88. ANURADHA NAKSHATRA

FRIENDSHIP IN THE STARS

ANURADHA NAKSHATRA


Anuradha Nakshatra transports the lessons of friendship.

It is a Saturn ruled Nakshatra that is composed of the 3 stars of Scorpio: –

Alpha, Delta and Pi.

A Nakshatra awakens elements in us that relate to its lessons. And so Anuradha teaches us the secrets of being a true friend. To be a true friend is to awaken to love.

Anuradha Nakshatra takes us to the very depths of our issues in friendships.

When this Nakshatra is ritualistically contacted through focus and concentration, it presents a doorway of healing our deep-seated issues in friendships, both past and present. This is the root aspect of the Lotus.

Anuradha has the potential to take us to the subtle etheric peaks of friendship, to levels of psychic union in a telepathic sense with those on our frequency of friendship.

This is the flower aspect of the Lotus.

The name Anuradha is another name of the Gopi Lalita. Anuradha means ‘the follower of Radha – Radha is the Goddess of love and devotion. The stories tell us that Anuradha did follow Radha like a true friend.

Anuradha follows Radha with her very heart – this is the deepest aspect of friendship.

And just like the Gopi that shares the name of this Nakshatra, Anuradha Nakshatra brings us the lesson of becoming a true friend.


COSMOLOGICAL ORDER


The Ruling deity of Anuradha Nakshatra is Mitra.

Mitra is the god of friendship.

Mi – means to uncover and untie. Tra – implies binding or order, or an instrument of bringing order.

Mitra is the keeper of cosmic order. He is the very force that balances the dance of ebb and flow together – the contraction and expansion of energy in both the body and the psyche, in both the macro and microcosm.

It is Mitra that keeps cosmic rhythm through managing the opposite forces of binding and unbinding.

Mitra is best friends with his opposite.

Varuna is his opposite and they are bound together in a sacred oath of friendship that is so deep, it keeps the universe in equilibrium.

Varuna translates as the one who covers and conceals.

Mitra causes the sun to rise, he uncovers and reveals as the ‘Mi’ in his name suggests, Mitra is said to never close his eyes.

Varuna on the other hand conceals and brings nightfall.

Mitra is the deity who assists the activating of the solar day forces and Varuna assists in activating the lunar night forces.

Varuna is the deity of the depths and the waters that cover the earth and move with the dance of the Moon.

So, these two opposite forces are tied together in deepest friendship and keep the cosmological order of Rtta. Rtta is the rhythmical, regulating principle of order.


SYMBOLS OF ANURADHA


The symbols of this Nakshatra are an archway, a danda (wand) and a Lotus flower.

The Danda is one of the symbols of is one of the symbols of Anuradha Nakshatra.

The Danda is the magical stick of power carried by witches, wizards and sages.

Yogic wisdom tells of many types of stick that hold and transport the power of those that carry them.

In an inner sense, the stick of power is the the spine.

And just like the spine, it is also the lotus flower that extends both into the deep depths and blooms fragrantly upwards. Just like the lotus bloom, Anuradha takes us to the Southernmost part. In fact, Anuradha is known as the Rohini of the South – ‘the fertility inherent in depth’

The other symbol of Anuradha Nakshatra is the Lotus flower.

We see that the other Shuni (Saturn) ruled Nakshatra’s also have their symbols as lotus flowers.

The blue lotus flower being the symbol of Shravan Nakshatra

Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra has the pink lotus flower as its symbol.

Anuradha Nakshatra has the white lotus as its symbol.

Each of these colours of the Lotus has significance to the energies of the ruling Nakshatra. This can be discovered when one engages intuition by meditating upon the the stories associated with these Nakshatra’s.

The archway is yet another of Anuradha Nakshatra. But what exactly is an archway?

We can see that it is a joining of divisions between two areas.

To pass under an archway is a sacred chance to evoke Anuradha Nakshatra and all that it stands for.

Meditating and doing rituals in archways are connected to Anuradha and are part and parcel of her many sacred rituals.

We can see this in Indian marriages. With the passing under the arch rituals. We also see in the marriage customs the pouring of Mustard oil i upon the doorway as the new home is entered.

Anuradha is a yellow Devi (Goddess), just as the mustard oil is.

Invoking her in marriage rituals is a prayer to appeal to her Star forces to establish order in the coming Union.

The archway literally brings two halves together – just as friendship and loyalty bring disparate and exclusive elements together into a unified marriage.

The whole lesson of Anuradha Nakshatra is about friendship and unification – bringing those things which are opposite and far away from each other into close proximity.


SURROUNDED BY LOVE


As mentioned above, Anuradha is a name of the Gopi Lalita – and Anuradha means the one who follows Radha.

Anu – means to follow, as in the sense to ‘follow behind’

but Anu also means to follow as in something ‘coming after another thing’

So Anuradha is literally the friend who surrounds Radha on both sides. Anuradha literally follows and leads Radha. Radha is the Goddess of devotion and longing and Anuradha is the aura around her. The stores tell that Anuradha is always with Radha, just as her her shadow is.

Anuradha is 27 days older than Radha. These 27 days denote the 27 Nakshatras.

Meditation on this significance will give insights as to what this means.


WOMAN IN LOVE


Anuradha expresses Khandita Bhava, this is one of the attitudes of a woman in love. This Bhava (attitude) is harsh towards the lover in a hot tempered way and seeks to protect the flower of love by proudly refusing to be taken for granted.

In this way Anuradha protects the devotion of Radha. Radha is the absorbent tender flower of love.

Love can have many colours sorounding it. The journey of live can move between the sweetest and sourest flavors. Longing, jealousy, scandal, obsession and emptiness can all be part of the journey to the sacred heart of love. Anuradha is the friend to turn to and confide the deepest of the hearts secrets. Anuradha is the protecter she of Radha.


LOYALTY AND DEVOTION


Friendship and loyalty is the lesson of Anuradha.

Loyalty to familiar things that agree with our nature and do not challenge us, is not the measure of real friendship.

But, to befriend that which challenges our sense of self and our reality – takes a very deep friendship.

Even that which is totally abhorrent and contrary to us – if we can befriend that, then we breath the deepest breath of friendship.

Refining the quality of our devotion and love require both the thorn and the rose.

Intense devotion is a preciously rare quality.

Devotion is the quality of the true lover and the Yogi who is ready to accept the thorn and the rose together.

Those who only care for the rose and not for the thorns will be protected from the thorns, but they will never know the rose.


Hara Ring