. It augments the inner spiritual force, vigour and vitality. If you retain the breath for one minute, this one minute is added to your span of life. Yogins by taking the breath to the Brahmarandhra at the top of the head and keeping it there, defeat the Lord of death, Yama, and conquer death. Chang Dev lived for one thousand and four hundred years through the practice of Kumbhaka. Each of these motions in Karma 35
  33. 33. Pranayama, viz., Rechaka, Puraka and Kumbhaka, is regulated by space, time and number. By space is meant the inside or outside of the body and the particular length or the breadth and also when the Prana is held in some particular part of the body. During expiration the distance to which breath is thrown outside varies in different individuals. The distance varies during inspiration also. The length of the breath varies in accordance with the pervading Tattva. The length of the breath is respectively 12, 16, 4, 8, 0 fingers’ breadths according to the Tattvas—Prithvi, Apas, Tejas, Vayu or Akasa (earth, water, fire, air or ether). This is again external during exhalation and internal during inhalation. Time is, the time of duration of each of these, which is generally counted by Matra, which corresponds to one second. Matra means a measure. By time is also meant how long the Prana should be fixed in a particular centre or part. Number refers to the number of times the Pranayama is performed. The Yogic student should slowly take the number of Pranayamas to eighty at one sitting. He should have four sittings in the morning, afternoon, evening and midnight, or at 9 a.m., and should have thus 320 Pranayamas in all. The effect or fruit of Pranayama is Udghata or awakening of the sleeping Kundalini. The chief aim of Pranayama is to unite the Prana with the Apana and take the united Pranayama slowly upwards towards the head. Kundalini is the source for all occult powers. The Pranayama is long or short according to the period of time, it is practised. Just as water, thrown on a hot pan shrivels upon all sides as it is being dried up, so also air, moving. in or out ceases its action by a strong effort of restraint (Kumbhaka) and stays within. Vachaspati describes Measured by 36 Matras, is the first attempt (Udghata), which is mild. Twice that is the second, which is middling. Thrice that is the third, which is the intense. This is the Pranayama as measured by number. The ‘place’ of exhalation lies within 12 Angulas (inches) of the tip of nose. This is to be ascertained through a piece of reed or cotton. The place of inhalation ranges from the head down to the soles of the feet. This is to be ascertained through a sensation similar to the touch of ant. The place of Kumbhaka consists of the external and internal places of both exhalation and inhalation taken together, because the functions of the breath are capable of being held up at both these places. This is to be ascertained through the absence of the two indicatives noted above, in connection with exhalation and inhalation. The specification of the three kinds of breath regulations, by all these three— time, space and number is only optional. They are not to be understood as to be practised collectively, for in many Smritis we meet with passages, where the only specification mentioned with reference to the regulation of breath is that of time. The fourth is restraining the Prana by directing it to external or internal object; Bahyabhyantara-vishayakshepi chaturthah (Yoga Sutras: 11,50). The third kind of Pranayama that is described in Sutra 50 of the Yoga Sutras, is practiced only till the first Udghata is marked. This fourth Pranayama is Karma 36
  34. 34. carried further. It concerns with the fixing of the Prana in the various lotuses (Padmas or Chakras) and taking it slowly, and slowly, step by step, and stage by stage to the last lotus in the head, where perfect Samadhi takes place. This is internal. Externally it takes into consideration the length of breath in accordance with the prevailing Tattva. Prana can be described either inside or outside. By gradual mastery over the preliminary three kinds of Pranayama, the fourth kind comes in. In the third kind of Pranayama the sphere is not taken into consideration.The stoppage of the breath occurs with one single effort and is then measured by space, time and number and thus becomes Dirgha (long) and Sukshma (subtle). In the fourth variety, however the spheres of expiration and inspiration are ascertained. The different states are mastered by and by. The fourth variety is not practiced all at once by a single effort like the third one. On the other hand, it reaches different states of perfection, as it is being done. After one stage is mastered, the next stage is taken up and practiced. Then it goes in succession. The third is not preceded by measurements and is brought about by a single effort. The fourth is however preceded by the knowledge of the measurements, and is brought about by much effort. This is the only difference. The conditions of time, space and number are applicable to this kind of Pranayama also. Particular occult powers develop themselves at each stage of progress. Three Types of Pranayama There are three types of Pranayama, viz., Adhama, Madhyama and Uttama (inferior, middle and superior). The Adhama Pranayama consists of 12 Matras, Madhyama consists of 24 Matras and the Uttama occupies a time of 32 Matras. This is for Puraka. The ratio between Puraka, Kumbhaka and Rechaka is 1:4:2. Puraka is inhalation. Kumbhaka is retention. Rechaka is exhalation. If you inhale for a period of 12 Matras you will have to make Kumbhaka for a period of 48 Matras. Then the time for Rechaka will be 24 Matras. This is for Adhama Pranayama. The same rule will apply to the other two varieties. First, practise for a month of Adhama Pranayama. Then practise Madhyama for three months. Then take up the Uttama variety. Salute your Guru and Sri Ganesa as soon as you sit in the Asana. The time for Abhyasa is early morning 4 a.m., 10 a.m., evening 4 p.m., and night 10 p.m., or 12 p.m. As you advance in practice you will have to do 320 Pranayamas daily. Sagarbha Pranayama is that Pranayama, which is attended with mental Japa of any Mantra, either Gayatri or Om. It is one hundred times more powerful than the Agarbha Pranayama, which is plain and unattended with any Japa. Pranayama Siddhi depends upon the intensity of the efforts of the practitioner. An ardent enthusiastic student, with Parama Utsaha, Sahasa and Dridhata (zeal, cheerfulness and tenacity), can effect Siddhi (perfection) within six months; while a happy-go-lucky practitioner with Tandri and Alasya (drowsiness and laziness) will find no improvement even after eight or ten years. Plod on. Persevere with patience, faith, confidence, expectation, interest and attention. You are bound to succeed. Nil desperandum Never despair. Karma 38
  35. 35. The Vedantic Kumbhaka Being without any distraction and with a calm mind, one should practise Pranayama. Both expiration and inspiration should be stopped. The practitioner should depend solely on Brahman; that is the highest aim of life. The giving out of all external objects, is said to be Rechaka. The taking in of the spiritual knowledge of Sastras, is said to be Puraka, and the keeping to oneself of such knowledge is said to be Kumbhaka. He is an emancipated person who practices his Chitta thus. There is no doubt about it. Through Kumbhaka the mind should always be taken up and through Kumbhaka alone it should be filled up within. It is only through Kumbhaka that Kumbhaka should be firmly mastered. Within it, is ‘Parama Siva’. At first in his Brahmagranthi there is produced soon a hole or passage. Then having pierced Brahmagranthi, he pierces Vishnugranthi, then he pierces Rudragranthi, then the Yogin attains his liberation through the religious ceremonies, performed in various births, through the grace of Gurus and Devatas and through the practice of Yoga. Pranayama for Nadi-Suddhi The Vayu cannot enter the Nadis if they are full of impurities. Therefore, first of all, they should be purified and then Pranayama should be practised. The Nadis are purified by two processes, viz., Samanu and Nirmanu. The Samanu is done by a mental process with Bija Mantra. The Nirmanu is done by physical cleansing or the Shatkarmas. 1. Sit on Padmasana. Meditate on the Bijakshara of Vayu (Yam) which is of smoke colour. Inhale through the left nostril. Repeat the Bijakshara 16 times. This is Puraka. Retain the breath till you repeat the Bija 64 times. This is Kumbhaka. Then exhale through the right nostril very very slowly till you repeat the Bijakshara 32 times. 2. The navel is the seat of Agnitattva. Meditate on this Agnitattva. Then draw the breath through the right nostril repeating 16 times the Agni Bija rö (Ram). Retain the breath, till you count the Bija 64 times. Then exhale slowly through the left nostril till you repeat mentally the Bija letter 32 times. 3. Fix the gaze at the tip of the nose. Inhale through the left nostril repeating the Bija Yö (Tham) 16 times. Retain the breath till you repeat the Bija (Tham) 64 times. Now imagine that the nectar that flows from the moon, runs through all the vessels of the body and purifies them. Then exhale slowly through right nostril till you repeat the Prithvi Bija l:ö (Lam) 32 times. The Nadis are purified nicely by the practice of the above three kinds of Pranayama by sitting firmly in your usual posture. Karma 39
  36. 36. “Based on “ the Girls/ Ladies” Height Hair Head Forehead Eyebrows Eyes Nose Ears Face Cheeks Lips Teeth Chin Tongue Palate Voice Neck Arms Shoulders Hands Belly Navel Fingers and thumb Waist Thighs Hair on body Back Knees Calf muscles Ankles Heels Feet Toes Toe nails Lines under feet Nose : If the nose of a woman is hooked like a parrot, she is good natured, enjoys fame, is clever and a well wisher of her family. A straight nose and of normal length makes a woman beautiful, wise, witty and diligent.Awoman with a small nose is cunning, shrewd, mischievous and lustful. If the nose is depressed in the middle, the front part very high, crooked or very fat, then such a woman will be devoid of love and sympathy. she will be wicked, cruel, loose in character and hasty in decision. If the nostrils are fat and wide, the woman will be lazy, strong headed, proud and fond of a pleasurable life. If the tip of the nose is small, the woman will pass her life as a slave. If the tip of the nose is long, she will be of harsh temperament. If the tip is depressed, it is an omen for longevity of her husband. If there is hair on her nose, she is shrewd and unlucky. Ears : When a woman has long ears, a little flabby, soft, proportionate in dimensions, and appeals to the naked eye, it indicates that she will be lucky and will lead a comfortable life. If ears are crooked, thin, unequal in size, they indicates a woman to be unlucky. Face : It is said that a face is round, soft, flushed red, smooth, fleshy, glamorous, lustful, the lady is considered fortunate. She is respected, she is a good administrator, can control all situations with confidence. If the face is like her parents, it is a sign of her parents, it is a damsel of good luck. If the face is pale, the woman is of questionable character and of loose morals. If the woman has a shining face, she can be classified as shrewd, a cheat but lucky. A wide mouth indicates her passionate nature. Cheeks : Red, blood-colored radiant cheeks are liked by everybody. If a damsel has round, fleshy, full and red cheeks, it indicates good health and beauty, and is a sign of prosperity. When the cheeks are depressed, fleshless, skinny and have hair on them, they indicate ill-health and she is considered unfortunate. Dimples on cheeks while laughing and talking are not a lucky sign. But if dimples are there only while smiling it is an indication of a woman being liked by her husband. Apple colored cheeks do not presage a good character. Black spots on cheeks indicate depravity and loose character. Lips : If the lips are red, thin, smooth ,hairless, well shaped and of equal proportion, the woman is loved by her husband and is sexy by nature.Awoman Karma 40
  37. 37. with thin lips has longing desires and tenderness, is good in household work and in addition loves talking. If the lips are heavy, drooping and thick, the lady may become adulterous and unchaste. If the lower lip is of red color and round and has a line thereon, she leads a life of a queen and a very lucky and wealthy. But if the lower lip is thick and black in color, she is of a questionable character and nature and may lose her husband. When the lower lip is thin, long, broken and dry, it is a sign of ill- luck. If the upper lip is soft and convex in the center and is devoid of hair, it is considered lucky, full of passions. If the upper lip is thick, has hair on it, is long and dry, it is sure sign of loose character and shows that the woman is fond of the pleasures. Teeth : White, lustrous, shining, pearl like of equal size and 32 in number, indicate fortune. If the teeth are big, dirty, crooked, a woman is unlucky and unworthy of being married to anyone. If the number of teeth in the lower jaw is more than those in the upper jaw, is a sign of ill luck. Gap between the teeth or rat like teeth or black gums are a sign of bad luck. Chin : A round, smooth, soft, symmetrical and proportionate chin is a sign of good luck. When the chin is heavy, fat, round, conical, it denotes a woman of short temper and hasty in actions. She may be secretive, harmful, self centered and may face troubles in life. If there is dimple in chin, the woman is cheerful, lovable, kind hearted but would be unlucky as far as the wealth and happiness in the life is concerned. A lady with long chin is full of worldly desires and of loose character. Tongue : A red colored tongue indicates a lucky woman. If the color of the tongue is black, such a woman will be quarrelsome, jealous, hot tempered and envious. If the color of tongue is white, the lady will not maintain good health. If the tongue is rough and abrased near it’s tip, it denotes a woman of quarrelsome and wicked nature. She is back bitter and generally remains gloomy for no apparent reason. A too long tongue indicates an unlucky woman. Palate : A soft palate, red in color indicates fortune. If it is white in color, the woman will be a good administrator and will be like a queen. If black in color she will be quarrelsome, leading a miserable life. If it is yellow in color, she will be cheat, a liar and wicked. If palate is fleshy, her wealth will be wasted. Voice : A sweet voice is God’s gift and such woman are good natured, loving and attractive. A harsh and rough voice Karma 41
  38. 38. indicates a wicked, cunning and shrewd woman. A woman with man like voice is unlucky. A woman who moves her eyes while talking enjoys the company of men. Neck : A smooth, conch like, not very long adds beauty to a woman. This is called as the ‘surahidaar’ neck. A long necked girl is not lucky. A fleshy and cushion like neck is a sign of widowhood and a very short neck indicates childlessness. A deer like neck shows that she is beloved of all. If the neck is too fat and wide, nature of such woman will be bad and she will involve herself in mischievous actions. Three wrinkles on the neck indicate wealth and good luck. Shoulders : Not too long, short and fleshy shoulders are considered as lucky. When the shoulders are crooked, fat and hairy, they are an indication of ill luck. Arms : Straight, hairless, soft, well shaped and fleshy arms generally belong to a lucky lady. If the arms are hairy, hard, stiff and small, the woman is unfortunate. If the veins are clearly visible on the arms, she may lead a miserable life. Thick, rough, bushy hair on the arms indicate widowhood. Hands : Extraordinary long hands denote ill-luck and may lead to widowhood. Beautiful, soft and delicate hands are a sure sign of wealth and good luck. Rough, unequal, dry hands are a sign of misfortune and life of struggle. If there is sweating in hand, it leads to misfortune. Fingers and thumb : Long, thin, soft and conical fingers are sign of good luck. Women whose thumbs are weak and thin in the middle and fat at tips with knots, will marry for the sake of wealth alone. Small, broad, spatulate fingers with hair on the back, indicates ill luck. When the thumb is supple and bends too much towards back and the fingers are smooth and pointed, the woman is very particular about her dress and is self centered. Thin and pointed fingers make a woman very passionate and social. Short, curved fingers with space in between when together are a sign of life of struggle. Short and fat fingers and thumb indicate a stubborn nature. When the thumb is small and fingers are conical, woman is clever and faithful to her husband. Woman with broad thumb and square fingers are mischievous and quarrelsome. When the fingers are crooked, small, rough, uneven, flat or of bad color, such a woman is unlucky. Belly : Not too wide and high, proportionate and symmetrical, soft, smooth, hairless, not too large belly Karma 42
  39. 39. indicates good luck. Woman with long or high, bulging or protruding belly is considered unlucky and doomed. A very long belly indicates ill luck. Short, soft belly with veins visible is a sign that woman is sweet and passionate. If the belly is like that of a beer and blue veins are visible, the woman becomes a good administrator. When the belly is like a drum or pitcher, life will be miserable for that woman. Navel : If the navel is deep, the woman is popular and is loved by her husband. Broad, fleshy and not very deep navel indicates that such a woman is quite lucky. A woman with navel raised on the right side, leads a queen like comfortable life. Waist : When the waist of a lady is fat, it indicates her loose character, she is fond of good dresses. A waist that is narrow, well formed, not too small nor very large or fleshy. But it should be smooth and hairless, is the sign of good luck. If the waist is bent, big, flabby, hairy, rough and crooked, then the lady will be wicked, shrewd and unfortunate. Hair on the waist indicates an unfortunate woman with a loose character. Thighs : The woman with straight, round, tapering, hairless, fleshy thighs is lucky, brave and kind hearted. Broad and hairy thighs indicate poverty and struggle. If the thighs are thin, skinny, such a woman is unlucky. If the junction of thighs and trunk of the body is broad, such a woman have roaming tendency. Hair on the body :Where curly and even hair are sign of good luck, standing and hard hair indicates that she will tend to be a slave. Scanty, thin and broken hair are sign of widowhood. Back : When the back of a woman is fleshy and long, such that the backbone is not visible, such a woman will be lucky and wealthy. If the back is bent and full of veins, it is a sign of bad luck. Hair on the back indicate widowhood. Knees : Fleshy and round knees are sign of fortune, whereas, not so fleshy knees, the woman will have a wanderlust. When the knees are long and strong, it is an indication of poverty. Calf muscles : If the calves are tapering, round, fleshy and hairless, it indicates that such a woman is pious, religious and will do good deeds. If there is hair on calf, it is a sign of bad luck and she may lead life as a servant. When the calves are flabby and disproportionate, that is a sure sign of ill luck. Ankles : When the ankles of woman are fleshy and round, they promise a fortunate life. If the ankles produce a sound while walking as they get rubbed against each other, it denotes widowhood.Broadanddisproportionate ankles indicates ill luck. Heels : When the heel of a right foot are high and fat, the woman is lucky and will children and good disposition. Broad heels denotes widowhood. A woman with fat, fleshy and lustrous heel is proud, unfaithful and with loose morals. Feet : While walking, if the full foot falls on the ground and all the toes touch the ground, it is a sign of fortunate. In case, the third and the fourth toe does Karma 43
  40. 40. not touch the ground, it indicates widowhood. The best foot are of red color, well formed, of medium size tend to make a woman proud, daring and successful. Toes : Soft, round, fairly raised and closely set together toes are a good sign of good fortune. A woman with crooked or broken toes, is of deceiving nature. Short toes predict short life. If the feet and toes are flat, the woman will be unlucky. When the first toe is longer than the big toe, she is self willed, and of a domineering nature. If the second toe is longer than the big toe, the woman is unlucky, and a source of worry to others. If the second toe is longer than the first, the woman is wealthy and lucky. If the third toe is longer, she is of a loose character. If the third and second toes are small, the woman may not marry at all. If the big toe of a woman is red, she will not be held in esteem by her husband. If all the toes are round, she will be a wife of a rich man and will love him with constancy. Toe nails : When the nails are red, she will be blessed with all comforts of life and will have children. If black, she will be of a loose character. If yellow, she will be poor; If pink, she will be shrewd and wicked. In case of white color, she may lead a miserable life. Lines under feet : If the line starts from the sole of the foot and runs to the first toe, such a lady marries early and is beloved of her husband. Hair lines on the feet denote a passionate nature and a flirtatious disposition. If signs like fish, flag, conch ,lotus are found on the feet, the woman will be wealthy and lucky. She will be a blessing to the man she marries For More help and to come out of any of your problems in your life please call His Holiness Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar for more help. Swamiji is the only Atharva Vedic Scholar in the entire USA. Pleas reach the Toll Free # @ 1-888-808-1418 or email swamiji to Karma 44