Understanding Saturn Part 1- Sadesati and Therapeutic, Puranic story behind the lord of karma

What are Karamas ?

According to Hinduism God is fair and humans have a free will to choose good or bad, if he choose good action, cause will be good, if he choose bad, cause will be bad and collectively decide what is hidden in your destiny.Here we are Referencing to our day to day life Karmas (3rd from 4th house – 6th House and 6th lord – Karamas which are originated from our thoughts and are done practically via 10th house) which are free to do by our own Conscious mind.

In General Practice stored desires should be seen through natural Karka sign (Aquarius) & 4th house (Karka of mind) and therefore, ultimately gives clues for the consequences of Karamas (good or bad – in our continuous next birth) according to their Karma in the past.

Karma initiates the entire cycle of cause and effect (i.e., the cycle called Sansara – Venus (Maya) Jivatma (Soul – Sun) cannot attain moksha (salvation) until the accumulated (Pra-rabdha) Karmas are completely exhausted by consuming them.

Karma is like a seed, most of the times Karma does not fructify immediately after the seed is sown.

We produce numerous Karmic seeds by our own actions { via Speech, thoughts and actions , so we should have to see whole chart in compositely.Simply check 10th from Mercury – for all the actions done via our Speech and conscious brain , i.e if you have 10th from Mercury is Mars – it Will produce a harsh speaker or quiet arrogant and rude speaker so directly or indirectly our Speech is playing a part of our karmas,10th from Moon – for all the actions done and initiated by our thoughts , i.e 10th from Moon – Jupiter will produce a pious person healer, very thoughtful, very knowledgeable or Spiritual motivator by directly influencing to the thoughts of the native and other people around them }.

Bhagavad Gita says: Mysterious is the path of action (karma)” The Law of Karma is inscrutable.” It is difficult to say what sort of karmas will cause cancer and whether the fruit that you enjoy now is the result of one karma or a combination of several karmas. It is difficult to tell whether the fruit that you enjoy now is from the karma in the current birth or is it from the karmas in previous births (Sanchita karma).

Ripe karmas can produce fruits in the same birth under proper circumstances.

Karma is the principle of cause and effect, action and reaction, total cosmic justice and personal responsibility. It is very logical: what you sow is what you reap in exact and precise measure (dispensed by the Divine according to the Cosmic principles.) Karma is as predictable as the laws of gravity: what is done to you is the net result of what you have done to others.

He who hurts others, has already hurt himself in the future. The most important unpredictable aspect of Law of Karma is the “Delivery” (or consequences) that are controlled by the Divine.

Karma begins to propel you as Soul on a personal journey through the universe. Karma ends when you have perfected yourself in art of doing Karma without attachment and desires, purely in selfless form.

The ability to do Karma without attachment (without expectation of Karma-phala) can be attained by perfecting oneself on the path to the Divine by following various yogas as i have read in Bhagwad geeta –

In our Day to day life Lord Shani Dev Keeps an eye on our ripe and ongoing karamas to let us understand what actually are our karamas and how important they plays major role in our life. It’s the sum total of all 4 karamas every human being take birth based on his all accumulated karamas. If he had done bad prarabdha in past birth he has to pay back in any case in any birth that purely depends on the wish of the divine principle, when he has to pay back, we cannot move away from that but we can justify those karamas by doing good karamas in our ongoing life.Only one’s good karma can burn the odd one karamas done in bad. Seed house of all the ongoing karama is 10th house and lord saturn plays a major role in understanding every sort of karama in one’s life.

Astrologically, Check 10th house from Saturn
– for all the actions we do in day to day tasks in every moment or every seconds – via desire, aversion, love, hatred, happiness, etc. Benefic/Malefic in 10th from Saturn will undoubtedly produce, a positive or negative result, sooner or later when it come, according to the nature of the seed of action or Karama, if not in this life, then in some future life. 4th house and moon generates desires for those karamas but actions depends on 10th house.

But first we need to understand who is Shani-Dev and how he balances all the karmic actions in any individual’s life. 

In Sanskrit Saturn is called Shani or Shana-ish-chara (” The slow mover – The Manda Gati ” )- ” Shane -Shane (one who walks slowly) “,Astronomically, only saturn has the capability to stay for much longer period in any zodiac sign because of his slow movement, it takes him about two and a half years to coverup a zodiacal sign or so to pass through each constellation of the sidereal zodiac.

In the Linga Purana it is said that Lord Shani-Dev (Saturn) was born from the solar deity Rudra. The Markandeya Purana states that Saturn is the son of the Sun god by his wife Chaya (shadow) .Saturn is cold and dry because of its  internal core structure made of, Internally he is pure and satwik but externally in language of jyotish he is considered as tamasik  in nature (Being straight forward and anger in nature). Being in slow movement he is considered as (lethargic) but in actual reality he isn’t, its due to slow walk he take time to reach the destination point and it has deep history too and curse of of his other mother sandhya, he is an elderly and wise planet. His sight is considered as bad, and he is said to be “malefic amongst the malefic but only for those who are doing or indulged in bac karmic actions in any life.

Astrological Significance 

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It is said that Saturn can destroys the house it aspects but in actual reality it only gives challenges regarding that house where it aspects, thus if it is a placed in malefic or in an enemy sign (but exceptional are always there if it is positioned in the seventh house, where it receives directional strength, Saturn will be a blissful for native) results will be different, and when it is placed in friendly or neutral sign it used to flourish that house with its saturnine  quality and when it aspects or conjoins result will be too depending on the sign and house placement.When well placed it gives its natives integrity, wisdom, spirituality, fame, patience, ability to lead, authority, long life, organisational abilities, sincerity, honesty, love of justice and awareness of right and wrong.

When it is ill placed with enemy planet or in house where Ashtakavrga strength is weak it can brings native  to miseries,sorrow, delay, obstruction, disappointment, disputes, dejection, difficulties but  that too has some lessons regarding that house for filtering the karmic seeds. Saturnine natives are defensive, nervous and secretive but very much honest, responsible and loyal.In Mundane world, Saturn rules the direction of west,Saturday is its day, black is its colour and Blue sapphire is the gemstone of Saturn. In Vedic Numerology Saturn rules number 8.

For better understanding on Saturn aspects one has to understand its philosophical and background nature of a teacher or strict guru: 

These are 4 Precious Mantras of Lord Saturn Astrologically and Philosophically explained:

1) Saturn Placement (Acting as Filtering the House) – Here Saturn is teaching one should be very much practical, He need to be Become Real, Loyal, Honest Natural, Self Identification is required in nature .Saturn usually Shreds the negativity and connecting traits of that house (for e.g if it is in 8th house – It will transform native into spirituality and shreds the negative traits of Fear, death, sexuality and losses connected with that house) where it is placed and used to evolve positivism from it, powered it up with enthusiasm after Deep Life lessons, gives higher realisation and rejuvenate the future life after correcting the past mistakes and errors we are doing currently in life regarding that house properties with the help of full of deep wisdom and experiences learned from past events.Here Saturn act as Path finder by shredding all the negativeness from that house 

2) Saturn Direct Aspect (Life Long challenges)   Be Prepared from Open Challenges – Here Saturn gives equally challenging environment and opponents who can test your abilities and patience where it directly aspects and it keep pointing you to get prepare yourself for whole life for this Open challenges. Here Saturnine energy is directing you, Hey you ! you are weak and not prepared for future life actions, and you need to work on hard in this area, as you are lacking the required energy for betterment. He is suggesting you Never take back step, never fear, you have to accept it in any case and you have to face this challenge in whole life unless you never become balances and perfect, which you are feeling you can’t face in long race.Here Saturn is teaching you have to rise as winner. Never neglect your responsibilities, prioritise it and work hard on it. This is your Open challenge area for whole life and one of an important part of your life. Don’t ignore it, Prepare yourself and make it better for future path.

3) Saturn 3rd Aspect (Bold Challenges) Boldly Face the Task – Here Saturn gives hard tasks and challenging environments that one has to face in any situation, when it aspects 3rd from any house and he will try to test your courage, will power and mental Toughness and keep pointing you for task that you need to boldly face it with Never ending willpower, determination and courage. As a metaphor is known; are you the perfect one who can boldly finish the tasks of your life which you are feeling unable to finish it any condition ?. Here, Saturn is teaching you remove no from your dictionary and keep telling you, use your willpower and courage to overcome any difficulties you are facing regarding that house and sign and try to finish the tasks boldly with out fear and delay.

4) Saturn 10th Aspect (Ultimate Goal) – Work is Workshop – Here, Saturn Realises by its 10th aspect-  life is not for fun and enjoyment, it is for Accomplishing higher goals of life given you as a gift from higher Almighty in each and every birth and you have to evolve  that goal and target from these Openly Challenging situations  and from negative people you may face in your life as a part of your challenge from environment or society in the form of that house. As a gift from biased society, who always trying to oppose what you are doing.Here Saturn is telling you use this gifts Intelligently to face People who opposes you always in your work. Society is only a challenge to make out best from you so you have to use gifts those are given to you.Use it and invest it well and Rise your self by Dint of your Never ending Spirit.

History from Indian Scriptures

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According to legends and scriptures , Saturn was born to Sun and Chaya, also known as Swarna. During the time of Saturn’s birth, Sun fell severely ill due to Saturn’s inauspicious aspect when he opened his eyes. Hence, there have always been disputes between the father and son (Sun-Saturn Aspect).

According to  other Hindu Puranas (scriptures), Shani is considered to be a son of Surya (Sun) and Chhaya (shadow). His brother is Yamaraj and sister is Yamuna. His color is considered to be same as an Indraneel Mani, also known as Neelam (Blue Sapphire).

There are many different stories regarding birth of Shani Dev. Foremost and accepted is the one in the ancient ‘Skanda Purana’ which is as follows.

” God Surya was married to Vishwakarama Kanya Sandhya.

Sandhya could not tolerate the radiance of God Surya. She used to feel that by doing penance she could increase her brilliance. Or, by the power of her penance, she could diminish the glare of God Surya. But for God Surya, she was a spouse worshipping wife. From God Surya, she had three children. One was Vaivastahva Manu. The second was Yama Raj. And the third was Yamuna. Sandhya loved her children very much. But, she was very upset with the radiance of God Surya. One day, she thought that she would separate from God Surya, go to her parents’ home and undertake great penance. And if there was opposition, she would go far away to a lonely and undertake great penance.

By strength of her penance, Sandhya created a ‘Chaya’ (shadow) of herself and named her Suvarna. And, and then the shadow of herself became Suvarna. After handing over the children to Chaya, Sandhya told her that Chaya would thereafter play the role of womanhood and nurse her three children. She told her if any problem arose, she should call her and she would come rushing to her. But she cautioned her that she must remember that she was Chaya, not Sandhya, and nobody should know this difference.

Sandhya hander over her responsibilities to Chaya and went away to her parents’ place. She went home and told her father that she could not stand the radiance of God Surya. And therefore, without telling her husband she had come away. Listening to this, her father scolded her very much and told her that without being called, if the daughter returns home, both her and her father would be cursed. He told her to go back to her home immediately. Then, Sandhya began to worry that if she went back, what would happen to the responsibilities which she had given to Chaya. Where would Chaya go?

And their secret would be exposed. So, Sandhya went to the dense jungles in Uttar Kurukshetra and took repose there.

She was fearful of her safety in the jungle because of her youthfulness and beauty. And she changed her form into that of a mare so that none could recognize her and started her penance. Elsewhere, the union of God Surya and Chaya begot three children. God Surya and Chaya were happy with each other. Surya never doubted anything. The children of Chaya were Manu, God Shani and Putri Bhadra (Tapti).”

” As per the second story, the creation of God Shani was the result of Maharishi Kashyap’s great ‘yagna’. When God Shani was in the womb of Chaya, Shiv Bhaktini Chaya was so engrossed in penance of God Shiva that she did not care for her food even.

She prayed so intensely during her penance that the prayers had a profound influence on the child in her womb. As a result of such a great penance of Chaya, without food and shade in the blazing sun, the complexion of God Shani became black. When God Shani was born, Surya was surprised to see his dark complexion. He began to doubt Chaya. He insulted Chaya by saying that this was not his son.

From birth itself, God Shani had inherited the great powers of his mother’s penance.

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He saw that his father was insulting his mother. He saw his father with a cruel gaze. As a result his father’s body was charred black. The horses of God Surya’s chariot stopped. The chariot would not move. Worried, God Surya called out to God Shiva. God Shiva advised God Surya and explained to him about what had happened. That is, because of him the respect of mother and child had been tarnished and insulted. God Surya accepted his fault and apologized. And regained his earlier glorious looks and the power of his chariot’s horses. Since then, God Shani became a good son to his father and mother and an ardent disciple of God Shiva.

According to other scriptures and legendaries as per Brahma Purana, Saturn was totally devoted to Lord Krishna and was mesmerised by him. Seeing this inclination, Sun married Saturn to Chitra rath’s daughter. Saturn’s wife was extremely strong, powerful and modest.The wife of Saturn is Param Tejasvi and one day she went to him to request a son. But Shani Dev was busy meditating and praying to Lord Krishna.

After waiting a long time, his wife got agitated and cursed Shani that wherever, and whoever he sees will get destroyed.Hence, she cursed Saturn saying that anyone seen by him would be totally destroyed because of these facts we called Saturn as Impotent and can destroy anyone by its aspect.

Saturn tried to convince her and she eventually accepted her mistake. But, she could not take back the curse. So, Saturn started looking downwards as he didn’t want anyone to get hurt.This causes Shani to keep his head down all the time.”

This is the mythology behind the harmful drishti (aspect) of Shani.

(Reference and Source : Skanda Puraan and Padma Puran)

Vedic Astrological Importance

According to Vedic Astrology, Saturn is considered as beneficial in the house it occupies, but harmful to the houses which it aspects, it is not harmful it only teaches spiritual and mundane lessons out of those houses, those houses are only Challenges and learning of current life.

Shani aspects 3rd, 7th and 10th house and covers 270 degree of orbital distance  angle and you can imagine how power magnetic influence of Saturn would be from the one it occupies.

Shani hates actions such as fraud, deceit, telling lies, consuming alcohol, gambling, staying unclean, animal cruelty, and disrespect of God, parents or elders.

If Shani occupies a favorable position in a birth chart then that person progresses in several aspects of life. That person is hardworking, fair in dealings and justice-loving. His/her social standing is also very good and that person does not suffer from any major ailments. On the other hand, if Shani is not positioned well in a chart, then damage to the house, fires, debt, disputes and loss of wealth and property will occur.

Early defects in teeth and eyes are also the effects of bad Shani positioning.The movements of Saturn, also known as the “Great Malefic,” used to be observed with fear and came with warnings passed from the astrologer to client about pending shortages, bad luck, great loss or punishing circumstances.

Saturn’s gift is the pressure that keeps us focused on our own path. It’s seriousness, like the sign it rules, Capricorn, comes from knowing that some goals require us to plod through dread to generate more inner discipline. Jupiter balances this out faith, optimism and trust that all the hard work will pay off.

Saturn doesn’t promise success, but by laying out the steps, and sticking to the path despite the distractions and doubts, you start to gain Saturn-approved mastery regardless of the outcome. It is the path to unshakable self-esteem.

Saturn’s influence may seem heavy and limiting, but that is the nature of the physical realm. When you toss up your hands and claim to be overwhelmed, inert, depressed, someone else has to be the authority in your life. This authority can be given to a boss, father, spouse, teacher, friend, or even a punishing voice inside your head. Once you’ve been humbled-humiliated enough, you might decide to pull yourself up and be your own boss.

The sign and house position of your Saturn shows where these life dramas will likely take place.Whatever are the apprehensions attached with this planet, Saturn is not the planet to be feared of. After all, a success gained after winning over obstacles is the truly satisfying one, accompanied by a deeper, and eternal knowledge about life. And that is the invaluable reward Shani imparts in our destinies.

Prajapati and Yam are believed to be Saturn’s Adhidevta and Pratyadhidevta respectively.

Saturn belongs to Lord Krishna’s caste, rides a vulture and a chariot made of iron.Saturn is also known by many different names like Asit, Aarki, Chhayatmaj, Mand, Shanaishchar, Suryaputra, Ravij, Pangu and Saur, Bhaskari.

According to Vedic astrology, Saturn is the Karak planet for the 6th, 8th and 10th house , Along with this, it is the Karak planet for detachment.

Saturn is also the Karak planet for coal, iron, brinjals, black or blue clothes, Udat dal, black grapes and jamun.

It is considered to be a Karak planet for almost all blue coloured things.Saturn is often associated with ligaments and stomach. Being a Karak planet for detachment, Saturn should be strong in the Kundali in order to achieve success.Saturn can also be associated with sculpting, service, farmer, labor class etc.Saturn is connected with the age and longevity of an individual. He gives long life if placed favorably in horoscope.

In spite of his bad name, Saturn is actually considered as a teacher. He behaves like a teacher, who punishes the students when they err and rewards them for their good deeds.Saturn is also the planet of justice, behaves like judge and gives justice depending upon the deeds of a person. The person who commits sin and bad karma’s are rewarded results accordingly.

Saturn rules over bones. All the large bones in the body of legs are governed by Saturn. Saturn, as per his nature, gives long-term diseases. Such diseases are long termed and hardly curable. So a person has to bear with the long illness.A person under influence of Saturn has to work hard in life. Saturn represents labor class who work die hard to earn a little livelihood. Land and all the products beneath earth are governed by Saturn. As such, all the mining items are ruled by him. Iron is his metal and his color is black/ blue. Zodiac sings which Saturn governs are Capricorn and Aquarius. He is exalted in Libra and debilitated in Aries. His mool-trikona sign is Aquarius.

Saturn believes in discipline and strictness and never likes chaos and disobeys. In Hindu Astrology, Saturn has great significance. People are afraid of this planet due to his strictness and discipline. The slow transit of this planet offers two important common periods namely Sadhe-Sati and Dhaiya. Every person undergoes the period of Sadhe-Sati and Dhaiya many a times in his life. Sadhe-Sati is a period when Saturn transits the twelfth and second house of the natal Moon. Similarly, if Saturn is placed fourth and eight from the natal moon, period of Dhaiya takes place. Period of Sadhe-Sati is seven and a half year and period of Dhaiya is two and a half year.

These two periods are considered very difficult time in a native’s life. He has to face many hardship and problems in life and gets no respite from any circle. Astrologically, speaking, this is the time when a person experiences enlightenment while going through the hard time.

By suffering hardship, a person is balancing his sins. Here, we can understand the difference in the nature of Mars and Saturn. Hardship faced by a person under the influence of Mars can make him a dacoit or thief. But, this is not the case with Saturn. In such circumstances, the Saturn will turn a person towards spirituality and forces him to think what is the cause of his misery i.e. bad deeds are responsible of his present situation. Slowly he becomes pious.

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