The Gift of Love

As Valentines Day approaches we consider the joy of having loving relationships in our lives. We all want to find that special someone, and once that time comes, to live together happily for life. At least that is the ideal. But love comes in so many varieties and flavors. We dream of becoming carried away by it, imagining an ecstatic wave of joy in our hearts. But to define this all-encompassing desire for love inside us seems almost impossible.
The ancient Vedic culture of India gave varying names for different kinds of love, as did the Greeks. The Greeks actually had as many as thirty different words to describe shared love, but seven were most prominent.

Bhakti Yoga

Agape to the Greeks or Maitri for the Hindus, meant the love we have for all others in the world, like when we feel compassion for people suffering due to a lack of basic resources, war or natural disasters. It brings a desire to be charitable to others that we have never met, just on the basis of being part of one extended family. Agape was also the Greek word used for love for God. In ancient India the word Bhakti was used for such transcendental love, love that can only be for and shared with the Supreme Lord of all creation. I feel it is no accident that Bhakti Yoga is now experiencing resurgence, especially among the younger population.

Love of a Parent

Love of a Parent

Storge to the Greeks, or vatsalya for the Hindus, meant love within the immediate, or extended, family. It is the love of a parent for their children, grandchildren, adopted children, uncle or other relations that is special because of family ties. This is why healthy family love is so important in our emotional growth and wellbeing. Something that is severely lacking in today’s disjointed, and often lonely world.
Pragma in Greece, or Preyo in India, is the love that endures the test of time. This is love that develops over time, such as that between a married couple that stays together through thick and thin. Or, perhaps the love that we feel for an old friend, caring for them when they have trouble later in life.

Self love or self esteem

Philautia to the Greeks, or Svabhista in India, is self-love, or self-respect. Not in the sense of being vain or narcissistic, but that caring love to do right by ourselves, that gives us our principles, values and strength. This in turn then allows us to care for others. This is another love that is lacking in today’s society. Often, if others have not loved us, we find it hard to even like ourselves, let alone love ourselves.

Working as a team

Philia to the Greeks, or Prita in ancient India, is the love that we share with others when we cooperate to achieve something, like with our co-workers, other players on the same sports team, or soldiers in a unit of the armed forces. We may call it camaraderie, but it is love all the same. Ask any soldier returning form war, how strongly they feel about the men or women on their unit. It is indeed, a very strong, special love.

Ludus is actually a Roman term, madhurya in India, for the love that we flirt or play when we meet someone we’re attracted to, the feelings in the heart (and stomach) that often brings a strong sense of euphoria.

Strong sexual desire

Eros to the Greeks, or Shringara to the ancient Vedic civilization, is the love that most of us think of and wish to stoke the fires of, on Valentines Day. It is romantic, and erotic. Carried on the winds of imagination, its magnetism brings our sexual desires to the forefront of our minds and bodies. The Greeks actually considered eros as dangerous and irrational, it could take hold of and possess you. Let this be food for thought.

There is no feeling, sensation or thought that can compare to the sheer joy of sharing love with another. It is an affair of the heart, and as we call upon our heart’s vast resources with which to love we find that as we give more love, we get more love in return. The more loving we become with others, the more love we have to give. Rather than becoming depleted of love we become nourished and filled with it!
For love is the true ground upon which we live; it is the only environment that any of us truly desire. It should be shared with everyone on some level, creating an environment of peace and joy. We naturally think of being more caring with those we know, that are in our circle of friends and family. But to exercise those same heart muscles with other souls outside this circle will not only bring more light into their lives, but it increases our own.

A smile for someone you don’t know, helping a distressed animal,

Caring for a distressed animal

giving in charity in a way that you become emotionally involved, or a hug for someone that’s feeling lost and alone, will bring feelings of joyfulness to the heart. The more we share love with others, the more love fills and overflows our hearts. When we give of our hearts freely the realization comes that we are all a part of one big family.
For the most intimate of personal relationships having synastry between you on a soul level is essential. Being able to see the arrangement of the heavens at the time of the persons’ birth will tell the tale. When we use an accurate Vedic horoscope, we can see right away if there is enough compatibility (synastry) for the marriage to be successful. Not only that, but we can look at the future career and social statuses of the couple, as well. We all want to meet with success, and knowing the synastry between you can make the difference between having a fulfilling marriage and home life, or not.
So this Valentine’s Day plan for that special event, dinner or night out with your special someone, but don’t forget to call Mom, or Dad. For that one day resolve to express only warmth and kindness, try to keep a smile on your lips whenever you see anyone and try to feel yourself as part of one Earth family. Not only will you have one of the best days of your lives, you’ll realize forever more that love really is all we need. If we have that, then the world looks bright. For to love and be loved, is life’s greatest gift. Happy Valentine’s Day!

HAPPY VALENTINES
FOR ALL THE LOVES IN OUR LIVES

You can reach me at Howard@vedicworld.org or call me on 352 629 3156 and I will be happy to answer questions you may have.

Been Feeling a bit down these days? Blame it on the Planets!

So many of us have been feeling these intense emotional “waves” during 2013, especially in the past few months or so. Many more clients than usual are confiding in me that they’re worried they’re becoming depressed by it all. Yet although some have tragedies or trials and tribulations they can point to as the catalysts, others are simply feeling low and can’t put their finger on the reasons why.
Well, you really can blame it on the planets this time, at least for a great many. When malefic planets like Saturn or Mars become powerful they increase the potencies of negative forces. However, at this time we have several combinations of planetary influences that together are affecting our collective minds and emotions quite heavily.
Saturn has been very powerful for a few years now, being exalted in the sign of Libra, ruled by Venus. Rahu joined him here in the beginning of this year, thus promising to instigate trouble in many individuals’ lives, and globally further instigating fighting, unusual storms, etc. Although the exact degree of conjunction was last week, it will still be a negative force for trouble until Rahu moves into Virgo in July of 2014.
Recently Mars also moved into Cancer, his weakest sign of debilitation, causing epic storms and floods. Unfortunately it is also a house position that allows Mars to cast his malefic aspect onto Saturn, while at the same time it also allows Saturn to cast his malefic aspect onto Mars. Both are great malefics and in this instance portend much evil in the world. Venus is also here now with Saturn and Rahu, and in less than a week Mercury will also join the party in Libra.
This is not great for relationships, so keep your cool in communicating with your significant other. This goes for business partnerships, too, so maintain diplomacy in all of your dealings. Although Venus will have moved to Scorpio by the 17th of October, the Sun will now enter Libra. There he finds three enemies, Saturn, Rahu and Mercury, all putting pressure on the situation. The one mitigating factor is Jupiter’s benefic aspect coming from his position in Gemini.
We may not have had the biggest hurricane season, but the fun’s not quite over yet. There will still be violence ongoing, storms and shake-ups on the planet to test your equanimity. And Venus’s sojourn into Scorpio won’t help on the relationship scene much, either. As even before Sun moves into Libra with his enemies, Mars moves into Leo. Here he becomes very powerful and now casts his aspect with renewed strength and vigor directly onto Venus. Watch your emotions, don’t let yourself become angry and put a “disconnect switch” between your mind and your tongue! Better not to say everything you are thinking, as you will regret it. Tempers and emotions will very easily flare up, causing unnecessary arguments and fights.
So, how does all this affect you as an individual? Those with planets in Libra, Cancer, Capricorn and Aries are feeling it heavily for sure, but not only there. The affectations run the gamut of the zodiac and the only way to see which planetary influences will be great forces for gain, change, or problems, for us individually is to have a personal astrological consultation. “To be forewarned is to be forearmed!”