Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Let's Go Andro Baby!

Today was a great day. The whole day was filled with great emotions and it was geared to strangely my beloved Shiva peruman. Sometimes tears will fall in my eyes that I have to wipe it out as people would think I’m nuts. Well, the truth is I’m a true nut actually. Since, I’m constantly in the realms of the 8th house I’m always in the world of secrets and taboo that normal people shy away from. For those uninitiated, the 8th house here refers to the house of the astrological chart where it rules all things secret (i.e. sex, death and rock and roll), well something like that I suppose. The 8th house being the natural house of Scorpion. Well the reason the 8th house is the place of secrets is natural if we see the mascot of this house which is the scorpion. A highly dangerous and secretive animal.Thus even this blog is called the 8th House Empire.

Anyway, let me stop about babbling about the scorpion. Since I was in some real scorpionic emotions on my Gurudev, Shiva peruman today, thought of doing something on him. After all, he’s the biggest Scorpion out there…the guru of all Scorpions out there, yeah including the Great USA!!!...yeah you got it rite, Uncle Sam was declared independent on July 4, 1776 with Scorpion as the rising ascendant sign, thus uncle Sam is all about Sex, Drugs, Death, Occult and Black Metal, hail Shiva, hail Sam, hail Pentagon! (Yeah pentagon is 5 pointed – Na Ma Shi Va Ya).

Since I feel like being in the taboo breaking kind of mood today, thought of doing something taboo-ish. Well, thought of Gurudev’s name of Ardraneeswara. This is one of the names of Shiva peruman. Ardraneeshwar is believed to be Shiva-Shakti amalgated. And of course there’s some Indian mythology behind the legend of Ardraneeshwar. Well, I’m not about to go into mythology today. I prefer to just go to logical arguments based on my 1st hand experience from of course the 8th house training I’ve underwent in the metaphysical realms given by none other than my Gurudeva, Shiva peruman himself.

Ardraneeshwar actually can be separated into two syllable. Ardra-Ishwara which means The star Arudra/ Ardra – Betelgeuse Alpha Orionis (Ardra) and God (Ishwara). Therefore it literally means the god of Ardra star. Shiva peruman in his fierce Rudra form rules this star. However, when we look carefully at this star, this star happens to have the gender of a female dog. Therefore the energies of this star is feminine in nature. Shiva therefore becomes feminine here but without losing his masculinity. He therefore becomes both male and female in one form and thus becomes Ardraneeshwara. He becomes Androgynous.

The rational or life lesson here is that of overcoming the dualities present in life. Since Shiva peruman rules enlightenment and moksha, he is telling humanity that to reach enlightenment one needs to overcome all illusions of duality present in nature (i.e. pain-pleasure, male-female, good-evil, rich-poor, etc…you get my idea…), thus he is showing us the life lesson we must understand to reach the state of universal realisation or divine realisation.

A truly enlighted being does not attach himself to the body of his living. Thus a male-bodied man can easily identify himself as a woman through crossdressing as he is not attached consciously to the body, and vice versa to a woman. However, this is easier said than done. People often view this as a total taboo or a humiliation to society if a man or woman does this, but the truth is spiritually the body is not who we are. What we are is pure divine consciousness, and that consciousness is not male or female. The crossdressers in India, called Hijrah’s are treated like semi-divine and are even invited to officiate and bless ceremonies, while in most part of the world, crossdressers and effeminate man are shunned and humiliated.

So, if you think you’re enlighted, think again. Try wearing that opposite gender’s clothes today and see if you’re comfortable with it. If you are, you’re there, or maybe somewhere near. If you’re not, don’t worry, pick up that holy book of yours and say your prayer, you will get there one day. Lets go Andro baby!!!...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Special dedication for Chinese New Year 2013

My special dedication for CNY 2013...Gong Xi Fa Chai to all and may all of us share a wonderful CNY this year....prosperity and abundance to all...Yee Sang :-)

Uttara Phalguni – The Star of the Big Bull

I guess a sudden inspiration today was the reason I’m writing about this star called Uttara Phalguni, or also known as the Utiram star today. I had written about it’s other half, Purva Phalguni previously in this blog.

So who is Mr. Uttara Phalguni? Well, just like it’s pair Purva Phalguni, this star has also sexual connotation. The name of this star means the Latter Half of the Red Bed. So, this star has deeper sexual connotation than even Purva Phalguni.
The animal associated with this star is the male bull. The bull is regarded as the animal most identified with sexual potency, especially of the male species.
Therefore, this nakshatra or star represents the male sexual potency. The deity of this asterism is non-other than Shiva peruman himself. Note that both in Purva Phalguni and Uttara Phalguni Shiva is depicted as the Shiva lingam (Divine Phalus) representing coitus or sexual union.

Shiva’s vahana (animal) is also the male bull known as Nandi. The bull here represents sexuality, very strong virile sexuality. However, when Shiva is worshipped in temples worldwide, the Nandi is often portrayed in a calm and serene sitting manner where he is not wild anymore. Why is this? The reason is that, the wild bull of Uttara Phalguni has reached the abode of another star known as Revathi, where the wild bull has become sublimated in its sexuality and has reached cosmic consciousness. The sexual force has transcended the physical realm and went into divine blissful consciousness.

However, in Uttara Phalguni, this bull is in full rampage. Therefore, those born under this star possess strong sexual powers and desires. And with this sexual powers, there comes great love as well. Therefore, just like Purva Phalguni, this star also represents love. While Purva is about receiving love (feminine) in nature, Uttara is about giving love (masculine) in nature. And man who are born in this star is definitely lucky as they are endowed with a huge, powerful and strong….well…”divinity” which would definitely make a woman go into divine ecstasy…

Since, sexuality is strong here, this star has to do with all kinds of partnerships and contracts. Therefore, it covers the portfolio of marriage. In mythology, all the deities, from Shiva to Kartikeya were married under this star, on the day of Pangguni Utiram, where the moon is full in Uttara Phalguni. Thus this star is good for marriages and shanti muhurthams (consummation of marriage).
The star, since it is related to love also deals with patronage of all sorts. A patron at the end of the day is about giving love. Therefore, great patrons or godfathers of sorts are made under this star. Many leaders including George Washington are born under this star.

The Star of the Godfathers....


Those who are born under this star should connect themselves to the energies of Shiva peruman. Those who want to take advantage of the power and energies of this star should also do the same. By worshipping the Shivalingam when the moon transits this star, one is blessed by its universal energy of divine love.
May everyone be blessed with the universal energies of Uttara Phalguni…Aum to Love….ehhhhhaaaaaa…..


Monday, January 14, 2013

Significance of Ponggal

Today is ponggal celebrations. I thought of penning down a bit about ponggal and its significance. Ponggal is celebrated every year by the Indian community worldwide in the month of January which is known in Tamil as the Thai month. Thus it is also called Thai Ponggal in Tamil language.
Ponggal is known as the harvest festival and is celebrated in a grand scale with earthen pot being used to boil milk and make boiled sweet rice known as “ponggu sorru”. This tradition has been honoured since time immemorial to honour the Sun as the sun is crucial in the agriculture cycle. Without the sun’s rays, there would not be crops to harvest.
Thus Ponggal is a celebration to honour the sun. Astrologically, it is known as Makara Sanskriti. Makara is Sanskrit for the zodiac sign of Capricorn while Sanskriti means transit. Thus it is the transit of sun into the Zodiac sign of Capricorn (Makara).It marks the period of Sun’s positive growth known as Uttaranarayana period which means the sun is growing in power not unlike the moon’s waxing period. The Sun is Up!!!...
However, you may ask what is so significant of sun entering Capricorn. After all Capricorn is owned by Sun’s enemy, Saturn. Wouldn’t Sun feel uncomfortable transiting into the sign of his own enemy and more so bitter enemy?
Well, here’s the thing. One must not just look at the outer picture of transit into Capricorn. We need to analyse further into the star constellation sun is transiting into. The star (nakshatra) sun is going into is known as Uttarashada in Sanskrit or Uttiradam in Tamil. The meaning of Uttarashada is “the latter invisible one” which means it is a star representing great victory. The symbol of this star is the elephant tusk while the presiding deity of the star is Lord Ganesha.
So why does sun reaches its full potential in this star? As mentioned earlier this star has to do with victory in the universal sense. Thus this is the star of universal victory. And universal victory means Dharma, principled living and principled actions. So although ponggal signifies harvest, the real esoteric meaning of ponggal is the victory of dharma over adharma (unrighteousness). The harvest represents the victory of the Devas (Divine beings) over the Asuras (Demonic beings).
Therefore, it is not that the sun is comfortable in Capricorn, instead it is powerful because of the star of Uttarashada, the bastion of universal dharma. Thus, when we celebrate ponggal this year lets reflect on dharma and practice principled living and actions in all spheres of our life. Thus we can celebrate ponggal each year with magnimity and joyfulness celebrating the universal victory of Dharma.
May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy ponggal 2013. Jai Dharma.