See also Forbidden Actions
Our Sages and Seers have
devised an ideal structure of daily actions (Dinacharyaa) for us so that
we are able to lead a healthy, contented and blissful life. Following the
daily actions, the rules and regulations associated with it, is the only
way to repay the debt of the Sages and Seers.
1. Appropriate conducts
during transition period (Sandhi Kaal - Sandhyaa)
Sandhyaa or the transition period is the period of 48 minutes before
the sunrise and 48 minutes after the sunset. Sandhyaa period is Raja and
Tama Gun pre-dominant. Influence of negative energies is more in this
period. To get protection from these, Dharm has given importance to
abiding by Conducts (Aachaar Paalan) in this period. Scriptures have
described various conducts to be performed in the evening, so that there
are good impressions (Sanskaar) on man and he becomes equipped with good
Aachaar, he is able to perform spiritual practice (Saadhanaa) in addition
to getting protection from the negative energies.
black-incense (Dhoop) or incense-stick (Agar Battee) in the premises (Vaastu)
The increased influence of negative energies after sunset pollutes the
environment in the Vaastu. Distressing vibrations are generated in the
Vaastu. Light Dhoop etc everyday to remove these distressing vibrations.
For lighting Dhoop, light coal or cow-dung cake in a specially made vessel
for this purpose and place the Dhoop upon it. Hold the vessel in one hand
and a cardboard in another, fan the fire with the cardboard to spread the
smoke in the Vaastu. Dhoop is generally used in removing the distress caused
due to ancestors. If Dhoop is not available, one may light incense-sticks
(Agar Battee) in the Vastu regularly. Use incense-sticks of Chameli, Heenaa,
Sandalwood or Kevadaa fragrances. The Savior (Taarak) or Destroyer (Maarak)
frequencies of Deities are attracted to the fragrance of these incense-sticks
as per the need and negative energies will move away. Along with the Vaastu,
this action also helps in purifying the clothes.
By lighting the Dhoop, the Savior
Shiv Principle is activated. Pure (Sattwik) vibrations are attracted in the Vaastu.
The Purity (Sattwikataa) of the Vaastu is enhanced. At the same time, the environment
of the Vaastu is also purified. When the Purity (Saattwikataa) is enhanced, the
negative energies get troubled and they leave the Vaastu. Purity (Sattwikataa) of
the Vaastu is preserved by lighting Dhoop daily. If it is not possible to light it
daily, light it at least once a week.
Lighting a lamp in front of the Deities and paying obeisance to them
Most people suffer maximum distress from negative energies in the evening.
Worshippers of the Aghoree Knowledge take control of the negative energies
that enter the environment in the evening and get evil acts done through
them. That is why, mishaps and killings are more in the evening. This period
is considered to be the "time of distress or ruin". Light an
oil-lamp in front of a Deity, to get protection from the negative energies
present in the environment in the evening. At the same time, light a lamp
in front of the Tulasee (basil) plant too in the courtyard. By lighting a
lamp in front of the Deities, their Principle is awakened and those residing
in the Vaastu benefit.
Principle underlying lighting of a lamp in front of Tulasee in the evening:
The evening time is considered to be the time of arrival of the Lakshmee
Principle in the Vaastu. Tulasee is essentially Saattwik. Principles of
various Deities are attracted to Tulasee. By lighting a lamp in front of
Tulasee, its Sattwikataa is activated. This Sattwikataa spreads in the
environment present in the Vaastu and purifies it. The frequencies of
Lakshmee Principle are attracted to the flame of the lamp kept in front
of the plant in the purified environment and enter the Vaastu. This also
purifies the Vaastu and a protective sheath of Pure (Saattwik) frequencies
of the Deities is created around the Vaastu. At the same time, because of
the Tej Tattwa (Absolute Fire) frequencies emitted by the lamp, the Vaastu
and those residing in it are protected from the negative energies circulating
in the environment. Bear in mind the increased influence of the negative
energies in the environment in the evening and as possible, return home before
the lamp is to be lit in front of the Deities and the Tulasee and do not leave
the house after the lamp is lit.
Casting off the evil-eye from the children
Children get affected easily by the evil-eye. Casting off the evil-eye
means pulling out the distressing vibrations created in the body of a
person due to the evil-eye, in some specific objects and thus removing the
distress of the person. To cast off the evil-eye, rock salt-mustard seeds,
rock salt-red chilies, coconut with water etc. are used. Evil-eye can also
be cast off from a person who has distress from negative energies.
Recitation of Verses (Shlok)
Some of the Verses (Shloks) to be recited in the evening are as follows, This
means, "O flame of the lamp, you are auspicious and benevolent. You provide
health and wealth and destroy the intellect of the enemies; hence, I pay my
obeisance to you." - "O flame of the lamp, you are auspicious and
benevolent. You provide health and wealth. You purify our intellect. We pay our
obeisance to you."
- "This means, the light of a lamp is a form of Supreme Brahm. The flame
of the lamp is a form of the Supreme God, who removes the sorrows of the
Universe. "O lamp, eliminate my sins. O flame of the lamp, I pay my
obeisance to you."
Benefits of Reciting Verses (Shlok):
--By lighting the lamp with the recitation of Shlok like "Shubham karotu
kalyaanam", the destroyer task of driving away the negative energies is
--The Pure (Saattwik) vibrations created by the recitation of the Shlok
purify the house. That is how the distress of negative energies
--By reciting Shlok after lighting a lamp, the grasping power of children
increases, they are able to study better, that is, their capacity to learn
by heart increases, their speech gets purified and it helps in their
pronunciation becoming clear.
After the recitation of
Shlok, Stotra like Raam Rakshaa Stotra, Hanumaan Chaaleesaa etc. should
also be recited. After the recitation of Shlok and Stotra, the Aaratee of
the Deity should be performed and prayer should be made. For this entire
worship, all the members of the family should be present, as possible.
WHY? When all the members of the family are present for the evening
worship, it creates good impressions (Sanskaar) on the children and they
get spiritual benefit. Their Purity (Saattwikataa) increases. They obtain
Divine consciousness (Chaitanya) and Bliss (Aanand). Because of the good
impressions (Sanskaar), moral values are enhanced and everybody's life
Misconducts During the Evening
In the olden days, the
elders in the house used to be mindful about the distress caused by the
negative energies in the evening. As prescribed in the scriptures, they
used to light a lamp in the evening and gathering all the members of the
family in front of the Deities, they used to recite Shlok and chant etc;
but today this practice is being ignored. We experience the harm being
caused due to the structure of nuclear families today. The sound of
recitation of Stotra is drowned in the cacophony of television channels.
Most people are out of the house in the evening. From the small villages
to the metros, we can see heavy crowds at the food stalls everywhere -
Chinese food, snacks, fast food, ice-creams parlors etc. Externally it
feels pleasant watching the entertainment programs on television channels
in the evening; but do we ever give a thought to its effects?
Since the influence of
negative energies is more in the evening, some actions are forbidden.
--Sleeping, eating, drinking and having a meal
--Commencement of an auspicious task
--Giving white objects to others
--Exchange of money
--Departure for a journey
--Taking an oath, abusing, quarreling, speaking indecently and the untruth
There are some other actions than
those enumerated here, which are forbidden in the evening as per the scriptures.
--The floor should not be swept in the evening: Raj-Tam predominant frequencies
circulate more in the environment in the evening. Through the act of sweeping too,
vibrations of Raj-Tam are generated, which attract the Raj-Tam vibrations present
in the environment. Garbage collected in the premises (Vaastu) during the day can
be removed by sweeping before the evening.
--Actions forbidden for pregnant women in the evening:
----Should not stand at the doorstep of the house. This harms the fetus.
----Should not look at the animals returning home in the evening. If a pregnant woman
looks at these animals, the negative energies present in the legs of these animals can
attack the fetus.
--Sitting on the banks of rivers other than the Gangaa: The river Gangaa is also
known as "Gangotree", that is, "the one that provides the source
of Sattwik frequencies from Shiv". Because of the Sattwik frequencies
emitted from the Gangaa water, the environment around the banks of the river
Gangaa always remains virtuous and full of Divine consciousness (Chaitanya). That
is why, there is very little risk of distress from negative energies in this
environment. As compared to this, there is very little Sattwikataa on the banks
of other rivers. Hence, because of the movement of negative energies, there is
more possibility of a Jeev sitting on the banks of these rivers getting distressed.
Inferior negative energies moving around on the banks of the rivers contain more
of the Absolute Earth (Prithvi) and Absolute Water (Aap) Principles. Hence, these
energies are able to merge with the human body, which is also made of the Absolute
Earth (Prithvi) and Absolute Water
(Aap) Principles, in a shorter time. Hence, preferably one should not sit on the
banks of the rivers in the evening.
--Study of Ved: Evening is the onset of the night (also known as Pradosh Kaal).
The Ved command that study of Ved should not be carried out in the Pradosh Kaal.
It is also prohibited to read scriptures for committing to memory; but to recite
Mantra to avert the evil (also known as Shaanti Paath) is considered acceptable
in this period.