SRI Amma'S Speech on
1st JANUARY 2002.
This is the year 2002, and the total adds to the number "4". Two zeroes between two 2's indicates equanimity of mind. Four is also the number associated with "Raahu", (which is a "Chaya Graha" or Shadow planet, also known as one of the lunar nodes in western astrology ) and Four is also the number associated with "Budha"( Mercury). This year will have the dominance of "Raahu". Hence, we must plan for that in everything.
Here's what you can do:
Participate in Mrutyunjaya Homams (For Siva) and Ganapathi Homams(For Ganesha) even if you are not able to organize it yourself in your home. Participation may be in the form of physical and financial assistance. Mrutyunjaya homam may be performed during the days relating to the stars - Moolam, Ayilyam and Ashwini.
Visit and offer prayers in temples with two deities for Devi, Siva & Ganesha.
Offer nuts which have two halves - cashew, almond, to "Raahu". Cashew has the magnetic power to absorb vedic mantras. Saffron also has the same properties and that is why it is used in offerings made in religious prayers.
Let your gifts (to anyone) be in pairs - Saree & Blouse, Dhoti & Towel, Pair of earrings, Pair of bangles, Pair of fruits, etc. This is very important.
This year will also see the movement of "Raahu" and "Ketu" (another shadow planet) in February and the planets "Guru" (Jupiter) and "Sani" (Saturn) in July. Since blue is the chosen color of "Raahu", one may offer dhoti and towel in blue for "Raahu" in temples. You may also offer clothes in blue as gifts to your near and dear ones.
This year may also bring disturbing news to parents relating to their young children - falling down and getting injured, or water related illnesses. Mixed marriages will be more this year and adults will have concerns about their age and health. To overcome all this,
Offer prayers with FAITH.
Avoid negative thinking, ill will and doing harm to others.
Share your food with others.
Try to be independent and not dependent on others' help.
Try to be modest and not ostentatious.
Be true in thought, word and deed.
Be free, frank with all and do not be a hypocrite.
Pray to Kadambari and Sagambari devis
Chant Brahmamurari, Lingashtakam slokas everyday
Chant "Triyambakam Yajamahe" sloka atleast five times
My Blessings to all of you!