अष्टग्रही योग पर व्यापक धर्म-कार्य
Ashta Grahi Yog Par Vyapak Dharm Karya
(Extensive Religious Activities on the occasion of 8 planet confluence in 1962 )
From the book Yogeshwar Guru Gangeshwar Part –1 Compiled in Hindi by Smt Ratan Ben Fojedar
A very rare occurrence was expected in 1962 wherein 8 planets were going to form a conjunction-Yog.
(Over the period 4–6 February 1962, in a rare series of events, Mercury and Venus reached conjunction as observed from the Earth, followed by Venus and Jupiter, then by Mars and Saturn. Conjunctions took place between the Moon and, in turn, Mars, Saturn, the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter. Mercury also reached inferior conjunction with the Sun. The conjunction between the Moon and the Sun at new Moon produced a total solar eclipse visible in Indonesia and the Pacific Ocean, when these five naked-eye planets would have been visible in the vicinity of the Sun in the sky.)
There were apprehension and fear in the minds of people and Gurudev had the following advice for them.
These days there is a great fear in the minds of the people regarding the 8 planet Yog—the Ashta Grahi Yog.
Several people had given their own viewpoints regarding this, making it out to be a big deal by showing off their knowledge.
To safe guard the people from becoming paranoid about this, Gurudev started talking about it in many of his pravachans an
d explained the real situation and thus removed the unfounded fear.
” There is no need to fear from the Asht Grahi Yog (अष्टग्रही योग ). Some people have needlessly spread fear and made a mountain out of a mole hill.
There is going to be no such calamity as per the rumors being spread.
Such trivial occurrences have always happened in the world. Nevertheless to obtain world peace, Naam Simran ( chanting the name of the Lord),
reading of the Geeta, Ramayana and Anusthan ( performance of systematic religious activity) is the best recourse.
If nothing happens we shall not lose anything, because good work never goes waste.
In case, there are any calamities, then these Punya activities will nullify the effects.
In this way, performance of religious austerities that are prescribed in the Dharma Shastras will never go waste.”
This advice did not remain just a verbal instruction because Gurudev Himself went to several places and conducted several Yagnas- Yagas ,
Naam Smaran , Parayana ( reading )of Geeta, Ramayan, Vedas.
These activities were conducted with the best of resources and abilities available.
OFFERING OF CRORES OF MANTRAS TO GANGA
One of the activities that Gurudev initiated and that which needs a special mention is the offering of written mantras to Maa Ganga
on the occasion of the Haridwar Kumbh Mela.
All Dharmic institutions were informed to tell people to write the mantra of their chosen deity ( Ishta Dev) several times according to their capacity.
Gurudev also asked for the Maha Mantra ( Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare, Hare Ram Hare Ram, Ram Ram Hare Hare.)
to be written 3 ½ crore times.
People were informed that the mantras they wrote would be offered to Ganga at the Kumbh Mela at the end of the Naam Yagna.
All copies were to be sent to the Shrout Muni Nivas Camp at Haridwar.
VISHWA SHANTI ( WORLD PEACE)- YAGNA AT GWALIOR.
The Maharani of Gwalior ( Smt Vijaya Raje Scindia) invited Gurudev to her
palace in Gwalior and the invitation was accepted.
The learned Mandali ( group) of Sarva Shri Swami Omkaranandji, Swami Shankaranandji, Swami Amar Muni, Swami Suved Muni,
Swami Govindanandji accompanied Gurudev.
There were many impressive and important messages in the pravachans.
Gurudev’s main disciple Swami Omkaranandji Vyakaran Acharya
( master of grammar) Tark Vedanta Acharya ( master of debates in Vedas)
gave a pravachan based on the intricate principles of astrology ( Jyotish Shastra )
and said that this Ashta Grahi Yog was not going to have a serious impact.
His words made a special impact on the minds of the people and they were convinced.
Gurudev, in his humorous way, explained and enthralled the people—
” Devotees of the Lord listen—Mangal ( Mars) is Bhoomi Putra भूमी पुत्र
(son of the earth) and Seeta Maata is also the daughter of the earth भूमी सुता .
How can Mangal bring about any harm to his nephew?
( We, the people on earth consider Seeta as our mother, therefore, Mangal
becomes our maternal uncle –maama).
The Chandra ( moon) is the brother of our Lord Vishnu’s wife Lakshmi and thus
He is also our maama _Maternal uncle.
Brahaspati ( Jupiter) is Dev Guru and we are followers of Devatas. Can a Guru bring about any harm to his disciples?
Actually, in this Ashta Grahi Yog, the presence of Jupiter with the other planets is the saving grace.
Our adored father Shri RamChandraji’s Mool Purusha is Surya Dev.
By this reference, SuryaDev becomes our grandfather and a grandfather’s love for his grandchildren is well known.
Son of the moon Budh( Mercury) is a friend to us as he is like a brother to us for
Moon is His mother.
It is the duty of a friend to give help in times of difficulty. This is the main
attribute of a friend.
( According to astrology the moon is a male for half the month and a female for
the other half.)
Yes surely, Shani ( Saturn) is a kroor( fierce) planet but he is lame ( Langda) and
so he cannot run and catch us.
Our grandfather the Sun rules over him because the son ( Saturn) has to always obey the father ( Sun).
In astrology the planet Saturn is the son of the Sun.
With the association of the Dev Guru ( Jupiter) what can the Guru of the Asuras
( demons) do?
If we understand the planets in this manner, none of them will be able to do any harm
( Hamaara Baal bhi Banka Nahi Kar Sakta –हमारा बाल भी बाँका नहीं कर सकता).
The truth is since we all are devotees of the Lord and are forever engaged in
chanting His name, He is sure to protect us at all times and his benevolence
is constantly there.
In the Geeta Prabhu has Himself said—
कौन्तेय प्रतिजानीहि न मे भक्तः प्रणश्यति ॥ (३१)
Kauntaiya Prati Jaani hi – Na Me Bhaktah Pranasayati
Know it for certain, Arjuna that my devotee never falls. ( Ch 9 Sh 31).
This World Peace Yagna and the Gyan Satr of learned and responsible people
brought a great deal of exhilaration to the people of the state.