Posts made in August, 2014

Ganesh Chaturthi

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh :  “Gan” stands for troops and “eish” stads for lord/leader.  Ganesh actually means “leader of all”. One can also see this as the lord of all the groups of atoms & energies. Lord Shiva is the ultimate god & hence his son represents a person who has attained spirituality & enlightenment. Significance of origin of Ganesh We all know the story of origin of Ganesh. When Parvati was celebrating with Shiva, she got the dirt on her. When she removed the dirt from her body, Ganesh was born. Then she went on to bathe, to removed left out dirt, and asked Ganesh to guard the entrance of the cave. When Shiva returned, he refused to allow Shiva to enter the cave, thus enraging Shiva. It resulted in Shiva chopping off his head, which was then revived by putting an elephant’s head instead (Parvati when asked Shiva to revive his son, Shiva instructed his disciples to go and find head of someone who was pointing north, and only this Elephant’s head was found).  How Parvati got dirt on her body? Why omnipresent Shiva could not recognize his own son? Shiva is known for peace, why did he then get enraged? Why elephant’s head was placed? Parvati, symbol of energy, got overexcited due to the celebration (“rajasik tatva” enhanced) which led to dirt on her body. Dirt signifies ignorance, whereas Shiva signifies knowledge. Ganesh hinders Shiva’s entrance signifying ignorance obstructs entrance of knowledge. Knowledge then overcomes ignorance signified by Shiva chucking off Ganesh’s head. And now why elephant’s head? Elephants travel & live in groups. Scientists have proved that they share emotions just like humans. Elephants are known for their wisdom & effortlessness. They don’t walk in obstacles, instead just remove the hindrance in their path effortlessly and move ahead. As stated in Mudgal purana, Ganesh’s elephantine head and human body have a specific significance. Ganesh’s head is symbol of soul whereas his body is symbol of earthly things. Also the amalgamation of his body (head of animal & body of human) specifies the unity between human kingdom and animal kingdom. This form unites humanity & rest of the world. This is the true meaning of devotion – uniting individuals. Significance of each part of Ganesh Big head denotes wisdom (enlightenment) which is gained by listening to lots of spiritual knowledge. For listening to different ideas & opinions (Vedas) to gain the knowledge one needs to have big ears. Also one should speak less & listen more to gain wisdom, which is signified by small mouth. Elephant small eyes are said to have deception (things appear to be much bigger than they normally are).One should always see others as higher than themselves i.e. surrendering pride & rendering humility. The elephant’s trunk can displace a tree and can also displace a needle. One should be able to face the ups & downs of the nature as represented by trunk. Once the knowledge is gained the person develops an intellect whereas he can differentiate between right & wrong, can have a clear thinking, away from prejudice & preconceived notions, thus leading to trunk (which signifies OM). The four arms indicate lord is omnipresent. Left side indicates emotion & right indicates reason. An axe in upper left & lotus in upper right signify to attain spiritualism one should cut off worldly attachments & win over emotions. Lotus sustains its beauty in marsh land similarly a person should retain his integrity in this world. Lower right hand in blessing mode denotes one should always give endlessly & a tray of sweets near denotes the...

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Amavasya & its singnificance

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Amavasya & its singnificance

“Amavasya” is a Sanskrit word which is derived from “AMA” meaning together and   “VASYA” meaning to dwell i.e. the day when sun and moon dwell together. Amavasya is the last day of the darker half (waning) of the lunar month when the conjunction of sun and moon takes place. It is the no-moon or the new moon day . Scientific theories Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF) has proved recently that waxing and waning of moon affects human mind and body. Physical Impact Since ancient times scientists have proved that waxing and waning of moon affects the functioning of the human body just as it affects earth’s water bodies leading to tides. The gravitational force of moon declines during this day pulling everything up, leading to tides. The similar impact is there on our body’s fluid i.e. blood. Hence the blood circulation in our body increases leading to enhancing of our emotions i.e. if we are distressed we become more miserable, and if we are happy we feel much happier. Emotional/Spiritual Impact Due to water getting attracted towards moon, the gaseous elements in water (water vapor) come into high pressure zone. Since negative energies i.e. ghosts are in gaseous form, they get that high pressure energy and so they attack humanity to a larger extent on this day. The incidence of eloping, suicides and possession by ghosts is highest on new moon day. Vedas Theories Amalgamation of life happens on this day as the negative and positive energies are uniting and so the process of life slows down. You feel the presence of something only when it is taken away from you ( presence of your friend is felt only when he is away from you) . You understand the nature of your body only when it behaves unnaturally (it gets sick). These are the days given to everyone by god to rise from untruth to truth i.e. analyzing what is me (physically and mentally) and what is not me. Hence, Amavasya is believed to be the best day for seeking liberation. According to Vishnu Dharm Shastra, amavasya is the day when our forefather’s souls (pitra ) visit earth. That is why, this day is considered to be auspicious for donating things to poor for fulfilling our Pitra’s desires. According to Mahabharat, when Karna died, he could not get any food as he donated only gold. So during one of the amavasya’s he was sent back to earth so that he could donate food to the poor, only then when he went back to the yamalok, he was given food. According to atharva veda,new moon is capable of bestowing wealth and valiant son. Remedies Offering prayers during amavasya are considered to be the best for liberation.  Also fasting during this day reduces the acidity in our body, thus leading to the balancing of the gravitational force of moon on our mind and body. Performing prayers keeps you calm and ensures peace of mind. Donating to the poor on this day leads to the balancing of the negative energy of earth (ghosts getting their desires fulfilled). SOMAWATI AMAWASYA Somwar (Monday) is considred to be the day of lord Shiva ( the destroyer or the god of ghosts).If amavasya falls on Monday its considered to be more powerful as the day of Lord of ghosts coincides with the day of fulfilling the desires of forefathers. This day that is why is considered to be the best to perform the prayers for the remedy of “Pitradosh” (Karmic debt by ancestors).The prayer can involve chanting of maha mrityunjay mantra, offering water to the Shivalinga,...

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BachBaras / Gau Vats Dwadeshi

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

BachBaras / Gau Vats Dwadeshi

Bach is short form of Bachda which means “calf” and baras means “twelve”. Bach Baras or Gau Vats Dwadeshi is a festival which follows janmashtmi (lord krishna’s b’day) and is done on twelth day of Kartik month (according to hindi calendar) during Krishna paksh (waning moon period ). This fast is observed in different parts of India with different names, but with same intention. In India Cow is considered a pious mammal. It is believed that a cow bestows her blessings when worshipped. On this day, cow and its calf are worshipped. In the morning after women do the regular bathing and cleaning they make idols of cow with dough and worship those idols by offering them prayers. When in evening cows and calves return to home after grazing, they are offered new clothes, garland and sprouted gram. They offer prayers and recite tales related to bach baras. Women who have children do fasting on this day, depriving themselves from eating wheat and foodstuff prepared by cow’s milk. They also avoid using knife to chop vegetables. They eat sprouted gram and chapatti made from maize. It is believed that cow bestows prosperity and longevity of children, if worshipped on bachbaras. According to one legend, once when Lord Krishna was taking his cows and calves to grazing meadows for the first time, her mother Yashoda colored the floor with rangoli, offered prayers to cows and did Tilak on Krishna’s forehead. Only after that he allowed lord Krishna to take cows for grazing. Women fast on this day commemorating the first grazing tour of Lord Krishna. According to another legend, in some far off village, an old lady use to reside with her daughter in law. Once when old lady went to take bath in the river, she ordered her daughter in law to give fodder to the calves and cook fish in the pot. As daughter in law was busy in some other work, she could not listen to her mother in law’s orders perfectly. She slaughtered the calf and cooked her. When the old lady returned she was heart-borke and had a delusion that his son’s life was in some danger. So the old lady resoluted to fast till the calf was back live again. Seeing her mother in law panicked, feared daughter in law made calf effigy with dough and started to worship that effigy. During dusk, due the effects of fasting, when cows began to return from grazing land even her calf was seen returning. Watching this, the old lady was happy that the crisis to the life of her son was averted. This fast observes importance of children in mother’s life. Both calf and its cow (mother) are worshipped this...

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Raksha Bandhan

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan “Raksha” is a Hindi word which means to protect and “badhan” mean knot. “Raksh bandhan” actually signifies to the knot which protects the well being of the person. i.e. tie of protection. The festival is celebration of love and bonding of brother sister relation. The festival is celebrated on every Shravan Maas purnima (full moon day), according to Hindi calendar. Celebration & Ritual For this occasion, women shop for the pious knot (rakhi) weeks ago. On the occasion, they are called by their brothers to tie the knot. On the day of celebration, in the morning, they wear beautiful dresses and go to their brother’s houses with Arti tray, tray full of sweets / food and gifts and the pious knot. They first do the tilak, then do the arti (where the tray lighted with lamp is rotated around brother’s face for 7 times – it is done to keep him away from all evils and to protect him) and then they wish for his long prosperous life and feed him with sweets. The brothers too pledge to protect their sisters and love their sisters throughout their lives. Then finally gifts are exchanged. Scriptures Tell tales According to Bhavishya Purana, when there was a great battle between indra (god of rain ) and Bali (demon king). When Indra was loosing the battle, her wife Sachi went to Lord Vishnu, and asked for help. Vishnu gave her a pious bracelet and asked her to tie to Indra’s wrist. When sachi prayed and tied to Indra, Indra won the battle finally. That is why this occasion is not just marked as significance for brotherly sisterly relations, but for all relations. According to Bhagavat Purana, when once Vishnu won all the three worlds from Bali, King Bali asked Vishnu to reside with him, to which God Vishnu agreed. But her wife Lakshmi wanted to go back to her home – “Vaikuntha”. So she went to Bali and tied a pious knot, after which Bali asked her what she wanted as a gift. She asked that she want to return to her home along with Vishnu, for which bali agreed and thus strengthening the bond of rakhi. Ganesh had two sons, shubh and labh. Once on the occasion of Rakhi, when Ganesh sister came to tie the knot on his wrist, these sons desired for a sister too. At this Ganesh granted their request by creating a daughter by his and his wives flames, and called him Santoshi Ma ( “ goddess of Satisfaction”). There after Shubh Labh had a sister who protected and loved both of them. According to Mahabharat, Draupadi tied the pious knot to Krishna and Krishna protected Draupadi from all trouble faced by her.  Historical Citations According to known theories, when Alexander The Great invaded India, her wife Roxana send a pious thread to King Puru and asked him not to harm her husband. In accordance with the pious thread tradition, King Puru never attacked Alexander personally. According to the most known theories, when Bahadur Shah invaded Chittor, Rani karnavati sent the pious rakhi to Humayun asking for his help. To keep the pious thread tradition alive, Humayun arrived. But by that time Chittor was sacked by Bahadur Shah and Rani Karnavati had performed Johar. Still to keep the promise, Humayun invaded chittor and freed it from Bahadur Shah and gave it back to Rani Karnavati’s son.      ...

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Mahamritunjay Mantra ( महामृत्युंजय मंत्र )

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mahamritunjay Mantra ( महामृत्युंजय मंत्र )

“ॐह्रौंजूंसःभूर्भुवःस्वःत्र्यम्बकम्यजामहेसुगन्धिम्पुष्टिवर्धनम् । उर्वारूकमिवबन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीयमामृतात् ।। Maha Mrityunjay Matra is also known as Rudra or Trayambakam Matra. This verse is an extraction from Rigveda. In English read as: “ Om Hom Jum Sah Bhurbhuvah swah trayambakam yajaamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam,urva rukamiv bandhanan mrityur mokshiya mamritaat”. Origin of the mantra: Once when moon was in trouble as cursed by king daksha, this mantra was recited by daksha daughter sati to free moon from its curse, as told by rishi markendeya. Meaning of the Matra : ॐह्रौंजूंसःभूर्भुवःस्वः ॐ Om: primeval sound, a synonym for bhrama, the creator. भू Bhur : Physical Plane र्भुवः Bhuvah : Astral plane स्वः Svah : Celestial Plane “It means we invoke our physical, mental and spiritual (soul) world.” त्र्यम्बकम्यजामहेसुगन्धिम्पुष्टिवर्धनम् त्र्यम्बकम् Trayambakam : other name for god shiva ( three-tri eyed-ambakam ) यजामहे Yajamahe : the one whose worthy of worship, honor सुगन्धिम् sugandhim : pious and fragrant पुष्टि puṣṭi : well nourished वर्धनम् vardhanam : strengthening, increasing “We worship shiva who is pious and who nourishes and supports our life.” उर्वारूकमिवबन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीयमामृतात् उर्वा Urva:large रूक ruka:liberal मिव miv : move बन्धनात् bandhanan : captivating मृत्योर्मुक्षीय mrityurmokshiya : – mrityu ( death ) mukshiya ( freedom) : freedom from death मा ∫Ma: me अमृतात् amritaat: immortal “We request you to liberate myself from fear of death and guide me to a divine path of deed which is immortal.” Essence of verse “I invoke my physical, mental and spiritual world to worship Lord Shiva (who is our creator and supporter for life) for liberty from fear of death and guidance to achieve divine path of deed which is immortal.” The chanting of this matra is done in following circumstances: 1. When suffering from any disease. 2. If your horoscope conditions of the starts which can cause accidental disaster. 3. To prevent the partition between brothers. 4. To cure the epidemic like plague or cholera in a village/town. 5. When in the horoscope of husband wife there are defects related to “Nadi dosh” or “Shadashtak Dosh”. 6. When your mind gets deviating from religion. 7. When there is atrocious misery between people. Number of chantings required for different conditions: For a nightmare or a disease: One lakh twenty five thousand times chanting is required. To get away from the fear of travel or accident: one thousand times chanting is required. For prosperity, fame and spiritual awareness or enlightenment: One lakh twenty five thousand times chanting is required  ...

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