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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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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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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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Devoted Pig doing rounds at Balaji Temple

In hinduism, Reports on December 16, 2008 at 6:16 am
Devoted Pig doing rounds at Balaji Temple.

Devoted Pig doing rounds at Balaji Temple.

Ever seen a devotee doing rounds (pradakshina, parikrama) in a temple continuously for 8 hours? If that is a wonder then this will blow your mind off. Because the devotee who did rounds in the temple non-stop from morning 7 till 6 in the evening was not a human but a pig! Surprised?

This incident happened on Sunday in the sleepy village of Siddhantham in the West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, India. Early in the morning a pig was seen trying to gain entry into the local Balaji temple and was shooed away by the people around. But the undettered pig made entry into the temple unobserved and began to do rounds (parikrama, pradakshina) around the ‘dhwaja stamba’. The villagers were surprised and tickled. They decided to stay and watch how long the pig would continue its eccentricity. But the pig had no intention of leaving. Minutes stretched to hours and the indefatigable pig was still doing rounds. What began as a simple funny event in the morning ended up as a wonder of wonders when the pig was still seen doing rounds at 6 in the evening. After 6 the pig stopped and went away. The surprised villagers talked about the incident for a while and left.

What came next astounded the whole village. Early next morning on Monday the pig came back. This time, instead of going directly to the temple, it first went to the Godavari river nearby and took a bath! Then the wet pig went into the temple and resumed its rounds in the temple. The media was notified and soon the temple was filled with visitors and the press. The undeterred pig went about its rounds until around afternoon it collapsed out of fatigue. The concerned villagers rushed forward and nursed the pig. A few minutes later the pig regained its energy and began its rounds once more. But it collapsed once more and a doctor was called. The doctor diagnosed the pig to be suffering with Encephelomeningitis – an inflammation in the brain and meninges. He pronounced the pig would die in two days.

The village is now in shock and wonder. Some even considered if the pig was the Varaha avatar of Lord Vishnu but the media rejected the proposal. The devotees and the temple management are currently taking care of the fallen pig. The villagers are right now praying at the temple for the recovery of the pig.

Panchavaktra (Panchamukhi) Shiva

In hinduism on December 15, 2008 at 7:19 am

Shiva is majorly seen in five of His aspects – Aghora, Ishana, Tat purusha, Vamadeva (Varna Deva) and Rudra (or Saddyojat). Panchavaktra or Panchamukhi is the combination of all these five forms and is commonly depicted as five-headed.

Aghora is the destructive aspect of Shiva. He is often depicted as the Keeper of burial and cremation grounds and is associated with death. He is said to devour life and make way for new creation or regeneration. He faces South on a Panchamukha Sivalingam.

Ishana is omnipresent and omnipotent. He is depicted as an all-pervading and eternal Shiva. He is cause of creation. He faces the north-east on a Panchamukha Sivalingam.

Tat purusha is the ego aspect of Shiva. Associated with meditation, enlightenment this form is often associated with sages, ascetics and celibacy. He faces east on a Panchamukha Sivalingam.

Vamadeva (Varna Deva) is the female aspect of Shiva. He is graceful and is associated with water. He faces north on a Panchamukha Sivalingam. He is a healer and bestower of health both mental and physical.

Rudra (Sadyojata) is the creative and destructive power of Shiva. He is associated with wrath and anger. He faces west on a Panchamukha Sivalingam.

Panchavaktra or Panchamukhi is the combination of all the five forms. Meditating on Panchamukhi (Panchavaktra) Shiva will bestow the aspirant with good mental health, the ability to see things clearly, protect one from all diseases, purify the mind and body, destroy ignorance and give control over sexual instincts.

The mantra for Panchamukhi Shiva is Shiva Gayatri.

Om Pancahvaktraye Vidmahe
Mahadevaye Dhimahi
Tanno Rudra Prachodayat

Shiva Gayatri and its meaning

In hinduism, Vedic on December 15, 2008 at 6:55 am

Shiva Gayatri is one of the most powerful Gayatri Mantras. It is dedicated to Shiva (Siva, Rudra).
Shiva is the destroyer and the God of sexuality. As a destroyer, Shiva destroys all evils in the body and mind, thus purifying the aspirant. He also makes things clear in the mind which is a natural consequence of destruction of evil in body and mind. Since He is also the god of fertility and sexuality, chanting Shiva gayatri gives the aspirant to control baser instincts like desire for sex, etc.Worship of Shiva dates back to pre-Vedic and Vedic period. He is one of the most powerful forces controlling creation.

Shiva Gayatri:

Om Pancahvaktraye Vidmahe
Mahadevaye Dhimahi
Tanno Rudra Prachodayat

Translation:

We meditate on Mahadeva, may Rudra deirect our minds.

Panchavaktra (or Panchamukha) is combination of all five forms of Shiva. This form of Shiva is depicted as five-headed God. More about Pachavaktra Shiva in the next post.

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Meditate on the Panchavaktra form of Shiva for best benefits. Do the chanting with devotion and focus.

Chant the mantra 108 time everyday and do it for a month.

Acknowledge the results when you see them in you. Your mind tends to become clearer, you begin to understand things better and you will also gain a better control your baser instincts like sexual desire, anger, etc.

Start now! Your change depends on how soon you start.

What is Dattatreya Jayanti?

In hinduism, Vedic on December 12, 2008 at 7:32 am

Today is Dattatreya Jayanti. So who is Dattatreya and what does this Dattatreya Jayanti mean to all who worship him?

Dattatreya Jayanti is celebrated on the full moon day of the Margaseersha (Margashirsha) month. On that day, the feast of Dattatreya is celebrated by his worshippers.

Dattatreya is the combined avatar of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. There is a very interesting story behind the birth of Dattatreya.

Many centuries ago, there lived a rishi (sage, muni) called Atri. His wife Anasuya was very devoted and a pativrata. Narada used to talk a lot about Anasuya and her devotion to her Atri. That made Saraswati, Lakhsmi and Parvati jealous of Anasuya. They decided to really test the strength of Anasuya’s fidelity to her husband Atri. So they requested their husbands Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara (Siva) to test Anasuya.

So Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva (Shankar) disguised themselves as sages and go to pativrat Anasuya’s house when her husband Atri was not at home. Anasuya welcomed the trinity and requests them to stay for lunch.

Brahma, Visnu and Shiva agree to that but they put one condition. They ask Anasuya to serve them naked.

Anasuya is shocked but cannot refuse the sages. But at the same time she is a devoted wife and hence cannot stand naked before three strange men even though the three are sages. Finally Anasuya hit upon a solution. With the power of her sincerity and devotion she turned the trinity
into three babies. She then removed her clothes and served the three babies their food. She treated the babies as if they were her own.

Anasuya’s husband Atri returns and immediately recognizes the babies for who they are. Anasuya tells her husband about the sages. Atri explains to his wife who the three actually were. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva reappear in their own forms and bless the devoted couple. They leave back to the heavens but they also leave a part of themselves in the form of a baby. This baby is named Dattatreya and thus Dattatreya is born.

Dattatreya remained the son of Anasuya and Atri. He grew up to be a sage and a celibate. He remained digambara (naked) throughout his life.

Dattatreya Mantra:

Om Namo Bhagavate Dattaatreyaaya Smarana Maatra Samtushhtaaya

Translation:

Om salutations unto Lord Dattatreya who is appeased by devotion and remembrance

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Kama Gayatri to pep your sex life!

In hinduism, sex life on December 11, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Kama Gayatri is one of the most potent gayatri mantras and has immediate effect upon the chanter. If you are ever suffering from lack of love, whenever you are searching for the right love partner in vain, whenever your sexual life has gone stale – chanting Kama Gayatri is the answer for you. It is the solution for all the troubles associated with desire be it sensual or relational.

It increases the love between husband and wife. It makes you sensual and desirable. It peps up your sexual power and desire. It makes your eyes magnetic and your entire physical body attractive. It works from within your body and mind creating a sensual and charming aura around you that cannot be resisted by the opposite sex.

The fifth note of Krishna’s flute is said to be the Kama Gayatri Mantra. There are interesting stories attached with Kama deva and the Kama gayatri. I shall be posting all of them soon. Meanwhile here is Kama Gayatri for the benefit of all:

klim kamadevaya vidmahe puspa-banaya dhimahi tan no nangah pracodayat

There is also said to be another version of Kama Gayatri. However the one mentioned above is more widely used. Here is the second version of it:

Aum Kamadevaye Vidmahe
Pushpvanaye dhimahi
Tanno Kama Prachodayat

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Do one mala (108 times) per day.

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Dua on Forgiveness

In islam on December 10, 2008 at 4:29 am

Du’a on Forgiveness

Subhanaka tubtu ilaiyka wa ‘ana awwal-ul mu’mineen

Glory be to Thee!  To Thee I turn in repentance, and I am the first to believe
[surah al-A’raf, 7:143]

This dua (Du’a) on Forgiveness first takes mention in surah al-A’raf (7:143). This Du’a must be chanted by the aspirant only when he/she is in repentance and wants to remove his/her sins.

surah al-A’raf is the seventh chapter in the Qur’an (Koran, Quran) and contains 206 verses. It is a Meccan Sura. Meccan sura are those suras that are believed to be chronologically earlier suras that were revealed in Mecca. They mostly occur towards the end of Qur’an and are shorter in lenght. Another kind of sura is the Madinan sura.

This du’a when chanted with devotion and real repentance,is said to wash all sins of the aspirant and fill him with the joy of Almighty.

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The aspirant must truly believe in Allah and must be in repentance. That is the only precondition.

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Varuna Gayatri and its meaning

In hinduism, Vedic on December 4, 2008 at 5:49 am

Lord Varuna is one of the Trinity of the Vedas. He was originally the god of Rta (universal law and celestial order) during the vedic period. He is the supreme keeper of law and cosmic order. Hence Varuna Gayatri is a very powerful mantra that can be used to bring order to your house, family, body, career, education, etc. Since Varuna is also the lord of the waters, it is said chanting the Varuna Gayatri can ward off any harm from water.

Varuna Gayatri is also very beneficial for couples who are always quarreling or having disagreements between them, because the Varuna Gayatri increases the love between man and woman. It is good for newly weds as well as husband and wife who have been married for long.

Likewise chant Varuna Gayatri to get rid of disorders in your body and mind. It is a very powerful mantra and can be chanted at any time of the day.

Here’s the Varuna Gayatri:

Aum Jalbimbaye Vvidmahe
Nila Purushaye Dhimahi
Tanno Varunah Prachodayat

Translation:

Om, Let us meditate on the reflection of water
O person of ocean blue, give me higher intellect
And let the God of water illuminate my mind

As noted in the tranlation, meditating upon the Varuna Gayatri also helps the aspirant find out all evils hidden within the mind and body. There is a legend illustrating this point.

It is said that Sage Vasistha was a very close associate of Lord Varuna. Once the sage committed some sin unconsciously and Varuna, being righteous as ever and undiscriminating in the enforcement of the cosmic order, punished sage Vasistha and cut his friendship with the sage. Sage Vasistha came to realize he committed some sin unconsciously and prayed to Lord Varuna to tell him what the sin was and also free him from the sin.

As the story illustrates, praying to Varuna or chanting Varuna Gayatri brings about illumination for an aspirant and reveals all hidden evils in the aspirant’s body and mind.

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Benefits of Varuna Gayatri:

  • Order is restored in your mind, body, family, house, career, education and any other endeavour you may pursue.
  • Disorders can be removed and dangers from water are also warded.
  • Increases love between man and woman.
  • Reveals inner evils and washes all previous sins away.
  • Reflect or meditate  upon the meaning of Varuna Gayatri or on the aspect of lord Varuna as the keeper of cosmic order while chanting this mantra.

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