Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Shiv Prarthana

This is a short prayer or Prarthana recited in praise of Shiva in the Marathi Language. This prayer is the first verse of the Shiv Stuthi or a prayer in praise of Shiv. This prayer is most suitable for those who find it extremely difficult to recite lengthy prayers.

This prayer calls upon Shiva the lord of Kailas, also lovingly called as Kailasrana to help one tide over the difficulties of life.The worshipper tells Shiva that he is his only hope in life.

Monday, November 29, 2010

The real purpose of the Nira Radia tapes

The Niira Radia tape scandal, probably India’s biggest tape scandal has nailed the role of a section of the Media, in what normally happens under the guise of the respectable name of lobbying. This could just be a tip of the iceberg. The C.B.I. has claimed that they have as many as 5, 851, tapes recorded conversations of Radia.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Universal Prayer for Peace

This is a beautiful prayer for Universal Peace in the Marathi Language, this prayer was composed by the well known Marathi philosopher, author, teacher, social activist, and freedom fighter Sane Guruji.

I have translated and given the meaning in English.

Bhairav Worship

Bhairav [भैरव] is that Rudra or fierce Avatar of manifestation of Shiva, the Destroyer, out of the Hindu divine trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh or the Creator, the protector and the destroyer.Bhairav means Bhay [भय] or fear, and fear arises from this manifestation of Shiva, who is seen as being fearsome and terrible.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Isha Upanishad on Non-Duality

The Isha Upanishad a sacred religious scripture of the Hindu religion, is the smallest of the Upanishad’s, it comprises of only 18 verses. This Upanishad is commonly believed to have been composed about 2100 thousand to 2400 years back; the exact dating is not available.

This was the Upanishad which was held in the highest esteem by none other than Mahatma Gandhi. And of the 18 verses contained in the Upanishad, Gandhiji stated that the first verse contained the highest and deepest possible wisdom. This was the wisdom Gandhiji said was the key to the survival of the Hindu religion.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Ganga Aarti - English - Marathi

The river Ganga is considered as the holiest river in the Hindu religion.Ganga is not only considered as a river but as a Goddess.The river Ganga which is the largest river in India , is also the national river of India. Many cities are situated on the banks of the Ganga, and some of these cities like Haridwar and Varanasi amongst others are important places of pilgrimage for Hindus.

It is believed that a bath in the Ganga, cleanses one from the past Karma. Many devote Hindu keep some water of the Ganga in a bottled state in their homes.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Vashikaran Mantras - 2

Vashikaran or attraction of members of the opposite sex is something which almost everyone tries or attempts sometime or the other in their life times. The Hindu religious texts, notably the Tantras prescribe certain unique Mantras and practices which, it is said brings members of the opposite sex or for that matter anyone you wish to attract under your spell.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Root of corruption in India

Dynastic politics and corruption go hand in hand in India. The menace of dynastic politics is the root factor in the present condition India finds itself in. There seems no light at the end of the tunnel, as corruption in India, has now taken gigantic proportions, of a magnitude not fully known to the Indian public. Corruption has now engulfed the entire nation, and is the major threat to the survival of India as a nation.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Corruption in India - 2

This is a continuation of my post corruption in India, which I wrote some eight months back. Since then we have witnessed scam after scam. On the heels of the Commonwealth Games 2010 scam involving some Rs.1, 07000 crores, came the Adarsh society scam and now we are in the midst of the 2 G spectrum scam involving reportedly a sum of Rs.1, 76,000 crores. One still does not know the exact magnitude of these scams, and neither are we going to know the real facts. Ramu Kaka is not going to come clean.

Laxmi Mata Aarti - English - Marathi

This is another Aarti in the Marathi Language recited in praise of Laxmi or Mahalaxmi Mata, the Hindu Goddess of Abundance of all things in life whether material or spiritual.

This Aarti is also recited while doing a Vrat or fast of Laxmi Mata on Thursdays.

It is said that one must never nurture an ego or false pride over ones wealth. Those who have this pride, invariable insult others over their lack of wealth, and think no end of themselves. It is said those who indulge in such behavior find that the Goddess of Abundance curses them and they loose all their wealth.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mantras for Wealth

These are powerful Hindu Mantras and Yantras for wealth, prosperity and abundance. The Goddess Mahalaxmi is the Hindu Goddess of plenty. So also is the Hindu God of wealth Kuber. There are also Shaabri Mantras composed by the nine Saints and Masters the Navnath’s of the Nath Sampradaya which are useful in the acquisition of material pursuits as well as the essential requirements to lead a contented life.

Mahalaxmi Mantras - 2

Mahalaxmi is the Adi Shakti or the Ever-Existent Universal energy.Mahalaxmi has eight manifestations covering every aspect of creation. These manifestations are called Ashtalamxi.

These are some more Mantras recited to win the favor of Mahalaxmi, and lead a life of peace, prosperity and abundance.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mahalaxmi Mantra/Yantra

These are Yantras or Geometric diagrams of Mahalaxmi Devi, which are useful for specific purposes. Mahalaxmi is the Hindu Goddess who is also said to be the Adi Shakti or the Universal energy.

The Yantras are to be embossed on thick copper plates or if that is not possible they can be drawn on a plain, clean white peace of paper and kept in your place of worship or your wallet or the place where you store your money or food grains.

Jain Mantras

The Jain religion, which is an off shoot of Hinduism and share a common culture and heritage, is followed by over 4 million people in India.

Jainism also has its unique Mantras. I have translated into English and given some common and popular mantras recited by Jains. These are the Mantras which are recited on all the days of the week. Each day has its own unique Mantra.It is said that the frequency of the Mantra vibrates to that of the day.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tulsi Aarti - English - Marathi

Tulsi or the Basil plant is a very auspicious plant in the Hindu religion. The leaves of the Tulsi plant have strong medicinal properties, and hence are commonly used in Ayurvedic preparations. The Tulsi leaves are found to be effective in treatment of ailments such as common colds, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, heart disease, treatment of poisoning, and malaria.

The properties of this plant were discovered by the sages and physicians in ancient times; hence they advised that it was advisable for every household to have a Tulsi plant.

Sant Eknath Aarti - English - Marathi

Sant Eknath was a very prominent saint and poet who lived in the town of Paithan in the state of Maharashtra. Sant Eknath wrote in the form of verses in the Marathi Language, and gave spiritual lectures in the poetic form, known popularly as Kirtans. He is believed to have been born in the year 1533 A D.

Sant Eknath wrote numerous religious compositions, including a translation in the commonly spoken Language of those days of the Bhagavad-Gita. His compositions are extremely popular in the state of Maharashtra even today.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Origin of the Antichrist

He arises from the “sea” –.Rev.11.7. This is a Bible Prophecies which has been time and again used to describe the origins of the THE THIRD ANTICHRIST. The word “sea” has been misinterpreted by most as referring to the Gentile nations which have been described in the Bible.

Lets have a look at this prophecy made by Nostradamus.Nostradamus has described a person born from the three water signs, as shaping global events in the future. The water or sea connection is obvious and for everyone to see. The Bible prophecy and the prophecy made by Nostradamus are referring to the same person. These prophecies are connected.

Prophecies about India - 2

Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries…nor of their thefts. - Prophet John –Revelation 9.21. This is a Bible Prophecy which speaks of one of the signs leading to the count down to the coming world climax or Armageddon. The word “sorceries” given in this prophecy can be translated as pharmakeia, a word from which the word pharmacy has been derived.

This is an continuation of my post on the Prophecies about India,where I have stated that we are at the present moment somewhere in the midst of the period of Kaliguga, which has been described in the Hindu Puranas.This Bible prophecy is also more applicable to India, than some other large countries. The coming World Climax has already commenced in India. This prophecy from the Bible is just one of the signs, I will be writing in the future about the other signs.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Easy Infant Education: Helpful Tips for New Parents

Guest Post by : Maria Rainier
Educating your infant doesn’t have to mean popping in a Baby Einstein DVD or trying to achieve the Mozart effect with all the right music recordings. What it really means is stimulating your baby’s senses through deliberate and caring interaction – and that’s something that all parents already provide for their infants. Because infants aren’t quite ready for lesson plans and textbooks, the best way to start their education on how things work in the world is to stimulate each of their five senses, encourage recognition and imitation, and eventually foster autonomous sensory exploration. This is much easier than it sounds, and you can do it effectively by following your parent’s intuition and using some of the following tips.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sant Tukaram Aarti - English - Marathi

Sant Tukaram was one of the greatest Saints on Maharashtra. He lived and preached in the small town of Dehu on the outskirts of the city of Pune, more than 400 years back.

He wrote more than 4500 religious compositions mostly in the form of devotional poetry, known in the Marathi Language as Abhangs. All his teachings were of a deep and profound spiritual nature, thus creating a conflict between him and the traditional religious preachers.

Santoshi Mata Aarti - English - Marathi

This is the Aarti in the Marathi Language recited in praise of the Goddess Santoshi Mata. Santoshi Mata is the Goddess of calm, bliss and contentment and wish fulfillment of all things in life. Santoshi Mata is the divine all powerful mother or Adi Shakti.

It is said that fasting for 16 consecutive Fridays, and praying with devotion and sincerity, brings about the blessings of Santoshi Mata, and there is wish fulfillment. The entire family atmosphere should be calm and peaceful and they should not eat sour and bitter food items on these 16 Fridays when one fasts.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Devi Mantra

This is a Mantra for the mother Goddess. The Mantra describes the mother goddess as Adi Shakti. The Shakti of the mother goddess; the Supreme Being, the divine energy of the mother, is the very divine energy which is found in Shiva.

This is the same divine energy which is worshiped to aid ones liberation, and achieve bliss and happiness in both the material and spiritual worlds.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Matru Vandana - English - Marathi

This is beautiful poem or you may call it a prayer dedicated to your mother in the Marathi Language.

Matru Vandana
English Translation
Aai maza guru,aai kalpataru
Soukhyacha sagaru aie mazi ll
Preetiche maher,amrutachi dhar
Mangalyache saar,aai mazi ll

Ganesh Vandana - English - Hindi

This is the Ganesh Vandana, a popular prayer recited in praise of Ganesha or Ganpati. Ganesha is the Lord of all beginnings. Vandana means invoking the blessings in the form of salutations to a particular deity, this is a popular form of worship in the Hindu religion.

The Ganesh Vandana is normally recited on special occasions, like the commencement of a new venture, the beginning of a Yagna or Havan or any other form of worship. This is primarily done to ensure success in that venture, as Ganesha is the Lord of all beginnings.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Divine and The Demoniac

The 16th Chapter of the Bhagavad-Gita draws a clear distinction between those attributes present amongst Human beings which are of a Divine and those which are of a Demoniac nature. These attributes the Divine being says are what take one either towards the Divine being or towards a Demoniac state of existence.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Meaning of Asthi Visarjan

Asthi-visarjan [अस्थि-विसर्जन] is a very important religious ritual in the Hindu religion. Asthi means the left over bones and some ashes of a dead person collected after performing the last rites. In the Hindu religion, a dead person is cremated normally on a Funeral pyre where the dead body is placed on logs of fire. Now days Electric or Diesel Crematoriums are also used as they are found in most Indian towns.

Ramu Kaka Lives On

Ramu Kaka[रामू काका] that omnipresent character present in most Hindi films, a man of impeachable character, integrity and honesty has affected the Indian mind more than any other character in history, not even Mahatma Gandhi. The legacy of Ramu Kaka shapes our destiny and everyday life at the present moment more than at any other point of the history of independent India.

Chakrapani Aarti - English - Marathi

Chakrapani is another name of Vishnu.Chakrapani translated into English means one that holds the Chakra. This Chakra, called Sudarshan Chakra is the weapon of Vishnu. The Sudarshan Chakra has 108 sharp blades like edges; it is with this weapon that Vishnu killed countless demons and evil forces which threatened humanity and the Universe.

The glow of the Sudarshan Chakra is said to be such that even the Sun appears like a tiny spark compared to it. There are numerous temples dedicated to Vishnu as Chakrapani in southern India, notably Kerala.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Parshuram Aarti - English - Marathi

Parshuram is the sixth of the Dash Avatars or the ten manifestations of Vishnu. Parshuram was a sage, who had done great penance and acquired mastery over all sorts of divine weapons and the art of warfare. The purpose of his manifestation was primarily to rid the earth of evil rulers, most of who belonged to the ruling Kshatriya caste.

One day when Parshuram returned home he found his mother Renuka crying uncontrollably, when he asked for the reason of her grief, she told him that his father Jamadagni had been brutally killed by the Kshatriyas. Parshuram vowed that he would wipe out the entire race of the Kshatriyas 21 times. 21 times was because he had seen his mother beat her chest 21 times with grief. True to his word he wiped out generation after generation of Kshatriyas 21 times.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

For Parents: Taking Charge of Your Children’s Sex Ed

Guest post by Maria Rainier
Talking to your kids about sex sounds awkward, frustrating, disturbing, frightening, and a whole slew of other adjectives you don’t even want to bring up. But it’s part of your job as a parent, and there are resources to help you through the preparation, explanation, discussion, and Q&A of sexual education. It’s really one of the best things you can do for your kids, and even if they don’t thank you now, they’ll be glad you talked to them. You might be afraid of hurting your child’s feelings, bringing up something they don’t want to know about, or saying the wrong thing. But it’s important to take this step before someone else does – you can control what your children learn about sex if you teach them preemptively. Take advantage of that opportunity and don’t let someone you don’t know or trust be the first to discuss sex with your kids.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Vishnu Aarti English - Marathi - 2

This is a short Aarti in the Marathi Language recited in praise of Vishnu. The Aarti says that Vishnu loves Ganga Jal, the holy and pure water of the river Ganga, he loves whoever who brings the holy waters of the Ganga.

Whosoever lights and dedicates with a pure heart Dhoop [incense] to him becomes dear to him forever, and he protects and guides that person.

This Aarti can also be taken as a type of Manas Puja or a prayer in the mind, which offers Ganga Jal to Vishnu.

What really matters to Vishnu is the sincerity and love of the devotee.

Mahalaxmi Aarti - English - Marathi

Mahalaxmi is the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity. She is also considered to be the epitome of femanity.On the higher levels of spirituality she is said to the Adi-Shakti or the Universal mother.Mahalaxmi has eight secondary manifestations divided according to the functions they fulfill.

This Aarti in the Marathi Language is recited in praise of Mahalaxmi.The Aarti praises the Goddess and highlights the role which she plays to guide and protect humanity. The Aarti also describes how she saved humanity from the demons Mahishasur,Chand and Chamund and Kolhasur.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Shri Shankar Aarti - English - Marathi

This is an Aarti in the Marathi Language recited in praise of Shankar or Shiva. Shankar is the Destroyer out of the Hindu divine trinity of Bhahma, Vishnu and Mahesh or the Creator, the Protector and the Destroyer.

The Aarti is a description of the various qualities of Shankar in brief. His appearance, the blue throat, as a result of drinking the poison emerging during Sagar-Manthan. The poison emerging out of the churning of the ocean of milk, threatened to destroy the Universe.Shankar swallowed the poison; hence he is also called Neelkanth which translated into English means one having a Blue Throat.

Saraswati Aarti - English - Hindi - 3

This is another Aarti recited in the Hindi Language in praise of, and to seek the blessings of the Hindu Goddess of learning, arts and higher knowledge Saraswati.  Saraswati is the mother of the Vedas and the Goddess whose blessings are sought by students in India.

I have tried to translate as best as I could.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Chandra Aarti - English - Marathi

The Moon or Chandra in Hindi is an important planet in the Hindu religion. The Moon is considered as the only visible God who illuminates the night. He is also seen as the presiding deity of the night or darkness.

In astrology the Moon affects the mind more than any other planet of heavenly body. In fact the Hindu calendar is primarily based on the phases of the moon. In Vedic astrology also the sing which the moon occupies at the time of birth is taken as the birth sign or Rashi of the native. Many religious practices and rituals are also practiced according to the various phases of the moon.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Short Prayer to Mother Earth

This is a short Prarthana or prayer dedicated to the Mother Earth, which is normally recited on walking up in the morning and, while placing your feet on the ground.

We normally forget the Earth, while we pray to various deities. We live on the Earth and are a part of the Earth, when we die our mortal remains merge into the Earth, so while praying to the Earth, we are praying for ourselves.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Dattatreya Prarthana

This is a short prayer or Prarthana dedicated toward Dattatreya. Dattatreya in the Hindu religion is the combined manifestation of the Hindu holy trinity of Brahma,Vishnu and Mahesh,the Creator,the Protector and the Destroyer.

This is a Shlok [ verse] from the Dattatreya Stuti,a lengthy prayer normally said in praise of Dattatreya.This prayer can also be recited along with some easy to recite Dattatreya Mantras

Friday, November 5, 2010

Sant Ramdas Aarti - English - Marathi

Sant Samarth Ramdas [1606 – 1682 ] is a very popular saint in Maharashtra. Ramdas was a great devotee of Shri.Ram and Hanuman. Though many miracles including making a dead person alive are attributed to him, his preaching’s differed from most other saints. He laid great stress on physical development and exercise and the development of the body. He was an exponent of the Surya Namaskar.

He taught and preached that injustice should not be taken lying down. He preached that one should fight for justice. He was the spiritual guru of the great warrior King Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, and inspired him to fight and destroy the foreign invaders, which he did so successfully, that the very mention of his name inspired fear and dread in the minds of the foreign invaders.

Adulterated Sweets in Diwali

The biggest, most popular and widely celebrated festival in India Diwali is back. Diwali is the festival of Lights; it is also the festival to illuminate your mind. During Diwali time, most homes are decorated with lights, diyas and lamps. It is also time for crackers, new clothes and sweets. The deeper significance of Diwali is the celebration of the victory of light over darkness, the victory of good over evil.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Hanuman Prarthana

This is a short Prarthana or Prayer recited by devotees in praise of Hanuman or Maruti in the Marathi Language. This prayer is suitable especially to those who find it difficult to recite lengthy Chalisas or Stotras.

This prayer describes Hanuman as he really is the immortal Maharudra Avatar of Shiva who has manifested to help Shri.Ram in his war against the evil forces led by the invincible King of Lanka Ravan.

Ganesh Vashikaran Mantra - 2

This is another powerful Ganesh Vashikaran Mantra a Mantra from the Rudrayamala Tantra, the ancient and rare Hindu Religious text.This is a Vashikaran or a Attraction Mantra.This is a text dedicated to the Rudra [fierce] avatar of Shiva. The Mantra is in form of a prayer to Ganesha or Ganpati, the Hindu God of all beginnings to attract everyone.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Shiv Vashikaran Mantra

This is a Attraction Mantra or Vashikaran Mantra from the Rudrayamala tantra [रुद्रयामलतन्त्रम] an ancient and rare Hindu religious text.

This text is dedicated to the Rudra Avatar or the fierce manifestation of Shiva.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Vaman Dev Aarti - English - Hindi

Vaman Deva is the fifth of the Dash Avatars or the ten manifestations of Vishnu, the Protector. Vishnu manifested as Vamana taking the form of a dwarf Brahman carrying a wooden umbrella.

The purpose of this manifestation was to destroy the pride of the demon King Bali. Bali who was the grandson of the grandson of Prahlad and the great grandson of Hiranyakasuip and had become so powerful that he had also extended his rule over heaven.

What is Worship

Worship in the literal sense means devotion or love directed towards something, which one finds worthy of one’s love and devotion. Worship also means looking with respect and admiration at a power, which one perceives as being greater than one self. Worship can also be taken as asking the power higher than one self for help, advice and progress.