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 their bath. The child also accompanied his parents. They left the child on the … Continue reading Tirujnana Sambandhar

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 who rob others of their wealth are bound with ropes by Yama’s Servants and cast … Continue reading Various Narakas (Hells) as per Garuda Purana

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, his wisdom increased as well. Soon he had mastered all the scriptures. He also … Continue reading Manickavachagar – The Great Saiva Saint of Tamilnadu

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 teacher says: "A line has length but no breadth. A point has position (space) … Continue reading Faith in God and the incidents from the Life of Swami Sadhasiva Brahmendra

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 others. In our tradition, “non-acceptance” of gifts (or food) is that which renunciates affirm … Continue reading 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?

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. Breathing, thinking, talking, seeing, hearing, eating, etc., are Karmas. Thinking is mental Karma. Karma … Continue reading The Law of Karma and Rebirth

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 the milk-ocean. Siva embraced Vishnu in that form. Sasta is the offspring of Siva … Continue reading Ashtamurti and Suddha Saiva in Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy

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 West, doctors prescribe Ganga water for rubbing in the treatment of diseases of the … Continue reading The Glory of Holy Ganga – The Sacred River

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 of Lord Ganesha Lord Ganesha is invoked as Vighneswara in the launch of an … Continue reading Lord Ganesha and His 32 Forms