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 in a month, in the bright fortnight and the dark fortnight. The special … Continue reading THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EKADASI

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 with His victorious army and stayed there for a while. The Devas, along with … Continue reading The Divine Weddings of Lord Muruga

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 have worshipped Ganeshji at times to get their work done successfully. Durva grass and … Continue reading FAQ: Why isn’t Tulsi offered to Ganesh Ji?

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 attempts to cajole or to cow down the reader with citations like the grandiose … Continue reading Karmas and Diseases

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 it, and every weary pilgrim that turns his back upon self and the world, … Continue reading THE POWER OF MEDITATION

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 of the goddess Gayatri, wife of Brahma, the self-created, who had heard the prayers … Continue reading STORY OF SATYAVAN and SAVITRI

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 seized by me, your wife Draupadi was put to shame, and you were all … Continue reading The Battle of Eighteen Days – The Mahabharata

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 period. The three worlds — Bhûr, Bhuvar and Svar then come to an end. … Continue reading PRALAYA (The Destruction of the Worlds) — From the Bhagavata Purana

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, he had taken the side of the Devas, under the pretence of Upâsanâ. He … Continue reading HIRANYAKASIPU AND PRAHLÂDA Story — From the Bhâgavata Purâna

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 him, was not fixed in the course of material descent, but had one foot … Continue reading THE STORY OF DHRUVA — From the Bhagavata Purana