Upcoming Lunar Eclipse

We have a total lunar eclipse taking place at Mount Soma, starting Sunday, January 20 at 9:36 pm, and ending Monday, January 21, at 2:48 am. Click here to see the details and to find the eclipse dates/times for your location.

The sun and moon’s rays have an effect on the earth. Normal sun and moon shine create a normal environment for the earth. Physical earth is made up of the five elements and those five elements have a certain balance under normal conditions. The same is true with our physiology.

The eclipse affects the sun and moon rays, creating an abnormal environment for the earth. This also upsets the balance of the five elements, upsetting our environment on earth and also our physiology, including our mind and emotions. Scientists have done research and found that during an eclipse, there is an increase in bacteria and viruses.

Because there is imbalance physically, it is suggested that people not eat or drink because the body does not process food and water correctly. It is a little bit like avoiding certain foods when a person is sick. Some do not eat from sunset to sunrise that night and others just avoid eating near the time of the actual eclipse. Because there is an imbalance mentally and emotionally, it is suggested that if people are not sleeping, they go inward and meditate or chant Mantras.

It is advised not to look at eclipses. Even if you do not look at the eclipse, the effects of an eclipse last 3-6 months. It states in the Vedas that as a result of an eclipse, there can be changes in nature and natural disasters can occur.

During the whole lunar eclipse, it is best to stay inside and not look outside or even allow moonlight in. Wait to shower, drink, and eat until after the eclipse.

This lunar eclipse begins and ends in Pushyami Nakshatra. People whose Moon is in Cancer in their Jyotish chart are most affected by this eclipse. Those who have Moon in Gemini, Leo, or Capricorn in their Jyotish chart are also particularly affected. All of these people should make sure to follow the eclipse guidelines. For maximum positive outcome from this eclipse, it is suggested to sponsor the daily Rudrabhishekam for three months.

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Chakrapani Ullal

A message from the Office of Chakrapani Ullal:

Dear Friends,

With a heavy heart I must share with you the sad news of Chakrapani’s passing on Saturday, October 28.

Several months ago, he had warned us that this week would be very challenging. Yet, without fear, he continued to battle his disease. Sadly, it became apparent that despite our best efforts his condition was declining. There was a moment when Chakrapani indicated that it was his time to begin a new journey.

His final hours were serene and holy. His hospital room was converted into a kind of temple so that he was surrounded by a peaceful space, filled with the sounds, the aroma, and the vision of what was sacred to him. There was chanting from his native Mookambika Temple in South India which had a powerful transformative effect.

He was not afraid to go and never sought to remain here for himself, but rather wanted to be here for those who depended on him. He lived for others up until the very end.

I will follow up soon with more information. The Memorial will not be until the new year to accommodate those who need to make travel plans in order to attend.

Thank you again for your support and caring which made Chakrapani’s final challenge more bearable and which will make it easier to face the days ahead.

With love and gratitude,

Dianne Brown

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Yantra, Mantra, Tantra

Sri YantraOn a superficial level, a Yantra is a geometric representation of an aspect of divinity, i.e., a god or gods. On the deepest level of existence, a Yantra is a structure inherent in the field of Consciousness, the underlying basis of all existence. On that deepest level, Yantras are alive and dynamic. It might be compared to our skeletal system which has a precise structure, but still moves and is alive. In that sense, a Yantra and the corresponding god are one and the same. All Yantras are superimposed, with different personifications, different faces, of the same one God or gods.

Mantras are sounds inherent to the very nature of the structure of existence. Different Mantras correlate to different Yantras.

When those Mantras are recited in a precise manner, they enliven the quality, the value, of the corresponding Yantra. The technology of the implementation of those Mantras is called Tantra.

You might say that if Yantras can be compared to physics, i.e., nature, then Mantras might be compared to formulas, and Tantra might be compared to technologies that implement those formulas to enliven the value inherent in the nature of the Yantras. Take, for example, a Lakshmi Yantra. It could be said that that Yantra is Lakshmi. A Lakshmi Mantra would then enliven the dynamics and functionality of the nature of Lakshmi. And the implementation of that Mantra would provide a technology that would have a Lakshmi influence upon the world.

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The Power of Choosing the Right Mantra

Choosing the Right Mantra - Michael MamasI just posted a new article on my Medium.com blog. It begins:

I was once asked the following:

“People say that Mantras are different names of God. Not being particularly religious, I’m uncomfortable with that. Is it true that Mantras are all different names of God? When we meditate on a Mantra, are we being indoctrinated into some religious approach without even being told?”…

Read more:
“The Power of Choosing the Right Mantra”

Related: Vedic Mantras.

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