The Radha-Krishna – love legend of all times

The Radha-Krishna amour is a love legend of all times. It’s indeed hard to miss the many legends and paintings illustrating Krishna’s love affairs, of which the Radha-Krishna affair is the most memorable. Krishna’s relationship with Radha, his favorite among the ‘gopis’ (cow-herding maidens), has served as a model for male and female love in…

Krishna Balarama and a forest monster

Once on a full moon day, Krishna and Balarama were walking in the forest, it was late and they decided to rest in the forest for the night. It was a dangerous forest, so Krishna suggested “Baladeva, you keep watch until midnight while I sleep, and  I will be on watch from midnight till morning.”…

Indian scriptures

Hinduism has its origins in such remote past that it cannot be traced to any one individual. Some scholars believe that Hinduism must have existed even in circa 10000 B.C. and that the earliest of the Hindu scriptures – The Rig Veda – was composed well before 6500 B.C. The word “Hinduism” is not to…

Hinduism – world’s oldest extant religion

Hinduism is the world’s oldest extant religion, with a billion followers, which makes it the world’s third largest religion. Hinduism is a conglomeration of religious, philosophical, and cultural ideas and practices that originated in India, characterized by the belief in reincarnation, one absolute being of multiple manifestations, the law of cause and effect, following the…

Jogi Faqir -a person who adheres to Hinduism

The Jogi Faqir or Faqir are a Muslim community, found in North India. They are also known as Madariya Faqir. The Jogi Faqir are Muslim converts from the Hindu and are one of the two sub-divisions of the Faqir found in Uttar Pradesh.

Om chanting Aum

Om is the main sound, from which all other sounds are produced, even the sound of mother. There is a lot of significance of chanting Om, which you will get to realize within a few days of chanting. It will have a major impact on your day to day life. When you start reciting Om,…

Application of Tilak

There are different types of Tilak, each differing in its significance. Tilak is worn on the Ajna Chakra, the centre of forehead, on the space between the eyebrows. Tilak is applied on the point at which the third eye or the spiritual eye is believed to open. All the actions of humans are governed by…

Sadhana – Spiritual Evolution

For those who want to seriously practice kriyas, it is time to formulate a specific sadhana. Sadhana means “endeavoring to obtain a particular result.” The result kriyabans seek is accelerated spiritual evolution. Sadhana becomes a powerful method to achieve this result. There are three important aspects of sadhana: choice, commitment and aspiration. The first stage…

Sense of Tantra

The word “tantra” is derived from the combination of two words “tattva” and “mantra”. “Tattva” means the science of cosmic principles, while “mantra” refers to the science of mystic sound and vibrations. Tantra therefore is the application of cosmic sciences with a view to attain spiritual ascendancy. In another sense, tantra also means the scripture…

Classical Advaita Tantra Yoga

Classical Advaita Tantra Yoga tradition was fathered by Lord Sadashiva, the original expounder of Tantra, the indigenous mystical tradition of Eastern India. He is supposed to have lived around 5000 BC in Eastern India, a contention supported by archeological explorations in the area.Sadashiva is traditionally considered the founder of Tantra and Yoga systems and the…

Yagopaveet – The sacred thread ceremony –

The sacred thread ceremony – Installation of the principles of Indian culture – taking pledge to lead disciplines, dignified spiritual life. The most important sanskar for boys in their teens. It indeed gives “new birth” (dwijatva) to a person. The development of personality coherent with the dignity of human-being begins only after one adopts certain…

Guru – A honorific designation

“Guru is Shiva sans his three eyes, Vishnu sans his four arms Brahma sans his four heads. He is parama Shiva himself in human form” ~ Brahmanda Puran Guru is the God, say the scriptures. Indeed, the ‘guru’ in Vedic tradition is looked upon as one no less than a God. ‘Guru’ is a honorific…

The Vedas – Most sacred books of India

The Vedas are considered the earliest literary record of Indo-Aryan civilization, and the most sacred books of India. They are the original scriptures of Hindu teachings, and contain spiritual knowledge encompassing all aspects of our life. Vedic literature with its philosophical maxims has stood the test of time and is the highest religious authority for…

The Tantriks

Tantra has been one of the most neglected branches of Indian spiritual studies despite the considerable number of texts devoted to this practice, which dates back to the 5th-9th century AD.Many people still consider tantra to be full of obscenities and unfit for people of good taste. It is also often accused of being a…

Brahma – The father of Dharma

Brahma is the first god in the Hindu triumvirate, or trimurti. The triumvirate consists of three gods who are responsible for the creation, upkeep and destruction of the world. The other two gods are Vishnu and Shiva. Brahma is the creator of the universe and of all beings, as depicted in the Hindu cosmology. The…

The Brahmacharya

Brahma aacharya is Brahmacharya. The person who follows the Brahma thathwa in maintaining the discipline of body and mind is a Brahmachari. A Brahma aachari alone can know the Brahmaswa of the aathman through meditation. Prasnopanishad says: “Here is Brahmana wherein the master clearly points out that no upasana is possible or spiritual perfection practicable…

Myths of India

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Dharma or protection

“Dharma” means “protection”. By practising Buddha’s teachings we protect ourself from suffering and problems. All the problems we experience during daily life originate in ignorance, and the method for eliminating ignorance is to practise Dharma.Practising Dharma is the supreme method for improving the quality of our human life. The quality of life depends not upon…

Buddha -Awakened One

A Buddha is a person who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions. In general, ‘Buddha’ means ‘Awakened One’, someone who has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and sees things as they really are. A Buddha is a person who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions. There are many…

The Sadhana – Practice to Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva

The practice of spiritual discipline is called sadhana. Shiva yoga is a living path of inner transformation to enlightenment. Stemming from the Vedas, Shiva yoga addresses our perpetual questions of our origin, destiny, purpose, the purpose of the cosmos, love and faith. This particular form of yoga (or union) is devoted to Lord Shiva.Shiva yoga…

The Bhasma – Supernatural medicine

Bhasma is a type of traditional medicine that has been practiced in China, India, and neighboring countries for hundreds of years. Used to treat a variety of diseases, bhasma medications are made by combining various ingredients, extracting the toxic elements from them, and then heating the mixture until only ash remains. These medicines are made…

The Baijnath Temple

According to the legend, it is believed that during the Treta Yug, Ravana in order to get invincible powers worshiped Lord Shiva in the Kailash. For that, to please the our Lord  Shiva, he offered his ten heads in the havan kund. Influenced by this extra ordinary deed of the Ravana, the Lord Shivanot only restored his heads but also bestowed him with…

The Shiva Purana

The Shiva Purana  or Shiva Mahapurana is one of the puranas (a genre of Hindu religious texts), dedicated to the god Shiva. According to a tradition which is stated in the Vāyaviya Saṁhitā (the Venkateshvara Press edition) of this text, the original text was known as the Shaiva Purana. Shiva Purana is a tamas purana…

yogis of prehistory

Om was first perceived by the ancient yogis of prehistory and is not the exclusive property of any religion or philosophy. It is not a sectarian mantra; it belongs to all without distinction or exclusion. Nor was it invented by those primal sages. Rather, it is swayambhu–self-begotten, self-existent and self-sufficient. It arises spontaneously within, from…

Be a Yogi

Yogi aims at a direct spiritual experience of the Absolute Truth. A Philosopher’s interest in the pursuit of the Truth is chiefly theoretical, he being chiefly concerned with the satisfaction of the demand of his intellect; a Yogi’s interest is thoroughly practical, in as much as he is predominantly concerned with the satisfaction of the…

Mahamritunjya

Mahamritunjya Temple: Situated in the heart of the town, this temple houses the image of Lord Shiva with his third eye and the lotus posture in meditative contemplation. The four arms of Shiva with usual symbols and right lower hand in   ‘Bhumisparsha mudra’,lower left hand holding ‘Kamandal’ right upper hand raised in benediction and…

A Yogi Soul

The Yogi as well as the Philosopher revolts against this bondage of the human mind. Both of them aspire to break through the walls of this prison. They want to transcend the limitations, under which the ordinary human consciousness is placed by nature. For the satisfaction of the innermost craving of their souls, they attempt…

Bhutnath Temple

Bhutnath Temple:The temple, located in the heart of the town was buit by Raja Ajber Sen in 1527 AD. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and was built at the time when State Capital was shifted from Bhiuli to present place.There is tradition of Raj Madhav Rao, the deity who ruled the Mandi state,…

Daily morality – Hinduism

Hinduism is the dominant religion, or way of life, of the Indian subcontinent, and consists of many diverse traditions. It includes Shaivism, Vaishnavism and Shaktism among numerous other traditions, and a wide spectrum of laws and prescriptions of “daily morality” based on karma, dharma, and societal norms. Hinduism is a categorisation of distinct intellectual or…

The Myth Society

The name ‘Rishis’ brings to our minds the archetypal image of old men, with matted locks and long beards, sitting in forests or caves in deep meditations. Or we may think of them as characters in our epics, involved in some spiritual activity, but mostly living in seclusion, away from the society. In the west,…

The Rishihood

Rishihood is a spiritual state that is attained after the inner awakening, when the seeker chooses to guide others towards their liberation. A Rishi is free from the cycle of birth and death and though he can go back to his source at any time, he chooses to stay back for the benefit of others….

The law of karma

The law of karma governs the universe and all beings within it; it acts impersonally and binds each atman (inner Self) to the world and in addition to the cycle of transmigration. The law of karma acts impersonally, yet we may meaningfully interpret its results as either positive (punya) or negative (papa) — terms describing…

The Sanchita karma

It is karma operating through the law of cause and effect, action and reaction, that governs all life and binds the atman (the Self) to the wheel of saṃsara (birth and death). The process of action and reaction on all levels — physical, mental and spiritual – is karma. God does not give us karma….

Muni – “manansheel tapasvi”

One who is constantly engaged in the experiments of probing the mysteries of nature is known as muni. Muni means “manansheel tapasvi” i.e., the one who is constantly engaged in understanding the real nature of life and the related problems through tapasya.Muni is an intermediate step between an ordinary man and rishi. The ultimate achievement…

Religion and Dharma

In modern day language, dharma is equated, quite unfairly with religion. Organized religion demands adherence of the followers to the Book and the Prophet. Anything outside the boundaries of a faith is considered irreligious, if not downright sinful. It is believed that salvation lies only through the body of the Prophet or His words. History…

The Vedic tradition

The Vedic tradition of knowledge, based on the extensive Vedic literature, is the oldest tradition of knowledge in the world. Though it has been long preserved in India, this traditional wisdom has been almost lost in recent centuries—due in part to repeated foreign invasions. The Vedic tradition includes detailed information on a wide range of…

Pure Heart & Delight soul

The man who is pure of heart Is bound to fulfill himself In whatever way he is taught. A worldly man seeks all his life, But is still bewildered. Detached from the senses, You are free. Attached, you are bound. When this is understood, You may live as you please. Astavakra Gita

The sapta rishi

Rishis can be classified as brahmarshi, rajarshi and devarshi. Though all the three are engaged in the service of Vishwa vasudha (world) the areas of work are different. Brahmarshi is always engaged in chintan. He can reach to the depths of consciousness and subtlety of universe and find the principles of life. This type of…

The Rishi – Practice to God

rishi (Sanskrit: “seer; one who sees”) — is a word that simply means a sage or a divine seer in general. the great sages of ancient India who, in deep states of meditation (communion with the cosmos), and through spiritual experimentation, discovered the underlying, fundamental truths of the Universe, and whose teachings formed the basis…

The Soul and Its Practice

From the absolute standpoint, the soul is non-dual, immortal, ever pure, ever free, ever illumined, and one with Brahman. It is untouched by hunger or thirst, good and evil, pain and pleasure, birth and death, and the other pairs of opposites. That is the soul’s true nature. The realisation of which is the goal of…

What is Dharma

What is Dharma? Vedas-The Sole and Ultimate Authority- The Changing Dharma- Dharma In Other Religions- Benefits of the Practice of Dharma -Kinds of Dharma- Fundamentals of Dharma- Non-violence (Ahimsa)- Truth, Purity, Self-control- Varnasrama Dharma (The Four Castes) Brahmana, Kshatriya, Vaisya, Sudra- The Four Asramas(Student, house-holder, recluse, renunciate) Brahmacharyasrama, Grihasthasrama, Vanaprasthasrama, Sannyasthasrama -Yuga Dharma- In Satya-Yuga,…

Tilak – The Symbol of Holiness

Tilak is a mark of auspiciousness. It is put on the forehead with sandal paste, sacred ashes or kumkum (red tumeric). The devotees of Siva apply sacred ashes (Bhasma) on the forehead, the devotees of Vishnu apply sandal paste (Chandan), and the worshippers of Devi or Shakti apply Kumkum, a red tumeric powder. The scriptures…

Pure Life – The Sadhu Life

The Sanskrit word ‘Sadhu’ is translated into English by the word ‘mendicant’ and very rarely with another word ‘Sage’. But ‘Sadhu’ is differently meant in the revealed scriptures like Srimad Bhagwat Geeta or Srimad Bhagbatam. In the ‘Bhagwat Geeta’ the qualification of a ‘Sadhu’ is based on one’s faithfulness in the transcendental service of the…

Follower’s of Shiva

The term swami is more specific and usually refers to an ascetic who has been initiated into a specific religious order. In recent years, it has come to be applied particularly to monks of the Ramakrishna Mission. An ascetic who practices yoga in order to achieve his spiritual goals is a yogin or yogi.A Saivite…

Symbols of God

The typical Hindu ascetic (sadhu) usually wears a distinctive mark (pundra) on his forehead and often carries a symbol of his sect. If the sadhu is a Vaishnava he might have a discus (chakra) and a conch shell (sankha), replicas of Vishnu’s flaming weapon and his instrument of beneficent power and omnipresent protection, or a…

Role of Sadhus in Hindu Religion

Sadhus and swamis are not Hindu religious officials. Compared with Christianity, they are the counterpart of the hermit monk, not the minister. In fact, it is considered inauspicious (unlucky) for a sadhu to show up at a Hindu wedding, for he represents celibacy and infertility. The Hindu attitude toward asceticism has always been ambivalent. On…

Religious ascetic – The sadhu Life

One way of life in Hinduism is renunciation of the world and asceticism, which is the path of the sadhu or Hindu holy man. The term sadhu comes from the Sanskrit for “accomplish” and can refer to any religious ascetic or holy man. They include saints of various traditions, men (and occasionally women) who have…

The Hanogi Mata Temple

The Hanogi Mata Temple is located on the Mandi-Manali National Highway. Dedicated to Hango Mata, the temple is located amidst lush green forests near Pandoh in Mandi District.India

The Aghor Panth – The Most Chronicle Saints In Indian Mythology.

Aghories are supposed to Be One of The Most Chronicle Saints In Indian Mythology. They Don’t Come Out Generally In Day Time. They eat Human Dead Bodies and Drink wine. Do terrific acts, Eat Water and Food in Human Skull. They Don’t Speak To Anyone, etc. The Aghori are known to engage in post-mortem rituals….

Samadhi – Ethical and spiritual living

In classical Sanskrit, the word samadhi refers to a state of higher awareness in which a person who is meditating feels at one with the object of his meditation. Samadhi is also the eighth of the eight limbs of yoga, or the Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path is classical yoga’s guide to virtuous and meaningful…

The Samadhi Realities

The experience which is attained in the highest state of Samadhi cannot be regarded either as purely subjective experience or as objective experience or as negation of experience. It is not of the nature of subjective experience like that in the dream-state of consciousness or in the state of reverie or imagination or illusion or…

Incredible Yoga – The Purification of Souls

The Yogi as well as the Philosopher revolts against this bondage of the human mind. Both of them aspire to break through the walls of this prison. They want to transcend the limitations, under which the ordinary human consciousness is placed by nature. For the satisfaction of the innermost craving of their souls, they attempt…

The Yogi and a Philosopher

A yogi is a practitioner of yoga. The term “yogi” is used broadly to refer to sannyasi or practitioners of meditation in a number of Indian religions. The Sanskrit word “yoga” has many meanings, and is derived from the Sanskrit root “yuj”, meaning “to control” (self discipline), “to yoke” (egolessness) or “to unite” (live in…

The Tapasya -generation of heat or energy referring to spiritual practice

Tapasya is practical  spiritual discipline. Literally it means the generation of heat or energy, referring to spiritual practice and its effect, especially the “roasting” of karmic seeds, the “burning up” of karma. It also refers to the heat necessary for the hatching of an egg. Without tapasya there is no significant spiritual progress. Tapasya of…

The Remake of Soul – The Samadhi

Samadhi yoga is a style of yoga that combines conscious breathing, or pranayama, with gentle yoga postures, or asanas, to offer practitioners a spiritual path to enlightenment. In ancient Sanskrit, the classical language of India, samadhi, means bliss or super consciousness, and yoga means union. Samadhi yoga is a meditation practice by which the meditator…

The Varanasi, or Benaras

Varanasi, or Benaras, (also known as Kashi) is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi`s Prominence in Hindu mythology is virtually unrevealed. Mark Twain, the English author and literature, who was enthralled by the legend and sanctity of Benaras, once wrote : “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even…

The yoga sutra

The yoga sutra is the foundation of the central beliefs and philosophies of yogis. The book, The Essential Yoga Sutra, is divided into four chapters that organize the 195 apothegms or sutras, which are considered one of the six visions of reality. It also describes the eight disciplines a yogi must follow. The book was…

Dhyana yoga

Dhyana yoga is a form of meditative yoga. It is meant to bring the practitioner into a state of heightened awareness of his or her unity with the universe. This type of awareness is referred to as universal consciousness. It is different from the practice of dharana yoga, where the goal is to concentrate on…

Mudra yoga

Mudra yoga is a type of yoga that is typically performed with the hands alone. The hands may be placed into many gestures, or mudras, regarded as sacred hand positions in yoga philosophy. Practitioners of mudra yoga generally believe that these hand positions are capable of exerting a powerful influence over the body’s energetic field….

The spiritual path Siddha Yoga

The spiritual path Siddha Yoga is essentially based on the philosophy that focus on the inner self can bring one closer to God. It draws heavily from the Kashmir Shaivism and Vedanta Hindu spiritual traditions. Siddha Yoga is presented by its practitioners as an individual spirituality that is often developed in a community of fellow…

The Mantra Yoga

While most forms of yoga focus on postures, positions, and movements, mantra yoga focuses on sound. It is believed that reciting mantras brings out emotions from deep within a person and gives suggestions to the mind. The mind then interprets these suggestions through the sounds, and a higher state of consciousness is achieved. Common reasons…

Shiva yoga

Shiva yoga is a living path of inner transformation to enlightenment. Stemming from the Vedas, Shiva yoga addresses our perpetual questions of our origin, destiny, purpose, the purpose of the cosmos, love and faith. This particular form of yoga (or union) is devoted to Lord Shiva. Shiva yoga explains Shiva as one of the three…

The Bath of Holy water – Mahakumbh

The first written evidence of the Kumbh Mela can be found in the accounts of Chinese monk Xuanzang who visited India in 629–645 CE, during the reign of King Harshavardhana However, similar observances date back many centuries, where the river festivals first started getting organised. According to medieval Hindu theology, its origin is found in…

Baba Kedarnath

Kedarnath is a town located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and has gained importance because of Kedarnath Temple. It is a nagar panchayat in Rudraprayag district. The most remote of the four Char Dham sites, Kedarnath is located in the Himalayas, about 3,583 m (11,755 ft) above sea level near Chorabari Glacier, the head of river…

The Slok & Sadhu

The prime qualifications of a devotee Sadhu are mentioned in the Chaitanya Charitamrita. It is said there that a ‘Sadhu’ has innumerable good qualifications but primarily a ‘Sadhu’ is always found to have possessed the following signs of goodness. He is (1) kind, (2) tolerant, (3) truthful, (4) equal, (5) stainless, (6) liberal, (7) mild,…