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(1) Jal menas burn, or Jalanaa  or Jalaanaa means to burn.
(2) Water.  Or Apa in Hindi. Jal or Apa Deity or Absolute water (Apa) is one of the five cosmic elements - Prithvi (Earth), Jal (Water), Aag or Agni (Fire), Vaayu (Air) and Aakaash (Sky or Ether). It is considered as a Deity too. Its visible forms are water, a river, a sea, or a fluid.

Jal is the miraculous substance or Tattwa, to be more precise, which we have received as our biggest boon on the planet! In fact water not only heals itself, it holds the promise to heal all other Tattwa too and thus heals the whole planet. Otherwise why would our great sages have advocated the use of water to purify both outer and inner bodies before any auspicious work? They do not ask us to sprinkle soil on ourselves, or gulp in air for Aachaman. The temples built near water bodies and the Sanskaar done using water indicate the significance of water in healing and prayers. Whenever there is any Poojaa, first thing required for it is Jal or Kalash Sthaapanaa.

Water is the only Tattwa which actually connects all the KUNDAS (i.e. us!) independently and collectively. Each drop of water on this earth is connected with every other drop anywhere else, be it a well, a pond or an ocean! Or be it inside a cloud or a hailstone. Sun and Moon, day in and day out, carry on this great task of maintaining the water-cycle for our benefit! But if we misbehave, we must be prepared for their wrath. This changes in structural arrangement of water shows us the physical evidence of a metaphysical phenomenon. One can witness amazing results on physical scrutiny under the microscope. One can adopt any healing method, like Reiki or Praanic or just saying Prayers with Faith in the heart.

The Critical Quantum Leap for human race is possible only through JAL Tattwa - subsistence or annihilation! ! Choice is ours.

Jal Devtaa-Varun
Creation of animate and inanimate Nature; Overcoming diseases; Cleansing and purifying others, washing away dirt. It is invoked to liberate oneself from immoral acts, demerits and curses. Idols of this Vedic deity are not found anywhere. Control over reservoirs of water.

Not only is the Vaidik word Asur meaning demon far more ancient than the Sanskrit word Sur, but is also the root word. Asur is derived from two words - Asu and R. R means the one who has mastery over something. He is thus the one who possesses Asu, the element of supernatural power which is fluid in nature. Deities, man, animals and all other objects in the universe possess this emotion (Ras) of supernatural power and on account of it all of them are able to sustain themselves and carry out activities. This energy of emotion of supernatural power itself is the Great Illusion (Maayaa) of Varun. This illusion is the energy possessing the qualities of planning, liberating (Nirvaan) and creating.

According to the Puraan Jal's associated Deity is Varun (deity of water). Varun is the presiding deity of the western direction and of the region of serpents (Naag Lok) too. Ability and manifest energy - Ability - Creation 50%, sustenance 40% and dissolution 10%. Manifest energy - 10%

Sayanaachaarya has derived this word Varun from vri meaning to encompass or envelope. Varun is the one who entraps sinners in bondage or envelopes them like darkness.

His other names are Prachetaa, Pashi, Yadsampaati, Appati (master of water). He is depicted as big bellied, has four arms and is seated on a chariot drawn by seven swans. He holds a lotus and a noose in the two right hands and a conch and a casket filled with gems in the left. His consort, Gauri is seated on his left lap and Gangaa and Yamunaa, the two rivers are depicted standing on his either side (Vishnu-dharmottar Puraan).

His consorts are - Vaarunee, Jyeshthaa and Sheetatoya. He has one son - Maharshi Bhrigu. Once Mitra and Varun saw Urvashee on a seashore. Seeing her their semen fell. Both kept it in a pitcher and two Rishi were born from that pitcher - Maharshi Agastya and Maharshi Bhrigu. Bhrigu acquired the knowledge about the principle because of which spirits survive and into which they merge, from his father. At that time though actually it was nightfall, it appeared like twilight. Hence Varun is considered as the Deity of the night or the Deity of the Apaan vital energy.

During ritualistic worship of any Deity, Varun is invoked onto a pot (Kalash). It is customary to invoke Varun after installation of a pot and to worship him at the beginning of various spiritual rites such as Punya Vachan and several other rituals performed to avert evil or to acquire good fortune.



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Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 06/09/11