17. Fear Not!
The Kali Yuga, the present age, is an age of decadence marked by the rise of evil. There's a palpable onset of negative forces, an increase in evil and vices. However, only the positive will prevail. The pious ones who have perfect faith in God alone will endure and prosper. But they will have to endure tests of patience; they must persevere against the forces of evil.
It is Sri Sarabesvara who receives those virtuous souls who withstand these severe tests by the Sathguru's grace and who never swerve from their devotional and selfless duties. It is He who grants them mukthi (salvation).
18. Remover of Enmity
This epidemic of enmity is one of the reasons we have to face a lot of problems in the current age. Because of enmity in the family there are inheritance related problems. Because of enmity amongst colleagues and the consequent back stabbing, there are problems at work. Because of enmity amongst neighbors, there are problems where you live. Thus there's no peace and tranquility because of enmity. Many a time, one's enemies become clients of purveyors of black magic. These evil practices can cause much harm. So how can one protect oneself from becoming a victim of one's enemies? How can one put an end to enmity and rise above these problems? By worshipping Sri Sarabesvara and surrendering to His all conquering grace. There's no other way, say the Siddhas.
Sri Sarabesvara is the universal panacea for the enmity problem that's rampant in our times. He puts an end to enmity by reforming enemies and transforming them into virtuous beings.
19. Fortifier of the Mind
Natural cures and natural medicines will help increase our faith in God. Hence the importance of Ayurvedic and Siddha medicines. The spiritual potency in moolika medicinal herbs keeps your spiritual self in good stead even if your physical being is afflicted. The chemicals in modern medicine will affect both the body the state of one's mind. When the mind is weak, it becomes susceptible to virulent attacks by negative forces. These negative forces wreak havoc in one's spiritual self; they cause bad, impure and evil thoughts to arise in the mind. Doubts rear their ugly head and they weaken one's spiritual resolve. For example, when one is suffering from the flu and is running a high temperature, he can't even think of God, let alone recite the names of the Divine. He thinks only about the body and the pain he's going through. The mind refuses to go into prayer mode however hard he tries. But can we protect ourselves from such possibilities? Yes! The grace of Sri Sarabesvara can fortify the mind and protect our spiritual selves.
To make sure that the mind stays true to God, we must worship Sri Sarabesa. It's Sarabesa's grace that protects us from losing our mental strength and fortitude. Irrespective of whether we're struck by disease or by problems caused by enemies, Sarabesa's grace keeps our mind in good stead. This is the first reward we get from Sarabesa worship.
Even if you worship Sarabesa but once, the beneficial effects of that worship alone fortifies your moral fibre and results in enough mental steel to preserve your internal strength in the face of disease and opposition. Whatever spiritual mental strength you have collected till then is conserved and protected by Sarabesa worship.
It doesn't mean that you have to spend thousands on Sarabesa worship. Simple worship as described in this article will do, if offered in a spirit of bakthi and surrender.
20. No More Nightmares!
Without a strong mind, how can we make progress in spirituality? Without a strong mind, how can we meet the obstacles that life places in our way? We will lose our mental composure and also our faith in God. If you want to make sure that this doesn't happen to you, worship Sri Sarabesa atleast every Sunday during the Raahu kaalam time period.
There are many kids who wet ther beds frequently. Then there are kids who cry out in terror because of nightmares. There's a simple solution to these problems. Let these kids make sandalwood paste themselves and apply it to the picture of Sarabesa in their home shrine. This simple worship will put an end to their bedwetting and other problems arising from nightmares. Recall that Sri Sarabesa is the destroyer of fear. He is the Lord of fearlessness who is waiting on His wings to protect both children and adults.
There are many adults who suffer from nightmares too. They see weird dreams; they dream of snakes, of thieves, of themselves being trapped in dense forests and so on. These dreams can be terrifying and upset one's state of mind. But why fear when the Great Protector is ready to help? Before going to bed, recite the Sarabesvara kavacham hymn (provided elsewhere in this article). Both in the morning and evening, do archana using little spheres made out of sandalwood paste, turmeric paste or butter while reciting the 108 lines that glorify Sarabesa (provided elsewhere in this article). Do this regularly. This simple worship will put an end to problems arising from this kind of fear and panic attacks.
21. The Protector of Battered Wives
There are many households that are under the tyranny of demoniacal husbands. These demons make life a living hell for everyone in that household. Unfortunately, this is also a problem which can not be brought out into the open easily. The wives of these maniacs thus have to suffer in silence. What a nightmare! Can one reason with a wife-beater? No. It's like reasoning with Hiranyakasipu. It'll be of no avail. So what can one do?
Well, one can bring the power of Sri Sarabesa to bear on such demons. Womenfolk subject to this tyranny must worship Sri Sarabesa during the Nitya Pradosha Kaalam time period everyday. The power of this worship will quell the demoniacal qualities in their husbands and transform them into reasonable human beings. For how can there be evil in a household in which Sri Sarabesa is worshipped! The protective genius of Sri Sarabesa destroys the evil in the evil ones and transforms them into virtuous beings.
22. Wear the Lord's Armour
The Sarabesvara kavacham hymn is a boon to womenfolk, in particular. Those who recite it constantly can easily get rid of fear and panic attacks. The Lord's armour promotes family unity; it gets rid of dysfunction in family units. It reforms those husbands who have succumbed to demoniacal tendecies. It solves pesky in-law problems. Many are the women who feel that they lack support and protection. These women in particular should recite the kavacham hymn constantly. Women of the world, the Lord's armour is the one unfailing solution to all your family problems! It's your source of endless strength, support and protection. Embrace it with all your heart and reap the benefits.
Some families are subject to a succession of sudden and unexpected deaths. In some other families, family members are victims of frequent accidents. Because of these happenings, many women lead lives filled with terror and uncertainty; they don't know what will happen the next moment. Living with this kind of uncertainty is torture. The Siddhas say that such women should worship Sri Sarabesa with love and devotion, especially on Sundays during the Raahu Kaalam time period and during Nitya and Paksha Pradosham time periods. As part of their worship, they should make sandalwood paste themesleves and apply it to the divine form of Sri Sarabesa. The Great Protector will protect such women; He will be their armour, their strength and their protection. With the Great Protector on their side, they will have nothing to fear from.
23. Salvation From Bad Habits and Incurable Addictions
The result of these bad habits is a lot of bad karma baggage which the soul must work out. There's no other way out. The soul has to go through The effects of bad karma manifest themselves as severe trial and tribulations in one's life, many a time in the shape of painful diseases. The soul has to go through these problems to recompense for the bad karma. This process may take many, many lifetimes.
Alternatively a Sathguru can assume the burden of this bad karma and burn it off with his punya sakthi (spiritual power). But this is only for a lucky few.
Is there anything else a soul can do to offset the effects of its bad karma? Yes, that soul which performs pradosham worship, theertha kandi worship and other worship procedures under the guidance of a Sathguru can offset its bad karma with the Sathguru's grace.
The Siddhas say that the bad karma accumulated by the evil proclivities of the Kali Yuga can best be destroyed by the worship of Sri Sarabesa, Ugraha Prathyankira Devi and Narasimha during the Pradosham time period. Why? Because this sort of bad karma can only be burnt by a special potency of the Lord known as the Neelakanta Agni Sakthi which pervades the world during the Pradosham time period.