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, playing of musical instruments and clapping. It is one of the sixteen steps (shodasha … Continue reading FAQ: Why do We do Aarati?

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, in The Siva temples, a pot made up of copper or brass with a … Continue reading Worship of ATMALINGA

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, remain ever absorbed in him and worship him with supreme devotion. They are the … Continue reading Who are Dearer to God?

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 as he hears his devotee being in trouble. Since he eliminates all the troubles … Continue reading Lord Hanumanji – The Ten Miraculous Facts

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 Hindu calendar has two Chaturthi Tithis. The one after Purnimasi or full moon during … Continue reading Sankatahara Chaturthi – The Important Vrat Ritual

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 all limitations such as Mind, Intellect, Ego, Senses, Body, and world becomes God in … Continue reading Who is a True Devotee (Uthama Baktha)?

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, philosophies and cultures. The word Guru has two parts - 'Gu' - meaning, 'darkness … Continue reading FAQ: How to identify a Guru?

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 this day of his choice. This occurred during the propitious 'Uttarayan period'; that is, … Continue reading Bhishma Ashtami