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Issue 18 April 15, 2001
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"Education is the manifestation of perfection already in man" - Vivekananda
"Education is derived from the word Eudoco, meaning to develop from within" - Anonymous
"Education must confer humility; humility is the best credential for success in life " - Sai
"Bring light to the uneducated ; also bring light to the educated, for tremendous are the vanities of education " - Vivekananda
"Education is the teacher of teachers and veiled wealth " - Bhartri Hari
"Education is love made visible" - Anonymous
Vedic Astrology Lesson 9
This science of the Heavens was called by the Germans as Cosmo-Biology. To them, Cosmo-Biology was the calculus of cosmic interrelatedness. It simply means the celestial influences on terrestrial affairs as per the principle " As Above, so below ".
The role of Mercury in Horoscopy
Academic knowledge and degrees are the prerogative of Mercury. Books, publishing ,knowledge, mathematics, sculpture & arts all come under his domain. If he be exalted in one's horoscope, the native will become a great scholar. ( Example horoscope is that of Augustus Caesar who had exalted Mercury in Virgo ).
Mercurial Effects in the 12 Houses
Mercury in the Ascendant
Mercury in the Ascendant makes one a scholar. Will be intelligent and clever. Will be a master of arts. Will have good oratorial prowess and can captivate people with speech. This position of Mercury confers high longevity.
Mercury in the Second House
In the second Mercury makes one wealthy and humble. Will be versatile and will posess the divine gift of articulate speech. Will have poetic faculties and will have wealth acquired through legal means.
Mercury in the Third House
Mercury in the 3rd makes one have medium longevity & virility. Will have to undergo many a suffering. Will be a traveller and will be ready to do any vile act. Will be a sorcerer and will enjoy sensual life to the brim.
Mercury in the Fourth House
Mercury tenancy of the fourth makes one a scholar in Mathematics and Astrology. Relatives may be hostile. Will speak gently and will be wealthy. Will be he owner of landed properties & conveyances. Fame will grace you in no uncertain measure.
Mercury in the Fifth House
Will be famous and will be a master of the occult. Will have a lot of sons, education, wealth, comforts, intelligence & contentment. Will be famous because of your altruistic deeds.
Mercury in the Sixth House
Mercury in the sixth makes you the vanquisher of enemies in the battlefield. Will be interested in war and quarrels. Will be anger- prone. Will talk sternly and will be lazy.
Mercury in the Seventh House
Will be a lover of education, will be learned and handsome. Will have a spouse who is quarrelsome. Will have expertise in the esoteric arts. Will be respected for certain philosophic qualities.
Mercury in the Eighth House
This benign position of Mercury makes one famous. Has a job with punitive powers. Will have a regal status. Will be a commander and will be the leader of one's community. Will be versatile with wealth and comforts. Will be regal in bearing and respected by many. Benefics in the house of longevity increase longevity.
Mercury in the Ninth House
Mercury in Ninth makes one interested in the esoteric arts. Wealth, versatility, righteousness, ethics, skill - all will be yours Will be liberal and endowed with the gift of the gab. Will have fortune via father and with good partner and children.
Mercury in the Tenth House
This benign position of Mercury makes one scholarly, famous, and will have tremendous will power. Will have wealth & all sorts of comforts. The dominance of Mercury on the Meridien makes one a thorough professioanl endowed with professional expertise and reputation.
Mercury in the Eleventh House
Will be very intelligent. Will be scholarly as Mercury represents academic learning. Will have high longevity. Will have all sorts of enjoyments of the senses. Will have a lot of subordinates and lots of wealth as the 11th is the house of Gains.
Mercury in the Twelfth House
Will be lazy and as a result there may be a lack of wealth. Will meet with many a failure. Will speak good words but will be devoid of luck in general. Even though this position of Mercury is slightly adverse, it is good from the perspective of Education. You will be blessed with all the benefits that accrue from Education, learning & Wisdom.
Correspondence between Astrology, Gemology & Numerology
Furthur data reveals the correspondence between the Five Great Elements, planets, gemstones, Cosmic Colors & objects of sense. Element Planet Gemstone Cosmic Color Objects of sense No
Ether Jupiter Yellow Light Blue Sound 3
Air Saturn Blue Violet Touch 8
Fire Mars Coral Yellow Vision 9
Water Venus Diamond Indigo Taste 6
Earth Mercury Emerald Green Smell 5
Another school of Numerology existed which was based on the Vital Number. This Vital Number was represented by a key Planet and this planet was the planet of Destiny.
Astrology, Prakriti Therapy ( Naturopathy ) & Holistic Medicine
In the Holistic Model, the cause of any disease is understood in terms of the whole person and not in terms of a particular organ or tissue. As Sir William Osler put it, it is more import to know the patient who has the disease than the disease of the patient. The one person who knows about the patient more than anybody else is the patient himself. Peter and Elizabeth Allbright in Body Mind & Spirit state that " responsibility for healthcare rests in the patient's hands because that is where the knowledge & control of the variables lie ( diet,stress,exercise,genetics,emotion,medication) ".
" Food is medicine; Medicine is food " said Hippocrates and Upanishads declare that " Food is Brahman. Food was verily born before all creatures: therefore it is called the medicine for all". By stating that food is the panacea for all ills and illnesses the Upanishads have formulated one of the foundational principles of holistic health. At least half the diseases & ailments of man can be traced directly or indirectly to the problems of food. Diet control is the basic principle of Naturopathy. Nature is the Doctor and natural foods can cure ailments. Nature & Naturopathy are ruled by Jupiter, the planet of Wisdom. In India Jyotish, Ayurveda Prakriti Therapy are all interrelated disciplines and part of esoterica. Astrology can bring tranquillity to the patient by showing him how the cohesive forces of Destiny operate. The patient can achieve what Keats called the Negative Capability - a stoic indifference to pleasure and pain.
To bear all naked truths,
That envisage Circumstance, all calm
That is the top of sovereignty.
By accepting the divine decrees of Fate the patient can feel the inner calmness and achieve an altered state ( EEG brain waves at 8.5 cycles per second - alpha state ). In this altered state natural healing chemicals called endorphins are secreted into the blood system and healing takes place naturally.
Astrology , Yoga & Pranic Healing
Yoga was defined by Aurobindo as a methodic process towards self-perfection through a development of the latent potential at the five levels of Being - physical, vital, mental, intellectual & spiritual. Astrology by studying the heavenly archetype can show how this latent potential of the human being can be unfolded. Jupiter & Mercury rules over intellectual development, Moon mental, Mars physical, Venus vital & Saturn spiritual. The basic principle of Pranic Healing is healing through the Universal Life-Force Energy known as the Cosmic Prana. Knowledge of the psychosomatic machine,regulation of food, sleep & exercise making the physical sheath healthy & removing all mental blocks and opening all channels to the Cosmic Prana are some of the major seven steps in Pranic Therapy.
The Seven Stages of Pranic Healing
1. Knowledge of the Psychosomatic Machine
2. Regulation of Sleep, food & Exercise
4. Attunement to Biorythms ( Circadian Rhythms, Solar & Lunar Rhythms )
5. Removing mental blocks ( Difficult due to Repression )
6. Overcoming Prajnaparadha ( Fault of Awareness due to misuse of our cognitive & conative functions)
7. Opening the system to the Cosmic Prana ( Opening all channels to the Divine Shakti )
Astrology can give knowledge of the psychophysical mechanism as the 12 limbs of the human body corresponds to the 12 Signs of the Zodiac
Here is the correspondence between the 12 limbs of the human body and the 12 signs of the Zodiac
Ist House Head
2nd House Face
3rd House Neck
4th House Heart
5th House Place beneath the heart
6th House Stomach
7th House Genitals
8th House Upper thigh
9th House Lower thigh
10th House Knee
11th House Calf
12th House Feet
By knowing the horoscope, the aetiology of the disease can be known and the disease can be treated ( by Holistic Medicine ) so that the body is disease free and fit to become an instrument of Absolute Truth.
An Introduction to Ayurveda
By Rajesh Kotecha 'Vaidya'
Ayurveda is the knowledge of life and tells us how to live a healthy life. Before we discuss how to go about it, we need to appreciate the difference between being 'disease free' and 'healthy'. The opposite of 'healthy' would be 'unhealthy' and the latter is not necessarily synonymous with being diseased. Have you not on some days, awakened in the morning, after a fitful sleep, feeling sick? There are bags under your eyes and no sparkle in those days. You suffer from a feeling of incomplete bowel evacuation. Vague aches and pains dog you throughout the day, you shout at your children more than you need to, argue with peers for no rhyme or reason and are, by and large, unhappy. Such symptoms cannot be classified into any known disease syndrome if guided by today's medical system. But you are certainly not well and are definitely not in a state of positive health.
When patients come with such complaints, what do modern medicines have to offer? In the past it would have been vitamins and tonics whereas the current trend is to prescribe the popular anti-stress drugs. Do you know that Ayurveda, our very own 'made-to-order' indigenous system of health, has given us several tricks to follow that will prevent us 'feeling unwell'? Two quotations will help us in understanding what Ayurveda has to say in this regard. Charaka, the great physician of Ayurveda says, " The mind, soul and body form the three pillars, on which not only a human being's existence rests, but also that of the world." Sushruta, an ancient Ayurveda scholar having honor as the first surgeon of the world has given a unique definition of health. He says " Balanced Dosha, healthy Agni, a good state of tissues and their metabolic end-products lead to a balanced state of the senses, mind and spirit, all of which lead to health."
It is said to rest on the tripod of body, mind and spirit. To be healthy, not only the body but also the mind needs to be kept fit; hence, the currently fashionable theme of 'environment friendliness'. Thus, ways are described that will help us live a healthy life in constant tune with nature.
Ayurveda is often erroneously associated with herbs only. In actual fact it has a huge canvas that includes among other things, Yoga and Panchakarma. Diet and digestion are the pivots on which most of its theories are based - both in physiology (normalcy) as well as in pathology (disease). The basic philosophy of Ayurveda is based on the Panchamahabhoota (five basic elements) theory. From this theory evolves the concept of the controlling forces or the Dosha which act on the tissues, the Dhatus, giving rise to various metabolic products, i.e. Mala. The characters of all these are governed by what we eat, how we live and in which environment and what are our mental state. And so, modifications in any of these can make us 'unwell' not necessarily diseased. As an extension, if we remain unwell for too long, then our tissues (Dhatus) can lose their strength and become susceptible to foreign attack like infections, making us disease-stricken.
An important concept of Ayurveda is that each individual is genetically different - this gives him or her a very specific constitution (Prakriti) and also a very individual way of interacting with the environment. Thus, each person knows best what suits his or her body and what does not. You can know in detail on constitution (Prakriti) by visiting Chakrapani Ayurveda dot com
Ayurveda tells us of the framework in which we can modify our lifestyles to optimize our bodily functions. These things are described as Ritucharya (ways and means to be followed in different seasons) and Dinacharya (ways and means to be followed from morning to night). If, for some reason, some illness does occur, then Ayurveda describes remedies based on herbs, minerals and other therapeutic procedures like Panchakarma. Nobody likes to age, but it is the law of life. Ayurveda teaches us how to age with dignity and grace. The Rasayana group of herbs prescribed therein is a fascinating resume on the secrets of life itself.
Ayurveda emphasizes the role of mental health in maintaining physical health. Today, we agree that there is a definite link between the mind and the body. Within the framework of psycho-neuro-immunology, we can re-interpret the ancient stanzas of Ayurveda and contribute new knowledge to the science of medicine.
We find that, now a day, Ayurveda is making a feeble yet persistent attempt at a comeback. But, there is a word of caution. Blind faith in Ayurveda is not the answer. People are turning towards Ayurveda not only for therapy, but also for providing the lead to research. Now, it is for the researchers engaged in the extensive researches in different aspects of Ayurveda to answer these following questions:
1. Can we develop a formula to live a healthy life using the philosophy of Ayurveda?
2. Can we personalize our life style so as to avoid disease altogether?
3. Can we master the art of living?
As a professional of Ayurveda, I am confident that the answers of all the above three questions will be "Yes". Let us wait for a while for confirmation. Because, so many individuals and organizations are busy in research to find out the answer of above questions.
Rajesh Kotecha is Founder and CEO of Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic & Research Center, a reliable Ayurveda center of north - western part of India. Earlier, he has been associated as Director of Research with J R D Tata Foundation for Research in Ayurveda & Yoga Sciences, Chitrakoot. He is MD in Ayurveda and had been author of several published research papers, articles on Ayurveda and a book entitled "Concept of Atattvabhinivesha (anxiety states) in Ayurveda".