17 ways to to please Saturn (Lord Shani)
1. Chant Saturn Mantras – Mantras are impulses or rhythms of the consciousness. They create vibrations in the spirit. Their effects, influence, method and mode of working are all a mystery. In Sanskrit, it is said, Manana trayate iti mantra.Mantra is that which saves you from repetitiveness. A repetitive thought is a worry. Mantras help to free you from your worries.
Main Shani Mantra by Ved Vyas (Navagraha Stotram) – Om Nilaanjana-Samabhasam Ravi Putram Yamagrajam Chayya-Martanda- Sambhutam Tam Namami Shanaishvaram
Shani Tantric Mantra – Om Praam Preem Praom Saha Shanayshchraey Namah
2. Donation – Pay your karmic debts without expecting anything in return – Saturn is the lord of Karma. And by voluntarily and lovingly donating to those in need you can pay your karmic debts! Dānam (pronounced as Daanam), is the Sanskrit word for charity or donation.
Living creatures get influenced through dānam,
Enemies lose hostility through dānam,
A stranger may become a loved one through dānam,
Vices are killed by dānam.
— A Hindu Proverb
3. Karma Yoga (Service) – Saturn is the planet of Service. He represents servants and people who do hard work.
“The way to overcome personal misery is to share universal misery! When you bring some relief or freedom to someone through seva, good vibrations and blessings come to you. Seva brings merit; merit allows you to go deep in meditation; meditation brings back your smile.”
-Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
4. Worship the Kalabhairav form of Lord Shiva – Kalabhairav is the “Lord of Time”. “Udyamao Bhairavah” – Shiv Sutras. “Bhairava” means he who nourishes and who creates fullness. Bhairava fills up our incompleteness or lack. When we invest 100 percent of our energy in any action, there will be no regrets, and when there are no regrets there is no fear or anxiety. The mind is complete, awake and in the present moment. In this state of awakened consciousness, the mind turns inward, becomes peaceful and surrenders. The surrendered mind finds prosperity, strength, peace, cheerfulness and success!
5. Read the “The Greatness of Saturn” – The telling of mythic stories has always been a powerful form of therapy, bringing healing to people facing adversity. The Greatness of Saturn is such a therapeutic myth, told and retold through many centuries. Taken from the East Indian Vedic tradition, it honors the planet Saturn, who personifies time, limitations, loss, and all forms of adversity.
6. Worship the Peepal tree – Vedas call the peepal tree ‘Ashvatta’ – the shade that provides rest for the divine horse. In Tamil culture it is called the ‘Arasa Maram’ – the king of trees. Bhagavad Gita calls the tree as the manifestation of Krishna. The ‘Atharvana Veda’ book number 5 calls the tree the amrita [elixir] of the world. Siddhartha Gautama [founder of Buddhism] meditated under the tree and became the Buddha. Thus, Buddhists call the tree Bodhi – the tree of enlightenment.
7. Walk barefoot on Grass on Saturdays – “Life does not always believe in strength. Weakness has beauty in it, because it is tender and soft. A storm comes; big, strong trees will fall. Grass (small plants) will simply bend, and then the storm goes by, and they are again smiling and flowering. In fact, the storm has freshened them, it has taken their dust, that’s all. They are more alive, younger, fresher, and the storm has given them a good bath. And the old trees, very strong, have fallen because they resisted. They would not bend; they were very egoistic.”- Lao Tzu
One of the things that Saturn is trying to teach us is to be humble! Walk on grass on his day (Saturday is ruled by Saturn) to invoke the blessings of Saturn! Feet represents the 12th house of loss, so walking on grass absorbs the loss and teaches you to be humble.
8. Perform Yagyas or Rituals – Yagya literally means “sacrifice, devotion, worship, offering”, and refers in Hinduism to any ritual done in front of a sacred fire, often with mantras. There are specific ‘navgraha yagya’ that you can do to please all of the planets often performed by a priest. The significance of performing a Yagya is to surrender and silence the mind.
9. Worship Lord Hanuman – When you pray to Hanuman with devotion and completely surrender to Him, you imbibe his qualities. And those are the exact qualities that can help you with Saturn. It helps you with a positive Saturn energy!
More about it here – The mystery behind Lord Hanuman and Saturn(Shani Dev) – Cosmic Insights
10. Bring some Discipline into your life – Make a to-do list, have a plan and bring some structure into your life! – These are the qualities that Saturn is trying to teach you!
11. Feed people on Saturdays to please Saturn – “Sharing food is the highest form of Karma.” —Bhagavad Gita. Sharing food, according to the Bhagavad Gita, is the highest form of Karma. In practice, this means volunteering time and preparing meals that can be shared with those in need in temples in India and around the world.
12. Simplify your life by removing clutter! – We fear Saturn because he removes things that are not needed for your growth. One of the simplest ways to please Saturn is to declutter!
Remove clutter at home by discarding things that you no longer need. Remove clutter in your mind through silence and meditation. Remove clutter in your life by staying away from relationships that no longer serves your growth.
13. Be in the Present Moment – Saturn shows us reality! It creates difficulties in life for us to appreciate what we have HERE & NOW! So learn to be in the present moment and honor Saturn! Meditation helps you be in the present moment.
Download the meditation App, Sattva, to get a start – www.sattva.life
14. Do what needs to be done rather than what you want to do on Saturdays – Saturn represents the work that has to be done, that does not always get appreciated and honored. Like the work the farmers do, or our servants do. It is not always creative and rewarding in the short term – but choosing to do what has to be done (the boring, laborious and tiresome work) vs what you want to do or like to do is an excellent way to honor Lord Saturn!
15. Feed Crows on Saturdays – Crows are not beautiful birds, but they are highly intelligent! (A typical Saturn trait). And in Hindu mythology Saturn’s vehicle is a crow. Crows also represent our ancestors and Saturn rules elders and old age.
When you feed crows it is said that the ancestors come in the form of crows to eat your offering, and by doing so, they take on your negative karma and also shower blessings on you!
16. Listen to ‘Dasaratha Shani Stotram’ – Saturn enters the star constellation of Rohini once in every 30 years. This is one of the most feared transit for kings and their kingdom as their country goes through a severe phase of poverty! It is said that during the reign of King Dasaratha when Saturn was about to enter Rohini Nakshatra, King Dasaratha worshiped Saturn and pleased him with his prayers. Saturn did not enter Rohini during the reign of King Dasharatha. Hence the Dasaratha Shani stotras are considered an excellent remedy for Saturn related troubles.
17. Take responsibility – Saturn is the planet of responsibility! When life does not go your way, take responsibility for it! A simple way to be more responsible is by tracking! Tracking brings a lot of awareness in our lives. If you are not feeling healthy enough, start to track your calorie intake and your physical activities. If you feel you are not productive – track your time! If you feel you are emotionally drained – track your emotions – understand what affects you! Understanding the problem is the most important part of the solution! In this day and age, we have access to so many tools to track every single thing! Saturn loves this!
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