Kārtika Pūrṇimā – Wild-Pranic Shakti Moon melds with Calm-Warrior Shiva 🔥

Kārtik Pūrnimā full moon
This full moon may be the second most important day for your inner Yogi to connect to Śiva consciousness (rooted in Absolute stillness, master of Prana, easily generates full power), second to Mahā Mahāśivarātri (“The Great night of Shiva”).
A special full moon, Kārtika Pūrṇimā कार्तिक पूर्णिमा , occurs during the holiest month of the Vedic calendar, the month of Kārtika (November-December).
It is also known as “Deva Diwali” (Diwali for the Gods 🪔), as on this full moon, Soma (divine flow of consciousness), is emitting from the moon with such mother-divine-warrior, wild-pranic power that it allows the celestial Beings to return “home” to Mother (the baseline of consciousness).
It is the ṇight when a 3500kg ghee lamp is lit on the top of the Shiva Lingam mountain Aruṇācalam in Tamil Nadu, (see my blog post on this).
Legend has it that on this day Lord Shiva transformed and expressed himself as a tall phallus of fire, an endless column of light bright as a billion suns.
The merging of Shiva (divine masculine, Pure intelligence) and Shakti (divine feminine, exalted dynamic creativity) on this day offers people the opportunity to allow the column of light in their spine (suṣumṇa) to flow with kuṇḍalinī (dynamic creative pranic-energy).
THIS FULL MOON is a great time for Śiva consciousness practices like yoga, pranayama, meditation, yajña, fire ceremony, light ghee lamps, mantra, honouring ancestors, silence, introvert, alone time and be in nature - generate the power to reabsorb yourself into the Oneness you and I are.
Shiva Lingam

Greater cosmic detail about this full moon

The following is my slight adaptation of Yogini Shambhavi.

It occurs on Krittika Nakṣatra, which is the constellation where the fire aspect of Shakti/Durga (Skandamātā) prevails.
This fire form of Mother Divine did Tapasyā (penance) in order to attract Shiva (the ultimate ascetic so deep in meditation and not interested in progeny), as her husband.
She won him over, and after their unification, she gave birth to a boy named Skanda in the form of Agni 🔥.
Hence her name, Skandamātā (mātā = mother).
Skanda is the youthful form of Shiva (Dakṣiṇāmūrti दक्षिणामूर्ति) who sits beneath the vaṭa (banyan) tree and through mere silence enlightens those around him, even elderly great Rishis.
Krittika is the Pleiades open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus, AKA “The Seven Sisters” in western astronomy.
Skandamātā
In this special area of the heavens stars are born.
These seven sisters in the Vedas are said to be the wives of the seven Rishis (seers) who are associated with the seven stars of the Big Dipper.
Vedic mythos share that the wives of the seven Rishis left their husbands and took refuge in Agni or the Fire God, with the exception of one – Arundhatī. the wife of Vasiṣṭha the most powerful of the Rishis.
She remained with her husband, which is why there are only six visible stars in the Pleiades.
The seventh star is said to be Alcor (Arundhatī), the dim companion of the second star in Big Dipper, Mizar, which correlates with Vasiṣṭha.
Krittika is a Nakshatra which imbues the energy of preparing food and represents the power of agni 🔥  fire to ripen, transform or cook food for proper nourishment.
It is located in the sign of Taurus, the sign of the bull.
But Taurus can express itself as a cow in its feminine aspect.
Krittika here enhances the nourishing power of the sacred cow. It also correlates with ghee, the essence of the cow’s milk and the prime nourishing and enhancing sustenance for Agni, or the sacred fire.
It is auspicious to make ghee offerings to the fire on Kārtika Pūrṇimā.
Krittika is governed by Sūrya (Sun ☀️) - the planet providing light, warmth and prana. 
Katrika Full Moon
Krittika also means armour and is a good Nakshatra to generate protection against negativity and burn that negativity in the sacred fire.
It also refers to a razor, and offers the capability to cut through (sharp discrimination) impulses from the intellect vs. impulses from the heart (buddhi puruṣa khyati).
Illustration of Durga Goddess
Krittika marks the point of exaltation for the Moon, so the full Moon in the Krittika represents the strongest lunar energy. But this is more a fiery, martial or warrior energy of the moon or Dūrga, Mother’s protective role.
The deity of Krittika, Skanda the Fire God, is also the overriding shining being of the planet Mars.
Mars has a martial energy and power of the warrior, giving strength and endurance.
Skanda is the second son of Shiva and Parvati after Ganesha.
While Ganesha holds the power of speech, Skanda holds a kind of spear weapon which destroys demons (negativity and destructive actions that bind).

As well as yoga, pranayama, meditation, yajña, fire ceremony, light ghee lamps, mantra, silence, introvert, alone time and be in nature, Kārtika Pūrṇimā is also a good time to honour our ancestors and departed souls, the seven rishis, light ghee lamps and propitiate the planet Mars to enhance these vibrations of Infinite Pranic Silence with the potential to win a war with an effortless yawn.

Kārtika Pūrnimā – The Full Moon That Ignites 🔥 Rhapsodic Calm (Shiva Energy) & Arunachalam Mountain Lingam

Man standing on a cliff with his arms stretched to his sides
- Read about the energies and meaning behind the Kārtika Pūrnimā full moon HERE -
“If you want to walk this mountain, you have to do it barefoot”
I was told by the Guru of the ashram I was staying at, as I watched from a far distance hundreds of thousands of people walking up a mountain which looked like rows of ants climbing a hill.
“This mountain (Aruṇācalam) is a Shiva Lingam. It IS Lord Śiva himself. Our shoes cannot not touch it.
Besides, I don’t recommend climbing it. It is too dangerous and people, especially their feet, are highly likely to get injured. It’s too late anyway, sunset is dawning on us and we will light our own lamps here.”
I was in an ashram where I slept on a grass mat on the floor of a room with about 40 other men, all devotees to the great seer Ramana Maharishi. I felt very safe as everyone was very to themselves and quiet. Just like Lord Shiva. There was only one other westerner, a bearded American man, perhaps a decade older than me, who like me, was also comfortable living a (partly) ascetic life.
The ashram Guru’s directive sparked a stronger motivation for me to head to the mountain ASAP.
Climbing Annamalai mountain
The Ashram where Dylan slept
I ended up in this city because my Guru sent me here on pilgrimage (yātrā यात्रा). I knew nothing about the places he sent me to, only the names and locations. And when I arrived in the city of Thiruvannamalai, it happened to be during the city's biggest festival, a 10 day full moon festival Karthika Deepam,” when the small city goes from a population of 500K locals to 3 million pilgrims.
This is why I could not find any accomodation except for sharing a room with 40 men.
I happened to be here at this auspicious time, (my Guru didn’t tell me any dates for my pilgrimage), so I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to have the “full experience.”
I asked the American if he was going to the mountain. He replied “I am going to celebrate here.”
I kicked off my chapals (sandals) and rushed out of the ashram to the mountain base.
About 50m up the mountain were police not letting anyone up. They said it was too late and the mountain was “full” (too many people). 
Me and some young men found a way around them and climbed up. 
We were about halfway up the mountain when we came to a halt. There was a big congestion of people on the track. One reason was because it was sunset, the time to light the lamps.
Firstly, the Great Lamp (Mahā Dīpam), that resides on the tip-top of the mountain is lit. This lamp contains 3500kg! of ghee that is carried up by pilgrims and offered.
Once the Mahā Dīpam is ignited, everyone in the city lights their lamps. When this occurred I couldn’t see the Mahā Dīpam from where I was, but it was stunning to see the whole city light up below.
Eventually the pilgrims started moving. I have never trekked up a mountain with so many people packed onto the track.
It was well dark and we got to another halt. This time it was thousands of people held up by police. The pilgrims and police were at tension. Typical eager Indian pilgrims pushing with force vs. Indian police screaming and hitting the pilgrims attempting to manage overwhelming crowds, all happening in a Divine way in devotion and love for God.
This big group of people wouldn’t budge. Nothing was moving.
I somehow made my way around them to the line of police standing their ground. This group of police were tough. They made it to the top of the mountain themselves. They were the strong ones. They were holding off the crowd well.
I had a little digital camera and said I was the media, and they luckily let me through (Mostly because they were surprised to see a westerner).
50m up a small hill and there was the Mahā Dīpam directly firing under the full, Ojas exuding, Shakti of Shiva, the outer of the inner, gorgeous, still, full moon, Kārtika Pūrṇimā.
The mahā fire is Shiva consciousness. The hot-blooded force that has so much mastery over Prana (life-force) that it can destroy the whole of creation with a yawn.
The full moon is Shakti consciousness. The divine feminine dynamically expresses itself with tremendous shakti (energy) that was generated in the deep inner stillness of Shiva’s fire which was bright as a billion suns.
People were having darśana (divine view) of the Mahā Dīpam from about 10 meters away - getting about 5 seconds of time to stand in front of the ghee lamp, pray and have a visual experience of unity with it.
Police and “officials” were aggressively moving people to ensure the 5 seconds were not surpassed. This is typical at any highly visited pilgrimage sites or temples where numbers are very high. And it all happens divinely.
I was again lucky enough to get special treatment to go right next to the lamp and spend as much time as I wanted.
With me were a couple men pouring the packs of ghee offered by pilgrims into the big drum, and also a yogi wrapped in cloth, continuously playing the conch shell while squatting on a boulder.
I thoroughly enjoyed soaking up the moon’s Soma and took my time.
Now I have walked barefoot a lot in my life, especially my teenage years and those days. Certainly much more than the average westerner (but nothing compared to Indians). I have tough feet. But till today, I have never had sorer feet than when I walked down that mountain that full moon night.
It was dark and most people didn’t have torches, but we were guided by the generous full moon light amongst a clear sky.
I limped back to my ashram where everyone else was asleep and lay down in silence as I shifted the wild Prana I absorbed into a more domesticated and balanced Prana to soothe my spine and bless me with a restorative sleep.

Aum Namo Śivaya

- December 2015


The Full Moon That Purifies Water & Drips Nectar: Sharad Purnima

Krishna and Radha dancing during Sharad purnima

Once a year, on a particular full moon, a saint-like star reveals its presence in the sky.

This star is called “Agastya” (Sanskrit) or “Canopus” (western astrology).
This is the brightest star in the southern constellation of Carina, and the 2nd brightest in the night-time sky, after Sirius.

The Toxic Water Epidemic

Not even the best instruments (water filters) can purify water because it is completely soluble. Even boiling water properly, a more powerful water purification technique, may not fully remove the toxins as they are completely dissolved into the water.

In fact, one of the main sources of diseases in this day of age (Kali Yuga) is from (creatures/micro-organisms in) water.

It is known Reverse Osmosis removes essential minerals, but what more is that it removes Prana (life-force) and Ojas (vital-essence) from the water. Another reason why boiling water is so important is that it brings back Prana to some extent.

The Ultimate Water Purifier

So, on the full moon of “Sharad Purnima,” occurring around October/November according to the Georgian calendar,  ALL WATER exposed to sunlight that day, and then to moonlight that night, becomes NECTAR. This full moon is the Ultimate Water Purifier.
*(Very dirty and contaminated water will have to be further purified).

Every year nature organises this full moon to arrive in India at the middle of the monsoon, to purify all the acid and toxins built up from the beginning of the monsoon, and pave the way for a fresh and clean winter.

Lakes, rivers, water stations, dams, catchment areas all exposed to the moon become so pure.

Swim in them, drink the fresh nectar, see, acknowledge and unify with the Divine in water. Because water is the embodiment of Mother (Maha Devi) - the giver of life, nourishing, nurturing, protecting, has infinite adaptability is abundant and transcendent.

Ritual and Practice for Sharad Purnima Full Moon

Drink sweet boiled milk with spices that night, and during cooking and drinking it, expose it to the moonlight to invigorate and fortify the milk.

Look at the reflection of the moon in your cup of milk. It will look like a full moon eclipse (see photo).

Then it is Prasad (holy food). Drinking it will boost ojas in you, stregnthen your immunity and digestion, remove acidity from the body and leave you feeling nourished.

This ritual is best done as close to mid-night as possible.

feature pic: unknown from pintrest.


Jyotish: Vedic Astrology | Anand Mehrotra #003

Jyotish, a profound mathematical sophisticated form of astrology. It describes how planetary patterns at the time of our birth give valuable clues in helping us understand our life’s journey. Through careful analysis of these cosmic influences, Jyotish can help us realistically evaluate our strengths and weaknesses in order to optimise our full potential.

Join expert visionary master teacher and Jyotishi, Anand Mehrotra, as we dispel dogmas, myths and inaccurate perceptions about Jyotish and other aspects of the veda.

Anand reveals to us a great introduction and general overview about Jyotish - “the light of the self.” He recommends specific regimes for you to do during new moon, full moon and eclipses. Anand beautifully expresses the qualities of the core seven planets by relating them with their signifying chakras and deity expressions.


ABOUT ANAND MEHROTRA

Anand is a visionary master teacher, community and thought leader, conscious entrepreneur and Jyotishi (vedic astrologer). Anand was born, raised and still resides in Rishikesh, a holy town by the Ganga river at the foot hills of the Himlayas in North India.

He is the founder and master teacher of Sattva Yoga, a radically holistic, ever-evolving practice that is currently growing rapidly.
He teaches around the world to give wisdom talks, host gatherings, satsangs, meditations, provides Vedic astrology readings, leads Sattva Yoga journeys, retreats and trainings.

Anand leads two non for profit organisations, The Khushi Charitable Society and Sattva Foundation, and has launched several businesses based on sustainable practices and supporting local communities.


In this Episode we Discuss:

  • The role of Jyotish in expanding holistic, all inclusive knowledge.
  • What is Jyotish - the “eye of the veda.” The light of self.
  • “A physician who doesn’t know astrology should not call himself a physician.” ~ Hippocrates. (5:00)
  • The study of the movement and flow of Jeeva (individuality) in time. How to utilise our journey in this time bound expression in the highest manner possible. (8:05)
  • “The Entry” - time and place of birth is a karmic footprint which will provide the information of ones karma.
  • The difference between Jyotish and Western Astrology. (12:55)
  • Rahu and Ketu - Two shadow planets that cause eclipses and balance kundalini. (15:05)
    • Rahu - north lunar node - dragons head. Mind.
    • Creative, expansive. Psychosis.
    • Higher level - Impact, expansion, self actualisation. External.
    • Further - fearlessness, which gives rise to kundalini (infinite potential). Fear constricts us from our infinite potential. Rahu plays on your fears.
    • Ketu - south lunar node - dragons tail. Body.
    • Withdrawing, depressive, chronic illnesses.
    • Higher level - liberation, inner realisation. Internal.
    • Past.
    • Rahu was a chandala. The god split his head but because of his high state of consciousness he was immortal. So the head become Rahu. Tail became Ketu.
    • Snakes are Karayaka (physical expression of energy) for Rahu and Ketu. (18:48)
  • Multiple levels of dreaming. (19:25)
  • When Rahu and Ketu (Ida and Pingala) merge in a balanced state along the spine the sushumna opens. Associated with Kundaliuni Shakti. Potential to awaken your kundalini, your infinite potential. (19:55)
  • Regimen for Eclipses - Optimal uses of energy. Not a time to start business venture. Not creative energy. More of a meditative energy. (20:55)
  • Regimen for No Moon: inward, meditative (23:09)
  • Regimen for New Moon: initiatives, new beginnings, ventures, treatments.
  • Regimen for Full Moon - healing, self-healing. Gathering, collective gatherings, agni-hotras, kirtan, yagya, rituals, pujas, ceremonies. Be with elements, be in nature, especially water element. (23:55)
  • Freeing your bondage and transcending your personal karmic journey to live with the natural flow of time. (25:42)
  • The 7 Grahas (Planets) and their signifying Chakras and Deity Expressions (30:37)
    1. Shani (Saturn) - Shiva - Muladhara (root) Chakra. - Seat of infinite potential. Fearlessness, exploring the great unknown, inwardness, meditative. Shani is the great teacher.
    2. Guru (Jupiter) - Ganesh - Second Chakra. - Playfulness, indulging in wordy pleasures.
    3. Mangal (Mars) - Hanuman and Kartikaya. - Navel Chakra. - Vitality, strength, warrior, strong agni.
    4. Shukra (Venus) - Laksmi and Krishna - Heart Chakra. - Art, creativity, beauty. The brightest start in the sky.
    5. Buddh (Mercury) - Saraswati and Buddha - Throat Chakra - Intellect, mind, wisdom, conceptual knowledge
    6. Surya (Sun) and Chandra (Moon) - Shiva and Skati - 3rd eye.
  • No planet at Brahamsrara (crown chakra) as you are liberated by the burden of living (Jiva Mukta). You can still live in the human body, but you live in dharma free from bondage to karma.
  • Sattisati: 7.5 year transit of Saturn over the moon (37:30) - Saturn is the great teacher which forces you to evolve, grow and expand. It may seem challenging at the time, but this is a purification. There are some which you can change, and you should fully change those. There is some things which you cannot change, which you must completely accept.
  • Gemstones as a supplement to optimise a particular energy. (43:49)

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