Decoding the Energy of Nodes – The Magnificent Rahu part 2

Sri ganesaya namah

Sri Gurudev datta Jai Gurudev datta||

Article Written and Analyzed by
Arnab Mukherji
Whenever we hear the name of Rahu and Ketu. It arouses an element of fear, uncertainty, dilema or something hidden or mysterious which we fail to decipher with all our senses. Both are dreaded and yet , there is a certain amount of fascination with them and especially Rahu. But as said by the seers and experienced teachers of Jyotish, no planet is good or bad.
Maharshi VedVyas venerates Rahu as
अर्धकायं महावीर्यं चन्द्रादित्यविमर्दनम् ।
सिंहिकागर्भसम्भूतं तं राहुं प्रणमाम्यहम् ।।
Ardhakaayam Mahaaviiryam Chandraa Aditya Vimardanam
Simhikaagarbha Sambhuutam Tam Rahu Pranamaamyaham
The above slokha / mantra is given by Maharshi VedVyas and the meaning is one who is half bodied and possesses great courage with the attribute of being a warrior supreme or one who is filled with Veera rasa and one who is capable to outshine,outwit and dominate Surya and Chandra ,one who is born from the womb of Simhika, to him we offer our salutations.
In jyotish scriptures and in various other pagan culture, snakes have been associated with devil or demons but in our vedic shastra, we venerate snakes as they are associated with primordial deities. Primafacie, Snakes do have something to do with mysticism and occult.
Lord Visnu sleeps of the bed of Anath Shesh Nag, Mahadev has Nagraj around his neck, the snakes form as the bracelets, bangles of Mahavidya Tara, Mahishasur Mardini Durga has a snake with her. So snakes represented by nodes do have some divinity associated with them.
Do nodes and especially Rahu really possesses such a shakti.
After going through the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata, the 2 incidents may justify such a veneration for nodes and especially Rahu.
Coming back to the topic of Rahu & Ketu both representing sarpa and nagas. The element of surprise and shock is so common occurrence when they show their influence.
The avatars represented by Surya is Lord Maryada Purushottam Sri Rama and that by Chandra is Chandravanshi Vasudev Sri Krishna.
In Ramayana , Meghnad was the husband of Sulochana – the naga princess and had used the NagPasha on both Sri Rama (Surya) and Lakshmana. Although for a moment, the supreme among warriors was unconscious and almost on the verge of no return till Hanumana – incarnation of Rudra (Mars) came to their aid by bringing Garuda to their rescue.
The 2nd incident is from Karna parva of Mahabharata where ruler of Anga desh – Karna was engaged in a fearsome battle with his sworn enemy Arjuna. It is at this juncture , Karna decided to use NagaAstra, although ashwasena (snake from khandavana) had mounted on it without Karna’s knowledge. Yet this arrow was so lethal that it was capable to decapitate arjuna’s head. The weapon had startled Arjuna who could not react and was sure to meet his death ,had Sri Krsna not intervened to forcefully sink the wheel of chariot in the ground. The shaft of the arrow missed arjuna’s head and instead hit his celestial crown. In spite of the presence of Sri Krsna the almighty , the nodes did surprise the mortal warrior.
The above 2 incidents do hint at something. I leave it to the readers to form their views.
I conclude my small post by saying that Rahu Ketu can create havoc through their manipulation and occurrence of sudden events which are unexpected and cannot be understood easily. Their power – shakti can disturb most calm – composed minds and personalities and yet both the planets are an ocean of untapped potential and impossible – unconventional knowledge which is hidden and only known to yogis and siddhas. Had it not been the case, why would be it a tradition in our culture to dedicate time in eclipses to mantra and spiritual practices. During eclipses, all external form of worship is stopped and the temples are closed but is it not worth pondering that internal worship is encouraged by mantra, dhyana, homa..
Interestingly, one of the mantra beeja which is used for Rahu is exactly the same which is used to invoke Smashan Bhairava.
I reiterate my statement that Rahu Ketu – nodes are neither positive nor negative but mere agents to deliver the fruits of our own actions.
The delivery method may at times be little challenging. Jai Mahakaal.
( Just my observation and understanding – Thank you)
Regards,
Arnab Mukherji

Understanding Devguru Bṛhaspati Based on Puranic Stories – Part 1

 

 

|| Brihaspati (Guru) Navagraha Mantra ||

Devaanaam Cha Risheenaam Cha Gurum Kaanchana Sannibham
Buddhibhootam Trilokesham Tam Namaami Brihaspateem

|| Vedic Mantras of Guru ||

Om Brihaspate Ati Yadaryo Arhaad Dyumdwibhaati Kratumajjaneshu Yaddeedayachhvas Ritprajaat Tadasmaasu Dravinam Dhehi Chitram

 

Meaning: I bow down to Brihaspathi who is the teacher of Gods and sages, who is resplendent and lustrous like burnished gold and who is endowed with a lot of wisdom and who is the lord of the three worlds.

Brihaspati or Guru (Jupiter) Origination Brahmaa’s one of the 10 Maanas Putra was Angiraa. Angiraa was married to Shraddha – one of the 9 daughters of Kardam Rishi and had three sons – Utathya, Brihaspati and Samvart. Where Shukra (Venus) is a Braahman and follows Bhrigu’s (another Maanas Putra of Brahmaa) lineage, Brihaspati (Jupiter) is also a Braahman and follows Angiraa’s lineage.

He has a strange story of his birth. Angira’s wife Shraddha, who was another creation of Brahma, was unfaithful to her husband during her pregnancy and as a result, she gave birth to a stillborn child. However, she repented for her mistake and was able to regain the favour of Angiraa. Angiraa then gave life to the child, who was then named Brihaspati.

Brihaspati had two wives – Shubh and Taaraa. His first wife Shubh gave birth to 7 daughters – Bhaanumatee, Raakaa, Archishmatee, Mahaamatee, Mahishmatee, Sineevaalee, and Havishmatee; his second wife Taaraa gave birth to 7 sons and one daughter.

He had two sons from his brother Utathya’s wife Mamataa also – Kach and Bharadwaaj. When he had Mamataa, Mamataa was already pregnant. As he tried to impregnate her, her child in her womb protested, but Brihaspati cursed him for his objection that he should be born with utter darkness. That child was Deerghtamaa who was born blind just because of Brihaspati’s Shaap. Brihaspati’s own child was Bharadwaaj who was immediately born. Both Brihaspati and Mamataa did not take care of the child so they abandoned him there only. Maruts found him, named him as Bharadwaaj, and brought him up. He was later adopted by King Dushyant.

Brihaspati attained his position as the preceptor of the Devtaa by performing penances on the banks of Prabhaas Teerth. Lord Shiv granted him this position, as well as his position as one of the Nava Grahas (nine planets).

In the Bhagavad Geetea, Shree Krishn teaches that among the priests, He is Brihaspati, that shows that He addresses Brihaspati as the highest, and proves that Brihaspati is like Bhagavaan Himself.

The representative of Guru (Jupiter) was a very jovial and intelligent man. After Budh’s Pandit sat down after delivering his speech, he got up and started – “O Highness, One main reason of Guru’s greatness over Budh is that Budh is two-faced – a true politician. He gives auspicious results when he conjoins with benefic planets; but when he joins malefic planets, he himself becomes malefic. Thus he is not reliable. He is like him in whose company he is. Guru is far more superior in this respect. He is the greatest benefic planet among all the nine planets; and acts as a malefic only under unusual circumstances. He is the Guru of Devtaa, Indra and other celestials respects him, obey him, and follow his counsel. Those who worship Jupiter regularly and sincerely can achieve their all kinds of desires. His wisdom is extraordinarily profound.

He is fond of sweets and he wears yellow clothes and yellow flowers. He is well-versed all all Ved and expert in all forms of human knowledge. He possesses all virtues, is modest, forgiving and happy. His mind and senses are disciplined. His metal is gold and gem is topaz. He is the Lord of fat in the body, North-east direction, Thursday, and of the constellations (Dhanu (Sagittarius) and Meen (Pisces). He is the Guru of immortals, the Lord of speech and is worthy of worship.

He is the son of Angiraa (Brahmaa’s one of 10 brain children.How Angiraa was born? He has a strange story of his birth. Once Brahmaa Jee grew passionate for some Apsaraa and lost his seed. He put it into fire and from that fire these 10 children were born. Angiraa was born directly from live coals that is why he is called Angiraa (Angaaraa). It was this Angiraa’s curse to Punjikaasthalee Apsaraa that mighty Hanumaan was born to her.

Angiraa’s wife’s name was Shraddhaa (one of the nine daughters of Kardam Rishi) and they had 8 sons including Brihaspati. Some call Brihaspati the son of Fire because he was born form Agni Dev (Fire god) and is incarnation of Fire. Brihaspati did severe Tap for Shiv Jee and got the position of the Guru (teacher) of celestials and a planet from him. Since then he got busy in advancing the plans of Devtaas.

Bṛhaspati (Sanskrit: बृहस्पति, often written as Brihaspati) is a Vedic era sage and spiritual master of the demigods’ councils also called as Guru and in (Sanskrit, it means lord of prayer or devotion”) ,or also called as the Deva-guru (Guru of the Gods).

Planet Jupiter or Guru is a considered as the most beneficial planet in hindu jyotish and considered to be the most auspicious, helpful, generous and beneficent of the planets. Worship of Jupiter results in progeny, good education, valour, longevity of life and recovery from physical illness. In the Zodiac. He is the Lord of Dhanus and Meena. Guru stays for one year in each Rasi, taking 12 years to complete the cycle.

Who is Brihaspati or Guru Graha

Brhaspati (often written as Brihaspati or Bruhaspati) also known as Brahmanaspati and Deva-guru (guru of the gods), is the name of a Vedic deity. He is considered the personification of piety and religion, and the chief ‘offerer of prayers and sacrifices to the gods’ (Sanskrit: Purohita), with whom he intercedes on behalf of humankind.

In Jyotish (Hindu astrology), Brihaspati is the name for the planet Jupiter, which is one of the Nava Graha (cosmic influencers) or planets. It is also known as Guru, Kuraa and Devaguru. Brihaspati is considered to be the greatest benefic of any of the planets. He rules over the signs Dhanus (Sagittarius) and Meen (Pisces), he is exalted in Kark (Cancer) and is fallen in Makar Capricorn) signs. The Sun, Moon and Mars are considered friendly to Brihaspati, Mercury is hostile and Saturn is neutral.Brihaspati is the Lord of three Nakshatras or lunar mansions: Punarvasu, Visakha and Poorv-Bhaadrapad. Yellow coloured items, like yellow cloth, Moong Daal, Channa Daal, jaggery etc, are considered associated with Brihaspati: his color is yellow, metal is gold and gemstone is yellow topaz. The season associated with him is winter (snow), direction is north-east and element is ether or space.

Guru in Vedic astrology is considered to be of the element ether (space) or Aakaash Tattwa (Aakaash = Space/Sky/Aether; Tattwa = Essence/Category/Truth). This indicates vastness, growth and expansion in a person’s horoscope and life. Brihaspati also represents the balance of past Karm, religion, philosophy, knowledge and issues relating to offspring. He is concerned with education, teaching and the dispensation of knowledge. Humans with Jupiter dominating in their horoscope could grow fat as life progresses and their empire and prosperity increases; and diabetes is an ailment directly related to Jupiter. According to traditional Hindu astrology, worship or propitiation of Brihaspati or Guru (Jupiter) results in cure from ailments affecting the stomach and helps ward off sins.

Brihaspati is a Kaarak or indicator of fortune, wealth, fame, luck, devotion and faith, spirituality, charity, morality, meditation, Mantra, children, Magistrates, ministers, lawyers, leaders in government and religion. He represents wisdom, benevolence and philosophy. His most favored position in a chart is 1st House, but he does well both in the Kendra and Angles and the auspicious Trikon Houses. As a benefic planet, he reaches full maturity at the earliest of the Nine Grahas – at the age of 16.

Worship of Brihaspati results in a cure for ailments affecting the stomach and helps one to ward off his sins, helps him in gaining strength, valor and longevity etc. He grants the boon of fatherhood to the childless, and good education. He should be worshipped on Thursdays. The following story goes whenever he is worshipped —

To Be Continued ….

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