Ashta Lakshmi

Deep Puja, also known as Deepa Pooja, is observed on the Amavasi (No moon) day in Ashada month in Maharashtra and in some parts of Telengana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The important lamps used for pujas are arranged in the Puja room and special pujas are offered. Devout Hindus believe that the worship of Diya will usher in knowledge and will help in seeking the blessings of Ashta Lakshmi. In Hinduism, Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and fortune, is worshipped in eight forms – Ashta Lakshmi. The eight forms of the Goddess Lakshmi vary from region to region. The most popular widely accepted forms are those found in the Shri Ashtalakshmi Stotram. On this day of Ravi Pushya Nakshatra Yoga we take advantage to commence a new project devoted to climate change.

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Narasimha Jayanthi

Narasimha is the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is popularly known as ‘man-lion’ or ‘half man – half lion’ incarnation. In 2017, the date of Narasimha Jayanthi is May 9. The main aim of the Narasimha incarnation was to end the tyranny of Hiranyakashipu and restore the path of Dharma, righteousness. Prahlada the young son of Hiranyakashipu and an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu paved the way for the removal of opposition to righteousness, adharma. Here, we bring you both a short narrative and the long narrative of Prahlad, the devotee, and two stotrams to Narasimha, the second composed by Lord Sanischara.

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The Roles of Hanuman

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On this occasion of Hanuman Jayanthi (birth of Hanuman) it is recalled that Hanuman played an important role in the story of Lord Rama and the destruction of evil represented by the demon king Ravana. Hanuman also has another dimension, that of a divine, a divinity, a star-being who had a role of protector of the Earth over 800 million years ago. He is also of the extinct race of Vanara who donated DNA to the being that eventually went on to become the human. In this wise, we look to ancient stories of Hanuman, and the workings of the Mystery School with its revelations from Jalarm the Atlantean, who gave much information about mankind’s past.

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All Planets Direct Meditation

A rare phenomena will occur from 8 January to 7 February when all the planets will take up direct motion, when viewed from the Earth. This event will make the Earth seem like the Sun, where planets are never retrograde (seemingly going backwards). A world meditation for peace, harmony and positivity will be undertaken during this period, for it is a period without major obstructions and blemishes. Any worldwide synchronised meditation on peace and harmony will benefit both all on Earth and those who contribute to the meditation.

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Spiritual Opportunities in the Birth Chart

opportrunities Vedic astrology is essentially the chart of the soul, the soul-contract for this lifetime. It shows what our body will be like, our siblings, our illnesses, our health, our career, our home environment and the influence of others on us, as well as our influence on the world. When we are born, we bring a blessing to our family. The family in turn gives us our nurturance, our love, our strength, and our opportunities to fulfil the soul contract this time. In this reflection, we look to the houses of the birth chart and the spiritual opportunities given therein. Read more

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Looking at Spirituality and Houses

lightbulb In a previous article we looked at Spirituality and Intelligence. While intelligence is said to reside in the 5th House, this overlooks the antarkaranas, the inner instruments of action, which comprise the intellect, the buddhi. The heart is a key; turn it toward the world, it will be bound by the world. Turn the key of the heart towards the divine, and it shall unlock the presence of the divine within. In this post, we look to the astrological significators of the presence of the divine within. Read more

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Looking at Spirituality and Intelligence

lightbulb It is often said that all intelligence is problem solving skill. Our spiritual practices form one of the resources within ourselves which we may use to solve the problems of life. It is this spiritual resource (spiritual intelligence) – with its five aspects – which enables us to solve everyday problems with an abiding peace within. Read more

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Meditation and the Five Sheaths

As the chaotic nodes of religious fanaticism, ecosystem collapse, corporate greed and manipulation and climate change grow momentum, expand of their own accord and multiply their energetic sheaths, in these days of the Moon hemmed in by malefics, Saturn direct, Mars debilitated about to conjunct Venus by degree, and Jupiter in Leo no longer aspecting Saturn, there can be challenges. We look to offer you a simple, energy visualistion to keep you balanced in the days to come, as the subtle energies of the planets continue to flow to us. Hence the iceberg: the subtle energies of the planets touch us on levels we do not ordinarily perceive. Read more

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Germanwings Crash and Self Harm

Germanwings aircraftWith the discovery of the second black box from the Germanwings flight 9525 in Digne, evidence is emerging – almost daily – that the pilot of this flight planned this event. Prosecutors have found on the pilot’s computer that he was searching for methods to undertake this act which resulted in the demise of 150 souls. We take a look to this act and to ultimate self harm in general.

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Valentine’s Day reflections: Venus, Divine Love and Prayer

Valentine's Day is upon us again, and we give some astrological thoughts about Valentine, the planet of Love - Venus, and Divine Love. Venus is the dispositor of love and generosity, and love, of its own nature, gives of itself, from one human to another, it is a making of sacred space within for the other to be. And between persons and the Divine, it is turning to the Divine with love for the Divine.

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Discussion: Saturn in Scorpio

Saturn in Scorpio

A scenario has been presented describing the effects of Saturn's sojourn in the sign of Scorpio. Mars and Saturn never do well together in any sign, and it is well known that Saturn travels poorly in Scorpio, the natural 8th house which has Mars as sign lord. Many astrologers predict what they will, and some consult astrologers out of fear. Those engaged in the discussion reported below are both devotees of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, who teaches, "Why fear when I am here?". The discussion is frank, full throated and offered for your reflection.

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