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  • Vikas Mann ja10607553@gmail Dear sir /madam I am a beginner pjc 2020 student, i want to pursue astrology professionally ,so is it very important to join MSP course. If so which course should i join. I havent done any MSP course before.Do guide Thank you MSP-2 is different and independent from MSP-1 They are different books and you can do MSP-1 after MSP-2 once we have announced to do it again MSP-1 is the theory of Mantra Śāstra which is Sharada Tilakam MSP-2 is Parāśara Remedies of Jyotiṣa In fact in MSP-II you will learn how to see problems and to systematically give remedies. Sometimes the problems seem overwhelming, but you have to progress in a systematic steady manner to see real life changes. If you are already learning jyotish, then this course is for you. Ensure that you are learning jyotish, and keep learning throughout your life. Adi Sankara says that a life is not enough to finish a debate in jyotish. So this is the ocean of Vedic Knowledge and it will give you deep insight into spirituality of the Vedic people. It will alter your life fore all time to come. Keep singing this beautiful prayer and keep walking the path … जय जय शंकर हर हर शंकर jaya jaya śaṁkara hara hara śaṁkara

  • Intermittent Fasting refers to the fasting done weekly or monthly or for any other vedic remedy which has been taught by us for many decades now. Recently Pranav Gupta forwarded this article from Harvard. Harvard study shows how intermittent fasting may lead to a longer, healthier life by Tina Fey When it comes to living a healthy life, I’m sure you’ve heard enough about vitamin supplements and fad diets for one lifetime. But if you’re looking for a science-backed strategy that you can start doing today, then you’ll love this new finding. Harvard scientists have published a research study in the journal Cell Metabolism that reveals the effect intermittent fasting has on the aging process. Before we get into those incredible findings, let’s discuss what intermittent fasting means. What is intermittent fasting? Intermittent fasting is a way of eating. It is comprised of eating within a given window and not eating in a given window. Typically, people fast for several hours a day, up to 16 hours a day in some cases. This is usually done by skipping breakfast in the morning after eating the final meal of the day on the previous day. There is also a pattern of intermittent fasting that involves going 24 hours without food up to two times per week. Why would someone participate in fasting? While fasting might seem extreme to people who eat on a strict schedule, such as 3 meals a day plus 3 snacks a day, the truth is that fasting has been a part of cultures all over the world for as long as anyone can remember. Why? Because it was used in religious practices as a mode of penitence as well as a golden opportunity for reflection and introspection. But recently, intermittent fasting has caught the attention of scientists. Several studies have found that intermittent fasting changes the functions of cells, genes and hormones in a positive way. And now, a new Harvard study has found something rather interesting in regards to aging. What did Harvard Scientists find? The study conducted by Harvard scientists found that when food was restricted from worm’s diets, their mitochondria seemed to resist breaking down longer than those worms who were fed regularly. The mitochondria are parts of the cell that provide energy to the cell in which they are housed. As we age, these mitochondria lose their ability to produce that energy and our bodies break down. But scientists were able to keep the mitochondrial networks in a “youthful state” According to associate professor of genetic and complex diseases at Harvard and author of the study, this is a great step in understanding the benefits of fasting: “Although previous work has shown how intermittent fasting can slow aging, we are only beginning to understand the underlying biology..our work shows how crucial the plasticity of mitochondria networks is for the benefits of fasting. If we lock mitochondria in one state, we completely block the effects of fasting or dietary restriction on longevity.” This comes on the back of plenty of other findings This isn’t the first time scientific studies have found benefits to intermittent fasting. Scientists conclude that several things happen in your body when you don’t eat for a while. For example, your body initiates important cellular repair process and changes hormone levels to make stored body fat more accessible. This helps people lose weight, reduce insulin resistance and inflammation in the body. In fact, studies have found that intermittent fasting may also be beneficial for heart health, and may help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. Other benefits of intermittent fasting include helping to reduce brain fog. Have you ever felt light-headed or dizzy after a big meal? Besides wanting to unbutton your pants after eating so much, fasting can help your body burn more calories and fat, which can help you think clearer. Because you are not fixated on food or your next meal, you might find that you are better able to concentrate on tasks at hand. It’s amazing how much food consumes our lives. Not just the food we eat, but the food we are exposed to on a daily basis, how much our social lives revolve around food, and how much we think about food. What are the risks of intermittent fasting? When done properly, the risks of intermittent fasting are few and far between. It’s important to keep an eye on energy levels as you are fasting and be sure to drink plenty of water. If you get dehydrated, you might find yourself making friends with an IV at a hospital. The human body can go for a long time without food – despite the pain we feel when we are “starving.” Most of us don’t really know what starving feels like, and the truth is that most of us would last a really long time before “starving” to death. But we do need water. And plenty of it. So if you are going to engage in fasting, be sure to get plenty of fluids in during the hours you are not eating solid food. Water won’t just keep you healthy; it will help to fight off some of that hunger you might feel.

  • In what has become a dramatic real-life case of the old Bollywood movie ‘karz’, we have a young boy who remembers his immediate past life “incarnation” details where he was murdered. The boy, of the Druze ethnic group, was born with a long, red birthmark on his head. According to Druze beliefs, birthmarks are related to past-life deaths. When the boy was old enough to talk, he told his family that he had been killed with an axe blow to his head.  It is customary for Druze elders to take a child at the age of 3 to the home of his previous life if he remembers it. The boy already knew the village he was from, and upon reaching the village, he also remembered his past life name. The 3-year old boy correctly identified the spot he was buried, the village he was from, and the murderer. Past-Life Corpse Is this proof that reincarnation is real? In a village near the Syria-Israel border known as Golan Heights, a boy says he remembers being murdered. At first, no one believed him, until he led village elders to the spot where he remembered being buried. Mixed in with the group of village elders was a man by the name of Dr. Eli Lasch, known in Gaza for developing a government medical system. Lasch witnessed all these events. The villagers dug up the spot indicated by the boy as the place where his corpse was hidden/buried and sure enough there was as skeleton there. Murder Weapon Mysteriously, a large axe mark on the skeleton head corresponds exactly to a red longish birth mark on the boys head. The boy says he was murdered with an axe and then lead village elders to the spot where the murderer buried the weapon. Sure enough, they also dug up an axe! The boy then led people to the village he was from in his past life and told them of his previous name as well as the name of the murderer. When people of the boy’s former home village were asked whether such a man (name mentioned by the boy) lived there, they said that he had disappeared 4 years earlier and never returned. Note, the boy was three years old whereas the missing person of the village was lost since 4-years. Further, the name mentioned by the boy was accurate in addition to description of the location of corpse in the field. Past-Life Murderer But strangest of all, the boy recounted exactly who the murderer was. When the boy confronted his killer, the man’s face turned a pale white and he started acting very suspicious. Once the boy lead elders to the exact spot of his corpse and the murder weapon the killer gave in and admitted to the crime. He ended up being charged with the crime and was prosecuted. Rebirth? Is the boy a product of rebirth? Are we all perhaps rebirths of our past lives?

  • Number of Mantras The primary Mantras are said to be about 70 million in number and the secondary mantra are innumerable. The number seventy million perhaps corresponds to the 7 weekdays times a million each but that is what seems apparent. It is natural that it would be quite impossible to learn all the mantra available in the world and tougher to understand them without the knowledge of Mantra Śāstra, the secret science of sound. How many times does a person breathe in a day? The range varies from 12-16 breaths per minute i.e. 17,280-23,040 per day. In Vedic literature, this is given as 15 breaths per minute which translates to 21,600 breaths per day (15×60×24=21,600). The Vedic calendar has many different systems of months – far too complex for the simple modern man who seeks simplistic answers for complex questions. The first is Sidereal Lunar Year with 324 days having 27 nakṣatra days per month times 12 months. This is purely based on the lunar mansions which govern the longevity of all creatures. Then there is the Sidereal calendar having 351 days The Synodic Lunar Year having 354 days (approx.) Civil or Sāvana year with 360 days (30 days to the month and 12 months to the year) The Pseudo solstice year which contains 378 days. The Sidereal Solar Calendar year defined the ‘saṁvatsara’ with 365/366 days. Mantras are based on manas, the mind and consciousness which follow the rhythm of the Moon and pure lunar calendar of 324 days. Now, the number of breaths we take in 324 days is 21,600×324 = 6998400 or say 7 million. And in a lunar (nakṣatra) decade this is 70 million! We can now see how the known mantras are linked to the ‘lunar breath’ flowing from the left nostril of all beings. The breath flowing from the left nostril is the lunar breath which is cooling and enhances longevity while that flowing from the right nostril makes us burn up quickly. These map into the two channels called iḍā and piṇgala nāḍi respectively. Mantra Parts Every mantra has five principal parts to it. These are Rishi: The Seer Chandas: The Rhythm Devatā: The Enlightener Bīja: The Seed and Śaktī: The Energy. In addition there is the sixth part called Kīlaka: The Lock, which maybe inside the mantra and which prevents the mantra from opening up and fructifying. Prasiddha mantra are those which are (1) given by a seer of very high standing for the welfare of the world, (2) which are self-initiating i.e. special initiation is really not necessary but maybe done and (3) which do not have kīlaka (lock) i.e. they are unlocked like ‘free software’ that do not require a license.

  • Mantra Śāstra is the science of sound. Mantra (मन्त्र) means and includes An instrument of thought which is the basis of speech that germinates from sound. It includes sacred text, sacred sounds, a prayer or song of praise Vedic hymn or magical formula based on sound that modifies thought. In particular Vedic mantra refers to hymns called from ṛc (from Ṛk Veda), yajus (from Yajur Veda), sāman (from Sāma Veda) or Atharva Veda. These are considered the highest mantra as compared to the fine mantra available in the Brāhmaṇa and Upaniṣad literature. A sacred formula addressed to any deity A mystical verse or magical formula sometimes called mahāvakya (great statement of truth) which is sometimes personified. Incantation, charm, spell to acquire superhuman powers called siddhi. Consultation, resolution, counsel, advice, A plan, design, A secret (Jyotiṣa) the fifth bhāva is referred to as mantra bhāva and the fifth lord is the mantreśa.

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  • MSP-II Graha Devata has two parts to it as explained in the syllabus Part-A is to be taught through webinars in April 2020-21. Admission is open to all. Fees to be paid online $1008 Part-B is to be taught through contact classes in Sep 2021. Admission is restricted to 60 members for people who can make a commitment to travel to India/Bengal. Others can avail the recordings by joining the course after the course is completed. Recommended dakṣina for contact course $700 International Members The MSP-II Part-A fees of $1008 can be paid in full to join the course anytime. Once you have paid and joined the website, please also join the TelegramGroup for constant contact. Alternatively, subscribe for MSP-II at a nominally higher cost USD 1200 [$300 x 4 months] India Residents The MSP-II Part-A fees of ₹ 70,000 can be paid in full to join the course anytime. Once you have paid and joined the website, please also join the TelegramGroup for constant contact. Alternatively, subscribe for MSP-II at a nominally higher cost ₹ 72,000 which will give you all the access during and after the course [₹18,000x 4 months] Student Subsidy You will need prior approval for using this option. Please contact Sarbani Rath WhatsApp 9810449850 and get an approval before using this option. Do not request for subsidy unless you are in real need. This option allows you to pay about 70% of the cost. A scholarship course fee rate of $600 shall be extended to deserving PJC, JSP and other students with limited financial means [5 max]. Pay Subsidy in 12 installments of $70 each India residents can pay ₹ 45,000/- (INR Fourty-Five Thousand) [15 max] India residents can pay ₹ 50,000/- (₹ 10,000 X5 installments) Full 100% Subsidy Full fee waiver can be considered in some very deserving cases. Get in touch for any subsidy Fees and Costs Rules This fee covers tuition and web access costs for all courses associated with MSP-II in 2020-21. It allows continued access for two years beyond the course end date. It does not cover your stay, travel, puja and other incidentals associated with hotels, temples and travel means. Course Fees, once paid, are not refundable either in part or full after admission and access to the website and course materials.

  • Please read carefully. The syllabus for MSP-II is to be taught in two parts – Part-A is to be taught through webinars in April 2020-21. Admission is open to all. Fees to be paid online $1008 Part-B is to be taught through contact classes in Sep 2021. Admission is restricted to 60 members for people who can make a commitment to travel to India/Bengal. Others can avail the recordings by joining the course after the course is completed. Recommended dakṣina for contact course $700   Jyotiṣa Principles Navagraha: devatā; propitiation of planets including yajna, devatā-mantra, idol specifications, drawings on silk, worship method and homa process [Ch.86 BPHS] Kendra Rules: riṣṭa and ariṣṭa i.e. riṣṭa bhaṅga Exaltations: Viṣṇu (sattva-purity) avatāra Mūlatrikoṇa or Svakṣetra: Tattva devatā, pañcāyatana pujā; Pañca Brahma (Śiva) Debilitation: Śaktī (tamas-ignorance) and Vidyā (Kālī) as remover of tamas Digbala: Karma Yoga, devatā Rāśi: Dvādaśa Āditya Curses and their alleviation Types of curses [BPHS-Ch.85] Bhāva afflictions, curse functioning and timing Propitiation, remedy Birth Affliction Evils at birth [BPHS-Ch.87] Negative indications Propitiation Tri-tārā doṣa – trimūrti or tridevī doṣa [BPHS-Ch.97] Abnormal births [BPHS-Ch.98] Pañcāṅga Doṣa Tithi doṣa Amāvāsya doṣa [BPHS-Ch.88] Kṛṣṇa Chaturdaśī doṣa [BPHS-Ch.89] Sun-Moon combination in rāśi/varga; remedy; duryoga or rājayoga? Yoga doṣa Some Inauspicious Yoga [BPHS-Ch.90] Propitiation of duryoga Nakṣatra doṣa Eka-nakṣatra doṣa [BPHS-Ch.91] Vāra doṣa Saṅkrānti doṣa [BPHS-Ch.92] Gaṇḍānta [BPHS-Ch.94] Tithi gaṇḍānta Nakṣatra gaṇḍānta of Moon, Lagna and other graha Gaṇḍānta effects – pada doṣa; abhukta (e.g. Mūla nakṣatra) or bhukta (e.g. Jyeṣṭha nakṣatra); propitiation Eclipse Effect of eclipses at birth Remedial measures to be adopted

  • The name of the course is “Mantra Śāstra II” with subtitle “Graha Devatā” Objective We aim to study the ten variables – navagraha (and lagna) of jyotiṣa and remedies associated with them. The study is restricted to devatā associated with the rāśi chakra. The devatā associated with the varga and other levels are not to be studied in this course unless they are specifically taught by Maharṣi Parāśara. This can be viewed as an extension of Parāśara Jyotiṣa Course and members of PJC are welcome to join. Requirements Working knowledge of jyotiṣa: The lessons will have examples of jyotiṣa charts and discussions will be jyotiṣa-centric. Unless you have some working knowledge of jyotiṣa, this will be difficult to grasp. Rāśi chart is the focus, so just basic level of Parāśara Jyotiṣa is adequate. Some ability or interest to read devanāgarī script: Some of the mantras and slokas are in devanāgarī script and you must have the ability to read this script. Some ability or interestto recite simple Sanskrit phrases: You must recite mantras properly. We have arranged with Ms. Bihani Sarkar Ph.D to school you if you think you are inadequately prepared for this. Capable of sitting cross-legged in sukhāsana, padmāsana or other haṭha yoga postures: This is not compulsory but definitely an advantage when doing sadhana. Respect for Vedic knowledge and customs Course Books Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra: Parts associated with Vedic Remedy Sāmba Purāṇa Reference Books Garuḍa Purāṇa Ṛk Veda

  • The Himalaya Class is to include Shivaratri Puja (optional) but is strongly recommended. Jageshwar Journey:We plan to land in Neelesh Inn, Bhim Tal a day earlier on 3rd March 2019 (Sunday). Others may prefer a day earlier and lots of water to overcome the jet-lag. We will be traveling in shared cabs in groups of 3-5 people (small/big car) to Jageshwar, Himalayas to perform Shiva Puja at the Nageswara jyotirlinga site. The starting time is 4am and we aim to be there by 7.30-8.00 am. It is a 100km journey in the mountains that takes about 3½ hours. The puja begins at 9am. Dress Code: All men have to be in white clothes or white/off-white silk dhoti. A loose kurta-shirt and a comfortable white pant or pyjama can be worn. Please wear some warm clothes also as it is going to be quite cold (especially for Indians). Women can wear any dress that is not revealing. Do not wear garish and shiny clothes but plain or mild colours are advised. If you can, do wear a Sari for the puja. Other dresses have to be below knee length. Westerners can contact SatSiri Khalsa for any help and advice. Light refreshments will be served after the pujā. We return the same day and should be back by 4.00 pm. You are required to carry your rudrākṣa rosary and bag for chanting the mantras. The priest and assistant shall help conduct this puja. Also do carry a bottle of drinking water. Don’t eat anything until the puja is completed. Those who have to take medicines and are required to take something in the morning, should inform Neelesh Gunwant so that their special dietary needs are met. The cost of travel from BhimTal to Jageshwar and back and the cost of the puja shall be equally shared among the participants. This is going to be about $150-200 Tuesday, 5th March 2019 being the Amāvāsya of Kāli is given as a holiday for quiet time to recover and chant the mantras of the mother. Wednesday, 6th March 2019 we start with informal discussions and explanation of the method of learning, the class timings, the rules and regulations; the traditions. MSP-01 Himalaya Class is for eleven days, from 7-16 March 2016, both inclusive with a day off on Wednesday (13 March). We have Mantra Shastra in the AM and Jyotiṣa in the PM. A more comprehensive timetable shall be included soon

  • Overview Devaguru Bṛhaspati Center announces its new program titled “Mantra Śāstra Program”, hereinafter ‘MSP’ to be taught both online and through contact classes in the Himalayas over a period of a few years to attain higher levels of knowledge of Mantra Śāstra and its application in Vedic Remedial in Astrology. The Mantra Śāstra course is to be taught in the tradition of Puri, India and includes learning the various tools and processes that go into the formation and working of mantra as used in Vedic remedies. Sādhanā (penance) is a compulsory part of the course and will include the worship of various Vedic deities including Gaṇeśa, Guru, Śiva, Sūrya, Viṣṇu and/or Devī. The course also includes (1) Yantra (plane and three-dimensional diagrams), (2) jyotiṣa gemstones for remedial purposes and in yantra, (3) kavacha (talisman) of various types as well as (4) some mantra (magical formulae) which will give a very broad-based perspective of Vedic remedies in astrology besides making the practitioner adept in prescribing remedies in addition to personal spiritual impetus. The five-year program is to be taught online at https://srath.in and every level will have its own tests, puja and sadhana leading to certification. The first year MSP Year-1 is to be taught in 2018-20. One MSP academic year could be longer than a calendar year. The online course begins from Ganesha Chaturthi …Thursday, 13 Sep 2018 Principal Texts Sāradā Tilakaṁ Mantra Mahodadhiḥ Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra Prerequisites and Qualifications Sanskrit Students enrolling for these classes will have to know the devanāgarī script used in Sanskrit literature even though the entre teaching and reading material will be in English language with transliterations and translations wherever needed. Students with a prior knowledge of devanāgarī alphabets and Sanskrit words will have a priority weight of 40 percent points. Vedic Astrology Working knowledge of Vedic astrology will prove to be an added asset. Students of Parāśara Jyotiṣa Program (PJC) or Jaimini Scholar Program (JSP) or any other recognised jyotiṣa school will have a priority weight of 30 percent points. Spiritual Path Many students enrolling for this course would have prior dīkṣa (spiritual direction) from a parama guru. Please mention your dīkṣa guru and/or any organisation you are affiliated with for this will give you an additional advantage of 30 percent points. Contact Course The contact course will be held annually at two venues – Himalaya Classes: Venue: Neelesh Inn, Bhim Tal, Uttarakhand, India; Period: 10 days around Shiva Ratri (about Feb/Mar). Limited seating: 40 Seats Delhi-NCR Classes: Venue: to be announced; Period 10 days around Ganesha Chaturthi (about Aug/Sep). All students must attend the Contact Class in one of the two locations. If you cannot travel to India during either of the two periods, then please do not apply for this program.