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On Pradosham, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra & Rudraksha chanting beads

On Pradosham, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra & Rudraksha chanting beads:

Pradosham (Prathosham):

Today is Pradosham – a special day for worshiping the Hindu God Shiva.
This happens twice a month.. a few days prior to full moon and new moon.
It is a day to worship and pray to Shiva, and seek the clearing of our karma, and release from the ever going karmic cycles of life-death-reincarnation-life-death-and on.

Myth of Mrakandayar:

It is said in Hindu myths that when a boy (Markandeyan) was born, his parents were told he will die on his 16th year. While they were happy to have a child, they were sad to know what is to come. However Markandeyar began to grow and became a devotee of Lord Shiva, and learnt the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (among other things).. and used its power to seek Shiva’s help. And on his 16th birthday, when Lord of Death came for Markandeya, Lord Shiva appeared and warded off Lord of Death.and thus Markandeya was saved.

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra:

Here is that Maya Mrityunjaya Mantra / Tryambakam Mantra / Markandeya Mantra:

“Om tryambakaṃ yajāmahe
sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanam
urvārukamiva bandhanān
mṛtyormukṣīya mā’mṛtāt”

It means :
1.Om, We Worship the Three-Eyed One (Lord Shiva),
2.Who is Fragrant (Spiritual Essence) and Who Nourishes all beings.
3. May He severe our Bondage of Samsara (Worldly Life), like a Cucumber (severed from the bondage of its Creeper), …
4: … and thus Liberate us from the Fear of Death, by making us realize that we are never separated from our Immortal Nature.
(note: meaning taken from http://greenmesg.org/m…/sri_shiva-mahamrityunjaya_mantra.php

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Rudraksha chanting beads/Mala:

Hindus often use the Rudraksha mala (necklace) to chant the Mantras and count the number of chants.. It can amount to 108 times.. or 1008.. or several hundred Thousand times.. which takes purity and discipline over many days..weeks..months to complete.

Rudraksha beads are seeds coming from the Rudraksha tree.. It is said that Shiva once thought of the suffering and plights of people on Earth, and he wept for their suffering. His tears fell to earth and where they had landed the special Rudraksha tree grew..and so the seeds from that tree became a divine symbol of Shiva’s compassion for humanity. The seeds have many `heads’.. either 1, 2, 4, 6 ..12 and are expensive depending on how they are harvested and sold. (fakes abound too in the market).

Do’s/ Don’ts on Rudraksha:

Although people wear these beads and walk about like they are models on a religious fashion show.. the power of the Rudraksha beads is in total secrecy. Wearing it gives protection to the wearer. It must not be seen or touched by anyone else.. or when you have not bathed or eaten meat of any kind. also not during sex.. or if you have touched your genitals then don’t touch the Rudraksha. Also during chanting, you must not use index finger. You must not wear it and go to the toilet ..or ever place it on Earth (if you do all the hundreds or 1000s of chant powers you accumulate on it will be gone immediately and you have to start again). It’s protective power comes from not the seeds or mala (necklace) itself.. but in the way you use it to chant mantras many hundreds or thousand times..

If you must wear a Rudraksha beads as fashion item..to show how spiritual you are..fine.. but keep that set for show..and keep a more private mala for actual spiritual/ magical work..and follow the rules I have stated above..

I once wore mine in public…(only time) when carrying a Kavadi at a Hindu Chariot procession…dancing along the Durga Chariot for 4-5 hours. No sooner had that event finished.. I was putting it away..and my mala fell to the ground. So almost a year of work was gone.. I then reconsecrated it in sacred temple waters ..and rededicated it to Shiva and began using it for chanting again.. (moral of this is that… Gods grounded any public energies..and I had to reset!)

(I have much more say on this.. but it is intensely private..so plan to share insights only in a face to face course or workshop).

Upcoming Pradosham dates (2017):
-3rd & 17th October
-1st & 15th November
– 1st & 15th December

I had wanted to write about these 3 items for over year and finally here it is. 🙂

Last year for Shiva Rathri (night of Shiva) I organised a woodland fire ritual & chanting..but this year I went straight to temple.. However I hope to organise a Pradosham ceremony/ and/or a Shiva rathri ritual in the future..for those who are very serious about this work.

Om Nama Shivaya.
-Mani Navasothy

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ps. incidentally when I did not know any mantra’s I started chanting with just `Om Nama Shivaya’ and gained great & immediate relief/ benefits, which led me to the Maha Mantra (Hare Krishna), Gayatri Mantra (Om Bhur Buvasvana..) and to this Mrityunjaya Mantra ..and many more.

 

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Private Hells & Public projections – keeping safe & sane on Social media (personal)

Private Hells & Public projections
(keeping safe from social-media-mobs):

Facebook is an unsafe place to talk about loved ones. people can turn into a lynch mob in a matter of minutes on facebook.. and rip out someone’s 40+ year life . Eventual Apologies don’t fix that kind of trauma a mob can cause in one life.. (Trust me..I’ve been a victim of that sort a few times in the last 10 years). Nowadays I see it coming..and get tough.. before the slime wave hits my life. If that looks at times like am over-reacting, ranting or being silly – well.. see it however you like. Am protecting me and my loved ones at whatever costs.

And then there’s the jealousy & envy types… a whole load of people out there who resent me.. because they think I am carefree and don’t work hard on my own future security (like they do on theirs in some obsessive mental way!! see I can judge too!!) They snipe at me, or ridicule me or try put-downs at every turn.. They see me as some Peter-Pan… utterly unaware of the private fears, tears, struggles or agonies I have in my life. (actually some are worse..because they *do* know me..and still go down this route!).
So I’ve grown tired of trying to be reasonable with unreasonable people.
I neither need them nor their festering energies in my life..

My rule is simple: My community profile is in the public eye…not my private life, not my loved ones and not my family. So I don’t write about my own future, my own families..or share photos. Only real friends who have stood the test of time and have stood by me through my hellish-years have that priviledge..of knowing about my private life..

-Mani

My thoughts on Doreen Virtue denouncing New Age path and becoming a Christian

My thoughts on Doreen Virtue Denouncing New Age/magical path and becoming a Christian.
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Am actually fine with this.. just proves my belief that none of us stand still.. and our spirituality must and often evolves.. We know many Christians who become pagan/ wiccan/ witches…so why not other way… where a pagan/ New age person becomes a Christian?
Back in my younger days in Sri Lanka, while being brought up as a Hindu, I was aware that many members of my family would go to Shiva & Kali temples..and also pop down to the local St.Anthony’s church nearby.
Zip forward 40 years later to my life in UK..as an initiated Witch/ Wiccan/ shamanic practitioner.. and I have openly stated many times.. that once in a while when the mood takes me..I do go to churches…not as spectator but actually to be there in a spiritual context..
Why?
The divine is always within us.. Gods & Goddesses.. all of them, in any shape or form. They are both within and without.. I grew up believing this.. after learning about the Hindu 10 incarnations/ Avatars of Lord Vishnu.
When the demon-king aggressively asks his religious son Prahalathan to show where his God Vishnu is..and asks if he’s in a pillar…Prahalad says yes. And when the demon strikes the pillar down, Lord Vishnu appears in the form of Narashimar – half man-half lion..and kills the Demon-king and frees the kingdom from his evil rulership.
Further more, as a Pagan, I believes that there are many shapes, forms and pathways to the divine.. and that divine can be reached by worshipping it in any God or Goddess form we feel we can connect with.
By this token, I readily accept that Christianity is a path to the divine too.. and Jesus is a god-form.
I have no conflict of spirituality here at all.
Getting back to Doreen Virtue becoming Christian-
The biggest issue is that when a public figure goes through a religious shift…everyone notices.. and the person will face a lot of pressure.. as expectations of others built on them crumble and projections people have on that person breaks.. It happens in relationships.. when one partner grows and changes.. and the other has difficulty accepting that change which can change the relationship or end it :-/
Many thousands of people are going to feel this projection-breaking regarding Doreen Virtue. As evident already, pagans and new agers will be upset…and some Christians will use this as proof and propaganda for the ways of Jesus and Christianity.
And then will come the greatest service Doreen Virtue will have done for them.. that those who followed her New Age teachings and ways will all question their own paths & beliefs on their own merits..rather than on the words of someone else.. And then the people will go forward with their own divine beliefs..
My only concern with the Doreen Virtue matter is that it was wrong of her to suggest that people should not use her new age books/ angel cards etc. She must trust (or rather we must trust) that at that time..she was a divine channel.. and those creations came through her to help others.. Now she’s a channel for another energy.. and others will benefit from her.. when the dust has settled on the sensationalism of this story.
A final thought ? Nothing remains the same..even remains change. Everything is cyclic. That’s why we pagans honour and celebrate the wheel of the year. And as some elders & teachers pass away (from our world) others will be growing in wisdom & divinity and become Teachers to fill those gaps. When one mighty Oak tree falls.. in its place a new sapling will grow to become another big Oak!
In the past year or so I have become aware of many of my spiritual friends having connections with Angels..  My sister’s own channelling abilities are growing.. and I myself have become drawn into work with Archangels..
In short -and in a tongue in cheek way, I’d say the angels are now talking to us now.. instead of with Doreen Virtue!
Bright Stellar Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Mystic Mani – Magical Empowerment, Coaching & Consultancy

Carrying a Kavadi at the Ealing Durga Chariot Festival (Aug2017)

Carrying a Kavadi at the Chariot Festival (at Ealing Kanaga Durga Amman temple, London):

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A year ago I decided and made an offering to do this `Kavadi dance’ at this year’s Chariot street procession at the Ealing Durga Goddess temple in London. That divine offering / prayer was fulfilled on 13/8/17.

The day started with a 5am wake up in my tent… and we got to Ealing temple for the big annual chariot festival by 7.30am. The Kavadi procession (dancing with this ritual `mountain’ prop) began around 10am and we returned to the temple after street procession and dancing throughout ..by 4-5pm (culminating with a final dance inside temple).

Personal history: long ago when i was little..I did this with a tiny version of it around a local temple (Sanathy Murugan temple, near Jaffna, Sri Lanka) .. which started my ritual dancing and drumming..which has evolved into my shamanic trance drumming & dancing.. So it’s apt that I’ve come full circle. It’s been a divine privilege..

Next year I will be constructing my own `Kavadi’ ..and hope to do this in 2 different temples (Wimbledon Ganapathy temple, and Ealing Durga Temple again).

Many thanks to my mother Rani Navasothy for accompanying me, providing me with water etc during this 6+ hours of procession and keeping me `safe’ as I completed my promise.. (and in and out of mild dance-trance). Am also grateful to Varathan Uncle for bringing the Kavadi and helping me with initial set-up & preparations.

-Manivannan Navasothy

 

A Serving life (of Magic)

A Serving Life of magic:

Something personal..something I wrote on a friend’s wall..but thought it’s a good one to share on my page/blog too.. as it might be helpful to those who teach, run holistic community events or facilitate magical rituals/ ceremonies:

Without coming across as arrogant or anything, i have held a personal ideal..that I don’t cancel anything magical that I set up. Because the moment it is set up a beacon has gone out in the astral..and others have started to make their plans..and weave their lives (as brief or extensive) around it..which may or may not change their lives..

There have been days when personally I’ve been so tired or unwell..but I have had the courage of my convictions to turn up..

..and you know what? ..those days have gone exceptionally well.. Others have gone home feeling so powered up..and I have returned home feeling major shifts within myself..and the tiredness/ unwellness lifted.

(NB: These last 3 weeks..I’ve been dealing with a chest infection, near loss of voice, chronic back ache.. Yet I’ve managed to turn up /facilitate a trip to Avebury/Midsummer, a camping trip with my group, a new moon ritual in woods, a full moon ritual by the Thames, an Isis ritual. All have gone well..and those participated in them have said how powerful those rituals were..to my shock! It’s a shock as I felt at my worse and most vulnerable and yet others have experienced intensity and magic and power by it all).

It’s taught me that once we embark on a path of service.. we are like a heart that pumps blood to others..and ourselves. If we stop beating.. everyone looses. If we keep going..everyone gains magic..

Bright Stellar Blessings. 
-Mani Navasothy

Divine Battles within (keeping faith, hope & positivity)

Divine Battles within:

As much as I like to `resign’ from Life, Universe and the internet. There’s just too much crap going on in the world…for me and anyone with Gaia-consciousness to stay on the sidelines and look for Himalayas to retreat to.

THIS is our battle.. to keep the divine faith in our souls, hopes in our hearts, stay cautiously optimistic, unconditionally positive, challenge any and all ill-doings elsewhere and everywhere.. and stand up for a better world – no matter how gloomy things may look.. and how close the Four Horsemen seem to be. This is where our warrior-energies are need… not to fight, to hurt, maim or kill a fellow human..but to put to flight the welling darkness and rising illusions and delusions.

This battle is not fought with side-arms & arrows, mace or missiles – but with patience, endurance, inner strength and a strong belief within.. Doesn’t matter what god or goddess or divine being you believe it…but believe it.. and make him/ her/ it be your peaceful power and strength.. !

The inner child may be afraid.. and throws tantrums, seeking attention. But it is seeking safety, support and love. Not just yours or mine..but all the Inner-Children of the billions of people on Earth! As adults, we can exude positivity, assurance, offer support, emotional acceptance and understanding.

This is the time for all of our Love, light and compassionate, nurturing, empowering thoughts, feelings and deeds to rise to the surface and spread.

Bright Stellar Blessings!
-Mani Navasothy

ps. This piece was written by me, last year (June’16), on my personal wall on facebook, but seemed rather apt to share here on my blog now.

A word or three on Personal Disclosures

A word or three on personal disclosures:

I have always come at my contributions on facebook or my blogs etc.. with real experiences and disclosures, giving most subject matters my personal context. Rather than prod others to reveal personal things, I do it about myself ..and hope others will reciprocate..and build trust. This is NOT ego (as some perceive it as)..but a humanistic approach (instead of a dry academic approach) .

There are people – loved ones, friends, family, ex-partners – whom I protect.. Where my life stories interface with theirs, i try to keep their parts/ details somewhat vague..and focus only on my parts. This again can come across as if I am being egocentric. But it’s a balancing act.. keeping their privacy while telling my story. Not easy .

I teach by being a living example, and talk about live examples from my life. In short, I say what I do and do what I say (almost).

And I live by the principle that the Truth can’t harm me.. well..at least in the long term it can’t..(though it does in the interim, hurt me at times – when people use what I say against me). It’s all about steadily becoming more congruent with my self..and internally self-consistent.

Easier said than done of course.. It’s all work in progress!
-Mani Navasothy

Shot in the chest or a stab in the back? (Leadership pains)

Shot in the chest or a stab in the back? Power-position of a Magical Initiator (or a Rebel Leader)

wolfman-by-ManiNavasothy-smHave you ever put people through trials and tests, and found you got shot in the chest by them? Those are the best results of the `test’ .  Getting stabbed in the back..? That’s a failed test!

Am sure not all will agree with such methods, but being in the public eye and in leadership, initiating and instigating many rebellious social or community ventures, I’ve gone down the routes of pushing and prodding people who are supposedly learning from me or following me into fire and battles.

Remember that a real Fire-alarm test happens when people don’t expect it…and not when everyone knows it’s at 10am on the first Tuesday of the month or something. Likewise, when people come to work with me magically, I usually afford them a honeymoon period of some months. I ask the question..over and over again.. here and there..formally and informally.. and the answer defines the unannounced `real life’ scenario..that an initiatory process threshold is about to be reached.. and to step over it is going to require work and trials and tests..and quests.

Yes in Magical traditions.. there are formal ceremonies and initiations. In my experience.. those are the end-markers of a process… the handing out of a Degree Certificate at a formal award ceremony in a hired Hall. Long before that.. the quests and tests begin..

Beginners Guide to running covens -by mani Navasothy2012-publicity1No formal contrived ceremonies or warnings. Just making use of real life events and opportunities that rise. Some call it manipulation. I call it real life training and initiation by fire… where the stakes are high and wins/ losses are felt for real.. and there are no safety nets, no backups and no resets.

This and more are coming up in detail.. `Beginners Guide to Running Wiccan Covens’ . It’s been a work in progress ..ever since I wrote the other book, `Coven Guide: How to become an Initiated Witch’ back in 2012.

-Mani Navasothy

 

An it harm none? Video on Wiccan Rede

Witch-eBytes is a new series of videos by Mani Navasothy – initiated Wiccan High Priest in the Gardnerian Tradition in London.   In this video, I talk about the implications of the Wicca rede: `An it Harm none.. do as you will’!

As some of you know, I have over 20 years of The Craft & Coven experiences, as well as over a decade of organising and facilitating open rituals, workshops & training courses in Ritual Magic, Wicca & Paganism. In this video series, I’ll be addressing wicca, magic and pagan concepts, ideals, issues – for educational and training purposes.

You can follow Mani’s Esoteric blogs (QuantumPhoenix) at
http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net

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http://www.facebook.com/ManiNavasothy

 

 

Wyrd Island calling! (on creativity & community building)

Wyrd Island Earth - mani navasothy 24ap2017

A spider does not keep the same web for weeks! An otter does not build the one dam for ever.

Creative people are motivated by..nay.. driven by an instinct to create.. Other factors may play a part in that process – like whims, wants, needs, projections. But the deeper play is… that is who and what they are – creators.

They consume life’s experiences, thrive in emotional turmoils, observe the order and chaos around them and be moved by it, and get swept by social currents. At times they even seem to drown.

But then they find inspiration – the small log floating in all that torrents.. and they cling to it.. and fund another floating branch..and another.. Before you know it.. they’ve built a floating island around them.. It accrues width and depth..and settles down by the shores and banks.. safe harbour for others.

Sometimes the soul jumps.. back in the waters. Because it hears the call of new islands from the future.

-Mani Navasothy