MARS (the raw Masculine energy) is kissing VENUS (the gentle Feminine shakti) in the romantic sign of Pisces (both at 7 degrees).
MOON (the Mind) is having deep esoteric conversations with KETU (the recluse hermit, planet of Moksha), both sitting in Revati Nakshatra in the philosophical sign of Pisces.
JUPITER (the Guru) is going over some of the Shastras again that it had already mastered just to make sure it did not miss any important teachings – retro (checking things again) and exalted in Cancer (its sign of its exaltation).
MERCURY (the master of communication) is busy listening to the sounds of silence of the Universe in Sravana Nakshatra (the constellation connected with listening).
Maha Siva Ratri (the great night of Siva). Begins Monday night 11:07 pm Pacific time, ends Tuesday evening 7:36 pm Pacific time.
SIVA: The one who lives on cremation grounds. The one who wears a mala of skulls around his neck. The one who smears ashes on his body. The one who wears Chandra (Moon) on his forehead. The one who is completely naked and detached. The one who is so deep in meditation that when Brahma sent the Lord of lust Kamadeva to distract him, he burned Kamadev to ashes with his 3rd eye.
I pray to you dear Bholenath:
- Oh Pranava (the sound OM) let me lose myself in the Sounds of your Silent Meditation
- Oh Nataraja (king of dance), destroy my ego with your Dance of Destruction (Tandav Nritya)
- Oh Devadeva (lord of the lords) drown me in the Ecstasy of your Devotion
- Oh Trilochana (one with 3 eyes), wipe my tears of joy with the warmth of your Third Eye
- Oh Keeper of the Souls, make me a Selfless servant of all the Souls
- Oh Ashutosh (one who fulfills all desires), dissolve all my desires in your Limitless Wisdom
- Oh Gangadhara (Lord of River Ganga), cleanse my sinful body and mind with the pure waters of Ganges
- Oh Mahakal (Lord of All Times), make me yours, now and for Eternity.
Har Har Mahadev !
Jai Shiva Shambho !!
Om Namaha Sivaya !!!
Hanuman and Ganesha are perhaps the two Gods / deities who are more powerful and cherished and loved more than any other in Hindu mythology. In this post we will look at the importance of Hanuman.
Hanuman is worshiped on Tuesdays (for Mars) in North India and Saturdays (for Saturn) in South India. Worship of Hanuman gives us protection from and blessings of the following:
- MARS: Hanuman is worshiped to pacify Mars. This is because Hanuman is extremely strong, courageous, fearless and powerful. He is the son of Vayu (wind). Hanuman turns negative qualities of Mars (aggression, anger etc) into positive qualities (courage and control).
- SHANI: Hanuman received a boon from Shani that whoever worships Hanuman will not be harmed by Shani. There are several stories related to this. In one story, Shani jumped on Hanuman’s shoulders in order to bestow the results of Sadhe Sati. Hanuman grew so big in size that Shani was about to be crushed between Hanuman’s shoulders and ceiling. Shani begged for mercy and asked Hanuman to let him go. In return, he gave this boon to Hanuman that he will never harm the devotees of Hanuman.
- RAHU: Hanuman is the son of wind God (pawan putra) and so Hanuman puja is also recommended for afflictions related to Rahu because Rahu is excess Vayu (wind).
- VISHNU: Hanuman is the closest disciple of Lord Rama, the 7th incarnation of Vishnu. Hanuman worship is also a worship to lord Vishnu, our Mind. Being the son of wind (Vayu), he has immense strength and power, he can literally move mountains. When Lord Rama’s younger brother Lakshman fell sick in the battlefield, the Vaidya (physician) told that the only herb that could save his life was Sanjeevani booti. But Sanjeevani could only be found in the Himalayas. Hanuman flew to the mountains but was unable to identify the herb. So he lifted the entire mountain and brought it back to the Vaidya.
- SIVA: Hanuman is said to be an incarnation of Lord Siva. When Vishnu incarnated as lord Rama (his 7th incarnation), Siva incarnated as Hanuman in order to protect and help lord Rama in his mission.
- SUN: Hanuman’s teacher was Surya (Sun God). No one wanted to teach Hanuman because he would not sit still in one place. But Surya (Sun) said he is willing to teach him provided he keeps moving along with him and is still able to understand the teachings. Hanuman gives immense power of concentration.
Om Hanumate Namaha!
We feel a sense of accomplishment when we make plans for our future which we think are going to give us happiness. And we find huge relief once life starts unfolding according to those plans. We humans like to be in control. We like to guide our destiny. We like to plan for our future. We are the only species who does that. Most other living beings live for the present. We feel more comfortable when we know we have taken care of things for the future. When any element of uncertainty crops up – say a person is waiting for a court hearing, a student is waiting for results of the exam – we feel uncomfortable. Uncertainty usually means some form of discomfort or anxiety. We are not at ease until we know we have taken care of things both near-term as well as long-term.
When we start to accept uncertainty in life, it actually frees us up in a way. Instead of making us anxious, embracing uncertainty teaches us how to remain equanimous in any situation. We are not attached to one particular (desired) outcome.
The biggest uncertainty we all have to face is the life after death. We do not know what is going to happen to us after we die. We do have some control over it through our actions in this and previous lifetimes but still it is a big unknown. Even though we may have made perfect plans throughout our entire life but we lose all control after death. We are face-to-face with the unknown. Accepting uncertainty in everyday life is a great way of training our mind for life after death.