Vedic Yadya Center Newsletter October 2009

Dear Pandit,

The Vedic Yagya Center (formerly the Vydic Yagnya Center) was founded in 2002 by Pandit Sharma C.S. Samavedula.

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October 2009 Vedic Yagya Calendar
Note: Any of the following yagyas may be sponsored for $108 unless otherwise noted. Sponsorship of every festival this month is just $501 for an individual, family, or business and includes yagyas each day. Exception in August 2009: Only one day of the Ganesh Chaturthi yagya is included, but you can sponsor the full nine-day yagya for an additional $301 ($802 total).

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October 4 (Sunday) – Pournami – Full Moon – This full moon is one of the most powerful of the year. Chandi Homa and Navagraha Homa: for protection, health, to neutralize negativity, help with legal issues, and to propitiate and gain favor of the nine navagrahas (planets). Sponsor this event.

October 7 (Wednesday) – Sankata Hara Chaturthi
October 7 (Wednesday) – Sankata Hara Chaturthi – This is an auspicious day to perform pujas and yagyas to Lord Ganesha. Lakshmi Ganapati Homam: to remove obstacles in business and personal life, promote wealth and prosperity, and to improve business.Sponsor this event.

October 14 (Wednesday) – Sarva Ekadashi – A good day to perform yagyas and pujas to Lord Vishnu. Sudarshana Homam: for protection from negative influences, to neutralize negativity related to business and personal life, help with legal issues. Sponsor this event.

October 15 (Thursday) – Pradosham – Auspicious to perform yagyas and pujas to Lord Shiva. Rudra Homam: for health, wealth, happiness and harmony in life.Sponsor this event.

October 16 (Friday) – Dhanvantari Jayanti – Birthday of Lord Dhanvantari, god of Ayurveda). Dhanvantari Yagya: good for students of ayurveda, health issues related to vata, pitta and kapha imbalances.Sponsor this event.

October 19 (Monday) – Auspicious Month of Kartika Begins – It is auspicious to perform pujas and yagyas to Lord Shiva on this day. Ekadasa Rudra Abhishekam: for health, peace, prosperity, happiness and harmony. Read an article about this special month.Sponsor this event.

October 22 (Thursday) – Special day for Sarpa Doshas – Sarpa Shanti Yagya: for kalasarpa doshas in one’s birth chart. Will help to neutralize negativity from snake doshas and to be blessed with children.Sponsor this event.

October 25 (Sunday) – Bhanu Saptami – An auspicious day to perform yagyas and pujas to Lord Sun. Aruna Parayana Yagya: for improvement of health and to balance immune system.Sponsor the event.

October 26 (Monday) – Month of Kartika – An auspicious time to perform pujas and yagyas to Lord Shiva. Ekadasa Rudra Abhishekam: for health, peace, prosperity, happiness and harmony.Sponsor the event.

October 31 (Saturday) – Shani Trayodashi – It is auspicious to perform pujas and yagyas to appease Shani. Lord Shani Puja, Shani Homam and Shani Shanti: beneficial to anyone currently in Shani dasha, Shani subdasha, or are currently in 7-1/2 years of Shani. It will promote good health, bring success to one’s career and ease mental tensions.Sponsor the event.

Results may vary. There are no guarantees as the effectiveness of our services. This is not a substitute for health care treatment, programs or advice normally received from doctors, lawyers, or financial advisors. Vedic Yagya Center does not make any warranties or representations concerning any specific results or effects. Payments made to Vydic Yagnya Centre are not tax deductible.

The Auspicious Month of Kartika October 19 – November 16, 2009
Kartika masa (month) is the most auspicious lunar month for worshipping Lord Shiva and obtaining His grace for good health, mental balance, and deep meditations.

Worshipping of God during this month grants one moksha (salvation). Hence, devotees worship God and perform various rituals and customs very strictly.

In particular, Somavara (Monday) is an especially auspicious day to worship Lord Shiva, and the Somavaras occurring in Kartika Masa are very important days for performing sadhana (spiritual practices). Shiva devotees observe the Kartik Monday vrat, or fasting, known as Kartika Somavar Vratam.

The importance of Somavara Vratam is mentioned in the Skanda Purana and is performed for the well-being of the family. Many people make it a point to visit a Lord Shiva shrine on the Mondays of the month.

Kartika Puranam details the rituals and customs to be performed during the month of Karthik. Various Vedic sacred texts have mentioned the list of basic rituals and customs of Kartika masam (month).

Rituals and customs during the month of Kartika:

  • Devotees should not eat non-vegetarian food for the whole month of Karthik. Eating non-vegetarian food is considered as “Brahma Hathya” (killing Lord Brahma).
  • Those undertaking the Karthika Somavar Vrat do not consume food after sunrise. Some people opt for a liquid diet or fruit diet and others go for the traditional strict fasting without food. The vrat ends with the evening puja after sunset. People usually avoid garlic and onions while breaking a fast.
  • Devotees take ceremonial or spiritual bath everyday for the whole month.
  • Devotees light diya (ghee lamp) every evening and perform Karthika masa puja.
  • Devotees recite at least one chapter of Karthika Puranam everyday.

If devotees are not able to follow these rituals during the entire month, they follow them at least on auspicious days like Karthik Mondays, Karthika Pournami, Kalashtami, Kushmand Navami, Akshay Navami, Hari Bodhini or Prabodhini, Vailunth Chaturdashi, Vyasa Puja, or Tripura Purnima, Tulasi Vivah (Marriage of Goddess Tulasi).

Morning puja would traditionally begin with a prayer to Lord Ganesha. A picture of Lord Shiva or a Shiva lingham is used for the prayer. It must be noted here that according to Vedic scriptures, Lord Shiva is also known as Ashutosh – one who is easily pleased. So a devotee need not worry about the puja rituals. A simple recital of “Om Namah Shivaya” will please Lord Shiva.

You can sponsor yagyas for this festival on any of the Somavaras (Mondays) for $108.Sponsor the event.

Download the Chant of the Month
khadgamalaPlease enjoy this chant of Sri Khadgamala Stotram either in the morning, or in the evening before going to bed.

Sri Khadgamala Stotram is a highly sacred and powerful chant from Sri Vidya, the tradition of worshipping God in the form of Divine Mother. Each and every name within the stotram corresponds to a unique divine energy contained within the Sri Chakra, the sacred design that transmits the energy of the highest divine consciousness.

Khadga means sword; mala means garland; stotram means a hymn or song of praise. The Khadgamala Stotram is a hymn to the Divine Mother, which is said to bestow a garland of wisdom, protection and enlightenment upon those who recite it.

[audio file 10 minutes] [PDF document]

October 2009 Vedic Astrology Gochara (Transits)
It is good to know where the Grahas are transiting through out the month, but it does take an expert to determine how that transit will affect a particular chart

The following agricultural analogy can be useful in understanding how Jyotish works: “Properly understood, the bhavas [houses] are twelve fields with soil predisposed to growing specialized crops – categories of human experience. But Grahas [planetary bodies] are the farmers that plough the bhavas; the rashis [signs], the mulch that fertilize them.” (Hart Defouw – from Gochara-Phala Vicara Seminar)

Please remember that each person will experience the transits according to his/her chart and Dasa (time) periods. In other words, if there is no connection in your chart by lagna (rising sign), Lagna lord, Dasa, or Dasa lord, with the grahas that are being described, it is not likely you will notice much with regard to that transit. If, however, there is a connection, then you might notice more. What you will notice, i.e. the quality is of your experience, will depend on who is affecting whom in your chart, and whether your chart is strong or weak in that area.

It is good to know where the Grahas are transiting through out the month, but it does take an expert to determine how that transit will affect a particular chart. If you know your rising sign, for instance, and where Surya (sun) and or Chandra (moon) are in your chart, then you can read the Gochara below, and see what you notice. It sometimes happens that when the Malefics (Graha’s that are known to bring mischief) are transiting sensitive places in our charts that difficult things can happen in ones life, but it isn’t necessarily so. So, the following analysis should be used with circumspection, and it is best to assume that if we are doing our best to support nature (i.e. not doing things that we know to be wrong), that the Laws of Nature in turn will support us.
Glossary of Terms.

Graha (Planetary) Changes for October:
This October will be unusual in that there will be two days when there will be 5 Grahas in their sign of Debilitation (Surya (for one month), Chandra (for 2 days), Mangala (for 8 months!), Guru (for 3 more months), and Sukra (for about 3 weeks). The possible results from Grahas becoming debilitated in Gochara (by transit) is that what they represent, both by their Karakatwas (actions) and from what they describe in a particular person’s chart, becomes unpredictable; It becomes hard to know how to deal with situations that ordinarily one might not have had a problem with; and as well, situations that usually one might feel should be easily contained, could become the opposite.

Surya (Sun) – At the beginning of the month, Surya is still in Kanya yuti Sani. Sani is the stronger of the two and as well, there is an aspect from Mangala. This is difficult for governments in general, and individuals also may find frustrating obstacles in their way. On the 17th, Surya moves away from the influences of the heavy malefics into its sign of debilitation. For the month Surya is debilitated, for those under a Surya influence right now, the issues are of general health, ego, self-realization, father, heads of state, and governments, plus what ever Bhava Surya is lord of in a particular person’s chart. For both the public sector, and individuals, these areas of life will need more attention to bring fulfillment. This time of debilitation of Surya comes every year, and typically it can be difficult for heads of state. Interestingly, it is during this time that we vote in a new president every 4 years. When you think about it, this makes sense, because at that time the president in office, is either out, or doesn’t know his status.

Chandra (Moon) – On the 3rd of October, Sani and Ketu will be aspecting Chandra at her fullest, perhaps making minds slow, and emotions a bit lugubrious. Ketu’s ability to hinder and hide may just cause some of the difficulties go unnoticed. Then on October 20 and 21 Chandra will be debilitated for two days. Mind and emotions could be less clear, and the public might show its less positive side.

Mangala (Mars) – On 5th Oct. Ma goes into Karka (Cancer) sign of Ma’s debilitation, until end May 2010. This could be serious for our president Barak Obama, because it will be transiting his 7th bhava, so his relationships not only with the people he works with every day, but also his relationship with the general public, whom he looks to for support, could be very difficult. Mangala represents among other things, our strength and energy, ambition, and courage. Perhaps this may not be the best time to take risks and go on dangerous adventures, but then most may not be feeling like those things anyway. One thing to remember with regard to the physiology, is that the two areas of the body that can be at risk for almost everyone at this time is heart and lungs, 4th Rashi where Debilitated Mangala and Ketu are transiting, and knees, one of the weakest parts of the human physiology, where Guru and Rahu are transiting.

Budha (Mercury) – Because Budha goes into its own sign which is also its sign of exaltation on the 5th of October, there is a bit of light left for the people of the world to hang onto. For three weeks, friends could be good, the intellect could be strong, and folks might just be able to exercise a bit of discrimination. At least that would be so, except that it is sharing its rashi with Sani, who is a little repressive. So they are older friends, and because of Surya being there also, there is good, if slow intelligence, at least until Sukra becomes debilitated in the same rashi by the 10th of the month.

Guru (Jupiter) – On the first of October, Guru is still retrograde, and it continues to move backwards deeper into Makara, its sign of debilitation. And of course, it is also still with Rahu, and on the 5th of October, Mangala will be moving into Karka. From the 5th of October to mid November, Rahu, Ketu, debilitated Guru and debilitated Mangala will be dancing together in the signs Karka and Makara. This could mean that now those very conservative folks will not only giving our president a great deal of resistance, but they could become, on and off even more abrasive. On October 13, finally Guru turns around, and starts moving in the other direction, which by the end of December will find it in the next sign, Kumbha, and judgment will return to the masses – maybe.

Sukra (Venus) – The month starts with Sukra in Simha (Leo), with Budha for a few days. At least Sani has moved on, which makes it possible for Sukra as desires, and all things of beauty, breathe a bit easier. Unfortunately then on the 12th of October she goes into Kanya her sign of debilitation. The potential for the combination of debilitated Sukra, Budha in own, Sani, and Surya, is at least unusual. Sukra debilitated yuti (conjoined with) Budha is a removal of the debilitation, and Surya at least is late enough in Kanya to not combust anyone, and with Budha forms a nice yoga for intelligence, but then you add Sani to the mix, and it just adds obstacles, and oppression. The one thing Sukra doesn’t like, because of being all things beautiful, and the arts, comforts, and desires, is oppression, because that stops the expression of these very fine and necessary things. So, for three weeks, folks may find that their desires, and the things they are attracted to like beauty and comfort, just aren’t as available as they would like, and might not be in the quantity or quality they have been led to expect. This could tend to bring out more crabbiness in an already cross and irritable situation.

Sani (Saturn) – As you may remember from last month, Sani has after 2 and ½ years moved into Kanya, and for the four weeks of October moves from 2degrees44” to 7degrees32”. Sani the Mighty Slow Walker moves just minutes a day (the average is about a minute) so for Budha and Sukra, that is the first object in the sky they have to contend with when they also move into Kanya. Best for everyone to just slow down, and make sure they get enough rest, so the challenges to desires and intelligence can be dealt with.

Rahu and Ketu (the north and south nodes of Chandra) – Rahu and Ketu are 2*27 – 0*11 in Karka, for the month of October, so they are really dragging their feet, as they sometimes do. With Guru retrograde (until 12 October), and debilitated, and Mangala debilitated, in the same signs (Guru with Rahu, and Mangala with Ketu), these points in space that describe our attachments, and hindrances, rough behavior, and degradation, are capable of much mischief at this time.

**There is something to remember in these times of apparently difficult Gochara (transits). The Grahas themselves are fine; they have not lost their light, and they are moving in the same ways that they always do. It is only from our perspective that things seem difficult and strange. If we are feeling stable within ourselves, and confident of the fact that the Laws of Nature by which we live, are still available, and just as strong (if different), we will do just fine. There is nothing to fear but fear itself. Our karma plays out by how we react to what comes into our sphere of influence. When we can be easy and certain that we are doing all we can from our side to keep things in balance, then life can move easily. It just may be however, that situations and events play out more differently than we have ever been able to imagine. The best thing is to stay rested so we can maintain good alertness which will prevent us from making unnecessary mistakes. And to remember that even this too (what ever it is that each person is dealing with) will change.

Effects of Gochara by Lagna (rising sign) and Chandra (moon sign) for October:

This month we will be looking at the impact Mangala’s (Mars’) transit in debilitation will have on all the lagnas, which can also include the Chandra Lagnas. See what works for you.

Mesha (Aries):For Mesha lagna, Mangala’s transit in its sign of debilitation could bring difficulties to the home front. Be careful to stay out of conflict with relatives, and be especially careful if you are closely connected to any institutions. Inflammation of the heart or lungs, and problems with knees could also come up.

Vrushaba (Taurus): Mangala is good in the 3rd bhava, where it is now transiting for the rising sign of Vrishabha. Even though debilitated, it could bring courage, and some ability to push through hard situations. It could cause difficulties with siblings, and be careful of arms, hands shoulders and neck, to prevent injuries.

Midhuna (Gemini):or Mithuna, with Mangala transiting the 2nd bhava, there could be issues with family, and money could be a problem. Also, sinuses, teeth and other organs of the face could be at risk.

Karkataka (Cancer): Mangala is the yoga forming graha for Karka lagnas, so, if it weren’t debilitated this would be a good transit over the 1st bhava. If there are benefics associated with an individuals lagna, it could make it possible to have success, and get things done. Unfortunately, it could be difficult for the physiology, so watch out for inflammation and infections.

Simha (Leo): Mangala transiting 12th from the lagna Simha could bring difficulties with the lungs and knees. As well, it could be difficult to find silence, and home and ones spiritual growth could be impeded. This may not be the time to go on any pilgrimages.

Kanya (Virgo): As Mangala is not the best Graha for this Lagna, this 11th bhava transit may be the time to batten the hatches, and ride out the storm. At the same time, one may find the courage to do things that previously have been difficult.

Tula (Libra): Mangala is the lord of the spouse, partnership, business and travel for this lagna, so one should be cautious and careful around these areas of life. At the same time, because Mangala will be transiting the 10th bhava, its favorite place in any chart, much danger may be mitigated, especially if that bhava is already strong in an individuals chart.

Vruschika (Scorpio):For this lagna, Mangala is lord of the chart, and now it will be transiting the 9th bhava. This could be good for spiritual growth, and doing what is right in ones life, but watch out for enemies, from within as well as from outside.

Dhanussu (Sagittarius):For the lungs and heart area, and aggression, the 8th bhava transit for this lagna is one of the worst. If you have this lagna, and are in Mangala or Rahu dasa (or Bukti – i.e. second level time period) and there is also affliction to this area of your chart, it would be good to take what ever protective measures you can. This is the time to get a second opinion (from this article) if you have any questions in your mind about your health or well being. The aggression might just be from frustration that has long been held, and now can’t be contained.

Makara (Capricorn): For this lagna, and the 7th bhava transit, it will be important to very careful with partnerships, business, and travel. Rahu and debilitated Mangala transiting this area could be especially tough on personal relationships, especially with Sukra and Guru debilitated also.

Kumba (Aquarius): Again, as with Dhanu Lagna, this could bring some illness and enemies, though perhaps less serious, though the remedy may be less forthcoming. Be careful to use intuition with regard to advice, even if it seems to come from a reliable source.

Meena (Pisces): Mangala transiting the 5th bhava could bring difficulties with children and impatience with ones own intelligence. Steadiness of thinking maybe hard to find.

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