Just as in mathematics, there are basic operators – addition, subtraction, multiplication, division – so too, there are operators within the structure of Consciousness. They are called the Nine Planets (Navagrahas). They can be identified in every point, system, and dynamic within nature.
On the physical level, the Navagrahas manifest as the mechanics within our solar system… the nine planets: Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Rahu (north lunar node), Ketu (south lunar node). While the planets themselves are superficial expressions of the Navagrahas, these Navagrahas permeate everything.
Each of those expressions can be found in concentrated form within different structures. The emerald is Mercury (Budha), the diamond is Venus (Shukra), etc. It is no coincidence that the crystalline structure of gemstones parallels the crystalline structures found within the geometry (yantras) of the underlying basis of existence. Abstract algebra is the mathematical basis of these crystalline structures.
|Moon (chandra)||Mercury (budha)||Venus (shukra)||Rahu||Sun (surya)||Mars (mangala)||Jupiter (guru)||Saturn (shani)||Ketu|
|Influence||benefic||benefic||benefic||malefic||malefic||malefic||benefic||malefic||worldly malefic, spiritually benefic|
|Body||blood, swelling, stomach, eyes, intestines, womb||nervous system, mouth, skin, tongue||attractiveness, sex organs||tall, toxicity, chronic conditions, skin diseases, seizures, psychosis||heart, vitality, overall health||blood, muscles, bone marrow, stamina, strength||liver, pancreas, circulation, fat||bones, teeth, ears, nerves, thin, aging, disease, chronic illness, death||short, cuts, wounds, chronic itching|
|Relationship||mother||friends, relatives||wife, partnership, marriage||separation||self, father||brother||Guru (spiritual Master), husband, children||separation||maternal grandfather, detachment, separation|
|Color||milky white||green||clear/sparkly white||brown/black||red||red/orange||yellow||black/blue||multicolor|
|Gemstone||pearl||emerald||diamond||hessonite (cinnamon colored garnet)||ruby||red coral||yellow sapphire||blue sapphire||cat’s eye|
|Dhaanya||ಭತ್ತ – Rice grain with husk or rice itself||ಹೆಸರು ಕಾಳು – Green gram/ whole moong bean||ಅವರೇಕಾಳು – Indian Flat beans/AvarekaaLu/Papdi lilva||ಉದ್ದಿನ ಕಾಳು – whole urad dal / black gram||ಗೋಧಿ – wheat grain||ತೊಗರಿ ಬೆಳೆ – Toor Dal||ಕಡಲೆ ಕಾಳು – Bengal gram (black Chickpeas)||ಎಳ್ಳು – Black Sesame seeds||ಹುರಳಿ ಕಾಳು – Horse gram|
|God||Durga||Form of Vishnu||Lakshmi||Sarpaja||Shiva||Subramanya||Vishnu||Ayyappa||Bhadrakali|
|Direction||North West||North||South East||South West||East||South||North East||West||–|
Moon represents emotions, mind, receptivity, sensitivity, sweetness, queen, fertility, travel, water retention, feeling, maternal protection, and nurturing.
The moon influences emotions, will, and mind. During a full moon, the tide comes in and there are bigger waves. The same happens to the emotions, which is why there is more lunacy on full moons. This choppiness happens on new moons and full moons – people are affected by both. Brilliant moons are more upsetting than less brilliant ones.
Mercury represents intelligence, clear mind, education, writing, reading, language, speech, communication, humor, wings, logical mind, thought, understanding, judgment, discrimination, mental disorders, knowing, and understanding.
Mercury is the most intelligent of the Navagrahas, gentle, eloquent, and witty. He is the god of merchandise, the protector of merchants, and his vehicle is a lion.
Venus represents love, romance, woman, beauty, the arts, comfort, luxury, prosperity, the pleasures of life, indulgence, sexuality, laziness, cooperation, harmony, and diplomacy.
Shukra is the guru of the asuras, meaning that he brings all who are not functioning in harmony with Nature back onto their dharmic path. He is lord of the earth’s wealth. He is characterized as overflowing with virility, smart, good-looking, and sensuous. He is skillful in every form of learning. Shukra’s vehicle is a horse.
Rahu is Saturn like. He represents material desire, master of deception, delusion, obsessing, limitations, adversity, low status, traveling, foreign, bites/stings, toxicity, renunciation, harsh speech, fear, unconventional, attachment, addiction, and family karma.
Rahu is the God of the ascending north lunar node. According to the Shastras (ancient scriptures), during the churning of the milk ocean, the asura Rahu drank some of the divine nectar (amrit). But before the nectar could pass his throat, Mohini (the female incarnation of Vishnu) cut off his head. The head, however, remained immortal and is called Rahu, while the rest of the body became Ketu. It is believed that this immortal head occasionally swallows the sun or the moon, causing eclipses. Rahu’s vehicle is a lion.
Sun represents Self-realization, soul power, a sense of self, status, dignity, authority, leadership, self-development, king, influence, power, creativity, achievement, and courage.
Mars represents ambitions, desires, courage, valor, force, energy, transformation, independence, amorality, dynamic, military, police, land acquisition, adventurous, technical and mechanical abilities, wounds, cuts, burns, energies, conflicts, opposition, discord, anger, insensitivity, irritability, and impatience.
Mars is masculine, very fiery, and has unbeatable strength. He is the god of war and his vehicle is a ram.
Jupiter (Brihaspathi – Guru):
Jupiter represents Brahman, the benefic Guru, meditation, tapas (abstinence from sensory enjoyment – willfully, consciously), yagya (action in harmony with Nature), devotion to God, Knowledge, holy places, love, wealth, expansion, greed, extravagance, optimism, enlightenment, progress, integrity, charity, and medical studies.
Brihaspathi is the guru of the devas and the god of wisdom and its practice. He is the expression of spiritual devotion. His vehicle is an elephant.
Saturn represents deep knowledge, isolation, experience, the guru of austerity, slow, delays, loss, misfortune, calamities, pain, lessons, limitation, doubt, fear, depression, disappointment, shame, mental and physical rigidity, integrity, conservative, agriculture, service, organization, stability, and perseverance.
Shani is the ruler of our destinies. He is the deliverer of karma, giving us the results of our actions through suffering and gains in life. He is the greatest teacher for the conscientious as well as the greatest punisher for those who have strayed from their dharmic path. Shani is characterized as being dark in color, dressed in black, and riding a crow.
Ketu is Mars like. He represents moksha (spiritual liberation), divine knowledge, supernatural influences, asceticism, intrigue, surprises, thinking outside the box, eccentricity, detachment, emotional tensions, impulsiveness, change, ups and downs, accidents, and hypersensitivity.
Ketu is the descending south lunar node and is generally referred to as a shadow planet. His vehicle is the eagle. Considered the tail of the demon snake, Ketu points towards the heavens and is an indicator for enlightenment. Ketu represents the process of purification/clarification of material life, revealing the Self or God.
Navagraha Stotras are believed to pacify the planets and protect the reciter from the evil effects of the planets. In Sanskrit, “Nava” means Nine and “Graha” means planet. Navagraha Stotras are therefore stotras for the nine planets. In Vedic Astrology, Moon, Rahu and Ketu are considered planets.
Aum Hrim Ssrim Gum Glaum Gam Somyaha-Sumukhaya Vakratundaya Shree Maha Ganadhipattaye Namoh Namah.
Salutations to the beautiful Ganesh, whose face is radiant like the moon, the beloved of Sun, the deva of all the devas and the great Cosmic Spirit.
For the nine planets
aadityaaya somaaya maNgalaaya budhaaya cha |
guru shukra shanibhyashcha raahaveketave namaH ||
Salutations to the navagrahaas, the Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu, and Ketu.
Aum hreem hraum Suryayeh Namah; Aum hreem shreem Chandraya namah; Aum eim hreem shreem Mangalayeh namah; Aum aim streem Bam-Budhayeh namah; Aum hreem brahm brahaspattayeh namah; Aum hreem shreem Shukrayeh namah; Aum hreem shreem Sam-Sanneshcharayeh namah; Aum Eim Hreem Rahuvey namah; Aum eim hreem Ketuveh namah.
Ravi (Sun) – 6 times
japaakusuma sankaashaM kaashyapeyaM mahaaDhyuthima |
thamorima sarvapaapaghanaM praNamaami dhivaakarama ||
I pray to the Sun, the day-maker, destroyer of all sins, the enemy of darkness, of great brilliance, the descendent of Kaashyapa, the one who shines like the japaa flower.
Chandra (Moon) – 10 times
dhaDhishankha thushaaraabhaM kSheerodhaarnava saMbhavama |
namaami shashinaM somaM shambhormukuta bhooShanama ||
I pray to the Moon who shines coolly like curds or a white shell, who arose from the ocean of milk, who has a hare on him, Soma, who is the ornament of Shiva’s hair.
Mangal (Mars) – 7 times
DharaNee garbha saMbhoothama vidhyuthkaanthi samaprabhama |
kumaaraM shakthihasthaM thaM mangalaM praNamaaMyahama ||
I pray to Mars, born of Earth, who shines with the same brilliance as lightning, the young man who carries a spear.
Budha (Mercury) – 17 times
priyaangu kalikaashyaamaM rupeNa prathimaM buDhama |
sauMyaM sauMyaguNopethaM thvaM buDhaM praNamaaMyahama ||
I pray to Mercury, dark like the bud of millet, of unequalled beauty, gentle and agreeable.
Guru (Jupiter) – 16 times
dhevaanaaMcha RishiNaaMcha gurukaanchana sannibhama |
buDhdhir bhoothaM thrilokeshaM thvaM namaami bRihaspathima ||
I pray to Jupiter, the teacher of gods and rishis, intellect incarnate, lord of the three worlds.
Shukra (Venus) – 20 times
himakundha mRiNaalaabhaM dhaithyaanaaM paramaM guruma |
sarvashaasthra pravakthaaraM bhaargavaM praNamaaMyahama ||
I pray to Venus, the utimate preceptor of demons, promulgator of all learning, he who shines like the fiber of snow-white jasmine.
Shani (Saturn) – 19 times
neelaanjana samaabhaasaM raviputhraM yamaagrajama |
Chaayaa maarthaaNda saMbhoothaM tvaM namaami shanaishcharam ||
I pray to Saturn, the slow moving, born of Shade and Sun, the elder brother of Yama, the offspring of Sun, he who has the appearance of black collyrium.
Rahu (Dragon’s Head) – 18 times
arDhakaayaM mahaaveerama chandhraadhithya vimarDhanama |
simhikaa garbha saMbhoothaM thvaM raahuM praNamaaMyaham ||
I pray to Rahu, having half a body, of great bravery, the eclipser of the Moon and the Sun, born of Simhikaa.
Ketu (Dragon’s Tail) – 7 times
phalaasha pushpsankaashaM thaarakaagraha masthakama |
raudhraM raudhraathmakaM ghoraM tvam kethuM praNamaaMyaham||
I pray to Ketu, who has the appearance of Palaasha flower, the head of stars and planets, fierce and terrifying.
Aum Brahmah-Murari-Tripurarntakari-Bhanuh-Shashih-Bhumih-Suttau-Budhasscha-Gurusscha-Shukrah-Shanih-Rahuh-Ketuh-Sarva-Graha-mama Suprabhanttam-Kuru-me-Shantih Shantih Su-Shantih.
Offering of Peace mantra to the three worlds (terrestrial, spiritual and the celestial):
Aum Bhuhr Bhurvah Svahr Aum Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayyatt. Aum Tat Sat Swaha.
Hari Aum Tat Sat Swaha.