Tapas

वृक्ष कबहुँ नहीं फल भखै, नदी ना पीवै नीर !
पर्मारथ के कारनै, साधुन धरा शरीर !

Trees never eat their fruits, river doesn’t drink its water;

It’s only for the ultimate good sages carry their body. 

Tapas or Tapa literally means heat. Tapashcharya means way of living in which you bear heat. In the normal sense it means bearing discomfort or pain for greater good or Dharma. Tapas has had a great significance in Spirituality. From fasts to celibacy and non-violence to truthfulness–all austere pursuits which are dedicated towards spiritual advancement is considered Tapa.

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Avatars, Sages and Some Astrology!

I have discussed the subject of avatars, sages and mystics many times here. The nature of consciousness is studied internally by witnessing your mind and externally by looking at outliers. In the material sense it’s genius who is to be studied and also mentally ill and in the spiritual- saints and avatars are to be studied.

As I’ve told before it’s totality which makes anything possible so avatars and saints are as much a product of special circumstances as anything else. Look at the bhakti movement of middle ages in India. It gave a number of saints and avatars to the world in a very short span of time. There was more harmony in the environment somehow and it flowered consciousness in many humans together. Or you may look at it differently and say that many movements and reforms needed to happen as oppression and darkness was at its peak–this gave rise to the need of saints. You may compare this spiritual event with political uprise in India in the century before its independence from british rule. Gandhi became one of the greatest political heroes of all times.

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Atmakaraka And Types of Sages!

Atmakaraka is the planet with the highest degrees in any sign. It represents ripeness of a soul. Enlightened sages have distinctive features pertaining to Atmakaraka which might not be always visible prima facie. This article is partially speculative therefore.

The following categorization is based on my assumptions.

  1. Sun as Atmakaraka suggests brilliance and light. Sages who have Sun as Atmakaraka might have great realization but personality which is philosophical asserts itself so much that they might come across as peevish, impatient and rude to some people. Examples: Jiddu Krishnamurti, U. G. Krishnamurti and Swami Vivekananda. Though they might have charisma such people might not be really great gurus because they lack the connection needed to transform other people.
  2. Moon as Atmakaraka suggests Peace and Service. Sages with Moon as Atmakaraka are mother-like. They have a soothing presence and they serve people unconditionally with patience. They are tolerant and forgiving. Because of these qualities they are very popular. Their presence is soothing though they might not profess to be gurus as such. Examples: Ramana Maharshi, Shirdi Sai Baba and Mahatma Gandhi.
  3.  Jupiter as Atmakaraka suggests bliss. Sages with such placement are born to be spiritual gurus. The degree of realization might be strong or weak depending upon the personality which overshadows. If personality is strong realization might be weak and vice versa. Such gurus have blissful presence and they have a knack to transform people. Examples: Osho, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Rabindranath Tagore and Sathya Sai Baba.
  4. Mars as Atmakaraka suggests Shakti or Energy. While Sun-Moon-Jup might be taken to represent Sat-Chit-Anand aspects of truth, Mars represents the active mode. These sages do rigorous Sadhana before transmitting their energy. That is why such Atmakaraka placements don’t suggest a great presence as in case of previous atmakaraka but rather ability of guru to give transmission of energy which is conducive to awakening. Example: Gurdjieff, Ramakrishna and Meher Baba.
  5. Mercury as Atmakaraka suggests Chit aspect of Bramh. Sages with this placement are great intellectuals and persuade intellectuals. Example: Aurobindo and Deepak Chopra.
  6. Saturn as Atmakaraka suggests sages who work for common masses and are social reformers. They might be realized or on verge self-realization. Their presence might not be very powerful but the work done transforms society and uplifts the downtrodden masses. They undertake great penance. Example: Shri Ram Sharma.
  7. Venus as Atmakaraka suggests sages who might worship mother goddess Shiva or other feminine deities and might be very affectionate towards fellow people. These sages live moderate lives. Example: Paramahansa Yogananda

In the scheme above Rahu hasn’t been taken as Atmakaraka which certain astrologers do.

Buddha Is A Mirror!

Tao Te Ching 49

The sages have no constant mind
They take the mind of the people as their mind
Those who are good, I am good to them
Those who are not good, I am also good to them
Thus the virtue of goodness
Those who believe, I believe them
Those who do not believe, I also believe them
Thus the virtue of belief

The sages live in the world
They cautiously merge their mind for the world
The people all pay attention with their ears and eyes
The sages care for them as children

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Virtues of sages!

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Tao Te Ching 49

The sages have no constant mind
They take the mind of the people as their mind
Those who are good, I am good to them
Those who are not good, I am also good to them
Thus the virtue of goodness
Those who believe, I believe them
Those who do not believe, I also believe them
Thus the virtue of belief

The sages live in the world
They cautiously merge their mind for the world
The people all pay attention with their ears and eyes
The sages care for them as children