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

Decoding the magnificent Rahu – Part 1

नीलाम्बरो नीलवपुः किरीटी करवालवक्तः करवालशूली ।
चतुर्भुजश्चर्मधरश्च राहुः सिंहाधिरुढो वरदोऽस्तु मह्यम् ।।

Rahu is the most enigmatic of the navgrahas who is often slandered and misunderstood for his demonic traits and the havoc he unleashes on the human life.

To begin with, let us recall the stories and facts associated with Rahu where he gained prominence through his valor, wit and how puranas describe him. I would be posting series of the post on Rahu to equally balance his malevolent and benevolent horizon.

Puranic story and interpretation

Rahu was the one of the chieftain of the asuras during the devasura sangram. While the devas and asuras worked hard in unison to acquire the various gifts during the churning of ocean, Rahu’s role in the entire episode of the distribution of amrita cannot be ignored. The asuras had snatched the pot of amrita- elixir from the hands of Dhanavantri – God of ayurveda. The disillusioned devas then appealed to all powerful Sri Vishnu for help. Thus, in order to save the creation and with the intention of keeping in check the asuric forces, Sri Vishnu manifested himself as Mohini – the only female avatar of Vishnu. Such was the form of mohini that it enamored the entire creation, every being including the very primordial Gods who were completely enchanted by her appearance. Her grace and seduction even aroused lust in the heart of Shiva. It is she who procured the truce between the Devas and Asuras that she would equally distribute the elixir between the two warring clans. A women has natural gift of Sammohan and Akarashan – enchantment and attraction. This is proven to be true in events of Mohini avatar. Vishnu in Mohini avatar was the complete and absolute manifestation of enchantment and seduction that a women can possibly ever reflect and possess. When the very God who is the epitome of penance could not resist the charms of such a damsel, what can we say of trivial asuras and devas. Amidst such a chaotic situation, It was Rahu the only being in the crowded assembly of Devas and Asuras who could see through Vishnu without him being overpowered by the feeling of lust.

How can such a Rahu be only associated with only wrong doings ? Single pointed determination to achieve ones objective even at the cost of incurring the wrath of all powerful is the most cherished quality of Rahu. If such a trait is inherited for doing penance and spiritual objective, can it termed as bad or wrong is my question ?

The characteristic of Rahu was such that he could overstep the boundary, crossing over from side of asuras to the group of suras disguised and without being noticed.

It was only after he drank the amrita, did the luminaries – Sun and Moon informed Sri Vishnu to strike Rahu with sudarshan chakra. Now this has an esoteric meaning and underlying interpretation. Everything in our puranas and Vedas have an underlying meaning

As long as Rahu-Ketu were one bodied, the flow of kundalini was complete from mooladahara to sahasrara and beyond, otherwise how would he see Vishnu.

The moment, he was cut in two – the flow was disrupted and thus only in those divisional charts – where nodes are together, It become extremely important as they can trigger supernatural experiences and siddhis and even lead to mokshas.

Maharshi VedaVyasa’s mantra for Rahu is as follows

अर्धकायं महाघोरं चन्द्रादित्य विमर्धनं
सिम्हिकसुतं तं राहुं प्रनमम्यहम्

Which means the half bodied – extremely ferocious Rahu is the tormentor of Sun and Moon,who he is the son of Simhika to whom we bow in reverence.

Literally speaking it means Sun and Moon gets oppressed by Rahu.. But nothing is literal or as it appears in the scriptures. The movement of Sun and Moon in the chart relates to the tithis, Surya is the owner of all rashis and Moon the ruler of naskhatras. A big hint is given in the VedaVyasas mantra to be interpreted as per ones intellect and ones understanding of the subject- a grace of Maharshi.

Regards,

Arnab Mukherji

To be continued……..