Duration = 0 Hours 43 Mins
Mid Night Moment = 24:25+
On 15th, Parana Time = After 17:39
On Parana Day Ashtami Tithi End Time = 17:39
Janmashtami without Rohini Nakshatra
*Vaishnava Krishna Janmashtami falls on 15/Aug/2017
For Vaishnava Janmashtami Next Day Parana Time = 05:54 (After Sunrise)
On Parana Day Ashtami got over before Sunrise
Janmashtami without Rohini Nakshatra
One does not and can not bribe God nor God is a Broker to intervene in the functioning of Cosmic Law.
Gods, when they take Avatars are bound by their actions as may be noticed from Rama, Krishna Avatars.
Then why do people perform Pooja?
Self realization is nothing but the rediscovering the true Nature of oneself, Sat, Chit and Ananda, Being, Consciousness and Bliss.
Human mind needs to be focussed from the myriad of Thoughts to concentrate on a Single Thought which would lead to the annihilation of Thoughts and one realizes the Self.
The Poojas are a tool to concentrate the Mind and to lead one towards Godhood.
When one connects with Reality at the emotional level, it becomes easier to practice Bhakthi Yoga.
This type of Approach is like Kindergarten and when one reaches Higher levels of Yoga and realizes BrahmanThe Self, the earlier approach of Pooja might seem silly.
But nobody can get a Doctorate without attending Kindergarten.
So performance of Poojas is vital.
In performing Poojas, there are processes of performing them ,
Five fold, Pancha Upachaara,
Shodasa Upachaara,Sixteen Fold and
Sixty four Fold.
Please read my articles on Upachaara.
I am providing the Sixteen Fold process of Pooja to be performed forcLord Krishna on Janmashtami,Krishnashtami, Gokulashtami.
One starts Poojas with Prayer to Ganesh, take right determination, Sankalpa and proceeds thus.
Dhyanam (ध्यानम्) Puja should begin with the meditation of Lord Krishna. Dhyana should be done in front of already installed Lord Krishna statue in front of you.
Following Mantra should be chanted while meditating on Lord Shri Krishna.
Om Tamadbhutam Balakam Ambujekshanam Chaturbhuja Shankha Gadadyudhayudam। Shri Vatsa Lakshmam Gala Shobhi Kaustubham Pitambaram Sandra Payoda Saubhagam॥ Maharha Vaidhurya Kiritakundala Tvisha Parishvakta Sahasrakundalam। Uddhama Kanchanagada Kanganadibhir Virochamanam Vasudeva Ekshata॥ Dhyayet Chaturbhujam Krishnam, Shankha Chakra Gadadharam। Pitambaradharam Devam Mala Kaustubhabhushitam॥ Om Shri Krishnaya Namah। Dhyanat Dhyanam Samarpayami॥
Avahanam (आवाहनं) After Dhyana of Lord Krishna, one should chant following Mantra in front of the Murti, by showing Aavahan Mudra (Aavahan Mudra is formed by joining both palms and folding both thumbs inwards).
Om Sahasrashirsha Purushah Sahasrakshah Sahasrapat। Sa Bhumim Vishvato Vritva Atyatishthaddashangulam॥ Agachchha Devadevesha Tejorashe Jagatpate। Kriyamanam Maya Pujam, Grihana Surasattame॥ Avahayami Deva Tvam Vasudeva Kulodbhavam। Pratimayam Suvarnadinirmitayam Yathavidhi॥ Krishnam Cha Balabadhram Cha Vasudevam Cha Devakim। Nandagopa Yashodam Cha Subhadram Tatra Pujayet॥ Atma Devanam Bhuvanasya Garbho Yathavasham Charati Deveshah। Ghosha Idasya Shrnvire Na Rupam Tasmai Vatayahavisha Vidhema॥ Shri Kleem Krishnaya Namah, Saparivara Sahita, Shri Balakrishnam Avahayami॥
Asanam (आसनं) After Lord Krishna has been invoked, take five flowers in Anjali (by joining palm of both hands) and leave them in front of the Murti to offer seat to Shri Krishna while chanting following Mantra.
Now offer Moli (मोली) as new clothes to Shri Krishna while chanting following Mantra.
Om Tam Yajnam Barhishi Praukshan Purusham Jatamagratah। Tena Deva Ayajanta Sadhya Rishayashcha Ye॥ Om Upaitu Mam Devasakhah Kirtishcha Manina Saha। Pradurbhutoasmi Rashtresminkirtimriddhim Dadatu Me॥ Tapta Kanchana Samkasham Pitambaram Idam Hare। Samgrihana Jagannatha Balakrishna Namoastute॥ Om Shri Balakrishnaya Namah।
Yajnopavita (यज्ञोपवीत) After Vastra offering, offer Yajnopavita to Shri Krishna while chanting following Mantra.
Now worship those Gods who are body parts of Shri Krishna itself. For that take Gandha, Akshata and Pushpa in left hand and leave them near to Lord Krishna Murti with right hand while chanting following Mantra(s).
Om Shri Krishnaya Namah। Padau Pujayami॥ Om Rajivalochanaya Namah। Gulphau Pujayami॥ Om Narakantakaya Namah। Januni Pujayami॥ Om Vachaspataye Namah। Janghai Pujayami॥ Om Vishvarupaya Namah। Urun Pujayami॥ Om Balabhadranujaya Namah। Guhyam Pujayami॥ Om Vishvamurtaye Namah। Jaghanam Pujayami॥ Om Gopijana Priyaya Namah। Katim Pujayami॥ Om Paramatmane Namah। Udaram Pujayami॥ Om Shrikantaya Namah। Hridayam Pujayami॥ Om Yajnine Namah। Parshvau Pujayami॥ Om Trivikramaya Namah। Prishthadeham Pujayami॥ Om Padmanabhaya Namah। Skandhau Pujayami॥ Om Sarvastradharine Namah। Bahun Pujayami॥ Om Kamalanathaya Namah। Hastan Pujayami॥ Om Vasudevaya Namah। Kantham Pujayami॥ Om Sanatanaya Namah। Vadanam Pujayami॥ Om Vasudevatmajaya Namah। Nasikam Pujayami॥ Om Punyaya Namah। Shrotre Pujayami॥ Om Shrishaya Namah। Netrani Pujayami॥ Om Nandagopapriyaya Namah। Bhravau Pujayami॥ Om Devakinandanaya Namah। Bhrumadhyam Pujayami॥ Om Shakatasuramardhanaya Namah। Lalatam Pujayami॥ Om Shri Krishnaya Namah। Shirah Pujayami॥ Om Shri Balakrishnaya Namah। Sarvangani Pujayami॥ Dhupam (धूपं) Now offer Dhupa to Shri Krishna while chanting following Mantra. Dhupa Mantra Vanaspatyudbhavo Divyo Gandhadyo Gandha Uttamah। Balakrishna Mahipalo Dhupoyam Pratigrihyatam॥ Yatpurusham Vyadadhuh Katidha Vyakalpayan। Mukham Kimasya Kau Bahu Kavuru Padavuchyete॥ Om Shri Balakrishnaya Namah।
Now Chant Krishna Astotram and offer flowers.
Deepam (दीपं) Now offer Deep to Shri Krishna while chanting following Mantra.
In a highly personalised Religion, sometimes misconceptions creep in.
Though Hinduism insists that one has to study the Vedas, the Scripture of Hindus, people often do not do so, confused as they are with the dictum that Guru should be obeyed.
The problem is that Guru is different from Acharya, Upadhyaya.
For Details read my article Guru Acharya Upadhyaya.
Guru is one who instinctively understands your spiritual needs and guides and their instructions will never run contrary to Vedas, Sruthi.
In such cases where Gurus instructions are at variance with Vedas, Veda should be followed.
On the other hand, Upadhyayas and Acharyas do not have as nuch the authority as the Guru.
As such their instructions, if they run counter to Vedas are to be ignored.
Over a period of years people have not studied Vedas nor many know about the Smritis.
Smriti is a code of conduct which is followed over a period of Time.
Even Smritis if they run contrary to Vedas, are to ignored.
For Vaidikas, Vedas are the Sole Authority.
Many of us follow what purohit says without bothering to check either Sruthi or Smriti.
Result is that many irrelevant practices not found in Vedas , Smritis are followed.
I have been writing on some of these practices which do more harm to Hinduism than Atheists.
I have received the following query on Ashada Maasa, Adi in Tamil.
‘Dear Sir Good Morning. I have been reading your Blog since long time and the information u have been sharing is really incredible. Today, I have a question where I am not getting any exact answers ..hope u can clarify it for me.
This is Regarding the AAshada Masam as I got newly married, the customs followed during this month was implied on me as well but the questions unanswered or partially answered.
1. Why do Mother-In Law and Daughter inlaw should not walk in the same main door or stay together.
2. Why Husband and wife should not stay together.
3. Incase if the girl gets conceived during the aashada maasam will there be a negative effect on the child or is there any negetive effect on the mother during delivery time or so.’
All these points have no sanctions by Sruthi or Smriti and hence may be ignored.
These seem to have crept in as Mores/ practices in Communities.
There is also an effort to justify the separation of couples in Aashada, arguing that if the couple were to be together and if the woman conceives in Aashada, she would deliver in Summer .
This is effort to justify something which is not needed.
The premises for the practice is hypothetical.
And Hinduism does not intrude in to private affairs unnecessarily.
And wherever it needs to intervene in personal Life it comes out clearly with no ambiguities.
So one need not try to promote Hinduism by saying things which Hinduism does not.
Hinduism is a religion that flows from Nature and its principles.
It understands the limitations of human nature and suggests ways to realize the Self through and with the help of human senses,limited though they are.
The Universe is complex ,mysterious and billions of years old.
It is not obligated to reveal its secrets to a human being,whose life span,in the Universal scale of Time is not even the wink of eyelids.
Hindu Rishis,Seers, with the help of fundamental principles of Nature devised methods to realize Self.
Broadly speaking,the human psyche has two components,Reason and Emotion.
Ideally,discipling of either of these will lead to Self Realization.
However,in most of us a combination of Reason and Emotion rules the roost,though it is emotion that decides ultimately.
Huma nature is a combination of three dispositions.
Rajas,active,dynamic and restless and
Tamas,inactive,dull and morose.
It is rare to find one disposition,Guna, in isolation.
The three gunas are present in all of us in varying degrees.
And this composition changes every minute.
For details please read my article on Gunas.
And there are as many dispositions,Gunas as there are individuals.
So there is no standard procedure for all.
However,Rishis have traveled this path and left their experiences for us to have an idea.
Once an individual starts this process through a, Guru,he shall find his unique path and the Guru will help him identify the path.
So it is left to the individual to choose a path,either from the paths shown by the Rishis ,modify it to suit his disposition with the help of the Guru or follow a path intuitively felt and follow it with guidance from the Guru.
At the broader level the Bhakthi yoga,Path of Surrender to God and emotionally connecting to Him.
At the intellectual level one follows Gnana Yoga and Karma yoga.
Raja Yoga suits those of Rajo Guna.
Apart from this,there paths which have sprung from these paths.
These are the results of the Rishis following any of the four Yogas,Gnana,Karma,Bhakthi and Raja.
These systems that have arisen can be classified under two heads.
Strictly speaking there is no differentiation in respect of the result obtained;we classify them thus to understand them better.
These two principles are based on,
Reproductive Energy .
Saint Arunagirinathar addresses Lord Subrahmanya thus in Thiruppugazh.
‘Nadha Bindu Kalaathi Namo’
The origin or the One Beyond Motion and Creation’
Bindhu can be translated loosely as Semen.
For Yogis the Semen or the Nadis associated with Semen flows upwards.
When a Soul reverts to its original state,the Semen/nadi flows upwards,
At some point of time when Yoga is being practiced,when a practitioner is advancing,he shall have sexually stimulating visions,especially during Sakthi Upasna and he can advance only if he overcomes the stimulation and direct the flow upwards.
A section of Tantra sastra has practices thatcare associated with Sex.
For details on Tantra,please read my articles.
The other Principle is Motion.
Motion Creates Vibtation and Vibration creates Motion.
We can not determine whether Motion precedes Vibration or it is the other way around.
Vibration is Sound.
Regulated Sound is Music.
Sources of Sound in the Human body is from three sources.
These three letters form OM,the Pranava of Hinduism,the sacred Primordial Sound.
This is the Ultimate Sound and is used in every Mantra of Hinduism.
The Universe is perpetually in motion.
When movement takes place sound emanates.
The sound that emanates from the Sun is OM. (NASA Report)
Music is one source that elevates one to higher levels of Consciousness.
So much so,a Bhakthi Yoga marga based on Music developed in South India,with the Maestros,Thyagaraja,Muthuswamy Dikhitar and Syma Sastrigal in Tamil Nadu,Purandara dasa in Karnataka and Annamacharya in Andhra.
We also have Meera,Jayadeva and Abhang style of Music in Maharashtra.
Carnatic Music of India is basically a Yoga discipline,Nada Yoga.
One can realize Brahman,Reality through Music.
Thiugh iy may offend some sensibilities, Sex also leads to Realization.
But the experience of Reality through Sex is Transient and Tamil philosophy calls it ‘chitrinbam’,limited pleasure.
Realization of Brahman is ‘Perinbam’ Higher, Limitless pleasure,Bliss.
Reason is that though Sex is the only activity whenball the senses are focussed,this focus by all senses is the object of Yoga Darshana.
The drawback in the path of Sex is that one loses the objective and is engrossed in the process.
And emotional attacment before,after and during Sex clouds the mind and bonds one to desires.
Sex act with detachment to pleasure,though one might feel it,leads to Realization.
Hindu scriptures do not consider sex as a sin.
Sex is to be indulged in with the motive of begetting good children and this one of the basic duties of a Gtuhastha Asrama.
So when a Tantric engages in Sex for sex’s sake he falls.
The Siddhas as found in Tamil classics follow the path of Gnana and Bhakthi and have Shiva as the first Siddha.
The tradition of Siddhas from the south differs slighly from the Siddhas of North India.
More to followvin the next post on the differences and the schools of Siddhas,South and North.