Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Timed for bliss - Getting Married on an Auspicious Day Ensures a Happy, Healthy Union

Timed for bliss

Vasthu Sastra: By T.SELVA

Getting married on an auspicious day ensures a happy, healthy union.

FINDING the right life partner, getting married on an auspicious day and spending the wedding night together at the right time, are vital for an everlasting union. In ancient Indian scriptures, matrimony is regarded as a sacred union.

Marriage is both a religious duty and a social obligation towards the family and community. The ceremony should be carried out in accordance with divine blessings for the couple to stay happy, healthy and in harmony,

Under the Hindu system, importance is given to the moon’s position in relation to the groom’s horoscope and the sun’s position for the bride’s horoscope. The configuration of the two connotes the happiness of married life.

Readers have written in about the growing number of marriages that break up and married couples going separate ways due to conflicts, disagreements and quarrels.

It is vital for couples to prepare themselves following ancient teachings when they decide to make a commitment to be together, to ensure that they stay together.

To achieve a blissful relationship, the man and woman should first follow the Vedic astrology matchmaking exercise to determine if they are compatible with each other, before take taking the next step. The matchmaking point system will look at how like-minded they are; their mutual attraction to each other, and aspects like affection, health, love and sexual joy, intelligence, behaviour, and longevity.

Even after they are found to be well-matched, there are many dos’ and don’ts to observe before they can tie the knot. Some people may view these ancient guidelines as unacceptable and illogical, but it is important to follow them because the science of astrology influences one’s daily life.

By adhering to the favourable and unfavourable periods of the astrological calendar, the couple will be able to carry out their duties without facing obstacles and setbacks.

One of the most important aspects of a Hindu marriage is choosing an auspicious date and time for the wedding. Again, this is based on the couple’s horoscopes, following their moon sign.

The couple should avoid choosing their birth date for the wedding because on such days they are likely to experience tension because the level of their body pressure fluctuates more than other days.

We are all influenced by the nine planets and we should be sensitive to the planetary placements because their movements have direct impact on every individual.

Choosing an auspicious wedding date is vital because it leads to the first night, called shanti muhurtham, when the couple will have intimate relations.

The auspicious date for the first night is calculated using the couple’s date and time of birth following the Indian almanac.

In ancient times, fire sacrifice and mantra rituals were performed to enable the couple to pray to God in true devotion so that they would be blessed with a healthy child. Usually, the husband would pray fervently that a child may be conceived. He repeats the sacred mantras during the nuptial ceremony and it is believed that the new child is conceived amidst the recitation of the mantras. And good impressions are impressed in the brain-cells of the embryo.

For a Hindu endowed with intellect and understanding, the sexual union is not solely for enjoyment. The husband uses the divine creativity and vital energy for the formation of a human body.
Although such ceremonies are rare now, favourable dates are still observed by elders to ensure that their children do not violate the rules of health and state of mind.

Shanthi muhurtham is the consummation of the marriage fixed for an auspicious time at night, for a happy, ever-lasting married life blessed with understanding and care.

Two souls unite in a sacred act to bring forth progeny. After the child is conceived, an astrologer is usually consulted to determine the date and time that is auspicious for it to be born. This date is usually around the date of natural delivery. In the case of a caesarean delivery, the mother has to be operated upon on the date suggested by the astrologer

Vasthu talk

The columnist will give a talk on creating a happy home following Vasthu Sastra principles and ancient Indian wisdoms on July 5, 3pm, at the Sai Centre (2nd Floor, No. 41, Jalan SS15/8A, Subang Jaya, Selangor). Admission is free. To register, call G. Ramalingam at 012-329 9713.

> Senior News Editor T. Selva has spent years researching and writing about the ancient Indian science of construction, better known as ‘Indian feng shui’. He is the first disciple of 7th generation Vasthu Sastra Master Yuvaraj Sowma from Chennai, India.