Kavach is a Sanskrit word that means armor. It refers to protection from subtle negative influences. If you read about it on-line, you’ll find many references to a medallion or amulet with astrological symbols, numbers, or mantras chosen to protect the specific wearer.
However, what value does an engraved piece of metal have against anything subtle?
The texts prescribe that the item has to be properly “charged” by a person properly prepared. For example, they’re supposed to have a strong Jupiter and be spiritually developed. How do you verify that through an on-line store? It’s also worth noting the original texts were written in the dark age.
Similarly, Jyotishi’s (Vedic Astrologers) may prescribe gemstones or other remedies for difficult influences. But I’ve seen those prescribed incorrectly. They amplified the problem rather than reduced it. Not to mention the expense of gems potent enough to be useful.
Other texts suggest mantras or a yantra as protection. This would only be as potent as the user can charge it. And there is the simple principle that what we put our attention on grows stronger. If we devote ourselves to protection against evil, we may be putting attention on what we don’t want. Withdrawing our attention may be more powerful. This is why I talk more of culturing gratitude than being safe.
I can certainly see that some people may need a little help with energetic issues. But in that case, it’s useful to consult an expert and have them work on the specific issue rather than use a generic symbol.
In the Vedas, they talk of “mother is at home,” an inner sense of safety and security from developing inner being. When we know our infinite and eternal nature, many fears fall away.
As we develop in consciousness, a real kavach develops naturally. As we defuse our buttons and untangle our contractions, we remove weak points that can be manipulated and reactivity that can get us caught further. We come to radiate an inner light that is poison to darker influences. Love dissolves the hardest crusts.
In other words, a kavach grows gradually and naturally as we do. When the inner koshas can shine up through the grosser ones, we’ll have a safety impossible with an amulet.
Having a kavach does not avoid karmic consequences. But when they arise, they come without a lot of entanglement. They are thus simpler and quicker with less drama. Life becomes smoother and more enjoyable.