Saturday, 29 July 2017
Shree Ganeshaya Namah
Blessings for our Ganesha Blessed mighty PM Narendra Modiji
By Bejan Daruwalla
The Ganges, your mother,
the Himalayas, your father,
beckon you for a blessing
"the good and the great
are seldom knit
in the same human
but may you have both.
May your feet of clay
alchemise into tensiled steel
not intelligence, not cleverness, not sharpness,
but wisdom and an open mind
will enable you
to do the right thing at the right time and the right place
It is your dharma and your karma
to make India shining clean
from sole to soul
you will help to heal the world and make it whole
Narendra, this is your real destiny
Shree Ganeshaya Namah
Astrological Gold (First published in Hind Pocket Books)
If you have a great sense of smell it means your Jupiter is powerful. In the same way if you have a great sense of touch it implies that your Venus is vibrating. This will help you to know yourself a little better. That’s what astrology is all about.
Sun: Life, hope, honour, fame, status.
Saturn: Responsibility, duty, form, integrity, spirituality, tradition, death.
Jupiter: Growth, riches, expansion, weight, religion, good cheer and joy, exuberance.
Mars: Action, courage, war, sports, desire, sex.
Venus: All the arts, entertainment, love, pleasure, harmony, beauty.
Moon: Reproduction, domestic and family affairs, imagination, moods, feelings, surroundings, water.
Uranus: Technology, inventions, intuitions, change, science, the new order of the world.
Neptune: Dreams, prophetic visions, extra – sensory perception (ESP), marine life, occult influences and matters, drugs.
Pluto: Power, death and regeneration, violence, blood – shed, transformation, hidden things, dictatorship, terror, tyranny.
Chiron: Bonding together, healing, helping, setting free, curing, saving, the key to making people free.
FENG SHUI Tips
• Your Ganesha devotee firmly believes that natural or artificial waterfalls bring good luck. Flowing energy is happy energy. * Clutter can be the mark of a genius or a hopelessly disorganised person. Therefore, as a rule it is better to be tidy. In any case, it creates a good impression. * The incense, “Dhoop”, “Loban” with the vessel carrying small red coals all over the house. * Making rangolis and Parsee designs of lucky colours outside the door and threshold. * Putting the symbol of Ganesha, Swastika, OM, Asho Farohar, the laughing Buddha. * Never keep chipped or even slightly cracked or broken idols, glasses, cups, saucers, vases, even though theses might be a very beautiful or old. Old is not always gold.
Shree Ganeshaya Namah
Be with Bejan
By Bejan Daruwalla
(Shree Ganeshaya Namah Dear Readers, This column is not about astrology and numerology. I am not a guru. But I was for 50 years a professor of English. To me education means STIMULATION to bring out your full POTENTIAL. Therefore I will ask you questions, request you to choose from it, and give a reply. I will not comment on your reply. You can see and read the replies of others in the newspaper and JUDGE FOR YOURSELF. In other words you can be your own guru. Try it. It will surprise you.)
1) We all know that love is the fevicol or bonding of life. Love is permanent. But the great story teller Summerset Maughan tells us in his book “Summing up” that finally love turns to cold gravy. In other words love is not permanent. Do you agree? The question is “is love permanent?”
2) There was a competition between two men. One man was very strong. The other man was weak. Therefore the judge said if you fight it will not be an equal fight. Therefore I will do a strange thing. In one hand I will choose a poison pill which will cause death. In the other hand there will be nothing. Will both of you agree to choose one of the two hands? This will be a real test of your courage. My question is, “do you think it is just and fair test?”
3) People say revenge may be wicked but it is natural. Others say you must not take revenge and forgive the person who hurts and harms you. My question is, “who do you think is right?”
4) Ganesha says on one side we have reincarnation, heaven, after death experience, ghosts and spirits. On the other side we have absolutely nothing after death. In other words death is the end of it all. My question is which of these two you prefer?
5) We all want freedom and liberty. To have this freedom and liberty we must break with a single mighty powerful bound the chains which bind us and limit us. But we can also be free if we work on the chains little by little every day, just as prisoners in the jail use a saw to cut the prison bars little by little every night. My question is which of these two you will choose?
6) What is the most effective medicine in life? On one side we have love which can heal. On the other side we have humour. Humour kills ego and false pomposity. The reason is you cannot laugh and pretend to be powerful at the same time. Love is the bonding. Humour is the salt of life. If you have to pick only one of these two which will it be?
7) Poets are certainly “the unacknowledged legislators of the world”. It means what the poets dream today the world realises tomorrow. But it is equally true that many poets are completely eccentric, make love to many women, do not feel guilty and many times break all the traditional values and lead a completely free bohemian wayward life. My question is should the poets be allowed to do so or should they be controlled and trapped by the government?
SHREE GANESHAYA NAMAH
8) I agree completely that rapists, arsonists, murderers, blackmailers are the scum of the Earth. They should therefore be wiped out. Why should others suffer them? But the hard core fact remains that they too were babes once with chubby cheeks, deer eyes and feet like flowers and leaves. In other words they too were innocently beautiful and truthfully glorious. If we think of them in this way would we like to kill them? So my question is can we find it in our heart to forgive them given all these different possibilities?
Friday, 28 July 2017
All About YOU
By Bejan Daruwalla
(Ganesha says this is a very comprehensive, all inclusive information about each and every sign of the zodiac by Western Astrology. Yes, your astrologer openly admits that the material is collected from various sources. I am sure you will relish it. Enjoy!)
(March 21 – April 19)
Aries is raw, primitive energy, a courageous, assertive, passionate, headstrong, pioneering spirit; full of physical strength.
Ruling Planet:- Mars – ancient god of war, aggression, conflict. In astrology, Mars’ influence creates tension and accidents; it rules over fire and danger.
Symbolic Interpretation: The Ram represents the horns and nose of the Ram. It also pictures the eyebrows and nose of man (the head is the part ruled by Aries). Combative, obviously, the horns go with the head and the face in any animal.
Opposite Number: Libra (The seventh sign from yours is your opposite number).
Body part ruled by Aries: The head. Aries people are prone to headaches, and facial injuries.
Animals ruled by Aries: Sheep and, especially rams.
Hazards: Fire, war and injury from sharp instruments. They may suffer from accidents in sports, surgical operations especially on the head and face.
Traditional associations of Aries
Colours: Red, scarlet and carmine
Cities: Florence, Verona, Naples and Marseilles
Countries: France, Germany, Poland, England and Denmark
Lucky for Ariens
Flowers and trees
Anemone, honeysuckle, thistle, mint, bryony
Hawthorn, evergreen thorn, spruce, all thorny trees
Most strong-tasting foods such as onions, leeks, garlic. Hot spices associated with Aries are mustard and cayenne pepper.
Alphabets (that vibrate to Aries) : A,L,E.
(April 20 – May 20)
Taurus is quiet, affectionate, patient, stable, determined and practical, stubborn and resistant to change.
Ruling Planet: Venus. In astrology, Venus’ influence inclines toward a love of luxury, beauty, artistic pursuits and love.
Symbolic Interpretation: The Bull. Strong, stubborn, plodding, can be both fierce and gentle. The symbol represents the horns and head of the Bull. It also outlines the chin and Adam’s apple of the human throat (the part of the anatomy that Taurus rules).
Opposite Number: Scorpio (The seventh sign from yours is your opposite number… Taurus is the sign of property and money, possessions and Taureans are known to cling to what is theirs. Scorpio, Taurus’s opposite sign, is the sign of legacies and shared wealth. The wealth of Scorpio people tends to be spiritual rather than material, which they give to others in the form of teaching, writing, and the healing arts.
Body parts ruled by Taurus: Neck and throat. Many Taurus people have beautiful speaking and signing voices, but they are vulnerable to colds and thyroid problems, laryngitis, sore throats.
Animals ruled by Taurus: Cattle, especially the bull.
Hazards: Taurus people often antagonize others over love and money. They are famous for their stubbornness and possessiveness.
Traditional associations of Taurus
Colours : Pale blue, yellow, pink and pale green
Cities: Palermo and St. Louis
Countries: Ireland, Switzerland, Cyprus and the Greek Islands
Lucky for Taureans
Flowers and trees
Narcissus, lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, poppy
Fig, vine, apple
Wheat and most other cereals, grapes, apples, pears, artichokes, asparagus and most spices are associated with Taurus.
Alphabets (that vibrate to Taurus) : B, V, U, O
(May 21 – June 20)
Gemini is lively, energetic, versatile, and intellectual, lives primarily in the mind rather than the emotions, and is extremely adaptable to new situations.
Ruling Planet: Mercury. In astrology, Mercury rules communication and travel; its influence emphasizes a nervous temperamnent.
Symbolic Interpretation: Sagittarius (the seventh sign from yours is your opposite number.) Gemini is the sign of thought, self-expression and communication on a personal level. Natives of Gemini strive for, and try to impose, their point of view on others. Sagittarius people tend to shrink from close personal involvement and, unlike Gemini, are shaped by what others think of them.
Body parts ruled by Gemini: Hands, arms, shoulders and lungs. Geminis are susceptible to sprains, and accidents involving arms and hands; also prone to bronchitis and respiratory ailments.
Animals ruled by Gemini: Parrots and other brightly colored birds, monkeys and butterflies.
Hazards: Gemini people are susceptible to accidents while traveling, especially by air. Their changeability and fickle nature also tend to irritate others.
Traditional associations of Gemini
Colours: Yellow, slate grey and spotted mixtures
Cities: London, San Francisco, Cordoba and Bruges
Countries: Belgium, USA, Sardinia and Armenia
Lucky for Geminians
Lavender, blue violet, lily-of-the valley, ferns
Hazel, chestnut and all nut-bearing trees
Nuts and all vegetables grown above the ground, except cabbage, are foods associated with Gemini, as are such herbs and spices as marjoram, caraway and aniseed.
Alphabets (that vibrates to Gemini) : K, GH, Q
(June 21 – July 22)
Cancer is emotional, and possesses an active, shrewd, and intuitive mind. Cancerians are sensitive, kind, often sympathetic, and receptive to change.
Ruling Planet: The Moon. In astrology, the Moon governs the emotions and intuitive behaviour.
Symbolic Interpretation: The Crab, possessing a hard, and crusty exterior, covering soft flesh underneath. The symbol represents the claws of the Crab.
Opposite Number: Capricorn (The seventh sign from yours is your opposite number.) Cancer is the sign of home and family life, personal relationships. Capricorn, Cancer’s opposite sign, is the sign of reputation and public standing, even advancement of self.
Body parts ruled by Cancer: The breasts and stomach. Cancerians love to eat and have to fight overweight in later years and, also digestive ailments.
Animals ruled by Cancer: Crab and other shell-covered animals, all crustaceans.
Hazards: Cancer people are susceptible to theft, losses and accidents in the home.
Traditional associations of Cancerians
Gemstones: Moonstone and pearl
Colours: White, opal, iridescent silvery hues, smoky grey, sea green and blue
Cities: Amsterdam, New York, Istanbul, Tokyo, Algiers
Countries: Scotland, Holland, New Zealand and Paraguay
Lucky for Cancerians
Flowers and trees
White lily, acanthus, white rose, larkspur, convolvulus, water lily, all white flowers
All trees, particularly those rich in sap
Milk, fish, fruits and vegetables with a high water content, white and red cabbage and herbs such as verbena and tarragon are all linked with Cancer.
Alphabets (that vibrate to Cancer) : H,D
(July 23 – August 22)
Leo is dogmatic and fixed in opinion, large-hearted, creative, self-willed, powerful, full of generosity and extra vagance.
Ruling Planet: The Sun. In astrology, the Sun is the most powerful planetary influence, bestowing vitality and authority.
Symbolic Interpretation: The Lion. Regal, brave, dominating, sometimes indolent. Possessing nobility and pride. It represents two valves of the human heart (a part of the anatomy that Leo rules). It is also the Greek symbol for the first letter of Leo. In symbolic terms, it is two incomplete circles of the Sun joined by a crescent Moon, symbolizing power derived from both the intellect and the emotions.
Opposite Number: Aquarius (The seventh sign from yours is your opposite number). Leo is the sign that governs pleasure and creativity, domination and ego. Aquarius, Leo’s opposite sign, is the sign of hopes and wishes and the higher ideals of mankind.
Body parts ruled by Leo: Back, spine, and the heart. Back and spinal ailments are common in Leo people.
Animals ruled by Leo: Lion and all felines. (i.e. the entire cat family.)
Hazards: Leo people tend to be challenging and boastful. They are also prone toward being victims of slander and violence, since they are impulsive and often domineering.
Traditional associations of Leo
Colours: Orange, gold rich shades of yellow, brown
Cities: Rome, Madrid, Damascus, Mumbai and Hollywood
Countries: Italy, Sicily, southern Iraq, Romania and Lebanon
Lucky for Leos
Flowers and Trees
Sunflowwer, marigold, celandine, passion flower
Laurel, bay tree, palm, walnut
Honey, rice and green vegetables with a high iron content such as spinach, kale and watercress are typically Leonine foodstuffs. These also include meat and the herbs rosemary, rue and saffron.
Alphabets (that vibrate to Leo): M
(August 23 – September 22)
Virgo is reserved, modest, practical, discriminating and industrious, analytical and painstaking, seeking to know and understand.
Ruling Planet: Mercury. In astrology, Mercury rules intelligence and reason, and bestows a highly-strung temperament.
Symbolic Interpretation: The Virgin represents purity, modesty, industriousness service to fellow workers. The symbol represents a Virgin.
Opposite Number: Pisces (The seventh sign from yours is your opposite number.) Virgo is the sign of work, perfectionism and self-improvement. Pisces, Virgo’s opposite sign. Is the sign of illusion, dreaminess, self-delusion, and escapism.
Body parts ruled by Virgo: The nervous system and the intestines. Virgos are particularly susceptible to ulcers, nervous disorders, and stress-related illnesses.
Animals ruled by Virgo: Small domestic pets, cats and bees.
Hazards: Virgos have critical and sharp tongues, a tendency to interfere and are not very emotional. They can easily offend others. They are hypochondriac.
Traditional associations of Virgo
Colours: Shades of green, dark brown, slate and spotted patterns
Cities: Boston, Heildelberg, Paris, Strasbourg, Corinath
Countries: Greece, Turkey, Crete and Lower Silesia, West Indies
Lucky for Virgoans
Buttercup, pansy, forget-me-not, morning glory, aster, mimosa
Hazel, horse chestnut, and all nut-bearing trees
Potatoes, carrots, turnips, Swedes and all vegetables grown under the earth. Also nuts of all varities.
Alphabets (that vibrates to Virgo): P, TH, AN
(September 23 – October 22)
Libra is diplomatic, polished, and very socially inclined. Very charming too.
Ruling Planet: Venus. In astrology, Venus rules pleasure and luxury, social pursuits, art, and adornment.
Symbolic Interpretation: The Scales, signifying balance, equilibrium, order, and justice. The symbol represents the scale which is in perfect equilibrium.
Opposite Number: Aries(The seventh sign from yours is your opposite number.) Libra is the sign of marriage, union and partnership. Aries, Libra’s opposite sign, is the sign of ego, personality and self.
Body parts ruled by Libra: The lower back, kidneys, hips. Librans are prone to kidney infections, lower back strain and problems in the lumbar region.
Animals ruled by Libra: Snakes, lizards and other small reptiles.
Hazards: Libra people are indecisive and sometimes make a declaration of love too easily, and can hurt and disappoint people who care for them.
Traditional associations of Libra
Cities: Copenhagen, Vienna, Lisbon, Charleston, Frankfurt and Nottingham
Countries: Austria, Burma, Argentina, Tibet, China and Japan
Lucky for Librans
Flowers and Trees
Dahlia, cosmos, daisy, lilac(purple), cabbage rose, bluebell, hydrangeas
Ash, poplar, both black and white
Berry fruits, apples, pears, grapes, wheat, barley and other cereals, artichokes, asparagus and almost all spices.
Alphabets (that vibrate to Libra): R, T
(October 23 – November 21)
Scorpio is intense, obstinate and unyielding but can be passionate and emotional as well. They can be both tenacious and carping but also very subtle and caring.
Ruling Planet: Pluto. In astrology, Pluto rules regenerative forces, and the beginnings and ends of phases in life.
Symbolic Interpretation: The Scorpion, Secretive, often fatal. The symbol depicts the stinger of the Scorpion and is connected to a representation of the human reproductive organs.
Opposite Number: Taurus (The seventh sign from yours is your opposite number.) Scorpio is the sign of inheritance. They have a sense of purpose and destiny. Taurus is the sign of possession, ownership.
Body part related by Scorpio: The genitals. Scorpios are susceptible to exhaustion and ill health, infections of the urinary tract and sexually transmitted diseases.
Animals ruled by Scorpio: Snakes, insects and other invertebrates.
Hazards: Scorpios are secretive and jealous. Their sharp tempers and harish tongue can cause others anger.
Traditional associations of Scorpio
Gemstones: Topaz and malachite
Colours: Dark red, maroon, crimson and the colours of smoky cloud formations
Cities: New Orleans, Cincinnati, Washington D.C., Newcastle, Valencia and Liverpool
Countries: Morocco, Norway, Uruguay, Syria, Tahiti, Algeria
Lucky for Scorpios
Flowers and Trees
Red chrysanthemum, red carnation, rhododendron, honeysuckle, gentian
Blackthorn, thorn apple, hawthorn, branches of thorn
Strong tasting foods, onions, hops, leeks and shallots. Most of the pungent, sharp tasting foods are attributable to Mars and Aries
Alphabets (that vibrate to Scorpio): N, YU, Y
( November 22 – December 21)
Sagittarius is ambitious, even driven, generous, focused, freedom-loving, and a seeker of challenge, open to new ideas, innovation and exploration.
Ruling Planet: Jupiter. In astrology, Jupiter is the planet of good fortune, optimism, expansion, abundance.
Symbolic Interpretation: The Archer : He is the symbol of directness, high aims, a love of outdoor activity and the chase. The free-ranging, pointed arrow of the Archer is represented. It is also a picture of the human leg from thigh to knee (the part of the anatomy that Sagittarius rules).
Opposite Number: Gemini (The seventh sign from yours is your opposite number.) Sagittarius is the sign of broad concepts, philosophy, higher learning, exploration. Gemini is the sign of personal expression and “one-to-one” communication.
Body parts ruled by Sagittarius: The liver, the hips, and the thighs. Sagittarius have a sensitive liver and need lots of outdoor exercise to stay healthy and fit.
Animals ruled by Sagittarius: Horse and those which are hunted – deer etc.
Hazards: Sagittarius can be hurt by fire and explosion, especially while travelling. Their freedom-loving can make them loners, and make other people either jealous or insecure.
Traditional associations of Sagittarius
Colours: Rich purple, violet, red and indigo
Cities: Toledo, Budapest, Sheffield, Toronto, Cologne and Acapulco
Countries: Spain, Australia, South Africa, Arabia and Hungary
Lucky for Sagittarians
Flowers and Trees
Narcissus, golden rod, pinks, pink carnation, dandelions
Oak, ash, birch, mulberry, chestnut
Bulb vegetables such as onions, leeks and celery. Currants sultans, mulberries and bilberries. Grapefruit is also attributed to Sagittarius
Alphabets (that vibrate to Sagittarius ) : F, DH
( December 22 – January 19 )
Capricorn is patient, disciplined, determined, and quick to seize opportunity. Capricornians seek security, want acquisitions, and rely on cunning rather than brute-force. They are reserved, prudent and sometimes aloof and withdrawn.
Ruling Planet : Saturn. In astrology, Saturn represents obstacles, limitation, restriction, discipline.
Symbolic Interpretation: The Goat, who is able to ascend the heights because of its nimble surefootedness. The goat butts its way through obstructions. The symbol represents the V-shaped beard of the goat and the curved tail of the fish (the sea goat, which was the ancient symbol for Capricorn). It also pictures the human knee and circular kneecap.
Opposite Number: Cancer (The seventh sign from yours is your opposite number.) Capricorn is the sign governing reputation, career, standing in the community, honor, praise, and approval of the world at large. Cancer, Capricorn’s opposite sign, is the sign of domesticity and home life.
Body parts ruled by Capricorn: The bones, joints, and knees. Capricornians may suffer from stiff joints, rheumatism, and orthopaedic problems…
Animals ruled by Capricorn: Goats, all animals with cloven hoofs.
Hazards: Capricornians can be aloof, uncaring, reserved and unemotional and may thus seem to be intentionally hurtful.
Traditional associations of Capricorn
Colours: Dark grey, dark green, black, dark brown and indigo
Cities: Delhi, Mexico City, Ghent, Brussels, Oxford, Chicago and Montreal
Countries: India, Mexico, Macedonia, Orkney and Shetland
Lucky for Capricornians
Numbers: Eight and Two
Flowers and Trees
Red poppy, amaranthus, pansy, red carnation, ivy
Elm, pine, aspen, poplar, holly, weeping willow
Potatoes, beets, barley and malt are attributed to Capricorn – also starchy foods, onions, spinach and quinces.
Alphabets (that vibrate to Capricorn) : j, KH, X
( January 20 - February 18)
Aquarius is original and inventive, has strong dislikes and firm opinions. Aquarians can be very progressive, strong-willed and assertive. They are independent and analytical and are born leaders and free thinkers.
Ruling Planet: Uranus. In astrology, Uranus is the planet of change and the unexpected, invention and modern science (Discovered in 1781.0
Symbolic interpretation: The Waterbearer: bearing the gift that gives life. The symbol represents the water which flows from the vessel of the Waterbearer. It is also a picture of the human ankle in motion.
Opposite Number: Leo (The seventh sign from yours is your opposite number.) Aquarius is the sign of idealisitic humanitarians who often remain personally detached in their own relationships. Leo, Aquarius’s opposite sign, is the sign of pleasure, affection, love, close ties, fun and good times.
Body parts ruled by Aquarius: the circulatory system, shins and ankles. Acquarians may suffer from varicose veins and hardening of the arteries, fractures and sprains.
Animals ruled by Aquarians: Large, far-flying birds
Hazards: Aquarians are often eccentric, usually innovative and unconventional. Their “way out” bohemian attitudes can also cause trouble.
Traditional associations of Aquarians
Metals: Uranium and aluminium
Colours: Aquamarine, turquoise and electric blue
Cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Buenos Aires, hamberg and Salzburg
Countries: Russia, Sweden, Ethiopia and Poland
Lucky for Aquarians
Number: Four, one and seven
Flowers and Trees
Apple blossom, peach blossom, elder flowers, orchid
Cherry, plum, fig, and all fruit trees
Zestful citrus fruits such as lemon and lime, peppers, chillies, herbs and spices with sharp, distinctive flavours.
Alphabets (that vibrate to Aquarius) : G, S, SH
(February 19 – march 20)
Pisces is very changeable, impressionable and mystical, adaptable. Pisceans are usually romantics, who are both kind and receptive and are strong on both intuition and emotion.
Ruling Planet: Neptune. In astrology, Neptune is the planet of illusion, glamour, mystery, deception and was discovered in 1846.
Symbolic Interpretation: Two Fishes tied to one another in opposite directions, signifying hidden depths, shifting emotional currents. The symbol represents two fishes tied together. It is also a picture of the human feet (the part of the anatomy that Pisces rules.)
Opposite Number: Virgo, Pisces is the sign of dreams, intuitions, psychism and mysticism, spiritual values in life. Virgo, Pisces’s opposite sign, is the sign of work and service.
Body parts ruled by Pisces: The feet. All foot ailments from corns to sprains and aches.
Animals ruled by Pisces: Sea-loving mammals and all fish
Hazards: Pisceans can be unpredictable, vacillating and indecisive. They can be unbalanced, and prone to addictions.
Traditional associations of Pisces
Metals: Germanium and strontium
Colours: Mauve, purple, violet, sea green, silver
Cities: Hollywood, Alexandria, Lisbon, Seville, Dublin, Warsaw and Jerusalem
Countries: Portugal, many small Mediterranean islands, the Gobi and Sahara deserts and Scandinavia
Lucky for Pisceans
Number: Seven, two and six
Flowers and Trees
White poppy, iris, orchid, water lily, angelica, violet, jonquil
Weeping willow, all trees growing by water, fig.
Foods with a high water content – such as cucumber, watermelon, lettuce, and the gourd family.
Alphabets (that vibrate to Pisces) : Z, CH, D, X
Note: Strictly speaking the alphabets given here in all the signs really go with the Indian Moon signs. However, only as an experiment, I have incorporated them here and placed them with the Western sun signs. You can take it or leave it.
Thursday, 27 July 2017
Shree Ganeshaya Namah
Astrology and You
By Bejan Daruwalla
Ganesha, my Lord and Master says, "the secret of astrology can be summed up in one word. TIMING. Timing means the right person at the right place and time. It is the astrologer who can help to decide the time factor. This is where the astrologer comes in."
Dear readers, it may look very simple to you. But simplicity is really most difficult. A philosopher has said, "there is real genius behind simplicity."
It is now very clear that time is a very important factor in life. Who controls time? According to this Ganesha devotee, time is controlled by Saturn and the great Lord Shiva. The mantra for Shiva is "Namhah shivaya shantaya karantraya hetave nivedayami chatmanam tvam gati parameshwara". Shiva is called "Mahakaal". Alokparna Das has put it wonderfully well by saying "Shiva is time deified and also transcends time as the icon of eternity".
Saturn also signifies time. The mantra for Saturn is "OM PRAAM PREEM PROUM SA SANAYE NAMAH". Therefore to us Indians Shiva and Saturn are of primary importance and significance in astrology and in life. Let me make it absolutely clear that to me all religions are equally important, and that spirituality and religion finally lead to God. You are completely free to choose your own God or Energy. I will go a step further and say you have a right to your own belief.
Let me mention here an ancient definition of astrology. It is called as JYOTISHI, JYOT = LIGHT, ISH = GOD. Therefore it is the light of God. Because it is the light of God the mantra of Shiva and Saturn are the two main pillars of life, death, eternity. I am now 83. Who knows about tomorrow? I am not a God. I just do my duty and try my best.
I must make it clear that most of this book is by Western Astrology and not Indian Astrology. The simple reason is it personally suits me better. Let me now take you to a capsule information of who really are by Western Astrology.
Aries - "I am"
Taurus - "I have"
Gemini - "I think"
Cancer - "I feel"
Leo - "I will"
Virgo - "I analyze"
Libra - "I balance"
Scorpio - "I desire"
Sagittarius - "I perceive"
Capricorn - "I use"
Aquarius - "I know"
Pisces - "I believe"
This information is about your character delineation or picture. If you know who you are you can tackle as well as enjoy life much better. Let me tell you another secret. Western Astrology is excellent at psychology, personality development, attitudes, moods, characteristics and so on. Indian astrology is best at the actual prediction of events. I may be right or wrong but in my 60 years of astrology I have found this to be very true. It is your attitude to life which will decide your happiness. I have actually seen poor people who come to me are so much satisfied that they have a smile on their face. I have seen tycoons so miserable that they want to commit suicide. How can astrology help here? The Sun is the king of the planets. From the word Sun we get the word sunny. Sunny means cheerful, joyous, shining, bright. Sunday means the day of the Sun. Therefore my worshipping the Sun, or lighting a candle or going to a fire temple or just meditating on the Sun should really help you to be happy. For those of you who are interested, the mantra for the Sun is "OM HRAM HREEM HROM SA SURYAYE NAMAH". It is upto you to believe in gems and yantras. I have nothing to say. But if you believe I suggest you wear a Ruby in gold on your ring finger on Sunday.
LUCK IS THE GRANDFATHER OF CONFIDENCE, AND CONFIDENCE BREEDS SUCCESS. Now to the nitty - gritty. Different astrologers have given different gemstones as the birthstones of different signs. By experience and intuition your Ganesha astrologer has selected the birthstones for different signs. Yes, the gems help you to be enlightened by the past; embraced by the present; empowered by the future. They are beauties of pure ecstasy. They are the rapture of Indian rages and Western rap. They are a action oriented as one - day cricket matches.
1. For Capricorns the gem will be the Garnet. Garnet stops bleeding, helps in the formation of the bones, and remember, Capricorns, usually have weak legs and knees and often rheumatism. Garnets have a very smooth and shiny appearance. They come in various colours - red, black, green, brown, yellow. They come in the class and category of silicate minerals. From these silicate minerals we have the mighty and famous silicon chip! Now you know the real value and importance of the Garnet. The Garnet is called as "Tanda" in our country.
2. Let me tell you a secret. Piscean editor Gulshan Ewing who introduced me to all the film stars of Bollywood, 30 years ago, wore the Bloodstone for luck. She was running two magazines. Eve's Weekly and Star and Style. The Bloodstone has a mix of green and red. It is excellent for women who have problems and pains in their monthly periods. I am sure this is good news for the fairer and certainly nobler sex! It helps people who are peevish and sulky. The iron in the Bloodstone also helps the anemic persons to recover quickly. We Indians call the Bloodstone as, "Pitonia". Personally, it is my conviction that the Bloodstone helps the Pisceans to understand and sympathise with their fellow human beings. (To be continued with taste, colour, sight, hearing, touch, mantras, beauty, art, science, technology for 20 complete and very powerful and tempting like Jalebi pages.)