You’re probably reading this after experiencing a myriad of challenges within a Shani/Saturn Mahadasa…
Being a seeker like yourself, I’ve experienced a Tough Shani Mahadasa too, and this article is for you so you can learn how to manage the remaining period of your Shani Dasa peacefully & effectively…
Lord of Shani Mahadasa, Shani Bhagavan
Before we continue, here’s a key fact:
My insight into this article comes from my own practical experience, my observation over the years, application of remedies & consultation with some incredibly great astrologers.
Just so you know, I’m not talking nonsense.
I’m not looking to deceive anybody & sell you a quick fix remedy so I can profit from my pocket.
The intention of this article to is to purely help seekers just like myself so you can find a solution to your Karmic Problems…
With that said, let’s get started…
Your Victim Question:
Why Am I Going Through A Tough Shani Mahadasa?
Often, we start with a self pity question, “Why are bad things happening to me inspite of me being positive & working hard?”
“Why things never go right for me inspite of so much effort? Why does Murphy’s Law come true often in my life while others seem to be succeeding with very little effort?”
Now, if you’re lucky, you might discover Jyotish effectively through an expert and understand what’s happening in your life…
If you aren’t so lucky or just simply have a bad placement, it might be too long…
It took me 17+ years – nearly towards the end of the Shani Mahadasha to actually discover Jyotish & identify it…
Until then, for some reason, through a lot of hard work, brute force & rewiring my thinking, I had pulled through.
The result, I experienced several periods of Raja Yoga.
But at the last point, it broke. I couldn’t take it any longer.
I went for alternative healings, paid lakhs of rupees in all kinds of therapeutic settings, but I could not come to terms with what had happened until I discovered Jyotish.
Jyotish was an eye opener. Things weren’t bad only for me, but it was only for probably 1/9th of the people running a Shani/Saturn Mahadasa.
And the possibility of all of them having a Tough Lagna, a not so great Ascendant Placement & Shani in a not so great house – is even more unlikely.
So it’s more like only about 1 in 300 people are experiencing the level of stress/difficulty as you – but the way they’re experiencing is different, their age is different, etc.
So it will NEVER be the same as you… and yet you can observe some patterns.
The initial insight you get from Jyotish, and if you’ve been brainwashed by many fear-mongering astrologers is…
“What is fated to happen, will happen. You cannot change the grahas or the Karmas” or they talk about the “Raincoat method to protect yourself from the Heavy Rain”
This sort of insight can be Liberating but at the same time paralyzing – because if you can’t change Karma, why should you bother doing the remedies?
If there’s a big cyclone that’s going to affect you, how much will a raincoat actually help?
That’s exactly how I thought about it too…
… because I initially did some remedies and while they worked, it soon became worse with a much bigger cyclone tearing apart a HUGE portion of my life.
And it took me over a YEAR of silent prayer & experimentation to learn that Karma Can Be Changed.
A Tough Shani Mahadasha Can Be Improved.
In fact, you can take advantage of the Shani Mahadasa to actually experience Raja Yoga – if it is stated in the chart.
I’ve done this unconsciously – even before knowing about Jyotish – just by pure hard work, lots of mental reshaping of my belief systems & lots of Yoga Practice.
But work purely on the material plane can be exhaustive & can all come crashing down… if other planets are not favoring you during a phase.
In order to overcome a tough shani mahadasa and deal with it effectively, you not only need a material approach, but also a metaphysical approach to the problem.
That’s what we are going to cover in this article.
Remedy #1 For A Tough Shani Mahadasa – Your Mindset
Your mindset about Karma and actions you can take needs to change.
The first mental state people go into when they are going through or learn that they are having a tough Saturn Phase is…
“Oh my god, why is this happening to me?”
“Or blame my poor fate. Shani is doing this to me”
“Oh my friend is so lucky, he/she doesn’t experience Shani Mahadasa until he is dead, but I have to go through this so young”
But here’s the truth…
Shani/Saturn isn’t doing any of these things to you.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re experiencing your Shani Mahadasa/Saturn Dasa in your childhood, your youthful prime or the old years…
There’s actually a REASON why you decided to be born at a specific time so that you get to experience Saturn Mahadasa at that particular age and go through difficulties at that particular age.
You weren’t born at the specific time/hour by random chance.
It was purely by your own Karma.
What you did in your previous birth…
… it is now coming to haunt you, and Saturn is the planet that needs to balance both your good Karmas and Bad Karmas, and he gives a blow for all your bad Karmas.
If there’s a child that’s experiencing a tough shani mahadasa which will make him feel isolated from family, go through hardships in childhood, it’s probably because this soul, in a previous birth, caused hardships to other children.
Similarly, if someone experiences this in their prime youth or in their old age, it’s because they’ve committed certain karmic mistakes in a previous birth that is causing them to experience the same hardships in a different way in this birth.
That’s the basis for Karma, and it’s during a Shani Mahadasa, a Saturn Return, a Sade Sati or 7/12 Sani or Ashtama Sani periods that this Karma comes back to haunt you.
Now you may be wondering, “How can you be so confident about Past Life Karma?”
My answer is…
It’s stated in the Scriptures. If you believe that you are going through Shani Mahadasa, then you might as well accept the idea that you’ve committed bad Karma during a past birth that is causing the trouble to you now.
Krishna clearly says this to Arjuna in the Gita, and that statement is authoritative enough, “Arjuna, you and I have been born a 1000 times before. I remember all these births, but you remember none”.
So the mindset that you need to adopt is:
“I am experiencing difficulties because of my own Karma. That which I did in a previous birth, only I can change. There’s no point in blaming the Graha. The Graha is just an indicator – like a clock that hits 8 am in the morning or when the Sun rises.
My Karma bears fruit in the morning just like how planets bear out flowers when the Sun rises.
So now that my fruit is not that great, it is by my actions today, my tomorrow’s fruit will be better”.
Remedy #2 For A Tough Shani Mahadasa – The Whole Goal of Karma & Rebirth Is For The Evolution of Your Soul
As stated in the scriptures, the whole play of Maya is primarily focused on evolution of the soul & moving towards Moksha one birth after another.
Spiritual Teachers may say, “Moksha is the only important goal and you have to let everything else go and focus only on that”.
But that’s not the relevant case for everybody.
A deeper astrological analysis will clearly reveal who is fit for an exclusively spiritual path, and those who are fit for both material and spiritual growth.
But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who you are and what your chart says, all the Karma that you’re experiencing is for the evolution of your Soul.
Take this analogy for example…
A curious child wakes up in the morning, plays with his toys, is cajoled by his mother, eats the food, goes to nursery school, learns his rhymes and studies his alphabets, comes home and falls asleep.
His mother forcefully feeds him food even if he doesn’t want to – and he in turn simply wants to eat chocolates.
He doesn’t like to wake up in the morning, brush his teeth and go to school – but he is forced to.
When he doesn’t want to and he vehemently opposes, his loving mother takes the cane out on him.
The goal of the mother is to ensure the child enjoys his childhood and at the same time evolve into a fully functional adult.
Similarly, the grahas are the Guardians or the Teachers that are observing our Karmic Behavior over lifetimes and inflicting lessons to us – both good and bad.
… with the goal, being evolution into a fully mature soul that merges with the Supreme Consciousness.
You experience pain or a difficult time (and it is inflicted by the grahas) usually when the Karmic equation is not in balance.
An individual’s Karmic Equation goes like this:
Moksha = Good Karma – Bad Karma = Zero
(This is the reason why people born with lots of Good Karma eventually take to Sanyasa Ashrama and deep meditation to negate of their good Karma so they reach Moksha)
Heaven/Good Times = Good Karma – Bad Karma
Bad Times = Bad Karma – Good Karma
So you experience maximum pain during a bad time – when your Karmic Equation goes out of Balance and you start slipping into the Bad Karma zone.
So to relieve yourself & handle the tough dasha or antaradasha like the Saturn Dasha in this case, you have to start by doing Good Karmas (or Punya).
You have to accumulate enough Good Karma – so that the Karmic Equation comes back in positive balance.
Now you may wonder…
Why did my bad karma never bite me during my previous dashas and antaradashas but only now?
The nature of the Graha itself plays a role. Saturn Mahadasa is a great Karmic Balancing force and he makes you pay.
And the good dashas/antaradasas – are like your friendly teachers – who listen to your excuses and let you pass in all the small examinations in School.
Saturn, on the other hand, is the external invigilator who has come to oversee your board exams. So there’s no joking around him.
But it also activates during the other dasas/antaradasas as well – depending on the Lagna, planet, etc.
The other analogy that we can relate to is that of a.
Boiling Frog Syndrome
When the water isn’t hot, you don’t feel a thing.
You can relate the timing when the water isn’t hot to a friendly dasha or antaradasha.
But it slowly starts boiling, and you don’t know.
The maximum pain starts when the water is really boiling, and that’s when you either have the ability to jump out or you get cooked.
You got into the sauce pan with water – when you commited your bad Karma.
Since you were running friendly periods, you didn’t know a thing.
But after a while, it’s scorching and burning, and you’re getting cooked.
The pain the frog experiences is equivalent to the Karmic pain inflicted upon you.
Now the quickest & easiest way to step out is to actually start giving.
Start accumulating good Karma.
As Swami Vivekanda aptly puts it in his book, Work and Its Secret . (At Ramakrishna Mission, it is available for Rs. 10)
Swami Vivekananda, The Lion of Vedanta
Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you — but do not think of that now, it will come back multiplied a thousandfold — but the attention must not be on that. Yet have the power to give: give, and there it ends.
Learn that the whole of life is giving, that nature will force you to give. So, give willingly. Sooner or later you will have to give up. You come into life to accumulate. With clenched hands, you want to take. But nature puts a hand on your throat and makes your hands open. Whether you will it or not, you have to give. The moment you say, “I will not”, the blow comes; you are hurt.
None is there that will not be compelled, in the long run, to give up everything. And the more one struggles against this law, the more miserable one feels. It is because we dare not give, because we are not resigned enough to accede to this grand demand of nature, that we are miserable. The forest is gone, but we get heat in return. The sun is taking up water from the ocean, to return it in showers. You are a machine for taking and giving: you take, in order to give.
Ask, therefore, nothing in return; but the more you give, the more will come to you. The quicker you can empty the air out of this room, the quicker it will be filled up by the external air; and if you close all the doors and every aperture, that which is within will remain, but that which is outside will never come in, and that which is within will stagnate, degenerate, and become poisoned. A river is continually emptying itself into the ocean and is continually filling up again. Bar not the exit into the ocean. The moment you do that, death seizes you.
Be, therefore, not a beggar; be unattached.
Remedy #3 For A Tough Shani Mahadasa – Your Saturn Tax
People who are afflicted by Saturn during it’s dashas such as the Shani Mahadasa, Sade Sati or Gochara Sani Transit have to do the remedies in a manner akin to paying a Saturn Tax.
But it also applies even if you’re running a non-saturn period and you have Saturn being a major afflictor.
I learned about this concept from my guru,who speaks about the idea of Saturn Tax & making payments to all the Saturn afflicted parties and getting their blessings.
It goes back to one of the core Karma & Astrology concepts,
“Strengthen your friends, worship your enemies”
To strengthen a friend, you engage in:
- Color Therapy
- Use Gemstones
To worship your enemy, you promote/help people related to the planet.
From a Saturn Tax point of you, the approach you have to take is to identify all things related to Saturn & continue to praise/encourage that in a worshipful tone/manner.
I’ll discuss what those things are – as we continue further.
Remedy #4 For A Tough Shani Mahadasa – Understand The Nature of Saturn
I am quoting this directly from the Bhrigu Sutram.
Saturn is the slowest moving planet – which takes about 21/2 years to move from one sign to another.
One Saturn return takes about 29/12 years.
Saturn is the chief Governor of Longevity, he is considered ‘Lame’ – which can mean disabled, dumb, cold, dissheveled, dark – and is the Illegitimate & unrecognized Son of the Sun.
Saturn signifies cold, dry, phlegmatic, melancholic, earthy and masculine. He also signifies the dvil, darkness, secrecy, loss, misfortune.
He is considered to be afflicted in his left leg and is responsible for many of the joint related issues.
Saturn also governs teeth, dental, bones, spleen, knees, right ear and sense of hearing. He rules professions such as Brick laying, pottery, plumbing & other laborious and uncongenial employments.
He acts as a deterrant & is related to denial. He delays and he denies.
Now some people may say, “Saturn only delays, but does not deny”.
“Saturn will take away everything from you, but when he leaves you, he will give you a Kingdom and go”
I have doubts about this statement.
If Saturn wants to delay and deter, he can completely deter & not give you anything at all – especially if you don’t balance your Karmic Equation.
Now, most people who go through a tough Shani Mahadasa learn their lessons overtime and begin balancing/improving their Karmic Equation.
That’s why you see a transformation in their fortunes when Saturn leaves them.
But if you go by the above statements and do nothing to balance your Karmic Equation, Saturn will mess you up even more.
With that said, based on the above statement from Bhrigu Sutram, here’s what I can say Saturn is connected to:
Professions that are a part of the society which need to be done, but aren’t glamarous.
Without them, the society will stink, but people consider it to be disgrace to be in those professions. Nobody aspires to be in this profession when they grow up.
Example: People who work in the graveyard, people who are cleaners/sweepers, pit cleaners, coal miners, house laborers, house maid, lorry drivers, public bathroom cleaners, etc.
Now the above definition may change with changes in time.
For example – 3 or 4 decades, it may have been an aspiration for many to become a…
… but now a driver is one of the most disgruntled professions. It’s a necessity, and nobody likes to do it.
The people who do it, are forced to do it for the money and nothing else and there’s no prestige in that – from the Society’s standpoint.
With respect to animals, Saturn related animals are probably the most disrespected or disregarded of the lot.
The Crow & Saturn
The Crow, of course, is considered a representative of Saturn himself & they are ravens.
There are similar animals – likely to be in the same category as the Crow – but I have not tested or validated my observations.
So I’ll stick with Crow being a chief representative of Saturn.
A stray Dog may also fit into this category along with rats/mice, but we cannot be certain.
Saturn people are people directly suffering from disabilities or the exhaustion of old age.
So senior citizens who are disgruntled and abandoned would fit into this category.
Similarly, people suffering from severe disabilities.
There are people I’ve seen who pretend to be disabled – even after they’ve overcome a disability – they would not be Saturn Representatives at all.
I know one person who does that and uses it to take advantage of all disability related benefits the Government offers.
The result, Saturn now decided to afflict his next generation.
Saturn related people are those suffering from autism, cerebral palsy, disability, etc.
You can read more about Saturn related disabilities & illnesses at this website:
Anything that moves slow or anyone who moves slow – remember is a representative of Saturn.
Remedy #5 For A Tough Shani Mahadasa – Feed The Crows Every Day Before Your First Meal
This is the easiest remedy to implement, and it’s often the most neglected.
There are no costs involved in this.
Cook food every day in the morning and offer it along with a bowl of water on your terrace so that crows and other birds can feed on it.
Do this every day for 1 mandala (observe the differences in your life).
Feed the Crows Every Day
As you can see on the screenshot on the left, I began feeding crows during the month of May 2020.
My life has significantly changed/transformed after I started doing this.
It’s been over 4 months and I don’t plan to stop this practice.
As I have been focused on feeding, I have found solutions to challenging problems.
People who wouldn’t come to help or those who were slowing me down, have changed.
It is clearly one of the best and simplest remedies for a tough Shani Mahadasa.
Also, do watch the video below from my Guru, EK Dhilip on why Crow Feeding is the best remedy for Saturn to get a better understanding.
Why you should feed Crows during a Saturn Mahadasa?
Remedy #6 For A Tough Shani Mahadasa – Get The Blessings of Disabled/Saturn Afflicted People
I know a rich person who is severely disabled by a Stroke.
His movement has been slowed down, and his stroke affected him on the first day of his 7 1/2 Saturn co-inciding with his Saturn Return.
All his life, he disregarded and mistreated Saturn Related people.
He had a reliable driver who had trouble paying school fees for his children.
Yet inspite of helping him out or paying him, he chose to spend a few lakhs on celebrating his daughter’s wedding in style – while ill-treating the driver & making him work like a dog.
He did not care for his own mother and sisters when they were afflicted by an accident or knee trouble and dismissed their pain.
It repeated back to him, in this very birth.
But since he had insurance, and a lot of money at his disposal, he is slowly recovering at his own convenience.
Now, helping/appeasing this person will not necessarily create good karma for you.
You have to find people who are genuinely helpless & had little or no control with regards to their Saturn Affliction.
- Find children from poor families afflicted by autism.
- Find people in poor families who are severely disabled and give them a wheel chair.
- Give them equipment that will make their livelihood sustainable.
Do as much as possible to help enable the disabled.
If you look at your own life…. and if you’re experiencing a difficult Saturn Mahadasa or 7/12 Saturn, you’ll often find your challenges are like these…
“I have the desire to do it, the need to do it, but I’m under-resourced, under-nourished and unfulfillled to be able to successfully carry out my work”
This is often the affliction that you’ll be seeing, and therefore you have to relate the remedy to the problem and go out and help people in similar, distressed situations in different ways.
Remedy #7 For A Tough Shani Mahadasa – Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra or Worship of Lord Hanuman
Think about what positive psychology says…
“What you think about & you thank about, you bring about”.
Now many of my Saturn friends would say, it doesn’t happen often like that.
But it’s actually the truth.
Your thoughts leads to feelings, feelings leads to actions, actions leads to results, results leads to character, character leads to destiny.
But I’ll add one more line as well…
Your thoughts leads to feelings, feelings leads to actions, actions leads to results, results leads to character, character leads to Karma, Karma leads to your Karma phala (present or next birth)
In many of our present actions, our present thoughts immediately translate to action and we get results.
I decide to go to the gym, and go to the gym and workout every day for 50 days, I also ensure that I eat well and take all the appropirate actions to become fitter.
It is natural that by the 50th day, I will be a fitter version.
But knowing the nature of Saturn and my Karma, before I hit 50 days, what will happen in my life…
- I may have an injury
- I may have overtaxing work that prevented me from going to the gym
- I may have had a friend who called me for a drink and as a result, I didn’t go for a few days at a stretch
That’s how Karma plays out in your life & he sabotages.
Now coming back to my statement:
Your thoughts leads to feelings, feelings leads to actions, actions leads to results, results leads to character, character leads to Karma, Karma leads to your Karma phala (present or next birth)
“What you think about & you thank about, you bring about”.
This is the reason why our ancients recommended Prayer or Devotion to a certain deity who represented a certain set of qualities to overcome difficult circumstances.
Therepresents certain aspects which help overcome Saturn related stresses when chanted and worshipped over a long period of time.
Oṃ tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭi-vardhanam
urvārukam iva bandhanān mṛtyor mukṣīya mā ‘mṛtāt
The Three Eyed One
We Worship, We Sacrifice
The Fragrant, Virtuous, Supreme Being
The Bestower of Nourishment, Wealth and Perfection who nourishes and helps me grow
Freeing me from the fruit
of Bondage of Birth and Death
May I be released from all this and experience immortality
The tricky part with all Sansksrit Mantras is you go by the word by word meaning, it does not help you understand it’s full impact.
This is my perception of the mantra,
“We worship through penance/sacrifice The Three Eyed One who is the virtuous, fragrant & Supreme Being who is also the bestower of nourishment, wealth and perfection who increases my wealth, nourishes & nurtures me.
I pray to him so I am freed from the fruit of my Karma Phala & can experience the nectar of immmortality”
The mantra works very similar to what an affirmation/incantation does.
, one of the world’s best teachers of Personal Development says swears by his morning routine – which consciously puts him in a Peak State – and it involves a routine set of Declarations.
Our ancients – similarly had methods to consciously put themselves in a peak state.
It involved bathing in the river as the Sun Rises, performing Surya Namaskaras and then doing a good round of Mantra chanting – which were conscious affirmations before they ate their first meal.
It wasn’t blind belief.
So similarly, just like how affirmations or declarations – help rewire your mental and physical state & set you up for optimum peak performance – regardless of what external events happen or affect you in your life…
… similarly, the practice of Maha Mrityunjaya Japa for at least a 108 times every day can help prepare you for the challenges Saturn throws in your way…
… but you’ll have to do the mantra japa consciously with meaning and actually wait for at leastor 48 days to see results.
And as per Maharishi Parasara, you want to chant the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra throughout the Shani Mahadasa or the afflicting Saturn period every single day.
In addition to the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, you may also want to listen to the Shiva Sahasranama – which glorifies Lord Shiva.
The whole reason behind this is to – install a picture of Lord Shiva into your head & help you imbibe as many Shiva like qualities into yourself.
During the Shani Mahadasa, Sani will force you to become contemplative, meditative and Sanyasi-like.
So who better to worship than Lord Shiva himself during the entire Shani Mahadasa.
Lord Shiva, the original aescetic
Remember, Lord Shiva was the original aescetic.
Similarly, for the Mercury Mahadasa – which depicts speed and material achievement, Maharishi Parasara recommends the worship of Maha Vishnu.
There is an actual science behind all these remedies and recommendations.
Worship of Lord Hanuman During Shani Mahadasa
You’ll find this recommendation everywhere…
Recite the Hanuman Chalisa
Worship Lord Hanuman.
The concept/theory is the same.
Lord Hanuman worship for Shani Mahadasa
Lord Hanuman is another avatar of Lord Shiva.
Lord Hanuman is a Chiranjeevi (representing immortality).
He is a Bhakti Yogi (who utters the Rama nama all the time)
He is the voluntary servant of Lord Rama and he stands by what is Righteous.
He is a Brahmachari, he chooses to not consciously marry. But later on, according to the Parasara Samhita, he marries Suvarchala Devi to learn a.
“Suvarchala is a divine woman. I am giving you the boon that you would still be a Brahmachari even after marriage. Your marriage is only for the welfare of the Universe and it would not affect your chosen course of celibacy.”
All the above deities live a minimalist life with a Dharmic Focus.
Lord Hanuman is intent on completing his Dharma.
Lord Shiva, the Supreme God, choses to be contemplative & meditative – as opposed to his counterpart Lord Vishnu – who is depicted with material bliss.
So the logic is – by the conscious worship of these deities, you imbibe qualities of these deities & adopt them in your day to day life.
You don’t become them. You’re human and they’re Gods, they’re the representatives of the Supreme.
With that, I would like to conclude my article on Top Remedies for a Tough Shani Mahadasa.
There are some more remedies that I can discuss, but I’ll revisit them on another day.
From the Seeker in me to the Seeker in you.
The Seeker Within