Brahmahatya, the serious sin
Brahmahatya is regarded as a grave affliction. It is said that the person who committed this sin will have to face severe consequences and that these need not only be confined to a single birth but may extend even to the ones that may follow. Here, the word ‘Brahma’ is generally believed to denote the sacred Brahmins and ‘Hatya’ means killing. Hence, it is normally held that this Dosha, the affliction is incurred due to the killing of a Brahmin. However, there are scriptures that claim that Brahmahatya will incur due to any manslaughter or even by committing many other transgressions.
Sins capable of causing Brahmahatya
The seven crimes that may lead to the deadly sin of Brahmahatya can be – slaughtering of a human being or causing physical or mental harm or pain; coveting other person’s wife or property; willful destruction of other’s belongings and poisoning; neglecting parents and ignoring ancestral worship; hurting noble men who are doing selfless service; stopping timely help from reaching people who are in dire need; and disrespecting teachers, elders and Vedic scholars.It is believed that such actions done in previous births by the individual or by his ancestors, may result in this lethal sin.
Brahmahatya in Legends
There are references in legends to the incarnations of the Supreme Gods Shiva and Vishnu themselves getting afflicted by this Dosha. While Lord Bhairava, the ferocious aspect of Shiva incurred this curse when he separated Lord Brahma’s 5th head, Vishnu’s Avatar of Lord Rama got affected as he slayed demon Ravana, who was an ardent devotees of Shiva.
Its Deadly Effects
The ramifications of Brahmahatya Dosha can be wide-ranging, serious and crippling, and may include chronic diseases, mental illness, fear, stress and lack of confidence, loss of employment and lack of career progression, all round impediments and failures, financial strains, restlessness and tension, discontent and sorrow, and marital disharmony and separations.
The Identifying Factors
Such effects are definitely there for one to know about the gravity of the Brahmahatya Dosha. But a person need not wait to suffer such consequences to know about this affliction. Brahmahatya Dosha is very much discernable and it is the ancient system of Vedic astrology which provides the unmistakable indicators for identifying the same. Of the nine planets that constitute the powerful Navagraha, three planetary Lords, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars can collectively provide definite pointers to the incurring of the much feared Brahmahatya Dosha. It is the placement of these planets at the time of birth of an individual, as reflected in a birth chart that will provide the clue for recognizing this Brahmahatya affliction. Jupiter, called as Guru, is a highly regarded planet. He is considered as an embodiment of wisdom and is hailed as Deva Guru, the preceptor of the heavenly beings. Saturn or Shani is perhaps the most dreaded of planets and he is regarded as the lord of Karma, the one who ensures without fear or favor, that people undergo the effects of one’s own karmas, the past deeds. Mars, known variously as Mangal, Kuja, etc. is an aggressive and malefic planet, who can make or mar one’s fortune depending upon his placement in a natal chart.
How to identify the Brahmahatya Dosha?
In a natural zodiac which starts in the sign of Aries, Jupiter rules the 9th House that indicates ‘Bhagya’, the fortune and also the deeds of the past births. Saturn is the lord of the 10th House that denotes ‘Karma’, the job performed and actions. The 8th House is of difficulties and it is Mars, who rules over it. A Brahmahatya Dosha is said to be indicated, if in a horoscope
- Planets Jupiter and Saturn mutually aspect each other, that is, one casts its glance on the other
- Jupiter and Saturn are in conjunction
- When there is a Jupiter-Mars-Saturn conjunction
- When the 5th and the 9th Houses are afflicted
- When Yama Kruthi Yoga is indicated in a Horoscope. This Yoga denotes the impact of Yama, the God of death. This is said to happen for Aries and Scorpio Ascendants, when Rahu is in the Ascendant, Sun is in the 3rd House and the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars and Saturn are present together in the 8th House.
Remedies for Brahmahatya Dosha
Vedic technology itself has passed on some powerful remedies for the Dosha, the performance of which can invoke divine blessings and help a person to overcome its effects and lead a life of prosperity, progression and peace. The remedial worship will include Archana, the light and sound ceremony, Abishekam, the hydration ceremony, Homa, the fire lab, special poojas and rituals, and cow feeding.