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Yoga today is accepted across globe as a beneficial practice. It is widely misunderstood as a form of exercise for weight loss. The benefits are infinite and weight loss or good health is only a small by-product only.

Yoga is a Sanskrit word which when translated into English means “union”. Union with what? With the ultimate or God or Infinity. It cannot be explained but has to be experienced. It is like explaining the taste of Mango to someone who has not even seen the fruit.

Origin of Yoga is as old as the starting of mankind. A proper documentation is done by saga “Pathanjali”. His compilation is called “Yoga Suthra”. Yoga science is based on “Sthoola” (Physical) and “Sookshma” (Astral or minute) components. For example Sthoola denotes our physical body and Sookshma is our subtle body or soul.

Shape of the bricks are same but we can design any type of building or house using them. So bricks are the basic elements for buildings , bridges and all structures.

According to Yoga the basic elements of all universe (Not limited to our small Earth !!! ) are the “ Pancha Bhoothas”. Pancha means Five(5) and Bhoothas means Elements.

What are they ?

Fire

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Air

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Space / Ether

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Earth

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Water

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Science of Yoga says all living , non living , universe and astral bodies are associated with these 5 basic elements. Pancha bhoothas are arranged or “designed” to form all the above mentioned forms, including human beings. Billions of permutations and combinations are possible with these 5 elements and that is the reason why we see so much variety in this world and across universe.

Human form is also a combination of Panchabhoothas and when this balance is disturbed we feel the effect in the form diseases – either physical or that which affecting our mind.

Knowingly or unknowingly these 5 elements are associated with our daily life in many ways.

Few examples are stated here:

If you observe daily rituals in a temple it is closely associated with Panchabhoothas.

Fire – Lamp

Air – Dhoopam Stick / Agarbatthi / Blowing of Conch (Shankhu)

Space – Flowers

Earth – Offering to Deity ( Prasad / Fruits )

Water – Theertham

Five fingers in each hand represent Panchabhoothas. When we say Namasthe, all fingers touch together. Indirectly we are doing Yoga, to bring together the 5 elements. This is a Yoga Mudra. ( Will soon post a separate article elaborating about Yoga Mudras and their healing effects)

Panchabhoothas are also linked to our body

Fire – Hunger / Desires

Air – Breathing

Space –  Mind / Thoughts

Earth – Physical body (Muscles , Bones, Organs )

Water – Blood

In Vassthu Shasthra (Ancient Indian science/architecture for designing Buildings) 5 elements are represented at the following positions :

Fire – South East

Air – North West

Space –  Center Portion

Earth – South West

Water – North East

When we harmonize 5 elements in our house or building through Vasthu , peace and prosperity prevails at that place.

So when we try to understand these basic elements and keep them healthy and balanced all the superficial symptoms (Which modern Medical science calls as diseases) can be completely avoided.

By balancing the 5 elements we can live a peaceful life free of medicines and ailments.

Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu !!!!

Namasthe !!!

Hi All….

2012 is moving out leaving back lot of memories…..

Lets Welcome 2013 with Hope & Prayers

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU !!!!!

LOKA SAMASTHA SUKHINO BHAVANTHU !!!

(Good wishes to all on earth)

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Pradakshinam is a ritual done by every Hindu on a daily basis , while visiting a temple or doing a pooja. Pradakshinam has to be done at temple in such a way that the deity or god is always on the right side (Dakshina) of your body. Hence the name “Pra-Dakshina”.

Pradakshina Manthra – To be chanted while doing the pradakshinam :

Yani kani cha papani                      (Sins ,whatever it may be)
Janmanthara krithani cha             (done in this and previous births)

Thani thani vinashyanthi              (all of them be destroyed)
Pradakshinam pade pade             (by doing Pradakshinam- step by step)

yani kani–whatever; ca–and; papani–sins; Janmantara – this birth and earlier births; kritani – done (by me); ca–also, tani tani–all of them; vinashyanti — are destroyed; pradaksinam– (by) the self circumambulation ; pade pade–at every step.

This Sloka says that Pradakshina will distroy all sins. Pradakshinam is nothing but a way to bow down to the Aathma (purusha) residing inside your physical body. By doing so all your sins are cleansed. It also helps you to be aware of the presence of divine energy with in you.

While doing pooja at home you can do “Aathma  Pradikshanam “ , if you don’t have space.This is done by rotating clockwise 3 times while chanting the above mentioned Pradakshina Manthra.

Shiva purana says that “Rudraksh” is the gift of Lord Shiva to mankind.

It’s name is derived from the combination of 2 Sanskrit  words :

Rudra and Aksha.

Rudra means Lord Shiva and Aksha means eye.

It means Rudraksha originated from the eyes of Lord Shiva as tears and bhoomi devi conceived his tears as the  rudrakha tree.

Rudraksha Trees:

Ripe fruits of Rudraksha tree :-

How Beads are derived from these fruits :

Where it is found :

It is abundantly found near the abode of Lord Shiva – Kailash or Himalayas (Nepal).

It is also found in India , China, Srilanka,Africa,Indonesia etc.

How to find original Rudraksha beads :

Because of its popularity, counter feet rudrakshas are abundant in the market for sale.

They either carve rudrakha design on to a wooden bead or use heavy metals like lead to make other look alike to be passed on as originals.

Tantrics and Yogis can identify the Power of Rudrakshas by keeping Rudraksha in their fist and observing pulse (Nadi spandana) . That is impossible for normal persons.

Below mentioned simple tests can be used by anyone to find out Original Rudraksha.

There are 4 traditional methods to select genuine rudraksh :

1)    Copper Test

Original Rudraksha is blessed with a natural magnetic field around it’s edges.

Keep rudrakha between 2 copper plates/coins and you can see mild deflection or rotation of the seed due to its magnetic properties.

Instructions :

Place Rudraksha on one coin vertically with it’s poles facing up and down.

Bring the second  copper coin slowly, so that you can see the movement.

Evaluating outcome:

Original Rudraksha must rotate in Clockwise direction (Pradakshina). There will be some Rudrakshas which will rotate Anti-clockwise (Apradakshina). Discard  them. Eventhough they are also Rudrakshas ,they will have Negative energy.

If you don’t see any movement or deflection then the bead is either damaged or fake.

2) Water Test

Seeds of any tree will float in water.

Put the Rudraksha  into a container filled with water or milk.Eventhough it is a seed , original will sink to the bottom.Rudraksha beads from unripe fruits will also float on water. But they are useless.

Please note that this test alone is not safe now because of clever counter feats – made using wood or implanted with heavy metals.

3) Temperature test:

It is a simple test which highlights an important property of Rudraksha. Place Rudraksha in a glass of water (just enough to cover Rudraksha). Record temperature by using a Thermometer. Record the temperature after 30 minutes. If the Rudraksha used is original ,you can observe 1 or 2 degrees centigrade rise of temperature.

4) Test using Milk :

This  is a time consuming test. Place Rudraksha in a glass of fresh milk. Test the milk after 2 days. The milk will not get spoiled. Some quality Rudrakshas can protect milk for even 3 days. Ek mukhi Rudraksha will work for 5 to 7 days!!!

All said and done , the luck to have in possession an original rudraksha is greatly determined by your karmas and blessings from guru and god.

So keep praying sincerely to Shiva and he will drop few of his tears for you.

You can order genuine Rudrakhas from this below link of Isha Foundation:

( Note : This is not  for profit organisation and no personal gain is intended)

 http://www.india.ishashoppe.com/categories/Isha-Rudraksha/cid-CU00011683.aspx

Shambho Mahadeva !!!!!!!

Adithya / Surya  (Sun god) is the light of our planet.Life cannot exist with out his grace on earth.Trees cannot bear fruit (by photosynthesis) if sunlight is not available.

In short all life forms on earth depend on him to survive , yet we take him for granted.

It is believed that chanting ” Aditya hrudaya ” mantra will protect you from enemies and always keep you healthy.

Adithya Hryudaya Manthra :

Santhapa Nasha Kaaraya Namaha

Andhakarantha Kaaraya Namo Namaha

Chinthamane Chidha Aananthaayathe Namaha

Neehara Naasha Kaaraya Namo Namaha

Moha Vinasha Kaaraya Namo Namaha

Shanthaya Raudraya Saumyaya Khoraya

Kanthimatham Kanthi Roopayathe Namaha

Sthavara Jangama Charchayayathe Namaha

Devaya Vishwyka Sakshinethe Namaha

Sathya Pradhanaya Tatwayathe Namaha

Sathya Swaroopaya Nithyam Namo Namaha.

Note : Recite this mantra only between the time period – From sunrise (morning) up to 12pm(Mid-day).Please don’t chant this after 12pm as the sun starts his decent towards sun set.

Lalithambika

Lalitha Sahasranamam (1000 names of devi) is a secret and very sacred text or mantra in Hindu religion.This mantra has been revealed to mankind through the discussion between lord Hayagriva and the great saga Agasthya.
It is very popular and many of us recite it on a daily basis or at least on Friday.[If you don’t have a copy of this mantra please get it from here : Lalitha Sahasranama Stotram or put a comment and we will mail you a soft copy free of cost.We also have this in other regional languages]

Though we chant this often many of us doesn’t know why we do this and the benefits we acquire by doing this.Here is an attempt to summarize the benefits (both materialistic and Spiritual) of chanting Lalitha Sahasranama as per the “Phalasruthi” [ Sanskrit for “results” ] given in Devi Bhagavatham and Devi Puranam:

Lalitha Sahasranama Phala Sruthi
[The effect of reciting the thousand names of  this mantra ]
Courtesy & Translation by P. R. Ramachander

[Unlike Vishnu sahasranama, where phala sruthi is the part of the stotra, in the case of Laitha Sahasranama, phala sruthi is the next chapter and separate from it. So it is not recited along with the thousand names of Lalitha. ]

Nama sahasram khaditham they ghatothbhava,
Rahasyaanam rahasyam cha Lalitha preethi dayakam,
Aanena sadrusam stotram na bhootham na bhavishyathi. 1

These 1000 names which were told, Oh Agasthya,
Are secret of the secrets and are very dear to Lalitha.
This type of prayer has never existed in the past or will never exist in future.

Sarva roga prasamanam sarva sampath pravardhanam,
Sarvaapath mruthyu shamanam akala mruthyu nivaranam. 2

This cures all diseases and gives rise to all types of wealth,
It cures all accidental deaths and is an antidote to untimely death.

Sarva jwararthi hananam deergayushya pradhayakam,
Puthra pradhama puthraanaam purushartha pradhayakam. 3

It is a cure for all types of fever, and gives rise to long life,
It will bless you with  son (that too first son) and gives three types of wealth.

Yidham visesharidevya sthothram preethi vidhatakam,
Japen nityam prayathnena lalithopasthi thath para. 4

This special prayer of goddess which pleases Lalitha Devi very much ,
Should be chanted daily after worshipping of Lalitha.

Pratha snathwa vidhathena sandhya karma samapya cha,
Pooja gruhe thatho gathwa chakra rajam samarchayeth 5

Take bath in the morning, finish the oblations of the dawn,
Go to the prayer room and first worship the Sree Chakra.

Vidhyam japeth sahasram vaa trishtatha shathameva cha,
Rahasya naama saahasra midham paschad paden nara. 6

Chant the Sri Vidya mantra either 100 times or 400 times,
And then these secret thousand names should be read.

Janama madhye sakruchapi ya yevam padathe sudhee,
Thasya punya phalam vakshye srunu thwam Kumbha Sambhava. 7

Oh, Sage born out of the pot, please hear the results,
Of reading these in the middle of life by devotees.

Gangadhi sarva theertheshu ya snayath koti janmasu,
Koti linga prathishtam thu ya kuryadh vimukthake. 8
Kurukshethre thu yo dadyath koti vaaram ravi gruhe,
Koti sournabharanam srothreeyeshu dwijanmasu 9

Ya kotim hayamedhanaa maharedh gaangarodhasee,
Achareth koopa kotiyom nirjare maru bhoothale. 10

Durbhikshe ya prathi dhinam koti brahmana bhojanam,
Sradhaya parayaa kuryath sahasra parivathsaraan. 11

The devotee would get the effect of taking bath in sacred rivers like Ganga,
Or One crore times and also the same effect as consecrating one crore lingas.
Or One crore times giving in Kurukshetra on Sundays giving,
One crore gold ornaments to the twice born who has learned Vedas,
Or doing one crore Aswa medha yagas in the shores of the Ganges
Or digging one crore wells with water in the deserts,
Or feeding one crore Brahmins daily during the famine,
Or doing with great attention training/teaching one thousand children.

Thath punyam koti gunitham labhyeth punyamanuthamam,
Rahasya nama saahasre namno apyekasya keerthanaath, 12

One crore times the good effect of doing all these matchless blessings,
Would be got even by chanting one name out of the one thousand secret names.

Rahasya nama saahasre namaikaapi ya padeth,
Thasya paapani nasyanthi mahanthyaapi na samsaya. 13

Even if one name among the thousand secret names is read,
All the sins committed by him would be destroyed without doubt.

Nithya karmanushtaana nishidhakaranadhapi,
Yath paapam jayathe pumsam thath sarva nasyathi drutham. 14

Even the sin caused by very bad act of not doing the daily sacred routines,
Would go away and all the sins would be destroyed speedily.

Bahunathra kimukthena srunu thwam kalasi sutha,
Aathraika namne yaa shakthi pathakaanaam nivarthathe,
Thannivarthya magham karthum naalam loka schadurdasa. 15

Oh sage Agasthya, please hear from me how most people would get free,
By chanting according to their capability for getting rid of sins,
For these, without any doubt would remove sins committed in the fourteen lokas,

Yasthyakthwa nama sahasaram papa hani mabhhepsathi,
Sa hi seethe nivrthyartha hima shailam nishevathe. 16

Those who are desirous of getting rid of their sins,
If they hate to chant the thousand names,
It is like going to Himalayas to get rid of cold.

Bhaktho ya keerthyen nithya midham nama sahasrakam,
Thasmai sri lalitha devi preethabheeshtam prayachathi. 17

Devotees who daily sing these thousand names,
Would be blessed by Lalitha Devi by fulfilling their wishes.

Akeerthayennidham sthothram kadham bhaktho bhavishyathi. 18

How can he who does not sing them be a devotee?

Nithyam keerthanashaktha keerthayeth punya vasare,
Samkrathou vishuve chaiva swajanma thrithayeyane.
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People who cannot sing it daily should chant it on special occasions,
Viz first of every month, first of the new year and the three birthdays.*
* Self, wife and son

Navamyaam vaa chathurdasyam sithaayaam shukravasare,
Keerthyen nama sahasram pournamasyaam viseshatha. 20

On Navami or on Chathurdasi or Fridays of the waxing moon,
And on the full moon day singing this is very special.

Pournamasyam chandra Bhimbhe dhyathwa sri lalithaambikaam,
Panchopacharai sampoojya paden nama sahasrakam. 21

Sarva roga pranasyanthi deergamayuscha vindhathi,
Ayam aayushkaro nama prayoga kalpanoditha, 22

On the full moon day facing the full moon and meditating on Lalitha,
Offer the five oblations and by reading the thousand names,
All diseases will vanish, long life would be given,
And accompany this with the Aayushkara prayoga*
* rite to get long life

Jwarartha shiirasimsprushtwa paden nama sahasrakam,
Thath kshnaath yaathi shiraamsthadho jwaropi cha. 23

He who has fever, if he touches his head and chants the thousand names,
At that moment the fever would descend away from the head and vanish.

Sarva vyadhi nivruthyartha sprushtwa bhasma japedhidham,
Thad bhasma dharanadeva nasyanthi vyadhaya kshanaath. 24

For getting rid of diseases touch holy ash and chant the thousand names,
And by wearing that ash all diseases would immediately be cured.

Jalam samanthrasya kumbhastham nama sahasratho mune,
Aabhishichedha graham grasthaan graham nasyanthi thath kshanaath. 25

Storing the water in a pot, and chanting the thousand names, oh sage,
And anointing oneself with that water would remove all problems created by planets*.

* Graha Doshas , Sade Sathi , Shani Dosha , Kala Sarpa dosha etc.

Sudha sagara madhyastham dhyathwa Sri Lalithambikaam,
Ya paden nama sahasram visham thasya vinasyathi. 26

Meditating on Goddess Lakshmi and goddess Lalithambika,
If the thousand names are read, effect of poison will vanish.

Vandhyaanaam puthralabhaaya, nama saahasra manthridham,
Navaneetham pradadyathu, puthralabho bhaved druvam. 27

For blessing with a son,for the lady who does not conceive,
Chant the thousand names and offer butter to the God,
By this she will be blessed with a son soon.

Rajakarshana kaamasche drajavasadha ding mukha, 28

Trirathram cha padeth ethad, sridevi dhyana thathpara,
Sa raja paravasyena thurangam vaa matham gajam. 29

Aarohya yathi nikatam dasavath prani pathya cha,
Thasmai rajyam cha kosam dadhya deva vasangatha. 30

For attracting the king (people with authority/Rulers) , face the palace of the king,And read the thousand names meditating on the Goddess,
And then the king would be under your control, would ride a horse or elephant,Come to your side, would salute and serve you,
And offer you his country or a state of his country*.

*Your words/requests will not be turned down by any one – even by people of influence or those who are in powerful positions in society.

Rahasya nama sahasram ya keerthyathi nithyasa,
Than mukhaloka mathrena muhye loka thrayam mune. 31

As soon as they see the face of one who chants,
The thousand secret names daily, the saints salute him.

Yasthvidham nama sahasram sakruth padathi bhakthiman,
Thasya yea sasthravasthesham nihantha Sharabheswara. 32

The enemies of the devotee who reads these thousand names.
Would be killed by arrows by Sharabheswara *.

*Your dis-tractors/enemies will not succeed against you.

Yo vabhicharam kuruthe nama sahasra padake,
Nivarthya thath kriyaam hanyatham vai prathyangira swayam. 33

He who does black magic against one who reads the thousand names,
Would be killed by Prathyangira devi herself for protecting the devotee*.

* Prathyangira devi – Most fierce and powerful avatar of Devi

Yea Kroora drushtya veekshanthe nama sahasra padakam,
Thaan andhaan kuruthe ksipram swayam marthanda bhirava. 34

He who sees with cruelty the one who reads these thousand names,
Would be made blind,immediately by Marthanda Bhairava himself *.

*Those who plan ill deeds against the one who chants this will be distracted or blinded by other thoughts that he will not be able to execute his plans.

Dhanam yo harathe chorair nama sahasra japeen,
Yathra kuthra sthiram vaapi Kshethra palo nihanthi thaam. 35

He who steals the wealth of one who reads these thousand names,
Wherever he hides would be killed by The Kshethra pala.

Vidhyasu kuruthe vadham yo vidwan nama jaapeena,
Thasya vak sthambhanam sadhya karothi Nakuleshwari. 36

He who argues with the learned man, who reads the thousand names,
Would be made dumb immediately by Nakuleshwari *

* Nobody can win argument against the devotee who chants Lalitha      Sahasranamam

Yo raja kuruthe vairam nama sahasra japeen,
Chathuranga balam thasya Dandinee samhareth swayam. 37

The army of the king who attacks the one who reads thousand names,
As an enemy would be immediately destroyed by Dandinee herself.

Ya paden nama saahasram shan masam bhakthi samyutha,
Lakshmi chanchalya rahitha sada thishtathi thad gruhe. 38

He who reads these thousand names daily for six months with devotion.
Will have the fickle minded Goddess of wealth, live in his house permanently.

Masamekam prathi dhinam, thri vaaram ya paden nara,
Bharathi thasya jihvagre range nruthyathi nithyasa. 39

He who reads it daily for one month or at least three weeks,
Will have Saraswathi the goddess of intelligence dancing on the tip of his toungue.

Ya paden nama saaharam janma madhye sakrunnera,
Thad drushi gochara sarve muchyathi sarva kilbihai. 40

The one who reads these thousand names in the middle of his life,
Would be able to see everything and all his sins would be pardoned.

Yo vethi naama sahaasram thasmai dheyam dwijanmane,
Annam vasthram dhanam dhanyam nanyebhyasthu kada chana. 41

He who makes the thousand names as his,would be made the twice born,
Get food, cloths, wealth, cereals and all that he wishes.

Sri manthra rajam yo vethi sri chakram ya samarchathi,
Ya keerthayathi naamaani tham sath pathram vidhur budha, 42

He who learns the king of sri Manthras and offers it to Sri Chakram,
And sings these thousand names, would be considered as holy by the learned.

Thasmai dheyam prayathnena Sri Devi preethimichata,
Ya keerthayathi namaani manthra rajam na vethi ya. 43

To him the goddess would give with love, whatever he wants,
Who sings these names and learns the king of Manthras.

Pasu thulya sa vijneya thasmai datham nirarthakam,
Pareekshya vidhya vidhusha thasmai dadhya dwichakshana. 44

There is no point in giving this Mantra to animal like people,
And it should be given to those who are learned and wise.

Sri manthra raja sadruso yadha manthro na vidhyathe,
Devatha lalitha thulyaa yadhaa nasthi ghatodhbhava. 45

There are no chants which are equal to Sri Mantra Raja,
And there is no goddess equivalent to Lalitha, Oh Agasthya.

Rahasya nama saahasra thulyaa nasthi thadha sthuthi,
Likhithwa pusthake yasthu nama saahasram uthamam . 46

Samarchayed sada bhakthya thasya thushyathi Sundari,
Bahunathra kimukthena srunu thwam Kumbha sambhava. 47

There is no prayer as great as the secret thousand names,
And he who writes it in a book, these thousand names,
And submits to her, would make the pretty one happy,
And please hear much more about it, Oh sage Agasthya.

Naanena sadrusam stotram sarva thanthreshu vidhyathe,
Thasmad upasako nithyam keerthyedhida madarath, 48

There is no such prayer any where in literature of Thanthra,
And so those who practice Thanthra sing it with devotion daily.

Yebhir nama sahasthraishtu Sri Chakram yo aarchayedh sakruth,
Padmair va thulasee pushpai, kalhaarai vaa, kadambakai. 49

Champakair jathee mallika kara veerakai.
Uthpalai bilwa pathrer vaa, kunda kesara patalai. 50

Aanyai sugandhi kusumai kethaki madhavee mukhai,
Thasya punya phalm vakthum na saknothi Mahesvara. 51

Even Lord Shiva would not be able to tell adequately,
The effect of worshipping the Sri Chakra using the thousand names,
With lotus, leaves of Thulasi, Kalharraa, kadambha flowers,
Jasmine, Champak, Kara veera, Uthpala leaves of Bilwa.
Jasmine buds and Kesara flowers,
And other scented flowers like lots, Kethaki Madavee Mukha,

Sa vethi Lalitha devi saw chakrarchanajam phalam,
AAnye kadham vijaaneeyur Brahmadhyaa swalpa medhasa. 52

Only Goddess Lalitha can tell some thing about the result of worshipping her chakra,
And possibly Lord Brahma may be able to narrate it to certain extent.

Prathi masam pournamasya mabhir nama sahasrakai,
Rathrou yas chakra rajastha marchayeth para devathaam, 53

Sa yeva lalitha roopa sthad roopa lalitha swayam,
Na thayo vidhyathe bhedho bedha ckruth papakruth bhavedh. 54

In every month during the full moon day, if she is worshipped,
By the thousand names, in the night on the Sri Chakra,
He would himself have the form of The goddess Lalitha,
And he cannot be seen as another one, for it is a sin to see him as anything else.

Maha navamyam yo bhaktha Sri Devi chakra madhyagaam,
Archaye nnama saahasrai sthasya mukthi kare sthithaa. 55

That devotee who worships her on mahanavami day,
On the Sri Chakra using these thousand names,
Would certainly attain salvation.

Yasthu nama sahasrena Shukra vare samarchayeth,
Chakra rajo maha devim thasya punya phalam srunu. 56

If these thousand names are dedicated on Friday,
To the Sri Chakra of the goddess, please hear the benefits.

Sarvan kaamaan vpyeha, sarva soubhagya samyutha,
Puthra pouthradhi samyuktho bhukthwa bhogaan yadepsithaan. 57

All your desires would be fulfilled,
You would lead a life with all blessings,
You would be surrounded by sons and grand sons,
And enjoy all the pleasures of life.

AAnthe lalitha devya sayujyam adhi durlabham,
Prathaneeyam shivadhyaischa prapnothyeva na samsaya, 58

At the end you would get salvation under Lalitha, which is difficult to obtain,
And get all benefits of praying Gods like Shiva without any doubt.

Ya sahasram Brahmanaana mebhir nama sahasrakai,
Samarchaya bhojayedh bhakthya payasa poopa shad rasai. 59

Thadsmai preenaathi Lalitha swasamrajyam prayachathi.
Na thasya durlabham vasthu thrishulokeshu vidhyathe. 60

Dedicating these thousand names to thousand Brahmins,
Feeding them with sweet Payasam, Vada made out of black gram,
And a meal which is blessed with all six tastes,
Would make one dear to Goddess Lalitha,
And she would bless you with her kingdom,
And there would be nothing in the three worlds,
That would be difficult to get to this man.

Nishkama keerthayedhyasthu nama Sahasramuthamam,
Brahma jnana mavapnothi yena muchyathe bandanath. 61

He who chants these thousand names,
Without any desires or attachments,
Would get the knowledge of Brhamam,
And would be released from the bonds of life.

Dhanarthi dhanam aapnothi, Yasorthi prapnuyath yasa,
Vidhyarthi cha aapnuyath vidhya, nama sahasra keerthanaath. 62

One who wants money would get money,
One who wants fame would get fame,
And one who wants knowledge would get knowledge,
By singing these thousand names.

Naanena sadhrusham sthothram Bhoga moksha pradham mune,
Keethaneeyamidham thasmad bhoga mokshadhibhir narai, 63

There is no prayer similar to this one,
Which would give pleasures and salvation, Oh sage,
For men by singing these thousand names,
Would get both pleasures as well as salvation.

Chathurashrama nishtaicha keerthaneeyamidham sada,
Swadharma samanushtaana vaikalya paripoorthaye. 64

In all the four stages of life*,
Singing these thousand names,
And also following one’s own Dharma,
Would help reach his goal without any problem.

* 4 Stages – Baalyam , Youvanam , Grahasthashramam , Vanaprastham , Sanyasam

Kalou papaika bahule dharmanushtana varjathe,
Namanu keerthanam mukthwa nrunaam nanya paraayanam. 65

In the age of Kali*, when all Dharmas are forsaken,
Men would get salvation by singing these names and no other.

* This Yuga – Kali Yuga

Loukeekath vachanath mukhyam Vishnu nama keerthanam,
Vishnu nama saharaischa Shiva namaikamuthamam. 66

In the family life it is important to sing the names of Vishnu,
But better than singing names of Vishnu is singing names of Shiva.

Shiva nama sahasraischa devyaa namaikamuthamam,
Devi Nama sahasraani kotisa santhi Kumbhaja. 67

Better than the thousand names of Shiva are the names of the Devi,
And Oh Agasthya, the thousand names of Devi are one crore times better.

Theshu mukhyam dasa vidham nama sahasra muchyathe,
Rahasyanama saahasramidham sashtham dasaswapi. 68

There are ten important names *out of these thousand names,
And all these are praise worthy.

(* The names are : Ganga, Gayathri, Syamala, Lakshmi, Kali, Bala, Lalitha, Rajarajeswari, Saraswathi and Bhavani.)

Thasmad sankeethayennithyam kali dosha nivruthaye,
Mukhyam Sri mathu naamethi na janathi vimohithaa. 69

Singing them daily would cure the ill effects of Kali age,
And the name Matha is important and should not be forgotten.

Vishnu nama paraa kechith Shiva nama paraa pare,
Na kaschid aapi lokeshu Lalitha nama thathpara. 70

Better than the names of Vishnu are the names of Shiva,
But in all the worlds there is nothing better than names of Lalitha.

Yenanya devathaa nama keerthitham Janama kotishu,
Thasyaiva bhavathi sradhaa Sri devi nama keerthane. 71

Even if the names of other Gods are sung in crores of births,
It is equal only to singing of the thousand names with devotion.

Charame janmani yadha Sri vidhyaupasako bhaveth,
Nama sahasra padascha thadha charama janmani. 72

If you become at your last birth an Upasaka of Sri Vidhya,
By reading the thousand names, this birth would become your last.

Yadhaiva virala loke sri vidyachara vedhina,
Thadaiva viralo guhya nama saahasthra pataka. 73

In this world it is rare to find Upasakas of Sri Vidhya,
And it is also rare to find those who read the secret thousand names.

Manthra raja japaschaiva chakra rajarchanam thadha,
Rahasya nama patascha naalpayasya thapas phalam. 74

Chanting the king of chants followed by worship of Sri Chakra,
And reading the thousand names gets the same result as doing Austerity (Thapas)

Apadannama saahasram preenayedhyaa Maheswareem,
Sa chakshushaa bina roopam pasyedheva vimoodadhi. 75

Without reading these thousand names and trying to please the Goddess,
Is like a fool trying to see a form without the eyes.

Rahasya nama saahasram thyakthwaa ya sidhi kaamuka,
Sa BHojanam vinaa noonam Kshunnivarthi mabheepsathi. 76

Forsaking the thousand names and trying to get occult powers,
Is like satiating hunger after forsaking all meals.

Yo Bhakthaa Lalitha devya sa nithyam Keertheyadhidham,
Nanyadhaa preeyathe Devi kalpa koti shathair api. 77

That devotee who sings these names of Lalitha Devi,
Need not sing any other for she will be pleased,
Only by singing of this even for hundreds of eons.

Thasmad rahasya naamani, Sri Mathu prayatha padeth,
Yithi they kaditham Stotram rahasyam, Kumbha sambhava. 78

These thousand names are to be read for making the mother happy,
But this prayer which I told is a secret, Oh sage Agasthya.

Na vidhyaavedhinebrooya nnama bhakthaya kadachana.,
Yadhaiva gopyaa Sri Vidhya thadha gopyamidham mune. 79

The learned in Vedas, if they do not recite these names at least once,
The Sri Vidhya would be kept secret from them, Oh sage.

Pasu thulyeshu na broyajjaneshu sthotramuthamam,
Yo dadhadhi vimoodathma Sri vidhya rahithaya thu. 80

People who do not tell this prayer are like animals,
If they give Sri Vidhya to the foolish without this prayer.

Thasmai kupyanthi yoginya, sonartha sumahaan smruth,
Rahasya nama saahasran thsmad sangopyedhidham. 81

The Yogis would be very angry with them,
For this would lead them to problems,
And that is why these secret thousand names,
Are kept as great secret from every one.

Swathanthrena mayaa noktham thavapi kalasee bhava,
Lalitha preranaa deva mayoktham stotramuthamam. 82

Of Sage Agasthya, I would not have told them to you independently.
But for the advice given to me by Goddess Lalitha to tell you these.

Keerthaneeya midham bhakthyaa Kumbhayone nirantharam,
Thena thushtaa Maha devi thavabheeshtam pradasyathi. 83

Please recite these with devotion, Oh sage Agasthya,
And the goddess will be pleased and fulfill your wishes.

Sootha Uvacha:
Sootha said:

Yithyukthwa Sri Hayagreevo dhyathwa Sri Lalithambikaam,
Aananda magna hrudaya sadhya pulakitho bhaved. 84

After telling thus, sage Hayagreeva meditated on Goddess Lalitha,
Was drowned in happiness and became enraptured.

Ithi Sri Brahmanda purane Uthara Kande,
Sri Hayagrrevagasthya samvade, Sri Lalitha sahasra nama stotra,
Phala srutheernama uthara Bhaga.

Thus ends the telling of effect of reciting Lalitha Sahasra Namam
Called The portion after,
Which is in Brahmanda Purana in the Uthara Kanda,
In the discussion between Sage Hayagreeva and Sage Agasthya.

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Note : While drafting this post , one of my friend came running to the room and told that his wife delivered a baby (Their 1st child).When i asked baby boy or girl , he said he is waiting for the information from hospital. Since this happened while i was reading/editing  “Lalitha Sahasra Namam” Phalashurti post i was also eager to know.After 20 minutes he updated me that he is blessed with a baby boy.Coincidence is that the “Phalashurti” says that any one who chants “Lalitha Sahasra Namam” will be blessed with a son (as first baby in family) — Ohm Lalithambikaye Namaha!!!!!


Are you experiencing a bad dasha or period in your horoscope?
Are you been continuously nagged by ill health despite taking all precautions, exercise and medical care?
Are you having a day long fatigue feeling and tried all tricks to get the energy back?

Any of your dear and near one’s are suffering from continuous ill health?

If Yes , then try chanting these powerful Dhanwanthari Mantras to keep illness at bay. Any way it is ok to try some thing which has no ill effects on you and doesn’t cost you any money!!!!!

Gentle reminder-Mantra only and no exercise will not improve your condition 🙂

Lord Dhanwantari

Lord Dhanwantari, as per hindu Vedas and Puranas, is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Dhanvantari is said to be the God of Ayurvedic medicine and physician of the Gods.Lord Dhanvantari is worshiped by devotees to seek his blessings and for sound health. Lord Dhanwantari is portrayed as “Chatur Bahu” Vishnu (with four hands), holding medical herbs in one hand and a pot containing rejuvenating nectar called amrita in another.

Incarnation of Lord Dhanvantari

According to Shreemad Bhagwat and Sushrut Samhita , Lord Dhanvantari emerged from the ocean with a pot of Amrit when the ocean of milk was churned by Gods and demons for Amrita (nectar). Goddess Mahalakshmi also re-born on the same day and therefore the birthdays of Goddess Lakshmi (Dhan Teras) and Lord Dhanvantari are celebrated on the same day. Lord Dhanvantari emerged out of the ocean holding Amrit Pot, Shankha, Chakra and Jalauka in his four hands. Lord Dhanvantari protects all living beings from diseases, untimely death and eliminates sorrows.

Practitioners of Ayurveda (the Indian traditional medicine) celebrates Dhanvantari Jayanti with much devotion.Devotees also make it a point to visit Lord Dhanwantari Temples to seek his blessings for good health.

Dhanvantari Mantra for Good Health

Lord Dhanvantari Mantra or Dhanwantri Mantra is the prayer addressed to appease Lord Dhanvantari, the God of Ayurvedic medicine. Lord Dhanwantari is considered to be the earliest practitioner of Ayurveda – a system of traditional medicine native to India.

Dhanvantari Mantra :

Om Namo Bhagavathe
Maha Sudharshanaya
Vasudevaya Dhanvantaraye;
Amrutha Kalasa Hasthaaya
Sarva Bhaya Vinashanaya
Sarva Roga Nivaranaya
Thri Lokaya Pathaye
Thri Lokaya Nithaye
Sri Maha Vishnu Swarupaya
Sri Dhanvantri Swarupaya
Sri Sri Sri Aoushadha Chakra Narayanaya Namaha

Meaning of Dhanvantari Mantra

We pray to the God, who is known as Sudarshana Vasudeva Dhanvantari. He holds the Kalasham full of nectar of immortality. Lord Dhanvantri removes all fears and removes all diseases. He is the well wisher and the preserver of the three worlds. Dhanvantari is like Lord Vishnu, empowered to heal the Jiva souls. We bow to the Lord of Ayurveda.

Short (Eka Sloka) Dhanvantari Mantras :
1) Namani Dhanwanthary Aadi Devam , Surasura Vanditham Pada Padmam, Loke Jara Rugbhay Mrityu Nashakam , Datharam Eesham
Vividhaushadhinam

Meaning :- “O Lord Dhanvantary, I bestow before you.Your Lotus feet is worshiped both by the Sur[Good people] / Asur [Demons or Bad people]. You have the power to keep away people of this world from Miseries, diseases, ailments, Oldness, fear of diseases. O God, give me your blessings and medicines to cure the sick humanity.

2) “Shankham chakramuparyadhashcha karyordivyaushidham dakshine,Vamenanyakaren sambhratsudhakumbham jalaukavalim”

3) “Achyuthananda Govinda Vishno Narayanamrith Roganme Nashay Asheshanashu Dhanwantharaye Hare”

4) Vishnoh Krishna Janardhana Achyutham Hare Narayana Shree Pathe, Vaikunda Mrutham Kashavam Mukundananda Damodaram , Shaure Madhavam Padmanabha Bhagavan Govinda Dhanwanthare , Roganme Nithyam Nivaryathu Te Namamratham Sampratam.

List of Dhanvantari Temples in South India:

1.Dhanwantari Temple At Ranganathaswamy Temple , Srirangam ,Tamil Nadu.
2.Sri Dhanwantari Temple – Located at Arya Vaidya Pharmacy Campus (Arya Vaidya Chikitsalayam and Research Institute),Coimbatore ,Tamilnadu
3.Lord Dhanvantari Temple , Nelluva – Located at about 20 km from Guruvayur,Thrissur,Kerala.
4.Sree Rudra Dhanwanthari Temple – Situated at Pulamanthole, Malappuram,Kerala
5.Sree Dhanwantari Temple – At Peringavu ,Thrissur , Kerala
6.Dhanwantari Temple – Erumapetty, Vadakkanchery ,Thrissur , Kerala
7.Dhanvantri Kshetram (temple) – Situated at the outskirts of Calicut, Kerala
8.Dhanvantari Temple – Kannur (Cannanore) , Kerala

There are no major permanent temples dedicated to Lord Dhanwantari in North India.

Chant these mantras 8,16,64 or 108 times based on your time availability.Use these mantras when you are requested to pray for any one who is sick or ill.

May Lord Dhanwanthari bestow good health, longevity and youthfulness to all of us.

Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu !!!!

Shani-Deva Lord Shani Deva

Shani dasha or period is inevitable in every one’s life.Legend goes that even devas are not spared by shani [only exceptions being clever Ganapathy and powerful Anjaneya]

So if you or any of your relatives/friends are going through this difficult period [ of 7.5 years or sade sathi] , then use the following proven rituals to reduce the adverse impacts and lead a peaceful life:

1.  Shani Mantra

Please make it a point to recite this short shani mantra for 108 times every day.If not having time, atleast do 8 times daily to tide through this testing period in life.

Neelanjana Samabhasam                                                                          Raviputhram Yamagrajam                                                                                Chaya Marthanda Sambhootham                                                                  Tham Namamy Shanaishyaram.

2. Hanuman Chalisa

Hanuman is supposed to be “Chiran jeevi” or the one with infinite life on earth.While he was on his way to Lanka to find Seetha Devi , he has seen “Navagrahas” being captured and tied together by Ravana.Navagrahas knew that only Anjaneya has the power to release them from the clutches of  evil king Ravana.They worshipped Hanuman and requested him to free them from lanka.Hanuman immediately realised the presence of Shani bhagavan amongst the Navagrahas and asked him “If i release you , you will look at me and i will be under your spell for 7.5 years”.For this Shani replied that he will not do that and even spare those who worship Anjaneya from the ill effects of shani dasha.So recite “Hanuman Chalisa” on Tuesday,Thursday&Saturday.If not possible on all 3 days atleast on Tuesday.Visit Hanuman temple on every Saturday during your Shani Dasha period.

3. Mrityunjaya Mantra

If your Shani Dhasha effect is very severe (which can be known from your “Janma Kundali” or ” Horoscope ” ) then to protect you from the fear of untimely accidents / deceases recite “Mrityunjaya Mantra” atleast once before starting your day:

Om Thryambakam Yajamahe                                                                 Sugandhim PushtiVardhanam                                                                         Urvarukamiva Bandhanath                                                                             Mrithyor Mooshiyamamrith.

4. Navagraha Mantra

Chanting of  “Eka sloka Navagraha Stotram” (Short mantra for all 9 grahas) is also good to ward off adverse effects of  grahas which are not in a favourable position in your horoscope.Go to my previous post for more details- click here.

5. Donation ( Daanam)

During Shani dasha period try to do donation of  the following at a temple or to poor people:

Black cloth, Gingely Oil,Blanket,Iron Articles,Black Cow,Buffallo,Black Gram (Urudh Dal)

Provide  “Anna Danam” (free food) on Saturdays to Orphanage or Beggars.

6. Shani Temple Darshan

Visiting Navagraha temple and doing shani pooja on Saturday is one of the most commonly suggested remedy during Shani Dasha.If possible visit the following famous and powerful shani temples :

Shani Shingnapur ( in Maharashtra for North India)                                 Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple ( in Kerala for South India )

7. Shiva Bhajan

Nothing is complete with out the prayer for Lord Shiva.Shiva when pleased through prayers can protect you from Graha Dosha.Read my post on Lord Shiva here.

8. More Remedies

a) Put an piece of iron or iron coin into flowing water (River / Sea) on     Saturday and prey.

b) Wear a Blue Sapphire (Indra Neelam) stone in a ring or as Jewellery in such a way that when you go out it  is exposed to sun light .

[Note : Do a trial by wearing this for 7 days.If you are experiencing adverse effects , remove it]

c) Wear a clean (non rusty) iron ring or Jewelery.

9) A Not-to-Do List

During  Shani Dasha you will be tempted to do many things which may look  harmless in the beginning, but with your bad Shani positioning it can become serious issues. So during this period try to avoid the following :

Being a witness in any legal agreements , Participating in  Adventure Sports (like Bungie Jumping , Water Rafting , F1 Car Race etc.) , Arguments at work place or during driving (Road rage), Non punctuality at work place, Carelessness , Travelling alone (especially at night time)

10. Business

During this period indulge / invest only in business or activities which will start giving returns after long term (7-8 years).Starting construction of a new house is also advised during this period.

How do you like this article.Please post your comments !!!

NarasimhaSwami & Lakshmi-

Oh ya !!! i know you all have doubts by now – by chanting this mantra or prayer how can one be free of debt and more than that become wealthy?

Answer is simple.This mantra is not a currency printing machine.But it creates a strong energy which attracts luck to you and your endeavors.
Imagine the scenario of a boat with out engine or oars.What is the use.You are stuck.

This powerful (and fierce) Narasimha stotram will be the oar which helps you sail through the sea of debt to the land of prosperity !!!!

Try it and let us know your feed back.

Notes:

1) This is not an instant fix.Give it some time.Recite this daily  (preferably in the evening) for atleast 90 days and see how the doors of luck and opportunities open for you.

2) Runa or Rina in Sanskrit means debt/poverty.

Ohm Narasimhaya Namaha !!!
Ohm Narasimhaya Namaha !!!
Ohm Narasimhaya Namaha !!!

NarasimhaSwami -Fierce-Form

Runa Vimochana Narasimha Stotra:

Devataakaarya-siddhyartham
sabhaastambha-samudbhavam
Sri Narasimham mahaaveeram
namaami runamuktaye

Meaning :
For achieving the divine mission, He who emerged out of a pillar, in the Court hall (of the demon) to such a greatly valourous Lord Narasimha, I am praying to liquidate my debts.

Lakshmyaalingita-vaamaangam
bhaktaanaam varadaayakam
Sri
Narasimham mahaveeram
namaami runamuktaye

Meaning :
To the valorous Sri Narasimha , who has embraced the Goddess Lakshmi on the left side of His chest and who fulfills the wishes of the devotees, I am praying to Him to give me relief from my debts.

Aanthramaalaadharam Sankha
Chakraabja aayudhaarinim
Sri
Narasimham mahaaveeram
namaami runamuktaye

Meaning :
To the greatly valorous Sri Narasimha, who is wearing the intestines (of Hiranyakasipu) as a garland, who carries weapons like Conch and the Discus, I am praying to relieve me from my debts.

Smaranaat sarvapaapagnam
kadrooja visha naasanam
Sri
Narasimham mahaaveeraam
namaami runamuktaye

Meaning :
To the greatly valorous Sri Narasimha, who rids us of all our sins as soon as we remember Him, to Him who takes away (removes) the poison of the serpents who are the children of Kadru, I am praying to relieve me from my debts.

Prahlaada varadam sreesam
daityesvara-vidaaranam
Sri
Narasimham mahaaveeram
namaami runamuktaye

Meaning :
To Him, who gave boons to Prahlada, He who is the Lord of Sri, who tore apart and killed the Raakshasa King, to the greatly valorous Sri Narasimha, I pray to relieve me of my debts.

Krooragrahaih peeditaanaam
bhaktaanaam abhayapradam
Sri
Narasimham mahaaveeram
namaami runamuktaye

Meaning :
To the greatly valorous Sri Narasimha who gives protection to the devotees (confers fearlessness) from the sufferings inflicted by cruel planets, I pray to relieve me of my debts.

Vedavedaanta-yajnesam
Brahma Rudraadi vanditam
Sri
Narasimham mahaaveeram
namaami runamuktaye

Meaning :
To Sri Narasimha who is Master of the Vedas, Vedaantas and sacrifices, to whom salutations are offered by Brahma, Rudra and others, I am praying to relieve me of my debts.

Ya idam pathate nityam runa
mochana samjnitam
Anrunee jaayate sadyo dhanam
sheeghram avaapnuyaat

Meaning :
One who regularly reads this Runa Vimochana Stotra will not be afflicted by debts. Further, very soon he will obtain money and become a wealthy person.

Lord_Shiva-image&Significance

Ohm NaMah ShiVaYa
Om Nama Shivaya
Om Namah Shivaya

Many knows this is the “panchakshari” (5 letter) beeja or moola mantra for lord Shiva.
Now where are these 5 letters ? What is the significance of this mantra? What is the meaning of this mantra?
Let’s look at the excerpts from ” Avdhoot Babaji’s ” question & answer session:

“Shiv Panchakshari Mantra is drawn from the five elements of nature namely, Earth, Sky, Water, Air and Fire. This Mantra is capable of cleansing up all these elements. See of this Bija Mantra has all the characteristics of its parent body. In a way it is a miniscule of its parent form, complete with everything. A Seed of a gigantic banyan tree is a comparatively tiny object but it has everything in it, right from trunk, leaves and other attributes. Shiv Panchakshari Mantra is evolved from the five seeds of aforesaid natural elements, Namah Shivaya. Na Consecrates Prithvi Tatva, Ma does the same with Jal Tatva (Water factor) Shi energizes Agni Tatva (Fire element) Va energizes Vayu Tatva (Air factor) and finally Ya energizes Akash Tatva (Sky element). Om purifies Bramhatatva and Crown Chakra.

Whevever a Sadhak invokes this Mantra during meditation or Tandav, he does so giving the impression as if he is applying percussion beats on every Chakra, using the skillful strokes of a Tabla Player. On the note of Na he starts from Muladhara, with Ma he reaches Swadisthar, as he says Shi he enters Manipur and at Anahata he produces the sound Vaya. In a subtle manner if you look at the whole pattern it seems like a sequence of percussion notes of Mridang (musical instrument).

Shiv Panchakshari Mantra has terrific vibrations which cleanse all five elements present inside the body.  “

All the “panchabhootas” are tied together with the string of lord shiva’s shakthi to make this beautiful mantra “garland”.

It’s evident from many other old scriptures like “Shiva Purana” and “Vedas” that chanting of this basic panchakshari mantra itself will lead the devotee or seeker towards “moksha” or “Eternal Bliss” or “Success (Both spiritual&materialistic)”.

So chant or sing panchakshari and be with Shiva in the bliss trance !!!

Ohm NaMah ShiVaYa
Om Nama Shivaya
Om Namah Shivaya
Ohm Nama Shivaya

Ohm Shivoham … Ohm Shivoham…. Rudra Namam Bhajeham….Bhajeham……

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