This weekly post is dedicated to the News where I hope to share and inform on the newest in the world of Jyotish. This time it is the very best of the news in the form of the new online lectures done by my Guruji, Pt. Sanjay Rath.
The topic is that of Pañcānga. Pañcānga is a Sanskrit word that means five parts or five limbs of time (pancha=five and anga=limbs or parts), those being Vara, Tithi, Karana, Nakshatra, and Yoga. As taught in the Tradition, examining Pañcānga is the very first step in ones approach to chart. In fact, we were taught that a student of Jyotisha is supposed to keep a diary of the Pañcānga for the day. With that in mind, I took some time to make a printable Pañcānga template for your own use, being chart analysis or a personal Jyotish diary.
Panchanga Template – Five limbs of Time
But, back to the lecture. In the first video, Guruji is speaking on the topic of the Vara or weekday, and the subjects of health, children and the basics of Panchanga are touched upon.
If you have missed it, you can find the lecture here: Video 1. Sanjay Rath: Magic of your Birth Day, with Kapiel Raj.
The second lecture covers the topic of Tithi or lunar day. Herein, the link to one’s relationships, the spouse and the quality of marriage is spoken upon.
Video 2. Pt. Sanjay Rath: My Spouse and Marriage Secrets
If you like the topic and want to learn more, you can listen to the Pañcānga series lecture delivered by Visti Larsen here.
And last but not the least, BAVA announced the 2019 20th International Conference held in London, 19-24 April 2019, with the topic Love, Marriage, and Relationships. You can find all the details here.
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Pt. Sanjay Rath, my Guruji, speaking on the topic of the weekday.
The subjects of health, children and the basics of Panchanga are touched in this video.
Kumbha Sankranti – Sun in the Aquarius
Kumbha Sankranti is the time of the year when the Sun enters Kumbha rashi, or the sign Aquarius. As per Jātaka pārijata – śloka 9, that deals with symbols ofdifferent signs, Kumbha is symbolically represented by a man with the pot.
Kumbha rashi – symbol
But how do we know that the kumbha, or the pot, is filled with water, poison or nectar for that matter?
Sanskrit word kumbha means a jar, a pitcher or a pot. Hence Kumbha rashi, as the eleventh astrological sign in the Zodiac, is often interpreted or represented as a water carrier.
Aquarius is one of the Sthira rashis (fixed signs) where stagnation and rigidity occurs. Aquarius draws its water through his abhimukadrishti, on the flowing river of Cancer, and stores this water in a pot for processing. At the very beginning of this process, Aquarius distributes this fresh water in towns (ref. Tvasta Aditya) through pipes. This is the reason why Aquarius represents the infrastructure and growth of cities. To avoid shortages some of this water is stored. However, this process of storing risks fermentation causing poisonous substances to be distributed through the water. That is why the sign Aquarius is the creator of alcohol and all other fermented products. Some of these products are poisonous, and some of these poisons are used for medicinal purposes (if you want to learn about each of the twelve sun signs consider visiting rama-edu.com).
Aquarius as such has two planets as its lord. Rahu as the lord of Aquarius is the one that brings the poison out. This process of retrieving the poison is recorded in the Puranic story of Samudra Manthan (the story itself will be covered separately) during the churning of the ocean. Saturn on the other hand, as the lord of Aquarius, is responsible for holding the poison. This is the reason why in Vedic astrology we often find reference to Saturn as one who holds the bag of sins. These sins are a direct reference to the pot of poison of Kumbha rashi.
Poison of Kumbha and remedies
This poisonous aspect of Aquarius is what we are trying to reduce. To clear these toxins from the body astrologers will fast from salt, during the month of Aquarius, to enable the unclean waters (toxins) to leave the body. We practice this from the advent of Sun entering the Aquarius until the 14th day of the dark Moon, also known as the night of Maha Shivaratri, when Shiva puja is to be performed.
On the day of Maha Shivaratri (this year Maha Shivaratri is on the 3rd/4th of March) Shiva drinks the poison for us, and in this form, he is called Neelkanth (neela = blue, kantha = throat). By performing the fast on the Maha Shivaratri we ensure that Shiva drinks the poison for us and our body is rejuvenated for the year ahead.
अथ मीनादीनां स्वरूपवर्णनम्।
atha mīnādīnāṁ svarūpavarṇanam |
व्यत्यस्तोभयपुच्चमस्तकयुतौ मीनौ सकुंभो नर –
स्तौली चापधरस्तुरंगजघनो नक्रो मृगास्यो भवेत्।
वीणाढ्यं सगदं नृयुग्ममबला नौस्था ससस्यानला
शेषाः स्वस्व गुणाभिधानसद्दशाः सर्वे स्वदेशास्चयाः॥ ९॥vyatyastobhayapuccamastakayutau mīnau sakuṁbho nara –
staulī cāpadharasturaṁgajaghano nakro mṛgāsyo bhavet |
vīṇāḍhyaṁ sagadaṁ nṛyugmamabalā nausthā sasasyānalā
śeṣāḥ svasvaguṇābhidhānasaddaśāḥ sarve svadeśāscayāḥ || 9 ||
Translation: Sign Pisces is depicted as two fishes, moving in the opposite direction, with joined heads and tails. Aquarius is a man with the pot. Libra is a man with the balance. Sagittarius is a half armed man, and the other half is of the horse. Capricorn is a crocodile with the face of a deer. Gemini is described as a couple, where female is caring a vīṇā, and a male is caring mace. Virgo is a lady standing in the boat, having corn in one hand and the fire in the other. Remaining signs are described by their names. All of them are inhabits the regions appropriate to them.
Commentary: Symbols are not the creations of the mind, but rather are distinct capacities within the mind to hold a distinct piece of information. Thousands of yogas, as well as multiple informations about the world and time, can be stored in the human mind provided we master this language of symbols used by ṛṣi (Rath, Kāraka Review, 2007). Pandit Sanjay Rath said that word symbol we can use as Karaka, a doer. So, symbol of the sign will show us the traits of the sign. For example, Aries is symbolised by Ram, which will show the ability to push thing ahead, to go forward; on the other side, it can show very stubborn person, the one who don’t give up easily.
Symbol of the rāśi is important for the study of Astrology because they are not picked randomly. For example, sign Pisces is described as two fishes eating each other’s tails. So, they are going in cycles, and they will show natural twelve house, which is house of emancipation, liberty from one side (so, going above the circles of saṁsāra) and from the other side it will represent the bondage, imprisonment and closed institution. Also, same sign can tell us a lot of information related to flows that every sign has. Fish can not stay alive on the direct Sun, so there is a problem with Agni (fire) tattva. Like this each sign and its symbol holds a wealth of information about that sign.
If you want to learn about the signs, the meaning of each symbol and more, consider rama-edu.com lectures done by Visti Larsen. He has dedicated 12 lectures teaching 12 sun signs covering different aspect of each sign.
If you have missed the previous śloka, śloka 8, you can read it here.