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Continued from Ātmakāraka I

Bhagavat Gītā: A few years ago when we were asked about the standard books for studying Jyotisa, the Bhagavat Gītā, Bṛhat Parāśara horā śāstra and Maharṣi Jaimini’s upadeśa sutra were recommended as the foundation.

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Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa Said

Mere pundits are like diseased fruit that becomes hard and will not ripen at all. Such fruit has neither the freshness of green fruit nor the flavour of ripe. Vultures soar very high in the sky, but their eyes are fixed on rotten carrion on the ground.
The book-learned are reputed to be wise, but they are attached to ‘woman and gold’. Like the vultures, they are in search of carrion.

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Kamalātmikā of golden complexion and perfectly proportioned, is bathed by four elephants from the four directions (kendra) using amṛta kalaśa. Amṛta (nectar) constantly flows from kalaśa (jars) and nourishes the rivers and beings of the universe. She has four hands. In the two hind hands, she holds two lotuses and her two fore hands are in abhaya mudrā (fearlessness) and vāra mudrā (boons) respectively. She is seated in padmāsana (lotus posture) on a red lotus that symbolizes purity.

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Introduction
Chhinnamasta (Sanskrit: छिन्नमस्ता, Chinnamastā, “She whose head is severed”), often spelled Chinnamasta and also called Chhinnamastika and Prachanda Chandika, is one of the Mahavidyas, ten Tantric goddesses and a ferocious aspect of Devi, the Hindu Divine Mother. Chhinnamasta can be easily identified by her fearsome iconography. The self-decapitated goddess holds her own severed head in one hand, a scimitar in another. Three jets of blood spurt out of her bleeding neck and are drunk by her severed head and two attendants.

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ऋग्वेद मन्त्र | ṛgveda mantra
Viśvāmitra Ṛṣi, Gāyatrī Chhand, Bṛhaspati Devatā
वृषभं चर्षणीनां विश्वरूपमदाभ्यम्। बृहस्पतिंवरेण्यम्॥ ३।६२।६
vṛṣabhaṁ carṣaṇīnāṁ viśvarūpamadābhyam| bṛhaspatiṁvareṇyam|| 3|62|6
Translation: O Great Men! We sing the praise of Bṛhaspati (the preceptor of the Gods) for the joy of learning and for success in all our good actions. He is the most respectable and the greatest. His wishes are inviolable and we gain in (spiritual) strength by following in His footsteps.
Comments
Maharishi Viśvāmitra gives the highest lesson on spirituality in the Rig Veda (Mandala III, Chapter 62).

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“Dharma is the foundation of marriage” Sanjay Rath (Feb 2000)
Lecture delivered at the Brahman Sabha, Haryana, 2001.
Bhagavan Sri Krishna teaches that the first signs of the fall in Dharma is the corruption of women: Extract from: Bhagavat Gita-As it is by Srila Prabhupada
अधर्माभिभवात्कृष्ण प्रदुष्यन्ति कुलस्त्रियः।
स्त्रीषु दुष्टासु वार्ष्णेय जायते वर्णसङ्करः॥
adharmābhibhavātkṛṣṇa praduṣyanti kulastriyaḥ |
strīṣu duṣṭāsu vārṣṇeya jāyate varṇasaṅkaraḥ || Bhagavat Gita||

Translation: When irreligion is prominent in the family, O Krisna, the women of the family become polluted, and from the degradation of womanhood, O descendant of Vrisni, comes unwanted progeny.

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Six akṣara Gourī mantra – Agni Purāṇa

ॐ ह्रीं गौर्यै नमः।
om hrīṁ gauryai namaḥ
Śaktī Shrines of Orissa

Adi Śaktī Tārā Tārini Hill Shrine (stana pīṭha – breasts of the Goddess) – Purnagiri, Ganjam District
Ambikā – Baripada
Baralā Devī – Kandhmal
Bhadrakālī – Bhadrak
Bhagavati – Banpur, Sonepur
Bhairavī Temple – Ganjam
Birajā – Jajpur
Budhi Samalei (Samaleśvarī) – Sambalpur
Caṇḍī – Cuttack
Gourī – Bhubaneswar
Hinguli – Talcher
Kali – Kalijai Island, Chilika lake
Kanta Devī – Sanjal village of Bonai
Kichakeśvarī – Khiching
Lankeśvarī – Junagarh
Mahāmāyī – Berhampur
Majhighariani – Rayagada
Maṅgala – Kakatpur
Manikeswari

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Tripurā devī is associated with Mercury. The seventh bhāva from the signs of Mercury are owned by Jupiter Tripurā devī and is worshipped on Thursdays instead of Wednesdays (Mercury). Tripura hṛdaya is the three syllables ऐं क्लीं सौः (aiṁ klīṁ sauḥ) and the Agni Purāṇa recommends Her worship with these bīja.

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Ṛk Veda | Maṇḍala II, Hymn 23

गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम्।
ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणां ब्रह्मणस्पत आ नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिः सीद सादनम्॥ २.०२३.०१
gaṇānāṁ tvā gaṇapatiṁ havāmahe kaviṁ kavīnāmupamaśravastamam |
jyeṣṭharājaṁ brahmaṇāṁ brahmaṇaspata ā naḥ śṛṇvannūtibhiḥ sīda sādanam || 2.023.01

देवाश्चित्ते असुर्य प्रचेतसो बृहस्पते यज्ञियं भागमानशुः।
उस्रा इव सूर्यो ज्योतिषा महो विश्वेषामिज्जनिता ब्रह्मणामसि॥ २.०२३.०२
devāścitte asurya pracetaso bṛhaspate yajñiyaṁ bhāgamānaśuḥ |
usrā iva sūryo jyotiṣā maho viśveṣāmijjanitā brahmaṇāmasi || 2.023.02

आ विबाध्या परिरापस्तमांसि च ज्योतिष्मन्तं रथमृतस्य तिष्ठसि।
बृहस्पते भीमममित्रदम्भनं रक्षोहणं गोत्रभिदं स्वर्विदम्॥ २.०२३.०३
ā vibādhyā parirāpastamāṁsi ca jyotiṣmantaṁ rathamṛtasya tiṣṭhasi |
bṛhaspate bhīmamamitradambhanaṁ rakṣohaṇaṁ gotrabhidaṁ svarvidam || 2.023.03

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॥ भवान्यष्टकम्‌॥
|| bhavānyaṣṭakam ||

न तातो न माता न बन्धुर्न दाता न पुत्रो न पुत्री न भृत्यो न भर्ता।
न जाया न विद्या न वृत्तिर्ममैव गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि॥ १॥
na tāto na mātā na bandhurna dātā na putro na putrī na bhṛtyo na bhartā |
na jāyā na vidyā na vṛttirmamaiva gatistvaṁ gatistvaṁ tvamekā bhavāni || 1||

भवाब्धावपारे महादुःखभीरु पपात प्रकामी प्रलोभी प्रमत्तः।
कुसंसारपाशप्रबद्धः सदाहं  गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि॥ २॥
bhavābdhāvapāre mahāduḥkhabhīru papāta prakāmī pralobhī pramattaḥ |
kusaṁsārapāśaprabaddhaḥ sadāhaṁ  gatistvaṁ gatistvaṁ tvamekā bhavāni || 2||

न जानामि दानं न च ध्यानयोगं न जानामि तन्त्रं न च स्तोत्रमन्त्रम्‌।

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