CHANTING Chanting has been used as a healing therapy in India for many centuries and is still practiced with great devotion. Chanting involves continuously repeating a mantra loudly and clearly. A mantra is the rhythmic speaking or singing of a word or a sound. The word or sound is the instrument used to cross from a restless mind filled with clutter to a tranquil mind filled with stillness. The practice of chanting creates mental purity.
He is the first among the gods to receive all the honours. He is called Vighnaraja, or Vighnesvara, lord of the obstacles and impediments. Devout Hindus worship him for removal of obstacles. Before starting any particular venture or worshipping other gods, they remember Ganesha, their beloved god. The only exception to this rule is when Shiva is worshipped.
The lovely hymns sung by Gnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar and Sundarar are exclusively found in the Thillai Nataraja temple only. By some historical texts the Thillai Nataraja temple is known to be lord Shiva’s three most significant shrines in India. It is highly glorified and was also visited by patanjali. A very rare and unique worshipping protocol is still followed through, involving six pooja services, in the Thillai Nataraja temple even today, which was originally prescribed by
Shloka 11 of the 14th Chapter of Bhagavad Gita says that a person is under the increasing spell of ‘satwa guna’ when wisdom, purity and illumination originate everywhere in him: “The strengthening of sattwa hastens our approach towards a purer mind, taking it closer to the ‘purusha’ or ‘poorna’ or ‘atman’ aspect of our being. Our idiosyncrasies and biases then begin to be reduced, for satwa is the substance of purity and light itself. And thus we can move closer to understanding things as they are”(Chakraborty 78).But unfortunately both of them are ultimately engulfed by the ‘rajasik’ guna. It is because of his ‘passion for the future’ (The Circle of Reason 53) that Balaram’s search for ‘satwa’ gets entangled with ‘rajas’ or passion. Balaram is overtaken by ‘rajas’ by contracting all of his energy and concentration into attacking/defending Bhudeb Roy while Alu later goes one step further than Balaram in raising war against the background of germ, ‘money’ and thereafter becomes addicted to weaving.
The Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samveda and Atharvaveda. The Rigveda contains hymns which praise gods and other subjects such as the procedure of marriage. Hindus regard the Rigveda as the most important of the Vedas. The Yajurveda consists of prose mantras and sections from the Rigveda. The Yajurveda is more practical then the other Vedas as each mantra required sacrifice of some kind such as a horse.
Hence, there is no iota of doubt that yoga certainly contributes to a happy and disciplined life. I believe, yoga, particularly, meditation is tremendously beneficial for us the students, because, research on yoga has revealed that it sharpens the memory and helps to concentrate in our studies. Pranayama, another manifestation of yoga, is equally useful to all human beings. The Sanskrit word Prana means ‘vital force’ or ‘cosmic energy’. It also signifies ‘life’ or ‘breath’.
This humbled the other deities and extended his authority over the three worlds. The gods appealed to Vishnu for protection and he descended as the dwarf Vamana. During a yajna of the king, Vamana approached him and Bali promised him for whatever he asked. Vamana asked for three paces of land. Bali agreed, and the dwarf then changed his size to that of a giant.
• Repeat it for three nights straight. Then, on the fourth night, use water instead of olive oil to clean your ear. There is also an alternative method. You need: - Q tips - A dropper - Olive oil How to: • Warm the olive oil for a few minutes and allow it to cool down. • Pour this oil in the dropper and insert a few drops in the clogged ear.
Silence swallows sadness, guilt and misery, giving birth to joy, compassion and love and that’s exactly what Buddha’s life was about. He came to take away misery, guilt, fear arrogance and ignorance and to bring back wisdom, strength, beauty, knowledge and peace. Sage Patanjali in his sutras has advised to develop cosmic awareness-from awareness of objects to awareness of subject to awareness of awareness itself i.e PYS I.3.No one can give us that alchemical awareness- no scriptures, authority or religion. It has to be cultivated from within and assimilated so that the root cause is removed like the thorn from the flesh. Mauna helps or gives clarity to our thinking.
Silence is like an upright empty glass that is capable of being filled with, and retaining, the water of knowledge. The Dalai Lama , Tibetan spiritual-political leader in exile. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. Pramukhswami Maharaj , spiritual head of Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha If silence is silver, then to speak of God is golden. Bhagavad Gita 10.38 I am silence among all secrets.