"Bharani" Star or Nakshatra

Lesson #4

by Das Goravani

The "Bharani" Star or Nakshatra

Nakshatra #2, Bharani, is ruled by Venus in the sign Aries. Bharai's mode is Raja (activity, passion), her nature is Manushya (human), she aims towards Artha (working, aquiring needs), her symbol is the Vagina, and she is controlled by Yamaraja (the God of Death).

This star is under the planetary lordship of Venus and is within the sign of Aries, ruled by Mars. Therefore, this is an passionate, Raja Guna star because wherever there is a mix of the energies of Venus and Mars simultaneously, we get strong passion. Raja Guna means passion, or the energy applied for material ends. The word bharan means to maintain. This star is connected with the energies we expend to maintain ourselves in the material world. In order to go on in life, we need to maintain our lives with the necessary foods, air, shelter, and so on, and in so doing we are required to have and use some energy.

The vagina symbol refers not only the vagina opening, but to the entire womb. The womb is the first protective and necessities-supplying environment that we take shelter in when entering the world within a new material body. The womb is the place where we receive the most fundamental necessity (artha) of material life, namely, our body. The way in which the Bharani nakshatra is sybolized by the vagina is of the higher order of vision, as a source of provisions, arthas, for maintainence of human life, and not as an object of sensual pleasure.

In general, people in material life are heavily under the sway of things ruled by Venus, namely pleasure giving things. Most people are after pleasure, and certainly the vagina is one of, if the not the most, popularly worshipped symbol of material pleasure. Therefore, the Vagina can be seen in a very low or very high conception, as the object of pleasure for the man, or as the provider of the body for a life of enlightenment. When a male human acting under normal sexual impulses is under the sway of the purusha bhava, or mood of being an enjoyer, he sees the vagina as an object of his enjoyment. When however, the same person becomes enlightened with proper Vedic knowledge through surrender to a teacher in a proper Sampradaya, and assumes the prakriti bhava, or mood of surrender and submission, thereafter he sees the same vagina or womb as that serving instrument through which souls are fortunate to receive the human body, which they can use for getting free from matter once and for all, by surrendering to the Lord. Such a properly seeing person is not lusty, and his vision of the vagina becomes purified. It is from the platform of such pure vision that the nakshatras should be understood. In fact, one with polluted vision cannot see the nakshatras correctly at all.

Since the soul is eternal and transcendental but the desire to enjoy in the material world is not, the Vedic scriptures prescribe codes for how humans should perform their material lives so that their kama (satisfaction of physical desires) and artha (means of aquiring one's necessities in life) don't ruin their dharma (their religion) and their chances for moksha (liberation from material entanglement). Following these codes is proper bharan, or maintainence, and is allowable under the laws of karma. Proper use of the "womb" of human life on Earth for the purpose of sense gratification, maintainence, religious practice and liberation is allowable and taught in the Vedas.

The demigod who is the judge of how well we performed such actions in our lives is Yamaraj. He is known as the lord of death and judgement of our actions. He is the one who assigns us to our next lives, and sentences us to punishments for our past bad karmas, known as ugra-karmas or vi-karmas, bad or forbidden actions. If we followed scriptural injunctions either strictly or in spirit correctly, then we shall not fear Yamaraj at the time of our death. Otherwise, his servants, the Yamaduttas will be visiting us in their ghastly forms as we leave our bodies, and they drag us kicking and screaming to the court of Yamaraj where we shall have to answer and pay for our misdeeds. Therefore, it is Yamaraj who is the demigod controller of the Bharani Nakshatra, because of it's intimate link to how we maitain ourselves in this world.

Bharani is an artha class nakshatra. Of the four aims of life, kama, artha, dharma and moksha, artha is the one which means "necessities". Arthas are the things we need. We all have some needs, and the fulfillment of such basic needs is allowable under divine or karmic law. However, anarthas, which means "things which are unnecessary" are not allowable under divine or karmic law. Therefore, the true devotees on the Vedic path strive, through their practices, to arrive at the state of anartha nivritti, or "freedom from unwanted actions, habits, etc". If we make a life out of trying to enjoy unnecessary things such as overt sexuality, intoxications, meat eating, exploitation of economics and money, and many other things, then we shall not be very happy in our next life because Yamaraj will have to correct us by applying some restrictions through which we shall learn to be of a higher nature. Because artha and anarthas is the primary axis across which one either stays righteous or deviates, it is therefore appropriate that Yamaraj rule over this artha class star, which has much to say about how we maintain ourselves in this life. Hence the connection between raja-passion, manushya-of mankind level, artha-needs, bharan-maintainence, and Yamaraj-judgement.

Here is a typical verse from scripture (from Caitanya Caritamrta, Antya 6/226) regarding how persons in the final ashram of life, the renounced order known as sannyas, should maintain themselves:

   vairagira krtya- sada nama sankirtana
   saka patra phal mule udara-bharan
"It is the duty of a sannyasi to always chant the holy names of the Lord and for his bodily maintainence he should collect whatever vegetables, leaves, fruits and roots are easily available."

Notice the word bharan at the end of the verse, meaning for the maintainence of the the life. If a sannyasi does not follow the Vedic teachings regarding his proper maintainence practices, then he may be liable for correction later.

The Vagina symbol of the Bharani star does not imply mainainence only for badly inspired pleasures, but rather it just means maintainence of our lives here in an overall sense. Sometimes we say things such as "living in the womb of material life". The womb or vagina should not be thought of as bad in any way. Rather, it should be thought of as a cradle for helping the soul have a life wherein it can achieve the necessary enlightenment for achieving the higher destinations. Therefore, we are taught to honor and respect motherhood, for which the vagina or womb is a fundamental instrument. The way that modern society spreads within itself the lust of the vagina, or entire female form, through movies, advertisements and language usage, is very destructive to a proper, enlightened conception of the female form, and the vagina.

It is therefore imperative that the Vedic Astrologer, in order to properly understand Bharani Nakshatra, and guide souls in their lives, lead a personal life of spiritual regimen or sadhana, with the aim of achieving a proper conception of all creation. If a Vedic astrologer has no better of a conception of sex, the female form, and the vagina, and the eternal purposes of these things in the progressive journey of the soul to the state of spiritual perfection in service to the all-blissful Lord Sri Visnu or Sri Radha-Krishna, than an average lusty modern-day person, then such a so-called Vedic astrologer will not be able to really enter into the true workings of the planets, their vision being clouded by illusion or mohan, created by Cupid, or Madan.

In Vrndavan India, the place of the appearance and main pastimes of Lord Sri Krishna roughly 5,000 years ago, their resides an important temple known by the name of Sri Sri Radha-Madan Mohan. This name means "that Krishna who is so beautiful that he can bewilder even Cupid, or lust personified". Madan means lust, and Mohan means "to put in illusion". Therefore, it is none other than the Lord Himself, Sri Krishna, who can put even illusion personified into illusion. By worshipping Him, the worshipper can become freed from the illusion of lust. The Vaisnavas of Vrndavan worship this deity as the first of three important deities for the upliftment of their souls out of illusion and into the eternal service of the Lord and all his diverse energies, of which a very important one is the planetary controllers whom we study and use in astrology daily. It is commonly known and understood by proper students of astrology in properly maintained sampradayas or schools of divine teachings that the student must advance on the path of liberation himself, otherwise their no chance of properly understanding any of the Vedic sciences or Vedangas, including that of astrology.

Sometimes Vedic astrologers are found in the West and in India who still maintain their eating of meat and while practicing Vedic Astrology. Such persons can certainly give some correct interpretations and predictions, using the science as they learn it from the scriptures which are readily available to all. However, they cannot enter into the deeper understandings, and they cannot really receive the blessings of Lord Ganesh or Brhaspati, just to name a few, because of their avoidance submission to the actual path which begins with "ahimsa" or non-violence towards all living beings as far as is practically possible for each person. In other words, you have to be making a conscious effort to spread as much good as possible, while avoiding causing pain to living beings as far as you can.

Some atheists go so far as to call the personalities who preside over the planets and astrology as mythological beings with no real existence of their own outside of "energies". Their study and practice of astrology shall forever remain on a very superficial level only. Such persons are no doubt very good souls despite this error in judgement. It is their karma to not be ready for giving up violence in the form of meat eating or doubting divinity.

I know many such persons and they are very likeable, kind, giving, good people. But it would be better if one and all could accept that nonviolence is a necessity for peaceful existence and that faith in divinity is the highest nectar and possession one can ever hope for.