How to use a Planetary Yantra
Living with a yantra allows the practitioner (you) to develop a personal relationship with the deity or planetary energies represented within the form of the yantra. Developing a practice with use of a planetary yantra, allows you the opportunity to create a personal relationship with the consciousness represented by each individual pattern of the nine planets or Nava Graha.
A planetary yantra, used alone or in conjunction with specific corresponding individual planetary mantra, can be effectively used as a propitiatory device to either enhance beneficial possibilities, or to aid in circumventing less favorable tendencies according to oneʼs individual Vedic astrological chart.
A simple daily practice of yantra/mantra use can be highly effective in creating more harmonious planetary influences in one’s life. Nothing beats personal experience . . . you are your own best laboratory. Ideally, agree to conduct this practice yourself for a minimum of 40 days (80 or 120).
- Designate a quiet space and time about the same time daily, and sit comfortably.
- Place your yantra in a place where it can be undisturbed and at comfortable eye level during your practice.
- Spend a few minutes either in pranayam/breath exercise, or in a comfortable practice to quiet your mind. If you practice a meditation technique, perform yantra/mantra practice at the end of your regular meditation time.
- With eyes open, gently rest your gaze on your yantra. At a comfortable pace perform a minimum of 108 repetitions of your planetary mantra, maintaining a soft gaze. Try to keep your repetitions in multiples of 108 . . . a mala (a string of 108 beads) is suggested to keep track of your repetitions. ( Mantras are best, chanted or recited with unwavering devotion and motivation. Chanting them as a matter-of-course deprives them of power, and may diminish the intended growth of consciousness and effect.)
- At the end of your practice offer internal thanks . . . you are cultivating direct relationship with the planet you are engaged with.
- Gently re-enter your regular activity.
You can repeat this practice twice a day (or more) if you desire. One repetition of 108 mantra … including time to quiet down prior to practice, can be done in ten minutes. It is acceptable for more than one repetition of a mala to be chanted in one sitting. Pace your practice to your available time.
About Planetary Mantras
From Healing Mantras by the late Thomas Ashley-Farrand
Once you have the information contained in your natal (Vedic astrology) chart, you can begin working on your life with a clear idea of where to start. The Sanskrit mantras below translate roughly to “Salutations to the presiding spirit of the planet __________.” The Vedas teach that everything has consciousness within it. They also say that planets and stars are conscious in a way that is completely different from the way in which we humans are conscious.
Below are short forms of mantras for the nine planets (the yantra for Rahu and Ketu, the karmic nodes of the moon will be included soon). If you are having difficulty in some part of your life, find the planetary mantra that seems to come closest to it and work with that mantra.
Short Planetary Mantras
Om Suryaya Namaha
(Om Soor-yah-yah Nahm-ah-ha)
“Om and salutations to Surya, presiding spirit of the Sun”
Om Chandraya Namaha
(Om Chan-drah-yah Nahm-ah-ha)
“Om and salutations to Chandra, presiding spirit of the Moon”
Om Angarakaya Namaha
(Om Ahng-gah-rah-kah-ya Nahm-ah-ha)
“Om and salutations to the presiding spirit of the planet Mars”
Om Budhaya Namaha
(Om Bood-hah-yah Nahm-ah-ha)
“Om and salutations to Buddha, presiding spirit of the planet Mercury”
Om Guruve Namaha
(Om Goo-rah-vey Nahm-ah-ha)
“Om and salutations to Guru, presiding spirit of the planet Jupiter”
In Shukraya Namaha
(Om Shoo-krah-yah Nahm-ah-ha)
“Om and salutations to Shukra, presiding spirit of the planet Venus”
Om Shanaishwaraya Namaha
(Om Shahn-eish-wahr-eye-yah Nahm-ah-ha)
“Om and salutations to Shani, presiding spirit of the planet Saturn”
When the energy of the body rises to the solar plexus, as it does at age twenty-nine, the addition of ‘Sri’ to the mantra aids the work of the mantra. Ex: Om Sri Shanaishwaraya Swaha. Also at the age of twenty-nine, the mantra ending (for all above mantra) changes from ‘namaha’ to ‘swaha’. Ex: Om Sri Shanaishwaraya Swaha.
Rahu (North Node of the Moon)
Om Rahuve Namaha
(Om Rah-hoo-vey Nahm-ah-ha)
“Om and salutations to Rahu, presiding spirt of the North Node of the Moon”
Ketu (South Node of the Moon)
Om Ketuve Namaha
(Om Key-too-vey Nahm-ah-ha)
“Om and salutations to Ketu, presiding spirit of the South Node of the Moon
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