Shani Beej Mantra
Shani Beej Mantra
Shani is the Lord of discipline and control. He shows us the truth, and keeps us honest. As the slowest moving planet, Saturn’s tedious eye keeps track of every action that is performed. He admits no shortcuts and no easy ways out of difficult situations. With Saturn’s blessing the limitations of the mind and body are confronted and renovated by persistency and patience. In order for spiritual growth to occur, the body and mind must be prepared. This preparation process happens on all levels of being and is not completed until Shani has transformed everything transient and illusory into inner strength founded in truth.
Shani is also known as Krura-lochana, - 'the evil-eyed one'. It is believed that Shani's gaze can spell disaster even to the most influential and powerful. Ancient Indian myth and folklore is replete with stories depicting the negative influences of this planet on the subject of his attention. Of various stories that are mentioned in the Hindu mythology how Lord Ganesh got elephant's head, one is attributed to Shani. He being the devotee of Lord Shiva was meditating in the Himalayas to be close to his Lord. When Parvati, Shiva's consort, gave birth to Ganesh, she distributed sweets to Shiva's ganas, - the hosts. The goddess Parvati asked Shani to see and bless the child. Shani kept his head down and sought forgiveness from seeing the child, pleading that his gaze is inauspicious. Parvati, being the great Lord's consort took no notice of this and asked him to bless the newborn. As soon as Shani lifted his head and looked at the child, the newborn's head got blown.
As a God, Saturn is black in color, short in stature and lame because of injured legs. Shani is the son of Surya and Chhaya, the Shadow Goddess. Manu and Yama are his brothers. Shani's vehicle is a vulture. Shani is the ruler of our destinies and keeps an eye on our deeds and depending on our Karmas we will be rewarded or punished by Shani.
To calm down the negative effects of the planet in the horoscope , one must recite the following mantra 108 times (one mala) everyday