shala * sanctuary * enclosure
the learning classroom of vyayasthana-12 = ruled by Professor Guru
dwadamsha for bhava-12 = table of 12 subportions of vyayasthana
Vimshottari Periods of the Rulers of Bhava-1-to-12
Sarang Ragini, Ragamala Tradition, c. 1605
Angels and ministers of grace defend us.
Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damned,
Bring with thee airs from heaven, or blasts from hell,
Be thy intents wicked, or charitable,
Thou com'st in such a questionable shape,
That I will speak to thee.
TOPICS OF THE 12th Bhava-Amsha
Dreams "obedience" = "listening"fantasies
Import-Export, foreign trade
decomposition, disillusionment, decay
clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience
Animosity, illness, or poverty of the spouse [6 from 7]
Imprisonment - physical or psychological
Enclosures such as hospital, prisons, monasteries,ashramsha
private enemies - deceivers
Compassion - Sympathy, Empathy
Spiritual and Divinatory Guidance
realms of fantasy imagination -- places of secluded retreat
Pathway, Ferry-crossing, Shepherd, Guides, Bridge
Holding to Heaven
The Clairsentient Pathways
personal, private prayer (vs. public prayer = bhava-9 )
"Vyaya" how one's material identity = annihilated
bhava-12 = erosion, dissolution and loss of fleshly identity, which produces gains of astral, imaginative, and spiritual identity.
Sleep, dissolution of identity, dematerialization, loss, forgiveness, release,
other worlds, trails and paths, crossings and tunnels, in-utero and the birth canal,
imagination, guidance of the ancestors, divination, phantoms-fantasy,
research, reflection, retreat,
psychic perception, sacrifice, exile, liberation, depletion of life-force fuel
shamanism * sramana, conjuring the dead, conduct across the bridge, conference with spirits,
meditation, non-petitionary prayer
Meditation and dreams, holy pilgrimage/foreign journeys, imprisonment or sanctuary.
Ability to follow the intuitive pathways which connect the physical plane to the astral plane.
Ability to accept guidance from dreams, and from astral missionaries such as angels.
Long sojourns, extended residence in foreign lands.
Sanctuary, meditation, dissolution, losses: privacy, trance, withdrawal, hospitals, monasteries, ashram, retreats, prisons, dreams, pilgrimage, charity, seclusion; residence in foreign lands; loss of identity, bed pleasures, spying. clairvoyance; imagination, ancestors, spirit guides, bridge from physical plane to Astral plane.
A SOURCE OF REFUGE (bhava-12)
"Policy of Kindness" 14th Dalai Lama Tenzing Gyatso
"Day and night, night and day we spend our lives in the company of the afflictions,
generating desire for the pleasant and anger at the unpleasant,
and continue thus even when dreaming,
unable to remain relaxed, our minds completely
and utterly mixed with thoughts of desire and hatred without interruption.
To what refuge should we go?
Furthermore, the complete attainments are necessary, for if you have fallen into a ditch, it is useless to seek help from someone standing outside it who does not wish to help or who wishes to help but has no means to do so.
Only a Buddha has extinguished all faults and gained all attainments.
Therefore, one should mentally go for refuge to a Buddha, praise him with speech, and respect him physically.
One should enter the teaching of such a being."
~~ Madhya Parashari,
Ch. 9, Shloka 12
The twelfth house stands for expenses, paternal wealth, criticism, and the left eye etc.
~~ Church of Christ-Scientist, 1821-1910 Mary Baker Eddy
research sections of universities, hospitals, meditation centers, membership libraries, dormitories, prisons, containment camps and reservations, private clubs (including golf clubs, "country clubs" and other private social clubs)
Distant lands, foreign countries
private rooms such as therapeutic sanctuary, bathrooms and bedrooms, inner sanctum of the temple or shrine,
behind closed doors, clandestine settings, and other low-profile or dimly perceived, walled-off or sequestered places, cloister, monastery,
clairsentient settings, the private imagination.
Sleepy places which require or induce a loss of vital movement, loss of materializing energy, loss of engagement with social identity, Retreat from battle. Live to fight another day.
| Sensitivity, dreamlikeness, dispersing, wandering imagery |
How non-maraka L-12 periods can produce maraka effects
|Vyayapathi lord of bhava-12being disconnected from materializing forces = particularly sensitive to the effects of incoming drishti from more aggressively materializing graha. |
For example, if L-12 receives drishti of the natural marana-karaka graha L-2/L-7 Mangala or L-2/L-7 Shani then periods of L-12 may produce considerable death even though L-12 itself is not a maraka.
The most vigorous fatal effects of L-2 drishti upon L-12 occur for Thula lagna, where Mangala is the empowered energized maraka L-2 and L-7 whilst L-12 Budha is naturally characteristically not a doer but an explainer who carries out the instructions of stronger agents.
Consequently for Thula nativities Budha periods have the potential to produce much death in circumstances related to Budha's two bhava as well as related to any graha receiving drishti of Budha.
For Simha lagna also, watch the relationship between Shani and Soma. L-12 Chandra = extremely absorptive. The drishti of maraka L-7/L-8 Shani into Chandra signals that periods of Chandra may produce maraka effects.
Profile of the pattern of material loss which produces gain of moksha
|Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273) translated by Coleman Barks|| |
Anything you lose comes round in another form.
The child weaned from mother's milk now drinks wine and honey mixed.
God's joy moves from unmarked box to unmarked box, from cell to cell.
As rainwater, down into flower bed.
As roses, up from ground.
Now it looks like a plate of rice and fish, now a cliff covered with vines, now a horse being saddled.
It hides within these, till one day it cracks them open.
Part of the self leaves the body when we sleep and changes shape.
You might say, "Last night I was a cypress tree, a small bed of tulips, a field of grapevines."
Then the phantasm goes away.
You're back in the room.
I don't want to make any one fearful.
Hear what's behind what I say.
Tatatumtum tatum tatadum.
There's the light gold of wheat in the sun and the gold of bread made from that wheat.
I have neither.
I'm only talking about them, as a town in the desert looks up at stars on a clear night.
Lama Angaraka Govinda,
The Inner Structure of the I Ching
"Unless intuition is translated into clear thought,
it will have no effect on our life,
because no force can act until it is formed and directed."
~~ BPHS Ch. 7, Shloka 39-43
"... both the 8th and 12th from Shani stand for consideration
respectively in respect of offspring, spouse, and death."
"All Graha (any Graha) in Vyaya Bhava will be the source of a short life,
specifically the luminaries, Shukra, and Rahu. "
Behind the Veil
Boundaried and unboundaried
Activities of bhava-12 occur primarily "behind the veil" on the astral plane and in private spaces that are "invisible" to the public eye.
Dreams, meditations, and prescient apprehension occur in the native 's imagination. The "imagination" is the field of imagery surrounding and penetrating the physical body.
Although psychic imagery from the astral plane feels "unreal" compared to five-senses hard reality, astral information is not inherently misleading or invalid. Rather, astral imagery is the seed from which most material experience will later develop.
Clairsentient skill is necessary to receive the guidance so freely offered by angels and other missionaries who show the pathway from physical to astral wisdom. Uttama graha in bhava-12 or L-12 in exaltation may indicate birth endowed with clairvoyant, clairaudient, or other clairsentient capabilities.
When lagnesha occupies bhava-12, the native is greatly inclined toward "bed pleasures" when lagnesha occupies bhava-12. Naturally, bhava-12 being 6th-from-7th, the unboundaried activities in this house are known for their animosity toward the boundaried contract of marriage.
Yet one rarely achieves emotional intimacy of genuinely shared partnership, due to being so identified with the world inside one's own head.
12 = Brihaspati's bhava of "private religion"
9 = doctrine, preaching
12 = retreat from the material world
In regard to the potential negatives in bhava-12, outcome of the script depends on the qualities of the L-12 and graha residing in bhava-12. bhava-12 is the least harmful of the three major dushthamsha ( bhava 6, 8 and 12).
Matters of bhava-12 are inherently private.
bhava-12 rules the bed and "bed pleasures". The particular companion with whom one shares matters of bhava-12 is the bed companion.
The three "moksha"or "liberation" houses - bandhu bhava, randhra bhava, and vyaya bhava - all show the native 's advance from material desires to spiritual dissolution of desire. It is desire which causes incarnation, and the dissolution of desire which permits liberation.
the personal creativity section, bhava 5-8, proceeds from the creation of bodies for children or ideas at bhava-5 and ends in "emergent mystery" of Randhra bhava. In the 8th house, one merges ego-attachment to products of personal creativity into the larger cosmic creative forces. (That is why healing is an 8th-house function.)
This merging causes destruction of one's primitive identification with one's own children, creative works, personal achievement, etc. - and elevates the consciousness to the natural compassion of dharma bhava dharma bhava .
The contribution-to-civilization section, bhava 9-12, proceeds from the creation of a body of wisdom-knowledge at bhava-9, and ends in "full dissolution" of the social identity in Vyaya bhava. In the 12th house, one merges the socially defined religious, philosophical level of truth with the ultimate universal truth.
This merging causes destruction of one's primitive identification with one's own religion, philosophical beliefs, knowledge, etc. - and elevates the consciousness to the natural liberation of Vyaya Bhava, "redemption".
L-12 Behavioral Qualities of the Voices of the Ancestors
L-12 = an extremely influential graha. Due to its material invisibility, the 12th house may be underestimated or even ignored by materialistic positivists (Budha, Shani, Shukra folk).
However, the L-12 is a powerful agent of instruction.
This graha shows what the ancestors want you to do.
Thich Nhat Hanh
"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand,
you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors.
All of them are alive in this moment.
Each is present in your body.
You are the continuation of each of these people."
bhava-12 represent the subconscious mind and its imagery, Astral world of dreams, and imagistic communication from ancestor spirits.
L-12 is associated with "loss". But this is a tricky area. L-12 does not automatically or even naturally give loss. What it does tend to give is confusion and dissociation, which create a psychic disturbance which results in unclear decisions which THEN give loss!
But matters of L-12 are not inherently evil nor is loss inevitable.L-12 may facilitate many types of gain, actually.
In a strong nativity, the ability to distinguish and heed (when appropriate) the instructions of the spirits as a non-material but often valuable level of information, can be a tremendous asset in life leading to gains of skill and wisdom
What L-12 does cause is "loss of personal control". Matters of bhava-12 are rarely subject to conscious control.
The L-12 expresses the voice of the ancestors. This is a literal voice (usually a collection of voices) which the average person only hears in dreams or as a background "suggestion" in waking life.
Clairaudient folk can hear these voices in normal daily process, and they understand that the voices come from the spirits of those with whom one has past-life association.
However normal people cannot usually distinguish the voice of the ancestors. Most people confuse the voice of the spirits with their own natural voice expressing the body-mind's wishes and desires.
Due to the confusion (which is due to a lack of 'musical training') most people experience signals from the ancestors as unconscious manipulation. Things seem to be going exactly opposite of plan. That is precisely what I didn't want. What a terrible result, a failure after all my work. Etc.
The astral programming is felt as a drain upon one's personal desire and a cause of " inevitable loss".
But this is not a problem-set of malicious spirits! It is a problem-set of psychic discrimination. It is necessary to learn to separate the desires of those who are no longer in bodies and who wish to use your body to accomplish their intentions, versus the desires of one's own self who is in a body and who should have priority in choosing what the body will or will not do.
Matters of vyaya bhava is composed entirely of images and are not amenable to rational analysis, thought or planning.
However, bhava-12's activities can be rationally interpreted or analyzed at some remove (e.g., via Divination.)
L-12 Collaboration with the Spirits, Re-connection to Parallel Lives
bhava-12 rules one's "other" lifetimes. There are always and perpetually many "live" connections from parallel lifetimes which seek a voice in one's current life.
Those spirit voices from the astral plane "break through" normal material consciousness via the membrane of vyaya-bhava and the agency of the lord of the 12th-bhava.
Also to some extent strongest imagery of 'other' lives is evident via 12th navamsha and it's ruling graha. Check for the material behavior of the ruler of the 12th navamsha within the radix. This graha will have special psychic sensitivity to messages from guides.
Spirit guides including ishtadevata can be recognized in the 12th from atmakaraka within the navamsha varga.
L-12 Loss turned to Gain
Matters of vyaya bhava can be skillfully directed through meditative communication with spirits, and that awful sense of malicious manipulation and "loss" can be completely avoided.
One can experience a feeling of cooperation and connection with one's parallel lives and those who were beloved in those lives!
Vyaya bhava provides "losses on good account" - that is, material losses converted to spiritual gain, the gain of moksha or liberation.
Periods of L-12 frequently involve foreign travel.
The period of L-12 should produce more substantial disorientation.
If L-12 is strong, and rules two travel houses, forecast significant personality-identity loss through living in a foreign culture during the period of L-12.
E.g., Shukra for Vrischika lagna rules both bhava-7 and domain 12; Guru for Mesha lagna rules both bhava-9 and bhava-12.
As with all L-12 effects, this loss of identity which puts the ego-membrane "on hold" for awhile, gives the native An invaluable experience of ego-membrane disengagement, which advances spiritual awareness..
Lagnesha in bhava-12
If lagnesha occupies bhava-12, identity remains weakened throughout life. the native may be a spiritual aspirant, a late-in-life immigrant, a subordinate in domineering relationships, or they may work in a sanctuary enclosure such as hospital, monastery, prison, or research lab.
Whatever the environmental cause, the native 's identity is masked (often by a uniform) and their ego-membrane individuality is constrained by the obscurity of their role.
Given its task to complete dissolution of all three developmental stages of ego-attachment, it is easy to see why Vyaya is the preeminent house of sacrifice.
Latin "Sacra" means sacred; "ficere" means to do or make. "Sacrifice" is the process of transforming a lower vibrational entity into a higher vibrational entity.
Sacrifice, whether "willing" or not, is the keynote of Vyaya Bhava.
Spouse and children
BPHS Ch. 24, shloka 24
"If Dhana's lord is in Vyaya Bhava, the native will
be adventurous, be devoid of financial wealth ,and be interested in other's wealth,
while his eldest child will not keep him happy."
Marriage problem-sets in bhava-12:
6th-from any bhava shows the person represented by that house engaged in their karmic struggle with enemies, debts, and disease. So, naturally, 6th-from-7th represents debts of the [first] spouse. If your 6th house or its lord is strong, this life will be scripted to enforce neutrality regarding the spouse's debts.
12th-from any house shows one's liberation from bondage to that house's signification. For example, 12th-from-7th which is Ari bhava shows final Divorce , the end of the first marriage. 12th-from-2nd or tula bhava shows shows second final divorce, the end of the second marriage. Etc.
* divorce is not 12th house; but rather 6th house which is 12th-from-yuvatisthana.]
Gems for L-12
If your 12th house or its lord is strong AND you are married, do not wear the gem for L-12! Doing so encourages marital conflict.
By contrast+ L-12 can be a very auspiciousplanet for thecelibate religious.
If you have taken vows of austerity, you consciously desire ego-detachment, and you like living in an enclosed space, then L-12 will help you to achieve your meditative goals.
If you are finished having a personality - just really done with it - by all means accept the gift of the gem for L-12!
As the wellspring of detachment from material reality and the bridge between one's current and previous lives, Vyaya houses the subconscious, the imagination, dreams, and fantasies. All moksha houses are "resting places" or beds. Naturally Vyaya is associated with "bed pleasures" - romantic-sexual fantasies, and the companions who help us indulge them.
Perhaps ironically, elaborate sexual imagination detracts from the "business" of marriage. As 10th-from-10th, yuvati bhava is primarily concerned with public status gained through partnership. As 3rd-from-5th, yuvati focuses on "task" of producing children. While the "task" is famously accomplished in approximately three minutes, matters of Vyaya bhava are liberated from the ego-attachment to time... So there is a natural animosity between the public performance of marriage duties versus the resource-squandering private indulgence in "bed pleasures".
Of course it is possible to develop the romantic and sexual imagination within the bounds of holy matrimony. However, yuvati bhava = "artha" * material accumulation. Ego-attachment to status of marriage is a good thing for the stability of organized society, but it is not a good thing for spiritual liberation. One of the peculiar effects of loosening of ego-membrane's bondage to the relentless task of maintaining a public status is the loosening of rules for expressions of love.
Thus those with a strong Vyaya 2nd-from-11th (sensual enjoyment of extramarital affairs) may enjoy the company of outside lovers. Alternatively, they may prefer divine love to human love, and accordingly seek sanctuary in monastic life.
Recent worldwide proliferation of "love marriage" as opposed to traditional arranged marriage signals both loosening of parental ego-membrane and the breakdown of society through weakening of marriage duty. Check the relationship between Vyaya (bed pleasures), putra (sentimental love), labha (extramarital affairs), and yuvati (formal marriage) bhava to determine the native 's balance.
Strong Vyaya bhava gives clear vision through the left eye and also energetic clarity of reflective intuition, the psychic "left eye". Feet will be intelligent making an excellent dancer.
Conversely, malefic effect on Vyaya sthana may provide trouble from sluggish lymph drainage or wounds that resist healing, with extended convalescence, especially during L12 periods.
One blessed with strong Vyaya bhava (feet) and Sahaja bhava (hands) can be skilled in healing through foot reflexology.
Periods of L-12 may feel physically or psychologically sequestered. Captivity within some type of enclosure, ranging from monasteries and religious compounds to prison camps and worse. (Dungeons and holding cells under the ground must involve bandhu-bhava however.)
Strong L-12 or empowered graha in 12 = physically troublesome.
Yet spiritually a moksha bhava can bring liberation which means realizing the power to dissolve the fleshbody whilst still inhabiting the fleshbody.
Superior trance-medium capabilities. Coherent , positive relationships with the ancestors and spirit guides.
"Policy of Kindness" 14th Dalai Lama Tenzing Gyatso. (2002).
"If we do not wish merely to know intellectually about the view of emptiness,
but rather wish to experience it ourselves in our own continuum,
we should build a firm foundation for this.
Together with this, we should learn to make our own ways of generating experience of emptiness
accord with the precepts of an experienced wise human. "
Bhukti of the 12th lord will provide foreign travel or foreign residence. (Compare to 3rd lord who grants short-term travel, such as brief holiday vacations, domestic business trips or frequent intercity commutes.)
The essence of 12th-house experience is isolation with an element of animosity from the parts of oneself regarding which one is in denial. Therefore whatever extreme of alienation, separateness, and foreignness - that transcendent or terrifying sense of living in a private bubble - the 12th lord by character requires, will occur during the periods of the 12th lord.
The period of the 12th lord might bring a change of residence from one continent to another, or from the city to the countryside, or from the home of one's parents into the home of strangers. But there will always be a theme of separateness, cultural (possibly national) foreignness, and needing to live in the "sanctuary space" of one's own head in order to survive the mini-death of not being adequately understood or recognized.
Should the gainful 11th lord occupies bhava-12, the native may experience profit from his longer travels.
The 12th-lord brings dissolving energy, the energy of detachment and preparation for death, into whichever house He occupies.
L-12 rules sleep.
Native's sleep patterns may be determined by function of L-12.
E.g.+ L-12 in bhava-8 is 'hidden' or "destroyed" which gives meditation but also - naturally if one is conscious during the astral phase - also loss of normal sleep.
"Policy of Kindness" 14th Dalai Lama Tenzing Gyatso. (1999).
"[discussion of meditation, and clinical evidence of consciousness during sleep] Allan Hobson:
... in non-trained subjects, when we perform awakenings in the various stages of sleep, we get less and less evidence of conscious experience.
In other words, the deepest stage of non-dreaming sleep, defined physiologically, is associated in our untrained subjects with very low levels of consciousness.
And in fifty percent of the awakenings there is no evidence of consciousness at all."
"As early as the seventh stage [of the eight stages of sleep,] approaching deep sleep, you would say that your awareness has declined.
That is, the mind is not clearly apprehending anything.
Consider an analogy:
Once you have fainted, you feel no fear. However, it can be fear that leads to your fainting.
So the fear doesn't go with you into the fainting.
Thus, analogously, in the non-dreaming deep sleep state, the mental factor of sleep has already passed."
astral plane imagery
Graha in 12 give direct access to the astral plane imagery of dreams, emotions, hope, wishes, desires, fears...bhava-12 is a tremendously creative and intuitive realm, but it is important to understand that matters of domain 12 do not materialize.
They remain in the intuitive, astral, dream-like condition. The dream world is a "real" place with "real" inhabitants and "real" relationships, but it is not a "material" plane.
The subtle substance which composes reality on the astral plane is not constrained by time, and it does not have physical boundaries e.g. it is quite possible to walk through a brick wall and fly across the universe in an instant when one is operating in the astral mode of perception.
If multiple karakas occupy bhava-12, results of each karaka have to be combined and rebalanced with the other occupying karakas.
Graha in bhava-12 require special handling in life.
Graha in 12 may provide remarkable clairsentience, according to the perceptual capabilities of the graha.
The "clairsentient" experience generated by graha in bhava-12 is absolutely real, but it is not "materially" real. Therefore the native with strong graha in 12 must learn to distinguish the real experience of the astral realm from the real terrain of the physical realm!
And also to appreciate that most of the perceptions encountered in the astral world will not likely materialize into gross physical form, at least not without special tantrik highly focused concentrated attention to the complexities of the intentional materialization process.
the native who lacks this level of discrimination, between the proper realm of uniquely individualized astral perception (one's own dreams and intuition) versus the nature of common material experience which most living humans share (time, space, food, money, the body) may slip into delusions of fantasy, phobia or "denial" that signal mental and social dysfunction.
On the dream plane, expect extraordinary guidanceand brilliant intuition About the hidden motivations of the people in one's environment, presciencedue to alert messages that a particular astral form is on schedule to materialize, and direct communication with ancestors, angels ("messengers") and gods. On the physical plane, expect Hard Reality, real cold and real heat, real Time and real Spaceboundaries (e.g., don't try walking through walls or being in two places at once) and the Anna-maya-koshathat needs to eat real Food!
12th-from = dissolving. Graha in 12 work to "pull out" energy from the materializing processes. Matters which are 12th-from are in the process of retreat from materialization and return to their astral (imaginative) roots. The material fortunes of the domains owned by any graha in vyaya bhava lose their vitality. E.g.,
Matters of the houses owned by a graha in bhava-12 are performed in dreams, wishful thinking, and in astral consciousness.
Any graha which is uttama or swakshetra in bhava-12 gives effective communication with spirit guides and ancestors.Foreign identity Graha in 12 provide some form of identity with foreign lands and cultures. This is a form of "bleed through" from the parallel life , which is not really past but is literally simultaneous, although it is occurring on the astral plane and not normally accessible through daily consciousness
Nativities with strength in 12 are overall weakened by the "backward pull" of astral imagery, pictures and feelings from the 'other life' which in the 'present' life function as "the imagination". The awareness is sucked into the dream state more than one might want for purpose of material productivity Sleep the native needs a good deal of sleep, or very deep meditation, in order to stay fruitfully connected to the other life.
If Shani/12, one is deprived of needed sleep and always exhausted If the graha is healthy, one may be able to "port" the information from the past-other life into the current life. If the graha is damaged, the loss of vitality may be palpable; the native does not know what's wrong; why the dreams are so disturbed and not about matters of the present life. Hypnosis or past-life regression may help Language capability and surprising knowledge of foreign cultures
Connections of Surya-Budha-Shukra to 12 can provide speedy acquisition (re-start) of foreign languages and easy access to knowledge of foreign cultures. the native may possess surprising fluency in the vocabulary and concepts of a culture into which one was not physically born or raised. From where does this information come? And the urge to pursue it - such as the urge to study Italian if one was raised Chinese? It is a past-life cross-over, and it should be seen in Vyaya bhava, the house of the astral bridge .
these "foreign" capabilities are only mismatched with reference to the passport of the present time. They are properly matched to the other life. It will help a good deal to accept the idea that there is another life operating, and that the boundaries between it and the present life are being challenged by strong graha in bhava-12. Again, hypnosis or past-life regression may help Present-life change of country or religion
If the graha in 12 control enough business in the nativity as a whole, the native may feel permanently disconnected and be unable to stabilize any one single cultural identity.
Those who switch countries, cultures, religions, or primary languages during the course of a lifetime are usually materializing some urgent but incomplete business from previous-other lives.
This process can be so "discombobulating" that the native withdraws into contemplation or another form of retreat, such as sleep, during the period of the draining, other-life-directed graha huge knowledge of 9 and 12 [move to cadent houses page] 9 and 12 = Guru's houses: places of co-existence, inclusion, and expansion.
There is more going on knowledge-wise in Brihaspati's natural domains 9 and 12 than in any other bhava.
~~ Richard Rose
"The most painful thing on earth is a pleasant memory.
Nostalgia is the soul's memory of prior experience.
Touching it, you touch the Eternal. "
The single most important person in anyone's life, for good or not, is the mother.
In most cultures, the second most important person at least in childhood is the mother's mother, who is found in the 4th-from-Chandra. Maternal grandmother's home = 4th-from-4th, kalatra bhava.
Consistent with their profile in 12th from lagna, both mother's father and father's mother tend to play more background roles socially and emotionally than, by contrast, the mother's mother in the dominant seventh house.
If one is blessed with a strong or busy 12th house, one might find that the social or spiritual influence of the father's mother and the mother's father is remarkably strong. Often these relatives have left their bodies before we are born; yet, one may hear their psychic voices, or feel an impulse to follow in their footsteps.
Realizing the Truth while Living in the World
"Policy of Kindness" 14th Dalai Lama Tenzing Gyatso
In order to realize the truth spoken by the Buddha, is it necessary to be in a retreat situation, or can one realize it by doing work of a helping nature in the community?
And what is the relative importance of both kinds of situations?
"In general, if one can do both, it is best.
I think this is the practical way to do it; for the greatest part of the year, we have to live in society, we have to lead a good life.
If, however, someone has a special vocation for the hermitic life, if someone has a talent for living and practicing in isolation and can make a special effort to achieve good results, then of course it is a different question.
Then it may be worth-while to live in complete isolation and to put all of one's energies toward practicing. But this is the exception and quite rare.
I think that among one million people, there may be one or two with this type of talent or vocation. "
H.H. Tenzin Gyatso,
Path to Bliss: A Practical Guide to Stages of Meditation.
Geshe Thubten Jinpa (Trans.), ed. Christine Cox
"The environment where you are doing the meditation should be properly cleaned.
While cleaning, you should cultivate the motivation that since you are engaged in the task of accumulating great stores of merit by inviting the hosts of buddhas and bodhisattvas to this environment, it is important to have a clean place.
Develop the very strong thought that by cleaning this place you are inviting the host of buddhas and bodhisattvas who are the most supreme merit field, and that you will subsequently engage in a path that will enable you to purge your mind of the stains of delusions."
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