December 20, 2010

Lunar Eclipse 2010:Winter Solstice To Coincide With Total Full Moon Eclipse On December 20, 21

Lunar Eclipse
Multiple astronomical events are lining up for a rare display of synchronization tonight as a total lunar eclipse overlaps with 2010's winter solstice.Depending on the location, late night December 20 or early morning December 21, the full moon will be darkened by Earth's shadow as our planet passes between it and the sun. December 21 is also the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, after which the days will begin to grow longer. Coupled with the lunar spectacle, it means we're in for an especially dark eve.

Lunar Eclipse

According to The AP, North and Central America should both be able to view the entire eclipse, which is estimated to take about 3.5 hours. Total eclipse will begin at 11:41 p.m. PST on Monday, or 2:41 a.m. EST on Tuesday -- so obviously West Coasters will have a better chance to catch the magnificent sight without dragging around heavy eyelids and needing an extra dose of espresso the following morning. If you want to set an alarm to catch a brief glimpse of the amber moon, NASA recommends 3:17 a.m. EST for the optimal impression.

Lunar Eclipse

According to, NASA reports that this is the first time an eclipse has coincided with a solstice since December 21, 1638, and the next one won't come around again until 2094. The extravaganza in the sky doesn't end there, however, as the Ursids meteor shower will also be taking reports that this particular annual show is rarely witnessed compared to its brighter counterparts, but stargazers will have an especially exceptional chance to view the display this year because of the eclipse's darkened sky.Check out photos below of past total and partial lunar eclipses to get an idea of what's in store tonight, and CLICK HERE to learn more about the winter solstice.

Lunar Eclipse

A Lunar Eclipse occurs on December 21, 2010, at 3:13 a.m. E.S.T. Its effect can be felt for a period of two weeks before and two weeks after, at which time, a Solar Eclipse occurs, but that's another story. The period of a Lunar Eclipse is Nature's way of "detoxing." For instance, on a physical level, we more easily catch colds, which is a way the body has of cleansing itself. Some of us can have skin break-outs for the same reason. Of course, if you know how to do a fast healthfully and safely, the approach to a Lunar Eclipse is especially worthwhile. More specifically, this Lunar Eclipse happens in the zodiacal sign, Gemini, which represents the shoulders. (Each part of the body is represented by a sign or planet). In other words, this Lunar Eclipse symbolizes a time when the shoulder area can be improved or strengthened with a safe and healthful yoga practice which emphasize asanas there. However, if the shoulders are a place of physical weaknesses or old injury, then special care should be taken in your practice, so as not to do damage. By the way, Nature has us detox on all levels during the period of a Lunar Eclipse. For instance, it's a great time to clean your more ways than one! However, the emotional detox can be tricky. If we are not aware of the purpose of the time, we risk over-reactions, short tempers, and T.M.I. In tense and irritating circumstances in the next few weeks, the advice is the same as a good yoga practice -- breathe! You might say it's the stuff of the holidays, but I say, it's the Lunar Eclipse. But in any case, keep breathing. Namaste,

December 8, 2010

"Kalabhairava Karma":Process for the Dead

Kalabhairava Karma
Isha Yoga Center, Coimbator, India

We are starting a process called ‘Kalabhairava Karma.’ This is for the dead only, to ensure that their new location is a better place. When somebody dies, you think that person is dead, but as far as that person is concerned, he just lost his body and everything that he knew as life. When he lost his body, he also lost his discretionary mind. What does losing your discretion mean? Let’s say somebody that you know died and you became sad and miserable. Maybe you will grieve for awhile, but after a certain passage of time, you will employ your discretion. “There is no point just going on like this, let me get back to whatever I need to do.” But somebody who is unable to employ his discretion will stay in that state for a long time, as the discretionary mind is not functioning as it should. So whatever his tendencies are, those tendencies will multiply. If he had pleasant tendencies, pleasant tendencies will snowball; if he had unpleasant tendencies, that will avalanche into something extremely unpleasant.

Not a new process
Every culture has been aware of this – irrespective of where or what religion – when a man is dying, whoever he may be, you must create a pleasant atmosphere. Even if your enemy is dying, at that one moment you don’t create unpleasantness for him. So at either the last moment or just after, we can still touch that life in such a way that pleasantness will seep into that life. Once pleasantness is given – even a drop of pleasantness – if you put it into him, this will become an ocean of pleasantness after some time because he has no discretion, he cannot stop it. So we can put a drop of pleasantness into that being up to 14 days for those over 50 years of age who die a natural death, and up to 48 days for those under 50. In the case where somebody was vibrant but died either by breaking the body in an accident or suicide, then we can do this up to 48 days for those above 33 years of age, and up to 90 days for those below 33. We are also offering a process called ‘Kalabhairava Shanthi’ which can be done anytime after death.
This has been very much a part of yogic culture – that if somebody dies and does not have the awareness to conduct his death properly, then somebody else does it for him. But unfortunately, probably in the last 100-150 years, these traditions have become largely dormant; what is left is generally corrupt and commercial. If you lose somebody who is dear to you, they will ask you to bring footwear for the dead, bring an umbrella for the dead, bring a cow or a horse or even, these days, they may ask you for a Mercedes. The dead does not need footwear; one who has lost his body is not going to wear footwear. If the man who is conducting this wants footwear, he must be upfront and say, ‘I want footwear.’ At least he will get the right size. If he gets the dead man’s size, he has to go and sell it.

Making use of it
So we will be using the Bhairavi Temple as the energy base and conducting certain processes for the dead. If somebody dies that you know, or if you know someone else who has had someone die, then if you send us a piece of their clothing within a certain period of time, a certain process will happen. We would like people to live blissfully. If they don’t make this, if they don’t live blissfully, then at least they must die peacefully. If they don’t even do that, we want to do something after they die. So even if you die, I will not spare my efforts to turn you spiritual.