Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Remedies: Mantras, Chapter III, Part – 2



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Dr. Shanker Adawal

Mantras

Part 2

Each mantra has a designated number of times it must be repeated. Although some peace of mind may immediately result from chanting, the desired effects connected to the significations of the planet and the houses that it rules are supposed to be realized after the allotted number of chantings have been performed. In India, beads similar to a rosary are used to count the chanting. During the practice, one bead is kept between the thumb and middle finger to keep track of the number of repetitions. The most desirable beads, according to many Hindus, are rudrakshas, which are found in India or Nepal and are considered somewhat sacred. The next best are tulsi beads, which are also sacred but easier to come by. A string of 108 beads is use for the counting, and one bead, known as the Guru bead, is slightly protruded from the others so one knows when the mantra has been chanted 108 times. This is called one mala. At the conclusion of one mala, the person either stops or turns back, so the Guru bead is never crossed. One may chant as many or as few malas as desired during each session. In any case, it is the chanting, not the beads, which is important. Therefore, any means of counting will do. A rosary, though, is probably the simplest way.

Kavacha, Stotra, Asttottara shatanama stotra, Navagraha sukta are recited only once, but regularly. Navagraha sukta involves pronunciation pattern and should have to be learnt personally from a guru. Out of these, kavacha are short and easy ones. These should be recited in particular dress in the morning after bath.

Peedahara and Namaskara mantra/strota are easy to recite. These mantra are also used to do pradakshina in navagraha temple. These can be recited while travelling. There are no strict rules for these set of mantras.

Doing pooja invoking the particular planet is a separate procedure and those who already know shodashopachara pooja method can take up this. The particular graham is invoked reciting navagraha sukta as aavahana mantra. The archena is done using asttottara shatanamavali.

For doing shanty, beeja mantra are used. These are abbreviated mantra forms and one should be careful in pronunciation. Not a single should go wrong. These mantras are recited for a particular number of times. For instance for Shani, it is recited 19,000 times. One can also recite in terms of 10, 28, 108, or 1008 times for a mandala (28 days) or 56 days. Austerity measures like strict vegetarian food, celibacy (even though married), abstinence from alcoholics, not eating food outside, having only one meals a day etc., are required. These are recited in the morning in pooja vastra (separate dress which is exclusive for the purpose). These mantra are preferred by those who have good concentration.

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