Category Archives: Tamil & Hindu culture

Om-Charging your Pendant or Talisman (psychic work)

Do you have a talisman that you have created, or a ring, or a pendant that is to serve as a special protection for yourself?  Now here’s a thing- Unless the item was made by you (creatively, in a state of magical state over many hours or even days..while holding psychic focus), it is not going to be having any sort of `special powers’.  The only exception is if the item was made by another Priest / Priestess/ Ritual Magician or Witch..and charged with a special intention.

One further exception will be when the item or artefact n question is simply a natural object obtained from a magical or sacred place..  say  a pebble from the grounds of a Temple, a twig from a sacred site etc [Note: Do not willfully damage any part of said temple or sacred grounds for the purpose of obtaining such trinkets – for that’s what the item becomes no sooner had you obtained it in any such manner.  Whatever nature spirits or divine energy therein ..is not quite going to `come with you’ if you obtained the item by stealth or by damaging the source / venue.

So how then do you obtain the material?

Well – you obtain it- as I said – from the floor, from the grounds or nearby in an unobtrusive undamaging way..  (walk around nearby woods to find a pebble or twig!)  THEN take the item to the sacred place..to be cleansed and charged.  This way is much better..  In this manner, you are inviting the sacred and protective energies of that place to enter into the item and charge it for you 🙂

Okay.. so you have your artefact or an item, or a ring or a pendant or a talisman (even one that is bought from a new age shop or a high street jewellery place.   as they make symbols and items…!)

Now  either visit a sacred place (woods, temple) or create sacred space in your room (using cleansing, then casting a circle and calling the quarters / 4 elements to be present and bear witness).

Familiarise your self with the word `Om’ (universally used by so many magical or esoteric people now all over the world..  though it originates from the Indian subcontinent, mainly from the Hindu religions).  There are different ways to draw `Om’ (depending on which language you use..  either Sanskrit or Tamil.  I have used the Tamil version in the photos here).

Practise making the sound `Om’ for several minutes.   Even the person who has `no concept of chanting’  can practise it for few minutes, and find that their breathing gets better, deeper, and the sound coming becomes clearer, crispy..).

Also familiarise your self with the actual symbol visually..   Look at it for several minutes…and try to copy it/ draw it on a piece of paper several times to get it right.   Remember that this is not just a random symbol.  It is a letter (well two) from a particular language. If someone who did not know the English Alphabet were to get a few strokes or curves incorrect, say for the letter R…it is not going to be an R.. 🙂 Get the symbol correct, for its powers to manifest better.

Om-charging your god-goddess talisman pendant (c) ManiN 2014
Om-charging your god-goddess talisman  or pendant (c) Mani Navasothy  2014

Now begin the magical task!

1. Hold the talisman/ item that is going to be charged – in the palm of your left hand. (left hand receives)

2. Clasp it with your right palm and close it.  (Right hand projects energy).

3. Close your eyes.

4. Chant `Om’ several times first (to surround your self with the divine energy it generates). Visualising the symbol `Om’ large and in front of you ..growing and glowing.

5. Now this next part is tricky.    Chant (it will be quite) `Om’ with an *In-breath*, while `breathing in’ the large `Om’ symbol that has been created in front of you (It’s all visualisation, with eyes closed). This energy now fills your lungs, body, head and mind..!

6. Now, with your out-breath, propel that `Om’ energy through your hands (from your body) into the Talisman clasped inside the closed palms. You can also propel the `Om’ energy into the talisman/ item  by projecting that energy out through your 3rd eye or Solar plexis chakra (or the heart chakra).    A variation is…to chant the name of a particular deity in the out-breath- whereby the in-drawn energy of Om is transformed into a particular Deity energy by the very calling of that deity name.

Repeat this whole process many times!

I have personally found this to be highly effective in charging talismans or pendants..

God & Goddess names have power in themselves..  whether they do exist or not no longer matters – because for thousands of years, millions of people have believed in them and thereby have created those very powerful god & goddess thought-forms. So when using such names, you are tapping deep into such collective energies (of the archetypes).

I shall share some more tools & techniques in these blogs soon.. (It is part of a `promise’ I have made with certain deities…to share such knowledge / experiences..  – well …call it a `Calling’ 🙂

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Links to more psychic / magical techniques

Links to more psychic works (blogs by Mani)

Psychic development: 3rd eye charging & protection

Personal psychic cleansing using candle magic

Mirror meditation (traspersonal)

Love & Light- Sending healing

Letting Go ritual at Samhain  

 

 

Happy Thai Pongal (Tamil New Year 2014)

Happy Thai Pongal Greetings to all my Blog Readers & Followers, Family & Friends…!

It’s the first day of the Tamil Calendar..  `Thai’ is the name of the first month of the Tamil Calendar..   And pongal is the milk-rice food that is traditionally made on this day.. as the first food item..

Happy Thai Pongal Greetings - from Mani (14th January 2014)
Happy Thai Pongal Greetings – from Mani (14th January 2014)

People tidy up, make special offerings to the Sun God (leave the food items on an outdoor altar where Sun light is shining),..  and honour nature! And luckily,  it’s a sunny day in London today.

It’s also traditionally when farmers get prepared ..to get back to the paddy fields..to start work for a new cycle!!

The day after Thai Pongal (15th January) is dedicated to honouring the  farm animals (and tools) ..as   these are the next most important things to Sunlight, rain and the Earth..  for farming!

Best wishes.

-Manivannan Navasothy

(London, UK)

ps. What do ya know..This happens to be my 350th blog post..  🙂

Diwali -path of light

Happy Diwali 2013
Happy Diwali 2013

Happy Diwali..wishes to all !

In Tamil, it is spelt, `Deepavali’..where `Deepam’ means flame/light, and `Vali’ means path…so it reads…`path of light’ 

Today Hindus all over the world are celebrating Diwali – festival of light.. Some say it was the day Lord Rama returned to his Kingdom after 14 years of exile..Other myths say it was when God Murugan defeated a demon.. whichever the case, it seems to symbolise the return to personal form and victory over adversity.

Wishing all Love & Light as we go into the darker winter months!

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

ps. Special heartfelt thank you to all the regular readers & guests who visit my blog Quantumphoenix.net.   Today the numbers reached 50,000 views. I hope I can continue to share ideas, thoughts, astrology insights and much more.. Best wishes. -Mani

Diwali – Day of Light and the slaying of Demons?

Ramayanam bannerOn this day of Diwali, Hindu festival of light, my best wishes to all.. I think if we keep focusing on the beauty and creativity within, and not the monsters, we might just find that the monsters are just protective shells of yet more vulnerable and wonderous creatures within…waiting to be loved.. and lost inside their own shells, unable to break out! 

Bright Stellar Wishes

-Mani

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Vijayathasami – Day of Victory following Navarathree (nine nights of the Goddess)

Kolu  -  stepped grand altar at Navarathri (c) K Raveenthiran 2013
Kolu – stepped grand altar at Navarathri (c) K Raveenthiran 2013

Today is Vijayathasami – the 10th day after Navarathri –  the nine days and nights of the Hindu Goddesses Sarawsathy, Luxmi & Dyrga.

What happens on this day?

here’s a blog extract I wrote..

The 10th day is the day of victory, and culmination of all the prayers and festivities.  Such deeply significant religious festivities have variations of purpose and underlying mythology, as India is a vast land with many religious sects (even within Hinduism – which is a collective name, and not a specific one).

Ramayanam- Hindu epic of Lord Rama (shown here slaying the demon Ravanan)

Myth of Ramayana: As such, some celebrate the return of mythical Hero Rama (crown Prince) who was exiled with his wife Sita into the forest for 14 years, by some trickery of his step-mother.  In his time in the forest, Rama’s wife Sita is abducted by a demon (Ravanan) and taken to an island and kept in prison. Rama gathers an army of forest beings – monkeys, apes, wild boars and even squirrels, constricts a mighty bridge to travel to the island of Lanka (now known as Sri Lanka) to wage war, defeat the demon and rescue his wife from her prison.  By this time the 14 years have passed (supposed terms of the exile) and Rama returns to his father’s Kingdon, and takes up his rightful place on the throne. `Vijayathasami’ (great tenth day) symbolises this day of Victory and return to power.

Either on the ninth night or 10th day (morning) a special prayer / pooja called `Ayutha Pooja’ (Prayer for Ramayanam- Hindu epic of Lord Rama (shown here slaying the demon Ravanan)weapons) is conducted. This is when tools of the trade for all those of a household – pens, books, pencils, cheque books, house keys, financial ledgers, as well as the mote traditional items of agricultural equipments, machinery are symbolically decorated, placed on the foot of the stepped altar and worshipped. The idea is to seek the blessings of the Goddess Shakthi upon those tools of trade and life.  Then those are taken and used. Many teachers/Schools in India / Sri Lanka  (southern Indian nations) start teaching Kindergarten children on that day- first by taking them to the temple, and having the priest guide their fingers in writing the alphabets on a plate of rice grains!

Read the full blog on Navarathri

Blessings of Durga – warrior Goddess who slays Demons ..within and without!

-Mani Navasothy

Related Hindu topics I have written about

Shivarathri – Long night o of Lord Shiva

Vinayagar Shaturthi – Birth and myths of Elephant headed God Ganesh

Avatars of Vishnu 

Om Shanthi…on Harmonic Convergence Day today!

Zodiac Om Shanthi (peace)
Zodiac Om Shanthi (peace)

Hey all..TODAY is supposedly `Harmonic Convergence’.

I know the Mars-opposition-Pluto and Venus-opposition-Neptune is stirring us, and making us perplexed about our social & personal ideals.. but Shall we have a day of peaceful and lovey thoughts…to put into the Collective?

Om Shanthi..Shanthi Shanthi  (means `peace’ in Tamil).

-Mani Navasothy

Video: Demon War (Sooran Porr)- Hindu festival of Victory

Soora Por (meaning `Demon war) is a annual  Hindu festival..  that takes place in late Autumn, after Diwali (festival of Light). It is the culmination of a highly sacred week of prayers and rituals called the `Kanthashasthy fasting’ dedicated to the warrior god Murugan (also known as Karthikeyan, Velavan and many other names).

Murugan is the son of Shiva & Parvathi, and brother of the elephant headed god Ganesh. Murugan was born by the act of god Shiva opening his third eye and 6 divine sparks shooting out, and settling on 6 lotus flowers in a lake. Each spark then became a small baby and were nursed by sacred nymphs of the lake. When Shiva’s wife the Goddess Parvathy went to visit them, she embraced them all, and all 6 children amalgamated and became one child – Murugan!

Sooran Porr is the day when Murugan defeated a major demon (`Sooran’) in a battle (`Porr’). Hence the name `Sooran Porr’ – meaning `Demon War’. During this war, the demon is said to have attacked the god Murugan several times, and each time was defeated by being beaded. And following each beheading, the demon sprouted another head and came to attack the god Murugan again. Finally the god not only struck his head off with his sacred spear (called `Vel’) but split his chest, where upon the demon shape-shifted into a mango tree. This too tried to attack the god, and Murugan split the tree truck open with his sacred spear once more. And from the split tree, a Cockerel and a Peacock flew out (aspects of the demon), to attack the god as a last resort. Murguan immediately tamed the Peacock and turned it into his carrier, and transformed the Cockerel into a Victory-flag.

This is why in all graphical representations, Hindus depict this Warrior God Murugan as being seated on a Peacock, and holding a flag with a picture of a Cockerel on it.

Giants of Hindu Festivals - Mani NavasothyThe battle itself is re-enacted every year in Hindu Temple grounds all over the world, using idols and large statues  (Giants) of the god Murugan and the demon. Devotees fast for the 5 preceding days, and on the last day, attend the temple, and carry these idols and giant statues as part of the festivities and processions. The enactment can take anything from half an hour to a few hours, as each stage of the battle is carefully attended to. It is usual for the head Priest to stand by the idol or statue of the god Murugan and `use the sacred spear’ to attack the `Demon’. Usually it takes about 10-12 devotees (highly strong men) to carry he large statue of the Demon, and to put it through various rigorous battle movements – of attacks, withdrawals, threats, swings and turns.

The exact date of this `Sooran Por’ varies according to the Nakshathra positions (Hindu astrology has 27 Nakshathra positions through which the Moon passes through each month, in addition to the 12 zodiacs and 12 house positions), but it usually falls towards the middle of the month of November, which has the name `Karthikai’ and hence the god himself has another name deriving from the month,`Karthikeyan’.

[This article was originally written for `Gaian Times Magazine #6  November 2012].

-Mani Navasothy

ps. As this blog has now had over 35,000 views, and this happens to my 275th blog post..I thought a bit of celebration was in order. Being spiritual, I thought writing about this `Hindu festival of Victory’ was an appropriate blog 🙂 

Omam – A Hindu Temple Fire Ritual in Ganapathy Temple (Wimbledon) for Goddess Durga

Back in Autumn ..last year, when life was being pretty difficult.. I was visiting a local Hindu Temple (Shree Ganapathy Temple in Wimbledon, SW London)…  for some peace and inner balance. And I found out they were about to do a special `Pooja’ (ritual)..  called an `Omam’..   where many Hindu Priests gather and create a sacred ritual fire…and make offerings to deities..  They use the fire as a medium… to take our offerings and pass it to the gods, as well as taking our prayers and wishes…and passing them on to the deities too.  (The Hindu Fire deity is a male god called `Agni’).

This particular one took place in the middle of the 9-Nights of the Goddess (Navarathri), so was particularly auspicious.

In my childhood days, my uncle Raveenthiran & Aunt Ratna used to take me to many Temple rituals..    (I call them Periyappa & Periyamma.. meaning Elder-Father & Elder-Mother)..and I had seen many of these special rituals..   But this was the first time I had the inclination and fortune to have done one on my own initiative (with my own partner April participating with me in the temple).

The ritual went longer than planned..  and took almost 5 hours..from set up to end!  And in all that time, a large indoor fire roared…billing away huge amount of smoke, fueled by some 50 different sacred herbs, food offerings, oils and incense!   All the while, the Hindu priests were chanting sacred names of Durga, and reciting stories of the deity’s many battles with various demons..!  And it is said that those who participate in such a ritual is not only fortunate and blessed,!

(Photos taken on my mobile phone.. !  Faces have been blurred for privacy reason)

For my part, I sat in semi-meditative state, watching, and doing personal magical work. The 4-5 hours was quite long enough to explore my mind, my life, it’s many trials and  use the energies of the Warrior Goddess Durga..  inwards…and dispel my own inner demons and any negative energies… !

Either for psychological reasons, religious, psychic or spiritual reasons, it seem to have worked.  Up until that day I had had suffered many a `psychic headaches’ and was constantly being affected by various energies. But after those 4-5 hours with Durga’s sacred healing fire..  I came out of that temple a new and cleaned man.

And even now…once in a while..  I have a bonfire in the garden..  and enact similar psychic work!

There is much power in Agni..  He burns but also cleanses..and purifies!

-Mani Navasothy

Note on Ganapathy Temple (Wimbledon) :  This temple began in 1981 (few years before I came to England), and was one fo the earliest temples in London. (converted from another building for purposes of Hindu Worship). It is dedicated (main shrine called Moolasthanam) to the hindu God Ganapathy (Ganesh, Pillayar) who is the elephant-headed god who removes obstacles.  I recall my uncle & aunt’s wedding taking place in this temple way back in 1985.  Several of my other extended relatives have had weddings here.  The temple address is 125-133 Effra Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 8PU, United Kingdom.

Links

my blog on Navarathri- 9 nights of the Hindu Goddess 

Elephantom – Eco-Hero (Cartoon children’s book written by Mani Navasothy)

Sooran Por – `demon war’  Hindu festival

Ganapathy Temple Wimbledon 

Ganapathy in the Garden (eco-spiritual sculpture)

Ganapathy in the Garden - taking shape (c)ManiN
Ganapathy in the Garden – taking shape (c)ManiN

A spiritual offering to you all..   first look at this Willow twig/branch sculpture I have been making from all the pruned pieces…since September 2012.. It is Ganapathy (Ganesh) the elephant-headed Hindu God of course. 🙂

It started with some difficult issues with neighbours..and I had to do a drastic prunning/ cutting of branches of my much loved Willow tree. But I promised that every piece will be used for a good reason..and this is one of them 🙂  (The other is a small one-person meditation hut by the tree, with branches covering parts of the sides (picture another time).

So I guess you could call it Eco-art.

Last week I created `tusks’ and repaired the wear & tear of the previous winter months..  and more work needed..  But now..there is another danger..  those birds are hunting for twigs…to make their nests 🙂

But hey, am sure Lord Ganesh won’t mind..  and neither do I 🙂

Love n Light to you all.

`Om Ganapathy Namaha’

-Mani Navasothy

Elephantom Eco-Hero finally arrives! (Free eBook Offer..)

Who is Elephantom?   What does he do?Am sure you’ve met this cartoon hero before, in our online Magazine `Gaian Times’ ..back in June 2011.

Well, now, here is a story book all about Elephantom…the Eco-Hero. …a book that both adults & children can enjoy!  (some parental guidance may be required!)

Elephantom Origins-  panels from the NEW eBook for parents & children
Elephantom Origins- panels from the NEW eBook for parents & children

`Elephantom Origins: Birth of an Eco-Hero’   is a 33 paged eBook –  fully illustrated with 25 panels.

It charts the origins of how Elephantom came to be… in a far away Indian Village, where Priests spend their time in worship, and local wildlife Elephants) just mind their own lives… until danger comes in the form of Poachers.

You’ll get glimpses of Hindu spirituality, read the myths of Elephant-Headed God Ganesh.. and even get to read a little background about my childhood meetings with a Temple Elephant ! (well, it’s a story but much comes from my experiences!)

Visit  the Elephantom website    (www.Elephantom.co.uk) and do a quick opt-in with your e-mail…and follow instructions …to download your FREE  e-copy of this Book.

This is a special Promotional Offer!  Expires on Saturday 30th March’13.

I’ll be very interested to know what you thought of this book..  🙂

Best Wishes

-Mani Navasothy

Elephantom Origins - Kindle cover  (c)Mani Navasothy 2013
Elephantom Origins – Kindle cover (c)Mani Navasothy 2013