Monday, January 26, 2009
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Saturday, January 24, 2009
Devi: The Great Goddess is a website that offers additional information on the contemporary and historical worship of Devi. This web site has been developed in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name conducted at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery from March 29, 1999 through September 6, 1999. The web site looks at the six aspects of the Indian goddess Devi. The contents are presented in a very artistic manner and is a pleasure to read. It would appeal to both westerners and to Indians alike.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
"Guru and God both appear before me. To whom should I prostrate? I bow before Guru who introduced God to me."
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Usually, Tantras are dialogues between Śiva and the Goddess. Those scriptures where Shiva answers the questions are called agama and where Parvati answers, it is a nigama. The object of the rituals is to awaken kundalini energy and to attain liberation in the spiritual sense. The purpose of tantra is to integrate all aspects of life and is a realm where numerous varieties of ancient scinces blend. You can find the well known art of pranayama, mantra, yantra, yoga, astrology, ayurveda etc in a nice blend.
At Shiva Shakti Mandalam website you can find yantra, mantra, tantra and other material relating to some of the different traditions; texts on the siddhas, gurus and yogis. You can also read about the inner meaning of different kind of chakras, an extensive bibliography, and original English translations as well as links to other sites.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Sri. P R Ramachander a famous retired scientist, is already introduced in this blog item about Stothra Rathnas is a grandpa of 3 little darlings. Thatha in Tamil language means Grandpa. Raja Thatha is how Mr. Ramachander is called by his grandchildren, all of whom enjoy Raja thatha's titbits, favourites of course are the stories. He reaches out to all those little ones and not so little ones out there who would love to hear them. You can read those stories in his website and can share it with your little ones. Infact they are all very interesting stories, rich with India's wisdom and morals in each one of them and can be enjoyed by young and old alike.
Friday, January 16, 2009
You can read an article by Dr. R.K. Lahiri on cosmogony from a Hindu perspective at http://www.boloji.com/hinduism/112.htm
- Din or the Solar day
- Tithi or the Lunar day
- Nakshatra or the Constellation
Friday, January 9, 2009
The Bhagavad Gita a.k.a. Song of God is the most condensed work in Hindu philosophy. The poem forms the part of the Indian epic the Mahabharata. Lord Krishna symbolizes the paramatma (God) advising Arjuna who symbolizes the ordinary human (atma). The sermon takes place in the middle of the Kurukshetra battlefield. Krishna is at first in his form as mortal ally and charioteer of Arjuna. The Pandava hero has suddenly been overcome by questions about the mass killing that the battle will entail. Krishna answers that he must follow his proper social role or dharma.
It is also an example of an ideal Guru (Teacher) and Sishya (student) relationship. I still remember that a preacher in India comparing the whole scene of Gitopadesa to a human body. The chariot symbolizes the human body, the five horses are the indriyas (senses). The charioteer (Krishna) is the soul (immortal) and the passenger, Arjuna represents the human mind.
"Governing sense, mind and intellect, intent on liberation, free from desire, fear and anger, the sage is forever free." – The Bhagavad Gita
Get a free copy of pocket sized Bhagavad Gita from the Gita Society at the following link.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
The ‘Vaikuntha Ekadasi’ celebrations from Sri Ranganatha Swami temple at Srirangam will be shown live at the temple’s official website. According to The Hindu, the premiere Indian Newspaper, the Ranganathaswamy temple management will upload ‘Mohini Alankaram’ and the ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi’ for real-time viewing on the website ( www.srirangam.org) In the evening on January 6th 2009, the uploading will last for two hours, beginning with the ‘purapadu’ of Namperumal from the Arjuna Mandapam at 5 p.m. and reaching the Garuda Mandapam through Tirukottarapraharam. On January 7, the rituals of ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi,’ signifying the opening of the ‘Paramapada Vasal,’ would be uploaded at 5 a.m.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Ramayana is an ancient epic poem in Sanskrit depicting the journey (ayana) of Lord Rama. It is a smriti (from memory) consisting of 24,000 verses in seven books, and 500 cantos (kaṇḍas). It narrates the journey of Virtue (Rama) to annihilate vice (Ravana). Lord Rama is depicted as an ideal person a common man is advised to adopt his virtues. This epic is attributed to Sage Valmiki and is supposed to have been written somewhere around 400 BCE and 200 CE.
The epic has the following parts.
1. Bala Kanda ( Book of Youth) [77 chapters] (birth and training of the princes and their marriage)
2. Ayodhya Kanda (Book of Ayodhya) [119 chapters] (life in Ayodhya as a prince after marriage to Sita)
3. Aranya Kanda (Book of Forest ) [75 chapters] (life in exile)
4. Kishkindha Kanda (The Empire of Holy Monkeys) [67 chapters] (life in the kingdom of Vanaras on their search for Seetha)
5. Sundara Kanda ( Book of Beauty ) [68 chapters] (Hanuman's journey to Lanka and his meeting with Sita)
6. Yuddha Kanda ( Book of War ) [131 chapters] (The battle between Rama's and Ravana's armies)
7. Uttara Kanda – Book of the Afterword (Rama's life after returning to Ayodhya and Sita's second exile) - It is believed that Uttar Kanda was written by Tulisadas as there is no reference to this chapter in the original Valmiki's Ramayana.
You can read the the verses, translation and in prose at http://www.valmikiramayan.net/