Ayurveda and Herbal Plants Research Series : The Ayurvedic/Herbal Plant ( Bakula Tree) Remedy for those are born in Anuradha Moon Nakashtras or Ascendant

Herbal Plant/Tree Remedy for Diseases in Anuradha Nakashtras (Saturn Cure):

“Indian Medaller ” or “ The Scared Bakula Tree “

Common Name : Bakula, Bolsari, Maulsarau, Mahilam( Tamil).

Sanskrit : Chirapushpa, Anangaka, Bakula, Chirapushpa, Dhanvi, Gudhpushpa, Kantha, Karuka, Kesha, Mukula, Padyamoda, Sharadika, Sindhugandha, Simhakeshaa, Sthirmukhgandha, Surabhi Tailanga, Varalahdha, Visharada


Commonly Found in : Asia, Australia, Pacific.


Botnaical Name : Mimusops elengi L


Family: Sapotaceae


Vernacular Name: San: Bakula, Madhugandha, Surabhi

Local Names in Languages :

Bengali :Bakul
English :Bakul tree, Spanish cherry, Bullet wood, Asian bullet wood, West India medlar
Gujarati :Barsoli
Hindi :Maulsari मौलसरी
Kannada : Pokkalathu, Ranjal
Konkani : Omval
Malayalam : Elengi, Elenji, Elangi, Ilanni,Bakulam, Mukura, Elanchi
Manipuri : Bokul Lei
Marathi : Bakuli
Others : Bulletwood, Indian Medlar, Bakula, Magizham, Elengi, Pagade Tree’s,Maulsari,Spanish Cherry.
Tamil : Magizhamboo, Magizhamaram, Magizham, Magadam
Urdu : Kirakuli 



Habit: Large tree.


Habitat: Semi evergreen forests.


Status: Common.
Etymology: Madhugandha (sweet fragrance) and Surabhi (pleasant) are due to its sweet-scented flowers.

For More Details : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimusops_elengi



Ancient Sacred Uses and History of Bakula:


This is one of Most celebrated sacred tree found in Hindu Scriptures and Puranas and even placed amongst the flowers of the Hindu Paradise.This tree is even mentioned several time in the Ramayana and considered as flowering tree found in the Gandhamadana forest and it is one of common tree found in the Panchavati growing near the lake in full bloom around Pampa Lake. One of an attractive tree adorning the Ashoka Vatika. Many a time it is used for constructing of Bridge and one of main flowering tree blossom in Lord Rama garden. Even Lord Krishna too celebrated this flowering tree by wearing a garland made of Bakula flowers. The Bakul tree is mentioned frequently in the Mahabharata – Lord Krishna used to play his flute under a Bakul tree and attract the milkmaids of Vrindavan. The ancient Indian sages regarded these trees as gifts from God. Bakul trees are frequently found growing at temple entrances. The Bakula tree, which is considered male, is planted on the right side of the temple entrance, while the chalta tree (Dillenia indica), which is considered female, is planted on the left side. The dense canopy of the Bakul tree provides a cool shade where devotees can sit, talk, relax and meditate. The Bakul flowers are used as offerings to the god. It is one of the 7 Scared trees associated with the Gautam Buddha and also scared to the Jains as it as an Emblem or Naminatha, A Tirthankara, he attained enlightenment under the shade of the Bakula Tree. Bakula flowers are offered to Lord Ganesha during the 21-Pushpa puja. The flowers are considered to be very sacred in Jainism and Buddhism.

According to Brihat Samhita, one must plant this sacred tree near houses, Temples and religious places. Kalidasa mentioned this tree as a symbol of love and Beauty as the scent of the flowers of the Bakula resembles wines and the fragrance is linked to the breadth of the young women. Even it doesn’t lose its fragrance in the sun too.It is believed that Bakula flowers bloom when a sweet wine is sprinkled from the mouth of a beautiful woman on them. They are the harbinger of ‘Basant’ or spring in India. The blooming phase of the flowers is from May to June. The flowers are small, about 2 cm in diameter. The flower has a crown coming out from the middle. The flowers would fall by morning, however, the fragrance remains as-it-is. 

The Bakula Pushpa plant has lots to offer and is also called Indian Medlar or Bulletwood tree when it comes to therapeutic benefits. However, Indians aren’t stranger to their beneficial properties for hair care and skin care. Known as Bakula to us, back home, this tree finds mention in the ancient scriptures of Ayurveda as well as in Kalidas’ Megduta.

Natives those are born in Anuradha Nakashtra in moon sign of Scorpio or in Anuradha Ascendant and those having Saturn as Bhadhaka graha or for Capricorn Lagana Where this Nakashtra also falls in Bhadhaka Sign too, should Plant this tree in their surroundings or near houses and they should donate this tree either in any temple or any religious place for curing para-Psychological diseases or troubled by this nakshatra. Even those are born in Anuradha Nakashtra, they should meditate under this tree daily to cure of Negative impact of this Nakashtra in their Mental and physical health.

Siddha Bakula tree is a certain tree in Puri in the state of Orissa, India. Under this tree Haridas Thakur, the famous Indian saint sat and chanted the holy names 20 hours daily.

Siddha Bakul Tree In Puri

Bakul tree belongs to the mimosa family of trees. The original tree which dates 500 years ago can still be found at this place today and is revered by pilgrims and tourists who visit Puri. Siddha Bakula is located near Gambhira Temple on Bali Sahi road. Siddha Bakula is the bhajana kutir of Haridasa Thakur, the place where he chanted 3,00,000 names of Krishna daily.

There is a small temple featuring a murthi of namacarya Srila Haridas Thakura in a sitting pose chanting japa. The site has extraordinary bakula tree winding and climbing around the courtyard. Tree looks like it exploded or it appears like petrified wood; completely dead. Yet it is wonderfully flourishing with lush green leaves and fragrant flowers. In another temple altar is Sadbhuja Gauranga (six-armed Gauranga) in the middle and Sri Nityananda Prabhu and Advaita Acarya. There is also a Deity of Lord Narasimhadeva.

 

Bakula Bakula Amavasya ( Associated with the Amavasya) Bakula flowers are offered to the manes, seeking Their blessings.
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Bakula is a lovely green small tree of the Indian subcontinent. With its small shiny, thick, narrow, pointed leaves, straight trunk and spreading branches, it is a prized ornamental specimen because it provides a dense shade and during the months from March to July fills the night air with the delicious heady aroma of its tiny cream coloured flowers. Flowers are small, star-shaped, yellowish white in colour, with a crown rising from the centre. Oval leaves, wavy at the margin, about 5-16 cm and 3-7 cm wide. In the morning the fragrant flowers which so graciously scented their surroundings with their deep, rich, fragrance during the evening hours, fall to the ground. People love to collect them as they retain their odour for many days after they fall. They are offered in temples and shrines throughout the country.
Appears in Indian mythology as Vakula – said to put forth blossoms when sprinkled with nectar from the mouth of lovely women. Fruits are eaten fresh.
Note:

Leaf is used in purificatory rituals of temples. It is a sacred plant. Ripe fruits and roasted seeds are edible. Corollas are made into garlands. β-sitosterol, α- spinasterol, quercitol, dihydroquercetin, lupeol, ursolic acid, teraxerone and hentriacontane are the active constituents

(Kapoor, 1990).

Description:


Large evergreen tree. Leaves simple, broadly ovate, glabrous. Flowers white, sweet-scented, in axillary clusters. Sepal 8, in 2 series, ovate, tomentose. Corolla 8-lobed; lobes divided to the base into 3 segments. Stamens 8, alternating with fimbriate staminodes. Fruit 1-seeded, ovoid berry, orange-red when ripe

Habit :

Large trees up to 35 m tall.

Trunkbark :
Bark dark grey, longitudinally fissured, lenticellate; blaze pink.
Branchlets :


Latex white.

Exudates :

Branchlets terete, puberulous when young, later glabrous.
Leaves :
Leaves simple, alternate, spiral; petiole 1-2.5 cm long, glabrous, terete and canaliculate towards apex; pubescent when young, later glabrous; lamina 7-14 x 2.5-7 cm, elliptic-oblong, apex shortly acuminate with blunt tip, base rounded or acute, margin sl
Flowers :

 

 

 

Flowers white, in axillary fascicles; pedicel up to 2 cm.

Fruit & seed :

Berry, ellipsoid, reddish-brown when ripe; seed one.

Diseases:

Anuradha Nakashtra rules over Bladder, Genitals, rectum, Nasal Bones, Bones near Genitals. Natives of this nakshatra are prone to Suppression of menses, constipation, sterility, piles, fracture of high bones, sore throat strictures, Anemia, unknown pain in bones, cough, acidity, cold, windy problem, gouts, arthritis and Skin problems.


Spiritual Solution and Rituals :

For Curing Such problems Spiritually native of Anuradha Nakashtra should do worshipping of Lord Krishna and Shiva with this Flowers daily and should do Meditation under this tree to get rid of sins and diseases after worshipping Lord Arunachaleshwara (Lord Shiva) in Annamalaiyar Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located at the base of Annamalai hills in the town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, India. As this tree is very much scared to Lord Shiva, as one of the names of Lord Shiva is too Bakula. Even it is said that women circumambulate the scared tree and tie a cradle to it they will be blessed with a male child. This nakshatra is associated with the Anuradha nakshatra and 2nd pada of Ashwini.

Ayurvedic Properties of Bakula:

Rasa (Taste) : Katu (Pungent), Kashaya (Astringent)

Guna (Qualities) :  Guru

Vipaka : Katu (Undergoes Pungent taste after digestion)

Veerya (Potency) : Sheeta

Karma (Actions) : Pitta-kapha shamaka ( It reduces vitiated Pitta and kapha dosha )
Madhura : sweet
Snigdha : unctuous, oily
Kashaya : astringent,
Vishada : clarity, non slimy
Hima : coolant
Hrudya : acts as cardiac tonic, congenial for heart
Dantya : good for teeth
Sangrahi : absorbent, useful in diarrhea, IBS
Vatala : increases Vata Dosha
Guru : heavy to digest

It is used in for conditions of :

Visha : Toxic conditions, poisoning
Shvitra : leucoderma, vitiligo
Krumi : worm infestation
Dantaroga : tooth decay

 

Medicinal Use:

Lotion prepared from the flowers is used to clear wounds and the ulcers and decoction of the bark helps in regenerating tissues at much greater rates and controls bleeding and cures excessive mucous secretion from the bladder and urethra.

 



Its Brak is a tonic to treat fevers and is used as mouthwash to protect gums and teeth. A paste of the roots mixed with vinegar is used for swelling on the Face, and a paste made with water is applied to pustular eruptions of the skin and regular chewing of the tender fruits strengthens the teeth.The seeds are used in the preparation of eye drops and antidotes and to treat bowel disorders and the oil extracted from the seed is applied to swelling of the joints, simply this tree is Ramban for Anuradha Nakashtra natives mental and physical diseases.

Bark decoction is used as gargle for toothache and over salivation. It is taken internally for fever. Seed ash is used to brush teeth which strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. Bark decoction is used for mouth ulcers, swellings, also to increase appetite and digestive power.




Flower and fruit decoction is used to wash chronic ulcers. Flower powder is snuffed for running nose. Paste of seed fried in ghee is applied over anus in case of constipation. Bark extract has the property to increase fertility. Fruit pulp is applied for snake bite and headache. Ripe fruits are eaten for easy delivery. Bark decoction is given internally for menstrual disorders and rheumatism. It is also used for venereal diseases. Seed paste is applied for toothache. Twigs are used as toothbrush to prevent tooth decay. Bark and leaf paste is applied for skin diseases and leprosy.

 

Crushed fruit is applied for toothache. Crushed bark decoction is used as gargle for wounds in gum, loose teeth, gum swelling and bleeding. 6 drops of dried flower powder dissolved in water is poured into nose for repeated headache and running nose. Fruit extract is used for migraine, headache, running nose and mental debility. Bark decoction is used for biliousness, phlegm, dysentery, blood discharge in urine and menstrual problems. Oil extracted from flowers is applied for mental disorders.

Bark decoction is recommended for rheumatism and fever. Leaf paste is applied for furuncles and scabies. Seed oil is applied for eye diseases and taken internally to expel worms.



Common Diseases Treatment : 

Bakul or Maulsari tree is a Very useful sacred Herb uses in Herbology and ayurvedic treatments of various common diseases. almost every part of its including, leaves, fruit, bark and flowers are used whereas The flowers, bark and fruits are highly recommended for common use.

Beneficial uses  of Bakula :

1. The bark is used as a tonic to reduce fever.

2. Leaves are mostly used as an antidote for snake-bite.

3. The pulp of the fruit is used in curing chronic dysentery.

4. Dried flowers powder is used as a brain tonic.

5. Seeds of the tree are an agent for purging the bowels. 

 
6. Powdered bark is used for curing Tingling sensation of teeth by Massaging it in gums.
7. The decoction of the bark is used for mouthwash Toothache, Tooth Decay, Gum Bleeding, Bad breath, Pyorrhea, Inflammation in the mouth.
8. Bark powder can be used in Toothache.
9. Tender twigs are used for Teeth cleaning and strengthening gums.

10.Unripe fruits are used as masticatory for tightening Loose teeth.11.Fruit pulp is used for Improving fertility in women.12. Ripe fruit can be used promoting delivery.
 

13. Leaf juice if taken twice daily with honey can help weak Eyesight.

14. Fruit pulp can be used for Chronic diarrhoea.

15. The dried flower powder is used for headache.

With thanks and Regards,
Rakesh Singh Jamwal
Source and Reference:
Living Easy With Ayurveda by Dr.B.K.Prashanth M.D (Ayu), Ph.D
Sacred Plants of India by By Nanditha Krishna
http://indiabiodiversity.org/species
http://www.flowersofindia.net
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The Karma Theory in vedic astrology part 1: Astrology and karma

 

The Karma Theory in vedic astrology part 1:  Astrology and karma theory, understanding Karma Astrologically

Definition of Karma and Its relation with astrology: What is Karma?
Introduction
karma theory in astrology

Karma is the Sanskrit word for “action” or “deed”,  Any physical or mental action is considered as Karma.

In Astrological language, we refer Saturn & Mars in the top category for karaka of physical karmas, Means those karmas we actually do or perform in the material world with our fully conscious mind based on Some of our action plans and logic involvement. All these Karmas are based on physical means and motives.

Then there is another level of Karmas to always resides and keep growing in the hidden corner of our mind, those are fall into the category of Mental or sub-conscious level karmas.

Mental Karmas or sub-conscious level karmas are those karmas we actually Manipulate in our hidden corner of the brain or those always lives in Mana (one of Sense).

These Karmas keep flourishing in the dreamy world or in an imaginary world and always keep busy in building stories that have no link with the practical or real world based on our unfinished desires, logic’s we left for future and those hidden Mean & Motives which we were never able to fructify.

Here both Mercury(Brain) and Moon(Mind) are key manipulators for building those imaginary Mana Based Karmas and Role of imbalanced Vishudhi chakra energy is key here for yielding into something imaginary if we see in Deep prospects. Reason being Visudhi chakra role is to Purify not only on the physical level but also on the level of the psyche and mind. All those unpleasant experiences that we have suppressed in our life, continue to reside in the subconscious mind until they are faced and resolved with higher wisdom of native. If this Chakra is not fully developed or in imbalanced state certain difficulties regarding mind may be experienced by the native. Blockage of the Vishuddhi Chakra produces feelings of anxiety, lack of freedom, restriction, thyroid and throat problems in general.

Frankly Speaking in Astrological language Both Moon and Mercury are only responsible for Mana based Good & Evil Karmas we produce in our hidden corner. Moon- is categorized for Mana based actions influenced by our deep hidden desires and thinking process

Those always reside in mind. Those hidden desires take in the form of manipulative actions which get a spark in our day to day life as a result of our 5 senses speculation for the manifestation of hidden desires. These are those desires which keep taking birth in our mind via fraction of thoughts, either try to fulfil it or get frustrated with it.

All those future thoughts which are keep taking birth in our Sub-conscious plane are called Sub-Conscious based karmas, means those karmas which are somewhere hidden in mind and are trying hard to take a form of physical level or in the physical world for the manifestation of desires based on some action plan.

As per Karama Theory of Bhagwat Geeta, ” Mana is the main culprit as well as boon too and categorized in top level overall 5 senses for accountability in evil and Good Karmas”.

The subpart of Mana Based karma is Mercury (Your Brain who processes those thoughts into some logic’s and yielding into some planning and actions) – Responsible for thoughtful Action oriented Karma based on some logic’s, calculations and mathematical equation ignited from Vishudhi Chakra. Mana is controlling all these senses and Brain is working under the Mana mainly.if Mercury is afflicted in a chart it will give birth of evil logical approach in actions and if it is beneficially placed in any Dharma Kona (1, 5 and 9th house) or getting aspect from Sun and Jupiter, it will uplift the dharma and those actions into fruitful manner for the cause of society. Eventually, Mercury or Brain will rule over all those 5 senses and will be an indicator for Higher Intelligence of Gyaani as refer in Bhagwad Geeta, Person will follow the life of Gyan Yoga.

The Karmas which are done in Conscious and sub-Conscious plane take a form of Actions or results based on desires. The results or ‘fruits’ of actions are combinedly called Karma-Phala (fruit of Karma).

 

Astrological Interpretation of Karma and Astrology

 

In Astrological Language, Navamsa Chart or Dharm-Amsa (D9) is seen for fructification of Karmas (both Subconscious and Conscious karmas). The Dharma-amsa gives clue and intensity level of karma to check fructification of any Raaj or Raja Yoga’s.

This is the main reason why we see fructification of Marriage from D9 as Dharma connected with marriage bonding, the dharma of Marriage is legal Kids and Following our religious and social duties and to uplift it mutually which are necessary to grow for self and Kula( Family) too. Dharma gives wisdom and shows the path to move in most righteous manner.

The affliction of any planet in D9 chart indicates, in what area, where you are doing Adharma or what you are not following which is not according to dharma or by the righteous principle of the Almighty.

Kids are the fruits of Marriage and if Venus is afflicted (By Nodes/Mars/Saturn) in D9 chart for both Male and females, that means Something illegitimate happening in a relationship or in the area of Venus i.e Marriage or w.r.t Women. Either native is doing something wrong with women’s or he or she is illegally involving in illegitimate sexual activities other than marriage bonding. I have known to someone having Venus in 2nd house in D9 chart aspected by Mars and Rahu, native used to make illegitimate relationships with Women’s for the gratification of senses which in results will sure be gone destroy the properties of Venus in D1 chart.

In D1 chart Venus is lord of 5th house and placed in 12th house. I was pretty sure about, it will delay the happiness via Marriage (Happiness via Marriage are Kids (11th from 7th house – 5th house ). Here in this case native lost the 1st baby before birth and still not able to complete his Master Degree and having not so good relationship with her spouse.

So, the affliction of any planet in D9 chart will give you clue how Adharma is happening around you Which in results can give crisis in marriage, bad relationship with Women, an issue with wife and reduction of Results in the house where Venus is having lordship in D1.

In Spiritual reality, Marriage is an about fruit of our Sanchit and Prarabdh Karmas we had performed in earlier births and based on those karmas either we used to enjoy those relations or realizes or suffers on account of those relations based on actions or bad deeds of past.

If you had done good Karmas in past birth, Marriage will be most fruitful and same result can be check in the D9 chart too.In d9 chart Venus (In Male charts) and Jupiter and Mars (In Female charts) will be free from any nodal affliction.If you have done anything bad wrt to any men or women in past birth, in current birth chart 6th House and 6th Lord in D1 will mostly try to obstruct the marriage relationship maturity and any afflicted to nodes will always try to disturb the marriage in current life.

Whenever it makes any relationship or influences the 7th house, 7th Lord, UL(Uppada Lagana) or A7 (Darapada) in d1 chart and other marriage supporting houses natives either will face delays in the marriages or if somehow native falls in relation of love or close bonding, relationship will be like a path of cactus or level of suffering in that relationship will be intense or severe.

In many of the cases what I have seen that if AK is deeply afflicted by nodes or some way connected with Suffering houses or has some relation with either Venus or UL or A7 arudha, relationships and marriage will be difficult to handle and it can fall very soon or the level of suffering would be very intense and unbearable for that soul.

Only Purpose is to realize the soul lesson of pasts karmas in the same way one has given the sufferings to the others.

Karma’s role is to always realize or filtering the soul suffering from deeper growth in current life.

Some souls can fall on account of those suffering but some souls transform them into a new beginning of the spiritual path.

This can be check in the D9 chart too with the strength of Ak(Atmakarka). If Ak is deeply conjugated with Nodes/Malefic planets or it is debilitated placed in trik Bhavas from Lagana of D9, it clearly indicates level of soul suffering will be intense and one has to suffer badly in this life on account of past deeds and possibility is too that either native might fall back or rise above spiritually, as Ak is weakly placed and debilitated too.

Debilitation of Ak always is a case of the fallen soul where one may rise materially but for spiritually it could be a challenge for him to lift his soul from Tamasik Parvarti.

The choice is clearly in the hands of native what he wants to achieve from that suffering, rise from that or fall in that. This clearly suggests one has to pay back its karma in any form, either in this birth or in next birth, if somehow native could able to carry forward it to the next birth with the blessings and intervention of the Seers/Saints/Guru and divine souls.

If we see deeper, In Broader level Good Karmas are mainly categorized in Sanchit Karama, even though bad is also categorized in it too but the level of result is quite different.

The result of Sanchit karma can become out at any time in your life when dashas and slow-moving transits (Saturn, Jupiter’s and nodes) would be in support to the chart.

Maybe it can come in pre-marriage life or maybe after post marriage events.It is purely dependent on the transits of the Karmic planets (Saturn, Nodes, and Jupiter) on those houses/Lord having relation with past deeds.

So, carefully watch your karmas with open eyes and deep wisdom.

Both the Good and Bad vimsotri Dashas in Natal Chart keep telling you about your combined Sanchit (Sum total of all good and bad karmas) and Prarabdha Karmas (Suffering you have given to others) when it is combined with the Moola dasha, that shows the results of past deeds. What level of suffering we are getting in current life is clearly seen from the result of moola dasha, and why we are getting sufferings in current life is clearly seen from the combined results of moola dasha. Both the dashas works in hand on hand way. One shows reasons for sufferings and others shows in that period we might get sufferings out of our past actions or deeds.

Below mentioned Quotes of Swami Sivananda Saraswati Ji clearly speaks about the results of past actions or deed what we discussed in above astrological interpretations:

According to the definition of Yogi Swami Sivananda Saraswati,

 

” life is an infinite chain of results of actions (Karma) in the past works on the principle of “Law of Cause and Effect” same is defined in physics and actual reality too. what you do base on we have to see its consequences and effects on our surroundings. Simply “As you sow, so you reap”.

The way the results of Karma are delivered is known as “Law of Karma (Ruled by the Lord Saturn whose duty is either to punish or give and teach lessons of life).

 

“Law of Karama simply says What you will do, what you will get at any moment at any time”.

“According to Swami Sivananda Saraswati, Karma in our Sanatana dharma is considered to be a spiritually originated law that governs all life functioning. In the Law of Karma even though an individual is considered to be the sole doer and enjoy-er of his Karmas and their ‘fruits’ “.The supreme being (The Divine Power – Lord Jupiter represents the divine blessings from the god who showers blessing when we deserves as our Sanchit karmas allows) plays a major role as the dispenser of the ‘fruits’ of Karma”.

(Reference, Yogi Swami Sivananda Saraswati)

The best way to understand the law of Karma astrologically and regarding its connected fruit or result should be from ” Transit of Jupiter and Saturn transits in D1 chart ” those are categorized in Non-Fixed karma (Adridha Karmas), means which can be come out any moment when both transits are in your favour or not.

Transit of Jupiter gives opportunities and Saturn shows when that karma has to fulfil. Both the transits work in mutual relations to shows results and fruits of karmas and actions connected in past deeds.

Conclusion:

In Spiritual Reality God’s has somehow direct involvement in this process, astrology is only a tool to understand the karmic influence on us, only when the level of karma is intense to minimize. Although there is no such way to avoid karmas in any way but yes because of the Bhakti/Tapa/Nama Jaap and immense devotion toward almighty it can be neutralized or minimize to some extent but the period of karmic suffering one has to go through. In General, the natural laws of causation are sufficient to explain the effects of Karma.