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Welcome:

This is the recording of our Vedic Astrology Club call which occurred on Saturday May 24, 2014. Thank you to all the participants and to Rani and Bhairavi, our guest speakers.

Lakshmi and Kubera with His Wife

Picture also shows the Wish-Fulfilling Tree (Kalpavrishka) and Kamendhenu (Wish-Fulfilling Cow) which came out of the Milky Ocean

Call Recording: Lakshmi, Kubera and Discussion

Mytho-therapy:

Kubera

Kubera is the God of Wealth, the Banker of Heaven, and the God-King of the Semi-Divine Yakshas. He is also a regent of the North (one of the Dik Palayakayas), and a protector of the world (Lokapala). He is the Overlord of many Semi-Divine species, and owner of the treasures of the world. He is often   depicted as a fat man, adorned in jewels,  carrying a money pot (or bag), and a club. His name Kubera / Kuvera, means deformed and refers to his deformities, but also splits into Ku meaning earth, and Vira meaning hero.

The Vedic scriptures tell that Kubera was an Asura and once ruled Lanka, but was overthrown by his stepbrother Ravana. He resettled in the city of Alaka in the Himalayas, near Mt Kailash (Siva’s Abode). Kubera is described as a friend of Lord Siva, who granted him Kingship over the Yakshas. Descriptions of the glories and splendors are recounted in many of the Puranic scriptures. Kubera is depicted as a dwarf, with a fair complexion, and big belly. He has 3 legs, only 8 teeth, one eye, 3 heads, 4 arms, and is adorned with jewels. He holds a mace (a club), a pomegranate, and a money bag in his hands. Sometimes he is seen riding a man, or mongoose.

In Tibet, the mongoose signifies his victory over the Nagas who are the Guardians of Treasures of the world. He is adorned with golden clothes and ornaments symbolizing his wealth. His Left eye is yellow and he wears armor and a large necklace down to his large belly. His face is inclined to the Left, he has a beard and a mustache, and 2 tusks protrude from the ends of his mouth, representing his ability to punish and bestow favors. His club, represents Administration of Justice and his standard bears a lion, representing Artha (wealth).

Kubera has 9 occult treasures that belong to him. They are referred to as Nawanidhi, or Nav Nidhi. Each is personified by a guardian spirit.

Mantras for Kubera (set your intent: “I am creating wealth for the world”)

Swarna Rajadas Srajam (invokes aspect of Lakshmi with gold and silver garlands; Dr. Pillai has said Kubera used this mantra and became the Banker in Heaven)

 

Kuberaya Vaisravanaya Maha Rajaya Namaha (Dr. Pillai has said these sounds give wealth and royalty consciousness)

Website mentioned on call:

Suggestion: create a free account at AstroVed and run your own Vedic Birth Chart via the Reports Section and follow along with suggestions in the club session. See previous Vedic Astrology Club recordings for how to run this Report. Please email questions to Valli at valli@pillaicenter.com See information for our call next Saturday on the Events page.

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Welcome:

This is the recording of our Vedic Astrology Club call which occurred on Saturday May 17, 2014. Thank you to all the participants and to Rani and Bhairavi, our guest speakers.

Lakshmi Shobana

Call Recording: Lakshmi, Vadivudai and Other Discussion

Mytho-therapy:

Lakshmi Shobane

Per Dr. Pillai: Approximately 400 years ago there was an acclaimed Madhva Saint named Vadiraja living in Southern India in the state of Kannada. He was fully enlightened, had many Miraculous Siddhi powers, and lived for about 120 years. One day he was visiting a city where the Mayor was preparing for his daughter’s wedding. Unfortunately the bridegroom was bitten by a snake and despite all efforts, he died. The Mayor was told that Vadiraja had just arrived and could restore the boy’s life. The Mayor asked Vadiraja to help in this matter. Vadiraja immediately composed a Hymn to Goddess Lakshmi recounting her Wedding to Lord Vishnu at the time she arose from out of the Milky Ocean. Anyhow, Lakshmi appeared and he requested that she revive the boy. She did and the wedding was carried out.

Lakshmi’s energy promotes auspicious activities. Everything auspicious belongs to Lakshmi, even the word Lakshmi means auspicious. Everything that’s going to give good fortune, joy, and happiness belongs to Lakshmi.

Every word he uses is charged with that power and I have been thinking about it for approximately 3 years. The time has not been right to introduce it to people, until now 2013.

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I leased a building in a powerful temple vortex and we’ll have the ceremony where the women come and chant this Hymn and light the ghee lamps, accompanied by a very special, very powerful Lakshmi Homa. I want people to be able to come spend time here a receive the benefits. I look forward to this program called Lakshmi Shobanam by the great Mystic Saint, Vadiraja. The AstroVed people will make announcements regarding this at the appropriate time.

The Shobanam Hymn is comprised of 112 verses recounting the events of Lakshmi’s Wedding to Lord Vishnu. Hearing this reminds her of her own joy at the time of her wedding. Shobana means Mangala or auspicious. Lakshmi is Sarva Mangala, which means she is not only the Goddess of wealth, but all powerful, and capable of bestowing longevity. That was the power of St. Vadiraja’s Hymn and Goddess Lakshmi was obliged to revive the bridegroom.

Also note that the Tamil Month of Aadi (this year 2014 from Jul 15th to Aug 15th), is very special to Lakshmi, especially the Fridays. There are 4 Aadi Fridays where you can receive special ‘Blessings’ from Lakshmi.

It’s always auspicious to chant and or write ‘Shreem Brzee’ 108 or 1008 times. (This chant is cumulative.) And to burn AstroVed’s Friday Incense for Venus/and Lakshmi.

 

Vadivudai Amman is a Goddess of Beauty, both inner and outer. One mantra for her is

Om Sri Vaidivooday Nayaki Swaha

For Help From Goddess To Do Tapas (Disciplined Practice):

Om Kanambhikaya Vidh Mahe

Sarva Siddhicha Dhi Mahi

Tanno Gauri Prachodayat

There is free virtual pooja for Vadivudai Amman on this page at AstroVed:

http://www.astroved.com/virtualpooja.aspx

 

Website mentioned on call:

Suggestion: create a free account at AstroVed and run your own Vedic Birth Chart via the Reports Section and follow along with suggestions in the club session. See previous Vedic Astrology Club recordings for how to run this Report. Please email questions to Valli at valli@pillaicenter.com See information for our call next Saturday on the Events page.

 

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Welcome:

This is the recording of our Vedic Astrology Club call which occurred on Saturday May 10, 2014. Thank you to all the participants and to Rani and Bhairavi, our guest speakers.

Lakshmi with Elephants

Call Recording: Lakshmi, Purity and Other Discussion

Mytho-therapy:

Lakshmi’s Appearance and Symbolism Lakshmi in her images and pictures is depicted as a female inform with 4 arms and 4 hands, She usually wears red clothes with a golden lining and is either seated or standing on a lotus. She has golden coins and lotuses in her hands. She is frequently pictured with 2 or 4 elephants next to her.

This symbolism conveys the following spiritual theme:

~ Her 4 arms represent 4 directions in space and signify her omnipresence and omnipotence. The red color of her clothing signifies activity and the golden lining signifies prosperity. The lotus signifies that while living in this world one should enjoy the wealth, but not become obsessed with it.

~ Her 4 hands represent the 4 aims of life: Dharma (righteousness); Kama (genuine desires); Artha (wealth); and Moksha (liberation from birth and death). Her front hands represent activity in the material world, and her back hands represent spiritual activities that lead to spiritual perfection.

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Since the right side of the body signifies activity, a lotus in her back right hand signifies that you should perform all duties in accordance to Dharma. This leads to Moksha which is symbolized be the lotus held in her back left hand. The golden coins falling from her front left hand signifies she provides wealth and prosperity for her devotees. Her front right hand bestows Blessings.

~ The 2 elephants pictured beside her signify name and fame that is associated with worldly wealth. The idea portrayed here is that one should not acquire wealth for name and fame and only for one’s self, but share it with to bring happiness to others in addition to himself.

~ Some pictures show 4 elephants spraying water on Lakshmi from Golden Vessels. This illustrates the theme that continuous self-effort in accordance with one’s Dharma, governed by wisdom and purity leads to both material and spiritual prosperity.

Note: Lakshmi does not stay long with anyone who is lazy or seeks her only for material wealth.

Invoke Lakshmi by chanting: OM SHREEM BRZEE

Mantras for invoking Lakshmi for Purity:

Om Sarva Papa Hare (invokes aspect of Lakshmi for dissolving sins, including financial sins)

Harineem (a name of Lakshmi, invoking her in the aspect of Purity)

Mantra for Goal-Orientation: Om Iccha Shakti Uma Kumari (brings energy of authentic desire, especially for people who may not in be in touch with what they really want)

For Narasimha (Lion-faced form of Vishnu) JAYA JAYA NARASIMHAYA NAMAHA

Website mentioned on call:

Suggestion: create a free account at AstroVed and run your own Vedic Birth Chart via the Reports Section and follow along with suggestions in the club session. See previous Vedic Astrology Club recordings for how to run this Report. Please email questions to Valli at valli@pillaicenter.com See information for our call next Saturday on the Events page.

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Welcome:

This is the recording of our Vedic Astrology Club call which occurred on Saturday May 3, 2014. Thank you to all the participants and to Rani and Bhairavi, our guest speakers.

Lakshmi Goddess of Wealth, Beauty, Grace and Purity, Ruler of Venus

Call Recording: Lakshmi and Other Discussion May 3 2014

Mytho-therapy:

Lakshmi

Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of wealth (both spiritual and material), prosperity and good fortune. Her name is derived from the Sanskrit word Laksme which means goal, and refers to the goal of life which includes worldly as well as spiritual prosperity. In Hindu mythology she is also called ‘Shri’ and is the Divine spouse or consort of Vishnu. She provides him with the wealth for the maintenance and preservation of this creation.

Mythology: Lakshmi was the daughter of the Maharishi Bhrigu and she took refuge in the ocean of milk when the Gods were sent into exile. During the churning of the Milky Ocean, which was a joint effort by both Gods and demons to bring forth the Nectar of Immortality, Lakshmi reappeared. She was so beautiful and all of the Gods fell in love with her. Shiva had already taken the Moon, Bramha had already taken Saraswati, so her hand was given to Vishnu, whom Lakshmi herself preferred. She is a Goddess of Light, beauty, good fortune and wealth. Diwali, the Festival of Light, is a special time of worship for her.

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Astrological Info: Lakshmi is the Overlord for Venus. Venus is the planet which rules the Zodiac Signs of Taurus and Libra.

Day: Lakshmi and Venus are both worshiped on Friday

Moon Phases:

Full Moon – Pray for money and abundance;

12th Waning Moon – Pray for increased diplomacy, skill in negotiating win-win solutions and good judgments in choices about time, money, energy, greater comfort and happiness

Hora: Venus

Nakshatras: Bharani, Purva Phalguni, Purva Ashada (these are all stars ruled by Venus)

Consort: Vishnu, the Preserver

Vehicle: Horse, Elephant

Incense: AstroVed’s Friday Incense for Venus

Gemstone: Diamond

Colors: Pink and Gold or Silver

Mantra: OM SHREEM BRZEE


Website mentioned on call:

Suggestion: create a free account at AstroVed and run your own Vedic Birth Chart via the Reports Section and follow along with suggestions in the club session. See previous Vedic Astrology Club recordings for how to run this Report. Please email questions to Valli at valli@pillaicenter.com See information for our call next Saturday on the Events page.

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