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

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.

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Indra Gayatri – security and success in war

In hinduism on November 28, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Indra is the central deity of the Rig Veda and is considered the most valiant in war. Hence it is no surprise that the chant for security during war and attack is Indra Gayatri.

Chanting Indra Gayatri gives one a security and protection in war and also ensure success against the opponent. Here is Indra Gayatri:

Aum Sahasra Netraye Vidmahe
Vajra Hastraye Dhimahi
Tanno Indrah Prachodayat

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You can either type this chant or mentally chant it. If you are mentally chanting use the copy paste method to keep track of your count. Chant a minimum of 108 times and do the chant for 11 days.

You can search for this chant by typing the keywords ‘security’ or ‘indra’ in the search chants page. (Click on ‘Select Available Chants’ to go to the search page.)

Keep your mind focussed and on the words you are chanting. Meditate on the warrior aspects of Indra while you are chanting or typing.

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Om Gan Ganapatye Namah – meaning and purpose

In hinduism on November 26, 2008 at 2:37 pm

This is the mul mantra of Lord Ganesh (also called Ganapathi, Vinayaka, Vigneshwar). This mantra is said to have the power to remove all evil and obstacles.

Origin of the mantra
This mantra was first mentioned in Ganapati Atharvarshisha. Ganapati Atharvarshisha is said to have been written by Atharva Rishi after he had the darshan of Ganapti.

What does it mean?
Om Gan Ganapatye Namah means the devotee bows/ offers salutations to the Lord of the World.

How to pronounce it?
There are quite a few ways over how this mantra should be written, especially its second word ‘gam’. And various authorities stress over different pronunciations.

Here are some ways of pronunciation:

Om gan ganapatye namah
Om gam ganapatye naman
Om gung ganapatye namah

Whatever the pronunciation, the meaning is always the same.

TYPING OM GAN GANAPATYE NAMAH IN 9DOZEN.COM

This mantra removes all evil and obstacles that prevent you from reaching your goals.

Type the keywords ‘evil’, ‘ganapati’ or ‘obstacles’ to find the chant in the search results. Click the add link next to the chant to start your new chant.

Typing this mantra early in the morning can be beneficial. It is one of the best ways to start your day, both for job goers as well as students.

You can also do mental chant and use copy paste method to keep count of your chanting.

Try to type or chant 108 times everyday. And try to do consecutively for 11 days.

Typing the mantra just after bath is very good or very early morning is extremely beneficial.

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Gayatri Mantra and its meaning

In hinduism on November 20, 2008 at 5:52 pm

Gayatri Mantra is one of the oldest and the holiest mantras among Hindus. Traditionally the source for Gayatri Mantra is the vedas. Since the actual verse in the Vedas was in the form of a Vedic chant, it was rephrased many times variously and is still used by Hindus all over the world. It is considered the most powerful mantra by many Hindus. The mantra is also called the ‘Mother of the Vedas’.

Gayatri, also called Savitri,  is five-faced Goddess who presides over the five human senses and hence protects the five life forces of any aspirant who chants her mantra with devotion and focus. Lord Krishna, in Bhagvad Gita, says to Arujuna ‘Among all mantras, I am the Gayatri’.

Here is the mantra and a list of its common interpretations:

Aum bhur bhuwah swaha tat savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dheemahi dhiyo yo naha prachodayat

Translation/Interpretation:
May the Almighty God illuminate our intellect to lead us along the righteous path

Other interpretations:

Interpretation of the Mantra by Sir William Jones

“Let us adore the supremacy of that Divine Sun, the Godhead, who illuminates all, who recreates all, from whom all proceed, to whom all must return, whom we invoke to direct our understanding aright in our progress towards his holy seat.”

Interpretation of the Mantra by the Arya Samaj

“O God, Thou art the giver of life, the remover of pain and sorrow, the bestower of happiness; O Creator of the Universe, may we receive Thy supreme sin-destroying light; may Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.”

Interpretation of Mantra in the Brahmo religion

As Savitr in the original Sanskrit may be interpreted in two ways, first as the sun, secondly as the “originator or creator”, Raja Ram Mohan Roy and Maharshi Debendranath Tagore used that word in the second sense. Interpreted in their way the whole formula may be thus rendered :

“We meditate on the worshipable power and glory of Him who has created the earth, the nether world and the heavens (i.e. the universe), and who directs our understanding.”

Gayatri Mantra removes all obstacles in your path and bestows you with wisdom and spiritual growth.


TYPING GAYATRI MANTRA ON 9DOZEN.COM

This mantra can be chanted during the three sandhyas of a day i.e., dawn, midday and dusk. Its very beneficial to chant or type the mantra 108 times. However, you can also chant it for 3, 9 or 18 times.

Take your time to type or chant the mantra. Read through the mantra and chant it mentally while typing.

Type or chant with devotion and focus. Medidate on the meaning of the chant or on the aspect of Gayatri Devi.

You can upload a picture of Gayatri Devi or you can select it from our user images database.

You can either type the mantra or ‘chant, copy, paste‘ the mantra if you are chanting for 108 times per day.

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Navakar Mantra for humility

In Jainism on November 19, 2008 at 5:50 pm

Navakar Mantra (alternatively known as Namokar Mantra, Namaskar Mantra or Navkar Mantra) is the central mantra of Jains. By chanting this mantra an aspirant is offering respects to five spiritual guides or masters called Panch Parmesthi together. These five people are Arihantas, Siddhas, Acharyas, Upadyayas and Sadhus or Sadhvis. The most important point to note here is that the mantra makes no mention of any names of any specific people including Tirthankaras and Siddhas. The reason for this is that the mantra seeks to guide an aspirant’s focus on to the virtues and spiritual aspects of the Panch Parmesthi rather than on the names and lives of earlier spiritual guides. It is common belief among Jains that by chanting this mantar and striving to emulate the virtues of Panch Parmesthi, the aspirant will become inspired and be shown the path to liberation.

Let us look at the mantra, its meaning and the Panch Parmesthi a bit more closely:

Mantar:

Namo Arihantânam
Namo Siddhânam
Namo Âyariyânam
Namo Uvajjhâyanam
Namo Loe Savva Sahûnam
Eso Panch Namokkaro, Savva Pâvappanâsano
Mangalanam Cha Savvesim, Padhamam Havai Mangalam

English Translation:
I bow to the Arihantas (Prophets).
I bow to the Siddhas (Liberated Souls).
I bow to the Acharyas (Preceptors or Spiritual Leaders).
I bow to the Upadhyaya (Teachers).
I bow to all the Sadhus (Saints).
This fivefold bow (mantra) destroys all sins and obstacles
and of all auspicious mantras, is the first and foremost one.

I bow to the Arihantas – Arihantas means prophets. The word is made of two root words – Ari and Hanta. Ari means ememies and hanta means destroyer. Hence Arihanta is literally Destroyer of Enemies. But just like no mention of actual prophets or gurus is made in the mantar, here too enemies means human vices in each of us rather than real physical enemies. Thus Arihant is a person who has successfully destroyed his ego, anger, physical craving, greed, etc.

I bow to the Siddhas
– Liberated people. People who have attained salvation and who have broken free of the chain of birth and death. They are said to be free from the karmic debt and do not collect any more karmas.

I bow to the Acharyas – Spiritual leaders are those people who carry the word and message of the Tirthankaras. Since the last Tirthankara was Mahavira, Acharyas after him are all those who dedicate their life to spreading and upholding the message Lord Mahavira.

I bow to all the Upadhyaya – Upadhyayas are teachers who have complete knowledge of Agamas, the Jain scriptures. They are also teachers because they teach the scriptures to other aspirants.

I bow to all the Sadhus – A sadhu or sadhvi is a man or a woman who was previously a householder and who subsequently, having been disillusioned with the material life, has given up worldly matters for the sake of spiritual upliftment.

TYPING NAVAKAR MANTAR ON 9DOZEN.COM

You can type this mantra anytime of the day. However, it is important that you set aside separate time everyday for chanting this mantra as repeated chanting at the same time of the day will bring results quickly.

You can type or ‘chant, copy, paste‘ this mantra. It is important that when you type this mantar you contemplate on the virtues and spiritual aspects of each guide you are bowing to.

You can type this mantra any number of times per day. Try to be punctual and chant a minimum number of times in every session.

Navakar Mantar will bring humility in a person and helps in removing the egoistic nature of the mind. Hence you also become tend to become a more understanding person. Also, as stated in the mantra, chanting it will destroy one’s sins and will remove all obstacles hindering your progress.

Start now! Delaying only results in postponement of progress.

Waheguru means Almighty God

In Sikhism on November 18, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Waheguru (alternatively pronounced as Vahiguru or Vahguru) is the Gurumantar for Sikhs. It is also called Mool Mantar or Mul Mantar. It is a reference to God. Literal meaning of the word is ‘Wonderful Lord’ in Gurumuki language. The term is made from two root words – Wah and Guru.

Wah is an expression of wonder, while Guru means teacher (spiritual/enlightened teacher in this context). ‘Waheguru’ occurs 18 times in Shri Guru Granth Sahib.  Other names used are Onkar, Satguru (true teacher), Satnaam (true name), Rama, Rahman and Purushah.

Guru Granth Sahib has a verse explains that God is one and is only referred to by different names by different people. Here is the verse:

Koyi Bole Ram Ram, Koyi Khuda
Koyi Seve Gosain, Koyi Allah
Kaaran Karan Kareem
Kirpa Taar Raheem

Translation:

Some call (you) Ram Ram, Some Khuda
Some serve (you) as the Gosain, some Allah
You alone are the cause of everything
Shower your mercy and Compassion (on me)

Other names for God in Sikhism are: OnKar, Nir-vair, Akaal-moorat and Gobind.  Waheguru is used in meditation and chanting by Sikhs. Chanting can be mental, verbal with or without a rosary. By repeating it egoism is cast out and one becomes humble.

Typing Waheguru on 9Dozen.com

There are two ways to take up chanting of Waheguru on 9Dozen.com. One, you can type the word repeatedly in the chant box for a set number of times everyday.

Alternatively, if you prefer mental chanting you can use the ‘chant, cut, paste’ method of chanting. In this method you copy the Gurumantar text, then, for every mental repetition you paste the mantar into the chant box and press enter. That way you can keep count of how many times you have chanted it without trying to hold the numbers in your mind which is quite distracting. In the end you can simply know  your count by looking at the count number above your chant box.

Early morning is one of the best times to chant the Gurumantar since chanting it also calms your mind and brings peace of mind. You can remain calm and relaxed the rest of the day. But if you find it difficult to keep up the early morning chant, then you can follow any time that is convenient for you. However, it would be very beneficial if you can type the chant for a few minutes before beginning your daily work.

Concentrate on the meaning of the word while you are typing. Try to reflect on the aspect of a Supreme Creator. By chanting Waheguru your ego is subdued and you become humble.

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What is the correct spelling for my chant/mantra?

In FAQs on November 17, 2008 at 9:59 am

Confusion over the spelling of chants usually arises when the chant is in another language – like Sanskrit, Arabic, Latin, Urdu, etc. The way such chants are written in English varies from region to region. Follow your local custom or write a spelling that you feel is right. You may follow the shortly spelled word for the purpose of reducing your typing time for each chant. However, see to it the meaning and the sound of the chant remain the same.

How to use the Chants feature?

In FAQs on November 17, 2008 at 9:55 am

There are two ways you can make use of the Chants feature. One way is to use it to type your favorite mantra or chant over and over for as many times you are supposed to. Another way is ‘chant copy paste’ method. In this method you use this Chant feature to mentally repeat the chant you want and then copy paste that chant in the Chant box to keep count of number of times you repeated the chant mentally.

The typing method can be more effective but you can also do mental chant at times when your schedule is busy.

Can I type chants from my office?

In FAQs on November 16, 2008 at 10:47 am

9Dozen enables you to type from anywhere and anytime. However, we recommend you avoid your spiritual sessions interfering with your work or study. If your sessions interfere with your daily business, you may feel pressured to give up your sessions sooner or later.

But yes, it is a good idea to type a few chants before you begin your work or study just so you can relax and learn to focus your mind.

Is there a prescribed time to type chants?

In FAQs on November 16, 2008 at 10:37 am
You can type chants anytime you want. 9Dozen’s very purpose is to provide the means for its members to type their chants anytime and anywhere. Some prefer to do it early in the morning, some prefer to type before going to bed at night. There are people who do it twice or thrice a day. But your religion may prescribe a certain time for a particular chant.

It is beneficial to stick to a particular time daily to type the chants or prayers. It is also beneficial if you type the chant everyday just before you begin your work, study or other important tasks. In such cases, choose a chant that is either your God’s name or chants of peace.