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On Self-realization, Spoken by the Divine Mother – From Devi Bhagavatam

On Self-realization, Spoken by the Divine Mother – From Devi Bhagavatam

Hari Om 1-50. The Devî said:--"Hear, ye Immortals! My words with attention, that I am now going to speak to you, hearing which will enable the Jîvas to realise My Essence. Before the creation, I, only I, existed; nothing else was ...
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Conquest Of Death – Seeking the Immortal

Conquest Of Death – Seeking the Immortal

Hari Om All are terribly afraid of death. No one wants to die. Even intellectual persons who have grasped the idea that the Soul is Immortal and is distinct from the body are also awfully afraid of death. Mysterious is Moha ...
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An Account of the Law for Liberation – From the Garuda Purana

An Account of the Law for Liberation – From the Garuda Purana

Hari Om The Garuda Purana is one of eighteen Mahāpurāṇa genre of texts in Hinduism. It is a part of Vedic literature corpus and narrated in the form of a conversation between Lord Vishnu and Garuda (King of Birds), primarily emphasizing ...
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Sraaddha And Prayer For The Dead

Sraaddha And Prayer For The Dead

Hari Om Importance Of Sraaddha Ceremony The Karma Kanda of the Vedas, the sacred books of the Hindus, has laid down different duties of man according to his position in life and according to the order to which he belongs. All ...
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The Belief in One God and Its Effects

The Belief in One God and Its Effects

Hari Om If we approach through deductive metaphysics, we may find many prophets, great philosophers, eminent metaphysicists, pathfinders, learned people of eminence, spiritual scientists and others finding only One Universal God for the entire mankind. It is a separate matter that ...
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Transmigration of Soul and Theory of Rebirth

Transmigration of Soul and Theory of Rebirth

Hari Om The glimpses of this metaphysical concept are found in Vedas, Upanishads and even other scriptures of Hindus. The scriptures of other religions also refer to it but with minor variations. Holy Koran says," Allah-the merciful and compassionate God, makes ...
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Lord Ganesha (by Swami Sivananda)

Lord Ganesha (by Swami Sivananda)

Hari Om Introduction Remover of all obstacles, Pranava Swaroopi, Embodiment of wisdom, Devata of Muladhara Chakra! O Lord Vinayaka, The bestower of happiness Who has Modaka in hand! O Elephant-headed Lord! Salutations unto Thee. Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Lord Ganesha is ...
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FAQ: If this universe is perfectly based on a Grand Design of the creator and everything is as it should be, why then is my life totally messy?

FAQ: If this universe is perfectly based on a Grand Design of the creator and everything is as it should be, why then is my life totally messy?

Hari Om Every day, hundreds of thousands of people’s lives fall apart, or even come to an untimely or premature end. For example My own elder brother died at the age of 8, long before he ever had a chance to ...
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Vedic Wisdom on Marriage and Women – Glimpses of Vedic Metaphysics

Vedic Wisdom on Marriage and Women – Glimpses of Vedic Metaphysics

Hari Om According to the Vedic teachings and ancient scriptures, women have been placed at a higher status than man. She has been given preference to man in every field, so much so that when giving a boy a joint name ...
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Happy Independence Day with GF’ Blessings

Happy Independence Day with GF’ Blessings

Hari Om We love our india and we are always proud to be INDIANS, the well wishers of the entire Humanity. Our Sanatana Dharma always wished and prayed for peace and welfare of entire Humanity. Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhoi nah Sarve ...
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True Blessings of God – Religiosity and Spirituality

True Blessings of God – Religiosity and Spirituality

Hari Om Generally people without knowledge of scriptures think they can buy the Lord with their money or material possessions. We see in many religious organisations, money and social positions are given much or undue importance. When we asked the Lord ...
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Pitru Paksha 2020 – Dates and Guidelines

Pitru Paksha 2020 – Dates and Guidelines

Hari Om, Sri Maha Ganapathaye Namaha! Sri Gurubhyoh Namaha! Om Sarva Pitru Devaaya Namaha! Mahalaya Paksha (Pitru-Paksha or Srardh days) – 1st September to 17th September 2020 What our Ancestors (Pitrs) can do speedily for us even Gods/ Deities cannot do ...
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Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi

Hari Om SALUTATIONS to Lord Ganesha who is Brahman Himself, who is the Supreme Lord, who is the energy of Lord Shiva, who is the source of all bliss, and who is the bestower of all virtuous qualities and success in ...
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Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami

Hari Om Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya! The birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth Divine Incarnation (Avatar of Lord Vishnu), falls on the 8th day of the dark half of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September). This is one of the greatest of ...
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Lord Krishna (by Swami Sivananda)

Lord Krishna (by Swami Sivananda)

Hari Om Introduction O Adorable Krishna! Let my longing eyes behold Thy form. Let my ears hear Thy flute. O Healer of all sorrows! Show me Thyself. Thou art the only Truth— All the rest is false. I crave not for ...
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Devi-Maheswari-Parasakti

Devi-Maheswari-Parasakti

Hari Om Introduction O Devi! O Mother auspicious! Thou art the Lord’s Maya. Thou art His inscrutable form. Thou art the Mother of this world. Thou art the great primal energy. Thou art the seed of this world. Thou art the ...
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The Esoteric Significance of the Devi Mahatmya (by Swami Krishnananda)

The Esoteric Significance of the Devi Mahatmya (by Swami Krishnananda)

Hari Om Our longings are fundamentally very deep and cannot be easily satisfied by temporary makeshift or a day-to-day adjustment of outer circumstances. Our desires are profound; our yearnings are very unintelligible to the outer atmosphere of our daily life. We ...
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The Significance of Devi  Worship

The Significance of Devi Worship

Hari Om Sri Gurubyoh Namah! Sri Matre Namah! It is important for all to know and rightly understand the real spirit and significance of Devi worship so that tangible spiritual and material benefit of a lasting character may be derived by ...
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Develop Cosmic Love by Swami Sivananda

Develop Cosmic Love by Swami Sivananda

Hari Om O man, where do you search for God? All these forms are manifestations of the Lord. See the Lord in these forms. If you serve all beings with Narayana Bhava, you really serve the Lord. Service of humanity is ...
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150 Ways (Acts) to Show Empathy, Kindness and Compassion

150 Ways (Acts) to Show Empathy, Kindness and Compassion

Hari Om Empathy is the awareness with understanding of feelings and emotions of others. When empathy is cognitive, it is just empathy or sometimes sympathy, when it is emotional, empathy can manifest as Kindness and when it results in acts of ...
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The Eighteen Cardinal Virtues (Ities) for Spiritual Success

The Eighteen Cardinal Virtues (Ities) for Spiritual Success

Hari Om For everyone's success in life and especially for an aspirant's success in spiritual life, it is essential that he should develop certain cardinal virtues. Virtue is strength, power and the key to peace. A virtuous man is ever happy, ...
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Life Lessons to Learn from Lord Hanuman

Life Lessons to Learn from Lord Hanuman

Hari Om After thorough reading and understanding of the complete Valmiki Ramayana, one would truly appreciate and love the character of the great Hanumanji, the son of the Wind God. There are many great things which one has to learn and ...
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The Sakti Yoga Philosophy

The Sakti Yoga Philosophy

Hari Om Introduction In this system of Sakti Yoga philosophy, Siva is omnipresent, impersonal and inactive. He is pure consciousness. Sakti is dynamic. Siva and Sakti are related as Prakasa and Vimarsa. Sakti or Vimarsa is the power that is latent ...
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The Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy

The Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy

Hari Om Introduction In the books which treat of Saivism, there is a reference to four schools, viz., the Nakulisapasupata, the Saiva, the Pratyabhijna and the Rasesvara. Saiva Siddhanta is the philosophy of Southern Saivism. It owes its origin to no ...
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The Vedanta Philosophy of Hinduism

The Vedanta Philosophy of Hinduism

Hari Om Introduction Prostrations and adorations to Sri Vyasa, the founder of Uttara Mimamsa or the Vedanta system of philosophy, Avatara of Lord Vishnu, son of Sri Parasara Rishi. Uttara Mimamsa or the Vedanta philosophy of Vyasa or Badarayana is placed ...
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The Suddhadvaita Philosophy Of Sri Vallabhacharya

The Suddhadvaita Philosophy Of Sri Vallabhacharya

Hari Om Introduction The philosophy of Sri Vallabhacharya is Suddha-Advaita or pure monism, because he does not admit Maya like Sankara, and believes that the whole world of matter and souls is real and is only a subtle form of God ...
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The Dvaitadvaita Philosophy Of Sri Nimbarkacharya

The Dvaitadvaita Philosophy Of Sri Nimbarkacharya

Hari Om Introduction This is also known by the name Bhedabheda School of Philosophy or dualistic monism. This system was evolved by Sri Nimbarkacharya. Nimbarka was a Telugu Brahmin of the Vaishnava faith. He lived some time after Ramanuja and prior ...
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The Dvaita Philosophy Of Sri Madhvacharya

The Dvaita Philosophy Of Sri Madhvacharya

Hari Om Introduction Sri Madhvacharya evolved a dualistic system of philosophy out of the Prasthana-Traya, viz., the Upanishads, the Bhagavad-Gita and the Brahma Sutras. It is an unqualified dualism. Madhva’s Vaishnavism is called Sad-Vaishnavism, in order to distinguish it from the ...
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The Visishtadvaita Philosophy Of Sri Ramanuja

The Visishtadvaita Philosophy Of Sri Ramanuja

Hari Om Introduction The Visishtadvaita is so called because it inculcates the Advaita or oneness of God, with Visesha or attributes. It is, therefore, qualified monism. God alone exists. All else that is seen are His manifestations or attributes. God or ...
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The Advaita Philosophy Of Adi Sankara

The Advaita Philosophy Of Adi Sankara

Hari Om Introduction The first systematic exponent of the Advaita is Gaudapada, who is the Parama-Guru (preceptor’s preceptor) of Sri Sankara. Govinda was the disciple of Gaudapada. He became the preceptor of Sankara. Gaudapada has given the central teaching of Advaita ...
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Vedanta Philosophies of Hinduism - Introduction

Vedanta Philosophies of Hinduism – Introduction

Hari Om Introduction The Sutras or aphorisms of Vyasa are the basis of the Vedanta philosophy. These Sutras have been variously explained by different commentators. From these interpretations have arisen several schools of philosophy, viz., Kevala Advaita philosophy of Sri Sankaracharya ...
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The Achintya Bhedabheda Philosophy Of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

The Achintya Bhedabheda Philosophy Of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Hari Om Introduction Sri Chaitanya or Lord Gauranga may be regarded as the greatest Vaishnava teacher of the North. He gave a new form to the Vaishnava faith. He was born in 1486 A.D., in Bengal. Chaitanya had a very large ...
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You Can Become A YOGI

You Can Become A YOGI

Hari Om TRUTH knows no death; no birth. It is Eternal; has always been, will always be. Time cannot exhaust its force, for it carries its power within itself. Deep in the heart of Truth is hidden an object we all ...
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Kandha Sashti Kavasam by Sri ThEvarAya SwAmigaL with Translations

Kandha Sashti Kavasam by Sri ThEvarAya SwAmigaL with Translations

Kandhar Sashti Kavasam (Tamil) by Sri ThEvarAya SwAmigaL (Translated to English by P.R. Ramachander) "Kanda Sashti Kavasam (or Kavacham) is composed by Sri Devaraya Swamigal. This composition is a rare and precious treasure that helps one to be successful, happy and ...
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Chaitanya Mahāprabhu - The Pilgrimage to Brindában

Chaitanya Mahāprabhu – The Pilgrimage to Brindában

Hari Om The Pilgrimage to Brindában With the coming of early autumn the Master's mind turned to His pilgrimage. He secretly took counsel with Rámánanda and Swarup, saying, "If you two help me, I can visit Brindában. At night I shall ...
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Chaitanya Mahāprabhu On Sweetness of Krishna’s Attributes, Devotion and Divine Love

Chaitanya Mahāprabhu On Sweetness of Krishna’s Attributes, Devotion and Divine Love

Hari Om [The Master continued His teaching of Sanátan thus:] "God in His all-embracing form dwells in the highest Space (para-byom). The diverse Vaikunthas are beyond count. The extent of each Vaikuntha is millions and millions of miles. Ananda inspired by ...
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Sri Chaitanya Mahāprabhu –The Pilgrimage to the South

Sri Chaitanya Mahāprabhu –The Pilgrimage to the South

Hari Om The Master (Sri Chaitanya Mahāprabhu) travelled very extensively in the South, visiting thousands of holy places. At His touch they became the holiest of holy places. Under the pretext of a pilgrimage He delivered the people of that country ...
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THE LIFE OF CHAITANYA MAHĀPRABHU

THE LIFE OF CHAITANYA MAHĀPRABHU

Hari Om Navadwip, a town in the Nadia district of Bengal, situated on the river Ganges, 75 miles north of Calcutta, was a great trading centre and seat of Hindu learning in the 15th century. Sanskrit logic (nyáy) for which Bengal ...
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Snake Worship in South India — Tradition and Practice

Snake Worship in South India — Tradition and Practice

Hari Om Very closely connected with the subject of vows and votive offerings is that of the worship of snakes, to which vows are made and offerings dedicated. In a note on serpent worship in Malabar, it is stated that “even ...
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Mahabaleswar Temple at Gokarna – The Atmalinga Left by Ravan

Mahabaleswar Temple at Gokarna – The Atmalinga Left by Ravan

Hari Om Shivji is believed to be an easy to please Deity. Even though He is Mahadev (The most powerful of the Gods) and a destroyer, he is easily pleased with offerings from his devotees. When he is pleased, he happily ...
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Guruvayur Temple – The Miraclulous Events

Guruvayur Temple – The Miraclulous Events

Hari Om Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Lord Guruvayurappan (a four-armed form of the Lord Vishnu), located in the town of Guruvayur in Kerala. It is one of the most important places of worship for ...
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Story of Ajâmila From The Bhagavata Purana

Story of Ajâmila From The Bhagavata Purana

SKANDHA VI. CHAP. 1-3. Râjâ Parikshit asked how men could avoid Naraka. SUKA replied: — It is by Prâyaschitta (expiation) that men can avoid Naraka. But it is not Vedic Prâyaschitta, not fasting by Chândrâyana and other Vratas. These Vedic performances ...
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KAPILA'S INSTRUCTION TO HIS MOTHER DEVAHÛTI - From The Bhagavata Purana

KAPILA’S INSTRUCTION TO HIS MOTHER DEVAHÛTI – From The Bhagavata Purana

Hari Om From Srimad Bhagavatam, SKANDHA III., CHAP. 25-33. We now come to an important part of the Bhâgavata Purâna, the teachings of Kapila to his mother in the Yoga philosophy of the Bhagavat Purâna. They adapt the Sânkhya and the ...
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Rama Nama is the Most Powerful Mantra — From the Thoughts of Sri Mahaperiavaa (Kanchi  Paramacharya)

Rama Nama is the Most Powerful Mantra — From the Thoughts of Sri Mahaperiavaa (Kanchi Paramacharya)

Hari Om Sri Rama Jayam! Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam (Sri Mahaperiavaa) in his inimitable simple language has said "There are two powerful 'Taraka Namas'. One is Aum and another is Ramá. All mantras have to be prefixed with Aum for ...
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Dialogues with The Guru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal, 34th Pontiff of the Sri Sharada Peetam of Sringeri

Dialogues with The Guru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal, 34th Pontiff of the Sri Sharada Peetam of Sringeri

Hari Om Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati सदात्मध्याननिरतं विषयेभ्यः पराङ्मुखम् । नौमि शास्त्रेषु निष्णातं चन्द्रशेखरभारतीम् ॥ Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati MahaswamiJi as the 34th Acharya of Sringeri Sharada Peetham was both a scholar and saint of outstanding eminence. From His boyhood days, His ...
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Greatness of Sri Hanuman

Greatness of Sri Hanuman

Hari Om Sri Hanuman was born of Anjani from Pavana, the wind-god. He was named Hanuman after the name of the city of Hanumpur over which his maternal uncle Parti Surya ruled. Hanuman's body was hard as a stone. So Anjani ...
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Sri Vishnu Sahasranam - Translations

Sri Vishnu Sahasranam – Translations

Hari Om Sri Vishnu Sahasranam (The Thousand Names of Vishnu) The Sri Vishnu Sahasranam, or the Thousand Names of Vishnu, is an important Stotram that is chanted in many temples of Vishnu throughout the world. It is used at important times ...
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Kandar Anubhuti — The Great Work of Saint Arunagiri on Lord Muruga

Kandar Anubhuti — The Great Work of Saint Arunagiri on Lord Muruga

Hari Om Saint Arunagiri is of an extraordinary type. To him Lord Skanda Himself appeared as Guru and gave Upadesa, a Japa-Mala, etc. and the Saint had, by the unusual grace of the Lord, Realisation or God-experience, as a result of ...
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Never Give Up Your Balanced Nature

Never Give Up Your Balanced Nature

Hari Om One fine morning, a Sadhu went to the river to take a holy bath. There he observed a scorpion struggling for life in the water. He was aware that the scorpion would not be able to swim its way ...
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Eradication of Bad Karma (Sins) and Purifying the Soul — Hinduism’ Perspective

Eradication of Bad Karma (Sins) and Purifying the Soul — Hinduism’ Perspective

Hari Om ”Everyone wants be happy and not sad. Everyone wants be good and not bad.” Firstly, Let us understand the definition of sin in Hinduism. “Sin is any conscious act which intentionally causes suffering to another sentient being.” (paropakāra puṇyāya ...
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Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima

Hari Om THE FULL moon day in the month of Ashad (July-August) is an extremely auspicious and holy day of Guru Purnima. On this day, sacred to the memory of the great sage, Bhagavan Sri Vyasa, Sannyasins settle at some place ...
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THE WORSHIP OF THE DIVINE MOTHER

THE WORSHIP OF THE DIVINE MOTHER

Hari Om PRAYER TO MOTHER Salutations to the Divine Mother who exists in all beings in the form of intelligence, mercy and beauty, salutations, O Sweet Mother, the consort of Lord Siva. O Mother Parvati! Thou art Lakshmi, Thou art Sarasvati ...
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Ashadhi Ekadashi and Vithoba (Panduranga) of Pandharpur

Ashadhi Ekadashi and Vithoba (Panduranga) of Pandharpur

Hari Om Ashadhi Ekadashi is one of the most important religious festivals that is celebrated with grandness in Maharashtra and other parts of India. This ceremony is generally held at Pandharpur where a huge number of devotees gather to celebrate the ...
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The Seven Chakras — The Kundalini Yoga

The Seven Chakras — The Kundalini Yoga

Hari Om Padmas Or Chakras Chakras are in the Linga Sarira (astral body). Linga Sarira is of 17 Tattvas, viz., 5 Jnanendriyas (ears, skin, eyes, tongue and nose); 5 Karmendriyas (speech, hands, legs, genitals, anus); 5 Pranas (Prana, Apana, Vyana, Udana, ...
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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF  EKADASI

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EKADASI

Hari Om Ekadasi is a Sanskrit word, which means 'the eleventh'. It refers to the eleventh day of a fortnight belonging to a lunar month. There are two fortnights in a lunar month—the bright and the dark. So, Ekadasi occurs twice ...
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The Divine Weddings of Lord  Muruga

The Divine Weddings of Lord Muruga

Hari Om The Weddings I. Deivayanai Lord Shanmukha after His victory over the Asuras released all the Devas, who had been groaning as prisoners under the tyranny of the Asuras. To the great joy of the Devas, Subrahmanya returned to Tiruchendur ...
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FAQ: Why isn’t Tulsi offered to Ganesh Ji?

FAQ: Why isn’t Tulsi offered to Ganesh Ji?

Hari Om Lord Ganeshji is always worshipped before commencing any auspicious work or writing a book or doing any ritual or ceremony. It is believed that Lord Ganesha has the power of removing any obstruction. Even Lord Shivji and Lord Vishnuji ...
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Karmas and Diseases

Karmas and Diseases

Hari Om Introduction It is common nowadays to hear it said that the Puranas are very unreliable scriptures and that they indulge in unlimited exaggeration about very many things. These critics say that the Puranas contain gross overstatements and preposterously puerile ...
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THE POWER OF MEDITATION

THE POWER OF MEDITATION

Hari Om Spiritual meditation is the pathway to Divinity. It is the mystic ladder which reaches from earth to heaven, from error to Truth, from pain to peace. Every saint has climbed it; every sinner must sooner or later come to ...
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STORY OF SATYAVAN and SAVITRI

STORY OF SATYAVAN and SAVITRI

Hari Om There was once a fair princess in the country of Madra, and her name was Savitri. Be it told how she obtained the exalted merit of chaste women by winning a great boon from Yama. Savitri was the gift ...
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The Battle of Eighteen Days - The Mahabharata

The Battle of Eighteen Days – The Mahabharata

Hari Om Soon after Krishna had returned from Hastinapur, Duryodhana sent a challenge to the Pandavas. His messenger spake, saying: “You have vowed to wage war against us. The time has come for you to fulfil your vow. Your kingdom was ...
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PRALAYA (The Destruction of the Worlds) — From the Bhagavata Purana

PRALAYA (The Destruction of the Worlds) — From the Bhagavata Purana

Hari Om SKANDHA XII. CHAP. 4 (From the Bhagavata Purana ) Four thousand Yugas form one day of Brahmâ. This is also the period of one Kalpa, during which fourteen Manus appear. The night of Brahmâ follows for an equally long ...
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HIRANYAKASIPU AND PRAHLÂDA Story — From the Bhâgavata Purâna

HIRANYAKASIPU AND PRAHLÂDA Story — From the Bhâgavata Purâna

Hari Om SKANDHA VII. CHAP. 2-4. (From the Bhâgavata Purâna) Upon the death of Hiranyâksha, Hiranyakasipu collected his companions and told them that Vishnu was no longer keeping that neutrality and impartiality which he had observed of yore. On the contrary, ...
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THE STORY OF DHRUVA — From the Bhagavata Purana

THE STORY OF DHRUVA — From the Bhagavata Purana

Hari Om SKANDHA IV. CHAP. 8-12. (From the Bhagavata Purana) Uttânapâda is one of the sons of the First Manu. Uttânapâda means "with uplifted foot". This perhaps refers to the period when the Jiva, having still the spiritual element strong in ...
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THE CHURNING OF THE OCEAN (Samudra Manthan) – From the Bhagavata Purana

THE CHURNING OF THE OCEAN (Samudra Manthan) – From the Bhagavata Purana

Hari Om SKANDHA VIII. CHAP. 5-12. (From the Bhagavata Purana) In the fight with the Asuras, the Devas lost their lives. They fell down and did not rise up again. By the curse of Durvâsas, Indra and the three Lokas became ...
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THE LAW OF KARMA — The Yogic Perspective

THE LAW OF KARMA — The Yogic Perspective

Hari Om "Karma" is a Sanscrit term for that great Law known to Western thinkers as Spiritual Cause and Effect, or Causation. It relates to the complicated affinities for either good or evil that have been acquired by the soul throughout ...
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The Indian Systems of Philosophy

The Indian Systems of Philosophy

Hari Om The Hindus classify the systems of philosophy into two classes, namely, the nâstika and the âstika. The nâstika (na asti "it is not") views are those which neither regard the Vedas as infallible nor try to establish their own ...
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Shiva Raksha Stotra with Meaning

Shiva Raksha Stotra with Meaning

Hari Om This great Stotra was divulged by Lord Shiva himself to sage Yagnavalkya in his dream. Asya Sri Shiva Raksha stotra mantrasya For the chant of Protection of Lord Shiva Yagna Valkya rishi The sage is Yagna Valkya Sri Sadashivo ...
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The Great Vedic Deities of Vedic Metaphysics

The Great Vedic Deities of Vedic Metaphysics

Hari Om Agni, the fire god, was closely associated with Indra, and is sometimes called his twin brother. The pair were the most prominent deities in Vedic times: about 250 hymns are addressed to Indra and over 200 to Agni. Indra ...
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Kala Sarpa Yoga (KSY) in Vedic Astrology

Kala Sarpa Yoga (KSY) in Vedic Astrology

Hari Om Kala Sarpa Yoga (KSY) is caused by the Chayya Grahas (Shadow planets) Rahu (Dragon’ Head) and Kethu (Dragon’s Tail). When all the seven other planets of the solar system namely Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn (Shani ...
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FAQ: Is there a Heaven? — Teachings of Yogi Philosophy

FAQ: Is there a Heaven? — Teachings of Yogi Philosophy

Hari Om "Does the Yogi Philosophy teach that there is a place corresponding to the 'Heavens' of the various religions? Is there any basis for the belief that there is a place resembling 'Heaven'?" ANSWER: Yes, the Yogi Philosophy does teach ...
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Dream Psychology — A Dictionary of Dreams

Dream Psychology — A Dictionary of Dreams

Hari Om A Dictionary of Dreams As a rule dreams are very complex and it is difficult to single out any particular feature that stands forth and dominates the dream. But it frequently happens that one idea is so vivid that ...
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Uma, Pārvati, Durgā and Her Forms — In Vedic Scriptures

Uma, Pārvati, Durgā and Her Forms — In Vedic Scriptures

Hari Om UMĀ Umā is the name by which the consort of Siva is first known. In the sacred books she appears in many forms, and is known by many names; but as there are legends giving the circumstances connected with ...
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Lord Siva - In Vedic Scriptures

Lord Siva – In Vedic Scriptures

Hari Om Siva is the third person (Deity) of the Hindu Triad. As Brahmā was Creator, Vishnu Preserver, in order to complete the system, as all things are subject to decay, a Destroyer was necessary; and destruction is regarded as the ...
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BRAHMĀ AND SARASVATI — In Vedic Scriptures

BRAHMĀ AND SARASVATI — In Vedic Scriptures

Hari Om BRAHMĀ Brahmā, the first of the three great Hindu gods, is called the Creator; he is the father of gods and men, the Vedic Prajāpati, the lord of creatures. As nearly all the writers of the Purānas seem to ...
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VISHNU AND LAKSHMI — In Vedic Scriptures

VISHNU AND LAKSHMI — In Vedic Scriptures

Hari Om VISHNU Vishnu is called the second person (Deity) of the Hindu Trimurti, or Triad: but though called second, it must not be supposed that he is regarded as in any way inferior to Brahmā. In some books Brahmā is ...
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Introduction to Brahma Sutras (by Swami Sivananda)

Introduction to Brahma Sutras (by Swami Sivananda)

Hari Om Hari Om! Salutations to Sri Vyasa, the Avatara of Vishnu, the wise Badarayana and Sri Krishna Dvaipayana. Vedas consist of three portions viz., the Karma Kanda which deals with sacrifices or ceremonial rites, the Upasana Kanda which treats of ...
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Brahma Vidhya - From Ego to Absolute Consciousness

Brahma Vidhya – From Ego to Absolute Consciousness

Hari Om Ego (mind) manifests itself as emotions such as greed, anger, jealousy, guilt, hatred, lust, resentment, fear, doubt, grief, arrogance, pride, and so on. Whenever you feel any of the above qualities manifest in you, please ask yourself this question, ...
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Brahma Vidhya (Science of  God)

Brahma Vidhya (Science of God)

Hari Om Brahma-Vidhya (science of God), is the Science of sciences. The knower of Brahma-Vidhya or the Science of Brahman or the Science of the Absolute, knows everything. His knowledge is full. He has the whole experience through intuition or revelation ...
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Vedic Astrology - The Navagrahas

Vedic Astrology – The Navagrahas

Hari Om The Vedic (Hindu) astrology is based on an elaborate calculation of the position of these planets at the time of one’s birth. For example the zodiac is divided into twelve zodiac houses of 30 degrees each called Rasi. The ...
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More Stories from  Mahabharata

More Stories from Mahabharata

Hari Om Dhridhrashtra’s sight Krishna tried to make the Kaurava’s see reason, in order to avoid war. So he reached Dhridhrashtra’s court and tried to make peace. However, Duryodhana and his brothers were not amenable. Karna too, was eager for war ...
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Untold Stories - From Mahabharata

Untold Stories – From Mahabharata

Hari Om Seeking blessings The war was just about to begin. The two armies – that of the Kauravas and the Pandavas – were arrayed facing each other, on the battlefield. Yudhishtra suddenly got down from his chariot and walked towards ...
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Untold Stories from Mahabharata

Untold Stories from Mahabharata

Hari Om Suyodhana becomes Duryodhana When Duryodhana was born, his happy mother Gandhari named him Suyodhana or ‘great warrior’. However, he later preferred to be called by the name ‘Duryodhana’ or ‘he who is unconquerable. Duryodhana is believed to be an ...
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Parallel Universe and Cyclic Time — Can Mahabharata and Ramayana happen again? Will Maha Vishnu incarnate himself as Lord Rama and Lord Krishna again?

Parallel Universe and Cyclic Time — Can Mahabharata and Ramayana happen again? Will Maha Vishnu incarnate himself as Lord Rama and Lord Krishna again?

Hari Om According to Vedic cosmology, there is no absolute start to time, as it is considered infinite and cyclic. Also, the space and universe has neither start nor end, rather it is cyclical. The current universe is just the start ...
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50 Vedic-Vaastu Guidelines for Happy and Enlightened Living

50 Vedic-Vaastu Guidelines for Happy and Enlightened Living

Hari Om By the grace of Maha Guru Sri Chandrikananda Swamigal (GF), based on Vedic scriptures and other spiritual literature, the fifty (50) Vedic and Vaastu fundamental guidelines are enumerated in this presentation for happy and enlightened living. 1. Perform prayers ...
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Vaastu ground rules for industries

Vaastu ground rules for industries

Hari Om In this article we will discuss on important Vaastu ground rules for Industries. The following sketch shows industrial placements according to Vaastu. 1. To derive optimum benefits from the Vaastu Shastra, the following pattern should be followed in the ...
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Reincarnation and Law of Karma - The Hindu  Origination

Reincarnation and Law of Karma – The Hindu Origination

Hari Om While Reincarnation has been believed and taught in nearly every nation, and among all races, in former or present times, still we are justified in considering India as the natural Mother of the doctrine, inasmuch as it has found ...
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FAQ: Can we worship Satgurus such as Sri Ramakrishna, Baba, GF, Kanchi Pamacharya or others   as GOD?

FAQ: Can we worship Satgurus such as Sri Ramakrishna, Baba, GF, Kanchi Pamacharya or others as GOD?

Hari OM Sri Gurubyoh Namah! Sri Matre Namah! No one has eligibility or right to question the belief or proclivities of a devotee or an individual based on his or her perspective and conscience. As per Vedic scriptures God or Bhagawan ...
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Unknown Stories from Mahabharata

Unknown Stories from Mahabharata

Hari Om Rukmi offers help Rukmi, Rukmini’s brother, nursed a grudge against Krishna. Rukmi had wanted his sister to marry Sishupala, but Rukmini herself, had preferred Krishna. She secretly wrote to Krishna asking him to save her from this marriage saying ...
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LORD KRISHNA'S GITA-YOGA

LORD KRISHNA’S GITA-YOGA

Hari Om WE HAVE used the new term Gītā-Yoga here because it sums up the titles of all the eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gītā, each of which is called a yoga, such as "The Yoga of Knowledge," "The Yoga of ...
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THE BHAKTI AND MANTRA YOGAS

THE BHAKTI AND MANTRA YOGAS

Hari Om BHAKTI, or devotion, arises from the appreciation of goodness. There will be no devotional feeling towards what is not good. If some persons were to worship or rather propitiate a dangerous deity it would not be devotion. So devotion ...
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Solar Radiation and Geomagnetic Field — The Impact on Vaastu

Solar Radiation and Geomagnetic Field — The Impact on Vaastu

Hari Om The two major energy sources in Vaastu science are: solar energy flux and geomagnetic energy flux. The science of Vaastu attempts to regulate and control the flow of these energies in a dwelling unit by selecting proper directional placements ...
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Sri Subrahmanya Ashtottara Sata Nâmavali

Sri Subrahmanya Ashtottara Sata Nâmavali

Hari Om The names of Lord Skanda (Muruga) are innumerable. But for the sake of shortness,108 of His descriptive names are enumerated in Sanskrit as below. In each instance, the sādhaka (practitioner) recites a name visualizing that the Lord Muruga stands ...
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PATANJALI'S RAJA YOGA

PATANJALI’S RAJA YOGA

Hari Om FOREMOST among the Yoga teachings of India comes that of Patanjali dating back, according to popular tradition, to at least 300 B.C. His Yoga Sūtras give definitions and instructions which are accepted by all teachers, even when they also ...
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Gnyana Yoga by Adi Shankara

Gnyana Yoga by Adi Shankara

Hari Om THIS Great Teacher of Advaitha, who founded monasteries in India for the study of Vedānta philosophy, is believed by many of his followers to have lived several centuries before Christ, though other scholars place him much later. The date ...
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Pragnya Vivardhana Karthikeya Stotram for Gaining Intelligence and  Concentration

Pragnya Vivardhana Karthikeya Stotram for Gaining Intelligence and Concentration

Hari Om This extremely rare stotram (prayer) to Lord Muruga or Subrahmanya helps one enhance their intelligence, concentration and wisdom. This Mantra from the Rudhra Yamela Tantra, when combined with right efforts, is very good for the students to receive better ...
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THE MYSTICISM OF VEDIC METAPHYSICS (THE UPANISHADS)

THE MYSTICISM OF VEDIC METAPHYSICS (THE UPANISHADS)

Hari Om The adoration hymn to Hiranyagarbha (Cosmic Mind) who is therein described as the lord of the universe: "In the beginning rose Hiranyagarbha, Born as the only lord of all existence. This earth he settled firm and heaven established: What ...
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Pride and Selfishness — Cause of Sins

Pride and Selfishness — Cause of Sins

Hari Om It is said in the Bhagavad-gita (16.04), that pride is a characteristic of the unholy. Pride is caused by the misconception that we permanently own the things that we only temporarily possess (selfish attitude) : talents, gifts and abilities, ...
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Hatha Yoga — The Science of Fitness

Hatha Yoga — The Science of Fitness

Hari Om HATHA YOGA is that branch of the Science of Yoga which teaches how to conquer hunger, thirst, and sleep; how to overcome the effects of heat and cold; how to gain perfect health and cure disease without using drugs; ...
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Karma Yoga — The Path of Action

Karma Yoga — The Path of Action

Hari Om ONE of the significations of the word "Yoga" is "Dexterity in work." To render this meaning still more specific, the Sanskrit term "Karma," derived from the root verb "Kri," to act, is added. Taken in its literal sense, therefore, ...
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Râja Yoga — The Path of Applied Psychology

Râja Yoga — The Path of Applied Psychology

Hari Om Hatha Yoga, is wholly devoted to the control of the functions of the body and to the mastery of the physical forces, its ideal being a sound constitution, well-fitted to overcome those physical and environmental conditions which stand as ...
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Bhakti Yoga — The Path of Divine Love

Bhakti Yoga — The Path of Divine Love

Hari Om BHAKTI YOGA teaches that the final end of all religions can be reached through love and worship of the personal God, who is the Creator and Governor of the phenomenal universe. It leads to the same destination as all ...
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The Jnâna Yoga — The Path of Wisdom

The Jnâna Yoga — The Path of Wisdom

Hari Om The word "Jnâna," being derived from the Sanskrit root Jnâ," to know, means knowledge; and the ideal which it holds up before its followers is the realization of that Absolute Truth, which is the one common source of all ...
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The Science of Breathing — A Vedic Perspective

The Science of Breathing — A Vedic Perspective

Hari Om THE Science of Yoga with its various branches justly claims, as we have already seen, to unravel the mysteries of life and death. Some of the advanced thinkers in Western countries are beginning to understand the importance of this ...
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SURYA BHAGAWAN - A Vedic Perspective

SURYA BHAGAWAN – A Vedic Perspective

Hari Om Surya and Savitri are two names by which the Sun is commonly addressed in the Vedic hymns. Sometimes one name is used exclusively, sometimes they are used interchangeably, and sometimes they are used as though they represented quite distinct ...
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Sri Panchamukha Hanuman

Sri Panchamukha Hanuman

Hari Om Sri Panchamukha Hanumanji, is a representation of Anjaneya, showing five faces, in different directions. It is based on an episode in the Ramayana, where Lord Hanumanji assumes the form to kill, Ahiravana, the king of Pathala, and Ravan’s brother ...
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Durga Suktam with Meaning

Durga Suktam with Meaning

Hari Om In the Rg Veda,we have many verses that are in relation to a particular energy principle,deity or truth. A Suktam is a collection of verses (called riks) that have a common feature. In Durga Suktam,most of the verses are ...
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Vaikasi Visakam - The Festival of Birth Anniversary of Lord Muruga

Vaikasi Visakam – The Festival of Birth Anniversary of Lord Muruga

Hari Om Vaikasi Visakam (Vishakam), which falls in the month of Vaisaki, according to the Hindu calendar, will be celebrated usually in the month of May-June. The auspicious day marks the birth anniversary of Lord Muruga or (Skanda or Karthikeya or ...
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Idol Worship in Sanatana Dharma

Idol Worship in Sanatana Dharma

Hari Om Idol or Murthy (Vigraha), Sun, Fire, Water, Ganga, Saligram, Linga are all symbols or Prateekas of God which help the aspirants to attain one-pointedness of mind and purity of heart. A symbol is absolutely indispensable for fixing the mind ...
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Moksha or Enlightenment

Moksha or Enlightenment

Hari Om Moksha Moksha is the summum bonum of life. Moksha is the fulfilment of life’s purpose. Life ends on this earth plane when you attain Moksha or liberation from birth and death. The realisation of your real object in life ...
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Philosophy of RÂSA (Rasakreeda or Rasalila) – From The Bhagavata Purana

Philosophy of RÂSA (Rasakreeda or Rasalila) – From The Bhagavata Purana

Hari Om The Bhagavata Purana - SKANDHA X. CHAP. 29-33. Suka said: — "Seeing those autumnal nights, gay with Mallika flowers, Bhagavân wished to enjoy Himself by resort to Yogamâyâ." (It looks odd that there should be a show of conquering ...
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FAQ: Why Hindus Put Tilak On The Forehead?

FAQ: Why Hindus Put Tilak On The Forehead?

Hari Om Without the worship of Sri Ganesh no work in Sanatan Dharma should begin. Likewise,no religious work should begin without a Tilak on the forehead. Chandan or sandalpaste,Roli,Kumkum,Sindoor and Sacred Ash or Vibhuti can also be used as Tilak. Tilak ...
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Vedas, Upanishads and Allied Scriptures – An Introduction

Vedas, Upanishads and Allied Scriptures – An Introduction

Hari Om The Four Vedas, the primary literature of Hindu Religion are as below: Rg-Veda The heart of the entire Veda with 10,552 verses. Rg-Veda Interpretation(Poorna Pragnya). Yajur-Veda (hymns for oblations)apr. 2000 verses Sama-Veda (same prayers and hymns in meters for ...
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Bhagawan Sri Ramana Maharishi

Bhagawan Sri Ramana Maharishi

Hari Om Introduction Sri Ramana Maharshi was born on 30th December, 1879. He was known as Venkataraman. Born in a pious middle class Brahmin family, he went to a mission school and learnt a little English. Flight From Home On the ...
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Guru Nanak

Guru Nanak

Hari Om Birth Whenever there is a big catastrophe in the land, whenever there is decline of righteousness, whenever there are oppression and chaos in the land, whenever the faith of the people in God wanes, great men or saints appear, ...
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DIVISIONS OF KALA (Time) - From the Bhagavata Purana

DIVISIONS OF KALA (Time) – From the Bhagavata Purana

Hari Om SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM - SKANDHA III. CHAP. 11. The unit of Kala at the Sûkshma pole is Paramânu, which is the minutest part of the created thing, not united to form a body. At the Sthula pole is the whole ...
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ÂTMÂ A REFUTATION OF THE SCHOOL OF JAIMINI - From the Bhagavata Purana

ÂTMÂ A REFUTATION OF THE SCHOOL OF JAIMINI – From the Bhagavata Purana

Hari Om SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM - SKANDHA XI. CHAP. 10. Sri Krishna continued: — (Self-study is the first stage. It leads to the power of discrimination. Without self study no progress is possible. Therefore Sri Krishna speaks of it as an essential ...
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24 GURUs of an AVA-DHUTA — From the Bhagavata Purana Chapter XI

24 GURUs of an AVA-DHUTA — From the Bhagavata Purana Chapter XI

Hari Om SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM - SKANDHA XI. CHAP. 6. Brahmâ and other Devas went to Dvârakâ. Addressing Krishna; Brahmâ said: — "All that we prayed for has been done. One hundred and twenty-five years have passed away since thou didst appear ...
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Lunar and Solar eclipses of June 2020

Lunar and Solar eclipses of June 2020

Hari Om Sri Gurubyoh Namah! Sri Matre Namah! According to our scriptures and beliefs, eclipse or Grahan is caused when the shadow planets, Rahu (Dragon’s head) and Ketu (Dragon’s tail), swallow the Sun (Surya) and the Moon (Chandra). Vedic Astrology proclaims ...
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Chandogya Upanishad – TAT TVAM ASI (THAT THOU ART) or You Are That

Chandogya Upanishad – TAT TVAM ASI (THAT THOU ART) or You Are That

Hari Om THERE lived once Shvetaketu, Aruna's grandson; his father addressed him, saying Shvetaketu, go, learn the service of the Eternal; for no one, dear, of our family is an unlearned nominal worshipper. So going when he was twelve years old, ...
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A VEDIC MASTER

A VEDIC MASTER

Hari Om THESE men, Sukeshan Bhâradvâja, and Shâivya Satyakâma, and Sâuryâyanin Gârgya, and Kâushalya Ashvalâyana, and Bhârgava Vâidarbhi, and Kabandhin Kâtyâyana, full of the Eternal, firm in the Eternal, were seeking after the supreme Eternal. They came to the Master Pippalâda, ...
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Katha-Upanishad - I

Katha-Upanishad – I

Hari Om Peace Chant May He (the Supreme Being) protect us both, teacher and taught. May He be pleased with us. May we acquire strength. May our study bring us illumination. May there be no enmity among us. OM! PEACE! PEACE! ...
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Katha-Upanishad – II

Katha-Upanishad – II

Hari Om Part Fourth I The Self-existent created the senses out-going; for this reason man sees the external, but not the inner Atman (Self). Some wise man, however, desiring immortality, with eyes turned away (from the external) sees the Atman within ...
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Kena-Upanishad

Kena-Upanishad

Hari Om Like the Isavasya, this Upanishad derives its name from the opening word of the text, Kena-ishitam, "by whom directed." It is also known as the Talavakara-Upanishad because of its place as a chapter in the Talavakara-Brahmana of the Sama-Veda ...
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Isa-Upanishad

Isa-Upanishad

Hari Om Peace Chant OM! That (the Invisible-Absolute) is whole; whole is this (the visible phenomenal); from the Invisible Whole comes forth the visible whole. Though the visible whole has come out from that Invisible Whole, yet the Whole remains unaltered ...
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Introduction to Upanishads

Introduction to Upanishads

Hari Om The Upanishads represent the loftiest heights of ancient Indo-Aryan thought and culture. They form the wisdom portion or Gnana-Kanda of the Vedas, as contrasted with the Karma-Kanda or sacrificial portion. In each of the four great Vedas—known as Rik, ...
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THE ROLE OF PRAYER - For Developing Spiritual Consciousness

THE ROLE OF PRAYER – For Developing Spiritual Consciousness

Hari Om O Lord purify us with water, purify us with solar rays, purify us with medicinal herbs and, above all, purify us with Wisdom, i.e., endow us with POWERS OF MIND by enlightening our intellects.—Rig Veda—viii, 19-2. HOW exquisitely painful ...
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Kuja or Mangal Dosha (Sevvai Dosham)  in Vedic Astrology - Cause, Nature, Effect and Remedies

Kuja or Mangal Dosha (Sevvai Dosham) in Vedic Astrology – Cause, Nature, Effect and Remedies

Hari Om Sri Gurubyoh Namah! Om Saravana Bhava! Kuja (Mangal) Dosha is an astrological yoga or condition that occurs when Mars is in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th, or 12th house from natal Moon or Lagna (Ascendant) or Venus (as ...
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24 Avatars of Lord Vishnu – From the Bhagavata Purana

24 Avatars of Lord Vishnu – From the Bhagavata Purana

Hari Om The “Avatar” or divine descendent refers to the Supreme Lord taking a brief human form for his own purposes, which are considered to refer to the welfare of the world or universe, which is His own creation. Potentially, Jiva ...
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GAUTAMA BUDHA—THE COMPASSIONATE

GAUTAMA BUDHA—THE COMPASSIONATE

Hari Om Gautama, prince of the house of Siddhartha, of the Sakya class, was born in northern India in the township of Kapilavastu, in the year 556 B.C., according to the best authorities, as interpreted and reported by Max Muller. The ...
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THE INNER CONSCIOUSNESS — How to Awaken and Direct It?

THE INNER CONSCIOUSNESS — How to Awaken and Direct It?

Hari Om In theoretical as well as applied psychology no term is more misleading, or confusing than the term consciousness. We use the term often in our conversation; we come across it in our study; but when we are asked to ...
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BHAKTI YOGA, MEDITATION and THE SIDDHIS

BHAKTI YOGA, MEDITATION and THE SIDDHIS

Hari Om Sri Krishna - Uddhava Conversation in the Bhagavata Purana: BHAKTI YOGA SKANDHA XI. CHAP. 14. "O Krishna, thou speakest of Bhakti Yoga. Others speak of other expedients. Are they all same or is any one of them superior to ...
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ON RE-INCARNATION, FORBEARANCE, SANKYA and GUNAS

ON RE-INCARNATION, FORBEARANCE, SANKYA and GUNAS

Hari Om In Bhagavata Purana, Sri Krishna and Uddhava Conversation: SKANDHA XI. CHAP. 22. Uddhava asked: — "Those that are turned away from Thee take on and give up bodies. Tell me something about rebirth." Sri Krishna replied: — "The mind ...
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WHAT ONE IS TO DO FOR MOKSHA

WHAT ONE IS TO DO FOR MOKSHA

Hari Om In Bhagavata Purana, Sri Krishna's reply to Uddhava: SKANDHA XI. CHAP. 19. Jnâna (knowledge), Vairâgya (dispassion), Vijnâna (direct knowledge), Sraddhâ (faith) Bhakti (Devotion), these are the requisites of Moksha. The nine (Prakriti, Purusha, Mahat. Ahankâra and the five Tanmatras), ...
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JNÂNA YOGA and BHAKTI YOGA

JNÂNA YOGA and BHAKTI YOGA

Hari Om JNÂNA YOGA - In Bhagavata Purana, Sri Krishna's reply to Uddhava: SKANDHA XI. CHAP. 28. "Do not either praise or blame other men and their actions. Look upon all as one, pervaded by the same Prakriti and the same ...
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THE THREE PATHS: KARMA, JNÂNA AND BHAKTI

THE THREE PATHS: KARMA, JNÂNA AND BHAKTI

Hari Om In Bhagavata Purana, Sri Krishna's reply to Uddhava: SKANDHA XI. CHAP. 20. Uddhava said: — "Karma is to be performed and Karma is not to be performed — both are Thy injunctions in the Vedas. The Vedas speak of ...
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BONDAGE AND LIBERATION

BONDAGE AND LIBERATION

Hari Om In Bhagavata Purana Sri Krishna's Reply to Uddhava: SKANDHA XI. CHAP. 11. Uddhava asked: — "Âtmâ dwells in the transformations of the Gunas forming the body. Why should it not be bound down by the Gunas. Or if Âtmâ ...
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Sri Appayya Dikshitar

Sri Appayya Dikshitar

Hari Om Introduction There had ris’n the Moghul Empire From the glowing ashes and fire Of the Battle of Panipat, When in a southern Brahmin’s hut Was born a lad that blew again The Vedantic bugle amain, And stirred from slumber ...
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Saint Tukaram

Saint Tukaram

Hari Om Tukaram was born in 1608 A.D. at a village called Dehu in Poona district. It is about seven miles from Alandi—the place honoured by the Samadhi of Jnaneshwar—and about three miles from the railway station at Shelarwadi on the ...
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HOW TO WITHDRAW FROM THE OBJECTS OF THE SENSES? – Sri Krishna’s Answer to Uddhava

HOW TO WITHDRAW FROM THE OBJECTS OF THE SENSES? – Sri Krishna’s Answer to Uddhava

Hari Om From Bhâgavata Purâna SKANDHA XI. CHAP. 13. Uddhava asked: — "Generally people know that the objects of the senses lead them to misery. How is it, O Krishna, they still follow them, like dogs, donkeys and goats?" Sri Krishna ...
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Twenty Hints on Meditation

Twenty Hints on Meditation

Hari Om The following are the important twenty hints on mediation given by Yogi Sri Swami Sivananda. 1. Have a separate meditation room under lock and key. Never allow anybody to enter the room. Burn incense there. Wash your feet and ...
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Sri Karttikeya and Tarakasura

Sri Karttikeya and Tarakasura

Hari Om Sri Karttikeya and Tarakasura According to Skanda Maha Purana—Mahesvar Khanda After Bali, Kal Khanja, Maharoudra, Kalakeya, Nivata Kavacha, etc., were born as enemies to Indra. Tarakasura, son of Namuchi, did severe Tapasya or penance. Brahma was pleased. Tarakasura wanted ...
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Lord Siva’s Mother

Lord Siva’s Mother

Hari Om In ancient days, there lived a rich merchant named Dhanadatta in Karikal in South India. He had no child. He worshipped Lord Siva. He had a daughter through the grace of the Lord. The child was called by the ...
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Hindu Omens (Shakunam)

Hindu Omens (Shakunam)

Hari Om "Neither by explaining omens and prodigies, nor by skill in astrology and palmistry, nor by casuistry and expositions of holy texts let him (a Sanyasi) at any time gain his support." (Mann, vi, 50.) THE belief in omens has ...
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Omens and Their Significance

Omens and Their Significance

Hari Om Hindus have always believed in omens, both good and bad, telltale signs, shakuns, nimittas especially when they undertake certain important tasks to be accomplished or achieved. It is but human psychology to worry and get anxious over the outcome ...
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OMENS in Astrological  Elections

OMENS in Astrological Elections

Hari Om Omens contribute vital inputs in execution of elections or Muhurats. Omen seen, felt, heard or even visulised at the initiation of an activity, certainly foretells or forewarns about probable fate or result of the activity. A knowledge of omens ...
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SIVANANDA GITA

SIVANANDA GITA

Hari Om "I am the richest man in the whole world. My heart is full. Further, all the wealth of the Lord belongs to me now. Hence I am king of kings, emperor of emperors, maharaja of maharajas...." Swami Sivananda Sarasvati ...
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Dreams - An Introduction

Dreams – An Introduction

Hari Om The analysis of dreams and their cause by psychoanalysts are defective. They maintain that the cause of dream creation lies in the suppressed desires of the dreamer. Can they create dreams as they like by suppressing desires? No, they ...
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DREAM-SYMBOLS AND THEIR MEANINGS

DREAM-SYMBOLS AND THEIR MEANINGS

Hari Om Let us see the meanings or probable effects, as per Vedic scriptures (excerpts from "Phiolosophy of Dreams" by Swami Sivananda), of various dreams (objects, persons or situation) that we may experience during our dream states (of sleep). Abuse: There ...
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FREE WILL - THE POWER TO CHOOSE

FREE WILL – THE POWER TO CHOOSE

Hari Om In a universe governed by unalterable and immutable laws have men free will and, if so, how much? Or are the Mohammedans correct in their belief that a man's fate is bound around his neck at birth? It is ...
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IMMORTALITY – THE TREASURE BEYOND ALL PRICE

IMMORTALITY – THE TREASURE BEYOND ALL PRICE

Hari Om Numerous are the reasons advanced of why the world has seemingly gone to pieces. Extraordinary is the ingenuity writers display in avoiding the natural and obvious explanation. Some even delve into astrology in their efforts to evade acknowledging the ...
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INDIVIDUALITY, CHARACTER and PERSONALITY - THE ILLUSION of SEPARTENESS

INDIVIDUALITY, CHARACTER and PERSONALITY – THE ILLUSION of SEPARTENESS

Hari Om What is individuality? How does it differ from personality? From character? Is it permanent or transitory? Do souls retain their individuality after death? These are recurring questions. In the progression of nature, from the lowest living substance to the ...
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HINTS FOR CONTROL OF ANGER

HINTS FOR CONTROL OF ANGER

Hari Om According to encyclopedia of psychology, Anger is an emotion characterized by antagonism toward someone or something you feel has deliberately done you wrong. Anger may be a good thing sometimes. It can give you a way to express negative ...
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DEVOTIONAL MYSTICISM BY SAINTS AND SAGES

DEVOTIONAL MYSTICISM BY SAINTS AND SAGES

Hari Om Let me advert first to the Alvar saints of the South, the earliest of whom belonged to the second and the latest to the tenth century, A. D. They all wrote psalms or songs in Tamil, a Dravidian tongue ...
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POPULAR DEVOTIONAL MYSTICISM IN VEDIC SCRIPTURES

POPULAR DEVOTIONAL MYSTICISM IN VEDIC SCRIPTURES

Hari Om THE chief features of the passionate devotion for God described are its spontaneity and its transference of human relations and emotions to God through the medium of the Krishna legend described in the Bhagavata Purana. It presupposes the theory ...
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WHO CAN BE A YOGI?

WHO CAN BE A YOGI?

Hari Om TRUTH knows no death; no birth. It is Eternal; has always been, will always be. Time cannot exhaust its force, for it carries its power within itself. Deep in the heart of Truth is hidden an object we all ...
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Wonderful Facts about Some Temples

Wonderful Facts about Some Temples

Hari Om Our country has numerous temples big and small, many of them unique. A glimpse of some of the wondrous features of a few temples: 1. The deity in Thiruvannamalai is never brought out through the Rajagopuram but the doorway ...
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Twenty-six Places Where Shree Mahalakshmi Resides

Twenty-six Places Where Shree Mahalakshmi Resides

Hari Om Knowing and praying to Mahalakshmi in the twenty-six places she resides, will win us Her Divine Blessings... 1. In Thirumal’s chest Thirumagal (Lakshmiji) resides in Thirumal’s chest and so Srinivasan is also called Thiruvuraimarban. To get Thirumagal’s grace, we ...
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Interesting Stories from Mahābhārata

Interesting Stories from Mahābhārata

Hari Om Duryodhana’s three regrets Duryodhana lay dying on the battlefield. He took shallow breaths, his life hanging on by a thread, as tears rolled down into the soil. “If only... if only...” His mind raced as they thought of the ...
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The science of Vaastu

The science of Vaastu

Hari Om What is Vaastu?             Vaastu Shilpa Shastra is the ancient mystic science of designing and constructing buildings. It has its origin in the Stapatya Veda (Fig 1 shows Vaastu Purusha, the deity representing Vaastu ...
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Benefits of Offering Various Flowers to Deities

Benefits of Offering Various Flowers to Deities

Hari Om Lord Krishna said in the Bhagavad-gita, "Even a drop of water, a blade of grass or a fragrant flower offered to me with devotion and attitude of surrender will please me". A pooja can be done without a number ...
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Thirteen Common Curses and Their Effects

Thirteen Common Curses and Their Effects

Hari Om We hear spiritual and historical stories such as the Ramayana and imbibe the morals that they reinforce, from childhood. At the same time, we also learn about the various curses in these stories, as well as who cursed whom ...
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The Law of Karma – The Knowledge for Spiritual Progress

The Law of Karma – The Knowledge for Spiritual Progress

Hari Om What is Karma? Buddha states that ‘Karma’ consists of our thoughts, words, actions and actions that others perform under our instructions. The Shatapatha Brahmana (700 BCE) explains the meaning of the ‘Karma’ doctrine — "While our bodies may die, ...
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Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (Shivji Mantra)- Powerful Mantra for Peace and Protection.

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (Shivji Mantra)- Powerful Mantra for Peace and Protection.

Hari Om Om Namassivaya! Mahamrityunjaya Mantra: Om Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam Urva Rukamiva Bandhanan Mrityor Mokshiye Maamritat! The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (maha-mrityun-jaya) is one of the most potent Sanskrit mantras of Vedic age. Mahamrityunjaya is a call for enlightenment and a practice ...
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The Beggar’s Fate – A Moral Story

The Beggar’s Fate – A Moral Story

Hari Om A beggar used to beg outside a temple every day and eat whatever he got as alms. A great sage once visited the temple and the beggar asked him, “Sir, is it my fate to be a beggar till ...
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Sanchita, Purushartha And Prarabdha Karmas

Sanchita, Purushartha And Prarabdha Karmas

Hari Om Tarkash (quiver), the case in which arrows are accumulated represents Sanchita Karmas; the arrow that is ready for shooting represents our Agami Karma and the arrow which has left the bow, which cannot return and which must hit the ...
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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Hari Om TOUCHING WORDS OF ADI SANKARA ON MOTHERHOOD! "There is none equal to a mother to nourish the body; none equal to knowledge to adorn a person; none equal to worry to destroy a person; none equal to a friend ...
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Chitra Poornima (Pournami) – The Hindu Tamil Festival

Chitra Poornima (Pournami) – The Hindu Tamil Festival

Hari Om Chitra Pournami is celebrated in a grand manner by Tamils or Tamil people. Chitra Pournami is celebrated as one of the 13 Tamil Festivals by Tamil people and celebrations and rituals remarking Chitra Pournami is carried out differently in ...
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Lord Buddha – The Founder of Buddhism

Lord Buddha – The Founder of Buddhism

Introduction In the sixth century before the Christian era, religion was forgotten in India. The lofty teachings of the Vedas were thrown into the background. There was much priestcraft everywhere. The insincere priests traded on religion. They duped the people in ...
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Buddhism - Quick Overview

Buddhism – Quick Overview

Hari Om Om Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma-Sambuddhasa!' 'Honour to the Blessed One, the Holy One, All-Wise!' Buddham saranam gacchami: Dhammam saranam gacchami: Sangham saranam gacchami: To the Buddha for Refuge I go: To the Teaching for Refuge I go: To ...
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VALUES -50 for Happy Family, Community and Society

VALUES -50 for Happy Family, Community and Society

Hari Om For our FAMILY, COMMUNITY and SOCIETY to be HAPPY and BLISSFUL, we should mindfully practice the following 50 Values: The 50 values enumerated here will take care of wholesome body-mind-soul requirements of Happiness. Happiness can be categorised into three ...
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Sri Navagraha and Shanidev Blessings

Sri Navagraha and Shanidev Blessings

Hari Om Sri Navagraha and Shanidev Blessings Tirunallar ShaniDev👇 ...
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Astrological Remedies for Prosperity and Solving Financial Problems

Astrological Remedies for Prosperity and Solving Financial Problems

Hari Om Sri Gurubyoh Namah! Sri Matre Namah! Most powerful Astrological Remedies (21 points) for solving a financial crunch and overcoming tough times in business are given below. These remedies are based on scriptures, experience and teachings of Great Acharyas. When ...
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General Remedies and Spiritual Guidelines for protection from Black-Magic and Evil-Eye (Nazar)

General Remedies and Spiritual Guidelines for protection from Black-Magic and Evil-Eye (Nazar)

Hari Om FAQ: Guruji, What are the general remedies and spiritual guidelines recommended as a part of lifestyle, for a householder, to improve immunity, positive energies and at the same time to receive adequate protection from negative energies, black-magic and Nazar ...
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Sri Ramanuja – The Great Acharya and Most Important Exponent of Sri Vaishnavism

Sri Ramanuja – The Great Acharya and Most Important Exponent of Sri Vaishnavism

Hari Om In the year 1017 A.D., Ramanuja was born in the village of Perumbudur, about twenty-five miles west of Madras. His father was Kesava Somayaji and his mother was Kantimathi, a very pious and virtuous lady. Ramanuja's Tamil name was ...
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Adi Sankara — The Saviour of Vedic Dharma and Exponent of Advaitha Vedanta

Adi Sankara — The Saviour of Vedic Dharma and Exponent of Advaitha Vedanta

Introduction Chaos pervaded all through India in the matter of religion and philosophy. Sect after sect, such as Charvakas, Lokayathikas, Kapalikas, Shaktas, Sankhyas, Buddhas and Madhyamikas sprang up. The number of religions rose as high as seventy-two. There was fight amongst ...
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Worship of Siva Linga (by Swami Sivananda)

Worship of Siva Linga (by Swami Sivananda)

Hari Om The popular belief is that the Siva Lingam represents the phallus or the virile organ, the emblem of the generative power or principle in nature. This is not only a serious mistake, but also a grave blunder. In the ...
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FAQ: How to perform Srardh or other important ceremonies during lock down times? Can we postpone?

FAQ: How to perform Srardh or other important ceremonies during lock down times? Can we postpone?

Hari Om A far as Srardh is concerned, we can neither postpone or advance as it will attract strong Pitru Dosha. The best way is to perform Srardh in a simple way as Hiranya Srardh with only 2 priests without Homa, ...
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Sage Yajnavalkya of Mithila

Sage Yajnavalkya of Mithila

Hari Om The name of Yajnavalkya of Mithila stands distinguished both in the Srutis and in the Smritis. Yajnavalkya is especially known for his unsurpassed spiritual wisdom and power. The seer of a Veda Samhita from Bhagavan Surya, the revealer of ...
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Akshaya Trithiya – The Most Auspicious Day for the  Hindus

Akshaya Trithiya – The Most Auspicious Day for the Hindus

Hari Om Akshaya Trithiya (Punyakal) Akshaya Trithiya, or Akha Teej, is a highly auspicious day which falls on the third day after Amavasi (new moon day) in the Hindu month of Vaishakha. All Deities', Ancestors' and Goddess Lakshmiji’s Fullest Blessings are ...
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The Cause of Bondage (How a Monkey is caught?)

The Cause of Bondage (How a Monkey is caught?)

Hari Om A monkey is caught in India in a very queer manner. A narrow-necked basin is fixed in the ground, and in that basin are put some nuts and other eatables which the monkeys like. The monkeys come up and ...
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Forgiveness - An Atma Guna

Forgiveness – An Atma Guna

Hari Om Forgiveness is one of the most important Atma Gunas to be acquired by All for peaceful living and to have all possible seeds of incurable/ deadly diseases removed from our body and mind. Bhagawan's natural invention to come to ...
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Bhaja Govindam with meaning by Adi Shankaracharya

Bhaja Govindam with meaning by Adi Shankaracharya

Hari Om Composed by the great saint Bhagavadpada Sri Adi Shankaracharya, Bhaja Govindam is one of the most lucid yet insightful works of Vedanta. Some of the other magnificent works on Vedanta by Adi Shankaracharya are the Vivekachudamani and Atmabodha. He ...
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Vedic Astrology Analysis on COVID-19 – What Now? and What next? based on Prasna and Mundane charts

Vedic Astrology Analysis on COVID-19 – What Now? and What next? based on Prasna and Mundane charts

Hari Om Many of us may be wondering if Astrology (or Astrologers) really predicted this pandemics caused by COVID-19. If we carefully recall what was written earlier during last Dec 26, 2019, solar eclipse in our blog, in many other research ...
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Tamil New Year Day and Baisakhi

Tamil New Year Day and Baisakhi

Hari Om Tamil Puthandu is known as Chithirai thirunal better known as Tamil New Year celebrated on the first day of Tamil calender Chitirai month by Tamils and popularly celebrated as Varusha Pirappu or Chithirai Kani. This Festival is celebrated by ...
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Sri Vaidyanatha Ashtakam – Powerful Shivji Hymn for Curing Diseases by Adishankara Bhagavadpada

Sri Vaidyanatha Ashtakam – Powerful Shivji Hymn for Curing Diseases by Adishankara Bhagavadpada

Hari Om Sri Vaidyanatha Ashtakam is a beautiful Hymn Composed by Sri Adishankara Bhagavadpada on Shivji. Lord Shiva is considered as the king among physicians (Lord Vaidyanatha) and many people visit Sri Vaitheeswaran Koil near Sirkali in Tamil Nadu to pray ...
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Sree Indrakshi Stotram – A Powerful Stotra for Healthy and Disease-Free Life.

Sree Indrakshi Stotram – A Powerful Stotra for Healthy and Disease-Free Life.

Hari Om THE INDRAKSHI STOTRAM was taught to Sri Narada Maharishi by Lord Sriman Narayana,when Naradji asked for a powerful prayer that would grant everyone healthy (Arogya) life,free from diseases. This Stotra was afterwards taught to the king of Devas,Indra, and ...
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Prayers for Healing the World

Prayers for Healing the World

Hari Om God does not want to see or talk to us now as He is angry with all of us (Humanity) for consistently flouting and abusing the rules of Dharma — Non-violence, righteousness, togetherness, and tolerance. That is why all ...
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Panguni Uthiram Festival

Panguni Uthiram Festival

Hari Om Significance of Panguni Uthiram Festival On the day of Panguni Uthiram in March/April, a full moon transits through the star Uttara-phalguni. A full moon day coinciding with the day of Uttara Palguni or Uthiram star in the twelfth month ...
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Lord Mahavira

Lord Mahavira

Hari Om Mahavira was born in 599 B.C. He lived for 72 years. He abandoned home in 569 B.C. He attained omniscience in 557 B.C. and entered into Nirvana in 527 B.C. He was the last Tirthankara. Mahavira lived a life ...
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What happens after death?… From Garuda Purana

What happens after death?… From Garuda Purana

Hari Om Extracted from the Garuda Purana.....  The Garuda Purana is one of eighteen Mahāpurāṇa genre of texts in Hinduism. It is a part of Vaishnavism literature corpus and narrated in the form of a conversation between Lord Vishnu and ...
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Appudi Nayanmar

Appudi Nayanmar

Hari Om In devotion to the Guru, Appudi Nayanar excelled. He was an ardent Siva Bhakta. He was leading the ideal householder’s life. He belonged to a Brahmin family in Tingalur in the Chola kingdom. Appudi had heard of the glories ...
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Vedic Astrology Analysis on COVID-19 and Global Issues based on Planertary Influences and Prasna Charts

Vedic Astrology Analysis on COVID-19 and Global Issues based on Planertary Influences and Prasna Charts

Hai Om Shri Matre Namah! Sri Gurubyoh Namah! Om Namassivaya! The impact of the virus may hit its peak by April 4-9 until 14 and slow down thereafter when Surya Bhagawan enters Aries on April 13 evening, slowly giving us strength ...
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Vedic Astrology Analysis of Business and Markets amid COVID-19 Crisis

Vedic Astrology Analysis of Business and Markets amid COVID-19 Crisis

Hari Om FAQs: Astrologically how will be the business and markets trends this year and in future amid COVID-19 crisis? What are the precautions to be taken? When will the situation improve ? At the outset let us pray, with supreme ...
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Garuda Dandakam for protection from Fear, Diseases and Ailments.

Garuda Dandakam for protection from Fear, Diseases and Ailments.

Hari Om Garuda Dandakam (by Srimad Vedantha Desika) Sri Vedanta Desika is one of the greatest and illustrious poets of Srivaishnavism and lived between 1269 and 1370. He was born in Thoopul, near Kanchipuram. He was named as Venkata Natha and ...
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Vision of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa as Sri Rama

Vision of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa as Sri Rama

Hari Om Let us recall the simple and profound Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa to unite and integrate all the children of Divine Mother. Sri Ramakrishna's specialty was that he made it possible for ordinary folks to understand difficult concepts. He ...
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COVID-19: Vedic Astrology Analysis and Instructions

COVID-19: Vedic Astrology Analysis and Instructions

Hari Om Sri Gurubyoh Namah! Sri Ganeshaya Namah! Sri Matre Namah! Om Namassivaya! As per Vedic Astrology, Jupiter goes to Makara on 29th March (to its debilitation sign) to conjoin Mars (Kuja) and Saturn (Shanidev) who are very close to each ...
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Shri Sudarshana Ashtakam with meaning for Removing Fear, Obstacles and Illness.

Shri Sudarshana Ashtakam with meaning for Removing Fear, Obstacles and Illness.

Hari Om Shri Sudarshana Ashtakam was composed by Shri Vedanta Desikacharya of Thoppil. Shri sudarshana Ashtakam is one of the most powerful prayers dedicated to Lord Sudarshana, the main weapon of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that those who chant Sudarshana ...
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COVID-19 – Prayers and Mantras for removal of fear and protection

COVID-19 – Prayers and Mantras for removal of fear and protection

Hari Om God does not want to see or talk to us now as He is very angry with all of us (Humanity) for consistently flouting and abusing the rules of Dharma — Non-violence, righteousness, togetherness, and tolerance. That is why ...
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FAQ: Why Did Kali Step On Shiva’s Chest?

FAQ: Why Did Kali Step On Shiva’s Chest?

Hari Om Goddess Kali is regarded as the most fierce and destructive form of Shakti. She has a dark complexion, red eyes and has four arms. In one of Her hands She carries a sword (khadaga) and in another hand She ...
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COVID-19 – Astrological and Numerological Perspectives

COVID-19 – Astrological and Numerological Perspectives

Hari Om Sri Gurubyoh Namah! Sri Matre Namah! Vedic Astrology analysis on Corona Virus You may kindly recall the following words in our article on Solar Eclipse of 26th December 2019. "Certain planetary adverse configurations coupled with Solar eclipse do not ...
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Spiritual Response to COVID-19

Spiritual Response to COVID-19

Hari Om Do not panic The more vulnerable we feel, the more anxious we get. There is strong evidence that anxiety can dramatically weaken the immune system, making us even more vulnerable to the virus. To get out of the vicious ...
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Shri Lalitha Pancharatna Stotra with Meaning

Shri Lalitha Pancharatna Stotra with Meaning

Hari Om Shri Lalitha Pancharatna Stotra starting with Pratha Smarami Lalitha Vadanaravindam is a devotional hymn of Goddess Lalita Tripurasundari, composed by Adi Shankara Bhagavadpata. Maa Lalita Tripurasundari is the presiding deity of Srichakra (Sriyantra). The goddess Tripura in her aspect ...
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Goswami Tulsidas - The Great Saint and Author of The Ram-Charit-Manas (Ramayan)

Goswami Tulsidas – The Great Saint and Author of The Ram-Charit-Manas (Ramayan)

Hari Om Tulsidas was born in Rajpur, in the district of Banda in Uttar Pradesh, in Samvat 1589 or 1532 A.D. He was a Sarayuparina Brahmin by birth and is regarded as an incarnation of Valmiki, the author of Ramayana written ...
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Lord Vishnu, Concept of Avatars and Theory of  Evolution

Lord Vishnu, Concept of Avatars and Theory of Evolution

Hari Om Concept of Avatars In the Puranic mythologies of ancient India, the legend of the Avatar is considered one of the most important myths of the Vedic culture. It is particularly associated with the God Vishnu, one of the principle ...
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Sathru Samhara Ver (Vel) pathigam for protection from any form of Fear or Attack (including COVID-19)

Sathru Samhara Ver (Vel) pathigam for protection from any form of Fear or Attack (including COVID-19)

Hari Om Sathru Samhara Ver Pathigam The poem on Vel (in Tamil) which kills the enemies (Composed by Deva Raya Swamigal) This powerful prayer removes road blocks in life. Sri Devaraya Swamigal composed these hymns in simple beautiful Tamil for people ...
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WHY WE WORSHIP Lord  SIVA?

WHY WE WORSHIP Lord SIVA?

Hari Om From time immemorial the Hindus are worshipping God Siva who is master of truth, beauty and bliss. From the highest Himalayas on the north down to Rameswar in the south and from Chandranath hill on the east to Dwarka ...
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Tirujnana Sambandhar

Tirujnana Sambandhar

Hari Om Sambandhar took his birth in a Brahmin family in Sirkali in the district of Tanjore which is also known by the name Brahmapuri. He was born of Bhagavati and Sivapadahridayar. Bhagavati and Sivapadahridayar went to the tank to take ...
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Vaastu, Temples and Pyramids — From Vedic Perspective

Vaastu, Temples and Pyramids — From Vedic Perspective

Hari Om Traditional Indian architecture is extremely simple and straightforward. Simple techniques of construction were utilized to build some of the glorious and magnificent buildings that have withstood the test of time. Structural elements like columns and beams were carefully integrated ...
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Various Narakas (Hells) as per Garuda Purana

Various Narakas (Hells) as per Garuda Purana

Hari Om Sinners are sent to various Narakas (Hells) by Yamaraja according to the nature and seriousness of their sins. According to the Garuda Purana there are a total of 28 Narakas. They are as follows. (1) Tamisram (Heavy flogging) -Those ...
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Kanaka Dhara Stotra (The Hymn on Goddess Mahalakshmi for Prosperity)

Kanaka Dhara Stotra (The Hymn on Goddess Mahalakshmi for Prosperity)

Hari Om Bhagavatpada Sri Adi Sankara was one of the greatest saints of Sanatana Dharma. He was born in a poor Brahmin family in Kerala. After brahmopadesa, as part of our traditional beliefs, he was asked to beg alms for his ...
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Yaksha Prashna (Yaksha - Yudhisthira Samvada from The Mahabharata)

Yaksha Prashna (Yaksha – Yudhisthira Samvada from The Mahabharata)

Hari Om Mahabharata - Aranyaka Parva Adhyaya - Araneya Parva This episode is found in the Aranya Parva of the epic, the Mahabharata. The sons of Pandu along with their wife Draupadi are nearing the end of their twelve-year exile in ...
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Kalki Avatar and Kalki Purana - How Will the World End?

Kalki Avatar and Kalki Purana – How Will the World End?

Hari Om This incarnation, unlike those already described, has yet to be made. It is the hope of the Hindus, that he who has so frequently visited the earth to restore order and happiness will come yet again to inaugurate a ...
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Narada Bhakthi Sutra with English Meaning

Narada Bhakthi Sutra with English Meaning

Hari Om 1. Atha tho Bakthim vyakyasyama Now I will explain in detail what is meant by Bhakthi (devotion to God) 2. Saa tasmin Parama prema roopa Devotion to God is personification of intense(highest) love towards Him. 3. Amrutha swaroopa cha ...
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Karadaiyan Nombu; Savitri Vratam (14th March 2020)

Karadaiyan Nombu; Savitri Vratam (14th March 2020)

Hari Om Karadaiyan Nombu or Karadayan Nonbu is a major Tamil festival which is celebrated at the time on Meena Sankranti or Sankramana. It is celebrated at the moment when Tamil month Maasi ends and month Panguni starts. Karadai is the ...
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Yoga & Kundalini Energy

Yoga & Kundalini Energy

Hari Om We know that Om, "ॐ" is the sound of the cosmos. We can regenerate this sound within ourself and resonate along with the universe. The energy created will be tremondous. The "Chakras" are the seven main energy centers in ...
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Shiva Panchakshara Stotra

Shiva Panchakshara Stotra

Hari Om Lord Shiva is the destroyer among the trinity (Brahmā, Vishnu and Shiva) and is worshipped as their main deity by millions of Hindu devotees. The holy word chant to worship him is made of five letters and is popularly ...
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Holi Festival - Significance and Relevance

Holi Festival – Significance and Relevance

Hari Om Holi Festival IN DAYS of yore, there were communities of cannibals in India. They caused much havoc. They threatened the lives of many innocent people. One of them was Holika or Putana. She took immense delight in devouring children ...
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Manickavachagar – The Great Saiva Saint of Tamilnadu

Manickavachagar – The Great Saiva Saint of Tamilnadu

Hari Om In Tiruvadavur in the Pandya kingdom there lived a pious Brahmin. He and his dutiful wife, due to merit earned in past lives, got a worthy son whom they named Vadavurar, after the native place. As the child grew, ...
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Nama Traya Astra Mantra for Protection from Diseases – A Vedic Remedial prayer to Remove Fear of COVID-19

Nama Traya Astra Mantra for Protection from Diseases – A Vedic Remedial prayer to Remove Fear of COVID-19

Hari Om Achyuta Ananta Govinda । Om Achyutaya Namaha ॥ Om Anantaya Namaha ॥ Om Govindaya Namaha ॥ The Agni Purana mentions this powerful mantra which is supposed to be an effective cure for all diseases. The God of Fire, Agni ...
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Surya Ashtakam with Meaning

Surya Ashtakam with Meaning

Hari Om Since time immemorial, Hindus revered the Sun God as the one who is the cause of nature. They always believed worshipping the Sun God would eradicate all their sins. Surya, the Sun God, was the son of Sage Kasyapa ...
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Introduction to Nakshatras –Vedic Astrology

Introduction to Nakshatras –Vedic Astrology

Hari Om The nakshatras are the apparently fixed bodies in the Zodiac, where the planetary system moves with them placed in the background. Among the Rasi and the nakshatras, the former is overlorded by the Sun, whereas the latter is overlorded ...
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Hanumath Stuthi with Meaning

Hanumath Stuthi with Meaning

Hari Om It is believed that reading this Hanumath Stuthi, many times (11 or 36 or 108) with devotion (from Samkshepa Sundara Kanda of Vayu Purana) would cure illnesses, give long life, bring to an end enmity, and lead to all ...
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Sri Lalithambigai Temple at Thirumeyachur – The Temple where Lalitha Sahasranama was chanted first on Earth by Sage Agasthya

Sri Lalithambigai Temple at Thirumeyachur – The Temple where Lalitha Sahasranama was chanted first on Earth by Sage Agasthya

Hari Om The powerful Lord Shiva Temple of Meganathaswami is located in Thirumeyachur, 18 kms from Mayavaram and 33 km from Kumbakonam. Moolavar is Lord Siva, known here as Meganatha Swami. Though the moolavar is Lord Shiva, this is a temple ...
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Devi Argala Stuti with Meaning – for Getting Through Tough Times of Life

Devi Argala Stuti with Meaning – for Getting Through Tough Times of Life

Hari Om Shree Matre Namah! Devi Argala Stotram, is a collection of powerful mantras, which can help devotees to get them through tough times and solve all the problems that a devotee is facing in his or her life. Durga Saptasati ...
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The Value of Pi (22/7) upto 32 Decimals from the Rig Veda

The Value of Pi (22/7) upto 32 Decimals from the Rig Veda

Hari Om Men of older generation used to say that all knowledge is there in the Vedas. Anyone who hears such words will have the first reaction that it is an exaggeration. We should remember here that any sloka in the ...
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How to Receive Guru’s Grace?

How to Receive Guru’s Grace?

Hari Om We have been told by our scriptures that guru kripa is a wonderful, mysterious factor that will enable the aspirants to seek and to attain the summum bonum of life, Self-realisation, darshan of God, or moksha. Whether the disciple ...
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Jnanadev (Jnaneshwar) – The Great Saint of Maharashtra

Jnanadev (Jnaneshwar) – The Great Saint of Maharashtra

Hari Om The name of Saint Jnaneshwar is on the lips of everyone in Maharashtra. He was a born Siddha. He was a Yogi of high attainments. He had control over the elements. His work Jnaneshwari is the crest-jewel of Marathi ...
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Glory of Satsanga

Glory of Satsanga

Hari Om Swami Chidananda says, "Satsanga is the very salt of life. The power of Satsanga is indescribable. In Satsanga alone you begin to see clearly, think clearly and know things clearly. Satsanga gradually dispels the Avichara and Aviveka. It gives ...
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Lord Muruga – Important and Powerful Mantras

Lord Muruga – Important and Powerful Mantras

Hari Om Lord Muruga's Powerful Moola Mantra (For success, courage and victory) Om Saum Saravanabava Sreem Hreem Kleem Klaum Saum Namaha Lord Muruga Gayathri Mantra: (For peace, health and prosperity) Om Tat Purushaya Vidmahe Mahesenaya Deemahi Tanno Skanda Prachothayathu:|| Lord Muruga ...
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Appar - The Great Saiva Saint of  Tamilnadu (also known as Tirunavukkarasar)

Appar – The Great Saiva Saint of Tamilnadu (also known as Tirunavukkarasar)

Hari Om Appar is one of the four Tamil Samaya Acharyas. He was a contemporary of Sambandhar. He was a Vellala or Tiru Amur in the district of Cuddalore, Tamilnadu. He was born of Pugalenar and Mathiniar. The parents gave the ...
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The Kailasanathar Temple of Kanchi – Having Gates of Birth and Death

The Kailasanathar Temple of Kanchi – Having Gates of Birth and Death

Hari Om The famous and most ancient temple in Kanchipuram is Sri Kailasanathar temple. It is situated about 75 KM from Chennai. This temple's architecture was a model not only for many of the temples in Southern India, but also for ...
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Sphatik (Crystal) Gemstone –  Healing Properties and Benefits

Sphatik (Crystal) Gemstone – Healing Properties and Benefits

Hari Om Crystal or Quartz Rosary is made of stone which is clear as water hence the term “crystal clear” is used so much around the world. It has been entitled as “Universal Crystal” because of its immense power and it ...
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Faith in God and the incidents from the Life of Swami Sadhasiva  Brahmendra

Faith in God and the incidents from the Life of Swami Sadhasiva Brahmendra

Hari Om Reason is impotent. Faith is omnipotent. Weak reason is defeated by strong reason. A Bhakta with faith can enter the innermost chambers of the Lord as Sudama did. Do you not take for granted many things in Geometry? The ...
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Hanuman Chalisa – Why is it so powerful!

Hanuman Chalisa – Why is it so powerful!

Hari Om Why is the Hanuman Chalisa so powerful! Lord Hanuman is often referred to as the “Chiranjeevi” (the Immortal). In India, Lord Hanuman is revered by most of the Hindus and other Indian religions. It is believed throughout our scriptures ...
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FAQs: Can we accept food or gifts from anyone? What are the consequences of having multiple relationships? Can physical relations transfer karma from one being to the other?

FAQs: Can we accept food or gifts from anyone? What are the consequences of having multiple relationships? Can physical relations transfer karma from one being to the other?

Hari Om This answer is based on religious scriptures and traditional and modern teachings of morality, religiosity and spirituality. As far as food and gifts are concerned there is nothing specifically wrong from spiritual angle in accepting food or gifts from ...
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The Divine Mother (DEVI) -–The Great Goddess Worship

The Divine Mother (DEVI) -–The Great Goddess Worship

Hari Om “The Great Goddess, known in India as Devi (literally “goddess”), has many guises. She is “Ma” the gentle and approachable mother. As Jaganmata, or Mother of the universe, she assumes cosmic proportions, destroying evil and addressing herself to the ...
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FAQ: Is Astrology Truly a Science?

FAQ: Is Astrology Truly a Science?

Hari Om There is sufficient historical proof that astronomy is an offshoot of astrology. Almost 4,000 years ago, our forefathers were able to study the planetary movements and make predictions. In those days, astrology and astronomy were twin studies. Religious leaders ...
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Samartha Ramdas - The Great Guru of Chhathrapati Shivaji Maharaj

Samartha Ramdas – The Great Guru of Chhathrapati Shivaji Maharaj

Hari Om Introduction Ramdas was one of the greatest saints of the world. He was the inspirer of Shivaji. He was born of Suryaji Panth and Renuka Bai in Jamb, Maharashtra, in 1608 A.D. His original name was Narain. (image courtesy: ...
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Thenkudi Thittai - Powerful Guru Temple (Parihara Sthalam) in Tanjore

Thenkudi Thittai – Powerful Guru Temple (Parihara Sthalam) in Tanjore

Hari Om The beautiful temple of Shivji, which is also a Remedial Guru Temple (Guru Parihara Sthalam) is Ulaganayaki sametha Vasishteswaraswamy temple. This Temple is situated about 10 KM from Tanjore on the Tanjore Melathur Road in Thittai (also known "Thenkudi ...
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Ekanath – The Well Known Saint of  Western India

Ekanath – The Well Known Saint of Western India

Hari Om Ekanath is a well-known saint of Maharashtra. He was born of Suryanarayana and Rukmini in the year 1533 A.D. at Paithan in Maharashtra. The fire of devotion was kindled in his heart even when he was a boy of ...
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The Law of Karma and  Rebirth

The Law of Karma and Rebirth

Hari Om What Is Karma? Karma means not only action, but also the result of an action. The consequence of an action is really not a separate thing. It is a part of the action, and cannot be divided from it ...
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Bhagawan Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa

Bhagawan Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa

Hari Om Om Sri Gurubhyo Namah !!! Bhagawan Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa [A Rishi, Saint, Vedantic Teacher, a Guru and a Devotee of the Goddess Kali] Here are some of his teachings: “Women are, all of them, the veritable images of Shakti.” ...
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Namdev - The Famous Saint of Mediaeval India

Namdev – The Famous Saint of Mediaeval India

Hari Om Namdev of Maharashtra was a saint of mediaeval India. He was not a servant of Lord Krishna, but His companion. Namdev was an Amsa (part) of Lord Krishna. Introduction Namdev was a contemporary of Jnanadev, the famous saint of ...
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Chamakam – The Magnificent Prayer to Shivji

Chamakam – The Magnificent Prayer to Shivji

Hari Om While Namakam is a prayer to Lord Rudra to forget about his avenging fierce, dreadful, fearful and horrendous form and turn himself into a peaceful form and do good to us, Chamakam on the other hand enumerates the blessings ...
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Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Totapuri

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Totapuri

Hari Om You can watch the video (and/or read the text): Totapuri arrived at the Dakshineswar temple garden toward the end of 1864. Perhaps born in the Punjab, he was the head of a monastery in that province of India and ...
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Narada Muni and the Power of Narayana Mantra

Narada Muni and the Power of Narayana Mantra

Hari Om Once Narada was very intrigued by Lord Krishna’s 'Om Namo Narayana' mantra, curiously questioned Him, “What is the significance of Om Namo Narayana (Mantra)?” He asked Lord Krishna to explain to him in detail so every one of his ...
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Ashtamurti and Suddha Saiva in Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy

Ashtamurti and Suddha Saiva in Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy

Hari Om Siva is spoken of as being in eight forms (Ashtamurti). The eight forms of Siva are the five elements, the sun, the moon and the priest who performs sacrifice. Vishnu appeared in the Mohini form after the churning of ...
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LORD SIVA AND HIS LILAS

LORD SIVA AND HIS LILAS

Hari Om Siva is known by the name ‘Girisa’, as He is the Lord of the Mount Kailasa. Siva is called ‘Tryambaka’, because He has a third eye in His forehead, the eye of wisdom (Jnana Chakshus).The word ‘Hara’ is derived ...
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SIVA TATTVA

SIVA TATTVA

Hari Om Om Namassivaya! In Me the universe had its origin, In Me alone the whole subsists; In Me it is lost—Siva, The Timeless, it is I Myself, Sivoham! Sivoham! Sivoham! Salutations to Lord Siva, the vanquisher of Cupid, the bestower ...
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Maha Siva Raatri

Maha Siva Raatri

Hari Om Om Namassivaya! Maha Siva Raatri means the great night of Lord Shiva and it is observed on the fourteenth lunar night(chaturdasi)of the dark forthnight(Krishna Paksh)in the Hindu month of Phalgun.This corresponds to late February and early March in the ...
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Ashtavakra Gita

Ashtavakra Gita

Hari Om Ashtavakra Gita or the Song of Ashtavakra, also known as Ashtavakra Samhita is an Advaita Vedanta scripture which documents a dialogue between the Perfect Master Ashtavakra and Janaka, the King of Mithila.— The translation here is by John Richards, ...
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Glory, Importance and Significance of Lord Rama

Glory, Importance and Significance of Lord Rama

Hari Om Most of the Indians (Hindus) know the story of Lord Sri Rama, the epic Ramayana, and Lord Hanuman (the greatest devotee of Lord Sri Rama), but only few know the significance and importance of Rama Nama. To speak about ...
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FAQ: Why do We do Aarati?

FAQ: Why do We do Aarati?

Hari Om Towards the end of every ritualistic worship (pooja or bhajan) of the Lord or to welcome an honored guest or saint, we perform the aarati. This is always accompanied by the ringing of the bell and sometimes by singing, ...
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Worship of ATMALINGA

Worship of ATMALINGA

Hari Om The worshipping of The Atmalinga originated from the Mahabaratha. As it goes, Alankarapriyo Vishnu, Abhishekapriyah Sivah—Lord Vishnu is very fond of Alankara (decoration done with a fine dress, ornaments, etc) and Lord Siva is fond of Abhisheka. Most often, ...
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All Navagraha Temples in Chennai and Tamilnadu

All Navagraha Temples in Chennai and Tamilnadu

Hari Om NAVAGRAHA TEMPLES IN CHENNAI Temple - Planet - Location 1. Agatheeswarar Temple – Surya Graha (Sun) – Kolapakkkam 2. Somanaadheeswarar – Chandran (Moon) – Somamangalam 3. Vaidheeswarar – Angaragan (Mars) – Poonamallee 4. Sundereswarar – Budhan (Mercury) – Kovur ...
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Who are Dearer to God?

Who are Dearer to God?

Hari Om From the Bhagavad-Gita, it can be understood that although God is equal to all and shows no particular preference or favor to anyone, He responds to the love of his true devotees who fills their minds exclusively with him, ...
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Lord Hanumanji – The Ten Miraculous Facts

Lord Hanumanji – The Ten Miraculous Facts

Hari Om Our hearts get filled with devotion and reverence as soon as someone mentions Lord Rama’s ardent devotee Shri Hanuman. Widely known as Bajrangbali, he is an extremely powerful and miraculous deity, and immediately lends a helping hand as soon ...
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Powerful Sri Maha Prathyangira Devi Temple at Ayyavadi

Powerful Sri Maha Prathyangira Devi Temple at Ayyavadi

Hari Om Prathyangira Devi also called Narasimhi, Narashimhika and Atharvana Bhadrakali is powerful Goddess associated with Shakti worship. She is a form of Adi Parashakti and is the consort of Sarabeswara. She is described as a goddess with a male lion’s ...
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Twenty Imporatant Spiritual Instructions for Liberation

Twenty Imporatant Spiritual Instructions for Liberation

20 Important Spiritual Instructions (By Sri Swami Sivananda) Hari Om These twenty instructions contain the very essence of all Yoga Sadhana, Karma, Bhakti, Jnana and Yoga will all come to one who follows them whole-heartedly. They are the unfailing keys to ...
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Sankatahara Chaturthi – The Important Vrat Ritual

Sankatahara Chaturthi – The Important Vrat Ritual

Hari Om Sankashti Chaturthi (Hindi: संकष्टी चतुर्थी, Telugu: సంకటహర చతుర్థి, Tamil: சங்கடஹர சதுர்த்தி, Gujarati: સંકષ્ટી ચતુર્થી ) also called Sankatahara Chaturthi in south Indian states, is an auspicious festival for Hindus, celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesha. Each lunar month in ...
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Who is a True Devotee (Uthama Baktha)?

Who is a True Devotee (Uthama Baktha)?

Hari Om A true devotee will love God to attain God instead of using God to attain World. A true devotee will see God in Everything and Everyone with Equal Vision which is Wisdom. Consciousness (Our Awareness) when purged out of ...
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Vedanthic Guidelines from Distilled Wisdom for Self-Realization

Vedanthic Guidelines from Distilled Wisdom for Self-Realization

Hari Om Strictly avoid unnecessary talks, gossip and reference to details and questions about others and things not involved in our issues. This is in line with the Vedhanthic requirements for removing impurities from our minds. We should remember that when ...
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The Glory of Holy Ganga - The Sacred River

The Glory of Holy Ganga – The Sacred River

Hari Om The Ganga is the most sacred river of India. Lord Krishna says in the Gita: “I am the Ganga among rivers”. No germ can flourish in the waters of the Ganga. It is saturated with antiseptic minerals. In the ...
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Lord Ganesha and His 32 Forms

Lord Ganesha and His 32 Forms

Hari Om Lord Ganesha One of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon, Lord Ganesha’s icons are found throughout India. Besides all sects of Hinduism, Jains and also Buddhists also worship him in India and abroad. 32 Forms ...
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Sri Sikkal Singaravelan Temple – The Miraculous Temple of Lord Muruga

Sri Sikkal Singaravelan Temple – The Miraculous Temple of Lord Muruga

Hari Om Om Saravana Bhava! Sikkal Singaravelan Temple is situated about 5 KM from Nagapattinam on the Nagapattinam-Tiruvarur route. This is a Saiva temple with Lord Siva bearing the name Sri Navaneetheswara Swamy. But the main deity is Lord Subrahmanya called ...
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Thai Poosam - The Festival of Lord Muruga

Thai Poosam – The Festival of Lord Muruga

Hari Om Tom 8th February 2020 is Thai Poosam this year. Please read the following slide to know about this Festival of Lord Muruga. Thaipoosam at Sikkal Sri Singaravelar Temple: GF' Blessings ...
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Rahukalam, Yamagandam and Gulikai - Guidelines

Rahukalam, Yamagandam and Gulikai – Guidelines

Hari Om Do not begin anything auspicious or important during Rahukalam (Rahukal) and Yama Ghanta or Yamagandam as the activities commenced during Rahukalam may not meet success or may be delayed; and the activities commenced during Yamagandam may meet with destruction ...
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The Mysterious Devi Temple in Bihar where The Idols Speak To Each Other at Night.

The Mysterious Devi Temple in Bihar where The Idols Speak To Each Other at Night.

Hari Om Shree Matre Namah! Miracles do occur. In a nation like India, where people believe in superstitions and are religious, miracles tend to happen frequently. The famous Sri Raja Rajeswari Tripura Sundari temple at Bastar, Bihar, attracts millions of devotees ...
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Sundaramurthi Nayanar (Sundarar)

Sundaramurthi Nayanar (Sundarar)

Hari Om Sundaramurthi Nayanar Sundaramurthi Nayanar flourished in the 8th century. He was a great devotee of Lord Siva. He is one of the Tamil Samaya Acharyas (four Tamil religious Teachers). Sundaramurthi Nayanar sang the glories of Lord Siva at all ...
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FAQ: How to identify a Guru?

FAQ: How to identify a Guru?

Hari Om A Guru is different from a teacher (acharya) or an instructor or a coach or a preacher. He is an inspiration of spiritual light in our world, and imparts us the universal mystical principles that underlie all religions, traditions, ...
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FAQ on Troubling Priests or Beggars at Temples

FAQ on Troubling Priests or Beggars at Temples

Hari Om When we visit temples, priests inside the temple and beggars outside the Temple are constantly troubling us for some donations/ payments/ favours/ help/alms. Can we ignore them or what we should do? Answer: As per scriptures we will be ...
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The Miracle that is  Thirupathi!

The Miracle that is Thirupathi!

Hari Om Thirupathi, the abode of the Lord on the Seven Hills, is powerful for more reasons than one... There is a miracle that occurs every day in the sanctum sanctorum of Thirumalai Thirupathi! Most people are able to visit Thirupathi ...
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Evil Eye or Nazar – Cause, Effect and Cure (Remedies)

Evil Eye or Nazar – Cause, Effect and Cure (Remedies)

Cause and Effect The envious or jealous look directed at a person, that causes misfortune, disease, losses, downfall, severe physical or mental injuries is termed as Evil eye or Nazar or Duradhrishti. The evil eye is well-known throughout history. It is ...
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Arunagirinathar – The Sage who authored Tiruppugazh

Arunagirinathar – The Sage who authored Tiruppugazh

Hari Om This famous devotee of Lord Muruga lived in Tiruvannamalai about 500 years ago and belonged to Devadasi caste. There is indeed something unique in this case. For, Sri Shanmukha’s blessings had to blossom here not merely in a barren ...
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Pati-Pasu-Pasa and Sadhana in Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy

Pati-Pasu-Pasa and Sadhana in Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy

Hari Om ‘Pati’ is Lord Siva. It is the object of all the Vedas and the Agamas to explain the concepts of Lord (Pati), bound souls (Pasu) which really means cattle, and bondage (Pasa). Lord Siva is infinite, eternal, one without ...
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FAQ: What is Maya ?

FAQ: What is Maya ?

Hari Om According to Vedic scriptures, That which truly is not, but appears to be, is Maya. That which causes infatuation or Moha is Maya. Maya is an appearance. It is semblance. It is the illusory power of God (Sakthi). Maya ...
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Bhishma Ashtami

Bhishma Ashtami

Hari Om Bhishmashtami (falling on 2nd Feb 2020 this year) is dedicated to Bhishma of epic Mahabharata. It is believed that Bhishma, also known as 'Ganga Putra Bhishma' (Bhishma, son of Ganga devi) or 'Bhishma Pitamaha' departed from his body on ...
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All About Sri Hanumanji

All About Sri Hanumanji

Hari Om Sri Hanuman was born of Anjani from Pavana, the wind-god. He was named Hanuman after the name of the city of Hanumpur over which his maternal uncle Parti Surya ruled. Hanuman’s body was strong as a stone. So Anjani ...
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Ratha Sapthami (Birth day of Surya Bhagawan)

Ratha Sapthami (Birth day of Surya Bhagawan)

Hari Om Sri Siva Surya Narayanaya Namaha! Ratha Sapthami (Birth day of Surya Bhagawan - Surya Jayanthi) falls on 1st February 2020 this year. Ratha Saptami is dedicated to Lord Surya, the Hindu Sun God. As per the tradition in Hinduism, ...
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Tripura Sundari Temple, Tripura

Tripura Sundari Temple, Tripura

Hari Om Shree Matre Namah ! Tripura Sundari Temple, one of the 51 Sakthi Preethas, is situated in the ancient Udaipur, about 55 km from Agartala,Tripura, believed to be one of the powerful and sacred Hindu shrines in North East part ...
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FAQ: Who is a Guru?

FAQ: Who is a Guru?

Hari Om According to Vedic scriptures, the Guru is God Himself manifesting in a personal form to guide the aspirant. Grace of God takes the form of the Guru. To see the Guru is to see God. The Guru is united ...
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Krishna - Uddhava Enlightening Conversation, Answering All Controversies

Krishna – Uddhava Enlightening Conversation, Answering All Controversies

Hari Om Why did Krishna not save Pandavas when they played dice (gambling game) with Duryodhana and Shakuni? (Wonderful explanation by Sri Krishna) From his childhood, Uddhava has been with Krishna charioting him and serving him in many ways. He never ...
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Kaavadi—The Symbol of Tapasya And Courage

Kaavadi—The Symbol of Tapasya And Courage

Hari Om Lord Shanmukha is the Pratyaksha Devata of this Kali Yuga. He is readily pleased with His devotees to whom He grants both Bhukti and Mukti (enjoyments here and Moksha hereafter). Millions are still living who can narrate instances in ...
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Lord Siva And Tattvas in Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy

Lord Siva And Tattvas in Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy

Hari Om Satyam Sivam Subham Sundaram Kantam The Saiva Siddhanta system is the distilled essence of Vedanta. It prevailed in Southern India even before the Christian era. Tirunelveli and Madurai are the centres of Saiva Siddhanta school. Saivites elaborated a distinctive ...
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Untold Stories from  Ramayana

Untold Stories from Ramayana

Hari Om The Ramayana is one of the great epics of Hinduism. This powerful mythology, written by Sage. Valmiki under the instructions of Sage Narada, imparts many treasured lessons on the importance of ‘dharma’, karma, loyalty, commitment to parents and duty ...
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Highly Beneficial Sravana Vratham (Fasting) for Lord Vishnu

Highly Beneficial Sravana Vratham (Fasting) for Lord Vishnu

Hari Om Sravana Vratham (fasting) is observed by Vishnu devotees. It is quite similar to Ekadasi fast. A brief description of Sravana Vratham Procedure is discussed here. The fast is observed every month on the Sravana Nakshatram day. The fasting is ...
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The Miraculous Story of Abirami Pattar

The Miraculous Story of Abirami Pattar

Hari Om “Thai Amavasai Day” is greatly celebrated to honour the devotion of Abirami Pattar. The story of Abirami Pattar is truly a miracle instance that teaches us that Mother Goddess will always bless and protect us, so long as we ...
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Saturn Transit to Makara (Capricorn) Rasi from Dhanur (Sagittarius) Rasi in Jan 2020

Saturn Transit to Makara (Capricorn) Rasi from Dhanur (Sagittarius) Rasi in Jan 2020

Hari Om Sri Gurubyoh Namah ! Om Ganeshaya Namah ! Shree Matre Namah ! Om Sham Shanaiscaryaye Namah|| OM Vishnu Bhakthaya Namah|| Saturn transits to Makara (Capricorn) Rasi from Dhanur (Sagittarius) Rasi on 24th January 2020, 12.05 pm as per Trikanitha ...
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Dasa Maha Vidya Stotra

Dasa Maha Vidya Stotra

Hari Om The ten forms of Divine Mother are known as the Dasa Mahavidyas. Each form has her own name and mantras. The Dasa Mahavidyas are Wisdom Goddesses. Dasa means ten, maha means great, and vidya means wisdom. The Dasa Mahavidyas ...
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The Six Faults of Human EGO

The Six Faults of Human EGO

Hari Om In Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma), Arishadvarga or (Shadripu/Shada Ripu (Sanskrit) meaning the six enemies) are the six enemies of the mind, which are: kama (lust), krodha (anger), lobha (greed), moha (attachment), Mada (pride), and matsarya (jealousy); the negative characteristics of ...
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FAQ on Meat Eating and Vegetarianism

FAQ on Meat Eating and Vegetarianism

Hari Om On what grounds do you prohibit meat-eating ? According to Swami Sivananda, on medical, psychological, moral and spiritual grounds: The mind is made up of the essence of the food that a man takes. Tamasic food results in a ...
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Miracle of Tiruchendur Lord Muruga

Miracle of Tiruchendur Lord Muruga

Hari Om Dutch pirates who looted Tiruchendur temple during 17th century had broken the granite statues and taken away Panchaloka idol of Arumuga Peruman to their ship. Suddenly there was heavy storm and rain. Being afraid of this sudden development they ...
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The Various Names of Lord Muruga

The Various Names of Lord Muruga

Hari Om ‘Lord Muruga’ —the very word vibrates with charm, splendour, valor, beauty, knowledge, bliss and power. Devotees worship Him, breathes Him, admire Him, adore Him, respect him and love Him because they find that there is a arresting and powerful ...
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Lord Shiva – Philosophy of Symbols

Lord Shiva – Philosophy of Symbols

Hari Om Om Namassivaya Shivaya Namo Om! Snake On The Body Of Siva Serpent is the Jiva or the individual soul which rests upon Siva, the lParamatman or the Supreme Soul. The five hoods mean the five senses or the five ...
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Stay away from Judging or Condemning

Stay away from Judging or Condemning

Hari OM As per Vedic Scriptures, we should not call anyone a sinner because: 1. If he or she had not committed a sin, the bad effect of committing the sin would reach the person who called him or her sinner ...
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Guruji’s 5G and Meditation

Guruji’s 5G and Meditation

Hari OM Associate yourself with utmost faith and devotion always with Guruji's 5G (given below) for purifying your body and mind so as to acquire spiritual awareness, devotion and knowledge towards ultimate truth, leading to liberation or Moksha. This planet earth ...
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FAQ - Why the cow has a special place in our lives?

FAQ – Why the cow has a special place in our lives?

The symbolism of the cow Hari Om. The cow has been revered in our culture since time infinity. A gentle, domesticated animal, the cow not only gives milk, but is also part of many auspicious rituals and practises. The cow is ...
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Hanuman and Veena of Narada Muni – A Story on Importance of Holy People

Hanuman and Veena of Narada Muni – A Story on Importance of Holy People

Hari Om Once when Lord Hanuman was with his mother, Ketari they heard the magical sound of a beautiful instrument veena and someone singing of Krishna’s holy name. Ketari who recognised the enchanting music, said, “It must be Narada Muni coming!” ...
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About Makar Sankranti

About Makar Sankranti

Hari Om Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious day for the Hindus, and is celebrated in almost all parts of the country in innumerable cultural forms, with great devotion, enthusiasm, passion & gaiety. It is a day for which ...
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Bhogi Festival

Bhogi Festival

Hari Om In southern parts of India, the first day of the four-day Pongal (Makar Sankranti) festival is known as Bhogi. The date coincides with the final day of the Tamil month Margazhi, and in the Gregorian calendar it is usually ...
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FAQ: When we visit Tirumala-Tirupati, whose Dharshan should we have first – Sri Balaji or Padmavathi Thayar?

FAQ: When we visit Tirumala-Tirupati, whose Dharshan should we have first – Sri Balaji or Padmavathi Thayar?

Hari Om It is always preferred to visit first Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple at Tiruchanur (lower Tirupati). If one visits Sri Padmavathi Temple, before 9 am it will not be that much crowded and one can have peaceful Darsan of Sri ...
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