Evolution of the word Graha ग्रह

The word graha more literally means “grasp.” Various forms of the word graha are used in Sanskrit very similarly with how we use the word “grasp” in English. For example: अथः श्रीकृष्णनामादि नभवेत्ग्रह्यम् इन्द्रियै (athaḥ śrī kṛṣṇa-nāmādi na bhaved grahyam indriyai) {“Description of Krishna by names and words is not within the grasp of the senses.”} As is common in any language, things with…

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What does “Gaja Kesari” mean?

Gaja can mean the following: 1. Elephant (of which there are 8 types recognized in Sanskrit) 2. Hence, the number 8 3. A measure of length (a sum of 8 units) 4. A musical measurement 5. A foundation of earth upon which a house is built Essentially it means “elephant” the other meanings are derived…

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“OK People LOOK…” Vedic Tropical vs Sidereal Madness!

At the beginning of 2012 I finished my research into the actual definition of the zodiac in Sanskrit, Indian classical literature. I came undeniably to the conclusion that a lunar “zodiac” of 27 divisions exists in sidereal space. And that a solar zodiac of 12 divisions coexists in tropical space. It was not hard to…

Divine Love and Romance in Purva Phalguni

In modern times, with the rise of extremely dualistic concepts of religion, we tend to conceive of a huge gulf between mater and spirit, god and pleasure, etc. This divisive conception is not embraced by Vedic culture. Certainly dualism has some relevance, for not all things are identical. Selfishness and selflessness, for example, are polar…

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Kali Yuga and Goddess Kali

A lot of people confuse the goddess Kali with Kali-Yuga. The main reason is that Sanskrit does not present itself exactly in roman alphabets, without diacritical markings. The goddess “Kali” is k-(long) a-l-(long) i. The age “Kali” is k-a-l-i. The difference is that in the goddess the a and i are long and in the…

What does “Jyotisha” mean?

Jyotiṣa is the Sanskrit word for “Astrology.” There is a lot of speculation on what it means. Here is what it really means, in lieu of authentic Sanskrit dictionaries and linguistic rules. It is made of two parts jyotis and the suffix ṣa. [It’s not made by combining jyoti and iśa because (a) there is no such word as jytoi (it’s jyotis), and (b) there is…

How Good or Bad is a Planet in a Sign or House?

This article will be a detailed analysis of an astrological technique called varga-viṁśopakaṁ – a 20-point system of rating a planets positivity or negativity by taking into account some or all of the subdivisions influencing the exact zodiac degree the planet occupies. This technique is recorded in Chapter 8 of the controversial but rather biblical…

What Are Yogas?

The word yoga has entered household use all around the globe. It is a Sanskrit word, of Vedic origin. It means linking together, combining. That might not be what most people expect yoga to mean. The majority of people think of yoga as a mental and physical health system. Others think of it as some…

Do “Malefic” Planets Have Value?

What is “malefic”? In Sanskrit it is क्रुर (“krura”) –  “rough, harsh, strong.” Malefic planets possess this nature, that is why they are called क्रुर or “malefic.”  By contrast, “benefic” planets are सैम्य (“saumya”) or “gentle, soft, and generous.” What we really learn about life is that there is a right time and place for…