02 November, 2012

Diwali Muhurat (Best Time) - Year 2012

Pushya Nakshtra :
Purchase Account Books, Gold, Silver
Date: 06/11/2012, Tuesday, Aswin Krishna Paksh 7
Best Time :(IST)
09:36 am to 01:47 pm
03:11 pm to 04:34 pm
07:35 pm to 09:11 pm

Dhan Teras :
Perform Lakshmi / Kuber / Dhanvantari Pujan
Date: 11/11/2012, Sunday, Aswin Krishna Paksh 12
Best Time : (IST)
09:38 am to 12:24 pm
01:47 pm to 03:10 pm
05:56 pm to 09:10 pm

Kaali Chaudas :
Best Time to Perform Kaali Puja / Hanuman Puja
Date: 12/11/2012, Monday, Aswin Krishna Paksh 13
Best Time : (IST)
06:53 am to 08:16 am
09:38 am to 11:01 am
03:10 pm to 05:56 pm
10:47 pm to 12:24 am

Diwali (Deepavali) :
Perform Lakshmi / Sharda Pujan / Chopda Pujan :
Date: 13/11/2012, Tuesday, Aswin Krishna Paksh 14
Best Time : (IST)
11:02 am to 01:47 pm
03:10 pm to 04:32 pm
07:33 pm to 09:10 pm

New Year :
Date: 14/11/2012, Wednesday, Kartak Shukla Paksh 1
Best Time : (IST)
06:54 am to 09:39 am
11:02 am to 12:24 pm
03:10 pm to 05:55 pm
07:32 pm to 12:25 am

Labh Pancham :
Date: 18/11/2012, Sunday, Kartak Shukla Paksh 5
Best Time : (IST)
08:19 am to 12:25 pm
01:47 am to 03:09 pm
05:54 pm to 09:10 pm

...... Wish you a Happy Diwali ......

25 October, 2012

About Vipra Chandal Dosha

This yoga is formed when Guru (Jupiter) is in conjunction with or is aspected by Rahu or Ketu. Guru (Vipra) + Rahu (Chandal) = Vipra Chandal Dosha.

The native is prone to act immorally and perform many misdeeds. However the results are not as frightening as they are made out to be. Different results are obtained for the combination in different houses however if benefic planets are present with this combination or this combination is aspected by benefic planets the results are auspicious as the inauspiciousness decreases.

In different houses this combination gives different results as follows

1. If Rahu and Jupiter combine in 8th house, the native suffers from colic pains or he may suffer from the injuries near the naval. These injuries are likely to give life long scars.
2. If Rahu and Jupiter combine in 9th house and Saturn is in the 3rd house (with Ketu), the native may be an illegitimate child.
3. If Jupiter is in the 10th house, Rahu is in the 6th house and Venus is in the 2nd house, the native becomes very wealthy even after being born in an ordinary family.
4. If there is a benefic aspect on the conjunction of Jupiter and Rahu (or Ketu), the native is inclined towards religion and respects religious people.
5. If Jupiter and Rahu are conjunct in the fourth house and there is a benefic aspect on them, the person is very religious wealthy and may be a lawyer.
6. if there is an auspicious sign in the ascendant (I think it means the sign of a naturally benefic planet) and the moon is also posited in an auspicious sign and the conjunction of Jupiter and Rahu takes place in 5th or 9th house, the native is very learned, wealthy, progressive and respected person.
7. In Capricorn ascendant, if Jupiter and Rahu combine in the 9th house the native is a very rich person. He is much respected and has all the facilities at his disposal.
8. Jupiter Rahu combination in the 3rd house makes the person very courageous and if this combination is aspected by Mars, the courage knows no bounds.
9. Jupiter Rahu (or Ketu) combination in the 6th house and aspect of Mars on it, makes the person extremely critical of his own religion. In fact he criticizes the wrong in his religion.

08 October, 2012

Navratri Festival 2012

Navratri start on 16th Oct. and Ends on 23 Oct. 2012. This year navratri will be for eight days only, Because Tritiya and Chaturthi Tithi is falling on the same day.

1st day of Navratri:
16th October 2012 (Tuesday)
Ghatsthapan, Shailputri Pujan

2nd day of Navratri:
17th October 2012 (Wednesday)
Brahmacharini Pujan

3rd day of Navratri:
18th October 2012 (Thursday)
Chandraghanta Pujan, Kushmanda Pujan, Vinayak Chauth

5th day of Navratri:
19th October 2012 (Friday)
Lalita Vrat, Skanda Mata Pujan

6th day of Navratri:
20th October 2012 (Saturday)
Saraswati Awahan, Katyayani Pujan

7th day of Navratri:
21st October 2012 (Sunday)
Saraswati Puja, Kalratri Pujan

8th day of Navratri:
22nd October 2012 (Monday)
Durga Ashtami, Maha Gowri Pujan

9th day of Navratri:
23rd October 2012 (Tuesday)
Maha Navami, Sarswati Visarjan

Vijaya Dashami, Dussehra:
24th October 2012 (Wednesday)

28 September, 2012

Auspicious Time for Ganesh Visarjan

The Ganesh idol are usually immersed on Ananta Chaturdasi, 11 days after the first day of the Ganesh festival. In 2012 Anant Chaturdashi is starts on 7:48 am (28 Sep) and Ends on 8:04 am (29 Sep). Vyatipat Yoga is upto 1:05 pm on 28 Sep. 2012.

The Best (Auspicious) Muhurat for Ganesh Visarjan:
28 Sep. 2012, Friday, Bhadrapad Shukla 14
01:06 pm to 02:00 pm
05:00 pm to 06:29 pm

*Time is calculated as per Ahmedabad (IST)

27 September, 2012

Sri Suktam with English Subtitles (Video)

Reciting the Sri Suktam brings prosperity peace, and all-round abundance. It is widely believed that recitation of this powerful stotra bestows unfailing power to the character and personality of those who recite it, to their general well being and to those whom they influence. Here is the Video with English Translation by Ramesh Krishnakumar, to the invocative rendering by Shewta Pandit (Times music Maha Lakshmi chants)

Pitru Paksha Shraadh

When the legendary donor Karna died in the epic Mahabharata war, his soul transcended to heaven, where he was offered gold and jewels as food. However, Karna needed real food to eat and asked Indra, the lord of heaven, the reason for serving gold as food. Indra told Karna that he had donated gold all his life, but had never donated food to his ancestors in Shraddha. Karna said that since he was unaware of his ancestors, he never donated anything in their memory. To make amends, Karna was permitted to return to earth for a 16–day period, so that he could perform Shraddha and donate food and water in their memory. This period is now known as Pitru Paksha. It is considered inauspicious due to its association with death.

The shraddh is performed on the specific lunar day during the Pitru Paksha, when the ancestor—usually a parent or paternal grandparent—died. There are exceptions to the lunar day rule; special days are allotted for people who died in a particular manner or had a certain status in life. Chautha Bharani and Bharani Panchami, the fourth and fifth lunar day respectively, are allocated for people deceased in the past year. Avidhava navami ("Unwidowed ninth"), the ninth lunar day, is for married women who died before their husband. Widowers invite Brahmin women as guests for their wife's shraddha. The twelfth lunar day is for children and ascetics who had renounced the worldly pleasures. The fourteenth day is known as Ghata chaturdashi or Ghayala chaturdashi, and is reserved for those people killed by arms, in war or suffered a violent death.

Mahalaya marks the formal beginning of the Durga Puja festival. Sarvapitri amavasya ("all fathers' new moon day") is intended for all ancestors, irrespective of the lunar day they died. It is the most important day of the Pitru Paksha. Those who have forgotten to perform shraddha can do so on this day.
(source: wikipedia.org)

Pitru Paksha Shraddh in 2012:

30 Sep 2012: Pitru Paksha begins (Purnima Shraadh)
1 Oct 2012: Dwitiya Shraadh
2 Oct 2012: Tritiya Shraadh
3 Oct 2012: Bharni Shraadh
4 Oct 2012: Chaturthi Shraadh
5 Oct 2012: Pahchami Shraadh
6 Oct 2012: Shasti Shraadh
7 Oct 2012: Saptami Shraadh
8 Oct 2012: Ashtami Shraadh
9 Oct 2012: Navami Shraadh (Avidhava Navami)
10 Oct 2012: Dasami Shraadh
11 Oct 2012: Ekadasi Shraadh
12 Oct 2012: Dwadashi Shraadh (Sanyasi Shraadh)
13 Oct 2012: Trayodashi Shraadh
14 Oct 2012: Chaturdashi Shraadh
15 Oct 2012: Sarvapitru Shraadh. (Amavasya)

26 September, 2012

Hanuman Chalisa

Hanuman Chalisa is a devotional song written by Tulsidas in the Awadhi language. The word "Chalisa" is derived from "Chalis" in Hindi, which means 40, as the Hanuman Chalisa has 40 verses.

Ganesha resides in Muladhar Chakra

According to Kundalini yoga, Lord Ganesh resides in the first chakra, called Muladhar. The muladhar chakra is the principle on which the manifestation or outward expansion of primordial Divine Force rests. This association is also attested in Ganapati Atharvashirsh. Ganesh holds, supports and guides all other chakras, thereby governing the forces that propel the wheel of life.

21 September, 2012

Ganesh Aarti (Jay Ganesh Deva)

जय गणेश जय गणेश जय गणेश देवा।
माता जाकि पार्वती पिता महादेवा।।

एक दन्त दयावंत चार भुजा धारी।
माथे सिंदूर सोहे मूसे की सवारी।।
जय गणेश जय गणेश जय गणेश देवा।
माता जाकि पार्वती पिता महादेवा।।

अन्धन को आंख देत कोढिऩ को काया।
बांझन को पुत्र देत निर्धन को माया।।
जय गणेश जय गणेश जय गणेश देवा।
माता जाकि पार्वती पिता महादेवा।।

हार चढ़े फुल चढ़े और चढ़े मेवा।
लडुवन का भोग लगे संत करे सेवा।।
जय गणेश जय गणेश जय गणेश देवा।
माता जाकि पार्वती पिता महादेवा।।

दीनन की लाज रखो, शंभू पुत्र वारी।
मनोरथ को पूरा करो, जय बलिहारी।।
जय गणेश जय गणेश जय गणेश देवा।
माता जाकि पार्वती पिता महादेवा।।

01 August, 2012

Auspicious Time for Rakshabandhan

Auspicious Time on Rakshabandhan:
2 Aug. 2012, Time: 6:12 am to 8:57 am.
Purnima (Poonam) Ends after 8:57 am (IST).
Auspicious Time for Yajnopavit Parivartan:
2 Aug. 2012, Time: 6:12 am to 7:51 am (IST).

Read more about:
Importance of Rakshabandhan
Importance of Yajnopavit Parivartan
Watch my video about Yajnopavit Parivartan

30 July, 2012

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02 July, 2012

Guru Purnima (Asadh Purnima)

Guru Purnima  is the occasion when students revisit their teachers to rejuvenate their  sadhana (spiritual practice) and to receive inspiration and further instruction on their spiritual journey. Guru is a universal force of light, always available to help correct our ignorance and cure our dis-ease.

Guru Purnima or Asadh Purnima is a special day celebrated on the full moon (purnima) day of the month of Ashadh, to pay homage to all teachers (Guru's). It dates back to the time of 'gurukuls' or 'ashrams' of ancient India where students or brahmacharis used to get their education. The students used to worship their Gurus, seek their blessings and give 'gurudakshina' i.e fees or presents according to their means and capacity.

It is also known as Vyas purnima in remembrance of the great sage Ved Vyasa, the guru who wrote the great epic, 'Mahabharatha', the 18 'Puranas' and classified the 'Vedas' of the Hindu Dharma. The great sage is worshipped and pujas performed on this day.

The Guru Gita in the Skanda Purana hails guru in this famous verse:

Guru brahma Guru vishnu Gururdevo Maheshwaraha
Guruhu sakshaat Parambrahman tasmai Shrigurave namaha

'Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva,
Veneration to the Guru who has manifested as Parabrahman.'

While venerating the Guru we must also be cautious as the world today is filled with fake gurus and swamis – who make a living out of spirituality.

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa says about true guru like this:

He alone is the true teacher who is illumined by the light of true knowledge.

Bees come of themselves to the full-blown flower when the breeze wafts its fragrance all around. Ants come of themselves to the spot where sweets are placed. No one needs to invite the bee or the ant. So when a man becomes pure and perfect, the sweet influence of his character spreads everywhere, and all who seek the Truth are naturally drawn towards him. He need not go in search of an audience to listen to him.

It is very hard to find a true Guru but luckily the great Gurus of ancient world have stored their wisdom in the Upanishads, Yoga Vashista and Gita. Guru Purnima day is rightly termed as Veda Vyasa Poornima because Guru Vyasa is the greatest editor and compiler of holy texts in Hinduism. He has provided all the necessary elements needed to understand Brahman; only we need to find time and have patience to read and digest the unparalleled holy texts in Hinduism.

There are Seven Types of Gurus (see Image). Just as the ocean is the king of waters, the Param Guru is the King among Gurus...
What to do during Guru Purnima ?
After bath, worship the lotus feet of your Guru, or his image or picture with flowers, fruits, incense and camphor.

Fast or take only milk and fruits the whole day. In the afternoon, sit with other devotees of your Guru and discuss with them the glories and teachings of your Guru.

Alternatively, you may observe the vow of silence and study the books or writings of your Guru, or mentally reflect upon his teachings. Take fresh resolves on this holy day, to tread the spiritual path in accordance with the precepts of your Guru. At night, assemble again with other devotees, and sing the Names of the Lord and the glories of your Guru.

Blessing to you and your Family.

25 June, 2012

Book Puja in Shravan Month

Shravan month will start from 20 July 2012. We can perform Shiv Puja in Shravan Month on your behalf. We will do Laghu Rudra Puja with your name and gotra, and dispatch the Prasad blessed by lord Shiva to your place directly. We highly recommend this Puja for you as it's the ultimate solution for all your problems.

About this Puja:

Laghu Rudra is a puja offered to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva represents the aspect of the Supreme Being and is considered to be the destroyer of evil and sorrow. The Lord Shiva is both static and dynamic and is a creator and destroyer. He is the source of fertility in all living beings. He has gentle as well as fierce forms. He protects devotees from evil forces. Lord Shiva is the third member of the Hindu Trinity, the other two being Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. Laghu Rudra puja is done for prosperity, fulfilment of desires, removal of negativities, purify the negative karma & give protection in life.

We need the following from you :

1. Your Full Name.
2. Date, Time & Place of birth. (This is not compulsory)
3. Gotra, ie, the presiding Rishi of your family. (This is not compulsory)
4. Sankalpa, ie, the specific wish with which you are getting the Pooja performed.
5. Postal Address, Phone/Mobile No., Email Address.
6. Donation (Dakshina)

How long it takes :
After receiving your Puja Request and Donation, Our Qualified Brahmins will do Puja on your behalf. The Puja will be performed on your selected Date in Shravan Month. We guarantee that the Puja you order will be performed as per the genuine Vedic tradition by qualified Pundits on the promised date.

What we send:
(1) Vibhooti (holy ashes) of the Puja
(2) Maha Mrityunjay Yantra
(3) Shiv Mahimna Stotram (Book)
You will receive this Package (Prasad) by registered post. We do not send any Prasad or eatables.
Note: If you are Living outside of India, We will do the pooja on your behalf and We will forward above package to your relative who is living in India.

How to send the Puja Request & Donation :
Call us at: +91-9978215600 for more information.

Booking of puja on first come fist serve basis. Book fast, limited puja permitted….!

Om Namah Shivay.

19 May, 2012

Solar Eclipse (Surya Grahan) on 20 May

A partial Solar Eclipse (Surya Grahan) will be taking place during on 20/21 May 2012. This will be the first eclipse to be seen in India this year. It is not visible in major parts of India. It is only visible in Agartala, Guwahati, Kohima, Silguri, Gangtok and some eastern part of India.

The partial eclipse in India is during early morning just at sunrise on May 21, 2012. Partial Solar Eclipse Time in India:
Sparsh: 26:26
Sanmilan: 27:36
Madhya: 29:23
Unmilan: 07:09
Moksh: 08:19

In other parts of India, no need to follow any rituals during this Grahan.

The partial eclipse is visible in California, Japan, Korea, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Oregon and Texas. The time of the eclipse in United States on May 20, 2012 is from 4:15 PM to 6:39 PM.

17 May, 2012

Vaastu Tips for Happy Married Life

Here is some Vaastu Tips for Happy married Life :
  • Ideally, the bedroom should be placed in the south west corner of the house. Do not have the bedroom in the south east corner, as it is mainly for fire place. A southeast room would cause clashes between the couple.
  • In the room, the bed should be in the southwest portion, with the head-side in the south direction. A bed positioned in the northern and eastern zone of the bedroom would cause mental stress and financial instability.
  • Though metal beds are in vogue and much in fashion, idyllically according to vastu shastra, wooden beds should be used.
  • The shape of the bedroom should be preferably square or rectangular. Irregular shaped rooms are not advisable.
  • As for the color of the bedroom, green, light blue and rose pink are ideal ones. While light colors are preferable, avoid red.
  • Many-a-times there occurs friction between family members. This is mainly because of the positioning of the gas stove and sink. While the gas stove represents agni (fire), the sink stands for water. If agni element and water element are wrongly placed, relations in a family are affected.
  • Sharp objects such as knife and scissors should be covered. The same is applicable to pickles as well. Openly placed knife and scissors or pickles creates sourness in relations.
  • Couples aspiring for children should never sleep in a northeast room. The strong magnetic energies act as a barrier. Also, make sure that the room does not have any sharp colors or objects. The placement of water tank also acts as a hindrance in conception. A water tank placed in the southwest direction is absolutely prohibited.
  • Mirrors are a strict no-no for the bedroom. Also, computers and TV are not advisable to be in the room. However, if you have TV and computer in bedroom, cover them with a cloth while sleeping in the night.
  • Paintings that symbolize death, quarrels, violence or any negative aspect of life are not permissible in the house.
  • For maintaining a prosperous love life, make sure that the color of the room is not dull. Also, there should not be any single identity in the couple room, such as duck and butterfly. Avoid any thing that causes stress in the bedroom.
  • Never sleep under the beam. It causes unnecessary pressure and also is detrimental in terms of health.
  • Make sure that the underground water tank is not in the south-west direction.

22 April, 2012

Akshaya Tritiya

Vaishakh Shukla Paksha Tritiya is called Akshaya Tritiya. Akshaya Tritiiya was the day when lord Ganesha started writing the epic Mahabharata to Ved Vyas's dictation . Any auspicious work can be started on this day. Akshaya Tritiya is also considered favorable for buying Vehicles, Gold and Opening of a new office.  Maharishi Guru Parashuram was born on this day. Hence, this day is also celebrated as Parashuram Jayanti. Lord Vishnu is worshipped on this day. You can read 'Vishnu Sahastranaam Stotram' on this day.

06 April, 2012

हनुमान चालीसा (Hanuman Chalisa)

श्रीगुरु चरण सरोज रज, निज मनु मुकुर सुधारि
बरनउ रघुवर बिमल जसु, जो दायकु फल चारि

बुद्धिहीन तनु जानिके, सुमिरौं पवन कुमार
बल बुधि विद्या देहु मोहि, हरहु कलेश विकार

जय हनुमान ज्ञान गुन सागर
जय कपीस तिहुँ लोक उजागर॥१॥

राम दूत अतुलित बल धामा
अंजनि पुत्र पवनसुत नामा॥२॥

महाबीर बिक्रम बजरंगी
कुमति निवार सुमति के संगी॥३॥

कंचन बरन बिराज सुबेसा
कानन कुंडल कुँचित केसा॥४॥

हाथ बज्र अरु ध्वजा बिराजे
काँधे मूँज जनेऊ साजे॥५॥

शंकर सुवन केसरी नंदन
तेज प्रताप महा जगवंदन॥६॥

विद्यावान गुनी अति चातुर
राम काज करिबे को आतुर॥७॥

प्रभु चरित्र सुनिबे को रसिया
राम लखन सीता मनबसिया॥८॥

सूक्ष्म रूप धरि सियहि दिखावा
विकट रूप धरि लंक जरावा॥९॥

भीम रूप धरि असुर सँहारे
रामचंद्र के काज सवाँरे॥१०॥

लाय सजीवन लखन जियाए
श्री रघुबीर हरषि उर लाए॥११॥

रघुपति कीन्ही बहुत बड़ाई
तुम मम प्रिय भरत-हि सम भाई॥१२॥

सहस बदन तुम्हरो जस गावै
अस कहि श्रीपति कंठ लगावै॥१३॥

सनकादिक ब्रह्मादि मुनीसा
नारद सारद सहित अहीसा॥१४॥

जम कुबेर दिगपाल जहाँ ते
कवि कोविद कहि सके कहाँ ते॥१५॥

तुम उपकार सुग्रीवहि कीन्हा
राम मिलाय राज पद दीन्हा॥१६॥

तुम्हरो मंत्र बिभीषण माना
लंकेश्वर भये सब जग जाना॥१७॥

जुग सहस्त्र जोजन पर भानू
लिल्यो ताहि मधुर फ़ल जानू॥१८॥

प्रभु मुद्रिका मेलि मुख माही
जलधि लाँघि गए अचरज नाही॥१९॥

दुर्गम काज जगत के जेते
सुगम अनुग्रह तुम्हरे तेते॥२०॥

राम दुआरे तुम रखवारे
होत ना आज्ञा बिनु पैसारे॥२१॥

सब सुख लहैं तुम्हारी सरना
तुम रक्षक काहु को डरना॥२२॥

आपन तेज सम्हारो आपै
तीनों लोक हाँक तै कापै॥२३॥

भूत पिशाच निकट नहि आवै
महावीर जब नाम सुनावै॥२४॥

नासै रोग हरे सब पीरा
जपत निरंतर हनुमत बीरा॥२५॥

संकट तै हनुमान छुडावै
मन क्रम वचन ध्यान जो लावै॥२६॥

सब पर राम तपस्वी राजा
तिनके काज सकल तुम साजा॥२७॥

और मनोरथ जो कोई लावै
सोई अमित जीवन फल पावै॥२८॥

चारों जुग परताप तुम्हारा
है परसिद्ध जगत उजियारा॥२९॥

साधु संत के तुम रखवारे
असुर निकंदन राम दुलारे॥३०॥

अष्ट सिद्धि नौ निधि के दाता
अस बर दीन जानकी माता॥३१॥

राम रसायन तुम्हरे पासा
सदा रहो रघुपति के दासा॥३२॥

तुम्हरे भजन राम को पावै
जनम जनम के दुख बिसरावै॥३३॥

अंतकाल रघुवरपुर जाई
जहाँ जन्म हरिभक्त कहाई॥३४॥

और देवता चित्त ना धरई
हनुमत सेई सर्व सुख करई॥३५॥

संकट कटै मिटै सब पीरा
जो सुमिरै हनुमत बलबीरा॥३६॥

जै जै जै हनुमान गुसाईँ
कृपा करहु गुरु देव की नाई॥३७॥

जो सत बार पाठ कर कोई
छूटहि बंदि महा सुख होई॥३८॥

जो यह पढ़े हनुमान चालीसा
होय सिद्ध साखी गौरीसा॥३९॥

तुलसीदास सदा हरि चेरा
कीजै नाथ हृदय मह डेरा॥४०॥

पवन तनय संकट हरन, मंगल मूरति रूप।
राम लखन सीता सहित, हृदय बसहु सुर भूप॥

29 March, 2012

Devi Sukta (Durga Stuti)

Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Maatrirupena Sansthitah
Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaktirupena Sansthitah
Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaantirupena Sansthitah
Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namo Namah

Meaning: Goddess Durga is omnipresent. She is the personification of Universal Mother. She is a Mother, who is present everywhere and who is embodiment of power and energy. Great mother, who is present everywhere and who is embodiment of Peace. I bow to that mother, I bow to Durga, I bow to Shakti.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Vishnu Maayethi Sabdita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the name of Maya of Vishnu.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Chetanetyaabhi Dheeyate
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who abides in all creatures as realization.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Buddhi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of intelligence.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Nidraa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the form of sleep.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Kshudhaa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of appetite.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Chaayaa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of meditation and reflection.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who dwells in all creatures in the form of Shakti, the creative power.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Thrishnaa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of thirst.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Kshaanthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the merciful form.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Jaati Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of race.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Lajja Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the modest form.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Shaanthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of peace (Shanti).

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Shradha Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of unshakable faith (Shraddha).

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Kaanthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of beauty or brilliance (Kaanti).

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Lakshmi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the prosperous form.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Vritti Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who dwells in all creatures in the form of motion.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Smrithi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of memory.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Dayaa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who dwells in all creatures in the form of mercy or kindness (Dayaa).

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Tushti Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of satisfaction.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Matru Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the form of Mother.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Braanthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of illusion (Bhram).

Indriyaanaamadhistaatri Bhootaanaam Chaakileshu Yaa
Bhooteshu Satatam Tasyai Vyaaptidevyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the all pervading goddess, who continuously controls the senses of all creatures and governs all elements.

Chiti Roopena Yaa Kristnam Yetadhyaapya Sthithaa Jagat
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who pervades this world and controls in the form of awareness.

10 March, 2012

Importance of Durva in Ganesh Puja

Lord Ganesha is the only God who is offered Durva (Sacred Grass). The word Durva is derived from duhu + avam Duhu means that which is far away and avam means that which brings closer. Durva is thus that which brings the distant pure particles of Lord Ganesha, closer.

There is a story associated with this ritual. Demon named Anlasur created havoc around the world. He was so terrible that the earth would tremble by his voice and his eyes used to emit fire. He would swallow saints, sages and innocent people alive. There was terror all around. Lord Indra engaged him in battle several times and retired defeated. All the Devas request Lord Ganesh for help.

Ganesha agreed to help and transformed himself into a little boy. In order to protect the world, Lord Ganesha gobbled the demon. But, as soon as he did so, he felt the burning sensation inside him. The sensation was so strong that he couldn't bear it at all.

At that time 88,000 sages reached and each one performed archana over Sri Ganesha with 21 Durva grass each. Kashyap muni gave him 21 stacks of duvra to eat and Lord Ganesha was relieved off the suffering. Ganesha declared that henceforth, anyone worshipping him with Durva grass would be the recipient of his benevolence. Since then it is believed that offering 21 stacks of durva appeases Lord Ganesh. Lord Ganesha is offered 21 stacks of Durva, each stack consists of 21 Durvas.

18 January, 2012

Steps to Mantra Meditation

Mantra is one of the simplest, yet a very powerful method to achieve meditation.

Why ?
Mantra involves the rhythmic invocation of a sound. This provides a foundation for the aspirant so that his practice is just not "in the air". This anchor or foundation helps the mind to gradually disconnect with the external experiences provided through the 5 senses, which is the first step to successful meditation.

The Nature of Mantra
Although mantra has often been riled as a "religious thing" through invocation of the names of deities or Gods, it is not actually so. Mantra is a sound form. It is a Sanskrit word which etymologically means "by the repetition of which the mind becomes free of external experiences". That is how it is to be seen and experienced.

Sound has a form; sound has a color. Every sound creates patterns of forms and color in the mind. Vibrations of different frequency create different patterns. These patterns result in withdrawal from sensory experiences. As you proceed further successfully, they would result (transiently) in deeper experiences such as ESP, mystical experiences etc. Eventually, they will help the sincere practitioner to even surpass these inner experiences and distractions and move towards eternal bliss.

Now, sound of mantra is not to be seen in the context of the written word. In fact, the sound formed by following the written word could be severely limiting for higher experiences. The nature of mantra is that of a cosmic sound and should preferably be HEARD from a teacher. Mantra repetition could be done as 3 ways - audible, whisper or silent (in the thought). Each method of repetition has different frequencies, different forms and has different effects. The most powerful is the silent method, because it has the highest frequency. Louder the sound, greater is the velocity but lower is the frequency.

Preparations for Practice
Get yourself a mantra - Once a mantra is chosen, it should NEVER be changed, however much you may like to. Often people change their mantra because it is too common - they wish to get something unique as a kind of a rare elixir. Be warned that this is a mistake and will result in complications at higher levels in your spiritual journey. So be careful in selecting a mantra. Go find yourself a teacher and if you can't, mentally recite a selection of mantras, each for some stretch of time and see which 'feels' right for you - which one creates the right vibrations and then stick with it.

Have a symbol to focus upon - A symbol could be mental - the sun, a star, a candle flame, a crescent, a cross, symbol of Om, a lotus flower, your personal deity etc. Or you could have a physical point of focus such as the nose tip or the pulsation in any particular part of the body etc.
Place of practice - Have a designated area of your house - a room or a corner for your mantra practice. It is important that you use the same area for your regular practice. You will find that over time this area will be charged with the favorable energies of mantra and spur you onto spontaneous meditation.
Posture - The posture for your mantra practice should be a seated one with spine erect. Siddhasana and Padmasana are especially suited for the purpose as they provide the maximum stability to the body preventing it from drooping or falling. These postures, when perfected, enable the practitioner to sit for long spells without tiring, something very essential in meditation practice. Siddhasana also exerts the right pressure on the mooladhara chakra (energy center), the seat of kundalini and is recommended as a meditation pose.
Breath flow - Before proceeding with mantra meditation, it should be verified that the predominant flow of the breath is from the left nostril (as opposed to the right). Or then, the flow should be balanced between the nostrils. Mantra meditation is not advised with the right nostril more free flowing than the left. This is because the left nostril corresponds with the lunar (mental) forces and the right for the physical forces. It would be difficult to have successful meditation with the right flowing predominantly.
If necessary, breath flow between nostrils can be altered using a Yoga Danda.
Role of a Mala - Often, as you proceed in mantra repetition, you will find the mind drifting involuntarily from the physical point of focus - to a dreamy state or then swamped by thoughts. If you are practicing Mantra in coordination with the turning of mala beads, this drift is stopped whenever you reach the head bead (sumeru). The sumeru provides the disconnect and you are reminded to turn the Mala around for the next round of repetition. This brings back the awareness and prevents it from going out of hand for long periods of time. That is the first point.

The second point is that the Mala provides the "physical" anchor which is so necessary as you proceed to higher levels of the practice. At the higher levels, as you are disconnected from the external world, it may be quite an experience - sometimes even terrifying. The mala serves as your connection with this world to bring you back. This coupled with your symbol as the mental anchor, makes for a successful journey.

The Practice
Once you are equipped and prepared as outlined above, be seated in the posture advised. Start turning the beads in synchronization with the mantra, with the mantra being repeated with every bead turned. To know more on how to turn the beads, read the "How to Use" section.

Rhythmic Repetition of the Mantra - the mantra should be repeated with a certain rhythm of your choice. The rhythm could be synchronized with the breath or with the pulsation in any part of the body or in any way you wish. The mantra should be repeated with every bead turned.
Method of Recitation - As mentioned earlier, the mantra may be repeated audibly, as a whisper or then silently. This depends upon your mental state. If the mind is disturbed or you are drowsy, it is best to repeat the mantra audibly and then progress towards whispering and then to the silent thought of mantra. Beginners may also proceed from audible repetition to the more powerful silent repetition.
Speed of Recitation - Repeat the mantra at a speed that feels right. The slower the recitation, the greater is the frequency and the power behind the mantra. Conversely, a faster repetition implies a lower frequency and reduced power behind the mantra. However, you may have to alter speeds depending upon the state of your mind. A dissipated and drowsy mind may require a faster repetition of the mantra - a slower repetition may put you off to sleep!
Eyeball movement - For successful mantra meditation practice, it is important that the eyeball movement is absent. Eyeball movement is always there (even when we are asleep in the form of REM), but for this practice it is essential that the movement is stalled for desirable results. This movement is gradually eliminated by constant focus on your symbol at an imagined place on the eyebrow centre.
Also, it often helps to imagine the vibrations of the mantra converging at the eyebrow center.

Mind focus - be aware of the Mantra at all times. The mind will waver; you will find it drifting to other thoughts. As you realize this, gently bring back your awareness to the Mantra. Don't feel frustrated by the oscillating mind - this is normal, and is part of the process itself!

Important: Don't make the mistake of correlating the mantra sound with its written form. As mentioned earlier, this could be limiting its potential greatly.

Practice in this manner for as many rounds of the mala as you feel the need or have the time for. You must start the practice at the head bead (sumeru) and also end it at the sumeru.

Regularity of Practice - It is essential that Mantra meditation is practiced everyday without a break. It may be just 5 minutes but regularity is a must. It is preferable to do it at a designated time - in the morning or then in the night, before going to bed at least an hour after meals.

Over time, you will find the effect of the mantra on the subconscious through its unique calming influence at any time of the day and in any situation. You are then truly on your journey to spiritual growth.

(Courtesy: http://www.healthandyoga.com)

17 January, 2012

Numerology & your Nature

Number 1 :
If your birth date is 1, 10, 19 or 28 of any month, your numeric number is 1 (ONE).
Your Nature : Stable minded, committed to your promised, stick to the opinion given, very clear for friendship or enemy, do not like to work under anybody's observations and want to work independently.
Friendship with the number 2, 4, and 7.
Lucky Day is Sunday.
Lucky Color is Pink and Yellow.
Lucky years are 10, 19, 28, 37, 46, 55, 64.

Number 2 :
If your birth date is 2, 11, 20 or 29 of any month, your numeric number is 2 (TWO).
Your Nature : Artist, loving nature, Imagination power is higher, Not powerful by body but powerful by mind and they win on this basis, changing mind for the decision or do not stick to the decision, quickly changes the new work, very difficult to give final touch to any work, less self confidence, not getting success.
Friendship with the number of 1, 4, & 7.
Lucky Day is Monday.
Lucky Color is White.
Lucky years are 2, 11, 20, 29, 38, 47, 56 & 65.

Number 3 :
If your birth date is 3, 12, 21 or 30 of any month, your numeric number is 3 (THREE).
Your Nature : Very Strict in nature, If they are in Army - Government officer they will behave strictly with the co-workers, Can not tolerate let go nature for work, very ambitions.
Friendship with the number of 6 & 9.
Lucky day is Thursday.
Lucky Color is Pink.
Lucky years are 3, 12, 21, 30, 39, 48 & 57.

Number 4 :
If your birth date is 4, 13, 22, 31 of any month, your numeric number is 4 (FOUR).
Your Nature : Very hard working, difference of opinion with others, Far ahead from the world, Create enemy due to opposition, supporting of new changes in the society, where they go - politics, social they want to change the old system, Do not like to save money, want to enjoy the life.
Friendship with the number 1, 2, 7 & 8.
Lucky days are Saturday, Sunday & Monday.
Lucky Color is Dark Brown.
Lucky years are 4, 13, 22, 31, 40, 49, 58 & 67.

Number 5 :
If your birth date is 5, 14, 23 of any month, your numeric number is 5 (FIVE).
Your Nature : Business minded people, attracted to business with immediate profit, sporty and spontaneous, like to finish the work quickly, do not worry for anything for long time, angry nature, like bright colors.
Friendship with the number of 5, 14, & 23.
Lucky days are Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
Lucky Color is Green.
Lucky years are 5, 14,23, 32, 41, 50, 59, 68 & 77.

Number 6 :
If your birth date is 6, 15, 24 of any month, your numeric number is 6 (SIX).
Your Nature : Have attraction power, mixing nature, attraction to beauty, like art-drawing-music, like to welcome guest warmly, they want all the things properly arranged, right or wrong they would like to convince others with them and stick to their opinion.
Friendship with the number of 3 & 9.
Lucky days are Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
Lucky Color is White.
Lucky years are 6, 15, 23, 33, 43, 51, 60 & 69.

Number 7 :
If your birth date is 7, 16, 25 of any month, your numeric number is 7 (SEVEN).
Your Nature : Good imagination power, successful in poetry and drawing, like to travel and meeting people, discussion with people, understand the thought of other person, successful in import-export, ship business & Navy.
Friendship with the number 2.
Lucky days is Tuesday.
Lucky Color is Green.
Lucky years 7, 16, 25, 34, 43, 52, 61, 70 & 2, 11, 20, 29, 38, 47, 56, 65, 74..

Number 8 :
If your birth date is 8, 17, 26 of any month, your numeric number is 8 (EIGHT).
Your Nature : Can do important work, only concern with their work & stick to dead lines, very ambitions, try to achieve higher position and sacrifice for that.
Lucky day is Saturday.
Lucky Color is Blue.
Lucky years are 8, 17, 26, 35, 44, 53, 62, 71, 80 & 4, 13, 22, 31, 40, 49,58, 61,71

Number 9 :
If your birth date is 8, 18, 27 of any month, your numeric number is 9 (NINE).
Your Nature : Risk taker, very spontaneous, want to finish the work quickly, hard working life, success in the field where more discipline is required, angry nature.
Friendship with the number of 3 & 6.
Lucky Day is Tuesday.
Lucky colors are Red and Pink.
Lucky years are 9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72.

16 January, 2012

વાસ્તુદોષને દૂર કરનારાં ફેંગશૂઈ ઉપકરણો

12પાકુઆ : મુખ્ય દ્વારની સામે કોઈ પણ પ્રકારના દ્વાર પર વેધ યા અશુભ પ્રભાવ પડતો હોય તો તેને દ્વારની ઉપર બહારની બાજુએ લગાવવામાં આવે છે. જેનાથી નકારાત્મક ઊર્જા અંદર પ્રવેશતી નથી.
ક્રિસ્ટલ બોલ : ક્રિસ્ટલ ઊર્જાવર્ધક હોય છે. પૂર્વ દિશામાં લગાવવાથી સ્વાસ્થ્યને લાભ થાય છે. ઉત્તર-પશ્ચિમ દિશામાં લગાવવાથી પરિવારમાં પરસ્પરનો પ્રેમ વધે છે. પશ્ચિમમાં લગાવવાથી સંતાન સુખ અને દક્ષિણ-પશ્ચિમમાં લગાવવાથી દામ્પત્યના સંબંધોમાં સુધારો થાય છે.
બાગુઆ : આ સાધનને શયનકક્ષના મુખ્ય દ્વાર પર બહારની બાજુએ લગાવવું જોઈએ. કાર્યાલયના દ્વાર પર પણ લગાવી શકાય છે. તેને લગાવવાથી નકારાત્મક ઊર્જા ભવન અને કક્ષમાં આવતી નથી.
વિન્ડ ચાઈમ : વિન્ડ ચાઈમ અર્થાત્ હવાથી જેનામાં ઝંકાર થાય એવી 'પવન ઘંટી' ઘર અને વ્યાપારના વાતાવરણને મધુર બનાવે છે. વાસ્તુ અને ફેંગશૂઈનાં પાંચ તત્ત્વોને દર્શાવનારી પાંચ રોડની વિન્ડ ચાઈમ શુભ માનવામાં આવે છે. બ્રહ્મસ્થાન પર લગાવવાથી સ્વાસ્થ્ય લાભ અને ઉત્તર- પશ્ચિમમાં લગાવવાથી જીવનમાં નવો સુઅવસર પ્રાપ્ત થાય છે.
લાફિંગ બુદ્ધા : હસતા બુદ્ધની ર્મૂિત ધન-દોલતના દેવતાઓમાંની એક માનવામાં આવે છે. તેનાથી ઘરમાં સંપન્નતા, સફળતા અને સમૃદ્ધિ આવે છે. આ ર્મૂિત શયનકક્ષ તથા ભોજનકક્ષમાં રાખવી જોઈએ નહીં.
ત્રણ પગનો દેડકો : મોંઢામાં સિક્કા લીધેલ ત્રણ પગનો દેડકો પણ એવી રીતે લગાવવો જોઈએ કે જેનાથી તે ધન લઈને ઘરની અંદર આવી રહ્યો હોય. તેને રસોડામાં કે શૌચાલયમાં કદાપિ રાખવો જોઈએ નહીં.
ધાતુનો કાચબો : આ આયુષ્યને વધારનારો અને ધન-સમૃદ્ધિ આપનારો છે. તેને ભગવાન વિષ્ણુનો કચ્છપ અવતાર માનવામાં આવ્યો છે.
લવ બર્ડ્સ : પતિ-પત્નીના પરસ્પર સંબંધોને મધુર બનાવવા માટે તેને શયનકક્ષમાં લગાવવો જોઈએ.
મેનડેરિયન ડક : કુંવારા છોકરા કે છોકરીનાં લગ્નને માટે મેનડેરિયમ ડકનું જોડું તે છોકરા કે છોકરીના ઓરડામાં દક્ષિણ-પશ્ચિમ ભાગમાં લગાવવું જોઈએ. આનાથી છોકરા-છોકરીનું લગ્ન જલદી થાય છે.
એજયુકેશન ટાવર : વિદ્યાર્થીઓને નજર સમક્ષ રાખીને ભણવાથી અભ્યાસમાં ધ્યાન એકચિત્ત થાય છે. ઈચ્છાશક્તિ અને તર્કશક્તિમાં વૃદ્ધિ થાય છે. વધુ અભ્યાસ માટેની પ્રેરણા મળે છે.
બેવડો ખુશી સંકેત : આ ચિહ્નને ઘરના દક્ષિણ-પશ્ચિમ ખૂણામાં લગાવવાથી ઘરમાં ખુશીઓની તકો વધે છે. વિવાહ યોગ્ય છોકરા-છોકરીઓનાં લગ્ન થઈ જાય છે.
મિસ્ટિક નોંટ સિમ્બલ : રહસ્યમય ગાંઠ અર્થાત્ જેના પ્રારંભનું કે અંતનું કોઇ ઠેકાણું નથી. આ ચિહ્નને ઘર અને ઓફિસની ઉત્તર દિશામાં લગાવવાથી ધન અને સ્વાસ્થ્યની પ્રાપ્તિ થાય છે.
એનીમલ સેટ : આને ડ્રોઈંગ રૃમની ચોફેરની દિશાઓમાં લગાવવામાં આવે છે. ડ્રેગન પૂર્વી દીવાલ પર, ટાઈગર પશ્ચિમી દીવાલ પર, ફિનિક્સ દક્ષિણી દીવાલ પર તથા કાચબો ઉત્તરની દીવાલ પર લગાવવામાં આવે છે. આને લગાવવાથી વ્યક્તિની બહુમુખી ઉન્નતિ થાય છે.
ભાગ્યશાળી સિક્કા : ત્રણ ભાગ્યશાળી ચીની સિક્કાઓ ઘરના મુખ્ય દ્વારની અંદરના હેન્ડલ પર બાંધવામાં આવે છે. આને લગાવવાથી ઘરમાં ધનની વૃદ્ધિ થાય છે. પરિવારના સઘળા સભ્યો લાભાન્વિત થાય છે. તેને પાકીટમાં રાખવાથી ખિસ્સામાં ધનની વૃદ્ધિ થાય છે.
રત્નોનો છોડ : ઘરમાં સુખ, શાંતિ અને ધન વધારવા માટે તેને ઘરમાં લગાવવું જોઈએ. લીલા રંગનું વૃક્ષ ઉત્તર દિશામાં તથા મિશ્રિત રંગનું વૃક્ષ દક્ષિણ - પશ્ચિમ દિશામાં લગાવવું જોઈએ.
વાંસળી : બીમના પ્રભાવને ઓછો કરવા માટે વાંસળી પર લાલ રિબિન લપેટીને બીમ પર એવી રીતે લટકાવવી જોઈએ કે વાંસળીનું મોં નીચે તરફ રહે અને પરસ્પર ત્રિકોણ બનાવે.
સોનેરી માછલી : સોનેરી માછલી ધન- સમૃદ્ધિની વૃદ્ધિ કરે છે. તેને ઘરની ઉત્તર દિશામાં પૂર્વ તરફ મોં રાખીને લગાવવી જોઈએ.
ડ્રેગનના મોં વાળી બોટ : સંયુક્ત પરિવારને સુગ્રથિત રાખવા માટે તેને ઘરના દક્ષિણી - પશ્ચિમી ખૂણામાં રાખવી જોઈએ.
ક્રિસ્ટલ ગ્લોબ : ક્રિસ્ટલ ગ્લોબને ઘર કે વેપારના સ્થળ પર એવી રીતે રાખવું જોઈએ કે તે આપણી સામે રહે અને દિવસ દરમિયાન તેને ઓછામાં ઓછું ત્રણ વખત ફેરફુદરડી કરાવવી જોઈએ. તે કેરિયર, વ્યાપારની સફળતામાં સહાયકરૃપ સિદ્ધ થાય છે.
ગ્નડ-ફાનસ-'ચી' : ઘરમાં દક્ષિણ - પશ્ચિમ દિશા પૃથ્વી તત્ત્વથી સંબંધ ધરાવે છે. તે વિવાહ અને પરસ્પરના સંબંધો સાથે સંલગ્ન છે. દરરોજ સાંજે બે કલાક પ્રજ્વલિત કરીને રાખવાથી પરિવારના સભ્યોમાં મેળ-મેળાપ-સંપની ભાવના બળવત્તર થશે તથા અપરિણીત વ્યક્તિઓનાં લગ્ન થવાની શક્યતાઓ વધી જાય છે.
પવન ઘંટડી : આ મુખ્ય દરવાજાની પાસે લટકાવવામાં આવે છે. બેઠક તેમજ કાર્યાલયમાં લગાવવાથી તે સમૃદ્ધિ પ્રદાન કરે છે. તેનો પવિત્ર ધ્વનિ નકારાત્મક ઊર્જાને ઓછી કરીને સકારાત્મક ઊર્જાને વધારે છે. મંત્રોના ધ્વનિ અને પવિત્ર ધૂનથી વાસ્તુદોષ નષ્ટ થઈને સુખ અને સમૃદ્ધિ પ્રાપ્ત થાય છે. પવન ઘંટડી દરેક ક્ષેત્રમાં લટકાવી શકાતી નથી. તેને લટકાવવાનું સ્થાન ખૂબ જ મહત્ત્વપૂર્ણ હોય છે.
ફિનિક્સ : ફેંગશૂઈ અનુસાર તે ઈચ્છા  પૂરી કરનાર ભાગ્યનું એક પ્રતીક છે. ભાગ્યને ક્રિયાશીલ કરવા માટે ફિનિક્સનો પ્રતીકના રૃપમાં તેના ચિત્ર યા પેઈન્ટિંગ દક્ષિણ ખૂણામાં લગાવવા જોઈએ.
ફૂક, લુક અને સાઉ : આ ક્રમશઃ સમૃદ્ધિ, ઉચ્ચ શ્રેણી અને દીર્ઘાયુના દેવતા છે. તેમની ઉપસ્થિતિ કેવળ પ્રતીકાત્મક હોય છે. તેમની પૂજા કરવામાં આવતી નથી. ઘરમાં તેમની ઉપસ્થિતિ ખૂબ જ ભાગ્યશાળી માનવામાં આવે છે. ફૂક સમૃદ્ધિના દેવતા છે. તે બંને દેવતાઓમાં કદમાં ઊંચા છે. મોટે ભાગે તેમને વચમાં મૂકવામાં આવે છે. ફૂક, લુક, સાઉ આ ત્રણેય મળીને ખૂબ જ મહત્ત્વપૂર્ણ સૌભાગ્યનું પ્રતિનિધિત્વ કરે છે. તેમની ઉપસ્થિતિ સમૃદ્ધિ, પ્રભુત્વ, સન્માન, દીર્ઘાયુ અને સ્વાસ્થ્યને સુનિશ્ચિત  કરે છે.
ડ્રેગન : ડ્રેગન ઉત્તમ 'યાંગ' ઊર્જાનું પ્રતીક છે. તેનો સંબંધ પૂર્વ દિશા સાથે જોડાયેલો છે. આ દિશાનું તત્ત્વ કાષ્ઠ છે માટે લાકડાનો નકશીવાળો ડ્રેગન સારો રહે છે. માટી અને સ્ફટિકમાંથી બનાવેલો ડ્રેગન પણ રાખી શકીએ છીએ. પરંતુ ધાતુનો કદાપિ રાખવો જોઈએ નહીં કેમ કે પૂર્વ દિશામાં ધાતુ કાષ્ઠને નષ્ટ કરી દે છે. ડ્રેગન યાંગ ઊર્જાનું પ્રતીક હોવાના કારણે રેસ્ટોરન્ટ, દુકાનો ડિપાર્ટમેન્ટલ સ્ટોર્સ કે જ્યાં ઊર્જાની વધુ જરૃરિયાત હોય છે, વળી લોકોની આવન-જાવન જ્યાં વધુ હોય છે ત્યાં પણ પૂર્વ દિશામાં ચિત્ર રાખવું ખૂબ જ સારંુ રહે છે. તેને શયનકક્ષામાં લગાવવો જોઈએ નહીં  કેમ કે ત્યાં યાંગ ઊર્જાની જરૃરિયાત હોતી નથી.

12 January, 2012

Swami Vivekananda Quotes

Here are some famous quotes by Swami Vivekananda:
  • All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.
  • GOD is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life.
  • All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.
  • If money help a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.
  • Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.
  • Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin; to say that you are weak, or others are weak.
  • We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
  • You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.
  • A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may at times float aimlessly about, in the long run we are sure to join the Ocean of Life and Bliss.
  • All is the Self or Brahman. The saint, the sinner, the lamb, the tiger, even the murderer, as far as they have any reality, can be nothing else, because there is nothing else.
  • All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.
  • All power is within you. You can do anything and everything. Believe in that. Do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. Stand up and express the divinity within you.
  • All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between God and human beings is thus bridged. Thus we find how, by knowing God, we find the kingdom of heaven within us.

11 January, 2012

Makar Sankranti - Scriptural Significance

Sankranti is the Sanskrit word in Indian Astrology which refers to the transmigration of the Sun from one Rāshi (sign of the zodiac) to another. Hence there are 12 such sankrantis in all. However, the Sankranti festival usually refers to Makara Sankaranti, or the transition of the Sun from Dhanu rashi (Sagittarius) to Makara rashi (Capricorn). Makar Sankranti identifies a period of enlightenment, peace, prosperity and happiness followed by a period of darkness, ignorance and viciousness with immense sorrow. The six months of northern movement of the sun is followed by six months of southern movement. Makar Sankranti is one of the major festivals in the state of Gujarat. It is a two day festival here. It is also known as Utrayan festival.

Scriptural and cultural significance :

- According to the Puranas, on this day Surya(Sun) visits the house of his son Shani(Saturn), who is the lord of the Makar rashi(Zodiac Capricorn). Though the father and son duo did not get along well, the Surya made it a point to meet his son on this day. He, in fact, comes to his son's house, for a month. This day thus symbolizes the importance of the special relationship between father and son.

- From Makar Sankranti starts the 'day' of devatas(Gods), while dakshinayana (southward movement of the sun) is said to be the 'night' of devatas, so most of the auspicious things are done during this time. Uttarayana is also called as Devayana, and the dakshinayana' is called Pitrayana.[citation needed]

- It was on this day when Lord Vishnu ended the ever increasing terror of the Asuras(Demons) by finishing them off and burying their heads under the Mandara Parvata. So this occasion also represents the end of 'negativities' and beginning of an era of righteous living.

- Maharaja Bhagiratha, performed great penance to bring Ganga down to the earth for the redemption of 60,000 sons of Maharaj Sagar, who were burnt to ashes at the Kapil Muni Ashram, near the present day Ganga Sagar. It was on this day that Bhagirath finally did tarpan[clarification needed] with the Ganges water for his unfortunate ancestors and thereby liberated them from the curse. After visiting the Pataala(underworld) for the redemption of the curse of Bhagirath's ancestors the Ganges finally merged into the sea. A very big Ganga Sagar Mela is organized every year on this day at the confluence of River Ganges and the Bay of Bengal. Thousands of Hindus take a dip in the water and perform tarpan for their ancestors.

- Another well-known reference of this day came when the great grand-sire of Mahabharata fame, Bhishma, declared his intent to leave his mortal coil on this day. He had the boon of Ichha-Mrityu(death at his will) from his father, so he kept lying on the bed of arrows till this day and then left his mortal coil on Makar Sankranti day. It is believed that the person, who dies during the period of Uttarayana, becomes free from transmigration(rebirth). So this day was seen as a definite auspicious day to start a journey or endeavours to the higher realms beyond.[citation needed]

- Sikhs celebrate it as Maghi. The tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh tore the Beydaava written by 40 Sikhs and gave them Mukhti on this day. These 40 Sikhs later came to be known as 40 Mukhtas.[citation needed]

(source: Wikipedia)

09 January, 2012

About Bodh Gaya (Mahabodhi Temple)

Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Gaya district in Bihar. It is famous for being the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained Enlightenment (Bodhimandala). Watch this video for more information:

Mantras for Nine Planets

SUN (Surya) :

Om japaakusuma sankaasham kaashyapeyam mahaadyutim I
Tamorim sarvapaapaghnam pranato-smi divaakaram II

Om, I bow down with devotion to the shining light that is crimson red like a hybiscus flower, shining onto the earth, removing all the darkness and eradicating sin.

MOON (Chandra) :

Dadhi sankha tushaaraabham kshiirodaarnasambhavam I
Namaami shashinam somam shambhormukuta bhushanam II

I bow down to the Moon, who is creamy white like a container of yogurt and most pleasing, born from the churning ocean of milk, the effulgent emblem of devotion which adorns the head of Lord Shiva.

MARS (Mangal) :

Dharaniigarbha-sambhutam vidyutkaanti samaprabham I
Kumaaram shaktihastam ca tam mangalam pranamaamyaham II

I bow down to Mars, the auspicious one, who supports the womb of all creation, shines forth with the radiance of beauty enhanced by love, and wields power in his hand.

MERCURY (Budh) :

Priyangukalikashyaamam ruupenaa-pratimam budham I
Saumyam saumyamgunopetam tam budham pranamaamyaham II

I bow down to Mercury, whose beloved body is dark like the night, the icon of intelligence, and whose qualities are most beautiful.

JUPITER (Guru) :

Devaanaan-cha rishinaan-cha gurum kaan-chana sannibham I
Buddhi bhutam trilokesham tam namaami brihaaspatim II

I bow down to Jupiter, teacher of gods and sages, the greatest treasure, and the most intelligent of all creation.

VENUS (Shukra) :

Himakunda mrinaalaabham daityaanaam paramam gurum I
Sarvashaastrapravaktaaram bhaargavam pranamaamyaham II

I bow down to Venus, who is fragrant like crushed sandal and jasmine, the great guru of the demons, expounding all scriptures, and the descendant of sage Brigu.

SATURN (Shani) :

Niilaambujasamaabhaasam raviputram yamaagrajam I
Chaayaamaartandasambhuutam tam namaami shanaishacaram II

I bow down to Saturn, who is blue like a storm cloud, the son of the Sun and the brother of Death, who can cast his shadow even over the Sun.


Arddhakaayam mahaaviiryam candraadityavimardanam I
Simhikaagarbha sambhuutam tam Raahu pranamaamyaham II

I bow down to Rahu, the great warrior who divides even the Sun and Moon in half, born from the womb of Simhikaa.


Paalaashapushpa sankaasham taarakaagrahamastakam I
Raudram raudraatmakam ghoram tam ketu pranamaamyaham II

I bow down to Ketu, who is red like a paalaasha flower, who makes the star-eyed constellation to set, terrible and awesome to behold.

Nav Grah Mantra :

Brahmaa muraaristripuraantakaarii bhaanuh shashii bhuumisuto budhashca I
Gurushca shukrah shani raahu ketavah sarve grahaa shaantikaraa bhavantu II

Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva contemplate the Sun, the Moon, Earth, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu, and Ketu. May all planets be peaceful.