Jyotish: Celestial Organisation of Life with Vedic Astrology | Blaine Watson #041

Vedic Astrology, or Jyotisha, utilises measures of sacred time to organise human life according to celestial forces and natural law.

It helps understand human existence in a deeper perspective so that we can not only flow through effortlessly with nature's support, but also attune with cosmic intelligence and the eternal organiser.

About Blaine Watson

Blaine has studied astrology since childhood and became interested in Vedic Astrology on a trip to India in 1980 and began studying in earnest at that time. After several years of self study in India, USA, Spain, Netherlands and Switzerland, he was personally certified as expert in Jyotish by the Dean of the Department of Sanskrit at Benares Hindu University in Varanasi, India in 1989.

Blaine has been a professional astrologer for over 30 years and has more than 30,000 clients in over 30 countries. People find Blaine via word of mouth as the Vedic tradition with which he is associated does not permit me to advertise.

Blaine has travelled to consult and teach in South America, the USA, Canada, Europe, Africa and India. 

Blaine also been trained in and is considered to be expert in Ayurveda and the Vedic system of temple architecture known as Vastu Vidya or Sthapatya Veda. Blaine learnt to meditate in high school, and has been a teacher of Transcendental Meditation for 45 years and has taught over 4,000 people on 4 continents how to meditate.  


In this Episode we Discuss:

What it takes for Blaine as a vedic astrologer to do a reading

Tapping into the subtle. Becoming the clients chart.

Proper Intellectual Discrimination to detach from the chart of the client.

The Valuable Usage of Jyotish:

"Heyam Dukham Anagatam" (Avert the danger which has not yet come).
Patanjali

Heyam - the future.

Dukha - dangers and potential misery. Opposite of sukha (happiness).

Anagatam - to be avoided and averted.

That which you feel is not good potential, you have the capacity to change it, avoid it.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

How long did it take for him to gain enlightenment?

What knowledge did he study?

Universal Vedic People

Correlations Between the Vedic people, the Sámi people (indigenous Finno-Ugric people around Finland), Indigenous culture from Peru and Aboriginal Australians.

Indian or Aboriginal?

Actions to Take For Those Wanting to Study Jyotish

Differences between Vedic Astrology & Western Astrology

Rectifying Birth Charts

For those who don’t know their birth time.

Prashna (Questioning)

What Determines the Time of Birth?

3 views that are debated:

  1. Time of breath - when the prana enters the body.
  2. Time head comes out.
  3. Time whole body comes out.

The Current C-19 Jyotish Situation & Cosmic Weather

September 12/13 will be another huge shift in the collective.

Why the world is more enlightened and evolved now than a few decades ago.

The Year of 2020 is Going to Produce a Whole Generation of World Leaders - Babies being born during the C19 pandemic have a very significant horoscope - accomplish something of lasting significance in their lifetime.

Blaine's prediction for the upcoming US Election.

The benefits of knowing your chart

Solutions and Remedies to Support One’s Chart

Yagya: Vedic Technology

Using primordial sound vibrations and precious substances to restructure the DNA and burn off karma.

Blaines personal meditation practice

How Gem Stones Work for Astrology

Parts of the earth resonate with different parts of the planet and light therapy.

Check out our favourite Gem Stones here

Brahmins and The Caste System

Important for dharma.

The Magi Brahmins who travelled to the west to treat an incarnation of Visnu (Jesus Christ).

Resources

Contact Blaine for a Jyotish consultation - blainepw@gmail.com

Check out other Jyotishis and Pundits (to perform Yagyas) we recommend here


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Amplified Healing Capabilities & Ayurvedic Counselling | Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar {Podcast #037}

Purify and divinely develop yourself by doing the inner work. This cultivates inner healing capabilities.
Then use that energy (shakti / siddhi) to profoundly influence and heal others.

This episode of The Vital Veda Podcast explores encyclopaedic Vedic wisdom that is the seed of Ayurvedic medicine" "The Science of Healing & Higher Consciousness."

Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar, BAMS, MD (Ayu. India)

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar is a classically trained Ayurvedic physician and a gold medalist from prestigious Pune University.

A Rig Vedic Bramhin by tradition and an accomplished clinician, he adds tremendous value to his clients and students. He is an insightful Medical Astrologer and Vedic Counsellor.

He worked with His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for over 10 years.

During these years he and his wife Dr. Manisha, traveled extensively all around the world, teaching Ayurvedic Medicine, Jyotish, designing courses & curriculums, directing Ayurvedic Clinics and helping design new Ayurvedic formulations.

He was the Chairman for Maharishi College of Vedic Medicine, a Professor at Maharishi University of Management and the Medical Director, at the Raj Pancha-Karma center in Fairfield IA.

He is a motivational speaker, presenting Ayurvedic Wisdom and sharing stage with Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Wayne Dyer, Dr. Oz and many other leaders in the field.

He currently leads an Ayurvedic Clinic offering PanchaKarma, Diet & Lifestyle consults, Vedic Astrology, Vedic Counselling, Medical dietology & herbal medicine. He currently teaches the “Ayurvedic Wellness Counsellor” & “Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner” programs to over 200 students, at different locations in United States.

  • One of the most academically accomplished Ayurvedic Physicians in the United States.
  • A clinician who has treated more than 15000 clients successfully
  • Lead faculty at several Ayurvedic institutions, worldwide
  • Lead Formulator of Zrii & NutriiVeda
  • Ayurvedic Consultant, Faculty: Chopra Center for Well being
  • Research Consultant for numerous Ayurvedic Nutraceuticals
  • One of the only Ayurvedic Physician’s practicing Medical Astrology in USA
  • Featured presenter at NAMA, ACVA and several other organisations

In this Episode we Discuss:

The Rk Vedic Bramhin Tradition: The Seed of all the other Vedas

  • Body of vedic knowledge that is encyclopaedic.
  • The source/seed of all the vedic tradition and knowledge vedas. The oldest veda.
  • It beholds the totality of all vedas. Holistic (dynamic/silence)
  • Human physiology expressing the Veda: Rk Veda constitutes the holistic aspect of Natural Law. It therefore covers all aspects of the physiology.
  • Mantra purusha value: the vibrational primordial sound of mantra functions perfectly and orderly.
  • The most subjective of all the Vedas. The other Vedas get more and more objective.

Upaveda: Dhanurveda* (various views)

Why Ayurveda was created before humanity and as old age nature

Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar’s time with his holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

  • He gathered and cultivated a large movement of Vaidyas and spread Ayurveda, Jyotish, meditation, and other aspects of the Veda to the west. Re-enlivened it.
  • He brought the vedic tradition in to modern science laboratories.
  • Through enlivening Veda in the west with modern science, he re-inspired Vedic knowledge in India.

Practicing Ayurveda in the West

  • Not having an “arsenal” of Ayurvedic resources when consulting outside of India.
  • The importance of diet and lifestyle and kitchen spices.

Yukti

Using what you have available to you, increase your flexibility to be able to treat others.

Combing psycho emotional response and stress and Vedic Astrology (Jyotish).

Being aware of the cosmic weather (jyotishi) everyday and how that may influence the clients you see.

Qualities of a Vaidya (Ayurvedic physician)

  1. Daksha - Able, eligible, disciplened.
  2. Shastras - all shastras needs to be learned. Having detailed knowledge about diseases and treatments.
  3. Drsta Karma - practical experience of treatments. Practically seeing (drsta) the action.
  4. Suchi - cleanliness. actually means purity - kaya (physical cleanliness), vacha (pure speech - have to feel the patient as your child. Have to see the God in the patient),

2/3 of Ayurvedic Cikitsa (treatment) is related to the union of Veda and human mind

  1. Hand of Destiny, grand scheme of things.
  2. Sattva - boost ones moral stand, will power and discipline.
  3. Yukti - herbs, diet, lifestyles, panchakarma.
“Health is a biproduct of enlightenment…The purpose of any Ayurvedic session is to enlighten them [the patient] to the best of their ability and put them onto a spiritual evolutionary path.”
~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

There we can manage the mind, the indriya (sensory organs), motor organs.

The Art & Science of Vedic Counselling

A guiding role that has taken many forms such as the guru, pundit (priest), acharya (sage), or vaidya, or those with such a role.

Such as could be found in each village or community, who provide guidance in all aspects of life, including recommending healing practices, rituals, Yoga, mantra and meditation to help us overcome our difficulties in life and to promote overall well-being.

Mental health starts at the embryological level.

The Alarming Mental Health Epidemics

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in USA.

Perfection of a Healer

  • The patients make you capable of you helping them.
  • The importance of Sadhana (rituals and routine) for counselling. - To charge you up and make you vital.

The importance of Suchi (purity) of a physician or counsellor.

How it provides the physician with power and divine capabilities to heal (siddhis) and take the medicine to a complete different level.

Suchi Chikitsa - the purity of the treatment.

Siddha Mantra & Siddha Vaidya (Divine Capabilities of Physicians)

Siddha Vaidya is like a mantrica (mantra) - you may say the same thing, but the way you say it would register in the person so deeply that it works as a mantra.

Chita Hasta (Healing power of touch)

Whatever you touch has the ability to heal. Whether it is in the form of pulse, treatments, or preparing medicines.
~ From Rk Veda.

Business and work life is taking away your happiness.

The impact of circadian rhythms.

“Janapada Dhwamsa” = Epidemics according to Ayurveda.

“If you don’t have time for anything else you will find time to get sick.”
Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar

Covid-19 and Nature's Divine Plan

  • A way of nature trying to slow us down.
  • Manifested due to adharma.
  • Extreme weather patterns is the first way nature changes.
  • The relationship with jyotishi (vedic astrology).

Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar believes the collective consciousness related to pandemics were exacerbated since the introduction of smart phones.

Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar’s time with the Raju family

“For a fast acting relief, try slowing down.”
Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar

Passion that you infuse into your self.

  1. Dharma (your evolutionary role in things),
  2. Kama (pleasure),
  3. Artha (wealth),
  4. Moksa (enlightenment)

Traya Upa Sthambha: 3 Pillar of Health According to Ayurveda

  1. Ahara (Food)
  2. Nidra (Sleep)
  3. BrahmaCarya (Regimen of Creation)

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Astrological Gems | Jay Boyle: The Worlds Most Experienced Gem Stone Buyer {Podcast #028}

Experience the Power of Superior Quality Gem Stones

One of the planet’s most precious offerings to humanity.

About Jay Boyle & Astrological Gem

Astrological Gem takes their mission statement very seriously:

To get the right gemstones to the right people - for the right purpose.

To always do this with honesty, integrity, and with complete customer satisfaction.

For the last 40 years, Astrological Gem has been serving the worldwide community of Vedic astrologers and their clients by providing top quality, natural gemstones for Jyotish (Vedic astrology) and Ayurveda.

Jay, travels internationally to purchase these gemstones at the source - often directly at the mines - so that he can acquire the world's best selection of vibrant, finely cut stones at the lowest prices possible.

On these buying trips, Jay selects from such a vast and great quantity of stones. Because of this, he is able to find and select those exceptional 1-2% of stones that are Jyotish Quality and have a sweet, sattvic (pure) feel.

He brings them to clients at prices that jewellers often pay.

Jay is a Graduate-in-Residence Gemologist of the prestigious Gemological Institute of America with 43 years of experience in every area of the gem business.

In addition to his impeccable professional qualifications, Jay's involvement with meditation and inner work has created an appreciation of the finer, more subtle aspects of selecting gemstones with that sweet, sattvic feel. You can have complete confidence when you allow Jay to select your astrological and healing gems.

In This Episode We Discuss

Gem Stone Clarity Scale

  • Flawless gemstones - high quality for Jyotish quality.
  • Type 1 clarity (eye flawless) - diamonds only jyotish stones.
  • Type 2 gemstones (it is not easy to find clean varieties of these species) - Sapphires, Ruby, termoniline except for rubellite (red turmaline), garnets, spinels.
  • Type 3 gemstone - emerald.

It is difficult to impossible to find an eye flawless emerald. Jay in his extensive experience has never found one, and he has been looking for one for his entire career.

Eye Flawless - A grade someone with good, young vision can look at the gemstones and not see any inclusions (spots, cuts, healed fracture etc.).

Diamond Grading System

  • VVS1
  • VVS2

The Unwritten Code in The Gem Stone Business

Take advantageous of a more naive buyer

“Gem stone sellers, and marketers, probably from the beginning of time Dylan, have exaggerated and obfuscated… to take advantageous of a buyer… That is kind of the unwritten code of the gemstone business…"

The false knowledge in books and on the internet on gems.

Jays Experience in the Gem Industry

  • Jay has purchased thousands of Rubys approaching super flawlessness at 10 power magnitude with light-assist.
  • Why Jay knows more than the average person on Jyotishi gemstones.
  • Being a qualified gemologist doesn’t make one an expert.
  • Jay started in 1980, after practicing meditation for 5 years.
  • Jay changed the  em market and profits of buying at the source so they could sell the stones to customers at the lowest price possible with complete disclosure with enhancements and treatments of the stones.
  • Jay has bought more gems than anyone alive.

Jay’s pseudo-scientific experiential explanation of how gems interact with our physiology

A frequency of vibration of light within the gemstone, that can be measured, but it also functioning a deep, deep fundamental level.

What Makes a Jyotishi Quality Gem, thus effective:

  • High degree of flawlessness.
  • Gems should not be heat treated or radiated, (emerald is an exception).
  • Good saturation of colour for the species. But not always the richest colour.
  • Sweet Sattvic nature of a gem - Tasting the sweet sattvic nature of gemstones in the abdomen.

Jay’s experience with wearing an emerald for mercury - strengthens his second house - makes more money, strengthens his tenth house - his career.
He communicated better.

Why you should refrain form buying gems in India.

Dylan's experience with buying an emerald for his Jyotish

First getting ripped off in India the buying a superior gem form Astrological Gem that I love.

Appreciation, Gratitude and Love For Your Stone

It is very important to love your astrological gemstone. Gems don’t just work for us, they work with us. Loving your gemstone will help to activate it. It will love you right back.

Charlottes experience with her yellow sapphire changing colour and size

Wearing second hand stones

  • Gem stones carrying other people’s karma and energy.
  • Organic gemstones like coral and pearl should never be worn second hand as they absorb others karma and energy.
  • According to Jay, other crystal gemstones can be purified if they are flawless and purified the right way. I personally can’t fully agree with this at the moment.

Purifying gemstones for great power

  • Soaking gems in salt water with intention + more.
  • Pundits (vedic priests) blessing the stone with mantras (primordial sounds) and ceremony.

The importance of ceremony and blessings when initially wearing you gem for the first time.

Side effects and Negative Effects from wearing gems

In most cases, due to a poor prescription from a Jyotishi.

Sustainability

  • Gemstones are sustainable and positive in nature.
  • Horrible possibilities of war and enslaving, doesn’t exist in the coloured stone industry. If that happens, it is in diamond industry in Africa.
  • Gem industry is giving back to the community.

One of the best gemstones Jay has ever came across

A 103 carrot top gem quality, lemon yellow, flawless, yellow sapphire. Worth about $600K today.

Nava Graham Ratna - Nine Planets and Gems

  1. Sun - Maanikya (Ruby)
  2. Moon - Muktaphala (Pearl - well formed and free of blemishes).
  3. Mars - Vidruma (Coral)
  4. Buddh (Mercury) - gaarutmata/marakata (emerald) - marakata = shiny.
  5. Guru (Jupiter) - pusparaga (topaz) / Pushyaraaga (yellow sapphire)
  6. Venus - vajra (diamond)
  7. Saturn - nila / indraneela (sapphire / blue sapphire)
  8. Rahu - Dolomite / gomEdhikam / Ceylone / Hessonite
  9. Ketu - Vaidurya (cat’s eye) - polished into a cabochon (shaped and polished) that displays a narrow band of concentrated light going across the width of the stone.

- Source: Bhavprakash

1. Surya (Sun) - Ruby

The anticipated benefits include increased brightness, brilliance, fame, respect as an authority figure, integration with the divine and the highest sense of Self, benefit to father figures, and personal power.

2. Chandra (Moon) - Muktaphala (Pearl)

The Moon signifies our emotions – it is watery, changing, cyclical energy. Mind. Feminine.

Strengthening with Vedic pearls leads to emotional balance, peace, intuition, benefit to mother figures, benefit to home life, and sometimes benefit to vehicles and transportation as well.  Strengthening the Moon is frequently described as soothing, calming, cooling and balancing when achieved by wearing a top-quality pearl.

See my article of the medicinal benefits of pearl. - Medicine on many levels.

A note on natural pearls by Jay.

True, genuine Natural Pearls are nearly impossible to find today.  They were available up until the early 20th century, but through over-fishing and pollution, they have become extinct. Generally, the only supply of natural pearls is the estate market for natural pearl strands.  Unfortunately, these are previously worn and are drilled so they are not suitable for Jyotish purposes.

Very, very rarely I come upon a Certified Natural freshwater pearl. Usually, the size range is from 1-2 carats and occasionally up to around 4 carats.  Because of their rarity, these natural pearls are quite expensive.

Natural Pearls are virtually extinct, however, we are very pleased to be able to offer some rare, exceptional, smaller sized Natural Pearls. Click on the images below for a pop-up window containing further details.

Jays carer with natural pearls

  • For the last 20 years, Jay has only been able to buy 3 natural salt-water pearls in his whole carer that are decent quality, rounded natural salt water pearls.
  • Jay has sold about 50 high wallet natural fresh water pearls in his career.

Jyotish Quality Chinese Tissue-Nucleated pearls are 100% natural cultured pearls with an insignificant centralized nucleus (nacre all the way through). Jay thinks these have as good an effect on Jyotish than natural pearls.

Moonstone is an Uparatna, or secondary gemstone, for the Moon.

3. Mangal (Mars) - (Vidruma) Coral

Mars is the planet of physical endurance, assertiveness, courage, and overcoming battles.  Because Mars is associated with war, it is considered one of the natural malefic planets in Vedic Astrology. 

Red Coral - an increase in vitality, motivation, strength, courage, athletic ability, power, and victory.

4. Buddh (Mercury) - gaarutmata/marakata (emerald)

marakata = shiny.

Communication.  It is the planet of words, speech, business transactions, numbers, travel, and humour.

Emerald - clarity – better communication skills, enhanced speech and writing, and clearer thinking are commonly experienced results.  It is said to enhance business success, sense of humor, efficient travel, and rapid processing of information.

(Green Tourmaline and Peridot are secondary choices).

Varies greatly in quality and price.

5. Guru (Jupiter) - Pushyaraaga (Yellow Sapphire)

Expansion. Guru - great wisdom, enlightenment, abundance, happiness, and spiritual mastery.

Teacher of the devas.

Yellow sapphire - wealth, expansiveness, education, wisdom, health of children, enlightenment, fortune, education, and generosity. 

UpaRatna: Yellow topaz (pusparaga) and citrine are secondary choices.

Irradiated Yellow Sapphire vs. Authentic Yellow Sapphire.

  • Radiating the stone for it to get a a more saturated colour but it is an unstable orbit that slowly degrades and slowly looses its colour over time.
  • Indian dealers love irradiated yellow sapphires.
  • Test for authenticity - Carry a candle with you, and ask the buyer to heat the stone. If it is radiated it will inflame the radiation.

6. Shukra (Venus) - Vajra (Diamond)

Love. Creativity, fine arts, beauty, gemstones, jewellery, luxury, romance, marriage, the reproductive system, opulence, and refinement of the senses.

Teacher of the raksasas.

Diamond - Healthier relationships, increased creative potential, more luxury, and more personal refinement. 

Health and well-being of the wife, and women in general.

UpaRatna: (White Sapphire, White Zircon, and Phenakite are secondary choices.) 

6. Shukra (Venus) - Vajra (Diamond)

Love. Creativity, fine arts, beauty, gemstones, jewellery, luxury, romance, marriage, the reproductive system, opulence, and refinement of the senses.

Teacher of the raksasas.

Diamond - Healthier relationships, increased creative potential, more luxury, and more personal refinement. 

Health and well-being of the wife, and women in general.

UpaRatna: (White Sapphire, White Zircon, and Phenakite are secondary choices.) 

7. Shani (Saturn) - Nila / Indraneela (Sapphire / Blue sapphire)

Saturn is one of the most misunderstood planets in Vedic Astrology.

Many people are fearful of its power, because its influence is weighty, heavy, and tangible.  Saturn is a teacher. A time to go inwards, purify and increase sattva.

Excellent results can be achieved if channeling Saturn energy into the body is done wisely.

Blue Sapphire - can increase focus, discipline, work ethic, routine, organisation, commitment, and follow-through. 

Shani in its auspicious form represents some of the highest qualities of humanity, such as spiritual practice and long term self-discipline

UpaRatna: Blue Spinel, Iolite, and Amethyst are secondary choices.

8. Rahu - Dolomite / GomEdhikam / Ceylone / Hessonite

Rahu and Ketu are not actually planets, but technically, mathematical points in space.  They are responsible for eclipses, which may be why they are commonly referred to as “shadow planets.”

Rahu signifies material goods, deception, fame, intoxication, and attachment.

Like increases like.

Hessonite (Gomed). - Promotes fame and wealth. Protection.

May produce side effects if not carefully prescribed, especially if one is not in a Rahu mahadasha (planetary period), verify with a Vedic Astrologer.

If you are able to maintain a great deal of personal and spiritual awareness when wearing a hessonite, it can help to bring about an increase in recognition, wealth, and power.

UpRatna: Spessartite

9. Ketu - Vaidurya (Cat’s Eye)

South node of the moon, and signifies enlightenment, liberation, spiritual development, non-attachment, and non-material/invisible influences.

Cat’s Eye (Chrysoberyl) - Promote spiritual development, higher knowledge, transcendence, and connection to the divine.

This gemstone may produce side effects if not carefully prescribed, especially if one is not in a Ketu mahadasha (planetary period), so we recommend verifying with a Jyothishi.

No UpaRatna for Ketu.


Resources

Astrological Gem Website - Blog, Catalogue & Info.

Jyotishis we recommend.

Mention Vital Veda for a discount on gems from Astrological Gem


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Pearl (Mukta): Uses & Benefits

Pearls, known as Mukta, can be used medicinally, for healing and to promote spiritual growth on many levels.

Pearls Relationship with the Moon

The elemental and mineral composition of pearls correlate and resonate with the elemental and mineral composition of our moon (Chandra). Both pearls and the moon have an affinity for the water element and they reciprocate energy to each other via their unique vibratory astral plane.

Thus, wearing pearl malas (necklaces), a pearl ring on the ring finger (the hypothenar region of the hand, below the ring finger, corresponds with moon) and left hand ring finger, and ingesting quality pearl herbal preparations strengthens the moons power and flow of consciousness (soma) it provides to you.

Precious gemstones, with their specific colour frequencies, resonate on the same wavelengths as the celestial bodies in our solar system.

Synonyms

Mauktika, sautika, muktaphala

Indications

Cooling

Like the moon, pearls are cooling (sheeta virya). They can cool down an erratic and fiery mind, reduce inflammation in the body and are good for the eyes and vision (eyes are a seat of pitta fire).

Strength and Nourishment

Pearl is aphrodisiac, bestows strength and nourishment and is good for the bones (asthi dhatu).

Preparing Pearl Properly

Pearls can be prepared in various ways for internal ingestion. As with other bhasmas (minerals that are purified and calcified in a very specific process into ash), the therapeutic use of pearl bhasma radically changes depending on what other herbs it’s mixed with.

Cerebral Tonic and Nervous System Support

Pearl powder (mukta pisti) and bhasma alone are a very strong stimulants thus helpful as a cerebral tonic in nervous diseases like chronic headache, epilepsy, other convulsive attacks, panic attacks, anxiety attacks and heart attacks. 

In case of emergency in the above conditions, put one pinch of Mukta pisti under the tongue, and it can immediately help activate and balance the nervous system. Clinically, I have seen good results with this when patients apply this during panic/anxiety attacks, intense heart palpitates and even to wake someone up from an unconscious state.

Water Purifier

Pearls purify water.

Ways to Absorb Pearl

Dhatu (Herbal Formula)

Restores and regenerates nerves, bones and tissues, because it nourishes and strengthens all seven layers of the dhatus (tissues) in the body. It is also good for improving calcium absorption. A Raju family formula.

Wear Pearl Malas

This is a necklace. Ideally, the pearls are infused with mantras (primordial sounds) and holy substances during a ceremony like Abhishekam (see feature photo).
Please buy quality pearls from a reputable source like Astrological Gem and do not get ripped off.

Caution: Low Quality "Pearl"

Note that “pearl powder” is becoming popular on the natural health market. Pearl powder from me costs $25 for 3 grams. Keep that price in mind when seeing people market their pearl powder, it is probably cheap crap from China. Not only is the raw material who-knows-what, but once again, as with a lot of herbal preparations - the purification process is not applied due to lack of knowledge in this area.

A Note on Genuine Natural Pearl by Jay Boyle

"True, genuine Natural Pearls are nearly impossible to find today.  They were available up until the early 20th century, but through over-fishing and pollution, they have become extinct. Generally, the only supply of natural pearls is the estate market for natural pearl strands.  Unfortunately, these are previously worn and are drilled so they are not suitable for Jyotish purposes.

Very, very rarely I come upon a Certified Natural freshwater pearl.  Usually, the size range is from 1-2 carats and occasionally up to around 4 carats.  Because of their rarity, these natural pearls are quite expensive.

Natural Pearls are virtually extinct, however, we are very pleased to be able to offer some rare, exceptional, smaller sized Natural Pearls.

If you are looking for an affordable alternative to Certified Natural Pearls, we offer Chinese Tissue-Nucleated Pearls (a form of cultured pearl that is natural material and of top quality)."

~ Jay Boyle, gemstone expert and founder of Astrological Gem

References:

Bhavaprakash and Sarngadhara Samhita for action of pearls.
Image: AstrologicalGem, USA.


The Full Moon That Purifies Water & Drips Nectar: 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,” occuring 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.

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Jyotish: Vedic Astrology with Anand Mehrotra {Podcast #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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