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Who is Santa Claus?

In christian on December 25, 2008 at 6:23 am

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or simply “Santa”, is the legendary and mythical figure who, in many Western cultures, brings gifts to good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, December 24 or on his Feast Day, December 6 (Saint Nicholas Day). The legend may have part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of Saint Nicholas.

While Saint Nicholas was originally portrayed wearing bishop’s robes, in modern times, Santa Claus is generally depicted as a plump, jolly, white-bearded man wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots. This image became popular in the United States in the 19th century due to the significant influence of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast. This image has been maintained and reinforced through song, radio, television, and films. In the United Kingdom and Europe, his depiction is often identical to the American Santa, but he is commonly called Father Christmas.

One legend associated with Santa says that he lives in the far north, in a land of perpetual snow. The American version of Santa Claus lives at the North Pole, while Father Christmas is said to reside in Lapland, Finland. Other details include: that he is married and lives with Mrs. Claus; that he makes a list of children throughout the world, categorizing them according to their behavior (“naughty” or “nice”); that he delivers presents, including toys, candy, and other presents to all of the good boys and girls in the world, and sometimes coal or sticks to the naughty children, in one night; and that he accomplishes this feat with the aid of magical elves who make the toys, and eight or nine flying reindeer who pull his sleigh.

There has long been opposition to teaching children to believe in Santa Claus. Some Christians say the Santa tradition detracts from the religious origins and purpose of Christmas. Other critics feel that Santa Claus is an elaborate lie, and that it is unethical for parents to teach their children to believe in his existence.  Still others oppose Santa Claus as a symbol of the commercialization of the Christmas holiday, or as an intrusion upon their own national traditions.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus

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Hanuman Gayatri for strength and selfless love

In hinduism on December 22, 2008 at 4:42 am
Hanuman Gayatri for amazing stamina and great health

Hanuman Gayatri for amazing stamina and great health

Hanuman Gayatri is for those who want to develop a amazing stamina, the power of selfless love, great physical strength and the power to heal wounds promptly.  Hanuman is the embodiment of strength, stamina, wit, loyalty and unwavering devotion. Hanuman is also fearless and never hesitating. Hanuman gayatri is an extraordinary gayatri mantra for those who want to develop qualities like Hanuman. If you are ever in need of strength Hanuman Gayatri is for you. And the strength is both physical as well as inner strength. You can get rid of your fears with Hanuman Gayatri and get rid of doubts too. Your loyalty and devotion will increase manifold and you will also be blessed with clarity of mind to see through things. For where there is clarity of mind, doubts and hesitation will be pushed out of the back door.

There are two common variations of Hanuman Gayatri and you can use any of the two to chant:

Aum Anjaneyaye Vidmahe
Mahabalaye Dhimahi
Tanno Hanuman Prachodayat

Aum anjani sutaya cha vidmahe
Vayu putraya cha dhimahi
Tanno marutih prachodayat

Translation: Let us meditate on the Great Lord who is the son of Anajani Devi and Vayu, the Wind God. Let Maruti illuminate and inspire our mind.

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Type or do mental chanting of the chants a minimum of 108 times per day. You can ‘copy paste’ chants if you are doing mental repetition instead of direct typing.

Use the image of Hanuman if you have any.

Put your full attention on the chant and its meaning. Contemplate on the desirable aspects of Hanuman, especially the one you want to develop.

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Brahma Gayatri – its meaning and its importance

In hinduism on December 17, 2008 at 6:32 am
Chaturmukha Brahma

Chaturmukha Brahma

Brahma Gayatri is for those who seek knowledge, know the real essence behind things, become creative, increase productivity and become active mentally. Brahma Gayatri is for Lord Brahma, the creator. Brahma is father of all creation and hence by knowing Him we gain all knowledge and the essence of knowledge itself. Brahma is the grandfather of Manu, the first man on earth (Hindu equivalent to Adam).

It is indeed strange that there are no temples to worship such an important god. But nevertheless, Brahma remains the source of all creation and He alone can reveal the knowledge of birth and life.

Brahma Gayatri:
Aum Parameshwaraya Vidmahe
Paratatvaye Dhimahi
Tanno Brahma Prachodayat

There is another Brahma Gayatri:

Aum Chatur Mukhaya Vidmahe
Hamsarudhaya Dhimahi
Tanno Brahma Prachodayat

Translation: Let us meditate on the great lord with four faces and is seated on a white swan. May Brahma, the Creator, inspire and illuminate our mind.

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‘Brahma’, ‘to increase productivity’, ‘for better results’, ‘Brahma Gayatri Mantra’, ‘for creativity’, ‘for mental happiness’, ‘for knowledge’ and ‘to know essence of things’.

You can type the mantra or do mental chanting. If you are doing mental chanting, use ‘copy paste’ method to keep track of your count.

Do this mantra a minimum of 3 times per day. It is better if you can chant 108 times per day for 21 days.

While chanting, meditate upon the aspect of Brahma as the creator and as the giver of knowledge. Reflect on the four-headed form of him (chaturmukha).

Observe your mind after doing the mantra for a week continuously. When you see the results coming, acknowledge them. Major results are you begin to know things better, you will understand problems better, your ability to solve issues will increase, you tend to become more creative and you begin to turn clear headed and active mentally.

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