Mercury - Budha

Yoga of the Planets: Mercury - Budha

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Extract from Yoga of the Planets - Mercury

ॐ बुधाय नमः

om budhāya namaḥ

1. Salutations to the learned one.

Budha has a great depth of meaning. It has the sense of awaking, being learned and wise; to know, learn, and perceive as well as causing others to learn or realize. When the Sun causes a flower to expand its blossoms, that is Budh. The awakening of consciousness is Budh. Buddha is the awakened one, and this is derived grammatically from Budh.

 

ॐ बुधार्चिताय नमः

om budhārcitāya namaḥ

2. Worshipped by the wise.

Budha is the light (Archi) of wisdom itself. It is that light that is praised, not some personality. When we honour a sage or anyone, we are praising their wisdom and other qualities, not the individuality. If someone praises us and we take it personally and our ego rises up, then this can then lead to much trouble. In the ancient law book, the Manu Smriti, it says that praise burns up the virtues of a person like a forest fire. On the other hand, when people speak ill of you, they are kindly taking your sins on their own heads. That is why we should be careful of listening to those who praise us and be grateful of our abusers. I think anyone who pays attention will know the truth of this. Life is really quite different from what it appears to be.

We all have the light of wisdom within us. It is like a small flame that grows with care and attention. Initially, we may have to be extremely quiet to bring it to conscious awareness. Having found it, then we should give it the fuel of attention every day. The wise are those who constantly attend the flame. Traditionally, the sacred fire is worshipped at every junction of the day: sunrise, midday (apparent noon) and sunset. The junction times are moments of quiet in nature when it is easier to find the inner light. If we keep feeding the fire it may burn so bright that it never leaves our awareness.

 

ॐ सौम्याय नमः

om saumyāya namaḥ

3. Peaceful, content.

Saumya can mean born from Soma, which is a name of the Moon. It is said that Jupiter was married to Tārā (star) but then the Moon eloped with her and she bore Mercury by him. Eventually, by the intervention of Brahmā, the creator, Tārā was restored to Jupiter. When Jupiter saw the child, it was so beautiful that his anger melted and he adopted the child. From this we know that Mercury indicates adoption and also a Guru's (Jupiter) students who are like his children during their studies. Also, that Mercury can make a person very handsome or charming.

The nature of true wisdom is that it leaves us in a very gentle and peaceful inner state. Like the Moon or the Divine Mother, it has great softness and is utterly relaxed. The person may be very active in their life but internally there is a calm steadiness.

 

ॐ सौम्यचित्ताय नमः

om saumyacittāya namaḥ

4. Of peaceful mind.

This state of peace (Saumya) pervades all the active states of the mind. Citta is the heart, the mind, the memory, the intellect and reason. It is also what we see and desire. Everything is made calm. Mercury (reason) and the Moon (feeling, desire) tend to compete causing confusion. The solution lies in this state of peacefulness, which arises from the awakening of true knowledge.