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  1. Ketu-Meza
  2. Ketu-Urisha
  3. Ketu-Mithunaya
  4. Ketu-Karkata
  5. Ketu-Singha
  6. Ketu-Kanya
  7. Ketu-Thula
  8. Ketu-Vrizchika * svakshetra
  9. Ketu-Dhanuzya
  10. Ketu-Makara
  11. Ketu-Kumbha
  12. Ketu-Meena

Ketu Yantra from

AUM kem ketave namah

OM shram shreem shroum sah ketave namah

Professor Ketu

Sikhi * Akasha

vi-ziras-ka (headless)

kha (space)

resides in

Bhratru-bhava * Sahotta-daya



Cauda Draconis

Dragon's Tail * South Node



the third house


disregard for messages

empty reports

surrendering mentality


power-vacuum in the social behaviors (9) of preacher-teacher Guru:

(Guru's private-personal area = bhava-12)

  • One's connection to the power-source of daily conversation is somehow severed.


sees the weaknesses in the sibling-cousin group, the work cohort, the committee, the ensemble

lacks accountability toward the siblings, the cohort, the cousins, the committee, the communicative mechanisms

scattered boundaries "aural perceptions; detached listening-speaking

indecisively unable to make up the mind in matters of communicative process, messaging, description, articulation, announcements

"Useless and fruitless altercations and discussions" (Das)

Ambivalence about Business, Mentality, Management, Communication

incoherent information, dispersed details, disoriented descriptions

Ketu-3 signifies detachment from the mental processes, from the coherence of the commercial transactions and an empty or distant relationship to younger siblings. Co-workers and teammates may perform erratically or fail to meet your expectations.

dissolution of fixed mentality during short-term travels (3).

Ketu-3 can be associated with mental depression, detachment syndromes, and frequent wandering

Due to Rahu-9, the greater excitement is not business-as-usual (3) but rather the ambitious social mobility and opportunity available via exotic doctrines, sacred teachings of traditions outside one's own, alternative or taboo theories and philosophies, or higher principled discourse which contains content or viewpoints that are adversarial to one's home culture (Rahu-9 occupies 6th-from-4th).

Ketu-3 may be unconstrained by conventional truth standards. One may write, publish, announce, present, and otherwise communicate the sort of information which would normally be categorized as ungrounded, vacuous, non-factual, or mentally deranged.

  • Violet Flame 1939-2009 Elizabeth Clare Prophet * Samka-KSY * cult preacher (Rahu-9) and self-proclaimed exclusive psychic channel for elite discarnate divine personalities, ECP proclaimed (3) decades worth of detailed spiritual instructions for the faithful. The purported goal of following the instructions was to attain Ascension to a higher consciousness (Ketu liberation). ECP suffered from brain-pattern disorders (Mesha-Ketu-3). Her administrative team members were often suddenly severed (Ketu) leading to miscommunications. The Rahu-cycle fateful collapse of her popular international New Age church was caused by a high-impact false prediction (Ketu-3) which exposed the fragility of ECP's channeled information.

chidra-karaka Ketu-3 is a natural severance-agent which cuts the cord between oneself and siblings, teammates, co-workers, neighbors, or ensemble collaborators.

disconnected from the siblings

mismatched or incoherent narratives

vacant mentality

insensible or illogical messaging

detached or distanced audience

clairsentient hearing

Ketu in the emotionally talkative, communicative cohort evangelical instructional team-working administrative managerial announcing publishing reporting explanatory conversational lyrical messaging 3rd-from-Chandra = disconnected from younger siblings

indecisively unable to"make up their mind" in matters of communications, messaging, thought-group

Scattered Ketu's weak psychic boundaries "can't hold on".

Thus the student of Professor Ketu in classroom-bhava-3 may experience unwholesome, scattered mentality. Some uncertainty about the natural coherence of the interior dialog.

Weakened ability to ascertain, obtain, sustain, maintain, or retain connection to:

  • media, communications modalities

  • reports and announcements, news and news-journalism

  • television, radio, magazines, publishing, internet, broadcasts

  • siblings and cousins

  • team-mates, work-group, meetings, memoranda, letters, email, instruments of communication

  • messages, angels, evangelism

  • conversation, conferences, dialog, dialectic, chat, narrative, writing, tool-using, craft

  • apprenticeship, craft-learning, dexterity

  • transmissions, transactions, talking

Mangala drishti upon Ketu-3

Autobiography of a Yogi 1893-1952 Swami Yogananda

Mangala drishti into bhava-3 agitates the mentality without providing focus. The mental machinery moves vigorously but the target of thoughts and plans tends to vacillate in a state of varying, inconsistent focus.

One may become involved in a variety of business operations but feel ambivalence toward the managerial and communicative tasks which are required in commerce.

If the rashi of Ketu supports publishing, one may be a successful writer or instructor in spiritual topics (Ketu surrender) However, business concerns leave one feeling apathetic.


Ketu in Bhava-3 = busts-up, scatters the mental narrative; disperses habitual scripts and tracks of internal discourse; eliminates conventional social restrictions on writings.

Topics of surrender, abandonment, dissolution, wandering, loss of connection

  • Genesis 1951- songwriter drummer Phil Collins developed a highly successful career in the music industry based primarily on musical performance, singing and writing about "break-up" narrative such as disappointment and divorce. These human themes were understood and accessible to many in his audience. Ketu-Simha artistic performance.

Ketu in Bhava-3 non-conversational (Ketu-3) non-media-messaged. highly personalized truth, - often matched by a charismatic guru (Rahu-9).

Naturally, when Rahu-9 sacred doctrine and philosophy is strong, then Ketu-3 communication becomes evangelical, writing about surrender and beheading of ego.

Ketu-3 writes about other-worldly topics and experiences

  • years before the eastern philosophies were accepted in mainstream American culture, guru Autobiography of a Yogi 1893-1952 Swami Yogananda * writings on cosmic consciousness and disembodied (Ketu) perceptions were well received.

Ketu in bhava-3 = Rahu in bhava-9

  • Ambivalence (Ketu) toward publications, scripted mundane daily talk , writing, and team-communications

  • Hunger to obtain the privileges accorded to a father-figure, philosopher-professor of important wisdom, religious preacher, wise director of international affairs

Ketu in bhava-3 chidrakaraka

  • Ambivalence toward media publications, journalism, making announcements and delivering messages, plans and schedules, staff meetings, neighbors, scripted repetitive daily talk , mental narrative, writing, and team-communications.

  • Yet unrestricted access to all varieties of publication, messaging technology. No-barriers freedom to deliver any type of slogan, song, instruction, report or announcement.

  • Frequent and barrier-free short-term travels such as holiday, business trip, scheduled tours. Disperses the fraternity; breaks up the team; cracks up the cohort.

  • Joins and leaves numerous configurations of the collaborative group. Scatters siblings; often no sibling. In place of fleshly siblings, psychic brothers appear - cohere - then dissolve - then another cohort appears.

  • Spacey mentality. Channels the vibration of the cohort without ego-membrane interference. of others without restriction.

Rahu in bhava-9 chalakaraka

  • Urgent Ambition to"get ahead" via the privileges accorded to elite figures of patriarchal religion (9) including priests, pujari, father-figures; oracles of the deity; wise world travelers; scholar-professors of sacred wisdom; and important pulpits and preachers.

  • May become a global-scale figure associated with an inspirational movement in religion or philosophical worldview . Craves the prestige of internationalism, religious ceremony, public piety, high doctrine, punditry, pontification, universities, temples,

Ketu = cut-off (beheaded)

Daily conversation is often unclear, due to apathy regarding the message.

Barring the more positive influence of other graha - either graha residing in bhava-3 or those which might cast an improving drishti into the bhava of communications - Ketu in 3 indicates words which scatter, disperse, and nebulize. Declarations made, claims asserted, instructions or explanations delivered may all tend to blow away in the wind, holding very little coherent meaning.

The native is not necessarily a liar, but unless another graha lends some anchoring steadiness to Vikrama bhava, Ketu-3 = "words are birds " that fly away.

Example of a"Ketu-scattered"announcement:

  • the famed rock-n-roll performer Jerry Lee Lewis was raised in a strictly moralistic rural southern Christian church. Rock-n-roll music, understood as the direct voice of evil Satan, was strictly forbidden in that culture. Jerry Lee Lewis had taken many vows to live a pious life singing only the approved traditional hymns. Yet, Lewis was extremely attracted to the demonic African-rhythmic music (Rahu-9 ). In a public prayer announcement (3), Lewis declared that as a penance he would commit the profits from his huge illicitly-rhythmic hit song"whole lotta shakin goin on" to the building of a new church. However despite the song being extremely popular and the profits large,"nothing materialized".

Gestures may not coordinate effectively with the content of the announcement.

One may speak incoherently, or deliver nebulous instructions.

Ketu in bhava-3 governs siblings, team-mates

Similar effects may be felt when Ketu the Releaser occupies the emotionally talkative, communicative cohort evangelical instructional team-working administrative managerial announcing publishing reporting explanatory conversational lyrical messaging 3rd-from-Chandra

One longs for positive team communication and sibling bond, but the chidrakaraka cannot sustain it

Affects the mental health via ‘scattering 'the power of hearing as well as diffusing the focus of written communications within a neighborhood, cohort, sports team, work-group, dramatic or musical ensemble, or corporate department.

Professional duties in sales, marketing, advertising, and public relations are particularly ‘scattered 'making it a growth-challenge to hit the target goals.

in their attempt to establish a steady connection, The team-group may encounter what seems like unresponsiveness or disregard emitted by the native .

Ketu-3 may leave the impression that one does not quite fit in to the daily cultural environment. In fact, this perception is accurate. Professional may find themselves suddenly cut off from their cohort.

Psychological expectation of abandonment and rejection by siblings, team-mates, communication messaging information groups, meetings, plans, skills trainers, writers (Ketu = abandonment, chidrakaraka) Expects to be marginalized by the press.

Tends to surrender or give away one's plans, strategies, and personal narrative.

The younger sibling = Ketu-ish, peculiar, detached, eccentric, odd.

  • Feels that conversational narrative, plans and schedule, published announcements are a mirage.

One loses contact with or support from siblings and team-mates. Weakens team communication. Enervates collaborative ventures.

There is disconnection from the siblings socially (Ketu in 3 from lagna) or emotionally (Ketu in 3 from Chandra)

Weakens weakens the communicative energy field, dissipates courage, dissolves self-made financial wealth , vague rapport with neighbors.

Ultimately, a spiritual benefit of calm inwardness, the result of apathy toward day-to-day repeating conversations which fill up the mind with narrative scripts. Liberates the mind.

However, the native may be perceived as mentally a bit peculiar, holding odd ideas or just generally not a group-person socially.

Ketu in 3 = publications may have a 'ghost' (Ketu) writer

  • Autobiography of a Yogi 1893-1952 Swami Yogananda

Ketu Mithuna 3 + lagnesha Mangala = authentic and dynamic partially channeled (Ketu) writing

If Ketu's lord is strong, one may be blessed with an otherworldly mentality which can produce an intriguing narrative style.

Might be a natural meditator who dispassionately observes the flow of mental traffic . Intensely reflective mentality in a universalist style; not self-reflexive; may be able to psychically travel into the minds of others..

Can give mental health issues related to abandonment and disconnection, fragmented communications, hesitation to connect with peers in the immediate environment leading to isolation. the native = resigned to feeling dissatisfied with any type of group work.

Because Keu-3 is always paired with Rahu-9, Ketu-3 occurs in the nativities of priests and professors who have a passion for preaching.

Vimshottari Periods of Ketu are beneficial spiritually but unproductive materially

Bhukti of Ketuva may signify a depressed and disconnected mentality,

However, the se same periods may yield a splendidly unobstructed view of the universe "as it is " with no facade, no morality, no ambition, and no desire

  • Autobiography of a Yogi 1893-1952 Swami Yogananda

one may feel apathetic, impractical and oversensitive toward matters of group communication, writing, media production, tactical and strategic planning, siblings and their affairs.

Yet, at the same time, undertakings in meditative group-work such as prayer circles, or contemplative, reflective writing = cinema, dramatic scripts = other media communications can be profoundly enlightening and inspiring.

as always, outcome with Rahu-Ketu events depends entirely on the level of spiritual consciousness

Prone to erroneous conclusions from interrupted conceptual thought processes. Fascinated by role of intuition in decision-making, yet often unable to deploy intuitive thinking with beneficial results. Inconsistent decisions, unpredictable mental state.

Rahu will be in bhava-9, giving wealth through a variety of types of income. Many unusual friends. Beneficial overall.

Bhava-3 = hearing.

temporary hearing loss due to"scattering" or"cut-off" of the auditory senses

selective hearing

normally the hearing is not severely damaged as the causes are partly psychic

skillful help from a professional audiologist may restore hearing capabilities

clairaudience= increased

Ketu-3 = disregard or unawareness re: explanations, instructions, training.

The content of daily communications might not stick and the person might need to ask for instructions to be repeated.

Or, the native might assent to statements that one has not"heard" thoroughly; repeating occurrences of disregard for content of daily exchanges = the communication in the work-group slowly dissolves.

Ketu-3 makes mistakes due to wrong assumptions which originate in simply not hearing the original discourse.

(by contrast, Ketu-9 makes mistakes due to wrong assumptions which originate in simply not following the sacred teachings. Ketu-7 makes mistakes due to wrong assumptions which originate in simply not attending to the terms of the contract or failing to take the partner's interests into consideration. Ketu-4 makes mistakes due to wrong assumptions which originate in simply not putting down roots in a fixed place and honoring the root culture.

Observer, witness = writer, explainer

If the lord of Bhratru bhava-3 is strong, there may be a Genius for writing and publication, by one who is mentally disconnected from routine daily communications and habitual group relationships.

Public Figures






Ketu-Singha * celebrity of break-ups, severance, dispersion













  • singer, songwriter Curt Cobain

  • oceanographic explorer Jacques Cousteau = Karkata

  • scientific discovery of radium Marie Curie

  • dramatist Jodie Foster

  • Soviet politician Nikita Khrushchev

  • the weeping televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker

Regardless of how one is really handling the world of home and country, the native can passively reflect the clear and authentic communications image of the psychic projections of the collective unconscious.

No barriers Ketu connects one to the experiences of the bhava in which Ketu resides via unlimited freedom to make any sort of announcement or publication which occurs to the mentality; no censorship or restriction on the other hand no requirement to honesty or other moral bondage. No analysis, no cultural filters.

One may communicate well if the message is eccentric, astral-ized, perhaps highly spiritualized, especially if addressed to an audience (3) that is wandering, dispersed, or psychically weakened

The message however peculiar may succeed if it seems like one is saying what everyone else is afraid to say, or answering questions that the audience is unable to articulately ask.

Weird thinking * Incoherent planning

  • POTUS-27 Dollar Diplomacy 1857-1930 William Howard Taft + uttama-Budha-yuti-Surya = a capable administrator who only assumed the prestigious role of POTUS-27 due to a bargain with a stronger personality (Rahu) POTUS-26 National Parks 1858-1919 Theodore Roosevelt. Taft was asked to serve as a placeholder president to substitute for TR during 1908-1912, on the assumption that TR would return to power in 1912. Taft agreed to continue all of TR's personnel and policies, adding only his own management calendar. However, Taft and his handlers surprised everyone by running WHT as the mainstream party candidate, betting on a win for the incumbent. Unfortunately, WHT had not been too popular, TR had split (Ketu) the party's loyalties, and WHT massively lost his bid for re-election. Later, he commented that the loss of high rank did not bother him at all since POTUS was never part of his plan, and he only did it for his friend TR. Mangala-Budha bhukti, Ketu-yuti-Budha

* Disregard of Consequences in Business

Best results in extreme situations

Ketu-3 is always paired with proselytizing Rahu-9

One desires to belong to the privileged caste of high priests who know the highest philosophical empowerments.

Dispersal of signal formations. Vaporized communications. Ethereal, ephemeral imagery. Other worlds and otherworldly messages.

If sahaja-pathi-3 is weak, Ketu-3 may become marginalized by the commercial and communications-media establishment.

  • Too eccentric perhaps, or too odd to enjoy commercially successful publications.

  • May be prone to unacknowledged ghost-writing

However, if the ruler of Observing Ketu's occupies a position of strength, literary publications have an other-worldly, wandering quality, but the disconnection from publishers is not permanent.

  • Gospel of Wealth 1835-1919 Andrew Carnegie had Ketu 3 with a strong Surya + both Zukra and the svakshetra Vrizchika Mangala. AC's pamphlets mixed fact and fiction in an emphatic, impassioned, exhilarating evangelical style. AC self-published, or paid to have his visionary opinions published in working periodicals. AC distributed his writings vigorously (Kuja). Unfortunately, much of the supposedly factual information that he quoted was ungrounded in reality (Ketu).

Also quite persistently favorable for mystical and explicitly eccentric texts

  • Autobiography of a Yogi 1893-1952 Swami Yogananda's masterpiece "Autobiography of a Yogi" was published by his own students, not a commercial publisher.
  • Annunciation 1452-1519 logic Leonardo daVinci received constant instruction from astral sources and produced masterpieces of art and engineering

Unless other graha in sahajabhava-3 are more grounded, Ketu-3 suggests that one is not sufficiently involved in day-to-day business administration, Therefore, one may be left out of important meetings or disregarded in plans. May suggest occasions of being cut-out (chida) from collaborative groups ... although the outcome absolutely depends upon influence of other graha in bhava-3 and the emotionally talkative, communicative cohort evangelical instructional 3rd-from-Chandra

Team communication may disperse, messages be lost, the native pays little attention to public relations, fails to "spin" one's story - can be rather naive in conversation, or foolish, or blunt, or have bad timing due to negligence.

A peculiar and spacey or out-of-touch younger sibling. (In rare circumstances, the younger sibling may be a gifted psychic communicator.)

Due to His counterclockwise movement, Ketu-3 can serve to pull some of the customary, stabilizing energy out of bhava-4 = the childhood home

  • World-famous action-movie thespian Tom Cruise = Shani-yuti-Ketu-Makara-3 = a partly wandering childhood, moving often with his mother after his parents divorced. He even spent some brief portion of early years living in his mom's car.
  • However, his Chandra-yuti-Rahu + Zukra = very strong in Karkata-9 produces an unusually ambitious (Rahu) mother(Soma) and later, unusually mixed, unconventional doctrines of belief (9). His adult lodgings reflect his millionaire film-hero status.

Frequent business travel may seem rather incoherent, misty and wandering in nature. Ketu's lord tells of activities during the pilgrimage.

Although the main marker for detachment, scattering of the sibling would be the emotionally talkative, communicative cohort evangelical instructional team-working administrative managerial announcing publishing reporting explanatory conversational lyrical messaging 3rd-from-Chandra, Ketu in bhava-3 can also signify the disinterest or disengagement of a sibling

Ketu in 6th-from-10th, potentially disconnected from and adversarial to the hierarchical order

Disregard for conventions of the social order -- and indeed for the statutory law -- in matters of reports, announcements, and media communications


Vimshottari period s of Ketu

During the Ketu bhukti which occurs during each mahadasha, and felt acutely during the Ketu-Ketu svabhukti, one born with Ketu in sahaja bhava may have a hopeless feeling that matters of commercial business, team-mates and siblings, messaging capabilities and the mental narrative (3) are distant or slipping away for reasons that seem out of your control.

The internal narrative which explains and instructs the native may have a high volume of messaging traffic referring to activities of severing, separating, abandonment, surrender, and dissolution of the ego.

This Ketu-Bhukti feeling of being a drifting spectator toward the conditions sahaja-bhava within one's own life may be even more profound when either Chandra or the radical lagna occupy a Nakshatra of Ketuva * Azwini, Magha-Regulus, or Mula-Nirriti.

This placement gives good results only for the saintly.

Distant referents penetrate the mundane conversation, making the daily narrative insensible.

Ungrounded, apathetic, un-empathetic, dispersed mentality.

Either highly spiritualized or mentally disconnected.

Producer of polarizing catalysis, ungrounded, or mentally unreliable younger sibling.

Often the mundane thoughts (3) are disconnected from reality and highly dispersed.

the native may pose as a great intellectual (3) but their thoughts are too ungrounded; and their goofy theories = unsupported by data = disappear into the ethers

  • linguist Noam Chomsky

  • However, when the thoughts turn to spiritual, ephemeral topics, writing may be transcendently intuitively perceptive of the unseen. = Autobiography of a Yogi 1893-1952 Swami Yogananda

May be exceptionally sensitive psychically, which can impede rational communication even while the perceptions are quite compelling. May help poetic perceptions, but does not help poetic expression. Polarizing catalysis related to settling on a plan or direction. Mental wandering.

Depending on Ketu's lord, may be a gifted intuitive with remarkable hands. Can channel extraordinary spiritual energy through their hands, if the house lord is good.

Needs someone else to connect and ground them mentally, cannot ground themselves.

Repetitive thought patterns center on Out-of-body matters: spiritual transcendence, disconnection from material compulsions, cessation of concern for matters of daily life.

Strong Ketu in bhava-3 = manu-facture of objects of other-worldliness through the craft of the hands

KETU IN 3 = Long-term material success is inhibited by doubt re: Ability to connect with: team-mates and siblings, publishers and audience, hearing, the listeners, messengers, angels

Apathetic or detached from siblings, close neighbors, meetings, communications media, training, writing, sales, marketing, advertising, public relations, mental tasking, mental process, mental health, gestures, hand movements, articulation, hearing, presentations, administration, small group process, neighborhood or village council, teams and teamwork, coordination, village talk, loss of security, loss of property, loss of boundaries around the nuclear family

  • neglects the siblings, team-mates, neighbors;

    in the mind,

  • neglects the daily tasks and mental process;

  • little effort toward producing normalized, coherent communication

Dissatisfaction, ambivalence and uncertainty regarding the privilege to express communicative interaction with others.

Depending on Ketu's ruler, Ketu-3 may have writing, calligraphic, printing-press, video-production, or other manual-communication skills, but one feels detached from their value.

Peculiarities of the hands, arms, and shoulders. Must take care to protect the lungs from psychic incursion of grief .

Resistance to validation through communication via short-term travel, publications, or participation in information-sharing events such as teachings and conferences

  • Autobiography of a Yogi 1893-1952 Swami Yogananda

the siblings seem distant and unconnected to one's essential self.


Das commentary re: Ketu-3

  • BPL: applies especially to sibling relationships when Ketu the Releaser occupies the emotionally talkative, communicative cohort evangelical instructional team-working administrative managerial announcing publishing reporting explanatory conversational lyrical messaging 3rd-from-Chandra

  • BPL: Ketu-3 is most influential when either Chandra or the radical lagna occupy a Nakshatra of Ketuva * Azwini, Magha, or Mula.

" ... enables you to conquer your enemies, become quarrelsome, and gain wealth.

  • You have few friends , constant pain in your hands, fear, anxiety, worry and instability.

Ketu can give much affluence, but it will not lend peace of mind.

  • You win over oppositions.

  • Useless and fruitless altercations and discussions.

Gets prosperity, shows smartness.

Loss of friends.

Anxiety due to fear, misunderstanding and worry.

  • Affluent, sensual and sharp.

Disputes with enemies; separation of brothers; indifferent .

  • Skilled, living long, well-known.

  • Fortunate partner, tasty food,

  • fear of loss through friends.

    Uneasiness and fear from the community and family.

Adulterous with partners who are not really your friends.

Patient, brave and generous "

particular case for Kanya lagna : Ketu-3 = Vrischika:

"You may be desirous of cheating others,

but in the process you will be deceived .

You are deserted by friends and relations."

Heightening or Lowering the Mind

14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso .

The Dalai Lama at Harvard : Lectures on the Buddhist Path to Peace.

"What are the techniques for heightening or lowering the mind?

  • To heighten the mind, you think about something that enlivens it, but not an object that would generate desire.

For instance, you could reflect on the value of developing the meditative stabilization of calm abiding or on the value of having attained a life as a human or on the value of having human intelligence.

Through such reflection, your mind will gain courage, thereby causing its mode of apprehension to become heightened.

If, despite such a technique, laxity is not cleared away, it is better to end the session and go to a place that is bright or that is high with a vast view where you can see a great distance.

Or, expose yourself to fresh air, or throw cold water on your face.

Then, return to the session.

When the mind becomes too heightened and thus scattered, what will lower its mode of apprehension?

As a technique to withdraw the mind inside, you should reflect on a topic that sobers the mind , such as the suffering of cyclic existence, or think"In the past I have been ruined by distraction, and again now I will be ruined by distraction.

If I do not take care now, it will not be good." This will lower the mode of apprehension of the mind.

Since this is the case, a person who is cultivating calm abiding needs to be in a state where such reflections will move the mind immediately.

Therefore, prior to working at achieving calm abiding, it is necessary to have become convinced about many topics -- such as those involved in the four establishments in mindfulness -- through a considerable amount of analysis.

In an actual session of cultivating calm abiding, one is performing stabilizing meditation, not analytical meditation; but if one has engaged in considerable analysis of these topics previously, the force of the previous reflection remains with the mind and can be recalled.

In this way, if ascertainment has been generated previously, then reflecting on the value of meditative stabilization or the value of a human lifetime will immediately heighten the mind, and reflection on sobering topics such as the nature of the body or the ugliness of objects of desire will immediately lower its mode of apprehension.

...recognize when laxity and excitement arise and know the techniques for overcoming them."


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