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Appropriate Conduct
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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.

Lighting 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 achieved.
--The Pure (Saattwik) vibrations created by the recitation of the Shlok purify the house. That is how the distress of negative energies
also reduces.
--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 becomes happy.

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.



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Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/27/04
Updated on 04/08/12