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Fleshdeath

of the

physical body shell

and

lifting-up

of the Light Body

Soul's opportunity to rejuvenate and refresh


Table of combinations = causes of Death

Circumstances of Death According to the Rashi of the 22nd Drekkana

There are no masks at the end.

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Death by Nikolai Kalmakov * Nicholas Kalmakoff * c. 1913

-- Buddhagosa

"Two only, among the forty meditational practices, are always and under all circumstances beneficial:

  • the development of friendliness ,

  • and the recollection of death ."

Berthold Brecht

"Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life."

~~ Raghuvansha, 8.87

"Wise men say that death is the natural state, while life is a change or effect."

The ashes of the average cremated body weigh nine pounds.

— Nathaniel Hawthorne "We sometimes congratulate ourselves in the moment of waking from a troubled dream;

it may be so the moment after death ."

If you are not interested in the subject of death, please do not proceed in reading this page!

This page deals specifically with the phenomenon of the human spirit leaving its temporary physical body, , flesh-death.

  • The opposite of Death is not Life. There is no opposite to Life. Life is eternal.

  • The opposite of Death is Birth.

  • shell-death is a completely natural process.

  • However, western society has a strong death taboo.

If you feel obliged to continue that taboo, stop reading now.

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― John Steinbeck “It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”
Q: Hello Barbara,

You did a full astrological reading for me almost two years ago now in 2013. I had a quick follow up question. You said I would leave my body at the age of 75. Is that sort of thing set in stone? Here I am at the ripe age of 35 soon to be 36 changing careers ... to try and go to med school. I will be out of med school/residency in about 10 yrs. Madness especially if I am not to live too long. Not sure why this has suddenly been keeping me up at night but it has.

Thanks,

A: Namaste,

Thanks for a great question. No, the prediction regarding the timing of permission to disconnect from the fleshbody is not set in stone. There are probabilities and likelihoods but there are also extensions and exceptions to the predominant pattern.

It is common to hear of people growing longer life-lines on the palm or returning from near-death experiences because they realized that they have important work to do.

So, if you're concerned about making full use of prospective medical skills training, let's say you start active service practice in your mid-forties, you might discover that the original patterns need revising because you prefer to retain the present fleshbody in order to serve longer. This happens often with great saints who seem to rebound from heart failures and who-knows-what stressful physical situations, simply in order to extend the period of their service to humanity.

You can definitely extend the lifespan by the power of thought. It is intention which drives the process. Therefore the predictive patterns evident in the Jyotisha nativity are only the default settings. A conscious person using intentional thought is certainly empowered to override the defaults.

Medicine is a high ministry of service. Once you start seeing all the good that you can do in Seva, it's quite reasonable to expect that as a reflective, contemplative, conscious person would want to and be able to extend their default setting for purpose of extending the Seva.

Still, sometime during the mid-seventies, you might have a"close call" that serves as a reminder of opportunity. Basically, you can go then if you want to cross over the dimensional barrier then, if you are ready.

Otherwise, any person who wishes to live longer than the default is free to do so, and the usual fuel that sustains the life extension is a passion for service to humanity.

Wishing you every happiness and success in life's endeavors,

Sincerely,

Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha

Q: Namaste Barbara,

As a young man of 20 who has come to realize that I have a Jyotisha indicator for early death (Chandra in randhra-bhava) I must admit I'm worried about death coming too soon.

What is the point of having a short life? Why should I bother to set goals or try to develop a career?

It gives me a hopeless feeling and actually some times I feel angry too - like I have been cheated of a full life by some demonic force.

~~ Your faithful reader

A: Namaste, First of all, as you know, there is no death.

At the moment of expiration of the fleshly-container, it happens that the personality - with all of its memories, traits, intelligence, perceptions - simply lifts out of the meat-body.

Most people report a bit of a wiggle-jiggle as the last fibers which connect the dense physical nut (it is like a nut inside a shell) into the core of the larger etheric body do a gentle twist-about and the silver cord snaps. Some compare the tugging feeling to losing a baby tooth, when just a gentle smushy tug allows even a child to easily pull their body away from the outgrown tooth.

It is effortless, instantaneous, and pleasant to suddenly feel light-bodied and begin to float upward. Most entities do stop for a moment, on their way up and out of the Earth bubble, to look back with affection (or not) upon their terrestrial home and their still-meaty relatives and friends.

However the experience of expiration (final breath) and return to the astral community is generally recorded as pleasant and relaxing. Indeed, the leading quality of the death experience is relaxation and relief.

There is absolutely nothing to fear and much to anticipate with happiness.

Wishing you every happiness, healing from sorrow, guidance by inner light, and success in all of life’s endeavors,

~~ BPL Jyotisha

"Trauma" means "dream".

Fleshdeath is a traumatic dreamlike event which requires a radical change of dimensional perception.

The material perceptions recede then disappear. Then the astral perceptions intensify - sometimes aggressively if there is unresolved emotion such as anger affecting the view.

Then if all goes well one can follow the clear light until perceptual arrival at the miraculous spiritual plane.

"Mira" means "see". (mirror, admire)

The entire process has been documented by visionaries in several cultures, and the instructions are available for those who wish to prepare, or to assist others on their journey.

Recommended how-to Flesh-Death Instructions:

IMO, some of the most accessible, compassionate, and practical instructions for managing the transition of self and others are found in the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Tsogyal Rinpoche and Andrew Harvey.

Andrew Harvey is one of the best modern spiritual writers in the English language. The instructions are traditional regarding the psychological stages of experience during the passage, but the recommendations for managing these stages are entirely modern. Highly recommended.

Q: Hello Mam

I am from India. I regularly read your website to understand Jyotish.

Since 2000 I am under Rahu Dasha. From October-2015 my Chandra Bhukti will start.

On your website I read that For Mithun lagn Chandra is lord of Dhana bhav and for such natives there is possibility of premature death in Rahu dasha Chandra bhukti.

I am mithun lagn with Rahu in Dhana bhav. I want to know how much is the possibility of premature death for me....

Regards

A: Namaste,

Thanks very much for your nice compliments on the materials available at barbarapijan.com I’m very happy to know that you are finding the case-studies and interpretive articles to be useful in your research.

In matters of predicting the occasion of the exit of the consciousness from its temporary attachment to the fleshbody, Jyotisha requires multiple pointers in order to make this prediction viable. Therefore while one possible indicator would be the onset of the bhukti of the ruler of either bhava-2 or bhava-7 counted from radical lagna (not usually from Chandra lagna – usually!) it is required that several additional confirming factors also be detected within the nativity.

If you are concerned about making a comfortable transition from habitual perceptual residence in a fleshbody to a state of weightless freedom and heightened psychic perception, it can be helpful to begin to educate yourself about the flesh-death experience and its next-step state in the resting station.

Most astral travelers report that the period following fleshdeath is remarkably pleasant and enlightening (in the sense of lifting up, past the heavy gravitational force of Earth). The experience is described as deeply healing as well as educational and validating. In order words, a very positive experience. In sum, a single indicator in Jyotisha is never sufficient to make a prediction, and fleshdeath is reported to be a very nice moment upon the cycle of eternal life.

Wishing you every happiness, healing from sorrow, guidance by inner light, and success in all of life’s endeavors,

Sincerely,

Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha

www.barbarapijan.com

Vocabulary for Jyotisha Death

maraNa:

  • The act of dying, death
  • passing away, cessation (as of lightning or rain)
  • The 8th mansion
  • A kind of poison
  • refuge, asylum
  • killing, slaying, slaughter, death, destruction
  • or suffer death
  • A magical ceremony having for its object the destruction of an enemy (also {-karman} and {-kRtya}
  • slayer
  • name. of a partic. mystical weapon
  • calcination

viSa (cf."virus ")

  • A servant, attendant
  • Anything active
  • poison, venom, bane, anything actively pernicious; poisonous
  • water
  • a kind of aconite


Metaphorical or symbolic forms of death (acutely felt):

When Shani and Kuja are neither maraka rules-2 nor maraka rules-7 or if the supporting evidence from nodes etc. which would suggest physical death is simply lacking, it is reasonable to expect that as natural maraka they will create A symbolic type of death , such as:

  • separation from loved ones through conflict (Mangala)

  • forced isolation or rejection (Ketu)

  • death of an important professional project, death of pride, death of illusion, other forms of ego-death through reduction of personal importance within the big system (Shani)

  • divorce (from the maraka rules-2 function only)

Sometimes these metaphorical deaths are so psycho-emotionally painful that the person wishes they were dead, and they may be suicidal. But actual physical death has stricter rules than these admittedly painful "poetic deaths" (including death of spouse or divorce under period of randhresha-8 ). Death's strict rules almost always require the action of maraka rules-2 + maraka rules-7 confirmed by a temporal-malefic navamsha lord.

from: H. H. Dalai Lama, The Path to Enlightenment, ed. and trans. by Glenn H. Mullin

"The nature of samsaric evolution is not such that death is followed by nothingness, nor that humans are always reborn as humans and insects as insects.

On the contrary, we all carry within us the karmic potencies of all realms of cyclic existence.

Many beings transmigrate from higher to lower realms, others from lower to higher.

The selection of a place of rebirth is not directly in our own hands but is conditioned by our karma and delusions.

They who possess spiritual understanding can control their destiny at the time of death, but for ordinary beings the process is very much an automatic chain reaction of karmic seeds and habitual psychic response patterns....

Our repeated experience of frustration, dissatisfaction and misery does not have external conditions as its root cause.

  • The problem is mainly our lack of spiritual development.

As a result of this handicap, the mind is controlled principally by afflicted emotions and illusions. Attachment, aversion and ignorance rather than a free spirit, love and wisdom are the guiding forces.

Recognizing this simple truth is the beginning of the spiritual path."

Light Source P'taah

"Who you are is awesome! You are grand and beautiful multidimensional spiritual beings who have created yourselves for the experience of this dimension of reality. And you have forgotten. Well, that is all right. It is all part of the game, the forgetting. Even the pain, even what you consider to be 'death', it is all part of the grand game, just so that you know that you are God."

Pay Attention to Mental and Spiritual Things


H.H. the Dalai Lama

The Path to Enlightenment

edited and translated by Glenn H. Mullin

"The difficulty with a purely materialistic interpretation of life is that, in addition to ignoring an entire dimension of the mind, it does not deal effectively with the problems of this life.

  • A materialistic mind is an unstable mind, for its happiness is built on transient, physical circumstances.

  • Mental disease is as high among the affluent as it is among the poor, which is a clear indication of the limitations of the approach.

Although it is essential to maintain a reasonable material basis on which to live, the emphasis in one's life should be on cultivating the mental and spiritual causes of happiness.

  • The human mind is very powerful and our worldly needs are not so great that they must demand all of our attention,

  • especially in light of the fact that materialistic success solves so few of the many challenges and problems that confront men and women throughout their lives,

  • and it does nothing for them at death.

On the other hand, if one cultivates spiritual qualities such as mental harmony, humility, non-attachment, patience, love, compassion, wisdom and so forth,

  • then one becomes equipped with a strength and intelligence able to deal effectively with the problems of this life;

  • and because The financial wealth one is amassing is mental rather than material, it will not have to be left behind at death.

There is no need to enter the after-death state empty-handed."

-- Autobiography of a Yogi 1893-1952 Swami Yogananda

"It is foolish to be afraid of death.

JUST THINK!!

No more repaired tires on the body vehicle, no more patchwork living."

-- Czeslaw Milosz,"Classmate", in the volume Second Space

"I asked myself why it is constructed so perversely: so that life is vague and only death is real."

Recommended resources:

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"Gungthang Tenpai Dronme said:

The thoughts that in this year and month

I will put right all my tasks and plans

And then start a perfect dharma practice

Is in fact the devil which brings all downfalls.

The lack of death awareness prevents one from undertaking the practice of dharma. This is very true: If one is not aware of the eventuality of death, one will be totally concerned and preoccupied with the affairs of this lifetime alone, and with actions that are just for the benefit of this lifetime. Such ventures may take all one's time and energy, but no matter how important they appear to be, since they are directly related to this lifetime alone, their benefits are limited--once one leaves the present body, their benefit ends. Even though one might have a best friend, when one has to leave the body, one cannot take the friend along.

...Think that after twenty or thirty years even the Dalai Lama will also be no more. While I am alive, there will be people who are, from the depths of their hearts, prepared to give their lives for my sake, but on the day when I have to leave, I cannot take even one among them with me. Neither will I be able to take any of my possessions, even the body which I have always preserved and protected. This also will be left behind. At that time of my death, what will benefit is only the positive seeds that are imprinted upon my consciousness . No other factors will help at that time." (p.106)

--from The Path to Bliss by H.H. the Dalai Lama , translated by Geshe Thupten Jinpa, edited by Christine Cox

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Q: from a client in his seventh decade:

  • can you predict my death?

A: ageneral rule in Jyotisha is that the soul receives permission to separate from the flesh-body * anna-maya-kosha * during Vimshottari Dasha periods of the Marana-karaka-graha * short-form = makara ."Makara" graha = the planetary lords of the second and seventh bhava from the radical lagna. A person who has passed the age of 50 is said to also gain liberation-permission during periods of 2nd and 7th from Chandra lagna. Your two maha-maraka graha = Budha and Mangala while the two maraka-graha from Chandra lagna = Budha and Shani. Budha therefore being a double maraka, in the era of maturity, Budha = empowered to perform the soul-from-flesh separative task

According to the Lahiri ayanamsha, Budha Mahadasha is scheduled to begin on approximately 15-October-1999 and Budha mahadasha will end in March 2002. The swabhukti of Budha-Budha is powerful to bring awareness, and your Budha occupies the 8th-from-Chandra .. So I think you are having a strong pre-awareness of a naturally occurring event.

Gochara (transiting) Rahu-Ketu often trigger a birth-death event. Rahu Ketu will be highly empowered during the period 20-Oct until 25-Dec in 2001.

Also as I'm sure you know, many people who have lived attentive and fulfilling lives do choose to leave their bodies during the holiest days in their folkways traditions, when family and the family's guardian spirits gather for celebration and feasting. Holy days might be Dasai in Nepal, Christmas in England, or First New Moon in China.

This psycho-spiritual"flight pattern" holds true whether the native is ritually religious or not; it is a subconscious response to the expectation of the presence of Spirit.

So, in addition to the prognostication from Jyotisha we might add the impetus of the period autumn-winter 2001 as coinciding with the traditional time of personal reflection combined with family-gathering that occurs during the winter holidays in the West.

You mention the feeling of wanting to complete outstanding tasks and leave the world better than you found it. Sounds good to me! Indeed, tidying up loose ends and having one's affairs in order seems like a good way to live regardless of the timing of the actual moment of death.

Death will arrive sooner or later; and at that urgent moment of de-materialization , the mentally calming and organizing power of Time will cease to have any power to control the flow of experience. Having lost our protective"Sherman Tank" outer fleshly shells, we can expect to be bombarded by astral overstimulation, which some say feels like emotional radiation - very extreme hot-cold pulses and very intense whirling emotional oscillations. It will be very valuable at that somewhat chaotic time to have at least some vague awareness that one indeed did everything within one's power, whilst on Earth, to settle one's own karmic affairs and make life better for others.

Thus it is good to use the mental-material tool of Time while it is still available to use.

As they say, Time is what keeps things from happening all at once! As soon as the Time factor (Shani) is eliminated, multiple streams of experience are said to converge upon the native, particularly those flowing from frustrated or unresolved relationship expectations. When the lava flow of hot-cold-angry-crazy emotions and a parade of Hungry Ghosts (for example, ex-wives!) starts exploding with vivid and inescapable emotional intensity, one will very much wish that Time was available to make us a nice calendar with breaks for sleep, regular meals, a work schedule etc. But no! No experience of Time or Gravity is available after death! No day and night, up vs down, old and young, awake vs asleep... Thus with Time as with everything else, we don't know what we've got til it's gone!

The most important pre-departure task seems to be forgiveness: the release of any lingering accusations, bitterness, or blame. 14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso often quotes Buddhagosa , who says:

  • "Two only, among the forty meditational practices, are always and under all circumstances beneficial: the development of friendliness, and the recollection of death."

So perhaps it is a good time to start thinking of"a few things to get in order" :)

Wishing you best success in life and death (and life and death and life and death ...)

Sincerely, Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha

FleshDeath of Parents

BPHS Chapter 11: 4.

(Indications of Sahaja Bhava.)

"From Sahaja Bhava know of the following:

  • valour, servants (attending etc.),

  • brothers, sisters etc.,

  • initiatory instructions (Upadesha)

  • journey and parent’s death."

FleshDeathof the native

BPHS Chapter 8: 43.

(Divisional Considerations)

... both the 8th and 12th from Shani stand for consideration of death.

[BPL:

  • 8th-from-Shani spins the wheel of birth and death, which can be forceful enough to break Shani's fear of change.

  • 12th-from-Shani dissolves Shani's resistance to change-of-form flesh-death]

Death of a Newborn

BPHS Chap 9: 3-6

(Evils at Birth)

  • If a benefic is retrograde in Ari, Randhra a, or Vyaya Bhava,

    • receiving a Drishti from a malefic,

    death will occur within a month of birth.

fleshdeath of mother and brother

BPHS Chap 9: 3-6

(Evils at Birth)

Should Putra Bhava be occupied by Shani, Mangala a and Surya jointly,

  • (early) fleshdeath of mother and brother will come to pass.

Stillborn or instant death at birth

BPHS Chap 9: 3-6

(Evils at Birth)

Mangala, placed in Tanu, or in Randhra a Bhava

  • and be yuti with Shani, or Surya,

  • or receiving a Drishti from a malefic,

  • being bereft of a Drishti from a benefic,

will prove a source of (immediate) death.


One will immediately go to the abode of Yama, if Shani is in Tanu Bhava, while Chandraand Guru are in their order in Randhra a and Sahaja Bhava. (7-11)

Death of both the newborn and the birth mother

BPHS Chap 9: 7-11

(Evils at Birth)

Immediate death of the child along with its mother will occur,

if Shani is in Karma Bhava, Chandra in Ari Bhava and Mangala a

in Yuvati Bhava.

FleshDeath of infant at 1 month of age

BPHS Chap 9: 7-11

(Evils at Birth)

Only a month will be the span of one’s life, who had Surya in Dharma a Bhava, Mangala a in Yuvati Bhava and Guru and Shukra in Labha Bhava.

Short life due to Vyaya Bhava

BPHS Chap 9: 7-11

(Evils at Birth)

All Graha (any Graha) in Vyaya Bhava will be the source of a short life, specifically the luminaries, Shukra and Rahu.

But the Drishti of these four Graha (on Vyaya Bhava) will counteract such evils.

Short life due to Chandra

BPHS Chap 9: 12

(Evils at Birth)

Chandra is capable of causing early end,

if Moon is with a malefic in Yuvati, Randhra a, or Tanu Bhava

and unrelated to a benefic.

Short life due to Chandra + malefics in kendra + other factors

BPHS Chap 9: 13

Early death will come to pass,

if there be a birth in the morning, or evening junctions,

or in a Hora, ruled by Chandra, or in Gandanta,

while Chandra and malefics occupy Kendras from Lagna .

Sandhya defined (twilight)

BPHS Chap 9: 14

Definition of Sandhya. 3 Ghati before the sight of the semi disc (half) of the rising Surya and a similar duration, following Surya’s set, are called, as morning twilight and evening twilight, respectively.

Vrizchika special death conditions

BPHS Chap 9: 15

Early Death.

Should all the malefics be in the oriental half, while benefics are in the occidental half, early death of one born in Vrischika, will follow.

In this case there is no need of any rethinking.

Lagna hemmed in by malefics

BPHS Chap 9: 16

Malefic in Vyaya and Ari Bhava, or in Randhra and Dhana Bhava,

while Lagna is hemmed between other malefics,

will bring early death.

Chandra + malefic

Malefics in 1+7

BPHS Chap 9: 17

Malefics, occupying Tanu and Yuvati Bhava,

while Chandra is yuti with a malefic with no relief from a benefic,

will also cause premature death.

Chandra waning in 1 + malefics in 8 + kendra

BPHS Chap 9: 18

Early death will be inflicted on the native,

if decreasing Chandra is in Tanu Bhava,

while malefics capture Randhra Bhava and a Kendra.

There is no doubt about that.

BPHS Chap 9:

To be continued

19. "Chandra in Tanu, Randhra, Vyaya, or Yuvati Bhava and hemmed between malefics will confer premature death.

20. Should Chandra be in Tanu Bhava, hemmed between malefics, while Yuvati, or Randhra Bhava has a malefic in it, he will face immediate death along with his mother.

21. Should Shani, Surya and Mangala be in Vyaya, Dharma and Randhra Bhava without Drishti from a benefic, the child will face instant death.

22. With a malefic in Yuvati Bhava, or in the rising Dreshkhana, while decreasing Chandra is in Tanu Bhava, death be experienced early.

23. The life span of the child will be either 2 months, or 6 months only, if all Graha devoid of strength are relegated to Apoklima Bhava.

24. Evils to Mother (up to Shloka 33). The mother of the native will incur evils (will die soon), if Chandra at birth receives a Drishti from three malefics. Benefics, giving a Drishti to Chandra, will bring good to the mother.

25. Should Dhana Bhava be occupied by Rahu, Budha, Shukra, Surya and Shani, the child’s birth has been after its father’s death, while even the mother will face early death.

26. If Chandra is in the 7th, or the 8th from a malefic, be herself with a malefic and receives a Drishti from a strong malefic, predict mothers end to be early.

27. The child will not live on mother’s milk, but on that of she-goat, if Surya is exalted, or debilitated in Yuvati Bhava.

28. Should a malefic be in the 4th, identical with an inimical Rashi, counted from Chandra, while there is no benefic in a Kendra, the child will lose its mother in a premature manner.

29. Malefics in Ari and Vyaya Bhava will bring evils to mother. The child’s father will receive similar effects, if Bandhu and Karma Bhava are captured by malefics.

30. Budh in Dhana Bhava, while malefics occupy Tanu and Vyaya Bhava: this Yoga will destroy the entire family.

31. Guru, Shani and Rahu, respectively, posited in Tanu, Dhana and Sahaja Bhava will cause mother’s death early.

32. Doubtlessly the mother will give up the child, if it has malefics in Konas, counted from the decreasing Chandra . No benefic shall be yuti with the said malefics.

33. If Mangala and Shani are together in a Kendra with reference to Chandra and occupy one and the same Navamsha, the child will have two mothers. Yet it will be short-lived.

34. Evil to Father (up to Sloka 42). One’s father will incur early death, if Shani, Mangala and Chandra in their orders are in Tanu, Yuvati and Ari Bhava.

35. the native will at the time of his marriage lose his father, if Guru is in Tanu Bhava, while Shani, Surya, Mangala and Budha are together in Dhana Bhava.

36. Early loss of father will take place, if Surya is with a malefic, or is hemmed between malefics, as there is another malefic in the 7th from Surya.

37. Remote will be the possibility of one’s father sustaining, if Surya is in Yuvati, while Mangala is in Karma and Rahu is in Vyaya Bhava.

38. Early and troubled will be one’s father’s death, if Mangala is in Karma Bhava identical with his enemy’s Rashi .

39. Chandra in Ari Bhava, Shani in Tanu Bhava and Mangala in Yuvati Bhava: this array of heavenly bodies at birth will not ensure a long span of life for the father.

40. If Surya receives a Drishti from Shani and be in Mesh, or in Vrizchika navamsha, the father would have given up the family before birth of the child, or would have passed away.

41. If Bandhu, Karma and Vyaya Bhava are all occupied by malefics, both the parents will leave the child to its own fate and wander from place to place.

42. The father will not see the native till his ( the native ’s) 23rd year, if Rahu and Guru are together in an inimical Rashi identical with Tanu, or Bandhu Bhava.

43-45. Parents. Surya is the indicator of father for all beings, while the mother is indicated by Chandra . Should Surya receive a Drishti from one, or more malefics, or be hemmed between them, this will cause evils to father. Similarly Chandra be considered in respect of mother. Malefics in the 6th, the 8th, or the 4th from Surya will bring inauspicious results about the father. Malefics in such places from Chandra will be adverse for the mother. The strength, or otherwise of the occupants concerned be suitably estimated."

Flesh-Deadly Vimshottari periods

To be continued

FleshDeath of Native or any family member

Mahadasha of Shani, bhukti of Guru

Chapter 57: 81-82.

Effects of the Antara Dashas in the Dasha of Shani

There will be

  • physical distress, agony,

  • death of the native, or any member of the family,

if Guru is Dhana’s, or Yuvati’s Lord.

As an astrologer and an incarnate human, I recommend intelligent preparation for flesh-death.

Since very few people in our era possess the spiritual knowledge necessary to transcend physical death, the answer to death questions for most of us is not if but when.

  • Death is a strange and wonderful moment within the eternal recycling movement of Life.

  • An essential guarantor of creative differentiation in the universe, death is the great housecleaner.

Without death, things would get pretty stale, pretty quickly!

All the major religious traditions offer time-tested wisdom on the death process.

Practitioners skilled in facilitating this passage can be found worldwide in church, synagogue, mosque, devalaya, temple, and gompa.

Within the world's religious literature on death, certain texts are particularly accessible.

  • Sogyal Rinpoche 's now classic commentary entitled The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, exemplifies the clear, intelligent information on the natural reality of death and dying which is now available to English language readers.

  • It is possible to be well-prepared for the transition-experience offlesh-death.

Jyotisha treats human death with the respect and admiration due an awesomely creative life force.

This page offers a tiny snippet of what Vedic astrology tells us about death and rebirth:

Timing of Physical Death by Maraka Graha:

fleshdeath of body-shell, the musculature, blood, physical coherence =

  • period of maraka rules-2 or maraka rules-7

  • possible timing = period of randhresha-8 if and only if the Kharesha is in Lagna a, or if randhresha-8 = yuti maraka rules-2 or randhresha-8 yuti maraka rules-7

  • material conditions of death not timing are normally seen from bhava-8

fleshdeath of mother =

  • period of maraka rules-2 or ruler of 7th-from-Chandra matrikaraka

  • period of 8th-from-bhava-4 = period of L-11

fleshdeath of father =

  • period of L-2 or rules 7th-from-Surya patrikaraka

  • period of 8th-from-bhava-9 = period of L-4

  • death of child =

    • period of L-2 or ruler of 7th-from-Chandra

    • period of 8th-from-bhava-5 = period of ruler-of-12

  • death of spouse =

    • period of 2nd-from-bhava-7 = period of randhresha-8

    • period of 8th-from-bhava-7 = period of maraka rules-2

    If the ruler of Rahu or the ruler of Ketu = a temporal maraka , plays one of the bhava-lordship roles above, then Rahu-Ketu can give the death effect of their lord or their co-occupants (most frequently their lord).

    Deaths during Rahu periods are unusual in circumstance and shocking (8) which naturally creates considerable disruption in the social conventions normally applied to death rituals. Many ghosts will attend the death ceremony.

    However although the outcome may ultimately be favorable for the native .

~~ Bhagavata Purana 10.1.40

A walking man lifts his second leg only after the first has been placed firmly on the ground.

A caterpillar leaves a blade of grass only when it has caught hold of another.

Similarly does the embodied soul, following the course of its destiny, leave the former body only when it has caught hold of the next.

What is a Maraka Graha?

Marana + Karaka = Maraka

  • Marana = agent of Mar = death

  • Karaka = agent of movement, action, force


Maraka agents signify the act of conscious separation of the wtwrnal spirit from its temporary experience of containerization within the fleshly body.

The usual suspects: maraka 2 and 7

  • Planetary rulers of bhava-2 and bhava-7 are the typical maraka agents. Naturally, not every bhukti of bhava-2 or yuvatipathi-7 predicts fleshdeath. Other factors such as chronological age, conditions in randhrabhava-8, and location of Chandra must be considered before predicting the window of permission to exit the flesh-container.

Rahu-Ketu

  • Rahu-Ketu can be highly effective maraka agents when they occupy bhava-2 or bhava-7, or when their planetary ruler controls bhava-2 or bhava-7.

  • For example, for a Mesha nativity, the primary maraka is Zukra (rules 2-and-7.) However if Rahu occupies Thula or Vrishabha, Rahu could be an empowered maraka. I

  • n practice, bhukti periods of roguish Rahu or cutting Ketu can signify fleshdeath regardless of their rulers.

Shani-Mangala papagraha

  • Professor Shani and Professor Kuja are called natural maraka but in practice neither Shanicarya nor Kuraja are killers unless they are rulers of 2 or 7.

  • If a papagraha also rules-2 or rules-7 , the papagraha generally requires very little additional triggering by transits or drishti to do the job.

  • Rarely, a bhukti of either the ruler of 2nd-from-Chandra or the ruler of 7th-from-Chandra can trigger fleshdeath of the native.

Chandra-lagna for Mother-figure

Surya-lagna for father-figure

  • Similarly, pitrimaraka 2-from-Surya and 7-from-Surya frequently and typically signify fleshdeath of the primary father-figure

Kharesha

  • The ruler of the 22nd drekkana (decanate) typically has badhaka empowerment. When the Kharesha interacts with randhresha and the lagnesha, there is enhanced potential for a more dramatic experience of opening (randhra = aperture, opening) which may fuel the permission to exit the container due to energized portals. The kharesha is

  • "Marana karakas " (see table below)

  • he graha which rules the 64th navamsha from Chandra can function as a maraka (= graha ruling the 8th rashi from D-9 Soma)

  • lord of Gulika or Mandi can function as a maraka

KHARA DREKKANA:

The 22nd decanate from the ascendant will denote the nature of one's death via the nature of its lord, ( the humor, place etc. ) Saravali, Ch 47, shloka 22

Marana karaka * activates the permission to exit the Earth bubble consciousness

Marana karaka activation power increases if it is found:

  1. yuti or receiving drishti from papa-graha * papagraha

  2. Occupying the rashi of an enemy or its nichha rashi

Surya

in bhava-12

Chandra

in bhava-8

Kuja

in bhava-7

Budha

in bhava-7

Guru

in bhava-3

Shukra

in bhava-6

Shani

in bhava-1 (esp. for Simha Lagna a)

Rahu

in 9th-from-Lagna a

Ketu

Natural maraka:

  • Shani = material reality, laws of the natural world

  • Ketu = separation, alienation, dissociation;

  • Mars = quick actions, conflict, violence


Periods of maraka planets signify death ONLY when the maraka planet is especially death-empowered during His bhukti.

the minimum conditions for death empowerment of maraka are:

  • Shani or Kuja must rule ruler of bhava-7 or maraka rules-2.

  • Ketu must occupy bhava-2, or bhava-7

Empowerment to effect death is most frequently created when:

  • maraka rules-2's navamsha rashi is ruled by ruler of bhava-7 +randhresha-8 --or--

  • yuvatipathi-7 's navamsha rashi is ruled by radix maraka rules-2 + randhresha-8

Vimshottari Dasha Periods

  • When the ruler of the seventh mahadasha in the Vimshottari Dasha is also a Maraka-graha for some other reason (perhaps this graha is maraka rules-2 or yuvatipathi-7 or rules 2nd-from-Chandra or ruler of 7th-from-Chandra etc.) then death may occur within the first bhukti of the seventh mahadasha.

  • The 7th bhukti of any mahadasha also has some secondary Maraka empowerment.

Place of Death

Traditionally, the place of Death is generally determined by the Ruler of the Rashi occupied by the Lord of Navamsha ( swamsha ).

Much depends as always upon the character of Lagnaesha, swamsha, graha in Lagna, and graha casting drishti upon Lagna + Lagnesha.

Surya

Temple, Ashram, or Forest; mountaintop

Chandra

Gardens, lush farmland, fertile growings

Kuja

Surgery, Hospital, battlefield, emergency setting.

Budha

children's play area, casino or gambling house, sporting club

Guru

public building, law court, theater

Shukra

finely appointed homes, care and convalescence homes.

Shani

places with low people, victims, slaves, and commoners.

~~ Mahabharata, Vana Parva, 193.18

"To keep company with those whom they do not like

and to be separated from those whom they like

as also to deal with the wicked

is the agony which people with long life have to suffer."

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Prediction strategy:

  • Natural maraka-graha Shani and Kuja have extra natural malignancy.

  • The likelihood of physical death occurring during their bhukti periods is characteristically stronger than the likelihood of non-maraka rules-2 + maraka rules-7 causing physical death.

  • The Jyotishi will of course confirm the prediction by checking navamsha, gochara nodes, and other supporting factors.

  • However if either Shani or Kuja = L-2 or yuvatipathi-7 , it is easier to predict death during their periods.

Metaphorical or symbolic forms of death (acutely felt):

When Shani and Kuja are neither L-2 nor yuvatipathi-7 or if the supporting evidence from nodes etc. which would suggest physical death is simply lacking, it is reasonable to expect that as natural maraka they will create A symbolic type of death , such as:

  • separation from loved ones through conflict (Mangala)

  • forced isolation Or rejection (Ketu)

  • death of an important professional project, death of pride, death of illusion, other forms of ego-death through reduction of personal importance wtihin the big system (Shani)

  • divorce (from the L-2 function only)

Sometimes these metaphorical deaths are so psycho-emotionally painful that the person wishes they were dead, and they may be suicidal. But actual physical death has stricter rules than these admittedly painful"poetic deaths " (including death of spouse or divorce under period of randhresha-8 ). Death's strict rules almost always require the action of L-2+yuvatipathi-7 confirmed by a temporal-malefic navamsha lord.

The lord of bhava-8 is not a maraka, per se.

  • randhresha-8 defines the circumstances of death, not the timing.

  • Timing involves bhava-8 only when Kharesha in Lagna a

  • Nevertheless a maraka gains empowerment by occupying the navamsha of the radix randhresha-8 .

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Rahu-Ketu can signal tragic, premature or accidental deaths - but only when they occupy the house of yuvatipathi-7 or L-2.

  • If Rahu-Ketu are crossing a key axis, especially axis of Chandra, and they are Also conjunct L-2 or yuvatipathi-7 ("giving the effect of L-2 or yuvatipathi-7 ) then physical death during a Rahu-Ketu bhukti becomes as likely as it would be during a period of yuvatipathi-7 or L-2 .

  • Except when Rahu-Ketu are the current bhukti lord AND they occupy a rashi of L-2 or yuvatipathi-7 , the movement of gochara Rahu-Ketu provide essential supporting evidence for catastrophic change in a person's life.

  • Nodal movements to key points can trigger big scary psychological changes that don't actually kill you (but seem like they might).

~~ Das Goravani

"The death is the gift, not the curse.

The curse would be eternal life here on Earth."

Maraka Bhava

  • bhava-8 and bhava-3 contain information about circumstances of death (see below).

  • bhava-2 and bhava-7 contain information about timing of death. Note that the timing *agents* are the lords of 2 and 7.

~~ Bhagavata Purana 10.33

Two types of deaths have been considered the most coveted in this world:

The yogic way of giving up the body by control of breath and meditating on the Supreme Reality,

And the second of the brave warrior fighting fearlessly at the forefront of battle.

Timing of Physical Death :

"The Usual Suspects " for timing of death are the"Maraka" or"Death-inflicting" planets+ L-2 and yuvatipathi-7 .

Uncommonly, timing of death may occur in the period of one of the"natural maraka": Kuja, Shani, or Rahu. These three natural maraka do have the power, with no other planetary assistance, to effect the physical death.

However, it is rare that a natural maraka works alone. Death is much more likely in a period of Kuja, Shani, or Rahu if these natural maraka also play the role of L-2 or yuvatipathi-7 in radix. In the case of Rahu, where He gives the effect of radix L-2 or yuvatipathi-7 .

Vimshottari dasha-bhukti periods of L-2 and yuvatipathi-7 , and occasionally periods of Kuja, Shani, or Rahu, signify the physical event of death.

  • In order to signify death, bhukti of Maraka planet must coordinate with other key required Jyotisha events such as a significant transit of Rahu-Ketu.

  • Maraka bhukti must also respect the overall longevity parameters based on lifetime conditions of bhava-8 and bhava-3 (see below).

Death is also more common when the bhukti of the maraka graha is ALSO the final bhukti of the mahadasha.

For example for Mesha Lagna a where Shukra being L-2 +yuvatipathi-7 is a powerful makara, the Surya/Shukra period where Shukra is the final bhukti of the entire 6-year Surya Mahadasha, has more maraka potency.

For a Mesha Lagna a nativity, if Shukra is yuti the amplifying maraka Rahu, and the Surya/Zukra bhukti occurs while simultaneously gochara Rahu-Ketu cross a key axis (radix Moon, radix Lagna a, radix nodal axis) then the likelihood of death is much increased.

Shani being the Great Separator, He must play some role in the death. If not as L-2 or yuvatipathi-7 , then He must transit the temporal maraka rules-2 or yuvatipathi-7 , or transit a key point such as Lagna a.

Normally there are four or five dramatic Jyotisha factors at work at the time of death. Except for birth, death is the most traumatic experience of the lifetime - so, reasonably, death indicators should be highly marked, and vividly suggestive.

Certainly, *not* every occurrence of the bhukti of a maraka planet will trigger death, because several necessary factors must occur simultaneously to satisfy all the rules.

Maraka timelords:

  • Lord of Radix bhava-2 [from radix Lagna a or Chandra Lagna a]completes sensual saturation, the body can't absorb any more experiences

  • Lord of Radix bhava-7 [from radix Lagna a or Chandra Lagna a] creates perfect balance in the body, there is no need for further motion

  • Lord of 2nd navamsha signals death of [first] spouse.

Non-physical types of death:

cycles of self-destruction and rebirth

  • During His bhukti, Lord of 12th house [from radix or Chandra Lagna a or from Shani] dissolves the ego, the spirit wants to separate - can cause of terrible loss and the person does feel like dying, desires to die perhaps, but ruler-of-12 will give only the grief and loneliness, not the physical release from earthly vale.

  • During His bhukti, Lord of 8th House [from radix Lagna a or Chandra Lagna a or from Shani] turns the wheel of birth and death, sometimes very fastturns the wheel of birth and death. randhresha-8 causes transformation, not physical death.

    • Ideally this transformation in the form of divorce, legacies, tantric and magical changes, psychotherapy, emergency surgery, or catastrophic health event will invoke conscious healing, but it may just as often be the agent of unconscious karma.

    Randhra a bhava, its lord and its occupants describe the conditions of death (not the timing) (see below) and thus 8th house describes one's longevity. Bhukti of randhresha-8 can cause shocking"death of balance" such as divorce or radical surgery, but randhresha-8 does not cause actual physical death.

Circumstances of Physical Death

bhava-8 = "The Departure Lounge"

Three primary indicators for environmental conditions or circumstances of death = Not timing, just environment =

  • bhava-8+randhresha-8

  • 8th-from-8th: bhava-3+L-3

  • karaka Shani.

Look first to Randhrasthana for details of departure conditions.

Auspicious planets occupying bhava-8 or good drishti to bhava-8 usually signify a gracious or honorable ending.


bhava-3:

  • Look next to 8th-from-8th for additional details about environment - including the psycho-mental state - at time of spirit's departure from the physical shell (death).

Notes on Sickness and Death

Active Marana-karaka (short form"maraka") graha * planets

They don't always snap the cord between body and spirit.

Sometimes they weaken the will thereby weakening the psychic nourishment-pipeline silver"umbilical" cord which connects our psychic body to our flesh-body, making a flesh-body very sad or very sick.

Sickness shows that the spirit is ambivalent about staying connected to this particular cellular constellation body.

Prolonged sickness or slow recovery from an injury, is often spiritually required to bring the system"down for maintenance."

After the spiritual forces regroup and the physical body rebalances, the current incarnation may proceed unimpeded.


Near-death sickness has spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical meaning. A combination of prayer, clean mental health, emotional healing and good medicine, will often cure even quite severe illness under the influence of maraka planets.

There is usually no need to fear when maraka planets dominate -- but on the other hand there is healing work to be done!

Shani and Mangala

~~ BPHS , Ch. 246, Shloka 1

"Should

  • Mars and Saturn exchange their Rashis or Navamshas,

  • be in fateful degrees (of those Rashis occupied by them),

  • And are placed in Kendra (from Lagna),

the native 's death will be through sovereign wrath or by being impaled by a spear or some such killing weapons."

Shani and Ketu:

Look to the karakas for separation, Shani and Ketu, for more information about circumstances of death.

Shani's aspect to bhava-8 or bhava-3 signifies some degree of separateness at time of death. This might be very desirable if the person wishes to depart in a calm, meditative state. However it also suggests that family may not be present at the separation.

Shani's overall contribution to the circumstances of death depends on His house lordship. If Shani is randhresha-8 or L-3, His separative and cooling properties may increase the factor of isolation.

If Shani resides in bhava-8 or bhava-3, the native generally enjoys a long life. Shani prevents and delays. In bhava-8 or bhava-3, Shani prevents the circumstances of death. Sometimes Shani in bhava-8 indicates that the karma of wanting to die but prevented. E.g., native becomes very elderly or profoundly ill but survives unduly.

Conditions of the next life

Are knowable by rotating the D-1 (radix) to see next-life Lagna a.

Use D1- Dhana a bhava and/or 2nd-from-Moon as the next-life Lagna a.

  • Your next-life physical appearance and stigma if any, will be defined by your current-life bhava-2

  • your next-life children will start with current-life bhava-6

  • your next-life father will be what is now bhava-10

  • etc.

  • you can do the same rotation to the navamsha to see next-life Lagna a for the first spouse: that is generally D-9's 2nd house

Ketu in bhava-8:

Ketu in Randhra a bhava signifies numbness or ego-dissociation at time of death. the native may die in a coma, or under sedation, or in a state of shock. He may be unaccompanied at the time of death.

bhava-8 being the realm of secrecy, and also associated with sexual practices, in some tantric settings the native may induce death through sexual practice: either by intentionally preventing the flow of life force through the physical body, or by creating conditions of death through sexually transmitted disease. Other scenarios are possible.

The ideal implication is to die in a state of meditation, when the awareness has left the body and is focused on spaciousness or another disembodied, liberating view of reality. Similarly, Ketu in domian-8 indicates death in the body-dissociated state of deep sleep, or under conditions of memory loss through aging.

As always, Ketu's planetary lord has a definitive influence. The type of dissociation, and whether death is accidental or expected, may be assessed through examination of the role of Ketu's planetary lord.

8th-from-Shani

12th from Shani

"... both the 8th and 12th from Shani stand for consideration ... of death." ~~ BPHS, Ch.7, shloka 39-43

Chandra in Sahaja Bhava

BPHS Ch. 33

"Chandra in Sahaja Bhava will cause death due to tuberculosis ...

Guru in Sahaja Bhava or giving a drishti to Sahaja Bhava will cause death by swelling or tumors " ...

If Sahaja Bhava is occupied by a benefic , death will be in an auspicious place (like a shrine);

if Sahaja Bhava is occupied by a malefic death will be in sinful places

Mixed occupation of Sahaja Bhava will yield mixed results with regard to the place of death."

BPHS Ch. 33

"Consciousness will prevail at the time of death if Guru or Shukra are placed in Bhava-3."

BPHS Ch 44, Shloka 25

"Wounds, weapons, fire, and thirst will cause death through Mangala in Sahaja Bhava "

Death of Parents and Children: Chandra, Surya, and Guru

Chandra = matrikaraka . Generally fleshdeath of mother is timed by bhukti of ruler of 2nd-from-Chandra, or ruler of 7th-from-Chandra.

fleshdeath of mother can also occur in bhukti of

  • vidyapathi-5 rules 2nd-from-matribhava-4

  • Or randhresha-8 ( = 2nd-from-4th-from-bhava-4)

Karaka for early death of the mother =

  • Kuja, Shani, or Rahu in bhava-4,

Configurations (yoga)

  • lord of bhava-4 = Shani +Rahu or Kuja-yuti-Rahu, in hostile rashi.

  • Parivartamsha yoga of maraka rules-2-or-yuvatipathi-7 with the bandesha-4 is also an indicator of early loss of mother and destruction of integrity in the childhood home.

Surya = pitri- karaka representing the father-figure. Generally fleshdeath of father is timed by bhukti of rules 2nd-from-Surya , or rules 7th-from-Surya.

fleshdeath of father can also occur in bhukti of

  • karmesha-10 (2nd-from-bhava-9 which is house of father)

  • Or rogesha-6 ( = 2nd-from-9th-from-bhava-9).

Karaka for early death of the father = Kuja in bhava-9, in an uncomfortable rashi.

BPHS ch.9, shloka 38 " Early and troubled will be one's father's death,

if Mangala is in Karma Bhava identical with his enemy's Rashi "

FleshDeath of Children

Guru is karaka for children. FleshDeath of children may occur during bhukti of maraka rules-2 from Guru, or yuvatipathi-7 from Guru.

Death of child can also occur in bhukti of

  • rogesha-6 (2nd-from-bhava-5 which is house of children)

  • Or karmesha-10 ( = 2nd-from-5th-from-bhava-5).

Karaka for miscarriages or stillbirth (depending on malignancy of Kuja) = Kuja in bhava-5.

~~

BPHS, Ch.9, shloka 25 " Should Dhana Bhava be occupied by Rahu, Budha, Shukra, Surya and Shani,

the child's birth has been after its father's death, while even the mother will face early death."

BPHS Ch. 94, shloka 10 "A girl born in Jyeshta Nakshatra destroys (is the cause of death of) the elder brother of her husband,

and a girl born in fourth quarter of VishakaNakshatra destroys (is the cause of death of) her husband's younger brother.

Therefore, a cow should be given in charity at the time of the marriage of such girls to wipe out the above mentioned evil effects."

BPHS Ch. 94, shloka 11-13 "A boy or girl born in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th quarter of Azlesa Nakshatra destroys their mother-in-law

and a boy or a girl born in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd quarter of Mula Nakshatra Becomes the destroyer (cause of death of one's father-in-law.

Therefore, suitable measures, as may be possible within one's means, should be taken at the time of the marriage of such boys and girls.

There will be no evil effect if the husband has no elder brothers."

Murder


~

~ Bhrigu Sutram Ch. 4 Shloka 48-56

"The female born will murder her husband if

  • The rising Trimsamsha or the Trimsamsha occupied by the Moon be that of Saturn,

  • while the Ascendant or the sign occupied by the Moon at the time of birth is Karkata."

Q :

Thanks for your Jyotisha advice on handling the loss of my life partner.

However, despite your advice that things can be expected to go fairly well in my remaining earthly future, I continue to experience a terrible sense of anxiety and grief for my irreplaceable loss.

Do you have any suggestions for my regaining my inner peace?

A: TongLen practice works beautifully to alleviate fear/anxiety about almost anything! I'm sure you know the practice from your Vajrayana background.

  • Breathe in from the astral plane, the psycho-emotional food will assuage your hunger.

  • For example, breathe in love, breathe in health, breathe in trust, whatever medicine is needed.

  • When invoking the help of the higher intelligence, make a special compassionate effort to include in your prayer all other beings who currently share your experience of that particular absence or Lack or scarcity or warning-pain.

For example,

  • "May all the ignorant beings who crave wisdom gain access to teachings" or may all the mothers caring for their dying children be consoled in their grief or may all the world's lonely people be loved and cherished. Ask for whatever help is needed.

Breathe out the suffering of all beings.

The rishis say, one's karma ripens so that one may eat.

TongLen often helps one to step forward into the future, allowing one to eat one's karma and enjoy the meal!!

  • By releasing attachment to one's own particular suffering and replacing that narrow concern with a larger awareness that countless masses of other beings undoubtedly suffer similar karma in this very moment, Tonglen helps the compassionate heart to heal itself by simultaneously healing others.

And because TongLen allows one to replace a narrow, relatively ignorant self-concern with a wider, relatively wise awareness of the suffering of others, it burns off karma very quickly. (Karma is a synonym for 'ignorance' or 'separation.' Karma gets permanently burned off when we transform ignorance into wisdom.)

So, any anxiety, at any time, is fair game for TongLen. Bon appetite!


Also, we often feel bitterly disappointed and even spiritually vandalized when a partner, parent, or child has died.

It may be very helpful to walk through an empowering forgiveness exercise, to forgive the partner for dying.

  • Homeopathic Ignatia is the classic potentized remedy for grief.

  • Bach Rescue Remedy may relieve panic attacks when the grief becomes overwhelming, and one feels unable to go forward.

  • You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay (orig. 1984) is the forgiveness classic.

    • I recommend the practical, spiritual tools she presents in the book.

    • Hay's affirmations and insights work very effectively in those moments of terrible anxiety and grief when we get"stuck" in the loss.

When Amadeus Mozart passed away, he was buried in a churchyard. A couple of days later, the town drunk was walking through the cemetery and heard some strange noise coming from the area where Mozart was buried. Terrified, the drunk ran and got the priest to come and listen to it.

The priest bent close to the grave and heard some faint, unrecognizable music coming from the grave. Frightened, the priest ran and got the town magistrate.

When the magistrate arrived, he bent his ear to the grave, listened for a moment, and said,"Ah, yes, that's Mozart's Ninth Symphony, being played backwards." He listened a while longer, and said,"There's the Eighth Symphony, and it's backwards, too. Most puzzling." So the magistrate kept listening;"There's the Seventh...the Sixth...the Fifth..."

Suddenly the realization of what was happening dawned on the magistrate; he stood up and announced to the crowd that had gathered in the cemetery,"My fellow citizens, there's nothing to worry about.

It's just Mozart, decomposing.

H. H. Dalai Lama ,

Heart of Compassion : A Practical Approach to a Meaningful Life

THE GUEST HOUSE

"...if we remain clinging to this life even for one day, we are misusing our time .

In this way, we can waste months and years on end. Because we don't know when our lives will finish, we should remain mindful and well prepared . Then, even if we die tonight, we will do so without regret.

If we die tonight, the purpose of being well prepared is borne out; if we don't die tonight, there is no harm in being well prepared, because it will still benefit us.

But when we leave the world of humans, we do so without a protector or supporter and the total responsibility falls on us.

We only have our own intelligence to rely on at that time, so we must expend our own effort in order to protect ourselves.

  • As the Buddha said,"I have shown you the path to liberation; know that liberation depends on you."

We must put strenuous effort into gaining freedom from the lower migrations, liberation from samsara, freedom from conventional existence and solitary salvation.

The body is compared to a guest house; it is a place to stay for just a short time and not permanently.

At present, the guest of consciousness is staying in the guest house of the body, like renting a place to stay.

When the day comes for consciousness to leave, the guest house of the body must be left behind. Not being attached to friends, the body, wealth and possessions is the practice of the Bodhisattvas."

Attributed to Mary Elizabeth Frye

"Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I an a thousand winds that blow

I am the diamond splints on snow

I am the sunlight on the ripened grain

I am the gentle autumn rain

When you awaken in the morning’s hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night

Do not stand at my grave and cry

I am not there, I did not die."

14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso . (2002). The Buddhism of Tibet . Jeffrey Hopkins (Trans. Ed.).

"Cyclic existence means bondage, and liberation means freedom from this bondage. ...The causes of cyclic existence are contaminated actions and afflictions.

If the roots of the afflictions are eliminated and if new actions are not 'accumulated', since there are no affiliations to activate the predispositions of contaminated actions persisting from the past, the causes of cyclic existence have been eliminated.

Then there is freedom from bondage.

Some say that as long as one still has mental physical aggregates wrought by former contaminated actions and afflictions, one has a nirvana with remainder.

When these no longer remain, there is a nirvana without remainder.

'Without remainder' means that there is no remainder of mental and physical aggregates wrought by contaminated actions and afflictions, but The continuum of consciousness and the continuum of uncontaminated mental and physical aggregates still exist."

~~ 14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso . (2000).

The Dalai Lama's Book of Wisdom.

"Death is a part of all our lives.

Whether we like it or not, it is bound to happen.

Instead of avoiding thinking about it, it is better to understand its meaning.

We all have the same body, the same human flesh, and therefore we will all die.

There is a big difference, of course, between natural death and accidental death,

but basically death will come sooner or later.

If from the beginning your attitude is

'Yes, death is part of our lives', then it may be easier to face."

~~ Second Sex 1908-1986 Simone de Beauvoir

FROM HER LATER WRITINGS about her mother's death: A Very Easy Death

"I tore myself away

from the safe comfort of certainties

through my love for truth;

and truth rewarded me."

~~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

"It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us.

Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive

– to release our inner selves

from the spiritual death that comes with living

behind a façade designed to conform

to external definitions of who and what we are."

Tsong-ka-pa and Tenzing Gyatso . (1987).

Tantra in Tibet .

Jeffrey Hopkins (Trans. and Ed.)

"If you are able to think about the meaning of cyclic existence in general and human life in particular, then it is possible to discipline the mind through religious practice which is the process of becoming peaceful and anxiety-free.

  • Otherwise, if too much emphasis is put on the sufferings of the hells and the imminence of death, there is a chance of falling into paralyzing fear.

There is a story in Tibet about an abbot of a monastery who went to give a discourse. A fellow asked the abbot's servant where the abbot had gone, and the servant said,

"He has gone to frighten old men and women."

If you fulfill the value of a human lifetime through engaging in religious practice, then there is no point in worrying about death."

Love of Life

A minister, a priest, and a rabbi die in a car crash.

They go to heaven for orientation.

They are all asked, "When you are in your casket, with friends, family, and congregants mourning over you, what would you like to hear them say?"

  • The minister says, "I would like to hear them say that I was a wonderful husband, a fine spiritual leader, and a great family man."

  • The priest says, "I would like to hear that I was a wonderful teacher and a servant of God who made a huge difference in people's lives."

  • The rabbi replies, "I would like to hear them say, 'Look, he's moving!!'"

Q:Hare Rama Krishna.

Pranam Barbara,

I read your article on death. Very interesting article on death. I have a clarification request for you. 29th row of the table presented in that article states that "in the sign or Amsa of the 8th house". What is meant by the Amsa of the 8th house? Are you referring to the 8th house in navamsa chart?

A:

Thanks for your note - great question.

As mentioned in the table heading,

"This chart is copied in its entirety, with no changes from the original, from the generous Jyotisha offerings of : Sri Sarajit Poddar , Jyotish Guru, Sri Jagannath Center --

http://www.scribd.com/doc/282623/Death-Matters

in item 29, I take the author's reference to "amsha" primarily meaning navamsha, since nava-amsha is the most commonly mentioned predictive amsha, but of course it could mean any designated amsha (portion) of any varga depending on the Jyotishi's viewpoint.

Best wishes for your success in Jyotisha studies,

Sincerely, Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha

  • Isaiah 60:19

"The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory."

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen

Remember to Practice Dying

so that one may be alert and peaceful when the time comes!

He has made everything beautiful in its time.

He has also set eternity in the hearts of men;

yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

-- Book of Ecclesiastes * Koheleth, 3:11

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