|SUKRA - THE
The planet Venus is known as SUKRA in
Vedic astrology. Sukra means "white", or "bright" in
Sanskrit. Venus is a first rate benefic in Jyotish
(predictions). Venus rules over the two sidereal signs of
Taurus and Libra.
Venus is exalted in Pisces and in his fall in the opposite
sign of Virgo. Venus is a karaka, or
indicator of spouse, love, marriage, comfort, luxury,
beauty, prosperity, happiness, all conveyances, art, dance
music, acting, passion and sex, healing and the saying of
Sage Parasara says of Venus; "Venus is charming, has a
splendors physique, is excellent or great in disposition,
has charming eyes, is a poet, is phlegmatic and windy and
has curly hair." Venus most powerful position is in the
4th House and enjoys the TRIKONAL Houses, 1, 5, and 9.
Venus is a particularly beneficial planet for Capricorn
and Aquarius Ascendants. Her nature
is KAPHA, or watery in disposition.
Her gem is diamond and her metal is copper and silver.
Venus' direction is Southeast and her day is Friday. She
reaches full maturity at age 25. In Vedic myth Venus, or
Sukra, is known as the Guru, or teacher of the ASURAS, or
one of the two camps of the Vedic deities. Sukra therefore
is a Brahmin, or the highest priestly order, and is
considered the forefather of the Brig lineage of sages
from ancient India.
In Vedic myth the Asuras are the demonic aspect of the
divine and, like many of the ancient creation myths, are
locked in eternal battle with the Devas, the auspicious
aspect of the Divine. In one episodic myth the Devas are
particularly concerned in their battle with Asuras because
Venus knows the mantra of immortality to raise the dead.
This of course gave the Asuras an unfair advantage in
their battle with the Devas. So Jupiter, or Brihaspati,
the guru to the Devas, sends his son Kaca (brightness) to
study under Sukra.
|SUKRA AS SEEN
Sukra has a
beautiful daughter Devayani (way to the gods), and she is
quite taken with Kaca. Now, the Asuras know what Kaca is
up to, so like all good demons they kill him. Devayani, of
course, grieves for him and tells father, so Sukra repeats
the mantra and Kaca comes back to life. Then the demons
kill Kaca again. Once again Devayani complains, and once
again Sukra repeats the mantra and Kaca come back to life.
Undeterred, the demons go about killing Kaca and Sukra
keeps resurrecting him. So the demons get a particularly
demonic idea and this time they kill Kaca and grind him up
into a fine powder and put him in Sukra's wine. Sukra
drinks the wine, Devayani begins her grieving, and in
response Sukra repeats the mantra, but this time he has a
stomachache as Kaca speaks from inside him. At last the
demons appear to be happy.
But, they ironically bring about the very thing they were
trying to prevent, for Sukra reveals the mantra of
immortality to Kaca, so when Kaca tears himself out of
Sukra's body he will repeat the mantra and raise Sukra
from the dead. This myth explains why all Brahmins
committed to spiritual life are not allowed to drink wine,
and one of the epithets of Venus is: the one who "produces
Sukra bestows long life, wealth, happiness, children, and
property and good education. He is the Guru for Asuras.
Well learned in Neeti Sastras follower of such sastras and
one who dispenses justice, Sukra is considered a
beneficial Devata. He blesses the devotees with power to
control one's Indriyas (Sense organs) and enables the
devotee to obtain fame and name.
In the Zodiac, he is the Lord of Tula. Sukra takes one
year to complete the Zodiac cycle living one month in each
Rasi. Fridays are considered to be effective for the
worship of Sukra.